Speakers Need to Master the Pause – Here’s Why

Alexia Coaching, Happiness, Public Speaking Comments

Your program sounds great, but I’m pausing until the fall so that I can… My team and I received many emails with some version of this line last summer during one of our program launches. Now, while it was crushing to read these words again and again given how much head, heart, soul and hustle we had poured into said …

Unlock Your Storytelling Superpowers

Alexia Communication, Public Speaking Comments

One of my favorite compliments to receive as a speaker is, “you are an [insert flattering adjective of your choosing] storyteller.” Most speakers, myself included, spend a lot of attention and energy on unlocking our “signature story” – the story (or series of stories) that has given rise to our current work in the world. However, it’s equally important to …

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4 Tips to Successfully Launch a Mastermind Group (or High Level Program)

Alexia Coaching, Public Speaking Comments

For the last two weeks I’ve had the awesome opportunity (and responsibility) of interviewing prospective candidates for the inaugural Spotlight Speakers Collective. Because the idea for the Collective has been baking for a number of years, I was able (even in the first iteration) to be as intentional with how I curate my rock star group as I am with …

How I’m Celebrating My Birthday (stepping into Melinda Gates’ shoes and channeling Brené Brown)

Alexia Coaching, Communication, Public Speaking, Women's Issues Comments

Half my lifetime ago, almost to the day, I sat in the pews at the St. Madeleine Sophie Catholic Church listening to Melinda Gates address my senior class during our graduation. Now, on what will definitely be my most exciting birthday, I’m traveling back to my alma mater to deliver the high school commencement address. I was brought to deep, …

We are ALL impostors (plus, a big announcement)

Alexia Coaching, Communication, Happiness, Public Speaking, Women's Issues Comments

When Sheryl Sandberg talked about the “impostor syndrome” in Lean In, she brought into mainstream discourse a condition most of us have experienced even if we didn’t previously have a name for it. In the last 5 years since Sandberg’s book, there have been hundreds of articles, books, podcasts, training programs, etc. discussing the prevalence of high achieving women (and …

Getting Booked to Speak, My Melinda Gates Moment and a FREE Master Class Invite

Alexia Career Advice, Communication, Marketing and PR, Money, Public Speaking Comments

“It doesn’t have to be hard.” I uttered these words at least half a dozen times to the women who participated in my The Spotlight MasterTreat last weekend. From designing a profitable speaking funnel to integrating one’s stories with her “idea worth spreading” to crafting her speaking pitches, the 19 women did some divine work as they reprogrammed their mindset …

I spoke at the United Nations! (and why cultural understanding matters when speaking)

Alexia Communication, Public Speaking, Women's Issues Comments

As many of you saw on Facebook, I had the extraordinary privilege of delivering a talk, “The missing ingredient in most women’s leadership programs,” at the United Nations last week – in conjunction with the Commission on the Status of Women. I’ve been asked by many of you how this opportunity emerged, and while I’ve never been one to “kiss …

I’m on fire (literally!) – my $100K speech + my biggest podcast interview

Alexia Career Advice, Coaching, Happiness, Public Speaking, Uncategorized Comments

One of the questions I often pose in my Spotlight Speakers Salon Facebook group is, “What’s your dream opportunity?” For I know that whenever I declare a media outlet or stage where I aspire to speak (and then release my attachment to it), said media outlet or stage (or one even better) shows up. 2016 is the Year of the …

My #1 strategy for making speaking profitable (plus LIVE virtual Master Class invitation)

Alexia Adult Learning, Career Advice, Communication, Money, Public Speaking Comments

One of the top questions I’m asked by people who are looking to start or scale their speaking is, “What’s a ‘typical’ speaking fee?” While one of the things I know for sure about the speaking industry is that very few things about it are typical, a keynote for a corporation, conference or college can earn a speaker without a …