Ep47 Brian Smith of Ugg Boots – Branding and Marketing for Speakers

Ep47 Brian Smith of Ugg Boots – Branding and Marketing for Speakers
In this episode Cindy and Jason welcome speaker, author and founder of Ugg Boots, Brian Smith. They discuss the importance of branding and marketing, why speaking is like being in a band, continuous improvements, and more. Brian also tells both heartwarming and funny stories about his early days as a speaker. Continuing with the footwear theme, Cindy and Jason give tips and advice on how to choose the shoes you will wear onstage. Brian Smith is the f...

Ep. 46: Michael Kass – Audience Connection and Speaker Videos

Ep. 46:  Michael Kass – Audience Connection and Speaker Videos
In this episode Cindy and Jason talk to story expert and former actor Michael Kass. They discuss the dynamics of speaking and how to modulate your energy depending on the size of the audience and the room. They also talk about the power of stories and how to use them to connect with people on a human level. Plus thoughts on the future of speaking! Finally, Jason and Cindy tackle a listener question about what makes a great speaker video and what new spe...

Episode 45 Samantha Bennett on Creativity & Language

Episode 45  Samantha Bennett on Creativity & Language
In this episode Cindy and Jason talk to creativity and productivity expert Samantha Bennett. Samantha talks about her background in acting and improv, and how they’ve affected her approach to speaking. We also discuss the impact of reading fiction, and being influenced by the language of various authors. Samantha also explains why entertainment and interactivity are the keys to engagement. Finally Cindy and Jason tackle a listener question about how

EP 44: Dom Faussette On Vulnerability and Finding Your Voice

EP 44: Dom Faussette On Vulnerability and Finding Your Voice
In this episode Cindy and Jason talk to vulnerable leadership expert Dom Faussette. Dom talks about how he used speaking to improve his career, how he got into the speaking industry, and how he found his niche. He also discusses his remarkable journey from being a chronic stutterer, to his time in the military and law enforcement, to becoming a top leadership speaker. Jason and Cindy also tackle the issue of how many talks you should have listed in y...

Ep 35: Unlikely Speaking Resources

Ep 35: Unlikely Speaking Resources
In this insightful and off-the-wall episode, Cindy and Jason look at unlikely resources that will make you a better speaker and performer. Discussion runs from observing people on transit, to personality assessments, books on old carnival performers, movies about religious evangelists and much more! Here are the links mentioned in the podcast The movie Marjoe is available on iTunes. There are also a few highlights of the movie and it’s key scenes a

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. 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...