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 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 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. 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. 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. 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...

Ep. 5: Music and the Stage

Ep. 5: Music and the Stage
What does being a musician have to do with speaking? In this episode, Jason and Cindy talk about how their experience playing music from the stage has made a huge impact on their speaking performance. They discuss how they’ve used those tools and insights to connect with and influence audiences they speak to. Jason talks about how to sell coaching and other “abstract” services and gives an example about how you can sell happiness – which he then trie...