Changing the world through art: Gabby Rivera

Every day, creative people are changing the world. Today, I want to share the work of Gabby Rivera, co-creator of the Marvel comic series, America. Rivera tells the story of America Chavez (also known as Miss America), a Latina, lesbian superhero.

Who is Gabby Rivera?

Gabby Rivera is a writer of young adult books and the comic series America. She speaks out on behalf of the LGBT and Latinx communities. She also speaks publicly about her work, and she does it with enthusiasm and confidence.

She’s changing the world by challenging stereotypes of strength and femininity. She’s also bringing more diversity to a genre that has traditionally been reserved for white, male characters. Her character, America Chavez, provides an empowering role model for young women of color to identify with.

How is Rivera sharing and promoting her work?

In addition to her website and social media accounts, she gave this compelling TED talk late last year. Although she’s discussing serious issues, she does it with humor and style. In it, she tells us that she was raised by fantastic storytellers, and I think that becomes apparent as she speaks. Her passion for her work and her desire to change the world really shine through.

How could I help?

Although Rivera does not need any help with her public speaking, she is a good example for people that do need help. Let’s talk about what she does well.

The first thing I noticed is her genuine smile. She uses a lot of humor in her talk and smiles often to draw in the audience, even though she’s talking about a difficult subject. Her passion and enthusiasm for her work really show in her smile, and this makes her message hard to resist.

She also gestures a lot and uses facial expressions to tell her story. These are very effective ways to capture and keep the attention of your listeners. Her gestures aren’t nervous or random, she uses them to emphasize her points and add to the message. Humans tend to imitate the facial expressions we see other people making, so this expressive technique is a good way to get your audience to empathize with what you’re saying.

Finally, she looks around at the entire audience as she speaks. This is a good way to make everyone feel included and keep their attention focused on you. Even if you don’t look at specific people, making a habit of looking at all parts of the room as you speak will make you look and feel more confident.

I want to help you too!

If this artist inspires you, leave a comment or share this post with a friend! If you want to share your work with a larger audience, I can help! Download my free guide: How to speak with confidence (10 tips for non-native English speakers). It can help you to look and feel more confident when you present your work. If you’re interested in working with a coach, you can also schedule a free trial lesson so we can talk about what you need and how I can help! 

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