Speaking is Sexy
Volume IV, No. 1                                                                     January 2012

"Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, "This is the real me," and when you have found that attitude, follow it." 
                                                                 ~ William James                 
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What's Marion Up To Now?
Your Unique and Sexy Speaker at your next Event!
Have you downloaded your FREE report yet?
Speaking Is Sexy Vol IV, Tip #1 ~ Finding the Unique & Sexy You
New Year... New You!
What Do My Readers Say?
How Can I Help You?
Food for Thought
More about Marion Claire ~ My 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 become calm, confident, unique and sexy speakers who influence and inspire others with the power of their voice. www.marionclaire.com

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Speeches for Special Occasions

            Do you need to speak at a company gathering, your son's wedding, your daughter's engagement party, your mother's milestone birthday or your father's retirement celebration? Not sure what to say or how to say it? Need some speechwriting help for this very special occasion?  Make it easier on yourself to create the perfect speech.  We can work together over the phone, fast but thorough, and you'll have the right words in record time.

            Why struggle all by yourself when you can get it written without the trauma? Email me at  marion@marionclaire.com or call 310/659-8956 and tell me what you need. Take advantage of my January 'Begin the New Year Right' Discount.  Be smart. Get help. You'll be delighted you did!  





      Looking toward early March for the release of my new book, SECRETS OF A UNIQUE & SEXY SPEAKER, 155 Speaking Tips used by experts you can keep in your pocket or desk for a bit of quick help to make you look and sound like a sexy professional speaker.   

      If you'd like to be on my special Advance List to be the first to have the opportunity to purchase a copy, please send your request to me at: 


      This is a book for speakers of all levels, from beginners to experienced. You're sure to find in it helpful Speaking Tips for any type of speech or speaking occasion that will save you time and uncertainty and make creating your next presentation a joy instead of a struggle!


      "Marion Claire brings light into the room as she sets everyone at ease so they are ready to learn.  Our team mostly had no experience in public speaking, and so were shy and stumbling at first, but gained confidence quickly under Marion's effective guidance.  They were left with solid information that they could use as they practiced putting speeches together and then giving them.  And as a seasoned speaker myself, I nonetheless learned a thing or two to make my speaking more effective."

~Pauline Field, Chair, www.5050Leadership.org 


      Looking for a speaker for your next event? Want to know what it means to "Be a Unique and Sexy Speaker!"? Let me show you ASAP!  

      I'll customize a program for you and show your group time-tested techniques to become the speakers they've always wanted to be. 

      Send me an email at: Marion@marionclaire.com or call me at 310/659-8956.

      All you need to do is ask!



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Knowing the answers to these Five Questions will enable you to create a speech for almost any occasion.  Download your Free Report now and make creating your next speech so much easier!   

   Speaking Is Sexy Vol. IV, Tip #1

   Finding the Unique & Sexy You     


      Here we are at the top of 2013, looking at a clean slate of empty months filled with infinite possibilities. Because we haven't yet filled the days up with successes or failures, we can safely say, "This year I'm going to..." and fill in the blank with our favorite, cherished resolutions.  

      The tradition of creating New Year's Resolutions is long established, whether it's a formal list of goals or just a couple of wishes tossed out over a convivial cocktail with friends.  At the moment we make them, we're darn sure we're going to keep them. And some of them we actually do. But most of them, truth to tell, are left by the wayside or forgotten by the time February rolls around. So the question I've begun to ask is, why make New Year's Resolutions at all? Why not, instead, make a real change? 

      Many folks came up to me last year who said they'd like to improve their speaking abilities, get over their fear, look for more opportunities to speak to groups, but... There's always a 'but'. What does that 'but' really mean?

      I have a theory that people never take action to improve anything until we're so miserable with the status quo that we simply can't stand it anymore. Humans are an interesting species; we'll put up with incredible amounts of disappointment, frustration, fear, disillusionment, etc., rather than do anything to change it.

      When it comes to public speaking, most folks will think about becoming more skilled, dream about it, talk about it, wish for it, but they won't actually do anything about it until they absolutely have to, until avoiding being the best speaker they can be is really harming them professionally or personally. The businessman who can't give a 60-second intro at a networking meeting without getting red-faced and tripping over his tongue and the entrepreneur who can't make a 20-minute speech on the value of her services without shaking in her designer shoes have at least one thing in common. They believe it's okay to lose out on the personal and professional success that would come their way if they could present themselves and their businesses confidently to the world. The change required, they believe, is just too hard.

      If you had to choose, which would you prefer? To settle for what you've got without challenging yourself to be better and achieving more? Or to accept that being the best you can be will take hard work, but you'll find you're capable of succeeding in ways beyond what you'd thought possible up to now?

      The tricky thing about change is that it breeds like rabbits. One change leads to another, and pretty soon you'll become someone to admire for all kinds of qualities you didn't know you had. When you become a cool, confident speaker, comfortable in front of the room before any crowd, that skill and comfort will spill over into other parts of your life and business. You'll be more impressive both personally and professionally, attract more positive attention and achieve greater results. People will respond to your new-found confidence, and new-found success will march right along with it.

      Making real change is so much more gratifying than a simple resolution to do better. Make the commitment to yourself to do the work, overcome your reluctance, do the thing you're afraid to do. Become a unique & sexy speaker and who knows? You may find the unique & sexy 'you' along the way!

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.marionclaire.com 
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You can, as long as you include this entire blurb:  For fifteen years, Marion Claire has coached entrepreneurs, executives, and professionals of all kinds to become the unique and sexy speakers they longed to be.  She'll also help you write your speeches for almost any occasion.  For more information about Marion and her programs, check out her website at www.marionclaire.com 
New Year...New You!... In 2013 become the Unique and Sexy Public Speaker you've always wanted to be!

"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



Give yourself a break! It's easier than you think to overcome your nervousness and increase your confidence. You don't need to be reluctant to get up to speak. Amaze yourself at how quickly you can get rid of whatever is holding you back!    


If the thought of giving a speech absolutely paralyzes you, it's time to change your thinking! You can overcome those debilitating fears and get rid of the limiting beliefs that keep you from speaking with confidence. At the same time, acquire tips and techniques that will make you a calm, cool, unique and sexy speaker!  


Smooth and Polish your present speaking skills!  Easily learn useful techniques to increase your capabilities and look and sound professional.


Giving a major speech for an important occasion? Need some guidance on writing and delivering it?  Quickly learn to organize your thoughts, create a skilled presentation, and speak to your audience with authority and enthusiasm.


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What Do My Readers Say? 

I look forward to reading your 'Speaking is Sexy' newsletter, which always has some unique, thoughtful and important information that will help me in both my business and personal life.  You have great insight, wisdom and practical tips to help guide me in my many speaking opportunities and coaching experiences.  Thank you, Marion!
~Mary Berney, MSW, Executive Coach, DISC Trainer  

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Each month I read the tips in Speaking is Sexy and it helps me refresh my skills.  As a lawyer, I need to be able to feel comfortable in giving speeches and the tips in the newsltter have continued to help me.  Thank you Speaking is Sexy! 
                                  ~Sharon Kopman, Attorney at Law



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The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly.  That is dedication.   
 ~ Cecil B. DeMille   

           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. You want to be sure your revelations will be received with kindness, consideration and sympathy, and not with distaste, anger or ridicule.

      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 Marion@marionclaire.com.  

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