Today is National Speakers Day!

Whether you consider yourself a “speaker” or mainly a business owner who is called to get your message out to your divine right clients, there are a plethora of online speaking opportunities that will help you stay visible and connect with the perfect people who are looking for YOU.

To give your message the greatest chance of being seen, heard and acted upon by your ideal clients, here are 5 tips to rock your online speaking.

These will help you stand out the next time you record a video or Facebook Live, speak to a group on Zoom, or get interviewed on Streamyard or another platform for online speaking.

1) Light your face and position your camera so you’re facing toward natural sunlight. You want your audience to literally see you in the best possible light!

I simply use an adjustable IKEA desk lamp (that I borrowed from my son’s desk) right behind my laptop camera. And I angle my laptop so I get the natural sunlight effect coming in from my office window.

Bonus Tip: Make sure your camera is slightly above eye level for the most flattering angle. Use a laptop/computer stand or even a stack of books to achieve this effect.

As an example, check out my Facebook Speak, Shine, Sell Page where I do daily live readings (3-4 minutes each) from my new 44-card inspirational deck called “Daily Soul Guidance for Women Entrepreneurs.”

2) Let your audience see your hands. The last thing you want to do is to look like a disembodied “talking head” when speaking online. But, unfortunately, I see this all the time with many online speakers today!

One of the easiest ways to look like a fully embodied being who is radiating an important and inspiring message is to bring your hands up near your face (in the camera view) and use them to express your message.

A few things you can do: 1) literally welcome your audience by opening your arms when you start speaking; 2) when sharing your 3 tips or the #1 mistake, as examples, hold up your hand to illustrate the point you are making; and 3) when you really want to emphasize a point, lean into the camera with your head and torso, along with your hands up near your face.

3) Bring energy to your words with vocal variety. Unless you’re like Eckhart Tolle who is a master at delivering his meditative monotone message, you’ll want to jazz up your online speaking by varying your pitch.

Use your voice as an instrument that gets LOUDER –or softer–when called for. You want to mainly speak from your resonant chest voice (or heart voice), but there will be times you’ll want to raise your pitch and speak in a higher tone (your head voice) or lower it and speak from your belly voice.

4) Speak a little louder than you normally would–especially at the beginning and end of your presentation. I’m not saying you should sound like you’re yelling at your audience.

But starting and ending your presentation, in particular, with your voice slightly raised gets your audiences’ attention and then holds it at the very end when attention spans tend to drop off.

5) Finally, try standing next time you speak online. Think about it. When you deliver a talk in person, you’re mostly standing in front of an audience, right? So why not do the same for your online speaking, depending on your audience, your topic and how long you’re speaking for?

Standing will give you extra energy and confidence for delivering your message. It helps convey to your audience that you are a leader and expert on your topic. And because most people sit while speaking online, you’ll stand out when you STAND!

Drop me a line and let me know which one you’ll try next time you speak online. I’d love to hear what you discover!

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What’s on your nightstand? I just finished reading A Promised Land (soooo very good), am almost done with Caste, which is excellent, and have read most of The Sun Does Shine. Just got Sovereign Self in the mail today and have still to read Sing, Unburied, Sing and My Grandmother’s Hands.  I’m definitely a physical book gal, as if you couldn’t tell! No Kindle for me, and I only do Audible for road trips (Alicia Keys’ More of Myself was amazing).  What are you reading or listening to these days? ✨  #booklover #bookstagram #oprahbookclub #soulfulreads #booknerd #happysaturday
Happy February—a month synonymous with love and self-love. 💕 A big part of loving yourself is facing, owning and accepting every part of your path so far—what’s happened, what hasn’t happened, the bitter disappointments, the heartaches, the setbacks, and the traumas, as well as the joys, the astonishing moments, the ecstatic ones and the vast amount of everyday, mundane moments. All of it.  As heart-centered entrepreneurs, healers and coaches, we have the unique opportunity to share our stories with our audience to light the way to “the message in the mess” and how our obstacles led to opportunity.  We are Vulnerability Experts. And it feels so good to finally own that this is who I am as a speaker and leader! (Btw, I just learned this term yesterday from MY speaker coach @alexiavernon in her enlightening quiz helping me identify my unique speaking style.)  Stay tuned as I share more of my story with you this month, as well as loads of tips on the whys and the how to share your story to meaningfully connect with and engage your ideal clients.  Have a beautiful, love-filled month! 💕💕💕
@saraclarkwilliams, creator of Fab Fempreneurs, attended my Speak Shine Sell Workshop a few years ago and created her client-attracting signature talk that she now uses many different ways.  In fact, she'll be sharing pieces of her talk this weekend at her own business-building event for women entrepreneurs called Fab Fempreneur Fest, and I'm delighted to be a participant and one of the roundtable presenters here!! Thank you so much, Sara, for the opportunity! Looking forward to a fabulous event 😍
✨Lightness of Being is my theme for 2021. This is inspired by a question Eckhart Tolle offers in The Power of Now, and it's one that I've been using as a guiding question throughout my day, where I stop, pause and simply ask: 
Is there joy, ease and lightness in what I'm doing?  I had the opportunity to put my 2021 theme into practice a few weeks ago when I found myself pushing to hold a workshop that I wasn't energetically or emotionally prepared to go through with. In the middle of the night, I had the thought to postpone it, as I realized I had been following the outer drumbeat of more, bigger & faster = better.  As I leaned in to the thought of postponing, the more I noticed joy, ease and lightness washing over me. And to honor my desire and commitment to reach my revenue goal for the month, I asked for guidance. Immediately ideas came to me on the ways to gracefully receive. Plus, I realized the spaciousness would support me to focus on completing a few other projects this month--truthfully, ones I had been neglecting.  Having my year's theme of "lightness of being" front & center helped me quickly re-establish my priorities, make a clear decision, change my course of action, and come back into the high-vibe state of JOY and infinite possibilities--even in the midst of outer turmoil.  Now let me be clear, lightness of being does not mean just sitting on the sidelines, counting clouds, and watching the world go by (although at times that may be exactly the right action I'm called to take).  My intention for the new year is this: It's from this state of lightness, joy, ease and presence that I use my powerful feminine voice to speak up and speak out against racial injustice, violence, human trafficking and other societal ills--and emphatically declare my passionate stand for equality, fairness, justice, unity, compassion, abundance, and love.  Have you leaned in to receive your word or theme for the new year?  What are you sensing, feeling and knowing is yours to call in and create for yourself?  Comment below and let me know your word or theme. I'd love to hear what is yours to claim in 2021!
I’m not really a pearls kind of girl, but I thought it fitting to pull out my grandmother’s pearls today and wear in honor of our first female Vice President and in celebration of a new era of unity, peace, democracy and dignity for our country.  #inaugurationday #finally #presidentbiden #vicepresidentharris #pearlnecklace #firstfemalevicepresident #unity #peace #dignity #democracy #light #shine #godblessamerica
Sending you light, sending you love today, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr ✨💛✨  #MLKDAY2021 #quoteoftheday #MLK
Magical sunset at the beach ✨  #thankful #grateful #blessed
Happy New Year from my family to yours ✨ Look closely, do you see the rainbow and angel wing? A sign of promise, possibility and good things to come this new year? I say, yes, yes and YES! Wishing you joy, ease, abundance and lightness of being in 2021 ✨💛🌈  #happynewyear2021 #peace #possibility #abundance #joy #lightnessofbeing #soulpreneurs #speakshinesell #soulfulspeaking #soulfulbusiness #spiritualawakening
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Happy Winter Solstice ✨ May the light you are shine brightly on this deep, darkest day of the year. Go within and sense the quiet spaciousness, the restful energy, and the healing stillness that is available to all of us.✨⁠
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Happily hanging around this weekend with no plans except getting a Christmas tree with my guys. What are you doing this weekend that lights you up? ✨
Yes, YOU, beautiful soul! ✨💛✨  Such incredible wisdom, depth and truth in Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now. I’m enjoying savoring this divinely-inspired book and intend to share more of my favorite quotes here with you. ✨  #powerofnow #eckharttollequotes #spiritualawakening #soulfulspeaking #soulfulbusiness #spiritinbusiness #speakercoach #spiritualcoach #divinepurpose #womensupportingwomen #womenempowerment #womeninbusiness #femaleentrepreneur
Some say it's Black Friday, but it's also the National Day of Listening. So listen deeply, before you speak and share your message. 𝑳𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒏 to what your clients are saying they want. Listen to what they are struggling with. Listen to their exact words--and use them in your signature talk and marketing. And listen deeply to the whispers and nudges of your own soul and how it wants to be expressed.⁠
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