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

Alexia Vernon, Author, Step Into Your Moxie

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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



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).
Johanna Walker - Speaking

“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



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

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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