A career coach suggested that I try the Alexander Technique to improve my speaking skills. Before I first started practicing, I was skeptical that it would greatly affect my ability to present ideas. However, having an awareness of how I am holding my body and how I am using my voice has made me a much more powerful speaker and, better yet, a more confident speaker. For me, the huge unexpected benefits were that my skiing, biking and running improved dramatically. Having a keener awareness of my movements has helped me to ski, bike and run with less effort and to realize more enjoyment from each activity.