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Moxielicious with Alexia Vernon
30 minutes | 5 days ago
306: Coaching Lessons I’ve Learned from 10+ Years Coaching Leaders and Entrepreneurs
2021 marks 14 years I’ve been a coach. And in episode 306, I share some of the top coaching lessons I’ve learned. Whether you consider yourself a coach, consultant, or expert who is new or newish to your business and you’d like to save yourself some of the missteps I’ve taken. Or… you’re a leader who wants to grow yourself as you grow the people around you. Or… you’ve been in the coaching, consulting, speaking game for a while – and maybe it feels like you’re not consistently leveling-up the way you’d like. No matter which category you find yourself in, and even if you would self-identify a little differently, I think you’re going to learn a lot during this solo Moxielicious® episode. Before you dive in, be sure to grab yourself a delicious beverage of your choosing, pull out a journal or open a Google doc, and be sure to take some notes so that you can learn from my coaching lessons. In Moxielicious® episode 306, some of the coaching lessons I share include: Nobody’s opinion of you will ever impact your ability to flourish as much as your own opinion of yourself. So, it’s best to invest in becoming the person you know you were born to be, because then you wake up every day fueled by your own enoughness and possess unshakable self-worth. My revenue and visibility are not only based on my effort. They are also shaped by my clarity of vision, taking consistent and relevant action, prioritizing warm relationships over cold ones, allowing myself to receive, and being certain of my success. I have a responsibility as a coach to own that I not only participate in racist (and oppressive) systems, but I also act in racist (and oppressive) ways. And… I have a responsibility to address this with my clients – whether or not this is the primary focus of our work (which typically it isn’t). I need a team to support me professionally AND personally. I/we never get a place where we can go on autopilot and stop doing “the work.” Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Applications are open for my Moxielicious® Mastermind! If you are a coach, consultant, or expert who wants to uplevel into a trusted thought leader, learn more about my 8-month program for a carefully curated community of women entrepreneurs at MoxieliciousMastermind.com. Please leave a review and subscribe to Moxielicious via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify, so you never miss an episode!
53 minutes | 12 days ago
305: Pricing for Profitability and Premium Positioning with Jacquette Timmons
In episode 305, I talk about how to price your coaching packages with financial behaviorist, Jacquette M. Timmons. A mentor, fellow speaker and coach, and dear friend, Jacquette focuses on the human side of money and is committed to getting you to see that you don't manage money - you manage your choices around money. In addition to being the author of Financial Intimacy: How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Money and Your Mate, Jacquette is the host of the More Than Money podcast, a frequent blogger, the creator of The Comfort Circle™ dinner series, and she leads “Pricing Made Human™” pricing workshops and events for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Jacquette’s work has been featured on Minnesota Public Radio, SiriusXM, Good Morning America, CNN, NPR and the Wall Street Journal. She holds an MBA in finance from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree in marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and can be seen running in Prospect Park most days of the week. In episode 305 of Moxielicious® on pricing your coaching packages, Jacquette and I discuss: How our upbringing and culture shapes our lifelong relationship with money Why pricing feels hard (and emotional!) and how to price your coaching packages confidently, strategically, and profitably The importance of shifting from “charging what you’re worth” to pricing based on the value and impact of your services Why Jacquette did not lower her coaching fees or keynote rates in 2020 – and how curiosity enabled her to increase her profits over the year. Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Grab your ticket to Moxie Camp and join me in The Speaker Workout! Grab Jacquette’s complimentary guide – The Financial Wheel. Read Jacquette’s book – Financial Intimacy Listen to Jacquette’s podcast Connect with Jacquette on Instagram and Twitter Please leave a review and subscribe to Moxielicious via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify, so you never miss an episode!
44 minutes | 19 days ago
304: Build a Brand That Corporate Leaders Love and Connect to with Kim Wensel
In episode 304 of Moxielicious, I chit-chat with Kim Wensel about corporate messaging. Kim is a strategic messaging consultant and writer with over ten years of experience leading nonprofit and small business communications. Her firm, Pattern of Purpose, helps founders, executives, and emerging philanthropists build a brand and platform reflective of their lived experience and expertise. Using the principles of storytelling, she provides a framework for communicating your message more effectively while still staying true to your voice. In her first career, Kim worked as a program officer and grant writer for global and domestic organizations supporting women’s health and gender-based violence response and prevention. Kim holds a Master of Public Health and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Virginia Tech. She’s fueled by coffee, thrives on a well-planned week, and while wildly extroverted is uncovering the essentialism of alone time. In episode 304 of Moxielicious on corporate messaging, Kim and I discuss: Why former nonprofit employees and leaders often carry a scarcity mindset and scarcity behaviors into entrepreneurship – and how to shed those old habits How to integrate coming across as “professional” when working with organizations and their leaders without sounding “buttoned up, technical, or serious” Why organizations want coaches and consultants with compelling stories and a clear point of view – but why entrepreneurs with personality brands may want to separate their personal brand from their organizational one Tips for corporate messaging and marketing to organizations (Hint: It requires abandoning a lot of what’s done in the online marketing space) Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Grab your ticket to Moxie Camp. Learn more about Kim’s approach to corporate messaging by connecting with Kim on her website and on Instagram. Listen to Kim’s podcast, Pattern of Purpose. Please leave a review and subscribe to Moxielicious via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify, so you never miss an episode!
49 minutes | a month ago
303: Coach-the-Coach Episode with Jill Shroyer
In the first coach-the-coach podcast episode of season 3, I had the pleasure of coaching Jill Shroyer. A self-proclaimed HR nerd, Jill is the founder of Expedition HR Consulting, a best-selling author, a fluent Spanish speaker, and professional at solving Sticky Situations. Expedition HR helps small businesses conquer and prevent sticky situations through teaching core HR pillars in a simple and understandable way... to minimize risk! Expedition HR proudly donates a portion of each dollar earned (including royalties from Jill’s book) to organizations about which Jill is passionate -which include animal welfare organizations and Charity Water, whose mission is to bring clean drinking water to every person in the world. Jill lives in paradise (as she calls it) in the beautiful mountains of Park City, Utah with her husband, two elementary school-aged kids, puppy, and 17-year-old “Queen of the House” cat. Jill spends her free time traveling with her family, fostering animals, mountain biking, and skiing deep powder. In episode 303 of Moxielicious®, Jill and I discuss: Powerful questions to ask prospective clients so they see the value of working together (and so you can avoid going into features and benefits that often don’t matter to them). Why the fear of “selling” often prevents us from fully serving people in sales conversations and in our presentations. The focus of Jill’s signature presentation on Sticky Situations. How to clearly connect your signature speech to your program offerings, books, and other intellectual property (IP). Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Grab your ticket to Moxie Camp Learn more about Jill and Expedition HR Grab Jill’s book - Conquer Sticky Situations Connect with Jill on LinkedIn or Instagram
46 minutes | a month ago
302: Co-Leading a Coaching Company with Your Partner with Jesse & Lisa Ferrell
In episode 302, I’m joined by partners in business (JessTalk) and life – Jesse and Lisa Ferrell. Prior to partnering as coaches and speakers, Jesse and Lisa worked in the corporate world in a variety of roles for 35 years. Jesse went from being a busboy to becoming the Executive Director of Casino Marketing. Meanwhile, Lisa managed an extremely challenging and often toxic, high six-figure corporate sales role while raising three children as a single mom! It was through their personal struggles that they learned how to turn their careers around in midlife and, through their company, design an opportunity that afforded them the recognition, income, and fulfillment they craved. Through JessTalk, and Lisa’s women-centered division, LisaListen, the Ferrells have spent 183,000 hours coaching others to reach their breakthrough success. During our interview, Jesse and Lisa share how: Knowing who is “1st chair” or “2nd chair” when it comes to finances, program fulfillment, and other business areas empowers them to work in their zones of genius. They grew their business revenue 500% over the last year while most speakers and trainers saw a massive decrease in revenue (Hint: The key was not pivoting). They are able to bridge from initial corporate engagements to working throughout a company (They share a great example of how in one organization they quickly leveled up from coaching 3 employees to 13!). Companies and their people need more coaching and support than ever before – and the top areas they are asked to address. Tough times can be the catalyst for our growth – whether we are coaches, consultants, or business leaders (and how JessTalk’s 3 As can support that growth). Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Grab a FREE ticket to Moxie Camp Learn more about JessTalk and LisaListen. Connect with Jesse and Lisa on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube Please leave a review and subscribe to Moxielicious via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify, so you never miss an episode!
60 minutes | a month ago
301: Create an HRuprise with Rebecca Weaver
In the first episode of Moxielicious season 3, I’m joined by Rebecca Weaver, the Founder and CEO of HRuprise. HRuprise is a platform that connects people with HR coaches to help them grow, develop, and navigate their toughest workplace challenges. After 20 years of working in HR roles for Fortune 50 companies to startups on the cutting edge, Rebecca grew frustrated with just how much is stacked in favor of the company, including the role of HR. Rebecca created the HRuprise platform to level the playing field for employees. It’s HR that works for employees, not the company. As a speaker, thought leader, and HR disruptor, Rebecca is soul-stirring – as you’ll discover for yourself. During our candid conversation, Rebecca and I discuss how: Rebecca’s history of working in HR for some of the U.S.’s biggest companies and most innovative start-ups led her to start HRuprise A new paradigm for HR can work for employees (and not just employers). HRuprise is disrupting HR by providing opportunities for HR professionals to serve as coaches for employees who deserve and hunger for HR advocacy and support they are unlikely to receive inside their organizations. HR policies often protect perpetrators of harassment and prevent transparency and workplace healing and growth. Coaches, HR professionals, and business leaders who care deeply about ending racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, and other forms of systemic oppression can move beyond allyship to taking on institutionalized workplace inequality and harassment. A breast cancer diagnosis radically shifted the last year of Rebecca’s life – while amplifying her commitment to growing HRuprise. Healthcare, like so many industries, is ripe for disruption – particularly when it comes to integrating more compassionate, humanizing care for patients. Resource Mentioned in This Episode: Learn more about Rebecca Weaver and HRuprise at hruprise.com and connect with her on Instagram and Twitter @hruprise. Grab my new (free!) and super timely digital guide on landing corporate speaking and training opportunities as a coach/consultant at BookCorporateGigs.com. Connect with other coaches, consultants, trainers, and business leaders in the Spotlight Speakers Salon Facebook Group.
7 minutes | 2 months ago
300: Moxielicious Season 3 Preview
63 minutes | 6 months ago
206: Create Safety and Belonging for LGBTQ Clients, Coworkers and Family Members with Elena Joy Thurston
One of my extraordinary clients, Elena Joy Thurston, is the Founder of The Pride and Joy Foundation – which is dedicated to LGBTQ diversity training and building self-awareness and safety in LGBTQ families and their allies. (A graduate of The Spotlight Speaker Accelerator and current member of the Moxielicious Mastermind, Elena is also a brilliant speaker whose TEDx talk has garnered 40,000+ views in less than a year.) There have been so many rich conversations over the last few months in communities and corporations around the U.S. about racism and white privilege – and our collective responsibility to address racism that is happening ideologically, institutionally, interpersonally and often, without us being aware, intrapersonally. Unfortunately, there are far fewer complementary conversations about the unique, often-unaddressed needs of LGBTQ children and employees – and the rising rates of suicide in the LGBTQ community. While working with Elena on her exceptional LGBTQ diversity training for organizations, I realized how much of what she is sharing is missing from (and needed in) conversations we, as families, are having – particularly with our children. As Elena passionately shared during our conversation (which was initially recorded for our LGBTQ Family Town Hall), the more people that are practicing self-awareness, the safer the world is for LGBTQ people. Whether you or your family members are part of the LGBTQ community, or you want to be educated about LGBTQ issues so you, your loved ones, and your company (and coworkers) can be better LGBTQ allies, you are going to learn volumes from our conversation. In episode 206 of Moxielicious, Elena and I discuss: How to talk about sexual orientation and gender identity within your family – whether or not family members identify as LGBTQ How to make it safe for children (and grown-ups!) to ask questions about LGBTQ issues and terminology What it means to be an LGBTQ ally irrespective of your age (and creative ways to build allyship into your family or organization) How to utilize emotional intelligence in sensitive conversations with LGBTQ family members and coworkers Specific tools to identify suicide risk in employees and loved ones – regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Get comfortable with visibility, identify your zone of genius as a speaker (and thought leader), create your signature presentation, and master my system to consistently book virtual and in-person speaking gigs in my The Spotlight Speaker Accelerator group coaching program – http://spotlightspeakeraccelerator.com/ Learn more about Elena’s LGBTQ diversity training and family support programs at the Pride and Joy Foundation Watch Elena’s popular and soul-stirring TEDx talk, How I recovered from conversion therapy Read about Elena’s approach to LGBTQ diversity training (and best practices for LGBTG diversity training) on Medium Connect with Elena on Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter Please leave a review and subscribe to Moxielicious via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify, so you never miss an episode!
51 minutes | 6 months ago
205: Integrate Social Justice into Your Coaching and Thought Leadership with Special Guest “Kaia”
When my daughter Kaia inquired about who would be interviewing me on “social justice for coaches” during the last day of my Our Future is NOW interview series, I suggested… “You?” “If you get me out of math class,” she responded, “I’m in.” While I had no idea how my interview with Kaia on social justice for coaches would go, for in acting they always say, “Never work with animals or children because of they are unpredictable,” I couldn’t be any prouder of my rising leader (and interviewer). Although she is only 6, one of my daughter's deepest desires has been to be a part of the business her dad and I run together. During the pandemic, she started helping us with our monthly profit and loss statements and with filing bills and receipts. And recently, we also offered her the opportunity to be a part of our program curriculum development. (She’s been in her own online improv, theater, and girls’ empowerment camps and afterschool programs, so she’s got fantastic ideas for skill-building activities I can lead with my clients. Kaia also cares deeply about social justice issues, and it was great to hear her reflect back ways she’s speaking up already – and what conversations and exercises her father and I have introduced have stuck. During my conversation with my daughter Kaia on social justice for coaches, we talk about: What I mean when I talk about social justice – what it is, what it isn’t, and the key ways that oppression operates in society Why we don’t have to give respect when people haven’t earned it, but why we do need to treat people (even those with who we vehemently disagree) with dignity if we are serious about rooting out oppression My top tips for coaches, consultants, speakers, business and thought leaders to talk about social justice issues – and how to do it in a way that aligns with our businesses and doesn’t come across as preachy How to handle criticism that inevitably comes up when you speak up for the ideas, issues, and people you care about And Kaia shares subjects she’s passionate about and how she handles sensation that comes up when she is getting ready to speak up Resources Mentioned in This Episode Join my FREE virtual workshop for coaches, consultants, experts, and business leaders who want to get comfortable with visibility, create epic speaking content, and get booked to speak online (and one day soon, in-person) – com If you are a parent, check out Studio LOL to learn more about virtual improv classes for children Here is the link to Kaia’s favorite podcast, Keep Away Corona Please leave a review and subscribe to Moxielicious via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify, so you never miss an episode!
58 minutes | 6 months ago
204: Expand Your Capacity for Growth, Visibility, and Profitability with Lisa Fabrega
While a lot of coaches may use the word “capacity,” nobody talks about capacity as profoundly as Lisa Fabrega. Lisa is a masterful leadership coach who helps ambitious people expand their capacity to handle more growth, wealth, and success. For more than ten years, she has helped entrepreneurs, corporate executives, Academy Award nominees, and Nobel Prize organization candidates break through boundaries that have been holding them back from their next level. Her signature approach enables clients to reach their highest levels of success and impact. Lisa Fabrega has addressed thousands of people both on stage as a keynote speaker and through podcast interviews including The Unmistakable Creative, Her Rules Radio, and Tell Me A Story with Debra Silverman. She’s also been featured on CNN, Yahoo! News and The Huffington Post. Lisa splits her time between Florida and California with her two rescue dogs, Luna and Sadie. During my provocative conversation with Lisa Fabrega on expanding your capacity as a coach, we discussed: What “capacity” really means, and why it’s so important to coaches, speakers, and leaders who want to succeed, scale, and serve The 6 capacities female entrepreneurs want to strengthen to fully activate their power and prevent a business plateau Important do’s and don’ts to create capacity to engage in important, potentially triggering conversations with our communities Surprising signs of a scarcity mentality around money – even if you are a high earner – that are important to address Critical capacity reframes to make if you feel like you are constantly hustling – particularly for visibility opportunities Essential boundaries every entrepreneur needs to cultivate to ensure a consistently upward trajectory of business growth Resources Mentioned in This Episode Connect with Lisa Fabrega at https://lisafabrega.com/ and grab her “3 Questions You Must Answer to Realign – Yes, Even During This Crisis” Learn more about Lisa’s Capacity-centered individual and group coaching programs for women entrepreneurs Connect with Lisa on Instagram Please leave a review and subscribe to Moxielicious via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify, so you never miss an episode!
56 minutes | 7 months ago
203: The Mindful Millionaire Approach to Predictable Cash Flow and Greater Revenue with Leisa Peterson
Mindful Millionaire expert, Leisa Peterson, is a Sedona-based author, business growth strategist, money expert, mindset coach and podcaster. She is an internationally recognized authority on bridging the gap between financial freedom and human spiritual potential. Leisa has a unique ability to draw from biology, neuroscience, philosophy, spiritual teachings and psychology to create a synthesis of knowledge that helps people understand scarcity and prosperity in profoundly affecting ways. She’s had the great fortune of witnessing 1,000’s of money breakthroughs and financial healings as a result of the process she explores in her book, The Mindful Millionaire. During our conversation on how to lock into a mindful millionaire mindset and cultivate mindful millionaire practices, Leisa and I discussed: What our chakras reveal to us about our subconscious blocks that are getting us in our own way of prosperity The “bad habits” that are getting too many coaches, consultants, and experts in our way of making money, maximizing profits, and having predictable cash flow Why we need to be tracking our business profit and loss every day – and how Leisa has designed a system that allows her clients to do this How to grow a business without taking on debt to do so Top questions entrepreneurs should be asking themselves to avoid pricing mistakes and to better hit desired sales targets Resources Mentioned in This Episode Grab Leisa Peterson’s Chakra Abundance Meditation (and learn more about Leisa’s mindful millionaire work) at http://abundancegift.com/ Hit “reply” to the Chakra Abundance Meditation email and let Leisa know what you most enjoyed about our interview to receive her Wealth Diagnostic Map and Chakra Diagnostic Map to continue to up level your business Connect with Leisa on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and listen to her podcast, The Mindful Millionaire Check-out the Design Thinking for Training and Development book I mentioned to Leisa during the interview Please leave a review and subscribe to Moxielicious via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify, so you never miss an episode!
55 minutes | 7 months ago
202: How Coaches Can Support Mental Health - Particularly for BIPOC Clients with Adrienne Augustus
Adrienne Augustus, MPA has a unique, super valuable point of view on BIPOC mental health as a Black woman working at the intersections of mental health, corporate communications and media relations, and policing. Adrienne is a mental health advocate and the founder of A Beautiful Mind Foundation Inc., a grantmaking charity dedicated to funding culturally competent mental health services for communities of color. Adrienne began her professional career as an Emmy-nominated investigative television news journalist. In 2008, she left the industry and transitioned to public relations and corporate communications, but in 2016 she left the private sector to work in the public sector. In addition to creating and running A Beautiful Mind Foundation, Adrienne recently stepped into a new role as the Media Relations/Mental Health Programs Manager for the City of Hyattsville Police Department in Maryland. Adrienne holds a BA in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During our conversation on how coaches (and HR, training, and business leaders) can support mental health, particularly for BIPOC clients, Adrienne and I discuss: Her “wake-up call” – that BIPOC mental health was not only an important topic to discuss but also her work to do and speak up about in the world What a lot of coaches and business leaders get wrong about mental health and mental illness How Adrienne’s dual roles (running a foundation that empowers people of color with mental illness and leading mental health and communication/media relations programs for a police department) have deepened her understanding of mental illness What “defunding the police” really means – and why it supports the mental health of police officers AND community members with mental illness Recommendations for coaches, consultants, HR professionals, trainers, and business leaders who want to support their clients’ and employees’ mental health Resources Mentioned in This Episode Learn more about (and make a donation to) Adrienne Augustus’ A Beautiful Mind Foundation Follow A Beautiful Mind Foundation on Instagram Get mental health support, discover resources, and find local groups on the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) website Learn more about Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for police departments Build your anti-racist mindset and skills in The Adaway Group’s Whiteness at Work Please leave a review and subscribe to Moxielicious via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify, so you never miss an episode!
59 minutes | 7 months ago
201: Create, Monetize, and Protect Your Intellectual Property with Jamie Lieberman
Jamie Lieberman is not only a brilliant attorney, she also has saved my mind (and my bank account!) numerous times – including last year when I went through a trademark dispute. There is nobody more equipped to talk about intellectual property than her. She is the owner and founder of Hashtag Legal, and she has been a practicing lawyer for 15 years. As an experienced entrepreneur, Jamie understands the unique needs of business owners at different stages in their organization’s growth. Today, she partners with clients across verticals including influencer marketing, creative services, and e-commerce. Jamie has a deep commitment to making legal accessible and regularly speaks about legal matters, the art of negotiation, and entrepreneurial topics at leading industry events such as Alt Summit, Podcast Movement, and FinCon and as an expert source for media like Digiday and Forbes. You can also catch her as a co-host on The FearLess Business Podcast. During our conversation on intellectual property, Jamie shares: Top legal considerations when starting a business to prevent future issues down the line What intellectual property is – and how you can monetize it as a smart, savvy, and successful coach or consultant The do’s and don’ts of effective trademarks and when you should register a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) How to avoid common mistakes content creators make that set them up for copyright problems and copycat activity from competitors How coaches and consults use online course, memberships, certification, and train-the-trainer programs to grow their platforms, revenue, and influence Resources Mentioned in this Episode Connect with Jamie at Hashtag Legal and on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter Learn more about Hashtag Legal's The (Un) Business School courses Listen to Jamie’s FearLess Business Podcast Learn more about the sex trafficking prevention nonprofit that Jamie supports, The Cupcake Girls Please leave a review and subscribe to Moxielicious via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify, so you never miss an episode!
6 minutes | 7 months ago
200: Moxielicious Season 2 - Covid, Cancer & the Call to Thought Leadership
In episode 200, the preview of Moxlielicious Season 2, I talk about my recent thyroid cancer diagnosis and why my (our!) future is now. Now is a critical time for us to use our voices (and challenging life events) to speak up for the ideas, issues, and people that require our championship.
58 minutes | 10 months ago
114: Persuasive Presentations and Pitches with Connie Wilder
In episode 114 on persuasive presentations and pitches, I (and you!) have the pleasure of hearing from executive and presentation skills coach, Connie Wilder. Connie Wilder is a bright, gifted, big hearted coach whose work is very synergistic with mine. She is the president and CEO of Wilder Coaching. As an executive and presentation skills coach, her sweet spot is showing leaders how to connect with their own worthiness in order to make better decisions, speak with clarity and impact, and harness the energy needed to recognize their full potential and lead with their full potential. With 20+ years as an expert in leadership development, Connie’s magnetic personality and passionate, engaging speaking style empowers her clients and audiences to lead from the inside out, navigate through institutional and self-imposed roadblocks, and transfer their insights into concrete action. With a focus on communication, public speaking, persuasive presentations, and leadership development, Connie helps leaders build an emotionally intelligent mindset and skill set which empowers them to transform the way they think, present, and lead. Connie was recently honored as a “Volunteer of the Year” by the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) for her work as the presentation skills coach for MEDA’s Million Dollar Challenge. During our conversation on persuasive presentations and pitches, Connie and I discuss: The mindset and skillset required to design and deliver effective, high-converting, persuasive presentations and pitches Top tips to navigate the real and self-imposed resistance that comes up when pitching on behalf of yourself or your business Powerful lessons Connie has learned as the speaking coach for MEDA’s Million Dollar Challenge – including how little VC funding still goes to women-led ventures Connie’s profound advice to business leaders as well as the coaches, consultants, trainers, and experts who serve them about how to address issues of race (as well as gender) within organizations In this episode About Connie Wilder [ 3:20 ] Connie’s top tips for giving persuasive presentations [ 7:15 ] Navigating through difficulties by utilizing our awareness [ 14:25 ] How women can empower themselves through discernment [ 22:20 ] The ways that structure will liberate creativity [ 35:00 ] All about MEDA’s Million Dollar Challenge [ 37:50 ] How to address issues of race within organizations [ 46:20 ] Moxielicous quotes “I love creating a safe space for people to learn. As a coach, I don’t come to the table with all the answers; I come to the table with a strong ability to help my clients find the answers for themselves.” “I want my clients to know what’s in their toolbox.” “Use awareness, take a deep breath, and ask a question anyway. It’s not about having all the answers; it’s about asking more questions.” “The journey inward is the path to our potential. ” “We have lots of opportunities to introduce ourselves.” “The tools that I have are designed to leverage creativity.” Resources mentioned in this episode Connect with Connie on her website or via LinkedIn. Want to learn more about Moxielicious: The Mastermind? If you are a coach, consultant, or expert who is ready to up-level into a profitable, go-to thought leader, Apply Now. Please leave a review and subscribe to Moxielicious via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify, so you never miss an episode!
73 minutes | 10 months ago
113: The Future of Talent Development with Marcelle Fowler and Leslie Riley
Whether you are a coach, consultant, trainer or facilitator who works with organizations – corporations, nonprofits, small businesses, schools or government agencies. OR You lead talent development internally for your organization. I’m betting that you are wondering about the future of talent development. Will online learning become the default – or will live experiences come back once there is a COVID-19 vaccine? How will organizations ensure that their people are having important, challenging, necessary conversations about racism, white privilege, sexism, LGBTQIA rights (and other markers of identity) at a time when we are more geographically isolated than ever before? And, whether you support companies or work within them, how do YOU develop the mindset, sharpen your skillset, and increase your comfort to do the often-times uncomfortable things your clients or employees are going to need you to do? As I share in this podcast episode, unlike in 2008 when learning and development jobs and programs were decimated throughout a lot of the U.S., what I’m seeing this go around during our economic downturn is that companies, for the most part, are recognizing that talent development is FUNDAMENTALLY LINKED to profitability. And, even in Las Vegas where I’m based, not only are a lot of companies keeping these roles amid layoffs, but growing industries – whether it’s healthcare, grocery-home delivery, tech services, AI – they are actually ADDING positions for trainers, facilitators, and coaches. In this episode, I chat with two of my amazing clients (who just completed my mastermind) – Marcelle Fowler and Leslie Riley – about the future of talent development. Marcelle Fowler brings wisdom, humor and unconventional (yet practical) advice on conquering the deeply entrenched barriers to employee development… ensuring that time, resources, and opportunities are more available than ever! As president of Job Mixology, she works directly with employee groups, senior leaders, and talent development professionals, showing them precisely how to take more creative and strategic approaches to developing the untapped talent within… including within themselves. She has been an HR consultant, talent development lead, and a leadership coach for clients within a variety of industries, helping organizations of all sizes successfully disrupt, enhance, and improve professional development for their employees. Along the way, Marcelle has coached and advised everyone from front-line managers and college new hires, to C-Suite executives and US Navy Commanders within the US and Japan. Leslie Riley, my second guest, is a sought-after speaker and trainer on the topic of team communication. She built her career by answering the number one question she was asked, “How do I fix the dysfunction on my team?” After training and facilitating teams inside organizations across the globe, from Shanghai to Sweden, Leslie realized she not only saw the same dysfunctions happening in almost every team around the world but also inside every individual as well. This discovery led her to re-envision how she speaks and trains leaders, at all levels of an organization - so they can create cultures where it’s safe to communicate what previously felt un-sayable and in doing so, achieve goals that previously felt un-reachable. Leslie has shared her passion for leadership through better communication in such places as Adobe, MEA Energy Association, Fidelity, VISA, Disney, CapitalOne, Procter & Gamble, Honda, and even her alma mater, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. During our conversation on the future of talent development, Marcelle, Leslie, and I discuss: What “Job Mixology” is – and why it’s so important for the future of talent development How organizations and their leaders can develop their teams and engage in important conversations – even when training budgets and promotional opportunities are limited Creative ways to disrupt “Zoom fatigue” and re-envision face-to-face learning and interactivity for online learning Why organizations need to prioritize employee wellness and integrate it with employee learning How organizations can (and must!) address issues of race, racism and white privilege with all employees – plus workplace lessons learned from the #MeToo movement What external coaches, consultants, speakers, and trainers can do to dynamize their ability to support organizations with addressing race, racism, and white privilege in the workplace In this episode The journeys that Marcelle and Leslie have been on [ 7:20 ] Why job mixology is essential for the future of talent development [ 11:30 ] The reason we need to disrupt how we view our goals [ 15:45 ] How leaders can develop their teams and engage in essential conversations [ 20:45 ] The ways that leaders can prioritize employee wellness [ 26:10 ] Finding creative ways to disrupt “Zoom fatigue” [ 33:30 ] How organizations can address issues of race, racism and white privilege with all employees [ 40:30 ] The ideas and challenges that Marcelle and Leslie want to continue to explore [ 56:50 ] Moxielicous quotes “Regardless of where you are or what’s happening, there are always opportunities to grow.” -Marcelle “Job mixology is about bringing more ideas to the table so you can grow in new ways.” -Marcelle “People set goals with good intentions. When the goal becomes the destination, they tie themselves to it; that limits flexibility.” -Leslie “Make the goal help us pick the direction, not the end destination.” -Leslie “Have strategies in place to continue building a sense of community.” -Marcelle “Block off time on your calendar in a meaningful way.” -Leslie Resources mentioned in this episode Connect with Marcelle Fowler on LinkedIn and grab her “10 Webinar Free Ways to Develop Your Team” at JobMixology.com Connect with Leslie Riley on LinkedIn, Twitter, or at LeadLikeaGirl.com Want to learn more about Moxielicious: The Mastermind? If you are a coach, consultant, or expert who is ready to up level into a profitable, go-to thought leader, Apply Now. Read my reflections on how to integrate social justice with self-improvement Please leave a review and subscribe to Moxielicious via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify, so you never miss an episode!
51 minutes | a year ago
112: Coach-the-Coach Episode with Anna Yen
In the second coach the coach podcast episode of season one, I had the pleasure of speaking with financial coach, Anna Yen. Anna runs FamilyFI, a personal finance community dedicated to empowering and inspiring families to master a positive money mindset with confidence. Her sweet spot is showing her clients how to address their finances with intention, address their fears of not having enough, and set them up on a clear, financially growth oriented path. As you will discover, Anna is definitely an expert in her space. She went to college at sixteen and, as an intern for JP Morgan by nineteen, Anna accrued significant investment banking experience. She’s worked in real estate investing and even cryptocurrency. Yet, Anna’s childhood and early career experiences left her with a story that she is not a confident and competent communicator – particularly during her sales conversations. Whether you are a coach, consultant, business, HR or talent development leader, pay particular attention to how I coach the coach. Observe how I step into the role of a hypothetical client for Anna. And, through role play, how I coach her to speak persuasively to the conversation in my head and in my heart Also, keep your ears open for Anna’s aha moment about how to sell (and where her true credibility comes from) – after we process the role play experience. Hint: It’s not from her great advice (although there is no doubt she’s pretty brilliant and has a lot of wisdom to share) and rather from something much deeper. Finally, I also want you to observe how I set Anna up to consider what happens when she mucks up her communication – how not to hold onto the incident and rather to learn from it so that can she can recalibrate and get back on her path. Enjoy this coach the coach episode! In this episode About Anna Yen [ 4:30 ] Anna shares her story [ 7:55 ] Why Anna is reluctant to be assertive in her work [ 13:10 ] About speaking directly as a thought leader [ 21:15 ] Why your worth is not your wisdom alone [ 24:30 ] How do you let clients know that you understand? [ 27:00 ] How we can practice self-compassion [ 28:45 ] About using play during a client call [ 33:45 ] How Anna found value during our coach the coach call [ 38:00 ] What Anna wants others to know about our coach the coach call [ 45:25 ] Moxielicous quotes “When we bring it back to speaking about people’s desires, that’s where our credibility comes from.” “Your worth is not your wisdom alone.” “I play to keep my hands busy.” “Having something tactical to do when I’m on a call allows me to keep the gaze in my camera with who I’m speaking with.” Resources mentioned in this episode Want to learn more about Anna Yen and FinancialFI? Connect with her here. Want to learn more about Moxielicious: The Mastermind? If you are a coach, consultant, or expert who is ready to up level into a profitable, go-to thought leader, Apply Now to learn more. Want to experience my coaching firsthand during a future Coach the Coach episode? Email us at email@example.com and let us know what you’d like to receive coaching on with respect to your voice, your speaking, and your thought leadership. Follow me on Instagram @alexiavernon. Let’s continue the conversation in my Facebook Group - the Spotlight Speakers Salon. Please leave a review and subscribe to Moxielicious via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify, so you never miss an episode!
45 minutes | a year ago
111: Storytelling for Changemakers with Stephanie Forté
Whether you self-identify as a coach, consultant, business or thought leader – or you lead change as a nonprofit, social justice, or educational leader, you will really enjoy episode 111 on storytelling for changemakers. For more than 20 years, Stephanie Forté has been helping socially conscious brands and people to shape their stories and garner visibility for their products, programs, and services. Stephanie excels at guiding individual and organizational clients through the process of honest storytelling: getting clear on their aspirational messages and aligning core values with action to drive media attention. The result: brands have scaled, audiences have been educated, and people have been inspired to make positive changes. Stephanie’s skills in storytelling for changemakers and brand narrative help her clients get to the next level in their messaging and to stand out in a crowded, noisy marketplace. She is a trusted advisor for entrepreneurs, startup and early-stage brands, and nonprofits who want to clarify their story and develop actionable plans to land relevant media opportunities that amplify their message and attract customers and donors. During our conversation, Stephanie and I chat about: The key ingredients of a compelling brand story (You will love Stephanie’s storytelling for changemakers process that shows you how to develop your brand story as a solopreneur or business leader) How businesses and individual thought leaders can creatively and effectively use stories in their branding and PR Common mistakes to avoid when crafting or rewriting your brand story to ensure it aligns with your programs, products, and services How to ensure your stories drive your publicity and media outreach Why it’s critical to rewrite your own story so that you can build your business or movement In this episode About Stephanie Forté [ 2:50 ] What makes for a good brand story [ 9:50 ] How businesses can creatively use storytelling for changemakers [ 14:10 ] The most significant mistake people make when storytelling for changemakers [ 17:30 ] Other common mistakes to avoid when crafting your brand [ 21:00 ] How to pitch your story for the media [ 24:50 ] About changemakers and why stories are so incredibly effective for movements [ 30:10 ] The stories that Stephanie had to rewrite for herself [ 33:50 ] Moxielicous quotes “What made you feel compelled to do what it is you’re doing now?” “By not telling your truth, you are shortchanging everyone.” “Let people see the people behind the brand.” “People want to hear something relatable to their lives.” Resources mentioned in this episode Connect with Stephanie Forté at StephanieForte.com and across social media: LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter Read Stephanie’s Desert Companion article on rewriting her story as a climber after losing sensation and functionality in one hand Stephanie recommends The Hero’s 2 Journeys on Audible. Want to learn more about Moxielicious: The Mastermind? If you are a coach, consultant, or expert who is ready to up level into a profitable, go-to thought leader, Apply Now. Let’s continue the conversation in my Facebook Group - the Spotlight Speakers Salon. Please leave a review and subscribe to Moxielicious via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify, so you never miss an episode!
40 minutes | a year ago
110: Dr. Gertrude Lyons & Dr. Lynyetta G. Willis on Leading with Moxie in Our Families
In episode 110, I’m joined by two extraordinary women, Dr. Gertrude Lyons and Dr. Lynyetta G. Willis, for a heart-opening, soul-shifting conversation on family leadership. If you’re anything like me, while you may be rocking leading with moxie in your professional life, you may find there are a lot of landmines preventing you from consistently doing it with your partner, children, parents, siblings, and other biological and chosen family members. In our conversation, Gertrude and Lynyetta share ways to be gentle with ourselves in our family leadership so we can find ways to heal unproductive habits and show up from a place of curiosity and exploration. Dr. Gertrude Lyons is Lead Faculty member, Senior Life Coach, and Director of Family Programs for The Wright Foundation for the Realization of Human Potential and… she is rewriting The Mother Code. She has made it her mission to challenge traditional notions of what it means to mother by facilitating raw, open conversations around mothering, womanhood, and parenthood that no one else is having. She has spent the last 18 years empowering individuals, couples, parents, and families to bring out their best selves through helping them realize meaningful, successful lives, with the aim of bringing new perspectives on personal transformation to as many people as possible. Today, Dr. Lyons is on a mission to help women reclaim their lives through mothering and create a safe space where women can express their dreams, fears, and truths around motherhood. Dr. Lynyetta G Willis is a psychologist, family empowerment coach, speaker, and author. Lynyetta helps frustrated families break free from stable misery, unhelpful patterns, and toxic cross-generational cycles so they can create the joy they crave with those they love. Through her transformational coaching and engaging presentations and workshops, her clients and audiences learn to strengthen their parenting, partnership, and personal growth practices so they can feel harmony in their hearts and homes. Lynyetta is the creator of the highly acclaimed Elemental Living® Model for Family Empowerment and the Spirituals PATHS for Evolving Relationships Framework™. A sought-after speaker, media contributor, and author, Lynyetta’s multi-award winning book, My Forgotten Self: A Story about a Girl, a Powerful Encounter, and a Universal Message, has received high acclaim from individuals such as Dr. Shefali Tsabary, “Oprah’s Parenting Expert” (and the author of The Conscious Parent). I’m privileged to call both Gertrude and Lynyetta not only beloved clients and friends, but I also see them as two of my spiritual guides. During our conversation, you will amplify your family leadership as we discuss how to: Re-write The Mother Code and create the mindset and habits to be a “relationship evolutionary” Spark joy in your relationships with your family members (even those who trigger your least moxielicious responses) Recognize beliefs and behaviors that aren’t serving your family, and without casting blame on yourself or others, increase consciousness about the beliefs and behaviors you want to bring into family relationships moving forward Begin to heal lingering traumas from your family of origin, and see your family relationships as opportunities for your own self-growth and leadership In this episode About Gertrude and Lynyetta [ 4:25 ] How Gertrude and Lynyetta found their soul’s work [ 7:20 ] Why we need to push back on the prevailing mother code [ 11:30 ] About relationship evolutionaries [ 14:45 ] How to practically work on family leadership [ 16:25 ] Why we often aren’t harnessing joy from family relationships [ 24:10 ] How to spark joy in your relationships with your family members [ 27:15 ] Final tips for showing up for your family by utilizing family leadership [ 35:40 ] Moxielicous quotes “We are all mothers – we give births to ideas, relationships, and dreams.” -Gertrude “Revolutions are not always fun, but the growth is powerful.” -Lynyetta “We can change the stories that we tell ourselves.” -Lynyetta “Once you identify the good, the bad, and the ugly, you can create a vision for where you want to go.” -Gertrude Resources mentioned in this episode Stay connected with Lynyetta! Grab her Healing Stable Misery digital guide at https://www.healingstablemisery.com/. You can learn more about Lynyetta as a family empowerment coach and speaker at https://www.drlwillis.com/and join her Facebook community, Soul-Sight Family. Stay connected with Gertrude! Learn more about Gertrude’s approach to rewriting The Mother Code, her coaching and events at https://www.drgertrudelyons.com/ and connect with her on Instagram. Want to learn more about Moxielicious: The Mastermind? If you are a coach, consultant, or expert who is ready to up level into a profitable, go-to thought leader, Apply Now to learn more. Follow me on Instagram @alexiavernon. Let’s continue the conversation in my Facebook Group - the Spotlight Speakers Salon. Subscribe to Moxielicious via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify so you never miss an episode!
29 minutes | a year ago
109: The Online Course Junkie Epidemic
In episode 109, I talk about something that really riles me up – the rise of the online course junkie epidemic. As I share in this episode, I DO NOT think that online courses are the Holy Grail – especially for coaches, consultants, learning and development professionals, and thought leaders. I understand that you are likely wondering if you need (or your company needs) to adjust your business model to bring more bucks in right now – and for the foreseeable future as the economy unquestionably continues to take some hits. Instead, I want you to instead think about prioritizing what is near the top of your value ladder – and that’s rarely online courses. And, in this episode, I show you exactly how to do reorient your energy and business planning on what matters most. We jam on: Why my first online course launch left me broke and ugly crying on the floor of my closet – and how it gave me the kick in the pants I needed to shift from “online course junkie” to “high-ticket coaching proselytizer” How most coaches/consultants get it wrong when they think their audiences want them to create online courses How to create high-ticket coaching offerings that give you more net revenue and time freedom The Triangle of Impact™ - I walk you through an exercise that will allow you to marry your zone of genius with the right audience and structures for delivery In This Episode: How a Facebook post made me mad [ 2:00 ] Why my first online course left me broke and ugly crying [ 7:00 ] How I have more free time when I focus on coaching [ 11:45 ] About The Triangle of Impact™ [ 13:45 ] What are the different ways to package our zone of genius? [ 17:20 ] Does having an online course make sense? [ 25:20 ] Moxielicious Quotes: “When I get angry, it’s almost always a moxie issue.” “I will not NOT be rich.” – Laura Dern in Big Little Lies “When you are a coach, people want you to… coach them.” “If you are showing people how to develop a new skill – one that requires shifting mindset, developing new behavior, and creating new habits – it should not be delivered as an online course. If you are showing people how to develop a new skill and there are creative choices people need to make as they execute that skill (and they need personalized feedback to be successful), you should not do it as an online course. And if you are showing people how to develop a new skill – one that is likely to trigger resistance or outright self-sabotage then… you’re a smart cookie, you know where this is going. Then you should not do it as an online course.” Links Mentioned: Want to learn more about Moxielicious: The Mastermind? If you are a coach, consultant, or expert who is ready to up level into a profitable, go-to thought leader, Apply Now to learn more. Check-out the online course I created in partnership with LinkedIn Learning, Communicating to Drive People to Take Action. 10,000+ people have already gone through it. And, if you are a LinkedIn Learning member, it’s totally free. (If you’re not, it costs less than a week’s worth of lattes!) Follow me on Instagram @alexiavernon. Let’s continue the conversation in my Facebook Group - the Spotlight Speakers Salon. Subscribe to Moxielicious via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify so you never miss an episode!
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