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August 12, 2021 24 min

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 stages. It took longer and much growth work for him to discover and develop the power that comes from his authentic voice.

He talked about the possibility of joy and speaking from a sense of presence where you are more free and confident to express yourself.


Jonathan is not exactly your run of the mill speaking coach. He has trained thousands of coaches, entrepreneurs, coaches and professionals to become confident, authentic and dynamic speakers who change lives. His integrative, holistic approach is time-tested and proven to help anyone become a dynamic, inspiring presence who moves audiences both on video and to live audiences of all sizes.

He has certified coaches in his approach and specializes in leadership presence. He has worked with executives from names you know well, including Google, HP, Kaiser, and many more.

He holds two graduate degrees, a MS in Performance Studies and Speech Communication, as well as a Master of Fine Art in Theater – he’s also a theater director, actor and creator, and is currently innovating theatrically during this time of C as well.

Jonathan's online training is 


I'm your podcast host, Dr. Doreen Downing, and I help people find their voice so they can overcome anxiety, be confident, and speak without fear. 

Get started now on your journey to your authentic voice by downloading my Free 7 Step Guide to Fearless Speaking:  

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