Course Description

The goal is to build a deep self-confidence so that you can speak from the calm, clear, powerful essence of who you are.


The Essential Speaking Online Group Coaching Program is a 12-week live, online interactive experience led by Doreen Downing, Ph.D. 

The program includes weekly calls, the Signature 7-Step Essential Speaking Course, Instructional videos, exercises, assignments, practice, and ongoing email support.

The group meets together live for hour-long weekly calls on a Zoom video. With no more than 6 participants, each person will have time to share. Everyone is expected to commit to showing up for the weekly calls. A computer or phone/tablet that has a microphone and camera is required.

The goal is to build deep self-confidence so that you can speak from the calm, clear, powerful Essence of who you are.

Weekly, beginning Monday, February 7, 12-1PM Pacific Time

Monthly Payment plan available. Click Here to inquire. 

Doreen Downing, Ph.D.

Based on my experience dissolving my own stage fright, my expertise as a psychologist and mindfulness teacher, and my years as Training Director of Speaking Circles® International, I have discovered that being present and connected to your "Essential Self" is the key to relaxed and confident speaking. Now I offer workshops, private sessions, E-Courses, leadership training seminars, and consultations for business groups. My innovative approach is based on connecting to and speaking from your authentic self rather than focusing on performance techniques.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    ESSENTIAL SPEAKING GROUP COACHING - Lesson 1: GETTING STARTED

    • Note from Doreen

    • Getting Started

    • Why Are You Afraid?

    • Today's Tip

    • Tomorrow's Preview

  • 2

    ESSENTIAL SPEAKING GROUP COACHING - Lesson 2: SILENCE

    • Note from Doreen

    • Silence: the 1st Secret to Essential Speaking

    • Can You Be Still While Speaking?

    • Today's Tip

    • Tomorrow's Preview

    • Silence Video

    • Silence Video PDF

    • Fearless Speaking Secret #1: Silence

  • 3

    ESSENTIAL SPEAKING GROUP COACHING - Lesson 3: PRESENCE

    • Note from Doreen

    • Presence: The 2nd Secret to Essential Speaking

    • Can You Be Present While Speaking?

    • Today's Tip

    • Tomorrow's Preview

    • Presence Video

    • Presence Video PDF

    • Fearless Speaking Secret #2: Presence

  • 4

    ESSENTIAL SPEAKING GROUP COACHING - Lesson 4: AVAILABLE EYES

    • Note from Doreen

    • Available Eyes: The 3rd Secret to Essential Speaking

    • Can You Look at Individuals While Speaking?

    • Today's Tip

    • Tomorrow's Preview

    • Available Eyes Video

    • Available Eyes Video PDF

    • Fearless Speaking Secret #3: Available Eyes

  • 5

    ESSENTIAL SPEAKING GROUP COACHING - Lesson 5: LISTENING

    • Note from Doreen

    • Listening: the 4th Secret to Essential Speaking

    • Can You Listen While Speaking?

    • Today's Tips

    • Tomorrow's Preview

    • Listening Video

    • Listening Video PDF

    • Fearless Speaking Secret #4: Listening

  • 6

    ESSENTIAL SPEAKING GROUP COACHING - Lesson 6: POSITIVITY

    • Note from Doreen

    • Positivity: The 5th Secret to Essential Speaking

    • Can You Be Positive While Speaking?

    • Today's Tip

    • Tomorrow's Preview

    • Positivity Video

    • Positivity Video PDF

    • Fearless Speaking Secret #5: Positivity

  • 7

    ESSENTIAL SPEAKING GROUP COACHING - Lesson 7: CONNECTION

    • Note from Doreen

    • Connection: The 6th Secret to Essential Speaking

    • Can You Connect While Speaking?

    • Today's Tip

    • Tomorrow's Preview

    • Connection Video

    • Connection Video PDF

    • Fearless Speaking Secret #6: Connection

  • 8

    ESSENTIAL SPEAKING GROUP COACHING - Lesson 8: BE YOURSELF

    • Note from Doreen

    • Be Yourself: The 7th Secret to Essential Speaking

    • Can You be Yourself While Speaking?

    • Today's Tip

    • Tomorrow's Preview

    • Be Yourself Video

    • Be Yourself Video PDF

    • Fearless Speaking Secret #7: Be Yourself

  • 9

    ESSENTIAL SPEAKING GROUP COACHING - Lesson 9: LIVING AS A FEARLESS SPEAKER

    • Note from Doreen

    • Living as a Fearless Speaker

    • Can You Be a Fearless Speaker?

    • Today's Tip

    • Tomorrow's Preview

  • 10

    ESSENTIAL SPEAKING GROUP COACHING - Lesson 10: WHAT'S NEXT

    • Note from Doreen

    • What's Next for You?

    • Today's Tip

  • 11

    FEARLESS SPEAKING VIDEO SERIES

    • Summary PDF

Reviews

5 star rating

I can believe in myself

Niki Mott

I signed up for this course because I am drawn to Doreen's authentic warmth, candor, unashamed vulnerability, and support when I most needed it (last summer I was feeling like a failure at leading a Circle, plopped down next to Doreen, and she cal...

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I signed up for this course because I am drawn to Doreen's authentic warmth, candor, unashamed vulnerability, and support when I most needed it (last summer I was feeling like a failure at leading a Circle, plopped down next to Doreen, and she calmly and with heartfelt honesty said, "You absolutely have what it takes to be a Speaking Circles(R) Facilitator). I believed her and relaxed into my role knowing I had her support. During the course, I felt encouraged to discover that the processes Doreen has developed and leads dovetailed and filled in the blanks not only with my training as an SCI Facilitator but also with previous (40 years' worth) of psychotherapy and counseling as a child of alcoholic parents and as a "recycled" wife. Doreen gently guided me to explore early, and inaccurate, messages that I had nothing to offer intellectually or verbally, then pointed me toward my innate positivity and unbridled joy in discovering ways that people can share connections. She gently guided us, with a shared sense of humor, to absorb and turn to her 7 Secrets and also drew out several other strengths that were waiting underneath my conscious brain, including, among many others, following my intuition and having the belief in myself to go forward boldly, with caring. Thanks, Doreen!

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Life Changing Course!

sarah malik

Taking this class will change your life. If you want to find an inner, grounded, real sense of confidence, then take this course. Over the weeks, your skills will build. You'll go from tasting a sense of calm inside--while speaking--to expe...

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Taking this class will change your life. If you want to find an inner, grounded, real sense of confidence, then take this course. Over the weeks, your skills will build. You'll go from tasting a sense of calm inside--while speaking--to experiences daily, on your own, and in your everyday, personal life and work life. You'll find your voice and your strength, which is awaiting inside of you. Please go for it! Doreen is a gentle, loving guide, who shows up with decades of experience. With decades of love and wisdom and care and confronting of fear--which translates into you having the support and space to grow in exactly the ways that you dream of.

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Transformational Course

Denise Rose

After years of trying different approaches to increase my comfort with public speaking, I participated and this was a game changer for me. It was excellent and can’t say enough about it. I appreciated the well-structured program and weekly materia...

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After years of trying different approaches to increase my comfort with public speaking, I participated and this was a game changer for me. It was excellent and can’t say enough about it. I appreciated the well-structured program and weekly material. Doreen was very supportive and attentive throughout the program and offered feedback and private sessions in between classes. She truly offers full-service support! And the group experience was tremendously supportive. I appreciated hearing the experience and wisdom my peers shared each week. In the end, I walked away from this program not only with new confidence and a solid framework in which to approach public speaking, but also with a deeper understanding of the power of presence. What a beautiful gift from this creative and effective program! Denise Rose

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Great Format

Karie Dewan

The Online Group Coaching Program helped me explore the root of my public speaking anxiety, gave me tools on how to navigate through these challenges and opportunities to practice them weekly. I appreciated the online group format as it was acces...

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The Online Group Coaching Program helped me explore the root of my public speaking anxiety, gave me tools on how to navigate through these challenges and opportunities to practice them weekly. I appreciated the online group format as it was accessible for someone with a busy schedule, and I learned and benefited so much from the experiences of the other participants. Doreen structured the class to provide just the right balance of instruction, attendee participation, and feedback. Doreen was not only an incredible coach but truly cared about the growth and success of each member of the group. I still get anxious when I’m about to speak in a group setting but I now have the tools to successfully manage through the experience, thanks to Doreen and my online classmates!

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Great course!

Matthew Price

I've learned a lot about myself, where my fear of speaking comes from, and now have some tools to manage myself. Now I can acknowledge my anxiety, know it's there, then quickly get back to my place of inner stillness/peace and speak well like I kn...

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I've learned a lot about myself, where my fear of speaking comes from, and now have some tools to manage myself. Now I can acknowledge my anxiety, know it's there, then quickly get back to my place of inner stillness/peace and speak well like I know I can. I use the tools nearly every day in conversations, presentations and meetings that often gave me anxiety in the past (they still do at times, but I can now harness this).

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More than a class!

Claire Wood

I signed up for this course to address my fear of Public Speaking. However, the curriculum and the support received from my instructor and classmates provided a platform to grow and develop as a person. You will learn way more than you plan to a...

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I signed up for this course to address my fear of Public Speaking. However, the curriculum and the support received from my instructor and classmates provided a platform to grow and develop as a person. You will learn way more than you plan to and all of it will be beneficial. The class provides lifelong tools for engaging with everyone in your life, not just public speaking. Don't wait and don't hesitate! Sign up now!

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Tools for everyday life

Angela Ocone

This course was valuable in that it was a pleasurable experience and it has given me tools to take with me into my everyday life. Doreen is very thorough and gentle, flexible and available. Her passion for this work is wonderful. I really apprec...

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This course was valuable in that it was a pleasurable experience and it has given me tools to take with me into my everyday life. Doreen is very thorough and gentle, flexible and available. Her passion for this work is wonderful. I really appreciated the camaraderie of all of us who showed up each week. I missed it when they were absent...it helps to feel the company of others as we progressed through the classes. I look forward to deepening my ability to express and to share myself with authenticity. I feel that Doreen is there on the sidelines to reach out to for encouragement and support whenever I want. Thank you Doreen!

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Transformational

John Basile

Doreen is an excellent teacher and communicator. The information she shared was truly transformational. Virtually experiencing this program with other individuals was extremely valuable, in that, we all learned from each other. I highly recomme...

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Doreen is an excellent teacher and communicator. The information she shared was truly transformational. Virtually experiencing this program with other individuals was extremely valuable, in that, we all learned from each other. I highly recommend this program! - John Basile.

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Worth the investment in yourself

Hashi Richards

My paths crossed with Doreen in what I consider divine timing. She (and her course) was just what I needed. I went on a journey of self discovery for 12 weeks where I learned what my true essence was and how to let it shine through as I speak. ...

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My paths crossed with Doreen in what I consider divine timing. She (and her course) was just what I needed. I went on a journey of self discovery for 12 weeks where I learned what my true essence was and how to let it shine through as I speak. I truly learned to value and appreciate the present moment and how valuable that is when speaking. This course was worth the investment in myself, my speaking, and my professional future. Thank you for everything Doreen.

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5 star rating

Worth the investment in yourself

Hashi Richards

My paths crossed with Doreen in what I consider divine timing. She (and her course) was just what I needed. I went on a journey of self discovery for 12 weeks where I learned what my true essence was and how to let it shine through as I speak. ...

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My paths crossed with Doreen in what I consider divine timing. She (and her course) was just what I needed. I went on a journey of self discovery for 12 weeks where I learned what my true essence was and how to let it shine through as I speak. I truly learned to value and appreciate the present moment and how valuable that is when speaking. This course was worth the investment in myself, my speaking, and my professional future. Thank you for everything Doreen.

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