rock your talk

THEY HAVE THE MESSAGE, WE HAVE

THE SEATS

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COME SEE ROCK YOUR TALK

"The shortest distance between a human being and truth is a

STORY

- Anthony DeMello

WHAT IS ROCK YOUR TALK?

rock your talk

A group of incredible humans are crafting their talks in order to share their stories on a stage in front of a live audience and video crew.

On October 26, 5pm-8pm, you'll enjoy listening to a broad spectrum of speakers and their stories. From business to non-profit to personal, we've got it all.

And in the middle of it all? Melanie Spring will give a workshop AND Q&A on being a paid professional speaker. Bring your questions!

Grab a spot in our audience for only $10. All audience proceeds go to sponsoring a military veteran who is sharing her story on this stage.

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ROCK YOUR TALK:
Impactful Speaking


Rock Your Talk is a live speaking event at The Miracle Theatre on October 26, 2017 5-8pm.

10 speakers, 10 very different messages, you in the audience, live video crew, and... magic.

Rock Your Talk is the brainchild of Patrick Frank of Patchbay Media & Melanie Spring of Branded Confidence. They've teamed up to give humans a way to share their message. On a big stage. In a beautiful theater. With fantastic acoustics and fancy lights. And a responsive audience.

These speakers are giving the talks of their lives - sharing themselves with you and the world. Melanie is helping them write their talks, Patrick is filming them. We want you in the audience.

Happy hour to follow at The Ugly Mug, DC
Professional photography during event by Mary Gardella

 
WHAT TO EXPECT

Meet the Rock Your Talk Speakers

Shala W. Graham

For Those Seeking Permission

Shala W. Graham

For Those Seeking Permission

TALK: For Those Seeking Permission
Do you feel stuck? Maybe year after year has gone by because you feel like you don’t have permission to be true to yourself. This talk will give you the permission you’ve been waiting for.

BIO: Shala W. Graham is an entrepreneur, branding expert, speaker, and Christian ministry leader who motivates people to excel, to give, to change the world and to fulfill their calling. She believes in living your authentic self 24/7, that we should always be growing, and that a little bit of fun goes a long way!

SITE: shalawgraham.com

Mindy Black

Finding Your Brave

Mindy Black

Finding Your Brave

TALK: Finding Your Brave
Finding your brave is not about avoiding fear, but about facing fear head on. Just like a playground bully, if you keep backing down to fear it grows and consumes more of your life. So get honest with your inner self and pull that fear-bully out of the shadows and into the light, because facing your fears is the first step toward finding your brave.

BIO: Mindy Black is an Air Force Veteran, former Intelligence officer and stay-at-home mom. She rocked her job in the military and even got a Hero award while in Iraq for intelligence leading to the recovery of an Iraqi Colonel’s kidnapped son. She traded giving briefings to big wig Department of Defense bosses to giving daily lectures to her lovely two boys, Hollis (5) and Ollie (3). 

Todd Palmer

Trust Like Nobody's Business

Todd Palmer

Trust Like Nobody's Business

TALK: TRUST Like Nobody's Business
Six-time INC5000 CEO and single dad shares how luck, intelligence, and trust are the pillars for success in life's big decisions. This authentic, transparent, and vulnerable experience-share covers Todd's life from the dining room to the boardroom.

BIO: Todd Palmer is the Chief Rulebreaker at Extraordinary Advisors. He's the guy who exists to improve lives. The leader who knows that we only learn by leaning into the uncomfortable, and away from the comfortable.

WEBSITE: www.extraordinaryadvisors.com (coming soon)

Kris Kaplan

Awesome By Design

Kris Kaplan

Awesome By Design

TALK: Awesome by Design
Do you have a bucket list, but just can’t find the time to get it all done? Are you responsive to the urgency of what life throws at you? Come learn 2 simple ideas to get what you really want and start playing life  “FULL OUT”!

BIO: Kris Kaplan is an Entrepreneur, Coach, Speaker, Author, Ironman, Husband, Dad and all round good egg. Kris has infectious enthusiasm and will inspire you out of your comfort zone and into his world of GiddyUp & Make it Happen! What’s on your list of awesome?

SITE: kriskaplan.com

Sarai Johnson

Leave in Love

Sarai Johnson

Leave in Love

TALK: Leave In Love
In life, leaving is a given - yet, we are trapped by a cultural resistance to quitting. We think the discomfort we experience always means we need to try harder, to buckle down, to give it our all. What we don't realize is that leaving is often the most honoring choice we can make for ourselves and for others - it’s a chance for transformation, if we’ll allow it.

BIO: Sarai Johnson is a change-agent, truth-teller, and author who helps passionate people transform their lives, their organizations, and the world.

SITES: leaveinlove.com & sarai-johnson.com

Tami Garcia

Every Aspect Of Your Life Affects Every Aspect Of Your Life

Tami Garcia

Every Aspect Of Your Life Affects Every Aspect Of Your Life

TALK: Every Aspect Of Your Life Affects Every Aspect Of Your Life
When one area of your life is out of alignment, every area of your life suffers. When you are raised without your own cultural awareness in a place where no one is like you, you find yourself alone and out of balance. This talk will remind you to find out who you are so you can be even more aware of the people around you.

BIO: Tami Garcia, not one to be told she can’t do something, believes in second chances, living your truth and in unicorns (doing the impossible). Being of a diverse multi-cultural background along with having a daughter from Ethiopia, Tami longed to be more engaged with and informed about her family’s diverse heritage. As a motivational speaker, Tami believes there is power in the sharing of stories and from sharing comes healing and from healing comes strength.

SITE: mullylingua.com

Maria Meier

With a Little Bit of Luck

Maria Meier

With a Little Bit of Luck

TALK: With a Little Bit of Luck
Do you consider yourself lucky?  If we believe that we can chart our own paths where does luck fit into all of this?  Told through the anecdote of a middle school memory, “With a Little Bit of Luck” asks you the role luck plays in your life.

BIO: Maria Meier built a two-decade career in politics and public service reaching senior levels and breaking new ground along the way.  She now helps other agents of change create their visions to become their own best selves. With lots of experience as a “first and only”, Maria is passionate about creating opportunities for more voices to be heard - including hers.

SITE: mterpriseinclusion.com

Melanie Vracas

Don't Abandon Yourself

Melanie Vracas

Don't Abandon Yourself

TALK: Don't Abandon Yourself
Imagine a world where you had your own time. In that special space, you would recharge, do yoga, take a walk or anything else you please - uninterrupted. Melanie will help you realize this world exists and encourage you to make it a reality. Because it shouldn't feel like a guilty pleasure to put you first. 
 
BIO: For years, Melanie was a corporate professional. Stuck in a rut, she decided to take back her life and live boldly. She will encourage you to do the same. A reformed people pleaser, her insight is refreshing and her hope is you leave here â€‹motivation to make yourself a priority.

SITE: cakewalkstrategies.com

Mary Gardella

Photographer

Mary Gardella

Photographer

PHOTOGRAPHER: Mary Gardella empowers women through portraiture in their professional and personal lives.  She provides the open space for them to be their real, raw selves in front of the camera. She's the one behind the camera on the journey with them.

Mary will be bringing her incredible photojournalistic skills to the Rock Your Talk stage capturing photos of everything from prep to presentation for the speakers to use in their branding and marketing.

SITE: marygardella.com

Melanie Spring

Hostess & Emcee

Melanie Spring

Hostess & Emcee

HOSTESS & EMCEE: When you ask a brand strategist how she defines her brand and she says “Approachable Badass”, you know you’ve found someone who can help you define your own brand. Melanie Spring was put here to get you outside of your box and firmly in your purpose - professionally and personally.

Melanie runs Branded Confidence as an international speaker and facilitator - bringing her charisma and confidence to humans worldwide. She’s so dedicated to her purpose that she once drove 7,000 miles in 3 weeks to find out why great brands work. And she’s here to make sure you know to rock your talk.

SITE: brandedconfidence.com

Patrick Frank

Host & Videographer

Patrick Frank

Host & Videographer

HOST & VIDEOGRAPHER: Patrick Frank is the principal of Patchbay Media, a video production company that creates targeted, cinematic videos for more effective online marketing. 

On the day of the event, he and his team will record you during the final rehearsal and the live event. From numerous angles, they will get all up in your business with their cameras to get your best sides AND show reactions from a real live studio audience along with real testimonials.

WEBSITE: patchbaymedia.com

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EVENT INFORMATION

Grab Your Seat

Grab a spot in the audience for only $10.
(100% of audience payments go to sponsor one incredibly 
worthy speaker.)
The Miracle Theatre 5-8pm on October 26, 2017

535 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

WANT TO BE A SPEAKER? Rock Your Talk only has 1 spot left! 
Payment options available. (Click Contact in top corner to request.)
 

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