251 The Best Storytellers are the Best Listeners – Ann Kowal Smith
29 Oct 2019

Listening, Storytelling, Audience, Leadership, Vulnerability

Summary

Storytelling is not one-way communication. Instead, it involves a great deal of listening, whether you are telling a story on a stage or with your team in the workplace. On this episode, our guest reveals why listening is such a vital part of storytelling, and how to use it as a tool to invite people into powerful stories.

Ann Kowal Smith is the Founder & Executive Director of Books@Work, a workplace program that builds community and deepens social connection to support inclusive, productive, and collaborative organizations. Books@Work’s novel approach has been recognized in the Harvard Business Review and Forbes, honored by the National Book Foundation, and discussed on WBUR’s On Point.

We’ll explore: 

  • How to use stories to create opportunities for you and your team to see each 
  • How a story can trigger your own stories, and how your own stories and then in sharing your own stories, you begin to see things in your leadership style that needs some work.
  • Why listening is so vital to leadership.
  • How to be a great storyteller and leader in your everyday life.
  • Ann’s role models in storytelling and leadership.
  • Why vulnerability makes a great story.
  • The biggest mistake leaders make when telling their story.

Interview Links

BooksAtWork.com

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Resources

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250 Audience-Centered Storytelling – Bill Carmody
22 Oct 2019

Storytelling, Audience, Engagement, Speaking, Vulnerability

Summary

Our stories and speaking begin with us, but they end with the audience. On this episode, we’ll explore how to powerfully impact audiences by focusing on their needs. You’ll also learn about the connection between storytelling and the right side of the brain, story archetypes, vulnerability, and much more.

Bill Carmody is the founder and CEO of Trepoint, a 22-year digital marketing veteran and TEDx speaker. His purpose in life is to be an inspirational leader who enjoys solving problems and creating breakthroughs for those brave enough to build a better future.

We’ll explore: 

  • How the right side of the brain is connected with storytelling.
  • How to become audience-centered by knowing where they are coming from.
  • The 5 story archetypes.
  • The value of asking open-ended what, how, and why questions.
  • How to use the 7-second rule to help your audience become engaged.
  • Why the greatest leaders are audience-centered, and how to use this principle in public speaking.
  • How to consciously weaving words together to make an impact on the audience.
  • Why vulnerability makes a great story.
  • How Bill prepared for this conversation with “I am enough.”
  • The biggest mistakes leaders make in sharing their story.

Interview Links

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The Big Talk Academy

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Dr. Diane Hamilton
21 Oct 2019

TED Talks draw millions of viewers all over the world. It’s no wonder rigorous preparation is done by the speakers. Preparing for a speech requires more than just words but a presence that touches people’s minds and hearts. Tricia Brouk, an international award-winning director and the Executive Producer of Speakers Who Dare, produce videos and prepare speakers for TED Talks or TEDx. She shares some tips on how you can captivate your audience and achieve your goal of getting your message across. Join host Dr. Diane Hamilton and Tricia Brouk as they get more into directing and producing methods as well as their thoughts on delivering impactful speeches.

249 Leadership & Storytelling: One and the Same
15 Oct 2019


Leadership, Storytelling, Speaking, Communication, Community

Summary

As a speaker, you have an amazing tool at your disposal. This tool can create community, inspire new ways of thinking, and help you make a powerful impact on your audience. On this season of The Big Talk, we’ll look at the power of storytelling and how it is an indispensable tool for leadership. In this episode, Tricia shares her story of taking stages, and why storytelling and leadership are one and the same.

We’ll explore: 

  • How Oprah Winfrey, Heidi Schreck, and Maya Angelou took the stage asked us to create new stories.
  • The story of how I took my first stages and my first audition with Lucinda Childs.
  • Why I said no to playing the lead role in “Einstein on the Beach.”
  • The importance of deeply understanding communication in order to be captivating.
  • Why we are all capable of having great impact on the world.
  • The power of stories to give groups a shared experience.

Resources

The Big Talk Academy

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248 Creating a Connection Through Storytelling – Jason Harris
08 Oct 2019

Connection, Storytelling, Emotions, Authenticity, Vulnerability

Creating a Connection Through Storytelling – Jason Harris

Summary

What truly moves people to action, the head or the heart? While information and content is vital, today’s guest reminds us that storytelling and connecting with people’s hearts through vulnerability is the most powerful way to impact them.

Jason Harris is the president and CEO of the award-winning creative agency Mekanism and works closely with brands through a blend of soul and science to create shareable and provocative campaigns that engage audiences. Jason’s passion for leveraging the power of storytelling to humanize brands and establish an emotional connection with consumers as people rather than mere transactions has revolutionized the role and impact of modern marketing. Jason’s innovative methods are currently studied at Harvard Business School through the case study “Mekanism: Engineering Viral Marketing.”

We’ll explore:

  • A bit about Jason’s current speaking platform.
  • Why Jason is so passionate about storytelling.
  • Why storytelling can be more powerful than focusing on just teaching content.
  • How body language and movement play a critical role in effective speaking.
  • The framework Jason used in his talk: personal to broad to urgent.
  • The most surprising things Jason learned from Speakers Who Dare.
  • How speaking has impacted Jason personally and professionally.
  • Jason’s tips for becoming a more effective speaker.

Interview Links

Jason’s talk: Born to Tell

The Soulful Art of Persuasionby Jason Harris

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Resources

The Big Talk Academy

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247 Your Message is Bigger Than Your Fear – Tonya Harris
01 Oct 2019

Anxiety, Message, Fear, Courage, Mental Health

Your Message is Bigger Than Your Fear – Tonya Harris

Summary

It’s easy to let fear hold you back as a speaker. What if you forget your script? What if people don’t like your talk? What if the unexpected happens? Today’s guest shares a powerful technique for dealing with fear, as well as offering many other tips for becoming a more effective speaker.

Tonya Harris is an award-winning toxin expert, childhood cancer survivor, and mother of three. She is the founder of Slightly Greener, offering busy Moms simple solutions for reducing toxins in their home. Tonya is also the founder of the Happy Child Project, a movement to de-stigmatize learning disabilities and mental health challenges in children.

We’ll explore:

  • A bit about Tonya’s current platform.
  • What Tonya learned about herself in the Speakers Who Dare process.
  • The importance of being vulnerable in your talk.
  • The value of having immediate feedback when you speak in front of a live audience.
  • The “What If” technique and how it can help you.
  • How speaking has impacted Tonya personally and professionally.
  • Practical tips for becoming a more effective speaker.

Interview Links

Tonya’s talk: Discrimination and Mental Health

SlightlyGreener.com

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Resources

The Big Talk Academy

FREE Ebook: 7 Step Formula for Fearless Speaking

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