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Do You Suffer from Stage Fright?

Stage fright and public speaking fear are forms of suffering. We who suffer from stage fright are devastated because we know how much we have to give and our own sensitivity has turned against us. We are paralyzed by our fear of public speaking and not fully able to share what we know. As a […]

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Sandra Zimmer on Time to Shine Podcast: How to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

If ever there was a podcast right for me Sandra Zimmer to speak, it is Oscar Santolalla’s Time to Shine Podcast! I’m proud to be Oscar’s 165th guest on his podcast which is devoted entirely to public speaking and becoming a great public speaker. My topic is of course the Sandra Zimmer Method to Overcome […]

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9 Steps to Conquer Nerves for Interviews and Communicate Authentically

In 2008, I was asked by Andrew Dlugan to write an article for his 6 Minutes Public Speaking blog about steps to help conquer nerves for interviews. Now in 2020 with so many people being laid off due to the COVID19 pandemic, I am revising that article and posting it here. Being interviewed for a […]

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An Exercise for Managing Anxiety from Sandra Zimmer

It seems like a good time to share some techniques and exercises for managing anxiety with whomever happens to land on my blog.  The Coronavirus outbreak has brought a focus on anxiety. It is a real issue for many of us as we are working from home and sitting with uncertainty about our future.  Anxiety […]

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Grow your Self-Confidence

Self-Confidence – a feeling of self-assurance arising from your appreciation of your own abilities or qualities. No quality is more important for success than self-confidence. Confidence in yourself allows you to go through life as an adventure. It allows you to go towards and take advantage of new opportunities.  Confidence makes it possible to grow, […]

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New Rules for Authentic Public Speaking

It’s time we made new rules for public speaking, specifically new rules for authentic public speaking. Today I’m rewriting the old rules for public speaking.  You know, those old rules that don’t really help speakers be authentic or even be comfortable.  Rules like don’t put your hands in your pockets, don’t tell them you are […]

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The #1 Public Speaking Rule that has to Change

It is time we update one public speaking rule to align with the collective wish for more authenticity in communicating. Public Speaking coaches everywhere advise their clients, “Don’t ever tell them you are nervous. They won’t know.”  This old-style public speaking rule causes us to sacrifice being real for looking perfect. Public speaking will always […]

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6 Steps to Enhance Your Leadership Presence through Embodying Gravitas

Training in acting can enhance your leadership presence through learning to embody gravitas! Acting teaches you how to become something new.  To “become” means to be comfortable with new qualities, behaviors and skills. I taught acting for many years to adults who were mostly professionals. Many of them came to acting classes because they thought […]

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6 Reasons Why You Should Tell Stories in Presentations, Leadership Messages and Meetings

Story Telling is a powerful way to open up presentations, leadership messages and meetings of all kinds.  Telling the right story produces astonishing results for you as a speaker and leader. If you’re not sure what a story is, it’s just what happened. That means it involves human beings doing or experiencing something. In case you don’t […]

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Tip for Finding Stories to Make Talks and Presentations Engaging and Compelling

Here’s a valuable tip for finding stories from your life that you can use to make talks and presentations more engaging and compelling.  Both professional and personal stories can be used to illustrate ideas, make points and sell your services. If you read my last post on 6 Reasons to Tell Stories in Presentations, Leadership […]

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