Take the Mic Episode #7 Playwright and performer Laurie McCants on telling the story you didn't think you would tell
Laurie McCants shares the process of how she created Industrious Angels, a story "about the crafting of stories," which she'll be performing at KO Festival of Performance in Amherst, MA Aug. 3-5. Laurie, the co-founder of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble , reveals her challenges, surprises, and discoveries in a way that will inspire any woman who has struggled to find her story. (Even if her story is not, like Laurie's, "a solo hand-crafted-story-spinning-shadow-puppet-memory-play-with-music evoking the secret creative lives of women, mother/daughter bloodlines, and the ghost of Emily Dickinson.")
Laurie also tells us something surprising about her experience of public speaking, and offers some great tools to feel more relaxed and grounded on stage.
Mary Ann Marzano loves to speak, and most aspects of her life put her in front of an audience. Owning a hair salon puts her in front of other business owners to speak about confidence building. Her passion for the underserved has her at the homeless shelter speaking to the residents to encourage them. To promote her nonprofit, Organic Change for Haiti, she speaks to women's groups and churches about the work with orphaned and abandoned children she supports. Visit her Organic Change for Haiti web site or Facebook page
Take the Mic episode #5 Guest Sam Hammar, Mass State Senate candidate,talks about using her improv skills as a speaker.
I love Sam Hammar's reason for running: "I felt like my head was going to explode if we don't do something about the cost of childcare for working families." She's got a lot of reasons for getting into the Mass State Senate race in the 5th Middlesex District and she'll share them in our podcast. She'll also make me laugh a lot especially when she tells what NOT to do with her arms! To learn more about her candidacy, visit SamHammar.org.
Take the Mic Episode #4 - Guest JM Sorrell, Noho Pride spokesperson and justice of the peace, shares what it's like to do your speaking at the most important day in a couple's life.
JM Sorrell wears a lot of activist and advocate hats. The self-described "non-conforming lesbian feminist" is the spokesperson for Noho Pride, teaches at the Truth School for Social Justice Leadership on the importance of allies to social justice work and she conducts cultural competence workshops for those serving LGBT older adults.
But what we talk about on Take the Mic is her work as a Justice of the Peace who has served over 760 couples of all kinds since 2004. As a JP, or "wedding officiant," she is required to do high visibility and high stakes public speaking at the most important events in people's lives. She'll tell us about the historic day she decided to get in the wedding business, why it's an extension of her social justice work and how it's helped her grow as a speaker. Learn more about JM here: www.jmthejp.com
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.