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 … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 135 How to Make an Emotionally-Charged Topic Approachable and Fun with Rachel Richards
Curious about what it’s like to try out public speaking training and be a member of Speaker Sisterhood? In this diary-format post, member Jill Wolk reflects on her experience — and shares tidbits of her transformation — following the Speaker Sisterhood beginner curriculum, “The Secret Life of Speaking Up.” Many people think Speaker Sisterhood is … Continue reading The Hidden Benefits of Public Speaking Training & Speaker Sisterhood Membership
Listen in as co-hosts Crystal Farley and Heidi Solomon interview Angela about her journey to founding Speaker Sisterhood, pivotal moments, what she wanted to be when she grew up, and so much more. Listen to Angela on HERstory here
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 … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 119 I’m Scared and Doing It Anyway with Lauree Ostrofsky
Anxiety be gone! 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. … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 118 Managing Stress and Self-Care Leading Up to a Speech with Crystal Farley
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 … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 115: How Public Speaking Can Expand Your Time with John K Coyle
In these three short episodes, you'll learn the secrets to becoming a paid speaker. These episodes are taken from Angela Lussier's video series that feature: Video #1: This video will give you: the chance to see how what you care about could become a marketable workshop or keynote the two key questions you need to … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 112-114: The Top Five Secrets to Becoming a Paid Speaker Mini Course
February 18, 2019 - Angela Lussier is the featured guest on Heather Hansen's "The Elegant Warrior" podcast. You can listen here. Heather Hansen is an Advocacy and Credibility Consultant, Author, Keynote Speaker, and Host of The Elegant Warrior Podcast.
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 … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 111: Seth Godin on Public Speaking, Fear, and Business
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are the questions and the time they appear on today's show: 1. Who are … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 109: Q&A Episode
It's not just what you say, it's how you say it. 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. … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 108: Four Ways to Look and Feel Powerful, Confident and Relaxed While Speaking
Some I love, some I cringe to share. 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 … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 107: My Top Five Lessons of 2018
The benefits and changes may surprise you! On today's episode, I take you back into the world of the Speaker Sisterhood as you hear from three of our members who have invested the last year of their lives in public speaking training. Find out what surprised them, what changed over the year, and how … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 106: What Does One Year of Speaking Training Get You?
When 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 … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 105: Navigating Difficult Emotions on Stage with Johanna Walker
This episode will surprise you! You always hear having confidence in yourself will propel you to take risks and accomplish your goals. But what if you could get yourself to take action without confidence? On today's episode, I interview Janet Whalen, a CoActive career transition, courage and confidence coach at BeAmbitiousForHer.com – a coaching practice … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 104: Courage Vs Confidence with Janet Whalen
We've talked about the value of Facebook Live and YouTube to market yourself and build your platform, but what about having your own video that tells your story to event planners, clients, and audiences? On today's episode, we discuss how to use a promotional video to capture what makes you unique and share it with … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 103: Why Don’t You Have a Video Yet? with Rebecca Rideout
There are a lot of different types of stories. Which one are you telling? Stephanie Feger is a passionate communicator who believes that a shift in perspective can help people live truly fulfilling lives. Her blog, Color Today Pretty, has inspired many to shift their mindsets and has spawned her new book Color Today Pretty: An Inspirational … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 102: Why Perspective Matters with Stephanie Feger
Time to register for Speaking School! Speaking School for Women is back and it starts this Monday, October 1st. I've been getting lots of questions from women who are interested in taking the course and I thought I'd address them here, in case you're asking yourself the same things. Speaking School is a live, 6-week … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 101: Top Five Questions I Get About Professional Speaking
Ever notice you’re having the same conversation over and over again? Maybe everyone in your life is telling you to quit that job that makes you miserable, take that trip to Italy you’ve been talking about for five years or run that marathon you keep talking yourself out of trying. You know the conversation. The … Continue reading Ready to get paid to speak? Speaking School for Women is back by popular demand!
When you hear the word "diversity," what do you think of? Race? Religion? Age? Gender? On today's episode, we're framing diversity as those special ingredients that make you who you are. It's those ingredients that also help you to connect with others in various environments and groups and make you a dynamic speaker. My guest today is … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 99: Summer Break + Making Diversity a Competitive Advantage with Amy Waninger
You've heard "normal is boring." On today's episode, find out why that's not actually the case! A must-hear for all public speakers of any level. Speakers often mistake their “norm” as a commonality that they share with many other speakers. In reality, your “norm” is actually your unique DNA. Every speaker has their own unique … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 98: Be Normal, Not Common with Travis Thomas
Thinking differently about where you go for support can expand your mind and your outcomes. When you're looking for support in accomplishing your goals, where do you turn? Do you value diversity of thought and experience unlike your own when seeking advice and direction? To offer her insight on this topic, I interview Julie Kratz, a … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 97: The Value of Male Allies with Julie Kratz
SEO, blogging, websites, and more! You've likely heard of SEO (search engine optimization), blogging, and websites, but have you ever used these tools yourself? If you are interested in being a paid public speaker, a big part of booking your next gig comes from event organizers finding you! If you don't have a website yet, … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 96: Using Internet Marketing (Website/Blogs, Social Media & Email Marketing) for Best Exposure as a Speaker with Kristen Wilson Day
Your voice can save your life. How comfortable are you with being assertive? Did you know that it can save your life? On today's episode, I interview Lauren Roselle, one of the world’s experts on the topics of interpersonal communication, assertiveness, harassment prevention, and self-defense. She is also the founder and President of Esteem, a communication … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 95: Using the Power of Your Voice with Lauren Roselle
Looking back at my five-week speaking tour. In the final episode of the Tales from the Road mini-series, Lenore Braun, club director of the Speaker Sisterhood, and Amber Ladley, creative director of the Speaker Sisterhood, interview me about my reflections, lessons, embarrassing moments, and advice for other speakers interested in planning a tour. Thirteen days … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 94: Tales from the Road: #SpeakUpTour2018 Part 6
I'm public speaking on a public speaking podcast. So meta. As I was thinking about this week's episode, it occurred to me that there was one major piece missing from the series so far: the speech I've been giving on the tour! Monday night, I setup my podcast mic in the event space and recorded … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 92: Tales from the Road: #SpeakUpTour2018 Part 5
A conversation with public speakers. On today's episode of Claim the Stage, you'll hear an impromptu conversation between some serious public speakers! We put together a little roundtable to share stories, tips, and what still surprises us. Featured on the episode: Bobbie Carlton, founder of Innovation Women Kit Pang, founder of BostonSpeaks Brenda Loan Baker, … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 91: Tales from the Road: #SpeakUpTour2018 Part 4
Hearing from women on the road! One of my favorite parts of the #SpeakUpTour2018 so far has been the private dinners we're doing at women's homes. In today's episode, you'll get to hear some of the two-minute speeches given at those dinners. To give you some context, at the dinners, I talk about the importance … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 90: Tales from the Road: #SpeakUpTour2018 Part 3
Week 1 brought time for reflection. Howdy! It's day 11 of the #SpeakUpTour2018 and I'm sharing what I've learned so far on the road. I feel like a band on tour now that I'm constantly traveling in the van and living out of a suitcase. It's been fun and my schedule has allowed me some … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 89: Tales from the Road: #SpeakUpTour2018 Part 2
I think book clubs have existed almost as long as books, but has there ever been a book club like the one we’re rolling out? I don’t think so. I’m excited to announce the launch of our new tiny book clubs! What is a tiny book club? It’s a club for 10 friends to explore … Continue reading A tiny book club for you and your friends
A behind the scenes look at powerful women discovering their voice. The Speaker Sisterhood is a network of speaking clubs for women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking. It's also the company I founded in late 2016! It's a training ground for almost 200 women who … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 87: Inside the Speaker Sisterhood, Part 5
A behind the scenes look at powerful women discovering their voice. The Speaker Sisterhood is a network of speaking clubs for women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking. It's also the company I founded in late 2016! It's a training ground for almost 200 women who … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 86: Inside the Speaker Sisterhood, Part 4
A behind the scenes look at powerful women discovering their voice. The Speaker Sisterhood is a network of speaking clubs for women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking. It's also the company I founded in late 2016! It's a training ground for almost 200 women who … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 85: Inside the Speaker Sisterhood, Part 3
Friends, Today is a special day. Not only is it my birthday (I love my birthday!), but it’s also book launch day! My new book, “The Secret Life of Speaking Up Prequel: 30 Tiny Speaking Adventures” is now available for purchase. You can get your own copy for just $10 right here. Want more info? In this tiny pocket … Continue reading It’s here! Get your copy of my new book: The Secret Life of Speaking Up Prequel: 30 Tiny Speaking Adventures
A behind the scenes look at powerful women discovering their voice. The Speaker Sisterhood is a network of speaking clubs for women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking. It's also the company I founded in late 2016! It's a training ground for almost 200 women who … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 84: Inside the Speaker Sisterhood, Part 2
A behind the scenes look at powerful women discovering their voice. The Speaker Sisterhood is a network of speaking clubs for women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking. It's also the company I founded in late 2016! It's a training ground for almost 200 women who … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 83: Inside the Speaker Sisterhood, Part 1
How visible are you? A big part of becoming a well-known speaker is getting yourself in front of people and being seen. However, being visible can be scary! Where do you go? What do you say? How do you do it well? In today's episode, I interview Ed Evarts, an author, speaker, and leadership coach and … Continue reading Podcast Ep: 82 Seven Steps to Be Known As A Public Speaker with Ed Evarts
Understand the brain science to gain more confidence! Do you struggle with feeling confident when presenting yourself in front of others? Join the club! Feeling discomfort when speaking in public is a normal reaction. So how do you curb that natural response? On today's episode, you'll hear from Alyssa Dver, chief confidence officer and co-founder of … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 81: Own Your Brain to Claim the Stage: Neuro-Confidence Speaking Strategies & Secrets with Alyssa Dver
Listeners submitted questions and I answered them! I love hearing from you! I grabbed some of the questions you've been asking over the last few months and answered them in today's episode. Have you ever wondered about the following? How do you go from speaking for free to getting paid? What’s the best way to … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 78: Q&A Extravaganza!
I'm often asked how I put myself out there and make myself so visible in the world. The question usually sounds like this: "How do you just go out and do it?" The short answer is, it requires a lot of focus and discipline. I actually don't just "go out and do it." On today's … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 77: 4 Ways to Get Out of Your Own Way and Put Yourself Out There with Jodi Flynn
Inspiration and advice for 2018! I'll be the first to say 2017 was full of mistakes, successes, and lessons. In today's solo episode, I share three reflections, four resolutions for 2018, and one revolution! I hand selected these topics for your benefit and to invite you to play a bigger game this year. I share … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 76: 3 Reflections, 4 Resolutions, 1 Revolution
Think you're not an expert? Think again! Transitioning from full-time employment to a less traditional role like entrepreneurship, consulting, or public speaking can be a time of uncertainty and insecurity. If you’re wondering how your experience and skills translate outside of a corporate environment, look no further! On today’s episode, I interview Shannon O'Brien, founder … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 75: From Full-Time Job to Public Speaker with Shannon O’Brien
Unsure of what to wear? Look no further! Makeup, hair, accessories, clothes, and shoes. How do you decide what to wear when delivering a speech on stage? Every decision you make reflects your style, brand, and credibility. As your audience is deciding if you’re someone they should trust, part of what they are evaluating is … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 74: Look Your Best On Stage with Elizabeth Jones
Feel like hiding in the shadows? It's time to come out! If you've been worried about how you might sound, what it might look like to say the wrong thing, or what might happen if you speak up, you will love this episode. My guest is Alexandra Franzen, a writer based in Portland, Oregon. Her next … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 72: Coming Out of Your Shell with Alexandra Franzen
Stop wondering if you are "good enough." Is your biggest source of pain knowing you are meant for greatness but you don’t know how to achieve it? Do you worry if you will ever reach your goals, or secretly wonder if you are even good enough? My guest today is Mia Hewett. Mia is an international … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 71: Four Powerful Steps to go from Surviving to Thriving on Stage with Mia Hewett
Also, I ate cake for breakfast this morning. Dear Diary, I’ve been on the road a lot this month. Sorry I haven’t had much time to write. I’ve been meeting inspiring women from all over the Northeast and can’t believe what we’re building. The Speaker Sisterhood is changing the world! I’ve decided to stop trying … Continue reading Dear Diary, Life is so awesome.
It doesn't have to be hard. Nancy Werteen and Kim Howie know a thing or two about how to add joy to any experience, including public speaking. As co-founders of The Wisdom Coalition and co-authors of the book, The Power Of A Pivot: How changing your mindset can bring you more joy in every aspect … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 70: Dread Public Speaking Less + Add More Joy with Nancy Werteen and Kim Howie
Watch as Laura Townes launches her new Facebook Live series: Learning How to Live. Her first guest is Angela Lussier, Founder + CEO of the Speaker Sisterhood and Host of Claim the Stage podcast. They talk about creating a business, finding out what you truly are meant to be doing, and how to appease Fear when it … Continue reading Learning How to Create the Life You Want: an interview with Angela Lussier, hosted by Laura Townes
Many speakers want to be seen as credible, memorable, moving, and entertaining. But what if you could bump it up a notch and be feisty, fearless, focused, and also have fun on stage? On today's episode, I interview Pegine, a feisty, fearless, focused female leader, entrepreneur, author, speaker and coach. Pegine tells the story of … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 68: How to Be Feisty, Fearless, and Focused with Pegine
I’m loading up the Speaker Sisterhood Launch Party Bus to come see you in your community! We’re launching seven new Speaker Sisterhood clubs in the next three weeks and now is the perfect time to see for yourself what all the buzz is about! Find me at one of the following locations: Feedback is pouring … Continue reading Ready to join me on my Launch Party Road Trip 2017?
An interview with Angela Lussier , founder of the Speaker Sisterhood & author of 'The Secret Life of Speaking Up' by Brad Powell of Awesome Videomakers
Part of being a well-known speaker is building your brand. You can do this in various ways—networking, speaking(!), and building your following on social media, just to name a few. But how are you using your social media platforms to help your audience understand who you are, what you do, and how you can help … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 67: How To Use Facebook Live to Build Your Brand with Brad Powell
Think you have nothing to say about your life? Think again! "Who cares about my story? My life isn’t that interesting." If you've ever found yourself saying this to yourself, today's episode is for you. We're going deep into the power of storytelling, and not just any stories—your own personal stories. My guest today is Eva … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 65: The Power of Your Personal Story with Eva Tenuto of TMI Project
Making minor tweaks to your mindset can make a huge impact on your results. The way we think informs what we do (or don't do). What that tells us is that if we change the way we think about something, we can change our behavior and therefore change the outcome. In today's episode, I teach … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 64: The Power of Reframing
It's not what you think! As speakers, there's one tool we must nurture, understand, and use correctly if we want excellent results. What is it? Our voice! And I'm not talking about the words coming out of our mouth, I'm talking about our actual vocal cords and the sounds we're making with them. This tool … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 63: Are You Paying Attention To Your Most Important Tool? with Elissa Weinzimmer
Let's go behind the scenes! What happens behind the doors of the Speaking School for Women? Funny you should ask! On today's episode, you get an insider's peek into what it's like to take part in this course. I interview three women who graduated from the speaking school and you'll find out their major takeaways, … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 62: More Stories from Speaking School
If you have gotten off track or tend to lose sight of your goal, listen up! Get overwhelmed easily by your own goals? If you're constantly setting goals and then getting off track, losing sleep over everything you haven't done yet, or completely forgetting why you set the goal in the first place, you'll love … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 61: How to Use Small Steps to Accomplish Big Goals with Ashley Lucas
Do you dream of a million dollar speaking business? Look no further. Trying your hardest to build a speaking business, but still scraping by with small fees and gigs for "exposure?" If you're ready to ramp up your speaking business in a big way, today's guest will show you how. I welcome Breanne Dyck, founder … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 60: The Million Dollar Speaker with Breanne Dyck
If you have a platform, use it! Controversial and upsetting events are happening around us all the time. What are you doing as a public speaker to address these events and open the conversation? Deciding not to talk about something because you don't know how or don't want to "go there" isn't helping your audience … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 59: When It’s Time To Tell A New Story with Hari Stephen Kumar
The first thing I do after writing that title is immediately tell Microsoft Word’s robot to “ignore” the error in my title. Fuck that. I’m sick of being told how to speak and what to say. What’s right and what should be held in. What should be talked about “amongst girls” but never brought up … Continue reading Stop Trying to Smash Fear. An Essay.
I hope you're ready to take action. I had two frustrating conversations with two female friends last week that stuck with me. Feeling annoyed when I woke up Saturday morning, I decided to write this essay to get my feelings out on paper. Five pages later, I felt better, but also felt I needed to … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 58: Stop Trying to Smash Fear. An Essay.
Before you can be a great speaker, make sure you've worked on the fundamentals. Crafting a great story, persuading your audience to action, and bringing a crowd to tears are all signs of a great speaker. But in order to achieve these feats, the fundamentals of speaking must be mastered. In today's episode, you'll hear five … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 57: Q&A Episode: Back to Basics
What is the inner critic and do we need it? The Inner Critic: friend or foe? What is it there for and how do we work with it to stay sane and enjoy our public speaking experience? In today’s episode, I interview Pam Erb-Melville, the President of PEM Communications, a highly sought-after international speaker, Executive … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 56: Moving the Inner Critic to Speak from the Heart
What would you choose? I often hear speakers assign harsh and brutal judgments about their own behavior, thoughts, and feelings before, during, and after a speech. I’m guilty of doing it too— so I know a lot about it. Ever stood in front of an audience and said to yourself, “They look bored. They don’t … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 55: Curiosity Over Perfection
Do you feel awkward when it comes to promoting yourself? What about when you have to put together a professional bio? What are you telling yourself about what to say and what not to say? If you are in a constant battle with sounding credible but not audacious, or experienced but not gloating, you will … Continue reading Podcast Ep 54: How to Own + Leverage Your Experience with Karen Catlin
Is your creative soul dying in corporate America? Or, are you afraid of showing your creativity in your own business or on stage? If you answered yes to either of those questions, this episode is for you. On today's show, I interview Colleen Hindsley, a woman who spent more than 20 years as an advertising … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 53: The Path of the Creative Soul with Colleen Hindsley
Compelling stories are all around us, but how do you find them? When you need to put together a speech or presentation that sells, negotiates, or persuades, telling stories will make a deep impact on your audience. In today's episode, you'll not only learn how to find topics and stories in your everyday life, but … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 52: Easily Find Topics + Stories in Everyday Life with Karen Friedman
Ready for more? Three speeches coming right up! In last week's episode, we celebrated a year of podcasting by going behind the scenes of the Speaker Sisterhood, a network of public speaking clubs for women that I founded last year. Today we're going to continue that adventure by listening to speeches given by three members … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 51: A Look Inside the Mysterious World of the Speaker Sisterhood Part 2
Curious about what goes on in Speaker Sisterhood meetings? Here's your special glimpse.
Do you use the words "like," "so," and "um" more often than you'd like? If so, this episode will teach you how to avoid using these words so you can speak with more confidence and impact. Whether you're preparing for an upcoming presentation, interview, or speech, you'll learn strategies to avoid the use of filler words … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 49.5: Speak Confidently, Articulately, and Without Filler Words with Audrey Mann Cronin
Alex Bynum teaches us how to remove the personality mask while on stage and in life. She asks us: Who are you when you're on stage? Who are you when meeting someone new? What about when you're alone? If you ever feel like you might be wearing a "personality mask" to get through certain situations, … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 49: Removing the Personality Mask with Alex Bynum
Who's negotiating for you? Get tips and strategies to ask for the salary or speaking fees you want.
“Angela, it’s your turn.” I hesitantly looked up from my notebook, carefully avoiding the gaze of my coworkers and strategically turning my head away from my boss — the most intimidating person of all. I spoke quickly, succinctly, and left no time for air to enter or leave my lungs. In one long sentence, I … Continue reading The Secret Life of Speaking Up by Angela Lussier
Public speaking isn't just about what you say, it's also about what you think. In today's episode, I interview Linda Ugelow, a public speaking and performing coach who helps entrepreneurs and professionals overcome their self-consciousness and nerves so they can be freely expressive in meetings, on video, or on stage. She has a Master's in Expressive … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 46: Master Your Inner Game with Linda Ugelow
Do you wish you could decode people? Do you want a formula for charisma? Do you want to know exactly what to say to your boss, your date, or your networking partner? You need to know how people work. My guest today is Vanessa Van Edwards, a human behavior investigator. She studies the hidden forces that drive … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 45: Captivate with Vanessa Van Edwards