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Four tips to Getting Unstuck During a Presentation

August 15th, 2019

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Do you ever get STUCK in the process of creating a presentation or a talk?  STUCK comes in all shapes and sizes. It comes in all times and places.  It comes before you even begin your talk and shows up sounding something like “I’ll start speaking NEXT YEAR” and you just can’t quite get yourself…

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When a Story isn’t Enough

July 29th, 2019

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If you’ve been around these parts for a while, you’ve certainly heard me say that telling a story is the shortest distance between two people, right?  It’s the best way to show your  humanity and let your audience know you’re an actual human person who lives and breathes out there in the world.  It’s the…

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Life outside your comfort zone

July 16th, 2019

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Ever feel like you’re planted right smack dab in the middle of your comfort zone and can’t move? Is there something you’ve done outside of your comfort zone that flared up the ole’ fear?  If you’re anything like me, or anything like most of the people who hang out in these parts, you probably spend…

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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

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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

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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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