Nov 282023
 

You’ve been given the honor to present a wedding, retirement or birthday party toast and you want it to be memorable. Rather than worrying about the project, you can work with an experienced speech writer who will craft a personalized presentation and coach you to deliver it confidently. Many people who are asked to deliver Read more

Jun 022023
 

What does “test-optional” mean? How will admissions officers judge applicants in the coming year? Does the Common Application essay really matter? According to FAIR TEST, which tracks college testing data, 1,450 colleges have made test-free and test-optional admissions permanent. For fall 2023, 1,835 colleges are not requiring admissions tests. All of the eight ivy league Read more

Apr 262023
 

If you’re a student, why not take a shortcut and have AI write an essay for you? If you’re an executive, why not have AI write your emails and reports? Isn’t time money? Let’s start by answering the first question with a couple of questions. Why are you paying tuition for a degree if you Read more

Jan 092023
 
My Coaching Client In Top 10 Most Popular TEDx Talks in 2022

I’m delighted to announce that my speech coaching client, Hakki Akdeniz, has been named one of The Top 10 Most Popular TED Talks in 2022. If you haven’t seen the inspiring story of Hakki’s  journey as a 21 year old penniless, homeless, Turkish immigrant in NYC to successful entrepreneur, philanthropist and advocate for the homeless, Read more

Sep 302022
 
TED Speaker & Coaching Client Receives 2022 Carnegie Award

My coaching client Hakki Akdeniz, whose TED talk has been viewed more than 2 million times, has received a 2022 Carnegie Foundation Award for “Great Immigrants, Great Americans.”   Recently I had the privilege of coaching Hakki for his TED talk in which he tells the inspiring story of his journey as a 21 year old Read more

Jul 272022
 
Watch the TED Talk By My Coaching Client, Hakki Akdeniz

Recently I had the privilege of coaching Hakki Akdeniz for his TED talk in which he tells the inspiring story of his journey as a 21 year old penniless, homeless, Turkish immigrant in NYC to successful entrepreneur, philanthropist and advocate for the homeless. Twenty years ago Hakki came to the United States speaking no English, Read more

May 312022
 

Why write my essay now?  It’s summer! What rising high school senior hasn’t asked this question at the end of the highly pressured junior year?  Completing high level courses, perhaps AP or honors, taking ACT or SAT tests, visiting colleges… add in a sport or school play, community service:  this has been a busy year. Read more

Mar 232022
 

James Earl Jones, the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars stutters? Yes, you’re reading this correctly! This 91 year old award-winning actor is a lifelong stutterer. According to The New York Times, the Shubert Organization will name the Cort Theater, a landmark 110-year-old house located on West 48th Street, after Jones, a two-time competitive Read more

Aug 112021
 

Isn’t the essay on the Common Application just a formality? Admissions officers can’t possibly read the essay on every application, can they? The new “Test Optional” criteria recently enacted by many colleges, even the most selective, changes the factors in college admissions and places much greater emphasis on the Comm App Essay. Many students and Read more

Mar 262021
 

How important are presentation skills if I’m working on a remote platform like Zoom? Other participants don’t expect a polished presentation on Zoom — or do they? Can’t I just read my script on Zoom as if I were presenting in person? Some of the concerns my clients have raised over the years have changed Read more