This is Dana, in Easthampton. I'm the drummer in the band, Ex-Temper. I picked-up drums in 2013 when I was 38 years old. I'd started lessons early in the year and then went out and did a life-changing weekend at Ladies Rock Camp Boston that spring. But I'd been interested in drums since I was … Continue reading Right On Time: Starting Drums at 38 by Dana Wilde
Growing up I learned to keep my feelings hidden and to hide my true sensitive self. As an adult I tried to be what I thought I should be. I played small and safe through 30 years of marriage. Even after my marriage ended I was still living in my small story – I had been … Continue reading Jill Speaker Sisterhood Truth
I’m Amber. I was born and raised in western Massachusetts and returned here shortly after graduating college to raise a family of my own. For 13 years I thought I was a boy mom. After all, I had two boys. Or, so I thought. When my daughter transitioned, I was scared. She’s my baby and … Continue reading Understanding Gender by a Loving Mother
I run a business out of my home that I know could be much more successful, but I’m standing in my own way. To know me you would think I am a very take-charge person and, for the most part, I am. However, I’m afraid. I always knew it, but afraid of what? Not of … Continue reading Beverly Ann Astley Speaker Sisterhood Truth
My name is Wendy, and I bet I am just like you. Trying to juggle it all. Work. Family. Life. I left a REALLY good corporate HR job over a year ago. I had enough of feeling like I had to choose between being a good mom and good employee. It didn’t feel good and … Continue reading The Way We Work by Wendy Silver
Maybe sometimes life is different from the pictures taken of it. Why did you choose this topic? Finding and using my voice again helped me rediscover myself and my confidence, and I want to share that with the world. Why do women in the community need to hear it? It’s important for women to hear, … Continue reading Voicing Your Truth by Brenda Loan Baker
This speech tells the story of when I was four years old, grocery shopping with my mom. I wanted a pack of Watermelon Bubbalicious Bubblegum, but my mother said no. So, I swiped it from the store. I made it just outside the door when my mother noticed a lump underneath my pink turtleneck. She … Continue reading Watermelon Bubbalicious by Becky Vesce
Here’s the truth about why I finally joined the Speaker Sisterhood. I attended a meeting and loved it but soon after I left, doubts crept in. You know the ones. What do I really have to say that’s of any importance? And why would anyone want to listen to someone like me? So I decided … Continue reading Someone Is in Here by Beth Ann Jedziniak
I couldn’t believe it. There I was sitting at my desk when this feeling overcame me. It was a feeling that landed somewhere between total frustration and sheer panic. How in the world, after everything I had done and everything I had tried, was I stuck? I was stuck in this typical 8-5 administrative job. … Continue reading How I Finally Got Unstuck by Lenore Braun
Reminiscent of Microsoft’s start in a garage in the 80s, the Speaker Sisterhood is being built out of a small room in the attic of a Victorian home in Holyoke. Hear what that’s like from Speaker Sisterhood’s CEO and founder, Angela Lussier. Why did you choose this topic? I chose this topic because the only … Continue reading In the Attic of Dreams by Angela Lussier
This is the transcript of a speech on truth given by Lauren Simonds, a member of the Speaker Sisterhood Club in Northampton and the Speaker Sisterhood social media team. Want to tell your story? Check out a club or start your own. Most of us, having grown up in a civil society, were taught to tell the truth … Continue reading Truth. It’s Complicated by Lauren Simonds
There is so much power in the meaning of words. As a coach, I have an activity I do for myself and with my clients at the beginning of the year (you can do it anytime really) where we choose three words. These words are meant to represent how we want to focus our attention … Continue reading Three Words by Alicia Davis
When we feel "stuck" in a life situation (whether it's with a job that goes nowhere, being in an unhealthy relationship, or dealing with an overwhelming financial situation) we feel frustrated, lost, hopeless and ultimately powerless. That was me. It was just over a year ago, and I was there sitting at my desk panicked … Continue reading The Decision I Made to Get Unstuck by Lenore Braun
Once deciding I was going to start my own Sister Speakerhood club, I knew that I had to announce it in a featured speech at a club meeting. Then I thought “What if I could then use this speech to announce it to the WORLD!?” So I decided that I was going to go Live … Continue reading What Led Me to Lead by Becky Vesce
"Over a year ago when I joined the Speaker Sisterhood I remember hearing Angela say, 'Public speaking is like networking on steroids.' This idea really stuck with me and got me thinking more about my business and how I can share my voice. When I came up with the idea to go live on Facebook … Continue reading Mistake Camp by Sandra Costello
https://youtu.be/1hrD2J83leA I have often found myself in awe of the many acts of courage being done. COURAGE…… just the thought of finding it can get my heart pounding! COURAGE is a word that, to me, depicted danger, fear, even a risk of death. Until last year. While in a conversation, a woman with a love for words brought to light the derivation of this word...courage. I had no idea learning the root … Continue reading Courage by Cecile Lackie
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?
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.
“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
This is the transcript of a first speech given by an anonymous member of the Speaker Sisterhood. Want to tell your story? Check out a club or start your own. As a child growing up, school was my respite from a dysfunctional family. In my family, it was not okay to “shine.” Anytime I did, … Continue reading From Staying Silent to the Year of Speaking Up
Speaking up is not always easy, especially when it comes to our jobs. A Speaker Sisterhood club member shares her story of finding her voice and the courage to speak up at work and go after the career she truly wants. It was a difficult thing to say, especially since my boss was on the … Continue reading The Unexpected Conversation with My Boss
When I decided to focus on helping women become better public speakers last year, I hadn’t realized how much of my time would be spent telling my own story of becoming a speaker.
We all saw the wild success of the Women’s Marches on January 21st. This Wednesday is The Day Without a Woman and International Women’s Day. These initiatives are doing a good job bringing women together and raising awareness, but what else can we do? Here are three strategies for building your own movement and showing up as a leader.
To someone who is trying to accomplish a goal, hearing the words, “Have patience” can be the most annoying sentence ever muttered. As someone who has struggled with running straight for the finish line without looking around along the way, I can say patience and I are not natural friends. We’re not enemies, but I … Continue reading Finding Your Speaking Voice & the Power of Patience, by Angela Lussier
I feel lucky to be a Speaker Sister, don’t you? I’ve been thinking lately about how the Speaker Sisterhood could not have come at a better time in our lives. Its purpose is to give us the opportunity to find our own voice, speak up, raise awareness, and spread good intentions. As a result, we … Continue reading My Personal Speaking Journey Year One, by Amber Ladley
I've always believed sharing what's important to you is one of the most meaningful things you can do with others, and it’s invigorating to see them do the same. Becoming a public speaker feels a bit like telling the truth about yourself and what you love. To me, this means telling the story of my life … Continue reading Starting with the Truth, by Sandra Costello
Early on in my public speaking journey, I was scheduled to give a persuasive speech at my public speaking club. Being new to this mysterious form of communication, I was eager to learn from those who were more experienced. I wanted to know, how do you do this thing that most people would call the … Continue reading Present Like a Pro Using the Speaker Sisterhood’s STAGE System by Angela Lussier