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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Mar 1, 2019

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

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

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

Stay tuned, part 2 is coming soon...

Feb 20, 2019

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

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

-how Seth decides what to write and speak about 

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

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

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

-parenting wisdom and how it compares to entrepreneurship

...and so much more!

Subscribe to Seth's blog here.

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

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

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

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


Feb 6, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today's episode is sponsored by:

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

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

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





Jan 23, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Jan 9, 2019

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

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

Tip one: Do a Power Pose - Episode 56

Tip two: Breathing Exercise - Episode 92

Tip three: Prep Your Face - Episode 63

Tip four: Take a Power Stance - Episode 45

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


Dec 26, 2018

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

The five lessons I note are:

1. Know your limits.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 12, 2018

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

Learn more about my guests below.

Joli Hamilton

Rosamond Wulsin

Cecile Lackie

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

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

Take advantage of the Sudio 15% discount by using code STAGE at checkout and get free world-wide shipping. Go to to see all of Sudio’s headphone options.

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

Nov 28, 2018

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

We discuss:

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


Learn more about Johanna Walker and her coaching services here.  

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

Nov 14, 2018

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


We discuss:

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

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

Learn more about Janet and her coaching practice at

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

Oct 24, 2018

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

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

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

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

Oct 10, 2018

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

She shares:

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

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

Sep 26, 2018

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

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

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

Want to talk? Email me at



Sep 17, 2018

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

We share:

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

Books and resources I discuss in the episode: 

The Pill by Jane Bennett and Alexandra Pope

Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Tony Weschler

Period Repair Manual by Lara Briden

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 6, 2018

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

On today's episode, we cover:

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

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

May 30, 2018

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

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

We discuss: 

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

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

May 23, 2018

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

We discuss:

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

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


May 18, 2018

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

May 9, 2018

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

May 2, 2018

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

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

Thanks to our tour sponsors:

Apr 27, 2018

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

Featured on the episode:

Bobbie Carlton, founder of Innovation Women

Kit Pang, founder of BostonSpeaks

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

Emily Canina, Speaker Sisterhood club leader in Boston

Kathy Lamphier, marketing professional 

Addison, a really cut dog

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

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

Thanks to our tour sponsors:

Apr 20, 2018

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

Learn more about #SpeakUpTour2018 here:

Apr 11, 2018

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

They are:

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

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

Thanks to our tour sponsors:

Apr 4, 2018

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

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

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

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

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