Talking, Word Press and Dancing

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One of my coaching clients expressed dismay when I talked to her about practicing her speech. “Why do I have to practice? It is just talking and I know how to talk.”

Like so many things in life, we think that because we can do something, then doing that something just a bit differently should be easy! Why should it be so hard? That aspect for me is designing this web site. I know how to type, I’ve taken a couple of programming courses, and WordPress is supposed to be ‘easy to use’ – so why does it take so darn long to do anything? Because of course, that my ‘something’ of a skill needs to be honed in a different way and that honing takes time.


As an example, one small thing I wanted to add to my site was a subscription box. I spent hours over many months searching for plug-ins, trying different ones out and feeling very frustrated by my lack of progress. Finally I remembered to use You Tube (Doh!! moment there) and found ashort tutorial about how to set up a subscription box on my site. (You can see it on the left, please feel free to try it out and subscribe to these posts.) I found a solution. And the solution was easy, straightforward and I did not have to spend time learning Dreamweaver or other HTML stuff.

Going back to speaking, because we talk many times we think that we can communicate effectively without having to put any preparation or rehearsal into what we want to say. And sometimes that rehearsal is also hearing feedback about the impact your message is having on someone. I can be that someone – try out what you want to say and we can work together to get the impact you want out of your message.


And as I said to my client, can you dance? And she said not very well. And I replied, “Why not? You can walk?”


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