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People with Public Speaking Fear can Learn from a Downs Syndrome Golfer

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Amazing Amy is a young golfer who has Downs Syndrome. Amy has no fear or anxiety. She has played confidently with golf pros and even inspired them to win trophies. People who have public speaking fear can learn to develop their confidence from Amy.

How to Feel Good In Zoom Meetings

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Virtual meetings have become ubiquitous. By now, we are all learning how to look good on video. Next we can focus on learning to feel good in Zoom meetings.

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Sandra Zimmer on Time to Shine Podcast: How to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

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If ever there was a podcast right for me Sandra Zimmer to speak, it is Oscar Santolalla’s Time to Shine Podcast! I’m proud to be Oscar’s 165th guest on his podcast which is devoted entirely to public speaking and becoming a great public speaker.

9 Steps to Conquer Nerves for Interviews and Communicate Authentically

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In 2008, I was asked by Andrew Dlugan to write an article for his 6 Minutes Public Speaking blog about steps to help conquer nerves for interviews. Now in 2020 with so many people being laid off due to the COVID19 pandemic, I am revising that article and posting it here.

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Do You Suffer from Stage Fright?

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Stage fright and public speaking fear are forms of suffering. We who suffer from stage fright are devastated because we know how much we have to give and our own sensitivity has turned against us. We are paralyzed by our fear of public speaking and not fully able to share what we know.

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Catch your Inner Coach: 6 Steps to Develop Self-Confidence and Change Negative Thoughts

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When you want to develop greater self-confidence and transform negative thoughts, you can use a skill to catch your inner coach. What I mean by catch your inner coach is to become aware of your thoughts especially your thoughts that are coaching you internally.

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Catch your inner coach to develop self-awareness and change negative thinking

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When you want to develop greater self-awareness and transform negative thoughts, you can use a skill I call catching your inner coach. What I mean by catch your inner coach is to become aware of your thoughts especially your thoughts that are coaching you internally.

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Job Interview Strategy to Win Managerial and Executive Positions

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Use This Job Interview Strategy to Win Managerial and Executive Positions Massive numbers of layoffs during the COVID19 pandemic mean having a job interview strategy to win managerial and executive positions a wise skill to polish.

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An Exercise for Managing Anxiety from Sandra Zimmer

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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.

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Grow your Self-Confidence

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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.

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

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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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New Rules for Authentic Public Speaking

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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 […]. The post New Rules for Authentic Public Speaking appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills.

2019 116

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

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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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Practice Breathing to Manage Public Speaking Fear

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Breathing to manage public speaking fear really works. However, it only works if you practice it regularly and integrate conscious deep breathing into daily activities. It is often called mindful breathing. Every article you read on managing fear and anxiety for public speaking will suggest learning to breathe deeply and diaphragmatically. I concur that breathing is helpful, but […].

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6 Steps to Enhance Your Leadership Presence through Embodying Gravitas

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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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How to Think on Your Feet by Speaking from a Blank State of Mind

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When asked to think on your feet, many people say there is nothing in their heads to talk about. They think they are frozen. They say they are “blank.” Worse, they judge themselves negatively, and think having a blank mind is wrong. It is not wrong to be blank. I believe it is the right place […]. The post How to Think on Your Feet by Speaking from a Blank State of Mind appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills.

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

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“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. [link] Being grounded in your body and being real with your […]. The post Jay Pharoah of SNL Shares his Best Advice for Speakers and Performers appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills. Authenticity grounding Uncategorized

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Sandra Zimmer Method Workshop Overcomes Life-Long Discomfort of being Center of Attention

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The Sandra Zimmer Method Workshop teaches you to convert public speaking fear, tension and anxiety into free flowing energy and excitement to speak. You really can overcome life-long discomfort about being the center of attention! When you do, speaking becomes fluid and easy. A participant in a recent Sandra Zimmer Method weekend workshop said, “Had I known […].

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

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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 […]. The post Learn to Speak Up in Public and Life Will Bring Opportunities to Share Your Gift appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills.

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The #1 Public Speaking Rule that has to Change

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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 […]. The post The #1 Public Speaking Rule that has to Change appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills.

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One Simple Thing to Transform Your 2019 beyond Making Resolutions

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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 […]. The post One Simple Thing to Transform Your 2019 beyond Making Resolutions appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills.

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Listen Only to Those who Speak with Gravitas

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I made a decision this morning to listen only to people who speak with gravitas. The last couple days I have been watching the news on CBS This Morning. Yesterday Samantha Powers sat with the CBS This Morning hosts, Charlie Rose, Nora O’Donnell and Gayle King. Powers is the outgoing US Ambassador to […]. The post Listen Only to Those who Speak with Gravitas appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills.

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Vocal, Visual, and Verbal Skills for Executive Presence

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By Self-Expression Center Staff A commonly held misconception about executive presence is that it is all about dressing for the part. While appearances are important, your presence is more comprehensive than merely the clothes that you wear. Most people won’t be convinced about your leadership until you demonstrate the ability to communicate in a sophisticated […]. The post Vocal, Visual, and Verbal Skills for Executive Presence appeared first on Speaking Freely.

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Gravitas – The Missing Quality for Powerful People who aren’t Being Promoted

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About Gravitas Gravitas is about using your personal power in service to others and giving up the pleasure of asserting your power with a sharp voice tone. contacted me and shared that he is strong technically, reports to the highest leaders in his company and gets great feedback that his expertise is valuable. He has […].

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Building Leadership Presence and Power through Embodying Gravitas

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Learning to embody the physical, vocal, psychological and spiritual qualities of gravitas can help you build leadership presence and power. I coach leaders to build leadership presence and power through developing the characteristics of gravitas. Gravitas is a mix of several complex skills and behaviors – being comfortable in your physical body, thinking deeply, acting […].

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Get into a higher state for public speaking

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Learn how to get into a higher state by expanding your inner awareness so you can be your best self for public speaking and presentations. Expanding your inner state frees you to be deeply relaxed, feel self-accepting and inclusive of others and to radiate a strong presence. Experienced performers learn to enter a performance state. […]. The post Get into a higher state for public speaking appeared first on Speaking Freely

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Two Extra Steps to Prepare for a Job Interview

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Interviewing is more than a set of questions. It is a stepping stone to your future, and you want to take that step with confidence. If you have made it to the interview, you have already demonstrated qualities and experience for which the company is looking. Of course, you will prepare yourself to respond to […]. The post Two Extra Steps to Prepare for a Job Interview appeared first on Speaking Freely.

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The Alchemy of Public Speaking: Turning Performance Anxiety into Presence

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Alchemy is a term for turning a less valuable substance into a more valuable one. In our physical body, we can alchemically transform performance anxiety into presence. The human body is a laboratory for transformation of consciousness. Performance anxiety is a distressful reaction to energy trying to flow through the body when we become the [.].

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How Pronouncing Consonant Sounds Clearly Makes a Non-Native English Speaker Easier to Understand

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Sandra Zimmer’s Google+ Learning to pronounce consonant sounds is vital to mastering clear, crisp, intelligible speech. This translates into meaningful spoken communication that is easily understood. Pronouncing consonant sounds clearly makes every word you articulate more precise. This in turn makes your overall message more readily understood by your audience, whether it is a small [.].

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Leaders Need Comfort in the Skin for Public Speaking

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What is often misnamed as fear of public speaking is one of the best-kept secrets of corporate leaders. It is surprising how few leaders feel really comfortable speaking in public settings and being the center of attention. Much has been written about fear of public speaking, but what I think has not been clearly understood is that the problem […]. The post Leaders Need Comfort in the Skin for Public Speaking appeared first on Speaking Freely.

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Speaking Freely: Pacing: What’s the Rush? or How to Speak at a Pace People Can Follow

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There are three things to aim at in public speaking: first, to get into your subject, then to get your subject into yourself, and lastly, to get your subject into the heart of your audience.” - Alexander Gregg Sandra Zimmer’s Google+ When you are called on to speak publicly, your job is to relate

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Sandra Zimmer Method to Overcome Public Speaking Fear

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Recently, I wrote my most revealing article about the Sandra Zimmer Method to overcome public speaking fear and stage fright. A Presentation Guru Requests an Article The Commissioning Editor of Presentation-Guru.com, Jared Senseman, emailed to ask if I would write an article about my approach. Jared said Presentation-Guru was looking for unique approaches that help people speak and present more effectively. […].

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Sandra Zimmer and Shonda Rhimes Agree on how to Really Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

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What do a little known public speaking coach and a world renowned TV writer have in common? They agree on how to really overcome fear of public speaking actually transforming it into the power to speak authentically! For over 30 years, Sandra Zimmer has been evangelizing about what you really have to do to overcome and transform stage fright […].

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Sandra Zimmer and Shonda Rhimes Agree on how to Really Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

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What do a little known public speaking coach and a world renowned TV writer have in common? They agree on how to really overcome fear of public speaking actually transforming it into the power to speak authentically! For over 30 years, Sandra Zimmer has been evangelizing about what you really have to do to overcome and transform stage fright […].

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Sandra Zimmer and Shonda Rhimes Agree on how to Really Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

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What do a little known public speaking coach and a world renowned TV writer have in common? They agree on how to really overcome fear of public speaking actually transforming it into the power to speak authentically! For over 30 years, Sandra Zimmer has been evangelizing about what you really have to do to overcome and transform stage fright […].

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How to Solve Public Speaking Fear

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Solve Public Speaking Fear In order to solve public speaking fear, you must first understand what public speaking fear is really about. What public speaking fear is really about may surprise you. What it is not about may also surprise you. What we call fear of public speaking is not really about speaking. Most people who […]. The post How to Solve Public Speaking Fear appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills.

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One Subtle Communication Secret for Getting Others to Hear Your Message

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Sandra Zimmer’s Google+ By Sandra Zimmer 2014 The prevailing model for speaking persuasively is a style of speaking that is enthusiastic, energetic and extraverted. The speaker is asserting a point in hopes to convince the listener to agree. However, this model can be a trap. It puts you in the position of selling. Of course others don’t [.].

2014 185

How This Introvert uses the Power of Letting Go to Sell and Persuade

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I have been selling my group speaking, voice and leadership presence courses and coaching for decades, longer than some of you may have been alive. If you ask me what my secret is, I will tell you it is the power that comes when I detach from the outcome during a sales conversation. Detaching from the outcome means […]. The post How This Introvert uses the Power of Letting Go to Sell and Persuade appeared first on Speaking Freely. Persuasion Sales & Selling

2015 151

Speaking Freely: What is Authenticity? How Does it Help Public Speaking?

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Sandra Zimmer’s Google+ Developing a greater sense of authenticity is an important key to unlocking stage fright and fear of public speaking. To transform stage fright and fear of public speaking, you must learn to be comfortable being who you are in front of other people. In a real sense, the tension associated with stage [.].

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How to Respond to the Money Question when Interviewing for Jobs

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Be prepared to handle the money question strategically when interviewing for jobs. Here are some tips about how to handle the money question to allow for the best outcome. If you’ve read about how to handle the subject of money during a job interview, you’ve likely learned that you should never bring it up. Most interview experts agree […]. The post How to Respond to the Money Question when Interviewing for Jobs appeared first on Speaking Freely.

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SPEAKING FREELY: A BATTLE HARD FOUGHT FOR BY OUR FOUNDERS

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Happy July 4th! Let Freedom Ring throughout the World! – Sandra Zimmer Sandra Zimmer’s Google+ The following post was written by my dear friend and social media expert, Karen Scott Jones. Thanks Karen! How often do we reflect on our right to speak freely in this country? I think we take it for granted that [.].

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How to Encourage People to Speak the Truth

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Have you experienced that people sometimes give you excuses rather than reasons? They respond, but somehow it just doesn’t ring true? Maybe their answer just does not satisfy you? I walked into the women’s restroom at my favorite pizza kitchen last week. A lovely young black woman was in the restroom talking on a cell phone. [.].

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Sandra Zimmer featured in Houston Chronicle Article on Public Speaking as a Career Tool

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Today, Sunday, March 23, 2014, The Houston Chronicle Jobs Section is printing an article entitled “Public Speaking an Important Career Tool.” ” This article written by Emilia Benton, a copy editor from the Special Publications of Houston Chronicle Media Group, features some of my ideas about the value of public speaking skills for career development. Benton [.].

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