We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Glancy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sara, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Storytelling has always been my not-so-secret weapon. We’ve probably all heard the old adage that “People buy from brands that they know, like, and trust.” I’ve found that telling a great story is the fastest and most sure-fire way to build trust with an audience. (I’m a huge word-nerd and a fierce advocate for the power of story, so I could wax poetic about this all day!) But, to put it simply, stories are an exercise in empathy. They transport us to far away places and allow us to imagine life through the eyes of another human. And in a year where many folks are feeling deeply disconnected from their friends, neighbors, and colleagues, we need those outlets for connection more than ever.
What should our readers know about your business?
As a public speaking coach, my philosophy is pretty simple—I believe that stage presence isn’t a superpower. It’s a technique. And that means it’s learnable. That’s why I found my company, Speak Masterfully. I help professionals step into the spotlight with less fear and more fun, so their ideas can shine and their anxieties can take a backseat.
I truly believe that anyone can be a dynamic public speaker if they’re given the proper tools— introverts included.
How do I know this? Because I myself am an introvert. That’s right. I am a public speaking coach and a professional actor who also happens to be an introvert who gets nervous speaking in public. (Life is full of fun contradictions!)
I welcome these contradictions and hold firm in my belief that you don’t need to be naturally extroverted to command a room.
Whether you are a lawyer, a computer programmer, or an entrepreneur, you can learn the techniques necessary to become an impactful presenter and an irresistible storyteller. Because in an increasingly tech-based world, the ability to connect human-to-human is one of the most valuable skills you can bring to the table in your professional life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Welcome to New York CIty! I’m honored to take you around for a slapdash tour of my favorite locations. Let’s start off with a picnic in central park. Grab a frisbee, a blanket, an overabundance of snacks from Trader Joes and prepare for some incredible people & dog watching in Sheep’s Meadow.
In order to avoid sunburn, we should probably get this show on the road by 1pm. Fortunately, we’re only a short walk from Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts. This isn’t the library that shows up in all those NYC movies, but it is an absolute treasure trove for theatre-lovers. There’s often an exhibit on the lower level showcasing some bit of theatre history, and from there you can explore the stacks of plays, scores, and librettos that fill this historic space.
Next let’s hop on the subway and make our way down to the Village. What are you in the mood to eat for dinner Don’t worry, whatever it is, we’ll pass it as we’re walking around.
Once we’ve digested, let’s make our way to The Public Theater and take in an Off-Broadway show. This is where shows like “Hamilton” and “Fun Home” got their start, so you may just be catching the next big thing.
At this point you should be happily exhausted. Hop the subway back to your hotel and hit the hay. You may be visiting the city that never sleeps, but you still have to.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to the teachers of the Baltimore County Public School system! Growing up, I was extremely fortunate to encounter an armada of teachers who told me that my voice was important and that I should use it. My creativity was encouraged at every turn, and even when I struggled, it was made clear to me that I had the capacity to learn and succeed. I know that this is not the experience of many children and I am forever grateful to those teachers who allowed me to flourish. My mom is still working in that school system and I’d love to highlight the incredible work she and her colleagues are doing every single day. They are truly superheroes.