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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 joining a speaking club: www.speakersisterhood.com

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

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    • 4.9 • 88 Ratings

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 joining a speaking club: www.speakersisterhood.com

    Ep 198 Got Anxiety Over Speaking? Do This! Featuring Judy Grupenhoff

    Ep 198 Got Anxiety Over Speaking? Do This! Featuring Judy Grupenhoff

    Public speaking, speaking up, being singled out...all of these activities can lead to serious fear and anxiety. In fact, you may feel so much fear and anxiety about them that all of your life decisions are made in an effort to avoid them. If this is you, you are going to love today's episode. My guest today is Judy Grupenhoff, MEd, NBC-HWC. She is an Integrative Wellness Coach, HeartMath® Certified Trainer and Interventions Professional. She specializes in anxiety coaching with a focus on the neurobiology of change and self-compassion. For over 10 years she has been helping women of all ages learn practical brain-based skills to calm the nervous system, quiet inner critical dialogs, and live with greater power, peace and possibility.

    We discuss:


    The neurobiology of self-criticism vs self-compassion
    The difference between anxiety and fear
    Neural pathways and the role they play in anxiety and fear
    The three essential steps to calm an anxious brain
    How to shift your thinking to self compassion

    Learn more about Judy and get her 3 Steps to Calm an Anxious Brain.

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    If you'd like to check out my new course, Public Speaking for Shy Creatives, and get one free month of Skillshare, go here.

    Want to improve your public speaking skills and check out a Speaker Sisterhood club as a guest? Your first meeting is free and all clubs are meeting online. Find the club that works for you here.


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    • 47 min
    Ep 197 Speak Up, Dammit! With Hope Timberlake

    Ep 197 Speak Up, Dammit! With Hope Timberlake

    How many times have you had something you wanted to say, but stopped yourself in fear of being wrong, looking stupid, or being the center of attention? My guest today, Hope Timberlake, is a speaker, trainer and author who focuses on the communication side of leadership. She is here to talk about her new book, Speak Up, Dammit! How to Quiet Your Fears, Polish Your Presence and Share Your Voice and offer you actionable tips for speaking up. We discuss:


    The main reasons people don’t speak up
    Helpful techniques to help with speaking up
    The benefit of pausing while speaking and one technique to help build this skill
    Techniques for using facial expressions to build connection with your audience
    Tips for connecting and looking warm and welcoming in a virtual environment
    The importance of energy, how to infuse passion into your speech, and the role voice modulation plays
    The importance of creating a Speak Up role model or alternate persona
    The Speak Up Structure Tool and how it works for creating a compelling speech

    Find Hope's book here

    More about my guest:

    Hope Timberlake is a speaker, trainer and author who focuses on the communication side of leadership. She is passionate about persuasive messaging, relationship building, executive presence, developing others, and elevating the voices of women and those underrepresented in leadership. Her book, Speak Up, Dammit! How to Quiet Your Fears, Polish Your Presence and Share Your Voice was released in October, 2021.

    Hope works with executives and their teams across many industries at companies including AirBnB, Autodesk, Bank of America, BlackRock, Dropbox, Intel, PlayStation, Splunk and many scaling start-ups.

    By creating rapport and building trust, Hope successfully empowers people to excel as communicators and leaders. Her energy, creativity and results-oriented approach make her keynotes and workshops impactful, engaging and entertaining

    Hope earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and completed a Masters degree at University of California, Berkeley. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, teenaged children and dog Mona.

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    If you'd like to check out my new course, Public Speaking for Shy Creatives, and get one free month of Skillshare, go here.

    Want to improve your public speaking skills and check out a Speaker Sisterhood club as a guest? Your first meeting is free and all clubs are meeting online. Find the club that works for you here.


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    • 45 min
    Ep 196 Five Simple Ways to Improve Your Presentations

    Ep 196 Five Simple Ways to Improve Your Presentations

    Even great speakers could use more tips and tricks to improve their speaking skills. If you're looking for simple tweaks that will make a huge difference, look no further. I share five ways to improve your presentations without much effort at all. Try one or try them all! You'll be glad you did. 

    The list:


    Always ask yourself the three key questions before building your talk.
    Start and end strong.
    Use vocal variety.
    Present yourself with power through a strong stance.
    Build your own pre-speech ritual (like a baseball player)

    If you'd like to check out my new course, Public Speaking for Shy Creatives, and get one free month of Skillshare, go here.

    Want to improve your public speaking skills and check out a Speaker Sisterhood club as a guest? Your first meeting is free and all clubs are meeting online. Find the club that works for you here.


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    • 24 min
    Ep 195 The Dandelion Marketing Strategy

    Ep 195 The Dandelion Marketing Strategy

    What is the Dandelion Marketing Strategy? I'm glad you asked! On today's show, I share a recent thought I had while at the park with my son and how it relates to sharing our messages about what we do. If you struggle with sharing your voice, being seen through your marketing, or putting your message out into the world, today's episode is for you! I share the four key elements of the Dandelion Marketing Strategy, why they are all equally important, and how to use them for your work. If you try out what I share today and want to tell me about how it's going, email me! angela@speakersisterhood.com




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    • 14 min
    Ep 194 Reboot: Slay Self-Sabotage with Kelly Coffey

    Ep 194 Reboot: Slay Self-Sabotage with Kelly Coffey

    Today’s show is a reboot of episode 11 which aired in July of 2016! This is possibly my favorite interview of all and I’m excited to bring it back for your listening pleasure. My guest today is Kelly Coffey, a personal trainer who used to weigh over 300 pounds. She is the voice behind the blog at strongcoffey.com where she helps women who struggle with their weight and their choices to get happily grounded in healthier habits. Her work gets down to the root of why we sabotage ourselves and the tools she teaches are just as relevant to women in the speaking business as they are to women who are trying to improve their health.

    In this episode, you'll learn how Kelly went from personal trainer to becoming a top speaker and thought leader in the fitness field, why we sabotage ourselves, important signs to pay attention to if you are sabotaging yourself (and what to do next), the mental tricks to attacking self-sabotage, an ideal way to behave if you are afraid to speak on stage, and where to focus your attention once making the decision to move out of self-sabotage.

    Check out Kelly's free, life-changing, hour-long online masterclass for women only - Coffey's Four Step System to Lose Weight Without Losing Yourself. Claim your free seat here

    Check out my Skillshare class, Public Speaking for Shy Creatives, here


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    • 42 min
    Ep 193 Behind the Scenes of Making a Skillshare Class

    Ep 193 Behind the Scenes of Making a Skillshare Class

    Have you ever thought about making an online course? Or, have you made one that didn't turn out so well and you're wanting to take a new approach? On today's episode, I take you behind the scenes of my new Skillshare course, Public Speaking for Shy Creatives: How to be Relaxed and Confident. I talk about the idea phase, creating content, producing the videos, post-production, and the mistakes I made along the way. If you've been thinking about creating an online course but don't know where to start, this episode will give you tips to get you moving. 

    If you'd like to check out my new course and get one free month of Skillshare, go here. 

    Here's more information about my course:

    I’ll cover four strategies to help you feel and look more confident, relaxed, and prepared on camera, on screen, and on stage. If you’re interested in building a creative business, freelancing, becoming a speaker, being interviewed on podcasts, or showing up more on social media, you will love this class. You’ll complete a class project that will teach you how to build your own pre-speech ritual so you are in the best mindset and have the most engaging content to present every time.

    Key takeaways include:


    How to go from dreading public speaking to creating a mindset of connection and service
    The three key questions you need to ask yourself to build an engaging, powerful presentation every time
    How to show up with magnetic energy so your audience is excited to hear from you
    How to use your notes effectively
    Practice tips to help you set yourself up for success every time

    Check it out! 


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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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88 Ratings

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Refreshing Podcast

Really enjoy tuning into Claim the Stage podcast each week! Not only is it engaging, educational and authentic, but great humor as well. Tune in if you’re looking for a new & refreshing podcast!

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The High Vibe and down to earth podcast you’ve been waiting for

Just wow. Angela is operating from a higher frequency to make the world a better place and is holding out her hand to bring you up with her in this podcast. Whether you’re a professional speaker or not, she gives us real truth nuggets that are applicable to all parts of life. Thank you so so much!

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This podcast is awesome! I was introduced by listening to the 4 minutes of truth episodes and found them to be extremely powerful and engaging!

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