I’m sitting in an audience of 200 other public speakers waiting to hear from Broadway playwright and performer, Bo Eason. He is brilliant. When he’s on stage I ignore my cell phone entirely (which says a lot coming from a millennial).
He walks on stage, puts his arm around Joan Rosenberg and says “if you want to be an incredible public speaker, you need therapy. You need a therapist on your team to help you process the pressure and the ego it takes to do this for the long haul. You are here to GIVE to the audience, not take. You don’t need the audience to give psychologically and emotionally to you. You need to give to THEM. Get a therapist to take care of yourself so you can truly take care of others.”
Ever since that moment, nearly five years ago, I’ve been grateful for my weekly appointment with my therapist. It has become an anchor for my week and how I show up for the people in my life. I am so grateful for this unexpected (and strange) advice from Bo!
And as a little holiday gift from me to you, I figured it was about time I introduced you to Joan. She’s not my therapist, but she’s the therapist to a who’s who list of celebrities and someone I have deeply admired for a long time.
Joan Rosenberg, PhD, is the creator of Emotional Mastery and a highly regarded expert psychologist. Her two books, Ease Your Anxiety and 90 Seconds to a Life You Love: How to Master Your Difficult Feelings to Cultivate Lasting Confidence, Resilience, and Authenticity have been pivotal resources for me in my life.
Join me on The Porch as I talk with Joan about how we can all work through difficult feelings that may be circling as 2020 comes to a close.