In this episode of the Girls That Create podcast on Word of Mom Radio, host Erin Prather Stafford speaks with Eliza VanCort, author, survivor, speaker, and podcaster. Their conversation revolves around VanCort’s experiences, her book “A Woman’s Guide to Claiming Space: Stand Tall. Raise Your Voice. Be Heard.,” and her valuable advice for women and girls on claiming their space, overcoming nerves, and dealing with societal expectations.
Throughout the podcast, the importance of recognizing one’s worth and claiming space emerges as a recurring theme. VanCort, a renowned empowerment advocate, highlights how women often feel pressured to make themselves invisible, which can harm their confidence and overall success.
Drawing from her own life, she shares, “I thought if I could just be invisible, then I’ll be safe. But of course, being invisible isn’t safe. It’s so dangerous.” VanCort also emphasizes the impact of body language and voice in conveying one’s worth and power, encouraging women to view nerves as fuel for powerful communication rather than something to control or suppress.
About Our Guest
After enduring traumatic kidnappings as a child and then surviving a life-altering bicycle accident as an adult, Eliza VanCort has become a renowned empowerment advocate. Her work sits at the intersection of political science and the performing arts. This informs her innovative approach to communication not only with ourselves, which can be challenging as it is, but across differences as well.
In her popular presentations and workshops, VanCort uses her academic expertise and over twenty years as an acting instructor to guide her audience using practical tools and tips for transforming their lives. Her powerful method of engaging her guests in any forum has been described as “invaluable” and “thrilling,” making her one of the most sought-after speakers in the industry today.
VanCort is a Cook House Fellow at Cornell University and a Govern for America League of Innovators. She is also the co-founder of Think Twice Labs, which takes a fresh approach to building emotional intelligence and improving communication across differences. VanCort’s also become a viral sensation on TikTok for her candid, thought-provoking commentary and has a popular podcast.
When not writing, creating content, or rabble rousing, VanCort binges sci or rides her “Leah” her Brompton bike! She is most proud of her four kids, all of whom are claiming their space in their own unique way.
To learn more about VanCort, visit elizavancort.com
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