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Praise for Essential Speaking: The 7-Step Guide to Finding Your Real Voice

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More Praise for Essential Speaking I found Essential Speaking: The 7-Step Guide to Finding Your Real Voice, by Doreen Hamilton to be a wonderful book—ostensibly about public speaking, but also about learning how to be true to yourself while in the presence of people listening to you. Statistically, fear of public speaking is said to be higher on the chart than fear of death. Indeed, for many, public speaking is the same as death. Doreen Hamilton, a psychotherapist who understands…

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SpeakingQuest: Journey to Your Authentic Self

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SpeakingQuest: Journey to Your Authentic Self 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,…

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Journey to Your Real Self and Speak Authentically

Journey to Your Real Self and Speak Authentically

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Essential Speaking Programs Can Lead you to Your Real Self Have you been longing for a deeper connection to your real self? Your heart, mind, and soul may beckon you toward a path that can lead you to speak authentically. In Essential Speaking programs, you will find an innovative process that not only dissolves stage […]

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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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Facilitating Change with your Authentic Voice

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I rang the chimer to start the Facilitator Training program, and the sound of the bell hung in the air for a very long time. We were all quiet as the vibration filled the room. The note seemed to float through the window, into the forest, beyond the village, and across the land. My intention was to help liberate the inner voice of every trainee who was sitting there. Like the bell that was still traveling through the universe, I…

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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 yourself and others gives power to what you say. Fear can block you from being yourself in front of others. Doreen Hamilton’s book, Essential Speaking:…

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Presence: Your Key to Conflict Resolution

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Relational Presence is an ongoing practice that can be part of living more consciously every moment of every day. As Facilitators of Speaking Circles we apply this amazing process to help people transform their fear of speaking in groups, but we are also introducing people to a new way of being in the world. Many participants soon realize the value that RP has beyond the reduction of their speaking anxiety. One specific and challenging instance where we can apply this…

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Transform Fear Into Authentic Presence

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I was a Toastmaster who regularly won contests. I even advanced to district and regional awards. The truth is that my gut fear was always present. I learned techniques that I used to manage “the butterflies,” but I did not transform that basic insecurity within me. There was no authentic depth of presence. The Speaking Circle environment went right to the heart of my fear in a gentle way and transformed it into a natural and powerful confidence. Now whether…

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Speak Without Fear and Step Closer to Your Dream

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The Fear of Speaking As a psychologist, I help people to speak without fear. As I see it, the fear of speaking as one of the biggest blocks to people moving forward in their lives. When they have to speak in front of others, or even when they anticipate doing it, many people are filled with dread. The nerves can shake them to the core. If they can’t avoid the spotlight, they might over-rehearse, take medications, cover up, pretend, or…

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Obama Inspires as He Speaks

Obama Inspires as He Speaks

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Listening to Obama speak inspires me. I think we all have an instinct when it comes to recognizing goodness in others. This man speaks with a full heart. How can we tell? We can feel it in our bodies as we listen. We respond in a quiet awe and feel compelled to open ourselves to his message. His words are not from his head, although he is clearly intelligent. His words have depth and resonance and meaning. They seem to…

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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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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 self. 1. BE STILL – always start from a place of silence. Quiet yourself. Being comfortable without any words is powerful. 2. BE…

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Finding Your Authentic Voice

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The inner voice, coming from essence, is the natural voice. And what is the sound of this natural voice? During the formative years, many children learn to fear their authentic expressiveness. They suppress themselves and learn to speak so that they can fit in and be accepted. They forfeit their true nature as they are shaped more by outer rather than inner forces. Parents are usually the first to welcome the voice of the child. They repeat back the baby’s…

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Leadership Presence: How to Connect and Inspire by Doreen Hamilton, Ph.D.

Full Presence Leadership Training

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Learn to inform, inspire, and influence whenever you lead groups. In this interactive and experiential workshop, I will introduce the Leadership Presence model. With incisive guidance and coaching, in this training you will have the opportunity to design, structure, and lead the group in a workshop unit in your area of interest or expertise. Our work together will be built on a solid foundation of Relational Presence as we explore group attunement and authentic leadership. Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23,…

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Fearless Speaking Workshop

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Join me to change your fear of speaking so you can change your life. I will be teaching a one-day program, Fearless Speaking: Discovering Your True Voice, at the San Francisco University College of Extended Learning. “If you have ever lost your voice, then Fearless Speaking is where you will find it. The class provided a safe and secure environment to live through my biggest fear: public speaking. I’m so glad I took it. I will definitely recommend it to…

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Change The Fear of Speaking, Change Your Life

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Your Life Changes When Change The Fear of Speaking If you can change your fear of speaking, you will change your life.   Essential Speaking Changes Who You Are   Essential Speaking Changes What You Can Do You will be able to speak up in situations that you previously avoided. You will never have to hesitate again when asked to lead a meeting, make a sales presentation, give a speech in class, offer a workshop, or simply tell someone else…

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The Essential Speaking Book

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Learn How to Speak Authentically in Any Situation Essential Speaking is about being open, present, and genuinely connected to others whenever you speak. My book, Essential Speaking: The 7 Step Guide to Finding Your Real Voice  is a practical guide that will lead readers to a deep confidence to speak authentically in any situation, whether in front of large groups or with just one other person. Full Presence and True Connection My approach focuses on full presence and true connection…

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