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On Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

Hi Susan!

This idea is one whose time has come! It is time to start to value the gifts and talents of introverts. It is our depth and self-reflective awareness that can guide the world to healing and harmony.

I am an introvert who was terrified of public speaking and of being the center of attention. It was excruciating and painful to be called on to speak. Yet I was compelled to express myself as an actor, teacher and speaker. As a result of my self-awareness, I was able to create a method to teach introverts to speak in public with comfort, confidence and authenticity.

My approach is so different from the traditional dynamic speaker methods that are so prevalent in our culture. Instead of focusing on external presentation skills, I guide people to connect with their inner tensions and to share them within a group so that the tensions transform into authentic presence. Introverts and people who are fearful of being the center of attention turn out to be the most impactful speakers…because we have the feelings. Our feelings are up to the surface where they can be used to create genuine emotional connection with listeners.

My book is called, “It’s Your Time to Shine: How to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking, Develop Authentic Presence and Speak from Your Heart.”  It is available at, kindle and my website at

Thanks for your great work! I sincerely hope you will start a revolution in thinking with your book and insights. If I can support, let me know.

Sandra Zimmer
Self-Expression Center

Celeste is No Longer Trying to be Something She’s Not

I used to jokingly describe myself as an extroverted introvert. All I meant was that I was always trying to fit into this predominantly extrovert world. Then I came across your blog. What a relief it was to know that I can stop trying to be something I’m not. I appreciate all your posts. I can relate!
—Celeste Smedes


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