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Demystifying the Cause and Cure of Stage Fright

Demystifying the Cause and Cure of Stage Fright

The Speaking Circles cure for public speaking anxiety arose from my own 45 years of severe stage fright. I was the deer in the headlights guy, and it was humiliating. Toastmasters didn't help, nor did other methods to break through this confounding issue. It took...

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Relational Presence: A Way to Be With

Relational Presence: A Way to Be With

Excerpt from the International Coach Federation site: A client or prospective client wants to be seen and heard, and to trust their inherent wisdom to bring them to their next action. A coach partners with a client in this process by using presence and communication—a...

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Solving Stage Fright is a Relational Process

Solving Stage Fright is a Relational Process

Excerpt from the Association of Talent Development: We’ve seen speakers who haven’t been congruent. Their message was rich, engaging, and educational, but the speaker seemed uncomfortable, trying too hard, or being too content-focused. We know we enjoy a speech when...

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Luminous Listening Teams

Luminous Listening Teams

I received a call last month from an accomplished consultant/author who'd given many successful presentations yet hadn't spoken in public for 7 years after having what she perceived as a traumatic speaking experience. She was approached by a few speaking coaches who...

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Cultivating the Safe Space Within

Cultivating the Safe Space Within

I can trace the roots of my extreme stress around public speaking--which I didn't solve until I was nearly 50--to growing up in a family that did not provide a safe space to be myself out loud. This started early when my parents followed child rearing advice at the...

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Luminous Listening: Oxygen for the Psyche

Luminous Listening: Oxygen for the Psyche

When I started treating people with stage fright 25 years ago I didn't set out to teach the finely-calibrated vibration of receptivity that turns out to be the kryptonite to public speaking anxiety. Back then there was little subtlety in my own listening. But I soon...

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