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Claim the Stage: A Podcast About Public Speaking and Speaking Up

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Claim the Stage is a podcast for women who want to learn how to speak on stage, online, and speak up in life. Hosted by Angela Lussier, award-winning professional speaker, seven-time author, and CEO and founder of the Speaker Sisterhood, a network of public speaking clubs for women. Learn more about… read more

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Ep 190 Are You Standing In Your Way? With Lisa Fabrega

September 29th, 2021


Today's episode is a must-listen if you have been struggling to figure out what is stopping you from being where you want to be, having what you want to have, or doing what you say you want to do. Today's guest is Lisa …

Ep 189 Live Coaching: Dealing with Crippling Fear of Speaking, Maid of Honor Speech Jitters

September 22nd, 2021


Here's a brand new live coaching episode! On today's show, we'll hear from a financial advisor who has no problem working one to one with clients and now wants to create workshops to promote her work, but feels …

Ep 188 How Sheetal Sheth Is Claiming Her Stage

September 15th, 2021


Have you ever found yourself in an audience and looked up at the woman on stage and wondered, how? How does she do that? On today's episode, I asked a lot of "how" questions of my guest, Sheetal Sheth. Sheetal is an …

Ep 187 A Surprising Benefit That Comes from Speaking Up

September 8th, 2021


Welcome back! I hope you had a great couple of months. It’s good to be back. On today’s episode, I make an announcement about a couple changes to the show going forward, address how the questions I posed in the last …

Ep 186 Recreating Your Life & Summer Vacation

July 14th, 2021


We all just went through a year of unexpected twists and turns. What can we learn from it? Anytime we go through something dark, difficult, or …

Ep 185 Live Coaching: Using Your Voice in Business, Giving a Solid Keynote

July 7th, 2021


What do you do when you've been working a 9-5 job for years, and now you want to step out and build your own business but feel nervous about using your voice and drawing attention to yourself? Our first guest on today's …

Ep 184 Live Coaching: Dealing with Anxiety When Speaking, Selling When Live on Social Media

June 30th, 2021


Welcome to our first live coaching episode! Today we take questions from listeners Dana Hahn and Becky Vesce.

Dana asks: I want to provide training for teachers on the topic of how to support grieving children in the …

Ep 183 Special Episode: Celebrating Five Years of Podcasting!

June 23rd, 2021


Friends! This is a special anniversary edition of Claim the Stage, solo hosted by me, Angela. Can you believe it's already been five years??! Me …

Ep 182 Experience Growth Without Suffering with Sophie McLean

June 16th, 2021


Is growth possible without suffering? Leveling up in life requires a ton of growth - both in confidence and in skills. How can we acquire both of these without suffering? Our guest today is Sophie McLean, a wisdom …

Ep 181 A Better Way to Deal with Change with Erin Davidson

June 10th, 2021


A breakup can be more than a romantic relationship -- it can be the loss of a job, a business, a move to a new city, losing a cherished friendship, anything. It’s an ending that requires attention and care and on …

Ep 180 How to Start Before You're Ready

June 2nd, 2021


Guess what! Today we're talking about one of our favorite subjects: Doing it before you're ready. You might be what? Well, anything! Working towards a dream, writing that book, speaking on a bigger stage, …

Ep 179 Using Your Voice for Email Marketing with Jena Bagley

May 26th, 2021


We spend a lot of time talking about how to use your authentic voice for speaking, but when you want to sit down and write a compelling email that really connects to your audience, what is the best way to share your …

Ep 178 How to Actively Avoid Your Destiny

May 19th, 2021


Have you ever had a grand vision for your life and then immediately discarded it because you thought it could never work?  Or, have you had that …

Ep 177 Lies about Permission, Pretending, and Pausing

May 12th, 2021


Have you ever felt like you needed permission from your friends and family to take a risk? Maybe you weren't waiting for their validation consciously, but were you delaying taking action because you didn't know what …

Ep 176 Manage the Anxiety of Speaking Up in Relationships with Paula Leech

May 5th, 2021


Speaking up about your needs, desires, fears, and upsets in relationships can be an anxiety-inducing experience. If you struggle with speaking up, you are likely familiar with the symptoms of anxiety - the "what if" …

Ep 175 Simple Daily Habits for Wellness with Pam Victor

April 28th, 2021


Did you know that in 30 seconds to one minute per day you could improve your wellness and well-being? It's true! In fact, today's guest says the …

Bonus Episode: Introducing Andrea Ross, New Speaker Sisterhood Club Leader

April 26th, 2021


Calling all Claim the Stage fans who have been on the fence about checking out Speaker Sisterhood and are looking for a personal invitation! This is for you. :) It's been over a year since we launched a new public …

Ep 174 Create a System to be Brave with Laura Khalil

April 14th, 2021


Have you ever looked at someone who is seemingly doing it all and wondered, how do they do so much? The answer may be that they have a system to keep them moving forward. On today’s episode, Laura Khalil, a …

Ep 173 Live for Yourself with Naketa Ren Thigpen

April 7th, 2021


How often have you been called “selfish” in your life? How often have you gone out of your way to avoid being seen that way? On today’s show, we interview Naketa Ren Thigpen, LCSW, the #1 Balance & Relationship …

Ep 172 Sell Like a Boss with Nikki Rausch

March 31st, 2021


Even if you're not in sales for your profession, you're always selling. Perhaps you're selling your friend on an idea for a trip you'd like to take, or selling your child on the benefits of vegetables. You likely even …

Ep 171 Letting Go of Your Inner Good Girl with Sarah Schneider

March 24th, 2021


Do you remember being called a "Good Girl" as a child and beaming in delight over the praise and reinforcement for a job well done? If you're now …

Ep 170 You Don’t Owe Anyone with Caroline Garnet McGraw

March 17th, 2021


"Perfectionism, people-pleasing, codependency, and constant striving to measure up— all of these patterns are rooted in fear and angst, which are emotion-level issues. The challenge for us is to bring love to the parts …

Ep 169 Speaking of Aging: Angela Turns 40

March 10th, 2021


On today's show, Angela interviews her longtime mentor, Martha Johnson, to discuss aging. Angela is turning 40 today! Martha is a former consultant, …

Ep 168 Online Presenting Reboot

March 3rd, 2021


Hi Friends, Angela here. I have a new course coming out March 8th and this episode is dedicated to the topic I'm covering: How to present online like …

Ep 167 Speaking of Perfectionism

February 24th, 2021


Hi friends, Angela here. On today's episode, Joli and I explore a popular subject: Perfectionism. We address it from our two areas of expertise: …

Ep 166 Humanizing the Race Conversation with Bianca Laureano, PhD

February 17th, 2021


Race, sexuality, gender, disability....these are subjects that may make you nervous. How do you talk about them? What if you say the wrong thing? What if you offend someone? You may find yourself saying nothing at all …

Ep 165 Finding Pleasure Everywhere with Cindy Lee Alves

February 10th, 2021


Today's guest is Cindy Lee Alves (they/she), an award-winning sexologist and founder and head educator of Ascension Institute, a place to learn about …

Ep 164 The Pleasure Episode, Part 2

February 3rd, 2021


From Angela: If you haven't listened to last week's episode yet, that's a great place to start. On today's show, Joli and I continue exploring the …

Ep 163 The Pleasure Episode, Part 1

January 27th, 2021


From Angela: When Joli and I first met to brainstorm topics for upcoming episodes, the subject of pleasure was at the top of her list. Being a sex …

Ep 162 Breaking Open and Speaking Up with Elizabeth Lesser

January 20th, 2021


From Angela: When you're going through something difficult, do you ever think about how that situation is changing you for the better? What about the …

Ep 161 What does femininity have to do with it? With Serina Payan Hazelwood

January 13th, 2021


Hot topic alert!! For our first regular episode as a duo, Joli and I decided to tackle a subject that has made us both scratch our head for years. We …

Ep 160 Introducing My New Co-Host and Our Vision

January 6th, 2021


Welcome to our first episode of 2021 and my first episode with a co-host! I'm excited to introduce Dr. Joli Hamilton to the show. You've heard her on …

Ep 159 Beginnings and Endings

December 23rd, 2020


Greetings from the Glitter Closet! Today's episode is sort of a continuation of the branding series because I talk about the branding process I've been going through the last few months and what it means for Speaker …

Ep 158 A Life Suspended with Nicole Hendrick Donovan

December 16th, 2020


Today’s episode is a chance to go inside the writer’s process and also learn more about the experience of publishing a book about a personal experience. As many speakers are looking to share their personal stories and …

Ep 157 Developing Your "Voice Brand" with David Wolf, Part 4 of The Branding Series

December 9th, 2020


What is a voice brand? That's a good question! In part 4 of The Branding Series, I interview David Wolf, the creator of the "voice brand." He shares …

Ep 156 How to Create High Quality Speaker Assets with Suz Chadwick - Part 3 of The Branding Series

December 2nd, 2020


Welcome to part 3 of The Branding Series! Speaker Assets...what are they? They're things like your website, your highlight reel, your social media profiles, etc. Basically they are the things event planners look at when …

Ep 155 Build Your Brand Through Podcasting with Case Lane, Part 2 of The Branding Series

November 25th, 2020


Have you ever thought about creating your own podcast? Or maybe you would like to be a guest on someone else’s podcast. If you’d like to build your …

Ep 154 WTF Is Branding with Maggie Bergin, Part 1 of The Branding Series

November 18th, 2020


Today’s episode kicks off our four-part branding series. Branding became a hot topic around 10 years ago when the concept of creating a “personal brand” became more important. My goal in creating the series is to get …

Ep 153 The Four Steps to Transform Fear of Public Speaking Into Confidence with Billie Shepard

November 11th, 2020


Instead of trying to crush your fear (whatever that means), why not use it to build confidence? On today's episode, you'll learn how to do this using The Billie Shepard Presentation Method. Twenty years ago Billie …

Ep 152 Asking for What You're Worth: The Money Episode with Caleb Guilliams

November 4th, 2020


Today's episode was supposed to be focused on how to ask for what you're worth as a speaker, but we ended up talking about much more! Our conversation covers speaking, money, and what my guest has learned about both.

Ep 151 Simplify Speech Prep with a Speech Framework with Mridu Parikh

October 28th, 2020


Ever sat down at your computer to write a speech and then found yourself still sitting there an hour later with nothing written? You, my friend, are in need of a speech framework! My guest today is Mridu Parikh and she …

Ep 150 How to Speak Up in Romantic Relationships with Dr Joli Hamilton

October 20th, 2020


She's back by popular demand! Dr Joli Hamilton is back on the podcast today to discuss how to speak up for what you want in your romantic …

Ep 149 Pivoting from In-Person Speaking Events to an Online Presence with Juju Hook

October 14th, 2020


We're all navigating a world that is requiring us to communicate through screens more than ever before. That means public speakers who were once used to a stage are now having to present themselves through a camera. If …

Ep 148 How to Go from Speaker to Author with Honorée Corder

October 7th, 2020


A very popular subject among public speakers is how to become an author.  But how do you turn your speaking topic into a book? Today's episode …

Ep 147 Four Minutes of Truth, Part 2

September 30th, 2020


Our first installment of Four Minutes of Truth last month was such a success that it's continuing (as I hoped!). On today's episode, you'll hear from …

Ep 146 Ease Internal Chaos and Stress Using Your Voice and Body with Kelly Vogel

September 23rd, 2020


Today's show is a fun, interactive episode that gives you a chance to play along with your voice and body! My guest today is Kelly Vogel. Kelly is the founder of Sound Passage, a practice that helps people embody the …

Ep 145 Q&A Episode: Online Presentation Edition

September 16th, 2020


The hot topic right now is online presentations and how to do them so you feel good and your audience pays attention. The areas of interest range from feeling comfortable in front of the camera to how to use the tech …

Ep 144 How Childhood Trauma Can Steal Your Voice as an Adult with Dr Omar Reda

September 9th, 2020


Today's show is taking a rare turn into the world of mental health and trauma and how it influences our ability to use our voice. My guest is Dr. Omar Reda, a board-certified psychiatrist, Harvard-trained trauma expert, …

Ep 143 Four Minutes of Truth Series, Episode 1

August 25th, 2020


I'm excited to bring you a new series I'm calling "Four Minutes of Truth." It features women who are sharing something that is true for them in a four minute recording. Today's episode features five women I asked to …

Ep 142 The Results: Being More Unreasonable and Apologizing Less

August 12th, 2020


If you missed the last episode, listen to that first! Today's show shares responses from you, the listeners, and observations of apologizing from …

Ep 141 Being More Unreasonable and Apologizing Less

July 29th, 2020


Today's episode is another one from the road. Pushing my son's carriage leads to many ideas and thoughts that need to be captured immediately! I smooshed two important topics together in hopes to inspire some thought …

Ep 140 Four More Ways to Look and Feel Powerful, Confident and Relaxed While Speaking

July 15th, 2020


Here is the sequel to my most popular episode ever, Episode 108: Four Ways to Look and Feel Powerful, Confident and Relaxed While Speaking. On …

Ep 139 Seven Reasons You Suck at Online Presentations

July 1st, 2020


The most frequently asked question I've heard in the last three months is something along the lines of, "How do I give an online presentation that doesn't suck?" First off, it's hard! Second, it requires a little more …

Ep 138 The Answers Episode

June 17th, 2020


I'm 5% ready for this episode to be out in the world, but waiting to release it won't solve anything. On today's episode, I share the "answers" to …

Ep 137 Who Are You Today? The Questions Episode

June 3rd, 2020


Hiiii!! It's me again. It's been two months and I'm excited to get back to the show with a big episode of questions. These questions were designed to help you do some self-discovery during this time of change. They are …

Ep 136 Hi. How are you?

March 26th, 2020


Hi friends. Your host, Angela here. :)

How are you doing during these strange times? I recorded a short episode on a walk around my neighborhood …

Ep 135 How to Make an Emotionally-Charged Topic Approachable and Fun with Rachel Richards

March 4th, 2020


Do you speak about a topic that most people would rather avoid than have to deal with? Topics that make your target audience uncomfortable can be …

Bonus Episode: How to Gain Confidence to Speak Up with Dr Joli Hamilton

February 27th, 2020


Welcome to a special bonus episode! Today we're talking all about gaining confidence to speak up. My guest is Dr Joli Hamilton (you heard her on our …

Ep 134 An Announcement and An Offering (and How We Got There)

February 19th, 2020


I'm baaaaack! I mean, the show has been running, but I haven't really felt like I'm "back" until now. 2019 brought all kinds of challenges and every time I thought I got up, I was kicked down again. On today's episode, …

Ep 133 The Misunderstood Process of Selling with Nikki Rausch

February 5th, 2020


Selling. It's one of those necessary elements of making your business grow, but how do you do it in a way that feels satisfying and not slimy? On today's episode, I interview Nikki Rausch, a sales coach, author, speaker …

Ep 132 How to Stand Behind a Bold Message with Rachel Braun Scherl

January 22nd, 2020


If you're someone with a big message to share, you may find yourself wondering if your message is too much -- too controversial, too "out there" or …

Ep 131 Build a Multimillion Dollar Consultancy Through Speaking with Jennifer Brown

January 8th, 2020


Jennifer Brown is an LGBTQ bestselling author and CEO of a multimillion dollar inclusion + diversity consultancy who has spoken at places like the …

Ep 130 Protecting Your Content with Jamie Lieberman

December 4th, 2019


Putting your ideas and advice into the world can be a scary move. How do you protect yourself and your content so you don't have to worry about your …

Ep 129 Secrets of the Sisterhood Part 4 with Kathryn Pettrucelli and Carolyn Johnson

November 20th, 2019


Today’s episode is the final installment of our four-part series that showcases Speaker Sisterhood members and their speeches appearing in our new book coming out November 29th, “Secrets of the Sisterhood.” This is a …

Ep 128 Secrets of the Sisterhood Part 3 with Shauna Gullbrand and Kim Meninger

November 6th, 2019


Today’s episode is part three of a four-part series that showcases Speaker Sisterhood members and their speeches that will appear in our new book coming out November 29th, “Secrets of the Sisterhood.” This is a …

Ep 127 Secrets of the Sisterhood Part 2 with Sandra Costello and Stacy Every

October 23rd, 2019


Today’s episode is part two of a four-part series that showcases Speaker Sisterhood members and their speeches that will appear in our new book coming out November 29th, “Secrets of the Sisterhood.” This is a …

Ep 126 Secrets of the Sisterhood Part 1 with Lauren Simonds

October 9th, 2019


Wow! It's so good to be back. Today's episode is part one of a four-part series that will showcase Speaker Sisterhood members and the speeches that will appear in our new book coming out November 29th, "Secrets of the …

Ep 125 Jess Pettitt: Guest Mentor Summer Series Part 5

August 21st, 2019


Raw. Real. Hilarious. "On brand." These are the words I'd use to describe today's guest and final installment of the Guest Mentors Summer …

Ep 124 Lisa Braithwaite: Guest Mentor Summer Series Part 4

August 7th, 2019


"Everything that goes wrong on stage is a teachable moment." -Lisa Braithwaite

On today's installment of the Guest Mentors Summer Series, you'll hear from Lisa Braithwaite. Lisa is a speaking coach, trainer, and author …

Ep 123 Susan Lindner: Guest Mentor Summer Series Part 3

July 24th, 2019


Susan is the only person I've met who, like me, gave 500+ free talks before realizing this could be a potential revenue stream and career path. We're …

Ep 122 Amber Hurdle: Guest Mentor Summer Series Part 2

July 10th, 2019


Do you consider yourself to be a bombshell? In episode two of the Guest Mentors Summer Series, Amber Hurdle will redefine what a "bombshell" is and why you want to be one. 

Amber Hurdle, author and speaker, creates …

Ep 121 Lois Creamer: Guest Mentor Summer Series Part 1

June 26th, 2019


Lois Creamer says the goal of a professional speaker is to be memorable, create takeaways that are doable, and to be creative in the approach. do you do this? In part one of the Guest Mentor Summer Series, we …

Ep 120 Three Years of Podcasting...and I Have Nothing to Say

June 12th, 2019


Today's episode is a big departure from the typical format of this show. I decided to hit record and just start talking. You'll find out why as I get into it. I talk about what's been going on the last six months, how …

Ep 119 I'm Scared and Doing It Anyway with Lauree Ostrofsky

May 22nd, 2019


I'm sure you can think of a time when fear stopped you. Maybe it was when you were thinking about asking for a raise, finding out if that attractive person liked you, writing that book, or taking that vacation to a far …

Ep 118 Managing Stress and Self-Care Leading Up to a Speech with Crystal Farley

May 8th, 2019


Have you ever signed up to give a presentation, and in the days or weeks leading up to it, regretted ever putting yourself in that situation? If so, you're not alone! Many speakers experience intense feelings of …

Ep 117 Turn Your Speaking Topic Into a Scalable Business with Jill Salzman

April 24th, 2019


On today's episode, I interview Jill Salzman, founder of The Founding Moms, where she helps mom entrepreneurs build better businesses. She's a two-time author, co-host of Inc. Magazine’s top-rated entertaining business …

Ep 116 How to Turn Your Life Experiences Into a Speaking Business with Josh Shipp

April 10th, 2019


How do you turn your life experiences into a speech and then a passion-fueled business? In today’s episode, I interview Josh Shipp, an author, speaker, and global youth empowerment expert renowned for the documentary TV …

Ep 115 How Public Speaking Can Expand Your Time with John K Coyle

March 20th, 2019


Today's episode is mind bending and eye opening. I hope you've had your coffee! My guest is John K. Coyle, #TheTimeGuy. John is a world leading expert in innovation and Design Thinking, and best-selling author of Design …

Ep 114 Part 3: The Top Five Secrets to Becoming a Paid Speaker Mini-Course

March 5th, 2019


Welcome to the final part of my three-part mini course, The Top Five Secrets to Becoming a Paid Speaker. If you’ve been learning a lot and enjoying the process of thinking through what your speaking business might look …

Ep 113 Part 2: The Top Five Secrets to Becoming a Paid Speaker Mini-Course

March 3rd, 2019


Welcome to part two of my three-part mini course, The Top Five Secrets to Becoming a Paid Speaker. The purpose of this mini course is give you a little road map to getting started on your way to professional speaking. …

Ep 112 Part 1: The Top Five Secrets to Becoming a Paid Speaker Mini-Course

March 1st, 2019


Welcome to part one of my three-part mini course, The Top Five Secrets to Becoming a Paid Speaker. This mini course is meant to help answer questions around how to go from speaking for free (or not at all) to building a …

Ep 111 Seth Godin on Public Speaking, Fear, and Business

February 20th, 2019


Seth Godin needs no introduction, but for those of you who want details, Seth is the author of 18 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He’s also the …

Ep 110 How to do Anything with Mark Metry

February 6th, 2019


This episode was originally supposed to focus on Mark's transition from shy and socially anxious to top 100 podcaster and speaker, but the episode took on a life of its own very early on in the conversation. I decided …

Ep 109 Q&A Episode

January 23rd, 2019


To everyone who submitted questions over the last several months, thank you! I used five of them in today's episode. If you have a question you want addressed on an upcoming Q&A episode of the podcast, email me at

Ep 108 Four Ways to Look and Feel Powerful, Confident and Relaxed While Speaking

January 9th, 2019


Did you know body language is 55% of what your audience is judging when they're deciding if they like and trust you? When it comes to the way you present yourself, you want to make sure you're paying attention to it …

Ep 107 My Top Five Lessons of 2018

December 26th, 2018


The end of the year is a great time to reflect on goals, lessons, and big moments. On today's episode, I'm doing just that as I share my biggest lessons of the year. Some of them I cringed to write because I remember …

Ep 106 What Does One Year of Speaking Training Get You?

December 12th, 2018


On today's episode, I take you back into the world of the Speaker Sisterhood as you hear from three of our members who have invested the last year of their lives in public speaking training. Find out what surprised …

Ep 105 Navigating Difficult Emotions on Stage with Johanna Walker

November 28th, 2018


Have you ever found yourself crying on stage and wished you could make it all stop? Do you avoid difficult topics in your presentations in fear of …

Ep 104 Courage Vs Confidence with Janet Whalen

November 14th, 2018


You always hear having confidence in yourself will propel you to take risks and accomplish your goals. But what if you could get yourself to take …

Ep 103 Why Don't You Have a Video Yet?

October 24th, 2018


We've talked about the value of Facebook Live and YouTube to market yourself and build your platform, but what about having your own video that tells your story to event planners, clients, and audiences? On today's …

Ep 102 Why Perspective Matters with Stephanie Feger

October 10th, 2018


Stephanie Feger is a passionate communicator who believes that a shift in perspective can help people live truly fulfilling lives. Her blog, Color …

Ep 101 Top Five Questions I Get About Professional Speaking

September 26th, 2018


Speaking School for Women is back and it starts this Monday, October 1st. I've been getting lots of questions from women who are interested in taking …

Ep 100: The Radical Reclaiming of the Stage Through Doing Nothing

September 17th, 2018


Welcome back to the podcast!! It’s good to be back in your ears after three months off. On today’s episode, I invite Lenore Braun, the club director of the Speaker Sisterhood, and Amber Ladley, the creative director, to …

Ep 99 Summer Break + Making Diversity a Competitive Advantage with Amy Waninger

June 20th, 2018


When you hear the word "diversity," what do you think of? Race? Religion? Age? Gender? On today's episode, we're framing diversity as those special ingredients that make you who you are. It's those ingredients that also …

Ep 98 Be Normal, Not Common with Travis Thomas

June 13th, 2018


Speakers often mistake their “norm” as a commonality that they share with many other speakers. In reality, your “norm” is actually your unique DNA. Every speaker has their own unique story/journey and learning how to …

Ep 97 The Value of Male Allies with Julie Kratz

June 6th, 2018


When you're looking for support in accomplishing your goals, where do you turn? Do you value diversity of thought and experience unlike your own when seeking advice and direction? To offer her insight on this topic, I …

Ep 96 Using Internet Marketing for Exposure as a Speaker with Kristen Day

May 30th, 2018


You've likely heard of SEO (search engine optimization), blogging, and websites, but have you ever used these tools yourself? If you are interested …

Ep 95 The Power of Your Voice with Lauren Roselle

May 23rd, 2018


How comfortable are you with being assertive? Did you know that it can save your life? On today's episode, I interview Lauren Roselle, one of the world’s experts on the topics of interpersonal communication, …

Ep 94 Tales from the Road: #SpeakUpTour2018 Part 6

May 18th, 2018


In the final episode of the Tales from the Road mini series, Lenore Braun, club director of the Speaker Sisterhood, and Amber Ladley, creative director of the Speaker Sisterhood, interview me about my reflections, …

Ep 93 Using the Power of Persuasion for Good with Dr Michelle Mazur

May 9th, 2018


Being a persuasive speaker is a work of art. It requires thinking through some key elements of your message, knowing your call to action, and keeping things simple. On today's episode, you'll hear from Dr Michelle …

Ep 92 Tales from the Road: #SpeakUpTour2018 Part 5

May 2nd, 2018


As I was thinking about this week's episode, it occurred to me that there was one major piece missing from the series so far: the speech I've been giving on the tour! Monday night, I setup my podcast mic in the event …

Ep 91 Tales from the Road #SpeakUpTour2018: Part 4

April 27th, 2018


On today's episode of Claim the Stage, you'll hear an impromptu conversation between some serious public speakers! We put together a little roundtable to share stories, tips, and what still surprises us.

Featured on the …

Ep 90 Tales from the Road: #SpeakUpTour2018 Part 3

April 20th, 2018


One of my favorite parts of the #SpeakUpTour2018 so far has been the private dinners we're doing at women's homes. In today's episode, you'll get to hear some of the two-minute speeches given at those dinners. To give …

Ep 89 Tales from the Road: #SpeakUpTour2018 Part 2

April 11th, 2018


Howdy! It's day 11 of the #SpeakUpTour2018 and I'm sharing what I've learned so far on the road. I feel like a band on tour now that I'm constantly traveling in the van and living out of a suitcase. It's been fun and my …

Ep 88 Tales from the Road: #SpeakUpTour2018 Part 1

April 4th, 2018


If you haven't already heard, I'm hitting the road! I'm posting today's episode from Portland, Maine, the first stop on my speaking tour that we've titled #SpeakUpTour2018. I'm on a mission to empower women to speak up …

Ep 87 Inside the Speaker Sisterhood, Part 5

March 28th, 2018

The Speaker Sisterhood is a network of speaking clubs for women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking. It's also the company I founded in late 2016. It's a training …

Ep 86 Inside the Speaker Sisterhood, Part 4

March 21st, 2018


The Speaker Sisterhood is a network of speaking clubs for women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking. It's also the company I founded in late 2016. It's a training …

Ep 85 Inside the Speaker Sisterhood, Part 3

March 14th, 2018


The Speaker Sisterhood is a network of speaking clubs for women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking. It's also the company I founded in late 2016. It's a training …

Ep 84 Inside the Speaker Sisterhood, Part 2

March 7th, 2018


The Speaker Sisterhood is a network of speaking clubs for women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking. It's also the company I founded in late 2016. It's a training …

Ep 83 Inside the Speaker Sisterhood, Part 1

February 28th, 2018


The Speaker Sisterhood is a network of speaking clubs for women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking. It's also the company I founded in late 2016! It's a training …

Ep 82 Seven Steps to Be Known As A Public Speaker with Ed Evarts

February 21st, 2018


A big part of becoming a well-known speaker is getting yourself in front of people and being seen. However, being visible can be scary! Where do you go? What do you say? How do you do it well? In today's episode, I …

Ep 81 Own Your Brain to Claim the Stage: Neuro-Confidence Speaking Strategies & Secrets

February 14th, 2018


Do you struggle with feeling confident when presenting yourself in front of others? Join the club! Feeling discomfort when speaking in public is a normal reaction. So how do you curb that natural response? On today's …

Ep 80 Finding the Heart of Your Message with Suzannah Baum

January 31st, 2018


If you're an expert on a subject or feel like you have something to prove, you may feel the need to share everything you know in one presentation. While that may make you feel like you've covered all your bases, it will …

Ep 79 How to Make a Point That Sticks with Joel Schwartzberg

January 24th, 2018


You can craft a talk, but can you make a point? In today's episode, I interview Joel Schwartzberg, a professional communications trainer and author of the just-released “Get to the Point! Sharpen Your Message and Make …

Ep 78 Q&A Extravaganza!

January 17th, 2018


I love hearing from you! I grabbed some of the questions you've been asking over the last few months and answered them in today's episode. Have you …

Ep 77 4 Ways to Get Out of Your Own Way and Put Yourself Out There

January 10th, 2018


I'm often asked how I put myself out there and make myself so visible in the world. The question usually sounds like this: "How do you just go out and do it?" The short answer is, it requires a lot of focus and …

Ep 76 3 Reflections, 4 Resolutions, 1 Revolution

January 3rd, 2018


I'll be the first to say 2017 was full of mistakes, successes, and lessons. In today's solo episode, I share three reflections, four resolutions for …

Ep 75 From Full-Time Job to Public Speaker with Shannon O’Brien

December 13th, 2017


Transitioning from full-time employment to a less traditional role like entrepreneurship, consulting, or public speaking can be a time of uncertainty …

Ep 74 Look Your Best On Stage with Elizabeth Jones

December 6th, 2017


Makeup, hair, accessories, clothes, and shoes. How do you decide what to wear when delivering a speech on stage? Every decision you make reflects your style, brand, and credibility. As your audience is deciding if …

Ep 73 Craft A Stage-Ready TED Talk with Julia Mines

November 29th, 2017


We've all seen a TED talk we really love. Maybe it changed your life in some way, made you laugh, made you cry, or made you think differently about your own future. As a speaker, it has probably crossed your mind that …

Ep 72 Coming Out of Your Shell with Alexandra Franzen

November 22nd, 2017


If you've been worried about how you might sound, what it might look like to say the wrong thing, or what might happen if you speak up, you will love this episode. My guest is Alexandra Franzen, a writer based in …

Ep 71 Four Powerful Steps to go from Surviving to Thriving on Stage

November 15th, 2017


Is your biggest source of pain knowing you are meant for greatness but you don’t know how to achieve it? Do you worry if you will ever reach your goals, or secretly wonder if you are even good enough? My guest today is …

Ep 70 Dread Public Speaking Less + Add More Joy

November 8th, 2017


Nancy Werteen and Kim Howie know a thing or two about how to add joy to any experience, including public speaking. As co-founders of The Wisdom Coalition and co-authors of the book, The Power Of A Pivot: How changing …

Ep 69 Titles That Rule + Awesome Summaries

November 1st, 2017


A big part of being a successful speaker is getting people to show up for your talk. But how do you create interest in your presentation if you're …

Ep 68 How to Be Feisty, Fearless, and Focused with Pegine

October 25th, 2017


Many speakers want to be seen as credible, memorable, moving, and entertaining. But what if you could bump it up a notch and be feisty, fearless, …

Ep 67 How To Use Facebook Live to Build Your Brand

October 11th, 2017


Part of being a well-known speaker is building your brand. You can do this in various ways - networking, speaking(!), and building your following on …

Ep 66 How to Craft an Offer Your Audience Can't Resist

October 4th, 2017


You’ve created your “signature talk.” You’ve practiced it until you’re blue in the face, but every time you give it, you walk away empty handed – even though everyone said they loved you and your content. You’ve heard …

Ep 65 The Power of Your Personal Story with Eva Tenuto

September 27th, 2017


"Who cares about my story? My life isn’t that interesting." If you've ever found yourself saying this to yourself, today's episode is for you. We're going deep into the power of storytelling - and not just any stories - …

Ep 64 The Power of Reframing

September 20th, 2017


The way we think informs what we do (or don't do). What that tells us is that if we change the way we think about something, we can change our behavior and therefore change the outcome. In today's episode, I teach you …

Ep 63 Are You Paying Attention To Your Most Important Tool?

September 13th, 2017


As speakers, there's one tool we must nurture, understand, and use correctly if we want excellent results. What is it? Our voice! And I'm not talking …

Ep 62 More Stories from Speaking School

September 6th, 2017


What happens behind the doors of the Speaking School for Women? Funny you should ask! On today's episode, you get an insider's peek into what it's …

Ep 61 How to Use Small Steps to Accomplish Big Goals

August 30th, 2017


Get overwhelmed easily by your own goals? If you're constantly setting goals and then getting off track, losing sleep over everything you haven't done yet, or completely forgetting why you set the goal in the first …

Ep 60 The Million Dollar Speaker

August 23rd, 2017


Are you trying to build a speaking business, but find you're still scraping by with small fees and gigs for "exposure?" If you're ready to ramp up your speaking business in a big way, today's guest will show you how. I …

Ep 59 When It's Time To Tell A New Story

August 16th, 2017


Controversial and upsetting events are happening around us all the time. What are you doing as a public speaker to address these events and open the conversation? Deciding not to talk about something because you don't …

Ep 58 Stop Trying to Smash Fear. An Essay.

August 9th, 2017


I had two frustrating conversations with two female friends last week that stuck with me. Feeling annoyed when I woke up Saturday morning, I decided to write this essay to get my feelings out on paper. Five pages later, …

Ep 57 Q&A Episode: Back to Basics

August 2nd, 2017


Crafting a great story, persuading your audience to action, and bringing a crowd to tears are all signs of a great speaker. But in order to achieve these feats, the fundamentals of speaking must be mastered. In today's …

Ep 56 Moving the Inner Critic to Speak from the Heart

July 26th, 2017


The Inner Critic: friend or foe? What is it there for and how do we work with it to stay sane and enjoy our public speaking experience? In today's episode, I interview Pam Erb-Melville, the President of PEM …

Ep 55 Curiosity Over Perfection

July 19th, 2017


I often hear speakers assign harsh and brutal judgments about their own behavior, thoughts, and feelings before, during, and after a speech. I'm guilty of doing it too - so I know a lot about it. Ever stood in front of …

Bonus Episode: Tiny Summer Challenge

July 14th, 2017


This year has been all about monumental growth for me. In today's bonus episode, I share all the ways I'm growing and reveal something that has been going on in my personal life that I haven't talked about at all until …

Ep 54 How to Own + Leverage Your Experience

July 12th, 2017


Do you feel awkward when it comes to promoting yourself? What about when you have to put together a professional bio? What are you telling yourself about what to say and not to say? If you are in a constant battle with …

Ep 53 The Path of the Creative Soul

July 5th, 2017


Is your creative soul dying in corporate America? Or, are you afraid of showing your creativity in your own business or on stage? If you answered yes …

Ep 52 Easily Find Topics + Stories in Everyday Life

June 28th, 2017


Compelling stories are all around us, but how do you find them? When you need to put together a speech or presentation that sells, negotiates, or persuades, telling stories will make a deep impact on your audience. In …

Ep 51 A Look Inside the Mysterious World of the Speaker Sisterhood Part 2

June 21st, 2017


In last week's episode, we celebrated a year of podcasting by going behind the scenes of the Speaker Sisterhood, a network of public speaking clubs for women that I founded last year. Today we're going to continue that …

Ep 50 A Look Inside the Mysterious World of the Speaker Sisterhood Part 1

June 14th, 2017


In my special 50th episode and 1 year anniversary of the podcast, I'm taking you on a magical tour of the Speaker Sisterhood. The Speaker Sisterhood is a network of public speaking clubs for women and a company I …

Ep 49.5 Speak Confidently, Articulately and without Filler Words

June 7th, 2017


Do you use the words "like," "so," and "um" more than you'd like? If so, this episode will teach you how to avoid using these words so you can speak with more confidence and impact. Whether you're preparing for …

Ep 49 Removing the Personality Mask

May 31st, 2017


Who are you when you're on stage? Who are you when meeting someone new? What about when you're alone? If you ever feel like you might be wearing a "personality mask" to get through certain situations, you will love …

Ep 48 Who's Negotiating for You?

May 24th, 2017


Women are good negotiators. We advocate for our friends, our children, and our loved ones. But, often, when it comes to negotiating on our own behalf, especially when it comes to salary and speaking fees, we struggle. …

Ep 47 Easily Build + Repurpose Content

May 17th, 2017


As speakers, we are also content creators. But are we doing it effectively? Writing a speech, putting together a blog or social media post, assembling a book, creating a course, and recording a podcast all fall under …

Ep 46 Master Your Inner Game

May 3rd, 2017


Public speaking isn't just about what you say, it's also about what you think. In today's episode, I interview Linda Ugelow, a public speaking and performing coach who helps entrepreneurs and professionals overcome …

Ep 45 Captivate with Vanessa Van Edwards

April 26th, 2017


Do you wish you could decode people? Do you want a formula for charisma? Do you want to know exactly what to say to your boss, your date or your …

Ep 44 Adventures in Storytelling

April 19th, 2017


Chris Landry has been telling stories professionally for 15+ years. When he worked as a fundraiser in non-profits, he found out that if he told a …

Ep 43 The Q&A Episode Again

April 11th, 2017


Howdy, friends! I'm back this week with another installment of Q&A. This is my third episode like this (see episode 10 + 25 for the others) and I'm answering YOUR questions! Today I answer a question about how to …

Ep 42 The 2-for-1 Episode on Public Speaking and Improv

April 5th, 2017


In today's episode, you'll get to hear a unique approach to interviewing - the double interview! You'll hear from Pam Victor, professional improviser …

Ep 41 Pro Marketing Tips for New Speakers with Kit Pang

March 28th, 2017


Kit Pang says if he wrote a book, it would be called From Introvert to Extrovert. He generously shares his story of going from shy teenager to …

Ep 40 What I've Learned About Podcasting

March 21st, 2017


Podcasting is an amazing way for speakers to share their advice, but is it the best content marketing tool for you? Since starting my podcast in June …

Ep 39 What Women Can Do Next

March 2nd, 2017


We all saw the wild success of the Women's Marches on January 21st. Next Wednesday is The Day Without a Woman and International Women's Day. These initiatives are doing a good job bringing women together and raising …

Ep 38 Your Body Tells the Story

February 22nd, 2017


Have you ever noticed yourself getting excited while listening to someone tell a story, even if the story wasn't that good? What do you think happened? Chances are, the storyteller was using other elements …

Ep 37 Discover Your Voice Via Adventure

February 15th, 2017


"No matter where you’re from, how old you are, or what your background is, we’re a lot more alike than we think. Our strength comes from sharing …

Ep 36 What if Fear Was Your Best Friend?

February 8th, 2017


Fear. It's one of the things that stops us from getting on stage, stops us from saying what's true for us, and stops us from asking for what we want. In today's episode, you'll learn how to reframe fear so it not only …

Ep 35 Tales from Speaking School, Part 2

February 1st, 2017


Last week, I brought you a couple of interviews with the women of speaking school. Today, I continue that trend by bringing you conversations with …

Ep 34 Tales from Speaking School, Part 1

January 26th, 2017


My signature program, the Speaking School for Women, is back February 21st. The school only opens twice a year and I'm often asked what the …

Ep 33 The Power of Patience

January 19th, 2017


After last week's episode about the STAGE System, I received a lot of questions about what it actually looks like to take the steps I outline in my method of speech craft. The questions weren't all simple - many of them …

Ep 32 Present Like a Pro Using the STAGE System

January 11th, 2017


Hey friends! Welcome to my first episode of 2017. I'm back!

Rather than create another boring slide show or endlessly rattle through tons of data, …

Ep 31 The Secret of All Good Communication

December 14th, 2016


Are you aware of how often you use weak language? In this eye opening episode, Dr. Phyllis Mindell, a pioneer and expert on professional communication, walks us through the many mistakes women make when it comes to …

Ep 30 Frazzled Type A Women Unite

December 7th, 2016


Kara Martin Snyder has made a career of turning around chaotic, painful situations ranging from bankruptcy cases to constipation. Her wide ranging …

Ep 29 Public Relations Tricks, Secrets + Myths for Speakers

December 1st, 2016


Alison Podworski knew at the age of 9 that she wanted to be a television news reporter. After years on TV, she transitioned to work in PR and opened her own agency to assist small business owners, speakers, authors, and …

Ep 28 Get the Gig!

November 23rd, 2016


“Speaking is a great way to demonstrate thought leadership, expose your brand, and get business. Speaking is a business development effort.”-Steve Markman

Today's guest is Steve Markman, president of Markman Speaker …

Ep 27 The Art of Interaction

November 16th, 2016


When Stacey Shipman was in 6th grade, she won the "Quietest Girl" award and now she is a brave communication expert who helps people do things they think they can't do. This episode is all about the art of the …

Ep 26 Embodiment: The Key to Less Fear and More Fun On Stage

November 9th, 2016


What is "embodiment" and why will it make you a better, less fearful speaker? My guest Donna Brooks says, “Embodiment is living the fullness of your …

Ep 25 The Q&A Episode

November 2nd, 2016


How do I book my first gig? What if I'm not an expert? How do I know what my value is? In this special episode, instead of me asking the questions, you're the guest interviewer! I took your questions from social media …

Ep 24 Demystifying Public Speaking

October 26th, 2016


Lara Hogan's first public speaking experience was horrifying to say the least. Not only did she live to tell about it, she also continued speaking and has become an authority on the subject. Besides presenting on …

Ep 23 Hairy Authenticity

October 12th, 2016


We often hear that being our "authentic self" is the best way to connect with our audience and build a strong personal brand. But how do you show up on stage as yourself if you're new to speaking, scared of doing it …

Ep 22 Success Secrets from a Public Speaking Expert

October 6th, 2016


Do you ever wonder if you're doing everything you can to be seen as a strong presenter with a confident voice? In this episode, public speaking expert Laurie Schloff teaches us how to create an effective message, how to …

Ep 21 Are You Up for an Adventure?

September 28th, 2016


Hiking, bears, blisters, oh my!

A few months ago, my friend and I set out on a seven day, 75 mile hike of the Appalachian Trail in north central Maine. Being an inexperienced hiker who is also Type A and goal oriented, …

Ep 20 Fun Legal Basics for Speakers

September 21st, 2016


Sarah Feingold was the first lawyer and 17th employee at Etsy. Now, she's General Counsel at, a public speaker, and a jewelry maker. In …

Ep 19 Build Your Platform with Dorie Clark

September 14th, 2016


As speakers, we know marketing ourselves is important. But how do you create a strong platform for yourself that adds to your credibility, social proof, and builds your brand? What about using content marketing to land …

Ep 18 Create Your Speaker Brand 101

September 7th, 2016


In-demand professional speakers become well known because they have perfected one very important part of their message. It’s the one major thing that sets them apart from the unknowns and you will learn it in …

Ep 17 Can Introverts Be Pro Speakers?

August 31st, 2016


Val Nelson is an introvert and former wallflower who absolutely cringed at the idea of speaking up in front of a room. She now actually enjoys public …

Ep 16 Pep Talks + the Pursuit of Excellence

August 24th, 2016


Ever wondered what it would be like to have a motivational speaker in your pocket? In this episode, I interview Thando Zono, a motivational speaker, …

Ep 15 We Need to Talk About Your Flair.

August 17th, 2016


If being memorable is something you care about as a speaker, this episode is for you. Jim and Jenn Poage are the authors of the book FLAIR: Design Your Daily Work, Products, and Services to Energize Customers, …

Ep 14 Are You Unwilling?

August 10th, 2016


One day in the 1980s, Martha Johnson was concluding a three-day training of sales professionals when she asked a pivotal question that would forever …

Ep 13 Do I Have to be Funny?

August 3rd, 2016


I'm often asked if being funny on stage is a prerequisite for "making it" in the speaking business. In this informative and entertaining interview with Cathy McNally, master of all things humor, you'll find out whether …

Ep 12 Are You in the 14%?

July 28th, 2016


If this interview was a breakfast cereal, it would be called "Ultimate Supreme 500 Ingredient Mashup." We took this show in many different …

Ep 11 Tips on Slaying Self-Sabotage

July 20th, 2016


Kelly Coffey is a personal trainer who used to weigh over 300 pounds. She is the voice behind the blog at where she helps women who struggle with their weight and their choices to get happily grounded …

Ep 10 Mystery Episode!

July 13th, 2016


I'm so excited to announce my 10th episode! This felt like a major milestone, so I went all out and created a really fun mystery episode for you. Since the contents of this episode is a secret, I'll just say that you …

Ep 9 Secrets for Changing Your Money Mindset

July 6th, 2016


Amber Dugger is a money geek, knitter, avid cyclist, wine lover, yogi and lover of all things green. She escaped her cubicle in July of 2015 after 15 …

Ep 8 How to be a Thought Leader

June 29th, 2016


Ken Lizotte is Founder and Chief Imaginative Officer (CIO) of emerson consulting group inc., a Concord Massachusetts consulting firm that transforms …

Ep 7 Curious About Speakers Bureaus?

June 22nd, 2016


In episode 7, I talk to Diane Goodman, founder and president of Goodman Speakers Bureau in Windsor, Connecticut since 1979. Diane works closely with meeting planners to secure professional speakers, entertainers, …

Ep 6 Top 10 Reasons People Don't Speak Up

June 14th, 2016


Leslie Karen Hammond is a speaker, author, and Confident Speaking Expert. Her new book, Keep It Real: Why We’re Afraid to Speak Up and What to do About it, is the subject of this week's podcast. I loved this book and …

Ep 5 Reassuring Wisdom from Katy Tynan

June 8th, 2016


Katy Tynan is a bestselling author, internationally recognized expert on how work is evolving, and was voted one of the best motivational speakers in …

Ep 4 From Pop Star to Master Negotiator

June 2nd, 2016


Ji Eun (Jamie) Lee is a professional speaker and negotiation trainer who lives in New York City. She specializes in hands-on negotiation workshops for ambitious women. She says, "Negotiation is a conversation with the …

Ep 3 Do You Know Your Audience's Agenda?

June 2nd, 2016


Suzanne Bates is the CEO of Bates, a firm with a mission to help leaders shape the world. As a coach to some of the world’s top executives, Suzanne’s passion is helping leaders align, engage, and move people to drive …

Ep 2 Life Advice from The Detourist

June 2nd, 2016


Episode 2 features my interview with Amy Oestreicher. Amy is a professional speaker, PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, writer for The Huffington Post, speaker for TEDx and RAINN, health advocate, survivor, …

Ep 1 Just Gonna Do This

June 1st, 2016


Here it is! My first podcast episode. I've been thinking about starting a podcast since 2009 and thought maybe it was time to roll one out, as …

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