Speaking

How I Practice My Speaking Presentation (or not)

How to prepare for a speaking presentation is a matter of opinion. Since everyone has their own way of doing things, there is no right or wrong way to prepare (in my opinion). Today’s blog is about preparing for a speaking presentation and rehearsing your message. (Caution, this could be either painful or completely hysterical.) …

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Should I Hire a Motivational Speaker or an Inspirational Speaker?

Motivation and Inspiration, is there a difference? Motivational Speaker or an Inspirational Speaker? Let’s pretend, you (yes, you) are at a stoplight and the it switches to green and the driver in front of you doesn’t respond. “OMG, are you kidding me? C’mon go! What are you waiting for, an invitation?” Does this sound familiar? …

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Federal Prison to Public Speaking

Most people fear public speaking; I do too. Why? Standing on a stage in front of 130 women in federal prison will challenge anyone. Public speaking in public is one thing, but in federal prison while serving time? My heart would race and thump, and all I could think of was how silly I must …

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Holly Pasut Speaks at 2017 Toastmasters Event in Charlotte

The night before I spoke at a Toastmasters event, I came down with a stomach virus. Spending most of the night and following day in a room I’d rather not mention.  With three hours of sleep, one can of chicken noodle soup and one piece of gluten free toast, I arrived to share my story …

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Who is Holly Pasut, Freedom Speaker?

Holly Pasut, known as Freedom Speaker started as a blog. I began blogging about freedom and the loss of it. “Being in a controlled environment helped me to discover something nobody could control, my own thoughts.” This new thinking led me to finding freedom in the least desirable place and eventually contentment. My heart was …

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Sharing Something Other Than A Selfie

Sharing something of value is a gift our society has forgotten.  We share for money or tweets.  People are on “speed dial” when it comes to publicly sharing their selfies, new haircuts or their new promotions. Do we share because we really care? Or do we share because we get something in return? As I …

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Are Lesbian Relationships common in Prison?

Consensual, same-sex prisoner relationships are common among both male and female inmates. It’s not a reflection of their sexuality, but more out of pragmatism and as a counterbalance to loneliness. The expression is “gay for the stay”. Don’t confuse, “gay” for “gay for the stay”. I met some women who are lesbians on the streets …

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What does a Felon wear on a Match.com date?

What does a convicted felon wear on a match.com date? This is exhausting, why do I put myself in these situations.  At this point, I’d rather pour a glass of wine or the bottle and wear a bathrobe. I don’t like what I am wearing, everything is black.  Black pants, black shirt, black shoes…. Shezzzz.  …

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Who do you Trust in Prison?

Who did I trust in prison? Trusting people was never an issue for me.  I trusted most everyone and quite easily.  I was described as, too trusting.   I also learned, I trusted bad people, not knowing they were bad at the time.   Prison cured me of trusting everyone. Prison, was scary at first and I wanted a …

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