How to avoid going blank & get to your point (plus more resources from my FB live)

Last Sunday (9 Feb), I went live on our FB page to answer your questions in our second AMA (Ask MEM Anything) session.

If you didn’t watch it, you can catch the replay here.

I promised to send the resources that I mentioned during the live session, so here you go!

1) Farah Nabilah asked about using “to” with gerund (verb +ing).

Here’s the article that I referred to:

English Grammar: Can a gerund be used after the preposition “to”?

2) Alya Atira asked whether we can use “and” and “but” to begin sentences. (The answer is “Yes!”)

Here’s the quote I mentioned from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary of English Usage:

It’s perfectly acceptable to begin a sentence with “And,” as well as the other words that we are often taught to avoid such as “but” or “or.”

It also notes that you can find examples of it all the way back to Old English.

3) I talked about the PREP framework as I was answering Nadia’s question to help get to our points quickly.

Here’s an article about PREP that I wrote:

Do you go blank when you’re asked to speak spontaneously? Try this technique.

Psst! We also teach more speaking frameworks in our online course, Communicate with Confidence. We hope you’ll join us! Registration will be open this Monday!

4) Ms Ekina asked us how to write polite emails to bosses or users for updates, advice or approval.

This is the blog post I referred to in the live session:

How to sound polite in your emails

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I hope you find these resources helpful! I had a lot of fun connecting with you and hope to do more live sessions in the future.

Now, this coming Sunday (16 Feb) at 10AM, Madam Azimah will be going live for you. She’s going to be sharing some speaking tips to help you become more confident in communicating.

So if speaking with confidence is a struggle for you, don’t miss it.

Join the live session here on our Facebook Page.

We’ll “see” you this Sunday!

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