120 Listening to Your Call – Angela McKinney
30 Nov 2017

Summary

In the push and pull of everyday life, and the endless choices we have as creative entrepreneurs, it’s tempting to lose sight of your call. Today’s guest will share her story of listening and staying true to her call, and challenge you to do the same.

Angela McKinney, a nationally recognized mindset and recovery coach, helps people UNTANGLE suffering states and activate freedom. In addition to offering one-on-one coaching intensives and online group programs, Angela partners with medical directors and psychiatrists to build home programs for individuals recovering from addiction, life changes, and trauma. Angela has been seen in Rolling Stone, CBS, The New York Times and The Fix.

We’ll explore:

  • Angela’s story of a spiritual experience that birthed the 22-year journey for her book.
  • How Angela distilled the information from her book into a talk.
  • Why she describes the writing process as tedious, uncomfortable, and frustrating.
  • Why the speaking and writing processes are very different for Angela.
  • The ways that speaking impacts her business.
  • How her book evolved from her experiential work over the years.
  • The importance of systems, structure, and support for your call.

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Be willing to say “yes” to lots of things that connect you to your call.

You have a personal message that can change people’s perspective and have tremendous impact.

My relationship to being seen as an expert is a vulnerable, intimate, emotional journey.
119 Embrace Your Authentic Self – Rick Gabrielly
28 Nov 2017

Summary

It is easy to feel pressured to copy another author or speaker’s success. After all, those strategies and practices worked for them—why couldn’t they work for you? Today’s guest reminds us that it’s vital to be your authentic self and find what works for you instead of trying to be someone else.

Rick Gabrielly is a passionate husband, father, author, speaker and American wellness entrepreneur. His programs help people around the world enjoy more vibrant relationships, stronger families, and businesses that matter.

Rick’s limitless enthusiasm mixed with his love of technology, wellness, energy medicine and spirituality, inspires, motivates and supports his clients. By choosing LOVE over fear, Rick creates an environment of high-vibration, light-filled possibilities to help others uncover, cultivate and celebrate their own unique gifts, as well as the gifts in those around them.

We’ll explore:

  • Rick’s journey from marketing into wellness and entrepreneurship.
  • How he turned the content of his book into a presentation to small groups and on the stage.
  • How Rick finds the important elements from his book for talks.
  • Rick’s CAMIAA formula to help people create change in their lives: connection, attraction, motivation, inspiration, action, accountability.
  • Rick’s preparation for public speaking verses writing a book.
  • How he balances preparation and being spontaneous in the speaking process.
  • How speaking helps build Rick’s business.
  • How a book helped build Rick’s credibility.
  • Why Rick enjoys speaking more than writing.
  • The importance of finding what works for you in the writing and speaking processes.

Interview Links

Uncovering the Hidden Currency of Marriage by Rick Gabrielly
TheMarriageBoss.com
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A #book is a business card on steroids. @rickgabrielly #writing

Figure out who you, and it will be a shorter path from where you are to where you want to be. @rickgabrielly #success

There is no better way to engage an #audience than getting in front of them. @rickgabrielly #speaking
118 Practicing Ease & Alignment – Ellen Palmer
23 Nov 2017

Summary

As a speaker or writer, it’s easy to be focused on the final product of a speech or a book. But it’s not only about the product, it’s also about the process. Today’s guest reveals strategies that have helped her practice ease and alignment, two qualities that have allowed her to connect with audiences and grow her business.

Ellen Palmer is a certified holistic health counselor and life design expert who cuts through everyday overwhelm to help people identify their true desires, the limiting beliefs that have kept them stuck, and the skills they need to create their ideal life of optimal health, happiness, success, and freedom. Ellen has an international coaching practice and is a thought leader for how to blend science and mindfulness to create lasting change. She is a sought-after speaker in corporations, on campuses, and for entrepreneurs who are passionate about creating change in the world.

We’ll explore:

  • How Ellen’s corporate experience and health issues led her toward her current business.
  • Why she created her big talk first, even though she had the book outlined for seven years.
  • How Ellen used her talk to create the book outline.
  • How you can use your talk as a laboratory to find out what your audience thinks, and then using that insight to create a book.
  • Why she starts preparing for a big talk weeks or months in advance.
  • Why Ellen chooses the emotion, rather than the content, she wants the audience to take away from the talk.
  • How mindfulness, energy, and inspired action work together to help her create a great talk.
  • Why speaking is the most impactful part of her business.
  • The importance of being aligned with your business model.
  • How to use fear for your benefit.

Interview Links

EllenPalmerWellness.com
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Embrace the #fear and let it move you forward. @EllenPalmer

The easier I feel, the easier my #writing. The easier my writing, the easier I feel. @EllenPalmer

If you’re spending all your time doing something you don’t want to do, you’re not going to be sustainably successful. @EllenPalmer #alignment #business
117 Set Extraordinary Expectations – Kristin Smedley
21 Nov 2017

Summary

What happens when life throws you a curve ball? Our guest today shows us that you can not only learn to cope—you can thrive by rising to the occasion and helping others set extraordinary expectations for themselves. Speaking and writing can play a big part in this process.

Kristin Smedley is an award winning non-profit leader, TEDx speaker, and author. In 2011 Kristin founded the Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation, the only patient organization in the world for her sons’ blindness, CRB1 LCA/RP. Kristin has led the CRBF to raise over $1 million, introduced the first ever legislation in the United States in Braille, and has moved rare eye diseases from rarely talked about to being discussed in key circles worldwide.

In 2016, Kristin delivered a TEDx talk in New York City regarding how her blind sons completely changed her perception of blindness. In 2017, Kristin will publish her first book, Thriving Blind: Stories of Success Without Sight. Kristin challenges people to SEE: Set Extraordinary Expectations in their lives. Kristin enjoys speaking about her journey and pointing out where she can find the fun in fundamentally challenging situations life delivers.

We’ll explore:

  • How creating the big talk changed the direction of Kristin’s book.
  • Why the process of crafting the talk helped Kristin make the book more succinct.
  • Kristin’s writing process, and why you must write in a way that works for you.
  • Why physically moving helps her prepare for speaking engagements.
  • How speaking, especially at TEDx, has impacted Kristin’s business.
  • The ways that Kristin’s book will not only help people, but also increase her business.
  • Why speaking and writing are rewarding in different ways.
  • The importance of defining your message.

Interview Links

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A question every #speaker should ask: What is the key point I want to make, what do I really need folks to walk away with? @KristinSmedley

I can get more done in a day talking with people can I can do sitting in front of a computer. @KristinSmedley #relationships

If it’s important to you, it will be important to people. @KristinSmedley #relationships
116 Capturing Your Voice – Stacy Berman
16 Nov 2017

Summary

What happens when you have a message burning inside you, but you don’t consider yourself a writer? How do you share your voice with the world? Today’s guest shows us that it’s possible to create a fantastic book by working with a ghostwriter. You’ll hear why she chose this method of writing a book and why it’s so vital to capture your voice in your writing.

Soon after creating the first boot camp in NYC, Stacy Berman realized that exercise is not the only component for creating a sound mind in a sound body, or getting you to look amazing with your clothes off. Stacy realized that putting anything less than the best in your body is a waste. The System by Stacy, a luxury line of organic protein powders, was developed from this philosophy.

Ever a seeker in mind-body health, Stacy became a certified nutrition specialist, studied consciousness and meditation, and apprenticed to a Native American Shaman of the Hopi tradition for eight years. In 2015, she received a master degree in natural medicine and is on track for her Ph.D in natural medicine.

From trainer, to nutrition specialist, to spiritual explorer, to researcher, Stacy has combined all her knowledge of health and healing into her upcoming book Love Yourself Naked: The Science of Self-Perception, Spirituality, and Weight Loss.

We’ll explore:

  • Why the book, not the big talk, came first for Stacy.
  • Stacy’s process of working with a ghostwriter.
  • How Stacy is using the book to develop the big talk.
  • The importance of getting feedback on your ideas.
  • How her book and speaking builds her business.
  • Why Stacy prefers speaking to writing.
  • The value of working with a ghostwriter who already knew her voice.
  • Why it’s vital to get your thoughts down in a clear, cohesive way.

Interview Links

TheSystemByStacy.com
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The more outlets I have to connect with people, the more likely I am going to help them get there. @stacysbootcamp #writing

It’s all about capturing your #voice, whether it’s in a #book or a big talk. @stacysbootcamp

We need to embrace and own our unique way of working. @stacysbootcamp #voice
115 Leveraging a Book to Build Your Business – Allan Ting
14 Nov 2017

 

Summary

It’s easy to find a stage or an audience if you are a well-known celebrity or a high-level leader. But what if you are not well-known and don’t have much social proof? Our guest today will share how he leveraged his book to build a business. These are principles you can put into practice to build your audience as well.

Allan Ting is a #1 international bestselling author and a corporate mindfulness leadership advisor. He has taught at Yahoo, HP, Amazon, eBay, Cisco, VMware, Microsoft, Motorola, and many other companies. Allan has shared his inspirational messages on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and CW news. He is also a Certified High Performance Coach and a Tony Robbins Senior Leader.

We’ll explore:

  • What Allan learned from his analysis of modern-day leaders.
  • How writing a book can help launch your career.
  • How to distill a book into an 18-minute talk.
  • Allan’s writing process.
  • Allan’s process for preparing a big talk.
  • How speaking helps build Allan’s business.
  • Allan’s strategy for getting on television and connecting with his target audience.
  • Why he built his business with his big talk first.

Interview Links

The Instant Energy Method by Allan Ting
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#Write from your heart, and you will connect with your #audience even more. @AllanTing

Do your homework and understand your target #audience–their aspirations, inspirations, and fears. @AllanTing

It’s a great day to share your #message with the world. @AllanTing #speaking
114 Going Deeper with the Process – Mary Fran Bontempo
09 Nov 2017

Summary

Writers and speakers pursue their craft for all kinds of reasons. Today’s guest will remind you of the most important “why”—connecting with an audience and changing their lives. She shares her speaking and writing journey, and will challenge you to go deeper with the process.

Mary Fran Bontempo is a speaker, author, and humorist who teaches audiences to control their most powerful influence: Self-Talk. Author of The Woman’s Book of Dirty Words, and Not Ready for Granny Panties, Mary Fran proves that small changes in self-talk yield big life changes, allowing individuals to be positive, productive, and vital in a rapidly changing world.

We’ll explore:

  • How an unexpected evolution in Mary Fran’s life led to new opportunities.
  • How she narrowed down her book into an 18-minute talk.
  • Mary Fran’s writing process: generating an idea, creating the ending, then connecting the dots.
  • The importance of the visual and physical in the creative process.
  • Mary Fran’s advice for turning a talk into a book.
  • Why a book is an opportunity to go deeper with your audience.
  • Why public speaking is a form of performance.
  • The importance of practicing eye contact and stage movement.
  • The value of centering yourself in the writing process.
  • Why speaking and writing are branches of your personal brand.
  • Why the most important thing is knowing what your message is.

Interview Links

The Woman’s Book of Dirty Words by Mary Fran Bontempo
Not Ready for Granny Panties by Mary Fran Bontempo
MaryFranBontempo.com
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Mary Fran on Thrive Global
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#Speaking is engaging with people on an entirely different process than the written word. @MaryFBontempo

Everything you put out there is creating your #brand. @MaryFBontempo

@MaryFBontempo’s advice to prepare for #speaking: practice, practice, practice … and more practice!

 

113 Picasso Every Time – Nick Morgan
07 Nov 2017

Summary

Some artists, like Picasso, create a masterpiece once and hang it on the wall. Others, such as public speakers, must create an amazing experience every time they give a talk. Today’s guest breaks down his processes so you can see how he impacts audiences on both the page and the stage.

Dr. Nick Morgan is one of America’s top communication theorists and coaches. He comments regularly on body language and communications on CNN. He has been commissioned by Fortune 50 companies to write for many CEOs and presidents. He has coached people to give Congressional testimony, to appear on the Today Show, and to deliver an unforgettable TED talk. He has worked widely with political and educational leaders. And he has himself spoken, led conferences, and moderated panels at venues around the world.

His book on authentic communications, Trust Me, was published by Jossey-Bass in January 2009. His new book on communications and brain science, Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact, was published by Harvard in May 2014.

We’ll explore:

  • Nick’s rough introduction to public speaking in the real world.
  • How to turn an 18-minute talk into a best-selling book.
  • How the intellectual spine of your talk can lay the foundation for book chapters.
  • Why the secret fantasy of most authors doesn’t work in the real world.
  • The ways that speaking can help you establish a relationship with potential readers.
  • How speaking helps build his business.
  • Why he loves coaching speaking clients.
  • Why speaking resembles trying to be like Picasso every time you step onto the stage.
  • The value of joining Toastmasters to improve your speaking skills.

Interview Links

Power Cues by Nick Morgan
Trust Me by Nick Morgan
Give Your Speech, Change the World by Nick Morgan
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Writing a #book helps you understand where the gaps are in your knowledge. @drnickmorgan 

You’ve got to take responsibility for getting the message of the #book out. @drnickmorgan #writing  

Picasso made a painting once and hung it on the wall. You have to be Picasso every time you get up to #speak. @drnickmorgan
112 The Secret to Becoming a Great Author & Speaker – Lolly Daskal
02 Nov 2017

Summary

What is the secret to impacting audiences through writing and speaking? Is it confidence? Charisma? Eloquence? The answer may surprise you. Today’s guest reveals counter-intuitive wisdom, gained from decades of leadership, on how to impact your audience whether you are writing or speaking.

Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans fourteen countries, six languages, and hundreds of companies.

As founder and CEO of Lead from Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world. Based on a mix of modern philosophy, science, and nearly thirty years coaching top executives, Lolly’s perspective on leadership continues
to break new ground and produce exceptional results. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Psychology Today, and others. Lolly’s insights are the subject of her national bestselling book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness.

We’ll explore:

  • Why Lolly focused on the big talk instead of a book for many years, and how her big talk has changed since the book’s release.
  • How she discovered her core message by working with clients.
  • Lolly’s process for turning The Leadership Gap into a talk.
  • The three keys to a talk that moves people.
  • The most important thing to remember when giving a talk.
  • Lolly’s writing process.
  • How speaking and writing have impacted her business.
  • The surprising way in which Lolly chose the publisher for her book.
  • The secret to being a great writer and speaker, and why passion and soul are so important.

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The Leadership Gap by Lolly Daskal
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The most important thing to remember when you give a talk: it’s not about me. @LollyDaskal #speaking

What makes a great book is not having a unique message, but saying it in a unique way. @LollyDaskal #voice #writing

People want a talk that moves them, is actionable, and is meaningful. @LollyDaskal #speaking