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. 29: Jane Blaufus, Handling Difficult Talk Topics

Ep. 29: Jane Blaufus, Handling Difficult Talk Topics
In this episode, Cindy and Jason welcome international keynote speaker and financial expert Jane Blaufus. Jane talks about how to address difficult talk topics using the power of stories, how to handle A/V mix-ups, and how to do keynotes properly. She also shares information on how she prepares for high impact speaking engagements with some of the world’s largest corporations. This episode’s discussions are deep on insight and are a “must-hear” for e...

Ep. 28: 5 Ways to Tell Better Stories

Ep. 28: 5 Ways to Tell Better Stories
In this episode, Cindy and Jason examine 5 ways that speakers can tell more effective and engaging stories that grab an audience and inspire them to action. Jason discusses the difference between a story’s purpose and point, and talks about what happens when the point of the story is not strong enough to hide it’s purpose. Next is a discussion of where storytellers should be specific and how they also need to make their story universal. The last s...

Ep. 26: Kat Leonard, Comedy, Connection & Speaker Groupies

Ep. 26: Kat Leonard, Comedy, Connection & Speaker Groupies
Cindy and Jason welcome the thoughtful and hilarious Kat Leonard. Kat is a TV host, writer and motivational entertainer who uses the combined forces of music and comedy. Discussion includes: The energy of live events and the importance of improvisation. Creating connection with an audience and taking them through a shared experience. Wordsmithing your talk to match your audience and maximize humor. They finish with a frank and funny discus...

Ep. 25: Melissa Krivachek & Sexual Energy

Ep. 25: Melissa Krivachek & Sexual Energy
On this episode, Jason and Cindy welcome top entrepreneur and transformation expert Melissa Krivachek They discuss the fundamental steps of personal transformation like being healthy, creating great habits and understanding your why. Melissa also explains the intimate connections between sex, sales and speaking. Melissa Krivachek has spoken in front of thousands of people around the world. She’s written six books and is a 4-time international best se

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 20: J Brett Abbey on Mastering Your Message

Ep 20: J Brett Abbey on Mastering Your Message
In this episode, Cindy and Jason talk to award-winning speaker, author and Message Master J. Brett Abbey Brett known for his  ability to help clients change their marketing and sales messages and ultimately change their success. With more than 25 years assisting entrepreneurs and major corporations, Brett is considered the expert in developing strategic and creative messaging solutions. www.messagemasters.ca Brett talks about how his marketing and