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...

Ep 40: Michael Nir on Non-Verbal Persuasion

Ep 40:  Michael Nir on Non-Verbal Persuasion
In this episode Jason and Cindy welcome speaker and corporate consultant Michael Nir.   With a master’s in engineering and a background in Gestalt, Michael Nir has been leading change at global organizations for almost 20 years. Now he shows audiences how to lead teams and influence others, as well as sharing strategies to streamline projects and provide breakthrough customer experience in a competitive digital age. Michael talks about bot

Ep 38: Looking Back at the 2017 Speaking Industry & Trends for 2018

Ep 38:  Looking Back at the 2017 Speaking Industry & Trends for 2018
In this first episode of the New Year, Jason and Cindy look back at the speaking industry in 2017 and project some of the trends for 2018. The discussions include the rise of Facebook live broadcasts, and Internet television shows. They also talk about event fatigue and its impact on the speak-to-sell world. Cindy and Jason will also look at how the proliferation of inexperienced speakers are effecting business events, as well as the trend of experie...

Episode 37: Jill Lublin – Radical Influence & Speaker Stories

Jill’s topics include Radical Influence, Publicity, Networking, Kindness and Referrals. She is the author of 4 Best Selling books including Get Noticed...Get Referrals. Her latest book, Profit of Kindness, went #1 in four categories. In addition to speaking, Jill is a master strategist on how to position your business for more profitability and more visibility in the marketplace. She is CEO of a strategic consulting firm and has over 20 years experience

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. 30: Charmaine Hammond, Speaking Sponsorships

Ep. 30: Charmaine Hammond, Speaking Sponsorships
In this episode Cindy and Jason welcome veteran speaker, conflict resolution expert and sponsorship queen Charmaine Hammond. As a bestselling author, and Certified Speaking Professional she has had tremendous success in finding corporate sponsors to fund her speaking and book projects/events/tours including her printing, graphic design, venues, travel, media, technology, hotels, even  her pet food and dog poop bags! She has developed sponsorship rela...

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. 27: Sheryl Plouffe on Rocking Your Performance on Video, Plus How to Get Sponsorships

Ep. 27: Sheryl Plouffe on Rocking Your Performance on Video, Plus How to Get Sponsorships
Jason Reid welcomes a former long-time TV co-worker, Broadcaster, Coach and Video Consultant Sheryl Plouffe. Sheryl shares some of her years of TV performance wisdom with Cindy and Jason. They discuss speaking from the heart and the importance of knowing your message as opposed to knowing a script. Sheryl also talks about how to create videos to brand yourself as an expert and how to do it in an easy and authentic fashion. Cindy and Jason finish t...