Val Nelson is an introvert and former wallflower who absolutely cringed at the idea of speaking up in front of a room. She now actually enjoys public speaking, in small doses. She has faced her fear of self-employment and speaking up, and now enjoys having a thriving business as a soulful business and life coach. Her specialty is helping introverts bring their gifts to the world, and keep breathing along the way. No extrovert mask required. In this episode, we cover the real differences between being an introvert, an extrovert, and an ambivert, tell the truth about whether or not introverts make good public speakers, discuss how introverts can get over their fear of being on stage, and Val shares how to go about becoming a well-known speaker in your field. We also cover the downsides of speaking for introverts, what Val has learned about herself as an introvert speaker, and common misconceptions. As an introvert myself, I learned a ton from Val in this action-packed episode and I'm sure you will, too. Enjoy!
Ever wondered what it would be like to have a motivational speaker in your pocket? In this episode, I interview Thando Zono, a motivational speaker, author, All-American athlete, and my intern! You'll learn about how Thando wrote a book while also attending grad school, hear some of her advice for speakers, and listen as she tells us how everything changed for her when she became an author. She also shares the funny story of how she became my intern, tells us the three most important principles in her book, The Pursuit of Excellence, and teaches us how to create a culture of success. Thando is a ball of positive energy and she seeks opportunities at every turn. Her outlook, advice, and vision for excellence are inspiring to say the least. Enjoy!
If being memorable is something you care about as a speaker, this episode is for you. Jim and Jenn Poage are the authors of the book FLAIR: Design Your Daily Work, Products, and Services to Energize Customers, Colleagues, and Audiences. FLAIR shows how to add meaning and joy to your offerings and communications to create a positive and lasting impression for your target audience. In this episode, we discuss companies that do flair well, and the ones that miss the mark. Jim and Jenn teach us the six elements of flair and we dig into the ones that are most important for speakers to use. One of the areas Jim focuses on is the value of stories and how to WOW your audience by including them in your talks. My favorite part of the interview is when we talk about the concept of offering a "meaningful and joyful essence" through our work. They remind us that in order to provide value, we must remember, "It's not what you do, it's what you provide." Learn more about how to leave a lasting impression on your audience and stand out above the rest in this week's episode of Claim the Stage.
One day in the 1980s, Martha Johnson was concluding a three-day training of sales professionals when she asked a pivotal question that would forever change the direction of her work. She made the bold move to ask her audience if they were planning to implement what she had just taught them. Not a single person raised their hand. How Martha responded to this shocking truth is what makes her a true pioneer and gifted trainer. In this episode, you'll learn the five steps of Martha's trademark "Willingness Check" that will help you to uncover what may be stopping you from taking action and accomplishing your biggest goals. If you dream of booking reoccurring $5,000+ speaking gigs (but aren't), want to speak in front of audiences of 1,000+ (but haven't yet), or see yourself becoming a leader in your field (but feel stuck at "unknown"), you are going to love this episode. Grab a pen and get ready for an interactive episode that will have you thinking deeply about why YOU might be unwilling to go after what you most want. Get a copy of Martha's 5-step Willingness Check by emailing her at Martha@taketimeforyou.net.
I'm often asked if being funny on stage is a prerequisite for "making it" in the speaking business. In this informative and entertaining interview with Cathy McNally, master of all things humor, you'll find out whether or not tickling your audience's funny bone is as important as you think. Cathy also teaches me two improv games (which we play, totally unscripted) to help me (and you) increase my ability to be funny on the spot, identify where the jokes lie, and get comfortable delivering stories in a way that elicits a laugh. When Cathy works with her clients, she is teaching the fundamentals of storytelling, finding places to insert vulnerability, and training her students to land a well-crafted joke. In this episode, you'll learn all of this and more! It includes: whether or not being funny is something you can learn over time, how to make a joke if you're someone who can't remember scripted jokes (that's me!), how to use physical comedy, how to practice being funny, and you'll get to hear me make a total fool of myself as I attempt improv with a pro! Cathy also offers a tip sheet which outlines some of her key takeaways. It's at my website: angelalussier.us/podcast Enjoy!