Okay, I’ll admit it. I make my clients cry.  I don’t mean to. I don’t want to. But it often seems to happen when I’m helping them find their authentic voice.

 I’m a very likeable person, really I am. And I’m very, very nice to my clients. But I can take a perfectly functioning, happy person, ask a few gentle questions, make a few initial observations, and pretty soon their eyes start to glisten…a tear drop or two forms, and oh no… I’ve done it again. Whether it’s a one-on-one speaker training sessions or a group workshop, it happens.

 So why does this happen?  Very simply, it happens because finding one’s authentic voice, truly finding it is a very intimate, individual process. 

As a speaking coach, I work hard to gain my clients’ complete trust and let them know I respect their natural expressive gifts, along with giving them their dignity.  This approach gives them the confidence to bring out their best.  Full expression requires they be willing and intentional about revealing themselves through their words, voice and movement.  The process of self-expression activates deeply held beliefs and desires and can result in awareness of long-held blockages to becoming fully expressive.  In short, it goes to the very core of their being. Finding the path, and following their path, can be a moving experience.

Revealing more about one’s true, authentic self is generally something people avoid doing in public. You can certainly become a skilled presenter by learning the external methods of good presentation skills, but I offer my clients the option of something more: 

1.  The opportunity to fully engage with their audience and create an emotional connection

2.   The opportunity to fully express their message with depth        and authenticity

3.  The opportunity to move an audience to feel empathy,       motivate them to consider a new idea, move them to take action, or excite them by sharing information in a compelling way

 My methods are straightforward – they include teaching a client to

  • engage their breath
  • become more fully expressive by using the richness and variety of their voice
  • energize their body for fuller expressiveness in movement and gesture, and
  • determine, craft and express their key messages in the best way for their audience to hear and remember

And those clients who feel the need and allow themselves to cry, ultimately are able to work through whatever has been blocking their true expressiveness – something to which every human being is entitled.