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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.

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. 

 

Wednesday
Sep192018

September 2018

Back in the Big Apple!

My blog this month catches you up a bit on what I have been doing since I moved to Brooklyn in August--aside from unpacking (which I am assured will come to an end eventually!): lots of walking and listening and learning!

In other news...

In July my short play In the Ladies' had its world premiere at Arena Stage as part of the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C. It was one of one-acts in How's That Workin' Out For Ya?, an evening of subversive comedy presented by Pipeline Playwrights. We sold out each show and had a great time!

We're planning more readings and productions of new plays in the coming year. If you're not on Pipeline Playwright's e-mailing list, and would like to be, send me an e-mail. I'll be sure we add you!
Saturday
Jun232018

June 2018

Sage advice takes center stage

This month I blog about the fact that useful advice can be found where you least expect it: a Broadway musical set in forgotten Israeli backwater, for example!In The Band's Visit the messages are powerful and the music sublime; listen to the cast recording—you won't regret it!

In other news...
This summer (mid-August, actually) I am moving with my family to New York. When my husband and I moved to Arlington, Virginia from Brooklyn 26 years ago, we hoped someday we might head back.  We were given an opportunity to return, and we're taking it!

I plan to come back to the DC area to run workshops, as well as half-day and whole-day coaching sessions. And in-person, individual client session whenever it's feasible. The bulk of individual sessions will shift to the video chat platform, which I am already successfully using. So local clients needn't worry: I'll be just a screen away!

I am so grateful to all who have recommended me to friends and colleagues over the years. And I hope you will introduce me to any contacts in the New York/New Jersey area who could benefit from my coaching or training.

...and be sure to join me for 

How's that Workin' out for Ya?
four subversive comedies by women
including my new one-act In the Ladies'

Presented by Pipeline Playwrights as part of the Capital Fringe Festival

Arena Stage
July 17th @ 6:00 p.m./July 18th @ 8:15 p.m.
July 22nd @ 3:45 p.m./July 26th @ 8:15 p.m./July 28th @t 4:00 p.m.
more info coming! Check out Pipeline's Facebook page or website

 

Monday
May072018

May 2018

Use the right tools

This month I was reminded of the neccesitity of having the correct tools to get the job done. Read my blog to find out why this isn't just for home improvement, but for speakers too.  

Tips you can use!
(Some favorites from my archives...)
  
Ditch the jargon
. . .always, especially when you network. If people can't understand what you do, no matter how impressive you think your title is, they probably won't remember you. Remember, the purpose of networking is not to impress, but to connect.

Make your point
Be sure to get your talking points and stories out there in interviews, even if they're not directly asked for. Find a way to artfully insert them, so you can ensure you are on message, in control, and saying what you need to say.

Notes to self 
Feel free to pepper your pages with emoticons or doodles that might help you to remember what you're actuallyfeelingabout your topic. If you want to connect with the audience you first have to connect with your ownemotions, so use notes to remind you to do that.  
Tuesday
Apr102018

April 2018

Carving out meaning

My blog this month compares the experience of writing a play (my latest, It's My Party! had a recent premiere) and writing a speech. 

Tips you can use!

This month I am redirecting your attention to Tips from the archives that are every bit as useful today as they were in May 2013.

 

Mark your calendar for the world premiere of  

How's that Workin' out for Ya?
four subversive comedies by women 

Presented by Pipeline Playwrights as part of the Capital Fringe Festival

Arena Stage
July 17th @ 6:00 p.m./July 18th @ 8:15 p.m.
July 22nd @ 3:45 p.m./July 26th @ 8:15 p.m./July 28th @t 4:00 p.m.
more info coming! Check out Pipeline's Facebook page or website