My 5 minutes with Tory Johnson

Speak the truth to yourself as an entrepreneur.   I find that’s the hardest part for clients, and frankly, myself.

Because once you  say your truth you can’t un-ring that bell.  Once you say your truth to you, you can act or not, but you can never believe that you don’t know again.  That’s scary and challenging, especially if what you want is something big.

I really wanted Tory to hear about Speak up Powerfully and give me her advice on how to grow awareness and serve.

I’m a girl who likes to plan.  My first plan was to volunteer to be one of the San Francisco hosts of Spark and Hustle.  If I could invite 20 friends who attended I could have a private coaching session with Tory.  I signed right up, but procrastinated about emailing friends. It kinda felt like asking them to buy girl scout cookies.  Ridiculous, of course.  Once I leaned in and did it- no one complained and it put me in touch with old friends and new. Sadly, I didn’t make the cut.

But I really wanted Tory to mentor me.

At the conference, I watched Tory command the room.  She has incredible insights and a memory better than an elephants.  I needed a plan B.   Still noodling when I saw Tory standing all by herself.  Hmm, I could walk up  and talk to her.  I met plenty of famous musicians while I was the Ombuds at  Berklee College of Music.  Turns out, they can be shy, and sometimes lonely, in a crowd of admirers.  Nobody approaches cause they don’t to seem like fans or intrude.  That gave me the  idea and courage.  Emotional intelligence  to the rescue!

Tory is a lovely, warm person who is  quick to help. In about 5 minutes flat she clarified my marketing message, added a product line, and encouraged me to think bigger, much bigger.  She was actually excited. Famous people are typically also expressive, idea people who love kibbitzing on other projects. It never hurts to ask a question or for direction.   That worked for me with Tory and many other times in my past.

Of course, I don’t need to tell you to be humble, appreciative, prepared and quick to the point. You’ll probably get flustered.  No worries.  You’re already a success just for making the effort!

What truth will you speak to yourself and what good will come from that?


What happens went you get what you wished for?  You think, holy shitake, I have absolutely no excuses for failing now. 

I mean, yowza.   Pressure, much?  Someone that the world, including me, admires said I’m good to go.  Of course, I’m ecstatic.  Spark and Hustle untapped some sort of creative waterfall. Stuff is gushing out, where normally writing posts is like getting the last bit of toothpaste.  It’s in there, but you gotta squeeze.  That’s a little scary- in a good way.  My ideas can actually get out of me and into the world.  I’m creating.


This is my new mantra.  Embracing the fact that I feel shy this time on my path to success.  I’m not sure I want to be seen.  I’m not sure why, entirely. But I do know, the message is gotta get out there. So, yeah, no excuses.  Plenty of mistakes and hopefully a ton of joy will follow, but I’m owning it all-good and bad.   (I’m doing my best Superwoman, victory pose right now.  Don’t know what that is? Watch this)


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  1. Dina Eisenberg
    4 years ago

    JudyAnn, glad you like my Superwoman power pose (and the video). It works!

  2. JudyAnn Lorenz
    4 years ago

    Loved YOUR pose and the link at the last is one that is monumental for me!

  3. Dina Eisenberg
    4 years ago

    Thanks, Cheryl. I’m really feeling it as I launch my new homestudy next month and then debut my free event in June. Seems like everything is up for grabs.

  4. Cheryl
    4 years ago

    OMG, that is so true creating = vulnerability. Thank you for sharing your story and mantra.

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