Ep 34: Natsuyo Lipschutz on Cross-Cultural Communications

Ep 34: Natsuyo Lipschutz on Cross-Cultural Communications
If you’ve ever spoken to an audience of a different culture you know how difficult it can sometimes be to make a good connection. Jason and Cindy welcome Natsuyo Lipschutz, a cross-cultural communications expert who explains how to be both understood and respected by Asian audiences, particularly Japanese. They discuss the differences between high-context and low-context cultures, plus the importance of body language and reading your audience before

Ep. 33 Keith Brown: Performing Magic and Stagecraft

Ep. 33 Keith Brown: Performing Magic and Stagecraft
This episode is quite literally Magic! Cindy and Jason are joined by popular magician and keynote speaker Keith Brown. Topics include the importance of stagecraft, audience connection, learning from other entertainment disciplines and more. Keith also talks about saying yes to opportunities, and how he became a paid stage performer at only 13 years old. We finnish off with a funny story about his gig from hell! Keith Brown is a world-class entertaine...

Ep 32: Five More Ways To Tell Better Stories

Ep 32: Five More Ways To Tell Better Stories
Our Top FIve Ways To Tell Better Stories episode was a big hit, so we decided to do a sequel, including more advanced tips on telling great stories within your talk. Cindy and Jason discuss the importance of story arc, and the four point story structure. They also discuss how to spice up stories with scenes, dialogue, and tension, plus how to introduce time travel into your stories for maximum effectiveness. Whether you do keynotes, breakouts, or

Ep. 31: Top 5 Vocal Techniques

Ep. 31: Top 5 Vocal Techniques
In this latest “Top Five” episode, Cindy and Jason discuss the top five vocal techniques to magnetize your audience.   Cindy talks about the importance of breathing and physical relaxation as well as offering some practical suggestions on how to improve both.   We then move on to speaking about vocal vibrancy and word accentuation as well as varying the tempo of your speech as a way to captivate your audience and get them to 'buy-in' to anything you

Ep. 24: Davide DiGiorgio Creating an Experience

Ep. 24: Davide DiGiorgio Creating an Experience
In this episode, Cindy and Jason talk to the multi-talented David DiGiorgio about how to create an experience for your audience when you speak – as well as the influence of music and theatre on the speaking world. It will blow your mind to learn what it really takes from being a good speaker to one that is completely... unforgettable. Davide Di Giorgio has been a performer, theater producer, creator, educator and longtime audacious entrepreneur. He s

Ep. 21: Inspirational Holiday Episode

Ep. 21: Inspirational Holiday Episode
In this inspirationally-themed holiday episode we hear six amazing stories from the professional speaking world with messages of learning, hope, tolerance, and love. Cindy Ashton shares a beautiful Christmas travel story about meeting a crabby old woman with a sad secret. Sarah McVanel talks about the generosity of two fellow speakers and what it meant to her family. Halina St. James shares a story about a challenging speaking engagement and the...

Ep. 18: Jacqueline Walters

Ep. 18: Jacqueline Walters
Cindy and Jason welcome a guest who can really kick ass! – literally. Jacqueline Walters is not only a great professional speaker, but also a champion kickboxer. In our interview, she talks about the connection between top level athletics and professional speaking (think practice and discipline), as well as using the English language and the importance of knowing how you look and move on stage. She also shares a great true story about unknow...

Ep. 15: Dave LaFame on Info-tainment

Ep. 15: Dave LaFame on Info-tainment
So speaking isn't just speaking is it? It's a performance. Whenever you're in front of a crowd, the energy of the room changes and you have to change with it. This episode, Cindy and Jason welcome a guest whose life has been steeped in stagecraft - singer, speaker and tribute artist Dave LaThangue aka Dave LaFame (stage name). Dave discusses the bridge between speaking and entertainment in the conference and events industry. He gives great tips on ho

Ep 11: Bad Audiences

Ep 11: Bad Audiences
In this theme episode Cindy and Jason discuss bad, difficult, inappropriate and disruptive audiences. Hey, we all get them, and it’s important to note that these rough talks are not always the audience’s fault. So if you’ve ever endured a rough crowd or are concerned about how to deal with them, this show is for you. Highlights include stories about  a woman walking out of Cindy’s talk because she didn’t like Cindy’s introduction. Cindy also talks ab...

Ep 10: Teen Star Christine McGlade

Ep 10: Teen Star Christine McGlade
Jason and Cindy talk to former teen-aged TV star, and content marketing guru Christine McGlade. Christine discusses the skills she learned in television and how they relate to speaking to a live audience. Christine talks about the importance of knowing your audience, the value of improv, and shares some amusing stories about what it was like to do a live television program. Christine McGlade was only 14 when she began an 8 year run as a host of the I...