Alexia Vernon on Using Our Voices to Change the World

 
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Never in history have women been so called to speak up, share their stories and use their voices change the world. Today’s guest, Alexia Vernon, has heard that call loud and clear and answered in a massively impactful way.

Alexia Vernon is the author of the book, Step into Your Moxie: Amplify Your Voice, Visibility, and Influence in the World. Branded a “Moxie Maven” by President Obama’s White House Office of Public Engagement for her unique and effective approach to women’s empowerment, Alexia Vernon is a sought-after speaking and leadership coach to female (and male) executives, entrepreneurs, media personalities, and change makers who want to spread their ideas, positively impact people’s lives, grow their businesses, and advance their thought leadership.

TRIGGER WARNING: this conversation goes deep and discusses the important but uncomfortable topic of sexual assault/abuse. Please always choose your own self-care first and be gentle with yourself if the topics in this episode bring difficult emotions/memories up for you.

In this episode:

  • Trigger warning + details on today’s conversation [ :45 ]

  • Today’s guest, Alexia Vernon [ 1:30 ]

  • iTunes review of the week [ 2:45 ]

  • What lead Alexia to do the work she is doing [ 4:47 ]

  • Alexia shares her own story of sexual abuse, and the importance of using our voices at this moment in history [ 7:45 ]

  • Having difficult conversations with our partners + what to do when people objectify our children [ 19:43 ]

  • Being motivated by others’ success instead of feeling inferior because of it [ 34:32 ]

  • How much quicker we are to judge other women than we are to judge other men             [ 39:30 ]

  • How to “step in to your moxie” and use your voice (plus: the 3 voices Alexia believes that we all have inside of our heads) [ 41:10 ]

  • Alexia’s tips on intuitive preparation for talks/presentations [ 48:03 ]

  • The 5-part structure of presentations [ 51:45 ]

  • Alexia’s new book, Step into Your Moxie [ 1:01:23 ]

Soul Shifting Quotes:

  • “We have a lot of work to do to heal this cultural violence.”

  • “Know when it’s time to pick up the mic and speak, and then know when it’s time to sit back and listen.”

  • “Speak up early and often… because the boys aren’t waiting for permission.”

  • “I’m no longer willing to be apologetic for who I am… because that doesn’t serve any of us.”

  • “There really are a lot more seats at the table than we think there are. And if there aren’t… then go build another table.”

  • “Reclaim the role of protagonist in the story of who you are.”

  • “If we know our ideas, our words or our stories can radically improve people’s lives- it’s our responsibility to speak up.”

Links mentioned:

Follow Alexia on Instagram: @alexiavernon, join her Facebook Community: The Spotlight Speaker Salon, or check out her website: www.alexiavernon.com

Tag me in your big shifts and takeaways: @amberlilyestrom

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