256 Step In & Step Up as a Leader – Dr. Wayne Pernell
03 Dec 2019

Leadership, Relationships, Influence, Legacy, Speaking

256 Step In & Step Up as a Leader – Dr. Wayne Pernell

Summary

Are you operating at your full potential as a leader and storyteller? Today’s guest will challenge you to step up, embrace your potential, and choose to be powerful as a leader and speaker.

As a #1 bestselling author, highly sought-after speaker, and elite high-performance executive coach, Dr. Wayne Pernell has spent the last three-and-a-half decades bringing leaders on a breakthrough journey to their next level of having more and being more. He is known as “The Leaders’ Leader” for good reason.

We’ll explore:

  • The connection between the responsibility and the opportunity to speak.
  • Wayne’s pizza story, which illustrates the power of a simple story to powerfully impact you and others.
  • The three C’s of leadership: clarity, communication, curiosity.
  • Why influence and leadership are two different things.
  • The importance of the “little things” in relationships such as smiling and making eye contact.
  • The biggest mistake leaders make in sharing their story.
  • Some of the best talks Wayne has heard, and how the talks impacted him.

Interview Links

WaynePernell.com

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Resources

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255 Check Your Ego at the Door – Patty Lennon
26 Nov 2019

Speaking, Storytelling, Ego, Intuition, Structure

255 Check Your Ego at the Door – Patty Lennon

Summary

At its core, storytelling and leadership are not about you. They are all about impacting and serving your audience, team, or followers. Today’s guest will help every leader and storyteller check their ego at the door and risk the edge of their own vulnerability in order to become more effective.

Patty is a keynote speaker and best-selling author who inspires audiences to lead with passion and purpose. She is an expert business coach that believes our businesses are not only a way to make money and contribute to our fellow humans but are also a conduit for our soul’s evolution.

We’ll explore:

  • How an intuitive or channel can further hone their skills as a speaker.
  • The importance of checking your ego at the door as a speaker.
  • What makes a great storyteller.
  • Patty’s role models in storytelling and leadership.
  • How to use the persistent rejection of structures to your benefit.
  • Patty’s process of channeling as a speaker.

Interview Links

PattyLennon.com

The Wealth & Purpose Podcast

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Resources

The Big Talk Academy

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How Ego, Comparison And Fear Can Impede Your Success
20 Nov 2019

It is human nature to compare ourselves to others, and comparison is often a tool that can serve us well for success. For example, if I want to rank higher in my spin class, by comparing my numbers to the leader board of the other classmates, I push myself a bit harder and perform better. Or, if I compare myself to other guests in an on-camera interview, before I’m about to go on, I observe what works and doesn’t and improve my performance. These are healthy comparison tools. It’s also human nature to have an ego and to experience fear. However, when you live in the dangerous trifecta of ego, fear and comparing yourself to others, you are not only hurting yourself, you are slowing down the process of reaching your highest potential.

As a director, producer and speaker coach, one of my jobs is to observe. I have to be patient with my speakers because they are also in process. I can’t expect perfection out of the gate. I may not love something they are doing — for example they may dramatically emphasize a certain word — but I wait, because they may organically stop. Or they don’t, and that’s when I decide if I’m going to ask them to change it or if it’s grown on me. It’s part of the process, and you cannot rush the process. If you do, I guarantee your ego will show up, closing you off to collaboration, feedback and growth, creating the first part of this dangerous trifecta equation.

If a speaker I’m coaching is still stuck or needs my support, I’ll direct them. Not allowing speakers to have all the answers along the way always creates some fear. It’s scary not being perfect during rehearsal. But here’s the disconnect: Rehearsal is about rehearsing, not being perfect. Uncertainty allows for expansion in the content and in the delivery, so it’s paramount to let go of the fear of it. If you don’t let go of that fear, you have just added the second variable of the trifecta.

Sometimes, the speakers I coach will ask me, “Why is this other speaker booking so many stages? We are the same level of experience, so why is he speaking all over the world?” This question means the final variable of comparison has been added to the trifecta, leading us to nothing good.

When you allow ego, fear and comparison to infiltrate your world, nothing makes sense. And this uncertainty breeds more fear and more comparison, which then feeds that hungry ego even more. You cannot do your best work when you are making it about you.

The trifecta of ego, comparison and fear, not only keeps you stuck, it makes you impatient, frustrated and annoyed. And, more often than not, it takes you off of your own path. I suggest paying attention to this equation at all times.

1. When your ego takes over, remind yourself that your message is what’s important, not you.

2. Instead of comparing your path to another’s, redefine your goals and strengthen your message.

3. Allow the fear to be a healthy part of the process instead of letting it define your choices.

When you begin to trust the process, stay on stage literally and figuratively, and fully embrace your unique point of view, you will become the success you are meant to be. It’s okay to not have all the answers yet. Simply play your scene until it all makes sense. Because if you stay in it, it will.

254 A Great Speaker is Like a Surgeon – Johnny Wimbrey
19 Nov 2019

Storytelling, Authenticity, Leadership, Permission, Coaching

254 A Great Speaker is Like a Surgeon – Johnny Wimbrey

Summary

“A great speaker is like a surgeon: they can cut you open and then sew you back up.” That is one of the many amazing insights you’ll hear from today’s guest, who shares his powerful journey from a scarred past to taking big stages and impacting countless lives today.

Johnny Wimbrey began life in a battered women’s shelter with his single mother, was exposed to drugs by the age of 8, and was selling by the age of 14. He managed to not only turn his life around but create immense success for himself and others. Johnny’s published works include bestseller From the Hood to Doing Good, and he has sold half a million printed copies in a combined effort across the globe.

Johnny regularly speaks for non-profit organizations and reunites children with their mothers whom they’ve been separated from for years due to government powers. He and his wife, Crystal, are co-founders of the non-profit Wimbrey WorldWide Ministries, which has built six schools in Central America and helped fund water purification systems in Africa.

 We’ll explore:

  • How Johnny is using his personal story to impact others.
  • The value of having a coach in your life.
  • Johnny’s role models in storytelling and leadership.
  • What is means to craft an artful story.
  • The importance of getting permission from an audience.
  • Mistakes leaders make when telling their story.
  • Why you must have boundaries as a leader.

Interview Links

CoachJohnny.com

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Resources

The Big Talk Academy

FREE Ebook: 7 Step Formula for Fearless Speaking

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253 Storytelling from the Heart – Robin Gelfenbien
12 Nov 2019

Vulnerability, Leadership, Storytelling, Heart, Audience

253 Storytelling from the Heart – Robin Gelfenbien

Summary

As a leader and a storyteller, the temptation is to project yourself as strong and invulnerable. Today’s guest reveals the power of speaking and leading from the heart. You’ll learn how to inject fun and creativity into your speaking and better connect with others as a human being.

Robin Gelfenbien is a NYC-based storyteller, writer and comedian whose told stories alongside luminaries like Hannah Gadsby and Trevor Noah. She’s also a two-time Moth StorySLAM winner who has performed on PBS, RISK! and Mortified.

Robin is the Creator and Host of the storytelling series and podcast, “Yum’s the Word,” that features her homemade ice cream cakes. The show has been named a New York Times Critic’s Pick and guests have included Tim Gunn, Joy Behar and more.

We’ll explore: 

  • What Robin calls herself the “Ambassador of Fun.”
  • Robin’s experience driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, and what she learned from it.
  • How speaking from the heart makes you a good storyteller.
  • Robin’s storytelling and leadership role models.
  • The difference between a story and an anecdote.
  • Mistakes people make in sharing their story.
  • The best narrative talks Robin ever heard, and what she learned from them.

Interview Links

RobinGelfenbien.com

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Resources

The Big Talk Academy

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252 The Generous Storyteller – Antesa Jensen
05 Nov 2019

Leadership, Mindset, Storytelling, Generosity, Vulnerability

Summary

Storytelling and leadership are all about sharing—not only our stories, but who we are at our core. Today’s guest shares why this simple concept of generosity is so critical to great leadership and storytelling, and how to share more of yourself and your experiences with your audience.

Antesa Jensen is an emotional intelligence and human-centric innovation expert, specializing in evoking and conjuring the genius in others, potentiating personal and cultural entropy in organizations, and teaching leaders how to create brilliant teams through keynote speeches, bespoke transformational experiences, and 1:1 coaching.

We’ll explore: 

  • How storytelling can help us embrace our collective humanity and generate massive amounts of empathy.
  • Why great storytellers are generous.
  • The language of the body and vibration, and how it is related to storytelling.
  • How Antesa visualized her appearance on a TED stage.
  • What makes a great storyteller and leader.
  • How to reframe failure as learning and change your own story.
  • The difference between being vulnerable and being raw.
  • Why your thoughts are not the same things as your feelings.

Interview Links

AntesaJensen.com

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Resources

The Big Talk Academy

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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

The Big Talk Academy

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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

Book a free coaching session with Bill

Trepoint.com

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Resources

The Big Talk Academy

FREE Ebook: 7 Step Formula for Fearless Speaking

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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

FREE Ebook: 7 Step Formula for Fearless Speaking

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