Welcome to the Find Your Voice, Change Your Life podcast. You will hear real-life stories from people who struggled to find their authentic voice.
I’m your host, Dr. Doreen Downing.
I interview people who share how they overcame their fears about stepping up and speaking out. They each offer tips and strategies that you can apply to your own journey to find your voice and change your life.
If you enjoy my podcast, be sure to subscribe and rate it on Apple Podcast or your favorite podcast platform.
Today, I interview Eric Brotman who was very entertaining in childhood. He loved doing standup comedy or singing, always mimicking his favorite stars. He enjoyed putting on a show for his friends and family, goofy and carefree. But he never actually used his own voice or his own style when he did these things.
Today, I interview Joe Perrone who remembers growing up in Connecticut and being a secure child. He was in a home-school environment where he had to build his own network of friends. Later, in a public school setting, he was thrust among many other kids his age who had spent their lives learning in a completely different environment.
Today, I interview Regan Nelson who had great confidence when it came to speaking up. Her brother and sister were heavily involved in politic. She excelled in speech classes and always found it easy to perform. The true missing piece, Regan says, was that she hadn’t found a specific cause or passion that she personally identified as a reason to speak her mind and boldly share her own thoughts.
Today, I interview Sandy Abell, who as a child felt starved for attention because her younger sibling received so much more attention. She started acting out, as many children do, which led to people rejecting her. All of the rejection put Sandy in the habit of being and behaving the way she thought people wanted her to.
Today, I interview Kori Gouge who learned to be very quiet and cautious due to living with a step-parent who struggled with mental illness. Her concern was to not cause trouble or upset, which earned her the nickname “Mouse.”
Today, I interview Debbie Hoffman who worked on Wall Street for 20 years and performed very confidently. She excelled at an extremely young age and was one of the only females in a male-dominated industry. However good she was at speaking successfully on behalf of her clients it was not the same as speaking up for herself.
Today I interview Tyler Foley, who says he never suffered from public speaking anxiety, however, he does distinctly remember having a clear sense of stage fright twice in his life. As a trained performer and someone who has been on stage since he was six, both times were perplexing to him.
Today, I interview Brian Wagstaff whose first experience with speaking anxiety came during his childhood. When asked to make a phone call for his mother, the call ended in embarrassment. From this point forward, Brian hesitated to speak up in social situations for fear of experiencing another embarrassing situation.
Today, I interview Rich Stevens who tended to be the loudest person in the room, always making “noise”. He had a big personality. At home, however, he kept to himself and was fairly mellow and quiet.
Les Brown is a well-known motivational speaker, but what you might not know is that he came from humble beginnings. In this interview, he shares a couple experiences from his childhood that shaped and transformed the way he lives his life. The key was in changing the story he believed about himself