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ShopTalk Ep 01: Overcome Fear of Public Speaking and Grow Your Business

By July 25, 2013March 5th, 2020No Comments


There is a national celebration for everything and July is Freedom From Fear of Public Speaking Month. Yes, it’s a real month-long celebration!

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So in our very first episode, I talk to keynote speaker and author, Karen McCullough, on how business owners can overcome this fear and use public speaking to grow their business.

Karen is this amazingly funny speaker and hosts a series of workshops called Killer Keynotes and has taken a group of us (shout out to the NSA 2014 or Bust crew) and is helping us perfect our craft.

In our last workshop, she shared her story and I would have never believed that she was once terrified to speak in front of an audience. Listen as she shares her story and how business owners just like you can overcome their fear and leverage this skill to your advantage.

Enjoy the show!

Links Mentioned in the Show:


  • Be sensitive to your audience. No rambling. @k_mccullough @lisanalexander #tmshoptalk #publicspeaking
  • What’s the story that connects you to the client? Tell them when you meet them. @k_mccullough @lisanalexander #tmshoptalk
  • The audience wants you to succeed. They don’t want you to suck. @k_mccullough @lisanalexander #tmshoptalk
  • Keys to great speech: interactive opener, great content, leave the audience feeling motivated. @k_mccullough @lisanalexander #tmshoptalk

About Karen McCullough: Karen started speaking professionally (for money) in 2000.  Before becoming a business keynote speaker and consultant, Karen spent many years in fashion retail. As the owner and CEO of a 4 store retail chain, Karen has 20+ years of experience in marketing, brand building (personal and business) , driving sales, leadership development, building customer loyalty and managing a diverse team. Over the past 10 years, Karen has worked with the top organizations presenting customized programs centered around change, personal branding, customer service, emerging leadership development, sales, team building, productivity, and generational management.

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Intro music by my nephew:  Justin Daniels Sanchez.

Cover art by PrettyWork.

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