Find Your Voice, Change Your Life

Find Your Voice, Change Your Life

Psychologist and Host, Dr. Doreen Downing, invites guests who have suffered from public speaking anxiety to tell their story of struggle and how they overcame fear. They took an inner journey, found the voice that is truly their own, and now speak with confidence.

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October 14, 2021 34 min

Today, I interview Elaine Williams who said that growing up, she felt an emptiness-- that something was wrong with the world. She experienced childhood depression and anxiety, feeling as if no one was really listening to her. 

Later events led to her feeling like "the lightning rod of the family", having too much directed at her. She felt it was unsafe to speak the truth for fear that it would be used against her. Missing th...

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Today, I interview Marti MacEwan who says that although she was a successful speaker, there was a lack of satisfaction after speaking because there was a lingering fear of those eyes on her and the opinions of her audience. No amount of reassurance helped. 

Marti learned to refocus her energy and was able to overcome stage fright by shifting her awareness and her expectations. 

Marti who is a professional counselor and "Stage Fri...

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Today, I interview Tom Ruwitch who talks about his roots and success in the sales industry. He realized that although he "communicated" and "hustled" all day, the quantity was squelching the quality. 

What he was doing didn't represent who he truly was and how he felt on the inside. Tom points out that we're taught that the harder we work the better we'll do, and not to lean on others. 

He has learned how ...

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September 16, 2021 30 min

Today, I interview, Lorraine LaPointe who talks about the way that our mindset shapes our reactions and views of the world. 

She is able to share the story of an experience she had as a child, and the impact it had on her in feeling that she could not express herself. 

Now, talking regularly on her own shows, she has clearly overcome this fear. She says, "there is a deep desire in all of us to be recognized for who we are, and to...

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September 9, 2021 22 min

Today, I interview Steve Peck who catches our attention right away when he says "I knew where I found my voice. I just didn't know where I'd lost it!" 

As an introvert, Steve had an active and very successful career but experienced moments where he felt that people didn't want to listen to his ideas, so he consequently became quiet. 

He began to keep things inside and avoid those connections. He has a story of ove...

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September 2, 2021 23 min


Today, I interview Ted Prodromou who talks about his shy beginnings as an introverted child. He later realized that he had been carrying around years of hurt from being picked on by his siblings. It had really impacted his self-esteem and courage! As adults, his sibling's later apology brought about the sudden realization of the root cause of his fear. 

The good news is that healing can come anytime! It's not too late! Ted l...

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August 26, 2021 27 min

Today, I interview Steve Sapato who shares stories from his past where he learned how important it is to put yourself out there and let go of your fear of being seen. Learning to speak brings confidence!

Steve discusses the way we learn and the mindset that has shaped the way the world interacts and behaves now. Sometimes we don't realize what we have been carrying, but our past always plays a part in who we become. The key is t...

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Today, I interview Meredith Bell who shares an important childhood story and the fears of judgment, rejection, and criticism she has experienced and carried with her. She remembers being afraid to "speak her truth". 

As a professional adult, she later realized that the common thread within each of her projects was her tendency to think smaller than she should have. She has since realized that she can do more, perform better,...

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Today, I interview Jonathan Bender, MS, MFA, a coach and creator of the WholeSpeak Method, an approach that transforms nerves into confidence.

Jonathan shared his story of being bullied for years growing up, as well as being raised in an abusive household. As a consequence he had no sense of self-esteem or being able to speak up at all.

Joining his high school speech team and then doing theater allowed him to first find his voice on ...

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July 31, 2021 25 min

Today, I interview  Caterina Rando who looks back to her childhood in a noisy, overly lively household and not having the courage to speak up in the face of it. She also struggled with feeling a little bit held back due to being a plus-sized female her whole life. 

Interestingly, she enjoyed public speaking because she had been given permission to speak; her real fear crept in when she was among people with opportunities to chime in...

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Today, I interview Kristen Harcourt who shares a story from her childhood where she figured out how to live in the world confidently and speak with courage as a unique individual. 

As she graduated from college and began working in the corporate world, she learned how to overcome limiting environments in order to embrace positive mentorship and set exciting goals for herself.

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For more than a decade, Kristen has ...

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Today, I interview Regeline "Gigi" Sabbat who shares a glimpse into her once painful past traumas. She has refocused herself on her relationship with God and allowed that to build her hope and confidence. 

Instead of allowing her trauma to make her feel like a victim, she quiets herself and listens, remembering that she is not alone. A very powerful message! _____ 

Regeline Sabbat, also known as Gigi, is a Motivational Keynot...

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Today, I interview Daniela Wolfe who shares the first time she remembers feeling afraid to speak. She has found her own identity and let go of the lies of fear, and she is now able to cheer her children on to speak boldly. 

She works to inspire confidence, balance, and strength in her many clients. Daniela helps overwhelmed women live a lifestyle they love through simple systems to manage their time and daily tasks. She works togeth...

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Today, I interview Lisa Wentz. We discuss the origins of our fears and the way our childhood experiences shape our voice and our boldness to speak. She touches on narcissistic parenting and the lack of encouragement toward children to share their views and thoughts.

Listen to Lisa's wonderful story of resilience. She found encouragement elsewhere and respected new role models, overcoming odds to find her voice at a very young ag...

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Today, I interview Ronnie Joy Krasner, Certified Soul Coach, speaker, and author. Clients refer to Ronnie Joy as their Go-To for dating, relationships, and life transitions. She uses her formal training, and the trauma and life challenges she has experienced, to become the coach, healer, spiritual mentor and hospice volunteer that she is today. Ronnie Joy developed practical tools to successfully call in her amazing, second husband...

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Today, I interview Johnnie Urban, Founder and CEO of Sensitive Authentic Speaker, Certified Master Trainer in NLP, Hypnotherapist.

Johnnie teaches coaches, healers & therapist to craft & deliver such a clear, powerful, & compelling message that your ideal client can’t wait to work with you. 

It was difficult for Johnnie to articulate what she did to help people so that others would understand.

To overcome her anxiety, she ...

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May 24, 2021 49 min

Today, I interview Rosemary McKenzie Ferguson who is the Founder at Craig's Table, a service for injured workers. She is also the Founder Injured Worker Well-Being Week May 31st-June 4th 2021, and a Women of the West Award recipient.

Rosemary is an overcomer! She struggled to find meaning in life, battling addiction and depression. She has found her confidence and realized that her purpose in life is to support others and share ...

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May 24, 2021 30 min

 Today, I interview Wilton Rogers III, Automation Business Analyst. As a RPA, Robotic Processing Automation, Influencer, he helps business leaders find ways to improve their organization through automation so they can make an impact.

Today Wilton shared how his early fears of speaking first took hold. When he was in class and asked to read a passage, he found himself unable to speak up. As it turned out he was later diagnosed with d...

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Today, I interview Lee Glickstein, founder of Speaking Circles International, and organization dedicated to helping people overcome stage fright and be masterful speakers.

Lee suffered from a lifetime of stage fright. It motivated him to develop a radical approach to authentic and effective public speaking. This process of discovery led him to a deep understanding of the principles of natural communication through Relational Presenc...

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Today, I interview Michelle Vande Hey, Certified Holistic Life Coach who helps grieving mom's heal their hears and spark joy again using Food, Fitness, Faith, & Forgiveness with her group coaching program.

Michelle's biggest struggle with speaking in public is worrying she is going to forget to say something.

Her work with Toastmasters and being part of a group, together other others trying to improve themselves helped.

Mi...

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