Don Colliver is a teacher, speaker, writer, and comedian with over twenty-five years of experience helping audiences utilize the power of authenticity, vulnerability, and connection. Don teaches public speaking at Google and speaks for companies including Adobe, Cisco, and Medtronic. He toured as a Clown for contemporary circus Spiegelworld, performed with the Blue Man Group, and is listed in the Cirque du Soleil performer database. Don graduated from Boston University and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. When he’s not helping speakers engage with their audiences, he can be found hiking through the redwoods. You can reach Don at www.winktechtalks.com.
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- Company: Colliver Communications
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- Book: Wink: Transforming Public Speaking with Clown Presence By Don Colliver
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Effect on Emotions
- Mindfulness has helped me deal with my emotions because I can physicalize them. And I love picturing where fear sits and describing it. That is very helpful in removing some of the motivation that it puts through my body.
Thoughts on Breathing
- Breathing is the most important thing when it comes to presenting. And it's not what very technical people want to hear, because it feels very esoteric and not heavy. But the fact is, it's made the biggest difference in me like deep breathing box breathing, fire to big presentations.
- Book: Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds By David Goggins
- Book: The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety By Allan Watts
- App: Insight Timer
- I was bullied a little bit in elementary school. And I think if grown up, Don's brain was back there it becomes so much about the bully, I'm so much more focused on that person. And what do they want?
- It's hard to just simply step back and look at it from a 10,000-foot view and be like, can I just avoid this situation, this comes into clear focus these days because, at the end of each year, I'll do an evaluation of the year rather than do goals for the next year, or commitments or anything like that.
- I just look through the prior year, and find the top three negative experiences top three positive experiences. And then I try and put the top three positive experiences on my calendar, like ASAP, make a commitment, and put the deposit down. And then for the neg negative experiences, I just see like, is there a way I can minimize the opportunities even have these experiences?
- Get To The Damn Point; Lewis Chaney
- The Best Way Out Is Always Through; Joze Piranian
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