Makenzie Peterson is a passionate and articulate speaker and advocate on behalf of women's reproductive health care, and she frequently speaks on behalf of Planned Parenthood in Western Massachusetts. Listen to her tell the moving story of how she abandoned her prepared speech at the last minute and told a very personal story at a rally - and how that experience changed her. Makenzie also offers advice to help you tell your story.
In this first episode, host Cathy McNally talks about starting Take the Mic to highlight women who are using public speaking to change the world. She shares her plan to bring weekly interviews with women activists, advocates, candidates who talk about the way they use speaking. They talk about their successes, challenges and give advice to others. Listeners can be inspired by people from local communities and our wider world and be seasoned speakers as well as relative newcomers.
This is a special preview episode featuring an interview with Dina Friedman, who is running for a very “New England-y” office: Town Moderator of Hadley, MA. If you want to get a glimpse of small town democracy in action, listen to this podcast. Dina and I do talk a lot about the race and the position for the first half of the interview.
In the second half of the interview, (around the 12:54 mark) we dig into the public speaking part – what kind of speaking gigs are required - what are the fun ones and what are the challenges? Dina is an experienced speaker and activist, but being a candidate brings lots of new speaking situations. And one of them is the need to master the meet-and-greet “chit chat.” Dina talks about her strategy for dealing with tough questions and how to speak from the heart when you’re facing only a video camera.