Claim the Stage: A Podcast About Public Speaking and Speaking Up
By Angela Lussier
Claim the Stage is a podcast for women who want to learn how to speak on stage, online, and speak up in life. 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. Learn more about joining a speaking club: www.speakersisterhood.com
Ep 216 Your Permission Slip
Today's episode is a mini farewell episode. I'm taking the summer off from the podcast! I know I've done this before, and now I'm doing it again. It's also a permission slip for you to say no to more things so you can take more time for yourself and the things you want to be doing. Where can you pause, quit, or otherwise say NO THANKS and bow out? Hopefully today's episode will give you the support and inspiration you need to join me on the bench this summer. See you in September!
May 25, 2022
Ep 215 Three Ways to Manage a Vulnerability Hangover
You shared something personal. You allowed yourself to be judged and get feedback. You did something scary in front of other people. And now... You have a vulnerability hangover. How do you know? You’re saying… OMG I did that wrong I overshared My speech was boring I was the worst in the group I totally bombed that I can never go back there Everyone else was so much better What next? You're stuck in a loop of negative thinking and you can't get out. On today's episode, I share three ways to manage your vulnerability hangover so it doesn't own you! Want to join a public speaking club and improve your speaking skills? Check out a Speaker Sisterhood club right here. Guests are free anytime.
May 18, 2022
Ep 214 Open and Close Your Speech with Confidence & Impact
Struggle with how to start your speech in a way that grabs your audience's attention? Have a hard time wrapping it up succinctly? Today's episode is for you! I share a few strategies you can use again and again to start and end your speech on a strong note. No more rambling, apologizing, or worrying - just use these tips and your presentations will always shine! Learn more about Speaker Sisterhood and our clubs.
April 27, 2022
Ep 213 The Art of Keeping It Simple
You've probably heard "less is more." This statement couldn't be more true when it comes to public speaking and crafting a powerful talk. On today's episode, I break down the three ways to keep your speeches simple and effective. They are: If I could only tell someone three things, what would they be? When storytelling, use vivid details, but don’t get lost in unnecessary details. Always ask: Is this relevant? If it’s not, get rid of it. Less is more! Make simple, clear points and reinforce them throughout your speech. Listen in as I share how to go about using this advice on today's episode of Claim the Stage!
April 13, 2022
Ep 212 Start a Speaking Business at 50 with Maria Romano
Wondering if it's too late to get started as a professional speaker? Today's episode is for you! Maria Romano is the founder of True Love Knots. She started her business in her 50s after her husband, Frank, passed away. She got back into the dating world and discovered it was dramatically different. Today she coaches people on how to be successful at dating and found her passion. Maria is also a professional speaker and performs wedding ceremonies, baptisms, and end-of-life celebrations. She is the author of Going from Just One to Plus One which hit #1 on the Amazon bestseller lists. On today's episode, Maria shares her three best pieces of advice for women who want to start a speaking business later in life. She says building a community of coaches and supporters, clarifying your message, and just getting started were key to her success. Listen in as she shares her story and more! Get Maria's online course, Become a Rockstar Officiant here. Check out her book here. Register for Speaking School for Women, my signature six-week course to turn you into a paid speaker. Registration closes April 6th!
March 30, 2022
Ep 211 Five Secrets to Become a Paid Speaker
Have you been dreaming about speaking on bigger stages, taking your expertise to more audiences, and getting paid for your expertise? If you're wondering if you're ready for this step, this episode will help you decide. Learn the five secrets to becoming a paid speaker and then check out my new course, Speaking School for Women, launching next week. Sign up for our mailing list at speakersisterhood.com or get on the waiting list by contacting us! Sign up for our free webinar on March 30th: Build Your Brand Through Speaking here. Transform your public speaking with my 60 Minute Public Speaking Makeover here.
March 23, 2022
Ep 210 What If I'm Boring? Three Ways to Bring It!
Have you ever found yourself saying this before a presentation? "What if I’m boring? I’m afraid everything I say everyone has already heard." If so, you are definitely not alone! Instead of focusing on having the most unique ideas, what if you focused on giving advice that is tried and true, and in your own style? On today's show, I share three ways to bring your own brilliance to your words. Sometimes it's not what you say, it's how you say it. My three tips: Brilliance is putting your own spin on things in your own brilliant way. Your audience wants YOU, not a perfectly crafted persona of you. Take risks with your presentations. Include things no one would expect: Costumes, props, videos, games, etc. Want more information about Speaking School for Women? Get on the waiting list by emailing me at email@example.com!
March 09, 2022
Ep 209 DIY Your PR with Amanda Berlin
If you want to build a business as a speaker, coach, or author, getting visibility will make all the difference. Visibility is also important if you're trying to build a personal brand as a leader in your field. But how do you get visibility if you're just starting out? On today's show, Amanda Berlin, PR expert, shares how to DIY your PR so you can get yourself out there. She says there are three key types of visibility: Collaborations and alliances, speaking and events, and media. But how do you know where to start? Amanda breaks it all down and even offers a free training at the end to give you more helpful tips. Links from the episode: Want one of the last three seats in Speaker Sisterhood Express? Get registered here. Transform your public speaking with my 60 Minute Public Speaking Makeover here. Get Amanda's free training: The Three Pillars of Visibility Check out Amanda's live two day event: Pitch School Live More about Amanda: After more than a decade in the New York City public relations world, Amanda Berlin now uses her pitch powers for good. She helps entrepreneurs step into their presence, create a story that inspires others, and spread their message in the media. Amanda and her clients have been featured in all types of media — from Business Insider to Entrepreneur on Fire and from WNYW Fox 5 to Bustle.com. She's the host of The Empowered Publicity Podcast and loves arming soul-powered business owners with the ideas and skill-set they need to go from hidden industry gem to recognizable trusted expert. Amanda has created a library of template guides and trainings and works one on one with clients to guide them to strategic story-telling and media relations based on her 12 years of experience guiding strategy for major brands in the corporate world. Amanda and her clients have been featured in all types of media — from Business Insider to Entrepreneur on Fire and from WNYW Fox 5 to Bustle.com. She's the host of The Empowered Publicity Podcast and loves arming soul-powered business owners with the ideas and skill-set they need to go from hidden industry gem to recognizable trusted expert. Amanda has spoken on the topics of visibility, publicity, and entrepreneurship at BizChix Live, Style Collective Raleigh and New York City, Body Local, Hoboken Entrepreneur Group, and more.
March 02, 2022
Ep 208 Small Tweaks, Big Changes with Kathy Vines
Do you consider yourself to be a pretty good public speaker? Maybe even a great speaker? It's possible you're getting the job done, but there's always room for improvement. As you'll hear in part four of our four part series with Speaker Sisterhood club leaders and members, today's guest came to our clubs to make small tweaks with an eye on big changes. My guest today is Kathy Vines, a Certified Professional Organizer, owner of Clever Girl Organizing, and certified coach (CTACC) and professional resume writer through Kathy Vines Coaching. On today's show, Kathy describes her desire to go from being a trainer to being a more inspirational speaker through the use of storytelling and audience engagement techniques. She got the chance to test these new skills in her Speaker Sisterhood club before showing up in front of her audience and saw the difference right away. If you want to take your skills to the next level, listen to today's episode and take a look at our new program, Speaker Sisterhood Express. This is our new six-month, accelerated public speaking training program launching next month. Registration closes today at 5pm ET and more information can be found here. More about Kathy: Kathy Vines has been a solopreneur times two since 2013. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Clever Girl Organizing, based in Melrose, MA. She works with people to help untangle their relationship to stuff and create the systems to conquer the chaos around them, and these days, she does it all virtually. Kathy is also a certified coach (CTACC) and professional resume writer through Kathy Vines Coaching. She helps Gen X and Older Millennials with their career strategy, LinkedIn presence, and resumes as they navigate what comes next for them in their professional life. She’s been bringing her ideas to audiences from the stage and the zoom screen for years. She is the author of the book, “Clever Girl’s Guide to Living with Less: Break Free from Your Stuff, Even When Your Head and Heart Get in the Way”. She has appeared regularly in Better Homes and Gardens, Real Simple, the Boston Globe and the Washington Post. She even appeared in a segment about fridge organization on “Inside Edition.” That video has been viewed on YouTube over 2.5 million, though she has no idea why. Kathy loves creating clarity and aha moments for people, whether it is figuring out how they should spend the next 20 years of their career, or the best place to put their keys so they stop losing them, once and for all.
February 23, 2022
Ep 207 Nothing to Hide with Jennifer Cummings Hillery
Today's episode is part three of a four-part series with Speaker Sisterhood club leaders and members. I put this series together for you because I'm always asked how Speaker Sisterhood is different than Toastmasters, why it's only for women, and what you learn if you sign up. On today's show, I interview Jennifer Cummings Hillery, Speaker Sisterhood member and club leader. Jen shares that she originally checked out Speaker Sisterhood because her friend was starting a club in her community and she wanted to see what it was all about. When she arrived, she was surprised by what she found. That was three years ago and she is still a member of that club and has run her own club for over two years. Listen as Jen talks about her fears around showing emotion while speaking and how she deals with that today, what she has learned about practice, why listening is important, and how being part of a supportive community has helped her on her speaking journey. If you'd like to check out Jen's club, you can do so here. We also have a brand new program called Speaker Sisterhood Express and registration is open until February 24th! It's an accelerated public speaking training program you can participate in from the comfort of your own couch. New clubs are launching in March and they are limited to 10 women per club. Learn more about Speaker Sisterhood Express and register here. More about my guest: Jennifer Cummings Hillery is a lawyer, an active volunteer in her community and a published writer. As an attorney, Jennifer was recognized for her writing skills and oral advocacy. After taking a break from the legal world, Jennifer has found great fulfillment volunteering and serving on the boards of various not-for-profit organizations, political campaigns, and as an elected Town Meeting Member. She was recently awarded an "Outstanding Service Award" from her Alma mater, Skidmore College. Her community involvement has solidified her belief that anything is possible when committed, hardworking, thoughtful individuals come together to support a common goal. She is honored that two of her Speaker Sisterhood club speeches are included in the Speaker Sisterhood compilation book, “Secrets of the Sisterhood: 45 Stories of Love, Truth and Power.” Jennifer loves spending time with her family – husband, three children, two cats, and a dog – who constantly remind her of the joy that exists in all the little things in life.
February 16, 2022
Ep 206 I Now Know I'm Worthy with Liz Nania
Today's episode is part two of a four-part series with Speaker Sisterhood club leaders and members. I put this series together for you because I'm always asked how Speaker Sisterhood is different than Toastmasters, why it's only for women, and what you learn if you sign up. On today's show, I interview Liz Nania, Speaker Sisterhood member. I asked Liz to come on the show to share the benefits she's gained through her membership. I think you'll be surprised by some of them! If you've been thinking about checking out Speaker Sisterhood, now is a great time. We have a brand new program launching today called Speaker Sisterhood Express! It's an accelerated public speaking training program you can participate in from the comfort of your own couch. New clubs are launching in March and they are limited to 10 women per club. Learn more about Speaker Sisterhood Express and register here. More about my guest: Liz Nania is the director and founder of OUT to Dance, an award-winning dance studio where adults learn salsa, swing, ballroom, wedding dance, and more; and where both LGBTQ and straight folks are warmly welcomed. Classes and private lessons are offered virtually on Zoom and in-person in Boston. Liz is also a lifelong visual artist. You can find her dance studio at OUTtoDance.com, and her art at LizNania.com.
February 09, 2022
Ep 205 How to Stop Playing a Character with Becky Vesce
Today's episode kicks off a four-part series with Speaker Sisterhood club leaders and members. I put this series together for you because I'm always asked how Speaker Sisterhood is different than Toastmasters, why it's only for women, and what you learn if you sign up. On today's show, I interview Becky Vesce, veteran Speaker Sisterhood club leader and member. Becky is also the club leader who will be leading our newest program, Speaker Sisterhood Express, which you will learn about at the end of today's show. Listen to find out: What Becky learned about sisterhood while participating in her club How she went from someone who felt she had to play a character in her own life to being herself in every situation How she stopped talking just to fill space and found out how to tell a story that connects with her audience The surprising things Becky is doing today as a result of what she gained through her membership Learn more about Speaker Sisterhood Express and get on the waiting list here. Follow Becky on TikTok or Instagram
February 05, 2022
Ep 204 The Public Speaking Makeover Quiz
On today's show, I'm combining a makeover with a quiz...all for you! Today's episode continues January's theme of "connection" and I cover: 1. The difference between a comfort zone and a comfiness zone (and why you really need the latter!) 2. The Public Speaking Quiz and where you stand on various elements of speaking and speaking up. 3. We cover your results and what it all means for you. If you want to get more information and register for The 60 Minute Public Speaking Makeover, hop over here. This class will take place Tuesday, February 8th at 12:00pm ET. Registration is now open! Can't attend live? No problem, I'll send you the recording. Hope to see you there!
February 02, 2022
Ep 203 Connecting with Your Money Story with Danielle Hayden
How do you connect the expertise you offer to asking for money as a speaker? What are the three things speakers should be thinking about if they want to make money and get paid to speak in 2022? These are the questions I ask today's guest, Danielle Hayden. Danielle is a reformed corporate CFO and co-owner of Kickstart Accounting, Inc. She is on a mission to help speakers understand their numbers so they can increase their profitability and take home pay. Danielle shares her three best tips for speakers when it comes to making money and your money story. We discuss: the importance of knowing how much money you need to make in order to set your rates knowing what your money mindset is the value of getting comfortable with discomfort Here are the podcasts and books she mentions: Danielle's podcast: Entrepreneur Money Stories Money Magic by Laurence Kotlikoff The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel You're a Bad Ass at Making Money by Jen Sincero Get Danielle's 5 Day Video Bootcamp: 5 days to transform your financial fear to financial clarity More about Danielle: After spending 10+ years in the boardroom as a corporate finance officer, Danielle is now in her sweet spot as the owner of Kickstart Accounting, Inc. where she helps business owners with bookkeeping, financial analysis, and education and as the author of the Profit Planner book series. When Danielle isn’t crunching numbers on her clients’ behalf or crafting the next iteration of the Profit Planner, you can find her hanging with her two kids as she inspires them to lead their fullest lives or doing any, and almost every fitness-related activity ranging from Spartan races to pilates.
January 26, 2022
Ep 202 The #1 Reason You're Uncomfortable Speaking
Welcome to episode two of my new format, "three things". In case you missed last week, each episode will feature three things to help you. Of course I'm always focused on speaking, but that can mean a lot of things! This month's theme is "Connection" and I continue talking about different ways to connect with your audience, yourself, and your friends. Today's three things are: 1. The hidden benefit of making more mistakes 2. The #1 reason you're uncomfortable speaking 3. The Connection Quiz (and what it says about you!) Tune in each week as I offer tips, stories, interviews, resources and more. If you'd like to check out the Inc.com article I covered in today's show, read it here. -------------- View my new course, Public Speaking for Shy Creatives, and get one free month of Skillshare! Go here. Want to improve your public speaking skills and check out a Speaker Sisterhood club as a guest? Your first meeting is free and all clubs are meeting online. Find the club that works for you here.
January 19, 2022
Ep 201 Three Things for You
Happy New Year! It's good to be back. I'm trying something new on the podcast! Each episode will feature three curated things that I think can help you. Of course I'm always focused on speaking, but that can mean a lot of things! On today's show, I introduce this new format and give you three things that all center on the theme of connection. In fact, the entire month of January is about connection! Tune in each week as I offer tips, stories, interviews, resources and more. ------------ If you'd like to check out my new course, Public Speaking for Shy Creatives, and get one free month of Skillshare, go here. Want to improve your public speaking skills and check out a Speaker Sisterhood club as a guest? Your first meeting is free and all clubs are meeting online. Find the club that works for you here.
January 12, 2022
Ep 200 Twelve Ways to be Awesome in 2022
I know you're already awesome, but if you want to continue building on your awesomeness, you'll love today's episode! It's episode 200 and it's packed with stories, ideas, and tips from things I learned this year. I hope you love it! This'll be my last episode of this year and I'll be back in January with more fun. Enjoy! ---------- If you'd like to check out my new course, Public Speaking for Shy Creatives, and get one free month of Skillshare, go here. Want to improve your public speaking skills and check out a Speaker Sisterhood club as a guest? Your first meeting is free and all clubs are meeting online. Find the club that works for you here.
December 15, 2021
Ep 199 Using Mindfulness to Ease the Stress of Speaking with Theresa Wiggins
You've likely heard of mindfulness by now, perhaps you have even studied and practiced it. But have you thought about how mindfulness can improve the process of putting together a speech, delivering that speech, and processing the whole experience afterwards? On today's show, I interview Theresa Wiggins, a mindfulness coach, Speaker Sisterhood club leader, and owner of Village Parenting. Theresa kicks off the episode by leading a three minute mindfulness exercise to demonstrate how it works and then we launch right into the benefits, the science behind it, and how to apply it in the various stages of the speech creation and presentation phases. You can learn more about Theresa's work at Village Parenting here or check out her Speaker Sisterhood club as a guest here. More about Theresa: Theresa Wiggins speaks on a variety of topics including parenting, mindfulness, family engagement in education, as well as her own journey with mental health. With over 20 years combined experience in the fields of education and coaching, she integrates her passion for kids, families, and education into Village Parenting. Theresa teaches mindfulness, is a parenting coach, and provides consultation and staff development to schools. Village Parenting seeks to build bridges between home and school in order to improve the education and happiness for the whole child. ---------- If you'd like to check out my new course, Public Speaking for Shy Creatives, and get one free month of Skillshare, go here.
December 08, 2021
Ep 198 Got Anxiety Over Speaking? Do This! Featuring Judy Grupenhoff
Public speaking, speaking up, being singled out...all of these activities can lead to serious fear and anxiety. In fact, you may feel so much fear and anxiety about them that all of your life decisions are made in an effort to avoid them. If this is you, you are going to love today's episode. My guest today is Judy Grupenhoff, MEd, NBC-HWC. She is an Integrative Wellness Coach, HeartMath® Certified Trainer and Interventions Professional. She specializes in anxiety coaching with a focus on the neurobiology of change and self-compassion. For over 10 years she has been helping women of all ages learn practical brain-based skills to calm the nervous system, quiet inner critical dialogs, and live with greater power, peace and possibility. We discuss: The neurobiology of self-criticism vs self-compassion The difference between anxiety and fear Neural pathways and the role they play in anxiety and fear The three essential steps to calm an anxious brain How to shift your thinking to self compassion Learn more about Judy and get her 3 Steps to Calm an Anxious Brain. ---------- If you'd like to check out my new course, Public Speaking for Shy Creatives, and get one free month of Skillshare, go here. Want to improve your public speaking skills and check out a Speaker Sisterhood club as a guest? Your first meeting is free and all clubs are meeting online. Find the club that works for you here.
December 01, 2021
Ep 197 Speak Up, Dammit! With Hope Timberlake
How many times have you had something you wanted to say, but stopped yourself in fear of being wrong, looking stupid, or being the center of attention? My guest today, Hope Timberlake, is a speaker, trainer and author who focuses on the communication side of leadership. She is here to talk about her new book, Speak Up, Dammit! How to Quiet Your Fears, Polish Your Presence and Share Your Voice and offer you actionable tips for speaking up. We discuss: The main reasons people don’t speak up Helpful techniques to help with speaking up The benefit of pausing while speaking and one technique to help build this skill Techniques for using facial expressions to build connection with your audience Tips for connecting and looking warm and welcoming in a virtual environment The importance of energy, how to infuse passion into your speech, and the role voice modulation plays The importance of creating a Speak Up role model or alternate persona The Speak Up Structure Tool and how it works for creating a compelling speech Find Hope's book here More about my guest: Hope Timberlake is a speaker, trainer and author who focuses on the communication side of leadership. She is passionate about persuasive messaging, relationship building, executive presence, developing others, and elevating the voices of women and those underrepresented in leadership. Her book, Speak Up, Dammit! How to Quiet Your Fears, Polish Your Presence and Share Your Voice was released in October, 2021. Hope works with executives and their teams across many industries at companies including AirBnB, Autodesk, Bank of America, BlackRock, Dropbox, Intel, PlayStation, Splunk and many scaling start-ups. By creating rapport and building trust, Hope successfully empowers people to excel as communicators and leaders. Her energy, creativity and results-oriented approach make her keynotes and workshops impactful, engaging and entertaining Hope earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and completed a Masters degree at University of California, Berkeley. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, teenaged children and dog Mona. ---------- If you'd like to check out my new course, Public Speaking for Shy Creatives, and get one free month of Skillshare, go here. Want to improve your public speaking skills and check out a Speaker Sisterhood club as a guest? Your first meeting is free and all clubs are meeting online. Find the club that works for you here.
November 17, 2021
Ep 196 Five Simple Ways to Improve Your Presentations
Even great speakers could use more tips and tricks to improve their speaking skills. If you're looking for simple tweaks that will make a huge difference, look no further. I share five ways to improve your presentations without much effort at all. Try one or try them all! You'll be glad you did. The list: Always ask yourself the three key questions before building your talk. Start and end strong. Use vocal variety. Present yourself with power through a strong stance. Build your own pre-speech ritual (like a baseball player) If you'd like to check out my new course, Public Speaking for Shy Creatives, and get one free month of Skillshare, go here. Want to improve your public speaking skills and check out a Speaker Sisterhood club as a guest? Your first meeting is free and all clubs are meeting online. Find the club that works for you here.
November 10, 2021
Ep 195 The Dandelion Marketing Strategy
What is the Dandelion Marketing Strategy? I'm glad you asked! On today's show, I share a recent thought I had while at the park with my son and how it relates to sharing our messages about what we do. If you struggle with sharing your voice, being seen through your marketing, or putting your message out into the world, today's episode is for you! I share the four key elements of the Dandelion Marketing Strategy, why they are all equally important, and how to use them for your work. If you try out what I share today and want to tell me about how it's going, email me! firstname.lastname@example.org
November 03, 2021
Ep 194 Reboot: Slay Self-Sabotage with Kelly Coffey
Today’s show is a reboot of episode 11 which aired in July of 2016! This is possibly my favorite interview of all and I’m excited to bring it back for your listening pleasure. My guest today is Kelly Coffey, a personal trainer who used to weigh over 300 pounds. She is the voice behind the blog at strongcoffey.com where she helps women who struggle with their weight and their choices to get happily grounded in healthier habits. Her work gets down to the root of why we sabotage ourselves and the tools she teaches are just as relevant to women in the speaking business as they are to women who are trying to improve their health. In this episode, you'll learn how Kelly went from personal trainer to becoming a top speaker and thought leader in the fitness field, why we sabotage ourselves, important signs to pay attention to if you are sabotaging yourself (and what to do next), the mental tricks to attacking self-sabotage, an ideal way to behave if you are afraid to speak on stage, and where to focus your attention once making the decision to move out of self-sabotage. Check out Kelly's free, life-changing, hour-long online masterclass for women only - Coffey's Four Step System to Lose Weight Without Losing Yourself. Claim your free seat here Check out my Skillshare class, Public Speaking for Shy Creatives, here
October 27, 2021
Ep 193 Behind the Scenes of Making a Skillshare Class
Have you ever thought about making an online course? Or, have you made one that didn't turn out so well and you're wanting to take a new approach? On today's episode, I take you behind the scenes of my new Skillshare course, Public Speaking for Shy Creatives: How to be Relaxed and Confident. I talk about the idea phase, creating content, producing the videos, post-production, and the mistakes I made along the way. If you've been thinking about creating an online course but don't know where to start, this episode will give you tips to get you moving. If you'd like to check out my new course and get one free month of Skillshare, go here. Here's more information about my course: I’ll cover four strategies to help you feel and look more confident, relaxed, and prepared on camera, on screen, and on stage. If you’re interested in building a creative business, freelancing, becoming a speaker, being interviewed on podcasts, or showing up more on social media, you will love this class. You’ll complete a class project that will teach you how to build your own pre-speech ritual so you are in the best mindset and have the most engaging content to present every time. Key takeaways include: How to go from dreading public speaking to creating a mindset of connection and service The three key questions you need to ask yourself to build an engaging, powerful presentation every time How to show up with magnetic energy so your audience is excited to hear from you How to use your notes effectively Practice tips to help you set yourself up for success every time Check it out!
October 20, 2021
Ep 192 Are You Using the Language of Leadership? With Joel Schwartzberg
If you want to get back to basics and have a refresher course on the fundamentals of communication, speaking, and leadership, this episode is for you. My guest today is Joel Schwartzberg. You may remember him from one of our most popular episodes, How to Make a Point That Sticks. Joel is a leadership communications coach and author and today he brings his tips to help you create a "language of leadership." Joel's key message: "The most powerful tool you have as a leader—to inform, engage, and inspire—is your voice. Yet all too often, our words fall flat; we get caught in our head, fail to truly understand our audience, or simply flub the landing. But it’s our words and awareness of their impact that make the difference between simply managing teams and inspiring them to do their best work. " We discuss: Why some women come across as aggressive if they are straight forward The importance of gender neutral language Ideas around what to do if you are interrupted in a meeting and how to deal with that Why leaders need to focus their communication on inspiration, not just information The importance of shifting language from merely sharing problems to solving them Do’s and don’ts for conveying empathy and hope Easy ways leaders can improve the effectiveness of meetings through communication The three simple words that quickly reveal if you’re getting your point across or not More about Joel: Joel Schwartzberg is a leadership communications coach whose clients include American Express, Blue Cross Blue Shield, State Farm Insurance, the Brennan Center for Justice, and Comedy Central. Joel’s articles on effective communication have appeared in Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, and Toastmaster magazine. He is the author of Get to the Point! Sharpen Your Message and Make Your Words Matter, which Seth Godin calls “a manifesto for giving talks that make a difference,” and The Language of Leadership: How to Engage and Inspire Your Team, which Kevin Eikenberry says “will make your communication more purposeful, meaningful, and inspirational.” Learn more about Joel and his coaching practice here. Get Joel's new book, The Language of Leadership Want to improve your public speaking skills and check out a Speaker Sisterhood club as a guest? Your first meeting is free and all clubs are meeting online. Find the club that works for you here.
October 13, 2021
Ep 191 You Don't Have To Go It Alone with Molly Keehn Ed.D.
How many times have you set a goal for yourself and then either abandoned it, came up with reasons not to do it, or lost motivation and forgot why it was important to begin with? Doing something new, something big, or something different comes along with challenges and oftentimes when we set out to do these things alone, we don't succeed. Why does this happen? My guest today is Molly Keehn Ed.D., an educator, co-founder of CoJourn and co-author of the book, “CoJourn: Harnessing the Power of Connection to Tune into Your Wisdom, Achieve Your Goals, and Create the Life You Want.” Along with co-founder Karl Henricksen, she helps people make changes in their lives in a structured and connected way. On today's show, we discuss the benefits of having an accountability partner when setting out to accomplish a goal, the eight core components of her program and why they are important to a successful partnership, the role of self-compassion, and how to create a "guiding theme" to keep you focused on what you say you want. Molly also shares her own academic research on the subject while giving us a glimpse into her guiding themes and how they are going. Learn more about CoJourn here or get the book here. Check out the meditations Molly mentioned in the episode: Kristen Neff's meditations and exercises Chris Germer's 6 minute self-compassion break Want to improve your public speaking skills and check out a Speaker Sisterhood club as a guest? Your first meeting is free and all clubs are meeting online. Find the club that works for you here.
October 06, 2021
Ep 190 Are You Standing In Your Way? With Lisa Fabrega
Today's episode is a must-listen if you have been struggling to figure out what is stopping you from being where you want to be, having what you want to have, or doing what you say you want to do. Today's guest is Lisa Fabrega, a personal transformation advisor who supports ambitious women as they strive to create a deep and lasting impact on the world. Her advice blew my mind as she broke down her Capacity Framework and the six capacities that could be contributing to keeping you stuck. Shifting how you see yourself is just the start of her work as she helps you see your own internal capacity and connection to your inner wisdom. The six capacities she notes are money, visibility, purpose, embodiment, structural, and boundaries. Listen as she goes through each one and describes how these areas can hold you back if unaddressed. More about Lisa: For more than ten years, Lisa has worked with new and seasoned entrepreneurs as well as Nobel Prize organization nominees to break through boundaries that have been holding them back. Her signature approach involves the proven concept of expanding your capacity as a way to reach your highest levels of success. Lisa has addressed thousands of people both on stage as a keynote speaker as well as when she appeared on podcasts including The UnMistakeable Creative, Her Rules Radio and Tell Me A Story with Debra Silverman. She’s also been featured on CNN, Yahoo! News and The Huffington Post. She splits her time between Florida and California with her two rescue dogs, Luna and Sadie. Learn more about Lisa here Want to work on your goals, improve your public speaking skills, and check out a Speaker Sisterhood club as a guest? Your first meeting is free and all clubs are meeting online. Find the club that works for you here.
September 29, 2021
Ep 189 Live Coaching: Dealing with Crippling Fear of Speaking, Maid of Honor Speech Jitters
Here's a brand new live coaching episode! On today's show, we'll hear from a financial advisor who has no problem working one to one with clients and now wants to create workshops to promote her work, but feels crippling fear around speaking to groups. How to handle this?? My second guest has committed to giving a maid of honor speech at her sister's wedding and is looking for tips and tricks for regaining confidence, relieving anxiety, and finding the right timeframe for the speech. After taking more than a year off from presenting in general and at work, she's feeling rusty and anxious about speaking in front of a big crowd. What can be done to prepare and give a great speech? Find out on today's live coaching episode! If you’d like to submit a question for live coaching on an upcoming episode, email me! email@example.com. Want to improve your public speaking skills and check out a Speaker Sisterhood club as a guest? Your first meeting is free and all clubs are meeting online. Find the club that works for you here.
September 22, 2021
Ep 188 How Sheetal Sheth Is Claiming Her Stage
Have you ever found yourself in an audience and looked up at the woman on stage and wondered, how? How does she do that? On today's episode, I asked a lot of "how" questions of my guest, Sheetal Sheth. Sheetal is an actress, author, producer, and activist. Sheetal’s breakout role came in Albert Brooks’ “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World” and she is known for her performances in a wide range of memorable roles in film and on television. I asked Sheetal to share her experience as an Indian American woman making her way in Hollywood and how she was able to find her voice as a young actress and now in her other roles as activist, producer, and author. We also discussed how she has gotten over her fear of rejection, how she has continued to roll out new work, and what has kept her motivated as she worked her way up. She also offers advice on how to step out and tell your story both on stage and through a book. Her latest children’s book, Bravo Anjali, comes out next week on September 21st. It is the follow up to Always Anjali, which debuted to critical acclaim and became a favorite for schools and parents. More about Sheetal Sheth: Sheetal is also a cancer survivor and outspoken advocate who served in President Clinton's AmeriCorps and is currently on the advisory board of Equality Now and an ambassador for Jennifer Newsom's, The Representation Project. Learn more about Sheetal here.
September 15, 2021
Ep 187 A Surprising Benefit That Comes from Speaking Up
Welcome back! I hope you had a great couple of months. It’s good to be back. On today’s episode, I make an announcement about a couple changes to the show going forward, address how the questions I posed in the last episode impacted my life, and I share a HUGE surprising gift I gave myself by speaking up on a couple occasions. If you’re a people pleaser or don’t like to “rock the boat,” this episode will get you thinking differently about all you can gain by speaking up for yourself. If you’d like to submit a question for live coaching on an upcoming episode, email me! firstname.lastname@example.org. Want to check out a Speaker Sisterhood club as a guest? Your first meeting is free and all clubs are meeting online. Find the club that works for you here.
September 08, 2021
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.
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 email@example.com to get on the show and have your question answered. Guests today are MaryKate Daly and Emily Aborn.
July 07, 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! firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com with your question.
June 02, 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.
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!
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