Volume V, No. 11                                                                    January 2014

"The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway."  
   ~ Henry Boye              
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Included In This Issue
What's Marion Up To Now?
What's On My Bookshelf?
Special Occasion Speech?
Speaking Tip Vol. V, #1 ~ How To Be a Unique and Sexy Speaker
The Clock Is Ticking!
Need a 30-60 Second Elevator Speech?
Food for Thought
Have Speech, Will Travel!
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.

Did you miss a previous Speaking Tip?

You can find them here!
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? 
  • Planning my new Conference Room Workshops for businesspeople who need to improve their speaking and presentation skills.  I'll bring tips and techniques to become a Unique & Sexy Speaker right into your Conference Room for 3 or more participants.  You won't have to waste time traveling or even leave your office.  Watch this space for more details or contact me at marion@marionclaire.com.

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  • Speaking in February at the GLAAM (MENSA) Regional Gathering in Woodland Hills.  Topic: "Stand and Deliver: How to Impress Your Audience as a Unique & Sexy Speaker." 

What's On My Bookshelf? 

       Want to know the speaking tips used by experts?  SECRETS OF A UNIQUE & SEXY SPEAKER, 155 Helpful Speaking Tips for Writing Your Speech, Facing the Audience & Overcoming Fear! may be the perfect solution.  Keep it in your pocket or on your desk for a bit of quick help year round to make you look and sound like a unique & sexy professional speaker. This is a book for speakers of all levels, from first-timers to 'been there, done that'.

        Your personal autographed copy is available
at marion@marionclaire.com

Don't want the autograph?  Go to
www.BalboaPress.com www Amazon.com, or www.BarnesandNoble.com. 
      Keep your New Year's Resolution to become a better speaker in 2014! 



"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 


Special Occasion Speech?      


         Do you need to create a talk for a company gathering, a toast for your son's wedding, your mother's milestone birthday or your father's retirement celebration? Make it easier to have a speech you'll be proud of. We'll create it together over the phone, quickly and thoroughly, and you'll have the right words in record time.

         Why struggle when you can get it written without the trauma? Contact me at marion@marionclaire.com or call 310/659-8956 and get it done fast.              



"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


Speaking Tip Vol. V, #1

How To Be A Unique and Sexy Speaker

            In a discussion group recently, one of the participants expressed a desire to overcome his lack of confidence when he has to speak to a group. When I mentioned that I had written a whole book, "SECRETS of a UNIQUE & SEXY SPEAKER", on the subject that includes a raft of helpful tips for overcoming fear and building self-confidence, his immediate reaction was, "Oh, I don't like sexy, thank you."


            My immediate reaction was, "Who doesn't want to be sexy?" But then I thought, "Wait a minute. What does being a unique & sexy speaker mean to him?" Obviously not what it means to me!

            Understanding is such a slippery thing. I know what I mean when I say it's desirable to be a sexy speaker. But not everyone understands what I mean or is even curious enough to ask. Being sexy is a 'different strokes for different folks' concept. For some people it conjures up beautiful people, party time, and a lot of physical fun and games. For others it's a state of mind, a feeling of attractiveness, of possessing an appealing aura and presenting an admirable persona to the world. The definition of 'sexy' is different and special depending on who's talking or whom you're talking to. But any way you look at it, 'sexy' is a loaded word.

            So here's my definition of 'sexy' as it relates to public speaking:

            Whenever you open your mouth to speak, 

            and someone is listening, you have the 

            opportunity to influence and to inspire. To 

            be influential and inspirational... that's very sexy!  


            Think about the speakers you've heard that really moved you, the ones that made you want to get up and rush to do what they asked. Or made you laugh and cry and feel good inside. Who marched across the stage or stood so confidently in the front of the room that you couldn't take your eyes off them and you hung on every word.

            Attention getters? Yes. But it's more.

            It felt as if they were speaking right to you. They made your spine tingle and gave you something memorable that would stay with you long after both you and they had left the room. What they said and the way they said it were unique and special and, even if you couldn't remember many of their words and phrases a week later, you'll never forget the surge of good feeling you took out of that room with you. You were influenced and inspired by their presence, their style and their energy.

            Now, if that isn't sexy, I don't know what is.

            Can you have that effect on an audience? Why not? It takes practice. It takes desire. It takes the belief that you have something important to share, you have a gift to give, and that gift is the information you're offering from the front of the room. Your gift is unique to you. No one else can deliver it as well as you can. No one can influence and inspire your audience in just the same way you can. You have the power and the ability to wow the audience in your own personal way.

            You can, if you believe you can. And that kind of confidence is extremely sexy!

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:  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 Keynote Speech or Workshop for your organization and help you write your speech for almost any occasion.  For more information, go to www.marionclaire.com 

The Clock Is Ticking!  It's Time to be the Unique and Sexy
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


            If the thought of giving a speech paralyzes you, it's time to change your thinking! Working with a coach will streamline the process of organizing your ideas, help you create a skilled presentation, to deliver with authority and enthusiasm, and increase your ability to look and sound professional.  You'll learn the tips and techniques you need to make you a calm, cool, unique & sexy speaker!  


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

Did you miss previous Speaking Tips?  You can find them at www.marionclaire.com/newsletter or www.speakingissexy.com

Need a 30-60 Second 'Elevator' Speech? 


"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!  I think it will enhance our communication and will foster more referrals.  Thank you very much for your expertise." 
~ Ivy B. Rappaport, LTC & Life Insurance Specialist  
            Be irresistible in 30-60 seconds or less. Describe yourself in compelling terms that show people how much they'll benefit from working with you. Show them with confidence and flair that you can answer their questions and help them solve their problem. Contact me at 310/659-8956 or
marion@marionclaire.com. I'll coach you to put your best foot forward in a minute or less!

conftableFood for Thought



I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I've written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part.   

 ~ Shirley MacLaine       

Have Speech, Will Travel!   

       Looking for a Speaker for your next meeting or conference? Let me show you how to Stand and Deliver: Be a Unique & Sexy Speaker, whether this is your first speech or your fiftieth.

      I'll customize a Presentation or Workshop specifically for you and your organization in a one, two or three-hour format, your choice, including

techniques to overcome pre-speech nerves, grab the audience's attention, keep them tuned in and leave them wanting more.  


      I'll reveal the secrets of making eye contact no matter how large the audience, establishing your presence, speaking with or without a microphone or slide program, what to do with your hands, ways to keep moving around the room without making the audience seasick, and lots more!

      Contact me at:  Marion@marionclaire.com or call me at 310/659 -8956. Let me help you solve your speaking needs.


"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  



           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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