Episode 145 Invent Your Own Path – Thom Singer
27 Feb 2018

There are many pathways to becoming a professional speaker. Today’s guest shares why you should invent your own path and reveals lots of practical tips to boost your speaking career and stand out from the crowd.

Thom Singer has an eclectic background working in sales, marketing, and business development roles for Fortune 500 companies, law firms, and entrepreneurial ventures. He is a professional master of ceremonies, motivational keynote speaker, and the author of twelve books on the power of business development, networking, entrepreneurship, legal marketing, and presentation skills. He also serves as the host of the popular Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast. Thom regularly speaks at business and association conferences around the United States and beyond, and has presented to over 600 audiences during his career as a speaker. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he and his wife are the parents of two highly spirited daughters.

We’ll explore:

  • Why it took several years for Thom to make the transition into full-time speaking.
  • What Thom believes makes a good speaker.
  • Thom’s preparation process for speaking.
  • How to try out new material to see if it relates to an audience.
  • How to decide whether to speak for free, and the value of speaking at small, local events.
  • The importance of knowing your audience before you speak to them.
  • Why you should never wing it, run long, or fail to ask how the client wants you to dress for the event.
  • Thom’s do-over moment.

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Episode  144 Own Your Awesome – Kristina Hallett
22 Feb 2018

Our guest today is here to remind you of one truth: you are awesome! She delivers practical tips to help you own your awesome on the stage by having fun, visualizing your success, and lots of other actionable advice.

Dr. Kristina Hallett is an executive coach, keynote speaker, board-certified clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at Bay Path University. She is the author of Own Best Friend: Eight Steps to a Life of Purpose, Passion, and Ease. Dr. Hallett speaks internationally in several areas of specialty: productivity, resilience, communication, self-care, mentoring, and living your best life. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1993 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology. She is active in the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, the National Association of Professional Women, the American Psychological Association, and the E-Women Network.

We’ll explore:

  • The importance of having fun when you are speaking.
  • How Dr. Hallett prepares for a talk.
  • How you can use the same type of visualization professional athletes use.
  • Why you should never read your speech or slides.
  • Dr. Hallett’s do-over moments.
  • The importance of bringing water and wearing clothes that are comfortable when you are speaking.
  • One thing you can do as a speaker to guarantee you will be heard.

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Episode 143 Storytelling for Transformation – Jennifer Kem
20 Feb 2018

Many speakers understand the power of stories, but what is the goal of storytelling? Our guest today believes it’s all about transformation and giving the audience an experience. In this interview, you’ll learn practical ways to organize and select your stories, as well as other incredible tips to engage your audience.

Jennifer Kem is a brand strategist, marketing expert, and the creator of Master BrandTM, a program for small business owners based on the brand ideologies of larger, impactful brands. Her 17+ years of experience creating advertising campaigns, developing innovative products and services, and guiding C-level executives to align their business strategy with their brand (both publicly traded and privately held) has produced millions of dollars in revenue for companies like Verizon, Oracle, Microsoft, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and innovative start-ups in Silicon Valley.

We’ll explore:

  • Three core attributes of good speaking.
  • Three ways that Jennifer prepares for a talk.
  • Why Jennifer keeps a spreadsheet of all her stories.
  • Why it’s selfish to hold onto something transformational when you can give it to your audience.
  • The difference between a monologue and a dialogue.
  • Three ways that Jennifer organizes her spreadsheet of stories: her own stories, stories that inspired her, and fables & myths.
  • How Jennifer calms her nerves before a talk by doing an intention visualization (how it’s going to go) and thinking about three avatars in her audience.
  • Why you should always create intentional engagement.
  • Why every talk, no matter how long or short, should include a story.
  • Jennifer’s do-over moment.
  • What you can do as a speaker to guarantee you will be heard.

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Every time you’re on stage you have the opportunity for people to see what you are about. @JenniferKemComm #speakingEvery #speaker should ask: What are the ways I can create a dialogue with the #audience instead of just speaking to them? @JenniferKemCommA @story cracks open the listener and allows them to see themselves in your story. @JenniferKemComm #speaking #storytelling

Episode 142 Becoming Vulnerable with Your Audience – Adrienne Dorison
15 Feb 2018

What is the best way to connect with your audience? Our guest today shares an unconventional answer: becoming vulnerable with your audience helps you connect in a powerful way. She also offers tips to help you become more vulnerable and effective in your speaking.

Adrienne Dorison is the CEO of Lean Growth Group, a consultancy that helps businesses double their results with half the effort. She’s leading a movement called Good Businesses Do Good™ that focuses on helping entrepreneurs earn more to give more. Adrienne lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband, Tyler, her Bernese mountain dog, Church, and their rescue terrier, Airy.

We’ll explore:

  • What Adrienne believe makes a good speaker.
  • The importance of vulnerability in connecting with an audience.
  • How Adrienne prepares for a talk.
  • Tips for finding out more about your audience.
  • Why winging it is selfish and doesn’t allow you to go to a vulnerable place with your audience.
  • Adrienne’s do-over moment.
  • How to be vulnerable with your audience without requiring sympathy from them.
  • What you can do as a speaker to guarantee that you will be heard.

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A good #speaker takes you on an emotional roller coaster. @adriennedorisonAre you willing to go there so you audience can go there with you? #authenticity #speaking @adriennedorisonWho is the one person who needs to hear this? Show up for them. @adriennedorison #speaking

Episode 141 Creating a Multi-Sensory Experience – Cameron Brown
13 Feb 2018

Do you want to take your speaking to the next level? Our guest today shares how he does this by engaging multiple senses and using the power of music and film. You’ll come away with ideas and inspiration to make your own talks more effective and create a unique experience for your audience.

Born and raised in outback Australia, Cameron has turned his dream and passion for helping others into a socially conscious company that empowers people across the globe to make a greater impact. In 2016, he sold or donated 99% of the things he used to own and embarked on a global quest to show first hand that how we run our companies, live our lives, and utilize our unique talents & strengths, determines our future as a species and the well-being of our planet. Through the talks he gives, people he coaches, and music & short films he creates that have an audience in 195 countries, Cameron discusses important topics including human potential, creative thinking, sustainability and relationship development.

We’ll explore:

  • What Cameron believes makes a good speaker.
  • Why you should be a living, breathing example of what you speak on.
  • How his travels have impacted his speaking.
  • How Cameron creates a multi-sensory experience for his audience with music, film, and other processes.
  • Rituals Cameron uses in preparing for a talk.
  • Why you must focus on your audience, not yourself.
  • How to redirect your anxiety into excitement.
  • The danger of over-promoting yourself from the stage.
  • Why Cameron shifted his focus from getting clients to building relationships.
  • Why your goals can actually be boundaries.

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You should be a living, breathing example of what you speak on. @askcameronbrown #speakingOn this episode, @askcameronbrown shares how he creates a multi-sensory experience for his #audience with music, film, and other elements.#Curiosity and #relationships are two of the most important elements not only in speaking, but in life. @askcameronbrown

Episode 140 Be Clear That You Are Here – Charreah Jackson
08 Feb 2018

 

When you are speaking, it’s easy to be distracted by various concerns and not be truly present with your audience. Today’s guest reminds us that we need to own our moments, be present with the audience, and be in the room with who is in the room.

Before turning 25, Charreah had battled cancer, been laid off from her dream job, and found out she was the other woman in a new relationship … and that was her good news. The global empowerment leader realized early that her happiness always lives inside her own hands. Now Charreah serves as ESSENCE Senior Editor, the author of the upcoming book Boss Bride: The Powerful Woman’s Playbook for Love & Success, and an international speaker with stops in Amsterdam and South Africa this year. Discover what your heart wants most in this season with a free report from Charreah at MyHeartWants.com.

We’ll explore:

  • How Charreah’s family legacy led her to becoming a speaker.
  • What Charreah believes makes a good speaker.
  • Why having a conversation with people is different than preaching or talking at people.
  • How Charreah prepares for a talk.
  • Why a great magazine headline is similar to a great speech.
  • The importance of packaging content in a way that is easily digestible.
  • Why you should never assume you are smarter than your audience.
  • Charreah’s do-over moment.
  • Why the stage will always be a magical platform.

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What makes a good #speaker is someone who is truly in the room with who’s in the room. @Charreah
Every talk is a big talk. @Charreah #speaking

Episode 139 Developing Authority as a Speaker – Jesse Johnson
06 Feb 2018

Do you speak because you have authority, or do you speak in order to gain authority? Today’s guest reflects on what it means to develop authority as well as practical ways to go about it.

Jesse Johnson is a success and mindset coach with a very unique approach to money and spirituality. She works with spiritual leaders, healers, and coaches to experience sales and their business as a spiritual process to earn significantly more money for their calling in life. Her clients create financial and creative abundance by dismantling the false beliefs they hold around wealth and taking action to bring money into their lives with integrity so they can serve at the highest level—no compromise, no self-sacrifice, no mediocrity, no poverty.

We’ll explore:

  • What Jesse believes makes a good speaker.
  • The role of authority in communicating to an audience, and how to develop authority.
  • The value of knowing what you are saying and why you are saying it.
  • The three parts of Jesse’s ritual for preparing a talk.
  • How Jesse uses writing alongside speaking.
  • Why you should never play the victim and blame your audience.
  • An important lesson Jesse learned from her teaching experience.
  • The importance of asking questions and listening.

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The best #talks are the ones where people know what they are talking about intimately. @JesseJCoaching #speaking When we are truly being ourselves, our #confidence comes through. @JesseJCoaching #speaking On this episode, @JesseJCoaching shares how to develop #authority as a #speaker.
Episode 138 Get Your Ego Out of the Way – Teresa de Grosbois
01 Feb 2018

As a speaker, your ego sometimes stands front and center and creates chatter that makes it harder to be effective. Today’s speaker shares practical guidance for getting your ego out of the way by surrendering, becoming more authentic, and forgiving yourself.

Teresa de Grosbois is a 4x bestselling author and an international speaker sought by entrepreneurs and large corporations wanting to better understand how local word of mouth can suddenly turn into an epidemic. Specializing in the topics of influence and success, Teresa has a proven track record in understanding word of mouth epidemics, having taken three books to best-seller status in only eight months.

Her book Mass Influence hit #1 international bestseller status in North America and Europe on the same day it launched. Teresa teaches business and marketing courses around the globe, including teaching courses to start-up entrepreneurs in developing countries. As the Chair of the Evolutionary Business Council, Teresa leads an international, invitation-only council of speakers and influencers dedicated to teaching the principles of success. Teresa is also the co-founder of the Global Influence Summit.

We’ll explore:

  • What Teresa believes makes a good speaker.
  • Why you must come down from the guru post and be a real human being on stage.
  • How Teresa defines authenticity.
  • How Teresa prepares to speak.
  • One of Teresa’s rituals before she speaks.
  • How surrender allows you to be more in the flow.
  • Why you must forgive yourself and be loving to yourself.
  • Teresa’s do-over moment.
  • Why you should take on the challenge and solve a big problem.

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Mass Influence by Teresa de Grosbois

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#Authenticity is just your inside voice saying the same thing as your outside voice. @TeresaDee #speaking Anytime you’re in your own head trying to manage your own fear, it is challenging to make an emotional #connection to an #audience. @TeresaDee Whatever happens on the stage is not about you, it’s about your #audience. @TeresaDee #speaking