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Life outside your comfort zone

July 16th, 2019

What have you done outside of your comfort zone recently?  If you’re anything like me, or anything like most of the people who hang out in these parts, you probably spend a good chunk of time hanging out inside your comfort zone.  Maybe on occasion you dip your toe in your risk zone. It’s uncomfortable,…

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Epic Content: Here are the secrets

July 1st, 2019

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I have often said that what it takes to become a sought-after speaker, or even a speaker who regularly speaks on stages,  you need three things. You have to be a relentless networker (in other words, tell everyone you know you’re a speaker), pitch like crazy (in other words, make big, scary asks), and deliver…

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What Do You Do When You Go Blank On Stage?

June 25th, 2019

A few weeks ago I wrote about different ways to use a pause when speaking. One of the best pauses to get friendly with is the “I’ve gone totally blank and can’t remember what the heck I was gonna say next” pause. In Tuesday’s Speaker’s Playground, we got talking about that exact moment… It goes something like this: You’re…

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How to OWN THE ROOM from any Stage

June 18th, 2019

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It was one of those warm days last week, where we were all saying “Spring! You’re back! Thank you for coming back!” and we went outside and strolled through the yard, and spotted the crocuses, and didn’t even get a chill after being outside for a bunch of hours.  It was that kind of early…

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Speaking for Yourself

May 10th, 2019

A client recently came to me with a big confession.  She wrote in an email, “Johanna, I have to confess…my primary motivation for speaking is not to help people. I do want to help people. I do want to have an impact, but mostly I want to help myself. I want to be taken seriously. I want to feel…

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Be Yourself?

April 16th, 2019

One of the things I talk about with my clients all the time, and you probably hear often from business coaches (and speaking coaches and life coaches and inspirational leaders and middle school teachers and self-help books and best friends and anyone who has anything to say to anyone about how to make sense of…

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Lessons from the TEDx stage

January 7th, 2019

What an honor it was to speak on the TEDx stage! For a long time I couldn’t even imagine it. Then I considered the possibility that ONE DAY I would have the opportunity, but it was a long way off. Then it started to feel a little closer, when suddenly BOOM, there I was standing…

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How to keep from freaking out when preparing a talk

December 13th, 2018

A client came to me this morning saying “I’m horrible at memorizing. I can’t do it. I’ll never be able to be a speaker because I just can’t remember what to say! I rehearse and rehearse and still my mind comes up blank and then I freak out cuz I’m never gonna learn this talk.”…

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How to be authentically YOU on stage AND grow as a speaker

December 6th, 2018

“But it doesn’t feel natural! It doesn’t feel like me. It feels awkward, inauthentic, yucky. NOT ME!!” I hear that all the time from my clients. When I ask them to do something that they haven’t done before, or try something different with their arms, or their focus, or their body language, or their voice….

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Kill your darlings: Tips for editing your talk

November 29th, 2018

It was either Winston Churchill or Mark Twain who said “I didn’t have time to write you a short letter so I wrote you a long one.” As is the epic journey of creating and editing your TEDx talk with a pretty rigorous time limit. Which is part of the journey I’m on right now. The…

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