Claim the Stage is a podcast for women who want to learn more about the art of public speaking and speaking up in life. Hosted by Angela Lussier, an award-winning professional speaker, seven-time author, and CEO + founder of the Speaker Sisterhood, a network of public speaking clubs for women. Past guests include Seth Godin, Dorie Clark, Vanessa Van Edwards, Josh Shipp, Alexandra Franzen, and more. Learn more about joining a speaking club: www.speakersisterhood.com
Ep 150 How to Speak Up in Romantic Relationships with Dr Joli Hamilton
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 relationship. Do you find you keep having the same argument over and over again? Are you feeling stagnant or stuck in your relationship? Maybe you know you want something different, but you're not sure how to get there.
On today's episode Joli and I go into the depths of what creates problems in a relationship and how to pull yourself out so you can create a relationship that reflects your desires and goals. Hint: It requires speaking up for what you want! It also requires doing some work and getting clear with yourself before you include your partner in the conversation. As always Joli is refreshingly honest about her own relationship journey and gives clear advice on how you can create a relationship you love.
Also! Joli's new book, Project Relationship: The Entrepreneur's Action Guide for Passionate, Sustainable Love is out today! You can get a free Kindle copy this week and all she asks in return is a review on Amazon to help more people find her book. Grab yours today! I just finished reading it and it is a must read for everyone!
Ep 149 Pivoting from In-Person Speaking Events to an Online Presence with Juju Hook
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 you made money as a public speaker or used public speaking to sell your business, you've likely had to re-evaluate your strategy in a big way. My guest today is Juju Hook, a consultant, coach, and speaker who once used in-person events to promote her business. Today, her business looks much different.
Juju’s big career switch in midlife and what inspired it
How switching careers has made her see herself differently
How Juju pivoted her business away from speaking on stages and toward virtual packages
The new way she is helping her clients navigate the current business climate
The marketing tools Juju used to engage her customers in new ways
Juju’s major learnings from re-strategizing and rethinking her business this year
What she will do differently in her business based on what she learned in 2020
Download Juju’s free self-assessment: “Discover Your Essence of Influence”
You can find her branding blog at StrategicJuju.com and her program for PrimeTime women at PositivelyPrimeTime.com.
Ep 148 How to Go from Speaker to Author with Honorée Corder
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 features my conversation with Honorée Corder, an executive and strategic book and publishing coach, TEDx speaker, and the author of more than 50 books including You Must Write a Book. Honorée passionately helps business professionals and entrepreneurs write, publish, and monetize their books, boost their brands, and get much more business.
On today's show, we discuss:
How Honorée got started as an author and has written over 50 books
How she helps people turn their message into a book
What Honorée asks speakers to determine if they are ready to write their book
The writing process she recommends to aspiring authors
How to organize your content so it’s ready for publishing
Pros and cons of self-publishing versus traditional publishing
Advice for co-authoring a book
How a book can help a speaker or business owner beyond making money
How to work with a ghost writer, including cost and process
Get a free copy of Honoree’s book, You Must Write A Book
Learn more about Honoree at HonoreeCorder.com
Ep 147 Four Minutes of Truth, Part 2
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 four women on the following topics: finding the right words, living with cancer, a relationship with an unexpected friend, and what living your truth actually feels like.
Julia Becker Collins submitted her truth about living with cancer and she can be found at www.vision-advertising.com or @JuliaRivka on Instagram.
If you are enjoying these submissions, please consider submitting your own for an upcoming episode! It's easy to do.
Here's how it works:
1. You pick a topic you want to talk about. It can be how you're feeling about life these days (rants are totally acceptable), an experience you had recently or in the past, a meaningful idea or concept, or a vision you have for the future. The only requirement is that it's you, speaking your truth.
2. You will record this on your own, speaking into the voice recorder app on your phone and then you'll email it to me. If you have earbuds with a mic, that's great. If not, you can talk directly into the phone and that also works well. (If you have better recording software, feel free to use that.) Recording in a quiet room is ideal, but if you want to record while going for a walk or out in the world, that works too! Just try to have good sound quality if you can.
3. I would love it if it was you just riffing, unscripted. It's fine to have a couple general points outlined, but I'd love it if you could speak from the heart without sounding like you're reading or reciting something. If you mess up, you don't have to stop and start over. Keeping it real is a big part of what I want to showcase!
4. You can do this anonymously, or you can introduce yourself. I just ask that you start the recording with one of the following:
"My name is and this is my four minutes of truth..."
"I'm submitting anonymously and this is my four minutes of truth..."
*If you want your full name and website/a social media platform highlighted in the show notes, please note that in your email to me. Otherwise it will just show your first name.*
5. No topic is off limits and swearing is totally fine.
Also, DON'T OVERTHINK IT! You can always submit another recording later if you want to talk about something else on a future episode. It doesn't have to be your life's manifesto or anything, just something that's on your mind or that you want to share. That being said, if you want to share something sacred or big, don't hesitate to do it.
Email it to me at angela[at]speakersisterhood.com.
Looking forward to your submission. 3
Ep 146 Ease Internal Chaos and Stress Using Your Voice and Body with Kelly Vogel
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 power of their own voice through gentle sound and movement. Most episodes don't come with a user manual, but this one does. I recommend you find a quiet place where you can practice Kelly's teachings as we go. Her exercises are simple and as you'll learn, they make a big difference. We discuss why voice and body work are important and how they can impact you when doing difficult things, like giving a speech, having a hard conversation, or running a big meeting. Kelly shares voice and body warmups you can do anytime and you'll be able to practice them right along with us. Also! Speaker Sisterhood is presenting an online workshop featuring Kelly and her work on October 6th at 7pm ET. We will practice some of the exercises we tried on this episode and you'll learn other ways to stay present in your body during chaos and stress. You can register for that workshop here.
More about Kelly: Originally from San Francisco, Kelly holds an MA in Literature and has been a college educator for over 20 years. She is also a singer-songwriter/pianist with three albums of original music. As an introvert, Kelly knows all-too-well the anxiety that public speaking and performing can generate. The creation and development of Sound Passage has been instrumental in helping her move from a place of vocal constraint to a place of inspiration. Kelly is a Learning Specialist at Smith College and lives in Easthampton, MA with her husband and daughter.
Learn more about Kelly Vogel and Sound Passage
Get Kelly's list of warm ups here
Register for our online workshop October 6th
Ep 145 Q&A Episode: Online Presentation Edition
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 and engage the audience throughout your meeting. Fear not! I have answers for you and I even created an entire course on the subject that starts this Monday, September 21st. If you want more information than what I cover on today's episode, take a look at the course and get yourself a seat before registration closes on Sunday.
Here are the questions I answer on today's show:
How do I setup my computer and lighting to get the best look?
How can you create engagement when people don't have their camera on and you can't see them?
How can I build an instant connection with a virtual audience? I want to have an engaging opening and usually I just feel like everyone is bored as soon as I start.
I hate being on camera! How do I get over this?
How do I field questions while trying to present? What if I don’t know the answer to a question?
How do I deliver a script when it’s not possible to memorize it?
Want to learn more?
Introducing my new course, Online Presenting Made Easy!
This course is designed to take you from anxious and unsure to actually enjoying presenting (yes it is possible!).
You’ll learn how to:
create content that is meaningful, informative, and not salesy
keep the audience engaged from start to finish so you’re not left wondering if anyone heard anything you said
use the technology so it enhances your presentation instead of being a source of frustration
present yourself with authenticity instead of sounding robotic and boring
You’ll also get a chance to try out what you are learning in small group breakouts so you get immediate feedback and practice.
The format of the course is four 75-minute live classes on Zoom each Monday night from 7:00-8:15pm ET starting September 21st. (September 21, 28, October 5, 12.) 45 minutes of each class are for teaching and the other 30 minutes are for you to practice.
Want to learn more? Registration is now open!
If you can’t make it live, all the classes will be recorded and available to watch anytime. I’ll be sending the recording link out every week after class for anyone who missed it.