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Julie Fogh and Casey Erin Clark, co-founders of Vital Voice Training, are excited to share "Voice (is)" - a podcast where they have conversations with people whose voices they love to dive into the good, the bad, and the messy of what makes your voice YOURS.

Expect actionable advice about public speaking, confidence, nerves, in-office communication, etc, as well as deeper discussions on what power looks (and sounds!) like, how to let go of perfectionism and use fear to your advantage, and how to show up as your authentic self in a world full of unconscious bias.

Vital Voice Training is a voice, public speaking, and communication coaching company founded to help clients communicate with savvy, charisma, and confidence. Whether you are giving a speech, leading a sales appointment or a brand new team, pitching your big idea for funding, or just finding the courage to make your voice heard, co-founders Julie Fogh and Casey Erin Clark’s extensive backgrounds in speech coaching and professional acting give them a unique perspective on what makes people want to listen. For the client, the result is your voice: amplified (not just louder).

Feb 10, 2021

Julie and Casey sit down with Six Degrees Society founder Emily Merrell to talk about building communities, the best way to network, and how to host an event to foster connection. Along the way we get the epic stories behind how she met her husband in New Orleans doing everything wrong, and what happens when your dream wedding gets evacuated 30 minutes before the ceremony.  


  • Show up as a human, not a human representation of a brand
  • Take the awkward out of networking situations by providing structure.
  • Be a good host by thinking of what your guests’ needs are—they’re simpler than you think!
  • Our adult lives all come down to summer camp skills.
  • The lessons we learn from jobs like retail, hospitality and babysitting are treasure troves of information on how we human.
  • More volume does not equal better networking. You can make deep connections even if you don’t have access to as many events as say, NYC.
  • Take care of your communities! Offer first, but don’t be afraid to ask either.
  • Sometimes doing the wrong thing is the way to make a memorable connection.
  • Use what you have on hand to come up with small talk . . .  seriously anything (even penis straws).
  • Lesson:  How to "Host"

About Emily Merrell:


I'm Chief Networker and Founder of Six Degrees Society. People also (lovingly) refer to me as "20 questions" because I've always loved figuring out people's stories.

While working in the fashion industry, I dreamt up a place where individuals could come together from all industries, all backgrounds and show up who they are —unapologetically. Nothing makes me happier than connecting people who could mutually make each other's lives more enjoyable.

In addition to Six Degrees Society, I also work with companies, founders, and more who are looking to build a strong community of their own, plan retreats to inspire their own teams, or need a mentor in their own business journey.