Episode 137 Walk on Stage Feeling Prepared – Melanie Deziel
30 Jan 2018

As a speaker, it’s not enough to have great content. You must also be prepared to deliver that content in a compelling way each and every time. Today’s guest shares practical strategies for preparing for a talk so you can deliver an exceptional experience for your audience.

Melanie Deziel is an award-winning branded-content strategist, consultant, and speaker who travels the world educating marketing, sales, and editorial teams on branded-content best practices. Melanie started The Overlap League native ad newsletter, writes the New Media Navigator column for Inc., teaches social media for Syracuse University’s online Master’s program, and is on the board of the Native Advertising Institute. She is the former director of creative strategy for Time Inc. and was the first editor of branded content at The New York Times, where she wrote the sponsored content pieces that won the 2014 and 2015 Best Native Advertising Execution OMMA Award, including the acclaimed Women Inmates” piece for Netflix.

We’ll explore:

  • Why the best speakers are the ones who try to give maximum value to their audience.
  • How to distinguish between talking AT and talking WITH your audience.
  • How Melanie prepares the night before a talk.
  • Why music raises the energy level in the room before a talk.
  • Why you should never say great question” or good question” in an audience Q&A, and what to do instead.
  • When to use audience interaction in a talk.
  • Melanie’s do-over moment.
  • The power of pauses in your talk.

 

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The best #speakers are the ones who are truly in service to their #audience. @mdeziel

 

What is the difference between talking AT and talking WITH your audience? @mdeziel reveals the answer on this episode.

 

On this episode, @mdeziel shares practical strategies for walking on stage feeling prepared for a talk. #speaking #audience
Episode 136 Put the Audience First – Sarah Kaler
25 Jan 2018

It is easy to plow through a talk that you have delivered before. But is that what will serve the audience best? Today’s guest will help you understand why every talk must be relevant to the specific audience. She also shares lots of practical tips for putting your audience first and connecting with them.

 

Sarah Kaler is an executive leadership coach, consultant, CEO and co-founder of SoulPowered, a women’s leadership, research, and education company. For over twenty years, she has developed business leaders and CEOs at start-ups, nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies, including lululemon athletica, Facebook, Accenture, Cisco, Intel, Hilton Hotels, Levi’s, SoFi and Nature’s Path Food. Sarah has been featured in The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Yahoo News, Fox News, Thrive Global, Reader’s Digest, NYLON Magazine and more.

 

We’ll explore:

 

  • Why personal connection and storytelling are key parts of being a good speaker.
  • How Sarah prepares for a talk.
  • Why it’s important to think about the outcomes you want and then work backwards in your preparation.
  • How Sarah uses writing to help her improve a talk.
  • The importance of meditation, sleep, and self-care in Sarah’s success as a speaker.
  • Why you should not deliver a signature talk without knowing your audience.
  • The value of understanding your goals and intentions as a speaker.
  • What you can do as a speaker to guarantee you will be heard.

 

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Episode 135 Understand What Your Audience Needs – Laura Templeton
23 Jan 2018

You may deliver the same talk numerous times, but no two audiences are the same. Today’s guest will help you grasp the importance of understanding your audience and what they need. She also shares practical ways to engage with your audience and receive feedback to make your talk even better.

 

 Laura Templeton is the Founder and CEO of 30 Second Success, a company helping professionals make better connections and obtain more business in 30 seconds or less. Laura’s passion for helping people succeed, her creative writing skills, and her 15+ years of experience in direct sales and personal development collided when she stepped into a leadership role with a national networking organization. Her desire to support her members identified a need within the professional community for consulting on your 30-second commercials for networking and video. She now has a thriving business built around crafting branded messaging that connects on a deeper level and teaching people to use networking as a marketing strategy through building better connections.

 

 We’ll explore:

 

  • What Laura believes makes a good speaker.
  • Why you must speak to the desires of your audience’s heart.
  • What it means to be an engaging speaker.
  • The importance of interacting with your audience before your presentation.
  • How Laura’s business has changed over the last several years.
  • How to tap into your tribe to get helpful feedback.
  • Why you should never show up unprepared, or show up late for a talk.
  • What you can do to guarantee that you will be heard.
  • The importance of being a great storyteller.

 

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Episode 134 Connecting with Your Audience – Mike Ganino
18 Jan 2018

What does an audience truly want from a talk? It’s not just about information—they crave an experience. Today’s guest reveals why it’s vital to connect with your audience instead of phoning it in, and practical ways to create a great experience for them. 

 Mike Ganino is a recognized expert in culture design and a speaker at national and international conferences. He specializes in creating unique, brand boosting employee experiences. Mike’s book Company Culture for Dummies will be published by Wiley in April 2018. He’s worked with category-leading companies like Lettuce Entertain You, ChowNow, US Foods, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Uber, and Pressed Juicery. Mike developed his speaking skills as a corporate trainer and made them entertaining as an improv actor at world-famous Second City, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and the Improv Olympics.  

 We’ll explore:  

 

  • The link between improv and speaking. 
  • What it means to say “yes, and.” 
  • The two core ideas of what it means to be a good speaker. 
  • Why connecting with the audience is so important. 
  • How Mike connects with an audience by remembering that they want to have an experience. 
  • Why you must have a vision for what you are trying to create. 
  • Unique rituals that Mike uses to prepare for a talk. 
  • Why you should never make anyone else look bad when you are on stage. 
  • Mike’s do-over moment, and why you should always wear a watch on stage. 
  • Why you should never try to the be the hero—the audience is the hero, and you are the guide. 
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Episode 133 Nothing Takes the Place of Preparation – Susan RoAne
16 Jan 2018

The best way to serve your audience is to prepare thoroughly for your talk. We know that preparation is important, but what does it specifically mean? Our guest today breaks down her preparation process and shares lots of practical tips that will help you better connect with your audience. 

Susan RoAne is an in-demand international keynote speaker who, for three decades, has shared her message of connection and communication with audiences on stage, in print, and in the media. She is the author of the classic bestseller How to Work A Room (which has sold over 1.2 million copies in thirteen countries) as well as several other well-received books. Her clients include Coca Cola, the US Air Force, UnitedHealth Group, Yale University, Apple Computer, Procter and Gamble, authors@google, Stanford University, LinkedIn, The National Football League, and her personal favorite … Hershey Chocolate! 

We’ll explore:  

  • How Susan’s former work as a public school teacher helped prepare her for a career as a public speaker. 
  • What Susan believes makes a good speaker. 
  • Why presentation skills are so vital in public speaking as well as in life. 
  • How Susan prepares to deliver a talk. 
  • Why you shouldn’t memorize a talk or read from a paper. 
  • Susan’s ritual for preparing a talk. 
  • How being prepared allows you to improvise when needed. 
  • Why you should talk to people in the audience before you take the stage. 
  • Susan’s do-over moment. 
  • One thing you can do as a speaker to guarantee you will be heard. 

 

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How to Work a Room by Susan RoAne
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Episode 132 Share All of You – Shane Ram
11 Jan 2018

When we think about sharing our story with an audience, it’s tempting to focus on the “successful” parts. But today’s guest helps us see that sharing our whole selves, and our whole story, is the best way to impact an audience. 

 Shane Ram is the CEO of STEP HR Consulting, Founder of Scientific Happiness, Property Investor, Founder of Don’t Settle for 7, Go For 10!, executive coach, author and a global keynote speaker. 

Working with senior managers, CEOs and entrepreneurs, Shane found that while many people, including himself, were successful, they weren’t necessary fulfilled or happy. Shane founded Scientific Happiness, which is a proven system based on science to help people find both success and fulfilment in their lives in the areas of business, relationships, health, career, parenting and finances.  

 Shane is a life-changing keynote speaker and helps entrepreneurs who want to grow and develop multiple streams of income. His coaching process shows individuals and corporate teams how to create the personal lives they want while becoming a megastar at work.  

 We’ll explore:  

  • The problem that Shane helps people solve. 
  • The most important quality of a good speaker. 
  • Why you must dig deep and understand—and share—your whole life with your audience. 
  • How Shane prepares to speak. 
  • The importance of getting your energy level up before speaking. 
  • Why you must understand the emotional intention behind what you say. 
  • Shane’s unique ritual that helps him communicate more effectively. 
  • What you should never do from the stage. 
  • How to guarantee you will be heard as a speaker
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While it’s important to share your whole #story, you don’t want to make it all about you. #speaking. @iamshaneram
Episode 131 Be Vulnerable and Share Your Story – Daniel Thomas Hind
09 Jan 2018

What is the best way to connect with your audience? Is it by promoting yourself as an expert and master of our topic? Our guest today will help you see the counterintuitive wisdom of impacting your audience by being vulnerable and sharing your story. 

 Daniel Thomas Hind is the founder of EvolutionEat, a transformational weight loss and lifestyle coaching company designed to help overwhelmed folks solve their eating, food, and lifestyle problems. Over the past few years, Daniel has specialized in helping busy executives and high performers become more productive at work and in life by prioritizing their health and overcoming unhealthy eating habits. And here’s the kicker … he’s figured out how to make the process fun, so that it lasts forever. Every week, tens of thousands of people read Daniel’s material to learn how to use psychology, mindset, and healthy habits to live a more meaningful life.   

 Daniel has put together a free gift for you. To get the exclusive EvolutionEat Starter Pack, including an ebook, a welcome video from Daniel, a 1:1 interview with his most successful client, and access to VIP coaching opportunities, just click here 

 Daniel also offers various online coaching programs and 1:1 mentoring. For more information, please email him directly at daniel@evolutioneat.com. Make sure to include “Big Talk Podcast” in the subject line. 

We’ll explore:  

  • Why eating well and living a healthy lifestyle is a skill you can learn. 
  • The importance of focusing on the process, habits, and mindset to get the results you want. 
  • What Daniel believes makes a good speaker. 
  • The importance of trusting yourself, being vulnerable, and sharing your story. 
  • How Daniel prepares for a talk. 
  • What it means to be prepared so you can let go in the moment. 
  • How Daniel uses meditation to stay centered, come into alignment, and be present to himself. 
  • Why Daniel hired a coach to stay committed to his morning routine. 
  • What you should never do in public speaking. 
  • What Daniel’s do-over moment would be, and why. 

 

Interview Links 

 Evolutioneat.com
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Daniel’s Skype name: danielthomashind 

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Don’t try to be anything you’re not—just be you. @evolution_eat #speaking

Discover how @evolution_eat uses #meditation to stay centered, come into alignment, and be #present to himself.

On this episode, @evolution_eat shares the importance of trusting yourself, being #vulnerable, and sharing your #story.

 

 

 

Episode 130 Giving Before You Give to Your Audience – Chanie Wilschanski
04 Jan 2018

We often think of public speaking as delivering information to our audience. But it’s much more than that. Today’s guest will help you understand how to give more generously to both your audience as well as those in need. 

 Chanie Wilschanski is an early childhood leadership coach and CEO of DiscoverED Consulting. Her leadership program is designed to help early childhood directors build a school of excellence and collaborative culture, as well as create an environment that fosters the growth of teachers as leaders. With over a decade of experience, she’s had the privilege of working with school leaders spanning six continents and twenty countries. Her writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, Medium, and Thrive Global. In addition, she currently directs the early childhood teacher training program at the Beth Rivkah College in Brooklyn, New York, where she lives with her husband and four children. 

 We’ll explore:  

  •  What Chanie believes makes a great speaker. 
  • How to step into the world of your audience. 
  • Questions to help you understand your audience. 
  • Why Chanie always writes a check to a charity before she steps on stage, and some of the organizations she supports. 
  • What you should never do when speaking. 
  • Chanie’s “do over” moment, and why less is more. 
  • How to give to your audience without lecturing. 
  • Chanie’s morning writing routine. 
  • What you can do as a speaker to guarantee you will be heard. 
  • How to maintain a connection to the audience once you’re on stage. 

 Interview Links 

 DiscoverEDConsulting.com 
Connect with Chanie on Facebook 
Follow Chanie on Twitter 
 

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People who are #listening to your #talk should be able to take something actionable and practical for their lives. @ChaniDiscoverED

Discover why @ChaniDiscoverED writes a check to a charity every time she speaks on stage. #speaking #giving

Sticking to your time frame is showing respect to the #audience and the people who brought you there. @ChaniDiscoverED #speaking
Episode 129 Do the Hard Work – Cass McCrory
02 Jan 2018

Summary

We know that success doesn’t usually come quickly or easily. But what does it actually take to create a thriving business based on your passion? Our guest today reminds us that success involves a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun if we approach it correctly.

Cass McCrory is a digital marketing strategy expert. Her experience includes leading digital marketing and social media strategy within large enterprises. She has passion for supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses as they create and generate multiple revenue streams to drive the success of their businesses. Her expertise is in the monetization strategies, social media promotion, content development, and campaign calendaring that generates ROI and online course ideation and creation. Cass brings an analytical nature to the table with a practical approach that generates measurable results for her clients. Cass also has a passion project called “The Subtraction Project” that has landed her on the pages of Oprah magazine, on popular podcasts, and as a contributor to Thrive Global.

We’ll explore:

  • How Cass helps people make money in a way that feels authentic to them.
  • What to do if you don’t have a strategy.
  • Why you must pay your dues.
  • How to create opportunities by being available after a talk.
  • The difference between pitching yourself and creating a dialogue.
  • Why it’s important to have fun in your business.
  • How projecting confidence as a speaker helps people have faith in you.
  • How to use Facebook live to hone your speaking skills, and why you should ask people to share your video.
  • Why a traditionally-published book can boost your credibility as a speaker.
  • Why it’s often difficult for accredited professionals to become entrepreneurs.
  • How credibility helps build your platform.

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CapraStrategy.com
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Follow Cass on Twitter
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The next #opportunity will come to you—you just have to be willing and interested to take it. @cass_mccrory

You have to #ask people to take the action you want them to take. @cass_mccrory #business
Identify the one thing you want to do, and do it. @cass_mccrory #success #clarity