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.” …

It Takes Chutzpah!

“Find Your Voice”… …is an overused message especially for folks like me who help people find their voice for a living. However, I admit…I’ve used it. Last year, I stepped into roles I didn’t know I was capable of. A year later, I realize now – I found MY voice. I haven’t become a keynote speaker or a podcast star. …

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, …