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86. Mind the Gap - Ebony Reed

86. Mind the Gap - Ebony Reed

In this episode, Mind the Gap, we sit down with Ebony Reed, seasoned journalist, editorial leader, news strategist, author and executive. Ebony tackles some difficult subjects with us as we wrap our... ...more

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February 27, 20240 min read

85. The Presence Paradigm™ - Jen Vellenga

85. The Presence Paradigm™ - Jen Vellenga

In this episode, Jen V. dives into her method for gaining speaking presence through the Presence Paradigm™ - Confidence, Focus, and Influence. ...more

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February 13, 20240 min read

84. Stand Up Presence - Olivia Carter

84. Stand Up Presence - Olivia Carter

In this episode, Stand-Up Presence, we sit down with Olivia Carter, KC native now NYC-based stand up comedian, writer, and actress.  Olivia gives us a sneak-peak into the comedy scene, starting from ... ...more

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February 06, 20241 min read

83. Don't Listen and Listen More - Jen Vellenga

83. Don't Listen and Listen More - Jen Vellenga

In this episode, Jen V. goes solo in response to requests from listeners for communication tips and tools to speak...with presence. If you have communication topics you want to hear about, email Jen a... ...more

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January 30, 20240 min read

Episode 82. Focus On Your Audience - Sidonie Garrett

Episode 82. Focus On Your Audience - Sidonie Garrett

In this episode, Focus On Your Audience, we sit down with Sidonie Garrett, Executive Artistic Director at Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.  Sidonie dives into how preparation and presence go ha... ...more

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January 23, 20240 min read

Episode 81. Living in Mama Kelce's World - Leanne Stowe

Episode 81. Living in Mama Kelce's World - Leanne Stowe

In this episode, Living in Mama Kelce’s World, we sit down with LeAnne Stowe, owner of Annie’s Barn. LeAnne talks about how she turned an online Facebook auction into a shop that operates in 12 differ... ...more

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January 16, 20240 min read

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Jen V. & JRT

Jen Vellenga and Jennifer Rettele-Thomas are the co-founders of Voice First World®, a communication and executive coaching company.  They train executives and leaders on the Presence Paradigm™, a communication technique created from Jen V's decades of training actors to perform authentically, with presence, on stages, on audio, and video.  If you want to learn more about how to speak and lead confidently, book a discovery call at www.voicefirstworld.com/chat.

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Jen has been magical in helping me to identify my voice and my VOICE! The ways that she has holistically addressed my strengths and my areas of improvement have all made me feel so much more confident.

-Cate R.

Politician, Chicago, IL