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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, seven-time author, and CEO + founder of the Speaker Sisterhood. Learn more: www.speakersisterhood.com
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Aug 25, 2020

I'm excited to bring you a new series I'm calling "Four Minutes of Truth." It features women who are sharing something that is true for them in a four minute recording. Today's episode features five women I asked to participate to kick off the series, but my hope is that future episodes will include submissions from listeners like you! The five women are all Speaker Sisterhood club leaders who were once members (and some still are). You'll hear about topics like friendship, loneliness, self-awareness, the importance of speaking up, sensitivity as a strength, and new habits formed during the pandemic. 

You will hear from:

Becky Vesce, virtual club and Enfield, CT club leader

Julie Bermant, Amherst, MA and Holyoke, MA club leader

Janelle Anderson, Christiansburg, VA club leader

Jennifer Cummings Hillery, Melrose, MA club leader

Shauna Gullbrand, Salem, NH club leader

All of these clubs are meeting virtually for the foreseeable future and you are welcome to attend as a guest for free at any time. Email them by clicking the link above and filling out the contact form on their page. 

If you would like to share your four minutes of truth, email me your recording to angela@speakersisterhood.com. The only requirement is that it starts with "Hi, my name is <first name> and this is my four minutes of truth." Don't overthink it and don't write a script. Just freestyle something and see what comes out. 

To take the survey for my upcoming course on online presentations, click here. The survey will be live until Saturday, August 29th at 12pm ET. 

Want to learn more about what Speaker Sisterhood is all about? Get started here. 

Aug 12, 2020

If you missed the last episode, listen to that first! Today's show shares responses from you, the listeners, and observations of apologizing from other women in the world. I also shared an insight I learned from the apologizing challenge. If you have ideas for upcoming episode topics or would like to suggest a guest, email angela@speakersisterhood.com. You can also share your insights from the challenges at this email address as well. It may be a little longer than usual before the next podcast episode comes out - I have something different and big planned! Stay tuned...

Jul 29, 2020

Today's episode is another one from the road. Pushing my son's carriage leads to many ideas and thoughts that need to be captured immediately! I smooshed two important topics together in hopes to inspire some thought around our behavior. The topics?Being unreasonable and apologizing. I put these two topics together because I think they are two things we could all work on and learn from. You'll hear more about why I'm bringing these things up now and how you can participate in sharing what you're learning about them too!

Email me at Angela@Speakersisterhood.com to share a text update or record your voice and send an audio file that could be on the next episode. I think it'd be really interesting to see what we all learn. 

Enjoy :)

Jul 15, 2020

Here is the sequel to my most popular episode ever, Episode 108: Four Ways to Look and Feel Powerful, Confident and Relaxed While Speaking. On today's show, I share an update on what happened after recording "The Answers Episode" and offer the following four tips:

1. Perfect is boring. Don't aim for perfect, aim for real.

2. Nail a few key points. Don't overstuff your burrito.

3. Know your weaknesses and fears so you can plan for them.

4. Embody your love for the topic (energy matters). 

I share lots of stories and examples that'll help you integrate these tips into your speaking both on stage and online. Also, here are a couple links I mention in the episode:

Episode 108: Four Ways to Look and Feel Powerful, Confident and Relaxed While Speaking

Episode 45: Captivate with Vanessa Van Edwards (or listen where you download podcasts)

Hurry Slowly podcast episode: What If You're Not Broken?

Have a topic you want to hear covered or want to sponsor the show? Email me at angela@speakersisterhood.com

 

Jul 1, 2020

The most frequently asked question I've heard in the last three months is something along the lines of, "How do I give an online presentation that doesn't suck?" First off, it's hard! Second, it requires a little more thought than just showing up and talking. I put together a list of seven ways to improve at online presenting. But first, here are the seven reasons you suck at it:

1. You lost them at the seventh second when you hit a technical glitch related to your slides.

2. You're boring.

3. You won't turn your camera on.

4. Everyone sucks at online presentations.

5. You're talking AT your audience.

6. You didn't think about your audience.

7. You ONLY thought about your audience. 

See the full list including tips to improve here. 

Got a topic you want covered on my show? Email me at angela@speakersisterhood.com and you may hear it on an upcoming episode! 

 

Jun 17, 2020

I'm 5% ready for this episode to be out in the world, but waiting to release it won't solve anything. On today's episode, I share the "answers" to the questions I posed in the last episode. I get into invisible privilege, how learning about my addictions made me aware of my own complacency in other areas, how epigenetics plays a part in our trauma and healing, how focusing on one problem to solve has been problematic for me, and what I am doing to make a difference going forward. I hope you'll share what you thought of this episode or share your own thoughts by emailing me at angela@speakersisterhood.com.

Listen to David Foster Wallace's "This Is Water"

Download the questions from episode 137

Check out a Speaker Sisterhood club

Watch Mark Wolynn's video on epigenetics "It Isn't Your Fault"

 

Jun 3, 2020

Hiiii!! It's me again. It's been two months and I'm excited to get back to the show with a big episode of questions. These questions were designed to help you do some self-discovery during this time of change. They are also there to help you see things about yourself you may not want to look at because this is where the truth lives! Ready? 

Download your copy of the questions here. 

Email me your answers for the next episode to angela@speakersisterhood.com by June 15th. Let me know if you want to be anonymous or not. Would love to include you!

If you'd like to attend a Speaker Sisterhood meeting to share your answers and check out our clubs, view our list of groups here

Learn more about the International Institute for Restorative Practices here

Mar 26, 2020

Hi friends. Your host, Angela here. :)

How are you doing during these strange times? I recorded a short episode on a walk around my neighborhood today while trying to get my eight month old son to take a nap. Just checking in to say hi and see how you're doing. If you want to shoot me a note, my email is angela@speakersisterhood.com. Hope you're finding peace during this time. <3

If you want to check out a virtual Speaker Sisterhood meeting, find the listing of clubs here. Your first meeting is free and this is a great time to see what we're all about! 

Mar 4, 2020

Do you speak about a topic that most people would rather avoid than have to deal with? Topics that make your target audience uncomfortable can be hard to market because they may not want to face that discomfort. On today’s episode, I interview Rachel Richards, a former financial advisor who has made a name for herself in the personal finance realm. She is the bestselling author of “Money Honey” and “Passive Income, Aggressive Retirement.” Her valuable money lessons have helped thousands of millennials work their way out of financial despair. She has successfully done what no one has done before: made the topic of money management fun, entertaining, and simple.

We cover:

  • How Rachel got into money management as a career focus
  • How she took a topic that is typically dry and difficult to follow and made it fun and simple
  • Tips to turn an emotionally-charged topic into something people want to learn about
  • How she approaches this topic when putting together a speech
  • How she creates compelling content for social media
  • What she did to change her mindset from seeing this topic as hard and difficult to simple and easy
  • Customer research she did to learn about how her audience talks about finances
  • How she has gotten so much attention for the book
  • Advice she would give as a starting point for other speakers and aspiring authors who are trying to make their topic more attractive and are struggling with it

Learn more about Rachel Richards here

Buy Money Honey here

Buy Passive Income, Aggressive Retirement here

Follow her on Instagram Facebook and Twitter

 

Feb 27, 2020

Welcome to a special bonus episode! Today we're talking all about gaining confidence to speak up. My guest is Dr Joli Hamilton (you heard her on our last episode, #134) and we're sharing our experiences with speaking up, advice on how to do it, and what to do when speaking up goes wrong. This is a super popular subject and we're excited to share some tips to make this practice easier for you. We also talk more about our upcoming weekend retreat we're doing in Western Massachusetts in June. Get all the details, find out why you might want to be there, and apply here

More about Joli:

Dr. Joli Hamilton has a doctorate in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute where she specialized in Jungian and Archetypal Studies. Joli also earned a certificate in holistic sexuality education from the Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment, where she is now faculty teaching intimacy, communication, theories of sexuality education, and kink awareness for new sex therapists and educators. She is an AASECT board-certified sex educator and is currently the Chair of the Continuing Education Committee for AASECT. Joli is also a professor of human sexuality where she is constantly finding new ways to teach people how to lean into their curiosity about sex, love, and connection.

Want to get your copy of Secrets of the Sisterhood? This book is a compilation-style publication that features speeches written by Speaker Sisterhood members. The women between the pages of this book are courageous, powerful truth tellers. These 45 speeches were originally delivered in Speaker Sisterhood clubs across the U.S. between 2016 and 2019. You’ll read stories of believing, seeking, becoming, and so much more. This book also serves as a fundraiser for our scholarship program, The Gratitude Fund. 50% of profits will go towards this fund to help more women access the power of the Speaker Sisterhood. Get your copy of the book by clicking here.

Feb 19, 2020

I'm baaaaack! I mean, the show has been running, but I haven't really felt like I'm "back" until now. 2019 brought all kinds of challenges and every time I thought I got up, I was kicked down again. On today's episode, I invite my friend Dr. Joli Hamilton to join me to talk about a big secret project we're unveiling right here, right now. We also talk about how this project came to be and the steps we've taken to make it real. I go over all of this in the hopes that it will provide some sort of roadmap for you, if you want to do something similar. We're VERY excited about this new offering and hope you will join us for the fun in June. To learn more about it and apply, go here.

Learn more about Dr. Joli Hamilton here. 

Have an idea for an upcoming topic or guest you'd like to recommend? Email me! angela@speakersisterhood.com

Feb 5, 2020

Selling. It's one of those necessary elements of making your business grow, but how do you do it in a way that feels satisfying and not slimy? On today's episode, I interview Nikki Rausch, a sales coach, author, speaker and founder of Sales Maven. After 25 years of experience selling to such prestigious organizations as The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Hewlett-Packard, and NASA, Nikki decided to start her own business so she could help entrepreneurs sell in a way that builds relationships, creates true connection, and results in more closed deals and long-term clients. Now, Nikki transforms the misunderstood process of “selling” into techniques, tools, and tips that can be successfully incorporated into a process replicable by anyone whose livelihood relies on selling a product, a service, or themselves. 

On today's episode we discuss:

  • How Nikki became a sales expert
  • Why the sales process is so misunderstood
  • The "Selling Staircase" and how to use it
  • Nikki's favorite sales techniques when speaking on a stage or using speaking to sell your business
  • The biggest mistakes she sees speakers and business owners make when it comes to selling
  • What Nikki would say to someone who is hesitant to make a pitch because they're afraid of hearing a "no"

Nikki has offered all Claim the Stage listeners a copy of her ebook, Closing the Sale, which helps uncover why you might be fumbling sales calls and what to do instead, how to establish yourself as the expert and language to use when asking for the sale. Get it here: www.yoursalesmaven.com/cts

Learn more about Nikki and follow her here:

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Want to get your copy of Secrets of the Sisterhood? This book is a compilation-style publication that features speeches written by Speaker Sisterhood members. The women between the pages of this book are courageous, powerful truth tellers. These 45 speeches were originally delivered in Speaker Sisterhood clubs across the U.S. between 2016 and 2019. You’ll read stories of believing, seeking, becoming, and so much more. This book also serves as a fundraiser for our scholarship program, The Gratitude Fund. 50% of profits will go towards this fund to help more women access the power of the Speaker Sisterhood. Get your copy of the book by clicking here.

Jan 22, 2020

If you're someone with a big message to share, you may find yourself wondering if your message is too much -- too controversial, too "out there" or too bold for your audience. What if you upset someone? What if you're misunderstood? If you're going against the norm or presenting a topic that will get a big response, you may have concerns and want to tone it down. Today's guest recommends you don't and she'll tell you why. Rachel Braun Scherl, a self-proclaimed "Vagipreneur" is a champion for the business of women’s health and a pioneer in the space, where she has passionately focused on driving the conversation about solutions and options for women’s sexual and reproductive health. She's the author of the best-seller, Orgasmic Leadership: Profiting from the Coming Surge in Women’s Sexual Health and Wellness.

On today's episode we cover:

  • How Rachel got into this type of work
  • How she picked the title for her book and the backlash of that decision
  • What a "Vagipreneur" is and why she calls herself that
  • Tips to be bold and find your bold message 
  • How to be an orgasmic leader 

Find out more about Rachel: 

Rachel's website

Rachel's book 

Facebook

Twitter

Want to get your copy of Secrets of the Sisterhood? This book is a compilation-style publication that features speeches written by Speaker Sisterhood members. The women between the pages of this book are courageous, powerful truth tellers. These 45 speeches were originally delivered in Speaker Sisterhood clubs across the U.S. between 2016 and 2019. You’ll read stories of believing, seeking, becoming, and so much more. This book also serves as a fundraiser for our scholarship program, The Gratitude Fund. 50% of profits will go towards this fund to help more women access the power of the Speaker Sisterhood. Get your copy of the book by clicking here.

Jan 8, 2020

Jennifer Brown is an LGBTQ bestselling author and CEO of a multimillion dollar inclusion + diversity consultancy who has spoken at places like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the NBA and Google. She also just released her second book How to Be an Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive. On today's episode, we discuss: 

  • How public speaking became Jennifer's #1 strategy to bring in corporate clients like Walmart and Starbucks
  • How Jennifer pitched herself for big speaking gigs
  • What she included in her talks to help potential clients see she would be a good match for them
  • What kind of techniques she uses to engage a room of people who would rather not be in a diversity & inclusion training
  • Advice she has for others who have to give presentations on a topic that the audience may not be engaged in

Learn more about Jennifer:

Jennifer Brown Speaks

Jennifer Brown Consulting

Get her book: How to be an Inclusive Leader

Follow her:

Facebook

Twitter

LinkedIn

Instagram

Get The Secrets of the Sisterhood: 45 Stories of Love, Truth, and Power

Dec 4, 2019

Putting your ideas and advice into the world can be a scary move. How do you protect yourself and your content so you don't have to worry about your work being stolen or used by others? On today's show, I interview Jamie Lieberman, an attorney, podcaster and entrepreneur dedicated to making legal accessible and sharing the message that working with a lawyer doesn’t have to be scary. As the owner and founder of Hashtag Legal, Jamie draws on her experience working with influencer marketing professionals, speakers, creatives and business owners to help her clients grow and protect their businesses.

On today's show, we cover:

--How Jamie got her first speaking gig and the strategies she has used to speak on stages of 500+ audience members
--How content creators (like speakers, online course creators, authors) can protect their intellectual property
--The three clauses in a speaking contract speakers should be paying way more attention to
--Other important elements speakers should put in their contracts
--Recourse a speaker can take if a client doesn't pay on time or pay the amount in the contract
--Tips around negotiating a speaking engagement

*The smell Jamie was referring to in the interview was Play Dough!

Want to get your copy of Secrets of the Sisterhood? This book is a compilation-style publication that features speeches written by Speaker Sisterhood members. The women between the pages of this book are courageous, powerful truth tellers. These 45 speeches were originally delivered in Speaker Sisterhood clubs across the U.S. between 2016 and 2019. You’ll read stories of believing, seeking, becoming, and so much more. This book also serves as a fundraiser for our scholarship program, The Gratitude Fund. 50% of profits will go towards this fund to help more women access the power of the Speaker Sisterhood. Get your copy of the book by clicking here.

Nov 20, 2019

Today’s episode is the final installment of our four-part series that showcases Speaker Sisterhood members and their speeches appearing in our new book coming out November 29th, “Secrets of the Sisterhood.” This is a compilation-style book that features 45 speeches about love, truth, and power.

This episode features speeches and interviews with Kathryn Petruccelli, member of our Florence, MA club, and Carolyn Johnson, member of our Reading, MA club.

Kathryn Petruccelli is a writer, poet, and performer with an M.A. in teaching English language learners. Her professional life has included translating "Hotel California" for Hungarian high school students, anthologizing poetry written by teen moms, and creating engaging leads for articles about produce festivals. She is currently seeking her next big adventure. More at poetroar.com.

Carolyn Johnson is a wife, mother, and woman on a mission of self-discovery. At this time she is researching professional fields that may be a good fit for her.  Above all, she hopes to find opportunities that will enable her to make a positive difference in other people's lives.

“Secrets of the Sisterhood” is not only a showcase of amazing stories, it’s also a fundraiser for our scholarship fund. Fifty percent of book profits will go towards this fund so we can give more women access to Speaker Sisterhood membership. Get a special 30% discount on launch day, November 29, 2019 by using LAUNCH30 at checkout. Click here for more information and the link to buy the book. 

Nov 6, 2019

Today’s episode is part three of a four-part series that showcases Speaker Sisterhood members and their speeches that will appear in our new book coming out November 29th, “Secrets of the Sisterhood.” This is a compilation-style book that features 45 speeches about love, truth, and power.

This episode features Shauna Gullbrand, club leader of our Salem, NH club, and Kim Meninger, past member of our virtual club. 

Shauna Gullbrand, PCC, ACC, is a Certified Professional Coach receiving her certifications through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and the International Coach Federation (ICF).  She is co-host of the weekly podcast Hawks & lavender rose, a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and and Integrated Energy Therapy® Master/Instructor (IET). Shauna is passionate about guiding others on their journey of self-discovery and advocates for more conscious living.

Kim Meninger started her own coaching and consulting business after more than 10 years in the high-tech industry. It was during her high-tech years that she experienced first-hand the unique challenges facing women in traditionally male-dominated environments. With a BA in psychology and an MBA from Boston College, she decided to leverage her experience to empower women to build their confidence, visibility and influence in order to maximize their impact and advance their careers. Kim coaches individuals and groups. She also speaks regularly on career and leadership topics to corporate, non-profit and academic audiences.

“Secrets of the Sisterhood” is not only a showcase of amazing stories, it’s also a fundraiser for our scholarship fund. Fifty percent of book profits will go towards this fund so we can give more women access to Speaker Sisterhood membership. Get a special 30% discount on launch day, November 29, 2019 by using LAUNCH30 at checkout. Click here for more information and the link to buy the book. 

 

Oct 23, 2019

Today’s episode is part two of a four-part series that showcases Speaker Sisterhood members and their speeches that will appear in our new book coming out November 29th, “Secrets of the Sisterhood.” This is a compilation-style book that features 45 speeches about love, truth, and power.

On today’s episode, I interview Sandra Costello and Stacy Every, members of our Northampton, Massachusetts club. 

Sandra Costello is a spirited entrepreneur but also known as the Chief Hugger. She is a portrait photographer to women and the people they love, an inspirational speaker, and the kind of coach all small business owners want by their side. Always positive and ready to inspire photographers and creatives-alike to authentically brand themselves and do the work they love.

Stacy Every is a former educator who seven years ago started a new life with her own massage therapy business. Her new life included speaking up and sharing her opinion, and since this terrified her, she joined the Northampton, MA Speaker Sisterhood chapter in 2018. She has been a resident in Westfield, Massachusetts for 17 years where she lives with her three much beloved teenaged children.

“Secrets of the Sisterhood” is not only a showcase of amazing stories, it’s also a fundraiser for our scholarship fund. 50% of book profits will go towards this fund so we can give more women access to Speaker Sisterhood membership. Keep listening to future episodes to find out where to get the book and to get a special 30% discount on launch day, November 29, 2019!

Oct 9, 2019

Wow! It's so good to be back. Today's episode is part one of a four-part series that will showcase Speaker Sisterhood members and the speeches that will appear in our new book coming out November 29th, "Secrets of the Sisterhood." This is a compilation-style book that features 45 speeches about love, truth, and power. 

On today's episode, I interview Lauren Simonds, the book's editor and one of our featured speechwriters.

Lauren is a former paramedic, a Smith College graduate, an award-winning small business tech journalist, and she currently works as a freelance writer and editor. After years of writing for other people (not that there’s anything wrong with that), Lauren joined a Speaker Sisterhood club to reawaken her own voice and, in the process, discovered an amazing community of women.

Lauren also interviews me about the speech I submitted and we talk about what it was like to put this book together. If you've ever thought about working on a project like this, we share some insights into what we learned behind the scenes in the hopes to provide some guidance.

"Secrets of the Sisterhood" is not only a showcase of amazing stories, it's also a fundraiser for our scholarship fund. 50% of book profits will go towards this fund so we can give more women access to Speaker Sisterhood membership. Keep listening to future episodes to find out where to get the book and to get a special discount on launch day, November 29, 2019! 

Aug 21, 2019

Raw. Real. Hilarious. "On brand." These are the words I'd use to describe today's guest and final installment of the Guest Mentors Summer Series. Jessica Pettitt, M.Ed., pulls together her stand up comedy years with 15+ years of diversity trainings in a wide range of organizations to serve groups to move from abstract fears to actionable habits that lead to teams that want to work together.  Jess is a member of the National Speakers Association and is a Certified Speaking Professional. Fewer than 10% of speakers worldwide hold this credential.

On today's episode, Jess and I explore how she went from unpaid, unknown speaker to paid speaker with a platform. 

We cover:

  • the mindset shifts that took place
  • her marketing pieces and messages
  • how she built a schedule/plan/goals to get started
  • her biggest challenges when it comes to pitching, pricing, and negotiating
  • advice she would give to her past self 
  • advice for speakers who are trying to break into this field and are feeling lost or stuck
  • what Jess means by "Two horses: Ego Vs Humility" and why they matter

Get Jess' book, "Good Enough Now" here

Get your freebies from Jess here

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 https://speakersisterhood.thinkific.com/

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:https://speakersisterhood.com/

Aug 7, 2019

"Everything that goes wrong on stage is a teachable moment." -Lisa Braithwaite

On today's installment of the Guest Mentors Summer Series, you'll hear from Lisa Braithwaite. Lisa is a speaking coach, trainer, and author of "Presenting for Humans: Insights for Speakers on Ditching Perfection and Creating Connection." She mentors entrepreneurs and professionals to create memorable and engaging presentations so they can build their businesses through speaking. With a B.A. in Theater and an M.A. in Education, she spent 16 years developing programs and training in the nonprofit sector as an advocate and educator, as well as founding her own organization. She's been interviewed for the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Men’s Health, Toastmaster Magazine, and Inc.com.

Today's episode will give you permission to be creative and use interaction to bring your presentations to life. Lisa says there's a difference between simplifying and dumbing down for the audience and today she'll show you how. Her philosophy is connection, not perfection and you'll learn how to do that during this interview. 

Get Lisa's book here

Follow Lisa on social media platforms @coachlisab

Check out Lisa's website here

Read her blog

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 https://speakersisterhood.thinkific.com/

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:https://speakersisterhood.com/

Jul 24, 2019

Susan is the only person I've met who, like me, gave 500+ free talks before realizing this could be a potential revenue stream and career path. We're soul sister speakers with a lot of good karma. :)

On today's installment of the Guest Mentor Summer Series, I interview Susan Lindner. Susan is a Cultural Anthropologist, Brand Marketer, and Disruptor. Susan got her start as an AIDS educator in the brothels of Thailand, helping turn prostitutes into entrepreneurs. Today, she’s the founder of Emerging Media, a branding, PR and marketing agency dedicated to helping tech founders reach their finish lines. Her award-winning strategies have gotten 10 companies acquired, and she is now hell bent on sharing them with the world. Susan speaks to startups, innovators, and top executives from 60+ countries at GE, PWC, Deutsche Bank, Capital One and at global conferences, consulates and trade organizations about strategic storytelling, mastering the message and the media for maximum impact.

On today's episode, we spend a lot of time on how Susan has built her speaking business, how she manages it, and how she continues to grow her speaking opportunities. She also shares why you should use a virtual assistant and how having one can help you. 

Check out Susan's CRM: Hubspot

Visit Susan's website for her company, Emerging Media

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 https://speakersisterhood.thinkific.com/

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:https://speakersisterhood.com/

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

Visit Meredithspeaks.com

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 https://speakersisterhood.thinkific.com/

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:https://speakersisterhood.com/

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. So...how 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 https://speakersisterhood.thinkific.com/

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:https://speakersisterhood.com/ 

 

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 https://speakersisterhood.thinkific.com/

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:https://speakersisterhood.com/

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