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The Brain Alchemist

Words as energy of 5 elements: earth, water, fire, air, and ether.

November 15, 2016






Words of all kinds traverse our meadows… Words that bend minds, Words that shoot arrows. Words light up hearts, And words hide in the shadows. When we share words, we share facts, ideas, opinions, but those are not the only things we share. Words create a unique blend of energy around the message, just like […]






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5 Blood Curdling Fears and Worst Nightmares of Public Speaking

October 31, 2016






All public speakers must face them.  Hidden in the conference rooms of haunted hotels, they wait for the right moment to pounce and send chills down our spines, usually right before some big, important presentation.  They are the speakers’ blood curdling fears and worst nightmares. Halloween is a perfect time to acknowledge their existence and poke […]






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Take a breath: 5 ways breathing can help you confidently speak in public

October 18, 2016






As a long-time student of yoga, I have come to appreciate the quiet helper that is there for us in a variety of situations if we care to notice – our own breath. We often take it for granted, but if we learn to pay attention to it and work with it consciously, it can […]






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Using BYOD in teaching and public speaking

August 12, 2016






I recently returned from the University of Iowa where we held a 4-day workshop within our 2016 STARTALK grant program “Bridging the Gap: STARTALK, Teachers and High Tech.” This live workshop was a culmination of a four-week online training of teachers of Russian from various colleges and schools in the US on the use of […]






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Your fear of pubic speaking may be influenced by who you choose to look at when you speak

June 21, 2016






Our brains are wired to pay more attention to negative clues and threats in the environment. This is also true in the context of public speaking, especially for speakers who may experience social anxiety. In a recent study, participants – some low in social anxiety, some high – were asked to give a three-minute impromptu […]






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