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197: How do we tell our stories with authenticity? (The Speaking Story Course is open!)

Movers, today is the final idea about how we can bring our idea to life through our Speaking Stories course that goes live Oct. 30th! If you are listening to this it means that the cart is open! After I talk with you about what it is - and why it is - I hope you’ll join us over the next few weeks while we bring our stories more to life and to your audience so it’s out there moving the world! Go to to sign up!


196: Three Core Beliefs We Need to Speak With Authenticity

Bringing your story to life… To do that, we need to believe some things - deep down - before we can take the stage with courage and authenticity. Last week I talked about Six Rookie Storytelling Mistakes (and what to do instead). But this week - in anticipation of the Speaking Story course that opens for enrollment this coming Friday - we are diving into three beliefs all of my speakers wrestle with to some level or another (and from one day to another)!


195: Outing the Story Behind My Speaking Superpower

One of my favorite parts of doing workshops is when I help people discover the ‘THING’ that makes their voice unique. The thing that is essential to them. The thing that, despite our misguided efforts to polish up, layer up and perfect our role as “speaker” (whatever that means!)… well, it still eeks out. :) Which, honestly, is a wonderful wonderful thing, and the HEART of AUTHENTICITY! I call it your Speaking Superpower. If we can own it - it’s powerful. Part of owning it is sharing...


194: Discovering Your Speaking Superpower

To my delight, authenticity has been a buzz word and goal of speakers for a long time. As “talks” have become a preferred and powerful platform for LEADERS (not just professional and motivational speakers), the door has opened to more and more people to share their stories in their own way. This, my friends/speakers/movers!, is a wonderful thing! As a presentation coach whose mission is to create talks that move the world (not to create talks that are perfect and overly polished and...


193: Six Rookie Storytelling Mistakes (and what to do instead)

What’s the biggest mistakes people make?… This is one of those questions I get again and again! and well, if we’re talking about Delivery or Preparation or Content development or Mindset - I answer them each differently. And today I want to answer it in the context of STORY… The 6 biggest rookie storytelling mistakes… so you won’t make them, too! Let’s dive in!


192: On Knowing When Your Story is Ready to Be Told

I remember watching this really famous speaker once tell a story that I KNEW she wasn’t ready to tell yet. It was too much - too powerful, still - still too emotionally raw… (And I’ve also seen speakers who are so far beyond their stories - that it doesn’t have any emotional resonance left. They’ve told it too many times, it’s lost its power for them… there’s no emotive connection left. It’s been used up. ) What struck me was that she was telling the story because she NEEDED to. It was a...


191: On the Problem with Credibility In Sharing Our Stories

Credibility is getting in the way of you sharing your story. What will they think of me if I share that one experience that doesn’t put me in the best of lights? What if I talk about how I failed? what if I share my biggest mistake?… will they still respect and admire me? Even though we’re told again and again - Queen Brene, you are PREACHING THIS - that people appreciate and admire the bravery of vulnerability… Especially in a work context, too many of us - to protect our...


190: On Making YOUR Story Matter to Others

So - today’s episode is getting us ready for that course… in the first episode of the series we talked about what an origin story is… and last week we talked about one of the biggest myths that keeps us from really sharing who we are and what we think… TAKING THAT ME ME ME (or what can sometimes FEEL like me me me) and turning it into US US US. Taking the personal, individual, specific…. and finding the universal in it. Which is THE POINT of sharing our stories. Because of course...


189: On What Might Be Holding You Back from Sharing Your Story

So today’s episode is based on a conversation I had with one of my speakers, who has also been a guest here on This Moved Me… I’m a HUGE fan of his, and he’s doing such important work. Tony Loyd. He’s the host of the Social Entrepreneur podcast, and he’s really building up his speaking work, because he’s so driven to get his ideas out into the world. He is NOT interested in getting HIMSELF out into the world… he’s So he’s a very typical - what I call - unspeaker. Despite the fact that he’s...


188: What is an origin story?

I want to talk about Origin stories. I’m going to be sharing a course over on Movers-U on how to develop and own a powerful and authentic origin story in October… so excited about it. And so I’ll be - starting today - a series about our Origin Stories - to prepare for it. So before I dive into some ideas around the challenges and importance of doing this - and walk you through some critical steps in terms of HOW to do it… I wanted to spend the show today talking about WHAT IT IS. What is...


187: Carmen Simon - On Making Your Talk Memorable

Carmen Simon - neuroscientist, best-selling author, speaker - uncovers the importance of knowing why and how we can remember things in the hopes that the message we have will stick with our audience forever. Her neuroscience background gave light to important insights to how we can tailer our talk to be extra impactful!


186: On Being Your Virtual Presentation Coach

Welcome, Movers! The new and improved WEBSITE is finally here! I am so proud of how it came together and hope you enjoy it as much as I do. My hope is that this website will become a home of resources for you as you begin or continue on your speaking journey! Check it out:


MMM: 185 - Making the Point of Your Talk Clear - 7/7 test

Articulating clearly the point of your talk is one of the most difficult areas for speakers to master. It is not uncommon to start your talk and pretty soon you have five talks within one actual talk! Sometimes the idea we are trying to articulate is complicated - our job is to make it easy for our audience. Keeping the audience in mind when narrowing the point of your talk is essential. As speakers, we are meaning makers. We are trying to convey a new idea and bring meaning to that, which...


184: Tony Loyd - On Becoming a Thought Leader

Want to become a Thought Leader? Of course you do! Tony Loyd - raido host, author, speaker and thought leader! - moves the world with his unique perspective on how to do well and do good at the same time. Like many of us may have felt at some point in our lives, Tony needed a change in his life. He decided to take the leap to go do what his heart was longing for - mentor others on how to live a life where profit and purpose are intertwined. Through Tony’s journey, he learned an important...


183: MMM - On Finding Your Cheerleaders

A few weeks ago I got a text message from one of my speakers who needed a little encouragement before jumping up on stage. And I am always honored to be able to do the encouraging. It's not a small thing, and it's not fluffy. It is essential, and empowering! So - Who is your cheerleader?


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...