Podcast Ep. 125 Jess Pettitt: Guest Mentor Summer Series Part 5

Jess-Pettitt-Claim-the-Stage-Angela-LussierRaw. 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

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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.

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Listen to episode 125 Jess Pettitt: Guest Mentor Summer Series Part 5


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