Founder

Lee Glickstein, founder of Speaking Circles International and Mirror Work Alchemy, is an authority on “relational presence” in public speaking and in enlightened leadership.

He offers workshops and one-on-one coaching with a unique combination of inspiration and step-by-step innovation. His clients range from top professional communicators and business leaders to "non-speakers" with severe public speaking anxiety. He is committed to facilitating ease, power and effectiveness for anyone who needs or wants to address groups in-person or virtually, or who would like to have more magnetism one-on-one.

In 1989, Lee developed Speaking Circles as a way to make his innovative approach available to others. Since then he has facilitated thousands of Speaking Circles, workshops, seminars and retreats around the world. The organization he founded, Speaking Circles International, has trained over 1000 Speaking Circle facilitators globally.

Lee has presented his unique programs at annual conventions, regional workshops, and at over 30 local chapters of the National Speakers Association.

He is author of Be Heard Now! Tap Into Your Inner Speaker and Communicate with Ease (Broadway Books), Be Heard Now! How to Speak Naturally and Powerfully in Front of Any Audience (Sounds True Audiotapes), and the Ebook: Speakers' Guide to Authentic Connection: The Alchemy of Influence through Relational Presence.

Lee graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.A. in Sociology in 1966. He was a social worker in New York City before moving to California to "follow his bliss."

He performed stand-up comedy in San Francisco before becoming an innovator in the field of "humor as healing," eventually serving as Director of the Humor in Medicine Program at the California Pacific Medical Center in the early 1990's. In 1996, Lee was awarded the Athena Award for Excellence in Coaching and Mentoring.

A lifetime of stage fright motivated him to develop his simple but elegant approach to break through the epidemic fear of being fully oneself in front of groups. This process of discovery led him to a thorough understanding of the principles of authentic leadership communication through the practice of Relational Presence.

In 2022 he founded Mirror Work Alchemy as the transformational bridge from inner work to outer action.

Lee lives in Marin County, California, and his hobby is constructing crossword puzzles for the New York Times.

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