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How To Create Engagement with A Virtual Audience - Ep #60

 

Do you ever feel like you’re talking to an empty room when you present virtually? You’re not alone, many speakers have found the transition from in person speaking to virtual stages a bit rocky, not anticipating the lack of audience engagement.

But is it really possible to get virtual engagement or should you have to just accept the lackluster zoom stares?

In this episode, I’ll show you that it is totally possible and teach you how to drive engagement from your virtual platform. 

Episode Highlights

I often hear from aspiring speakers that they “thrive of off live engagement”, this made the transition pretty jarring when it came to transitioning to virtual. 

Ultimately, you should never rely on your audience as your source of energy.

 

So it starts with ensuring that you cut ties with that above narrative, and replace it with “I BRING MY OWN ENERGY”.

As Brendon Burchard often says, a power plant has to GENERATE its...

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How to Handle Tech Surprises When Virtually Speaking - Ep #55

 

If you plan on speaking on virtual or live event stages, you’ll inevitably face tech issues. The question is: will you handle them in a way that adds credibility to your brand or harms your reputation?  Will you roll with the punches or waste precious time with a deer in headlights look?

Today, I'm sharing some real examples of speaking hiccups and teaching three specific steps to help you navigate them with grace, leaving your audience thinking, “dang, if she can do THAT, what ELSE can she do for me?”

 

Good content, delivery and adaptability is essential to your brand.

(09:39) You have to have good content. You have to have a level of presence about you that elevates your brand. It's got to get people to connect to it. If you have poor delivery, it doesn't matter how good your content is, people are not going to remember it. They're not going to be engaged. You're not going to hold their attention. Your delivery has to be there, but your...

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Understanding Trademarks & Copyrights for Your Online Business with Paula Yost - Ep #54

 

Two short weeks ago I shared about the moment I made a huge, unexpected pivot in my business and rebranded in less than 48 hours (learn all about that here).

Lesson learned, you don’t mess around when it comes to researching names for your business, podcast and programs. And even if you’ve think you’ve done your due diligence, if you don’t understand trademarks and statues and classes and *insert other legal mumbo jumbo here*, you’re most likely not protecting your intellectual property.

As an online business owner, you’ve got to cover your assets (namely, your content).

 That’s why I interviewed my newly acquired attorney and am sharing with you my missteps (hello unexpected cease and desist letter leading to a podcast show name revamp), so that you can learn from my mistakes and we can all do better at this whole online business thing.

 On this episode, attorney Paula Yost is answer these important questions:

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4 Confidence Boosting Secrets for Live Streaming - Ep #51

 

I often say that a stage is simply a platform to share your message. In this online world, especially during the pandemic, most have been surprised to learn just how many stages are readily available and are ready to start exploring.

Today we’re talking about live streaming, however the secrets I share are absolutely relevant to pre-recorded video or any other stage that you find yourself speaking.

Before we dive in, if fear of the camera is something that you’re struggling with, grab my Confidence Booster: 5 Hacks to Shake Your Fear & Kickstart Your Confidence. It’s a simple PDF guide to help you press LIVE, plus you’ll also get access to my recommended tech list, including the cameras, tripods, lights, streaming software and other misc tech I share with my clients and students. Grab it here.

Making the decision to start showing up on live stages can often be an emotional decision rooted in FEAR.

What will others think of me?

What if I make a...

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The Power of Story - Virtual Summit Interview - Ep #41

 

You already know you should tell more stories. What you might not know is telling them isn’t enough. This week I’m sharing with you my interview in the Power of Story virtual summit about the art of strategic storytelling and what you need to know to deliver stories in a compelling way.

In this interview with Adrienne Dyer, I share:

  1. What exactly is strategic storytelling
  2. How to place stories at the right times in your content
  3. The biggest mistakes made when telling stories in business (and how to avoid them)
  4. Beyond the stories, what you need to know about delivering your message

I encourage you to not only take notes on the storytelling strategies in this episode, but since I’m also in an interview format (ie on a stage), take note on HOW I show up and deliver my content. This is another chance for you to see me model my speaking strategies in real (erm virtual) life.

Episode Highlights:

On my start to storytelling in business

(11:41) I learned that...

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Conquer Camera Fear & Create Engaging Videos - Ep #38

 

Today I’m sharing the audio of this virtual session with you for two reasons:

1. I’m sure you have similar questions around leveraging the power of video in your business, specifically how to show up more confidently and eloquently. The idea of putting your face on camera can feel a little overwhelming. In this session, I help demystify that for business owners who want to do video work.

2. I want you to hear what a live, engaging and effective presentation sounds like. Even if the topic doesn't resonate with you, pay attention because this is VERY meta. You get to hear a virtually speaking coach… speak virtually! 

Pay attention to my engagement techniques, the nuggets of credibility and the overall flow and my energy. This is your shot to experience one of my live sessions firsthand (and for free).

In this episode we cover:

  1. Why so many fear the camera and how to navigate it
  2. The nuances between live vs recorded video
  3. Planning content for video...
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You Need More Cowbell: The Power of Personality in Email with Bobby Klinck - Ep #35

 

**This is Part 1 of a 3 part series on building the “know, like & trust factor” with your online audience.**

You can infuse your personality into a presentation, podcast or video, but if your emails resemble dry toast, you won’t keep your audience.

In business, every single touch point you have with someone is your chance to strengthen or weaken their perception of your brand.

What’s your current email relationship status?

If you’re like many online entrepreneurs, who aren’t copywriters, chances are it’s complicated

Maybe you dread writing that weekly newsletter to your list or have lackluster engagement with the emails you DO send.

Whatever your email “complicated status” situation is, I’d like to play matchmaker.

Meet Bobby Klinck.

A Harvard Law Grad turned online entrepreneur—but he’s NOT your typical lawyer. He doesn't do suits, he hates legalese more than you do, and has a tendency to...

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5 Ways to Structure Live Video Shows with Melanie Dyann Howe - Ep #34

 

Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link for the streaming tool: StreamYard. You can use the service completely free, however if you choose to upgrade to a paid plan using my link, you’ll get a $10 credit and I’ll receive a small commission (no additional cost to you). You do not need a streaming service to apply many of the strategies we cover in this episode.

 

When it comes to content, video is the PRINCESS and live video is the QUEEN. 

I’m sure you’ve heard that videos are gold on social media, but did you know that LIVE videos get SIX times more engagement than a regular video?

Maybe you’ve been thinking about video for your business, but your perfectionistic side has been holding you back.

Or maybe it’s the tech.

Maybe you’re terrified of the camera or have no clue what you’d talk about.

But here’s the thing: 

“Live video is a great way to create that authentic connection with...

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Practice for Success: The 4 Levels of Rehearsing for Live Presentations - Ep #04

 

What comes to mind when you hear the words role play, rehearsal and practice?

Do you get excited? I bet not. You probably roll your eyes, become a little dizzy, and come up with a list of other things that are FAR more important in your business.

The saying goes, practice makes perfect? Well, SCREW perfect. Nobody wants to hear or watch perfect. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t practice. If you want to show up with confidence and authority on your videos, webinars, live presentations and sales calls, practice is a necessity. 

It’s how you show your audience that you value and respect their time. It's how you NOT show up like a robot. When you practice, you can become more intentional with capturing their attention at the right times so they’ll go running to sign up for your email list (and buy your programs).

But not all practice is created equal. In today’s episode I’m sharing my 4 Levels of Practice that you...

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