Claim the Stage: A Public Speaking Podcast for Women

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, six-time author, and CEO + founder of the Speaker Sisterhood. Learn more:
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Jul 10, 2019

Do you consider yourself to be a bombshell? In episode two of the Guest Mentors Summer Series, Amber Hurdle will redefine what a "bombshell" is and why you want to be one. 

Amber Hurdle, author and speaker, creates content-rich experiences to sharpen personal, employer and business brands. A former teen mom turned powerhouse business woman, Amber learned to clearly articulate her own value, eventually enabling her to work with international celebrities and Fortune 100 companies alike. Her clients include large brands such as FedEx Ground, Mars, Inc., and Marriott, as well as small businesses that want to play big. Recognized among the “Top 40 Under 40” by the Nashville Business Journal, she is also a top certified advisor for the Fascination Advantage® personality assessment and is certified in the Change Cycle®. Known for her straight shooting Velvet Machete™ and warm personality, Amber never fails to motivate professionals to up their game in business and in life.

Amber will teach you how to:

  • eliminate excuses and take action
  • find your motivation to accomplish your goals
  • decide who you want to be today and then be that person
  • use your network to build your speaking business early on
  • know who you help, what you help them do, and how you help them

Links we discuss in the episode:

Amber's website

Get her book


Check out Agile CRM

The Guest Mentors Summer Series is five episodes featuring women who are, first and foremost, professional public speakers. But they’re also authors, speaker coaches, and seasoned business owners. You’ll learn about their mindset shifts, challenges, systems, advice for new speakers, pricing tips, and so much more. This series is full of inspiring personal stories, entertaining experiences on stage, and expert advice.

This series is sponsored by:

Speaking School for Women, my signature online course that teaches you how to become a paid, professional speaker in six weeks or less. Learn branding, marketing, speechcraft, pricing, pitching, and so much more. Now until August 31st, get 20% off using promo code SUMMER20 at checkout. Learn more at

Told Video: Original, thoughtful storytelling for your brand. Here to help you with your next step in speaker marketing: a meaningful video. Let your story out into the world - get it Told. Follow Told video on Instagram at @toldvideo for flash sales and discounts announced monthly!

Learn more about improving your public speaking skills at a Speaker Sisterhood club for women:

Jun 26, 2019

Lois Creamer says the goal of a professional speaker is to be memorable, create takeaways that are doable, and to be creative in the approach. do you do this? In part one of the Guest Mentor Summer Series, we explore all this and more! 

Lois Creamer is a recognized industry expert working with speakers who want to book more business, make more money and fully monetize their intellectual property. She is the author of Book More Business: Make Money Speaking. Coming soon is her new book, co-authored with Cathy Fyock, The Speaker Author: How to Use Books to Sell Speaking and How to Use Speaking to Sell Books. Clients include Chicken Soup’s Jack Canfield; bestselling author of The Sales Bible Jeffrey Gitomer; presentation guru Patricia Fripp and more.

Find out what Lois says are the two most important character traits and the one most important skill to be successful as a professional speaker, and learn what the acronym PSA means when it comes to writing effective speeches and web content. Lois has a wealth of knowledge on the speaking industry and will teach you the ins and outs of turning your content into something people will want to buy. 

Links mentioned in the episode:

Get Book More Business: Make Money Speaking

Get The Speaker Author: How to Use Books to Sell Speaking and How to Use Speaking to Sell Books

Visit Lois' website

The Guest Mentors Summer Series is five episodes featuring women who are, first and foremost, professional public speakers. But they’re also authors, speaker coaches, and seasoned business owners. You’ll learn about their mindset shifts, challenges, systems, advice for new speakers, pricing tips, and so much more. This series is full of inspiring personal stories, entertaining experiences on stage, and expert advice. 

This series is sponsored by:

Speaking School for Women, my signature online course that teaches you how to become a paid, professional speaker in six weeks or less. Learn branding, marketing, speechcraft, pricing, pitching, and so much more. Now until August 31st, get 20% off using promo code SUMMER20 at checkout. Learn more at

Told Video: Original, thoughtful storytelling for your brand. Here to help you with your next step in speaker marketing: a meaningful video. Let your story out into the world - get it Told. Follow Told video on Instagram at @toldvideo for flash sales and discounts announced monthly!

Learn more about improving your public speaking skills at a Speaker Sisterhood club for women: 


Jun 12, 2019

Today's episode is a big departure from the typical format of this show. I decided to hit record and just start talking. You'll find out why as I get into it. I talk about what's been going on the last six months, how to deal with change, what it means when things are hard, a great mantra for dealing with transitions, and what's next. I also share reflections, recent lessons, and what you can expect from the podcast this summer. 

Speaking School for Women, my signature online course that teaches you how to become a paid, professional speaker in six weeks or less, is discounted all summer. Learn branding, marketing, speechcraft, pricing, pitching, and so much more. Now until August 31st, get 20% off using promo code SUMMER20 at checkout. Learn more at

This episode is sponsored by Told Video: Original, thoughtful storytelling for your brand. Here to help you with your next step in speaker marketing: a meaningful video. Let your story out into the world - get it Told. Follow Told video on Instagram at @toldvideo for flash sales and discounts announced monthly!

Learn more about improving your public speaking skills at a Speaker Sisterhood club for women:

May 22, 2019

I'm sure you can think of a time when fear stopped you. Maybe it was when you were thinking about asking for a raise, finding out if that attractive person liked you, writing that book, or taking that vacation to a far away land. Do you ever wish you could go back and do things differently? In today's episode, I interview Lauree Ostrofsky, a person who helps women leap. Her books are, "Simply Leap: Seven Lessons on Facing Fear and Enjoying the Crap out of Your Life,” and "I'm scared & doing it anyway," about reinventing her life after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. 

We discuss:

  • The moment Lauree's life changed and she started realizing the power in her thoughts
  • Tips on how to do things that scare you
  • What kinds of mistakes people make when it comes to taking action when fear is present
  • The one core trait you have to be able to access to do things that scare you
  • How being accommodating to others can get in the way of leading a fearless life
  • And more!

Find out more about Lauree's writing, speaking and hugging at and @SimplyLeap on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Learn more about Lauree's books here. 

This episode is sponsored by Told Video: Original, thoughtful storytelling for your brand. Here to help you with your next step in marketing: a meaningful video. Let your story out into the world - get it Told. Contact Rebecca through June 1 to receive a pack of four 15-second social media videos along with your full video. Reach out for a free phone consultation and quote, and to find out more at

Learn more about Speaker Sisterhood at

May 8, 2019

Have you ever signed up to give a presentation, and in the days or weeks leading up to it, regretted ever putting yourself in that situation? If so, you're not alone! Many speakers experience intense feelings of anxiety, fear, worry, and stress for varying amounts of time before they take the stage. The good news: It doesn't have to be this way! My guest today is Crystal Farley, chief story teller and co-creator for two successful podcasts, PTSD: People, Trauma, and Stress Discussed: an unfiltered truth, as well as Making of HERstory. Crystal is a national speaker on the topic of women’s advocacy in the workplace, and as a Certified Stress Management Maven, is the founder of C Far: Beyond the Box, an organizational stress management consulting business working to create a better foundation of stress management for employees. Crystal is a combat veteran and former woman of technology, having worked for companies like Apple, IBM, and HPE.

What we cover on today's episode:

  • How to manage feelings of anxiety, stress, and fear
  • Tips for taking care of yourself when leading up to a big event (like a big presentation)
  • Strategies for anxiety management
  • Mistakes people make when trying to cope with difficult feelings
  • What expectations have to do with taking away joy
  • How to stop comparing yourself to others and have your own experience
  • The value of being present before and during your speech and how to do this
  • The roles rituals and accountability play in stress management

Find Crystal at

This episode is sponsored by Told Video: Original, thoughtful storytelling for your brand. Here to help you with your next step in marketing: a meaningful video. Let your story out into the world - get it Told. Contact Rebecca through June 1 to receive a pack of four 15-second social media videos along with your full video. Reach out for a free phone consultation and quote, and to find out more at

Learn more about Speaker Sisterhood at

Apr 24, 2019

On today's episode, I interview Jill Salzman, founder of The Founding Moms, where she helps mom entrepreneurs build better businesses. She's a two-time author, co-host of Inc. Magazine’s top-rated entertaining business podcast, Breaking Down Your Business, TED speaker, and serial entrepreneur. We discuss how to take a topic you speak and write about and turn it into a scalable business that is bigger than you. I also discuss how I've done the same thing with my business, Speaker Sisterhood. We go over how we came to the conclusion that what we were talking about could be more than a speech, how we discovered our business models, how we got started, what we've learned about licensing (the good, bad and ugly), and advice for others wanting to start a scalable business. 

This episode is sponsored by Told Video: Original, thoughtful storytelling for your brand. Here to help you with your next step in marketing: a meaningful video. Let your story out into the world - get it Told. Contact Rebecca through June 1 to receive a pack of four 15-second social media videos along with your full video. Reach out for a free phone consultation and quote, and to find out more at

Learn more about Jill:

Find her books:

The Best Business Book In The World

Found It: A Field Guide for Mom Entrepreneurs

Listen to her podcast:

Want to recommend a topic or guest? Email me!

Apr 10, 2019

How do you turn your life experiences into a speech and then a passion-fueled business? In today’s episode, I interview Josh Shipp, an author, speaker, and global youth empowerment expert renowned for the documentary TV series on A&E. He has written two national bestsellers to date, “The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans” and “The Teen’s Guide to World Domination.” Josh is regularly called on by Oprah, CNN, FOX, The New York Times, 20/20, Good Morning America, and others to provide commentary on common challenges faced by parents and teachers.

What we discuss in today’s interview:

  • How Josh went from at-risk foster child to prominent speaker
  • How he turned his struggles and experiences into the basis of his work
  • How to be compelling and build a brand and following
  • Advice for speakers who are hesitant about using their life stories in their work
  • What it was like to speak in front of 55,000 people
  • And more!

Find out more about Josh at

This episode is sponsored by Told Video: Original, thoughtful storytelling for your brand. Here to help you with your next step in marketing: a meaningful video. Let your story out into the world - get it Told. Contact Rebecca through June 1st to receive a pack of four 15-second social media videos along with your full video. Reach out for a free phone consultation and quote, and find out more at

Mar 20, 2019

Today's episode is mind bending and eye opening. I hope you've had your coffee! My guest is John K. Coyle, #TheTimeGuy. John is a world leading expert in innovation and Design Thinking, and best-selling author of Design For Strengths: Applying Design Thinking to Individual and Team Strengths (2018) and The Art of Really Living Manifesto (2016). A graduate of Stanford University’s Product Design Program, John is an NBC sports analyst, two-time TEDx presenter, and sought-after keynote speaker. He earned an Olympic silver medal for speedskating.

In this episode we talk about how to "design for your strengths" and also expand time through choosing experiences that have depth and breadth. 

John also explains:

  • what he means by “innovate the human experience” 
  • the differences between chronological time and experiential time 
  • why time speeds up as we age
  • what crying has to do with slowing down time
  • what “event horizon moments” are and why are they important
  • what "flow state" means and how you know you're in it
  • the difference between being afraid of something and being bad at something
  • what public speaking has to do with all of this


Learn more:

John's website

John's books

John's TEDx talks

This episode is sponsored by Speaking School for Women, an online course for women who want to become professional speakers. Learn about branding, marketing, pitching, pricing, speechcraft, and more. Build your entire speaking business in a month. Go to to learn more.

This episode is also sponsored by Told Video: Original, thoughtful storytelling for your brand. Here to help you with your next step in marketing: a meaningful video. Let your story out into the world - get it Told. Contact Told through June 1st to receive a pack of four 15-second social media videos along with your full video. Reach out for a free phone consultation and quote, and to find out more. Learn more at

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Have a guest idea? Email us!

Mar 5, 2019

Welcome to the final part of my three-part mini course, The Top Five Secrets to Becoming a Paid Speaker. If you’ve been learning a lot and enjoying the process of thinking through what your speaking business might look like, my 6-module online course, Speaking School for Women, might be for you! In this course, you'll take a deeper dive into everything covered in the mini course and also get support and guidance from me along the way. The course re-launches tomorrow right here.

The first 15 women to register on launch day will get a free 60-minute speechcraft session with me! Be sure to enroll early if you know you are ready for this next step.

Here’s what you’ll learn in today’s episode:

  • how to price yourself so you don’t under or over charge and lose out on the gig
  • the most popular questions I’m asked about professional speaking
  • what to expect from Speaking School for Women

Again, find out more about Speaking School, all the cool bonuses that come during this 5 day special launch period, and enroll here. Hope to see you there!

Mar 3, 2019

Welcome to part two of my three-part mini course, The Top Five Secrets to Becoming a Paid Speaker. The purpose of this mini course is give you a little road map to getting started on your way to professional speaking. I’m trying to demystify the process and offer you the secrets I wished I learned when I was starting out. If what you hear in this mini series gets you excited about continuing down this road, I have a larger, 6-module online course called Speaking School for Women which re-launches on March 6th here.

Here’s what you’ll learn in today’s episode:

  • tools to be seen as an expert by others
  • strategies to pitch yourself as the perfect person for a gig
  • why you don’t want to be everywhere and how to share your expertise with the right people

If you'd rather watch this mini-course on video, you can get it here

Stay tuned, part 3 is coming soon...

Mar 1, 2019

Welcome to part one of my three-part mini course, The Top Five Secrets to Becoming a Paid Speaker. This mini course is meant to help answer questions around how to go from speaking for free (or not at all) to building a speaking business. I’m trying to demystify the process and offer you the secrets I wished I learned when I was starting out. I’m also hoping to save you some time and frustration while also giving you a launch pad. If what you hear in this mini series gets you excited about continuing down this road, I have a larger, 6-module online course called Speaking School for Women which re-launches on March 6th here. Here’s what you’ll learn in today’s mini episode:

  • the chance to see how what you care about could become a marketable workshop or keynote
  • the two key questions you need to ask yourself to determine your speaking path
  • the secrets to saving time when building a speaking business from day 1
  • A few of my embarrassing stories of what I did when I got started…

If you'd rather watch this mini-course on video, you can get it here

Stay tuned, part 2 is coming soon...

Feb 20, 2019

Seth Godin needs no introduction, but for those of you who want details, Seth is the author of 18 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He’s also the founder of the altMBA and The Marketing Seminar, online workshops that have transformed the work of thousands of people. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. You might be familiar with his books Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip and Purple Cow. His blog (which you can find by typing “seth” into Google) is one of the most popular in the world. In 2018, he was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame. His latest book, This Is Marketing, came out in November 2018. Also, I'm a huge fan. :) If you listened to episode 109, you heard why I love him. In episode 110, Mark Metry and I talk about interviewing him. And now, here he is! 

On today's episode, I make a big announcement and we talk about:

-how Seth decides what to write and speak about 

-how Seth deals with fear when it pops up and what it means

-what makes a speaker good and what makes a speaker remarkable

-Seth's process for putting a speech together and what he has learned about himself through writing and speaking

-parenting wisdom and how it compares to entrepreneurship

...and so much more!

Subscribe to Seth's blog here.

Watch my mini course, The Five Secrets to Becoming a Paid Speaker here.

Get my book, The Secret Life of Speaking Up Prequel: 30 Tiny Speaking Adventures, here. 

This episode was sponsored by Speaking School for Women. This online course is for women who want the steps and guidance to becoming a professional speaker and it’s relaunching March 6th. Get on our mailing list to get updates about bonuses and specials during the limited launch period. 

We are also sponsored by Told Video: Original, thoughtful storytelling for your brand. Here to help you with your next step in marketing: a meaningful video. Let your story out into the world - get it Told. Learn more at Contact Told before March 1st for 15% off a video project.


Feb 6, 2019

This episode was originally supposed to focus on Mark's transition from shy and socially anxious to top 100 podcaster and speaker, but the episode took on a life of its own very early on in the conversation. I decided to name it "How to do Anything" because by the end of it, I was pretty sure I could apply Mark's wisdom and mindset to everything and be successful at it. We discuss:

- how he invented "Mark 2.0" and what he does when "Mark 1.0" shows up

- what he has learned about podcasting and how it has impacted his vision

- the most important areas of your life to pay attention to if you want a clear mind, energy, and ability to act out your goals

- the value of meditation, diet, journaling, and other tools for building confidence and self-awareneness

There are about 50 other great points Mark makes in this episode, so grab a pen! Here's a bit of information about Mark Metry: 

Mark Metry is the host of Humans 2.0, a Top 100 podcast where he interviews Billionaires, New York Times Bestselling Authors and Legendary World-Class human beings. He also speaks at events but once a upon a time he couldn't make direct eye contact with anyone and suffered from a socially anxious prison inside his mind. Mark is the founder of VU Dream, a digital marketing growth agency focusing on Virtual Reality & Mixed Reality. Get more information about Mark here. 

Today's episode is sponsored by:

Speaking School for Women, my online course designed to give you step by step advice to get your speaking business started. Stay tuned for details, the course launches March 7th. 

Told Video: Original, thoughtful storytelling for your brand. Here to help you with your next step in marketing: a meaningful video. Let your story out into the world - get it Told. Learn more at Contact Told before March 1st for 15% off a video project.

Have an idea for a guest or topic you want me to cover? Email me!





Jan 23, 2019

To everyone who submitted questions over the last several months, thank you! I used five of them in today's episode. If you have a question you want addressed on an upcoming Q&A episode of the podcast, email me at Here are the questions and the time they appear on today's show:

1. Who are your heroes? (3:27)

2. What goes into a signature talk? (14:10)

3. How do you build credibility as a speaker? (30:55)

4. What was your most embarrassing moment on stage and what did you do? (34:05)

5. How do you practice and prepare for a lengthier speech (longer than 5 or 10 minutes)? (38:36)

Today's episode is sponsored by Speaking School for Women. This course I’ve been teaching since 2016 is coming back as a self-guided online offering in March! If you’re thinking about doing more speaking in 2019 and want to save yourself a lot of time when it comes to learning how to book and deliver talks that make an impact and a paycheck, Speaking School will teach you how. I’ll be making more announcements as we get closer, but for now, mark your calendar!

This episode is also sponsored by Told Video: Original, thoughtful storytelling for your brand. Here to help you with your next step in marketing: a meaningful video. Let your story out into the world - get it Told. Learn more at Contact Told before March 1st for 15% off a video project.



Jan 9, 2019

Did you know body language is 55% of what your audience is judging when they're deciding if they like and trust you? When it comes to the way you present yourself, you want to make sure you're paying attention to it -because it matters. This means noticing your breathing, energy, presence, and stance. On today's episode, I give you four simple tools you can use to feel more powerful, improve your overall presence, appear more relaxed, and breathe without feeling like you're going to pass out or hyperventilate.

Many of these tips you've heard before if you've been listening to the podcast for a while. Today's episode is a summary of some of the tips mashed into one episode. If you want to go back and listen to the full episodes, here they are:

Tip one: Do a Power Pose - Episode 56

Tip two: Breathing Exercise - Episode 92

Tip three: Prep Your Face - Episode 63

Tip four: Take a Power Stance - Episode 45

Today's episode is sponsored by Told Video: Original, thoughtful storytelling for your brand. Here to help you with your next step in marketing: a meaningful video. Let your story out into the world - get it Told. Learn more at Contact Told before March 1 for 15% off a video project.


Dec 26, 2018

The end of the year is a great time to reflect on goals, lessons, and big moments. On today's episode, I'm doing just that as I share my biggest lessons of the year. Some of them I cringed to write because I remember noting them as past lessons, but I've discovered that living the same lessons over and over again actually does continue to have benefits.

The five lessons I note are:

1. Know your limits.

2. Your ability to get comfy with discomfort will determine how successful you are.

3. Saying no is what makes me stronger all around. 

4. Free time is very important when building something huge. 

5. What got me here won't get me there. 

Feel free to share your lessons! I'd love to read your list. Send it to me at

The sponsor of today's episode is Told Video:Original, thoughtful storytelling for your brand. Here to help you with your next step in marketing: a meaningful video. Let your story out into the world - get it Told. Learn more at

Dec 12, 2018

On today's episode, I take you back into the world of the Speaker Sisterhood as you hear from three of our members who have invested the last year of their lives in public speaking training. Find out what surprised them, what changed over the year, and how this journey has impacted their lives. If you're thinking about improving your public speaking skills but are unsure if you want to put in the time and effort, this episode should give you enough information and inspiration to determine your next steps. My guests are Joli Hamilton, Rosamond Wulsin, and Cecile Lackie, all members of Amber Ladley's South Hadley, Massachusetts Speaker Sisterhood club. Although my guests work in different fields, they found similar benefits and changes as a result of doing this work - and I bet they are different than what you'd think.

Learn more about my guests below.

Joli Hamilton

Rosamond Wulsin

Cecile Lackie

To learn more about Speaker Sisterhood and check out a club near you, check out our club directory. Virtual clubs are available here if you don't have a club in your community. 

Don't forget to check out offers from our sponsors:

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Get your own speaker video! Let your story out into the world - get it Told. Learn more at

Nov 28, 2018

Have you ever found yourself crying on stage and wished you could make it all stop? Do you avoid difficult topics in your presentations in fear of getting emotional and looking unprofessional? If you've ever found yourself feeling uncomfortable about your vulnerability coming through, today's episode will change your mind about its value. I interview Johanna Walker, the fear-blasting, storytelling maven for coaches, consultants, leaders, and change-makers. She’s also the founder of Women Who Speak, a transformational speaker coaching program for female leaders.

We discuss:

  • why navigating difficult emotions on stage is so tough
  • how to use these emotions to connect with (instead of hide from) audience members
  • what you should do if you begin to cry in the middle of your presentation
  • a couple other strategies to be vulnerable, besides telling traumatic childhood stories
  • what you should do if you have a difficult time expressing the emotion in a story that should be told in an emotional way
  • how to tell stories that 'take you to your edge.' 
  • mistakes people make when trying to add emotion 
  • one action step you can take as soon as you finish listening to this episode


Learn more about Johanna Walker and her coaching services here.  

Sponsored by Told Video: Original, thoughtful storytelling for your brand. Here to help you with your next step in marketing: a meaningful video. Let your story out into the world - get it Told. Learn more at

Nov 14, 2018

You always hear having confidence in yourself will propel you to take risks and accomplish your goals. But what if you could get yourself to take action without confidence? On today's episode, I interview Janet Whalen, a CoActive career transition, courage and confidence coach at – a coaching practice for mid-career women.


We discuss:

  • why women should focus on courage, not confidence
  • steps women should take if they’re not feeling courageous
  • where confidence comes from
  • mistakes women make when it comes to doing things that scare them
  • results you can expect to see when you try things you think you can’t do
  • what confidence feels like

Janet also hosts She Breaks the Mold – the podcast for women who are ambitious for themselves and each other at work. I was a recent guest on that show and we talked about the importance of finding your voice. Listen here.

Learn more about Janet and her coaching practice at

This episode is sponsored by Told Video: Original, thoughtful storytelling for your brand. Here to help you with your next step in marketing: a meaningful video. Let your story out into the world - get it Told. Learn more at

Oct 24, 2018

We've talked about the value of Facebook Live and YouTube to market yourself and build your platform, but what about having your own video that tells your story to event planners, clients, and audiences? On today's episode, we talk about how to use a promotional video to capture what makes you unique and share it with the world. I interview Rebecca Rideout, a video producer and owner of Told Video. Rebecca has fifteen years of experience shooting, editing, researching and producing non-fiction films. Today, she creates short-form documentaries for businesses that want their story told. Rebecca shares:

  • Why it's so important for speakers to tell their story through video
  • What kind of information is important to include
  • Tips for speakers who want to share their story through video
  • Benefits and results speakers can expect to see if they make a video
  • Biggest mistakes people make when trying to make a video of this kind
  • Tips for staying calm when in front of a camera

If you want to elevate your brand, attract more speaking gigs, and tell your story, today's episode is for you. 

This episode is sponsored by Told Video: Original, thoughtful storytelling for your brand. Here to help you with your next step in marketing: a meaningful video. Let your story out into the world - get it Told. Learn more at

Oct 10, 2018

Stephanie Feger is a passionate communicator who believes that a shift in perspective can help people live truly fulfilling lives. Her blog, Color Today Pretty, has inspired many to shift their mindsets and has spawned her new book Color Today Pretty: An Inspirational Guide to Living a Life in Perspective. On today's episode, I interview Stephanie about how to tell a story that relates, and how to find the perspective you need to find the lesson in each experience.

She shares:

  • her seven steps to finding perspective
  • a writing exercise I fell in love with
  • the importance of having a mantra
  • how we are a lot like glow sticks

Learn more at and receive your regular dose of inspiration by following her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Sep 26, 2018

Speaking School for Women is back and it starts this Monday, October 1st. I've been getting lots of questions from women who are interested in taking the course and I thought I'd address them here, in case you're asking yourself the same things. Speaking School is a live, 6-week online course I teach that helps women learn how to become a paid, professional speaker. I teach how to build a brand, create a marketing plan, we put together a speaker one-sheet, setup a speaker plan, make a signature talk, work out pricing guides, and more. This covers all the bases so you don’t have to wonder what you’re missing or doing wrong. Here are the questions I cover in the episode: 

  1. What if I don’t know what I’d speak about?
  2. I don’t know that I’m ready to be a paid speaker. How do you know when you’re “there?”
  3. Can I do it as a part-time job? AND how long does it take to get paid?
  4. I feel like a fraud asking for money and imposter syndrome shows up every time. How do you get over that so you can ask for money?
  5. What if I don’t like marketing?

If you've been asking yourself any of these questions, today's episode is for you! Learn more about Speaking School and register here. 

Want to talk? Email me at



Sep 17, 2018

Welcome back to the podcast!! It’s good to be back in your ears after three months off. On today’s episode, I invite Lenore Braun, the club director of the Speaker Sisterhood, and Amber Ladley, the creative director, to the show to discuss our life-changing summers. Last time we talked, I told you my podcast was taking a vacation, but that wasn’t the only thing that took a hiatus in June. This summer, along with the core team that comprises my business, I took a major step back from working on everything so we could take a breather and get more perspective on what we were building. In this special episode, number 100, we lay out some of the biggest learnings, mistakes, ah-ha moments, and regrets from our summer break. 

We share:

  • how we planned to spend our time and how we actually spent it
  • how we dealt with discomfort and anxiety from taking time off 
  • unexpected learnings and lessons
  • how taking time off has helped us claim the stage in life and when speaking
  • advice for others who may be burnt out and needing to take a break but don’t know where to start and don't know how to ask for it
  • our biggest regrets and what we’ll do differently next time

Books and resources I discuss in the episode: 

The Pill by Jane Bennett and Alexandra Pope

Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Tony Weschler

Period Repair Manual by Lara Briden

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause by John Lee, MD

My Flo app and TEDx talk by Alisa Vitti, functional nutritionist, founder of

*I am not affiliated with and do not make money off recommending these books or experts.

Jun 20, 2018
When you hear the word "diversity," what do you think of? Race? Religion? Age? Gender? On today's episode, we're framing diversity as those special ingredients that make you who you are. It's those ingredients that also help you to connect with others in various environments and groups and make you a dynamic speaker. My guest today is a leader, speaker, author, and coach. Amy C. Waninger is the Founder and CEO of Lead at Any Level LLC, which helps busy professionals develop skills in leadership, diversity and inclusion, and career management. She is the author of Network Beyond Bias: Making Diversity a Competitive Advantage for Your CareerWhen speaking to audiences, how do you deal with people who are different than you? How do you relate to them? How do you use your special ingredients to build a connection? We cover all this and more on today's show. 
Also mentioned on the show, I share that I am taking the summer off from the podcast and will be back with new episodes in September. If you have any episode or guest ideas, please email me at
Jun 13, 2018

Speakers often mistake their “norm” as a commonality that they share with many other speakers. In reality, your “norm” is actually your unique DNA. Every speaker has their own unique story/journey and learning how to tell it is absolutely crucial in today’s public speaking environment. On today's show, I interview Travis Thomas, a professional public speaker and seasoned improv performer. Travis has performed in front of thousands of people and trained dozens of organizations like the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, US Soccer, Gatorade, PepsiCo., and Under Armour. On this episode, you'll learn how being "normal" can actually be the key to your success, how to use your story to create a connection with the audience, and how to use trust, vulnerability, and authenticity to be a better public speaker. You can learn more about Travis at and get his book, 3 Words for Getting Unstuck: Live Yes, And!

Jun 6, 2018

When you're looking for support in accomplishing your goals, where do you turn? Do you value diversity of thought and experience unlike your own when seeking advice and direction? To offer her insight on this topic, I interview Julie Kratz, a highly-acclaimed leadership trainer, frequent keynote speaker, and executive coach. Julie is the author of Pivot Point: How to Build a Winning Career Game Plan and ONE: How Male Allies Support Women for Gender Equality.

On today's episode, we cover:

  • what “male allies” are, why they are important, and their role in helping women’s success
  • why women should encourage men to become allies, and how men can get involved
  • a few tips to help women and men who want to work together successfully
  • the kinds of results women can hope to see by following this advice
  • two of the key points in Julie's book, ONE: How Male Allies Support Women for Gender Equality
  • one piece of advice that you can do today to be more successful working together

Check out Julie's book here and find out more about her work here:

May 30, 2018

You've likely heard of SEO (search engine optimization), blogging, and websites, but have you ever used these tools yourself? If you are interested in being a paid public speaker, a big part of booking your next gig comes from event organizers finding you! If you don't have a website yet, you are missing out on an opportunity to show your expertise and have a virtual storefront for your speaking business.

On today's episode, I interview Kristen Day, the owner of A Visual Business and a consultant and trainer for small businesses with a focus on their online presence using social media marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), paid advertising on Google (PPC), blogging, website readability and development, and email marketing.

We discuss: 

  • the “trifecta” and why speakers need it
  • why SEO is important for speakers and how to use it
  • how to be an effective blogger and write meaningful content
  • how to get started with a website and tips for keeping it simple
  • mistakes people make when following this advice
  • how to use these tools with social media to be most effective and efficient
  • the one most important piece of advice to help you get started right now

If you're interested in getting booked for more speaking gigs and don't want to do all the legwork of reaching out to organizations, help them find you by listening to today's episode. You can find out more about Kristen at

May 23, 2018

How comfortable are you with being assertive? Did you know that it can save your life? On today's episode, I interview Lauren Roselle, one of the world’s experts on the topics of interpersonal communication, assertiveness, harassment prevention, and self-defense. She is also the founder and President of Esteem, a communication consulting firm. 

We discuss:

  • what “verbal assertiveness” is and why it's important 
  • the difference between being assertive and being aggressive
  • how women can use their voice to be respected by others and seen as powerful
  • how women can use their voice to prevent assault and sexual harassment
  • how to set and communicate clear boundaries

Lauren has led well over 1,000 workshops and her 27 years of experience includes personal coaching, group trainings, and motivational public speaking. Lauren’s mission is to empower those around her to walk through the world with less fear and more confidence. 
You can find out more about her at


May 18, 2018

In the final episode of the Tales from the Road mini series, Lenore Braun, club director of the Speaker Sisterhood, and Amber Ladley, creative director of the Speaker Sisterhood, interview me about my reflections, lessons, embarrassing moments, and advice for other speakers interested in planning a tour. 13 days after my five-week speaking tour, I'm sharing all the details and behind the scenes stories that went into the planning and execution of this massive undertaking. If you haven't listened to any other episodes in this series yet, you might want to start at the beginning, as I do reference those episodes in this interview. Enjoy! 

May 9, 2018

Being a persuasive speaker is a work of art. It requires thinking through some key elements of your message, knowing your call to action, and keeping things simple. On today's episode, you'll hear from Dr Michelle Mazur, a speaking strategist and founder of Communication Rebel in Seattle, Washington. She gives her advice for creating a persuasive speech with a memorable message by using her "3 Word Rebellion" method. You'll also learn a few fundamental ways to be persuasive and how to avoid messing it up! If you are a business owner, you'll learn how to assemble a talk that helps you promote your work and persuade your audience (without a sales pitch at the end!). You'll also learn how to find what your audience is resistant to so you can include their objections in your presentation. This episode is full of helpful tips and easy to follow advice. You can get Michelle's 3 Word Rebellion Framework at and find more information about her at Enjoy! 

May 2, 2018

As I was thinking about this week's episode, it occurred to me that there was one major piece missing from the series so far: the speech I've been giving on the tour! Monday night, I setup my podcast mic in the event space and recorded the speech I've been giving on the road. The title it goes by is The Secret Life of Speaking Up or Discover Your Power Voice and the content is the same for both. This talk breaks down how to see public speaking differently, how to reframe fear, how to use your body, mind, and spirit to be a more powerful presenter, and how to infuse love into your words so your talks are more impactful. This workshop was recorded Monday, April 30, 2018 at The Park View Room in Worcester, Massachusetts for the Young Professional Women's Association. Enjoy!

Have a question about the tour you'd like asked on next week's episode? We're wrapping up the speaking tour and may include your question in the post-tour interview. Email me at! 

Thanks to our tour sponsors:

Apr 27, 2018

On today's episode of Claim the Stage, you'll hear an impromptu conversation between some serious public speakers! We put together a little roundtable to share stories, tips, and what still surprises us.

Featured on the episode:

Bobbie Carlton, founder of Innovation Women

Kit Pang, founder of BostonSpeaks

Brenda Loan Baker, Speaker Sisterhood club leader in Boston, Brockton, and Lowell

Emily Canina, Speaker Sisterhood club leader in Boston

Kathy Lamphier, marketing professional 

Addison, a really cut dog

You'll hear about how to reframe fear, how I use my interest in standup comedy in my speaking, how Bobbie uses "not being funny" to also be hilarious, how Kit keeps things simple, and how passion and talking about what you like can improve your presentations. This episode was recorded at Alley, a coworking space at 10 Ware Street in the Harvard Square section of Cambridge, Massachusetts on April 26, 2018. Enjoy!

*See pictures of Addison the dog on my Instagram: @angelalussier

Thanks to our tour sponsors:

Apr 20, 2018

One of my favorite parts of the #SpeakUpTour2018 so far has been the private dinners we're doing at women's homes. In today's episode, you'll get to hear some of the two-minute speeches given at those dinners. To give you some context, at the dinners, I talk about the importance of infusing love into your presentations so you can transfer that love to your audience. The best public speakers speak from the heart and create an emotional connection with their audience - this is what makes them powerful. In the 15 speeches you'll hear today, look for the love! Each one of them shares something personal and important to them. These speeches were recorded at private homes in York, Maine on April 10th and Yarmouthport, Massachusetts on April 19th. Most of the women who are sharing in this episode rarely give speeches (some never have) and bravely agreed to not only speak in front of the group, but also be recorded for this podcast! So cool. :)

Learn more about #SpeakUpTour2018 here:

Apr 11, 2018

Howdy! It's day 11 of the #SpeakUpTour2018 and I'm sharing what I've learned so far on the road. I feel like a band on tour now that I'm constantly traveling in the van and living out of a suitcase. It's been fun and my schedule has allowed me some downtime to think about what I'm learning. I'm sharing my top six reflections with you on today's episode.

They are:

  1. Everything is more real now
  2. We are all the same
  3. Being present is more important than being perfect, but it's good to have a plan
  4. Life is a continual study
  5. You'll never be ready; you just have to start
  6. It's all about listening and connecting

If you've ever thought about going on a speaking tour or want to up your speaking game, these reflections may be helpful on your journey. Enjoy!

Thanks to our tour sponsors:

Apr 4, 2018

If you haven't already heard, I'm hitting the road! I'm posting today's episode from Portland, Maine, the first stop on my speaking tour that we've titled #SpeakUpTour2018. I'm on a mission to empower women to speak up through a series of workshops, events, and book signings happening all over New England in the month of April. I'm excited to get started and share my stories from the road as the month goes on.

On today's episode, I have three interviews to share with you. I've decided to share the behind the scenes of what goes into building a speaking tour by interviewing a couple of people who made it possible: Shana from All Star Car and Truck Rental in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and Athan Vennell, a clothing designer located in Hatfield, Massachusetts. The third interview in today's episode is with me! Lenore Braun and Amber Ladley, part of the Speaker Sisterhood team, took over the show and interview me about my pre-tour thoughts. I'm pretty tired in the interview, but I think I said a few useful things? We'll see! If you want to view pictures of the van we rented and the dresses I'm wearing, check them out here. Find out more about All Star Car & Truck Rental here and check out Athan Vennell on Facebook or email him at

Find out where we're going on tour and join us:

Have ideas for upcoming episodes or want to share feedback? Email me! 

Mar 28, 2018
The Speaker Sisterhood is a network of speaking clubs for women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking. It's also the company I founded in late 2016. It's a training ground for almost 200 women who are on a journey of self-discovery.

In this five-part series, you'll hear from the women of the Speaker Sisterhood as they deliver powerful speeches and discuss the process of arriving at their topic. Their stories are personal, real, and brave. The women are discovering what's inside of them and sharing it with the world. You don't want to miss this series. 

In part 5, you'll hear from members Sandra Costello and Beth Ann Jedziniak.

Learn more about starting your own club or joining the Speaker Sisterhood at


Mar 21, 2018

The Speaker Sisterhood is a network of speaking clubs for women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking. It's also the company I founded in late 2016. It's a training ground for almost 200 women who are on a journey of self-discovery.

In this five-part series, you'll hear from the women of the Speaker Sisterhood as they deliver powerful speeches and discuss the process of arriving at their topic. Their stories are personal, real, and brave. The women are discovering what's inside of them and sharing it with the world. You don't want to miss this series. 

In part 4, you'll hear from members Adrienne Roth and Lenore Braun. 

Learn more about starting your own club or joining the Speaker Sisterhood at


Mar 14, 2018

The Speaker Sisterhood is a network of speaking clubs for women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking. It's also the company I founded in late 2016. It's a training ground for almost 200 women who are on a journey of self-discovery.

In this five-part series, you'll hear from the women of the Speaker Sisterhood as they deliver powerful speeches and discuss the process of arriving at their topic. Their stories are personal, real, and brave. The women are discovering what's inside of them and sharing it with the world. You don't want to miss this series. 

In part 3, you'll hear from members Deb Burke and Julie Bermant. 

Learn more about starting your own club or joining the Speaker Sisterhood at


Mar 7, 2018

The Speaker Sisterhood is a network of speaking clubs for women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking. It's also the company I founded in late 2016. It's a training ground for almost 200 women who are on a journey of self-discovery.

In this five-part series, you'll hear from the women of the Speaker Sisterhood as they deliver powerful speeches and discuss the process of arriving at their topic. Their stories are personal, real, and brave. The women are discovering what's inside of them and sharing it with the world. You don't want to miss this series. 

In part 2, you'll hear from members Becky Vesce and Lori Polep. 

Learn more about starting your own club or joining the Speaker Sisterhood at


Feb 28, 2018

The Speaker Sisterhood is a network of speaking clubs for women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking. It's also the company I founded in late 2016! It's a training ground for almost 200 women who are on a journey of self-discovery.

In this five-part series, you'll hear from the women of the Speaker Sisterhood as they deliver powerful speeches and discuss the process of arriving at their topic. Their stories are personal, real, and brave. The women are discovering what's inside of them and sharing it with the world. You don't want to miss this series. 

In part 1, you'll hear from members Alicia Davis and Beth Fairservis. 

Learn more about starting your own club or joining the Speaker Sisterhood at


Feb 21, 2018

A big part of becoming a well-known speaker is getting yourself in front of people and being seen. However, being visible can be scary! Where do you go? What do you say? How do you do it well? In today's episode, I interview Ed Evarts, an author, speaker, and leadership coach and we get into this sticky subject. His newest book, Raise Your Visibility & Value: Uncover the Lost Art of Connecting on the Job includes his "Seven Visibility Accelerators" and he shows us how to create that visibility we're looking for. The seven are:          

#1: Introduce yourself

#2: Be accessible

#3: Be responsive

#4: Interact with others

#5: Participate with a purpose

#6: Engage with industry associations

#7: Manage your reputation

Ed shares great tips and stories to emphasize the seven accelerators and even shares a few mistakes he sees people make so we can be more successful at following his advice. If you're trying to build your brand as a speaker, today's episode is for you. Learn more about Ed Evarts and get his book here: 

Feb 14, 2018

Do you struggle with feeling confident when presenting yourself in front of others? Join the club! Feeling discomfort when speaking in public is a normal reaction. So how do you curb that natural response? On today's episode, you'll hear from Alyssa Dver, chief confidence officer and co-founder of the American Confidence Institute and author of seven books including Kickass Confidence: Own Your Brain. Up Your Game. She answers the question, what is confidence? And shares how confidence impacts your behavior, how to build confidence leading up to a presentation, hold onto it throughout your talk, and not let your inner critic run the show when you're done. She also shares the neuroscience behind building confidence and offers a couple of her “instant, anytime confidence kickers." If confidence is an area where you struggle, you'll love today's episode!

Get a free ebook copy of Alyssa's book, Kickass Confidence: Own Your Brain. Up Your Game. by emailing her at

Learn more about Alyssa: 

Jan 31, 2018

If you're an expert on a subject or feel like you have something to prove, you may feel the need to share everything you know in one presentation. While that may make you feel like you've covered all your bases, it will likely leave your audience feeling overwhelmed, lost, and tired. Rather than leave them wondering what to do next, get to the heart of your message by following the advice of today's guest. In this episode, I interview Suzannah Baum, presentation skills specialist, and executive speech coach and speaker. With more than a decade of experience in the public speaking field, Suzannah teaches both new and experienced speakers how to create and deliver structured, engaging and powerful presentations, allowing them to step out in front of audiences with confidence, build their careers and businesses, and stand out as the leader that they are. We cover Suzannah's tips on cutting through the fluff and using her "who, what, how" approach to decide what stays and what goes. She talks about how to make your talk relevant to your audience and give the most impact. If you're having a hard time sticking to your message and want some practical advice, you're in the right place. To get Suzannah's "Diamond Method" and free report on how to build a better talk, go to 


Jan 24, 2018

You can craft a talk, but can you make a point? In today's episode, I interview Joel Schwartzberg, a professional communications trainer and author of the just-released “Get to the Point! Sharpen Your Message and Make Your Words Matter." We cover the problems speakers run into when they're building their message, early warning signs that your talk isn't going to make a point, and the "I believe..." test to make sure you're on the right track. Joel shares a few strategies to not only help with content, but also delivery and presence. He also shares a few of his favorite female speakers who aren't afraid to present with power. If you're looking for simple tweaks to add high impact to your points, you're in the right place. More information about Joel can be found at

Jan 17, 2018

I love hearing from you! I grabbed some of the questions you've been asking over the last few months and answered them in today's episode. Have you ever wondered about the following? 

  • How do you go from speaking for free to getting paid?
  • What’s the best way to find speaking engagements?
  • What should my speaker bio include?
  • Tips for coming across well on Skype or Facebook Live?
  • How do you handle when emotion starts to creep in? How can you ready yourself if you feel that lump of emotion in your throat?
  • Any tips for rounding out your speech with a solid close?
  • Mistakes made like falling on stage or wearing the wrong thing, how do you recover from that?
  • What are the best and most cost effective sources for images to include in presentations without copyright infringement?
  • What do you do to generate so many speaker topic ideas?
  • I know politicians do this, but is it ok to give the same or nearly same speech multiple times?

Thank you to all the question askers! If you'd like your question to appear on an upcoming episode of Claim the Stage, email me! Enjoy!

Jan 10, 2018

I'm often asked how I put myself out there and make myself so visible in the world. The question usually sounds like this: "How do you just go out and do it?" The short answer is, it requires a lot of focus and discipline. I actually don't just "go out and do it." On today's episode, my guest, Jodi Flynn, an Amazon bestselling author and Founder of Women Taking the Lead, outlines the four steps you need to take if you want to get out of your own way and put yourself out there. The bottom line is that it's not as hard as you think, especially if you know yourself and the way you like to work.

I share one of my slightly embarrassing goals for this year and we use her steps to help me be successful in accomplishing it. (Kind of wishing I didn't mention it, but hey, that's part of putting yourself out there!) Jodi also shares some of the mistakes people make when following her steps and shows you how to get out of your head and change the stories you're telling yourself about who you are. Jodi is a wealth of knowledge and has the life experience to back up her advice. If you're looking to change just about anything this year, this episode is for you! 

Got an idea for an upcoming episode? Email me!

Jan 3, 2018

I'll be the first to say 2017 was full of mistakes, successes, and lessons. In today's solo episode, I share three reflections, four resolutions for 2018, and one revolution! I hand selected these topics for your benefit and to invite you to play a bigger game this year. I share stories about some of my limiting beliefs and how I was able to transform them, what I learned while I was sick in a cabin in Vermont, and what feeling sad taught me about my communication skills. I also go over four of my personal resolutions for this coming year and why I chose them, and invite you to one big revolution! If you're excited about personal growth, challenging yourself more than ever, and showing up in a whole new way, you're going to love today's episode! 

Have an idea for an upcoming episode of Claim the Stage? Email me!

Dec 13, 2017

Transitioning from full-time employment to a less traditional role like entrepreneurship, consulting, or public speaking can be a time of uncertainty and insecurity. If you’re wondering how your experience and skills translate outside of a corporate environment, Look no further! On today’s episode, I interview Shannon O'Brien, founder of Whole U. Career & Life Strategy in Boston, Mass. We discuss how to find interesting and memorable stories from your work experience and how to integrate them into your online content, presentations, and overall brand. Shannon shares some of the mistakes people make in transition and how to get around them. You’ll hear a story about one of her clients who completely changed her focus after 20 years in corporate human resources and how she was able to bring her experiences together to create a cohesive message. Shannon also shares some of her own struggles leaving a 9-5 job and beginning her coaching practice. You’ll learn how to create content that is consistent and focused while also creating the message you really want to share. If you have a boatload of work experience and want to learn how to talk about it, today’s episode is for you. Learn more about Shannon here:

Dec 6, 2017

Makeup, hair, accessories, clothes, and shoes. How do you decide what to wear when delivering a speech on stage? Every decision you make reflects your style, brand, and credibility. As your audience is deciding if you’re someone they should trust, part of what they are evaluating is your physical appearance. Learn what to wear and what not to wear in today’s episode with style expert and wardrobe consultant, Elizabeth Jones. We cover the dos and don’ts of style choices from head to toe. She shares the clothing mistakes speakers make, a story of how a makeover affected the trajectory of one of her clients’ career path, and she boils down her advice to some very simple action steps. If looking in your closet makes you feel depressed or you’re unsure of what to wear to look your best on stage, this episode is for you. To learn more and get Elizabeth’s style tips, go to

Nov 29, 2017

We've all seen a TED talk we really love. Maybe it changed your life in some way, made you laugh, made you cry, or made you think differently about your own future. As a speaker, it has probably crossed your mind that you would like to give your own TED talk. But how? What would you say? Do you have an idea worth spreading? On today's episode, I interview Julia Mines, a TED speaker coach who has worked with speakers to improve their talks and share something memorable. We talk about the mistakes TED speakers make, how much practice and prep it takes to make your talk impressive, where TED speakers fail, how to make your talk stage-ready, and how to look for the stories in your own life that are worth telling. Julia offers speech coaching and you can find her here. If you'd like to watch my two TEDx talks, you can find them here and here. If getting to the TED stage is on your list of goals, you've come to the right place.

Nov 22, 2017

If you've been worried about how you might sound, what it might look like to say the wrong thing, or what might happen if you speak up, you will love this episode. My guest is Alexandra Franzen, a writer based in Portland, Oregon. Her next book, You’re Going To Survive—a collection of true stories about adversity, rejection, and discouragement  will be released December 15th. On today's show, we explore how Alexandra went from shy and introverted to writing, speaking, and teaching.

She shares a HUGE mindset shift that helped her to stop worrying and start sharing more. She gives great advice for taking first steps to come out of your shell and even demonstrates how she just did this minutes before our interview started! Alexandra talks about how she shows up as herself (instead of being someone she thinks she needs to emulate) and how she can tell when she is pulling that off. She describes herself as comforting and energizing and that really comes across during our conversation. If you've been thinking about coming out of your shell more, this episode is for you! Get more information about Alexandra and her new book here:

Got an idea for an episode or guest? Email me!

Nov 15, 2017

Is your biggest source of pain knowing you are meant for greatness but you don’t know how to achieve it? Do you worry if you will ever reach your goals, or secretly wonder if you are even good enough? My guest today is Mia Hewett. Mia is an international speaker, world class leader, and performance catalyst. She has co-owned and operated a multiple 7-figure business and her specialty is getting results. On today's episode, Mia takes us into the four powerful steps to go from surviving to thriving on stage. The four steps are:

1. Awareness

2. Understanding

3. Application

4. Achieving Results

As we go through each one, Mia gives actionable steps to achieve your goals and desired outcomes so you never again have to wonder if you are "good enough." Get Mia's free report: 4 Powerful Steps to Go from Surviving to Thriving here

If you are interested in checking out the new Speaker Sisterhood virtual club launch party on December 4th, get more information here



Nov 8, 2017

Nancy Werteen and Kim Howie know a thing or two about how to add joy to any experience, including public speaking. As co-founders of The Wisdom Coalition and co-authors of the book, The Power Of A Pivot: How changing your mindset can bring you more joy in every aspect of your life, they give readers tips and tools for a better understanding of the path to true happiness. On today's episode, we explore the scariest moments a speaker encounters: writing the speech, preparing for the speech, giving the speech, and reflecting upon the experience. They teach actionable steps you can take right now to start allowing yourself to experience less dread and more joy through every step. If you would like to feel better about speaking (even if you're still mastering the skill) and maybe even allow some joy to trickle in, you are in for a great ride! You can learn more about Kim and Nancy and their book at

If you are interested in checking out the Sudio earbuds I'm using to record my podcast, you can get a 15% discount by entering STAGE15 at checkout or by using this link

Got an idea for an episode? Email me!

Nov 1, 2017

A big part of being a successful speaker is getting people to show up for your talk. But how do you create interest in your presentation if you're unknown in your field or new to speaking? It's easy - write a compelling title and intriguing summary to entice them! On today's episode, I go through a 4-step process I created called "The For Method." It walks you through a simple formula for creating clear, simple, engaging titles. You can use this process for pretty much anything - speeches, blog posts, videos, podcast episodes, and beyond! After we go over the titles, I share a 5-step process I created for writing catchy summaries. This process will make your life soooo much easier when it comes to making your talk irresistible to your target audience. You can download the worksheets to use until the end of time at Enjoy!

Have a topic, guest, or idea for an upcoming show? Email me! 

Oct 25, 2017

Many speakers want to be seen as credible, memorable, moving, and entertaining. But what if you could bump it up a notch and be feisty, fearless, focused, and also have fun on stage? On today's episode, I interview Pegine, a feisty, fearless, focused female leader, entrepreneur, author, speaker and coach. Pegine tells the story of going from a young girl who thought she was "too much" to fully embodying the persona of a powerful woman. We talk about how to bring your true self to the stage and she shares how her speaking business changed after she realized she didn't have to follow all the rules. Pegine shares her networking strategies and shows you how to own the stage from the second you walk out there. If you're ready to step up and bring a "new you" to your presentations, this episode is for you! Learn more about Pegine here:  

Oct 11, 2017

Part of being a well-known speaker is building your brand. You can do this in various ways - networking, speaking(!), and building your following on social media, just to name a few. But how are you using your social media platforms to help your audience understand who you are, what you do, and how you can help them? On today's episode, I interview Brad Powell, a video marketing coach and live videographer who teaches how easy it is to create engaging video campaigns with just a smartphone and good storytelling. 

We talk about the value of Facebook Live and how to use it to engage with, and build, your audience. You'll learn how to get over the fear of going live, what type of content to share, what kind of technology you need, lighting and space needs, how frequently to post, and mistakes Brad sees people make. He shares his stories and we even take a question from Facebook Live! Oh yeah, did I mention I'm now recording these episodes live? If you'd like to watch the episodes as they're happening, friend me on Facebook to join the fun and have your questions answered in real time! Enjoy! 

Oct 4, 2017

You’ve created your “signature talk.” You’ve practiced it until you’re blue in the face, but every time you give it, you walk away empty handed – even though everyone said they loved you and your content. You’ve heard from all the marketing gurus that speaking to a group is the fastest, easiest and cheapest way to get more clients – so what’s wrong? Meet wonderfully entertaining and top-selling For Dummies author, Jan Saunders Maresh, as she shares the missing piece -- how to craft an offer they just can’t refuse. Even if it’s a free offer, you need to know how to craft an offer that actually converts.

Whether you sell a product or service, learn:

  • …the fast and easy way to find and gather groups of your ideal clients who actually WANT what you offer.
  • …the three components for creating an offer that consistently converts leads into buyers.
  • …how to craft your offer so a percentage of every group ALWAYS does business with you (Psssst...don't miss a step or it will cost you!) 

Even if you suffer from stage fright, Jan shares the nuts and bolts of crafting an offer your audience can’t resist. Get Jan's free report at and learn more about her business at

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! 

Aug 30, 2017

Get overwhelmed easily by your own goals? If you're constantly setting goals and then getting off track, losing sleep over everything you haven't done yet, or completely forgetting why you set the goal in the first place, you'll love today's episode. I interview Ashley Lucas, Director of Babson College’s WIN Lab in Boston. The WIN Lab is an eight-month accelerator program designed specifically for growth-stage women entrepreneurs. The program uses a process called Entrepreneurial Thought and Action to help the entrepreneurs accomplish their goals. Essentially, this process teaches you how to take small steps to get where you want to be. Ashley walks us through how to do this correctly and how she used this process to stop being so scared of public speaking and actually enjoy being on stage. If you have big speaking goals and find yourself procrastinating or feeling lost, this episode is for you! Learn more about the WIN Lab here, get more information about Ashley here, and check out the book written by two Babson professors on Entrepreneurial Thought and Action called Teaching Entrepreneurship here. 

Interested in the Speaking School for Women? Registration opens September 5th! Get more information here

Aug 23, 2017

Are you trying to build a speaking business, but find you're still scraping by with small fees and gigs for "exposure?" If you're ready to ramp up your speaking business in a big way, today's guest will show you how. I welcome Breanne Dyck, founder of MNIB Consulting. Breanne is the creator of the Growth Map method, a results-focused approach for scaling online training, coaching and service-based businesses to $1m and beyond. You'll learn how to find your "zone of genius," find out what the four pillars are, and we discuss the benefits of getting an assistant. Breanne offers concrete tips and steps to change your mindset, change your team, and take a deep look at your brand and offerings. Her straightforward approach and clear tips will surely leave you thinking differently about your strategy. To learn more about Breanne and get her free four pillars report, check out her website

If you are interested in learning more about Speaking School for Women, it's back September 26th! Read about it here. Registration opens September 5th. 

Aug 16, 2017

Controversial and upsetting events are happening around us all the time. What are you doing as a public speaker to address these events and open the conversation? Deciding not to talk about something because you don't know how or don't want to "go there" isn't helping your audience think differently, understand other viewpoints, or change their perceptions. In today's episode, I derailed from the original plan so I could ask my guest, Hari Stephen Kumar, a teacher, scholar, story-crafter, and vision-caster who speaks and teaches about issues of whiteness, gender, religion, politics, and mass media about the events that took place in Charlottesville last Saturday. As I'm still searching for the right way to ask questions about it, I turned today's episode into a chance to practice "going there" from a place of sensitivity, openess, and compassion toward other people's experiences. Hari and I discuss how public speakers can bring up tough subjects, what it's been like for him living as a non-white man in a largely white area, how he addresses the question of where he's from, his thoughts on Charlottesville and the larger subject of race, and much more. I wasn't sure where I was going with this episode, but I knew having a conversation about it was a good place to start. I hope this inspires you to begin talking about more difficult, complex topics so you can be part of breaking down barriers and challenging the viewpoints that keep us divided. The book Hari recommends at the end of the episode is Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right


Aug 9, 2017

I had two frustrating conversations with two female friends last week that stuck with me. Feeling annoyed when I woke up Saturday morning, I decided to write this essay to get my feelings out on paper. Five pages later, I felt better, but also felt I needed to do more. How lucky am I that I have a podcast to share these ideas? In today's episode, I share Saturday's writing session entitled, "Stop Trying to Smash Fear. An Essay." In it, I share my anger towards the way women have to be in the world just to feel normal and fit in. I also share my solution for this and drop several F bombs on the way. If you're offended by cursing, you may not like this episode. This is definitely a big moment for me as I typically set a different tone for my show. I'm noticing a fire in my belly that I can't ignore and wanted to share what's on my mind with you on today's episode. I'd love your feedback if you care to share. Email me at 

Aug 2, 2017

Crafting a great story, persuading your audience to action, and bringing a crowd to tears are all signs of a great speaker. But in order to achieve these feats, the fundamentals of speaking must be mastered. In today's episode, you'll hear five questions that bring us back to basics. These questions were asked during recent presentations I gave and reminded me that before we're great, we must be good. We go into the following:

-How to avoid being a swaying palm tree on stage and having a stronger presence

-How to not be mechanical and boring on stage

-How to control the tendency to speak quickly

-How to ask good questions at the beginning of a speech to engage the audience

-How to determine if you should use slides or not

Watch Simon Sinek's talk to get a good sense of how to give a strong presentation without slides here. Read Seth Godin's post, "Really Bad Powerpoints" here

If you're doing the Tiny Summer Challenge, send me your success stories! I'm going until September and would love to read and/or share your big moments. 

Also, Speaking School for Women is back in late September. I have a waiting list started and if you'd like to get the early registration link, email me to get on the list! Learn more about Speaking School for Women here


Jul 26, 2017

The Inner Critic: friend or foe? What is it there for and how do we work with it to stay sane and enjoy our public speaking experience? In today's episode, I interview Pam Erb-Melville, the President of PEM Communications, a highly sought-after international speaker, Executive Coach, and Master Instructor in business communication skills. Pam has a lot of experience working with the Inner Critic to not only help her clients and audiences, but also herself! She shares how her work has changed over the years and what she has learned about the Inner Critic so she can connect and communicate from her heart. You'll learn how women are different than men in the way we “protect” ourselves when in reaction to our Inner Critic, how to prepare for a high stakes speaking situation when the Inner Critic is present, the short-term and long-term effects of this kind of negative self talk, how to attain and maintain a strong presence, and much more. You'll love Pam's story and her perspective - it's wise, clear, and easy to follow if you are ready. To learn more about Pam, check her out at

If you're working on my Tiny Summer Challenge and expressing your boundaries, email me your stories! I'd love to read them and/or share them! Find me at If you have no idea what I'm talking about, go back and listen to the Bonus Episode between episode 54 and 55. :)

Jul 19, 2017

I often hear speakers assign harsh and brutal judgments about their own behavior, thoughts, and feelings before, during, and after a speech. I'm guilty of doing it too - so I know a lot about it. Ever stood in front of an audience and said to yourself, "They look bored. They don't like me. This isn't going well." Or, after a talk, said, "That was awful. I bombed. Worse presentation I ever gave?" What if, instead of judging, criticizing, and mentally shaming yourself for everything you do, you approached each moment from a place of curiosity? In today's episode, I discuss the mistakes I've made and how curiosity could have saved the situation. I also read an awesome excerpt from the book, The Conscious Heart, Seven Soul-Choices That Inspire Creative Partnership by Kathlyn and Gay Hendricks, two Ph.Ds. They have a whole chapter dedicated to cultivating curiosity in relationships, but as I read it, I thought, this is also about public speaking! I also share a few simple action steps to live a life through the lens of curiosity and stop living from a place of perfection. If this quote from the book gets you excited, you will love today's episode. "Curiosity opens the door to playfulness and spontaneous joy."

PS: I also share an update on how my tiny summer challenge is going. If you are participating and would like to share, email me at! 

Jul 14, 2017

This year has been all about monumental growth for me. In today's bonus episode, I share all the ways I'm growing and reveal something that has been going on in my personal life that I haven't talked about at all until now. (Eek!) I just took on a personal challenge that goes along with that monumental growth and I think you might be into it as well. I had an eye-opening realization this week that led to taking on this challenge and committing to it. This bonus episode is a shorty - just 15 minutes - and also introduces you to our our newest offering: a Speaker Sisterhood virtual club! If you're as growth-focused as me this summer, I think you'll like this challenge and this new opportunity. But make sure to listen before Monday, July 17th so you can get in on it!

PS: If you do take the challenge with me, email me your updates! I'd love to share them and/or just read them to myself so I know I'm not alone. Email me at


PPS: If you want to talk to Kara, my amazing coach, find her at (I'm not being paid or compensated in any way for this endorsement, I just love her.)

Jul 12, 2017

Do you feel awkward when it comes to promoting yourself? What about when you have to put together a professional bio? What are you telling yourself about what to say and not to say? If you are in a constant battle with sounding credible but not audacious, or experienced but not gloating, you will love this episode. Today's guest is Karen Catlin, an advocate for women in the tech industry. She’s a leadership coach, TEDx speaker, and co-author of Present! A Techie’s Guide to Public Speaking. Formerly, Karen was a VP at Adobe Systems. Today's show is all about how to own your background and use it to your advantage to grow your speaking business. There was a time when Karen felt uncomfortable touting her 25 years of experience in the tech industry, but now she has figured out how to use it to her advantage as an independent coach and professional speaker. Get tangible tips and a new outlook on how to talk about yourself on today's show and find more information about Karen at or on Twitter: @kecatlin. 

Jul 5, 2017

Is your creative soul dying in corporate America? Or, are you afraid of showing your creativity in your own business or on stage? If you answered yes to either of those questions, this episode is for you. On today's show, I interview Colleen Hindsley, a woman who spent more than 20 years as an advertising executive and recently left the corporate world behind to focus on her creative life. We discuss the pivotal moment in her life that occurred when she talked to Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic. And we talked about how your creativity can be used to your advantage and what Colleen learned about her weirdness in the workplace. She drops the quote "What makes you strange is also what makes you powerful" and then I swooned for the rest of the interview. Even though this was not her quote, the fact that our conversation went in this direction was more than exciting. She also gives tips for women interested in taking the leap from the full-time corporate life to a self-employed creative life that includes speaking, writing, and consulting. We talked purple hair, glitter, fake glasses, costumes, and more on today's episode of Claim the Stage. And yes, Colleen is my spirit animal. Learn more about Colleen at or on Facebook and Instagram @colleenhindsley. 

Jun 28, 2017

Compelling stories are all around us, but how do you find them? When you need to put together a speech or presentation that sells, negotiates, or persuades, telling stories will make a deep impact on your audience. In today's episode, you'll not only learn how to find topics and stories in your everyday life, but how to attach meaning and make an emotional connection through them. My guest, Karen Friedman, is an executive communication coach, syndicated columnist, speaker, and author of best-seller Shut Up and Say Something and newly released Ordinary People: Extraordinary Lessons. Following two decades as a major market television news reporter, she founded Karen Friedman Enterprises to help professionals become more compelling communicators. Karen shares the process she uses to find stories, gives helpful tips to be more observant, and goes over the elements all good stories have. She even tells us about some of her own mistakes and how she was able to recover. If you think you don't have good stories to tell or don't know how to integrate your life experiences into your presentations, this episode is for you. 

Learn more about Karen Friedman and get her new book at

Jun 21, 2017

In last week's episode, we celebrated a year of podcasting by going behind the scenes of the Speaker Sisterhood, a network of public speaking clubs for women that I founded last year. Today we're going to continue that adventure by listening to speeches given by three members of the Northampton, Massachusetts club. You'll hear about zen and tango from Laura Brooks, osteoporosis and climate change from Carla Becker, and creativity from Lynn Simonds. These speeches were recorded on Monday, June 5th, 2017 in one of our regular meetings. The interviews you'll hear after each speech were recorded later that week and I'm excited to share each woman's reflections, growth areas, and words of wisdom. If you'd like to comment on this episode, feel free to email me!

Also! If you're ready to start your public speaking journey, check out a Speaker Sisterhood club. We have in-person clubs and a brand new virtual club launching in July. You can learn more at 


Jun 14, 2017

In my special 50th episode and 1 year anniversary of the podcast, I'm taking you on a magical tour of the Speaker Sisterhood. The Speaker Sisterhood is a network of public speaking clubs for women and a company I founded last year. Until now, what happened in the sisterhood stayed in the sisterhood. On today's episode, you'll get a rare peek into one of our meetings and hear speeches from Amber Ladley and Sandra Costello, both members of the Speaker Sisterhood of Northampton, MA. If you have an interest in becoming a better public speaker, you'll get advice from two women who are in the trenches of learning this skill right now! You'll also hear more about their journey and what they are learning about themselves through this process. As a bonus, I also describe more of what it's been like for me to start this business and why it's so important. If you're ready for an exclusive look behind the scenes of the Speaker Sisterhood, hit play and let's go! 

If you're ready to get your public speaking journey started or if you want to support other women on theirs, get involved! Check out more at



Jun 7, 2017

Do you use the words "like," "so," and "um" more than you'd like? If so, this episode will teach you how to avoid using these words so you can speak with more confidence and impact. Whether you're preparing for an upcoming presentation, interview, or speech, you'll learn strategies to avoid the use of filler words and create a better experience for you and your audience. Today's guest is Audrey Mann Cronin, an acknowledged communications expert in the tech industry, a women’s advocate, writer, creator of community, Our Digital Daughters, and CEO/founder of Say It Media, Inc.  Now that soft skills like oral communication accounts for the single greatest skill gap, she was motivated to create mobile app LikeSo: Your Personal Speech Coach to empower all of us to be better speakers. This app not only tracks your use of filler words, but helps you improve how you speak! Follow her on Twitter @MannCronin and for LikeSo, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @LikeSoApp.

LikeSo in the App Store:

Say It LikeSo website:
May 31, 2017

Who are you when you're on stage? Who are you when meeting someone new? What about when you're alone? If you ever feel like you might be wearing a "personality mask" to get through certain situations, you will love today's episode. My guest, Alex Bynum, is the founder of Empowher You: A Healing Center for Women located in Boston, Massachusetts. She is is also a certified spiritual guide, professional healer, and meditation instructor. We discuss what the personality mask is, why it exists, and what removing it can do for you. Through our conversation, she shares five strategies to help you abandon this mask and connect with the real you. We dig into how these strategies work and what they might look like if you were to apply them in your own life, key questions to ask yourself, and how to get started. If you are having trouble locating the real you and would like to build a stronger connection with your audience, your friends, and yourself, this episode will show you how. You can learn more about Alex Bynum at

May 24, 2017

Women are good negotiators. We advocate for our friends, our children, and our loved ones. But, often, when it comes to negotiating on our own behalf, especially when it comes to salary and speaking fees, we struggle. We are not as confident talking about ourselves. Dorrie Sieburg is Program Manager for AAUW’s salary negotiation workshops, AAUW Work Smart and AAUW Start Smart. Using the lens of the gender pay gap, their workshops empower women with the skills and confidence they need to successfully negotiate their salary and benefits. Dorrie has trained thousands of women over 9 years on college campuses, and in cities and communities across the country to ask for and receive the salary they deserve. In today's episode, Dorrie shares some of her negotiation tips, where women often go wrong in negotiating, and how to be effective at advocating for yourself. If you're looking for more confidence when asking for money to speak, setting consulting fees, or for your next salary, you won't want to miss this episode. 

For more information on negotiation, check out episode 4 with Jamie Lee. 

**I'm accepting questions for my next Q&A episode! Want your question featured? Email me at**

May 17, 2017

As speakers, we are also content creators. But are we doing it effectively? Writing a speech, putting together a blog or social media post, assembling a book, creating a course, and recording a podcast all fall under the umbrella of content creation. If you're speaking, you're likely thinking about content constantly and wondering how to repurpose it, how to create it faster, and most importantly, if it's what your customers actually care about. In today's episode, learn 5 tricks to easily build and repurpose content your customers love and you love to deliver. Some of this advice I learned the hard way and some of it changed my life overnight. I hope you find something in this episode that not only helps with the creation process, but also transforms the way you approach speaking. Enjoy!

*Note: I am putting together another Q&A episode. Have a question about public speaking? Email me at and I may feature it on the show.**

May 3, 2017

Public speaking isn't just about what you say, it's also about what you think. In today's episode, I interview Linda Ugelow, a public speaking and performing coach who helps entrepreneurs and professionals overcome their self-consciousness and nerves so they can be freely expressive in meetings, on video or on stage. She has a Master's in Expressive Therapy and has taught improvisation forms of movement for over 25 years. We discuss her methods for helping new speakers get over their fear of speaking and how to create new neural pathways to create a better experience on stage. Linda has built her own signature program that helps speakers of all levels gain more confidence, feel more connected to themselves, and build better presentations. You'll hear how she discovered the need for this work through her own experiences and the type of people who have benefited from what she does. If you deal with negative self-talk when thinking about or performing a speech, this episode is for you! Learn more about linda at

Apr 26, 2017

Do you wish you could decode people? Do you want a formula for charisma? Do you want to know exactly what to say to your boss, your date or your networking partner? You need to know how people work. My guest today is Vanessa Van Edwards, a human behavior investigator. She studies the hidden forces that drive our behavior patterns in her lab—and she’s cracked the code. In her new book, Captivate, she shares a wealth of valuable shortcuts, systems and behavior hacks for taking charge of interactions at work, at home, and in any social situation. These aren’t the people skills you learned in school. This is the first comprehensive, science backed, real life manual on human behavior and a completely new approach to building connections. We discuss Vanessa's new book and how public speakers can use her research and findings to be better on stage. Her advice is insightful, easy to try, and game changing. Check out more of her resources at Enjoy!

Apr 19, 2017

Chris Landry has been telling stories professionally for 15+ years. When he worked as a fundraiser in non-profits, he found out that if he told a story about who the money was helping, it increased the amount donors gave. He took his knack for storytelling and started Landry Communications, a firm that helps mission-driven organizations tell their stories with more impact. In today's episode, Chris shares the mistakes people make when telling a story, the steps to craft an interesting story from your own life, how to use slides effectively to add to your story, how to infuse stories when your presentations are data-driven, and much more. If you think your stories are boring or lacking an edge, this episode will help you discover what makes your experiences worth talking about. You can learn more about Chris' work at

Apr 11, 2017

Howdy, friends! I'm back this week with another installment of Q&A. This is my third episode like this (see episode 10 + 25 for the others) and I'm answering YOUR questions! Today I answer a question about how to deal with negative feedback and go deep into all types of feedback and what to do with it. (Where was this advice when I really needed it?!) I also cover a lighter topic, like what to wear on stage so you add to your presentation rather than take away from it. I even address a question about how to raise your hand for the first time and I tell you about a huge milestone that happened in my own life this morning! Talk about timely. Lastly, I take a question about how to build leadership and communication skills if you're in a job that doesn't offer that type of training. Get ready for lots of stories, slightly zany ideas, and lots of public speaking advice on today's episode of Claim the Stage. If you want to submit a question for a future Q&A episode, email me at Enjoy! 

Apr 5, 2017

In today's episode, you'll get to hear a unique approach to interviewing - the double interview! You'll hear from Pam Victor, professional improviser and founder of Happier Valley Comedy School in western Massachusetts, as she interviews me for her podcast, Conversations with Funny Feminists, and I interview her for this podcast. It's a 2-for-1 special and you're invited. We talk all things public speaking, how improv can help you manage your fear, one easy strategy to go from stressed out to easeful, how to bring your unique voice to your presentations, and so much more. If you want to laugh alongside two women who are helping others find their voice through their work on stage, you will love this episode! Find out more about Pam Victor at and be sure to check out her podcast for more conversations with funny feminists.

Mar 28, 2017

Kit Pang says if he wrote a book, it would be called From Introvert to Extrovert. He generously shares his story of going from shy teenager to curious and determined entrepreneur in the field of public speaking. Just last year, he decided to refocus his career to help public speakers build their skills on stage and market themselves so they stand out. He shares how he is building his brand and gives helpful tips for building yours. Kit’s hustle is inspiring and his stories are both informative and transformational. If you’re a new speaker starting out and looking for some ideas to get your name out there, this episode is sure to help!

Mar 21, 2017

Podcasting is an amazing way for speakers to share their advice, but is it the best content marketing tool for you? Since starting my podcast in June of last year, I've learned a lot. I'm celebrating my 40th episode by sharing my podcasting journey, the five main areas you need to consider before starting your own podcast, and tips to be successful. A fun fact about this episode is that there was something wrong with my mic but I didn't know it until I finished recording. What a great example of the  podcasting adventure! Always more to learn. I liked the way the episode came out (in spite of the weird mic thing) and decided to keep it. I hope you enjoy it.

I also dedicate this episode to my cat, Gratitude. RIP, buddy.

Mar 2, 2017

We all saw the wild success of the Women's Marches on January 21st. Next Wednesday is The Day Without a Woman and International Women's Day. These initiatives are doing a good job bringing women together and raising awareness, but what else can we do? In today's episode, I share three strategies for building your own movement and showing up as a leader. I share a few stories about how not to do it and give you steps to take so you can start making a bigger impact. I also share something very exciting going on my life and invite you to get involved. As I always say, stop waiting, start creating. That motto could not be more true in today's episode of Claim the Stage. 

Feb 22, 2017

Have you ever noticed yourself getting excited while listening to someone tell a story, even if the story wasn't that good? What do you think happened? Chances are, the storyteller was using other elements of communication to gain your attention. She may have been using her body, her breath, her energy, or her tone to keep you interested. In today's episode, you'll learn from Berit Elizabeth, an Emotive Agility Expert, who helps people - especially women - to tap into the underrated power of body language to transform any situation and one's own sense of self. She says, "Emotive Agility is the power to use your body language to impact the direction of your life. You can use your body language to manage your own emotions and you can use your body language to change the entire way you connect with other people." If you're ready to create a bigger, more meaningful presence both on stage and in conversation, this episode will help you think differently about how you're showing up and what you might want to start doing differently to increase your effectiveness. As a public speaker, this is an episode you won't want to miss. Enjoy!

Feb 15, 2017

"No matter where you’re from, how old you are, or what your background is, we’re a lot more alike than we think. Our strength comes from sharing experiences and being together and when you’re down, someone else will lift you up. It’s something we know is so special and so important when we build our trips." - Danielle Thornton. On today's episode, I interview Danielle Thornton and Allison Fleece, co-founders of WHOA Travel, a community of kick ass women from all over the world. They put together adventures that help women get out of their comfort zones while accomplishing goals in a likeminded community. When I learned about what they do, my first thought was, I need to talk to them! You'll learn what the women who take their adventures learn, what motivated Danielle and Allison to start their company, and how it is helping women to find their voice and change their lives. What I love most about this interview is hearing their zest for life and their outlook. They say, "Shared like-mindedness is what bonds women at the end of the day" and "If you've got that inner voice telling you there's more to this life, it's because there is." If you are an apprehensive public speaker and could use a new outlook on your speaking adventure, look no further than this episode. As the women of WHOA would tell you, "If not now, when?"

Feb 8, 2017

Fear. It's one of the things that stops us from getting on stage, stops us from saying what's true for us, and stops us from asking for what we want. In today's episode, you'll learn how to reframe fear so it not only helps you, but walks alongside you like a good friend. My guest, Christina Stathopoulos, is the Founder and Head Coach of Hear Her Roar, a private coaching practice for women. She is an Accomplishment Coaching-Certified Coach who specializes in working with high performing women who are keen on developing bold voices, perfecting the work/life balance, and creating a life that serves them. As you hear her career journey, she discusses decisions motivated by fear and what she did when she realized her whole life had been built on running from it. She gives us tips on how to invite fear to the stage with us, how to think about nervousness differently, what it might look like to reframe negotiation and hard conversations, and what she does today when fear pops up. Christina is walking her talk and will give you a lot to think about how you handle fear in your own life. Rather than conquer it, learn how to befriend fear on today's episode of Claim the Stage. 

Feb 1, 2017

Last week, I brought you a couple of interviews with the women of speaking school. Today, I continue that trend by bringing you conversations with three more women who've graduated from my signature course, the Speaking School for Women. You'll hear from Sandra Costello, a photographer who experienced a life changing moment that made her reevaluate everything. She tells us how she discovered what she wants to speak about, what she learned about herself, and what's she's doing today. You'll also hear from Mindy Rodenburg, a branding professional who infuses Southern hospitality into everything she does. She'll share a hilarious moment from the stage and give her best advice for women who are considering paid public speaking. My last interview is with Dawn Powell-Morris, a woman who changed her direction after figuring out her brand during the course. She is now working on another huge project before taking the stage and she'll tell you all about it. Listen in as they share their insights, reflections, and ah-ha moments on today's episode of Claim the Stage. 

If you are interested in enrolling in speaking school, there are 8 spots left as of 1:00 PM EST on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Registration closes when the spots are filled and school starts February 21st. Get more information here or email me at 

Jan 26, 2017

My signature program, the Speaking School for Women, is back February 21st. The school only opens twice a year and I'm often asked what the experience is like. In today's episode, I talk with a couple of the women who participated in it and ask them about their time in the school, what has happened since then, and their best advice for aspiring speakers and students. This is part 1 of a two-part series in which I get a chance to talk with women I consider to not just be past students, but also friends. Today you'll hear from Meghan Godorov, a career coach who focuses on helping mid-career professionals get unstuck and move forward with their career and Kelsey Flynn, a communications professional, standup comedian, and speaker on the subject of digital detox. These women are funny, insightful, determined, and having fun living life. Next week, I'll talk to three more women who will share their experiences with speaking and their advice for you. Enjoy!

Jan 19, 2017

After last week's episode about the STAGE System, I received a lot of questions about what it actually looks like to take the steps I outline in my method of speech craft. The questions weren't all simple - many of them had an undertone of anxiety and fear that made me realize I needed to talk a bit more about the process of arriving at your personal style as a speaker. This episode outlines that journey and I teach you how to do it so you don't make yourself crazy in the process. This is a shorter episode than normal, but don't let its small size deceive you - it packs a punch! If you haven't already listened to episode 32, I'd recommend starting there and then coming back to this episode. It'll make a lot more sense. Enjoy!

Jan 11, 2017

Hey friends! Welcome to my first episode of 2017. I'm back!

Rather than create another boring slide show or endlessly rattle through tons of data, what if you could learn an approach that teaches you to build a presentation that showcases your personality, highlights your unique experiences, and allows you to deliver your stories and information in a way that feels good to you? 

After giving 700+ talks, I’ve realized there is a formula for being yourself on stage. I put it all together and created the STAGE System which is an acronym for style, truth, art, group, and energy. It gives you a chance to pause and ask yourself who you want to bring to the stage. If you are naturally funny, how can you incorporate some humor into your talk? If you went through a life-changing experience, how can you tie that into your subject? If you love interacting with the audience, how can you make that a big part of your speech? By using the STAGE System as your guide, you build your talk so you are in your element and really shining on stage. 

If you want to craft a speech that puts your personal stamp on every presentation, you are going to love this episode.

Dec 14, 2016

Are you aware of how often you use weak language? In this eye opening episode, Dr. Phyllis Mindell, a pioneer and expert on professional communication, walks us through the many mistakes women make when it comes to sharing our opinions, giving feedback, presenting our work, and asking for what we want.

She tells us:

--the ONE word we must avoid almost all the time when speaking

--why you should take a second before you speak and the questions you should ask yourself before you open your mouth

--when women tend to use weak language the most

--how to rephrase your statements so you are not in opposition with your audience

--how to be a sweet, gentle, tough broad

--the one statement you never want to use at work and should also avoid at home

--the four most common mistakes women make on stage and what to do instead if you want your audience to trust and respect you

--the secret of all good communication

Find out more about Dr. Mindell's work at launching on her 80th birthday, January 30, 2017.


Dec 7, 2016

Kara Martin Snyder has made a career of turning around chaotic, painful situations ranging from bankruptcy cases to constipation. Her wide ranging skills come from making a huge shift in her 20s when she realized her job was killing her. What she has done for herself and others since then is inspiring and a great example of how you can take a literally shitty situation and turn it into a whole new career path. Kara shares how she helps frazzled, Type A women to face their health concerns and feel better through her coaching, podcast, and speaking engagements. 

In this episode, you'll learn how Kara prepares for her talks by tempering her ego and her pacing. She shares her advice for cutting down your material so you don’t overwhelm your audience, we discuss the value of hydration, a good meal, and sleep as speech preparation, and you'll learn how to rescue yourself and your audience from a tanking talk. Kara also shares why you should start speaking now and say yes to opportunities even if you think you’re not ready. You'll also hear the cringe worthy story of a moment that went being the most shameful event of her life to an enlightening revelation that changed her course forever. 

Dec 1, 2016

Alison Podworski knew at the age of 9 that she wanted to be a television news reporter. After years on TV, she transitioned to work in PR and opened her own agency to assist small business owners, speakers, authors, and other types of clients with their PR needs. In today's episode, Alison shares her #1 piece of advice for every business owner, no matter what age or stage. She tells us what PR really is and why speakers need a PR strategy, how to get national attention by focusing on local media outlets, popular misconceptions about PR, what a PR agency does and how they help increase your chances of getting media attention, how to create a compelling angle when pitching yourself to the media, steps to take to promote your speaking gig yourself through social media and press releases, what to do if you have a limited budget but want to start building up your PR opportunities, how to think of yourself as an expert if you don’t think you are ready for that title, and so much more! This episode is action packed with all things PR. If you're ready to get noticed and start building your brand in a big way, you'll love what today's show has to offer. Enjoy!

Nov 23, 2016

“Speaking is a great way to demonstrate thought leadership, expose your brand, and get business. Speaking is a business development effort.”-Steve Markman

Today's guest is Steve Markman, president of Markman Speaker Management, a speaker placement firm. Steve helps speakers get both paid and unpaid speaking engagements by using his 30 years of event and conference experience. In this interview, he shares with us the most important thing a conference organizer is looking for when they hire a speaker, the falsehood among speakers that stops them from landing big speaking gigs, the one thing a paid speaker must have on their website to get hired, what your speaker video should include to showcase you as a speaker, and the #1 reason you won’t get hired for a speaking gig. Steve also shares the most common negative feedback speakers receive and how to avoid it, and how to present like a pro. Find out the three most important questions to ask yourself to get started as a paid speaker, and much more! Steve really knows his stuff and this is the perfect episode if you have any interest in being seen as a leader or speaker in your field.


Nov 16, 2016

When Stacey Shipman was in 6th grade, she won the "Quietest Girl" award and now she is a brave communication expert who helps people do things they think they can't do. This episode is all about the art of the interaction and how to create a genuine connection with your audience through engagement. She teaches us the first step to go from presenting a monologue to creating an interactive experience, what the "Rule of Threes" is and how to use it, how to incorporate humor into the questions you ask your audience, and she tells us the biggest mistakes speakers make when trying to engage the crowd. She says, "A presentation is a work of art. It's a creative opportunity to put words together and deliver them verbally. It's a living thing." She also shows us a unique way to quickly build trust with our audience, how to show up as yourself instead of someone you think you "should" be, and so much more. If you want to learn how to build a meaningful conversation and a memorable experience for your audience, you don't want to miss today's episode of Claim the Stage! 

Nov 9, 2016

What is "embodiment" and why will it make you a better, less fearful speaker? My guest Donna Brooks says, “Embodiment is living the fullness of your incarnated experience. It’s that moment when you feel rich and full of life in yourself. Without that, it doesn’t give our audience the fullness of what we can offer and express to them.” In this week's episode, we're taking a whole new approach to speaking by using fear as the doorway to connecting with your audience. You'll learn how to create a playful, fun, light experience for your audience rather than putting them under stress and wondering when it will end. Donna will also teach you how to reduce fear over time and use it to energize your speech, how to stop abandoning yourself on stage to create a better experience for you and your audience, why you should stop trying to entertain your audience (and what to do instead), and you'll learn the two questions to ask yourself before every talk. And, great news! You don’t have to follow the old fashioned public speaking rules to be an effective speaker. Find out how to do all of this and more on today's episode of Claim the Stage! 

Nov 2, 2016

How do I book my first gig? What if I'm not an expert? How do I know what my value is? In this special episode, instead of me asking the questions, you're the guest interviewer! I took your questions from social media and email and compiled a list of the top six. If you're interested in writing a book, learning how to build a speaking business while working full-time, how to determine how much information is too much in your speech, what to do when you feel like everyone around you is a success (and you aren't), and how to find your authentic voice, you've come to the right place. I tackle all of these topics and more in today's episode of Claim the Stage. PS: I'll be doing more episodes like this, so keep the questions coming! You can submit yours at Enjoy! 


Oct 26, 2016

Lara Hogan's first public speaking experience was horrifying to say the least. Not only did she live to tell about it, she also continued speaking and has become an authority on the subject. Besides presenting on stage, Lara is also the author of the new book, Demystifying Public Speaking and an Engineering Director at Etsy. In this episode, Lara shares why being an actual human helps you to be a better leader, how to create a conversational tone while also being rehearsed, how to use notes effectively in your speech, why it’s important to know what you’re actually afraid of when it comes to public speaking (and what to do about it), how to feel like a superhero on stage by wearing the right clothing, how to get started as a speaker if you are not the typical expert/guru, why you should challenge yourself to say “I don’t know” five times a day, and so much more. You'll also find out why donuts should be part of your regular celebrations. Get Lara’s book at and find out more about Lara at

Oct 12, 2016

We often hear that being our "authentic self" is the best way to connect with our audience and build a strong personal brand. But how do you show up on stage as yourself if you're new to speaking, scared of doing it wrong, and worried about where to put your arms? In this episode, speaker coach Sally Zimney gives us practical advice to find our authentic voice on stage, teaches us the common misconceptions of what it means to be a great speaker, and shows us how to create a memorable talk every time. Sally's experience as an actor and speaker combine to create her philosophies and unique take on what it means to be a speaker who creates an amazing experience by simply being you.

Oct 6, 2016

Do you ever wonder if you're doing everything you can to be seen as a strong presenter with a confident voice? In this episode, public speaking expert Laurie Schloff teaches us how to create an effective message, how to deliver a speech like a boss, and how to get over fear and nervousness on stage. I ask her one of the golden questions I'm always asked: Can you tell right away if a speaker has what it takes to be one of the greats? and we also talk about the little things like dress, microphones, using the stage appropriately, how to stand, how to use your arms, and how to use vocal variety to create impact. I share a few stories about my own mistakes on stage and Laurie gives us pro tips that will help you avoid the weird things I've done. Enjoy!

Sep 28, 2016

Hiking, bears, blisters, oh my!

A few months ago, my friend and I set out on a seven day, 75 mile hike of the Appalachian Trail in north central Maine. Being an inexperienced hiker who is also Type A and goal oriented, you'll hear all the highlights (and low points) of what this hike held for me. I share what I learned about my beliefs, the stories I tell myself, how I see the world (and how it changed), when I hit my breaking point, how I got out of my tent each day (it wasn't pretty), and much more. I even give you a challenge at the end which could end with you being featured on my podcast! It took me two months to finally get enough perspective of this experience to share it with you and I hope you enjoy the retelling of pivotal moments that will forever change my life. If you want to submit your story to be featured here in December, email it to me at Thanks for listening...enjoy the adventure!

Sep 21, 2016

Sarah Feingold was the first lawyer and 17th employee at Etsy. Now, she's General Counsel at, a public speaker, and a jewelry maker. In this episode, we talk about (and laugh about) the legal basics for aspiring professional speakers. This includes how to act like a lawyer when creating and reading contracts, how to be taken seriously as a speaker, how to know what you can protect through trademarks and what should be freely shared, and how to share your content while also protecting yourself. Sarah reminds us that all contracts ARE negotiable, and teaches us how to avoid a legal nightmare stemming from a speaking gig. Sarah also shares her personal mission statement, which I totally love: "I empower the dreamers, partner with the doers, educate the thinkers and inspire the aspiring. But most importantly, I hold hands with my spouse, sing with my child, and melt metal with fire." If you want to learn the basics of protecting yourself before getting on stage while laughing along with us, check out this episode. 


Sep 14, 2016

As speakers, we know marketing ourselves is important. But how do you create a strong platform for yourself that adds to your credibility, social proof, and builds your brand? What about using content marketing to land you a publishing deal and subsequent paid speaking gigs? In this episode, Dorie dissects her key moves that took her from writing on her own blog to publishing a book through Harvard Business Review and then Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin. Dorie has become a recognized expert in the space of personal branding, reinvention, and business success by taking the steps she outlines in our interview. If you want to learn from someone who started at the bottom and worked her way up, this episode is for you.

Sep 7, 2016

In-demand professional speakers become well known because they have perfected one very important part of their message. It’s the one major thing that sets them apart from the unknowns and you will learn it in this special live, interactive podcast I recorded on September 7th, 2016. In this class, you’ll learn the two most important questions to ask yourself before getting paid to speak (and I’ll teach you how to answer them), you’ll find out how to determine your real target audienc, learn how to determine what you'll be known for, and you'll build a plan to start booking a gig with your new speaker brand. This episode also includes live coaching and an introduction to the Speaking School for Women, my signature course, which starts September 26th. Enjoy! Learn more about the Speaking School here:

Aug 31, 2016

Val Nelson is an introvert and former wallflower who absolutely cringed at the idea of speaking up in front of a room. She now actually enjoys public speaking, in small doses. She has faced her fear of self-employment and speaking up, and now enjoys having a thriving business as a soulful business and life coach. Her specialty is helping introverts bring their gifts to the world, and keep breathing along the way. No extrovert mask required. In this episode, we cover the real differences between being an introvert, an extrovert, and an ambivert, tell the truth about whether or not introverts make good public speakers, discuss how introverts can get over their fear of being on stage, and Val shares how to go about becoming a well-known speaker in your field. We also cover the downsides of speaking for introverts, what Val has learned about herself as an introvert speaker, and common misconceptions. As an introvert myself, I learned a ton from Val in this action-packed episode and I'm sure you will, too. Enjoy!

Aug 24, 2016

Ever wondered what it would be like to have a motivational speaker in your pocket? In this episode, I interview Thando Zono, a motivational speaker, author, All-American athlete, and my intern! You'll learn about how Thando wrote a book while also attending grad school, hear some of her advice for speakers, and listen as she tells us how everything changed for her when she became an author. She also shares the funny story of how she became my intern, tells us the three most important principles in her book, The Pursuit of Excellence, and teaches us how to create a culture of success. Thando is a ball of positive energy and she seeks opportunities at every turn. Her outlook, advice, and vision for excellence are inspiring to say the least. Enjoy!

Aug 17, 2016

If being memorable is something you care about as a speaker, this episode is for you. Jim and Jenn Poage are the authors of the book FLAIR: Design Your Daily Work, Products, and Services to Energize Customers, Colleagues, and Audiences. FLAIR shows how to add meaning and joy to your offerings and communications to create a positive and lasting impression for your target audience. In this episode, we discuss companies that do flair well, and the ones that miss the mark. Jim and Jenn teach us the six elements of flair and we dig into the ones that are most important for speakers to use. One of the areas Jim focuses on is the value of stories and how to WOW your audience by including them in your talks. My favorite part of the interview is when we talk about the concept of offering a "meaningful and joyful essence" through our work. They remind us that in order to provide value, we must remember, "It's not what you do, it's what you provide." Learn more about how to leave a lasting impression on your audience and stand out above the rest in this week's episode of Claim the Stage. 

Aug 10, 2016

One day in the 1980s, Martha Johnson was concluding a three-day training of sales professionals when she asked a pivotal question that would forever change the direction of her work. She made the bold move to ask her audience if they were planning to implement what she had just taught them. Not a single person raised their hand. How Martha responded to this shocking truth is what makes her a true pioneer and gifted trainer. In this episode, you'll learn the five steps of Martha's trademark "Willingness Check" that will help you to uncover what may be stopping you from taking action and accomplishing your biggest goals. If you dream of booking reoccurring $5,000+ speaking gigs (but aren't), want to speak in front of audiences of 1,000+ (but haven't yet), or see yourself becoming a leader in your field (but feel stuck at "unknown"), you are going to love this episode. Grab a pen and get ready for an interactive episode that will have you thinking deeply about why YOU might be unwilling to go after what you most want. Get a copy of Martha's 5-step Willingness Check by emailing her at

Aug 3, 2016

I'm often asked if being funny on stage is a prerequisite for "making it" in the speaking business. In this informative and entertaining interview with Cathy McNally, master of all things humor, you'll find out whether or not tickling your audience's funny bone is as important as you think. Cathy also teaches me two improv games (which we play, totally unscripted) to help me (and you) increase my ability to be funny on the spot, identify where the jokes lie, and get comfortable delivering stories in a way that elicits a laugh. When Cathy works with her clients, she is teaching the fundamentals of storytelling, finding places to insert vulnerability, and training her students to land a well-crafted joke. In this episode, you'll learn all of this and more! It includes: whether or not being funny is something you can learn over time, how to make a joke if you're someone who can't remember scripted jokes (that's me!), how to use physical comedy, how to practice being funny, and you'll get to hear me make a total fool of myself as I attempt improv with a pro! Cathy also offers a tip sheet which outlines some of her key takeaways. It's at my website:  Enjoy! 

Jul 28, 2016

If this interview was a breakfast cereal, it would be called "Ultimate Supreme 500 Ingredient Mashup." We took this show in many different directions as I learned about my guest, Heathere Evans-Keenan, and her background, unexpected medical diagnosis, personal philosophy about sickness, and how her entire life (and work) changed. In this episode, we discuss the 70,000 thoughts we have each day and what you can do to change them for the better, how your choices are held in your body and what they do to you, how she flipped her well-known brand in a seamless way, what 86% of women (and 82% of men) wish they could change about themselves, and how to reach your full potential. We also go into Heathere's advice for speakers and how to build a simple, consistent brand even if you have lots of interests and offerings. It's a random mashup of awesomeness and you won't want to miss it! 

Jul 20, 2016

Kelly Coffey is a personal trainer who used to weigh over 300 pounds. She is the voice behind the blog at where she helps women who struggle with their weight and their choices to get happily grounded in healthier habits. Her work gets down to the root of why we sabotage ourselves and the tools she teaches are just as relevant to women in the speaking business as they are to women who are trying to improve their health. 

In this episode, you'll learn how Kelly went from personal trainer to becoming a top speaker and thought leader in the fitness field, why we sabotage ourselves, important signs to pay attention to if you are sabotaging yourself (and what to do next), the mental tricks to attacking self-sabotage, an ideal way to behave if you are afraid to speak on stage, and where to focus your attention once making the decision to move out of self-sabotage. 

This is an action-packed episode! Enjoy. 

*This episode includes explicit content.*

Jul 13, 2016

I'm so excited to announce my 10th episode! This felt like a major milestone, so I went all out and created a really fun mystery episode for you. Since the contents of this episode is a secret, I'll just say that you might hear about a sushi burrito, wild ponies, a 6 foot tall top hat, music, and other unexpected topics for a public speaking podcast. Enjoy!

Jul 6, 2016

Amber Dugger is a money geek, knitter, avid cyclist, wine lover, yogi and lover of all things green. She escaped her cubicle in July of 2015 after 15 years in soul-sucking corporate finance. Amber now combines holistic health coach training with her extensive financial background to guide fellow entrepreneurs in gaining clarity on their money mindset and associated emotions and behaviors. In this episode, we start off by talking about her fascinating transition from full-time work to the unknown world of entrepreneurship. We then talk about money mindset as it pertains to speakers - specifically, how to think about money and how to value what you do. You'll also learn how to write an awesome pitch, how to change your beliefs about money, the biggest pricing mistakes speakers make (and how to avoid them), and the #1 thing you need to focus on when choosing your rates. 

Jun 29, 2016
Ken Lizotte is Founder and Chief Imaginative Officer (CIO) of emerson consulting group inc., a Concord Massachusetts consulting firm that transforms its client experts into thought leading gurus. In episode 8, you'll learn Ken's "5 Pillars of Thought Leadership" and the steps to start taking today so you can build your brand to the ranks of a thought leader. You'll also learn how to make a seemingly 'old' topic appear fresh and new, Ken's go-to method to stay top of mind with his audience, an interesting way to find speaking gigs, and why publishing books and articles is one of the most important things you can do as a speaker.
Jun 22, 2016

In episode 7, I talk to Diane Goodman, founder and president of Goodman Speakers Bureau in Windsor, Connecticut since 1979. Diane works closely with meeting planners to secure professional speakers, entertainers, thought leaders, business leaders, authors, celebrities, and sports figures. In this podcast, Diane answers all of the most common questions she receives about speakers bureaus. You'll learn how to get into a speakers bureau, the role and benefit of a speakers bureau, what Diane looks for in working with a speaker, the importance of marketing material, what to do when you're starting out as a speaker, why talking about everything in your talks doesn't help you, which actions and mindsets hold speakers back, and much more! 

Jun 14, 2016

Leslie Karen Hammond is a speaker, author, and Confident Speaking Expert. Her new book, Keep It Real: Why We’re Afraid to Speak Up and What to do About it, is the subject of this week's podcast. I loved this book and Leslie had so many surprising answers when I asked her about specific tips and takeaways in the book. In this episode, she tell us what to say when someone asks you, "Who do you think you are?", how to figure out why you don't speak up and what to do about it, how to find a supportive network of people to help you find confidence in your voice and message, and learn why Leslie feels speaking is a "spiritual experience."

Jun 8, 2016

Katy Tynan is a bestselling author, internationally recognized expert on how work is evolving, and was voted one of the best motivational speakers in Boston. Katy is the author of Survive Your Promotion! The 90 Day Success Plan for New Managers, and her most recent book Free Agent: The Independent Professional's Roadmap to Self-Employment Success. She is currently Managing Director of CoreAxis Consulting, a leading talent strategy consulting firm based in Southborough, Massachusetts. Here's what we discussed in episode 5:

  • How Katy became one of the best motivational speakers in Boston
  • How to start building your credentials as a speaker
  • How to become the Michael Jordan of speaking
  • How to develop your message and how to find the right places to deliver that message
  • The best way to connect with your audience (hint: it's not about you!)
  • The right way to deliver your message so your audience gets the most from it
  • Why writing and publishing are a speaker's best friend
  • What to do when you've said yes to a speaking gig and then realize you're in over your head

Learn more about Katy and follow her work here.

Jun 2, 2016

Ji Eun (Jamie) Lee is a professional speaker and negotiation trainer who lives in New York City. She specializes in hands-on negotiation workshops for ambitious women. She says, "Negotiation is a conversation with the intention of reaching an agreement where everyone has the right to say no." She believes that when women own their negotiation prowess and win, everyone wins, too.

In episode 4, you'll learn why the statement "You should always ask for more" changed Jamie's life, find out why women don't always negotiate in business (and how Jamie is changing that), and hear why negotiation is actually about control and how to reframe it for yourself. Jamie also shares when you should walk away from a negotiation (and when to keep going), why you should approach negotiation without the need to hear 'yes', why being hard on yourself probably isn't the best place to start, how Jamie went from pop star to master negotiator, and much more!

Jun 2, 2016

Suzanne Bates is the CEO of Bates, a firm with a mission to help leaders shape the world. As a coach to some of the world’s top executives, Suzanne’s passion is helping leaders align, engage, and move people to drive results for their organizations and the world around them. Her latest book All the Leader You Can Be: The Science of Achieving Extraordinary Executive Presence was published by McGraw Hill in March of 2016.

In this episode, we talk about how to decide what you should do each day as a business owner (and what to leave out), why it's okay to start something new without a clear vision of the big picture, and a surprising way to create your own intellectual property (IP) using your intuition. We'll also share why "simple and powerful" is a beautiful combination, how to figure out your audience's agenda (and how this helps you dramatically improve), and why creating 'a-ha' moments for your audience may be easier than you think! A few bonus topics include why having a community accelerates your growth as a business owner and speaker, the #1 way to get booked for speaking gigs, why you should use crayons more, and much more! Enjoy!

Jun 2, 2016

Episode 2 features my interview with Amy Oestreicher. Amy is a professional speaker, PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, writer for The Huffington Post, speaker for TEDx and RAINN, health advocate, survivor, award-winning actress, and playwright. Amy eagerly shares the lessons learned from trauma through her writing, mixed media art, performance and inspirational speaking. Find out Amy's story of recovery after discovering she would need to live without her stomach at the age of 18. We also discuss the subject of telling your story. What if you're not ready? How do you know your story is worth telling? You'll learn how your values help you determine what to talk about on stage and how you can inspire others through your values. You'll find out why you shouldn't roll your eyes at the thought of a "Gratitude List" and the unconventional way Amy books speaking gigs. You'll hear Amy's #1 piece of advice for new speakers, find out why you shouldn't have a five year plan, and so much more!

Jun 1, 2016

Here it is! My first podcast episode. I've been thinking about starting a podcast since 2009 and thought maybe it was time to roll one out, as imperfect as it may be. I decided to jump right in even though I don't have every single question answered yet and I'm still learning about the world of podcasting. I like to learn as I go and encourage people to stop waiting and start creating. This podcast is an excellent example of that. In this podcast series, you'll learn from industry experts, pro speakers, authors, interesting people, and others I have yet to identify to help you, a creative + entrepreneurial woman, become an inspiring speaker who gets paid. Without further ado, let me introduce you to my work in progress.