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Speaker Sisterhood Announces Partnership with Girls, Inc of Holyoke

Speaker Sisterhood, a network of public speaking clubs for women, has partnered with Girls, Inc of Holyoke, an organization that aims to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, to create the first public speaking club of its kind for girls. This pilot program will gauge whether this type of training will help … Continue reading Speaker Sisterhood Announces Partnership with Girls, Inc of Holyoke

Podcast Ep. 99: Summer Break + Making Diversity a Competitive Advantage with Amy Waninger

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

Podcast Ep. 98: Be Normal, Not Common with Travis Thomas

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

Podcast Ep. 97: The Value of Male Allies with Julie Kratz

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

Podcast Ep. 96: Using Internet Marketing (Website/Blogs, Social Media & Email Marketing) for Best Exposure as a Speaker with Kristen Wilson Day

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

Podcast Ep. 95: Using the Power of Your Voice with Lauren Roselle

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

Podcast Ep. 94: Tales from the Road: #SpeakUpTour2018 Part 6

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

Speaker Sisterhood and WHMP on Connecting Point (WGBY)

Speaker Sisterhood on WHMP Encourages Female Empowerment Carrie Saldo, host and producer of WGBY’s ConnectionPoint, interviews our very own Angela Lussier. Tonight’s topic: the "Women's Truth" series that recently ran on WHMP radio. In a classic “but wait, there’s more” moment, several other women of Speaker Sisterhood will be on hand, too: WHMP News Director … Continue reading Speaker Sisterhood and WHMP on Connecting Point (WGBY)

Angela Lussier on the World of Speakers Podcast Ep. 37: Gaining confidence to get on stage and get paid

What happens when two expert speaker podcast hosts get together? A lot of laughter and a lot superb advice for speakers of all levels. In this podcast, Ryan Foland and Angela Lussier cover topics such as building confidence, finding your niche, and having fun with your audience. Listen to this podcast to find out: How … Continue reading Angela Lussier on the World of Speakers Podcast Ep. 37: Gaining confidence to get on stage and get paid

Podcast Ep. 93: Using the Power of Persuasion for Good with Dr. Michelle Mazur

Afraid of sounding like a sales person? Follow Michelle's advice! Being a persuasive speaker is a work of art. It requires thinking through some key elements of your message, knowing your call to action, and keeping things simple. On today's episode, you'll hear from Dr. Michelle Mazur, a speaking strategist and founder of Communication Rebel … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 93: Using the Power of Persuasion for Good with Dr. Michelle Mazur

Podcast Ep. 92: Tales from the Road: #SpeakUpTour2018 Part 5

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

Podcast Ep. 91: Tales from the Road: #SpeakUpTour2018 Part 4

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

Podcast Ep. 90: Tales from the Road: #SpeakUpTour2018 Part 3

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

Podcast Ep. 89: Tales from the Road: #SpeakUpTour2018 Part 2

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

Right On Time: Starting Drums at 38 by Dana Wilde

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

Podcast Ep. 88: Tales from the Road: #SpeakUpTour2018 Part 1

We're going on a speaking tour and you're invited! If you haven't already heard, I'm hitting the road! I'm posting today's episode from Portland, Maine, the first stop on my speaking tour that we've titled #SpeakUpTour2018. I'm on a mission to empower women to speak up through a series of workshops, events, and book signings … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 88: Tales from the Road: #SpeakUpTour2018 Part 1

Understanding Gender by a Loving Mother

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 it 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

Angela Lussier on Speaking Your Voice with Jodi Flynn (Women Taking the Lead Podcast)

Angela Lussier, founder and CEO of Speaker Sisterhood, recently shared her journey with Jodi Flynn on the Women Taking the Lead podcast. They talked about leading with personal stories, speaking up, getting your voice heard and letting fear and anxiety become part of the process. You can listen in on their conversation at https://womentakingthelead.com/angela-lussier/. .

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. 87: Inside the Speaker Sisterhood, Part 5

Voicing Your Truth by Brenda Loan Baker

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

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. 86: Inside the Speaker Sisterhood, Part 4

Watermelon Bubbalicious by Becky Vesce

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

Someone Is in Here by Beth Ann Jedziniak

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

Podcast Ep. 85: Inside the Speaker Sisterhood, Part 3

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

It’s here! Get your copy of my new book: The Secret Life of Speaking Up Prequel: 30 Tiny Speaking Adventures

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

How I Finally Got Unstuck by Lenore Braun

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

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. 84: Inside the Speaker Sisterhood, Part 2

In the Attic of Dreams by Angela Lussier

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

Shout, Sister, Shout-The Speaker Sisterhood (WRSI)

Do you wonder what the Speaker Sisterhood is all about? Or if you already know, do you want to share the excitement with your friends? Either way, don’t miss this terrific interview. In a conversation with Angela Lussier, Speaker Sisterhood CEO and founder, and Denise Vozella, WHMP news director and Speaker Sisterhood club leader, WRSI - … Continue reading Shout, Sister, Shout-The Speaker Sisterhood (WRSI)

Women Share Their Truth Through The Speaker Sisterhood WHMP Radio Series

“When a woman tells her story, she gives other women permission to share theirs.” “When a woman tells her story, she gives other women permission to share theirs.” That's according to Angela Lussier, founder and CEO of the “Speaker Sisterhood”, a network of speaking clubs for women, founded in 2016 in Holyoke, MA.  The Speaker … Continue reading Women Share Their Truth Through The Speaker Sisterhood WHMP Radio Series

Podcast Ep. 83: Inside the Speaker Sisterhood, Part 1

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

Podcast Ep: 82 Seven Steps to Be Known As A Public Speaker with Ed Evarts

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

Truth. It’s Complicated by Lauren Simonds

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

Podcast Ep. 81: Own Your Brain to Claim the Stage: Neuro-Confidence Speaking Strategies & Secrets with Alyssa Dver

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

#SpeakUpTour2018 Updates

Hi! I’m Angela, the CEO and founder of the Speaker Sisterhood and I’m headlining a tour to spread the word about the power of finding your voice and speaking up. We’re launching the #SpeakUpTour2018 in April and I’m headed to the following locations: Portland, ME Portsmouth, NH Providence, RI Boston, MA Cape Cod, MA Worcester, … Continue reading #SpeakUpTour2018 Updates

Podcast Ep. 80: Finding the Heart of Your Message with Suzannah Baum

Is your content all over the place? Relax. We got you. If you're an expert on a subject or feel like you have something to prove, you may feel the need to share everything you know in one presentation. While that may make you feel like you've covered all your bases, it will likely leave … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 80: Finding the Heart of Your Message with Suzannah Baum

Podcast Ep. 79: How to Make a Point That Sticks with Joel Schwartzberg

You can craft a talk, but can you make a point? In today's episode, I interview Joel Schwartzberg, a professional communications trainer and author of the just-released “Get to the Point! Sharpen Your Message and Make Your Words Matter." We cover the problems speakers run into when they're building their message, early warning signs that your talk … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 79: How to Make a Point That Sticks with Joel Schwartzberg

How To Scale Your Business: From One to Many with Angela Lussier (Sassy Strategist Podcast)

From Kim Dawson on the Sassy Strategist Podcast: Join me and Angela Lussier, CEO & Founder of the Speaker Sisterhood as we discuss finding your voice through public speaking, and creating a successful business by being open-minded to possibilities. Angela discusses how she started with one speaking club, and within just one year, has grown … Continue reading How To Scale Your Business: From One to Many with Angela Lussier (Sassy Strategist Podcast)

Speaker Sisterhood Announces Partnership with Baystate Health System; First Women’s Speaking Program of its Kind in the Nation

28 female medical providers from Baystate Health are set to begin a 6-month pilot of a public speaking training program uniquely crafted for women in academic medicine. The program is a collaboration between Women Advancing and Achieving in Medicine, a Baystate Health organizational resource group, and Speaker Sisterhood, a public speaking training company for women … Continue reading Speaker Sisterhood Announces Partnership with Baystate Health System; First Women’s Speaking Program of its Kind in the Nation

Podcast Ep. 78: Q&A Extravaganza!

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!

Meet Angela Lussier of Speaker Sisterhood (BostonVoyager)

BostonVoyager –– Today we’d like to introduce you to Angela Lussier. Thanks for sharing your story with us Angela. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there. I hesitantly looked up from my notebook, carefully avoiding the gaze of my co-workers and strategically turning my head away from my boss … Continue reading Meet Angela Lussier of Speaker Sisterhood (BostonVoyager)

The Decision I Made to Get Unstuck by Lenore Braun

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

Podcast Ep. 77: 4 Ways to Get Out of Your Own Way and Put Yourself Out There with Jodi Flynn

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

Podcast Ep. 76: 3 Reflections, 4 Resolutions, 1 Revolution

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

Claim the Stage Named #1 Inspiring Podcast on Forbes.com

The Claim the Stage podcast has been awarded the #1 spot on Forbes’ list of inspiring podcasts! The Claim the Stage podcast is dedicated to women everywhere who want to get on stage and be heard! Angela Lussier, CEO + Founder of the Speaker Sisterhood, interviews professional speakers, authors, speaker bureaus, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, interesting people, and creatives … Continue reading Claim the Stage Named #1 Inspiring Podcast on Forbes.com

What Led Me to Lead by Becky Vesce

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

Mistake Camp by Sandra Costello

"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

Podcast Ep. 75: From Full-Time Job to Public Speaker with Shannon O’Brien

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

Courage by Cecile Lackie

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

Podcast Ep. 74: Look Your Best On Stage with Elizabeth Jones

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

Podcast Ep. 73: Craft A Stage-Ready TED Talk with Julia Mines

Want to make it to the TED stage? Tips to make it happen. We've all seen a TED talk we really love. Maybe it changed your life in some way, made you laugh, made you cry, or made you think differently about your own future. As a speaker, it has probably crossed your mind that … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 73: Craft A Stage-Ready TED Talk with Julia Mines

How to get your audience to participate

A Chinese proverb says, “Tell me something, I’ll forget; show me, I’ll remember, involve me, I’ll understand.” According to recent studies, when people participate in a presentation, the material becomes at least three times more memorable for them than if they merely listened to a lecture. Sometimes you risk losing an audience altogether if you … Continue reading How to get your audience to participate

Podcast Ep. 72: Coming Out of Your Shell with Alexandra Franzen

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

Podcast Ep. 71: Four Powerful Steps to go from Surviving to Thriving on Stage with Mia Hewett

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

Podcast Ep. 70: Dread Public Speaking Less + Add More Joy with Nancy Werteen and Kim Howie

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

Getting blank looks when speaking? Here is what you should do.

I get freaked out when an audience stares blankly at me. Audiences can look creepy - it’s not all in your head Don’t take the glacier gazes personally, though, since members of the audience are... just being an “audience”. They are operating under the principles of audience psychology, obeying certain unspoken rules about how to … Continue reading Getting blank looks when speaking? Here is what you should do.

Learning How to Create the Life You Want: an interview with Angela Lussier, hosted by Laura Townes

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

Podcast Ep. 69: Titles That Rule + Awesome Summaries

Make your talk irresistible to your target audience! A big part of being a successful speaker is getting people to show up for your talk. But how do you create interest in your presentation if you're unknown in your field or new to speaking? It's easy - write a compelling title and intriguing summary to … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 69: Titles That Rule + Awesome Summaries

Podcast Ep. 68: How to Be Feisty, Fearless, and Focused with Pegine

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

Women discovering their voice through public speaking (Lehigh Valley Business)

Written by Brian Pedersen via Lehigh Valley Business news. To be an effective leader, it pays to be good at public speaking. It can instill confidence and poise as you communicate your message. But what if you simply want to share your voice and ensure that it gets heard in the workplace? What if you are … Continue reading Women discovering their voice through public speaking (Lehigh Valley Business)

Ready to join me on my Launch Party Road Trip 2017?

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?

Podcast Ep. 67: How To Use Facebook Live to Build Your Brand with Brad Powell

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

Podcast Ep. 66: How to Craft an Offer Your Audience Can’t Resist with Jan Maresh

You’ve created your “signature talk.” You’ve practiced it until you’re blue in the face, but every time you give it, you walk away empty handed—even though everyone said they loved you and your content. You’ve heard from all the marketing gurus that speaking to a group is the fastest, easiest, and cheapest way to get more … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 66: How to Craft an Offer Your Audience Can’t Resist with Jan Maresh

Podcast Ep. 65: The Power of Your Personal Story with Eva Tenuto of TMI Project

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

Podcast Ep. 63: Are You Paying Attention To Your Most Important Tool? with Elissa Weinzimmer

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

Podcast Ep. 62: More Stories from Speaking School

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

Podcast Ep. 61: How to Use Small Steps to Accomplish Big Goals with Ashley Lucas

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

How Public Speakers Can Tout Accomplishments Without Laughing or Apologizing

Karen Catlin spent 25 years in the tech industry building software products. She is now an advocate for women in the tech industry, a leadership coach, and co-author of Present: A Techie’s Guide to Public Speaking. Angela invited Karen onto Claim the Stage to discuss how public speakers—particularly women—can talk about their accomplishments and use … Continue reading How Public Speakers Can Tout Accomplishments Without Laughing or Apologizing

Podcast Ep. 60: The Million Dollar Speaker with Breanne Dyck

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

Podcast Ep. 59: When It’s Time To Tell A New Story with Hari Stephen Kumar

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

Podcast Ep. 58: 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.

4 Ways to Be a Better Public Speaker By Accessing Your Unique Creativity

Many people working in corporate America feel stuck in their jobs, constantly stressing about their responsibilities and wishing they could devote more time (or any time) to their creative passions. After more than 20 years as an advertising executive, Colleen Hindsley has recently left the corporate world behind in order to focus on her creative … Continue reading 4 Ways to Be a Better Public Speaker By Accessing Your Unique Creativity

Podcast Ep. 57: Q&A Episode: Back to Basics

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

Podcast Ep. 56: Moving the Inner Critic to Speak from the Heart

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

Podcast Ep. 55: Curiosity Over Perfection

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

Podcast Ep 54: How to Own + Leverage Your Experience with Karen Catlin

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

3 Easy Tricks for Better Storytelling when Public Speaking

Many speakers find storytelling challenging. New speakers often have a hard time finding topics to talk about because they think to themselves, “My life is boring and no one cares,” while more experienced speakers struggle to incorporate stories into their speeches. In episode 52 of Claim the Stage, Angela Lussier interviews Karen Friedman, an executive … Continue reading 3 Easy Tricks for Better Storytelling when Public Speaking

Podcast Ep. 53: The Path of the Creative Soul with Colleen Hindsley

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

Public Speaking Tips From a Pro featuring Angela Lussier

In this set of Public Speaking Tips From a Pro, our CEO + founder, Angela Lussier, teaches you how to get the most from public speaking. You’ll learn: 3 ways to make public speaking a tool for self-discovery How to be an amazing public speaker even if you’re shy How to reframe public speaking to … Continue reading Public Speaking Tips From a Pro featuring Angela Lussier

Podcast Ep. 52: Easily Find Topics + Stories in Everyday Life with Karen Friedman

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

Podcast Ep. 51: A Look Inside the Mysterious World of the Speaker Sisterhood Part 2

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