241 The Message is Bigger Than You – Sarah Nannen
20 Aug 2019

Confidence, Grief, Living, Platform, Clarity

The Message is Bigger Than You – Sarah Nannen

Summary

The most effective speakers realize their message is bigger than them. Today’s guest shares her journey through grief in order to become a “renegade widow” whose bold message is impacting countless lives.

Sarah Nannen is a keynote speaker, life coach, and the author of the best-selling book Grief Unveiled: A Widow’s Guide to Navigating Your Journey in Life After Loss. Sarah became a military widow and solo mom of four young children in 2014 when an aviation accident claimed her husband’s life. Her journey through grief opened her eyes to a renegade way of approaching life and possibility that now informs her work with women breaking through limitation to live extraordinary lives. Her podcast, “Grief Unveiled,” released in 2018, offers up weekly conversations dedicated to real talk and real truth about grief and living.

We’ll explore:

  • A bit about Sarah’s current speaking platform, including her podcast.
  • How Sarah came to embrace her identity as a speaker.
  • The way Speakers Who Dare has impacted Sarah on multiple levels.
  • Why being a “renegade widow” is so daring.
  • The importance of having a professional on your side, and making plenty of time for rehearsal.
  • What Sarah learned about herself in the process of Speakers Who Dare.
  • The most surprising part of Speakers Who Dare.
  • How speaking has impacted Sarah personally and professionally.
  • Sarah’s tips for becoming an effective speaker.

Interview Links

Sarah’s talk: Being a Renegade Widow

SarahNannen.com

Grief Unveiled: A Widow’s Guide to Navigating Your Journey in Life After Lossby Sarah Nannen

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240 Becoming a Vulnerable Speaker – Mike Shereck
13 Aug 2019

 

Vulnerable, Community, Curiosity, Responsibility, Men

Becoming a Vulnerable Speaker – Mike Shereck

Summary

Popular thinking about masculinity tells us that men are to be strong and tough. Today’s guest shows how going through the Speakers Who Dare process helped him embrace his vulnerable side while also increasing his speaking platform.

Mike Shereck is a leader, coach, and author. He’s also a real guy with over thirty years of experience in construction and manufacturing. He works with leaders and teams to empower them in the ever-changing, challenging, ambiguous, and chaotic world of business today. Mike has an unparalleled stand for men and their leadership and is committed to shifting the narrative around men, leadership, and their impact. He believes it’s possible to honor our authentic masculine self, while accepting, honoring and partnering with, and contributing to, all others with whom we share this world. Mike is the author of Berwyn Rules: Leadership Secrets of 26thStreet. He is also a Harley Davidson enthusiast.

We’ll explore:

  • A bit about Mike’s speaking platform today, and what is was like before Speakers Who Dare.
  • How speaking has helped expand Mike’s platform.
  • Why Mike believes this topic of being a man is so daring and pushes so many buttons.
  • What Mike learned about himself through the Speakers Who Dare process.
  • How Speakers Who Dare has impacted Mike personally and professionally.
  • Mike’s advice for anyone who wants to do a big talk.

Interview Links

Mike’s talk: Man Up

RideOYL.com

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Call Mike at (630) 643-6336

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239 Create a Future that Inspires You – Tracey Wik
06 Aug 2019

Future, Different, Forces, Vision, Energy

Create a Future that Inspires You – Tracey Wik

Summary

Can people predict the future with 100% accuracy? Perhaps not, but today’s guest spends a lot of time thinking about the future and how we can be better equipped for it. She also shares her experiencing in creating a better future for herself, and her listeners, through crafting a compelling talk.

Tracey Wik is an entrepreneur, writer, and talent futurist dedicated to creating workplaces that recognize and elevate the potential of all employees. She works with high-achieving leaders to help them understand what talent they have, what talent they need, and how to put science around the art of selecting and developing teams.

We’ll explore:

  • Why Tracey loves road trips.
  • A bit about Tracey’s recent speaking engagements, and how she helps people debunk limiting beliefs.
  • The value of delivering a complex idea in a short period of time.
  • How to overcome feeling paralyzed when preparing for a talk.
  • Tips for becoming a more effective speaker.
  • How speaking has impacted Tracey personally and professionally.

Interview Links

Tracey’s talk: The Influence of a Zip Code

TraceyWik.com

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238 Lessons from a First-Time Speaker – Rachit Kansal
30 Jul 2019

 

Passion, Preparation, Writing, Art, Feedback

Leverage Art to Make a Difference – Rachit Kansal

Summary

Many of the talks given at Speakers Who Dare were delivered by those with stage experience. However, today’s guest shares his insights and experience as a first-time speaker. Although he is new to the stage, he shares a wealth of tips that can help you improve your speaking as well.

Rachit Kansal is an engineer and researcher committed to changing our relationship with the planet. Working at a leading non-profit and think tank alongside a team who shares his passion for forging innovative paths forward, Rachit is currently focused on understanding how we can leverage the intersection of technology and economics to accelerate our world toward a clean energy transition.

He also believes that technological and economic innovation are only part of the solution. In order for the transition to clean energy to be as impactful as it can be, it also needs heart—a young, fresh, bold approach that is as daring and passionate as it is smart. With a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy, Rachit draws on his expertise as well as his experience having lived and worked on four different continents to meet our global problems with a truly global perspective.

We’ll explore:

  • What Rachit learned about himself from the Speakers Who Dare experience.
  • Rachit’s writing and preparation process for his talk.
  • What Rachit will change about his process in the future.
  • How speaking has impacted Rachit personally and professionally.
  • His suggestions for preparing for a big talk.

Interview Links

Rachit’s talk: How a Mass Mobilization of Art Can Save our Planet

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237 Resilience Redefined Beyond Survival – Amy O’Neill
23 Jul 2019

Survival, Resilience, Feedback, Mindset, Process

Resilience Redefined Beyond Survival – Amy O’Neill

Summary

Every big talk has the potential to change lives. This is especially true of today’s speaker, who prepared a life-changing talk about survival and resilience. She will inspire you with her story of taking her expertise to a deeper level and helping people become more resilient beyond just surviving.

Amy C. O’Neill, MS, LPC has built a career in mental health over two-and-a-half decades, and traveled a personal path that has proven over and over again that resilience is key to truly living healthy, both in mind and body. Resilience enables us to face tragedy and still take the necessary steps to go through. Resilience is mandatory for us to recover when obstacles interfere. And, as Amy can attest, resilience can be harnessed.

After methodically training and successfully completing three Ironman Triathlons, and the prestigious Boston Marathon five times, Amy knows how mental and physical focus can lead to success. Perhaps her biggest life test was being thrust into the role of a Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor. Her testimony understanding the path of the unthinkable has opened up her eyes to a new way of going through adversity. Amy’s goal is to share her lived and learned knowledge with others. The survival journey is complicated, and we can not only survive challenges, but also thrive and create a life we love.

We’ll explore:

  • Various ways that Amy is using her speaking platform to impact lives and advocate for survivors.
  • The value of understanding your message fully.
  • The mindset shift to begin owning who you are as a speaker.
  • What Amy learned about herself in the Speakers Who Dare process.
  • The most surprising thing about the process for Amy.
  • Why doing this talk represented a risk for Amy.
  • How Speakers Who Dare has impacted Amy personally and professionally.
  • Her tips for anyone doing a big talk.

Interview Links

Amy’s talk: Resilience Re-Defined, Beyond Survival

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236 Becoming an Accidental Advocate – Marla Schultz
16 Jul 2019

 

Humor, Vulnerability, Mental Illness, Confidence, Listening

Becoming an Accidental Advocate – Marla Schultz 

Summary

Our sweet spot as speakers can come from surprising places. Today’s guest shares her story of blending humor, public speaking, and acting in order to deal with the “heavy” topic of mental illness.

Marla Schultz is a headlining stand-up comic, speaker, and actress. She has guest-starred in numerous films and TV shows, been a regular on Sirius XM Radio, and performs in clubs, theaters, and on cruise ships nationwide.

She never imagined that her years making people laugh would provide critical skills needed when communicating with doctors and insurance companies, as well as helping keep loved ones alive. Since becoming an Accidental Advocate, Marla has proven that laughter really is the best medicine. She uses her engaging sense of humor to connect, entertain, and make a difference.

We’ll explore:

  • Marla’s current speaking platform, which focuses on breaking down the stigma of mental illness.
  • The challenge of overcoming stigma and criticism.
  • How Speakers Who Dare impacted Marla, her message, and confidence.
  • Marla’s unique blend of stand-up comedy, public speaking, and acting.
  • What worked, and what didn’t, in Marla’s process for preparing for Speakers Who Dare.
  • How Speakers Who Dare has impacted Marla personally and professionally.
  • Marla’s advice for anyone considering a big talk.

Interview Links

Marla’s talk: Becoming an Accidental Advocate

MarlaSchultz.com

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235 Own the Stage – Theresa Nguyen
09 Jul 2019

 

Immigrants, Stories, Stage, Fear, Mindset

Own the Stage – Theresa Nguyen 

Summary

Almost every speaker deals with nerves or stage fright. But what if you could develop the confidence and mindset to own the stage? Today’s guest shares her amazing story of learning to lean into her fear and develop greater confidence as a speaker.

Theresa is an Intuitive Coach, certified in Dragon Reiki, Angel Card reading, and channeling. She is the founder of More Time More You, which is focused on aligned purpose. Theresa and her husband, Eddie, are the hosts of the podcast “The Theresa and Eddie Show”, helping to humanize the immigrant and refugee experience.

We’ll explore:

  • Theresa’s passion for sharing the immigrant experience.
  • How Theresa has leaned to face her fear and begun to own the stage.
  • The importance of developing an unshakeable mindset.
  • How the Speakers Who Dare experience impacted Theresa.
  • Her tips for preparing to take the stage.
  • How becoming a speaker has helped Theresa personally and professionally.

Interview Links

Theresa’s talk: Lack of Access to the American Dream

MoreTimeMoreYou.com

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234 Claim Your Story & Share It with the World – Marc Cordon
02 Jul 2019


Personal Growth, Joy, Burnout, Relationships, Community

Claim Your Story & Share It with the World – Marc Cordon 

Summary

One of the most important elements of becoming a daring speaker is to embrace who you are and become vulnerable. Today’s guest shares his journey of learning to claim his story and share it with the world.

Marc Cordon, MPH, is a positive psychology coach, co-founder of the Joy Revolution™, and author of the book Beyond Resilient: The Coach’s Guide to Ecstatic Growth. He specializes in transitions, leadership, performance, and well-being, helping people break through to the next level to find greater enjoyment and purpose in their lives.

We’ll explore:

  • Why Marc has dedicated his life to joy, and why it is contagious.
  • Behind the scenes of Marc’s talk, “The Revolution of Joy.”
  • Marc’s story of facing burnout, and the importance of avoiding burnout.
  • How “Speakers Who Dare” impacted Marc and prompted him to be more vulnerable.
  • The importance of claiming your story and sharing it with the world.
  • What surprised Marc about his experience with “Speakers Who Dare.”
  • Marc’s advice for anyone considering a big talk.

Interview Links

Marc’s talk: A Revolution of Joy
MarcCordon.com

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233 The Art of Invisible Influence – Jazz Biancci
25 Jun 2019

Connection, Influence, Audience, Energy, Channeling

The Art of Invisible Influence – Jazz Biancci 

Summary

Most speakers come to the stage having rehearsed from a script. However, today’s guest reveals her unique process for preparing for a talk and influencing the audience in an “invisible” way.

Jazz Biancci CAPP, is the founder of Spiraling into Genius. As an author, speaker, and channel, Jazz has spent the last five years helping Emmy-Award winning producers and thought leaders transform their connections to self and others through Invisible Influence. A former ghostwriter for Simon and Schuster, Jazz has been a speaker at the Fit, Feminine & Fierce Conference, Soul Clarity & Abundance Live, Speakers Salon and Speakers Who Dare.

We’ll explore:

  • Jazz’s unique form of presentation, which involves channeling energy.
  • The importance of connection in the speaking process.
  • What Jazz learned about herself during the “Speakers Who Dare” process.
  • Why it’s OK not to take things so seriously.
  • Jazz’s preparation process for speaking.
  • How she communicates what she does to event organizers.
  • The importance of taking risk in your preparation.
  • Tips for anyone who wants to do a big talk.

Interview Links

Jazz’s talk: A Talk Happens

JazzBiancci.com

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232 Investigate Your Passion – Nydia Han
18 Jun 2019

Passion, Practice, Speaking, Daring, Audience

Investigate Your Passion – Nydia Han

Summary

Where do inspiration and passion come from? Today’s guest shares her story of experiencing a “close call” in traffic, and how it prompted her to investigate a passion that she brought to her big talk. Her story will encourage you to begin investigating your passion as well, perhaps in unexpected ways.

Nydia Han is an Emmy-award winning TV news journalist and creator of the documentary series, #ThisIsAmerica, where she invites us to get to know each other’s unique American stories, check our own biases, and act as positive agents of change and unity in our communities. Nydia earned her B.S. in Journalism with a focus on International Studies from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She’s focused her decades-long career in television news on investigative and solutions journalism aimed at protecting consumers and encouraging businesses as well as government agencies to do the right thing.

Nydia serves on the community advisory board for the Asian American Women’s Coalition in Philadelphia, advocates for lung cancer research, mentors aspiring journalists, and is trying really, really hard to teach her two young kids to speak Korean.

We’ll explore:

  • Why Nydia decided to step into the role of “Speakers Who Dare.”
  • A traffic incident that impacted Nydia greatly and gave her the inspiration for her talk.
  • What she learned about herself in taking the stage.
  • Nydia’s advice for sharing your passion through speaking.
  • Nydia’s rehearsal process.
  • The most surprising part of being involved in the Speakers Who Dare event.
  • Three tips for crafting an effective big talk.

Interview Links

Nydia’s talk: Label Makers

NydiaHan.com

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