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 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 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. 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. 26: Kat Leonard, Comedy, Connection & Speaker Groupies

Ep. 26: Kat Leonard, Comedy, Connection & Speaker Groupies
Cindy and Jason welcome the thoughtful and hilarious Kat Leonard. Kat is a TV host, writer and motivational entertainer who uses the combined forces of music and comedy. Discussion includes: The energy of live events and the importance of improvisation. Creating connection with an audience and taking them through a shared experience. Wordsmithing your talk to match your audience and maximize humor. They finish with a frank and funny discus...