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Lee Glickstein, Public Speaking Coach

Lee Glickstein, founder of Speaking Circles International, is an authority on authentic power and presence in public speaking. He delivers keynotes, seminars and private coaching with a unique combination of inspiration and step-by-step innovation. Offering speaking coaching to clients ranging from top professional communicators to "non-speakers" with severe stage fright, he is committed to facilitating ease, power and effectiveness for anyone who needs or wants to address groups.

In 1989, Lee developed Speaking Circles as a way to make his innovative approach available to others. Since that time he has facilitated thousands of Speaking Circles, workshops, seminars and retreats around the world. The organization he founded, Speaking Circles International, has trained over 1000 Speaking Circle facilitators worldwide.

Lee has presented his unique programs at annual conventions, regional workshops, and at over 30 local chapters of the National Speakers Association.

He is author of Be Heard Now! Tap Into Your Inner Speaker and Communicate with Ease (Broadway Books) , Be Heard Now! How to Speak Naturally and Powerfully in Front of Any Audience (Sounds True Audiotapes), and the Ebook: Speakers' Guide to Authentic Connection: The Alchemy of Influence through Relational Presence.

Lee graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.A. in Sociology in 1966. He was a social worker in New York City for eight years before moving to California to "follow his bliss."

He performed stand-up comedy in San Francisco before becoming an innovator in the field of "humor as healing," eventually serving as Director of the Humor in Medicine Program at the California Pacific Medical Center in the early 1990's. In 1996, Lee was awarded the Athena Award for Excellence in Coaching and Mentoring.

A lifetime of stage fright motivated him to develop his simple but elegant approach to break through the epidemic fear of being fully oneself in front of groups. This process of discovery led him to a thorough understanding of the principles of authentic leadership communication through the practice of Relational Presence.

Lee lives in Marin County, California, and his hobby is constructing crossword puzzles for the New York Times.

What professional speakers are saying about Lee

"Lee Glickstein is a genius. There's no one in the world better at what he does. He is doing life-changing, breakthrough work which is shaping the speaking industry and propelling it forward."
Randy Gage, National Speakers Association, Florida

"YES. YES. YES. YES. Lee Glickstein has managed to put into words the mystical experience of really connecting, not just speaking. I am better for it."
Rosita Perez, National Speakers Association, Florida, CPAE (Council of Peers Award for Excellence)

"FABULOUS WORK! Lee Glickstein has innovated an effective way to empower speakers to connect with and identify their inner story, and to develop and deliver it authentically."
Grady Jim Robinson, NSA St. Louis, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), CPAE

"REVOLUTIONARY STUFF! The cutting edge of where genuine leadership and speaking is going."
Glenna Salsbury, NSA Arizona, CSP, CPAE, Arizona, Former NSA President

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What clients are saying about Lee's programs

"I found myself in a safe space among peers, which allowed me to be authentic. Not only that, no small accomplishment, I came away with tools and insights to enable me to take that authenticity into daily life."
Michael Toms, founder, New Dimensions Radio

"With all my speaking experience, I never believed I could speak extemporaneously. To be able to eloquently flow in the moment has opened a whole new territory to me."
Ann Weiser Cornell, President, Association for Humanistic Psychology

"Your two seminars with our trainers transformed the way we do our programs here. What you provide and support is an approach to being real that allows people to be honest, open, and effective in leadership communication."
Doug Krug, Enlightened Leadership, International, Denver, Colorado

"Lee had a powerful impact on a client of mine, Banner Radio, a leading national rep company. He showed their top executives, in a few short hours, how to make a major difference in their presentation, listening, and communication skills."
Juanell Teague, People Plus, Inc., Dallas, Texas

"You brought out the best in me and the other CEO's in my Executive Committee support group, both in training and downstream results." John Caple, Executive Consultant, Author: The Ultimate Interview

"Thanks to you I was able to make a fundamental change in my ability to be present with and communicate to groups."
Marilyn King, Beyond Sports, Olympic Pentathelete

"I truly owe my success to you for giving me direction and the confidence to believe in my own style."
Steve Lind, National Account Executive,TDI

"Thank you for what many of our members will in the future refer to as one of the most valuable programs ever held at Ohio Speakers Forum."
Richard Vail, Vail Training

"What a relief to find that I could be more effective by speaking in my natural style, rather than according to the teachings of traditional public speaking classes."
Herman Maynard, author: The Fourth Wave: Business in the 21st Century programs

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Partial Client List

Chevron Corporation

Pacific Bell

Kaiser Permanente

Stanford University

US Department of Education

Radio Advertising Bureau, Inc.

California Pacific Medical Center

Metropolitan Transportation Commission

Bechtel Corporation

Boise-Cascade, Inc.

Sun Microsystems


Selected Media:


"Lifestyle Magazine" on Fox-TV
"Good News" on PAX Cable
"AM Northwest" on KATU-TV, Portland, OR
"Miracle Network" with Corinne Edwards, Chicago


"The Ronn Owens Show" KGO-AM810, San Francisco
New Dimensions Radio with Michael Toms
"Living Successfully" with Bob Keeton on WRVA-AM 1140 Radio


The College Club
Wisdom Channel with Michael Toms
KVIE Radio with Laura Lee

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Lee Glickstein, Public Speaking Coach

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