Is Self-Doubt Your Final Answer?

May 5th, 2023

Recently I went backpacking in the canyons of Southern Utah. Although I remember the first time I drove through that land when I moved to Colorado from Massachusetts 15 years ago, it did nothing to stop my jaw from dropping open as we turned west off of 191 to head into Canyonlands.  I’m not speaking…


How Storytelling Can Change Lives and Influence Audiences: The Importance of Stories in Business and Leadership

February 8th, 2022

Johanna with arms open

You’ve heard it before: Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of communication. It’s been used to teach, entertain, and influence people for centuries. And it’s still working its magic in the business world. Storytelling is a powerful tool for entrepreneurs and leaders. It will not only help you connect with your audience, it has…


Powerful Speaking Skills That Will Make Your Talks Monumentally Successful

October 29th, 2021

person on mic in dark room

What are powerful speaking skills? Think about the last time you heard a speaker that moved you to the core. That person who rocks you out of your comfort zone, who makes a difference in your life, whose every word you lean on.  What makes that person memorable? What makes them exceptional? What sets them…


Small stuff? Back away!

March 4th, 2021

birds eye view

Do you ever get caught up in the small stuff? You know when the small stuff keeps you from the big stuff? And you don’t do the Big Vision thing you said you were gonna do? You don’t have the impact you know you can have? Yeah me too. I hate that. What if you…


Lessons (re)Learned in 2020 (or How to Make 2021 Soar!)

December 28th, 2020

lessons learned

I’m not a big goal setter, but I do like to reflect on the last year. Usually I do it at my birthday time, which is in early December, but I’m doing it now, as 2021 approaches. I’m sharing the top 10 lessons I learned in 2020. (There were more. Lots more. But I’m limiting…


Getting negative feedback isn’t the end

May 1st, 2020

One of the biggest reasons people don’t take the leap and get on stage to speak is because they’re afraid of negative feedback.  What will people think of me? Will they judge me if I mess up? What if people laugh at me? Or discover what an imposter I am? What if I fall flat on my face…


What Online Dating and Public Speaking have in Common

February 11th, 2020

I’ve been online dating with a vengeance recently.  I just decided “OK if I’m gonna do this, I’m doing it full-on.”  So I started swiping right with verve & gusto. And yes, it’s true, I now have a phd in online dating.  Recently one of my dates asked me how my work as a speaking…


How to Make your Presentation More Persuasive

December 10th, 2019


Because really that’s what it’s all about, right? Getting the yes. Making the sale. Even if you think you’re not “selling” something, you are. You’re selling an idea. A new behavior. Maybe also a product or service. A program.  But whatever the reason for your talk, you’re persuading your audience to trade in something they…


Your Body Says it All

November 11th, 2019


Ever notice how that person who paces back and forth on the stage kinda makes you wonder if they’re digging a hole in the floor to escape? Or the one who’s so frozen stiff you start to worry that she’s going to suffocate up there, which makes you stop breathing too? Then there’s the one…


To PowerPoint or not to PowerPoint?

October 22nd, 2019


Here’s a little pop quiz: You have a presentation to give. The date is on the calendar and getting closer. You sit down to work on your talk. What’s the first thing you do? A. Go to the kitchen and eat some potato chips, then see that the garbage needs to be taken out but…


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