The Tips of the Tongue Virtual Course: Presentation Skills for Nonnative English Speakers  

Dates: Feb. 26th, March 5th, 12th, 19th (available live or recorded)

Nonnative English speakers face unique challenges when trying to get their ideas across in a presentation. These obstacles range from severe anxiety due to language barriers to misunderstanding cultural norms in American business presentations.

 Based on the concepts described in Tips of the Tongue: The Nonnative English Speaker’s Guide to Mastering Public Speaking, this virtual course helps global professionals improve their confidence, competence, and cultural comfort when presenting in English. 

In this 4-week Virtual Course, you will learn:

  • The Characteristics of Successful Presentations and Overcoming Stage Fright
  • To Use Powerful Gestures, Movement, and Facial Expressions to Engage Your Audience
  • How to Add Vocal Variety to Make Your Presentation More Compelling and Memorable
  • How to Devise a Strong Structure for a Presentation and Strategies for Addressing Questions with Confidence

The Virtual Course is limited to 10 participants to maximize participation and feedback opportunities, and includes:

  • Four weekly 90-minute video-based live webinars taught by Ellen Dowling or Deborah Grayson Riegel. The webinars will offer instruction, examples, practice opportunities, and additional resources. The webinars will also be recorded for those who cannot participate live, and so that participants can review the modules again.
  • Weekly opportunities for participants to record themselves presenting and get specific, personalized feedback on their skills.
  • An electronic version (Kindle or e-reader) of the book, Tips of the Tongue: The Nonnative English Speaker’s Guide to Mastering Public Speaking.
  • Additional articles, videos, and other resources for self-directed learning during and after the course to sustain results.

Read Some Of Our Rave Reviews

"If you ever present, read this book! It is a clear and concise collection of tools and techniques, written from a practitioner’s standpoint. Being German myself, and having worked in international roles for many years, I had to learn some of the lessons described in here the hard way. And frequently standing in front of American, British or Australian audiences, I have experienced my share of nerve-wracking moments. I wish I had this book available earlier in my career because it provides some of the simplest yet highly effective ways to make an impact. By the way, despite its title and primary target audience, a lot of these principles apply to most any presenter, regardless of their mother tongue. So, even if your first language is English I will repeat my advice: if you ever present, read this book!"

-Timo Gorner Director of OD and Training 

Fox Entertainment Group  


"There’s an entire MBA class reflected in this book, which is essential for any nonnative English speaker. You don’t need to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to go to business school to learn this skill—you just need to read this book (and practice)!"

-Mabel Wong Vice-President of CRM and Customer Insight  

Jaguar Land Rover China  

Do you get nervous when you have to make a business presentation to an English-speaking audience? Then this is the Virtual Course for you. Reserve your spot today!

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See What Our Readers Are Saying

"The Nonnative English English Speaker’s Guide to Master Public Speaking” is a gem with its simple, yet powerful, tools and advice. Having worked in several countries with a highly diverse cross cultural workforce, this book is a reminder that people can make deep and meaningful connections with their audience without ever mastering the local language."

-Maeve Coburn Senior Vice President  

L’Oreal Learning for Transformation, Americas  


"As a communication professor, I’m so excited to have this great resource to offer my nonnative English speaking students who give presentations. It has practical advice and general wisdom that will be immediately relevant not just to nonnative English presenters but to anyone who gives presentations."

-Rebecca Heino Executive Director & Faculty of Communication  

Columbia University  

About Your Presenters

Deborah Grayson Riegel  

Ellen Dowling

Deborah Grayson Riegel is the CEO and Chief Communication Coach for Talk Support, and Director of Learning for The Boda Group.She started her career at age 17, when she won a national championship in public speaking as a high school senior in New York City, and was immediately recruited to coach on presentation and communication skills at colleges and corporations.  

Deborah has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University, supporting her expensive school habit by performing improvisation and stand-up comedy. Deborah is a lecturer of Management Communication at the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. She also served as a Visiting Professor of Executive Communications at the Beijing International MBA Program at Peking University, China.  

Deborah’s clients have ranged from Bloomberg, Kraft Foods, Monster Worldwide and Pfizer China to The American Bar Association, Fox Entertainment Group, and The United States Army.  

She has been a featured expert and a contributor to Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fox Business Network, and American Express OPEN Small Business Forum.

Ellen Dowling, PhD, is a nationally recognized expert on training design and delivery and an internationally known speaker and trainer. Her clients in the US include Honeywell, Intel Corporation, Alltel, Lockheed Martin, and Sandia National Laboratories.  

Her clients in China include Pfizer, the State Food and Drug Administration, and the National Development and Reform Commission.  

From 2006 to 2014 she was a visiting professor in the Beijing International MBA Program at Peking University, where she taught “Report Writing and Presentation Skills” to international MBA candidates.  

She is the author of The Standup Trainer and co-author of Presenting with Style: Advanced Strategies for Superior Presentations.

Are you responsible for the professional development of your company’s global leaders and teams? This Virtual Course will walk you through how to communicate and present effectively!