Why am I doing this work?
After coaching with EFT for a few years, I saw how much I loved helping people get their message out to the world. And their biggest problem preventing that was discomfort about speaking to the public. So I devoted a big part of my business to dissolving speaking tension and fears.
As an EFT* trainer and former health educator, I have personally done a lot of public speaking. And I have a degree in speech and communications.
I’ve been there myself. I was comfortable on stage, in groups and leading workshops. But I found surprising anxiety myself when I first talked on the radio. And more tension about talking at networking events. And some freaking out in front of a video camera. I used my own tools to eliminate all those discomforts, so I know how it can be — before and after.
Over the past 20+ years, I’ve worked as a nonprofit director, health educator, trainer, group facilitator, counselor, apprentice cabinetmaker, medical transcriber, bartender, travel agent, legal secretary and Christmas tree salesperson. I had the great experience of working with all kinds of people in all kinds of settings — and in several different cities. So folks from a wide variety of backgrounds feel comfortable with me.
I absolutely love doing what I do, and it seems that all my experiences (work and otherwise) have come together in this coaching to benefit the people I serve. I can see what’s possible for my clients before they can, and get so excited about what I know lies ahead. Lucky me — I’m actually more energized AFTER working with clients than when I started. That makes it kind of hard to call it “work.”
A few facts about me
- I live on the gorgeous Central Coast of California.
- I’m fascinated by how we communicate with each other and have a BA in cross-cultural communication.
- I was raised in Tucson and am a Western girl at heart. I’ve also lived in San Diego, San Francisco, Eugene, Chicago and Minneapolis.
- I play a little piano and like to sing (mainly in the car). I’m a big fan of music of so many kinds – jazz, reggae, mariachi, blues, honky-tonk fiddle, West African, salsa, to name a few…
- I treasure nature in most of her forms, with mountains and oceans high on the list (hence, the Central Coast of California!).
- I’ve always loved teaching people how to help themselves, and have been doing it most of my life, long before coaching.
- I’m insatiably curious about human beings and love to travel – mostly to see the people in other places.
My formal education
- Masters in Public Health / Community Health Education – Oregon State University
- B.A. Speech and Communications – San Francisco State University
- Level 3 Advanced EFT Practitioner – AAMET (Association for the Advancement of Meridian Energy Techniques)
- Extensive coaching training
Interviews with me
Listen as Gary Williams of the International EFT Hub asks me about working with public speaking fears:
And here, Gene David Monterastelli of Tapping Q & A talks with me here about specifics of my style of coaching to clear discomfort about speaking:
Ready to get comfortable speaking or performing?
I’d be honored to help. If you’d like my personal support, I invite you to check out my coaching programs on this page, and then get in touch. Give me a call at 805-835-5566 or send me an email at janet [at] SpeakingMadeFearless [dot] com. We’ll set up a time to get acquainted, discuss possible solutions and see if we’d be a good fit for each other.
* EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques, a rapid-change tool sometimes called “psychological acupressure.” For more information about EFT, see What Is EFT?