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Your New Mantra: For Now, Not Forever - Ep #118

How do I niche down and figure out my area of expertise, make it specific and still resonate but not abandon the wealth of knowledge and experience I can bring to the table? How do I make hard decisions in my business?

These are some of the questions I hear most often. It's a constant battle most budding entrepreneurs are grappling with often early on in their business and even my students inside my program, Speak Up to Level Up, struggle with this too.

Today's theme that will become our mantra is this phrase: 

It's for now, not forever. 

We have this deep feeling that we're meant to do something bigger — a realization of how gifted and incredibly skilled we are and that we could help other people. 

But there comes a point where we doubt ourselves, get a little dramatic at times and think everything is important and feel permanent leaving us second guessing all our decisions. 

Chances are it’s likely you’ve felt this before. 

But what if we...

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3 Ways to Monetize Free Speaking Gigs (without selling from the stage) - Ep #116

Hooray! You’ve booked yourself on a podcast, virtual summit or other speaking event! Most likely you’re not collecting a fee for this work, instead hoping the visibility will pay off on the back end.

Today, I’m sharing three specific ways you can monetize (aka get paid) from that free speaking gig without feeling like a slimy sales schmuck.

Inside this episode you’ll learn:

  • Getting more visible doesn’t necessarily equate with growing your audience
  • Being an INTENTIONAL entrepreneur 
  • Three specific things on how you can monetize your free speaking (without selling from the stage) plus quick tips you can adopt for your business.

 

Episode Highlights

 

Getting more visible doesn’t necessarily equate with growing your audience

We know theoretically that the more we get visible, the more we get eyes on our business and with this whole case around us we kind of operate with this belief that if we get on stages, be guests on podcasts, if...

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Practice Makes Perfect? Think again. - Ep #115

It is often said that practice is the key to attaining high levels of skills in any discipline. And while true, if spend all your time practicing without ever actually putting the skill into real situations— you won’t grow. This is particularly important when it comes to your voice. 

So today, I’m sharing with you exactly how to get results from practicing your speaking skills. 

Inside this episode you’ll learn:

  • Why practicing on your own isn’t going to cut it
  • The big challenge that happens when you’re practicing in a vacuum
  • What are the benefits of starting to speaking now even before you’re ready
  • How does one get better
  • Building the resiliency in your speaking ‘muscle’ and trusting your own voice

 

Episode Highlights

Practice alone does not make perfect

It is often said that practice is the key to attaining high levels of skills in any discipline. We hear people say that the secret is you just need to practice...

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When You Struggle to Own Your Expert Status - Ep #114

A lot of times as we're growing in our businesses or in our careers, we have a tendency to shy Have you ever felt uncomfortable calling yourself an “expert”? On one hand, you have incredible experience and knowledge with your topic, but on the other, it feels there are so many more people who are qualified. Leaving you with the question, who am I to… 

...speak on that stage. 

… Post that video. 

… Create that program.

… call myself an expert.

It’s likely you’ve felt this before. You know that you have a great deal of expertise and know that your experience is valuable that it can help and teach others, BUT you still second guess yourself at almost every turn. 

So the question is, do true “experts” feel this way? Is it possible to own your authority AND feel like you’re not qualified enough?

We dive into this today in a real, unscripted conversation where I share my perspective on why calling...

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How to Raise Your Speaking Fee (even if it's currently zero) - Ep #111

So you’d like to start charging (or charge more) for speaking gigs, but aren’t feeling confident with how to approach this with potential clients.

Today I’ll walk you through the main factors to consider when choosing your speaking fees plus tips for confidently presenting on speaking inquiry calls.

Inside this episode (or check out the full transcript below), you’ll learn:

  • Whether or not to charge for speaking
  • Factors that influence your speaking fee
  • How to confidently choose a rate you’re excited about
  • Tips to navigating an effective speaking inquiry call 
  • What to do when they say no to your rate

 

Episode Highlights

How much should I charge? 

This is one of the most common questions I get. The truth is that there is no rule around it and obviously there are many value factors you have to consider for choosing your fee. 

 

A good rule of thumb for appropriate pricing

 Dorie Clark, author and pro speaker has written a...

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How to Audit & Improve Guest Speaking Results - Ep #109

How do I find opportunities to speak? How do I get noticed and chosen to be a guest on the right podcasts and events?

These are some of the questions I hear most often, entrepreneurs who understand that guest speaking on other people’s platforms is one of the best ways to quickly grow an engaged audience.

But the question is, is it really about finding MORE opportunities?

Sometimes yes, but what I find is that many business owners grossly underutilize the opportunities they already have, missing out on previous connections (and results).

Maybe you’re here because you’ve been doing the work to put yourself out there.

You’ve identified a topic or two that you’re pitching to podcast hosts. You’ve most likely already taught a workshop or webinar, you’ve pushed past the fear or speaking in front of groups (mostly) because you’ve accepted that getting visible and putting yourself out there is part of growing your online business.

You are...

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How to Stop Mimicking Your Mentors - Ep #108

Have you found yourself saying something that doesn't sound like you and you've literally never said before then you have a moment where you realized that you were talking just like your mentor or someone else that you follow?

We all tend to mimic gestures of the people we like and are influenced by the voices of the people around us (it’s a proven sales tactic for professionals!) But it might become problematic if you don’t realize that you’ve lost your own unique voice in exchange for industry jargon and just regurgitated words.

Today we're going to dive into one of the traps that I see happening a lot in the online space—the MARKETING PARROT TRAP. Listen to this episode and give yourself the gift of uniqueness to ensure that when you do show up, it is truly YOU coming out. 

 

Episode Highlights (full transcript below):

  • What exactly is Marketing PARROT Trap?
  • Why do we continue to mimic and parrot other people? (even if we're aware and we don't...
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3 Things Influential Entrepreneurs Do When Talking To Their Audience - Ep #105

Have you noticed how the mentors you follow online seem to have this magnetic pull? That podcaster in your ears has become a trusted biz bestie that you rely on each week, you find yourself saying the phrases of your fav business coach, you jump at the chance (or at least pay attention) when you see that they’re speaking at an upcoming virtual summit even if you’ve heard them speak many times.

Whether that’s Brendon Burchard, Amy Porterfield, Lewis Howes, Anthony Trucks, Rachel Rogers, Brene Brown, Gary V, or whoever is on your online mentor list, it seems that whenever they open their mouth, it’s pure gold.  Each has their own distinct personality, communication style and many different business models. So the question is - was there some kind of unicorn magic passed to them in utero? Or are there commonalities that we can use as a road map for becoming more influential?

Today I’m going to share with you 3 distinct behaviors adopted by the highly...

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The #1 Reason Your Message Isn't Attracting Your Ideal Client - Ep #101

Do you find yourself wondering if what you're putting out online is working? Are you constantly searching for the next course or swipe to figure out the right phrasing to click with your ideal customer, but are starting to feel frustrated. You know your messaging is off, but not entirely sure why or how to fix it.

Today we’re going to dive into one of the top messaging mistakes that I see so many entrepreneurs making and more importantly, how to correct it. This is a topic I'm deeply passionate about and I hope the insights and strategies you'll learn in this episode will empower you to start doing more thinking for yourself and your business.

 

Episode Highlights

  • The number one reason why your messaging isn't attracting your ideal clients
  • Getting clear on your strategy and understanding how this exactly connects with your main objective
  • How often should you talk about your program or product (is there such a thing as too much?)
  • What's the block that is keeping most...
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Be a Leader for Your Audience [Cross Cast Interview] - Ep #96

Leadership is defined simply as influence (John C Maxwell). If you want other people to look to you as an authority and listen to your message, you have to step up and be a leader for other people.

This week I’m sharing with you my interview on the Intentional Optimists Podcast where I share my experience leading teams for the last decade to help you show up as a leader for your audience. 

Shareworthy Insights:
  • You have to first be able to lead and manage yourself before you can lead other people.
  • Energy comes from within. You create and generate your own energy.
  • Double-check your objective and make sure it's a service-oriented one, not a revenue-generated one. 
  • Trust yourself and follow your gut even when you're gonna make somebody else uncomfortable. You have to step up and be that brave person.
  • Be more intentional with the words that we use and how we communicate with other people.
  • A leader has to be willing to be unliked.
  • Set your intentions of how you want to...
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