Is there such a thing as an “authentic self?”
Though the phrase looks great on an inspirational poster, we are constantly in flux. You may act differently as a friend or a romantic partner, as a worker or a boss, or as a student or a teacher. We are all performing every day, and these performances should be embraced—they influence our lives in profound ways and can help us have richer experiences.
Drawing from philosophy and psychology, actor and public speaking expert Monica Viharo explores the roles we play in our lives and the performances all around us—and shows how to communicate confidently in all situations. This interactive discussion also introduces practice exercises for combating performance anxiety and being a confident public speaker.
Monica Cortés Viharo is earning a PhD in Drama and has twenty years of experience as an actor and public speaking consultant. Viharo previously served as the Interim Director of the UW Speaking Center and has taught public speaking workshops to help people overcome fear of public speaking and hone their communication, networking, and business etiquette skills.
Viharo lives in Seattle.
About Speakers Bureau Events
Speakers Bureau talks are free public presentations on history, politics, music, philosophy, and everything in between. Humanities Washington’s roster of presenters are professors, artists, activists, historians, performers, journalists, and others—all chosen not only for their expertise, but their ability to inspire discussion with people of all ages and backgrounds. All talks are free and open to the public, and each lasts about an hour. They are hosted through a wide range of organizations throughout Washington State.