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The Pleasure Principle

of Public Speaking

“My public presence is much more powerful and the response has been amazing. This is the most transformational work available, whether or not you want to be a public speaker.”

Jane Bell, Co-founder, World Trust Foundation


"I didn't have stage fright. I had 'raw screaming stage terror.' But I've
given 15 presentations since I found Speaking Circles and totally enjoyed every one of them from start to finish."

Gary Boomershine, Software Sales Team Manager


"Because of these wonderful teachings I am living my dream as a motivational speaker on autism. I love every minute of it. Before I met Lee I was petrified to get up on stage, and now you can't keep me off the stage. Watch out world, here I come!"

Amalia Starr,
Owner, Mountain Star Publishing


"There's nothing that I've experienced, no modality more effective at moving us into our authentic human truth, getting to that place that Abraham Maslow called 'true self-actualization,' nothing is as effective as Speaking Circles."

Maurice Taylor,Psychotherapist/Author


"I just wanted to reach out and say how fun it is to see myself on those 10-year-old Speaking Circle videos with Lee in Berkeley. Today I'm a speaker and I've published a memoir,
and I know that my confidence and courage stems from my early foundation of working in these groups."

Susan Bremer, Founder, Self Appeal®

Public speaking with pleasure and purpose in front of any group

Imagine standing in front of any audience, feeling absolutely at ease and enjoying the pleasure of their rapt attention.

Whether you have public speaking anxiety or simply want to express yourself with greater clarity and authenticity, Relational Presence practice at a Speaking Circle® will guide you in accessing your naturally potent, effortless expression.

The movie below will let you know if this is the right approach for you. In it Lee Glickstein, founder of Speaking Circles International and author of Be Heard Now! End Your Fear of Public Speaking Forever (Doubleday), models and discusses the radical practice of Relational Presence.

His teaching is interwoven with five Speaking Circle participants sharing what brought them to the work and how this practice (which they model as they speak unscripted) has transformed their lives with groups, and beyond.

Note: See links below to individual videos of the five participants, including content not included in the movie.

Developing Relational Presence with a supportive group under masterful facilitation is like building a powerful muscle at the gym. This gentle yet potent practice transforms self-consciousness to self-confidence by building new neural pathways that strengthen your natural capacity to:

  • Create a "field of belonging" in a group by holding the calm center co-mindfully.
  • Invite connection and communicate with ease every time.
  • Access your natural magnetism to improve the quality of your business presentations and relationships.
  • Bring out the best in others by seeing the best in them. 

Speaking Circle programs transform the way you communicate by focusing on the essential first step missing in conventional public speaking trainings — true attunement between speaker and listeners. Our relationship-based approach gives you the time and support to discover how to express yourself clearly in your own unique style.

We invite you to take the first step toward public speaking ease by watching the video above and then checking out the Free Resources listed on the right.



Public Speaking Anxiety Solved: The Movie

Individual videos of the participants--

Brooke     Jack     Barbara     Lauren      Maurice




Be Heard Now by Lee Glickstein
Lee Glickstein
Founder of Speaking Circles

Author of
Be Heard Now!


Top Newsletter articles:

February 2017

Demystifying the Cause and Cure of Stage Fright

November 2016

Cultivating the Safe Space Within

September 2016

Luminous Listening: Oxygen for the Psyche


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San Francisco Bay Area Speaking Circle Schedule


Day-long Speaking Circle:

San Rafael, CA, 10 am-5 pm

with Lee Glickstein

Saturday, February 17 or March 17


Fearless Speaking Workshop:

Berkeley, CA, 10 am-5 pm

with Doreen Hamilton

Saturday, February 10

Facilitator Trainings

The Netherlands--

  May 2018, dates TBA

Marin County, California--

  October 2018, dates TBA

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