Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast, Episode 32: Maria Ross

Episode 32 Maria Ross

This episode of the Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast features Carma’s interview with Maria Ross, author, and speaker who runs Red Slice, a brand consultancy that helps solopreneurs, startups and small to mid-sized businesses craft irresistible brands. She has more than 24 years experience building brands, creating campaigns, generating leads and advising companies big and small on how to tell the right story to the right customers at the right time. She’s the author of Branding Basics for Small Business, now in its second edition, as well as a powerful personal memoir, Rebooting My Brain and her mini-eBook series, The Juicy Guides for Entrepreneurs. Maria is a dynamic keynote speaker on both business and inspirational topics, has been featured in many media outlets including MSNBC, and Entrepreneur Magazine and she writes for

NOTE: This bio was updated on 2.13.18 and does not match what is found in the podcast nor the transcript.

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Podcast Highlights

Length: 15 minutes, 32 seconds

Although Maria Ross had an inclination to public speaking from a young age, she believes that anyone can learn to be a competent speaker. In this episode, she talks about engaging with and reading an audience and touches on telling stories, as well.

Maria Ross’s Big Tip: Know that “the audience is on your side,” Ross says. “They are not the enemy. They are not wanting you to fail.” To help you do this, “remember that it’s not about you, it’s about them. So you need to remember that your audience and what they care about and what they need to hear is the most important thing. Not what you want to say.”

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About the Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast Series

Public Speaking Super Powers Mock Book CoverCarma Spence, the author of Public Speaking Super Powers, interviewed 80+ speakers as research for the book. This podcast shares those interviews so you can hear what the Featured Speakers said in their own words. This series will run twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, until all interviews are posted. Occasionally, a special edition with a new interview will be added to the mix.

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About the author

Carma Spence, is author of Public Speaking Super Powers. She is fiercely committed to guiding women to Owning their Superpowers and turning their knowledge and interests into a profitable business. She is masterful at helping her clients see what is possible for them and supporting them on the journey from where they are to where they want to be, releasing the Mind Goblins of self-doubt, self-sabotage and second-guessing that keep them stuck.

With 20+ years experience in marketing communications and public relations, natural intuitive skills and certification in using some of the most effective transformational coaching tools available, Carma’s mission and commitment is to unleash the inner power every woman entrepreneur possesses so they can boldly go out into the world, transforming the fabric of people’s lives in meaningful and positive ways.

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