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

Nov 102020
 

How to be safe and still receive services? LazarSpeech transitioned to an entirely virtual platform on March 20, 2020. All sessions have been held on Zoom, occasionally on Skype or FaceTime if clients need a different online application. With a randomly generated meeting ID and embedded password, clients have a secure link — they simply Read more

Jun 092020
 

We listen all the time: to the radio, television podcasts, especially to family and friends. Isn’t listening the same for all these activities? Listening to family, friends and business acquaintances is a very different process than listening to media sources. When we interact with others we establish a dialogue that is critical to a shared Read more

Mar 272020
 
Words, Words, Words...

In these difficult times we can still use words to keep us together without touching   Words separate human beings from every other species. It’s a gift from nature we can use in these difficult times to gather and share information, comfort, reassure one another, and continue the social interactions so necessary for the mind Read more

Jan 132020
 

If you’ve ever felt you were the only one fearful about making a presentation, be assured, you’re not alone.  In fact, you have most of the world agonizing with you.   For many people deciding what to say, how to say it, then standing up in front of others is like confronting a fire-eating dragon. Read more