What I shared in my public speaking class

Linkin Park – Hands Held High Travis McCoy ft. Bruno Mars – Billionaire Eminem – Not Afraid Woodie Guthrie – This Land is My Land Flobots – Handlebars Wiz Khalifa ft 2 Chainz – We Own It William Shakespeare – Sonnet 116 Anne Lamott – Graduation Speech Anne Lamott – Bird by Bird David Foster Wallace […]

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5 videos that inspire me to speak publicly

Today, at noon, I’m giving a presentation to a group of Fellows on public speaking. I’ll talk a lot tomorrow about tactics. About writing out every word of a speech by hand your first few times to make sure the words live in your head. About standing on one foot and wiggling before you go on […]

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Curriculum for a 10 week sewing circle

I work at an organization that combats human trafficking, and one of the ways we do that is by serving the survivors of that horror. There are amazing social workers who help our clients find ESL classes, vocational training, housing, jobs, benefits, healthcare, legal help, pretty much everything a person needs to rebuild her (and […]

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Where do we start to help kids who are hurting?

I spent a lot of last week reading about the foster care system (400,000 U.S. minors are involved in it each year (pdf)) and I’m going to be talking about child welfare reform for a few months. Following up on 6 months working on Safe Harbor laws which enable the criminal justice system to direct child […]

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The only time I’ll ever tell you to buy Cosmo

One of my friends is highlighted on page 96 of this week’s Cosmo for the brave op-ed she wrote about body shaming in the American University gym, that lead to a change in policy and got media attention: Extra credit: I took that pic of her. So buy a copy, skip past all of pictures of […]

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