Howdy! Thanks for stopping by my speaking page.
I should start by saying I never expected to be a speaker. I was the girl in class who never raised her hand, did everything she could to disappear, and opted for the 500 page book report instead of the 5-minute presentation.
So how does someone like that become a speaker?
I’ll give you two reasons.
1. Early in my career (around 2004), I observed one common trait among the leaders I encountered. They were all amazing communicators, both on stage and in one-on-one meetings. Dang. That was a scary observation because that meant if I wanted to be a leader, I had to do the thing I dreaded most: talk.
2. When I started my career consulting business in 2009, I had no money for a marketing budget. I left my job after my boss told me my “creativity was an issue” and ran out the door with a plan that would prove him wrong. It turns out naysayers are great motivation! With lots of time and no money, I immediately started booking free workshops anywhere and everywhere. I did around 500 presentations in my first year of business and quickly became known as a speaker.
As you can tell, getting on stage was something I did out of necessity, not because I’m a natural presenter or because I was born with exceptional communication skills.
The funny thing that happened is that I fell in love with speaking. Once I got over the fear, stopped crying on the way to my gigs, and pushed away the worry that I would completely bomb, I started to enjoy talking to groups.
Without realizing it, I had become that person who raises her hand, gets on stage, and leads.
Today, I’ve had the opportunity to travel the country to speak at conferences, Fortune 500 companies, large associations, universities, non-profits, and leadership organizations.
By stepping into the role of a leader, I became a leader.
If you would like to book me to speak, please email me through my contact page. I dare you. 🙂
I love to help people who are interested in self-discovery, experimenting with their ideas, and seeing their career as an adventure. My favorite presentations are the ones that get the audience to think about how they’re showing up in the world, how they are using their talents, and what else they could be doing to live an exceptional life. I am a motivational speaker who teaches through stories, humor, and audience interaction. I’m often described as real, funny, creative, and thoughtful.
My signature talk:
The Secret Life of Speaking Up
How Expressing Yourself Leads to Self-Discovery and Surprise
Your palms start to sweat. Your mind races. Your hands shake. You have an idea and you want to share it, but what if no one likes it? What if it’s ignored? Or worse, what if someone says you’re wrong? Speaking up can be a terrifying experience, especially if you’re shy or lacking a position of authority. How do you gain the confidence to speak up in meetings, advocate for yourself when speaking to your boss, and share your ideas in a team? In this presentation, you’ll learn how to build courage, gain confidence, and present yourself with conviction. Find out the steps to express yourself with authenticity and discover how powerful you really are. Who knows, you might just surprise yourself.
A Sampling of Past Presentations:
- Babson College WIN Lab
- Western Mass Business Expo
- Women in Business Summit
- Allstate Insurance
- Boeing Change Accelerator
- Comcast Business Class
- Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
- Dress for Success Western MA Chapter
- Smith College
- University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Mount Holyoke College
- UMass Amherst Isenberg School of Management
Hear me share about my public speaking journey (29:10), learn why I think public speaking is so important (44:19), and why public speaking is critical for confidence (47:20). Video was shot in August 2017 at “How Women Lead” a panel discussion hosted by Boston Speaks and held in Boston, Massachusetts.
As a past president of the Washington, DC National Speakers Association and witness to hundreds of presenters, I feel confident saying Angela is in the top 2% of speakers in her generation. She is smart, genuine, compelling and inspiring. I will predict now that she is one to watch!
Angela’s fresh approach and authentic experience lifted our group to new levels. With her words, we had the confidence to make change happen, both individually and as a group. We would definitely have her back for more unpretentious wisdom.
Angela’s energy and positive messages made a huge impression – even on those members of the audience who might have viewed her ideas with some skepticism. I highly recommend Angela as a speaker and am certain her story and advice will resonate with any audience she works with.
I have had the opportunity to work with Angela in a small group setting, with two students, and in a large group setting with more than 300 high school students, as well as in an adult group setting. Each time she has demonstrated a talent for engaging her audience, eliciting positive feedback and providing motivational ideas that inspire the people she is working with to reach beyond their comfort zone, to think out of the box and to focus on what truly matters. In all instances her passion, her knowledge and her dedication to motivating others to aspire to higher goals shines through. It is definitely a pleasure to work with Angela and the investment makes a lasting impact.
To book Angela to speak, contact her here.