Podcast Ep. 105: Navigating Difficult Emotions on Stage with Johanna Walker

johanna-walker-emotions-on-stage-public-speaking-claimthestage-podcastWhen you’re getting all the feels and you wish they would just go away.

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

We discuss:

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

Learn more about Johanna Walker and her coaching services at johannawalker.com.

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Listen to the Claim the Stage Podcast Ep. 105: Navigating Difficult Emotions on Stage with Johanna Walker


Angela Lussier is the founder of the Speaker Sisterhood and also an award-winning speaker, five-time author, and two-time TEDx presenter. She is the host of Claim the Stage, a public speaking podcast for courageous women. Her motto: Stop waiting. Start creating.