The Most Important Thing to Do Before Asking for a Raise
10 Jan 2019

When you’re planning to ask for a raise, the most important thing to rehearse is not what you think.

You’re probably obsessing over talking numbers with your boss, but how you begin the conversation and establish your case is far more important — and often less stressful to prepare for.

I’m a passionate producer, and I’m often asking for funding or development deals from places like Comedy Central and HBO — and I always lead with what’s amazing. For example, “I know this film is a going to be a hit and the talent we have attached will insure it. I am also fully committed to getting it into theaters around the country. Distribution is key and we are good to go. And I can see us on the red carpet together.”

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To Give a Great Presentation, Distill Your Message to Just 15 Words
07 Nov 2018

Fearless public speaking is about more than combating nerves. It’s about knowing the technique, the art, and the business of public speaking.

In my two years working as a TedX producer, and my 27 years working in film, television, theater, and events production, I have worked with hundreds of speakers, and with actors including Kate Winslet, Christopher Walken, Susan Sarandon, and the late James Gandolfini. All of the speakers and actors I’ve worked with rely on technique when they walk on to a stage or a set. They don’t simply hope they will connect with the scene or with their scene partner. The same applies to anyone who’s public speaking. While you may not deliver a captivating talk every time, you can learn to apply technique, and in turn, become a fearless speaker every time. But your nerves are not the only thing you have to master. You must also:

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Here’s How Highly Successful People Generate Their Own Good Luck
27 Sep 2018

It can be tempting to look at successful people and think they’ve been luckier than everyone else. Maybe. But more likely they’re just better at creating opportunities and opening doors. Here’s advice from more than a dozen high-achieving executives on how to do it.

1. Perfect your ask.
“Leading a startup accelerator, I can tell you there is no denying the power of a great pitch. No matter your industry, role or goals, good listening skills are a necessity, but it’s critical to perfect your ask. Have a well-honed standard for what you’re good at, what you love to do, and what you’re looking for, and take advantage of every opportunity where you can share that narrative with people who can open doors. Fortune favors the bold.”

–Micah Kotch, managing director of URBAN-X, a startup accelerator backed by MINI, which invests $100,000 in up to 10 startups every six months

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Taking a TEDx Stage
10 Sep 2018

As the executive producer of TEDxLincolnSquare in New York City, I have privilege of working with some amazing speakers. I also get to read hundreds of incredible ideas worth spreading during the application processes each September. Wearing the crown of a TEDx speaker is something authors, speakers, and leaders all want. And the truth is, this red crown, gets you through more doors and gets you more returned calls. But, why does being a TEDx speaker bring on instant credibility? What about taking a TEDx stage is so fancy? I believe it’s the wow factor. The brand TED is super credible. The ideas and speakers who take TED stages are important. Pope Francis spoke at the 2017 conference! And the dream of what could be is alluring. Simon Sinek and Brene Brown became rock stars overnight and that excites people. However, committing to the process of identifying, writing and delivering a TEDx is not easy. TED and TEDx talks are an artform that take time to learn like any other artform. Along with learning the art of TEDx, each event and how to apply successfully, must also be a consideration on this amazing journey. And finally, when you take the stage, be sure to accept the gift of the audience before you give us yours.

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The Art and Commerce of Story-Telling
03 Sep 2018

I have always been a story teller. It started back when I took my first stage. My story, although told with my body through dance, was a total expression of my soul. Story telling is something anyone can take on. And when we decide to become vulnerable, and share our ideas and purpose with the world, it’s possible to create not only magic, but also make an impact that will have a profound effect on every life.

Story telling is an art that may take on many forms. Choreography, filmmaking, literature, and now famously, The TED Talks. TED is a not-for-profit organization standing for technology, entertainment and design, but also includes scientific, cultural and academic topics. The conference, for short form, 18 minute or less talks, started in 1984 and has continued annually since 1990, with curator Chris Anderson at the helm. TED Talks are “ideas worth spreading” and there are over 2,600 TED Talks freely available online. Wikipedia notes that by November 2012, TED Talks have been watched over one billion times worldwide.

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Live your Truth. Be your Authentic Self. And Drop In!
30 May 2018

Four weeks ago, I was invited to participate in a call with VIP Mentor, and rock-star podcaster, John Lee Dumas, hosted by Network Now’s Jamie Broderick – also a rock-star. Having direct access to VIPs, like John, is one of the benefits of working with Jamie.

I recently started a company called The Big Talk and was looking for advice on online visibility and promotion. I’m very new to the online world of leveraging content for increased credibility and until four weeks ago, had no idea what that even meant.

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What It Means To Live A Life In Dance.
30 May 2018

I’m not taking ballet class anymore, but that doesn’t mean I’m no longer a dancer. That club is hard to get into and comes with a lifetime membership. I think we can all learn from what it means to live a life in dance.

  • Come prepared
  • Be Yourself
  • Stay In Shape
  • Follow Up

I’m still coming prepared, being my authentic self and staying in shape so I can run two businesses and spend 14 hours on a set. And if you know me, you know I always follow up. Now I spend more time in a room without a barre, where I guide actors and speakers to ultimately live a life in dance.

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Mindful Connecting
30 May 2018

On April 12, 2017, the lovely, Chris Schembra reached out to me on Linkedin with a message saying, a mutual friend had attended one of his dinner parties and that he thought we would benefit from being connected. I accepted his invitation to connect and in May, we hopped on the phone to connect further. In June, I attended one of Chris’s 747 Club Dinners and I was so impressed and moved by what Chris was offering at these dinners, that in July, I shot a documentary on Chris and the 100th anniversary dinner of The 747 club. In August, Chris asked me to help him with a Keynote that he would be presenting at The North Caroline Philanthropy Conference.

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