184 Help Your Audience Identify Their Obstacle – Megan Densmore
31 Jul 2018

Attitude, Health, Wellness, Obstacles, Action

184 Help Your Audience Identify Their Obstacle – Megan Densmore

Summary

We all have obstacles. Many times we need another person’s perspective to clearly see the obstacle and how to overcome it. Today’s guest shares how she helps her clients and audience identify their obstacles, take action, and stay curious.

Megan went from debilitating Fibromyalgia symptoms to being able to realize lifelong dreams of competitive athletics. Along the way, she has become an advocate for chronic pain and invisible illness. Megan is the creator of the “Zero to Hero” exercise program for people with chronic pain and fibromyalgia, as well as other related conditions. 

She is a working actress and indie film producer, an experienced Pilates instructor and personal trainer, and a proud advocate for natural supplementation and the healing power of food. She is excited to speak out about the freedom she now experiences in all avenues of her life, and she is committed to teaching others to find their own freedom!

We’ll explore: 

  • Megan’s audiences, and the topics she focuses on.
  • How Megan learns about her audiences.
  • The advantage to knowing who your average client is.
  • What Megan wants from her audience.
  • How Megan gets her audience to take action and be curious.
  • A time when Megan gave a talk but did not know her audience.
  • Megan’s three action words for speaking: crush, rally, magnetize.

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183 Give Your Audience the Skills to Innovate – Marie Incontrera
26 Jul 2018

Audience, Speaking, Innovation, Change, Learning

183 Give Your Audience the Skills to Innovate – Marie Incontrera

Summary

What do jazz music and business have in common? Innovation. Today’s guest shares her process for helping clients develop the skills to innovate in their field, whether it’s art, business, or music. You’ll be inspired to take your own speaking and work to a new level of creativity and excellence.

Marie Incontrera is a social media, publicity, and speaker consultant for authors, thought leaders, coaches, and consultants; avant-garde jazz musician; author; and fitness enthusiast residing in Brooklyn, New York.

As a consultant, her services include: social media and online branding services for individuals and small businesses; media bookings (podcasts, internet radio, traditional radio, and more); TEDx talk development and speaker booking outreach; blogging and ghostwriting (on platforms such as Thrive, Quora, Medium, LinkedIn Pulse); customized book-launch packages; and more.

We’ll explore: 

  • How Marie’s audience has changed, and how she learns about them.
  • The value of meeting your audience where they are.
  • What Marie wants from her audience.
  • How she gives her audience the skills to innovate in their field.
  • The power of identifying your stories that can help you achieve your goal.
  • Marie’s three action steps in speaking: amaze, innovate, learn.

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182 You are in the Transformation Business – Alionka Polanco
24 Jul 2018

Audience, Transformation, Relationships, Change, Preparation

182 You are in the Transformation Business – Alionka Polanco

Summary

Speaking is not just about a transfer of information. It’s about helping an audience take action and change their lives. Today’s guest reveals how she educates, inspires, and entertains her audience in order to help transform their lives.

Alionka Polanco has a vision that women are going to heal and rule the world. An NYU-certified life and success coach, she is the founder The Big Vision Mastermind and author of Beyond Profit: The Successful Woman’s Guide to a Meaningful Life. Over the last 4+ years, she has coached top performers in fields as diverse as sales execs at Google, Broadway stars, business owners from Dubai to Australia, and everywhere in between. 

We’ll explore: 

  • Alionka’s audience, and the unifying threads in her diverse audience.
  • How Alionka learns about her audience.
  • The value of being with your audience in a live setting.
  • Why it’s so important to know whom you’re talking to.
  • A time when Alionka spoke to an audience but did not know them.
  • How she goes about getting what she wants from her audience.
  • The importance of having a dialogue with the audience.
  • Alionka’s three action words for speaking: educate, inspire, entertain

Interview Links

AlionkaPolanco.com

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181 Be Vulnerable and Open Up the Conversation – Jenny Carr
19 Jul 2018

Connection, Purpose, Audience, Vulnerable, Food

181 Be Vulnerable and Open Up the Conversation – Jenny Carr

Summary

Every speaker wants their audience to open up and be vulnerable. But you have to first set the stage. Today’s guest speaks to the importance of letting your guard down and sharing your story so the audience can follow. The result is greater impact and the opportunity to help your them in a deeper way.

Jenny Carr is an anti-inflammatory health coach, speaker, and the international best-selling author of Peace of Cake: The Secret to an Anti-Inflammatory Diet. She survived a near-death experience due to an auto-immune condition, and then healed it by upholding anti-inflammatory living. Jenny specializes in helping people reverse chronic symptoms by adopting and maintaining anti-inflammatory eating without feeling deprived or overwhelmed.

We’ll explore: 

  • Jenny’s audience, and how she is giving them hope.
  • How she learns about her audience once she finds them.
  • Why it’s important to know whom you’re talking to.
  • Jenny’s strategy of writing her book to one individual.
  • What Jenny wants from her audience.
  • The way Jenny helps her audience become more open, and the value of learning about your audience’s pain points.
  • A time when Jenny gave a talk but did not know her audience.
  • Jenny’s three action words for speaking: disclose, educate, elevate.

Interview Links

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180 Put Yourself in the Background – Joshua Spodek
17 Jul 2018

Audience, Support, Vulnerable, Listening, Attention

180 Put Yourself in the Background – Joshua Spodek

Summary

What is the best way to lead and influence an audience? Today’s guest reminds us that the best way to impact others is to put ourselves in the background and focus on them. By supporting people in a non-judgmental way and listening to them, we can make a huge impact on their lives.

Joshua Spodek, PhD, MBA, bestselling author of Leadership Step by Step and host of the award-winning Leadership and the Environment podcast, is an Adjunct Professor at NYU, leadership coach and workshop leader for Columbia Business School, columnist for Inc., and founder of SpodekAcademy.com.

He has led seminars in leadership, entrepreneurship, and creativity at Harvard, Princeton, West Point, and MIT, and corporations including BCG, IBM, and the NY Academy of Science. He holds five Ivy League degrees and studied under a Nobel Prize winner. He helped build an X-ray satellite for NASA, co-founded several ventures, and holds six patents.

We’ll explore:

Joshua’s audience, and how learns about them.
Some of the tools Joshua uses to read an audience.
Why reading an audience is similar to reading one person.
What Joshua wants from his audience, and how he gets them to share and be vulnerable.
The importance of supporting people in a non-judgmental way.
What Joshua learned from a webinar that did not go as planned.
How Joshua learns about his audience.
Joshua’s three action words for speaking: develop, humble, listen.

Interview Links

JoshuaSpodek.com

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179 Be Willing to Listen to Your Audience – Bryn Drescher
12 Jul 2018

Youth, Audience, Listening, Content, Humor

179 Be Willing to Listen to Your Audience – Bryn Drescher

Summary

Today’s guest speaks to a youth audience but she takes an unusual approach to connect with them. Instead of just giving advice, she listens intently and pays attention to what they say through art, music, and social media. You’ll learn to apply this powerful strategy so you can also better connect with your audience.

Bryn Drescher uses her unique brand of electric energy, humor, and insight to empower audiences to move toward their dreams and goals despite perceived obstacles. She has spoken in the arenas of large and small business, education, and personal development. The topics she is most passionate about are mindset and Limitless Living. 

Bryn also loves empowering youth and has devoted several years to speaking all over the Los Angeles Unified School District to high school students regarding being their best selves while pursuing their goals. Her current project is helping people uplevel their voice and mission through the use of video.

We’ll explore: 

  • Bryn’s passion for helping youth create a better future.
  • How Bryn learns about her youth audience through their art, social media, and simply by listening.
  • Why it is important to know your audience.
  • What Bryn wants from her audience right now.
  • The power of laughter and humor in connecting with an audience.
  • A time when Bryn gave a talk but did not know her audience, and what she learned.
  • Bryn’s three action words for speaking: humor, elicit, uncover.

Interview Links

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178 Inviting Your Audience to Tell a Story – Raimonda Jankunaite
10 Jul 2018

Women, Story, Relationships, Networking, Connection

178 Inviting Your Audience to Tell a Story – Raimonda Jankunaite

Summary

Today’s guest shares her story of helping and inspiring women in business. As she shares the wisdom she has learned, you’ll come away knowing how to elevate and engage your own audience by listening to them and inviting them to tell a story.

Raimonda is an entrepreneur and innovative business strategist who is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and businesses create a positive social impact. Through her work as a business strategist, she has become a leading authority in crowdfunding and co-founded her own crowdfunding platform, Crowd Velocity, in 2015. Last year her focus shifted to creating the support and training needed for a successful start-up, and she launched an online learning platform.

Raimonda is a huge champion of women in business, and works hard to build connections between female entrepreneurs from across the globe to help them share knowledge, support, and inspiration. She is an advocate for Women In Tech and successfully hosted two Women in Business events in London in 2017, and this year has brought together fourteen incredible international speakers for the International Women in Business Summit.

We’ll explore: 

  • Raimonda’s passion for inspiring other women who are finding a new space for themselves and their business.
  • How Raimonda finds these women, and learns who they are and what they need.
  • Why you must take an interest in your audience.
  • What Raimonda wants from her audience.
  • How she uses questions during an event to engage the audience.
  • A time when Raimonda gave a talk but did not know her audience.
  • Raimonda’s three action words for speaking: inspire, elevate, motivate.

Interview Links

WomenInBusiness.online

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177 How to Learn About Your Audience – Michael Roderick
05 Jul 2018

Audience, Relationships, Connection, Asking, Networking

177 How to Learn About Your Audience – Michael Roderick

Summary

One of the key aspects of becoming an effective speaker is learning about your audience. Today’s guest delivers actionable steps to help uncover an audience’s most important needs, as well as what to do at the end of your presentation.

Michael Roderick is the founder of Small Pond Enterprises, a company that works at the intersection of relationship building and thought leadership. He helps thoughtful givers become thought leaders using the same methodology he used to go from being a high school English teacher to a Broadway producer in under two years. Michael is also the founder of ConnectorCon and the host of the podcast Access to Anyone.

We’ll explore: 

  • The importance of balancing the amount of giving you are doing with the amount of asking you are doing.
  • The audience Michael has built, and why he calls them the “anti-networking” crowd.
  • Michael’s strategies for learning about his audience.
  • Why it’s important to know whom you’re talking to.
  • The value of using the TCM (time, connections, money) index to learn about your audience.
  • What Michael wants from his audience.
  • What Michael learning from a situation where he spoke but did not know his audience.
  • The power of asking for “takeaways” instead of “questions” at the conclusion of a presentation.
  • Michael’s three action words for speaking: elucidate, bolster, synthesize.

Interview Links

SmallPondEnterprises.com

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176 Who is Your Audience, and What Do They Need? – Laura Queen
03 Jul 2018

Response, Connection, Space, Engagement, Speaking

176 Who is Your Audience, and What Do They Need? – Laura Queen

Summary

There are so many things to think about as a speaker that it’s easy to feel it’s all about you. Today’s guest will give you a powerful reminder that it’s all about the audience. She will also reveal practical tips for discovering who you audience is and what they need.

Laura Queen is an accomplished speaker, author, and executive. She is the founder and Managing Partner of Colloquia Partners, LLC, whose mission is to elevate individual and organizational value through a unique people-centric, strengths-based, data driven approach to business consulting. 

She has 20+ years of experience as a business leader in human resources and administration, previously serving as the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of G&W Laboratories, Inc. and the Vice President of Human Resources and Administration at Teva Pharmaceuticals, Inc. She has a Doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning from The George Washington University.

We’ll explore: 

  • Laura’s audience, and how she learns about them.
  • What it’s important to know whom you’re talking to.
  • What Laura wants from her audience.
  • Ways your audience will tell you that your message is coming through.
  • The power of pausing and giving space during a presentation to achieve your goal.
  • A time when Laura spoke to an audience she did not know.
  • Laura’s three action words for speaking: provoke, catalyze, inspire.

Interview Links

ColloquiaPartners.com

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