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

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. 16: Bobby Umar – Thought Leadership

Ep. 16: Bobby Umar – Thought Leadership
How do you evolve beyond a speaker and make yourself a true thought leader? Cindy and Jason talk to speaker and thought leader Bobby Umar, ranked by Inc. Magazine as one of the top leadership speakers in the world and a 4x TEDx speaker. Bobby talks about what it means to be a thought leader, as well as how he started his speaking business with simply a few speaking topic write ups. He discusses what it was like to do his TEDx talks and gets into a grea

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. 14: Comedy and the Stage

Ep. 14: Comedy and the Stage
The use of comedy and humour on stage is an aspect of speaking that many speakers feel confused or uneasy about. How do I know what is funny and what is not? How do I pace my jokes? What kind of humour do I use? What happens if I am not naturally funny? Can humour be taught?  Cindy and Jason take on this fun and challenging topic in this episode. Jason discusses his fascination with the British Music Hall comedian Max Miller and Max's uncanny abilit

Ep. 12: Hayley Foster on TED Talks

Ep. 12: Hayley Foster on TED Talks
TED talks have become a phenomenon in the past few years. What are they really? And how are they different? In this episode, we talk to Hayley Foster, the Short Talk Expert.™ She gives us insight on everything you need to know if you are looking to do a TED talk. It is so much more than just being inspirational on stage. Hayley debunks some myths and gives us revealing insights. Hayley Foster is an original TEDx organizer and has been a designated sp...

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...

Ep. 9: Halina St. James

Ep. 9: Halina St. James
In this episode, Cindy and Jason talk about how to evaluate someone’s expertise as well as interview speaker presentation expert Halina St. James. They talk about about  the difference between speaking and writing, as well as the importance of knowing your strengths as a speaker. Halina also tells some great stories about her first time speaking and her “comeback” after losing her power of speech to a stroke. Somewhere between crashing in an airplane...