Volume IV, No. 7                                                                    June 2013

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Included In This Issue
What's Marion Up To Now?
Your Unique and Sexy Speaker at your next Event!
Have you downloaded your FREE report yet?
Help with your Speech for that Special Occasion
Speaking Is Sexy Vol IV, Tip #7 ~ Can Public Speaking Really Change Your Life?
This Year... A New You!
Comments & Kudos From My Readers
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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What's Marion Up To Now? 



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      In it are tips used by experts that you can keep in your pocket or desk for a bit of quick help.  Use these Tips and you, too, will look and sound like a unique & sexy professional speaker. 
      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.
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"My job revolves around communication. Whether it's introducing myself in a crowd, public speaking, delivering good news or bad, my ability to convey information clearly and confidently is what leads to a trusting relationship with my clients. With Marion's practical instruction, she taught me how organize my thoughts and speak from the heart. A few new techniques and my confidence and competence have increased dramatically. I can highly recommend Marion - she's a gifted speaking coach!"

                               ~ Lorraine Greig, Financial Advisor



      "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!   


        "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. www.feldover.com

Help with your Speech for that Special Occasion
       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? Know what you want to say but not how to say it? Need a speechwriter to create your speech for 
you? Make it easier on yourself to have the perfect speech. We can create it over the phone, fast but thorough, and you'll have the right words in record time. 
       Why struggle by yourself when you can get it written without the trauma? Email me at www.marionclaire.com or call 310/659-8956 and tell me what you need. 
Be smart. Get help!
   Speaking Is Sexy Vol. IV, Tip #7

   Can Public Speaking Really Change Your Life?  


           Many folks know they'd be much more successful in their business if they could get up in front of the room to promote it.  Yet when it comes to actually talking to a roomful of strangers, whether around a table at a networking meeting, on their feet at a mixer or as the guest speaker at an industry function, they absolutely refuse.  Why is that?



           For these people (and you    know if you're one of them), speaking is scary.  It means stepping out of your comfort zone, doing things differently than you've always done them, having a different outcome than you're used to and, yes, definitely, running the risk of changing your life.  For the better!

            What would your life be like if you could get up and speak to a roomful of strangers about how good your business is and how much they'll benefit from working with you?  What would your bottom line look like if whoever heard you speak understood that you can give them what they need to move forward and make their lives better?  How would you feel about yourself if you actually achieved your goals, professionally, financially and personally?  What if getting up to speak to a roomful of strangers really could change your life for the better?

            When he was appointed V.P. of Sales at his company, Michael was terrified of speaking to his sales team whenever the President of the company walked into the room. He'd immediately break into a sweat, trip over his tongue, confuse his team and be mortified by his own incompetence.  His fear was literally destroying his ability to do his job.  He sought help from a speaker's coach and changed his life.  He learned where his fear came from, conquered it, discovered that he wanted to be his own boss, and went on to be the Chief Executive of his own company. 

            Walter was a partner in a small accounting firm who wanted to grow his company into a large accounting firm.  However, making sales presentations to potential clients made his brain freeze over.  He'd forget key points of the proposal he'd spent so many hard hours preparing and lost client after client.  He knew that discovering the source of his fear and conquering it literally meant the difference between staying where he was and becoming CEO of the powerful firm he wanted to head.  He worked with a speaker's coach and now his company has five offices in three states, and his life is richer and much more satisfying. 

            Linda wanted to be a financial adviser but hated having to go out and network to meet and attract clients.  She was knowledgeable and proficient, and when people were referred to her, they were delighted at the results.  But she couldn't rely only on referrals to achieve the level of success she wanted.  She found a speaker's coach who helped her discover the source of her difficulty meeting new people and promoting herself.  Her networking abilities improved immediately and her business is thriving.

            If you're not getting up in front of the crowd to let them know how good you and your business are, what's stopping you?  Are you worried that you won't say it right, whatever 'it' is?  That you'll forget something important and feel ridiculous?  Maybe someone will laugh at you?  Do you think you've never been good at public speaking and never will be?  You can't speak as well as (name a famous speaker), so you'd rather not try?  You never learned how and are too (old, tired, busy, etc.) to start now?  It's your bad luck that you weren't 'born with the public speaking gene', and there's nothing you can do about it?  Are you afraid to take the chance of trying and failing?


Do yourself a huge favor.  Get over it!   Give yourself the chance to become the successful businessperson you'd really like to be.  The one who is confident about the value of what you have to offer and how many benefits you can provide to the people who are smart enough to work with you.  Public speaking is a skill you can learn.  All it takes is the desire and a good coach.  If you want to be a confident speaker, you can be. 

            Get the help you need to become the unique & sexy speaker you know is in you.  You'll be amazed how much your life will change for the better!

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 
Want to use this Speaking Is Sexy Tip in your Newsletter or Blog?  
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 confident public speakers they longed to be.  An autographed copy of her book, SECRETS of a UNIQUE & SEXY SPEAKER, is available on her website.  She'll also help you write your speeches for almost any occasion or customize a Workshop for your group.  For more information about Marion, go to www.marionclaire.com 
This Year... A New You!... In 2013 become the
Unique and Sexy Public Speaker you've always wanted to be!


"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 Classrom



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.


Give yourself a gift that will last a lifetime.
All inquiries are confidential. Call for a *free* half-hour consultation at 310/659-8956 or email me at Marion@marionclaire.com

Comments & Kudos From My Readers

RE: Speaking Tip Vol IV, #6: 
How Hard Is It To Write A Speech

There is an additional factor: the fear of the blank page. The classic sequence is you write the date at the top of the page and then it's like everything goes blank in your head. The trick is to start writing, no matter how disorganized the first drafts look.  Luckily, today the computer is a big help in easing the creative plan.
~ Martin Jacob, Ludan Engineering Ltd., Israel



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



Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.     
 ~ Dr. Suess        

           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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