Find Your Voice, Change Your Life

Dr. Doreen Downing

Psychologist and Host, Dr. Doreen Downing, invites guests who have suffered from public speaking anxiety to tell their story of struggle and how they overcame fear. They took an inner journey, found the voice that is truly their own, and now speak with confidence.

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#133 Mingling Your Way to Great Conversations
5d ago
#133 Mingling Your Way to Great Conversations
Today, I interview Susan RoAne who faced challenges early in childhood marked by her brother's battle with polio, which demanded much of her family's attention and resources. This experience, while difficult, taught her the importance of communication and advocacy, as she often found herself speaking up on her brother's behalf. Susan also shared how she was thrust into social situations from a young age, which laid the groundwork for her future expertise in mingling and networking. Her journey to becoming the Mingling Maven was not without its struggles as she had to navigate the complexities of social interactions as the older sister of a sibling with a disability, which often meant fending for herself and learning to be heard. Today, Susan uses her experiences and insights to help others overcome their social anxieties and challenges. She has authored several books, including "How to Work a Room," which provides practical advice on socializing and networking. Susan emphasizes the importance of being oneself, engaging in genuine conversation, and including everyone in social interactions. Her approach to networking is about making connections that are both meaningful and beneficial, rather than being purely transactional. Her strategies for overcoming social challenges and her dedication to helping others find their voice and confidence in any room have made her a respected figure in the field of communication and networking.__________________Susan RoAne is a keynote speaker, Mingling Maven, best-selling author, and business networking expert. Her most notable work is “How to Work a Room,” first published in 1988. The 25th Anniversary edition of this book, titled “How To Work a Room: The Ultimate Guide to Making Lasting Connections In Person and Online,” has sold over a million copies and achieved international acclaim.Susan’s impact extends beyond her written work. As a keynote speaker, she has addressed Fortune 20–500 companies, conventions, and prestigious universities. Her insights connect the formalization of social networking rules to the women’s movement. In 2015, she was recognized as one of the 25 Professional Networking Experts to Watch.Susan’s legacy lies in her ability to empower individuals to navigate social interactions with confidence, fostering meaningful relationships that transcend business boundaries. Her impact continues to resonate, making her a trailblazer in the art of networking and communication.__________________Find Susan here:https://www.susanroane.com/https://www.threads.net/@susanroanehttps://x.com/susanroanehttps://www.linkedin.com/in/susanroane/https://www.facebook.com/SusanRoAneBiz/https://www.instagram.com/susanroane/Support the showI’m Dr. Doreen Downing and I help people find their voice so they can speak without fear. Get the Free 7-Step Guide to Fearless Speaking https://www.doreen7steps.com​.
#132 Unconventional Paths to Business Authenticity
Apr 4 2024
#132 Unconventional Paths to Business Authenticity
Today, I interview Julia Stege, who struggled to find her footing amidst doubts about her artistic abilities and societal expectations. Growing up in a family where creativity was both encouraged and stifled, Julia found herself navigating conflicting messages about her abilities. Despite doubts about her artistic prowess and pressures to conform, Julia pursued her passion for graphic design.As Julia ventured into the world of design, she encountered further obstacles. Traditional marketing methods felt inauthentic to her, prompting a deep soul-searching journey. Rejecting the dishonest tactics prevalent in mainstream marketing, Julia decided to forge her own path. Her commitment to authenticity led her to establish the New Renaissance Business School, a platform dedicated to empowering spiritual entrepreneurs to embrace their multi-passionate nature and build businesses aligned with their values.Through her teachings, Julia emphasizes the importance of listening to one's inner voice and staying true to oneself. Her message resonates deeply in a world where conformity often prevails. In Julia's story, we find inspiration to embrace our uniqueness and make a positive impact with our voices, despite the challenges we may face along the way.__________________Julia Stege, known as The Magical Marketer, specializes in assisting spiritual business women and conscious entrepreneurs in clarifying and expressing their purpose through branding and marketing strategies that enchantingly attract their ideal customers online. She is the mastermind behind the Branding from the Heart™ System and the acclaimed author of "Branding from the Heart: How to Share Your Purpose through Marketing that Attracts Your Tribe and Inspires a Revolution." Julia's expertise as an award-winning branding artist and writer has earned her collaborations with prestigious clients such as NYC MOMA, Carnegie Hall, the U.S. Postal Service, Birkenstock Shoes, OWN Network Show Host Iyanla Vanzant, and the renowned Restaurant Franchise Cafe Gratitude.__________________Find Julia here:https://magical-marketing.com/https://www.facebook.com/JuliaDrosteStegeArtistSupport the showI’m Dr. Doreen Downing and I help people find their voice so they can speak without fear. Get the Free 7-Step Guide to Fearless Speaking https://www.doreen7steps.com​.
#131 Harnessing Intuition for a Life of Purpose
Mar 21 2024
#131 Harnessing Intuition for a Life of Purpose
Today, I interview Elona Lopari, who was misunderstood and restricted by societal norms early in her childhood. Growing up in Albania, she grappled with being labeled as mischievous and stubborn for her independent thinking and curiosity. Despite these hurdles, Elona found solace in her innate drive for achievement and a determination to break through limitations imposed by others.Upon immigrating to the United States, Elona continued to face challenges but found support and encouragement from her father, who instilled in her the belief that she could achieve anything she set her mind to, eventually rising to success in the corporate world.However, as her career progressed, Elona began to feel a sense of unease and anxiety, signaling to her that she was no longer aligned with her true purpose. This inner turmoil led her to transition into entrepreneurship, where she discovered her passion for helping others align their purpose with their professional endeavors.Today, Elona is a visionary CEO, speaker, and bestselling author, empowering leaders and entrepreneurs to grow purpose-driven businesses through inner alignment and strategic leadership. Her journey from adversity to triumph serves as an inspiration to others, demonstrating the transformative power of following one's intuition and embracing purposeful living.__________________Elona is a speaker, bestselling author to numerous books, show and speaking events organizer to an audience of over 30,000 heart-driven service-based entrepreneurs and corporations.She is both a servant community builder and a people connector, a Prior Fortune 500 CEO, who was featured in Disrupt, NY Weekly, Business Insider, CEO Weekly, The Business New, and Famous Times.As the visionary CEO of The Life School, she helps visionary leaders and CEOs grow legacy purpose-driven businesses through inner alignment, branding, marketing, sales and team so that they can maximize their Impact and Income to do more good in the world.__________________Find Elona here:https://www.elonaloparicoaching.com/https://www.facebook.com/elonaloparicoaching/https://www.linkedin.com/in/elona-lopari/Support the showI’m Dr. Doreen Downing and I help people find their voice so they can speak without fear. Get the Free 7-Step Guide to Fearless Speaking https://www.doreen7steps.com​.
#130 Breaking the Status Quo with Mindful Innovation
Mar 7 2024
#130 Breaking the Status Quo with Mindful Innovation
Today, I interview Matt Mueller, who talks about how he went from being a very creative child to facing the tough rules of grown-up life that often stop us from being imaginative. He shares important times when the fear of what others would think made him quiet his own new ideas. This story of change is not only about Matt; it's something many of us can relate to when we think about how often we've had to hold back our creativity because of the pressure to fit in.Matt delves into the challenges he faced in his professional life, struggling against the urge to conform and reclaim his voice and creative spirit. He offers invaluable lessons on innovation, emphasizing the importance of mindfulness in the creative process, and introduces a simple yet profound framework for innovation, anchored in identifying real problems, crafting impactful changes, and securing acceptance for these solutions. Matt’s approach not only revolutionizes how we think about innovation but also serves as a guide for anyone looking to make meaningful changes in their personal or professional life. His journey from suppression to expression offers hope and inspiration to those feeling stuck in cycles of conformity.__________________Matt Mueller is a keynote speaker, best-selling author, columnist, mindfulness instructor, and innovation consultant. He works with some of the world's biggest brands to help leaders focus on innovation with purposeful growth. He has over a decade of experience in product and service innovation, and he has uncovered deep insights, executed strategy, and facilitated change in industries that have not changed in centuries. Matt questioned the culture of innovation and he learned that every innovation has three key variables, and it is not about disrupting before being disrupted. Rather, Matt teaches that if we slow down to be mindful, we can innovate faster with purpose.__________________Find Matt here:https://themindfulinnovator.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattmuellerinnovation/ https://www.facebook.com/Matthew.F.Mueller/ https://www.instagram.com/mattmuellerinnovation/ https://twitter.com/MattMuellerInv8 Support the showI’m Dr. Doreen Downing and I help people find their voice so they can speak without fear. Get the Free 7-Step Guide to Fearless Speaking https://www.doreen7steps.com​.
#129 Beyond Limiting Beliefs Into Limitless Potential
Feb 22 2024
#129 Beyond Limiting Beliefs Into Limitless Potential
Today, I interview Linda Ford, who shares her journey from a challenging childhood in Ireland, characterized by poverty and emotional turmoil, to becoming a master-certified coach. Linda's early experiences were marked by economic hardship, lack of education, and a deep-seated sense of insecurity and self-doubt.Her breakthrough came when she moved to America, which sparked a transformative journey towards self-confidence and understanding her true potential. Linda realized that confidence and the ability to express oneself are innate qualities, clouded by negative conditioning and false beliefs. Now, as a coach, Linda Ford dedicates herself to helping women overcome insecurity, self-doubt, and imposter syndrome. She combines deep spiritual insights with practical actions, guiding her clients to trust in their inherent worth and capabilities.__________________Linda Ford is a master-certified coach, instructor, and author. She is the co-author of Women and Confidence: The Truth About the Lies We Tell Ourselves, and the creator of her signature programs, If I’m So Smart, then Why Don’t I Feel More Confident? and The Magnetic Woman.Linda has been personally trained by Dr. Martha Beck, New York Times best-selling author and contributor to Oprah Magazine. Linda has recently relocated from the US to Ireland where she plans on having small group retreats for women.__________________Find Linda here:https://www.lindafordcoaching.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Lindafordcoaching https://www.youtube.com/@lindaford-themagneticwoman1429/videoshttps://open.spotify.com/show/1bgOWzfP4Nz52XgZfw7NwV (podcast)Support the showI’m Dr. Doreen Downing and I help people find their voice so they can speak without fear. Get the Free 7-Step Guide to Fearless Speaking https://www.doreen7steps.com​.
#128 For the Best Results, Focus on Your Listeners
Feb 8 2024
#128 For the Best Results, Focus on Your Listeners
Today I interview Dr. Maria Nemeth who shares her journey of dealing with shyness despite being labeled as an extrovert. Dr. Nemeth explains the distinction between being extroverted and feeling shy, recounting personal stories that shed light on the challenges she faced. Throughout the conversation, she shared breakthrough moments that impacted her personal growth, her initial struggles in public speaking, and a memorable moment that challenged her newfound voice.Despite the challenges of shyness, Maria's unwavering desire to share her thoughts has been a constant driving force. Presently, she passionately expresses her commitment to sharing invaluable insights and cultivating authentic connections with others. At the core of her mission is the profound belief that public speaking transcends the mere act of impressing; it's about genuinely reaching and empowering the audience.__________________Dr. Maria Nemeth, PhD, MCC, is a renowned expert in leadership excellence, personal/professional development, and financial empowerment. As the Founder & Director of the Academy for Coaching Excellence, an internationally accredited coach training program, she has trained numerous individuals across nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental sectors.Dr. Nemeth's influence extends beyond coaching, as she has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and in Inc. Magazine. She is the author of the highly-acclaimed book, "The Energy of Money: A Spiritual Guide to Financial and Personal Fulfillment," available in five languages. Her follow-up book, "Mastering Life’s Energies: Simple Steps for a Luminous Life at Work and Play," further solidifies her expertise.__________________Find Dr. Maria here:http://marianemeth.com/https://www.instagram.com/drmarianemeth/http://acecoachtraining.com/Support the showI’m Dr. Doreen Downing and I help people find their voice so they can speak without fear. Get the Free 7-Step Guide to Fearless Speaking https://www.doreen7steps.com​.
#127 Braving Up: Dare to Be Resilient and Empowered
Jan 25 2024
#127 Braving Up: Dare to Be Resilient and Empowered
Today I interview Deb Drummond who shares her story of navigating a challenging childhood growing up in a home where she felt tormented by an older sibling. Complicating matters, adults around her dismissed these struggles, downplaying her experiences as just typical sibling behavior. That environment left scars on Deb's self-esteem and confidence, making it stressful for her to speak up confidently. However, at the age of 16, Deb, having had enough of the ongoing turmoil, summoned the courage to bravely stand up for herself. This pivotal moment became the catalyst that initiated her journey toward empowerment.From then on, Deb continuously has been dedicated to empowering herself and finding her own voice through a variety of ways. She transitioned from the music industry to personal development, as she founded a private health studio in Vancouver. For over 30 years, she went through a journey of self-improvement as well as inspiring others to do the same. Her commitment to continuous growth led her to spearhead a monumental project for International Women's Day, titled "Solidarity for Women." Through these accomplishments, Deb's story becomes a testament to the transformative power of resilience, inspiring others to find strength in the face of their own struggles. __________________Deb Drummond is a pioneer in the world of Ultrapreneurship and is a Health & Wellness Anti-Aging Expert. She is a Speaker, Author, Mastermind Trainer, and Top Performance Coach.Deb has built 7 international companies. She is Founder of “262” Intl Women’s Day Summits. She has been recognized in SUCCESS magazine 48 times and has won numerous awards.Deb is the host of the Mission Accepted podcast and the “GenZ Is Us” show. She is the founder of Mission Accepted Media and creator of the Top Performance Day Planner and Tracker.From pioneering businesses to igniting hearts and minds, Deb's impact is undeniable. __________________Find Deb here:https://debdrummond.com/https://www.instagram.com/deborahldrummondhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/debdrummond/https://www.facebook.com/DeborahLDrummondSupport the showI’m Dr. Doreen Downing and I help people find their voice so they can speak without fear. Get the Free 7-Step Guide to Fearless Speaking https://www.doreen7steps.com​.
#126 Rewrite Your Reality for Total Transformation
Jan 11 2024
#126 Rewrite Your Reality for Total Transformation
Today, I interview Shiraz Baboo, an influential figure in the realm of reality intervention. Born in South Africa during the Apartheid era, Shiraz's journey took a significant turn when his parents moved to Canada, seeking to escape racial tensions. In high school, Shiraz initially conformed to the "in" crowd, losing his authentic voice. However, a pivotal moment came when his family moved to an all-white neighborhood, forcing him to stand out and be independent, shaping him into the person he is today.Drawing inspiration from an Abraham Hicks cruise, Shiraz embarked on a mission to impact lives globally. His commitment materialized in the form of the groundbreaking book, How to Rewrite Reality. Shiraz, a master of "energetic magic," employs his expertise to empower individuals, addressing critical issues such as illness, poverty, and unconscious addiction struggles.In his current endeavors, Shiraz dedicates himself to helping others find their voices and rewrite their stories. His belief that everyone can be the author of their own empowering journey serves as a guiding principle, offering transformative insights that transcend the boundaries of conventional reality.__________________Shiraz Baboo is a multi-award-winning author, international speaker, and reality interventionist. He is known for helping people to rewrite their reality and overcome challenges in their lives using what he calls Energetic Magic. Shiraz has helped hundreds of people to overcome illness, poverty and unconsciously addicted struggles. Overall, he is a renowned personality in the area of reality addiction, and his book, How to Rewrite Reality has changed lives across the globe.__________________Find Shiraz here:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shirazbaboo/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/energeticmagic/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/energetic.magic/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/energeticmagic/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@energetic.magic Website: https://www.energeticmagic.com/ Support the showI’m Dr. Doreen Downing and I help people find their voice so they can speak without fear. Get the Free 7-Step Guide to Fearless Speaking https://www.doreen7steps.com​.
#125 Freedom, Fun, & Light-heartedness
Dec 27 2023
#125 Freedom, Fun, & Light-heartedness
Today, I interview Crystal Deichert, whose journey unfolds from the confines of traditional Catholic values to the vibrant shores of Maui. Raised in a community that prioritized conformity, Crystal faced the challenge of breaking free from societal constraints to uncover her authentic self.Crystal shares her childhood struggles, emphasizing the lack of room for individuality in her community. Seeking solace, she found inspiration in the ocean and, notably, dolphins. These marine creatures became her mentors, symbolizing freedom and joy, elements she longed for in her own life.As Crystal's life progressed, the echoes of her past continued to shape her narrative. The journey led her into the realm of therapy, where she integrated modalities like EMDR and Reiki, creating a holistic approach derived from her own experiences. This fusion allowed her clients to navigate their paths to healing.The transformative role of her deep connection with dolphins extended into her career. Incorporating dolphin energy into her therapeutic work, Crystal aimed to tap into the wisdom and freedom these creatures represent. Crystal's life and work converge in a tapestry of resilience, inspiration, and authenticity. Through her words, she illuminates the path of self-discovery, inviting others to embark on their journey of personal growth and find their voices amid the transformative waves of life.__________________Crystal Deichert is a dual-licensed mental health therapist in Colorado and Hawaii, specialized in helping individuals find clarity in their lives.She applies various mental health modalities, including EMDR, Inner Parts Work, EFT and Tapping to help clients learn how to get through heartache and pain to find their true essence, allowing them to live a life that is more in line with their soul purpose.Crystal was recognized as a Top Professional in her field by Marquis Who's Who in America for 2022. This prestigious honor is awarded to the top 3% of professionals. In addition, Crystal has been recognized locally and internationally through various publications highlighting her success stories.To learn more about Crystal’s journey, check out her first publication, Creating A New World; A Journey Toward Self-Actualization.Outside of private practice, she enjoys being in nature, especially in the ocean surfing, snorkeling, and swimming with her family.__________________Find Crystal here:https://www.CrystalDeichert.comhttps://www.facebook.com/crystaldeichertlpc https://www.linkedin.com/in/crystal-deicherthttps://www.instagram.com/positiveassist/Support the showI’m Dr. Doreen Downing and I help people find their voice so they can speak without fear. Get the Free 7-Step Guide to Fearless Speaking https://www.doreen7steps.com​.
#124 The Confident Voice: From Corporate to Coaching for Entrepreneurs
Dec 14 2023
#124 The Confident Voice: From Corporate to Coaching for Entrepreneurs
Today, I interview Marc Evans, a seasoned business coach and CFO. Shaped by the assertiveness of his mother and the calm demeanor of his father, Marc learned early on the power of confidence.Early on in life, Marc faced challenges related to his height but quickly overcame them with his ability to use his voice effectively. This skill is what he brought to his role in corporations. As a manager, he honed his skills, and he became adept at wearing different hats to achieve corporate goals. However, the political landscape within corporations eventually led Marc to seek new horizons.His transition from the corporate sector to online coaching marked a significant shift. Marc delved into entrepreneurship, founding Zazo Business Results, named after his twins, Zach and Zoe. This venture reflects his passion for coaching businesses to achieve results. Now, Marc focuses on empowering businesses to increase profits. He emphasizes the importance of confidence and mindset in overcoming challenges. Marc welcomes businesses to connect with him, offering free consultations to explore unique solutions.Marc's journey is a testament to confidence, adaptability, and the relentless pursuit of excellence in the dynamic realm of business coaching.__________________Marc Evans is a seasoned Business Coach and fractional CFO who's coached over 1,000 clients and worked alongside top marketers, including Jeff Walker, driving revenue growth in operations and product launches from 3 to 10MM. Marc's leadership extends to Mars M&M's Incorporated, where he led a team of 400+ workers with revenues exceeding 50MM, and at Tyco Telecommunications, he managed operations for the world's first vertically integrated global optical network supplier. As an accomplished author, Marc has simplified intricate business concepts in multiple business strategy books, saving clients time and frustration. He's renowned for his 3-part profit playbook strategies that help clients create and execute growth plans with ease. Marc started ZaZo Business Results in 2005. The name ZAZO comes from being a proud father of Twins Zack and Zoe. Marc boasts about the over 250 live concerts he's seen and his fan of the New York Islanders hockey team, who at the young age of 13 watched them win a Stanley Cup live.__________________Find Marc here:https://www.facebook.com/marcevans31 https://www.marcevanshq.com/me-3-part-profit-playbook Support the showI’m Dr. Doreen Downing and I help people find their voice so they can speak without fear. Get the Free 7-Step Guide to Fearless Speaking https://www.doreen7steps.com​.
#123 A Path to Healing Family Pain
Nov 30 2023
#123 A Path to Healing Family Pain
Today, I interview Kyomi O’Connor who shared a compelling story of her life, marked by early familial challenges. During her childhood, Kyomi endured emotional abuse and struggled with her own identity. As a support to a weak mother, she embraced a dual persona, projecting an outwardly bubbly demeanor while concealing an inner struggle for self-acceptance.Transitioning into her teenage years, Kyomi faced societal taboos in Japan when her career aspirations clashed with her father's expectations. This period culminated in a dark phase in her early twenties, including a suicide attempt. Seeking a fresh start, Kyomi embarked on a journey to the United States, where academic pursuits at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) introduced her to Patrick, her future husband.Caring for Patrick during his critical illness became a three-year emotional rollercoaster, and following Patrick's passing, Kyomi confronted the challenge of rebuilding her identity, unearthing aspects of her past she believed to be healed. This transformative period unfolded through a profound writing journey, which served as a powerful tool for healing, and culminated in a memoir that serves as both a personal account and an invitation for self-reflection. Today's conversation is an inspiring testament to the transformative power of love and self-reflection, showcasing the human spirit’s ability to heal and grow stronger.__________________Kyomi O'Connor is a Japanese-American author, poet, and former researcher who has dedicated her life to exploring themes of identity, belonging, and cultural fusion. Born in Japan, she immigrated to the United States in 1990 to pursue a career in scientific research. However, her personal journey led her to embrace a life of writing and creative expression.Kyomi's most notable work is her memoir, "A Sky of Infinite Blue: A Japanese Immigrant's Search for Home and Self," which chronicles her experiences navigating cultural differences, finding love in a new country, and ultimately discovering her true self. The memoir has garnered multiple awards and critical acclaim, resonating with readers worldwide.Beyond her memoir, Kyomi is an accomplished poet, penning verses that delve into the depths of human emotion, relationships, and the complexities of the human experience. Her poems have appeared in various publications and literary journals, showcasing her lyrical prowess and sensitivity.Kyomi currently resides in San Diego, California, where she continues to write, explore new creative avenues, and engage with the literary community. Her work serves as an inspiration to others seeking to understand their place in the world and embrace their multifaceted identities.__________________Find Kyomi here:https://www.kyomioconnor.com https://kyomi.substack.com https://www.facebook.com/kyomioconnor.writer https://www.instagram.com/memoir_writer2Support the showI’m Dr. Doreen Downing and I help people find their voice so they can speak without fear. Get the Free 7-Step Guide to Fearless Speaking https://www.doreen7steps.com​.
#122 Beyond the Good Girl: Unleashing True Strength
Nov 16 2023
#122 Beyond the Good Girl: Unleashing True Strength
Today, I interview Renee Bauer who shared her journey from a childhood shadowed by economic hardships to a life of significant achievement. She spent her formative years in an environment where family finances were a constant concern. Her parents tirelessly juggled nighttime jobs, including taking on cleaning medical facilities to ensure stability.Renee, even as a teenager, pitched in with the cleaning efforts, often at the cost of her social life. This part of her life was marred by a deep-seated sense of shame and the need for secrecy; she constructed elaborate tales to her friends about visiting relatives, all to mask the reality of her family’s struggles.Renee realized that her issues with money and worthiness, which were deeply ingrained from her childhood, significantly impacted her adult decisions and relationships. Her second marriage was particularly toxic, and she almost stayed in it due to fears about how others would perceive her.Despite the personal challenges, Renee became a successful divorce attorney, dedicating over two decades to her profession.Renee's story is a testament to overcoming early life struggles, breaking cycles of financial and emotional hardship, and achieving professional success while forging a path to help others do the same.__________________Renee Bauer has been a divorce attorney for 20 years. She is the Founder and Managing Attorney of Happy Even After Family Law located in Connecticut. Renee is also a co-Founder to a platform for Tarot Card Readers called The Tarot Bridge.Renee is an international speaker and author. She’s just released She Who Wins: Ditch Your Inner Good Girl, Overcome Uncertainty, and Win at Your Life. She has also published Divorce in Connecticut, The Ultimate Guide to Solo and Small Firm Success, and the children’s book Percy’s Imperfectly Perfect Family.Rene hosts the annual She Who Wins Summit, a live event created to inspire, motivate and challenge women to move forward bravely in their personal and business lives. Her impact has been recognized by Success Magazine where she was nominated as a Woman of Influence and with awards such as Litigator of the Year, Women-Owned Business of the Year, and New Leaders in the Law. She has been featured in multiple media outlets such as the International Business Times, Comment Central, AP News, NBC, FOX, and iHeart Radio.Support the showI’m Dr. Doreen Downing and I help people find their voice so they can speak without fear. Get the Free 7-Step Guide to Fearless Speaking https://www.doreen7steps.com​.
#121 Awaken Your Divine Vision
Nov 3 2023
#121 Awaken Your Divine Vision
Today, I interview Jane Applegath whose story reflects how external circumstances can often drown out our inner voices, creating conflict within ourselves. In the midst of these challenges, she discovered the transformative power of yoga and meditation.Jane grew up with 4 other siblings so she had to speak up or she’d never be heard. For her, it was about the inner voice she wasn't tuned into. And knowing that voice is the epicenter of the story we create for ourselves and the life we live.Jane's story is a testament to the power of embracing your inner voice and finding your true self in the midst of life's chaos and challenges.Finding your inner voice means freedom. And knowledge and learning are the keys to that freedom. Everyone has the capacity within them to live a life of abundant freedom, free of limiting beliefs, we only need to find our vision; the divine compass that directs us to the life we desire.Jane knows and trusts that her voice can make a difference.__________________Jane Applegath is a former award-winning financial advisor, television producer, creative scriptwriter, and yoga instructor. She is a serial entrepreneur, Creative Intelligence Coach, Certified VUCA Instructor, and Founder of the Epic Vision Zone.She serves passion-driven women who are ready to create radical self-empowerment to become the bringers of BIG IDEAS, INFLUENCE, INSPIRATION, and CHANGE.Jane’s commitment is to end the disempowering beliefs that it’s too late, too hard, too pie-in-the-sky for women to prosper and matter doing work they love. She knows that having more, being more, feeling more, and creating more exist for every woman when she learns to feel and access the VISION of her dream and make it her new reality.__________________Find Jane here:https://www.instagram.com/janeapplegath https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTRlB0PVe13qgPlfS7VY7Zg https://www.linkedin.com/in/jane-applegath-77300175/ https://www.facebook.com/JaneApplegathCoach https://open.spotify.com/show/6IwGXdcZDjgImSVS2Eo7r8 https://janeapplegath.com/creative-power-signup/ __________________Support the showI’m Dr. Doreen Downing and I help people find their voice so they can speak without fear. Get the Free 7-Step Guide to Fearless Speaking https://www.doreen7steps.com​.
#120 Unlocking Superpowers: Embracing ADHD and ADD
Oct 19 2023
#120 Unlocking Superpowers: Embracing ADHD and ADD
Today, I interview Carol Vincie who shares a compelling story of her journey to discover and embrace her own voice despite the challenges posed by Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Carol's story reflects the struggle many face when dealing with these conditions, as she navigated a world that often misunderstands or stigmatizes them.Carol’s lack of a voice revolved around her undiagnosed ADD. She lived for decades and decades with undiagnosed ADD. 30 years ago the person she was living with suggested she see a therapist. The therapist's comment was "You have been far too successful to even consider ADD". She closed the box on that discussion for another 3 decades.When Carol discovered a name for her condition it took her 3 years to open her mouth to anyone. A coach spent another 2 years nudging her to realize her ADD was responsible for her vision, creativity, and boundless energy.Her journey of self-discovery and acceptance ultimately led her to view ADD and ADHD not as limitations but as superpowers, unlocking a new perspective on how these conditions can be harnessed as strengths.Carol’s mission and passion is to accelerate the discovery journey for entrepreneurial business professionals. To assist them to recognize their gifts and talents that come so easily they fail to value them. To provide direction to position themselves in roles that highlight their Super Powers.__________________Carol is a serial entrepreneur who started at 16, a successful corporate executive for 25 years, and a venture capital participant. She is a #1 best-selling author, a video Podcaster, a public speaker, and an online course creator.Her mission is to shift the conversation from focusing on ADD and ADHD as deficits to celebrating strengths. Carol's work includes a card deck that guides individuals through awareness, acceptance, and action, providing valuable tools for personal and professional growth. Through her inspiring journey, Carol Vincie encourages us to embrace our unique abilities and change the way we perceive and approach ADHD and ADD.__________________Find Carol here:https://www.youtube.com/@CarolVincieBusinessWoman/featured https://www.facebook.com/LeverageYourADDvantages https://www.deckible.com/ __________________Support the showI’m Dr. Doreen Downing and I help people find their voice so they can speak without fear. Get the Free 7-Step Guide to Fearless Speaking https://www.doreen7steps.com​.
#119 Uncovering the Power of Shyness
Oct 5 2023
#119 Uncovering the Power of Shyness
Today, I interview Jeff Borschowa who shares a deeply personal journey of overcoming shyness and embracing introversion. Jeff's early years were marked by the struggle to find his voice in a world that often seemed overwhelming. Growing up in an environment that didn't necessarily support his unique gifts, he faced challenges ranging from bullying to feeling out of place in social situations. He was painfully shy as a young man. Speaking up was not "acceptable" in his family.To challenge himself to succeed or fail, he booked himself on stages and practiced until he was comfortable. He now speaks very freely and candidly in front of big and small audiences about a range of topics.As Jeff reflects on his life's path, it becomes evident that his experiences as a shy boy provided the foundation for his later success as a connector and curator of connections.__________________Jeff Borschowa is a business coach, author, educator, and curator of all things related to business efficiency and technology. Jeff has experience working with all sizes of businesses, from sole proprietorships to international organizations. The focus in Jeff’s career has been to find new and better ways to integrate innovation and technology to enhance the customer experience and improve efficiency in businesses. Jeff's work involves bringing communities together and matching businesses to create thriving communities of loyal customers. Jeff is a podcast host of the Global Wellness HQ, an international community built to share wellness ideas and resources. His message to the audience is to find your authentic voice and connect with others genuinely to change the world through human-to-human interactions.__________________Find Jeff here:https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-borschowa Support the showI’m Dr. Doreen Downing and I help people find their voice so they can speak without fear. Get the Free 7-Step Guide to Fearless Speaking https://www.doreen7steps.com​.
#118 Grace, Meditation, and Voice
Sep 21 2023
#118 Grace, Meditation, and Voice
Today, I interview Georgann Low who has a compelling story of facing inner struggle and losing her voice after a journey through the tumultuous landscape of the '60s and '70s. From an outspoken and sassy youth to a period of drug-induced turmoil, Georgann's journey is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.After graduating from high school, Georgann spent years in New York and California, going to college until she dropped out to become a full-fledged hippie. The drugs she took opened amazing new perspectives, however her experience very quickly degenerated into a living hell of loneliness and paranoia - her sense of herself and her confidence were gone. She lost her ability to speak for a time. She was terrified of the world.Eventually, at age 28, she gave up all drugs and learned to meditate which became her saving grace.Yoga and meditation have been her tools for spiritual growth. Untrained in music, she became a professional singer starting out when she was 30 with Country and Blues and eventually moving into jazz. She still performs in clubs both here and in France with excellent musicians. She’s delighted to say she learned to speak French when living alone there.In the days when she didn't speak, she took up drawing and continued to express herself through pen and ink and lots of color.__________________Georgann is an international singer, artist, and author of the new memoir "Dancing Alone". She is known in musical circles for her unique blend of jazz. She is also an everyday mystic open to varied contemplative traditions.Through meditation, she discovered her saving grace and regained her voice, empowering her to share her wisdom and gifts with the world. Her message resonates with all of us: open your heart, take a deep breath, and embrace the journey with a joyful spirit.__________________Find Georgann here:jazzbunnylow@gmail.comwww.georgannlow.comhttps://www.facebook.com/georgann.lowhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/georgann-low-b65b5210/https://www.amazon.com/stores/Georgann-Low/author/B097YWBYW8?ref=ap_rdr&store_ref=ap_rdr&isDramIntegrated=true&shoppingPortalEnabled=trueSupport the showI’m Dr. Doreen Downing and I help people find their voice so they can speak without fear. Get the Free 7-Step Guide to Fearless Speaking https://www.doreen7steps.com​.
#117 Beyond Dependency: Rediscovering True Connection
Sep 7 2023
#117 Beyond Dependency: Rediscovering True Connection
Today, I interview David Doerrier who faced childhood insecurities and a long battle with addiction. He embarked on a path of self-discovery that led him to rediscover his authentic voice and passion. David is a testament to the power of resilience and personal growth.David found himself in careers that had him in front of people daily. He knew this was what he wanted to do. However, he had loud voices in his head that were telling him he was no good, laughing at him, and doing all they could to get him to give up.Military, radio broadcasting, stage acting, training, voiceover. It wasn't until he was in his 50s that he could pinpoint where the insecurity originated, his narcissistic Mother. He knew something was wrong but had no idea what it was. He thought that the problem was him.Through his engaging storytelling and personal experiences, David emphasizes the importance of ownership and connection in effective communication. He draws parallels between his own struggle to find a connection in his early life and his principles of engagement for speakers. Through his insights, David highlights the transformative power of finding one's voice and fostering meaningful connections in both personal and professional interactions.__________________David Doerrier (Door-Re-Err) works with trainers, facilitators, sales organizations, and other presenters struggling to engage and impact their audience.As an expert in the adult learning theory, David works with his clients to incorporate eight simple principles that are guaranteed to motivate any audience to listen, act, and be more likely to retain information, take the next step, and purchase your product or service.David is a seasoned Toastmaster, proficient Instructional Designer, Train the Trainer and Facilitation expert, voiceover artist, and professional Santa Claus.__________________Find David here:https://presentyourwaytosuccess.com/https://www.facebook.com/PresentYourWayToSuccess/https://www.linkedin.com/in/daviddoerrier/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzVzREo_Y72yA9JMWPrHF5A __________________Support the showI’m Dr. Doreen Downing and I help people find their voice so they can speak without fear. Get the Free 7-Step Guide to Fearless Speaking https://www.doreen7steps.com​.
#116 Discover Your Brilliance & Embrace Quiet Leadership
Aug 24 2023
#116 Discover Your Brilliance & Embrace Quiet Leadership
Today, I interview Tamara Herl whose getting up in front of a group of people to speak has always been hard for her. Tamara shares her compelling story of navigating through the challenges of finding her voice amidst family turmoil, societal expectations, and personal inhibitions.Tamara sheds light on the transformative potential of embracing one's unique brilliance, tapping into the language of nature, and using creativity as a powerful means of self-expression and empowerment.Tamara can now stand in front of an audience and speak about her passion. She has found that what works best for her is doing experiential processes with her audience, such as leading them in a guided meditation. That is where she really shines.__________________Tamara Herl is a licensed professional counselor and registered board-certified art therapist. She shows socially conscious entrepreneurs how to use art and nature to get Divine guidance when they feel stuck or confused so that they can make the kind of impact they are meant to.__________________Find Tamara here:https://www.thewilddivine.ushttps://thewilddivine.us/resourceshttps://facebook.com/tamara.herl.3/https://www.facebook.com/foresttherapyguidecoloradohttps://www.facebook.com/groups/640289957589385https://www.instagram.com/tamaraherl/https://twitter.com/TamaraHerlhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/tamara-herl-3164b68/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnfbD0LznBKd5iTPFY1MNUwhttps://www.pinterest.com/tamara_herl/__________________Support the showI’m Dr. Doreen Downing and I help people find their voice so they can speak without fear. Get the Free 7-Step Guide to Fearless Speaking https://www.doreen7steps.com​.
#115 Don't Speak and Don't Tell: The Burden of Trauma
Aug 10 2023
#115 Don't Speak and Don't Tell: The Burden of Trauma
Today, I interview Cindy Benezra who will share how she has emerged as a brilliant advocate for sexual abuse survivors. Her story is deeply moving, reflecting her struggles and resilience in the face of unimaginable trauma.From a young age, Cindy endured abuse at the hands of her father, a dominant and intelligent man who shattered her innocence. The abuse left her voiceless, as she grappled with the confusion of what was happening to her. Over the years, she found solace in nature, particularly among the orange blossoms, where she sought refuge and discovered the power of healing through self-expression.Cindy's path to healing was not linear, as she faced numerous challenges and setbacks along the way. Through an array of modalities, including mantras, visionary work, journaling, and alternative therapies, she embarked on a journey of self-discovery and self-love. Her story showcases the strength of the human spirit and the transformative power of finding one's voice after enduring profound trauma.__________________Cindy is the author of Under The Orange Blossoms, an advocate for sexual abuse survivors, and the owner of a luxury event company.__________________Find Cindy here:https://www.cindytalks.comhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/cindy-benezra-932560158/https://www.instagram.com/cindybenezra/https://pinterest.com/cindybenezrahttps://pinterest.com/cindytalkshttps://www.youtube.com/cindybenezraSupport the showI’m Dr. Doreen Downing and I help people find their voice so they can speak without fear. Get the Free 7-Step Guide to Fearless Speaking https://www.doreen7steps.com​.
#114 Embrace Courage and Speak Up!
Jul 27 2023
#114 Embrace Courage and Speak Up!
Today I interview Ivna Curi. Ivna is a remarkable individual who has overcome significant struggles to find her voice and confidently speak her mind. Her journey from a shy and obedient girl to a powerful advocate for assertive communication is truly inspiring.In our conversation, Ivna shares her transformative experiences, revealing the pivotal role courage played in her life. From her early days in Brazil, where she felt compelled to be the "nice girl" and avoid conflict, to her corporate career, where she battled anxiety and self-doubt, Ivna faced numerous challenges that hindered her from expressing herself effectively.Everything changed when she encountered a mentor, who encouraged her to embrace courage and face difficult situations head-on. With his guidance, Ivna learned the art of assertive communication, a skill that completely transformed her interactions with others and propelled her into leadership roles.Through her journey, Ivna discovered that courage, not confidence, was the key to speaking up and finding her voice. She emphasizes that focusing on courage allows us to act despite our fears and uncertainties, leading to real growth and effective communication.Today, Ivna is on a mission to help others develop assertive communication skills and find their voices. As a respected thought leader, speaker, and coach, she provides workshops and talks that inspire professionals to confidently express themselves in various settings. Her dedication to promoting respectful speaking-up cultures in organizations helps build more inclusive and innovative workplaces.__________________Ivna Curi helps people confidently speak their minds unapologetically at work in a way that is heard, understood, and taken seriously with assertive communication skills, without coming across as aggressive. She provides workshops, coaching, and talks. She also helps companies create a respectful speaking-up culture that drives engagement, productivity, DEI, and innovation. She is the host of the “Speak Your Mind Unapologetically” podcast show, a TEDx speaker, has more than 20 thousand students, has an international MBA from INSEAD, is a Forbes contributor, and is a former corporate leader.__________________Find Ivna here:https://assertiveway.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/ivna-curi-mba-67083b2/https://www.facebook.com/AssertiveWay/Speak Your Mind Unapologetically podcast: https://speakyourmindnow.libsyn.com/__________________Support the showI’m Dr. Doreen Downing and I help people find their voice so they can speak without fear. Get the Free 7-Step Guide to Fearless Speaking https://www.doreen7steps.com​.