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

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