Today we’d like to introduce you to Rae Dubow.
Rae, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started as an actor. I remember whenever I was nervous on stage, I would focus on the other actor. When I put the focus on someone else, instead of my anxiety, my nervous system would relax.
I suffer from social anxiety and as much as this insight helped me on stage, I was still angst ridden when I had to attend a party or even a small gathering. I began to formulate strategies to help me in the real world.
I wasn’t getting acting work and I needed to find a way to make money. My husband is a writer and I had been to one too many readings. Overall, they were awful and in no way did they make me more likely to buy their books. I thought that I might be able to help them improve.
I contacted UCR MFA program and they were interested. It turns out, the methods I developed to overcome my own jitters, transferred beautifully to my new MFA students.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No. It hasn’t been smooth. The hardest part is getting clients. Referrals are my primary source for new regulars. It can be challenging to get the word out about what I do. Also, you’d be amazed how many people think they don’t need this kind of service. No matter how good you are at public speaking, there is always room for improvement.
Mostly though, it has been a very worthwhile and rewarding path.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Talking Out Loud – what should we know?
My business, Talking Out Loud, helps people communicated more comfortably and effectively. Although there are general rules about public speaking, each person comes with their own sets of assets and challenges. I don’t have a prescribed method. One size does not fit all. My clients are actors, writers, architects, educators, and entrepreneurs. I’m known for offering them concrete ways to overcome their very basic communication fears.
I also help my clients frame their talks. We generally spitball until we create an overriding arc to their stories and we find the best way to get their messages across. We work on actual wording, presentation, or both.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
The quality that I feel is most important to my success is that I show up as myself. I don’t try to pretend to be anything more than I am. So many of my clients think they need to look, sound, or act a certain way to be effective. I’m trying to get them to see that they just need to find what it is they’re passionate about and speak to that. If the audience knows that it’s important to the speaker, chances are, they’ll listen and may even agree.
- Website: www.talkingoutloud.net
- Phone: 13107490645
- Email: email@example.com
- Facebook: talking out loud
- Twitter: rae@talking
Photos by Ryan Schude