The Competitive Edge

Posted by Sarah Meijer

  People with good social skills earn more money!  Recent research documented by the Harvard Business Review has shown that “People who have higher social skills, as measured by the survey, earn more money … than those with poor social skills. There seems to be a positive return to social skills in the labour market, […]


Loving my Job!

Posted by Sarah Meijer

So, for those who read my blogs, you will know by now that I feel pretty passionate about what I do! I am absolutely committed to helping people to Find their Voices ie. overcoming the fear of public speaking in all its various forms – whether to a small group, a large conference or improving […]

The Queen’s Speech

Posted by Sarah Meijer

  People the world over are working on their verbal communication skills knowing that, without excellence in these areas, success and fulfilment in life may be limited. Much of life is certainly about how we interact and build rapport with others; and oftentimes this must be with people of different cultural and linguistic backgrounds to […]


Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

Posted by Sarah Meijer

“Training with Sarah has demystified the art of public speaking. I always thought it was something some people were just naturally good at – and I wasn’t one of them! With Sarah’s help I realised there are some very real skills I could learn to turn me into one of those ‘naturally good speakers’. Thank […]

Accent Softening – Clarity brings Confidence

Posted by Sarah Meijer

  I love the English language! However, as a native English speaker I have the utmost respect for those endeavouring to get to grips with the language’s abundance of inconsistencies and idiosyncrasies. There is a wonderful, if rather long, poem called “The Chaos” (Anon) which charts the majority of the rebellious sounds and would challenge […]


Happy New Year!

Posted by Sarah Meijer

Happy New Year from Confident Communicating! I love the start of a new year. It speaks of freshness, newness; new hopes, new dreams, new opportunities … a natural break to celebrate the good things of the previous year and let go of the things that didn’t go so well. A time to get up and […]

The Power of a Smile

Posted by Sarah Meijer

  As I walked down an extremely busy street in London sometime ago with a friend, a young man stopped me and said in a rather puzzled manner, “Do I know you?” I replied that I did not think so. Later, as I considered this brief exchange of words, bearing in mind that I certainly […]


Finding Your Voice

Posted by Sarah Meijer

The phrase ‘Finding your voice’ resonates with so many of us because it is about freedom of expression to be all that we have been created to be. From the moment a new little person is born into the world we listen for the first sign of life – a cry. The newborn baby comes […]


A Persuasive Presentation

Posted by Sarah Meijer

  I was moved last week in watching Emma Watson, of Harry Potter fame, give what has been called by the press and media as a “game changing” and “powerful” speech. Emma Watson was addressing the UN at their HQ in New York as an introduction to the HeForShe campaign.  She has recently taken up […]

(New York, 19 September) — To kick-start a solidarity movement in support of women’s rights and full equality between women and men, UN Women held a special event for the HeForShe campaign from United Nations Headquarters in New York today.

In her new role as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, British actor and event co-host Emma Watson called on men and boys worldwide to join the movement for gender equality today. She was joined by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, along with actor Kiefer Sutherland and civil society representatives, in a discussion about the central role men and boys can play in the achievement of gender equality. CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer moderated the discussion.

Photo: UN Women/Simon Luethi

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Considerate Comms

Posted by Sarah Meijer

In Western terms it was William Wilberforce, the 19th century champion for the abolition of the slave-trade, who coined the phrase and terminology “manners”, encouraging considerate behaviour towards others.  In a purely social context, we generally prefer spending time with people with pleasant social habits rather than poor ones.  Nobody likes to sit in a […]