Speaking is Sexy
Volume IV, No. 5                                                                     March 2013

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."  
   ~ Jane Goodall               
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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 #5 ~ Use Your Sexy Voice
This Year... A 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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      "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."

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      All you need to do is ask!



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   Speaking Is Sexy Vol. IV, Tip #5

   Use Your Sexy Voice       


      When your boss says to you, "You've got to give a speech next week," does your heart sink to the floor? When your department manager says, "I'm counting on your talk next Tuesday to get our new project off with a bang," do you want to run for the hills or sink into a rather large hole and not come up until Wednesday?

      In this world of advancing technology where texting, emailing and keeping up with social media seem to be the communication methods of choice for practically all of us, with so many electronic means at our disposal you'd think the need to contact each other the old fashioned way, face-to-face, would be rapidly becoming obsolete. What a surprise to find that when sharing information, people still want to look each other in the eye and hear a real human voice, which explains why many people are discovering that they really need to know the art of public speaking.

      Even though a blast email and a slide program may be more efficient ways of sharing certain kinds of information with large numbers of people, the need to know how to stand in front of the room and speak to people in groups is exploding like a mushroom cloud. Why is this?

      Here's an idea. Is it possible that giving a speech in front of a roomful of people you don't know and will probably never see again... or worse, that you do know and will have to face at the coffee machine tomorrow... is one of the sexiest ways to communicate known to modern humankind? Where would civilization be if men and women hadn't learned to talk?

      Back in the good old days, several millennia ago, human communication took the form of one grunt for "yes," two for "no," and three for "Keep your distance, you stink!" Fortunately, over time, we've progressed a lot further than that.

      When you think about it, most human beings look pretty much alike. Our head, neck, shoulders, arms, torso, legs, and feet all come in a few standard colors with some variations in a pretty narrow range of sizes, from short to tall. We dye our hair and wear different clothes to make us easily identifiable. But what attracts us to each other and keeps our species going great guns is not whether we're tall or short, blonde or brunette or which pair of pants we put on that morning. By far the sexiest thing about us is what we say and how we say it.

      The essence of getting to know people is learning what they think and feel. What is important to them? What do they believe is appropriate, ethical, acceptable behavior? The essence of communication is the ability to express what we think and feel in a way that will draw others to us and encourage them to agree with us or at least respect our point of view.

      When you get up to speak in front of a group of people, you're expressing the best part of yourself. You're giving them the gift of you... your knowledge, your beliefs, your talent, and your generosity. You're influencing and inspiring them, letting them understand that what you have to say is going to benefit them. They're going to be more knowledgeable when they leave than when they came in. They're going to take home something valuable that they didn't have before. The more compelling you are, the more enthusiastically you share the benefits you're offering them, the sexier you will appear.

      When you're offering your audience something that will enrich them, your voice is the sexiest tool in your arsenal. Their attention will be riveted on you, and they'll come away with something they can then share with others. They'll remember you as the one who first gave it to them.

       Wow! What a gift! To be remembered as someone who influences and inspires with the power of your voice! Think of Franklin D. Roosevelt, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!" John F. Kennedy, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country!" Martin Luther King, Jr., "I have a dream!" What they said and how they said it is what makes them memorable.

      Seems to me there's nothing sexier than that!

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This Year... A 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!  


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What Do My Readers Say? 

RE: Vol IV, #4: Body Language

Love the idea of picking someone left, right and center and especially love "focus on those that are listening and don't worry about those that are not".  Great stuff!  I always learn something new from your newsletters.
~ Brendan McMahon, Financial Advisor,
Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management


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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conftableFood for Thought



Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.     
 ~ George Patton          

           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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