Performance tips from Barry Manilow

This morning I caught a recent interview of Barry Manilow, songwriter/performer of 4 decades, shared over National Public Radio. I caught the tail-end of it, and from that hearing found 2 nuggets I will apply to my own performances. Here they are. One nugget I feel is the key to creating engagement with audiences, because it builds interest, energy .. read more

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On December 7th, 2012, posted in: adrenaline, anxiety, Passion, performance, preparation by

Self-Talk – Use it or Lose it!

Not long ago I had coffee with a client who said, “I spend so much time focusing on where I fall short that I forget about my strengths.” The voice in this gentleman’s head, while reminding him of his problems, gave him no internal support. His coaching mechanism was nonexistant. Although it could remind him .. read more

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Yes, You Can Get over Presentation Anxiety

One of the ways people are taught to get over their fears is simply by facing them. Hence – just do it. If that’s the best we have for addressing presentation anxiety, it’s not enough. Eventhough I, too, have offered quick fixes with the confident by tomorrow morning approach, tactics like this address circumstantial-, not .. read more

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On September 26th, 2012, posted in: anxiety, confidence, fear of failure, focus, hone your message, Uncategorized by

You can handle it

We have  only so much time. And of the time we have, we prefer to do those things we enjoy or had planned. Putting the BIG rocks in first, time management experts would say. Even when they are things we don’t enjoy but need to be done. Quite often things come at us that disrupt .. read more

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With a Little Help from my Friends

As we consider the relationships around us, key relationships and those who are dear to us, we rightly value our impact on them. Do we also value their impact on us? Just this week, several individuals have shared both concerns and successes regarding friends and doing business. One had taken the difficult step (in his .. read more

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On May 18th, 2012, posted in: anxiety, asking for help, business, relationship by

What Works for You?

One of my clients, Amy, recently revealed a hilarious, if not startling, mindshift. She is the same one who has proclaimed her distaste for selling. “I now have started my prospecting, but I no longer see it that way.” Her serious demeaner showed a glimpse of a smirk coming through. Clearly, she was having fun. “I now .. read more

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On April 26th, 2012, posted in: anxiety, motivation, reframe, sales by

I Already Know, and So Do You

I have been awake since 4am, after not going to sleep until 1. The trigger for this unrest is something I have experienced before. I feel anxious about facing my next audience. My anxiety stems from being expected to speak on a topic uncommon for my usual addresses.  And since my topic of focus is one uncommon to .. read more

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On February 27th, 2012, posted in: anxiety, preparation, speech by 1 Comment

Physical Symptoms Don’t Have to Derail Us

In theatre I learned that our body feels the same when we are anxious as when we are excited. Butterflies happen both times. The butterflies we feel moments before the curtain opens – that queasiness which affects the digestive system, that makes our ears go red and our palms sweat – are symptoms that we give .. read more

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On January 11th, 2012, posted in: anxiety, introverts, stomach butterflies by

From Anxiety to Enthusiasm – Introverts and Public Speaking

Labyrinthe, by shortgreenpigg I grew up unsure of myself – unsure of how to enter conversation, what to say, how to respond to questions, and unsure of what I thought. This mix of unsurety kept me at arm’s length from relationship development until I was in my mid-late teens. At that point, Beth Huffman, the .. read more

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On June 29th, 2011, posted in: anxiety, introverts, public speaking by 1 Comment