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Big Changes + Announcement

Carol Cox Home, Newsletter, Signature Talk Leave a Comment

I made a pretty big decision a couple of weeks ago about my business. (Tbh, I’m hesitant to write and send this email because I don’t want it to come across as self-indulgent. The reason I’m sharing this with you is because seeing behind the scenes in someone else’s business has proven useful to me, so I hope it does …

Rumi quote

This will set you apart as a speaker

Carol Cox Home, Newsletter, Signature Talk, TEDx, Thought Leadership Leave a Comment

I’ve been listening to TEDx talks by women to find potential guests for my new podcast. Their talks are well done – good delivery on important topics in women and leadership. But most of them are missing that X factor that makes them intriguing and memorable. They haven’t moved beyond the WHAT into the WHY, from platitude to provocative. And …

Stepping stones to get you to a Keynote or TEDx stage

Stepping Stones to Get You to a Keynote or TEDx Stage

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If you’re reading this, I know you’re interested in upleveling your speaking. You imagine yourself as the keynote speaker at an important conference in your industry or you’re standing on a stage giving a TEDx talk that blows the audience away. I know you’re fully capable of doing this. But, here’s the thing: to get to that destination, you can’t …

What was your favorite book?

My favorite books in 2016

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As I’ve been doing a recap of 2016, one of the things I like to do is look back at the books I read (I keep a running list in Evernote – I’m at 35 books so far this year). These are the books that had the biggest impact on me in 2016. What were yours? Share in the Facebook …

Where can you add your light?

Your voice is needed

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“Ha, you haven’t heard me sing,” I thought to myself as one of the Kirtan* musicians reassured the group of us that no one has a bad voice. We were sitting in a semi-circle on the floor in the yoga studio, the lights dimmed, candles glowing, cold air lightly seeping in on a brisk wintry night in Florida. The two …

What's your twist

What’s your twist? Make your talk interesting, not just informative

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A couple of weekends ago, I sat staring at my computer. I was working on my TEDx talk about women in leadership and politics –  and I knew it was missing something. My first draft was good – about the benefits of having more women in elected office, the gender stereotypes female candidates face, and some stats thrown in for …

A shortage of women speakers?

A shortage of women speakers?

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I was surprised while I was listening to a podcast the other day when the hosts, who also run a pretty large marketing conference, said that 70-80% of the speaker submissions they receive are from men. They want to have an equitable lineup of men and women speakers, and they came pretty close at their most recent conference. But, they …

Do you know your audience’s tragedy to triumph story?

Do you know your audience’s tragedy to triumph story?

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As I’ve been watching the Rio Olympics, fast forwarding through the commercials to get to the action (sorry, NBC), I found myself rewinding to pause and watch the profiles of key athletes, like swimmers Katie Ledecky and Dana Vollmer and gymnasts Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas. Why? Because it makes the Olympics so much more interesting to watch when I …

Where do ideas come from

Where do ideas come from?

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Have you ever had an idea, a this-is-it! idea that you got really excited about, whether for a new talk or a new product or a new business or a new way of approaching what you do? And then you come across another person or company that’s doing almost the exact same thing in the same way, kind of like …

What happens when you show up

What happens when you show up

Carol Cox Home, Networking, Newsletter 4 Comments

I got 3 speaking engagements in the past week, with just a couple of short emails. No need for lengthy speaking proposals. No need to “prove” myself with a long bio listing all of my past speaking experience and qualifications. No need for a dazzling video. Easy, right? Well, yes, the emails were easy to write and the turnaround time …

3 Things to Consider if People Don't Like Your Presentation

​What should you do if people don’t like your talk?

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I remember being angry while attending a conference about 10 years ago. This was a tech conference, so there were the usual software demos, technical speakers, and panel discussions on the latest and greatest in code techniques, databases, and programming interfaces. Exciting stuff, I know, although not typically the kind of content that will rile you up. Back then, I …

What you seek is seeking you

What are you looking for?

Carol Cox Home, Newsletter 2 Comments

A couple was traveling from one village to the next when they came upon a farmer working in his field. They stopped to ask him what the people in the next village were like. The farmer asked, “What were the people like in the last village?” The couple replied, “They were rude, unfriendly, dishonest people.” “You’ll find the people in …