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I am an introverted author & speaker who loves staying in the shadows. I overcame stage fright. I inspire authors & speakers to #leadlikeaqueen #micropreneurs

Restarting in 2021 with Peace and Focus

After failing to successfully hold my annual spring-summer library-sponsored event during the 2020 pandemic, I just retreated and focused on my family for the rest of the year.

Honestly, it was the best choice I could’ve made at that time because we had a lot of unexpected and unpredictable changes, all of which were collateral damage of the pandemic. These included having to move a month AFTER renewing the lease with the landlord because he was scared about the pandemic and decided to sell the house; to major health crisis for a family…

“Transform The Root. Transform The Tree. Transform The Fruit.” ~ Donna Marie Johnson @MarketLikeAQueen #StartUpStrong #LeadLikeAQueen

Background Information

I read a very good personal growth blog article today on Medium. This article is my response, which is based on what I also shared via #Periscope during the #StartUpStrong live chat this past Tuesday. The goal of what I am sharing here on Medium is to simply show the link between personal growth and business growth. [SHAMELESS PLUG: I also teach about leadership development in an online class, where I make that vital connection between business and personal growth.]

What I Shared / Talked About

As I read the personal growth article on Medium earlier, I just…

When I was about 15 and on the speech team at Downers Grove North High School in Dupage County Illinois, I froze up during speech competition, and that is tragically how my glossophobia started to manifest.

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“Glossophobia or speech anxiety is the fear of public speaking. The word glossophobia derives from the Greek γλῶσσα glōssa, meaning tongue, and φόβος phobos, fear or dread. Some people have this specific phobia, while others may also have broader social phobia or social anxiety disorder.” ~ via Wikipedia


Yes, it’s pretty tragic that my fear actually first manifested on stage during competition. And the most tragic part was that my speech team coach (a new teacher that was filling in for the usual teacher) thought it was because I had a crush on him! That added insult to injury. …

When you’re passionate about serving others, as I am and have always been, the option of giving up is totally off the table, but…

…slowing down or briefly pausing is totally on the table.

“Stop means pause & proceed with caution when you are passionately selflessly serving your audience.” ~ Donna Marie Johnson
“Stop means pause & proceed with caution when you are passionately selflessly serving your audience.” ~ Donna Marie Johnson

I had to stop doing my annual conference under the old brand (Market Like A Queen) so that I could find a way forward for continuing to serve better and make bigger impact under a new brand (Lead Like A Queen).

In order to find that way forward, I put my business on hold. I cut my team loose. I began working on me more intensely than ever before. Anyone who knows me knows that I am always learning and always working on me. …

I am just one of many voices discussing the importance of understanding what confidence is. However, I haven’t heard many people talking about how to protect the confidence you already have. So, I started talking about that a lot, over and over again. We have gotten a very good response online and also at our local events. If you’d like to get in on this conversation, come join us over in our Facebook Group — click this updated link:

Here are a few reasons why you should learn to recognize, refuse and reject your confidence stealers.


Your confidence stealers are keeping you and your business broke. They are affecting your family’s quality of life. This is…

What Happens When Introverts Get Fed Up #blacklivesmatter

UPDATE NOTES: I originally wrote this blog article here on the Medium platform in 2015, a few years after I incorporated my company. As of July 2020, I am 8 years in as a CEO and have some different perspective now than I did back then. I will make notations here and share what is different now.

For many women, this thing called leadership can sometimes be a bit mysterious and scary. That is because most women are never taught any leadership skills. And, for those of us who do step up as leaders, we are shunned and shushed and…

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