Volume V, No. 6                                                                                   April 2014

"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."

   ~ Mark Twain             
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Included In This Issue
Get Help Writing Your Speech!
What's On My Bookshelf?
Need a 30-60 Second Elevator Speech?
What's Marion Up To Now?
Speaking Tip Vol. V, #6~ Lectern or Podium or Nothing but Air?
Have Speech, Will Travel!
Food for Thought
The Clock Is Ticking! (Time to Be a Unique & Sexy Speaker)
More about Marion Claire ~ Revealing an 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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          Do you need to create a talk for a company conference, a toast for your son's wedding, your mother's milestone birthday, your father's retirement celebration or even a eulogy for a memorial service? Too overwhelmed to do it yourself? Let me help you 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 just when you need them. 

         Why struggle when you can get it written without the trauma? Contact me at marion@marionclaire.com or call 310/659-8956310/659-8956 and get it done fast.              


"Wow!  I am totally blown away, Marion!  Thank you!  Hope to use your services again soon."
~ Victoria Ferro, CEO, MicroKey Solutions, Inc.

"My speech was a hit! Thank you so much for your guidance and help.  I received so many compliments from the audience. I would love to retain your services in the future to help me become a more comfortable writer and speaker."
~ Angela W.

Thank you for your help. Love it. If you don't mind, I will use you again when I have to speak. Thank you so much.

~Andrew Lotter, CEO, Ameriflight, Inc.

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'.

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"This is a very good book. I have been recommending it to everyone I know!

                   ~ Dr. Tamara Eskenazi, Professor, HUC 



"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 


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 tell 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!

What's Marion Up To Now? 
  • Working on 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.  For more information, contact me at marion@marionclaire.com.

Speaking Tip Vol. V, #6     




            Have you ever wondered why some speakers always speak from behind a lectern or a podium and others don't like to have anything between themselves and the audience? Is it just personal preference? Are some speakers more comfortable when they can get right down among their listeners and look them in the eye? Do others feel they should always maintain a safe distance between them? Are there any rules that govern when there should be something between you and the audience and when there shouldn't?

            To be or not to be closer to your audience? That is the question.

            The answer is: it depends.

            First, just what is the difference between a lectern and a podium? And does it matter?

            Here's the simple difference: If you can stand behind it, but not on it, it's a lectern. The confusion comes with the size: a lectern may be portable and sit on a table. It may also be full-sized and stand on the floor.

            If you can stand on it, it's a podium. A podium always stands on the floor because as part of its construction is has a platform attached behind it on which the speaker can stand. No attached platform? It's not a podium.  

            But that doesn't answer the question of which one to use on any given occasion.


Here are some questions to ask:

            Is the speech formal or informal? If it's a formal speech, it's most likely expected that you'll use a lectern (or podium) on which you'll have a copy of your speech as well as any materials that you may be handing out to the audience. If your set-up includes a teleprompter, you need always to be able to see it, which will keep you from moving around very much.

            If it's an informal speech, whether or not you use a lectern is your choice. If your talk is interactive with lots of Q&A, you might prefer to get closer to the audience and move freely among them to engage them eye-to-eye. However, if you feel more secure with a barrier between you and them, the lectern is perfect. You may then choose specific moments to come out from behind it to speak to the audience and then return to continue on.

            Are you using a slide program? Same as above. If it's a formal speech, and you have a clicker to change the slides, you can exercise full control without having to move away from the lectern. If it's a more informal presentation, and you may be using your computer to change slides with or without a clicker, you'll probably be more comfortable with the freedom to move closer to the audience as you talk about the material the slides present.

            How large is the audience?   If you're speaking to a small group in a conference room, using a lectern may seem like overkill. With a larger audience, you can choose to use a lectern for your notes or stand before them with nothing between you but air. The audience came to see and hear you. Make it easy for them.

            How is the audience seated? If you're facing rows of listeners theater-style, and you prefer to use a lectern, you can move out from behind it at specific moments to emphasize key points in your talk. If you choose not to use a lectern, keep in mind that your space for movement is horizontal and limited, and you want to be careful as you walk back and forth not to make them seasick.

            If they're seated at individual tables luncheon style, you have a lot more room to move about. It's your choice. If your talk is informal, you might feel more comfortable being closer to individuals and engaging them eye to eye. If it's a formal speech, a lectern is appropriate.

             The key is visibility and clarity. You want the audience to see you and hear you easily and clearly so they get every word you say without a struggle. Your job, when you're in front of them, is to give them the gift of your knowledge. Whether you do it standing behind a lectern or there's nothing between you and them but air, remember that it's all about them. Make yourself as comfortable as possible so you can focus on giving them what they came for.

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 
"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, david@feldover.com

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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Have Speech, Will Travel!


  Stand and Deliver:

Impress the Audience as a Unique  

& Sexy Speaker   


            Looking for a Speaker for your next meeting or conference? Ask me to customize a Presentation or Workshop specifically for you and your organization in your choice of formats.  I'll reveal the secrets professional speakers use, including techniques to overcome pre-speech nerves, grab the audience's attention, keep them tuned in and leave them wanting more. Contact me at: Marion@marionclaire.com or call me at 310/659-8956. Let me help you solve your speaking needs.


"Your talk was smashing!  Thank you so much for taking the time to share your expertise with our NAWBO-LA membership.  We truly appreciate it!"

~Mina Trujillo, PR & Marketing Specialist

conftableFood for Thought


People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness.  Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost. 


 ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.             

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
           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. 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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