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Coaching expert Alexia Vernon demonstrates how to be your own best advocate and create your ideal future. She was born to be a coach – but, she explains, making it happen required tapping into her “moxie.” She urges you to project your “voice, visibility and influence” in personal, professional and community settings. Stepping into your moxie requires evaluating your goals, motivation, communication and boundaries. You can ask for the salary you deserve, have daring conversations and become a better presenter. Vernon aims her thought-provoking ideas at women who’re ready to become their own “heroines.” Her book functions best as a workbook, so have a notebook ready for the exercises in each chapter. Women seeking to improve their communication skills and boost their authenticity by learning from their past actions and behaviors will benefit from a close read and from practicing Vernon’s exercises.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What “moxie” is and how it can empower you to be an advocate for yourself,
  • How language and self-reflection help you tap into your moxie, and
  • How practical steps can help you cultivate confidence.
 

About the Author

Leadership coach and TEDxWomen speaker Alexia Vernon created Spotlight Speakers Collective and Spotlight Speaker Accelerator. You can download supplemental moxie exercises at AlexiaVernon.com/MoxieBook. 

 

Summary

You’ve Got “Moxie”

In 1876, Dr. Augustin Thompson created Moxie Nerve Food. This nostrum purportedly soothed insomnia, nervousness and paralysis. Moxie soda made the word popular. Moxie came to represent courage, know-how, pep, nerve, verve and vigor. You have moxie inside you. It is how you project your competence and confidence. Moxie is a dynamic way to think, feel and express yourself. If your moxie is latent, you can cultivate and amplify it through your daily choices. Tapping into your moxie – moving into your spotlight – creates a “chain reaction” that helps other people around you evolve, grow and learn. 

Alexia Vernon realized she had been measuring herself against a model that the business world based on masculinity. It prioritized authority, assertiveness and how a person takes up space. To communicate her passions, she realized she needed to behave more authentically, to speak up with humility and honesty about what mattered to her and to prioritize her perspective. Blending this more feminine process with a masculine approach...


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