020: Joe Schmit - On Silent Impact

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Joe Schmit is a TV Sports broadcaster who has translated his skills on communicating on TV to being a keynote speaker and storyteller.  

In this episode of This Moved Me, Joe and I talk about taking all of this skills needed as a broadcaster and how he translated it to being on stage as a keynote speaker. As a journalist and broadcaster, Joe focused on stories of impact - and over time had gathered so many powerful stories that were not just about sports - but about how we can lead better lives.

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In this episode we discuss:

  • How the idea of "silent impact" came into play in Joe's life - and the ensuing book.
  • How Joe hired a content and speech coach to take all of the stories and turn it into a powerful presentation
  • How Joe has translated his skills and expertise from being in front of a camera to being in front of a live audience (hint: for both arenas, it's about connecting one-on-one) - and how Joe's experience as a speaker has made him a better broadcaster
  • The importance of an emotional connection
  • How to translate the content for the audience
  • The moment his talk became a part of his DNA - and he could adjust on the fly


Joe shared a story about Bart Starr, a Green Bay Packer legend, who Joe covered when he was the coach of the Packers. Joe had a speech at Lambeau Field, and afterwards got Bart's address to send him one of Joe's books to let Bart know how much he had impacted Joe.

The next day Bart suffered a stroke.

Joe felt awful because he had just sent him a book instead of sending him flowers or a card. But then he got a lovely message from Bart's wife, thanking him for the book.

Though Joe was only intending to let him know what an impact Bart had had on his life - it happened to pick Bart up at a difficult time. "We make the biggest impression when we're not trying to be impressive."


My Dad's been in the hospital, having been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disease that attacks your nerves. And on Jan. 1st, he started falling - and wasn't able to get back up. Now he is in rehab and doing better - making slow progress.  And when I visit my Dad, we now have this unusual and wonderful one-on-one time. And his spirit is really moving to me. He is working so hard- learning to walk - learning to use his hands - while the rest of us are doing these things unconsciously.


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Let's keep this conversation going:

Who is someone that has influenced YOU with their 'silent impact'?  Send me your thoughts via Twitter, or share in the comments.

About Joe:

You can find out more about Joe by checking out the links below!

Joe's website - where you can watch some of his videos and learn more about his work: http://joeschmit.com/

Joe's book: Silent Impact

Whether in front of the camera or on the stage in front of 1000 employees of a Fortune 500 company, Joe Schmit delivers a customized and memorable presentation. He has averaged more than 50 appearances a year over the past three decades and is an active member of the National Speakers Association. In 2013, Joe was the most booked speaker for Nationally Speaking Inc., a bureau with over 300 speakers. 

A winner of 15 Emmys from the National Television Academy, as well as a prestigious National Headliner Award, Joe has interviewed over ten thousand athletes and covered every major sporting event from the Super Bowl to the World Series. Currently the Sports Director of KSTP-TV, an ABC-affiliate in a top 15 market, Joe is also a regular on 1500ESPN Radio and hosts the Minnesota Twins Post-game Show. 

Joe also serves in various leadership roles around the Twin Cities as a board member, philanthropist and humanitarian, where he has been an active resident for over 25 years.