Genuine Presence: The Key to Speaking Without Fear

Transforming Public Speaking Fear: From Toastmasters to Speaking Circles®

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I did Toastmasters quite a few years ago when I was first beginning to face my fear of public speaking. I got awards—regional awards, district awards, and yet I still did not get to that place inside where my fear took residence. Deep within I was still hiding how terrified I was of standing up in front of people with all eyes on me…judging and evaluating. Read More

Genuine Presence: The Key to Speaking Without Fear

Genuine Presence: The Key to Speaking Without Fear

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The key to speaking without fear is learning how to be genuine and fully present in the moment. I find that many people are afraid of being themselves in front of others, often for fear of being judged. To deal with that fear, they anxiously focus on trying to figure out the perfect thing to say, or the perfect script and speaking techniques, when presenting to a group. “I have to know what I have to say,” “I’m going to…

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Authentic Speaking in Business

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Are You Being Authentic? When you speak, your listeners will have their radar up looking to see if you are for real and to determine whether they can trust you are not. Regardless of what you are presenting, they want to be impressed and inspired by YOU. Are you afraid to be seen? Are you hiding behind your words? To reach others in a truly memorable and meaningful way, you need to be authentic. The challenge is clear…be yourself. Robert…

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Navigate Safely to Your Authentic Voice

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Recently a participant made a comment to me about how he felt that the Speaking Circle was “too safe” and this made him doubt our approach. I explained that in this process I intentionally create a gentle learning environment because I believe it’s difficult to change behavior without support and acceptance. To guide people into their fear and help them learn how to stay present while they are experiencing intense anxiety requires new conditions that will promote growth. We say…

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Speaking with Confidence

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At a Speaking Circle you will learn the secret of speaking with confidence. You can be confident when speaking if you know how to be fully present with yourself and others. You can discover and build your ability to make authentic connections. If you are genuine, you communicate from a place of inner knowing and power. Tapping into your inner voice, means tapping into your inner strength. Sometimes speaking with confidence includes the courage to speak up and be vulnerable….

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Affirmative Coaching Model

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Friendly corrective suggestions about content or presentation are outside the bounds of a Speaking Circle. The “pure” environment we create is full of positive regard for the essence of the person. We are training people to grow from the inside out, from a place of personal strength. This means we focus on the power of their presence. We give support and appreciation to that which already exists, even before the words. Our affirmative coaching model says that what is inside…

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