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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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

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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


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