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182: MMM Q&A - How do I get better at storytelling?

Movers, this episode is all about something every speaker should aim to master in their talks. My friend Scott reached out and asked me, “I wanna get better at being a storyteller with my talks, any recommendations?” So, I came up with my top five recommendations for becoming a master at the art of storytelling!


181: Olivia Mitchell: On Getting Over the Fear of Disapproval

Olivia Mitchell - Presentation Trainer, Speaker, Introvert - aims to redefine the expectations of speaking. Living in New Zealand, Olivia uses her professional presenting skills to speak up about what she is passionate about. Addressing real-world needs, Olivia sets out to use her voice to make a difference while helping others do the same. All of this - as an introvert. Olivia dedicates her craft to develop ways in which other introverts, like herself, can be just as confident and...


180: MMM - On Talking to Walls (An Ode to High School Speech)

Recently, the National Speech and Debate tournament took place in Florida. I have been reflecting on when I had the opportunity to participate in this very tournament during my high school speech days - and I won! I was awarded the National Championship of Original Oratory. My coaches were incredible during this experience and helped so much! When reflecting on this time, I had the chance to truly realize how crucial this moment was to the path that led me to where I am today. I learned so...


179: MMM - On Repeating Our Content Without Being a Fake

Chuck Schumer’s repetition of his stump graduation speech was caught on tape… many, many times!… and put together, in one hilarious montage on John Oliver’s show Last Week Tonight. (ps, I love this show - so smart and so funny) When I saw this video… I laughed, and then I cringed… Why? Because let’s be honest: we repeat our content. Of course we do! I And it’s necessary for a few reasons. So, what do we do? How do we repeat our content without being a fake (and being Chuck Schumer)?


178: Mel Burt-Gracik - On How to Overcome Perfectionism

Mel Burt-Gracik - Management Consultant, Career Transition Coach, Speaker- is authentically herself. Mel helps managers lead their teams better in the work environment. Her goal is to help her clients say, “I look forward to coming to work everyday.” Mel aims to create psychological safety at work in a way where individuals emotional needs are not just recognized - they are embraced. She knows first hand how failure is not a bad thing - it is just another stepping stone on the pathway to...


177: MMM - On Starting Your Talk With Perfection In Mind

In the last week, I’ve had several conversations with you about that moment when I’m asking you to stand up and give it a go… the moment when we’re trying this all on for size. All the words we’ve fussed over, the ideas we’ve thoughtfully and painstakingly clarified - dug deeper to to get it ‘just right’ - and then we’re at the moment where we’re putting it to the test. Taking it from theory to practice. And it feels like a big moment. Just this week I’ve heard things like: I’m feeling...


176: MMM - Dear UnSpeakers...

A little note to you, my un-speakers… So, to start… an un-speaker? What is that? An un-speaker is someone who might not define themselves as a speaker, and yet you speak! You are a change-maker - idea-driven, audience-focused, battle with wondering whether or not you’re ‘doing it right’, want to make an impact and understand that to be transformational, you must yourself transform at some level. You speak without being one of ‘those’ speakers…(a bore, a chore, a perfectly perfect...


175: Tamsen Webster - On How to Get Your Audience to Change

Tamsen Webster - speaker, presentation strategist, TEDX producer, messaging guru - brings her delightful spark to our conversation about how to not just get your audience to listen... but how to get them to CHANGE.


174: MMM - On the Painful Process of Creating New Content (A Pep Talk for You!)

You have a vision of where you want to go... but how do you get there? Turns out, the tumble down into the canyon is the best way to the other side.


173: Matt Abrahams - On Speaking Up Without Freaking Out

Matt Abrahams is a passionate, collaborative and innovative educator, author, and coach. He is a lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he teaches two very popular classes in Strategic Communication and Effective Virtual Presenting. Additionally, Matt is a professor of communication at De Anza College and an adjunct faculty member for Stanford University’s Continuing Education Program. Also, Matt coaches entrepreneurs from around the world on pitching their...


172: MMM - On How to Create a Spectacular Event, with Todd Hansen and Sarah Gillund

Speakers! If you speak at events - or pull together events - or attend events! - then you know that HOW an event comes together is really important. And it's way more complicated than most people think... I'm currently in Milwaukee doing a fundraising event with an awesome team of people who have consistently created and produced some of the most beautiful, stunning and powerful events I've ever had the privilege of being a part of. And so I've invited these 'all-star' event people into...


171: AmyK Hutchens - On Delivering a Leadership Message Your Audience (Actually) Wants

AmyK Hutchens is a speaker, teacher, trainer, entrepreneur and business strategist - and spends most of her year traveling around the globe speaking about leading a more productive and profitable life. She's a business and life coach whose job is to teach from the stage! She's got dozens of impressive accolades that clearly state she is a powerhouse - both on and off the stage. But I love that AmyK came to me from a referral from my friend and guest here on This Moved Me, Jenny Evans....


170: MMM - On Creating The Best Worst First Draft of Your Presentation, Part Three

You wrote a shitty first draft. Congrats! Then you walked away. AWESOME! Now... now what? What do we do? You've still got the kitchen sink, and it's all swirly-whirly and NOT CLEAR. How do we get a little closer to CLEAR?? Here's what you do:


169: MMM - On Creating the Best Worst Draft of Your Presentation, Part Two

You've written a "shitty first draft" of your presentation. Congratulations! That's huge. But now what? Tune in for Part Two of this three part series to figure out how to jump-start your talk with content that resonates, engages and is authentically grounded in your story.


168: MMM - On Writing the Best Worst First Draft of Your Presentation (Part One)

How do you write the best (worst) first draft of your presentation? Along with being a theater major in college, I was also an English major. I loved loved loved being on stage (I know), but I also loved to write. Little did I know I was basically creating for myself the building blocks of my life now. All I knew then was that I loved them both and didn’t want to choose. (Funny how I rejected the idea of being a communications major. Nope, didn’t want that.) Anyway - I remember sitting...


167 MMM - On 4 Questions that Create Audience Connection

Today I want to talk with you about audience. How do we prepare our content fora particular audience? It means that you are preparing a talk for a particular audience… and there are a few questions that I like to ask myself about my audience so make sure that it resonates.. That is the goal… When our content resonates - it connects. And that’s the whole point! Resonance and connection is what we’re going for. Our audience at its very core needs to believe that we know and...


166: John Bucher - On Telling Your Story With Passion

John Bucher – a very difficult to define man of many talents (and he likes it that way) – spoke at the STORY Gathering in 2017, where I saw him share his passionate voice about story and myth. What was so great about that whole thing was that even BEFORE I saw him speak, he had volunteered to be my guinea pig speaker at my live coaching workshop. I mean… who does that? Believe me – that's a rare thing, to vulnerably walk into that space with a coach you've just met. Well, movers, that act...


165: MMM - On Editing Your Talk (without sacrificing depth)

So - you’ve got a hefty first draft, and now it's time to edit your talk. Knowing we want to get to clear and concise… AND - at the same time, say something NEW. Finding the SIMPLE and still saying something TRUE and - in some way - NEW. Whooo, that is a challenge! And what the editing process in creating a talk is all about. And it’s a CREATIVE PROCESS. It’s not JUST - cutting out the stuff you don’t like/don't need. It’s a process of digging deeper… and getting...


164: MMM - You are Not a Writer (You're a Speaker)

Hey Movers! On the show today we're talking about how to successfully shift our focus away from the words - and more into the DELIVERY that comes more authentically from our bodies. The words and content are often the 'safe' zone, and we can spend a LOT of time in there. Makes sense. Delivering it, especially in an "embodied" way, it becomes us more. It's a much higher-call, and it requires more from us. So how? What are some simple things we can do to get our words into our body...


163: Gillian Ferrabee - On Speaking With Our Bodies

Gillian Ferrabee - performer, speaker, Cirque de Soleil alum and talent scout... Gillian is an experienced and wise stage presence! When I got to see Gillian speak at last year's STORY Gathering in Nashville, I was so taken at how grounded and giving she was as a speaker. There was no pretense. No 'show' - even though she is such a skilled performer. She was present, in her body. So it was no surprise that Gillian talked about being IN YOUR BODY, and dealing with what happens to us as...