10 Perfect Holiday Gifts

You’ve heard the college stories about ramen noodles, repeated leftovers, borrowing textbooks and sleeping on couches. To the traditional student (entering college from high school with the support of family) college is the first period of unmonitored financial...

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When to Change the Atmosphere

Last week I attended a training in Washington, D.C. on behalf of my church. The purpose of the training was to equip individuals in the community to speak on behalf of the organization with the hope of spreading awareness about a common health issue. When I arrived at...

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How to Structure Your Message

When a speaker/presenter hits the podium, the audience is expecting him/her to say two things: “Thank you for the introduction”  & “Today i want to talk about” or “Today i want to share.” Traditionally this has been the formal method of addressing an audience....

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My Biggest Mistake

I was invited to keynote a southern Maryland school district’s Girls Mentor/Mentee Brunch in Spring of 2013. I didn't think much of it--maybe 20-30 students and their mentors, no biggie. I showed up with no formal plan for remarks. In my head, this was a casual event...

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They Want Your Story!

“I want you to come to our event next month! Our group needs to hear your story!” These words mean JACKPOT! Translation: You’ve overcome or mastered something AND; your story has the power to empower others! Here’s is the catch, tell the whole the story! Here’s the...

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You’re Probably Being Introduced Wrong

“Today we have a very special guest. This young lady is awesome. I mean just doing the dang-on-thing. Motivated, inspiring..just on-fire! We invited her today because we know you all can relate to her in some way and we’re glad she accepted the invitation. I don’t...

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Conquering Stage Fright

Not long ago, someone asked me if I experience nervousness when I hear my name being introduced to a crowd. I replied, “every time.” The truth is, I am never completely comfortable in front of a crowd of people. I get sweaty palms, butterflies, and an urgency to use...

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Core Element of STAGE POWER

I love attending conferences, workshops and events that provide speakers with a platform to share their message. Take a guess why! I’ll tell you! I love to study!  I’m like the friend who studied film in college that you DON’T take to the movies. The cinematography,...

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STAGE POWER Blog Series

Ever wonder how speakers can stand before hundreds and articulately share their message seemingly effortlessly? Appearing to have not one nervous bone in sight? To add to their #dopeXcellence --they are engaging, content-packed, humorous AND their message is...

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Hired on the Spot at 16

My 16 year old sister walked in and was hired on-the-spot! How the Conversation Started The Summer of my sister’s 14th birthday, we sat down and created a resume. On the resume we included her baby sitting experience, assistant coaching experience (sometime she would...

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