Plans for Future CommDao Content

I know I’ve said it before, but I really do plan on making video content again, so here’s a little roadmap for what’s in store:

Quick Questions – This will probably be the bulk of content rolling forward. They’ll be taken from either the video comments or sessions I’ve had with clients. Expect stuff like “What’s the difference between X and Y” or my opinion on a topic when asked.

What does [WORD] mean? / What does [WORD] REALLY mean? – Here we can tackle vocabulary, but not the dictionary stuff. Most likely it’ll be a phrase or saying you’ve heard in conversation or from a movie. In the more advanced version, maybe a concept has taken over a new meaning over the years, and we can tackle that too.

How Do You Say – Pronunciation practice for speaking English.

Totally Relatable – This’ll be a demonstration on how to link seemingly unrelated topics. Whenever you’re able to make the less obvious connection between things, no topic will be out of reach for you! You’ll have the flow to bob and weave through any conversation.

S.S. Storytime – This video series… it’ll be more of a practice run for me than anything. Since I haven’t been podcasting or creating anything on a regular basis, I miss out on opportunities to analyze, critique, and improve my voice. And since my end goal with the whole Conversation Coaching concept is to close the distance (i.e. remind people I’m not any “guru”, I just have a set of skills that everybody should have)… I want to be able to demonstrate there’s always room for improvement.

And in addition to that, speaking well isn’t about speaking perfectly all the time. While it’s true I’m a little rusty (and nervous!) when it comes to recording myself, it’s also true that real, genuine speech can still have some pauses and stutters. I plan on doing very minimal editing (with the above mentioned series) moving forward, so you’ll be able to see and hear the roughness.

But just like what I tell my clients, those “ums” and “uhs” are most noticeable when there’s nothing else to say… and I hope to have plenty of things to say!

Questions, comments, requests? Let’s talk!

Can We Talk Asian Hate?

Can We Talk Asian Hate? on YouTube – Monday, May 31st at 12PM EDT

Have you attended an AAPI webinar recently? How’d that go? Worth your time?

They’re full of good intentions, but the execution… well, many of them are still in that “early draft” stage. And so, it makes sense they’d run into the same trappings of other webinars.

But with everything that’s going on– and how important this stuff is– it’s a huge disservice to walk away feeling like “that meeting could’ve been an e-mail”.

We can do better than that.

We should do better, so that a year from now, the discussion continues to grow and improve.

These are tips on how to do a #RealTalk on #STOPAAPIHATE

How Do You Pronounce “STR” Sounds

Pronunciation practice request by “Kanye” for “STR” sounds. Originally mentioned back here.

With all pronunciation, take it nice and slow at first. And then, try to pronounce the word in sequence of actual sentences you’d use.

Please Don’t Kill Yourself

Podcast in reaction to a celebrity death, recorded about a year ago.

Many more deaths since.

In these times, things might feel more bleak, disappointing, and uncertain than ever. Talking about it might not be a fix, unfortunately, but don’t carry all this weight on your own.

What am I supposed to do with my life?

Spoiler: I don’t know what to tell you.

But what I do want to talk about– what I really want to check– is are you framing this question with unnecessary stakes and extra pressure?

Are you over-hyping the idea that everyone else knows what they’re doing?

What am I supposed to be doing with my life?