Speaker Success

I Am A #BESummit Coach. Are you registered?

I just received my coaching schedule for the #BESummit. Talk about super duper excited, you know I will keep you in the loop on the journey. I have to speak at a Boarding school in DC on Thursday, and Friday I will be arriving in ATL gearing up to be of support to the entrepreneurs and visionaries in attendance.

Be sure to register for the upcoming #BESummit!
Save BIG on one-on-one #coaching, use code ESCOACH for $100 off.

http://www.blackenterprise.com/events/entrepreneurs-conference/

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Creating a WE Nation | Lucinda Cross | TEDxSingSing

This talk shares the analogy of the tree and how our beliefs, attitudes and actions mold us and the community that is connected to us. There is no single leaf whose actions do not affect the whole tree. Sharing the importance of balancing the Fab Five in order to rebuild, restore and reinvent ourselves and communities we serve include: Faith, Family, Friends, Finance and Fitness.

Lucinda Cross is a creative life activator, Life Coach and Small Business Consultant. Her work is about helping women live a life of fire, fun and freedom. Lucinda Cross is the best-selling author of “The Road to Redemption” and “Corporate Mom Drop Outs.” She is an internationally known speaker, contributing writer for Black Enterprise and The Huffington Post. Lucinda Cross is the person women call when they are ready to leverage and monetize their expertise and message all while creating products, programs and a signature a platform. Over the past decade, she has discovered surprising trends about why certain people and businesses succeed. Today, Lucinda teaches how to communicate and captivate in a noisy world with a short attention span and the tendency to procrastinate.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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Going from “Suck to Non-Suck” as a Public Speaker

How many times do you talk yourself out of a great presentation? Meaning that you are so focused on the presentation that you lose sight of the hearts and minds in the room. I call this the Poorly Perfect Presenter.  The Poorly Perfect Presenter wants to make sure everything is perfect and works so hard at being perfect that they become more automated and robotic in their presentation and less heartfelt. These kinds of presenters miss out on really connecting with the audience.

 

 

 

 

 

Here is an awesome article from the Harvard Business Review that I know you will enjoy.

http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/02/going_from_suck_to_non-suck_as.html

Lucinda Cross, Speaker, Best Selling Author,  Activator and Platform Builder for Women who have something to say. If you are interested in interviewing or hiring Lucinda to speak at your next conference or event please contact Sandra at booking@lucindacross.com

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Black America Web Interview w/ Nikki Woods: Take Your Expertise to the Masses

Are you ready to take your story, your expertise or your experience and create a signature platform?

Do you want to turn your experience, your story and your message to the world and create profitable opportunities for success by setting your own stage and building your own platform?

If you are ready to BE the voice of change by using your two most valuable assets, your power to write and the power to speak?

Then I want to introduce you to Lucinda Cross who travels the country to show women how to do just that.

We both believe that you have the power to heal, educate, inspire and uplift using your expertise or life experience. Join our conversation as we discuss tips and strategies on how to help you get your message to the world.

Click here to watch this cool vlog.

 

Lucinda Cross

Find out when we will be in your city or ask us how to get us in your city http://www.activateyourlifeweekend.com

 

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5 Things To Consider Before You Hit The Stage

Keynote: Passion Into Profits Conference in NY

 

Presentations require energy and effort.  This will give you the edge you need in order to rock your audience and give them more than what they expect.

Here are 5 ways to set your next presentation on FIRE that I personally use:

 

 

 

  1. Try your best to find out about your audience and the state of mind they are in. This will help you to craft the right message and have the right amount of energy. Think of what your audience is expecting and then surprise them by doing more.
  2. Guy Kawasaki 10-20-30 Rule states that a powerpoint slide should have no more than 10 slides, last no longer than 20 minutes and have no text less than 30 point font. It doesn’t matter whether your idea will revolutionize the world, you need to spell out the important nuggets in a few minutes minutes, a couple slides and a several words a slide.
  3. Give your audience more than two reasons to invite you back for a repeat performance.  Show them that you are an expert in your field. Show your personality; be open and down to earth. Use humor gracefully and graciously.
  4. Take it easy. When it is time for questions and answers consider statements like, “that’s a really good question,” or “I’m glad you asked that.” This will help you to gather your thoughts. These are called “filler responses.”  Filler responses are smooth transitions and are much better than your common um’s and ah’s.
  5. Connect with your audience. Get them involved- intellectually, emotionally and maybe physically without over doing it. This allows them to become a part of the performance. (This is what most concert performers do, they get people to sing along, rock and sway, jump and shout. The people feel like they attended one of the best concerts ever because they were a part of the performance.)

* Have a signature opening and closing. You can play music or a movie clip before you start or you can close with an exercise. Be creative.

After you set your presentation on FIRE and the audience is well fed.  Think about what you want to happen next.  What action steps do you want your audience to take away after your presentation?  Stephen Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People stated” begins with the end in mind.” You should know what you want your audience to come away with and this will help you with delivering a power house, on FIRE presentation.

Check out some presentations on TEDx http://www.ted.com/

Looking to create that signature presentation?

Need assistance with adding some creative spice to your presentation?

Maybe you just need help delivering your message and getting yoru point across…Consider attending the Live Activate Intensive (find a city near you) http://www.activateyourlifeweekend.com

Email me at  lucinda@lucindacross.com

 

 

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Part 2: The ABC’s of Being an Irreplaceable Presenter

Speaking at The Girl Exhale Conference in FL 2012

Today we are going to take a look at letters D, E and F when it comes to presenting with power. By learning and applying the alphabet speaker tips, you will become more valuable in every phase of your presentation. And as your value increases, you will become more confident in your presentations, more productive, more vital to event planners, coordinators and those who seek to hire you. This is the alphabet soup for presenters, speakers, or anyone who has something meaningful to say.

Let’s begin…

D-Double dip.  Prepare yourself for the opportunity within the opportunity. This means that you set yourself up for the next ____________(fill in the blank). As a presenter or a speaker you must learn how to be an opportunist. How can you leverage this opportunity to build your list, join a future webinar, tele-seminar or smaller event based on your topic? Find out how you can partner or further support the organization that hired you to speak. This way you can engage the audience and the organization to hear more than your 15min-45min spiel. Presenting is one opportunity but look for an additional opportunity within the opportunity to build your platform and establish a stronger relationship.

E-Energy. Come prepared to fill the room with vim and vigor. Consider some techniques that will help shift the energy. Keep in mind your audience is just as nervous as you are. Ice breakers, music, affirmations or prayer are great ways to initiate the energy in the room. I found props and exercises to be a huge hit for my presentations. It calms my nerves and allows me to find out where the energy in the room is. Once you find out where the energy in the room is, then you can pull from that side in order to engage the other side of the room. If you feel the presentation is running dry or the energy is too low, consider giving them an exercise to do, give away some prizes, call up a few volunteers. Keep the ENERGY flowing. (Know your audience as well, based on the age range and the seating in the room, don’t ask everyone to stand up when the seating is awkward. Avoid the “butts in the face” and “boobs on the back” exercises because of limited space.  Avoid breathing exercises especially after lunch; the worst thing is to have someone breathing on your neck after an onion salad or fish sandwich ~ewwww).

F-Face locution. Remember that your face is talking just as you are presenting. What do I mean by “face locution”? You must be aware of your facial expressions and keep in mind that people are watching your facial reactions. If you look in the mirror and start to do a mock presentation, watch how your eyebrows move, your lips, your eyes, your forehead, etc. Your facial expressions in addition to your tone of voice give your words more definition and power. Your audience is going to respond based on your facial talk. So take a look at a past video you have done, or record yourself and see if your face is in conflict or agreement with your message. We all know the faces our mother used to give us and we know what those facial expressions meant without her opening her mouth. The same goes for us presenters. Watch what your face says…lol It may be cursing your audience out…

More speaker tips tomorrow…. (G, H, & I)

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Lucinda Cross, The Activator

Are you coming to the One Day Activate Intensive? This is the place to be if you are in the process of building your platform. Check it out and sign up if you feel this is your time to speak it, write it and live it. http://www.activateyourlifeweekend.com

 

 

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The ABC’s of Being an Irreplaceable Presenter

The secret sauce as a speaker building her platform is YOU. In order to be referred and chosen for those engagements that you love and enjoy, you must shift your thinking and change your approach.

The one thing that I hear from coordinators who hire me to speak is that they appreciate how I was present my content and engage with the audience. They appreciate how I allow my personality to work the room.

For some reason Feb and March are the months that I get lots of calls for presentation and platform coaching. I want to share with you the alphabets that I share with my clients that can support you in showing up powerfully every single time.

A- Attraction.  Make sure your message is just as attractive as you are. Attraction has nothing to do with size or shape. Attraction has everything to do with confidence, clarity and energy.  Make sure you feel good, look good, sound good, smell good and your message makes their mouth water, wanting more of those juicy tips and words of encouragement. Tap into the five senses when it comes to Attraction.

B-Be YOU. The worst thing any speaker can do is show up as someone else other than themselves. I have been to conferences where if I closed my eyes, the presenter souned like Les Brown or Toni Robbins. I have been to engagements where the speaker is doing a full YouTube clip of someone else’s presentation. The best gift you can give to your audience is YOU. Give them your personality, and your style. When YOU show up and leave Iyanla Vanzant behind or Lisa Nichols you will step into your power and rock the stage. Be YOU.

C- Creativity. Think of ways you can be creative to stand out or to make your presentation memorable. Can you wear a special color shoe, a broche, a certain hat or t-shirt? Is there something that can be included into your signature style by bringing in extra large pens or giving out signature journals, maybe even having a signature song? Whatever you decide make sure you think of ways that you can make your presentation memorable. At one of my networking events I handed out oversized pencils to all the writers, they loved it, took pictures and tweeted about it. Think of ways that you can show your creative side.

More speaker tips tomorrow…. (D, E & F)

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Lucinda Cross, The Activator

Are you coming to the One Day Activate Intensive? Check it out and if you don’t see your city let us know if you would like to help us host it in your town. http://www.activateyourlifeweekend.com

 

 

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Get out of the “Waiting Room” in your life

Most people are uncomfortable speaking their truth.

Most people are afraid to step into their power.

Most people get frightened at the thought of  embracing a new mindset. I know I was when it was time for me to come out of my shell and share my most intimate and valuable life lessons.  The moment I embraced my expertise and life experiences my world changed. That is the moment I realized that my story is not about me. My story is about the hundreds of women I am exposed to every month.

Your story needs a stage.  I am not necessary talking about public speaking but your public message to the world that radiates all that you stand for as a women, as a spiritual being.

Let 2013 work hard for you rather than you work hard for it.

Is there is a talent you want to share?

Is there an event you want you have?

Is there a book you would finally like to write?

Your story (your truth), needs a stage, a presence and position in the world.

2013 is the time for being plush, radical and off the radar.  The time to celebrate your story & your voice. Many of my clients tell me they are seeking their purpose in life; they’re waiting for that magical epiphany where their mission becomes clear in terms of speaking/writing.  2013 is the year for main stage, time to get out of the “waiting room” of life & celebrate your voice & your story in a plush, radical & off the radar manner. Here is a picture of my ideal stage for my 2013 celebration?

 

Join me  for the Midweek Activate Push call from 7:00 am-7:15 am every Wednesday and tell a friend. Click here: http://lucindacross.com/midweekactivatepush/

 

About me:

My name is Lucinda Cross and I was Joan of Arc in my former life…just kidding. I am the person you call when you are ready to take your story, your expertise or your experience and create a signature platform. I support women in writing and speaking their truth and standing in their power.

Confidently and Boldly Share Your Story, Boost Your Credibility, Increase Your Visibility Without Selling your Soul! http://www.lucindacross.com/about

Lucinda Cross – The Activator of Your Inner Voice

Heralded as “The Super Woman of “Owning Your Voice,” Lucinda Cross has the super power to take your experience, your story and your message to the world and create profitable opportunities for success by showing you how to set your own stage and build your own platform. Lucinda teaches her clients how to exponentially grow using their voice to speak, write, create programs and events using Activate strategies with little to no support or marketing budget!

Lucinda is available for key notes, trainings, workshops, coaching, interviews. bookings@lucindacross.com

 

 

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New York’s own Lucinda Cross to be Recognized at the United Nations

ACTIVATE! New York’s Lucinda Cross to be Recognized at the United Nations-BMORENEWS Global Forum on Women’s Empowerment

Lucinda Cross is an award-winning business leader and one of today’s most dynamic voices on the subject of personal and business success.  She also counsels and mentor women to Activate!

 

ACTIVATE! Lucinda Cross: Cross was recently featured on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and announced to be a featured author at The Congressional Black Caucus Author Pavilion in September.

(NEW YORK – June 15, 2012) – BMORENEWS announced that Lucinda Cross will be recognized for her dynamic entrepreneurial spirit and determination to succeed. Cross will be recognized with honorees on Friday, June 15th at the United Nations during the BMORENEWS Global Forum on Women’s Empowerment.

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Lucinda Cross is a Visibility Coach & Platform Strategist specializing in supporting women in leveraging and monetizing their message.

Lucinda Cross is the best selling author of The Road to Redemption, which is a life story of how she went from being an 18 year old freshman in college to making a life altering decision that resulted in serving a 4 1/2 year sentence in Federal prison. Lucinda has since then made it her life mission to inspire, encourage and uplift women to build businesses from their message and experience.  Lucinda graduated from Mercy College, left her corporate job and has built several successful business’s, married the man of her dreams, and is now raising a family and speaking nationally on overcoming fears and obstacles against all odds.

She is the CEO of LC Associates and has been branded as the Activator!  Mrs. Cross is the author of Corporate Mom Drop Outs, and a contributing writer for 3 other best selling business books. She is also co-owner of the Super Mom Entrepreneur Conference and Expo. Her journey into entrepreneurship began when she became a mom and she has been building businesses ever since.  She has defied all the odds both in life and in business and has mastered the ability to turn adversities into advantages.  She travels the world sharing her message and inspiring women to Activate in all areas of life!

Mrs. Cross has been featured on ABC, NBC, Black Enterprise, NY1, NY Daily News, Essence Magazine, Tom Joyner Morning Show, WLIB the Al Sharpton Show, Black Star Web, and over 100 internet talk radio shows and several blogs including Babble.com, Top 50 Mompreneurs 2012, #2 on the Top 100 Mompreneur Blogs to follow by http://www.blogtrepreneur.com, and more.

For media or bookings please contact Jeny Murillo at assistant@lucindacross.com. Cross is available for in person and virtual media appearances as well as conferences, seminars and symposiums.

 

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3 Ways To Set Your Next Presentation On FIRE

Presentations require energy and effort.  This will give you the edge you need in order to rock your audience and give them more than what they expect.

 

 

 

 

Here are 3 ways to set your next presentation on FIRE that I personally use:

  1. Try your best to find out about your audience and the state of mind they are in. This will help you to craft the right message and have the right amount of energy. Think of what your audience is expecting and then surprise them by doing more.
  2. Give your audience more than two reasons to invite you back for a repeat performance.  Show them that you are an expert in your field. Show your personality, be open and down to earth. Use humor gracefully and graciously.
  3. Connect with your audience. Intellectual involvement will ignite your them. Get them involved- intellectually, emotionally and maybe physically without over doing it. This allows them to become a part of the performance. (This is what most concert performers do, they get people to sing along, rock and sway, jump and shout. The people feel like they attended one of the best concerts ever because they were a part of the performance.)

* Have a signature opening and closing. You can play music or a movie clip before you start or you can close with an exercise or poem for example. Be creative

After you set your presentation on FIRE and the audience is well fed.  Think about what you want to happen next.  What action steps do you want your audience to take away after your presentation?  Stephen Covey, author of  The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People stated ” begin with the end in mind.” You should know what you want your audience to come away with and this will help you with delivering a power house, on FIRE presentation.

Check out some presentations on TEDx http://www.ted.com/

 

Looking to create that signature presentation?

Need assistance with adding some creative spice to your presentation?

Maybe you just need help with the full presentation and would like some one on one support?

Click here: http://lcuindacross.com/sales.

 

 

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