Posts in Content Development
197: How to Speak our Stories with Authenticity (The Speaking Story course is open!)

IT’S OPEN! Ready to dive in to how you can speak your story with more authenticity, connection and courage? Together we’ll develop and deliver stories that will connect with your audience, catalyze your idea and business - and convert bystanders to believers. Stories can do that, so let’s do it together!

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196: Three Things You Need to Believe To Tell Your Story With Authenticity

If you want to get up and speak with authenticity, there are three core beliefs that we need to understand and feel to our CORE! And though there are days when we’re just not ‘feeling it’ - these life-long practices in belief will help us show up to speak with courage and authenticity!

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195: The Story Behind My Speaking Superpower

The focus on authenticity in speaking means that the door is open to anyone who can show up and share something real. And though the door is open wider - the bar is higher. So knowing what we specifically bring to the stage is not just wise - but if we can know it and utilize it, it can be your speaking superpower!

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194: Discover Your Speaking Superpower

The focus on authenticity in speaking means that the door is open to anyone who can show up and share something real. And though the door is open wider - the bar is higher. So knowing what we specifically bring to the stage is not just wise - but if we can know it and utilize it, it can be your speaking superpower!

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192: On Knowing When Your Story Needs to be Told

How do you know when one of your stories is ready to be told? Sometimes, we avoid telling a story that needs to be told… and sometimes, we tell stories that aren’t ready to be told yet. Do you know the difference?

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191: On The Problem with Credibility

Guess what? You probably have a credibility problem. But not THAT credibility problem. For most of us, the idea of our credibility is getting in the way of us sharing stories that are real, that resonate - and that connect. And if we want to connect… then we better not let the idea of credibility keep us from sharing what’s real!

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190: On Making Your Story Matter to Others

When we tell our specific stories, the ultimate goal is to connect those stories to our varied audience members - even if they’re totally different from us. Is it possible? You bet it is! Listen to this episode to learn why and how we can take our specific stories and make them matter more to others.

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185: MMM - On Making the Point of Your Talk Crystal Clear

Articulating clearly the point of your talk is one of the most difficult areas for speakers to master. It is not uncommon to start your talk and pretty soon you have five talks within one actual talk! Sometimes the idea we are trying to articulate is complicated – our job is to make it easy for our audience. Keeping the audience in mind when narrowing the point of your talk is essential.

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184: Tony Loyd – On Becoming a Thought Leader

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.

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183: MMM – On Finding Your Cheerleaders

One of my speakers, Josh, had texted me before a big talk he was giving in Germany. He stated in this conversation that he was nervous and requested that I send him some good vibes!

I told him to just have some fun! Joy is contagious and most people forget to bring joy to their talks even if it is about something serious. He proceeded to tell me that he was still nervous so I reassured him. I said, “Stick to what you do best. Trust in that, find a receptive face in the audience to connect with.”

So many times I have felt like I am not getting anywhere with my audience, I am not making that connection. Then to my surprise, an audience member will approach me afterwards and tell me something positive.

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179: MMM – On Repeating Our Content Without Being a Fake

Chuck Schumer’s repetition of his stump graduation speech was caught on tape… many, many times!… and put together, in one hilarious montage on John Oliver’s show Last Week Tonight. (ps, I love this show – so smart and so funny)
When I saw this video… I laughed, and then I cringed…

Why?

Because it lifts the curtain on something people probably understand that speakers do… and yet, they don’t want to see it. Nobody does! Here’s how I felt: that whatever connection Chuck Schumer might have created in those speaking moments was now a joke. Because you realize that it’s not really … REAL. As real as Chuck may have felt about it, and as real as his audience might have thought it was.

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168: MMM - On Creating the Best Worst First Draft of Your Presentation (Part One)

How do you write the best (worst) first draft of your presentation? Along with being a theater major in college, I was also an English major. I loved loved loved being on stage (I know), but I also loved to write. Little did I know I was basically creating for myself the building blocks of my life now. All I knew then was that I loved them both and didn’t want to choose. (Funny how I rejected the idea of being a communications major. Nope, didn’t want that.)

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167: MMM - On 4 Questions to Ask Yourself for Audience Connection

Today I want to talk with you about audience.

How do we prepare our content fora  particular audience?

It means that you are preparing a talk for a particular audience… and there are a few questions that I like to ask myself about my audience so make sure that it resonates..

That is the goal…

When our content resonates – it connects. And that’s the whole point!

Resonance and connection is what we’re going for.

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