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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 19: Top 5 Ways to Get Speaking Gigs & Leads

Ep 19: Top 5 Ways to Get Speaking Gigs & Leads
In our first “Top-5” episode, Jason and Cindy discuss five of the best ways to find yourself the best speaking opportunities. Jason and Cindy go in depth to discuss how to research conferences, and convention centers, use LinkedIn to find leads, leverage your network as well as using valuable corporate tools like trade show magazines and mailing lists. More than just a great list of ideas, Cindy and Jason show you exactly how to use these tools toget

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. 17: On Camera Misadventures

Ep. 17: On Camera Misadventures
Working on camera is different than speaking in front of an audience, but there are a lot of similarities. So what can we learn from working on camera? Cindy and Jason talk about their own adventures on camera in this humor and story filled episode. Cindy talks about auditioning for a TV commercial where she couldn’t read the prompter. Cindy also talks about her first film appearance which she later found out was part of an adult movie. Oops! J

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

Ep. 13: Casting Director Mercedez DeCastro

Ep. 13: Casting Director Mercedez DeCastro
This episode is all about your presence, body language and 30 second networking pitch. To kick it off, Cindy gives us an update about her new TV show Cindy Uncorked revealing plans for her almost naked episode on body shaming. http://cindyuncorked.com Jason and Cindy then welcome Mercedez De Castro – a leading casting director, and performance coach. Mercedez talks about the links between physical fitness, physical presence and how you come across

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...