Help! I’m Having a Panic Attack!

My first panic attack happened as I walked into an eighth-grade classroom to begin instruction at 10 a.m.  It felt like a giant boulder crushed my chest.  I couldn’t breathe. A heart attack killed my father when he was 46 years old.  I thought I was having a heart attack.  The second attack happened the […]

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Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

Mark Twain once said, “There are 2 types of speakers.Those who get nervous and those who are liars.” Preston Ni, author and communications coach, explained that fear of speaking in public is the most popular (or dreaded) phobia. He believed more people are afraid of addressing an audience of potential listeners than they are of death. […]

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Depression, Vulnerability, & Second Chances

“Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable,” warned Mother Teresa. “Be honest and transparent, anyway.” A non-profit organization invited me to join them for breakfast several years ago.  They wanted me to deliver a keynote presentation about core values at an upcoming event. A woman on the planning committee leaned across the table and said, “Julie, […]

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