On the Air

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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!

http://destinationmaineradioshow.blogspot.com/2013/01/january-11-2013-beverly-scott.html

Best wishes for a productive and stretching year ahead,

Beverly

Unselfconsciousness

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?

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:

http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/45191.aspx

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,

Beverly

 

Umission: supporting you having a wonderful life


What an honor to have been selected as Umission’s Person of the Week.

http://umission.com/person-of-the-week/beverly-scott/

Here’s to freedom,

Beverly

“Solutionaries” — an excellent subject presented with naturalness, freedom and focus

Here is a TED talk that’s got everything good going for it:

I love the way Zoe expresses her passion for her subject with calm clarity, vision, humor, originality and assurance.

What else keeps you watching her presentation?

Until next time,

Beverly

“Celebrate your freedom from self-consciousness!”

     I’m offering a 2-hour Mini-Course, co-sposored by the Camden Public Library. “Celebrate your freedom from self-consciousness!” on Monday, July 2, 2012, from 2 to 4 pm, in the library’s Jean Picker Room.
     If you’re ever in a situation in which people are watching you — presenting to a group, playing a sport, performing on a stage, or even just standing around at a party — and you feel awkward about it, come discover ways to address and eliminate that discomfort. Find tools to redirect your energy, get your thought off yourself, appreciate your audience, and feel a sense of calm assurance, poise and naturalness.
     In honor of Independence Day, this mini-course is offered FREE of charge. I would appreciate knowing how many visitors to expect, so please RSVP with the number of guests you plan to take on Monday, July 2nd, from 2 to 4 pm: beverly@freeyourtalents.com.
     Hope to hear from you soon and to see you there!
     Until next time,
     Beverly


Is this you?

I hope not. But if it is, take heart. There is a way to quiet your mind, calm your nerves, settle your body, control your message and (I’m not kidding) be yourself when you are in front of an audience. Did I mention that you can actually ENJOY the experience, too?

My 5-week Free Your Talents class, “Presentation Skills for Professionals” still has some spaces available. I hope you’ll enroll right now. Here are the details:

Thursday evenings, 5:30 to 8:30 pm, beginning May 10, 2012. Lord Camden Inn, Camden, Maine. Value: $650. Regular price: $350. Spring Special: $250. A $50 deposit holds your place in this fun, stretching, informative, practical, freeing class. Now’s the time, friends. Take this class. Write or call: beverly@freeyourtalents.com; 207-230-0272.

You can change the way you feel about being in front of a group. Save money, time and energy by practicing the principles I will teach you in class. 

Learn to be yourself while people are watching.

Yours in freedom and clarity,

Beverly

In case you haven’t heard . . .

My Free Your Talents Mini-Course is on its way:

You can feel comfortable, relaxed, natural and confident when you stand before an audience. On Sunday, April 29, 2012, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm., at the Lord Camden Inn in downtown Camden, Maine, I will teach a “Free Your Talents” mini-course. This two-hour session will explore the principles of confident communication and how to implement them naturally and effectively in your life.
If you seek freedom and ease in presenting ideas or abilities to others, come join us on April 29th. Admission is $10 for the public, $5 for Chamber of Commerce members, so bring your friends for a fun and informative session.
Please contact me at 230-0272 or beverly@freeyourtalents.com to reserve your place in this fun and informative mini-course.
Free your talents: be yourself while people are watching.
Hope to see you on April 29th.
Beverly

A little girl faces down fear

Today I saw this clip posted on a friend’s Facebook wall. I had to view it numerous times because it demonstrates so clearly the power of pressing on right through great fear. I hope you will watch it and listen well.

Fear of speaking to an audience does not hold the potential physical risks this child’s activity did. However, if you feel as paralyzed and terrorized by fear as she did, take heart from her example. Learn from her experience.

Focus. Engage. Enlist. Intend. Breathe. Move.

Getting on with it opens the way to feeling free and comfortable — or even thrilled — and your next step will invite even greater freedom.

Yours in fearlessness,

Beverly

Spontaneity

What is involved in speaking spontaneously?

Here’s a little exercise. Choose one of the words below. Be quiet for a minute or so and ponder the word and what it makes you remember. Be still and open-minded, tuning in to hear a specific true story the word inspires. Do not jump in and start talking before you’ve quieted yourself. Set a timer for one minute; speak during that time. Get to the point. Stay on topic. Speak until the timer rings; when it does, finish your sentence and stop speaking.

bug          light          bowl        gum          card       string       rod          can         rip

wall          stand        log          wire          ramp      soap        book       edge       spot

Did the idea for a story came to you? Could you speak about it briefly but clearly? Did it surprise you that it was easy to do? Or were you stumped? Did you go blank? Did you try another word? Were you able to tell a story the second time?

Spontaneity is not impulsiveness. It calls for a quiet thought, a listening attitude, a receptivity to ideas and to your ability to express them clearly. It’s a good thing!

Until tomorrow,

Beverly