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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 35: Unlikely Speaking Resources

Ep 35: Unlikely Speaking Resources
In this insightful and off-the-wall episode, Cindy and Jason look at unlikely resources that will make you a better speaker and performer. Discussion runs from observing people on transit, to personality assessments, books on old carnival performers, movies about religious evangelists and much more! Here are the links mentioned in the podcast The movie Marjoe is available on iTunes. There are also a few highlights of the movie and it’s key scenes a

Ep 34: Natsuyo Lipschutz on Cross-Cultural Communications

Ep 34: Natsuyo Lipschutz on Cross-Cultural Communications
If you’ve ever spoken to an audience of a different culture you know how difficult it can sometimes be to make a good connection. Jason and Cindy welcome Natsuyo Lipschutz, a cross-cultural communications expert who explains how to be both understood and respected by Asian audiences, particularly Japanese. They discuss the differences between high-context and low-context cultures, plus the importance of body language and reading your audience before

Ep. 33 Keith Brown: Performing Magic and Stagecraft

Ep. 33 Keith Brown: Performing Magic and Stagecraft
This episode is quite literally Magic! Cindy and Jason are joined by popular magician and keynote speaker Keith Brown. Topics include the importance of stagecraft, audience connection, learning from other entertainment disciplines and more. Keith also talks about saying yes to opportunities, and how he became a paid stage performer at only 13 years old. We finnish off with a funny story about his gig from hell! Keith Brown is a world-class entertaine...

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. 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. 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...