Our eyes locked. A jolt of joy permeated through my body, straight into my soul. You think I’m talking about the love of my life, right?Read More
I love Thanksgiving because it’s about gratitude. It’s a moment to put differences aside, appreciate life, and most of all, appreciate each other.Read More
I learned to cook. Small detail: when I was 40 years old.Read More
This month I'm shining a spotlight on a remarkable woman and client, Jenni Calihan. My intention is to share an insider’s perspective on speaking at a TEDx, to demystify what happens when you hire a story coach, and to offer tips for speaking with meaning, depth and connection.Read More
For over 20 years, I witnessed the power that came from telling your story. For the person brave enough to share their story, and for the people who are fortunate enough to be in their presence.Read More
I'm thrilled to announce my client Lucy Kalanithi's TED Talk "What Makes Life Worth Living in the Face of Death" was recently posted on TED.com.Read More
Ahh, that voice. The invalidating, shameful, mean one that shows up when we're anxious. I know that voice was designed to keep us all safe from danger. Yet I think more harm can come from listening to the tape recording in our head.Read More
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every one has a story. Even the story coach! Read on!Read More
Public speaking can cause deep anxiety and fear. Most of us dread even the thought of speaking in front of others. Now is not the time to let fear take over—on a personal or political note. If you've been asked to speak, here are five ways to overcome your fear of public speaking:Read More
For years, my husband would tell me how to pick up something - bend your knees! - the importance of stretching - hold for at least 30 seconds! - and why running without cross training is bad for you - it just is.
I don’t think I ever followed his instructions. So much for my deep listening skills.
I’m telling you this because I don’t want you to make this mistake when it’s your turn in the spotlight.
It ain’t about you.
Yep, you heard it from me.
We all become who we are by standing on the shoulders of others. I was fortunate to find a mentor who changed the course of my life and gave me the gift of changing others’ lives, too.
I share my story as an invitation for you to reflect on a person who has shaped your life. Who have been the key influencers in your life? In what way have they impacted you? Writing this essay was a journey of healing, honoring, discovery and closure. I hope that in reading my story you will discover new things about your own.
You want to appear more polished. Yes, you want to be articulate and amazing.
You want to stop using filler words. You may have stopped using ‘like' but that ‘um' keeps popping up for several of you.
You want to stop getting so nervous!
We all want to look good in front of others. It’s human. It’s natural. It’s real. And...Read More
Do you visit the ole’ RABBIT HOLE before you speak? Your adrenaline gets going and instead of being the master storyteller you've always dreamed of, you have a little voice that shows up and says, “Honey, you ain't that special. Who wants to hear from you?”
Or equally sabotaging, the thought that says, “How is telling them about me going to help? Aren’t they here to learn about XYZ?”
Okay, here’s the thing. Storytelling isn’t about you or the audience. It’s about the connection you make...Read More
What’s your initial response to having the chance to speak in front of others? Are you excited or are you full of dread?
My knee jerk reaction is fear. Full body fear. I'm one of the mind-goes-blank type. Like most of us, I am NOT some one who automatically feels I got this!
Years of practice have helped me learn how to craft just the right message and feel the giddiness of being able to connect deeply with an audience. But it's been hard won…for sure.Read More
Michelle Obama played by the rules this week at the DNC—and she doesn’t even have to anymore!
Regardless of your political stance, following these 5 Rules of Public Speaking, adding your personal story and flair, can move any audience.
A few weeks ago, I attended my eighth grader’s graduation where he stepped up … literally, stepped up … to the next bleacher. The only sounds I could hear were cheers and some hootin' and hollerin’ from yours truly. A moment that felt so significant, yet didn't even involve words.
Have you ever let the opportunity to say something — at a gathering or event — pass? Where you wish you had expressed a thought, feeling, or sentiment but didn’t?Read More
I want to wake up every morning and know that I have been brought here for a reason. Don’t you?
You may wonder how I could struggle with this. Didn’t I spend 20 years devoted to an organization where lives were transformed as a result of my efforts? Well, yes, that’s true. But it doesn’t mean I didn’t struggle to find my purpose.Read More
“It takes courage to become who you are.”
- ee cummings
I was the founder’s first hire and worked for 20 years at Summer Search, a national nonprofit committed to helping young people transform what they believe is possible for themselves. Most of the students are first in their family to go to college.Read More