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Outside the Speaker's Bubble

a newsletter about speakers and speaking

The Speaker's Bubble is that wrinkle in the time/space continuum you experience whenever you speak, and experience even the slightest bit of pressure to perform. It's that place where your heart rate speeds up, just a little. Where you hear your blood pounding ever-so-slightly in your ears. Where you turn various shades of crimson, or feel short of breath. All these are purely normal physiological responses to the stress of "the-one-versus-the-many." There are ways to control this stress; excellent speakers know this. So do experienced leaders. My Communications Conditioning practice teaches speakers of all skill levels how to deal with stress and present like pros! I can give a practical road map of strategies to make anyone a better communicator for life.

Click here for a schedule of my upcoming workshops.

Saturday
Mar162019

March 2019

Mindful unwinding

A restful island vacation prompted thoughts about the benefits of fully immersing yourself in whatever you are experiencing. Read all about it in my latest blog.    

In other news...

You're invited to a stage reading of my newly revised play, The Whole is Greater: 

The lives of a "motivational guru," a cynical unemployed professor, a corrupt local politician, and a wily Dollar Store cashier intertwine unexpectedly in fictional Carlyle, Virginia. Comic drama unfolds as definitions of success, matters of justice, and finding your place in the world collide. 

Monday, April 29th at 7:30
MetroStage/1201 North Royal Street/Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Discussion and refreshments to follow!

This reading is part of Pipeline Playwrights' Third Annual Reading Series.
Special thanks to Carolyn Griffin, Produci
ng Artistic Director, MetroStage 
Thursday
Jan312019

January/February 2019

Recall, re-create and connect

If you've ever wondered how you can make your speaking sound more alive, less stiff and scripted, this month's blog is for you!  

Tips you can use!

Be sure to browse the archives of this newsletter for a collection of seven and a half years' worth of useful tips for speaking, presenting, communicating, and stepping into your leadership shoes!
Friday
Dec142018

December 2018

The best gift of 2018!

In this month's blog I talk about a great present you can give yourself and your loved ones!

In other news...
Since relocating to Brooklyn, I have tweaked my one-on-one coaching model and am now offering it remotely. Working on the reliable Zoom platform, I can video chat with my clients, see and hear what they are doing with their bodies and voices, and offer the same practical, effective feedback. This type of session is also very useful for situations where time is of the essence, anything from last-minute tune-ups to full-blown speech emergencies. Of course I still love to see all my wonderful clients in person, but sometime the time/space continuum gets in the way! So if you need a tune-up or would like to do a series of sessions, but can't get to Brooklyn to see me, we can make it happen.  

Happy Holidays to all!
And best wishes for a peaceful and fulfilling 2019!
 
Friday
Nov162018

November 2018

Tis the season!

Time to update on one of my evergreen posts. This month's blog discussed why being truly "just yourself" at work is not always the best.  

In other news...

Come hear selections from Act I of my new play It's My Party! at A Night of Suffrage Theatre. This event will take place at the actual home of the National Woman's Party (featured pominenely in the play!), the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument. 


I hope you can join me! More info and link for reservations here.

November 27 at 6:00 p.m.
144 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002 

What happens when two different factions ignite political change using wildly different tactics? It's My Party! reveals the competing strategies, daring stunts, shaky alliances, and bitter rivalries that propelled the suffragists' march toward the 19th Amendment. 

 

Thursday
Oct252018

October 2018

Acting the part

My clients always give me something interesting to chew over. This month's blog reflects a recent discussion dealing with actors and authenticity.

In other news...

Selections from my play It's My Party! will be featured in A Night of Suffrage Theatre at the home of the National Woman's Party, the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument. 

I hope you can join me! More info and link for reservations here.

November 27 at 6:00 p.m.
144 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002 

What happens when two different factions ignite political change using wildly different tactics? It's My Party! reveals the competing strategies, daring stunts, shaky alliances, and bitter rivalries that propelled the suffragists' march toward the 19th Amendment.