“WHEN JOHANNA SPEAKS,

your jaw drops, your heart opens, and you are forever changed.”

Alexia Vernon, Author, Step Into Your Moxie

Interested in booking Johanna for a keynote, breakout session or interview?

Inquire here

After 15 years on theater stages as a solo performing artist,

Johanna turned towards speaking and quickly started taking her audiences by storm. Since then, she’s moved, inspired and “knocked the socks off” audiences with her dynamic and captivating speaking style, her tell-it-like-it-is storytelling, her understated yet hilarious humor and her insightful wisdom.

Approachable, engaging and sometimes slightly unconventional, Johanna leaves her audiences inspired to step onto bigger stages and have the impact they were meant to have. She awakens stories and wisdom in each audience member, and inspires rooms full of people to take action, bravely opening doors to new ideas and possibilities. Johanna’s dynamic and entertaining style will infuse energy into the crowd and light the fire of engagement throughout your event.


“Over the past six years, I've seen hundreds of speakers come through my group, Daring Divas, but I've never witnessed anyone like Johanna. She is real, raw, insightful, passionate and rooted in her message. Her stories are poignant, captivating and heart-opening. As an event organizer, I understand the importance of choosing the right speakers to represent your group. I can assure you that you will feel proud to have Johanna on your stage!”

Jessie May, Personal Branding and Tribe Building Expert,
Founder of Daring Divas

 
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The Business of Storytelling

A compelling journey that invites audience members to step into their speaking power in spite of —even because of—any fear that gets in the way. Johanna combines real-life stories with actionable tools that show audiences how to transform their fear, self-doubt and stay-small thinking into a powerful battery pack that can embolden any speech, meeting, or difficult conversation.

This tell-it-like-it-is keynote will invite seasoned speakers to show up with more authenticity, and inspire even the most fearful to speak up, take the stage, and bring their voice to any table with confidence and heart.

You'll learn:

  • How to turn fear, nerves & self-doubt into power & presence
  • Tools for staying 100% in the room—even when you’re certain your audience is dozing and you want nothing more than to slip out the back door
  • Why it matters to the bottom line that you speak your truth
  • The trick to “getting over yourself”—and remembering that it’s all about your audience (not you).
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“Johanna combines storytelling with rich expression and interaction to engage and inspire the audience. After leading as our keynote speaker at Women of Denver I received so many positive comments from our members. I could tell the audience was wrapt with attention, and since so many reached out afterwards to follow up with Johanna, I know they're ready to take action in the direction of developing their own speaking & storytelling chops!” 
Krystal Covington, Founder, Women of Denver

 
Ignite Your Speaking Power

A great story well-told will make you and your company unforgettable. Stories stick. They engage teams and build loyalty with customers. They invite your audiences to lean in and say “Tell me more,” making room for wonder, for our shared humanity, and for real connection. With that kind of connection, anything is possible. People will buy from you, donate to your cause, tell their friends about you, and stick around for the long haul.

In this keynote, Johanna demonstrates that stories have the power to embolden ourselves, build loyal followings, raise revenue and change the world. With dynamic stories inviting high-level audience engagement, she’ll show you how it can happen for you and your company.

You'll learn:

  • How to use storytelling to nurture the relationships that will best support your cause
  • Why nailing your origin story is absolutely essential to the success of your business
  • How to bring to life and make relevant even the dryest of subject matter
  • What a good story is and what a good story isn’t (and why the stories you think are great stories might be derailing your presentation)

“Every single person who attended Johanna’s talk at the Boulder Healing Hub LOVED IT! She has such an effective way of connecting to people with heart and humanity, while also delivering concrete and useful information. Attendees felt that they received deeply valuable information about the art of delivering their message to the world while also growing their businesses. I can’t wait to bring Johanna back to offer her powerful speaking acumen to our community again!”

Lindsay Sworski
Founder, Boulder Healing Hub

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THE STORIES THAT LIVE IN OUR BODIES

swl-2014Inspire your team to own the room
every time they speak

Johanna Walker is a dynamic presenter, trainer, storytelling expert and coach with a powerful presentation approach that energizes audiences and leads to lasting change. She creates an engaging learning environment through which she invites participants to step into authentic leadership–whether one on one with a client on speaking to a large audience.

Participants learn to present in a way that consistently commands the room, creates authentic connection, inspires action and closes the sale. Programs are highly interactive, immediately applicable, and are customized to meet your company’s needs.

When presenting at your conference or meeting, Johanna’s dynamic and entertaining talks will infuse energy into the crowd and light the fire of engagement throughout the meeting. Depending on your needs, content can be delivered in a 90-minute keynote, a half-day or full day training, or a 3-day intensive.

Select from these topic areas: (scroll down for descriptions)

  • IGNITE YOUR SPEAKING POWER and turn butterflies into buyers
  • THE BUSINESS OF STORYTELLING: How telling a story is the doorway to your next sale

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IGNITE YOUR SPEAKING POWER
and turn butterflies into buyers

Audiences remember how they felt more than what they heard. Your presence and show-up-ability is as important as the content you present. Even if your brilliance is blinding, when your presentation skills are lacking, that brilliant content will disappear behind lack of confidence and self-doubt.

In this training, participants get tools and techniques to deliver powerful, high-impact present

ations that lead audiences to take action every time. (Because fear of public speaking should never be a deal breaker) Stop watching team members swallow their message, hide in the back of the room, hedge in meetings, or even go on and on like windbags and create a culture where they instead grow fully into their potential.

 

Participants will learn:

  • How to craft presentations that are crystal clear and get right to the point
  • The number one method for connecting with any audience, including staff, clients, and prospects
  • Avoiding the biggest mistake managers make when addressing their team’s “challenges”
  • How the ‘butterfly’ feeling when you speak is actually the doorway to attracting more clients, closing more sales, and getting buy-in from your team

 

 

THE BUSINESS OF STORYTELLING:
How telling a story is the doorway to your next sale

“My audience wants  facts and figures,” I’ve heard clients say. They want proof. Evidence. Stats. Science. Not this storytelling fluff” But when it comes down to making a decision to move forward, most buyers make decisions based on emotions: about the thing she’s buying, or the person he’s buying from.

But here’s the thing: a good story is far from fluff. Research shows that the most powerful way that humans connect with one another is through story. Show slide after slide of stats & numbers, and you may get some interest, but tell a story and you’ll have audiences flocking towards you wanting more.

In this presentation, we’ll cover the basics of storytelling–the stories you need to have in your back pocket, how to tell them well, and how to use stories to grow your business. Plus the secret sauce that make your team’s presentations conversion machines: Start with story. Logic later.

 

Participants will learn:

  • Why telling a story is absolutely essential for making the sale or getting buy-in from your team
  • How to present stories that don’t derail presentations
  • The formula for story-crafting that has audiences sitting on the edge of their seats and still allow you to be uniquely you
  • The 4 types of stories you must have in your back pocket any time you present

WHAT AUDIENCES AND MEETING PLANNERS
ARE SAYING

“Johanna is a dynamic speaker and facilitator, bringing warmth and energy to every room. She reminds us of our power as speakers, and how to reconnect and reclaim our own voice. Her message is critical to owning our identity and becoming more effective communicators and leaders.” 
~ Elizabeth Shaw, Conference Planner, Davine Events
“Over the past six years, I’ve seen hundreds of speakers come through my group, Daring Divas, but I’ve never witnessed anyone like Johanna. She is real, raw, insightful, passionate and rooted in her message. Her stories are poignant, captivating and heart-opening. Many of our members approached me after her event and shared how inspired they felt to start speaking – and with Johanna’s amazing tips, they felt like they could start their speaking journey right away! As an event organizer, I understand the importance of choosing the right speakers to represent your group. I can assure you that you will feel proud to have Johanna on your stage!”
~ Jessie May, Personal Branding and Tribe Building Expert, Founder of Daring Divas
“Every single person who attended Johanna’s talk at the Boulder Healing Hub LOVED IT! She has such a great way of connecting to people in a heartfelt and human way while also delivering concrete and useful information. Attendees felt that they received deeply valuable information about the art of delivering their personal message to the world. I can’t wait to bring Johanna back to offer her powerful speaking acumen to our community again!”
~ Lindsay Sworski, Founder, Boulder Healing Hub

“I so enjoyed seeing how embodied Johanna is while she’s speaking. That has inspired me to re-envision speaking as something that can be fun, energetic and impactful”
~ Maggie Kelly, Audience Member
“This talk really hit home! Speaking up is a challenge for me. It’s my edge. This talk inspired me to want to walk the edge” 
~ Chantae Shor, Audience Member
“Johanna is dynamic, approachable and funny – strong, but not overbearing. She’s a powerhouse speaker.” 
~ Cindy Kalman, Audience Member

 

Contact Johanna to  take the first step towards creating a program that’s right for your team.
 
 

 

About Johanna

Johanna Walker is the fear-blasting, storytelling maven for coaches, consultants, leaders and change-makers. As a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator, she has presented for corporations, non-profits, start-ups and community organizations, helping audiences develop authentic presence as speakers, find the ideas they want to be known for, and craft those ideas into compelling presentations.  

Johanna is the founder of Women Who Speak, a transformational speaker coaching program for female leaders, and The Speaker’s Playground, an unconventional training group where entrepreneurs and community leaders become confident and memorable speakers. She is the co-founder of Boulder’s popular story slam series, Truth Be Told, where audience members come to the stage to tell true stories about their lives.

In addition to her work as a speaker and coach, Johanna has written and performed solo theater pieces that she’s toured throughout the US and Canada. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, where, if you’re lucky, you might spot her riding around on her bicycle wearing wings and a red polka-dot dress. (with photo)

“Johanna is a dynamic speaker and facilitator, bringing warmth and energy to every room. She reminds us of our power as speakers, and how to reconnect and reclaim our own voice. Her message is critical to owning our identity and becoming more effective communicators and leaders.”

Elizabeth Shaw
Conference Planner, Davine Events

“Johanna Walker is an articulate dot-connector, with a bushel full of stories up her sleeve. An utter delight to have on the show.”

Melissa Dinwiddie
Host of The Creative Sandbox Way Podcast

“I so enjoyed seeing how embodied Johanna is while she’s speaking. That has inspired me to re-envision speaking as something that can be fun, energetic and impactful”

Maggie Kelly
Realtor

Interested in booking Johanna for a keynote, breakout session or interview?

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“When Johanna speaks, your jaw drops, your heart opens, and you are forever changed. A gifted storyteller with a penchant for dropping both truthbombs and hilarity, her presentations feel like theatrical events - not because she is over the top or because she is hiding behind characters. Rather, Johanna takes audience members on a riveting journey of self, business, and communication discovery, and she strategically fuses theatricality to amplify wonder, meaning, and lasting change. I appreciate Johanna's ability to integrate inspiration with tangible takeaways, and unequivocally recommend her to event organizers, meeting planners, and corporate leaders looking for a keynote speaker who is warm, passionate, and consistently pragmatic with her recommendations.”

Alexia Vernon
Author, Step into Your Moxie