184: Tony Loyd – On Becoming a Thought Leader


Want to become a Thought Leader? Of course you do!

Tony Loyd – raido host, author, speaker and thought leader! – moves the world with his unique perspective on how to do well and do good at the same time. Like many of us may have felt at some point in our lives, Tony needed a change in his life. He decided to take the leap to go do what his heart was longing for – mentor others on how to live a life where profit and purpose are intertwined.

Through Tony’s journey, he learned an important lesson that would ultimately shape the speaker and thought leader he is today. He began to understand what it means to show up as your authentic self when you speak. To bring every piece of your self to your talk in order to serve your audience in the way they need. Although this wasn’t easy at first, it helped Tony to create talks that move the world and to help others to do the same.


On the show, we talked about:

  • Tony's journey to becoming an author and speaker for the Social Entrepreneur Podcast
  • How important it is to combine profit and purpose in our lives
  • How to focus on serving the needs of your audience through your talk
  • Tony’s realization that he needed to show up with his story and as his true self



A little note that my kids preschool teacher posted on Facebook as she retires. This is the last week of school for my kids as we are recording this and kids everywhere are wrapping up school. As a parent, I am just hanging in there! Summer comes and then next week I am already thinking when does school start again! But for right now, I am just thinking about teachers and this teacher in particular created magic for my kids. I know her leaving was a difficult thing and it was time, but I love her spirit in this so I just wanted to share this with you. She says, “My last day at Macalester Plymouth. I have to be honest, the last week in room Zoo (which is what she called it) was incredibly difficult for me. Keeping such big emotions in check was so hard. Leaving this place and these people I love, I don’t even think I can put it into words. But then I got to my car and turned on the room Zoo CD, I fully expected to be overwhelmed by sadness but it didn’t happen. I felt deeply satisfied, I was able to do something I love for almost 30 years but I was able to do it my way. I was able to do it with people I love and there was never a day I didn’t want to be there. I hope my teaching for kindness, joy and tolerance for differences will stay with the children I have taught and that these children will in turn, spread these teachings to others.” I just love that she felt deeply satisfied and that is my hope for teachers! That at the end of this year, you feel satisfied because you are doing the work of the world in your classrooms everyday.


“Recently it was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of MLK and Robert F. Kennedy. I went back and looked at the video of Robert F. Kennedy when MLK was asassinated. Robert F. Kennedy was at a campaign rally and you can hear him in the background ask, ‘Do they know about Dr. King?' and the answer is no. He steps up to the microphone to deliver the news. Everyone is there for the campaign rally, they have signs up and they’re cheering. He steps up to the microphone and says, ‘Lets lower the signs, I have tragic news.' He continues to say, ‘Dr. MLK jr. was assassinated today in Memphis, Tennessee.' Robert F. Kennedy himself is 60 days away from he himself being assassinated. In this moment, he gives this 4 minute speech and you just have to go find that and watch it. He lays out to this crowd, the choices in front of them and he says, ‘We could become violent. We could now, in the face of this tragedy, just the worst part of ourselves could come out. We could be violent, we could burn and lute, or we could follow Dr. King’s example of love and hope.' The thing about this speech that sort of shocked me the most, he said, ‘Violence and outrage is a choice and is it really the choice we want to make?' He laid it out like a great debater and said this is a choice. But, is it really the choie we want to make so he gave them another way and talked about love and peace. But what shocked me is, he said, ‘it reminds me of a quote by my favorite poet, Aeschylus.' I am going ok, he is in Indianapolis, he’s talking to this crowd and he is quoting Aeschylus, this Greek poet from 400 b.c! Only Robert F. Kennedy is going to pull out an Aeschylus quote in the middle of all of this, and it worked! He said, ‘And even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom.' He just dropped that on them and then just appealed to their better angels and people are cheering and clapping. In 4 minutes, he delivers the worst news ever been delivered, he turns it into a message of hope, he appeals to our better angels and sends us off in a better direction. That night, April 8th, 1968, there was rioting all over the country but not in Indianapolis, Indiana where Robert F. Kennedy delivered that speech. I went back and watched that speech again and that was a moment that moved me.”