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Get nervous and lose your words in meetings? Think aloud or ramble? Tune in for practical tips on how you can speak with confidence, authority, authenticity and impact. Your host is Cat Matson of Impactful Presenters. Companion Facebook group where you can have your questions answered is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/speakingconfidence
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Georgie Smith is an expert in getting things done in the public sector, is the Founder of Upsides Training and the author of the book, The Formula for Impact, the young public servant’s guide to doing well while doing good. In this juicy and fun conversation, Georgie and I share our respective experiences in the public sector and how influencing de…
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Learning to speak with confidence to establish authority in your industry is a journey – one that requires showing up, speaking up, being authentic and seeking help from mentors. And it’s just that journey that I’m discussing in this episode with Michelle Pritchard, founder of Aligned Business Consulting, who helps dental professionals who are wear…
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As an accountant and an engineer earning “good money”, Jodi and her husband thought they were doing well with traditional models of household budgeting and saving. of what we were told worked in relation to household budgeting. It turned out, they could be doing a whole lot better. Jodi Porteous is a Money Management Coach who works with couples wo…
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Rebecca Taylor is a leading personal branding photographer and visibility mentor, renowned for her ability to capture the authentic essence of top-tier executives, industry experts and entrepreneurs. She is also the creator of the Leadership Visibility Breakthrough coaching program, empowering trailblazing women to confidently command the spotlight…
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Chenae Carey is an Intuitive Business Mentor bridging the gap between practical strategy and intuitive guidance for her clients. In this episode we have a frank and honest conversation about being authentic, the perils and ‘ick-factor’ of ‘bro-marketing’ and how to use intuition and practical strategy to create a business (or career) you love. List…
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Rosie Shilo is the Virtual Assistant Advocate. She coaches, teaches and supports Australian Virtual Assistants while teaching other business owners about the reality of outsourcing. Rosie owns and runs ‘Virtually Yours’, a network which has supported thousands of Australian Virtual Assistants since in 2004. She is Australia's loudest VA advocate br…
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How do you impact 100,000 small business owners from a farm in regional NSW? That’s the question that drove Jenn Donovan of Social Media & Marketing to start speaking, first through her podcast and then from stages. Now she’s working towards impacting one million small business owners through her no-nonsense, fluff-free marketing advice. In this co…
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Would you like to successfully secure grant funding for your business or community group? Have you ever wondered what makes for a successful grant application? Liz Fleming, from The Grants Club is a grant expert and is so passionate about supporting people to access money to help them make a bigger impact. Listen in to hear How to get ‘grant ready’…
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Do you have a fear of being ‘seen’? Are you tired of ‘playing small?’ This has been a common theme across many conversations I’ve been having lately … and when I realised I was bumping into myself I wanted to share with you my process for understanding and then managing my fear of being seen. Listen in to hear How the fear of being seen is closely …
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Are you making this speaking mistake? In this special episode where I share part 1 of my recent 3-part Speaking with Impact workshop, I share one of the biggest mistakes people make when speaking. Chances are you, you’re making it too! Listen in to hear: Why speaking powerfully is a key to professional success The number one mistake people make whe…
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Where does confidence come from? Confidence generally comes from experience, training, results … but when you’re a service-based professional, our results are ephemeral. It’s not like we can see our work hanging on the walls like art, or a beautiful, bountiful garden. In the absence of ‘tangible evidence’, confidence comes from the stories we tell …
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Tracy Harris, aka Mums with Hustle on Instagram, has created a multi-million dollar business using Instagram as her primary audience building tool. In this episode, we explore the power of short-form video content to build an audience of your soulmate customers and HOW to speak impactfully in 30, 60 and 90 second reels. Listen in to hear: Tracy’s m…
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In this episode I chat with sales expert Frances Pratt, about overcoming the discomfort associated sales. We explore the importance of mindset and understanding the process of selling. Frances encourages me, and listeners to be ourselves and how to get over our fear of rejection and we discuss how authentic selling is a selfless act, focused on pro…
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In this episode, I chat with Erica Webb, a registered counsellor and somatic exercise coach, about the importance of self-kindness and nervous system regulation. We chat about the importance of finding a safe home in our own skin and how learning to be kind and compassionate towards ourselves can change our speaking … and our life. We chat about ne…
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In corporate environments, why do we speak in ‘stiff, robotic, corporate speak’ in our workplaces? That’s the very conversation I’m having with Louise Davis, Creator of the Speaking Human Strategy, in this episode. Louise specialises in building leadership capability in frontline managers and is a master facilitator. In this episode we explore: How…
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Season Finale! This is an ‘out-of-character’ episode to finish up the year with a reflection on the year that’s been. No speaking tips as such, instead though a casual reflection and some questions for you to wrap up your year with presence and satisfaction. Listen in to hear: The most popular 3 episodes of the year My biggest highlights of the yea…
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How do you effectively introduce yourself when you wear many professional hats? That’s the question I asked Laura Elkaslassy, owner of FOUR different business and mum of two! We also discussed how to find that common thread through all those hats and roles. Listen in to hear: How Laura introduces herself even when her approach doesn’t ‘fit’ the box…
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What would you tell your 20-something self about life and business? Somehow that’s the question that Jen Jeavons and I ended up answering in this discussion. Jen is a storyteller and a story-crafter … creating brands and stories for her clients that connect, drive recognition and growth. Her early career though was as a pop star. A true pop star! I…
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When we think of highly impactful speakers the image we conjure in our minds is often the most rarefied of all speakers – the keynote speaker or performer. A good keynote ‘performer’ is amazing … and that’s not where most of us mere mortals ‘sit’. In this episode I talk about the distinctions between a keynote performer, a ‘presenter’, a ‘pitcher’ …
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Have you ever had to negotiate a pay rise? Or are you like me … and just cross your fingers and hope you’ll get one? Alex Hanlon from Fair Pay Negotiations is determined to bridge the gender pay gap by teaching women how to negotiate for themselves … authentically. Even if you’re not about to negotiate a pay rise you’re going to love this episode. …
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One of the biggest barriers to speaking confidence is thinking we’re not good enough, not interesting enough or not ‘smart/experienced/focused/specialised’ enough 😊 To overcome this barrier I talk A LOT about the Earn The Right Framework (listen to episodes 4 and 7 for more on this) … and finding the gold in your own professional and personal histo…
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As an industry expert, Julia found herself frustrated that people with less experience and less knowledge were speaking at industry events. She also recognised that, as an industry expert with extensive knowledge, she often drowned her listeners in ALL THE THINGS, leaving them more confused. Julia Van Der Sommen runs The Pattern Room, Australia’s f…
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In personal relationships there’s a massive focus on effective communication. But what about in workplace relationships … especially when you’re leading a team? In this episode of Speaking with Confidence I chat with Kristy-Lee Billet of People Powered HR, about the speaking challenges that are all too familiar to anyone leading a team, and especia…
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One of THE BEST ways you can build your professional profile is to speak at industry events and conferences. But how do you get those opportunities? This week I talk to Nadine Zrinzo, Co-Founder and chief content curator at Bright Humans, who has been bringing conference experiences to life for over 20 years across Australia, Asia, Europe and the U…
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Valerie Khoo - keynote speaker, author, visual artist & CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre – is my guest today. As a woman who wears many hats and ‘falls’ down many rabbit holes of curiosity, Valerie has some striking perspectives on the power of speaking, storytelling and authenticity. We talked about: the similarities in the creative processes…
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How does one woman build a name for herself on a global stage? Yep, you guessed it. Speaking. In this episode I talk with Danielle Lewis, co-founder and CEO of Scrunch, a global analytics platform for influencer marketing and CEO of Spark, an online education and mentoring community for women in business. Listen in to hear: How Danielle still feels…
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What have I learned in recording 100 podcast episodes? Both about podcasting itself and the mistakes people make when it comes to speaking confidence? That’s what I discuss in this episode. Also, as this was recorded ‘in front of a live studio audience’ I answered questions about how to stop overwhelming your audience, how to use your podcast as ne…
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To celebrate the 100th episode of Speaking with Confidence (100!!!!) I have a very special conversation with two inspirational community leaders. Dr Cath Cosgrave and Gayle Reynolds are both ‘Community Connectors’, working in their own ways to strengthen community connections in regional towns. Their personal missions and work are inspirational … a…
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In this week’s episode I am answering listener questions … two listeners in the course of a week asked me ‘can you give me some tips to MC an event?’ … so here is that episode! If you have the opportunity to MC an event your job is so much more than just ‘traffic cop’, introducing the speakers and letting people know where the bathrooms are. Your j…
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Want to be an impactful, powerful and authentic expression of yourself? That’s exactly what I teach inside the Impactful Presenters Program. And this notion of authenticity came up in a recent conversation on Threads where someone said to me they’d love to know how to use a structure for speaking with impact without sounding ‘cookie-cutter’. In oth…
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The fear of public speaking is often cited as a fear greater than death. But when you peel back the layers on what that’s REALLY about … it’s not being scared of public speaking. It’s being scared of being rejected. Of being thought stupid. Of being disliked. Kate Toon is my guest this week and with 15 years of business experience sitting snugly in…
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Are you finding it difficult in our new online world, of hybrid or video meetings, to connect with your audience like you used to in real life (IRL)? Well, that’s the topic of this week’s Speaking with Confidence episode. Community member Sonia responded to my call out a while ago saying “I see a lot of experienced speakers struggle when it comes t…
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Have you ever had the experience in a job interview, performance review or sales meeting where you’ve been asked to ‘demonstrate your capability’ and you can’t think of the right scenario or story to tell? In this episode of Speaking with Confidence I share how to avoid these uncomfortable silences where you feel like a goldfish, buy yourself the t…
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Do you ever (often, perhaps) find yourself in the ‘speaking weeds’, talking through a dense range of details, data, statistics or just circling round and round through background context … and losing your audience in the process? It’s ok … it’s a common speaking challenge. In today’s Speaking with Confidence episode I’m diving into why we end up in…
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I am convinced that the ability to speak in a way that connects with your audience, be it an audience of 1 or an audience of thousands, is THE number one skill you can have in your professional toolkit. In fact, I believe it's the 'secret sauce' to professional influence and therefore success. In this special episode I’m sharing the distillation, t…
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During the last month over 500 people have told me what their biggest challenges and fears are when it comes to speaking … you’d be surprised just how similar they are all. However, 3 fears rose to the top as the most common and the most debilitating … these are the fears that are stopping people from showing up and sharing their knowledge and idea…
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In this week’s episode I’m changing pace a bit, and sharing with you one of my favourite questions to ask myself and Impactful Presenters’ clients: "What would become possible if...?" It's a simple yet powerful question that can open your mind to new possibilities and opportunities. We often tell ourselves that we can't do things, but if it's possi…
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In this episode, I'm talking to the introverts who don’t want to have ‘be extroverted’ to be an effective speaker. As someone who works with a lot of introverts, I help my clients embrace their authenticity to make a big impact as a speaker. I share some valuable tips for recognising and articulating your value and expertise, crafting your Earn The…
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Today, we're talking about making an impact in a silly-short amount of time. Whether it's a 60-90 second reel, a 2-minute vote of thanks, or a 3-minute start-up pitch, it can be tough to get your message across in such a short amount of time. The key to success is identifying the core message you want your audience to get and the action you want th…
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Do you ever find yourself over-explaining yourself or hyper fixating on minor mistakes after a presentation? Yep. Me too and it’s a more and more frequent conversation I’m having with neurodiverse people in my Impactful Presenters Program. In this episode, I explore some neurodiverse traits and how they affect your speaking confidence. I share valu…
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Are you looking for ways to position yourself as an expert, generate sales, or advance your career? Well, speaking is your answer. Keynotes, conference presentations, even social media videos are all ways to share your knowledge and connect with your customers or peers at scale. It's so powerful and MUCH easier than you think. In this episode, I sh…
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In this episode, we discuss a 5-step process for preparing a presentation that delivers impact. Instead of immediately opening your slide deck program, step one involves getting present to the who, what, where, why, and how of your presentation using a blank piece of paper and a pen. Step two is identifying your three key messages, and step three i…
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In this episode of Speaking with Confidence with Cat Matson I explore the power of cropping for focus and impact. As an amateur photographer, I've learned the importance of cropping in the post-production process. It's amazing how just changing the frame can bring the subject into focus and make the photo more impactful. Last year, after Riverfire,…
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In this episode, I'm talking about something that almost everyone struggles with in their communication: being succinct. Have you ever felt like you're using too many words to get to your point? Well, you're not alone! But being concise doesn't mean your whole conversation has to be 'tweetable'. I'll share how to recognise when to 'think out loud',…
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Do you ever feel like an impostor? Like you're not good enough, smart enough, or experienced enough to be doing what you're doing? Yep, you’re not alone! In this episode of Speaking with Confidence podcast, I share three sure fire ways to overcome it so you can get on with being awesome, fabulous and brilliant (because, you are. Oh yes you are!) He…
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In this episode of Speaking with Confidence, is all how negative speaking experiences can leave us feeling anxious about public speaking in front of others. The concept of "Bruises >> Brain >> Behaviour" is particularly powerful, and I share both my own and a colleague’s story of the bruises we’ve copped which affected our speaking confidence. The …
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Have you ever had trouble communicating with someone and felt like you were speaking in tongues? You’re usually smart, intelligent and an effective communicator but with this person you just can’t land your message? It could be because the other person has a different learning or processing style than you. In this week’s podcast I talk about just t…
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In this episode I talk about the importance of storytelling in to build credibility and interest in your topic, AND I share the three types of stories you should have in your kit bag: origin stories, brag bag stories, and social proof stories. The origin story explains why you do what you do and what impact you want to make in the world. Brag bag s…
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Why do you do what you do? Why does it matter? Why do you care if people 'hear' your message? In the Speaking with Confidence facebook group the community spent a lot of time workshopping and brainstorming each other's Earn-The-Rights - a key platform to calm your nerves, overcome imposter syndrome and claim credibility. One part of that framework …
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