Fran Ponick is a speaker, author, poet, playwright, commentator, teacher, philosopher, and coach. She has decades of experience in technical, business, marketing, and proposal writing and editing, and has won awards in journalism, formal poetry, and acting, and has recently served as a consultant to DoD.
In 2011, Fran channeled her communication skills toward helping those who have suffered the recent loss of a loved one. Her new book, Only Angels Can Wing It: How to Prepare a Eulogy Quickly and Present It Compassionately, is available from Amazon.com.
Entertainment News and Reviews from Washington, D.C. and beyond.
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The Go-Go’s and The Psychedelic Furs stop by the Filene Center delivering an 1980s alternative hit parade for fans
Put the Fiftieth State in lead at this year’s Miss USA.
A carefully guided tour through the confusing world of modern bookselling and publishing.
A round eye’s guide into the Chinese world.
This column will cover anything that has anything remotely to do with the game of baseball, from the game itself to mid-summer trades to offseason moves.
Great discoveries in the world of restaurants and chefs fulfill the quest for delicious food and cooking.
Television commentary, reviews, news and nonstop DVR catch-up by Lisa King Doloff and friends.
Published 10:02 a.m. June 17, 2013
Modern life involves too many anxiety-causing decisions. Deal with it now.
Published 12:03 p.m. May 3, 2013
It's not as daunting as you think.
Published 4:56 p.m. April 14, 2013
Polite conversation vs. Capt. Cockalorum and friends.
Published 1:34 a.m. March 8, 2013
It isn't really complicated. Here's how to do it.
Published 3:10 p.m. February 17, 2013
Public speaking is doubly hard if you're smart. Or female.
Published 9:16 a.m. January 28, 2013
More than just reinvention. Here's how to do it.
Published 1:03 p.m. January 5, 2013
Politeness and listening go a long way.
Published 3:23 p.m. December 18, 2012
Politeness isn't the same as docility. Etiquette isn't the same as good manners.
Published 1:35 p.m. November 14, 2012
Stewed about vocal fry? Fryees: Stop criticizing it! Fryers: Start controlling it!
Published 2:47 p.m. November 7, 2012
The way you speak is cool for school? For work? Not so much?
Published 1:18 p.m. October 3, 2012
Introducing two people in person is preferable. But email intros can be easy, elegant.
Published 10:49 a.m. September 21, 2012
Do you have good or bad anxiety when you speak? How to tell the difference.
Published 3:29 p.m. September 10, 2012
Effective communication means money in the bank.
Published 4:47 p.m. June 3, 2012
When it comes to speaking English, everyone needs to make an effort.
Published 12:11 p.m. May 3, 2012
Calling Dr. Spencer Reid. Stop the Internet. I want to get off.