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An Exercise for Managing Anxiety from Sandra Zimmer

It seems like a good time to share some techniques and exercises for managing anxiety with whomever happens to land on my blog.  The Coronavirus outbreak has brought a focus on anxiety. It is a real issue for many of us as we are working from home and sitting with uncertainty about our future.  Anxiety […]

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Grow your Self-Confidence

Self-Confidence – a feeling of self-assurance arising from your appreciation of your own abilities or qualities. No quality is more important for success than self-confidence. Confidence in yourself allows you to go through life as an adventure. It allows you to go towards and take advantage of new opportunities.  Confidence makes it possible to grow, […]

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New Rules for Authentic Public Speaking

It’s time we made new rules for public speaking, specifically new rules for authentic public speaking. Today I’m rewriting the old rules for public speaking.  You know, those old rules that don’t really help speakers be authentic or even be comfortable.  Rules like don’t put your hands in your pockets, don’t tell them you are […]

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The #1 Public Speaking Rule that has to Change

It is time we update one public speaking rule to align with the collective wish for more authenticity in communicating. Public Speaking coaches everywhere advise their clients, “Don’t ever tell them you are nervous. They won’t know.”  This old-style public speaking rule causes us to sacrifice being real for looking perfect. Public speaking will always […]

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6 Steps to Enhance Your Leadership Presence through Embodying Gravitas

Training in acting can enhance your leadership presence through learning to embody gravitas! Acting teaches you how to become something new.  To “become” means to be comfortable with new qualities, behaviors and skills. I taught acting for many years to adults who were mostly professionals. Many of them came to acting classes because they thought […]

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6 Reasons Why You Should Tell Stories in Presentations, Leadership Messages and Meetings

Story Telling is a powerful way to open up presentations, leadership messages and meetings of all kinds.  Telling the right story produces astonishing results for you as a speaker and leader. If you’re not sure what a story is, it’s just what happened. That means it involves human beings doing or experiencing something. In case you don’t […]

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Tip for Finding Stories to Make Talks and Presentations Engaging and Compelling

Here’s a valuable tip for finding stories from your life that you can use to make talks and presentations more engaging and compelling.  Both professional and personal stories can be used to illustrate ideas, make points and sell your services. If you read my last post on 6 Reasons to Tell Stories in Presentations, Leadership […]

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One Simple Thing to Transform Your 2019 beyond Making Resolutions

There’s a simple thing to do that can transform your 2019 beyond making resolutions. Every year for decades, I’ve done something to prepare for an awesome New Year — I spent a week evaluating what happened and what I accomplished in the outgoing year and what I want to accomplish in all areas of my life […]

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Jay Pharoah of SNL Shares his Best Advice for Speakers and Performers

“Be grounded and real…and don’t be afraid to be yourself,” says Jay Pharoah of Saturday Night Live. Jay gives us his best advice for both speakers and comedic performance in a video at INC.Video The Playbook.                 http://www.inc.com/jay-pharoah/best-public-speaking-advice.html?cid=readmoretext4 Being grounded in your body and being real with your […]

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Learn to Speak Up in Public and Life Will Bring Opportunities to Share Your Gift

If you are feeling dissatisfied with your life, it could be because you have not learned to speak up in public in order to fulfill your soul’s desire to make a difference. I believe we each have a gift to give the world. We each have some contribution to make that adds value to humanity […]

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