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What difference could it make to your success if you were comfortable speaking in public? The whole purpose of Speak Out, Girlfriend!™ is to help women (and a few good men!) to overcome any fear or reluctance you have about speaking in public, so you can use this important skill to attract your clients and grow your success. And I want to help you to get this information, whether or not you work with me In person.

That’s why I started this series of blogs: the Speak Out, Girlfriend! System of 9 Steps to Get from Fearful to Fabulous. I want to introduce you to each of the steps and offer a way to implement them on your own. (Click here if you missed Step One.)

Step Two: Sit in the Moment

I had the great honor of giving the keynote address to a group of about 100 young high school women basket ballTERRY.CHANDLER players at the National Title IX Holiday Invitational Conference and Classic here in DC. They all met in DC for four days between Christmas and New Years for games, education, and networking. I will admit I was a bit nervous because these young women are all strong athletes…and I was always the last person selected for the volley ball teams in gym class!

I was talking about the basic elements of the Speak Out, Girlfriend! system, namely believing and building confidence in our own unique  brilliance, and things seemed to be going well, until the girls at two tables in the back of the room began to giggle and chatter. I tried to ignore this, and focus on the eight tables where the girls were really engaged with me, but after a few minutes, it became clear that this wasn’t working.

I remembered the panic I felt back in my convent and early teaching days when I didn’t know how to “control the class.” But this time, it was different.

(More to come!)

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