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Nick and I dive deep into principles from his new course Public Words’ Presentation Prep: 10 Steps to Persuasive Storytelling.
We discuss some of the logical yet brilliant observations and recommendations in his book about finding your own unique voice in a noisy world of “me-too” platform builders.
Wanted to let you know some big things are in the works for the What The Speak?! podcast that I’ll be announcing over the remainder of 2015:
Michael is a former actor turned best-selling author of “Book Yourself Solid”; he’s also a keynote speaker, consultant and trainer.
Bust out your notepad’s because Michael gets deep on some really beneficial concepts related to public speaking.
Susan RoAne has made a career out of teaching people how to network and how to work a room.
An internationally-known keynote speaker and author of “How To Work A Room”, she schools us in episode 65 on that very topic.
So says my guest, a National Speakers Association Hall of Fame speaker and best-selling author, Sally Hogshead.
Today, Sally joins What The Speak to share her secrets on becoming fascinating.
My guest for episode 63 feels the same way and never does so in his speeches.
He’s upfront about how his speech will go; he goes so far as to tell his audience they will have the opportunity to buy from him when he’s done. And his audiences love his candor in doing so!
My guest for episode 62 has been there and she’s doing something to change that. Monica Metzler is the founder and president of the Illinois Science Council.
She has a passion and expertise for helping people in technical fields communicate with lay audiences. She excels at helping engineerings, scientists and technologists make complicated ideas accessible for everyone.
Deanna Moffitt believes anyone can be a great storyteller and she knows what it takes to learn the craft. She is the host of the wildly popular “Story Session” show in Chicago, the “Story Sessions” podcast and the CEO and founder of Luminant Leadership. Luminant Leadership is a company devoted to motivating, inspiring and teaching others to lead through the power of storytelling.
Joining me for another installment of What the Speak is the CEO of Prezi, Peter Arvai who has created just such a tool.
Prezi is a software that mimics how the brain comprehends and retains to help people better understand information that is presented to them.
Jessica Kizorek is an author, speaker, video producer and founder of the Bad Ass Business Women’s Movement. She’s also been named one of CNN’s Young People Who Rock.
Nadine is also the President of Precision Sales Coaching and Training.
And in Vanessa Horn’s case, we’d be right! Vanessa is a renowned speaker, business and speaking coach and author whose father had her listen to Stephen Covey’s leadership training at an early age. She has been featured across the nation on numerous media outlets, sharing her background and her insights.
My guest for episode 54 knows exactly what triggers create that response and what turns it off; and he shares it in this episode. Oren Klaff is an investment banker, best-selling author and keynote speaker who joins us to talk about pitching versus selling, the “crocodile brain” and neuroeconomics.
My guest for episode 54 is on a crusade to change that! Rick Altman is an author, speaker, consultant and the presentation ninja behind Presentation Summit, a conference devoted to creating great presentations.
They are considered some of the greatest comedic talent of our time.
And my guest for episode 53 cut his comedic chops on the stand up circuit with these men – along the way he learned a lot about humor, speaking and creating with an audience.
My guest for episode 52 understands this; Alex Rister is an educator and speaker who finds ways to engage and connect with her students every day.
That’s exactly what my guest for episode 51 does for people—he helps them live a life fueled by their passions and he helps people live a life on fire.
Nick Unsworth is a Facebook marketing expert, successful lifestyle entrepreneur, business coach and public speaker.
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What the Speak proudly welcomes Michael O’Neal. Michael is the founder of The Solopreneur Hour podcast, as well as being a social media ninja, professional drummer and public speaker.
Karen Luniw is a speaker, author and coach in the field of personal and business attraction. Her principles are based on the Law of Attraction and how mindset impacts every area of your life from personal to professional.
And what a journey it’s been! From world-ranked tennis player to author and keynote speaker, he’s traveled the world to share the stage with such greats such as Les Brown, Brian Tracy and Wayne Dyer. Dave also regularly works with members of the NFL, MLB and Olympic athletes.
My guest for episode 47 knows the secrets to all of this and more. Nick Morgan is one of the country’s top communication theorists; he’s also a keynote speaker, author and one of the top speech coaches today.
As a super lawyer (that means he’s been rated by his peers as one of the best in his profession), John runs his own boutique firm today but his roots are in politics. He interned for the Clinton Administration during his collegiate years and later joined the White House staff and then the California governor’s office.
In episode 43, Stu shares all of that and much more.
Who is he? Scott Stratten and he’s our guest on this episode of What the Speak.
Do you believe one adult can make a significant difference in the life of at-risk teen? Josh Shipp thinks so and he would know. He readily acknowledges he was an at-risk kid who made a lot of mistakes. He also says he made a few great choices because a handful of adults believed in him when he was “…careening out of control.”
Today, he is an ultra-successful youth speaker, TV personality, best-selling author and public speaker. He tours the world helping teens understand themselves and helping adults understand teens.
My guest for episode 40 would answer true.
From his service as a Marines Corps pilot to his management roles in the hotel industry to his time as a public speaker, Richard Rierson takes a leadership role in every position and every industry he’s a part of.
And he believes everyone else can do the same. In fact, he believes everyone has an obligation to be the leader they truly are.
At a time when there were few women in the men’s hairstyling world, Patricia Fripp owned her own salon. She catered to the movers and shakers of the financial world.
Over time, she became the go-to expert on delivery skills for her clients. And after attending a speaking conference, she realized she could take that sought-after expertise and become the successful coach, trainer and keynote speaker she is today.
If you’ve ever found yourself being deathly afraid of giving a speech, you’ll relate to our guest on show 38! Michele Cushatt did NOT want to be a public speaker and was terrified of it until about 8 years ago.
However, today she is an experienced keynote speaker, a master of ceremony as well as a coach and mentor who helps others communicate better.
Michele says she helps people discover, craft and develop powerful content. And then deliver it with as much impact as possible.
Today Dan’s message across all mediums is that he believes anybody can find or create work that is meaningful, purposeful and profitable in 48 days. He shares that message with his audiences wherever he goes.
Mobile marketing has been Greg’s niche since the industry’s early days in 2005. He has worked for such big name brands as the New York Jets, AT&T and Cabella’s; he’s also owned his own text message marketing business.
He was also one of only two people who spoke on the topic of mobile marketing at New Media Expo 2014.
Rory has taken that advice to heart and has learned the art of public speaking. He is the founder of Southwest consulting as well as a best-selling author and a 2-time Top 10 finalist in the Toastmasters World Championships. To boot, he has been featured on CNN, CBS and Fox, to name just a few.
In episode 31, Kat talks with me about how she personally connects before, during and after her speeches and how she has learned how to read her audiences.
When his pool business took an economic hit in 2008, Sheridan found the power of the Internet. Shortly after, his web site became the most trafficked pool site in the world. Speaking requests began to follow, including the opportunity to speak to his local TEDx community.
Tim Paige, founder of The Awesome Podcast and co-host of Love Your Leap with John Lee Dumas, is a former musician who toured the country. He’s also a public speaker and voiceover artist.
David joins me on this episode of What the Speak to share his considerable expertise in the areas of public speaking, online marketing and public relations.
Today as a retired captain, David tours the world giving speeches on leadership and has written a best-selling book on the subject.
But there are people who LOVE to speak in public and are incredibly gifted public speakers. Ken Davis is one of them. He has over 40 years of public speaking under his belt, as well as being the co-founder of Dynamic Communicators International and the SCORRE method with Michael Hyatt. Clearly, Ken knows a few things about delivering a great speech.
In this episode, he shares how speaking to the public has changed his life, his personal speaking experiences and what he wishes someone had told him about the key to great speeches at the beginning of his career.
And Ken shares it with us.
Somewhere along the way many of us end up blocking that light by getting in our own way.
However, if you have the tools to reconnect with the light and then articulate yourself brilliantly—you’ll be happier, more successful, and in the service of other people.
That is public speaking in a nutshell!
My guest Alexa Fischer, a presentation coach, shares her personal story and uncovers some incredible takeaways that you’ll want to jot down in your notebook for future reference.
Great communication is everything!
All you truly have to do is be a little better at communication than others and you’ll go incredibly far.
My guest Carmine Gallo, a communications expert and author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, tells the story of his personal journey—plus explore some fascinating concepts from his newest book titled Talk Like TED. Carmine is a master communicator that I personally admire and his insights are mind-blowing!
Or have you found yourself giving web-based presentations more frequently?
My guest Amy Porterfield is a leading Facebook Marketing expert who found herself in this same place a number of years ago and has turned those experiences into a critical aspect of her business.
Amy’s a fantastic speaker who regularly shares her expertise at conferences and through a consistent schedule of webinars.
You’ll want to hear her tips on mastering both live and virtual presentations.
What exactly does a professional speaker look and sound like?
I discuss this and a ton more with New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pink, who also happens to be one of the hottest business keynote speakers out there right now. Dan is a super-compelling communicator who passionately shares his expertise in a genuine manner.
If so, you can continue to increase your influence through public speaking opportunities. The question is, what are you doing now to be ready when you have the chance to do it?
My guest John Lee Dumas shares the impact that speaking has made on his business. Plus, we discuss his personal story as we explore how John first got into speaking and the lessons he’s learned along the way.
We might have brushes with public speaking in school or in our careers, but will we find ourselves on stage in front of tons of people?
If you’ve got a powerful message or an expertise audiences are craving, then you might want to make sure you’re ready when you get the call.
Jon Acuff is a New York Times bestselling author and speaker who has spent 15 years helping brands tell stories. Additionally, he’s worked with Dave Ramsey for the past 3 years and is a wildly successful and viral blogger. I chat with Jon about his personal story of growing into a speaker that has delivered over 300 presentations in 5 years…and it all started with a blog.
Most of us who speak publicly don’t fall into the category of Keynote Speaker. However, it’s something you might end up getting the opportunity to do sooner than you think.
Will you be ready?
Internet Marketing Pioneer Pat Flynn shares his personal story on how he went from a breakout session speaker to a keynoter in just 2 short years. Pat is a top-ranked podcaster, runs the massively polar blog SmartPassiveIncome.com, and does a bunch of other really cool things. His story is something that you’ll definitely want to hear.
Do you juggle on stage? Wrap your content in a stand-up comedy routine? Or, just deliver information?
We’re all unique with something different to offer and my guest today is no exception.
New York Times bestselling author Jay Baer is a hype-free presenter who’s humility, knowledge, and delivery make him a compelling presenter. Find out why and glean some insights into how he’s been able to grow his skills as a powerful communicator.
You also won’t want to miss a behind-the-scenes look at the process Jay uses to prepare his keynotes each and every time!
When you don’t know where to look or where to move, dazzling an audience is the last thing on your mind.
In today’s discussion, Tom Jackson has practical tips that can help you turn all of that around and empower you to comfortably communicate to audiences without compromising who you are.
Note: he’s taught recording artists like Taylor Swift how to do these very things during concerts.
Do you know the secrets to relaxing and truly becoming comfortable with yourself before an audience?
My guest Paul B. Evans and I discuss how to tap into ways we can naturally fascinate people during a presentation.
We also dive into a proven method that allows you to instantly connect with any audience—one that doesn’t involve telling a joke at the start of your presentation.
What if it came at the last minute just before the event was scheduled?
Would you turn it down? Or would you do everything in your control to pull it off?
Scott Dinsmore and I discuss this and more as he walks us through the story of his TEDx talk titled How to Find and Do the Work You Love.
We also chat about the reasons why this particular talk is one of the most viewed on the TEDx Talk Channel with almost 1 million views to date.
Many of us often struggle with defaulting to too much text and too many bullet points when we create our presentation slides.
It’s kinda the way we’ve just always done it.
The truth is, if you don’t have great looking slides—it isn’t the end of the world…if you’re an amazing orator.
However, visuals are VERY helpful in making an impact on audiences for those of us that aren’t quite as gifted as the late Martin Luther King, Jr.
Scott Schwertly and I discuss the fact that you don’t need extensive design knowledge to pull off some nice looking slides, plus we chat about a few other insightful topics.
Do you truly value people’s time and attention?
Remember—presenting in front of ANY sized audience is a tremendous opportunity. And you only get ONE shot!
Todd Henry and I chat about leaving it all on the table when you speak, plus tips for being energetic, and holding people’s attention.
The night before a presentation, we type some bullets on a few slides and pretend we’re prepared.
What actually ends up happening is that we stand before our audience the next day and just completely wing it.
Uh-uh, that ain’t gonna fly no more!
Not if we truly want to make a real impact these days when speaking to a group we either want or need to persuade.
Mitch Joel and I discuss reasons to avoid this live audition, plus much more in today’s conversation. Check it out!
But what does Content Marketing really mean and does it have anything to do with speaking/presenting?
In our discussion today, Joe Pulizzi and I break this down—plus Joe shares how speaking became one of the three biggest content strategies he used to exponentially grow his influence.
If that wasn’t enough, I get him to uncover nine brilliantly simple tactics for delivering a presentation that you can immediately put to good use.
Maybe you came across very knowledgeable, but did you have people hanging off your every word?
Fret not! In my discussion with Derek Halpern, he shares the inside secrets that turned him from a boring speaker to an in demand one.
Trust me, this is a conversation you don’t want to pass up—so check it out right now.
If you’ve experienced a webinar that grabbed your full attention like nothing before—do you know why?
How about this…if you’ve given a webinar yourself, did you feel like you had your audience’s full engagement?
Well, today is your day to learn about mastering virtual presentations!
You really wanted to learn about his ultra secret tips for leading a killer webinar or virtual presentation?
Well, unfortunately that will have to wait a week.
We had an unforeseen circumstance that has caused us to have to push that discussion back to September 11, 2013.
David Newman is that kind of speaker and he shares the most helpful tips to avoid boring an audience to death.
Think you’ve got this nailed down? Stop reading.
Want to stop boring audiences? Watch this interview right now and keep a notepad handy.
Maybe they gave a clear explanation that made you want to know more?
Or, maybe they made you sorry you ever asked?
These conversations can be opportunities to influence and persuade, but only if we know how to use the New Elevator Pitch as described by today’s guest Chris Westfall.
Well, today is your lucky day friends!
There’s a multitude of scientific research we MUST all understand as successful Modern Communicators, but let’s just start with the basics for now.
Dr. Susan Weinschenk walks us through 5 essential findings that we can start using this instant.
When we rely too heavily on natural abilities, one glaring problem likely exists.
Do you know what it is?
Carrie Wilkerson, a super-talented coach, advisor, author, and speaker, shares some eyeopening insights that will make you go hmmm. A couple people told me I should interview Carrie and I’m certainly glad that I did!
There is a great deal of preparation and rehearsal that goes into these—I’m sure you can imagine.
Presentation guru and bestselling author Nancy Duarte, shares the stories behind her popular TED talk titled The Secret Structure of Great Talks. In this interview, we pull back the curtain to see how Nancy crafted this particular high stakes presentation.
Now some of us find that the rewards are worth the risk and we work hard to overcome our obstacles.
Jeff Goins gets real with me and shares his story about moving out of the controlled environment of writing, to making much more powerful connections through speaking live.
Meet keynote speaker and New York Times bestselling author Chris Brogan.
Chris uses a very powerful approach that immediately engages any audience.
Watch this interview to learn why you’re totally, absolutely, positively kicking ass when heads drop to take notes on what you just said.
New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt answers this question and reveals other little-known secrets he uses as a highly sought after speaker.
You won’t want to miss this video interview!
Despite an incredibly hectic schedule and a vast number of people already lined up for his insights, Michael was absolutely gracious in allowing us to go behind-the-scenes on how he has overcome fear, stopped confusing audiences, utilized a simple method to master the art of presentation—plus much more!
Michael Hyatt is the author of Platform: How to Get Noticed in a Noisy World, has over 300,000 subscribers to his wildly popular blog at MichaelHyatt.com, and is a driving force behind the SCORRE Conference (how to improve speaking) and the Launch Conference (how to create a speaking business).
Oh yeah, he also created an amazing online community for teaching others how to build an online platform at PlatformUniversity.com.
• How Michael overcame fear, which is still very real for him when he speaks.
• The way he streamlined his content so it was less complex and confusing.
• A simple method Michael learned that taps into his natural style.
• Why he intentionally puts a focus on his audience.
• One communication secret that has been essential in his career.
• How to deal with distractions and technology issues.
• Michael’s personal approach to designing slides.
Watch this video for all of Michael’s insights:
If you’d like to have a quick list of the high-level takeaways from Michael’s interview, download the PDF right here.
Platform by Michael Hyatt
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