Resources for becoming a confident public speaker

Carla Kimball takes an unusual approach to public speaking. She works from inside-out, not giving you a list of things to remember, but rather helping you find a calm, quiet center from which to speak.  This is because her simple and practical strategies and tools can be practiced in everyday life and interactions, not just when you making a formal presentation.

Carla has written two workbooks to help you discover your own innate quality of presence.  They are filled with articles and exercises to practice what you’ve learned.

  • SpeakingPresence Toolkit:  Describes the mental models that get in the way of speaking with presence and those that help you create a sense of presence. Filled with articles and exercises to support you in your journey towards speaking confidence.
  • The ABCs of Presence in Speaking, Leading, and Life!:  A workbook of 26 articles and related exercises to help you over come your fear of public speaking.

Public Speaking Blog Posts: Carla is a prolific writer in the field of public speaking presence and has compiled her many articles into separate blog posts.  These articles are timeless and can be enjoyed at any time.

The Yoga of Public Speaking Blog Posts:  Much of Carla’s inspiration for her work in helping people develop an authentic speaking presence comes from her years of experience as a dancer, yoga teacher, and tai chi practitioner.  This subset of public speaking blog posts explores ways that these movement practices can you develop an embodied presence as a speaker and leader.

Inspirational resources to help enhance conversation and gain greater insight

The Revealed Presence® Story Card decks consist of 25 or 50 cards, each with an image on the front side and a question on the back.  These cards can be used for personal and photographic inspiration as well as ice-breakers or conversation starters.  They work beautifully in group settings, but can also be used to create more intimacy in one-on-one conversations or to deepen individual meditation practices.

Photo Blog Posts:  Carla began this blog in January, 2009 with a daily photo accompanied by a thought provoking question.  This year Carla enters into her seventh year of regular posts to this blog, which serve as regular inspiration to all her subscribers.

Meaningful Conversation Blog Posts:  Conversation, connection, and authenticity are increasingly recognized as the keys to transformation and change.  In the turbulent and crisis-riddled world that we live in today, the only real hope we have is through the relationships we nurture in our personal lives, our communities, and our work. Relationships are built and strengthened through the conversations we have when we ask questions and think together about the things that truly matter, when we are fully present as we speak and listen, and when we care deeply about the well-being of the community or organization.  These posts explore Carla’s thoughts and inspirations regarding engaging groups in meaningful conversations.