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Claim the Stage: A Podcast About Speaking and Sisterhood

Claim the Stage: A Podcast About Speaking and Sisterhood

By Angela Lussier
Claim the Stage is a podcast for women who want to learn how to speak on stage and speak up in life. We also focus on how to build confidence to pursue your goals and how to rely on a sisterhood to make that happen. Hosted by Angela Lussier, award-winning professional speaker, seven-time author, and CEO and founder of the Speaker Sisterhood, a network of public speaking clubs for women and Dr. Joli Hamilton, a research psychologist, best selling author, TEDx speaker, and AASECT certified sex educator. Learn more about joining a speaking club: www.speakersisterhood.com
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Ep 186 Recreating Your Life & Summer Vacation
We all just went through a year of unexpected twists and turns. What can we learn from it? Anytime we go through something dark, difficult, or traumatic, it changes us. That means we may find that we have new reasons for doing what we’re doing, we may care about different things, and we might have to reprioritize. It’s a scary time and an exciting time because you get to destroy and then create. On today’s show, I go into some questions you can ask yourself to help you recreate your life with the perspective of who you are today. These questions include: How am I defining myself? Where is the life? Where are my allies? Where are the breadcrumbs? What is motivating me today? What is most fulfilling? Where am I looking for validation? What are my three goals for the rest of 2021? What is my origin story? What got you here won’t get you there. Listen to Andy J Pizza on Art for Your Ear podcast If you want to be featured on an upcoming live coaching episode, email me here with your question. Want to weigh in on our new podcast format? Give us anonymous feedback and help us continue to improve our podcast! If you're interested in checking out a Speaker Sisterhood club and would like to learn more about membership, go here.
36:13
July 14, 2021
Ep 185 Live Coaching: Using Your Voice in Business, Giving a Solid Keynote
What do you do when you've been working a 9-5 job for years, and now you want to step out and build your own business but feel nervous about using your voice and drawing attention to yourself? Our first guest on today's live coaching episode asks this question. Hint: The process of figuring this out can actually be fun! Our second guest asks how to give an effective keynote when you're not sure what will best connect with your audience. This is our second live coaching episode and we'd love to do more! Email angela@speakersisterhood.com to get on the show and have your question answered. Guests today are MaryKate Daly and Emily Aborn. 
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July 7, 2021
Ep 184 Live Coaching: Dealing with Anxiety When Speaking, Selling When Live on Social Media
Welcome to our first live coaching episode! Today we take questions from listeners Dana Hahn and Becky Vesce. Dana asks: I want to provide training for teachers on the topic of how to support grieving children in the classroom. How can I eliminate the fear and anxiety of speaking to large groups of professionals? Becky asks: I go live on Facebook and Instagram regularly for my makeup business. I like to keep it educational and casual but I struggle with the ask. How can I get my sales pitch in without breaking the trust of my audience? Want to be featured on an upcoming episode of Claim the Stage and have your question answered? Email us! angela@speakersisterhood.com.
39:08
June 30, 2021
Ep 183 Special Episode: Celebrating Five Years of Podcasting!
Friends! This is a special anniversary edition of Claim the Stage, solo hosted by me, Angela. Can you believe it's already been five years??! Me neither. On today's show, I discuss: what it’s like to do a project for five years how my views have changed on the podcast over the years how the podcast has helped my business succeed my initial fears around doing a podcast what I’ve learned from my guests what I’ve learned about being a great interviewer the show going forward what I'm thinking about building next Want to give feedback on my new course ideas? Email me! Angela@speakersisterhood.com. Two ideas: How to start a podcast, how to be a better podcast guest. 
40:18
June 23, 2021
Ep 182 Experience Growth Without Suffering with Sophie McLean
Is growth possible without suffering? Leveling up in life requires a ton of growth - both in confidence and in skills. How can we acquire both of these without suffering? Our guest today is Sophie McLean, a wisdom teacher who has spent decades leading transformational seminars to over 200,000 people around the world. She likes to explore the universal existential questions of “Who am I?” and “What is my life about?” while also focusing on the nature of what it means to be human. She is the author of The Elegance of Simplicity: A Wisdom Teacher’s Epic Journey to Awareness and offers an effortless pathway to awareness. She also shares the secrets she's discovered about the process of self-discovery, how  you know when you’ve discovered something meaningful about yourself, and how to settle on a topic or brand for yourself if you want to be a known speaker or author. Get access to Sophie's free course, The Call of the Soul, here.  More about Sophie:  Born in Algeria, educated in Morocco and France, and with a professional career in the USA and UK, Sophie McLean has had an eventful life. She’s been a helicopter pilot, a teacher, a designer, a relief worker, a war refugee, and a CEO. She’s been shot at, shipwrecked, and widowed. She’s lived on a farm, a boat, a penthouse, and an ashram.
53:06
June 16, 2021
Ep 181 A Better Way to Deal with Change with Erin Davidson
A breakup can be more than a romantic relationship -- it can be the loss of a job, a business, a move to a new city, losing a cherished friendship, anything. It’s an ending that requires attention and care and on today's episode, our guest will show you how to process that time of life. Erin Davidson (pronouns: she/her), MA, RCC, is a writer and Registered Clinical Counselor in Vancouver B.C. specializing in sex and relationship therapy. We focus on her new book, Break Through the Breakup, to show how the breakup can be a catalyst for self-discovery and growth. There are many gifts that come from endings and change and today's guest will highlight what those are. More about Erin: Erin works with clients of all genders, sexual orientations, and relationship dynamics to bring more compassion and joy to their connection with themselves, their sexuality, and their relationships. She is the author of two books: Break Through the Breakup and Thriving in Non-Monogamy. You can read more of her writing and connect with her on Instagram @erin.e.davidson and her website: www.erinedavidson.com.
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June 10, 2021
Ep 180 How to Start Before You're Ready
Guess what! Today we're talking about one of our favorite subjects: Doing it before you're ready. You might be asking...do what? Well, anything! Working towards a dream, writing that book, speaking on a bigger stage, asking that cute person out on a date...whatever. We can make excuses all day and blame things outside of our control, but what if we just took action instead? Joli and Angela talk about their own experiences with starting before they were ready and offer advice on how to do the same. If you're wondering how Angela went from shy and behind the scenes to running a public speaking business, you'll hear the whole story in this episode.  If you want to be featured on an upcoming live coaching episode, email angela@speakersisterhood.com with your question. 
01:11:44
June 2, 2021
Ep 179 Using Your Voice for Email Marketing with Jena Bagley
We spend a lot of time talking about how to use your authentic voice for speaking, but when you want to sit down and write a compelling email that really connects to your audience, what is the best way to share your voice? Email is an incredibly effective method of marketing, yet it can be so hard to craft a message and hit send when you know it's being broadcasted to hundreds or thousands of people. Learning what to say, how to say it, and when to send an email to get the most out of it is an art form. Today's guest, Jena Bagley, Advocate Manager of AWeber, will enlighten you and give you helpful tips to be an effective email marketer. If you struggle with finding your voice when writing, you'll gain helpful strategies to focus your words and get the most out of the communication.  Get your free gift from Jena here  More about Jena Bagley: As the Advocate Manager for AWeber, a leading email service provider and the very first autoresponder, Jena Bagley works closely with content creators, podcasters, social media strategists & enthusiasts, coaches, entrepreneurs, and more. Through email marketing you can connect with your audience and drive them back to your podcast, blog, website or social platforms over and over again, keeping you top of mind. Having worked in several different industries over her career, including restaurant, bridal, real estate, recruiting, direct sales, and SaaS, Jena has acquired a wealth of knowledge about sales, marketing, and what it really means to build a relationship with your target audience.
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May 26, 2021
Ep 178 How to Actively Avoid Your Destiny
Have you ever had a grand vision for your life and then immediately discarded it because you thought it could never work?  Or, have you had that grand vision, rolled it around in your mind for years, and then finally decided to let it go because it was too risky, wasn't something you thought you could really do, or seemed too grand for you? If so, today's episode is for you! We talk about things we've done to avoid our destiny and also share tools and mindset tips to help you move from the dreaming stage to the action stage of going after your destiny. We have a lot of experience with this topic and there was no shortage of personal stories and advice. Grab your pen and prepare yourself to take notes - it's time to go after your destiny!
47:59
May 19, 2021
Ep 177 Lies about Permission, Pretending, and Pausing
Have you ever felt like you needed permission from your friends and family to take a risk? Maybe you weren't waiting for their validation consciously, but were you delaying taking action because you didn't know what others would think of your idea? Does that sound familiar? What about pretending? Ever show up in relationships acting one way, but thinking another? Have you ever felt you had to put on a show in order to be accepted or loved? And when it comes to pausing, have you ever felt guilty for taking your foot off the gas so you could coast for a bit and not feel the pressure to constantly be doing something?? Today's show is all about addressing three big topics that can get in the way of living our life fully. Whether it's waiting for the right person to give you the green light, wanting to impress someone by acting a certain way, or constantly working to prove your worth, you're missing out on the magic of life by constantly striving for things that don't improve the quality of our life. Joli and Angela share their experiences and perspective on these words and offer advice on how to deal with them in a way that isn't soul crushing.
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May 12, 2021
Ep 176 Manage the Anxiety of Speaking Up in Relationships with Paula Leech
Speaking up about your needs, desires, fears, and upsets in relationships can be an anxiety-inducing experience. If you struggle with speaking up, you are likely familiar with the symptoms of anxiety - the "what if" thoughts, the nausea, the fears of everything unraveling. On today's show, we interview Paula Leech, a sex and relationship therapist who specializes in helping women and couples learn how to speak up. We discuss how to take more risks with your words, how to separate your anxious thoughts from your other thoughts, how to develop a different mindset about difficult topics, and much more. If you have ever wondered if speaking up about what is important to you could feel easeful, today's episode is for you.  More about our guest:  Paula Leech holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University and a Master’s Degree in Family Therapy from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She’s also an AASECT (American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists) certified Sex Therapist and worked with individuals, relationships, and families in private practice in Quincy, Massachusetts for over ten years. In that time, Paula received AASECT certification as a Supervisor of Sex Therapy, and co-founded a sex therapy agency and training institute where she saw clients in addition to training therapists to become competent, confident sex therapists themselves. Paula continues to regularly present at various training institutes as well as Universities and therapy agencies across the US. Learn more about Paula Leech here 
01:00:47
May 5, 2021
Ep 175 Simple Daily Habits for Wellness with Pam Victor
Did you know that in 30 seconds to one minute per day you could improve your wellness and well-being? It's true! In fact, today's guest says the smaller the changes are that you make to your life, the better results you will have. Quit trying to incorporate every healing modality under the sun only to feel frustrated and disappointed with yourself. Taking a few minutes a day can be transformative for your overall wellness and today's guest will show you how.  Pam Victor is a happiness coach, professional improviser, and founder of Happier Valley Comedy, the first and only comedy theater in Western Massachusetts which provides regular shows, a full-curriculum comedy training program, and the THROUGH LAUGHTER Program for professional and personal development...and happiness! On today’s episode, Pam walks us through a couple simple techniques you can start using today to improve your well-being. Her philosophy is that if it doesn’t bring joy and ease, why do it? So instead of dreading a wellness routine, you’ll learn how to look forward to it! You’ll learn more about her new online wellness program launching May 8th, Resilience Through Joy: The 30-Day Happiness Experiment, and the benefits it provides. To learn more about it and enter the drawing for a free spot, visit www.happiervalley.com. More about Pam: Pam Victor is also a teacher, corporate facilitator, TEDx speaker, author of "Baj and the Word Launcher" and "Improvisation at the Speed of Life," a recipient of The New England Public Radio Arts & Humanities Award, mother of two adult daughters, and she likes you already.
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April 28, 2021
Bonus Episode: Introducing Andrea Ross, New Speaker Sisterhood Club Leader
Calling all Claim the Stage fans who have been on the fence about checking out Speaker Sisterhood and are looking for a personal invitation! This is for you. :) It's been over a year since we launched a new public speaking club due to covid, but we're back at it and we'd like to invite you to our newest club in Westfield, Massachusetts. This club will be meeting online for the foreseeable future and can be joined by anyone, anywhere. Your first meeting is free while you check out what we're all about and see if membership is for you. On today's episode, I introduce you to Andrea Ross, our newest club leader. She's been a member since we started in 2016 and is now ready to step into the roll of leader. Hear her story, why she joined Speaker Sisterhood, and why she wants to create a space for more women to find their voice in 2021. You can send a message to Andrea directly through her club page here if you'd like to inquire about attending an upcoming meeting on May 16th or 30th. I'll be there on the 16th if you'd like to say hi. 
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April 26, 2021
Ep 174 Create a System to be Brave with Laura Khalil
Have you ever looked at someone who is seemingly doing it all and wondered, how do they do so much? The answer may be that they have a system to keep them moving forward. On today’s episode, Laura Khalil, a communications expert, skilled interviewer and host of the Top 125 Apple Podcast, Brave by Design, teaches us how to create a system to be brave and do the work that scares us or typically stops us from moving forward. She shares the process she takes her clients through to help them avoid the dreaded “Not yet” excuse that can prolong us from starting something new. She also talks about how to get more conscious about destructive patterns we have, how the body can help us make better decisions, and how to determine what projects are worth it and which aren’t. More about Laura: Laura Khalil has consulted with some of the world's most recognizable brands on marketing including Intel, GE, Twitter and more. Through her boutique agency, Podcast Brand Lab, she helps businesses grow their brand and client list and get booked solid through podcasting. Learn more about Laura Khalil here
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April 14, 2021
Ep 173 Live for Yourself with Naketa Ren Thigpen
How often have you been called “selfish” in your life? How often have you gone out of your way to avoid being seen that way? On today’s show, we interview Naketa Ren Thigpen, LCSW, the #1 Balance & Relationship Advisor in the World. She is also the author of the book Selfish: Permission to Pause, Live, Love and Laugh Your Way to Joy. On today’s episode, we explore what the word selfish really means and how Naketa has redefined it. She discusses the work she does with her clients to help them reprioritize their life to include more joy and less bending to expectations and fear. As the title of the show indicates, we talk about how to live life for yourself and stop trying to live it for everyone around you. More about Naketa: Naketa Thigpen has become the go-to for fast-scaling married women entrepreneurs and power couples seeking to balance love and success without dimming or apologizing for their spirited ambition. As the creator of the breakthrough paradigm The Joy Map Method, transformative empowerment speaker and CEO of ThigPro Balance and Relationship Management Institute, Naketa and her team set out every day to inspire, equip and empower her client-partners to amplify intimacy 360% across all key relationships so they can create joy and achieve WHOLE SUCCESS! Follow Naketa on Instagram  Get her book, Selfish
01:12:06
April 7, 2021
Ep 172 Sell Like a Boss with Nikki Rausch
Even if you're not in sales for your profession, you're always selling. Perhaps you're selling your friend on an idea for a trip you'd like to take, or selling your child on the benefits of vegetables. You likely even have a component of your job that requires you sell your ideas to your team, your boss, or your clients. Selling is an essential tool and yet it is often looked at as a high stress activity to avoid if we can. It's also viewed as a skill that requires a lot of extroversion and swagger. Here's some good news: Selling can be easy and it can even be something you look forward to! On today's episode, we welcome back Nikki Rausch, also known as The Sales Maven. You may remember her from episode 133: The Misunderstood Process of Selling where she talked about her "Selling Staircase" and the process you take your customers through so they understand how you can help them. Today we discuss why there is so much fear and anxiety around selling, why you don't have to be the life of the party to be good at sales, how to show up like a boss when you sell, and different techniques to employ as a pre-sales ritual.  More about Nikki: After 25 years of experience selling to such prestigious organizations as The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Hewlett-Packard, and NASA, Nikki Rausch decided to trade in her road warrior status 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, as a sales coach, author, speaker and founder of Sales Maven, Nikki transforms the misunderstood process of “selling” into techniques, tools, and tips for busy entrepreneurs. When she's not helping business owners move their clients along the 'Selling Staircase', Nikki enjoys taking in all the beauty that living in the Pacific Northwest affords her. Get more information about Nikki and download your free gift here Nikki's socials: Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn
01:09:13
March 31, 2021
Ep 171 Letting Go of Your Inner Good Girl with Sarah Schneider
Do you remember being called a "Good Girl" as a child and beaming in delight over the praise and reinforcement for a job well done? If you're now wondering why you find it difficult to say or do something that may not be seen as "nice" or "polite," it may be because of your good girl conditioning. On today's show, we talk to Sarah Schneider, a Good Girl Dismantler, executive coach, leadership trainer, and CEO of the leadership coaching company SarahSchneider & Co. We discuss the inner good girl problem and the struggles women face in leadership because of it, fears that get in the way of women embracing their power,  and the skills needed to overcome the good girl mindset.  More about Sarah: For over 18 years, Sarah has been having candid conversations with leaders at all levels, supporting the professional, business, and personal development of those leaders, and effectively building and leading teams. Sarah works predominantly with women leaders to dismantle the cultural Good Girl conditioning so that they can do what they know to do and lead on their terms. Sarah is a Professional Certified Coach, holds an MBA, and navigated a decade in the male-dominated IT space. Find Sarah on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.  Want to weigh in on our new podcast format? Give us anonymous feedback by March 31st and help us continue to improve our podcast! 
01:09:39
March 24, 2021
Ep 170 You Don’t Owe Anyone with Caroline Garnet McGraw
"Perfectionism, people-pleasing, codependency, and constant striving to measure up— all of these patterns are rooted in fear and angst, which are emotion-level issues. The challenge for us is to bring love to the parts of ourselves that are hurting and terrified. Our work is to bridge the gap between the head and the heart.” - Caroline Garnet McGraw If that quote means anything to you, you will love today's show. Our guest is Caroline Garnet McGraw, an author, speaker, and coach for recovering perfectionists. She's the author of You Don't Owe Anyone, a new book coming out April 20th now available for preorder here. If you feel like you owe the world a brave face, superhuman strength, an explanation, or your time and energy, it's time to hit play! Caroline shares why she wrote this book, how to stop feeling like you owe everyone something, what the "guilt gauge" is, and how to stop people pleasing.  Get Caroline's book and other bonuses here More about Caroline: Caroline is the creator of A Wish Come Clear, a popular blog devoted to trading perfectionism for possibility, as well as several online interview series. She's a two-time TEDx speaker, and her essays have been featured on The Huffington Post, Momastery, and Women For One. Caroline lives in Florence, Alabama with her family.
01:34:03
March 17, 2021
Ep 169 Speaking of Aging: Angela Turns 40
On today's show, Angela interviews her longtime mentor, Martha Johnson, to discuss aging. Angela is turning 40 today! Martha is a former consultant, business owner and coach who, at 81, enjoys a simpler life while staying engaged with what matters. On today's show, Angela asks: 1. If you could go back and give your 40 year old self advice, what would you tell her? 2. What are the hidden gifts of aging? 3. How has your perspective on death and dying changed as you age? 4. What’s most important to you now, in your 9th decade? 5. You believe in “conscious aging.” What is that? More about Martha: She is a life journey author, promoter of next chapter conversations, and the creator of The Willingness Check.  Her books Why Not Do What You Love? (2017 edition) and both volumes of Musing Along the Way offer wisdom which resonates with reflective folks of any age. Visit Martha's website to learn more. Martha was also featured on episode 14: Are You Unwilling? where she talked about one of her signature approaches to helping people move through blocks. Want to offer feedback or suggest a topic for an upcoming show? Email us! Angela@speakersisterhood.com. Check out a speaking club today!
53:34
March 10, 2021
Ep 168 Online Presenting Reboot
Hi Friends, Angela here. I have a new course coming out March 8th and this episode is dedicated to the topic I'm covering: How to present online like a pro! Joli and I discuss the topic along with some of our other favorites, like what's bringing us joy and what we're kicking to the curb. After our intro, you'll hear a replay of episode 145, a Q&A episode all about online presenting. I cover: How do I set up my computer and lighting to get the best look? How can you create engagement when people don’t have their camera on and you can’t see them? How can I build an instant connection with a virtual audience? I want to have an engaging opening and usually I just feel like everyone is bored as soon as I start. I hate being on camera! How do I get over this? How do I field questions while trying to present? What if I don’t know the answer to a question? How do I deliver a script when it’s not possible to memorize it? Introducing my new course, Online Presenting Made Easy! This course is designed to take you from anxious and unsure to actually enjoying presenting (yes it is possible!). You’ll learn how to: create content that is meaningful, informative, and not salesy keep the audience engaged from start to finish so you’re not left wondering if anyone heard anything you said use the technology so it enhances your presentation instead of being a source of frustration present yourself with authenticity instead of sounding robotic and boring Register here! If you're interested in checking out a Speaker Sisterhood club and would like to learn more about membership, go here. Want to share feedback about this episode or offer an idea for a topic you'd like us to cover? Email me!
01:28:10
March 3, 2021
Ep 167 Speaking of Perfectionism
Hi friends, Angela here. On today's episode, Joli and I explore a popular subject: Perfectionism. We address it from our two areas of expertise: relationships and speaking. How does perfectionism get in the way of having stronger, more fulfilling relationships? When going after your dream of stepping into the spotlight, how does perfectionism creep in to stop you and make you question yourself? We each give three scenarios of perfectionism that we've seen stop women in their tracks and offer a new perspective instead. We also open the episode talking about some of my insecurities that popped up because of this podcast, we share what's bringing us joy, and I share a tip to avoid burnout. If you want to sign up for tonight's Pop Up Talk to build confidence to speak on camera, go here. To register for my upcoming four-part course on online presenting, go here. Have the day you need to have!
01:41:32
February 24, 2021
Ep 166 Humanizing the Race Conversation with Bianca Laureano, PhD
Race, sexuality, gender, disability....these are subjects that may make you nervous. How do you talk about them? What if you say the wrong thing? What if you offend someone? You may find yourself saying nothing at all in an effort to save yourself from the embarrassment of doing it incorrectly. On today's episode, our guest walks us through how to have conversations about topics that feel foreign, awkward, and unspeakable. If you struggle with wanting to talk to someone who is different than you in a way that is respectful and kind, this episode will show you how.  Our guest is Bianca I Laureano, an award-winning educator and sexologist. She is a founding member of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN) and her most recent project is ANTE UP! a virtual freedom school offering professional development and certification. She has written several curricula and is the lead writer for the Netflix film Crip Camp’s curriculum rooted in Disability Justice principles. In May 2020 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the California Institute for Integral Studies for her work in expanding the equity and justice frameworks for the US sexuality field. Find out more about Bianca at her website BiancaLaureano.com and about ANTE UP! at www.AnteUpPD.com
01:37:27
February 17, 2021
Ep 165 Finding Pleasure Everywhere with Cindy Lee Alves
Today's guest is Cindy Lee Alves (they/she), an award-winning sexologist and founder and head educator of Ascension Institute, a place to learn about pleasure, sexual shame, and sexological professional development. We discuss how to bring pleasure into your work, conversations and presentations, relationships, and life. Cindy Lee walks her talk and it shows in today's episode. If you ever find yourself feeling dragged down by life or dreading the things you're "supposed to" enjoy, you will love this conversation. Cindy Lee shares her own experiences with finding pleasure, why it matters, and how you can do the same.  More about our guest: Cindy Lee has over a decade of experience in facilitating challenging conversations with both adults and young people. Centering Black, Indigenous, and folx of color across intersecting system-impacted identities, they have educated thousands of people on sex(uality) ed(ucation) and wellness with interests in pleasure, justice, and liberation. She is also the host of Sex on Shuffle - a podcast discussing sex(uality) using teachable moments in music and popular culture. Cindy Lee earned their Master in Education from Widener University’s Center for Sexuality Studies and Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Women's Studies from Stony Brook University. Additionally, they are recognized for their contributions as a founding member of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network's Leadership Collective. Her downtime involves dancing, yummy food, and shimmying often. If you want to continue learning about how to integrate pleasure into your life, listen to episode 163 + 164: The Pleasure Experiment, parts 1 & 2. You can download Joli's Pleasure Experiment ebook here. 
01:14:59
February 10, 2021
Ep 164 The Pleasure Episode, Part 2
From Angela: If you haven't listened to last week's episode yet, that's a great place to start. On today's show, Joli and I continue exploring the topic of pleasure and Joli's Pleasure Experiment. We each tried a few of the experiments and talked about what we learned. If you're looking for simple and interesting new ways to spend your time, The Pleasure Experiment is for you. Rather than binge another show on Netflix, check out what Joli has built and try the experiments along with us. You can download her Pleasure Experiment ebook for free here. Joli is also hosting a free pleasure experiment book club on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 6:30pm ET. You can join us here. 
01:04:51
February 3, 2021
Ep 163 The Pleasure Episode, Part 1
From Angela: When Joli and I first met to brainstorm topics for upcoming episodes, the subject of pleasure was at the top of her list. Being a sex educator, this topic comes up a lot for her. But the approach she wanted to take for our show was not one from the standpoint of sex, it's from how to find pleasure in everyday life. Many women treat pleasure as a reward. Sound familiar? Joli feels it should be incorporated into how we live our lives everyday. In today's episode, Joli and I talk about what pleasure is, how to experience more of it, and what it has to do with speaking (hint: a lot!). She also introduces us to her surprise Pleasure Experiment. You don't want to miss this episode or the amazing experiments Joli has cooked up for you! Here's to more pleasure! Grab your free download of the 14 day experiment here Get the muffin recipe here
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January 27, 2021
Ep 162 Breaking Open and Speaking Up with Elizabeth Lesser
From Angela: When you're going through something difficult, do you ever think about how that situation is changing you for the better? What about the lessons and learnings that come from things being hard? On today's episode, I interview Elizabeth Lesser, author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow, a book I read over the fall this year. This book had a profound effect on me and I was excited when Elizabeth accepted my offer to come on the show to talk about it. We also discuss her new book, Cassandra Speaks: When Women are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes and we spend half of the interview discussing how the way stories have been passed on has formed the way we as women think about speaking up today. Elizabeth shares her insights from the book, personal stories from her life, and advice for anyone wanting to share their expertise but thinks they're not ready. She's also the cofounder of Omega Institute, recognized internationally for its workshops and conferences in wellness, spirituality, creativity, and social change. Elizabeth has given two popular TED talks, and is one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, a collection of a hundred leaders who are using their voices and talent to elevate humanity. Before the interview, Joli and I share some of our favorite moments from the interview, what's bringing us joy these days, what we're working on, and updates on our next episode. If you want to skip right to the interview, it starts at 41:50.  If you would like to share feedback about this episode or offer an idea for a topic you'd like us to cover, email me at angela@speakersisterhood.com.  If you're interested in checking out a Speaker Sisterhood club and would like to learn more about membership, go to https://speakersisterhood.com/.  Learn more about Elizabeth Lesser and her books here. 
01:27:07
January 20, 2021
Ep 161 What does femininity have to do with it? With Serina Payan Hazelwood
Hot topic alert!! For our first regular episode as a duo, Joli and I decided to tackle a subject that has made us both scratch our head for years. We start off the episode sharing our experiences with what femininity has meant to us, how it shows up for us today, and the role it plays when it comes to speaking up and thinking about sisterhood. If you've ever struggled with fitting into society's narrow definition of what it means to be "feminine", I think you'll enjoy today's commentary and interview. Our guest is Serina Payan Hazelwood, a certified holistic sex educator, experienced-registered yoga teacher, and somatic drum circle facilitator. She brings body-centered, holistic approaches to her work, drawing on her study of religion and spirituality, ancestral trauma and healing, social justice, ecopsychology, and colonization. Serina has over 20 years of experience creating innovative approaches in the wellness field, leading programs that bring people together using accessible, intersectional modalities. Her methods are rooted in liberation and supported by the pillars of reclamation, ritual, and renewal. Serina’s liminal identities as a queer Indigenous-LatinX-European descendant make her a natural connector, messenger, and community healer. 
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January 13, 2021
Ep 160 Introducing My New Co-Host and Our Vision
Welcome to our first episode of 2021 and my first episode with a co-host! I'm excited to introduce Dr. Joli Hamilton to the show. You've heard her on past episodes like episode 150: How to Speak Up in Romantic Relationships, a bonus episode from February of 2020 called How to Gain Confidence to Speak Up, episode 134: An Announcement and An Offering, and episode 106: What Does One Year of Speaking Training Get You? Feel free to go back and listen if you want to learn more about her. We talk about: Joli's background and why she decided to do this What it's like to create a business partnership within a friendship How the podcast is evolving Our vision for the show Our fears when it comes to working on this show together Upcoming topics Have an idea for an upcoming guest or topic? Email me!
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January 6, 2021
Ep 159 Beginnings and Endings
Greetings from the Glitter Closet! Today's episode is sort of a continuation of the branding series because I talk about the branding process I've been going through the last few months and what it means for Speaker Sisterhood.  I share: My "why" New offerings for 2021 Endings that I've had this year What it means to be a Speaker Sister My branding process and what I learned An update on my exploration into my addictions An announcement about how this podcast is changing Thanks so much for listening. I'm looking forward to sharing more with you in 2021! 
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December 23, 2020
Ep 158 A Life Suspended with Nicole Hendrick Donovan
Today’s episode is a chance to go inside the writer’s process and also learn more about the experience of publishing a book about a personal experience. As many speakers are looking to share their personal stories and may want to publish them as well, I hope today’s episode inspires you to start writing. My guest today is Nicole Hendrick Donovan. She is an author, reflective storyteller, spiritual seeker, mother, and teacher.  In July of 2020, Nicole published A Life Suspended: A Mother and Son’s Story of Autism, Extinction Bursts, and Living a Resilient Life. In her book, she shares the journey of discovering her youngest son is on the Autism spectrum and the process of getting him the education and support he needs to thrive. We discuss: How Nicole decided to write her book How she came up with the title “A Life Suspended” and what it means Techniques she used to get herself to write how she decided what to share and what to leave out how she’s using online speaking to help her promote her book what writing the book did for her as a mother and a woman You can connect with Nicole on Instagram @nhdwrites and Facebook at Nicole Hendrick Donovan. To read her blog, or her book, visit her website at nhdwrites.com.
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December 16, 2020
Ep 157 Developing Your "Voice Brand" with David Wolf, Part 4 of The Branding Series
What is a voice brand? That's a good question! In part 4 of The Branding Series, I interview David Wolf, the creator of the "voice brand." He shares what it is, why it's important, what the different vehicles are for creating yours, and how to to know what approach to voice branding is best for you. If you've ever thought about using your voice for audiobooks, podcasting, or other audio experiences, you're going to love today's show.  My guest is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AudiVita Studio. For more than 32 years, David Wolf has been the creative director, music composer and/or producer of content for radio, TV, film, podcasts, audiobooks and multimedia. He created and hosted the Smallbiz America Podcast from 2005-2018. David created the Audivita Studio to apply his experience and the talents and skills of his virtual creative team to help companies, publishers, entrepreneurs, influencers and thought leaders grow their brands and businesses through podcasting, audiobooks, video and internet radio.  Learn more about David and AudiVita Studio here.
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December 9, 2020
Ep 156 How to Create High Quality Speaker Assets with Suz Chadwick - Part 3 of The Branding Series
Welcome to part 3 of The Branding Series! Speaker Assets...what are they? They're things like your website, your highlight reel, your social media profiles, etc. Basically they are the things event planners look at when trying to determine your credibility and brand. If you want to create some for yourself or improve the ones you already have, today's episode is for you. My guest is Suz Chadwick, a BOLD Business, Branding & Speaker Coach. With over 10 years as a brand consultant working with global brands as well as soloprenuers, Suz knows what works when it comes to creating a business & personal brand to connect and stands out. Suz is also the author of Play Big, Brand Bold, host of the popular Brand Builder's Lab podcast and the creator of Brand Builder's Academy, The Bold Speaker's Collective & Brand Leader's Lounge.  On today's episode, we discuss: Why speaker assets are important and where speakers go wrong The most common speaker assets event planners look for and how to create them What you should have on your speaker page to be taken seriously What you can build with no budget (it's more than you think!) The value of testimonials and how to use them correctly Learn more about Suz Chadwick 
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December 2, 2020
Ep 155 Build Your Brand Through Podcasting with Case Lane, Part 2 of The Branding Series
Have you ever thought about creating your own podcast? Or maybe you would like to be a guest on someone else’s podcast. If you’d like to build your brand through the explosive power of podcasting, look no further. Today’s guest is Case Lane. Case is a global writer, podcaster, entrepreneur, traveler, and the founder of Ready Entrepreneur. After a successful book promotion podcast tour, Case developed an approach to help professionals, writers, entrepreneurs and other public speakers understand and navigate the growing podcast industry as guest speakers. We discuss: why podcasting is a good place to show up if you are trying to build your brand how to find podcasts to pitch if you can’t afford an expensive PR agency how to write a pitch to be a guest on someone’s podcast how to prepare for an interview what to talk about to get the most out of the interview how to be a valuable guest after the show Learn more about Case Lane and her book and podcast
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November 25, 2020
Ep 154 WTF Is Branding with Maggie Bergin, Part 1 of The Branding Series
Today’s episode kicks off our four-part branding series. Branding became a hot topic around 10 years ago when the concept of creating a “personal brand” became more important. My goal in creating the series is to get you thinking about how you are showing up in the world, what you are known for, and how you can amplify your brand message and reach more people through a variety of marketing and communications methods. My first guest is Maggie Bergin. Maggie is a brand strategist on a mission to eliminate brand vagueness for womxn-owned businesses. She helps consultants, freelancers & side-hustlers build cohesive, irresistible brands by turning zones of genius & personalities into precise and compelling reasons for clients to hire you. Maggie wants womxn in business to BE UNDERSTOOD so their client lists and incomes grow. *Warning: This episode is not suitable for children* We discuss: How Maggie defines branding and why it's important What "brand vagueness" is and why we should avoid it What makes a brand cohesive and irresistible Examples of good and bad brands The six questions you should ask yourself when trying to determine your brand How to know if your brand is good or if it sucks Learn more about Maggie Follow Maggie on Instagram @beunderstoodbranding
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November 18, 2020
Ep 153 The Four Steps to Transform Fear of Public Speaking Into Confidence with Billie Shepard
Instead of trying to crush your fear (whatever that means), why not use it to build confidence? On today's episode, you'll learn how to do this using The Billie Shepard Presentation Method. Twenty years ago Billie founded Billie Shepard & Associates, leveraging her acting experience and unique training methods into the business arena; transforming corporate speakers into influential leaders. Her clients include Facebook, Uber, Intuit, and Rackspace. She is the author of The Billie Shepard Presentation Method, describing her methods and participant breakthrough stories of success, recently launched on Amazon. On today's episode we discuss:  The four steps in Billie's method and how to apply them: Body, voice, improvisation, intention How to transform your fear into energy and confidence The biggest mistakes speakers make and how to fix them Uncommon advice Billie offers Learn more about Billie Shepard Get The Billie Shepard Presentation Method on Amazon
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November 11, 2020
Ep 152 Asking for What You're Worth: The Money Episode with Caleb Guilliams
Today's episode was supposed to be focused on how to ask for what you're worth as a speaker, but we ended up talking about much more! Our conversation covers speaking, money, and what my guest has learned about both. Caleb Guilliams founded the company BetterWealth, authored the best-selling book "The AND Asset", hosts the Better Wealth Podcast, and speaks to thousands around the world.  He is a fascinating twenty-something who is changing the face of finance and sees each speaking engagement as a strategic networking opportunity and a chance to build his brand. Listen in as he shares his story of getting into the field of finance, how he charges for speaking engagements and leaves a lasting impression, what he does to make the most out of every time he's on stage, and what he has learned about using public speaking to build his company.  Take his BetterWealth financial assessment and find other free tools here. 
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November 4, 2020
Ep 151 Simplify Speech Prep with a Speech Framework with Mridu Parikh
Ever sat down at your computer to write a speech and then found yourself still sitting there an hour later with nothing written? You, my friend, are in need of a speech framework! My guest today is Mridu Parikh and she goes over the simple steps to create a speech that is simple to put together, easy to remember and even easier to present. Mridu is a productivity speaker and coach who helps high achieving women skyrocket their time and energy while squashing overwhelm. She is also the best-selling author of "Accomplish It: 7 Simple Actions To Get The Right Things Done And Achieve Your Goals." We discuss what gets in the way when we try to write a speech, the system she uses, and how she makes it easy for her audience to remember the key points in her speech. If you struggle with writing and remembering your speeches, this episode is for you!  Get Mridu’s FREE resource: 21 Killer Hacks To Stop Feeling Overwhelmed
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October 28, 2020
Ep 150 How to Speak Up in Romantic Relationships with Dr Joli Hamilton
She's back by popular demand! Dr Joli Hamilton is back on the podcast today to discuss how to speak up for what you want in your romantic relationship. Do you find you keep having the same argument over and over again? Are you feeling stagnant or stuck in your relationship? Maybe you know you want something different, but you're not sure how to get there.  On today's episode Joli and I go into the depths of what creates problems in a relationship and how to pull yourself out so you can create a relationship that reflects your desires and goals. Hint: It requires speaking up for what you want! It also requires doing some work and getting clear with yourself before you include your partner in the conversation. As always Joli is refreshingly honest about her own relationship journey and gives clear advice on how you can create a relationship you love.  Also! Joli's new book, Project Relationship: The Entrepreneur's Action Guide for Passionate, Sustainable Love is out today! You can get a free Kindle copy this week and all she asks in return is a review on Amazon to help more people find her book. Grab yours today! I just finished reading it and it is a must read for everyone! 
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October 20, 2020
Ep 149 Pivoting from In-Person Speaking Events to an Online Presence with Juju Hook
We're all navigating a world that is requiring us to communicate through screens more than ever before. That means public speakers who were once used to a stage are now having to present themselves through a camera. If you made money as a public speaker or used public speaking to sell your business, you've likely had to re-evaluate your strategy in a big way. My guest today is Juju Hook, a consultant, coach, and speaker who once used in-person events to promote her business. Today, her business looks much different.  We discuss: Juju’s big career switch in midlife and what inspired it How switching careers has made her see herself differently How Juju pivoted her business away from speaking on stages and toward virtual packages The new way she is helping her clients navigate the current business climate The marketing tools Juju used to engage her customers in new ways Juju’s major learnings from re-strategizing and rethinking her business this year What she will do differently in her business based on what she learned in 2020 Download Juju’s free self-assessment: “Discover Your Essence of Influence” You can find her branding blog at StrategicJuju.com and her program for PrimeTime women at PositivelyPrimeTime.com.
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October 14, 2020
Ep 148 How to Go from Speaker to Author with Honorée Corder
A very popular subject among public speakers is how to become an author.  But how do you turn your speaking topic into a book? Today's episode features my conversation with Honorée Corder, an executive and strategic book and publishing coach, TEDx speaker, and the author of more than 50 books including You Must Write a Book. Honorée passionately helps business professionals and entrepreneurs write, publish, and monetize their books, boost their brands, and get much more business. On today's show, we discuss: How Honorée got started as an author and has written over 50 books How she helps people turn their message into a book What Honorée asks speakers to determine if they are ready to write their book The writing process she recommends to aspiring authors How to organize your content so it’s ready for publishing Pros and cons of self-publishing versus traditional publishing Advice for co-authoring a book How a book can help a speaker or business owner beyond making money How to work with a ghost writer, including cost and process Get a free copy of Honoree’s book, You Must Write A Book Learn more about Honoree at HonoreeCorder.com
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October 7, 2020
Ep 147 Four Minutes of Truth, Part 2
Our first installment of Four Minutes of Truth last month was such a success that it's continuing (as I hoped!). On today's episode, you'll hear from four women on the following topics: finding the right words, living with cancer, a relationship with an unexpected friend, and what living your truth actually feels like.   Julia Becker Collins submitted her truth about living with cancer and she can be found at www.vision-advertising.com or @JuliaRivka on Instagram. If you are enjoying these submissions, please consider submitting your own for an upcoming episode! It's easy to do.  Here's how it works: 1. You pick a topic you want to talk about. It can be how you're feeling about life these days (rants are totally acceptable), an experience you had recently or in the past, a meaningful idea or concept, or a vision you have for the future. The only requirement is that it's you, speaking your truth. 2. You will record this on your own, speaking into the voice recorder app on your phone and then you'll email it to me. If you have earbuds with a mic, that's great. If not, you can talk directly into the phone and that also works well. (If you have better recording software, feel free to use that.) Recording in a quiet room is ideal, but if you want to record while going for a walk or out in the world, that works too! Just try to have good sound quality if you can. 3. I would love it if it was you just riffing, unscripted. It's fine to have a couple general points outlined, but I'd love it if you could speak from the heart without sounding like you're reading or reciting something. If you mess up, you don't have to stop and start over. Keeping it real is a big part of what I want to showcase! 4. You can do this anonymously, or you can introduce yourself. I just ask that you start the recording with one of the following: "My name is and this is my four minutes of truth..." OR "I'm submitting anonymously and this is my four minutes of truth..." *If you want your full name and website/a social media platform highlighted in the show notes, please note that in your email to me. Otherwise it will just show your first name.* 5. No topic is off limits and swearing is totally fine. Also, DON'T OVERTHINK IT! You can always submit another recording later if you want to talk about something else on a future episode. It doesn't have to be your life's manifesto or anything, just something that's on your mind or that you want to share. That being said, if you want to share something sacred or big, don't hesitate to do it. Email it to me at angela[at]speakersisterhood.com.  Looking forward to your submission.
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September 30, 2020
Ep 146 Ease Internal Chaos and Stress Using Your Voice and Body with Kelly Vogel
Today's show is a fun, interactive episode that gives you a chance to play along with your voice and body! My guest today is Kelly Vogel. Kelly is the founder of Sound Passage, a practice that helps people embody the power of their own voice through gentle sound and movement. Most episodes don't come with a user manual, but this one does. I recommend you find a quiet place where you can practice Kelly's teachings as we go. Her exercises are simple and as you'll learn, they make a big difference. We discuss why voice and body work are important and how they can impact you when doing difficult things, like giving a speech, having a hard conversation, or running a big meeting. Kelly shares voice and body warmups you can do anytime and you'll be able to practice them right along with us. Also! Speaker Sisterhood is presenting an online workshop featuring Kelly and her work on October 6th at 7pm ET. We will practice some of the exercises we tried on this episode and you'll learn other ways to stay present in your body during chaos and stress. You can register for that workshop here. More about Kelly: Originally from San Francisco, Kelly holds an MA in Literature and has been a college educator for over 20 years. She is also a singer-songwriter/pianist with three albums of original music. As an introvert, Kelly knows all-too-well the anxiety that public speaking and performing can generate. The creation and development of Sound Passage has been instrumental in helping her move from a place of vocal constraint to a place of inspiration. Kelly is a Learning Specialist at Smith College and lives in Easthampton, MA with her husband and daughter. Learn more about Kelly Vogel and Sound Passage Get Kelly's list of warm ups here Register for our online workshop October 6th
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September 23, 2020
Ep 145 Q&A Episode: Online Presentation Edition
The hot topic right now is online presentations and how to do them so you feel good and your audience pays attention. The areas of interest range from feeling comfortable in front of the camera to how to use the tech and engage the audience throughout your meeting. Fear not! I have answers for you and I even created an entire course on the subject that starts this Monday, September 21st. If you want more information than what I cover on today's episode, take a look at the course and get yourself a seat before registration closes on Sunday.  Here are the questions I answer on today's show: How do I setup my computer and lighting to get the best look? How can you create engagement when people don't have their camera on and you can't see them? How can I build an instant connection with a virtual audience? I want to have an engaging opening and usually I just feel like everyone is bored as soon as I start. I hate being on camera! How do I get over this? How do I field questions while trying to present? What if I don’t know the answer to a question? How do I deliver a script when it’s not possible to memorize it? Want to learn more?  Introducing my new course, Online Presenting Made Easy! This course is designed to take you from anxious and unsure to actually enjoying presenting (yes it is possible!). You’ll learn how to: create content that is meaningful, informative, and not salesy keep the audience engaged from start to finish so you’re not left wondering if anyone heard anything you said use the technology so it enhances your presentation instead of being a source of frustration present yourself with authenticity instead of sounding robotic and boring You’ll also get a chance to try out what you are learning in small group breakouts so you get immediate feedback and practice. The format of the course is four 75-minute live classes on Zoom each Monday night from 7:00-8:15pm ET starting September 21st. (September 21, 28, October 5, 12.) 45 minutes of each class are for teaching and the other 30 minutes are for you to practice. Want to learn more? Registration is now open! If you can’t make it live, all the classes will be recorded and available to watch anytime. I’ll be sending the recording link out every week after class for anyone who missed it.
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September 16, 2020
Ep 144 How Childhood Trauma Can Steal Your Voice as an Adult with Dr Omar Reda
Today's show is taking a rare turn into the world of mental health and trauma and how it influences our ability to use our voice. My guest is Dr. Omar Reda, a board-certified psychiatrist, Harvard-trained trauma expert, and Founder of Project Untangled, a model of care for trauma survivors. He has extensive experience and expertise in trauma-informed care, art and play therapy, refugee mental health, Muslim mental health, and the use of dialogue to combat hate. He is also the author of the book Untangled, A Go-To Guide for Caregivers of Traumatized Children, Families, and Communities. We discuss: The role of parents and what happens when they don't do their job What attachment is and why it's important for speaking up Types of trauma and how these experiences affect adults Why people who experienced trauma as children metaphorically lose their voice Strategies and tools for adults to learn how to speak up now Approaches for breaking the cycle of trauma and loving yourself more ________________________________________ Learn more about my new course, Online Presenting Made Easy! Registration is now open. Class starts September 21st. See you there!
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September 9, 2020
Ep 143 Four Minutes of Truth Series, Episode 1
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 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. 
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August 25, 2020
Ep 142 The Results: Being More Unreasonable and Apologizing Less
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...
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August 12, 2020
Ep 141 Being More Unreasonable and Apologizing Less
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 :)
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July 29, 2020
Ep 140 Four More Ways to Look and Feel Powerful, Confident and Relaxed While Speaking
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  
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July 15, 2020
Ep 139 Seven Reasons You Suck at Online Presentations
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!   
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July 1, 2020
Ep 138 The Answers Episode
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"  
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June 17, 2020
Ep 137 Who Are You Today? The Questions Episode
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. 
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June 3, 2020
Ep 136 Hi. How are you?
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.
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March 26, 2020
Ep 135 How to Make an Emotionally-Charged Topic Approachable and Fun with Rachel Richards
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  
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March 4, 2020
Bonus Episode: How to Gain Confidence to Speak Up with Dr Joli Hamilton
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.
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February 27, 2020
Ep 134 An Announcement and An Offering (and How We Got There)
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
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February 19, 2020
Ep 133 The Misunderstood Process of Selling with Nikki Rausch
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: Visit Nikki's website Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Twitter YouTube 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.
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February 5, 2020
Ep 132 How to Stand Behind a Bold Message with Rachel Braun Scherl
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.
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January 22, 2020
Ep 131 Build a Multimillion Dollar Consultancy Through Speaking with Jennifer Brown
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
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January 8, 2020
Ep 130 Protecting Your Content with Jamie Lieberman
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.
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December 4, 2019
Ep 129 Secrets of the Sisterhood Part 4 with Kathryn Pettrucelli and Carolyn Johnson
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. 
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November 20, 2019
Ep 128 Secrets of the Sisterhood Part 3 with Shauna Gullbrand and Kim Meninger
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.   
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November 6, 2019
Ep 127 Secrets of the Sisterhood Part 2 with Sandra Costello and Stacy Every
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!
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October 23, 2019
Ep 126 Secrets of the Sisterhood Part 1 with Lauren Simonds
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! 
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October 9, 2019
Ep 125 Jess Pettitt: Guest Mentor Summer Series Part 5
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/
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August 21, 2019
Ep 124 Lisa Braithwaite: Guest Mentor Summer Series Part 4
"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/
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August 7, 2019
Ep 123 Susan Lindner: Guest Mentor Summer Series Part 3
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/
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July 24, 2019
Ep 122 Amber Hurdle: Guest Mentor Summer Series Part 2
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/
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July 10, 2019
Ep 121 Lois Creamer: Guest Mentor Summer Series Part 1
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/   
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June 26, 2019
Ep 120 Three Years of Podcasting...and I Have Nothing to Say
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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June 12, 2019
Ep 119 I'm Scared and Doing It Anyway with Lauree Ostrofsky
I'm sure you can think of a time when fear stopped you. Maybe it was when you were thinking about asking for a raise, finding out if that attractive person liked you, writing that book, or taking that vacation to a far away land. Do you ever wish you could go back and do things differently? In today's episode, I interview Lauree Ostrofsky, a person who helps women leap. Her books are, "Simply Leap: Seven Lessons on Facing Fear and Enjoying the Crap out of Your Life,” and "I'm scared & doing it anyway," about reinventing her life after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.  We discuss: The moment Lauree's life changed and she started realizing the power in her thoughts Tips on how to do things that scare you What kinds of mistakes people make when it comes to taking action when fear is present The one core trait you have to be able to access to do things that scare you How being accommodating to others can get in the way of leading a fearless life And more! Find out more about Lauree's writing, speaking and hugging at SimplyLeap.com and @SimplyLeap on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Learn more about Lauree's books here.  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. Contact Rebecca through June 1 to receive a pack of four 15-second social media videos along with your full video. Reach out for a free phone consultation and quote, and to find out more at Toldvideo.com. Learn more about Speaker Sisterhood at https://speakersisterhood.com/
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May 22, 2019
Ep 118 Managing Stress and Self-Care Leading Up to a Speech with Crystal Farley
Have you ever signed up to give a presentation, and in the days or weeks leading up to it, regretted ever putting yourself in that situation? If so, you're not alone! Many speakers experience intense feelings of anxiety, fear, worry, and stress for varying amounts of time before they take the stage. The good news: It doesn't have to be this way! My guest today is Crystal Farley, chief story teller and co-creator for two successful podcasts, PTSD: People, Trauma, and Stress Discussed: an unfiltered truth, as well as Making of HERstory. Crystal is a national speaker on the topic of women’s advocacy in the workplace, and as a Certified Stress Management Maven, is the founder of C Far: Beyond the Box, an organizational stress management consulting business working to create a better foundation of stress management for employees. Crystal is a combat veteran and former woman of technology, having worked for companies like Apple, IBM, and HPE. What we cover on today's episode: How to manage feelings of anxiety, stress, and fear Tips for taking care of yourself when leading up to a big event (like a big presentation) Strategies for anxiety management Mistakes people make when trying to cope with difficult feelings What expectations have to do with taking away joy How to stop comparing yourself to others and have your own experience The value of being present before and during your speech and how to do this The roles rituals and accountability play in stress management Find Crystal at https://www.cfarbeyondthebox.com/ This episode is sponsored by Told Video: Original, thoughtful storytelling for your brand. Here to help you with your next step in marketing: a meaningful video. Let your story out into the world - get it Told. Contact Rebecca through June 1 to receive a pack of four 15-second social media videos along with your full video. Reach out for a free phone consultation and quote, and to find out more at Toldvideo.com. Learn more about Speaker Sisterhood at https://speakersisterhood.com/
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May 8, 2019
Ep 117 Turn Your Speaking Topic Into a Scalable Business with Jill Salzman
On today's episode, I interview Jill Salzman, founder of The Founding Moms, where she helps mom entrepreneurs build better businesses. She's a two-time author, co-host of Inc. Magazine’s top-rated entertaining business podcast, Breaking Down Your Business, TED speaker, and serial entrepreneur. We discuss how to take a topic you speak and write about and turn it into a scalable business that is bigger than you. I also discuss how I've done the same thing with my business, Speaker Sisterhood. We go over how we came to the conclusion that what we were talking about could be more than a speech, how we discovered our business models, how we got started, what we've learned about licensing (the good, bad and ugly), and advice for others wanting to start a scalable business.  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. Contact Rebecca through June 1 to receive a pack of four 15-second social media videos along with your full video. Reach out for a free phone consultation and quote, and to find out more at Toldvideo.com. Learn more about Jill: https://foundingmoms.com/ Find her books: The Best Business Book In The World Found It: A Field Guide for Mom Entrepreneurs Listen to her podcast: https://breakingdownyourbusiness.com/ Want to recommend a topic or guest? Email me!
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April 24, 2019
Ep 116 How to Turn Your Life Experiences Into a Speaking Business with Josh Shipp
How do you turn your life experiences into a speech and then a passion-fueled business? In today’s episode, I interview Josh Shipp, an author, speaker, and global youth empowerment expert renowned for the documentary TV series on A&E. He has written two national bestsellers to date, “The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans” and “The Teen’s Guide to World Domination.” Josh is regularly called on by Oprah, CNN, FOX, The New York Times, 20/20, Good Morning America, and others to provide commentary on common challenges faced by parents and teachers. What we discuss in today’s interview: How Josh went from at-risk foster child to prominent speaker How he turned his struggles and experiences into the basis of his work How to be compelling and build a brand and following Advice for speakers who are hesitant about using their life stories in their work What it was like to speak in front of 55,000 people And more! Find out more about Josh at https://joshshipp.com/ This episode is sponsored by Told Video: Original, thoughtful storytelling for your brand. Here to help you with your next step in marketing: a meaningful video. Let your story out into the world - get it Told. Contact Rebecca through June 1st to receive a pack of four 15-second social media videos along with your full video. Reach out for a free phone consultation and quote, and find out more at Toldvideo.com.
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April 10, 2019
Ep 115 How Public Speaking Can Expand Your Time with John K Coyle
Today's episode is mind bending and eye opening. I hope you've had your coffee! My guest is John K. Coyle, #TheTimeGuy. John is a world leading expert in innovation and Design Thinking, and best-selling author of Design For Strengths: Applying Design Thinking to Individual and Team Strengths (2018) and The Art of Really Living Manifesto (2016). A graduate of Stanford University’s Product Design Program, John is an NBC sports analyst, two-time TEDx presenter, and sought-after keynote speaker. He earned an Olympic silver medal for speedskating. In this episode we talk about how to "design for your strengths" and also expand time through choosing experiences that have depth and breadth.  John also explains: what he means by “innovate the human experience”  the differences between chronological time and experiential time  why time speeds up as we age what crying has to do with slowing down time what “event horizon moments” are and why are they important what "flow state" means and how you know you're in it the difference between being afraid of something and being bad at something what public speaking has to do with all of this ------ Learn more: John's website John's books John's TEDx talks This episode is sponsored by Speaking School for Women, an online course for women who want to become professional speakers. Learn about branding, marketing, pitching, pricing, speechcraft, and more. Build your entire speaking business in a month. Go to https://speakersisterhood.thinkific.com to learn more. 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. Contact Told through June 1st to receive a pack of four 15-second social media videos along with your full video. Reach out for a free phone consultation and quote, and to find out more. Learn more at Toldvideo.com. Leave a review on iTunes to share the love! Your review may be read in an upcoming episode and result in a free gift for you.  Have a guest idea? Email us! Angela@speakersisterhood.com
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March 20, 2019
Ep 114 Part 3: The Top Five Secrets to Becoming a Paid Speaker Mini-Course
Welcome to the final part of my three-part mini course, The Top Five Secrets to Becoming a Paid Speaker. If you’ve been learning a lot and enjoying the process of thinking through what your speaking business might look like, my 6-module online course, Speaking School for Women, might be for you! In this course, you'll take a deeper dive into everything covered in the mini course and also get support and guidance from me along the way. The course re-launches tomorrow right here. The first 15 women to register on launch day will get a free 60-minute speechcraft session with me! Be sure to enroll early if you know you are ready for this next step. Here’s what you’ll learn in today’s episode: how to price yourself so you don’t under or over charge and lose out on the gig the most popular questions I’m asked about professional speaking what to expect from Speaking School for Women Again, find out more about Speaking School, all the cool bonuses that come during this 5 day special launch period, and enroll here. Hope to see you there!
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March 5, 2019
Ep 113 Part 2: The Top Five Secrets to Becoming a Paid Speaker Mini-Course
Welcome to part two of my three-part mini course, The Top Five Secrets to Becoming a Paid Speaker. The purpose of this mini course is give you a little road map to getting started on your way to professional speaking. I’m trying to demystify the process and offer you the secrets I wished I learned when I was starting out. 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 episode: tools to be seen as an expert by others strategies to pitch yourself as the perfect person for a gig why you don’t want to be everywhere and how to share your expertise with the right people If you'd rather watch this mini-course on video, you can get it here.  Stay tuned, part 3 is coming soon...
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March 3, 2019
Ep 112 Part 1: The Top Five Secrets to Becoming a Paid Speaker Mini-Course
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...
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March 1, 2019
Ep 111 Seth Godin on Public Speaking, Fear, and Business
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 Toldvideo.com. Contact Told before March 1st for 15% off a video project.  
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February 20, 2019
Ep 110 How to do Anything with Mark Metry
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 Toldvideo.com. 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! Angela@speakersisterhood.com.          
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February 6, 2019
Ep 109 Q&A Episode
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 angela@speakersisterhood.com. 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 Toldvideo.com. Contact Told before March 1st for 15% off a video project.    
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January 23, 2019
Ep 108 Four Ways to Look and Feel Powerful, Confident and Relaxed While Speaking
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 Toldvideo.com. Contact Told before March 1 for 15% off a video project.  
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January 9, 2019
Ep 107 My Top Five Lessons of 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 angela@speakersisterhood.com. 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 Toldvideo.com.
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December 26, 2018