On the Air


Here’s something a little different: a radio interview with my good friend, L. Jaye Bell. I was delighted to be L. Jaye’s first guest in 2013 on her program Destination Maine. I hope you’ll enjoy listening. I see it’s not showing up as a link, so please copy and paste it!


Best wishes for a productive and stretching year ahead,


What must happen for you to feel comfortable in front of a crowd?


Are you laughing (or crying) at that question? Do you think it has no answer?

It’s a great question, actually. I hope you’ll consider it.

Perhaps you may not suffer from sweaty palms, dry mouth, a pit in your stomach, shaky knees, and a distinct feeling that you’d much rather be climbing Mt. Everest. You might love presenting to an audience and feel completely at peace about it. Perhaps you look forward to it with delight, give the presentation with naturalness and assurance, and look back on it with gratitude that it was so enjoyable.

If, however, even the thought of standing up and speaking (or singing, acting, dancing, or playing the bagpipes) with people watching you makes you feel queasy, please pause. Ponder the question. Write down any thoughts that come to you — whether they’re silly, sarcastic or sincere. Live with them awhile. Honor the best of them.

Can you be yourself in front of a group, feel comfortable and natural, and present your talents with grace and ease?

(I know the answer to that one.)


Assuredly yours,






What if we were all just alike?

We’re not all alike, of course. That’s a good thing. Individuality rates right up there with fresh air, original thoughts and mint chip ice cream. When you stand up to give a talk, sing an aria, dance a jig, read a poem or play the banjo, your uniqueness is all part of the deal. Oscar Wilde had it right: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” I hope you’ll remember this the next time you stand in front of a group. Your audience will be so happy!

Until next time,