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Besides a degree from the University of Washington in Danish Language and Literature, for which I graduated with high honors (Magna Cum Laude) in 1995, my qualifications in the area of ESL/EFL are: (1) Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (from Trinity College London in 2004), (2) English for Business Purposes (from the London Chamber of Commerce in 2007), as well as (3) a training course in Teaching English to Young Learners (from the British Council in 2006), and also (4) a course in One-to-One Coaching in 2007 (training provided by Mark Powell, a top leader and well-published author in the field of ESL/EFL). I have also done extensive graduate-level course work in ESL/EFL theory and research methodology at the University of Hawaii between 1996 and 1999.
For more than fifteen years, I have provided practical and relevant advice, feedback, and easy-to-remember tips to help both novice and experienced public speakers achieve their own personal ‘next level of excellence’. Training is focused on six key areas of effective public speaking: (1) openings, (2) closings, (3) impact language, (4) visuals, (5) body language awareness, and (6) questions and comments from the audience.
Besides qualifications in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (from Trinity College London in 2004) and also specifically in English for Business Purposes (from the London Chamber of Commerce in 2007), I have expanded my approach over time from ‘English lessons’ to ‘communication training’. This means that rather than focusing on mundane grammatical nuances that do little or nothing to improve how a speaker’s message is received, I have used my own experience working with top executives in large multinational corporations across the globe, together with insights gained from other top leaders in the professional communications field, to deliver focused and intensive training for quickly (often in a single session) improving an individual’s ability to present and speak in public.
In courses and course books I have personally prepared and written during my career in education, students have enjoyed learning exercises and output/discussion activities that improve both their understanding and performance in the area of public speaking. A recent highlight of this work has been the “D8” system, which I developed to increase trainees’ awareness of available options for handling difficult questions. This system was featured prominently in the commercially available course book, Dynamic Presentations, published by Cambridge University Press in 2011.
In addition to these qualifications and training, I am personally a very experienced international public speaker, having given numerous winning sales presentations while managing a school in Istanbul, Turkey, as well as having presented at major international conferences in several countries, most recently in Stuttgart, Germany in 2012.
I am currently developing a package of PowerPoint based teaching activities for purchase by trainers who are seeking new ways to invigorate their training sessions while providing targeted and lively lessons during individual and group learning settings. I presented this work to a standing-room-only audience in Stuttgart last year.
The training I provide is readily adaptable to assist both native speakers of English and also individuals whose first language is other than English.