I Just Can’t Quit You – why I’m opening up private coaching spots

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DSC_0590“Lex, if you want to coach again, just coach again,” my friend—the incredibly talented designer and brand strategist, Suzi Istvan, said.

“But I made such a big deal about not working privately anymore. I don’t want to come across as disingenuous,” I said. (Okay, maybe I didn’t talk so much as whine.)

“A worse lie is preventing yourself from doing something you love—and are good at. Be honest. Your tribe knows your heart. Just tell them you couldn’t quit them.”

And so it is.

I just can’t quit you.

I friggin love supporting my community to step into their power as speakers and leaders.

I love the joy I feel when I see people find their big idea—and parlay it into an epic presentation, workshop, retreat or webinar.

Or how the hairs on my arms stand up when a client crosses a big conference or speakers bureau off of a speaking plan because the dream has been realized.

While sleep is one of the most precious things in my life (and I fought hard to carve out 9 hours for myself the night before writing this, amidst a week where 3 of my daughter’s molars have broken through), I equally love cuddling up in bed with my laptop to watch a client’s speech and prepare feedback and coaching exercises for our next session.

I wholeheartedly enjoy facilitating online learning, leading face-to-face intensives, and working from home with a 13-month old.

What I enjoy considerably less—overcommitting myself, following other people’s formulas, not earning my worth, and exhaustion. (Did I mention I really like to sleep?!)

With all of this in mind, and a summer 2015 digital launch on the horizon, I’ve created 3 ways a few of us can work together this spring beyond my DIY speaking program, Your Spotlight Talk. I want to get my hands on the talks and careers of action taking men and women who are ready to step 100 percent into their moxie and make speaking profitable and pleasurable.

Interested? Ready to co-create with me? Read on…

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Spring Private Speaking Coaching Opportunities

  1. Keynote Creation Jams

Keynote Creation Jams are designed for leaders across industries and sectors who are comfortable speaking but desire an experienced, skilled and creative speaking expert to generate material and rehearse with. They begin with a 1 ½ hour Skype coaching session with me to deep dive into your goals, develop content strategy and curate the right fusion of ideas, stories, experiences and research. Then, depending on the level of support needed, we reconvene virtually between 2-3 more times to refine material, incorporate interactive elements and dial-up your delivery. NYT and Amazon bestselling authors, executives and senior leaders, TED and TEDx speakers, entrepreneurs and business professionals have utilized my speaking coaching to birth epic, game-changing presentations. All Keynote Creation Jams include complimentary access to my digital training program, Your Spotlight Talk ($497 value).

I will be leading 2 Keynote Creation Jams March-April 2015. Apply now. 

Are you looking for more comprehensive and/or ongoing support in achieving your speaking goals?  

Maybe you have been speaking for years and are ready—once and for all—to unlock more high quality opportunities and generate more revenue for your business?

Or perhaps you are brand-spankin’ new to speaking (and maybe you’re own biz). Do you want to come out of the gate strong and avoid the mistakes that too many new speakers make?

It’s also possible that you are somewhere in between.

Have you recently booked some speaking gigs, want more and just know that my passionate, playful and practical speaking coaching is a match for your personality and goals?

If any of these descriptions sound like you, let’s explore spotlight speaking collaboration.

  1. Spotlight Speaking Mentorship

While some of my clients make multiple 5 figures when they deliver a keynote and others exclusively speak at industry events where they present classy offers from the stage, most are doing a combination of keynotes, breakout sessions, interactive workshops, speaking sponsorship, retreats, corporate trainings, webinars and tele-summits. My clients have built a robust network of fellow speakers who they share resources and opportunities with. They know their ‘secret sauce’—and from it they design and deliver epic presentations and opportunities that are shifting the paradigm of how thought leaders share their ideas and engage their audiences.

With Spotlight Speaking Mentorship you have a coach, cheerleader, champion, consultant (and strategist) by your side for an initial period of 6 months to support you in EVERY facet of developing your speaking career—and integrating speaking with your existing business/job and life. Based on your desired results, through my 100 percent customized spotlight speaking mentorship we can:

Co-create a speaking vision that empowers you to achieve and sustain the life and career you desire.

Generate authentic, epic, on-brand speaking content (i.e., keynotes, workshops, seminars and retreats) for live and virtual events. We select sticky titles, co-create jazzy descriptions, curate the right material and activities, finesse your delivery and facilitation, and ensure you get the results you seek.

Identify your target events and put together a submissions calendar.

Sculpt powerful and elegant stage offers that effortlessly convert audience members into clients and engaged community members.

Write the copy for your speaking materials (i.e., speaker one-sheet, speaking web page, and/or workshop and event copy) and identify the content for a speaking reel and/or press kit.

Develop your pitches to event organizers, conference planners and corporate gatekeepers.

Establish and cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with fellow speakers and trainers, authors, event planners and HR leaders.

Compile strategies and techniques to play nicely with the sensation that comes up when you think about being seen by an audience and inviting them to take bold action.

Create products and programs that begin where your presentations, workshops and trainings leave off.

Spotlight Speaking Mentorship begins with a VIP Half-Day (virtual or face-to-face in Las Vegas), and then over 6 months we meet via Skype for 2 sessions per month for a total of 12 sessions. All Spotlight Speaking Mentees receive complimentary access to my digital training program Your Spotlight Talk ($497 value) and Your Spotlight Workshop (to be released July 2015). You have ongoing email access to me between sessions, and I shower you with special goodies designed to enhance your coaching experience and sweeten your path to achieving your dreams.

I will be accepting 5 speaking mentees to begin in March 2015 (1 spot has already been claimed.) Apply now.

  1. Spotlight Speaking VIP Day | 1-Day (and 2 nights) in Las Vegas

During our day together in one of the speaking capitals of the world, my home of sunny Las Vegas (where it has been 70 degrees+ most of February!), we can work intensively on creating your content and rehearsing your delivery/facilitation of a keynote, workshop, retreat or corporate training. We can dive deep into your speaking career strategy and create a funnel for speaking to feed your programs and products. Or we can design an actionable and achievable 6-month or 1-year speaking and leadership development career plan. VIP Days are best for those who have previously invested in a coach, possess a specific agenda, and are independent action takers.

VIP Days include 2 nights in a suite at one of Las Vegas’ finest resorts on the Strip, by the Red Rock Mountains or Downtown (you pick!), all meals during the VIP Day, and car service to and from the Las Vegas McCarran Airport. All Spotlight Speaking VIP participants receive complimentary access to my digital training program Your Spotlight Talk ($497 value) and Your Spotlight Workshop (to be released July 2015).

I am leading 2 VIP Days April-May 2015. Apply now.

I know with absolute certainty that there is no greater way to build a business—or share your ideas to make a big, positive impact and advance your thought leadership—than through public speaking. I also get that a lot of emotion, sensation and mental chatter may be coming up when you think about starting or scaling your speaking.

For years I was under valuing, and as a result under delivering, on my potential as a speaker and thought leader. Days and sometimes weeks before a speaking opportunity I’d be overcome with anxiety and insomnia. Then, when I would speak, my voice would quaver. I’d break out into sweats. I rarely if ever wowed an audience. I didn’t understand how to market myself to corporate audiences. And sometimes I actually paid more to get a speaking gig than I made from it. Many of my clients have been here too.

Check out just a few of the women (and yes, all of these opportunities are for men as well) I’ve supported from the self-doubt (and at times, self-sabotage!) through to big-time success.

Alexia is incredible as a coach – strategically, tactically and emotionally. Her presence and guidance are unmatched.

Amy Jo Martin, CEO & Founder Digital Royalty, NYT Bestselling Author and TEDx Speaker

I was on the verge of a really good idea that I knew could make a big impact. With Alexia as my guide, I was able to take a very large message with multiple stories and craft it into a masterful work that I’m proud to call my “talk.” Alexia is a beautiful guide, placed on this Earth with a true purpose that is clear–not to make clones of her own voice, but to develop each [person’s] individual voice. Her coaching will push you to your vocal edge gracefully and skillfully. I’m SO jazzed that I now have my story that will change hearts and minds. Thanks Alexia!

Jessica Tomlinson, Radiant Self-Care Coach

I’ve had the privilege of working with Alexia and the experience was delicious. I’ve always known that I am a speaker (in the closet!) and after working with Alexia, I can master sharing my story to inspire an audience. When I first came to Alexia I didn’t want to share any personal stories, but through our work I found that I had a chest full of stories that I can share to engage and inspire any audience. Alexia rocks at coaching speakers to reach their full potential. 

Thembi Buthelezi, Founder, Stock Market for Beginners School

I have been speaking to audiences for over a decade but had more to learn. Alexia is definitely in her “zone of genius.” She has a compassionate yet powerful, unforgettable way of delivering advice and wisdom. I am forever grateful to Alexia for allowing me the opportunity to learn, cry, share, grow, and expand as a speaker and a human being. I now believe, without a doubt, that my voice has the power to make a difference and help others feel good on this journey through life. 

Heather Criswell, Author, Speaker, Founder of WiseInside.com

With Alexia’s help, my speaking evolved into that of a woman who is vulnerable, yet articulate and inspirational. I use my Moxie skills to lead workshops with entire school communities, speak at national conferences, inspire others to articulate their individual core values, and make a difference. With continued guidance and support from Alexia I know that I am on the right path to changing the world one school at a time with the power of my voice!

Sandi Herrera, CEO, Got Core Values and TEDx Speaker

If you want to explore private coaching further, please fill out my private coaching interest form, and if we are a fit we’ll get on the phone for a brief Q+A call together.