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.” …

After her 3rd TEDx Talk draft….

I asked – “what do you do?” Up to this point, Ginger’s speech drafts used vague and abstract language and overly repeated phrases. Here’s the problem: Ginger knows exactly what she does and why, but to articulate it into language, messaging and voice is challenging her. I’ll raise my hand on this one too! Maybe you can relate? I’m an …

A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible.  ~Margaret Atwood All I said was, “hi” and my mom asked – “are you okay?” One word and she knew.  Your vocal tone makes an immediate impression. If you are tired, feeling confident, believe in your message or feeling nervous, your audience will …

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. …

Life Lesson From Sidney Poitier

With so much acrimony in our world today, hearing interview excerpts of Sidney Poitier, a prominent and distinguished man inspires me to recalibrate and realign how I choose to be in the world and to share this message with you. In the movie, The Heat Of The Night, Sidney Poitier insisted Norman Jewison, the director make an addition to a …