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 …

Speaking Performance

These 5 Words Radically Changed My Speaking Performance

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When I started my speaking career, I could have medaled in self-sabotage. Bury my voice behind other thought leaders’ ideas, research and opinions… check. Hustle for significance by using lots of slides and pack them with way too much information… check. Reject opportunities to show my mistakes, insecurities, humanity… double check. Of course, I had no idea I was getting …

Thought Leadership

2 Truths and 1 Lie About Thought Leadership

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I recently led a virtual half-day retreat for the women in my Spotlight Speakers Collective. We talked about how to transition from thinking of ourselves as speakers, business owners, and influencers to thought leaders building movements that go beyond presentations, training, programs, and individual client offerings. We explored how to create larger ripples of impact through brand partnerships, physical product …