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"If you're not clear about what you want, your audience won't be clear either." - Julie Hansen

As Julie Hansen walked into my home, I KNEW we were going to get along. Her confident demeanor, outstanding style, and personal brand were on point - so we sat down to get to know each other on the podcast. She handed me her book, Act Like A Sales Pro, and proceeded to give me the deep dive into who she is, how she got here, and where she's going. I'll let her tell you about that journey - we packed all this goodness into 45 minutes.

Join us as Julie gives you the insider's view of your sales presentations - because everyone is selling something. Yes, even you. From ticks & distractions to habits & respecting your audience - she even confirms that my constant reminders to speakers to PRACTICE. Listen in, figure out your intention for your audience, DON'T WING IT, and go spark the magic! xoxo

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The magic is the emotional connection between the photographer & the subject. - Jim Darling

Jim Darling & I met in DC back in the days before he had a smartphone - he found out about me when I hosted Cup of Inspiration at Sisarina. He moved to Denver 2 years before me - and when we caught up at his birthday party, his candor reminded me why I needed to introduce you all to him.

Jim started his career in graphic design and realized that photography was his gift after realizing how lonely it is to engage with a computer. He is an incredible portrait photographer who captures humans in their element and this is his year of decluttering - starting with deleting Twitter. Now he's clearing out much more.

Join us as Jim & I go deep into social media fears, "stranger portraits," being a real business man, and how networking can change your life. Also check out a Creative Mornings near you and GO TO ONE! xoxo

FIND OUT MORE: https://www.melaniespring.com/podcast/the-life-changing-magic-of-finding-your-gift/ 

 

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Chris Ward: The Future of Legal Services Meets Compassionate Bodyguard

Chris Ward & I met because too many people said it must happen. We met as he walked in my front door with his black suit jacket & HUSTLE t-shirt on. His 6'5" frame can be intimidating when he's being a bodyguard overseas, yet his gentle demeanor shows his deep love for the human race.

Chris is a futurist, advocate, and revolutionary. He got into repping Legal Shield when he was an entrepreneur & saw the future helping those who wouldn't normally get the help they need. He doesn't just talk the talk, he walks the walk here in the US & using his military background to help shield those who are helping humans around the world.

Join us as Chris tells us how he went to engineering school because he wanted to build a spaceship with comfy seats & enough room for his tallness. Yep, it's a fun ride. xoxo

More here: https://www.melaniespring.com/podcast/wanna-start-a-revolution-be-the-change/

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“Show up & try your best.” – Jessa Woodward

Jessa Woodward and I met via Instagram magic. She pitched her attendance at SPEAK With Confidence to her leadership team so she could come back and operationalize the core values for the organization she works for. And they said YES! Now she’s making magic inside her organization for everyone because she believes everyone should have safe, brave, equitable spaces.

Jessa wants to create courageous cultures where people can have brave conversations and lead with whole hearts. And she was SUPER courageous getting up on stage but not without working her tail off beforehand. She spent almost 80 hours on the course before showing up to the Retreat and it showed in how she owned her voice AND the stage.

Join us as Jessa tells us how she minds her own biscuits. Find out how to be a better leader & start having those brave conversations. Listen in or check out more at https://www.melaniespring.com/podcast/everyone-deserves-to-have-safe-brave-equitable-spaces/

xoxo

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"Entrepreneurship is NOT sexy." - Kristin Darga

As entrepreneurs, we have to stay connected or we end up feeling very alone. Entrepreneurship gets way more risky when you disconnect from others and think hustling is how you build your business. Kristin Darga of Impact Founder jumped on the podcast with me to chat about how to build your business without running the risk of losing everything - even when you hit your goals.

Join us as we go deep into the halls of building business & keeping your wits about you. Find out what she would have told herself way back in the beginning of starting Impact Founder. Listen in! xoxo

Get more at  http://www.melaniespring.com/podcast/entrepreneurship-is-risky-business/

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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.

Listen to the rest here.

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or week 5, we’re finally jumping into Module 2: Delivering your talk.

DELIVER YOUR TALK: Memorizing

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.

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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.

 

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Adventures in Branding by Melanie Spring - 5M ago

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.

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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

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