I wondered if I should cancel the meeting

I wondered if I should cancel the meeting?

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My Fear to Lead a Meeting Why? Because, after a few cancellations, I had only two people signed up for the Berkeley Speaking Circle®? The meeting was scheduled to start in an hour. I wondered… …If the two participants could get enough value out of such an undersized group. …If I should begin the group as I usually do and just carry on. I always present the guidelines and then invite each person to take turns practicing Relational Presence ……

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10 Steps to Prepare a Talk and Boost Your Confidence

10 Steps to Prepare a Talk and Boost Your Confidence

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Boost your Confidence with these 10 Steps I know you usually find me guiding you to be present and connected when you’re speaking, however… …as I’m preparing to give a presentation myself… I wanted to share the 10 steps I personally go through to create content and structure my talk… 1. Know the content you want to share. It helps if you are passionate about the topic. This passion infuses YOU with more natural enthusiasm when you speak. The audience…

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3 Common Blocks to Sharing Your Story...And How to Breakthrough Them

3 Common Blocks to Sharing Your Story and How to Breakthrough Them

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Breaking through the 3 Common Blocks In a previous article, I gave you three tips to create juicy stories. Here they are again… be personal, be specific, and be inspirational. But what happens if you get blocked? What happens if you find yourself unable to put your story together so you can tell it? I have found 3 common blocks that stop people in their tracks as they try to pin down their stories: 1. My stories are personal… 2….

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Presence and Public Speaking

Presence and Public Speaking

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Early signs of public speaking anxiety I just received a note from one of my coaching clients and I thought it would speak to you… …especially if you are still working on getting over your speaking anxiety. In my articles, I’ve been helping you learn how to recognize the early signs of anxiety. When you can notice the discomfort, you can stop it. Let’s look at a scale of 1-10, 1 being total, Buddha-like peace and 10 being a complete…

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Tips on speaking from your essence

Speak From the Essence of Who You Are

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When You Connect to Your Essence, Your Voice is Pure and Powerful. I think one has to first believe that within their own body/self/soul there is a core Essence that is powerful, pure, and positive. But how do you find and connect with that state of being within? Several ways I have come to know this for myself have involved therapy, personal growth workshops, coaching, and, of course, Speaking Circles®. I had to learn to open up, trust, and believe that…

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Afraid to Run Out of Words When Speaking in Public?

Afraid to Run Out of Words When Speaking in Public?

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Losing Your Words When Speaking? I recently received an email from a woman who said she’s afraid of losing her words and being spontaneously asked to speak. Two very common fears! If you have or ever have had either fear, I thought you might find my response helpful. Be Present and You Will Find Your Words “Both situations you refer to, running out of what to say and speaking spontaneously are about being able to be fully present in the…

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Stillness: The Key to Public Speaking Ease

Stillness: The Key to Public Speaking Ease

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Stillness: The Key to Public Speaking Ease Do you know the secret to relaxed public speaking? Relaxed public speaking is possible when you can be at ease with silence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o7wjbs3NLs In this video, Lee Glickstein, founder of Speaking Circles International, demonstrates the power of silence when you are in front of an audience. You might ask, “How is it possible that a silent inner stillness is what reduces public speaking anxiety?” The answer to how inner silence grounds you and makes you…

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Anxiety to Tranquility

From Anxiety to Tranquility in 3 Steps

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Speaking Anxiety Symptoms When you are about to speak in public, have you ever felt your heart pound out of your chest, sweat pour down your face, and fog fill your head? This state of anxiety is called the “fight or flight” response. It makes you want to run out of the room and get the heck out of dodge. But … hold your horses… There is a way you can instantly take your body to a calm and centered…

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Four Steps to Inner Clarity

Four Steps to Inner Clarity

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  Finding Inner Clarity I thought you might be inspired by a podcast episode I’ve just heard. I believe it speaks to how to overcome speaking anxiety… any time… any where. It’s from the podcast series Unshakable Self-Confidence, and it’s about taking the leap into your true nature, the essence of who you are. Check it out here: https://player.fm/series/unshakable-self-confidence/how-to-use-mediation-to-reconnect-to-our-inherent-power. Basically, Joni Pollard presents a 4-point sequence to help you reconnect to your most essential power at the very moment you…

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If Public Speaking Feels Like Torture, Do This.

If Public Speaking Feels Like Torture, Do This.

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Is Public speaking Torture for You? A few weeks ago, I received this question from a coaching client: “You know what is most frustrating to me? I feel like I am a rather calm person – I really don’t feel like a person who runs with high anxiety. “As a nurse and as a mom and a wife and a student, I am so chill compared to others that I see around me. So why is public speaking so tortuous…

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