Superb storytelling, vital topic

Chuck Nguyen is a true gift to midcoast Maine. Not only is he a tremendous force for good in helping teenagers deal with bullying, but he’s also a marvelous speaker and storyteller.

In honor of Anti-Bullying month, here is a video of Chuck speaking to a group of teenagers. You will hear his story as something real, alive, meaningful. He is natural and comfortable being who he is. His comments are focussed, caring and well-timed. He understands that silence is as important as speech. He looks at his listeners and allows them to respond to him. Above all, he knows his audience and how to reach them.

You can read more about him in this Pen Bay Pilot article:

Meet my mentor!

Some of you have asked me how I moved from being painfully self-conscious to feeling free and comfortable in front of an audience. Much of the credit goes to my wonderful friend and mentor, Barbara Rocha, whose teaching gave me a whole new way of viewing myself, my ideas and my listeners. Take a look at this video to see the woman who was able to reach me in so many ways that matter:

Until next time,


5 questions

I’m doing an informal survey and an experiment. Please answer these five questions:

1. Do you like to stand up and present to an audience?

2. If you do, what’s your favorite part, OR if you don’t, what is your least favorite part?

3. What question about feeling comfortable in front of a crowd would you like answered in a brief video on my website?

4. Would you please share this survey with your friends?

5. Have you answered these questions on my website or on Facebook?

Thank you for participating.



This video makes me smile.

As you watch it, you might ask yourself a few questions:

Are these people doing what they’re doing “perfectly” or are they willing simply to do it and have a good time?

Are they polished, flawless and impressive? Or happy, free and focussed?

Do they appear to worry about what people think of them?

If they make a mistake, do they look fretful or do they just move forward and get on with the dance?

Can you approach your next presentation with the same openness and joy these people embrace?

(Answer: yes, you can.)

What have you done lately that expresses freedom, confidence and connection?

Being helpable

All right, I made up that word: helpable. It means being able to be helped.

For a long time, independence was touted as the most desirable way to get on with life. Independence is good. Learning to overcome limitations and take care of ourselves is admirable. I have no qualm with that.

This morning I read a wonderful article called “The 6 People You Need in Your Corner” by Jessica Hagy, which opens up the wonderful idea of having others help you. I like it. I’m working on doing what she says. I hope you enjoy reading it, too.

Here’s to independence united with trusting people enough to have them give you assistance, and to being one of those six people for others who need your talents.

How are you working with other people, receiving their help, and offering yours?

Until next time,


Stick the landing

What message from years of training do you suppose inspires an Olympic athlete about to complete a routine before the crowd goes wild with delight?

“Stick the landing!”

No matter how the performance has gone thus far, the final moment is vital. Stick the landing! Make it solid, strong, secure. Express the best stance. Look outward and upward. Give your audience that final impression of completeness. Hold that pose with focus and energy before you leave.

As in gymnastics, so in presenting. In addition to knowing what you should do when you complete a presentation, it’s good to know what not to do. Here are some things to avoid:

Enjoy the Olympics. Enjoy speaking. And always stick the landing.

What are some ways you have found helpful when you complete your presentations to hold your listeners’ attention?

Until next time,