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 39: State of the Industry Part 2 with Davide Di Giorgio

Ep 39: State of the Industry Part 2 with Davide Di Giorgio
In this follow-up to our state of the industry episode, we welcome unapologetic speaker coach and former podcast guest Davide Di Giorgio. David, Cindy and Jason talk about a number of recent trends and discuss going against conventional wisdom in several areas such as: How to use social media Speaking to sell How to create a great TED talk …and much more. If you’re looking to transform your TED talk, or workshop into a world-class exper...

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 36: Unleash Your Inner Dominatrix On Stage

Episode 36: Unleash Your Inner Dominatrix On Stage
In this kinky and and extremely deep episode, Cindy and Jason are joined by award-winning speaker and former dominatrix Dana Pharant. Dana brings a powerful and engaging energy, delighting the audience with humours and playful stories from her background as a Dominatrix. She also brings 25 years of field experience working with clients to get them from feeling broken to owning their Inner Dominatrix to lead their businesses fearlessly. Challenging the s...

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. 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. 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...