Volume VI, No. 4    
April 2015

Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.


- Bill Bradley

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What is Marion Up To?
Get Help Writing Your Speech!
Speaking Tip Vol. VI, #4, Less is More!
The Best How-To Book on Speaking!
Have Speech, Will Travel!
Food for Thought
A Better Speaker = A Better Leader!
More about Marion Claire ~ Revealing an Embarrassing Secret
Why is it called Speaking is Sexy? 

When what someone says and how they say it sends chills up and down your spine, that's sexy! 
Whether you're giving a speech, having a conversation, saying your wedding vows, teaching your kids, exhorting your sales team, or talking in your sleep, if someone is listening, you are inspiring them.  It's important to remember that whenever you speak, someone is influenced by each word you say. 
Be a positive influence. Be an inspiration. That's very sexy.

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If you are...
  • Currently speaking in public,
  • Thinking of speaking in public, but procrastinating like crazy,
  • Afraid to speak in public,
  • Envious of people who speak confidently in public, or
  • Would just like a few tips on how you can speak better than they do...
This newsletter will give you tips and techniques to become the accomplished speaker you've always longed to be.

MARION CLAIRE coaches solopreneurs, business owners, middle managers and executives who want to be confident, unique and sexy speakers who influence and inspire others with the power of their voice.

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What Is Marion Up To?





I'm off to Canada, Israel and New York on May 10th.

Back at my desk June 1st.

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"After working with Marion Claire, my fear of speaking in front of a group of people is practically gone.  I still get a few pre-speech butterflies, which Marion assures me are totally normal, but my former severe anxiety has disappeared.  Marion taught me simple techniques to release my pre-speech tension and build up my confidence.  Her knowledge and easy-going manner make her very easy to work with.  She's the real deal and I'm happy to recommend her."
~ David Feldman, CPA, david@feldover.com



"Wow!  I am totally blown away, Marion!  Thank you!  Hope to use your services again soon."
~ Victoria Ferro, CEO, MicroKey Solutions, Inc.

     Do you need to create a 30-60 second Intro that highlights your brand, your talent and your experience, and will draw lots of new potential clients? Need a wedding toast, bar/bat mitzvah speech, birthday, retirement or memorial speech? Not sure what to say or too overwhelmed to do it yourself?  We'll create your speech together, face to face or over the phone, and you'll have the right words just when you need them.  Why struggle on your own? Contact me at speakingissexy@aol.com or call 310/659-8956 and get it done fast.

"My speech was a hit! Thank you so much for your guidance and help.  I received so many compliments from the audience. I would love to retain your services in the future to help me become a more comfortable writer and speaker."

~ Angela W.

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Speaking is Sexy Tip Vol. 6, #4



      Recently, I heard three people give a 5-minute presentation to a roomful of potential clients. They were a financial advisor, a business consultant, and a mortgage broker. Each had a different area of expertise, a different style of speaking, and each spoke directly to the audience, with good eye contact, an easy-to-listen-to voice and a friendly manner.Yet they all made one common mistake that could easily have been avoided.      

      They tried to say too much in too short a time.

      It's an easy trap to fall into, especially when you're 'on the clock', and you have so much good stuff to share with the audience. You really want them to know all the benefits of working with you. You need them to appreciate your years of experience and knowledge, and to understand that you really are the expert they need. Unfortunately, five minutes isn't long enough to give all the information you want them to have. Or is it?

      It's not what you say, but how you say it.

      The one common mistake many of us make is to try to tell the audience every single thing we can possibly do for them. It's sort of a one from Column A, one from Column B approach. If they don't need the one from Column A, they may need the one from Column B, or C, or D, or... you get the idea. Unfortunately, we end up presenting a laundry list of services that all sound alike. The audience is overwhelmed with too many choices, can't take them all in, and may stop listening after the first minute or two because it's too much of an effort to remember any of them.

      There's a better way, especially when your time is limited. Remember three small words that have a huge impact: Less Is More.

      Choose the two or three services that you want to offer this particular audience at this particular time. Your choice will depend on who is in the audience, the nature of the group you're presenting to, which of your many services you feel most comfortable offering at this moment, or other factors that are important to you. In five minutes, you'll have a little over a minute to highlight two or three key products or services.

      Next, forget the laundry list. Simply tell a story to acquaint them with your services. Talk about a previously successful client who really benefitted from your expertise. Describe the problem she came to you to solve and the solution you provided for her. Briefly mention your education and experience within the story rather than waste precious time listing them separately.

      That's all there is to it. Two or three brief stories, about people whose problems you solved, how you solved them, and how happy they were to work with you. Audiences remember stories about others like themselves. They're more likely to remember you if you talk about a problem they have that you can solve.

      Make it easy for them to remember what you can do for them. Give them specific information they can relate to and use immediately. Make it bright and brief and avoid audience overload. The less effort they have to exert to remember what you can do for them, the more willing they'll be to actually contact you and make the connection.

      Next time you get up to speak, remember that Less Is More!

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Marion Claire coaches entrepreneurs, executives, and professionals of all kinds to become the confident public speakers they long to be. An autographed copy of her book, SECRETS of a UNIQUE & SEXY SPEAKER, is available on her website. She'll customize a Speech or Workshop for your organization and help you write your speech for almost any occasion.  

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SECRETS OF A UNIQUE & SEXY SPEAKER 155 Helpful Speaking Tips for Writing Your Speech, Facing the Audience & Overcoming Fear! is full of speaking tips used by experts. It's for speakers of all levels, from first-timers to 'been there, done that'. An autographed copy is waiting for you at  www.marionclaire.com. Or pick it up without the autograph at www.BalboaPress.com, www.Amazon.com and www.BarnesandNoble.com.



"I have a whole new mindset about getting up to speak after reading Marion's book.  I was quite nervous before, but she showed me another way of looking at the audience which made me feel more confident.  And I liked the way the Speaking Tips reinforce the advice in every chapter.  It's a terrific book and it really helped me." 

~ Larry Freedman, Dynamic Nursing Service

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Have Speech, Will Travel!



 "Your talk was smashing!  Thank you so much for taking the time to share your expertise with our NAWBO-LA membership.  We truly appreciate it!"

  ~Mina Trujillo, PR & Marketing Specialist


      Do you want a value-laden talk or Workshop designed specifically for you and your organization? Let me show you the secrets professional speakers use, including techniques to overcome pre-speech jitters, grab the audience's attention, and keep them focused on your message. Choose 30 minutes, an hour, two hours or more in your choice of formats. Contact me at: speakingissexy@aol.com or call 310/659-8956 for help to solve your speaking needs.

"Marion, your presentation (on the 30-60 second Intro) today was excellent!  I definitely have take-aways from it, especially your suggestion that we 'provide a solution to an emotional problem people have'.  That's a nice twist on the difficulty of doing a good elevator speech!  Thank you very much for your expertise."

~ Ivy B. Rappaport, LTC & Life Insurance Specialist. 


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Food for Thought


It is your Presence... your BEING that has the greatest impact on others. Yes, your systems, tools and processes are important... but the real thing that impacts others is your ESSENCE. And there's nothing you need to do to let that essence shine! 


~ Christine Kloser


"Public Speaking was terrifying to me AND necessary to my business.  Within a short time of working with Marion, my fears subsided and my confidence grew.  With her program and knowledge, I am able to speak publicly for the first time.  She gave me the tools necessary to make this painless and even FUN!  I learned a lot and feel so much better about myself in general.  Thank you so much, Marion." 


    ~ Jennie S. Crowley, Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom



     If you're running your own business or leading a team in a large or small company and the thought of giving a speech paralyzes you, it's time to change your thinking! A Coach will help you become a better leader by becoming a better speaker. Learn to streamline your ideas, create a solid presentation, and increase your ability to look and sound professional. Quickly learn the tips and techniques you need to make you both a better speaker and a better leader!


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More about Marion Claire


Revealing An Embarrassing Secret

      We all have an embarrassing secret that we don't want to reveal because we're afraid people will think less of us if we do so. For many, many years I hid mine. I was sure that people would look at me strangely or not want to be around me if they knew I was less than perfect. Boy, was I wrong!

      The thing about hiding the truth about yourself is that you are depriving yourself and the folks you come in contact with of the opportunity to have an honest relationship with you. True, you don't want to just blurt out your deepest feelings or most painful memories at inappropriate moments. But it is far better to be open about the things you cannot change that have shaped who you are. Facing the secrets of the past helps you understand yourself and it helps others understand you. And with understanding come the gifts of appreciation, sympathy, empathy, and love.

      So here's the embarrassing secret I used to be afraid to reveal.

      For over 20 years, I suffered from agoraphobia, the fear of crossing open spaces. Sometimes I couldn't leave my house for more than five minutes, without scurrying back inside. My enemy was not the great outdoors. It was simply fear.

      Everyone experiences fear on occasion. And everyone's fear is a little bit different, personal to the individual. Mine was fear of being alone out in the world. I didn't feel safe by myself. Although I was perfectly content to live on my own, I needed the comfort and companionship of someone I knew well whenever I ventured out of the safety of my home. No way could I dream of getting up to speak in front of a room full of strangers!

      I'm so proud to say that I overcame my fear. It took, first of all, the courage to admit there was something wrong. Then came the desire to fix it and to seek out the help I needed to overcome it.

      And wow! Look at me now!

      Today I speak in front of groups of all sizes, shapes and interests.  If I can do it, so can you!  Let me help you.  contact me at  speakinginsexy@aol.com.  

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