The 7 Secrets to Essential Speaking

Find Your Voice ~ Change Your Life

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Many people are crippled in their personal and professional lives by a deep fear of speaking in public.

If you struggle with being in the spotlight because you can’t control your nerves and you worry about being judged, The 7 Secrets to Essential Speaking is for you.

Take the journey to go beyond scripts and performance techniques to connect to the Essence of who you truly are.
You’ll discover the power of the 7 Secrets to:

    • Reach a calm, centered, inner core of strength
    • Engage your listeners and radiate confidence
    • Be your authentic self and speak with ease

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5 Star Testimonials

5.0 out of 5 starsBe Real, Be Attractive and Be at Ease…By Bud Inzer

What if you could be “at ease” in front of an audience…without having it all together–and be genuinely captivating? Well, you can and “Essential Speaking” will show you how! 

5.0 out of 5 starsClear Confident Guidance…By Joan Lester

This marvelous handbook is one of the clearest guides I have seen to claiming your authentic speaking voice in public. 

5.0 out of 5 starsHow to Speak from a place of “Being”…By Lynda Klau PhD

The book focuses not on what the speaker says, but who she is– i.e., her essential self, her core, her inner voice– Dr. Downing literally transforms the paradigm for authentic speaking which makes “Essential Speaking” nothing less than evolutionary. 

5.0 out of 5 starsEssential Being: “Take the risk of being yourself”…By Michael Bouscaren

Essential Speaking” delivers practical tools from many perspectives to release the true self as speaker. Dr. Downing shows us how to become the open hearted, connected persons we all long for but are afraid of becoming.

5.0 out of 5 starsThe end of public speaking anxiety…By Lee Glickstein
Doreen Downing gets to the heart of the epidemic anxiety that stops so many wonderful people from living their gift out loud.
5.0 out of 5 starsElegant, Profound, and Easy to Read…By Audrey Seymour
Dr. Downing’s step-by-step method is very clearly presented which makes it easy to read, yet contains material that is thought-provoking and life changing. 


5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful, warm, and wise…By Franklin Perry

Like its author, this book is wonderful, warm, and wise. Reading it, I became more aware of my own anxiety about speaking publicly and my own partially effective strategies for coping, such as over-preparing. 


5.0 out of 5 starsSpirited teaching – very accessible…By Michael Rost

I found “Essential Speaking” by Doreen Downing to be a very elegant publication – a calmly accessible, masterful weaving of life experience and applicable lessons.


Doreen Downing, Ph.D., is a Psychologist, Founder of Essential Speaking, and Training Director of Speaking Circles®. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety caused by the fear of speaking. In addition to her authentic communication workshops, private and group coaching, she leads Speaking Circles® in Berkeley and Marin, CA, along with E-Courses and seminars throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. To contact Doreen, Click Here.

Doreen Downing, Ph.D.
Essential Speaking
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Phone – 415-924-8955
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