A lovespeaks program is customized for its audience, atmosphere and experience level. One-on-one and group formats are available. lovespeaks topics include:
Your Story Is Your Superpower
We all have a story.ome of us tell our story really well, some of us don’t tell our story at all and some of us could use a little help. Wherever category you fall into, you deserve to love your story, own your story and speak your story. Our stories are what connect us and remind us we are more alike than we are unalike.
I had a front row seat to the most powerful stories that were told on The Oprah Winfrey Show. These stories landed on millions of people’s hearts and they landed on mine. I watched brave people walk onto the Oprah stage and tell their story and audiences leave the studio with more compassionate hearts.
Our story has impact. When we speak our story and it lands on someone’s heart – that’s when our story becomes our superpower. Story helps build connection, empathy, confidence and leadership. We become more efficient teammates and humans when we know each other’s stories. We commit ourselves more deeply to our work and our purpose.
I speak my story to help you speak yours. That is my purpose. If you are looking for someone to help you (and your audience) step up your speaking game and your human game, I am your speaker.
Your Audience Is Waiting
My former boss Oprah Winfrey says “Wherever you are, that is your platform, your stage, your circle of influence. That is your talk show, and that is where your power lies.”
We all have a platform. Use your platform, your voice, your story to spread love and understanding. This is the time to speak, to speak up, to speak more kindly to yourself and others, to speak on stages and actually have some fun with it, because your audience is waiting!
We all have an audience. If you think you don’t, let me remind you that your audience is at your dinner table, in your boss’ office, on your Zoom call, in a meeting, on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn feeds, at a loved one’s celebration or at a keynote you deliver.
The size of your audience does not matter, it matters that an audience showed up to hear from you. I will give you (and your audience) the tools to discover your story and speak without fear.
Accept Invitations From Your Mother
It’s so easy for us to say no to our mother’s invitations. Especially when we were kids, but even now, we come up with an excuse because we are too busy or we don’t want to be pulled away from Netflix. But what if saying no blocks us from an opportunity? What if we said yes?
When I was 14 years old, I said yes to my mother when she invited me to the filming of a The Mike Douglas Show. I could have said no. But I didn’t and that yes changed the trajectory of my life – proving not only that mothers really do know what’s best, but also that their invitations can be game changers.
My mother’s invitation allowed me to see my career. As I sat in the studio audience at The Mike Douglas Show, I spotted a woman on the set with a clipboard. I didn’t know what she did, but she was a woman, she was wearing a headset, she was holding a clipboard and she looked really busy. I knew in that instant I would do whatever she was doing one day too.
Ten years later, when I landed my job with Oprah Winfrey, I began to feel the power of my mother’s invitation. Thirty years later – when I landed a quote in the Smithsonian at the Watching Oprah exhibit, the power of my mother’s invitation proved that my yes was my ticket to my career.
Next time your mother, or anyone who loves or likes you, invites you to do something you don’t want to do, consider my story – say yes, and let it be the start of how you tell your story, no matter what your age is.
I will inspire you (and your audience) to get out of your comfort zone, be brave and say yes to experiences that can change your life.
lovespeaks BRAND TENETS
Dedicated Brand Ambassador
For nearly three decades, I dedicated my talent for connection and inclusiveness to one of the globe’s strongest brands, The Oprah Winfrey Show. As the Audience Producer, I was the first impression attendees had at the show. I consistently connected guests with the Oprah brand. Drawing guests out, connecting their personal stories to the show topic and managing their overall experience ensured that audience members left the studio more dedicated to the brand.
With the launch of lovespeaks, it is my intention to create the same sense of allegiance, pride and excitement among your brand’s external and internal clients that I helped create at The Oprah Winfrey Show.
A lovespeaks discourse is rooted in the concepts of connection, enthusiasm, gratitude and inclusion. I strive to inspire my audiences to reconnect with their innate talents while also appreciating the people who surround them. I then connect that palpable enthusiasm–that fire–with the brands that they engage with and represent every day.
Champion of Women
It’s human nature to label ourselves. We’re stay-at-home or working moms. We’re wives or married to the job. We’re executives, entrepreneurs or employees. But then it happens. Life shifts and your self-description needs to shift with it. Are you ready to rise to the occasion or are you content to use the past to define the present?
At lovespeaks, I shape my speaking engagements with the needs of the multi-faceted, ever-evolving, modern woman in mind. I want to inspire women to transcend the labels and to design a life that meets their own hopes and expectations. At lovespeaks, I endeavor to empower women to position their lives and speak their talents in a manner that makes them proud, connects with what brings them joy and is rooted in their own authenticity.
I would like to describe myself as a “professional connector.” The common interpretation of a “connector” is one with a wide social and professional network. A connector traditionally links person A to person B in the hope that they will both benefit from the introduction. And, yes, I do that. I create connection. The difference is that I help introduce you to YOU.
The goal of every lovespeaks engagement is to foster a moment in time when members of the audience connect with the very root of what brings them joy. That root will nourish you, it will keep you grounded and it will help you grow. I help connect people with that purest joy and then inspire them to design their personal and professional lives around what they love.
Celebrator of The Journey
During a lovespeaks engagement, we talk a lot about you and authenticity and designing a life that you love. That said, your joyful life is still a journey, and like every journey, there are bumps in the road. I encourage people to embrace the journey, no matter how hard it is. The reward is always worth the work.
A lovespeaks engagement is about laughter and lightness. I like to focus on themes like listening to the whispers of destiny, and always following your truth. But I also believe, with equal weight, in the power of what goes wrong. Like the time I introduced Kenny Rogers as Kenny Loggins in front of a live audience. Yes it was embarrassing. It was also awesome because it was part of my journey.