๐ŸŽฏ Public Speaking Tip: Do THIS Gesture FIRST When Greeting a Group

Kelowna public speaking coach Shawn Byfield
Kelowna public speaking coach Shawn Byfield teaches how to confidently use your voice in front of others

What To Do BEFORE Speaking? Do This Body Language Gesture

1๏ธโƒฃ When welcoming a group, the very first gesture you make is OPEN YOUR ARMS WIDE. Bend your elbows slightly, like you’re hugging a panda. ๐Ÿผ

2๏ธโƒฃ Stand tall, shoulders back, chest up like Superman or Wonder Woman.

3๏ธโƒฃ Gesture first, THEN greet them with your words.

Why do THIS? On a subconscious level:

๐ŸŽฏ This arm gesture tells your audience (whomever they may be) that you’re open, friendly, and happy to be here!

๐ŸŽฏ In their mind, it’s also like you’re hugging them. Hugs feel good, right? Well their opinion of YOU is associated with that good feeling.

๐ŸŽฏ Also, by not hiding your body, you show you’re a confident person right away.

๐ŸŽฏ DEEPER PSYCHOLOGY: Some people fear opening their arms wide because, our primitive brain tells us doing so can make us vulnerable.

๐ŸŽฏ When YOU open arms wide, you’re showing no fear. You embrace all that comes your way.

Try this simple gesture the next time you’re in a group, giving a presentation, at team meetings, or on a stage!

So much value in one motion. This can be the difference of people liking and trusting you, or zoning out and walking away.

Now you know! ๐ŸŒˆ

SPEAK UP! Public speaking training to build your confidence

If you find this useful, come to my next Kelowna public speaking training. I’m teaching a sh!t ton of useful speaking tips you can actually use. LMK if you want info?


๐ŸŽฏ BONUS: This gesture works with one-on-one meetings also. Like when you’re excited to hug a friend you haven’t seen in ages! Just sayin’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

Check out the next Kelowna Public Speaking Class

As a sought-after presenter, choreographer and coach, Shawn Byfieldโ€™s unique perspective is enjoyed by thousands who train and mentor with him nationwide. Have a yearning for learning, movin’ or groovin’? Then contact Shawn to start a conversation.

THIS Kelowna Public Speaking Class Helps Build Your Confidence

Does THIS Happen To You?

Do you have trouble speaking in front of others? Ever get nervous speaking on a big stage?

Believe it or not, most people are afraid of public speaking, and try to avoid it at all costs. Why is that?

For the most part, we simply don’t have the courage to speak up in front of others. That lack of courage usually comes from fear- created by many years of worrying what other people will think of us.

Luckily, you can change all that! If you’re ready to confront that fear and want to become a memorable, dynamic speaker, public speaking training is available in Kelowna.

Public speaking training and classes with Shawn Byfield

If you’re afraid of speaking in public, not sure what to say, and the thought of opening your mouth in a group setting makes you sweat, you’re not alone.

Speaking Makes You Nervous? You Aren’t Alone

If you’ve been looking for a public speaking coach in Kelowna and want to improve your in-person speaker skills, you finally have options.

Shawn Byfield’s SPEAK UP! speaker training is an affordable, practical and fun solution to all your public speaking worries.

Shawn Byfield’s Kelowna speaking class teaches how to speak with confidence.

Byfield is a certified public speaker, with real life skills as an event host, emcee, film and television veteran, and more. He’s also a certified coach, trainer and presenter across Canada.

Shawn Byfield’s public speaking class comes to Kelowna

With the right training and inspiration, anyone can boost their confidence… Including you!

A Kelowna public speaking class is coming soon. If improving how you communicate is on your to-do list, get all the info and details by visiting www.PublicSpeakingCoach.ca

As a sought-after presenter, choreographer, and coach, Shawn Byfieldโ€™s unique perspective is enjoyed by thousands who train and mentor with him nationwide. Have a yearning for learning, movin’ or groovin’? Then contact Shawn to start a conversation.

๐Ÿ”ฅ This ONE Action Of Successful Dancers Will Improve Your Game At Your Next Competition

Attention Dance Parents:

๐Ÿ”ฅ This will almost certainly make or break your dancers’ experience as a high-performing competitor…

Because there’s one action ALL successful dancers, performers and artists do before getting on stage that the unsuccessful don’t…

Dance Judge Shawn Byfield's Pre-Comp Masterclass is for competitive dancers, teachers and parents
Shawn Byfield’s Pre-Comp Masterclass for competitive dancers, teachers and parents

Here’s A Quick Story

๐ŸŽฏ Here’s a quick story and lesson:

I was Adam Sandler’s private movement coach for the movie PIXELS. ๐ŸŽฎ Worked with him on set for a few days.

One day in his trailer I’m teaching him how to do the moonwalk. He asks:

“Shawn, what do you think? Am I ready?” To which I replied:

“You’re better, but no… You’re not there yet.” ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Here’s The Lesson

๐ŸŽฏ LESSON: The one action all successful performers do is get pro advice BEFORE a performance.

โœ… Whether it’s singing a song before an award show, filming a scene in a movie, or in your case- dancing on stage at competition.

โœ… The performers we admire understand the importance of getting professional insight BEFORE showtime.

โœ… As I said before, this can make or break your experience as a competitive dancer. If you don’t want to be one of the 99% of dancers who fail, grab a spot at my LIVE Pre-Comp Masterclass this Saturday.

I’ll share unconventional wisdom you can apply immediately! It’s online. Watch from your cellphone, just like what you’re doing right now.

Here’s what you gotta do:

– Shawn Byfield ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ

Dance Adjudicator Shawn Byfield's's Pre-Comp Masterclass
Shawn Byfield’s Pre-Comp Masterclass for competitive dancers

Shawn Byfield is an award-winning choreographer, expert adjudicator and international dance authority. He’s a veteran performer, knowledgeable instructor, and passionate about encouraging dancers to dream big. Learn more at: http://www.DanceJudge.ca/dance-competition-webinar

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๐ŸŽฏ This Competitive Dance Webinar Gives You Secret Tips BEFORE Dance Competition

“Mind-Blowing Concept, I Know”

As a dance competition judge (I prefer the term “Adjudicator”) I’m so excited to share my Pre-Comp Masterclass with you!

Shawn Byfield’s Pre-Comp Masterclass gives dance competition tips before dancing on stage.

This is big news! Because as a competitive dancer, you’re going to learn so much that is NOT common.

This masterclass is a webinar, completely online. Dance lovers can learn from anywhere and you don’t even have to leave your house.

It’s the best way to start your Saturday. Isn’t that cool?

Saturday August 27th

10:00am PT / 1:00pm EST

Get Details And Register

The advice I’ll share will help everyone have an improved competitive dance season, so don’t keep us to yourself! Please SHARE WITH EVERY competitive dancer you know.

Shawn Byfield

๐Ÿ“Œ Adult Tap Dance Classes Shuffle In To Kelowna

Kelowna tap dance classes for adults and youth coming soon

KELOWNA, BC: Whether you used to tap dance and haven’t in a while, are a competitive tap dancer looking to improve your skills, or you can’t even spell the word TAP and you’re a complete beginner, Canadian dance choreographer Shawn Byfield has you covered.

Originally from Toronto Canada, Byfield left the hustle and grind of the big city for a more relaxed Okanagan lifestyle.

But living in Kelowna hasn’t slowed his passion for the arts. Shawn is looking for new students who want to learn how to tap dance, or want to level up their current skills.

Dance Choreographer Shawn Byfield will start tap dance lessons at Kelowna’s Rotary Centre For The Arts.

Tap Dancing Is Great For Social Connections

Not only is tap dancing a great physical and mental workout, it’s a wonderful way to be social and make new friends.

“Tap dancing changed my life!” states Byfield, who recently got married to a tap dance lover like himself. “I met my wife through this art form. What else could be better?!”

If you’ve been wishing for more tap dance in your life, brush off your shoes and add your name to the waitlist. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet your new bestie or dance partner like Shawn did.

Join the Kelowna Tap Dance Waitlist and get ready to add some rhythm in your step!

COMPETITIVE DANCERS: This Is The Summer Dance Intensive YOU NEED In Your Life

Byfield Dance Intensive in Kelowna This Summer!

ATTENTION: Okanagan Dance Parents and Competitive Dancers

Shawn Byfield here! Welcome to an AWESOME summer dance intensive in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

Byfield Dance Intensive is for competitive, dance-loving teens aged 13-19 who want to rise to a challenge, feel good about their choices, and feel better about THEMSELVES.

The past few years have taken a mental and physical toll on our dancers, which has led to a decrease in self esteem. This 3 day summer dance intensive boosts confidence in dancers, while giving a physical challenge that prepares participants with REAL SKILLS needed for a fulfilling career in the arts.

If this resonates with you or your dancer, and you currently dance in Kelowna, Vancouver, Summerland, Penticton, Lake Country or other areas of the Okanagan, read all the information here.

This dance intensive could be EXACTLY what you’ve been looking for!

– Shawn B

Shawn Byfield’s Dance Intensive in Kelowna Helps Competitive Dancers Regain Confidence!

The 2 Types of Interference Dancers Put On Themselves

Shawn Byfield Dance Intensive coming aoon

Here’s todays DEEP THOUGHT ๐Ÿค”

Sometimes, just like football, we let interference stop the play. โ›” What’s “Interference” you ask? Read on…

Interference in football is a penalty ๐Ÿšฉ when an opposing player illegally blocks you from catching the football. ๐Ÿคผโ€โ™‚๏ธ Like when a player pulls your jersey, grabs your helmet, or trips you on purpose.

Does This Happen To You?

Sometimes, we create our OWN interference. Yup, we block our own pass. ๐Ÿ˜”

And then we wonder why we’re not getting the touchdown we wanted? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธ It’s because we’re getting in our own way!

There’s 2๏ธโƒฃ forms of interference we create ourselves:

โŽ One is mental interference, things we tell ourselves.

โŽ The other is physical interference, stuff like our phones, TV, and other distractions.

Byfield Dance Intensive Helps You Get The Touchdown

A summer dance intensive you won’t want to miss

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ On August 5th, 6th and 7th, I’m running BYFIELD DANCE INTENSIVE. One of the conversations will be HOW to stop getting in our own way. HOW to stop creating our own interference that prevents us from dancing at our fullest, and living our best life. โค๏ธ

I have three (3) full and immersive days of dance, growth and inspiration waiting for you! Only in Kelowna, British Columbia.

If you’re a loving dance parent, or a teen competitive dancer and this resonates with you, check out this summer dance intensive. Join us!

– Shawn Byfield

FACTS: Your LENS Determines How You See The World

Shawn Byfield Motivational Monday


Just like a photographer, we all see the world differently based on the LENS we choose.
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Let’s keep this simple:

๐Ÿ”Ž How YOU see things isn’t always how someone else sees things, simply because you don’t have the same lens.

๐Ÿ”Ž Sometimes, we’re STUCK seeing things one way. Because we only have one lens in our arsenal in which to see the world.

๐Ÿ”Ž And sometimes, that lens gets dirty! Because of what we watch, what we read, and who we spend time with.โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €
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If you’re looking for a way to change how to see things, I’d suggest intentionally looking for what’s right, what’s good, and what’s possible in the world.
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It’s not easy. And it’s not the only way. But it’s a start!
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It’s true: When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
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– Shawn Byfieldโ €โ €โ €
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How Do You Make Things Work Out? Here’s The Answer You Didn’t Expect…

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There’s absolutely no doubt this was a tough, challenging year for myself personally. I’m certain it’s been a challenge for you also.


There have been so many wonderful highlights in this year. Like new blessings, renewed opportunities I had or didn’t make time for, and a much needed PAUSE to reflect on other things I unconsciously and unintentionally take for granted.โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €
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Plus- my “Pivotability” has improved 10 fold! โ™ป๏ธ

If 2020 taught me anything, it can be simply summed up in one word… โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €
…RESILIENCE. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €
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They say when the going gets tough, the _____ ____ _____. Even when it sucks. Even when it seems impossible to win.

2020 threw (and landed) some surprising punches. They hit HARD. If you’re feeling bruised, battered, confused, and dizzy with uncertainty, so am I. But I choose to keep fighting, and going for all 10 rounds.โ €
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Put your dukes up! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €
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Because the ONLY way 2020 wins is if we quit! It won’t win without a fight. SO DON’T QUIT! Let’s whoop ass the rest of this year.
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ROLL CALL: Who’s fighting with me?

MINDSET ADVICE: Try This Game To Hack Your Thinking

This MINDSET MINUTE with Coach Shawn Byfield dives into how we think. Ever played the “What If” game? It opens your mind up to possibilities!

Watch this episode to learn more– and discover the game you DON’T want to play.

Need an event speaker, dance choreographer or personal coach? Connect with me here. 

ALSO: A great resource for dance teachers, students, and dance lovers of all ages, watch The DanceBUG Show every Saturday and Sunday at 12pm EST, or stream on your DanceBUG app.