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. 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. 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...

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...

Ep. 22: Lauren Pibworth Speaker Marketing

Ep. 22: Lauren Pibworth Speaker Marketing
One of the biggest challenges speakers face is landing speaking engagements. It is a mystery.... or is it? On this episode, Jason and Cindy welcome Speaker Marketing Expert, Lauren Pibworth. Lauren runs Pibworth Professional Solutions, a marketing agency dedicated to helping professional speakers get out there and market their greatness, get more gigs and make more money. Lauren talks about what attracted her to work with speakers and what steps new

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. 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 11: Bad Audiences

Ep 11: Bad Audiences
In this theme episode Cindy and Jason discuss bad, difficult, inappropriate and disruptive audiences. Hey, we all get them, and it’s important to note that these rough talks are not always the audience’s fault. So if you’ve ever endured a rough crowd or are concerned about how to deal with them, this show is for you. Highlights include stories about  a woman walking out of Cindy’s talk because she didn’t like Cindy’s introduction. Cindy also talks ab...

Ep 10: Teen Star Christine McGlade

Ep 10: Teen Star Christine McGlade
Jason and Cindy talk to former teen-aged TV star, and content marketing guru Christine McGlade. Christine discusses the skills she learned in television and how they relate to speaking to a live audience. Christine talks about the importance of knowing your audience, the value of improv, and shares some amusing stories about what it was like to do a live television program. Christine McGlade was only 14 when she began an 8 year run as a host of the I...