212 What You Share is So Much Bigger Than You – Sarah Montana
04 Dec 2018

Forgiveness, Speaking, Audience, Impact, Preparation

212 What You Share is So Much Bigger Than You – Sarah Montana

Summary

It’s vital to have enthusiasm and passion as a speaker, but your message must ultimately serve others. Today’s guest shares her process of taking the TEDx stage and how she crafted a message that impacted her audience in a big way.

Sarah Montana is a screenwriter, playwright, and writer. She is currently writing two movies for the Hallmark Channel. Her most recent play,The Girl, The Ghosts, and the Minotaurwas selected for a staged reading at Life Jacket Theater Company’s 2017 Proof of Concept Reading Series in New York City. She is currently working on her own memoir and has ghostwritten book proposals for celebrity experts, some of which have been sold to publishers for six figures. She creates and shapes content for authors and business owners, including ebooks, articles, memoirs, and marketing copy.

We’ll explore:

  • Sarah’s experience as a TEDx speaker.
  • Why people don’t necessarily want to hear about your book or business at a TED talk … they want to hear about something that comes from a very personal place.
  • How being a TEDx speaker has helped Sarah become a better writer.
  • Why some people were resistant to her topic of forgiveness.
  • What Sarah would do differently next time, and what she would repeat.
  • Why you should not dress for a photo shoot when presenting a TEDx talk.
  • The most surprising element of the TEDx experience.
  • Three pieces of advice for potential TEDx speakers.

Interview Links

Sarah’s TEDx talk: The Real Risk of Forgiveness–And Why It’s Worth It

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211 The Story Underneath Your “Why” – Jeffrey Shaw
27 Nov 2018

Speaking, Why, Audience, Why, Fear

211 The Story Underneath Your “Why” – Jeffrey Shaw

Summary

We often hear that speakers must determine their “why.” Today’s guest will challenge you to dig deeper and explore the story beneath your “why.” He will also share his fascinating journey to the TEDx stage.

Having a keen eye isn’t just for what one sees, but also for what one senses. Having been one of the most sought after portrait photographers in the U.S. for more than three decades, Jeffrey Shaw, a.k.a. the Lingo Guy, uses this honed intuition to teach entrepreneurs how to attract their ideal customers by speaking their Secret Language. Jeffrey is host of the popular business podcast Creative Warriors, a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker, a TEDx speaker, a business coach for entrepreneurs, and author of the bestselling book, LINGO: Discover Your Ideal Customer’s Secret Language and Make Your Business Irresistible.

We’ll explore:

  • Jeffrey’s experience as a TEDx speaker, and his perseverance in applying 13 times to be a TEDx speaker before he was accepted.
  • The value of finding the story underneath your “why.”
  • What Jeffrey learned about himself during the process of preparing his TEDx talk.
  • The importance of finding a balance between being prepared and rehearsed.
  • Why “extemporaneous” rarely looks as good as we think it does.
  • The value of getting to know your fellow speakers.
  • What was most surprising to Jeffrey about the process, and why a TEDx event has its own vibe.
  • How being a TEDx speaker has helped Jeffrey personally and professionally.
  • Three pieces of advice for potential TEDx speakers.

Interview Links

Jeffrey’s TEDx talk: The Validation Paradox: Finding Your Best Through Others

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210 Be Clear on Your Takeaway – Pamay Bassey
20 Nov 2018

Takeaway, Clarity, Audience, Speaking, Communication

210 Be Clear on Your Takeaway – Pamay Bassey

Summary

You may have a lot of different ideas you want to communicate in a talk. Today’s guest talks about the challenge of identifying your big idea and gives practical strategies for getting clear on your takeaway.

Pamay Bassey’s superpower is that she’s always learning! She loves laughter, words, big ideas and serving her community. She is an executive, entrepreneur, educator, world traveler, comedian, speaker, and author of My 52 Weeks of Worship: Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey. She serves as Chief Experience Officer of the My 52 Weeks of Worship Project and Global Head of Professional Development at BlackRock.

Pamay earned a B.S. in Symbolic Systems with an Artificial Intelligence concentration from Stanford and a M.S. in Computer Science from Northwestern. She is also a graduate of Second City’s Conservatory program in Chicago.

We’ll explore:

  • Pamay’s experience as a TEDx speaker.
  • How Tricia and Pamay connected.
  • How Pamay figured out the big idea for her talk, and the value of being clear on what you want the audience to take away from it.
  • What Pamay would do differently in her talk.
  • How she dealt with fear during her talk.
  • The most surprising thing about Pamay’s TEDx experience.
  • How being a TEDx speaker has helped Pamay personally and professionally.
  • Three pieces of advice for potential TEDx speakers.

Interview Links

Pamay’s TEDx talk: Navigating Sacred Spaces

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209 Speak from a Place of Love – Antuan Magic Raimone
13 Nov 2018

Vulnerability, Relationships, Audience, Connection, Love

209 Speak from a Place of Love – Antuan Magic Raimone

Summary

Speaking from a stage can represent power, authority, and leadership. Today’s guest shares a powerful reminder that love is also vital part of the speaker’s equation for connecting with an audience and spreading great ideas.

Antuan Magic Raimone is an actor, TEDx speaker, and activist with twenty years of experience in musical theater who is currently a Universal Swing for Hamiltonon Broadway. He was also the Vacation Swing for In The Heightson Broadway and has performed at Radio City Music Hall and the Grand Ole Opry in Tennessee. As a speaker, he most recently gave a keynote speech at the SPECTRUM Conference in Albany, NY. He also spoke at the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) and is a member of the OVS Advisory Council.

We’ll explore:

  • Magic’s current role as a “swing” in Hamilton.
  • What Magic learned about himself during the process of being a TEDx speaker.
  • What he would do differently as a speaker, and what he would repeat.
  • The value of rehearsing so that you can connect with the audience.
  • What was most surprising about Magic’s TEDx experience.
  • Three pieces of advice for potential TEDx speakers.
  • How being a TEDx speaker has helped Magic personally and professionally.

Interview Links

Antuan.org

Magic’s TEDx talk: Soldier of Love: My Survivor Story

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To Give a Great Presentation, Distill Your Message to Just 15 Words
07 Nov 2018

Fearless public speaking is about more than combating nerves. It’s about knowing the technique, the art, and the business of public speaking.

In my two years working as a TedX producer, and my 27 years working in film, television, theater, and events production, I have worked with hundreds of speakers, and with actors including Kate Winslet, Christopher Walken, Susan Sarandon, and the late James Gandolfini. All of the speakers and actors I’ve worked with rely on technique when they walk on to a stage or a set. They don’t simply hope they will connect with the scene or with their scene partner. The same applies to anyone who’s public speaking. While you may not deliver a captivating talk every time, you can learn to apply technique, and in turn, become a fearless speaker every time. But your nerves are not the only thing you have to master. You must also:

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208 Breaking Down Your Ideas – Madison Campbell
06 Nov 2018

Science, Space, Speaking, Ideas, Audience

208 Breaking Down Your Ideas – Madison Campbell

Summary

One of the hallmarks of an effective TEDx talk is connecting with an audience and spreading your ideas. But if you are not careful, you can overwhelm your audience with unnecessary details related to your topic. Today’s guest shares her experience as a TEDx speaker and how she broke down the ideas of a complex topic.

Madison is a Researcher, Data Scientist, and Medical Program Director. She is also the Chapter President for Young Americans for Liberty. Her research on neurodegenerative diseases has been published in 12 studies. She discovered creative expression at a young age through dance and as a young adult devoted her education to ballet and musical theater. Her life took a drastic turn when she received a diagnosis of “Thoracic Outlet Syndrome” as a freshman in college. Despite her low energy levels, she was determined not to let that hold her back from enjoying college. After being told by her surgeon she was not allowed to have a summer job, she found herself immersed in recovery so her illness would not hold her back. Little did she know, this restful recovery would soon encourage her to a new line of work. Her illness pushed her to seek more knowledge in the scientific field of infectious diseases, epidemiology, and neuro-epidemiology.

We’ll explore:

  • How she has blended her interests in epidemiology and space travel.
  • Madison’s experience being a TEDx speaker.
  • What she learned about herself in the process of preparing her talk.
  • What Madison would do differently next time.
  • The surprising aspects of doing a TEDx talk.
  • How being a TEDx speaker has impacted Madison personally and professionally.
  • Three pieces of advice for potential TEDx speakers.

Interview Links

Madison’s TEDx talk: Viruses in Space, Cancer at Home

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207 Connecting with Your Co-Speakers – Rabbi Elchanan Poupko
30 Oct 2018

Relationships, Speaking, Connection, Community, Preparation

207 Connecting with Your Co-Speakers – Rabbi Elchanan Poupko

Summary

There are many benefits to becoming a TEDx speaker: spreading ideas, connecting with an audience, taking your skills to another level, and many others. Today’s guest shares how he was impacted by an unexpected benefit: connecting with his co-speakers.

Rabbi Elchanan Poupko is an eleventh-generation rabbi, the founding editor of The YU Lamdan (The Wilf Campus Torah Journal), and the president of EITAN (The American Israeli Jewish Network). He also served as a Rabbinic Intern at Park East Synagogue in New York. He holds a Master’s degree in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University. Rabbi Poupko is a member of the Rabbinical Council of America.

We’ll explore:

  • Rabbi Poupko’s experience speaking at TEDx Lincoln Square.
  • The backstory of how Rabbi Poupko and Tricia connected.
  • The value of connecting with other TEDx speakers.
  • What Rabbi Poupko learning about himself during the TEDx speaking process.
  • What he would do differently next time.
  • The value of practice and feedback in the preparation process.
  • How being a TEDx speaker has helped Rabbi Poupko personally and professionally.
  • The most surprising thing about doing a TEDx talk.
  • Three suggestions for anyone planning to take the TEDx stage.

Interview Links

Rabbi Poupko’s TEDx talk: The High Price of Political Polarization

RabbiPoupko.com

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206 Becoming a Bridge-Builder – Mary Gauthier
23 Oct 2018

Music, Bridges, Relationships, Insecurity, Connection

206 Becoming a Bridge-Builder – Mary Gauthier

Summary

TEDx speakers not only use words to connect with an audience. They also use other art forms such as music. Today’s guest shares how she uses music to build bridges between people, as well as the role music played in her recent TEDx talk.

Mary Gauthier is known as a songwriter’s songwriter. Her latest release, Rifles & Rosary Beads, is a collection of songs she co-wrote with U.S. Veterans over the last five years through Songwriting With Soldiers, a non-profit that offers Veterans a chance to work with professional songwriters. The songs on Rifles and Rosary Beadstell the story of the affect war has had on the Americans who have served, as well as their families. It has been nominated for record of the year by the Americana Music Association.

We’ll explore:

  • The power of using story through song to create empathy.
  • How Mary is using music to build bridges during a divided time.
  • Mary’s experience as a TEDx speaker, and how it challenged her.
  • How TED talks are a unique art form.
  • What Mary learned about herself while preparing for her talk.
  • What she would do differently in the future.
  • The most surprising thing about Mary’s experience at TEDx.
  • How being a TEDx speaker has helped her personally and professionally.
  • Mary’s advice for potential TEDx speakers.

Interview Links

MaryGauthier.com

Mary’s TEDx talk: Saved by a Song

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205 Leave Room For Flow – Jim Curtis
16 Oct 2018

Speaking, Fear, Flow, Impact, Audience

205 Leave Room for Flow – Jim Curtis

Summary

As a speaker, how do you balance the need to rehearse your talk while also leaving room for flow? Today’s guest shares his experience as a TEDx speaker and delivers valuable insights about going with the flow while also staying prepared.

Jim Curtis has had a prolific career in health publishing, serving as a key leader in the rapid growth of three leading national health sites, WebMD, EverydayHealth, and Remedy Health Media. Jim is the author of the new book, The Stimulati Experience, that curates transformational skills learned from twenty years of fighting a chronic health condition of his own while serving as a patient advocate.

He is the creator of the documentary series Elders, is an active public speaker, a TEDx speaker board member, and business coach to start-up entrepreneurs. Jim’s focus is on achieving health, happiness, and purpose through mindset, lowering inflammation in both the mind and body. He has been featured in The New York Times, Fox News, Elite Daily, The Daily News, Bloomberg, HuffPo, Thrive Global, Rodale Health, US News and World Report, and others. Jim lives in NYC with his son, Aidan, and rescue dog, Odie.

We’ll explore:

  • Jim’s new role as President and CEO of the company Modern Sanctuary.
  • His experience of being a speaker at TEDx Lincoln Square.
  • What it takes to craft your talk for maximum impact.
  • What Jim learned about himself during the process of speaking for TEDx Lincoln square, and what he would do differently.
  • The most surprising part of the experience.
  • Three pieces of advice for potential TEDx speakers.
  • The value of leaving room for flow in your talk.

Interview Links

Jim’s TEDx talk: The Cosmic Algorithm: Deciphering The Signs

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204 Leave an Opening for Action – Janet Zaretsky
09 Oct 2018

Audience, Questioning, Relationships, Equality, Ask

204 Leave an Opening for Action – Janet Zaretsky

Summary

The end result of speaking to an audience is to bring about change. Today’s guest shares amazing insights that will help make your talk more actionable by making it relevant, simple, and inspiring.

Janet Zaretsky is a master professional coach, author, and speaker who helps people unleash their brilliance, confidence, and visibility in the world. Janet has worked with over 32,000 people in the past 22+ years. She is a powerful advocate for ending the gender gap, both in pay and influence. Her work with women has led her to be a frequent contributor to Forbes. She is also the author of Where’d My Confidence Go … and How Do I Get it Back?

She is an International Coach Federation member, Enhanced Conversational Intelligence Coach, Certified in Behavioral Style Instruments, graduate of Coach U, and former senior program leader for Landmark Worldwide.

We’ll explore:

  • Janet’s audience, and why she focuses on those committed to ending the gender gap.
  • How Janet uses inquiring and questioning to learn about her audience.
  • The value of videoing yourself, as well as the audience, during your talk to get helpful feedback.
  • Why it’s important to know whom you’re talking to.
  • What Janet wants from her audience, and why she focuses on making it relevant, actionable, and simple for people.
  • Janet’s strategy for pivoting when a talk is not going well.
  • Janet’s three action words in speaking: empower, inspire, be unmessable with.

Interview Links

JanetZaretsky.com

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