Falling in love: how communication is key

Communication is essential to any human relationship, yet its effects are rarely felt more keenly – even sharply – than while walking the knife edge of a first date. Here the conversation can...

Written by Emma Serlin

Published: February 14, 2020

communication Social & Cultural

Live your brand values and use business as a force for good

Many organisations create and then communicate their brand values to their staff and customers. Some take it further and make big promises with audacious goals. They may gather press to announce...

Written by Emma Serlin

Published: February 5, 2020

Social & Cultural Development

How to create connection anywhere, with anyone

How close are you to your co-workers? A key study by Relate revealed that only 75% of employees say they have good relationships at work. And new research suggests that one in ten have no friends at...

Written by Emma Serlin

Published: January 13, 2020

Social & Cultural effective communication workplace communication

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

Social & Cultural workplace communication small talk

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

Social & Cultural confidence public speaking Tips Wedding

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

Social & Cultural Accent softening effective communication elocution

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

communication Social & Cultural Accent softening

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

communication Social & Cultural Accent softening

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

communication Social & Cultural Accent softening workplace communication

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

Social & Cultural