6 Steps For Christmas Party Survival

The Christmas party season is here again and you might be one of the lucky ones desperate to get there and let your hair down. But you may be one of the many bracing themselves for the trial ahead -...

Written by Emma Serlin

Published: December 9, 2019

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The ultimate guide to giving a wedding speech

It’s been said that a successful wedding speech should make the guests laugh and cry in equal measure, which is what makes the best ones so powerful. It also explains why more than half of wedding...

Written by Emma Serlin

Published: June 24, 2019

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How easy is it to reduce a native accent?

Ok, let’s be honest - a lot of people would be offended by the title of this blog post. Why would anyone want to reduce their native accent? After all, our accents are part of our identity, our own...

Written by Emma Serlin

Published: May 6, 2019

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Why you shouldn’t feel guilty for wanting to reduce your native accent.

Should non-native English speakers drop, change or soften their accents? Your first instinct may be an indignant “of course not!” And in a way, we agree. But as with many things in life that seem...

Written by Emma Serlin

Published: April 11, 2019

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Accents and Accent softening - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62765873 Do you sound different to the people around you? Do you feel like you don’t fit in? Or do you relish the fact that you’re just that little...

Written by Emma Serlin

Published: March 18, 2019

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Finding Your Voice, Finding Your Tribe

The BBC has just released their findings from the world's largest loneliness study. 55,000 people took part in the BBC's Loneliness Experiment in collaboration with the Wellcome Collection. The...

Written by Emma Serlin

Published: October 23, 2018

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5 tips for overcoming presentation nerves

Your stomach is queasy, your palms are sweaty, and your mind has gone blank about your opening lines. It's the bog standard, presentation heebie jeebies kicking in. If this sounds familiar, how about...

Written by Emma Serlin

Published: August 28, 2018

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Why honest and open communication is key to getting respect at work

We hear it all the time. Honesty and openness is the cornerstone of any healthy relationship. Why then do we approach our working relationships with any less transparency than we do in our personal...

Written by Emma Serlin

Published: August 14, 2018

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How to deliver the perfect wedding speech

That special day has finally arrived. As you stand up to deliver your speech, you gently tap the side of your glass invitingly. Heads turn in your direction in a flurry and the anticipation is...

Written by Emma Serlin

Published: August 10, 2018

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How to speak eloquently

Have you ever listened to a brilliant speaker and felt captivated by the music of their speech, the poetry of their words and the resonance of their voice?Then they probably have that magical...

Written by Emma Serlin

Published: July 18, 2018

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