Get Rid of Public Speaking Fears, Once and For All

“There are three things to aim at: first, to get into your subject, then to get your subject into yourself, and lastly, to get your subject into the heart of your audience.” – Alexander Gregg When it comes to speaking well, just like with anything, if we can “get into” it we can not only .. read more

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Don’t Start Questioning Confidence

Many have been reflecting on the book, The Confidence Code, especially women, and questioning whether confidence is worth the struggle. Don’t fall victim to this quandry – it’s an excuse to give up. Instead, get back on track. Confidence, like enthusiasm, has 3 key benefits. 1. Confidence opens the individual’s mind for clear thinking. 2. .. read more

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On May 19th, 2014, posted in: confidence, energy, purpose by 1 Comment

We can’t afford NOT to talk to people

Although many of us wish we could just close our door, turn off our phone and get to work, we can’t and we shouldn’t. Inspiration and opportunity come to us when we are open to others. I must be honest – like many introverts, I enjoy downtime – time to reflect, to recharge and to .. read more

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Sit still.

Stop the busy-ness. Sit still. Take a deep breath. Exhale. Now think about the folks you really enjoy talking to, hanging out with or listening to. Are you smiling? If not, would you be, if you really stopped the busy-ness? Earlier this week I wrote about what motivates us to respond to invitations,  as well .. read more

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On November 14th, 2012, posted in: affirmation, calm, downtime, energy, focus by

Need to repurpose your time and energy?

Maybe you have taken old tires and turned them into swings, bottle caps into table top designs or old t-shirts into a coverlet. Repurposing our material goods puts a spark of energy into our lives and helps us turn junk into treasures. See picture below of a ladder repurposed from I think that’s pretty .. read more

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On October 22nd, 2012, posted in: choice, energy, flexibility by 2 Comments

Good reason to have someone observe you

Today I observed a presenter for the second time in a week., the 4th time overall. New presentation, new venue and different presenting style all led toward my feeling of respect for the presenter who cares enough about his presentation impact to learn from an outsider about his patterns. Two days ago this speaker was in .. read more

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Stay alone or connect?

Like many introverts, I often dread leaving my comfy, familiar environment to meet others – especially when I feel tired. When I’m tired, I’m down on myself, and I believe I need a cocoon. This happened yesterday. Once a month I meet with fellow professional speakers to share progress in our marketing, audience responses and .. read more

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On October 15th, 2012, posted in: adrenaline, calm, energy, meaning, pushing forward by

Give to Get still applies to business

I learned pretty early that a key to happiness is giving. Though difficult during trying times, giving in the offering plate, at the blood bank, for neighborhood fundraisers and lemonade stands as well as when a good friend needs support, giving provides opportunity. We generally see the opportunity from the eyes of the recipient, and .. read more

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On October 4th, 2012, posted in: attitude, breakthrough, energy by

Tips for Refueling a Deflated Ego

We all have days when our power wanes, usually due to exhaustion. Yet sometimes it has more to do with hearing NO, not hearing YES or lacking recognition. This is when our sense of self, our confidence, deflates. Like a balloon left alone without new air, we fizzle out, slowly becoming a limp, unremarkable object. .. read more

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On September 25th, 2012, posted in: affirmation, attitude, confidence, energy, exhaustion by

Hone Your Message

Immediately my attention was heightened by the speaker’s dynamic, expressive energy. The more she talked, the greater her gestures and movement grew. Within 3 minutes, however, my impression of her speaking ability shifted. (Writer’s note, the above picture of Eunice is simply to illustrate great use of gestures – she is not the speaker I .. read more

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On August 30th, 2012, posted in: behavior, clarity, clutter, controllling self, energy, extroverts, flow by