There was a time when those of a special status were given the privilege of speaking out loud in a public manner. Back in the day, kings, emperors, generals, actors, and, in Greece, professional orators were ‘given the floor’ to speak freely to the rest of us. We plebeians were expected to fill our seats and pay attention.
Today, We Are All Public Speakers
Yes, things have changed! We’ve all gained our corner of the stage with the advent of professional journalism, broadcasting, and now, social media and personalized recording technologies. Anyone who wants a public voice can have one. In fact, the minute you open a social media account, you effectively become a public speaker of some type.
That doesn’t mean that we all know how to do it, to do it well, or that we have the confidence to take the stage, however. While we may have a voice, way may not have taken possession of it.
Mastering ‘Speaking Up-Speaking Out’ is a Road
Longer for some of us than others. Were you a youngest child who’s family attention hung on your every cherished word? Or, did you grow up in a household where children should be seen but not heard?
Did going to elementary school, Sunday school, or your first spend-the-night include being laughed at for saying the right thing at just the wrong time? Or, was your social media experience a disaster?
I think you get the picture. Some of us come to this with far better or worse experiences than those above. The point is that where public speaking is concerned, we all have a history. And, for most of us, it’s fraught.
I Dropped Out of Three Professional Acting Classes Before I Could Open My Mouth in Improv
I grew up a reserved oldest daughter in a house full of boisterous, fun boys. I grew up on stage dancing … never opened my mouth there. I grew up cheering along my favorite high school teams, but struggling to say hello to the players.
When I moved to NY, one of my dreams was to train and try my skills as an actor. I signed up for three different acting classes (yes, on Broadway), and dropped out of each. When the time came to open my mouth, I couldn’t.
I won’t bore you with the full, long story, but in my early adult years, I learned some deep lessons about what happens when you don’t own your own voice and did some hard work figuring out what mine was and how to use it. Acting did finally help, and photography and writing, ….
I’m Still on That Journey
But, I’ve learned a lot and I love sharing it. Not just the information, the support. I love the experience of being in the presence of humans learning to speak their truth. It’s an honor to provide a wing as they learn to fly.
And, while I particularly enjoy helping people along with insights on public speaking and general communication, it’s also a blast helping people use their voice to bring their visions – art, film, sound – to life.
If I’ve learned one thing, it’s that this is an aspect of ourselves that’s hard to practice and master if we do not feel safe. That’s why CEJ Studio is a private space for public speakers.
- You want to study and learn completely alone? We can do that.
- Want to take a small-group class or workshop with guidelines that help us support each other on this journey? We can do that.
- Would it help to explore and heal old wounds with a counselor who’s focused on healing and voice? We can hook you up.
- Want to work on fully spreading your wings with a big audience or by starring in your own podcast or video series? We can help you with that, too.
- Feel like you’ve got the personal voice down, but not sure about the accoutrements of slide, video, sound? Yes, we can.
We can help you with all of that and so much more.
Just know, when the spotlight is on, anything can happen. We are here for it. We’re here for you.