Marc Gutman and I met at his Happy House - an old coal shack renovated into his office space - outside of Boulder, Colorado. It was the perfect location since this week we’re talking all about finding your happy place. Marc is an amazing storyteller who I’ve known from Maverick, Entrepreneurs’ Organization and weirdly overlapping social circles. We could talk for hours - but here’s an hour we recorded on the podcast just for you.
Marc grew up in Detroit, Michigan before hopping into his car after college and driving to Hollywood where he began his storytelling career. He’s the founder of Wild Story, a brand story messaging consultancy. Marc found his happy place in between being a master storyteller and a strategist working with outdoor brands.
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Alexandria (Alex) Agresta is Chief Purpose Pioneer at Purpose Pioneers and is now a SPEAK With Confidence Rockstar Alumni! I’m such a huge fan of hers and I promise two minutes into this episode - you will be too. This woman is so on brand and so purpose-driven it shines through her in every way.
Alex knew her purpose was all about purpose when she was six-years-old - so who better to talk about living a life and work full of purpose than Alex herself?! On this episode, we chat about systemizing purpose and creating systems around fulfillment in life, why your purpose is your brand, channeling both masculine and feminine energies, and, of course - manifesting that shit!
Jon Cook is so good at connecting people that I found him because every time I asked for people who were connected in Denver, every person I asked sent me to him. Jon is a wonderful human filled with loads of information about effective copy for your business. For this episode, we’re about to enjoy a stay-at-home double-date while sipping rosé at 4pm on a Wednesday talking all things branded copy.
Jon is a content writer extraordinaire who understands brand voice better than most. He builds trust for his clients by learning how to be them. John and his team at Keynote Content work with thought leaders and speakers to create branded copy & content creator that writes copy that passes “The Sniff Test.” (See - NOW you know why I like this guy.)
Last week we held our SPEAK With Confidence October Accelerator in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado. The week was busy, jam-packed with great Rockstars, Trainers, and Experts. During our 3-day retreat we were able to write talks, laugh, cry, eat so much delicious food and hold space for each other like we never have before at any other SPEAK With Confidence. If you’re feeling FOMO - don’t stress. The April SPEAK With Confidence Accelerator is ready for you & already starting to fill up! Go check it out.
Now that we're done with all that for this moment, let's get back to PODCASTING!!!!
Join me in a confetti party for the return of the Adventures of Branding podcast while I introduce you to my dear friend, Jenny Shtipelman.
Jenny is Senior Vice President at Eagle Bank, a powerhouse career woman with super savvy financial advice, and a closet that truly does redefine what a banker’s closet looks like. “Jenny From The Bank” is a kickass human with a personal brand that’s totally her own and stretches beyond her industry or position. If you didn’t think you could let your personal brand shine because you work in a corporate environment, this will challenge you to reconsider.
Listen to the podcast here.
THIS EPISODE SIMPLIFIED: We’ve come to the final chapter of the SPEAK With Confidence podcast series. You’ve collected your IP, written and memorized your talk, got all the language to sell yourself and are ready for the final step: Practicing!
Let’s jump into Chapter 7: Practice Your Face Off (but not literally). Just because this is the end, doesn't mean you are done. I know - practice does NOT make perfect - but it sure makes you more comfortable on stage. It’s important that you never stop practicing - even when you’ve given your talk a million times.
I’ll share what I’ve learned over years about stage presence, being an inviting speaker, and how to get your audience engaged. But before we get started on all the things to DO on stage, I have one big DON’T to share.
Listen to the podcast to find out my big DON’T.
Who's ready to jump into Chapter 6 of the SPEAK With Confidence podcast series?! Did you already finish Chapter 1: Brainstorming Like a Boss, Chapter 2: Just Be Yourself (but better), Chapter 3: Organize Your Talk (for maximum impact), Chapter 4: Getting It Together (just don’t get too attached), and Chapter 5: Memorizing (without memorizing)? (Go listen if you haven't before you jump in here.)
THIS EPISODE SIMPLIFIED: Now that you have your talk written - how do you get the right people (conference organizers AND attendees) to listen to your talk?
Let’s jump into Chapter 6: Sell Your Talk (without selling). Few are great at selling their talk in a way that gets the right people to want to listen to them. In this chapter, I’ll explain how best to write your talk title, talk description and speaker bio in a way that will get them to want to listen. I’ll give you tips & tricks on how to make sure your audience knows this talk is all about them. Catch an organizer’s attention - and write a readable speaker bio so the person announcing you will get the audience AND you pumped to go on stage!
Start with your talk description, THEN create a kickass title. Once those two pieces are done, we'll rip apart your boring bio & why you SHOULDN’T include your family in it. Don’t worry, I’ll talk you through it.
Listen to the podcast here.
or week 5, we’re finally jumping into Module 2: Delivering your talk.
THIS EPISODE SIMPLIFIED: Once your talk is written out, you can break it down into easy-to-remember steps that will make sure you never forget where you are - even if you go off on a tangent.
Let’s jump into Chapter 5: Memorizing (without memorizing). One of the scariest thing about being a public speaker comes after you’ve brainstormed your big idea, figured out your dictionary, created a beautiful outline and wrote out a fantastic talk - it's memorizing! If you’re freaking out about remembering a 45-minute keynote - don’t. I have a simple method that you can use for everything from your short demo video to a full day workshop.
This simple method includes a 20 Points breakdown along with a Take 5 breakdown to get you to remember the basics - because you already know your content. Memorizing isn't memorizing if you already know what you're going to say - so let's hack the system and make sure you know what you're going to say next without sounding like a robot.
We even go through everything “demo video” - why you should have one, how to get one, and how the hunt for creating a great demo video for my speaking career led to building SPEAK With Confidence.
SPEAK With Confidence CLUSTER: Listen to this Cluster of Awesomeness here.
Who's ready to jump into Chapter 4 of the SPEAK With Confidence podcast series?! Did you already finish Chapter 1: Brainstorming Like a Boss, Chapter 2: Just Be Yourself (but better), Chapter 3: Organize Your Talk (for maximum impact)? (Go listen if you haven't before you jump in here.)
For week 4, it’s all about outlining and writing your talk.
THIS EPISODE SIMPLIFIED: Before you can write your talk, give yourself an outline. My outline method isn’t meant to be super specific or word-for-word your talk, but it’ll give you a general outline for where things will be. Then we’ll use the outline to write your talk.
Let’s jump into Chapter 4: Getting It Together (just don’t get too attached). Now that you have your IP all in one place, know your brand, and understand The DISH Method inside & out, we’re going to organize it all in an outline. This outline will help you memorize your talk and will give you a way to see all the parts of your talk, make sure they fit and allow you to move things around before you write it all down.
You can grab the outline template here and use it to write a kickass talk.
Then you’re going to write out your whole talk. Yes, word for word. But don’t get too attached! You won’t be memorizing your talk word for word - or you'll sound like a robot. If you try to, I’ll tear it up for you - seriously.
Who's ready to jump into Chapter 3 of the SPEAK With Confidence podcast series?! Did you already finish Chapter 1: Brainstorming Like a Boss & Chapter 2: Just Be Yourself (but better)? (Go listen if you haven't before you jump in here.)
For week 3, let's get into the nitty-gritty of building your talk.
CRAFT YOUR TALK: The DISH Method
THIS EPISODE SIMPLIFIED: Putting a talk together requires certain elements - I call this DISH. Data Impact Story Humans - and once you include ALL of these elements, you'll hit maximum impact with whoever you're talking to.
Let’s jump into Chapter 3: The DISH Method. Get the 4 elements of putting together an impactful talk. In this episode, I go through everything in the SPEAK With Confidence workbook about how to use my methodology: Data, Impact, Story, and Humans (DISH) to put together a talk - no matter how big or small. I'll cover why how you can use each of these elements to ask for your next raise or promotion, your
You can also get more at DISHmethod.com after you're done listening - there's a workbook & videos as well! But first, get the 30min quick review below.
As we cover chapter 3 of the SPEAK With Confidence course and workbook: The DISH Method: Organize your talk for maximum impact - check out the free course at www.DISHmethod.com to get a workbook and videos on how to rock your next presentation, conversation, or talk.
SPEAK With Confidence: Stop wishing you were on that stage & write the dang talk: our October SPEAK With Confidence Accelerator has early bird through August 17. ispeakwithconfidence.com I'll even send you the fancy-schmancy workbook you're hearing about.
Who's ready to jump into Chapter 2 of the SPEAK With Confidence podcast series?! Did you already finish Chapter 1: Brainstorming Like a Boss? (Go listen if you haven't before you jump in here.)
For week 2, let's find out who you REALLY are.
THIS EPISODE SIMPLIFIED: Everyone has a personal brand. It shows up before you even walk into the room. It’s the way you speak, what you wear, how your hair looks, and just who you are.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s jump into Chapter 2: Just Be Yourself (but better). The first step to being yourself is learning about your brand. In this episode, I go through everything in the SPEAK With Confidence workbook about branding. I'll cover why you even need a brand as a public speaker (or even just as a human), how to find it, and - once you find it - how to define it.
As we cover chapter 2 of the SPEAK With Confidence course and workbook: Just Be Yourself (but better), think about what you want your personal brand to be and how you best show up as yourself. Then, let us know more about your personal brand in the Kickass Humans Club.
SPEAK With Confidence: Stop wishing you were on that stage & write the dang talk: our October SPEAK With Confidence Accelerator has early bird through August 17. ispeakwithconfidence.com I'll even send you the fancy-schmancy workbook you're hearing about.
SPEAK With Confidence CLUSTER: Listen to this Cluster of Awesomeness here
If you haven't heard of SPEAK With Confidence yet, you've taken the summer off from the internet. Good for you! To catch you up, we're getting ready to launch our October Accelerator and not only is it BIGGER than before with a super fun 3-day 4-night agenda - I’m giving more of it away to you! I just put together a 7-week podcast series on the 7 chapters for the workbook and online course and you get it all FREE - right here on the podcast.
Warning: If you don't want to get better at facilitating workshops, giving presentations, asking for a raise, or giving talks on stages, skip this series altogether.
If you want to rock your talks, the next 7 weeks will give you everything you need.
For week 1, let's get all of your ideas out of your head.
Most people jump right into writing their talks when they’re building one out and so many jam-pack it with all sorts of things that aren't necessary just because they have something to talk about. Dumping out your brain allows you to see all of your stories and ideas for what they are and where they fit. Let's start by getting your ideas and stories organized, let's look at your intellectual property (IP) in a new way, and remember the great stories and data that can help you support the big idea you’re sharing on stage.
After we get it all organized, we'll look into finding your niche, creating a methodology, and establish yourself as an expert - all before you even start crafting your talk. Yup, Chapter 1 of SPEAK With Confidence is FILLED with information! Listen to the podcast.
If you already read my blog post The Value of Your Proposition - then the fact that you need a value proposition is not new news to you. But don’t skip this week’s episode just yet. I have more nuggets of information hidden inside. And if I just lost you by using the words value proposition - then you DEFINITELY won’t want to skip this week’s podcast episode. Your value proposition is how you show your customers and clients why you’re special. And yes, I hate buzzword and overused business jargon. But I make it easy to use these ridiculous terms AND still be human. See? Totally not scary.
Listen to this week’s podcast to learn why I think fairies die every time someone uses the word ‘synergy,’ why shwords matter, and how I’ve come up with MY value proposition for October’s SPEAK With Confidence Accelerator. (you'll wanna sign up - promise.)
Read The Value of Your Proposition to get examples and an in-depth breakdown of value props and other industry jargon. I’ve even added a step-by-step breakdown on how to not suck at sharing your unique value proposition.
After you find your unique value proposition, let us know what makes you stand out in your industry in the Kickass Humans Club.
It’s a Monday morning. I’ve been up since 4 am feeling stuck. Sitting in one of the scariest emotions ever - FEAR. I’m scared of my own self-induced changes - and there’s been A LOT of them. I’m scared of having them all fail. And if you read my post, I wanna see you be brave, you’ll see I’m also afraid of them succeeding.
I’ve had a lot of time to think about fear. My relationship with it, its purpose in my life, and how to keep going with it instead of letting it hold me back. I’ve come to the conclusion that we don’t have any answers about overcoming it - or if we even should. But I do have some ideas about how we can sit in our fear, move forward with it, and allow fear to bring out our most courageous sides.
Listen to the podcast to find out more.
Featured in the podcast is Wim Hof. You can find out more about Wim and his method at www.wimhofmethod.com
Sammy Taggett, also known as Shoebox Moses, formerly known as Joselito Ramirez, (yeah, you'll find out why he has so many names) is one badass orchestrator of music and a VERY purpose-driven entertainer. Sammy is head of The Evolved Entertainer and Global DJ Now, a Festival DJ teaching course for up-and-coming entertainers. I’ve been lucky enough to jump head-first into a deep friendship with Sammy while attending some amazing events like Camp Maverick and A-Fest. Now we're neighbors in Denver!
Listen to Sammy share the story of how his journey to visit his old orphanage in the Philippines changed his mission in life and how a woman he randomly met on a dance floor in Denver ended up having a WAY deeper connection than they could have ever imagined. Now he’s on one heck of an adventure to give back to the millions of orphans in the Philippines!
Sammy's passion to create magical environments using music pours out of him. His energy is so infectious that Dan and I fell right into lust on his very own dance floor! Listen to this week’s episode to get an instant boost in your day.
Shari and I bonded on Joe De Sena's first Spartan course at his home in Vermont. We ended up tied to two other and spelunked & rappelled despite both of our fears. Shari had me literally climbing up her body during the course - and let me you - this woman is STRENGTH embodied. This year, Shari and I ended up having a conversation at Camp Maverick in Texas & I’m beyond excited to share this conversation of strength, balance, and progress with you.
Shari is the owner of Body Mechanics, a growing massage school and one of the amazing SPEAK With Confidence Rockstars sharing her story on stage at REAL TALK: An Evening of Guts, Glory, & Growth.
Shari’s story is one of overcoming adversity and embracing the lesson each challenge has brought with it. Through the pain, Shari was able to change her career, become an entrepreneur, build and grow her business and is on track to help a million people heal through her students.
If these stories don't give you chills, nothing will. Listen below to get a dose of inspiration and a lesson on strength.
Listen to more of Shari’s story at REAL TALK: An Evening of Guts, Growth & Glory. Grab a ticket to the Denver event or throw a party & stream it live online from the comfort of your home at realtalkdenver.com.
Over the last 9 years, I've been asked "Can I buy you a cup of coffee & pick your brain?" at least once a week. To celebrate my 9 year anniversary, I've dumped 9 years worth of entrepreneurial experience into a 1-hour podcast episode. (It was NOT easy and I talk really fast - so beware.)
Grab a notebook and your favorite pen - and feel free to pause as often as you need. I didn't structure it like a talk, so it's not a pretty account - it's my raw, real memory of everything I remember learning since becoming an entrepreneur. The good, the bad, the ugly, and why vacations are so dang important.
In this episode, you'll hear about: (in no particular order)
I am ONLY telling you this so you can take what you want and throw away the rest. Because, as you'll hear in this episode, YOU have to learn how to run YOUR own business for yourself. No book will teach you what you'll need to learn from experience. But I DO give book recommendations and resources to help you out.
Dive in - but beware. It's real, raw, and as usual, me. ENJOY!
TOP 3 BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ENTREPRENEURS:
TOP 3 RESOURCES FOR ENTREPRENEURS:
Production by Javy Espejo.
“You can’t schedule creativity.” I said this in a recent podcast episode. It's a phrase that's been haunting me lately. More like, forever.
Determination means nothing if you’re not in the right mindset. (I know, because I'm a REALLY determined woman.) You can’t force the creative process. You can't sit down and will it into being. You will end up getting up to do the laundry or clean floors before it shows up. And it will show up when you least expect it.
Read the FULL blog post and get the worksheet here.
Eli Natoli is a kickass marketing & growth coach and the humble powerhouse & project manager of the Natoli businesses. She and her husband, the UX specialist Joe Natoli, are a team that divides and conquers their business goals helping humans build businesses based on winning practices and strategies.
Before she started her own business, Eli realized how important it was to overcome the small business cycle of feast & famine. She even helped Joe pivot his business (listen in to find out what she did!)
Even after all of her success though, Eli Natoli is angry at the internet. And she decided to fight fire with fire. She is now a coach for small service-based businesses who want to reach the next level, yet are tired of fighting the deluge of bad advice and fake “webinars”. We also get to hear about keeping up with three teenagers at the same time, dogs that might drink wine & her ultimate not-so-secret recipe for your business.
Listen in to this wisdom-packed episode to hear Eli share her secret to figuring out what’s authentic & what’s fake when it comes to business info on the internet.
Do you know the feeling you have when you’re working on the right projects for the right people at the right time? Kia Weatherspoon knows exactly how that feels. The feeling of elation, excitement, enthusiasm - like you're doing it for the first time. If a project doesn’t feel like the first space she ever created - she knows she should be working somewhere else.
Kia Weatherspoon is one of those kickass humans who is using her superpower for good. She is the owner and lead designer of Determined by Design - AND an advocate for equality in design. She creates well-designed spaces for those who usually don’t have access to interior design services - humans living in low-income housing, disenfranchised women, and budding business owners who are making their first investment in their own space. She believes that no matter how big or small, everyone deserves to live in a space that is EPIC.
Listen in to hear how this ballet dancer ended up getting into interior design because of the Air Force.
Valentine's Day has been a REALLY hard day for me for the last 14 years. And I have a good reason why. But this year, it's changing. And it's because of something a woman said to me and my guy at a tea shop in DC when we first got together. It made me realize I had a decision to make - and that decision was not something based on anyone else. It was 100% my decision and no one else could change my mind.
Whether you love Valentine's Day or think it's just another Hallmark holiday, this episode is all about loving your life, yourself and everyone around you. It's your choice. Listen in to get inspired or don't listen and have a crappy Valentine's Day.
Also, I snuck in an easy way to understand how The DISH Method works. It's live! Go check it out at DISHmethod.com
How often do we find ourselves criticizing ourselves and/or work? Even to the point that we never share it with anyone without filtering it? Perfection is unattainable. We are perfectly imperfect human beings creating incredibly perfectly imperfect things. Why bother putting a filter on it when the world needs us unfiltered and real?
I recently went to Isla Mujeres on a personal development trip with 11 other ladies. We created visions for our lives, worked on big ideas, created steps to implement those ideas, and then wrote out exactly how we would manifest everything we wanted. This wasn't for little dreamers - this was for women with massive magical manifesting powers. And while we were there, I realized that what I wanted was already within me - EXPLOSIVE CREATIVITY!
As I sat at the table working on what was blocking me, I realized that you can't schedule creativity - and that my mind needed to be free so I could create. Which reminded me of why I have an enso tattooed on my shoulder. According to Wikipedia, an enso is a circle that is hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create. It symbolizes absolute enlightenment, but it also symbolizes the beauty of imperfection. Which is exactly why I wanted it.
Even this episode has SO much imperfection, yet I didn't want it edited out. Because who cares?! I'm a perfectly imperfect human - and you get to see me for who I really am - exploding with creativity without self-criticism.
You'll even find out why I'm launching a free mini-series The DISH Method this week! Behind-the-scenes info on where it came from and why I want to give it away for free instead of charging for it. And with all of its imperfections, I'm so excited to see what you think - so I can make it even better. Go sign up at dishmethod.com and you'll get to download the workbook & watch the mini-series as soon as it's ready!
Have you ever watched someone completely change their life in front of your very eyes? Meet Heidi Webb - non-profit fundraising consultant who has raised millions of dollars and taught hundreds of people how to raise even more.
Heidi is one of those ride-or-die friends who has shown that just because you've lived a certain life doesn't mean you have to keep living it. She is the brand NEW owner of Heidi Webb LLC, a nonprofit fundraising consultancy that focuses on supporting charities helping humans while also connecting donors to causes that they care about. She’s also a veteran Rock Your Talk Speaker (now SPEAK With Confidence - launching soon) who shared her story on stage about how a fight with a raccoon led her to refocus her life and finally accept that just working hard wasn’t the answer - she needed to follow her passion.
Just a few months ago, Heidi got her passport and traveled out of the country for the first time in her life. She was so inspired that she shared a new dream she had with her travel companion, only to meet the person she had to meet the day after she got home and get it. Want to know what her dream was? LISTEN TO THE EPISODE!
TEASER: As this episode is released, Heidi is in Kenya living the dream she shared with her friend.
How do you figure out where you want to be if you've never been there? How do you picture the life you want if you've never seen it?
Picture your perfect day. Picture what you'll do when you wake up. Explain everything around you. Share what and who is in your life and how it's better than ever. Every single moment of your perfect day - what are you seeing, smelling, doing, thinking about, wondering, enjoying, eating? Who are you with? What do you do for a living? Share every detail.
Now go ask someone else about theirs. I will bet you'll want to update yours.
I'm working on creating a bigger vision for myself because I was pushed to stretch. Listen in to find out what I'm working on in 2018 and how you can get in on the fun with me. Then download the Manifest That Shit workbook and start working on it for yourself.
I am going to look back on this year and say “I became the person I wanted to become.” I want this for you, too.
Beware: it's a short, fast-paced episode and there's a chance you'll change your resolutions or intentions for this year. I warned you.
If I asked everyone at your office your core values, could they recite them? Do you have them for yourself? Do you know what core values are? Core Values are the foundation of every brand - personal brands & business brands. When you create them effectively, you and your whole team can use them to filter every decision they need to make.
A year ago Alison McNeil, arts and culture advocate and head of MCEArts, was looking for podcasts that filled her soul and she stumbled upon my journey on Adventures in Branding. This year, she's a guest of the podcast! Alison & I dive deep into how core values drive her life AND her business. We even get a chance to talk about the power of having words to name your experiences & what it looks like to be breaking down barriers in the arts.
Listen in as the extroverted introvert and kickass creative entrepreneur teaches us what she looks for in every human interaction and how she organizes her work - creating roadmaps and removing roadblocks - to make arts and culture accessible to all.
Have you ever met someone who lives their brand so well that no matter when you catch up with them, you feel like you jumped in right where you left off and everything is just as wonderful as it's always been? That's how I feel with Kacy.
Kacy is the master organizer who focuses on all things paper - and she runs The Inspired Office. She’s been organizing since she was a kid but started a business instead of getting a job in 2001. She knows that organizing can change lives (truly) and bring calm in ways you wouldn’t expect - she's even done it for me.
In this week’s podcast episode, Kacy Paide let us in on her affinity for dusty hands, being covered in someone else's cat hair and why clients take photos of her while she's organizing their lives. Even though things have changed in her industry, she's really focused on the people she's helping and how to help them best.
Think you’re the only one who hasn’t gone digital with with your documents? Kacy has seen it all and has proof that humans of all ages and sizes collect paper - even in this digital age. We shouldn't have shame around our things - and there's a big loneliness of being trapped by our stuff. Kacy is ready to let you off the hook whenever you're ready to let go - without all the guilt that comes along with it.
I've known Kacy's love for Evernote for years and FINALLY got a chance to ask her how I can use it better - now that I have her captive on the podcast. Want Kacy's ten-minute organization method to determine how hectic your life really is? Press that play button and get inspired to pull your paper together!