Ways that women leaders can gain confidence, whether speaking to a room of fifty or a Zoom of tenFeatured

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Thanks all so much for reading, and Elpha for publishing! What perfect timing too... I'm teaching a free masterclass next Wednesday September 15th if you'd like to join. Here's the link: https://www.voicebodyconnection.com/speakyourtruth
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Great advice. Thank you for sharing, Elissa!
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I'm so glad it's helpful @hannahlake!!
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This is really interesting. The only thing that I'm not sure about is the breathing in through the mouth. This is a topic I've thought about a lot recently. In meditation, breathing in through the nose is supposed to help calm us down. Breathing in through the mouth often leads to shallow breathing or even hyperventilating. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this @elissaweinzimmer!
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Ooh @sarahw amazing question ... I love debating this topic. So there are tons of different breathing patterns that are useful for different things. For example: Breathing in and out through the nose is great for yoga, meditation, calming down.... Breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth is best for vigorous exercise...Breathing in through the mouth and out through the nose is the best pattern for swimming...And I personally believe - after a lot of research and watching folks - that breathing in and out through the mouth is the pattern we rely on most for speaking. Now, when we pause to think or listen to others we'll very quickly go back to nose breathing to re-lubricate and filter air through the cilia in our nose. But I believe breathing in and out through the mouth is the easiest, most authentic pattern while we're speaking. Two experiments to try to see if you agree:1) Leave your mouth slightly open in a meeting when you have something you want to say, and see if people give you a chance to speak sooner 2) Watch a TV show or movie, and see if the actors are leaving their mouths open during intense scenes... if they're about to speak, they probably are (if they don't, we sometimes call that "bad acting."By the way singing can be different - and there are many voice coaches who will still spout the old idea that we should always breathe through our nose. But I feel passionately that breathing through our mouth while speaking makes life a lot easier!
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This is so useful! Thanks for posting the article and also adding the link to the TED talk. The TED talk especially helpful to reinforce opening up the body as a method to create presence and confidence.
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Yes I LOVE that TED talk @annamiller... it's actually one of the most popular ones ever!