A lovespeaks program is customized for its audience, atmosphere and experience level. One-on-one and group formats are available. lovespeaks themes include:
The Unexpected Speaker
Insider Secrets to Engaging an Audience & Speaking Brilliantly
Having entertained over a half of a million people from the Oprah stage and another 15,000 from my lovespeaks platform, I know how to capture an audience’s attention. It’s quite simple. Be unexpected. I share my insider secrets on how to engage an audience in unexpected ways and go straight to the heart of what works best. Like getting to know your audience before you speak, including your audience in your speech by using LIVE content, leaving the podium and joining the audience, welcoming distractions and watching the magic unfold. The unexpected speaker always leaves the audience wanting more.
Executive Speaking for Professionals
Speaking well in front of others is a career asset every executive should enjoy. No one wants to sit through another boring speech. And certainly, no one wants to give a boring speech. I help professionals focus on who they are, how to use their unique talents and bring their talent to the subject that no one else can. I design a personal approach that allows speakers to be memorable and have their bosses begging them to speak more frequently.
Forget Fear & Learn to Love Speaking
According to The Book of Lists, the #1 fear people have is public speaking. For some reason it’s the one thing I don’t fear. I am terrified of everything else – planes, trains, boats, bridges, open water, elevators, self-park parking lots and getting lost. The only time I am “fear-free” is when I am on a stage in front of hundreds or thousands of people speaking. I am not normal. And I want to help others not be normal too. My lovespeaks technique helps shift public speaking to a public conversation, which immediately removes fear. My tricks and tips get even the most fearful of speakers to love speaking.
Speak Your Truth & Do What You Love
Everyone has a story. I use mine to help others write theirs. When I was 14-years-old, my mother took me to the filming of The Mike Douglas Show.” As I sat in the studio audience, I spotted a girl on the set with a clipboard. I didn’t know what she did but she was a woman, she looked busy and she was wearing a headset. I knew in that moment that I wanted to do whatever it was she was doing one day. Ten years later, I found my own clipboard and became the Director of Audience Services and Audience Producer for the most celebrated television talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. I share my stories and lessons learned, like accept invitations from your mother, you never know where they will lead!
Take the Stage
When It Clicks, It Sticks: Locking in a Career You Love
I love when everything clicks. When you can actually hear the click in your head that makes you stop and take notice. It’s that moment when you say “I LOVE THIS and I want to do this for the rest of my life.” This click has happened to me so many times over my career and I love sharing my “click” stories with audiences because it’s a reminder that we all need to tune-in to the clicks and own them.The click is confirmation that your career will stick because It means your careers makes sense. I don’t waste a single second trying to make a career work that doesn’t click with me, and you shouldn’t either. It’s a much more efficient way to live because it eliminates the “I’m not sure what I want to be” conversation, leaving room only for focus and forward movement. If you want to make your life less complicated, listen for the click and watch it stick.
The Rule of the 5 Senses: Making Sense of Your Career
When your senses come alive, you immediately know you are exactly where you are supposed to be. As I sat in the studio audience of The Mike Douglas Show, something magical happened and I felt that magic through my senses. I loved the smell of the studio, the clicking sounds of the lights, the feel of the camaraderie of the crew, the taste of the excitement and seeing all the action.I quickly learned that when an environment sucks you in and pleases all 5 of your senses, to make a career out of it. And that is exactly what I did.Our 5 senses are the 5 main tools we have to perceive the world, and research says that smell is closely linked to our memory. By the time I had set my sights on “what I wanted to be when I grew up” I must have relied on my sense of smell to direct me because I kept finding myself in TV studios. Lucky for me, my senses led me to work for a show that would change the world. When your career pleases your senses, your career will always make sense.
Reinventions Are Real: Tweak What You Already Do Well
Each decade seems to bring a new twist to our story. We hardly have time to settle in to what we are doing when another decade arrives and suddenly we have to shift gears.In my fifth decade, I found myself no longer working for Oprah. It wasn’t really the reinvention I was looking for but honestly, are we ever looking for reinvention? I think reinvention is looking for us more than we are looking for it.The question is, when reinvention comes knocking on your door, are you going to let it in and welcome it and say “Let’s do this!” Or are you going to close the door and bury your reinvention a little longer? I couldn’t bury mine because the knocking literally came to my door. It was my last day at Harpo. I was packed up and standing alone in my office. It was a rough moment for me.A construction crew entered my office, the office that had once housed my team of 8 talented people, a team who became known as one of the best in the business, a team that was my family. The crew started to remove their cubicles one by one, making it ready for whoever would sit there next.That was the moment when I knew my reinvention was REAL. Tears filled my eyes, and then suddenly the coolest thing happened, something Oprah had taught me and millions of others, a feeling of gratitude came over me. I was so grateful for every moment I had every experienced in that building and the construction crew, because that crew was the only way I could exit a door I thought I could never leave. It was time to tweak what I already did well somewhere else.
Finish Your Puzzle: Find Your Piece
I believe talent starts at a very early age. As a young girl I loved puzzles. I like when things fit neatly together. I also loved to interview my sisters on my reel-to-reel tape recorder in my basement.As the Audience Producer for The Oprah Winfrey Show, seating an audience was like a giant puzzle. A puzzle with people! One empty seat made me as crazy as a missing piece of a puzzle.The interview show I created in my basement with my sisters, became the start of the warm-up act I performed on the Oprah stage.I combined my childhood talents, puzzles and interviews, with an environment that pleased all 5 of my senses, a TV studio, and VIOLA – a 20+ year career with Oprah and now my own speaking business.My puzzle making, interview taking, Mike Douglas Show awakening put me on my career path and in the hands of the greatest teacher on earth. Let me help you find your piece to your puzzle.
The Girl with the Clipboard: What's Yours?
My friend Henry loved the smell of jet fuel and played with toy airplanes as a young boy. Today he is a leading analyst for the travel industry. A young college student I met named Mia told me she loved to make up languages with her sister when they were young so their parents wouldn’t understand what they were talking about. Today Mia is a Linguistics major and hopes to make a career out of it. I visited a television set when I was 14 years old and made television my career because a girl with a clipboard caught my attention.What caught your attention? What sparked your career? What is your story? How does your career story make sense? Or are you still looking for your story? Let’s find your “clipboard” and celebrate why you do what you do.