When you’re an online entrepreneur on the rise, there are ALWAYS eyes and ears on you — and it’s all too easy to back away from the spotlight.

If you’re curious about what it feels like though, here’s what you need to know about me — the no-BS speaking coach that lovingly (and firmly) nudges people like you to OWN it.

As far as speaking coaches and strategists go, I didn’t go down the average rock-the-circuit-then-teach-it path. 

In fact, I’ve always been the tall, awkward and shy girl that tried to find her place between sporting a rare bone condition, hearing loss, and stepping onto stages when I was least expecting it. 

(Did someone say the first runner up to Miss Oregon? 😉)

So how the heck did I end up speaking on stages and teaching others how to do the same?

After spending a decade knee-deep in the execution of large-scale conferences for a startup (that later sold for $160M), I walked away with experience in…

  • Planning every single, teeny-tiny detail of each event (down to hiring each speaker)
  • Making executive decisions as a VP of Learning & Development to ensure each event generated great ROI for the organization (and I know what makes hiring speakers “worth it” for higher-ups)
  • Speaking on stage to train business owners in sales, leadership, and communication (including how to keep people engaged 101% of the time)

… Which means that:

→ I had cracked the code on creating entertaining events that were actually *effective* from every possible angle: speaking, planning and beyond.

As a result, the talks and trainings I would lead as a speaker meant that the audience didn’t just enjoy the content. They actually walked away with tools to implement that helped them generate transformational results, which is still pretty rare in the events industry.

Everyone wanted a slice of that code.

  • How do you keep people on the edge of their seats… And remember you forever?
  • What’s the trick behind hooking an audience at the beginning… And leaving them wanting more at the end?
  • Was it possible to tell a good story… And create a powerful experience with lasting impact?

I’d figured out the answers to all of the above, and kept on teaching ‘em on repeat.

 

 

Two kids, years of traveling and speaking on the road and hundreds of talks later --

I realized that if more people knew how to become better communicators too, those transformational results could be exponential…. And my entrepreneurial bones were itching to share my approach with more people who needed to confidently express themselves on ANY platform.

That’s how my own business baby was born, supporting folks like YOU master the nuts and bolts of using your voice for good.

 

If I could distill my purpose behind everything I do now, it would be found in my speaking mantra (which I help *all* my clients and members craft for themselves):

And if we wanna move beyond the resumé and go really deep?

I wasn’t always super comfortable rocking stages or planning massive events.

 The truth is, speaking has been part of my journey since I lost my mom to cancer as a teen and my family started a non-profit foundation in her honor, which led to speaking in front of big groups. 

 To top it off, I inherited her hearing loss. That meant… 

  • Struggling to understand people (and fit in) throughout college
  • Learning to read others through their facial expressions and body language
  • Turning up the volume super high on, well, *everything*

In short? Let’s just say I’ve been down that “figureoutable” path before it was coined a buzzword by Marie Forleo… And in painful moments, there’s always an impactful story worth sharing.

I wasn’t always super comfortable rocking stages or planning massive events.

I’ve always believed that when we have something important to say, we need to speak up — even when our voice shakes.

On my own path, I’ve been tapped as a speaker, emcee, host, spokesperson (dating back to high school) without ever asking for it; and I’ve learned that while some of us are drawn to the spotlight… 

… Many of us are called to it and need to find the courage to speak up when that happens.

Not for the Insta likes, the fame, the glamor: but because of the impactful ripple effect when we’re braver about sharing our true hearts and purposes.

Now, while it’s easier to slap on a filter and magnetic lashes (trust me, I love ‘em both!) to protect the Real You and hold back… 

When we work together, my mission is to help YOU:

  • Confidently deliver intentional and impromptu messages
  • Clarify the REAL message your audience needs to hear
  • Share your personality and humanness in your stories
  • Conquer ANY platform you'd like to show up on

That way, when it’s your turn to step up to the plate?

You can deliver a magnetic message instead of getting stuck in your head *or* giving in to the perfectionism (and procrastination) that tells you “you can’t do this!”. It’s time for less negative self-talk, and MORE action to help you turn speaking into your uncopyable superpower.

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P.S. SPEAKING OF LEANING INTO OUR HUMANNESS…

Team Sager lives and breathes these values on stage *and* behind the scenes.

DITCH THE "EASY" BUTTON

Speaking isn’t a course you complete; it’s a constant work in progress — and whether it’s on stage or in my programs, no amount of swipes or shortcuts delivers quality. Instead of sliding into an easy-peasy elevator to mastery, we choose to take the stairs, build muscle, and keep practicing to create the resilience we need to meet every new challenge.

AUTHENTICITY ACTUALLY MATTERS

Nothing is sugar-coated or off-limits around here: what you see is what you get — and know that asking the tough questions and being as honest as possible to help *you* reach your goals is always my top priority.

EVERYBODY’S WELCOME HERE

In my Zoom room, you’ve got a safe space to lay it all on the table — just as you are, regardless of what makes you, you. As someone who’s struggled with an *invisible* disability, I’m committed to helping every single human succeed in our work together — everyone’s on the same playing field here. Oh, and permission to mess up, get up and try again, laugh, snort, and bare the truth? Granted.

COMPASSION IS A LIFESTYLE

From the moment I lost my mom to cancer as a teen to inheriting her hearing loss, I’ve been hyper-aware of how every single moment can feel entirely different for each individual person — from Mother’s Day to trying to hold a conversation in a loud café. That sensitivity is at the heart of how I teach others to connect with their people: because becoming a magnetic speaker isn’t really about you, it’s about how you make your audience feel. If you can lean into empathy and compassion to put yourself in their shoes — consistently — you’ll have everything you need to figure out how to support them on a core level.

BE INTENTIONAL

In life and on the laptop, every decision is in alignment with the world and life I want to help create. They’re not separate spheres, and it’s something I share with my community often: living a better life and creating a sustainable business doesn’t happen when you’re drifting, it happens when we’re thoughtful about how we get there.

BRENÉ BRAVERY

It’s easy to hide in the shadows. Behind perfect recordings instead of messy live moments. But I believe that if we were all a tiny bit braver in sharing our true hearts, the world would be a happier place. (And we’d make Brené Brown pretty proud.) It’s my hope to help you help more people by starting with a tiny slice of bravery.

AND FINALLY, SINCE I LOVE A GOOD GAME (I HOST THE HOLIDAY SAGER GAMES EVERY CHRISTMAS…)

Let’s Call This One

 

  • Obsessed with: Perfect Bars. Cooking *all* things Mediterranean. Not following recipes. P.S. Breakfast is my love language (and I can whip up a mean upside-down apple pancake cake.)
  • Committed to: Daily sweats. Walking, lifting, running, Peloton-ing: you know, all the things that make you sparkle.
  • Working towards: Living in another country for part of the year! Spain and Italy are on the vision board. Also, karaoke-ing in all 50 states.
  • Reading again: Anything by Brené Brown, Atomic Habits, The Miracle Morning, Living Forward and Greenlights ← a MUST on audio for the narration!
  • Singing to my kids: My morning “Getting Ready” song I wrote when my son Owen was 2 years old to systematize a morning routine (oh yes, I did!) He’s since taught his little bro!. Our family motto is “life is a musical, so dance it out.”
IN SHORT: I’M ALL ABOUT KEEPING IT REAL. AND YEAH, MY COMMUNITY AGREES.
“Heather is creating a new generation of speakers who are unique, vibrant, and lean into the things that make them different.”

Before working with Heather, I felt a lot of uncertainty about my stage presence and I really wanted to improve it so I could get more visible on stages and podcasts. I was already showing up on YouTube consistently, but I wanted to hone in on how to express my message to inspire people to take action! I didn’t want to be worried about my presentation, I wanted to focus on teaching and being a dynamic speaker who moves and motivates people instead and can think of things on the fly. 

Heather really showed me how to master story — I was spending so much time sharing technical content, but leaning into my personality and humanness and everyday stories are helping my content be way more approachable and open with my audience now. She totally helps you clarify your messaging and deliver it to your community in a way that's clear and effectively moves them from audience member to buyer. 

Now, I’m confidently on my way to mastering my message and communication! Earlier this year, I had interviews with 10 different publishers to pitch my book… And Heather’s work with me was integral to improving my camera presence and landing a book deal. Speak Up To Level Up is my third course about speaking, and it’s the only one that’s felt genuine and authentic to help me create effective content — whether it's a video or a Facebook live or an email, it's ALL messaging, and she’ll help you understand how to deliver yours confidently and impactfully on ANY platform.

— Tasha Cochran
Founder of One Big Happy Life

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