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LTYM Audience Glimpses of Soul

Thanks to Glimpses of Soul Photography for these gorgeous photos! In May, I participated in a Listen To Your Mother event. Have you heard of Listen To Your Mother? You may have heard my interview with LTYM founder Ann Imig from last fall, or perhaps you’ve been in the audience of one of the 41 shows that takes place throughout the country. Or, maybe you’ve run across the LTYM …

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MMM On Power and Stories and Orlando

I wrote this and shared it over on the This Moved Me Facebook page and my newsletter, and got quite a response… And so I thought it might be worth sharing here, as well. When I was in grad school, I was searching for a thread in my work that I couldn’t figure out how to express. It was in the middle of the second George W. Bush election …

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Rita Boersma has been with me since the beginning. Literally! She was my first guest way back in 2014 – and I thought it was time to bring her back to the forefront. Why? Because Rita is someone who brings her talent and insight so beautifully to her creations that I’m often in awe of what she can do. She is brilliant and funny – as a writer, a …

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TMM Rob Bell plain blog image

Rob Bell Party – day two!   Yesterday I shared how Rob is a master at curating the space to create more connection and intimacy.   And today is all about how he created resonance with us, the audience. HE SPOKE TO ONE OF US This is masterful pastoral rhetoric. Making it feel personal, as if he’s talking to just me, rather than an entire room full of people. …

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Geraldine Buckley Blog Cover

Geraldine Buckley – minister, writer, speaker, chaplain… and award-winning storyteller! And wow, can this woman tell a story! She was recommended to me by Bob Tryanski (a guest on the show earlier last year who is himself a storyteller).  Geraldine has worked in TV, PR – and then somehow also in a prison – which is what makes her such a fascinating character. I will admit, I didn’t get …

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I have done some writing recently about how important it is to get a handle on our internal mindset before we step out on stage. So it was so wonderful to talk with Kenya Pope – an author, speaker, artist and coach – whose mission is to help heart-centered entrepreneurs make money while they make a difference. To eradicate the “starving” artist notion! That is a worthy cause! And …

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TMM ANN IMIG

   Today’s guest – Ann Imig – blogger (Ann’s Rants), humorist, performer and the creator of the Listen To Your Mother events (and author of the book of the same name) – is living out the idea of sharing our stories. LTYM, a live event that brings voice to people’s experiences with motherhood. And this has grown tremendously in the past 6 years, with shows in 41 cities throughout North …

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TMM John Capecci

Talking with John Capecci – communications coach, author, teacher – was like finding a friend who likes all the same things that you do. And what’s especially cool is that our connection was totally happenstance. A few weeks back, my husband went to a Pollen event, and happened to sit next to John. They had a short conversation and it became clear really quickly that he and I have …

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TMM BOB TRYANSKI GRAPHIC

Several months back, my sister-in-law sent me a link to one of her neighbors down in Lawrence, KS. “He’s a storyteller,” she said. “He’d be great on your podcast.” Hmmm, I thought. Checked out his website, did a little research. Yes, he certainly has the experience. So we exchanged some emails and kicked the ball down the field. We were both sure that at some point we’d record a …

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MMM STORIES birthplace empathy

Stories are the birthplace of empathy, so it’s essential for us as speakers to wrestle with them, and do our best to master the art of storytelling. And many new speakers tell us ABOUT their story rather than actually tell us a story. It’s the difference between, “I really like ice cream, so went to the story to get some” – and “Last Wednesday it was so hot and …

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AUTHENTICITY graphic

When I interview speakers for my podcast This Moved Me, I often ask them about the idea of authenticity. It’s a big one. I’ve been studying it for 15 years, wrestling with it as a speaker myself, and encouraging it as a coach. And if we as speakers are engaged in the process of creating the kind of art that moves our audience, this is not an unfamiliar topic. But …

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  On this week’s Mini Moved Me, I discuss the importance of identifying and developing your origin story.   What is an origin story? It’s the story of your WHY. WHY are you doing what you’re doing?  What moment led you to speaking to this topic?  What was that AHA moment? Many people feel unsure of repeating their origin story; but the truth is that sharing our WHY is compelling. …

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Welcome back! Season 2 of This Moved Me is starting with a bang – and I’m thrilled to be back at it. Summer was lovely (and long, these past two weeks, waiting for school to start, love you kiddos). And I’m pumped to begin this season with none other than Nick Morgan – CEO and Founder of Public Words, an organization that works to help people tell their stories. Nick …

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Michael Margolis is a storyteller.  But he didn’t come to it naturally. He was a disgruntled social entrepreneur, who was searching for something more meaningful.   In this episode of This Moved Me, Michael and I talk about transformative storytelling – and how through the very act of sharing our own stories, we ourselves are changed. Listen to the podcast You can listen in iTunes, Stitcher – or, if you’re reading this …

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A big-time motivational speaker-guy (you know the type) once said to me that in order for you to make your living being a speaker, you needed a story that people wanted to hear. Were you in New York the day the Twin Towers came down? Did you survive a tragic accident? Were you diagnosed with something awful, but have found your way through? If so, you can trade in all that …

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Bill Holm says that: “Real stories are made from experience and imagination; they can’t be pigeonholed into absolute truth. A good story is a slippery matter.”   One of the things I am most drawn to when it comes to speaking and performance is the beauty of the interplay between the performer/speaker and the audience.  So much is at play in our imaginations, in our memories, in our histories and …

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I’ve got to be honest: one of the most frustrating things I find when I’m trying to put together a persuasive speech are the gazillions of how-to lists that will make it “effective” and “powerful” and “attention-grabbing.” Ok, sure: “Follow these 10 simple steps…,” and voila – you are a great speaker! They aren’t wrong, necessarily. There are, of course, many things you can do to become a skilled speaker.  …

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“Communities of the like-minded is one of the greatest dangers of the modern world…among liberals and conservatives, agnostics and believers, the rich and the poor, east and west alike. We tend to form clusters based on similarity, and then we produce stereotypes about other clusters of people. In my opinion, one way of transcending these cultural ghettos, is through the art of storytelling. Stories cannot demolish frontiers, but they …

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I was talking with the hubby yesterday who is in a place of big ideation, which we LOVE to do together. We are idea people. And it was so exciting to hear him hit on the story that he hasn’t been telling, and needs to. As he’s given talks on this subject that he’s passionate about, it hasn’t always ‘clicked’ with his audience. Don’t get me wrong – he’s an …

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Making Mistakes In this episode, TED speakers consider why sometimes we need to make mistakes and face them head-on. Today’s This Moved Me Moment: Today, driving home, I was finally listening to this podcast that my husband recommended I listen to. And the first segment, with physician Brian Goldman, is particularly moving. I mean, we all make mistakes.  But when a doctor makes a mistake, people can die. This story …

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A little over a year ago, this guy jumped off of a spaceship down to earth, like he was doing nothing more than jumping off a diving board.  At the time, we were with some friends up at our family’s cabin, and my son brought it up because they were talking about it in science. He was in kindergarten at the time.  We huddled in front of the t.v. …

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futurejournalismproject: Giles Duley Interview ifilikeityoulikeit: *Very interesting interview “Giles Duley has been getting a lot of attention recently as the photographer who lost both his legs and an arm after stepping on a landmine in Kabul while documenting American troops in Afghanistan. Giles has been reluctant to speak about himself and his accident, but it’s the work that he’s been compiling for ten years that I really wanted to talk to …

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This Moved Me is a podcast and blog about the art of public speaking. As a speaker and presentation coach, there's nothing I love more than to dig into how we can move an audience. Because I believe that a good talk can move the world. If you do too - you're in the right place! If you want to create a talk that will move the world - welcome! And if you want to join in the conversation on how we can do this more and better - I'm so glad you're here. Learn more →

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