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.

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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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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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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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