How To Reduce Nervous Anticipation

I walk ahead of myself in perpetual expectancy of miracles.  ~Anais Nin   My UNCA student’s 3rd speech assignment is due and they’ve claimed their spot in the cue. But, there’s no eye contact, zero smiles, energy is subdued and panic reads on their faces. I ask, “help me understand what goes on for you as you prepare to speak.” …

Presence During A Pandemic? Are you crazy?

B.C. = Before Covid Remember those mornings when you hit the snooze button one too many times, gobbled breakfast, and shortened your shower? You loaded the kids up, dropped them at school right before the bell, and dashed to work? Thankfully, the 20-minute drive to the office gave you time to settle yourself, focus on the day ahead and unwind …

Act First. Confidence Follows.

Susie’s name was called. Finally, the opportunity she’d hoped for: to share her story and apply the speaking skills she learned the past two months was here! She performed on stage, under theater lights to an audience of 60 people. The video proved it. She rocked! Even came in second place! Honestly, she implemented everything we practiced: varied vocal inflection, …

You Will Be Misunderstood

“How did he come to that conclusion?” An email arrived from Drew who attended a meeting I had recently lead. He was frustrated. Exasperated even. The tone of his email told me….he had completely misunderstood my message. I didn’t take it personally – but I did think this…. …I must be absolutely clear in my communication! The audience arrives with perspectives, …