February 26 · 1:00 PM
Go to www.speakingcircles.com and check out Be Heard Now by Lee Glickstein - it is a wonderful and inspirational book full of personal stories from supportive speaking communities.
This is a beautiful retreat setting. When it is nice outside, we can go outside for the meeting and feel the connection to nature. Oustanding!
The best way to become a transformational speaker is to practice in a a safe group. We will all get equal time as the center of attention and all of us give the speakers unconditional support and positive acceptance silently while person is speaking and with positive feedback during feedback time.
Format - the standard circle is 6 to 8 people each taking 3 minutes in front of the group to "check in" then five minutes in the next turn to speak about anything they want with positive feedback.
After the speaker is finished, the facilitator asks people to briefly report on their experience. Then people give brief and positive feedback. It is absolutely crucial that no one gives advice, good ideas for improvement or comments on content.
As we continue to meet and develop, we will add a microphone, a small stage, and start videotaping the speakers.