If we want anyone, whether in early childhood or older adulthood to step into moxie, we need to give them opportunities to role-play their communication aloud before asking them to speak up – or expecting them to have unshakeable presence when they do it.

JoJo Bows, Susan B. Anthony and Stepping into Moxie Family-Style

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After one of my September speaking trips, I came home to discover that my daughter had gone full-on princess. Within less than one-month of Pre-K, she had fallen in love with bows worn by a YouTube child star (despite having never watched YouTube), come home from school wearing a friend’s make-up, and while I was away, also developed a new …

One way to engage men post #MeToo and #TimesUp - make it safe for them to be vulnerable and ask questions

What a recent speaking gig taught me about men

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A few weeks ago, I premiered my new presentation – We’re Listening: How Companies Champion Their Women Post #MeToo and #TimesUp. It’s a speech I almost didn’t pitch, because I couldn’t figure out the title. Fortunately, Steve got involved as he watched me thrash around on my computer shortly before the submission was due. When I described what I wanted …

Discover how to keep your energy high as an introvert who speaks

Quick pregame and afterglow tips for introverts who speak

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Six out of the last twenty-three days I’ve had speaking engagements. And twelve of the last twenty-three days I’ve been in attendance at events where I was speaking. Holy moly, that’s a whole lot of on-ness for this lil ole introvert! And, I’ve loved it. Here’s why. I’ve been fully committed to my pre-and-post performance rituals. From enjoying a minimum …

My favorite part of my book journey (recording my audiobook)

My favorite part of my book journey (recording my audiobook)

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Hi. My name is Alexia Vernon, and I’m launching a new career as an audiobook narrator. Okay, maybe not. With that said, my three days recording my audiobook were hands-down my favorite part of my book journey thus far – and, I don’t think I’m exaggerating, three of the best days of my entire entrepreneurship journey. It’s taken me a …

When Your Biggest Speaking Fear Comes True

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As a speaker, there are many fears one can have. Forgetting your words. Failing to connect with an audience. And for me, my greatest fear has always been—losing my voice for a speaking gig. By the end of my first day of The Spotlight MasterTreat 2018, a few weekends ago, I had no voice. And if you were there, you …

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Use Your Voice to Create Opportunities for Others

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I’m often asked how I wound up speaking at the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women. The answer is simple—a graduate of my Your Spotlight Talk program recommended me. One of my juiciest corporate speaking and consulting contracts came from another alum of that same program. Curious about how I get interviewed on CNN with a …

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Specialness Kills Professional Speaking Success

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In part two of my Speaking Success Truth Bomb Series, I’m calling malarkey on one of the number one objections I hear for why someone can’t follow one of my recommendations. It’s the ole, I’m a special snowflake excuse. You ARE a special snowflake. I AM a special snowflake. We ALL are special snowflakes. We are unique, wondrous beings with …

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This Skill Will Accelerate Your Speaking Success

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In part one of this four-part speaking success truth bomb series, I’m dishing on the number one skill that accelerates speaking success—speaking to the conversation in your audience members’ heads. Now, I want to acknowledge one of my mentors, Jonathan Fields, for this concept of the “conversation in the head.” During one of his trainings, Jonathan spoke about how this …