263 Step into Your Authentic Voice – Erika Gerdes
21 Jan 2020

Voice, Good, Audience, Authenticity, Impact

263 Step into Your Authentic Voice – Erika Gerdes

Summary

We naturally run from fear as human beings. But if you want to make a bigger impact as a speaker and leader, you must not only face your fears—you must also give voice to them. Today’s guest shares her powerful story of learning to face her fears and become more authentic. Her story will inspire and motivate you to step into your authentic voice and speak with greater clarity.

Leadership development speaker, coach and writer, Erika Gerdes shares The Art of Undoing, an awareness and mindfulness practice she designed to teach people practical ways to improve their well-being, authenticity, and impact. Erika spent twelve years at Google, and left at the height of her career to help people be happier and more fulfilled in their lives.

We’ll explore: 

  • Erica’s story of developing The Art of Undoing.
  • Why we all have a responsibility to figure out the impact we can have on the world.
  • The importance of giving voice to our “fear stories.”
  • Why we need to talk to ourselves as we would talk to our best friend.
  • How Erika began getting more clarity about her voice.
  • The value of asking yourself questions without knowing the answers.

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262 Flexing Your Vocal Muscle – David Neagle
14 Jan 2020

Voice, Authenticity, Speaking, Empowerment, Responsibility

262 Flexing Your Vocal Muscle – David Neagle

Summary

Becoming an authentic, powerful speaker is not easy. It requires you to verbalize what you want and take responsibility for using your voice in a positive way. Today’s guest will empower you to flex your vocal muscle and become the architect of your own life.

David Neagle is the founder of the multimillion-dollar global coaching company Life Is Now, Inc, helping thousands of entrepreneurs, experts and self-employed professionals gain the confidence and find the right mindset to increase their revenue, turning their endeavors into seven- and eight-figure ventures.

Being in the coaching and mentorship industry for more than twenty years, his clients include many well-known people, including New York Times #1 best-selling author Jen Sincero, expanded to more than thirty countries, and he has been featured on Forbes, CBS, NBC, Wall Street Journal, Inc., Entrepreneur and Fox. He is also the bestselling author of The Millions Within, a book focusing on intention, focus, and awareness to build your dream business and life.

We’ll explore: 

  • David’s story of the first time he used his voice to set a boundary.
  • The importance of flexing your vocal muscle.
  • Why it’s easier to verbalize what you don’t want, rather than what you do want.
  • How to be the architect of your own life.
  • Why we have the responsibility to use our voice.
  • Why the story you create for yourself can become a prison.
  • How to translate your voice into a message that serves others well.
  • The danger of putting yourself on a stage where you’re not meant to be.

Interview Links

DavidNeagle.com

The Successful Mind Podcast

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261 Find Your Voice & Clarify Your Message – Eli Weinstein
07 Jan 2020

Mental Health, Voice, Clarity, Message, Authority

261 Find Your Voice & Clarify Your Message – Eli Weinstein

Summary

“Hi, my name is Eli Weinstein, LMSW. I am a Social Work therapist who has worked in a psych hospital, intense outpatient clinic and currently work in a community clinic in queens. I used to work in NY and West Coast NCSY (Youth Organization) for over 7 years.I created ELIvation to fill a need to help those in struggling and add extra inspiration and motivation into everyday life.

I have gone through my own struggles with anxiety, ADHD and men’s issues (being a new dad, body image issues, relationships, and general self-esteem/confidence)My main goal is to help people on their journey to add support, care, empathy, expertise, and insight.I run events, seminars and individual coaching on topics from mental health awareness, public speaking coaching, relationship coaching and confidence boosting.”

We’ll explore: 

  • How Eli uses his voice to advocate for mental health.
  • The importance of understanding the clarity of your message.
  • How Eli found his voice, and when he found the courage to use it.
  • Eli’s advice on how you can find your voice.
  • Why talking about mental health is so important to Eli.
  • How Eli got booked on Kelly Clarkson’s TV show, and how he prepared for his appearance.

Interview Links

ELIvation.org

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260 Aligning Your Voice with Your Message – Jenn Lederer
31 Dec 2019

Voice, Message, Comedy, Authenticity, Power

260 Aligning Your Voice with Your Message – Jenn Lederer

Summary

As a speaker, it is easy to try and fit yourself into what you believe others want from you. Today’s guest shares her powerful story of embracing her true voice, stepping into comedy, and learning to create her own stage.

Jenn Lederer is the Motivational Comedian & Founder at Jenn Lederer Productions [JLP]. Jenn’s signature brand of motivational comedy harnesses the power of laughter to help her audience laugh their way to a breakthrough. JLP works with entrepreneurs to strategize, optimize, and repurpose their Podcasts, YouTube channels, FB Lives, blogs and more. Jenn’s work has been featured by Forbes, Huffington Post, YALE, Google Headquarters, Inspiring Lives Magazine & comedy clubs around NYC.

We’ll explore: 

  • When Jenn realized she had to start using her voice.
  • The power of using your voice for yourself and others at the risk of criticism or failure.
  • The responsibility we have in using our voice.
  • Why you should not take a stage needing to be “saved” by the audience.
  • Jenn’s process for being “uniquely herself” when walking into a room.
  • Jenn’s secret for networking as an introvert.
  • How Jenn became involved in comedy, and why all comedy that is done well is motivational comedy.

Interview Links

JennLederer.com

Ageless Adventures YouTube channel 

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SPECIAL GIFT: Email Jenn (jenn@jennlederer.com) with the subject line “Big Talk Present” to receive a free 30-minute strategy session with her. (Only 5 sessions available.)

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259 Listen to Your Inner Voice & Take Action – Emily Williams
24 Dec 2019

Heart, Voice, Action, Impact, Transformation

Summary

When you step onto the stage, are you tempted to put on a persona? Do you feel pressured to be someone you are not? Do you allow fear to prevent your voice from having its true impact? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this episode is for you! Today’s guest shares her powerful story of dealing with fear and allowing her inner voice to shine through. You’ll be inspired to listen to your own inner voice, take action, and speak with greater impact.

Emily Williams is a success coach, entrepreneur, and author with a seven-figure business who, at one point, couldn’t get a job at Starbucks. After experiencing a quarter-life crisis, she moved from Ohio to London (where she knew no one!) and in 2014 launched her business, I Heart My Life. She made $442 in her first month—and then went on to hit six figures in six months, before her 30th birthday. She grew it to seven figures in under eighteen months.

Today, she works with female entrepreneurs all over the world, helping them bust through the obstacles that hold their dreams and goals hostage so they can free themselves to live the lives they want, build their own online business, and hit their money goals. She’s been featured in Money, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Forbes and Success Magazine.

We’ll explore: 

  • When Emily realized she had to begin using her voice.
  • The moment everything changed for Emily.
  • How Emily went from an “intuitive hit” to putting a voice to everything she wanted to create.
  • Emily’s thoughts on designing your messaging. 
  • How Emily uses her voice to inspire others.
  • The importance of owning your desires and being aligned with your calling.
  • Emily’s advice on dealing with fear.

Interview Links

IHeartMyLife.com

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Special offer for The Big Talk listeners: Tickets to “I Heart My Life Live” for only $97. Please contact Tricia for more information. (Only ten tickets are available at this special price.)

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258 Consistent, Persistent, Resilient – Sara Anna Powers
17 Dec 2019

Speaking, Resilience, Consistency, Feedback, Leadership

258 Consistent, Persistent, Resilient – Sarah Anna Powers

Summary

What happens when you receive negative feedback from your talk? That is the situation today’s guest found herself in when giving a recent talk. She’ll break down what happened, what she learned from it, and how you can also become persistent and resilient as you speak and lead.

Sara Anna Powers is an online business mentor and expert copywriter. She’s passionate about helping business owners learn to love themselves unconditionally.

Show up as you

A Willingness to “go there”

Open to the feedback

Consistent, persistent, resilient

We’ll explore:

  • How to allow the fullest sense of yourself to come through.
  • Anna’s story of “ruffling feathers” with her recent talk.
  • The importance of being open to feedback.
  • How to be more consistent, persistent, and resilient.
  • The importance of loving yourself unconditionally.
  • Anna’s role models in leadership and storytelling.
  • Anna’s process for giving birth to a talk, and the importance of giving yourself margin.
  • The biggest mistake a leader makes when they share their story.
  • The best narrative keynote Anna has heard.

Interview Links

SaraAnnaPowers.com

Faith Forward Online Business Podcast

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257 Advocate for Your Story – Heather Hansen
10 Dec 2019

Credibility, Advocate, Storytelling, Leadership, Influence

257 Advocate for Your Story – Heather Hansen

Summary

Today’s guest brings a unique perspective as both a trial attorney and a speaker. You’ll learn the power of credibility and becoming an advocate in your leadership and communication. You’ll also be inspired to become a more authentic leader who owns up to your mistakes and listens more deeply to the people you lead.

Heather Hansen has her psychology degree, has spent twenty years as an award-winning trial attorney, and is a trained mediator. She has appeared on NBC, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CBS and has presented in Kuwait, Ireland, Mexico and throughout the United States.

Heather is the author of the best-seller The Elegant Warrior: How to Win Life’s Trials Without Losing Yourself, which Publishers Weekly calls a “template to achieving personal and career success.” She is also the host of The Elegant Warrior podcast.

We’ll explore:

  • Why it’s not enough to tell you story—you must advocate for it.
  • The crafting of a story, and its relationship to credibility and being an advocate.
  • The importance of owning up to your mistakes.
  • How Heather, as an elegant warrior, shows up as a storyteller and leader.
  • Heather’s role models in storytelling and leadership.
  • What makes a great storyteller.
  • The challenge of allowing yourself to be vulnerable in the courtroom.
  • The biggest mistake leaders make when sharing their story.

Interview Links

HeatherHansenPresents.com

Queen Elizabeth I’s Tilbury Speech

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256 Step In & Step Up as a Leader – Dr. Wayne Pernell
03 Dec 2019

Leadership, Relationships, Influence, Legacy, Speaking

256 Step In & Step Up as a Leader – Dr. Wayne Pernell

Summary

Are you operating at your full potential as a leader and storyteller? Today’s guest will challenge you to step up, embrace your potential, and choose to be powerful as a leader and speaker.

As a #1 bestselling author, highly sought-after speaker, and elite high-performance executive coach, Dr. Wayne Pernell has spent the last three-and-a-half decades bringing leaders on a breakthrough journey to their next level of having more and being more. He is known as “The Leaders’ Leader” for good reason.

We’ll explore:

  • The connection between the responsibility and the opportunity to speak.
  • Wayne’s pizza story, which illustrates the power of a simple story to powerfully impact you and others.
  • The three C’s of leadership: clarity, communication, curiosity.
  • Why influence and leadership are two different things.
  • The importance of the “little things” in relationships such as smiling and making eye contact.
  • The biggest mistake leaders make in sharing their story.
  • Some of the best talks Wayne has heard, and how the talks impacted him.

Interview Links

WaynePernell.com

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255 Check Your Ego at the Door – Patty Lennon
26 Nov 2019

Speaking, Storytelling, Ego, Intuition, Structure

255 Check Your Ego at the Door – Patty Lennon

Summary

At its core, storytelling and leadership are not about you. They are all about impacting and serving your audience, team, or followers. Today’s guest will help every leader and storyteller check their ego at the door and risk the edge of their own vulnerability in order to become more effective.

Patty is a keynote speaker and best-selling author who inspires audiences to lead with passion and purpose. She is an expert business coach that believes our businesses are not only a way to make money and contribute to our fellow humans but are also a conduit for our soul’s evolution.

We’ll explore:

  • How an intuitive or channel can further hone their skills as a speaker.
  • The importance of checking your ego at the door as a speaker.
  • What makes a great storyteller.
  • Patty’s role models in storytelling and leadership.
  • How to use the persistent rejection of structures to your benefit.
  • Patty’s process of channeling as a speaker.

Interview Links

PattyLennon.com

The Wealth & Purpose Podcast

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How Ego, Comparison And Fear Can Impede Your Success
20 Nov 2019

It is human nature to compare ourselves to others, and comparison is often a tool that can serve us well for success. For example, if I want to rank higher in my spin class, by comparing my numbers to the leader board of the other classmates, I push myself a bit harder and perform better. Or, if I compare myself to other guests in an on-camera interview, before I’m about to go on, I observe what works and doesn’t and improve my performance. These are healthy comparison tools. It’s also human nature to have an ego and to experience fear. However, when you live in the dangerous trifecta of ego, fear and comparing yourself to others, you are not only hurting yourself, you are slowing down the process of reaching your highest potential.

As a director, producer and speaker coach, one of my jobs is to observe. I have to be patient with my speakers because they are also in process. I can’t expect perfection out of the gate. I may not love something they are doing — for example they may dramatically emphasize a certain word — but I wait, because they may organically stop. Or they don’t, and that’s when I decide if I’m going to ask them to change it or if it’s grown on me. It’s part of the process, and you cannot rush the process. If you do, I guarantee your ego will show up, closing you off to collaboration, feedback and growth, creating the first part of this dangerous trifecta equation.

If a speaker I’m coaching is still stuck or needs my support, I’ll direct them. Not allowing speakers to have all the answers along the way always creates some fear. It’s scary not being perfect during rehearsal. But here’s the disconnect: Rehearsal is about rehearsing, not being perfect. Uncertainty allows for expansion in the content and in the delivery, so it’s paramount to let go of the fear of it. If you don’t let go of that fear, you have just added the second variable of the trifecta.

Sometimes, the speakers I coach will ask me, “Why is this other speaker booking so many stages? We are the same level of experience, so why is he speaking all over the world?” This question means the final variable of comparison has been added to the trifecta, leading us to nothing good.

When you allow ego, fear and comparison to infiltrate your world, nothing makes sense. And this uncertainty breeds more fear and more comparison, which then feeds that hungry ego even more. You cannot do your best work when you are making it about you.

The trifecta of ego, comparison and fear, not only keeps you stuck, it makes you impatient, frustrated and annoyed. And, more often than not, it takes you off of your own path. I suggest paying attention to this equation at all times.

1. When your ego takes over, remind yourself that your message is what’s important, not you.

2. Instead of comparing your path to another’s, redefine your goals and strengthen your message.

3. Allow the fear to be a healthy part of the process instead of letting it define your choices.

When you begin to trust the process, stay on stage literally and figuratively, and fully embrace your unique point of view, you will become the success you are meant to be. It’s okay to not have all the answers yet. Simply play your scene until it all makes sense. Because if you stay in it, it will.