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Claim the Stage: A Public Speaking Podcast for Women

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

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 Toldvideo.com.

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 Toldvideo.com.

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 www.colortodaypretty.com 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 angela@speakersisterhood.com.

 

 

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 FLOliving.com

*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 angela@speakersisterhood.com.
 
 
 
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 http://liveyesand.com 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: 

NextPivotPoint.com

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 www.AVisualBusiness.com

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 https://esteemcommunication.org.

 

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 www.threewordrebellion.com and find more information about her at www.drmichellemazur.com. 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 angela@speakersisterhood.com! 

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: https://speakersisterhood.com/speakup/

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 athanvennell@gmail.com.

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

https://speakersisterhood.com/speakup/

Have ideas for upcoming episodes or want to share feedback? Email me! Angela@speakersisterhood.com 

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 www.speakersisterhood.com.

Enjoy! 

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 www.speakersisterhood.com.

Enjoy! 

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 www.speakersisterhood.com.

Enjoy! 

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 www.speakersisterhood.com.

Enjoy! 

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 www.speakersisterhood.com.

Enjoy! 

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: http://www.excellius.com 

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 alyssa@kickass-confidence.com

Learn more about Alyssa: www.kickass-confidence.com 

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 www.suzannahbaum.com/claimthestage 

Enjoy! 

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