The Business of Being Ananda Leeke – Part 3: Media Training 101 with Toni Blackman

Happy Thursday!

On August 7, I spent the morning with Toni Blackman (, my dear sistalove and media training coach, learning how to improve my online and offline appearance as the host of Ananda Leeke TV ( at Busboys and Poets ( in Washington, DC.  Toni reviewed and critiqued the webisodes I filmed during my Chicago adventures at the BlogHer 2009 Conference ( She also provided feedback on how to be more relaxed on camera, incorporate more gestures while speaking, improve my eye contact with the audience, and present a more polished look by selecting clothing, hairstyles, and makeup that enhance my natural beauty.  

After we talked about my webisodes, Toni filmed a webisode of me practicing my lessons learned.  I love how Toni uses experiential learning in her training sessions.  She also gave me homework to practice what I learned. My first homework assignment was a webisode I made during my plage de temps (French word for beach time) on Sunday.  I focused on making contact with the audience. Check out the webisode below.   Let me know what you think.

To learn more about Toni and her creative work, watch the webisode below. 

Enjoy your day!

Peace and Creativity,


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