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Perfect speeches suck. Here's what to strive for instead - Ep #145

Would you believe me if I told you that if you showed up perfectly for your audience, you’d actually turn them off? 

No one is perfect. Deep down we know this and yet we continue to chase an ideal to the point that we are unwilling to take action until we find the ‘right’ way to get the outcome we want.

But this perfection trap is precisely the thing keeping you from connecting with your audience.

Learn WHY and what to do instead when you show up on stages or other areas in your business where perfection keeps you stuck in this episode.

 

Episode Highlights

  • What is Perfection Trap and what happens when we get stuck on this
  • Why perfectionism will actually make you a sucky speaker
  • 3 Things that you need to focus on to avoid Perfection Trap

 

3 Things to focus on to avoid Perfection Trap

1. Be prepared.

This does not mean having a script and having it so well memorized that you know exactly what to say because here's the thing— our brains like...

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When can I start speaking on stages? - Ep #141

If you’ve felt the pull to share your story in a bigger way from stages, the question is when is the right time to get serious about it?

If you’re like most business owners, you have a list, a mile long filled with competing priorities– many of which are on the “do it now” list, so “speaking on stages” just doesn’t feel urgent.

But what if I told you that speaking on stages is something that can happen much sooner than you think? And what if I told you that the #1 regret my private clients have is not preparing for big stage moments sooner? What if I told you that by taking steps now to speak on stages, you would actually improve other areas of your business?

This is what we’re going to explore in today’s episode. I’ll share when to start getting serious with pursuing stages.Spoiler – the sooner you START, the sooner you'll get good at it. 

And when you have the skills to command a stage, it makes micro...

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From Service Provider to Six Figure Group Coaching Program - Speaking Success Story with Serena Shoup - Ep #140

Even if you have no dreams of speaking on a stage— there are fundamental skills you must master as a business owner to effectively communicate with your audience. Especially if you have a desire to reach more people and create scalable programs.

In today’s episode, you’ll hear from Speak Up to Level Up member, Serena Shoup, a CPA running a virtual bookkeeping business dedicated to helping course creators. She’s someone who would not classify herself as a speaker and hated the idea of being in front of people, but had a heart to be a mentor, a desire to serve and an idea for a new offer in her business.

If leveling up in your business, reaching for bigger things, making a bigger impact with your voice and your heart is something that you're sitting with right now, I want you to listen to this interview as Serena shares her story of transformation and how she embraces her fear on stage and use it as fuel to accomplish her goals for her business.

 

A few...

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How to Improve When You’re Already a Good Speaker with Krystal Proffitt - Ep #139

In today's episode, I'm welcoming back to the show one my dear friends, Krystal Proffitt for a revealing discussion on how she has leveraged the skill of speaking to grow her brand and land every single stage on her dream list for 2021. 

In previous episodes, we’ve talked about the fear of public speaking, but what about the business owners who love speaking and have never been one to shy away from an audience?

Enter Krystal. She’s sharing how her natural strengths in communication were actually holding her back in a way that she didn't expect, plus what she specifically worked on to reach her goals.

This interview kicks off a new segment on the show where I feature other entrepreneurs leveraging their voice to make an impact.

 

A few of my favorite episode Highlights

Krystal shares her big scary goals back in 2020 and what happened to these goals when the whole world shutdown (i.e. physical stages weren't a thing anymore)

"I had this energy around, 'oh my...

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Is Your Message Being Ignored? Make This One Change to Stand Out and Resonate with Your Ideal Person - Ep #138

I don’t have to tell you that getting your message noticed in this era of CONTENT OVERLOAD takes work.

But did you know that you could actually be causing your ideal client to pass right by your amazing tips and juicy insights?

It doesn’t matter how deep your experience or good your results, if your ideal client never hears, what chance do you have for them to love it, sign up for your free guide or join your program?

In today’s episode, I’ll share with you one of the top mistakes I help my clients correct when speaking to their ideal person. More importantly, I’ll teach you how to FIX IT so that your message will get heard and get them into action.

 

Episode Highlights & Key Takeaways:

  • The number one mistake people do with their content
  • Why speaking in general language hurts your business 
  • What IS specificity and why it makes your storytelling SO effective
  • How can you bring more specificity into your language to pull your audience more ...
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How to Boost Your Authority and Become the Go-To in Your Industry - Ep #137

When you position yourself as an industry authority, opportunities will come to YOU. You attract clients, get more recognition and get paid, very well. But in a world full of competition and endless marketing messages, how do you stand out and why would someone choose YOU?

Today’s episode will show you the 4 drivers that define every industry authority and how to leverage them for your brand. You’ll learn how to be more sophisticated when talking about what it is you do, where to focus your efforts and how to evaluable your own credibility.

 

Episode Highlights & Key Takeaways:

  • What exactly IS authority and how do you get it?
  • Competency - the nuance that you really need to embrace 
  • What is it that makes industry power-players the go-to? (and how YOU can become one of them?)
  • How communication impacts your authority status
  • The 4 Authority Drivers (with reflection questions)

 

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The difference between good, great and exceptional speaking (and why you should care) - Ep #136

Do you consider yourself a good presenter? Maybe you’ve worked hard at it— or maybe you were born with natural talent.

Maybe you wouldn’t classify yourself as “good” when it comes to speaking to audiences (but you’d like to).

Either way, the important question to ask yourself  is— what measuring stick are you using to make that evaluation? Chances are it’s all just— feeling.

And while emotion is critical when it comes to speaking, it isn’t the best assessment tool ;)

Truth is — it’s difficult to measure our own skill of speaking when there isn’t always numerical data to pull from. I mean, sure, when we use speaking for growing our online businesses, core metrics like leads and sales will tell us if we’re on track.

But if you are “off track”, how do you self correct to know exactly WHAT to work on?

Speaking is a SKILL. 

And in this episode, you’re going to learn how to...

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Designing Effective & Attractive Slides with Emily Hall - Ep #135

Are slides necessary in a presentation? Does virtual versus in person change that answer? And what do you do if you don’t have a great eye for design?

Slides reinforce what you're saying and to help with understanding.  And when used well, they’re a powerful tool for delivering your message more effectively. 

Not to worry. In today's episode, my guest Emily Hall, founder and lead creator at E + M Creative (an amazing agency that does presentations and design for speakers and online entrepreneurs) joins us to talk about how you can structure your slides in a more sexy and effective way for your audience and your business.

She’s breaking down the top mistakes presenters make with their slides, how you can correct them and how to adapt your visuals for different environments (including virtual presentations). Stick with us until the end and you’ll learn her three C’s for more effective slides.  I hope you’ll enjoy listening and...

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The #1 Ingredient of ANY Successful Launch - Ep #134

When you sell online courses or coaching programs, you can outsource a lot of the tasks in your business– from your sales page to your emails, even your content creation! But there is ONE thing that cannot be outsourced for personal brand based businesses and how you approach this one thing will make or break your launch. 

You cannot outsource your verbal communication with your ideal customer.

Whether that’s on a live stream during a challenge launch, a webinar or workshop series, your ability to communicate effectively will determine the success of your launch.

And if what you say doesn't make sense or resonate with your ideal person, they will NOT buy from you.

 Your message must be clear and speak to a specific person's problem, but if delivered in a mediocre or super fumbly way (like with a ton of filler words or robotic on camera), the person that you’re trying to connect to won’t see you as an authority who can help them.

Confidence sells. And...

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Your Perception of Fluffy Content Is Sabotaging Sales -Ep #131

>>> Ready to level up your speaking skills? The Speaking Workshops are coming! Grab your seat or get on the waitlist right here! <<<


 

In an effort to be more concrete, more valuable and stand out from the “fluffy crap” online, far too many struggling entrepreneurs focus on packing “how to” content into their marketing. 

It makes sense, on the surface, we’re all tired of the fluffy training disguised as “mindset” work, so we set out to share tangible, practical information that can truly serve our ideal customers.

But I don’t have to tell you that a plethora of free, “how to” content already exists on the internet.  So if your audience truly wanted that information, they’d have it by now.

So the question is: if “how to” content isn’t the answer, but neither is the fluffy stuff…how do you attract clients with your content?

The answer? INFLUENCE. You must...

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