Everyday Conversation: Make Great Impressions + Connections
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Everyday Conversation: Make Great Impressions + Connections

Easy steps to build great communication skills.
3.9 (112 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
4,288 students enrolled
Created by Alexa Fischer
Last updated 3/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Release the hesitation around speaking up
  • Learn tools to build confidence and calm
  • Create a magnetic presence in all situations
  • Harness the power of practicing in everyday situations
  • Enjoy speaking up once and for all!
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OVER 3,500 STUDENTS! Latest - Course updated March 2015

Imagine how freeing it would feel to speak - confidently, calmly, charmingly - in any situation. In this introductory course, I get you started with the basics: releasing your fear, shifting your mindset, and building skills to practice in everyday situations.

Why? Because every great relationship begins with hello. Do not wait until you have an important introduction to get comfortable speaking with new people. The truth is you can start practicing RIGHT NOW. The result? More ease and confidence... and FUN.

Hi. I'm Alexa Fischer.

I've spent much of life speaking on stage and through the camera lens as a professional actress. You might have seen me on American television shows like NCIS, CSI, Numb3rs, Bones or one of about a million commercials. While I loved acting (and still do!) I wanted to connect with people as myself - not as a character I was playing. Speaking with conviction, overcoming fear, connecting with anyone, ever - these are skills that benefit all of us. So for the last five years, I've been doing just that. I teach CEOs, private clients, online students (over 7300 Udemy students to date!), and huge companies how to connect - through video, sales-making pitches, engaging presentations, and small talk conversations people actually enjoy.

If you dread meeting new people, habitually avoid eye contact and generally tend to hold yourself back, then this course is for you. When you can express yourself more easily, you invite more wonderful people into your life - both personally and professionally.

Here's what's inside the course:

  • Simple exercises you can implement in every day - meetings, cocktail parties, and even client pitches
  • A shot of motivation to build your confidence (all your dinner party stories just got way better)
  • Ease of mind. Yes, you can hold a room, host a meeting, make that sale.

Enroll today!

Who is the target audience?
  • If you are someone who feels uncomfortable meeting new people, is insecure about presenting yourself or standing out from the crowd, this course is for you!
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
What is public speaking?
2 Lectures 01:37
I realize that some people fear public speaking more than they fear death, but the truth is we are really "public speaking" all the time.  If you can embrace this idea then you can overcome your hesitation and engage with life in a new way, and you can build the critical muscles you will need to be able to speak up at any time and any place.  The key is to begin!  Welcome to your new journey.
Preview 01:37

At the risk of overstating things (or making you nervous) first impressions are insanely, incredibly important. They help you make new friends + business connections and can lead to sales + fresh clients. If that first impression doesn't go well? You might be digging yourself out of a bad-first-impression hole for months or years to come.

But that isn't going to happen to you! Because you're smart and likable and you're going to read and implement these six super helpful tips to make a good first impression.

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Erase the Fear and Begin to Build Confidence
5 Lectures 23:08

You were born with everything you need to succeed, yet somewhere along the way, life's experiences created blocks in the form of fear, anxiety, nervousness and the like.  It's normal and there are plenty of techniques available to you to release these inhibitions once and for all.  Here is one exercise to get you started right away.

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Positive thoughts. Ah, yes…You have heard these simple words plenty of times and yet, why do we find it so easy to slip into negativity?

Have you ever considered what negative thoughts DO to you? For one, they sabotage, often subconsciously, your most dazzling self.  In the previous lecture, I spoke about my client who experienced an event in her childhood that left an impression in her emotional body.  She was teased for standing out when she was a young girl.  Hence, every time she had an opportunity to "stand out" in life, her body sent messages that screamed, "danger!" and she experienced anxiety. 

The way I detected this incident was through Energy Muscle Testing (EMT).  I asked her body, not her brain, what was going on.  This is a remarkable technique and one I am excited to share with you today.

In this video, it is my pleasure to introduce you to, esteemed psychiatrist, Daphna Slonim, MD. She is the author of “The First Key: How to Remove Subconscious Sabotage.” Daphna will be demonstrating the power of Energy Muscle Testing as a tool to clearing your negative thoughts.  Read more about the book at: thefirstkey.com

If you would like to learn more about Energy Muscle Testing, please check out her Udemy class on the subject:


See for yourself how positive energy will be your fuel for success!

What is Energy Muscle Testing?

A lingering gaze can turn an innocent morning routine into a hailstorm of doubt. Be aware when using your mirror...your state of mind depends on it!

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

No one likes a braggart or show-off, so how much confidence is too much?

The Catch-22 of Confidence

Nervousness is completely natural. The real question is, "What to do with it when it arises?"

Instant Peace
The Power of Your Presence
4 Lectures 12:21
If you want to develop the power of your presence, you can begin shifting your behavior right now. Here are a few suggestions to get you comfortable connecting with people, stepping out of your comfort zone and giving the world the gift of your attention. These subtle adjustments help cultivate authentic, magnetic relationships with everyone you meet. Shine on.
How to Light Up Everyone You Meet

Giving our attention to others costs nothing yet enriches everything. Taking advantage of this investment is as easy as opening your eyes!

What Doesn't Cost a Dime but is Worth a Fortune?

Want to know a person's thermostat for success? One simple gesture tells it all. Here's a little lesson that reaps big rewards.

I'll Shake to That!

While you may fancy that you are a brilliant multi-tasker, if your attention is scattered all over the place, how can you really connect with anyone?

Our Digital Distractions
Everyday Opportunities to Grow
4 Lectures 12:21
Learning how to communicate effectively begins with practicing in everyday situations. Why wait for your big moment in the spotlight? You are exercising the same skill set when you speak to the bank teller as you are when you ask your boss for a raise. Cultivating confidence takes practice. Runners train for a marathon. Speakers get talking. Are you game?
Seize the Day: Practicing Speaking Up in Daily Activities

You never know when you will be asked to step into the spotlight. No need to wait for a big event, you can practice right now!

This is a great basis to start from. if you are ready to take your skills to the next level, check out my extensive course Speak Up - Learn to Communicate with Confidence 

Here's to You!

Here's a tip to make even the lamest networking event into a rewarding and engaging experience.

Taking the Work out of Networking

We have become a culture of chronic mumblers.
If you're interested in being heard, you better take your mouth to the gym!

I'm Sorry... What Did You Say?
Presentation Polish
3 Lectures 11:26
Even though this class is devoted to public speaking, I think it's important to discuss the value of how we physically present ourselves to the world.  People are judging others within seconds of viewing them, so make sure you are putting just enough attention on your outer appearance.  Remember, it's not just the way clothes make you appear, it's also the way they make you FEEL.  This is the polish. 
Make a Great First Impression from Across the Room

While you may begin the evening looking like Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers, the trick is to head home looking just as good!

The Charisma of Clothes

We are an incredibly visual society. For instance, you are introduced to someone new… How long does it take for you to form an opinion of him or her based on what you see? A second? Maybe two?

I’m not talking about hairstyle or the clothes you wear. I’m not talking about your body shape or weight. I am talking about how WHAT YOU DO with your body communicates messages to your audience. What might someone think of you if they gave you a quick glance?
Your Body Language
Final Thoughts
1 Lecture 01:56
Thank you for joining me for this course!  I applaud you for your effort and your intention to improve your communication skills.  If you have any questions, please let me know as I would love to hear from you.  Finally, feel free to sign up for my weekly newsletter at alexafischer.com.  Every week I share insights into stepping into your brilliance.  You deserve to shine!
Hat's off to you!
About the Instructor
Alexa Fischer
4.4 Average rating
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14,977 Students
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Teaching the world how to ignite their light.

I’m all about unlocking that light you’ve already got inside you.

As an expert in the areas of manifesting personal power and mastering interpersonal connection, my work helps people tap into, and light up their utmost potential.

I empower people with the skills to speak up and confidently share their voice with the world. Through my work, you’ll learn how to uncover and pursue your life’s richest purpose, connect with others effortlessly, and even ignite those around you.

I help you plug into your greatest untapped resource … your own light … to turn wishes, intentions, and even buried dreams into a tangible reality.

Stay connected and get free weekly video tips and inspiration at my website!