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Friday Continuing Education Series: Presence and Connection: The Keys to Authentic Public Speaking, by Doreen Hamilton, PhD

  • Fri, September 14, 2018
  • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Corte Madera Town Center, 770 Tamalpais Drive, #201, Corte Madera, CA 94925



Friday, September 14, 2018

Presence and Connection: 

The Keys to Authentic Public Speaking

Doreen Hamilton, PhD

When you deliver a presentation, engage at a networking event, work with a client, or talk intimately with 

a friend, it is your presence that carries your words to your listener. No matter what the context, being in the moment, fully present, connected to yourself and others gives power to what you say.

Anxiety about speaking in front of others can block you from being genuine and comfortable expressing your authentic self. Author of Essential Speaking: The 7-Step Guide to Finding Your Real Voice, Doreen Hamilton, Ph.D., offers an alternative approach to reducing speaking anxiety. She believes that being centered in our true selves leads to relaxed and confident speaking.

I suffered from stage fright and found that performance anxiety could be solved by using a combination

of theoretical approaches. Psychodynamic approach points to the underlying cause of this fear. CBT 

helps with confronting the fears associated with being seen and heard. Mindfulness has been shown to bring greater ability to be calm. And the transpersonal approach reveals an inner spirit that is naturally expressive. This course demonstrates credibility through the involvement of the broader mental health practices, education, and science communities in studying or applying the findings, procedures, 

practices or theoretical concepts.

Dissolving the fear of public speaking is not about making a better script and learning performance techniques. It’s about discovering how to be your authentic self in front of others, finding the power of 

your real voice, and expressing yourself with confidence. In this presentation, Doreen Hamilton, Ph.D. 

will introduce a model that she has developed and writes about in her book, Essential Speaking: The 

7-Step Guide to Finding Your Real Voice. Each step is based on mindfulness practices. Doreen will 

discuss how she applies them in her private practice and her group work. Case examples, 

demonstration, and experiential exercises will be offered.

The overall purpose of this workshop is to increase participant’s ability to be with their clients and lead 

their groups more effectively by being fully present and connected. Whether new or seasoned, a 

therapist will be able to discover how to have more impact when they are engaged with clients.

Presence keeps you calm and centered when you speak. Connection helps you relate to your listeners. Authenticity leads you to your natural inner strength. By adding and bringing these mindfulness tools to clinical work, you will be able to provide clients with a higher quality of therapeutic engagement which 

will be beneficial. 

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify what can cause and contribute to the fear of speaking in public and how anxiety can interfere with client goals and outcomes.
  • List the 7 Essential Speaking steps that reduce anxiety and can lead to being more present and connected.
  • Explain how Presence (being in the moment), Connection (connected to yourself and others) & Authenticity (freedom from anxiety and ability to express from your real self) impacts your therapeutic outcomes.


  • A powerful method to help people find their grace and authenticity under pressure - Armand Volkas
  • To deal with my fear of public speaking, I’ve tried hypnosis (2x), a 4-month class in cognitive behavioral therapy, beta blockers, meditation, avoidance, memorization and more.  None of that helped me nearly
  • as much as this 1-day class.  I feel like I can face an audience and speak authentically today, tomorrow, and into the future - Amanda Kim, Writer



  1. Glickstein, Sara (2015), “Relational Presence Improves Speaker Ease and Comfort through Healing Attachment.”
  2. Kingsley, Daniel (2015), “The Effect of Eye Contact on Speaker Confidence and Audience Rapport.”
  3. Mertel, Tina and Velling, Lynne (2017), “Solving Stage Fright is a Relational Process,” Association for Talent Development (ATD), Science of Learning Magazine.
  4. Seymour, Audrey (2015), “Stage Fright Cured: Why Effortless Soft-Focus Attention Works.”
  5. Seymour, Audrey (2015), “Speaker Confidence and Audience Trust Through the Oxytocin of Relational Presence.”


  1. Presence, An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society. Peter Senge, 
  2. C.Otto Scharmer, Josephe Jaworski, Betty Sue Flowers. 2004.
  3. The Mindful Brain. Daniel Siegel, M.D. 2007.
  4. Presence – How to use Positive Energy for Success. Patsy Rodenberg. 2009.

Doreen Hamilton, Ph.D., a Clinical Psychologist, is the founder of Essential Speaking and the training director of Speaking Circles® International. She is also the author of Essential Speaking: The 7-Step Guide to Finding Your Real Voice and is a clinician with 35 years in private practice with offices in Marin and Berkeley.

: Networking is from 11:30 to 12:00 p.m. Presentation begins at 12:00 pm and ends at 2:00 p.m.

Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members, $10 for non-members.

Location: Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201 - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925 


Information: For more information about the Friday Continuing Education Series and about joining the Committee, please contact CE Director, Laurie Buntain.


Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to 

train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice. Course completion certificates will be awarded at 

the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation. 

Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by the CE Director on no later 

than ten days before the program. There will be a $25.00 administrative fee to cancel registration for 

any program. The refund will be sent within ten days of the request.

Accommodation for Special Needs: The special needs of persons with disabilities will be accommodated. The Program Committee will endeavor to assure that continuing education program materials, content and venue selections will meet the special needs of the disabled and that reasonable accommodation will be made. A request for accommodation can be made to the CE Director, who will 

work with the Committee and event venue to meet the need.All instructors will read and adhere to Marin CAMFT’s stated policies.

Marin CAMFT encourages those who attend its events to respect the fact that some individuals may 

have allergies to fragrances and pet dander. We ask that you refrain from introducing these elements 

into our meeting room. Registered service animals are welcome, of course. 

Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the CE Director.

Anti-Discrimination Policy: Marin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual 

orientation, religion, age or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere 

to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on 

current accepted standards or practice.

CE: This workshop meets the qualifications for 2 CE credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. 

These will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CEP # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE 

for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its 

contents contact Laurie Buntain, Continuing Education Director for more information.

Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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