When: Monthly meetings on the third Wednesday.
Time: 6-7:30pm
Where: North Berkeley
Fee: $50 per session
Reservations: Groups fill quickly, so Click Here to contact Doreen or call 415-924-8955

If speaking in front of others makes you nervous, check out my Speaking Circle®. Supportive group sessions offer an innovative approach to authentic expression. In a safe environment, you can discover how being fully present in the moment dissolves public speaking fears. You have the opportunity to practice Relational Presence which is the key to staying calm, centered, and connected to yourself and your listeners. Participants receive only appreciative acceptance for their natural strengths.

  • Presence keeps you centered and calm
  • Connection brings you closer to your listeners
  • Authenticity leads you to your inner strength

Whether you have public speaking anxiety or simply want to express yourself with greater clarity, you can dissolve fear and find the courage to speak in any situation.

Click Here to read FAQs about a Speaking Circle®.

Relational Presence is what we practice in a Speaking Circle®. To find a Facilitator near you who includes Relational Presence in their trainings, please go to RelationalPresence.com. 

For more information on Speaking Circles®, visit speakingcircles.com


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.