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The Legendary Leaders Podcast

Oct 25, 2022

 How do you claim your right to space as a Woman in a world where space seems to have been created for Men? To claim your space as a Woman begins when you believe you have the right to that space, and make the intentional decision of communicating your voice, and supporting other Women despite your differences.  

In this 100th Episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Eliza VanCort, an acclaimed Speaker, bestselling Author, empowering Mentor, rule-breaker, rule-maker, and an unapologetic space claimer. She is a consultant in demand for Keynotes and Workshops on Communications, Career and Workplace issues, and Women Empowerment. She has a background in Political Science and the Arts. Her three Signature Keynote Speeches focus on Women’s Empowerment, unifying Communication, and dismantling Racism.  

Listen in to learn about the double standards of communication against women, and how they can still claim their space. You will also learn how to build intersectionality within your organization, by intentionally finding ways to become inclusive.  

This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalog of leadership and professional development programs unlike any online training you’ve experienced before.  


Key Takeaways: 

  • How to become mindful and intentional in creating meaningful memories.  
  • How to use silence and listening skills to make an impact in conversations.  
  • How to be aware of your interrupting rate, to avoid vertical interruption.  
  • How to mindfully communicate across differences, to optimize your organization.  
  • Learning how to live the lesson you want to teach, and influence those around you.  


Episode timeline: 

  • [1:13] Intro 
  • [6:31] Eliza’s speaking and teaching career and how it is informed by her acting technique.  
  • [9:44] She talks about her past traumas, plus how the story of one Woman can impact the world.  
  • [20:02] How she rebuilt her communication and became centered after her bike accident.  
  • [24:26] How she became a mindful communicator who fully understands and accommodates everyone.  
  • [28:57] The double standards of communication that do not favour women.  
  • [35:02] The negative experiences of women in a space that was built to favour the male population.  
  • [49:53] Understanding vertical interruption in conversations and how to be aware of it.  
  • [52:51] How to build intersectionality within your organization, by intentionally finding ways to be inclusive.  
  • [58:34] The steps white Women can take to include and build relationships with Black Women. 
  • [1:02:30] How Women can influence the world to be on the same path of helping Women claim their space.  
  • [1:04:11] How to raise a generation of powerful young people who believe their capital comes from within.  
  • [1:10:21] Believe you have the right to claim your space as a woman.  



  • “There’s automatically a power differential when you’re with a Man and a Woman, because one person has been trained to interrupt at a higher rate than the other.”- Eliza VanCort [50:58] 
  • “We can, as women, change the world, if we can just support each other a little more.”- Eliza VanCort [58:09] 
  • “Fundamentally, the revolution is going to happen from each human being believing they have the right to claim the space. and claiming it in an equitable way.”- Eliza VanCort [1:09:31] 


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Book:‘A Woman’s Guide to Claiming Space - by Eliza VanCort’ 
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After enduring traumatic kidnappings as a child, and then surviving a life-altering biking accident as an adult, Eliza VanCort rose to become the renowned empowerment advocate she is today. 

In her popular presentations and workshops, the acclaimed speaker and best-selling author of A Woman’s Guide to Claiming Space uses her academic expertise and training as an acting instructor to guide her audience using practical tools and tips for transforming their lives. On Tik-Tok, Eliza’s become a viral sensation for her candid, thought-provoking commentary on current hot topics. 

Her powerful method of engaging her guests in any forum has been described as ‘invaluable’ and ‘thrilling,’ by previous audiences, making her one of the most sought-after personalities in the industry today. 



About Cathleen Merkel:   

As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving,  
worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple six step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU!  

Cathleen focuses on women who have lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are  
running in a hamster wheel,’ trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised, and clear about their future.   

With over 15 years of Leadership Experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a Female Leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various Leadership Development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.  

Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ – was Cathleen able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many Women as possible on the planet! 


Find | Cathleen Merkel 

On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel 
On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching 
On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel 

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