Whether speaking in a classroom or a boardroom,
Chotzen motivates listeners to tap into their lives for inspiration.
She exemplifies this by using her own life experiences in her
speeches. She tells the story of her father’s escape
from Nazi Germany, to show her listeners how, even in the face
impossible odds, one can prevail.
Chotzen believes that “how we think is what happens in
our lives.” To keep herself motivated, she said, she watches
her own videotape, Making Your Dreams Come True, which reminds
her to stay positive. She said that she also uses some visualization
techniques to stay positive. She will go for a run and visualize
herself doing well, and she will “toss negative thoughts
to the trees,” she said. She also compared life to driving
in a car: “If my thoughts get negative,” she said, “it’s
like I’m driving off the road,” and she will steer
her thoughts back on track.
Chotzen uses the kukui nut as a tool to help her students focus
on improving their lives and their communication. At the beginning
of each semester or seminar she presents each student with
a kukui nut and tells them how the ancient Hawaiians used the
for healing and as oil for their lamps. She asks her students
to find some aspect of their lives, no matter how small it
seems, to build on to achieve their life goals. Chotzen said
calls from students all the time, who tell her they still have
their kukui nuts.
Chotzen will be teaching beginning and advanced public speaking
and business communications this spring. She often recommends
her students get involved with Toastmasters.
She sometimes even requires them to attend meetings at HPU’s
Polyglot Toastmasters Club, which is affiliated with Toastmasters
International and is open to everyone to attend. If you would
like to attend a Polyglot Toastmasters meeting please contact
Evan Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marianne Luken at email@example.com.
For information on Annabel Chotzen’s seminars call 728-3355
or e-mail anabelle @anabellechotzen.com