Episode 153 Interpret Your Personal Journey – Mandy Antoniacci
27 Mar 2018

What does an audience truly want? Do they come just for information or to hear a speaker read from notes or slides? Today’s guest offers a powerful reminder that an audience wants you to interpret your personal journey. By stepping into the shoes of the audience and understanding what moves them, you can create a voice that makes people want to listen.

Mandy Antoniacchi is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, columnist, and activist. Her body of work has earned her global recognition and exclusive discussions with elite sport figures and social leaders around the world (such as Pittsburgh Steelers’ Owner Art Rooney, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, and Mark Cuban), covering topics such as equality, globalization of sport, technology, entrepreneurship, and the progression of youth leagues, to name but a few.

Mandy’s work has been featured and discussed in Sports Illustrated, Business Insider, Forbes, Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, and as curriculum at academic institutions nationwide. Her passion and activism make her an in-demand speaker on topics such as social enterprise, women in tech, leadership, and culture. She regularly appears on radio networks such as WGN, ESPN Radio and various sports and business podcasts. As a former collegiate athlete, Mandy can usually be found training for her next marathon along the Hudson or writing her first, soon-to-publish book in NYC where she resides.

We’ll explore:

  • What Mandy believes makes a good speaker.
  • Mandy’s advice for anyone wanting to make a career out of speaking.
  • Why Mandy presents her talk in front of three different types of people, and how those types are connected to your audience.
  • The first thing Mandy does when she is asked to speak.
  • Why it’s important to do an honest valuation of your narrative.
  • Tangible strategies for structuring your talk for maximum impact.
  • Why you should never deliver a memorized script, and what to do instead.
  • The importance of interpreting your personal journey.

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Episode 152 Channel Your Message – Nicole Moore
22 Mar 2018

There are many methods speakers use to communicate their message. Today’s guest shares how she uses the concept of channeling your message in order to impact an audience. You’ll learn practical tips for preparation along with many other insights into becoming a more effective speaker.

Nicole Moore, love coach and founder of Love Works, helps powerful and influential women find a top 1% man and keep him. Nicole doesn’t teach women how to get love, she teaches women how to BE love so love flows to them effortlessly because it’s who they are. She believes that a woman who truly loves herself and her life is unstoppable. She is dedicated to helping women truly know and feel their worth. Nicole received her life coaching certification from NYU.

We’ll explore:

  • Why Nicole believes that everyone has the ability to communicate their message.
  • What Nicole believes makes a good speaker.
  • How Nicole prepares for a talk by thinking about the overarching message, the main points, and the stories that will drive the message home.
  • Your message is what’s important, and how you get there is unique to you.
  • The difference between a channeler” and a planner.”
  • The rituals Nicole uses to prepare for a talk, including meditation and breathing.
  • Why Nicole uses an outline rather than memorizing a talk.
  • Nicole’s do-over moment, and how she recaptured the joy of speaking.
  • The role emotion in getting an audience to take action.

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Episode  151 Serve the Event, Not Just Your Message – Phil Jones
20 Mar 2018

You have prepared a message, possibly traveled, and have something important to share. Yet the message is not about you. Today’s guest shares why you are there to serve the event and deliver a memorable experience. He reveals lots of tips for serving the event by preparing, knowing your audience, and much more.

Phil M. Jones has made it his life’s work to demystify the sales process, reframe what it means to sell,” and help his audiences learn new skills that empower confidence, overcome fears, and instantaneously impact bottom line results. Author of five international best-selling books, he is the youngest ever winner of coveted British Excellence in Sales and Marketing” Award. Phil is currently one of the most in-demand assets to companies worldwide.

We’ll explore:

  • What Phil believes makes a good speaker.
  • The value of preparing for your talk, and the danger of underpreparing.
  • The key to getting your ego out of the way.
  • The questions that Phil works through to help him understand the audience.
  • How to control as many of the controllable factors as possible at a speaking event.
  • What it means to Show me that you know me.”
  • Why the opening of your talk is so important.
  • The importance of serving the event, not just your speech.
  • Why Phil doesn’t like to use a handheld microphone.
  • The danger of relying on too much technology for your talk.

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Episode 150 Speaking is a Conversation – Dr. Kristen Donnelly
15 Mar 2018

It’s easy to view speaking as a one-sided monologue. But today’s guest will help you see that speaking is actually a conversation, and what that means. She also describes her fascinating background in teaching and how that impacts her approach to speaking.

Dr. Kristen Nielsen Donnelly is the founder and EVP of Abbey Research, a concierge research firm which provides evidence-based consulting to small businesses and non-profits. With over twenty years of experience in leadership, research, and teaching across the for-profit, non-profit, and academic sectors, Dr. Donnelly brings intersectional theories combined with pragmatic application to every interaction.

Raised outside of Philadelphia, she has a Masters of Social Work and a Masters of Divinity from Baylor University, and a PhD in Sociology from Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. Dr. Donnelly and her husband, John, currently live outside of Philadelphia where she also serves as COO of Abbey Research’s parent organization, Abbey Companies. She can usually be found with coffee in one hand and a book in the other, waiting for the next great conversation.

We’ll explore:

  • Why Dr. Donnelly views speaking as a conversation.
  • What Dr. Donnelly believes makes a good speaker.
  • The importance of being pragmatic in your speaking.
  • How Dr. Donnelly prepares for a talk.
  • Why you should reach out for help and lean on those you trust.
  • How her academic and sociology background impacts her speaking.
  • Why you should never talk down to your audience or make them feel stupid.
  • Dr. Donnelly’s do-over moment.
  • What you can do to make sure you are heard as a speaker.

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Episode 149 Command the Stage – Christine Miskinis
13 Mar 2018

As a speaker, you must bring an authority and command to the stage. But how do you do that? Our guest today will show you that it’s not about seizing command—it’s getting clear on your message, being your authentic self, and nurturing your voice. She shares practical strategies and insights to help you be more effective in your personal life as well as on the stage.

Christine Miskinis is a feminine Power Coach who focuses on teaching women how to tune in to their inner voice to express their authentic voice in their lives. She is the owner and founder of Rock It Out Woman. Christine has been seen multiple times on National Television (Dr. Oz), FOX5 NY, and she hosts her own weekly radio show, Rock It Out Radio, which is a voice for women. Christine hosted her first live event this year, Rock Your VOICE, Woman LIVE” in NYC with keynote speaker, Marianne Williamson.

We’ll explore:

  • Why the most dynamic speakers are those who command the stage.
  • The connection between your relationships and your effectiveness as a speaker.
  • How Christine prepares for a talk.
  • Questions to help you get clear on your message.
  • The importance of staying in your own lane.
  • Why you should never give your power away to what is happening around you.
  • How to deal with mistakes when they happen.
  • Why the actual sound of your voice is a key part of making an impact.

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Episode 148 How to Improve Your Speaking – Brian Massey
08 Mar 2018

You must be constantly improving if you want to continue impacting audiences. Today’s guest reveals how he used a negative experience as a catalyst for taking his speaking to a new level. You’ll also learn tips for preparing, rehearsing, and much more.

Brian Massey is the founder and Conversion Scientist at Conversion Sciences. He is also the author of Your Customer Creation Equation. Brian’s rare combination of interests, experience, and neuroses were developed over almost twenty years as a computer programmer, entrepreneur, corporate marketer, international speaker, and writer.

We’ll explore:

  • What Brian believes makes a good speaker.
  • A few of the speakers Brian admires.
  • Why Brian wears a lab coat when he speaks.
  • Brian’s preparation process for speaking.
  • How Brian improved his speaking and got out of a pattern of phoning it in.
  • Why rehearsal is such an important part of his preparation.
  • The reason Brian scans the room when speaking, rather than making eye contact with individuals.
  • Brian’s do-over moment.
  • Why Brian wants to be perceived as a valuable speaker.

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Episode 147 Be Memorable – Ari Zoldan
06 Mar 2018

What is the secret to being a memorable speaker? While there is no single answer, today’s guest shares great advice for standing out and making a lasting impression on your audience.

Ari Zoldan is an entrepreneur, television and radio commentator, speaker, media personality, and bestselling author. As CEO and founder of Quantum Networks, LLC, a New York City-based e-commerce company, Zoldan oversaw the company’s expansion from a startup in 2008 to a multimillion-dollar company in 2014. His oversight gained the company a 4,566% increase in revenue—a rise deemed unprecedented in the industry.

We’ll explore:

  • Why Ari doesn’t believe that business isn’t personal”—it’s very personal.
  • How he was able to leverage the speaking, television, and radio circuits to build his startup businesses.
  • Why to incorporate something interesting and memorable into your speech.
  • The importance of breathing in Ari’s preparation before giving a talk.
  • How Ari uses motivation and carrot sticks” to reward himself for a good work.
  • Why you should always review your notes before giving a talk, no matter how many times you have given it.
  • Questions to ask about your audience that will help you connect with them.
  • Ari’s do-over moment.

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Episode 146 Never Take from the Stage – Sharon Pope
01 Mar 2018

What is your speaking really about? Is it about your, or about the audience? Our guest today shows why your speaking is all about your audience and solving problems for them. She offers a powerful reminder that you are there to give, not to take.

Sharon Pope is a certified Master Life Coach specializing in love, marriage and relationships. She is a six-time international bestselling author and has been published more than twenty times in various publications, most recently the Modern Love” column of The New York Times. She is passionate about helping women figure out what’s next for their struggling marriage after the kids are grown and gone so they can either make their marriage feel amazing again or lovingly release it and create what’s next. Sharon lives in Columbus, Ohio with the love of her life, her husband, Derrick.

We’ll explore:

  • What Sharon believes makes a good speaker.
  • The power of stories to help an audience see themselves in the situation.
  • How Sharon approaches vulnerability in her speaking.
  • The importance of having a servant’s heart toward your audience.
  • Sharon’s process for writing a book, and why she creates a vision board to guide her.
  • Several questions to help you determine what to communicate to your reader or listener.
  • The importance of remembering that it’s not about you.
  • Why you should be more concerned with solving a problem than being a good presenter.
  • The importance of practicing your talk and knowing your material well.

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Episode 145 Invent Your Own Path – Thom Singer
27 Feb 2018

There are many pathways to becoming a professional speaker. Today’s guest shares why you should invent your own path and reveals lots of practical tips to boost your speaking career and stand out from the crowd.

Thom Singer has an eclectic background working in sales, marketing, and business development roles for Fortune 500 companies, law firms, and entrepreneurial ventures. He is a professional master of ceremonies, motivational keynote speaker, and the author of twelve books on the power of business development, networking, entrepreneurship, legal marketing, and presentation skills. He also serves as the host of the popular Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast. Thom regularly speaks at business and association conferences around the United States and beyond, and has presented to over 600 audiences during his career as a speaker. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he and his wife are the parents of two highly spirited daughters.

We’ll explore:

  • Why it took several years for Thom to make the transition into full-time speaking.
  • What Thom believes makes a good speaker.
  • Thom’s preparation process for speaking.
  • How to try out new material to see if it relates to an audience.
  • How to decide whether to speak for free, and the value of speaking at small, local events.
  • The importance of knowing your audience before you speak to them.
  • Why you should never wing it, run long, or fail to ask how the client wants you to dress for the event.
  • Thom’s do-over moment.

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Episode  144 Own Your Awesome – Kristina Hallett
22 Feb 2018

Our guest today is here to remind you of one truth: you are awesome! She delivers practical tips to help you own your awesome on the stage by having fun, visualizing your success, and lots of other actionable advice.

Dr. Kristina Hallett is an executive coach, keynote speaker, board-certified clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at Bay Path University. She is the author of Own Best Friend: Eight Steps to a Life of Purpose, Passion, and Ease. Dr. Hallett speaks internationally in several areas of specialty: productivity, resilience, communication, self-care, mentoring, and living your best life. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1993 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology. She is active in the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, the National Association of Professional Women, the American Psychological Association, and the E-Women Network.

We’ll explore:

  • The importance of having fun when you are speaking.
  • How Dr. Hallett prepares for a talk.
  • How you can use the same type of visualization professional athletes use.
  • Why you should never read your speech or slides.
  • Dr. Hallett’s do-over moments.
  • The importance of bringing water and wearing clothes that are comfortable when you are speaking.
  • One thing you can do as a speaker to guarantee you will be heard.

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