Volume VI, No. 7    
July 2015

One of the most beautiful gifts in the world is the gift of encouragement. When someone encourages you, that person helps you over a threshold you might otherwise never have crossed on your own.


          - John O'Donohue 

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Included In This Issue
What is Marion Up To?
Get Help Writing Your Speech!
Speaking Tip Vol. VI, #7, Calming the Pre-speech Jitters
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.

Did you miss a previous Speaking Tip?

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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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"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.

"Words just cannot express just how happy I am with the professional speech writing services I received from Marion Claire. My experience was very positive mostly due to the fact that she spent quality time with me to understand exactly what I needed to say and the audience I needed to say it to. I will absolutely use her services again and highly recommend her to others as well."

~ T.F., Paralegal Manager

Need help with your speech? CALL MARION!

Speaking is Sexy Tip Vol. 6, #7



       When you're getting ready to give a speech, do you indulge in self-talk like, "Will I say it right? Will I forget something important? Will I make a mistake? Will they get bored and stop listening? Will they think I'm a terrible speaker?" Along with these questions come those irritating and hard to control pre-speech nerves: the butterflies in your stomach, nausea, the shivers and shakes, pounding heartbeats, can't catch your breath, feel a bit lightheaded, and trouble focusing on what you want to say. There are probably others unique to you that you're quite sure no one else experiences.

      The good news is you're not alone. Everyone, including me, experiences a bit of pre-speech anxiety. It's totally normal. It's also absolutely true for most people that pre-speech nerves usually go away once we're actually talking in front of the group. It's the anticipatory anxiety for days (and nights) ahead of time that gives us nightmares. 

      Here are some techniques to help you neutralize your extraordinary pre-speech anxiety.

  1. Be prepared! Take the time to think out what you want to say in detail. What's your attention grabbing opening? What do you want the audience to learn?  What's the take away? Outline your important points and the key phrases you'll use to explain them. Do you need a slide presentation or handouts? What action do you want them to take after you finish?  How will you follow up with them? Prepare everything!

  2. Rehearse! No matter how well you think you know your subject, do yourself a favor: never wing it! Say your speech to your mirror, the wall, a friend or family member, in the car, when you're exercising, etc. Record it on your phone and listen to the playback whenever you can. Rehearse it from start to finish at least 3 times before you give it. You'll learn if it's too long or too short to fit the time allotted to you. You'll discover cool ways of amplifying your important points, special phrases you want to remember to say, and others you never want to say again! Practice, practice, practice! The more sure you are of exactly what you want to say, the less power those butterflies will have over you.

  3. Create a mantra! Before I begin to speak, I take a deep breath and say to myself, "Okay, Marion, permit yourself to be delightful!" It puts a smile on my face, calms the inner butterflies, and makes me feel light on my feet. Most important, it enables me to forget about focusing inward on myself and forces me to focus outward on the audience, to forget about myself and concentrate totally on them.

  4. The big secret: W.I.I.F.T. What's in it for them? You have a gift to give the audience. That gift is the knowledge you're sharing with them. It's what they came to get. They want to go home knowing something they didn't know before. Focus on giving them your gift. Thinking about giving them your gift makes you forget about yourself. The more you focus outward on giving them your message, the easier it'll be to say what you came to say.

  5. Big secret #2: Don't forget to breathe! Before you start, take 3 deep breaths and look at everyone in the audience. It's a chance to see them and for them to see you. Pause between points and breathe. Give them a chance to absorb the gem you just said before you give them the next one. If you need to check your notes, breathe as you do so. Breathing calms any butterflies that may be still fluttering around. 
      Don't forget to smile! Smiling makes you feel good inside and look great outside.Try it!


"I met with Marion Claire for training in speaking in front of an audience during a book tour. Marion is intelligent and affable. She helped me re-write my "pitch," and worked with me on its delivery. My presentation was all the better because of her attention to detail and the genial manner in which she delivered her critiques. I hate to think of the talk I would have given without her help." 

                                 ~ Bill Aron, Photographer, Author

Want to use this Speaking Is Sexy Tip in your Newsletter or Blog?  

You can, as long as you include this entire blurb:

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.  

For more information go to: www.speakingissexy.com 


Okay, that's my opinion, but in all honesty, others tell me they feel the same way. If you already have a copy, and have read and liked it, please go over to Amazon.com and say so! The more likes and positive reviews folks see on Amazon, the more it'll help spread the word. 
Many thanks! 

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

DO YOU HAVE FRIENDS OR COLLEAGUES who would benefit from seeing this Speaking Is Sexy eZine?

Please forward it to them or send me their email address and I'll send them a copy and tell them it's from you!  www.speakingissexy.com  

Did you miss previous Speaking Tips?  

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


The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving. 


      ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes


"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!


All inquiries are confidential. Call for a *free* half-hour consultation at 310/659-8956 or email me at speakingissexy@aol.com.

Need a speaker's coach? CALL MARION!

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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