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Reduce Stage Fright: Talk Only to One Person at a Time

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Public Speaking is a Series of One-to-One Conversations Approach public speaking as more of a “me-to-you” discussion rather than a full-blown broadcast,  suggests G.I. Taylor in the Fear of Speaking blog.  I agree with the idea of seeing yourself talking to one person at a time when you are in front of groups.  When you […]

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The Most Important Rule in Public Speaking: Be Yourself

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“Most important rule… be yourself!” FastUpFront Blog in their article, “5 Essential Public Speaking Tips for Non-Public Speakers,” wrote about this number one rule. But how do people discover who they are? As a psychologist, I believe you need safe learning environments to explore and develop yourself. So much of our social training growing up […]

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The 7 Steps to Being a Fearless Speaker

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We are all public speakers.  Whether you are giving a presentation at work, sharing your opinion at a meeting, or talking to someone one-on-one, you are expressing yourself.  The question is, do you feel comfortable and confident being who you are?  These 7 steps help you focus on what really matters in any communication—your authentic […]

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From Fear to Authenticity

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After one of our recent trainings on Relational Presence, a seminar that focuses on overcoming the fear of public speaking, one of the participants watched his video and reported witnessing his transformation from fear to authenticity. “I remember going to see the film ‘Bambi’ as a kid, and I remember that scene when he gets […]

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Public Speaking Anxiety: An Exercise for Eliminating Uhms and Ahs

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Ums and Ahs are Fillers That Point to Public Speaking Anxiety Did you know that ums and ahs are fillers that point to an underlying public speaking anxiety? Once you are aware of this fact, you start to listen more carefully to speakers. You might notice that when someone speaks without any fillers, you feel like you can listen more easily. The speaker’s words seem to flow together more smoothly as opposed to the choppy, hesitant sounds of the ums…

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Ums and Ahs: How the Fear of Public Speaking Shows Up

Ums and Ahs: How the Fear of Public Speaking Shows Up

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The Unconscious Habit Much of what is written about fillers such as uhms and ahs states that they are an unconscious habit. The sounds, words, and phrases that fill up the silences are for the most part not even recognized by people as they speak. Unconscious means out-of-awareness. When a habit is repeated without conscious awareness, we can guess that there is also a reason for that habit that is not yet identified or understood. The uhms and ahs serve…

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How Authentic Speaking can Heal Negative Patterns

How Authentic Speaking can Heal Negative Patterns

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What is Authentic Speaking?   A workshop participant who attended Leadership Presence:  How to Inspire Groups to Action wrote this note to me and my training partner, Lee Glickstein, founder of Speaking Circles International. “I want to say a huge thank you for the incredible gift of holding such a safe and expansive space for us all and for the incredible love and acceptance that has allowed me to move through some very difficult ‘stuff’ … (breath!) I loved that…

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Clear Thinking and Fearless Expression

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2-Day Speaking Circles® Intensive Facilitated by Lee Glickstein and Doreen Hamilton When: Saturday and Sunday, February 27-28, 2010 Time: 10am-5pm Where: San Anselmo, CA Fee: $350 Registration: www.speakingcircles.com 415-488-4460 At this training you will be provided with the support and tools you need to express yourself with ease, presence, and clarity in your own unique way in front of any group. Whether you are new to Speaking Circle or a regular, a non-speaker, beginning speaker or a professional, this in-depth…

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3 P’s of Authentic Speaking: Passion, Personality and Play

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Today I found an article related to authentic speaking by Teresa Tayag, Trainer, Speaker, Public Speaking Coach from “Let the Real You Shine Through.” Teresa writes… “Public speaking has been a very intimidating pursuit for many. Experienced speakers have established countless forbidding guidelines that make many aspiring speakers cringe and at times, give up. The gurus have dictated their defined “rules” as if they are proven scientific facts: the way a speaker looks, the way a speaker moves, the way…

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Leadership Presence: How to Inspire Groups to Action

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Leadership Presence: How to Inspire Groups to Action Facilitated by Lee Glickstein and Doreen Hamilton When: Saturday and Sunday, May 8-9, 2010 Time: 10am-5pm Where: San Anselmo, CA Fee: $350 Registration: www.speakingcircles.com (415-488-4460) Prerequisites – Speaking Circle® experience that demonstrates your understanding of Relational Presence Leaders influence others to action through the power of presence. There’s nothing more crucial to successful leadership communication than being receptive, genuine, and compelling whenever you give a presentation, lead a meeting, or speak with…

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The True Self as Speaker

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Your True Self is a Powerful Communicator Most people who have a fear of speaking in public can not begin to imagine that they could ever be their true self and speak in front of others. But the most powerful communicators are ones that can be absolutely authentic and even vulnerable as they reveal who they are and what they have to offer. Commitment to being authentic is this kind of speaker that I want to help cultivate in the…

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Speaking Circle®

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Speaking Circle® When: 2nd Wednesday of each month Time: 7-9:30pm Where: Berkeley, CA Fee: $40 per session Registration: doreen@essentialspeaking.com 510-524-4055 At a Speaking Circle you are provided all the support you need to express yourself in your own time and in your own unique way, without fear or discomfort. Some call this depth of expression, “speaking from the heart,” “the authentic self” or “your real voice.” Whatever you call it, you know when you are there; you know when someone…

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Presence: Your Key to Powerful Speaking

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When: Monday, May 18, 2009 Time: 6:30-9:00pm Where: East Bay Coaches, 24 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA www.eastbaycoaches.org 510-524-4055 When you deliver a speech to an audience, work with a client, or talk intimately with a friend, it is your presence that carries your words to the listeners. Being in the moment, fully present, connected to your self and others gives power to what you say. Fear can block you from being yourself in front of others. Doreen Hamilton’s book, Essential…

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Writing Out Loud: Speak and Write from Your Heart

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Facilitated by Doreen Hamilton and Linda Joy Myers When: TBA Information: doreen@essentialspeaking.com 510-524-4055 Don’t just sit in front of a blank page…learn how to write out loud. Through techniques of deep listening and unconditional acceptance, your stories are invited into the sacred space of the group. • Free your inner voice • Tap into your life stories • Write from your heart Activities include creative and stimulating writing exercises, group listening, and supportive reflection.

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SpeakingQuest: Journey to Your Authentic Self

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Week-long retreat in Molokai, Hawaii Facilitated by Doreen Hamilton and Katherine Mapes-Resnik When: October 10-16, 2009 Where: Island of Molokai, Hawaii Information: www.speakingquest.com SpeakingQuest retreats combine the excitement of travel with the satisfaction of personal discovery. • Discover the confidence to express yourself easily in all areas of life • Develop the art of listening and speaking from your heart • Learn how to deepen intimate connections with others Activities include Speaking Circles®, storytelling, art, creative writing, nature walks, ancient…

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Speaking Circle® Facilitator Certification Training Program

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Three month program starting with four-day intensive in San Anselmo, California. Facilitated by Lee Glickstein and Doreen Hamilton When: October 7-10, 2010 Time: 10am-5pm Where: San Anselmo, CA Fee: $2500 Registration: www.speakingcircles.com 415-488-4460 Prerequisite: Leadership Presence and ongoing practice in Speaking Circles. This concentrated program works on the level of personal transformation while teaching you the skills and tools you will need to become a masterful Facilitator. Enrollment is limited, allowing for extensive personal attention for all trainees. Upon completion…

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Leadership Presence: How to Inspire Groups to Action

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Facilitated by Lee Glickstein and Doreen Hamilton When: Saturday and Sunday, January 30-31, 2010 Time: 10am-5pm Where: San Anselmo, CA Fee: $350 Registration: www.speakingcircles.com (415-488-4460) Prerequisites – Speaking Circle® experience that demonstrates your understanding of Relational Presence Leaders influence others to action through the power of presence. There’s nothing more crucial to successful leadership communication than being receptive, genuine, and compelling whenever you give a presentation, lead a meeting, or speak with just one individual. The mistake most leaders make…

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Fearless Speaking: Discovering Your True Voice

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When: Saturday, April 17, 2010 Time: 9:30am-4:30pm Where: San Francisco, CA Fee: $165 Registration: SFSU College of Extended Learning (415) 405-7700 Imagine feeling relaxed and confident when you speak in front of a group. Whether you dread the thought of public speaking or are an experienced presenter, Fearless Speaking supports you in discovering your own natural speaking style so you can shift out of performance mode and move into comfortable, self-confident, and genuine expression. This program will help you to:…

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