I worked as a barrister for 15 years and I became very accustomed to speaking in public and speaking persuasively. I spoke regularly not only in court, but to audiences large and small, including making addresses to the UN Human Rights Council.
It was only when I discovered the work of Speaking Cirlces, almost by chance, that I realised that there was a different, far more satisfying and effective way to relate with groups and audiences. This was radically different from anything I had ever done – not only was I building deep rapport, I was being myself and having fun! It felt like being set free.
I realised that this is what the very best natural speakers have always done, although they wouldn’t necessarily have been able to explain to anyone else how they did it – let alone teach it. What I had come across was a way to train the skill of deep and authentic communication.
I was so taken with this work that I embarked on the facilitator training immediately, and quit the bar soon afterwards in order to concentrate on teaching others this amazing way of relating.
My calling is to help people to reconnect with who they really are and to step forward into the world from there, making real connections. It is my privilege to support you on your journey.