Claim the Stage: A Public Speaking Podcast for Women

Welcome! Claim the Stage is a podcast for women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking. Hosted by Angela Lussier, an award-winning professional speaker, author, and CEO + founder of the Speaker Sisterhood. Learn more:
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Sep 27, 2017

"Who cares about my story? My life isn’t that interesting." If you've ever found yourself saying this to yourself, today's episode is for you. We're going deep into the power of storytelling - and not just any stories - your own personal stories. My guest today is Eva Tenuto, the executive director of TMI Project, a non-profit organization offering transformative memoir workshops and performances in which storytellers divulge the parts of their stories that they usually leave out. On today's episode, you'll learn:

-Why telling your story is important

-What makes a story good and memorable

-What makes a story forgettable and boring

-What to include in your story to captivate your audience

-Where public speakers fall short when telling their stories on stage

-How to get started and the first steps to take right now

Learn more about Eva Tenuto and TMI project here: or

Sep 20, 2017

The way we think informs what we do (or don't do). What that tells us is that if we change the way we think about something, we can change our behavior and therefore change the outcome. In today's episode, I teach you how to change the way you think, also known as "reframing," to get you to act differently. We're going to explore reframing four critical areas:

1. Public speaking

2. The first time you speak

3. Fear

4. Yourself

If you'd like to feel better about speaking, get rid of those sweaty palms and that shaky voice, today's episode will teach you how. Just making minor tweaks to your mindset can make a huge impact on your results. Enjoy!

The Speaking School for Women starts next week! Registration closes tonight at 9pm tonight - are you in? Get more information here: If you want to become a paid public speaker, this is for you! 

Sep 13, 2017

As speakers, there's one tool we must nurture, understand, and use correctly if we want excellent results. What is it? Our voice! And I'm not talking about the words coming out of our mouth, I'm talking about our actual vocal cords and the sounds we're making with them. This tool is often left out of the conversation as we focus on storytelling, getting over our nerves, and connecting with the audience, but it is vital to our success as speakers. Without our vocal cords, we have nowhere to go. On today's episode, I interview Elissa Weinzimmer, a vocal health educator, presence coach, and the founder of Voice Body Connection in New York City. Elissa works with Broadway stars, major television personalities, politicians, and CEOs to help them improve their presence, voice, and express themselves more fully. During our conversation, Elissa shares:

  • common mistakes speakers make with their voice
  • two voice warm up exercises to do before getting on stage
  • how to take care of your voice
  • a few techniques to use your voice correctly on stage
  • ...and so much more! 

I even try out one of the exercises and it's not only effective, but also hilarious. Learn more about Elissa's work at

Interested in the Speaking School for Women? Registration closes next week, September 19th! Get more information here or email me at

Sep 6, 2017

What happens behind the doors of the Speaking School for Women? Funny you should ask! On today's episode, you get an insider's peek into what it's like to take part in this course. I interview three women who graduated from the speaking school and you'll find out their major takeaways, how their lives have changed since completing the course, why they recommend the course to others, and surprising unexpected benefits. You'll hear from Ashley Olafson, founder of the MOVE Program, Heathere Evans, a leadership coach, and Kim Lundgren, president of Kim Lundgren Associates. They all have their own unique reasons for signing up and you'll get to hear their stories  and more on today's episode of Claim the Stage! Registration for the Speaking School for Women opens Wednesday, September 6th (today!) and closes Wednesday, September 20th (or whenever it fills up). This course is open to 15 women who are ready to show up, speak up, and be a leader. Learn more here or email me at if you have questions. Hope to see you in school when we launch on September 26th!