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186: On Being Your Coach & We Have A SPIFFY New Digital Home

The new and improved WEBSITE is finally here. I am so proud of how it came together and hope you enjoy it as much as I do! My hope is that this website will become a home of resources for you as you begin or continue on your speaking journey. Today, let’s take a behind-the-scenes peek at some of the new happenings at This Moved Me!

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185: MMM - On Making the Point of Your Talk Crystal Clear

Articulating clearly the point of your talk is one of the most difficult areas for speakers to master. It is not uncommon to start your talk and pretty soon you have five talks within one actual talk! Sometimes the idea we are trying to articulate is complicated – our job is to make it easy for our audience. Keeping the audience in mind when narrowing the point of your talk is essential.

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181: Olivia Mitchell: On Getting Over the Fear of Disapproval

Olivia Mitchell – Presentation Trainer, Speaker, Introvert – aims to redefine the expectations of speaking. Living in New Zealand, Olivia uses her professional presenting skills to speak up about what she is passionate about.

Addressing real-world needs, Olivia sets out to use her voice to make a difference while helping others do the same. All of this – as an introvert. Olivia dedicates her craft to develop ways in which other introverts, like herself, can be just as confident and effective public speakers. She lives by the notion that anyone can speak with confidence despite the obstacles.

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177: MMM - On Starting Your Talk With Perfection In Mind

In the last week, I’ve had several conversations with you about that moment when I’m asking you to stand up and give it a go… the moment when we’re trying this all on for size. All the words we’ve fussed over, the ideas we’ve thoughtfully and painstakingly clarified - dug deeper to to get it ‘just right’ - and then we’re at the moment where we’re putting it to the test. Taking it from theory to practice. And it feels like a big moment.

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176: MMM - Dear UnSpeaker...

An un-speaker is someone who might not define themselves as a speaker, and yet you speak! You are a change-maker - idea-driven, audience-focused, battle with wondering whether or not you’re ‘doing it right’, want to make an impact and understand that to be transformational, you must yourself transform at some level. You speak without being one of ‘those’ speakers…(a bore, a chore, a perfectly perfect snore).

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168: MMM - On Creating the Best Worst First Draft of Your Presentation (Part One)

How do you write the best (worst) first draft of your presentation? Along with being a theater major in college, I was also an English major. I loved loved loved being on stage (I know), but I also loved to write. Little did I know I was basically creating for myself the building blocks of my life now. All I knew then was that I loved them both and didn’t want to choose. (Funny how I rejected the idea of being a communications major. Nope, didn’t want that.)

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167: MMM - On 4 Questions to Ask Yourself for Audience Connection

Today I want to talk with you about audience.

How do we prepare our content fora  particular audience?

It means that you are preparing a talk for a particular audience… and there are a few questions that I like to ask myself about my audience so make sure that it resonates..

That is the goal…

When our content resonates – it connects. And that’s the whole point!

Resonance and connection is what we’re going for.

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166: John Bucher - On Telling Your Story With Passion

John Bucher - a very difficult to define man of many talents (and he likes it that way) - spoke at the STORY Gathering in 2017, where I saw him share his passionate voice about story and myth. What was so great about that whole thing was that even BEFORE I saw him speak, he had volunteered to be my guinea pig speaker at my live coaching workshop. I mean... who does that? Believe me - that's a rare thing, to vulnerably walk into that space with a coach you've just met. Well, movers, that act connected me and John for life!

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165: MMM - How to Edit Your Talk (and still speak with depth)

So – you’ve got a hefty first draft, and now it's time to edit your talk.

Knowing we want to get to clear and concise… AND – at the same time, say something NEW.

Finding the SIMPLE and still saying something TRUE and – in some way – NEW.

Whooo, that is a challenge!

And what the editing process in creating a talk is all about.

And it’s a CREATIVE PROCESS.

It’s not JUST – cutting out the stuff you don’t like/don't need.

It’s a process of digging deeper… and getting clearer on what you actually, really truly mean…

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163: Gillian Ferrabee - On Speaking With Our Bodies

Gillian Ferrabee – performer, speaker, Cirque de Soleil alum and talent scout… Gillian is an experienced and wise stage presence! When I got to see Gillian speak at last year's STORY Gathering in Nashville, I was so taken at how grounded and giving she was as a speaker. There was no pretense. No ‘show' – even though she is such a skilled performer. She was present, in her body.

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160: Taylor Croonquist - On the Nuts and Bolts of Presenting Online

Taylor Croonquist - Co-Founder of Nuts and Bolts Speed Training, a PowerPoint training website and "oooh" and "aaaaah" creator - joined me on the show to talk about presenting online. Taylor is a "hack trickery" kind of guy - always finding ways to short-cut and 'break' what's not working well enough and find a way to do it better. And he and his wife Camille - along with the awesome P-Spice from Spicy Presentations - have created an online hub with over a hundred  YouTube videos and online courses about ways to make PowerPoint work better for you, and faster.

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159: Amena Brown - On Writing A Talk Like a Poet

Amena Brown - poet, author, speaker - is a powerhouse performer. I got to see her on stage at the STORY Gathering this past September, and immediately knew I wanted to have her on the show. She is brilliant, funny, passionate - and so incredibly thoughtful about her craft. What moved me so much about her work on stage is that she is a poet who speaks. She is a craftswoman - focusing on the power of words. And there's so much that we can learn from her on this.

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158: Colin Stokes - On Why Talks Can Save the World

Colin Stokes - TED speaker, communications and marketing professional, proud Dad, and fellow high school speech geek - sat down with me to talk about the powerful platform of speaking as perhaps THE way we might be able to create change in this world.  

That's a big statement, but I happen to believe that speaking has a very specific potential to create change.

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157: Stephy Lewis: On the Good, Bad and Ugly of Presentation Design

Stephy Lewis [check out her amazing website!], presentation designer from the Presentation Guild – and my new pal from the Presentation Summit – got a chance to catch up and talk the good, bad and ugly about presentation design and development.

Even though Stephy was dragged kicking and screaming from the field of design into the field of *presentation* design, she has discovered the depth, complexity and artistry of the profession – part of the reason why she's so passionate about her role at the Presentation Guild!

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