Posts in Mindset
160: Taylor Croonquist - On the Nuts and Bolts of Presenting Online

Taylor Croonquist - Co-Founder of Nuts and Bolts Speed Training, a PowerPoint training website and "oooh" and "aaaaah" creator - joined me on the show to talk about presenting online. Taylor is a "hack trickery" kind of guy - always finding ways to short-cut and 'break' what's not working well enough and find a way to do it better. And he and his wife Camille - along with the awesome P-Spice from Spicy Presentations - have created an online hub with over a hundred  YouTube videos and online courses about ways to make PowerPoint work better for you, and faster.

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159: Amena Brown - On Writing A Talk Like a Poet

Amena Brown - poet, author, speaker - is a powerhouse performer. I got to see her on stage at the STORY Gathering this past September, and immediately knew I wanted to have her on the show. She is brilliant, funny, passionate - and so incredibly thoughtful about her craft. What moved me so much about her work on stage is that she is a poet who speaks. She is a craftswoman - focusing on the power of words. And there's so much that we can learn from her on this.

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158: Colin Stokes - On Why Talks Can Save the World

Colin Stokes - TED speaker, communications and marketing professional, proud Dad, and fellow high school speech geek - sat down with me to talk about the powerful platform of speaking as perhaps THE way we might be able to create change in this world.  

That's a big statement, but I happen to believe that speaking has a very specific potential to create change.

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Top 5 This Moved Me Episodes of 2017

It's nearly 2018 - and as is the standard at this time of year, 2017 wouldn't be complete without a summary post with some kind of top 10 (ok, let's just do top 5) list on it. I sometimes rail against top 10 lists! But (I have to admit) I kind of like them. They offer quick insight and give us a chance to step back and review some of the big moments of the year. (They are NOT great coaching tools; but they're great summary tools!)

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Presentation Gifts to Fuel Your Creativity and Content

On the 12th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…Presentation Gifts!

It's T-12 Days (ok, it's 10... ) until Christmas, and if you're anything like me, this is a great time to take stock of the past year, and think about the year ahead.

And this past year, I've come across some amazing creativity and every-day tools that have helped me fuel my content and delivery. So, if you're looking for something to give a speaker (and hey, maybe you want to just forward this to a friend of loved one? - I know, super subtle!), or even if you want to gift yourself (you deserve it)...

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Five Presentation Lessons I Learned Giving a TEDx Talk

I’m a speaker and presentation coach.

Most people assume that because of that, I don’t get nervous.

Ha. Of COURSE I get nervous!

If I’m not nervous, I get nervous about not being nervous!  Nerves tell me I care, that I’ve invested myself, that this matters.

And there’s probably nothing in the speaking realm that feels more like it matters right now than a TED (or TEDx) talk.

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Josh Shipp: How to Challenge Your Audience (Without Being a Jerk)

Today’s post is from a speaker I worked with: Josh Shipp. Josh is an excellent speaker for kids and parents who has been highlighted on Oprah, CNN, Lifetime – and many other places. It was an honor to help him prep for his TEDx talk – AND – he brings to us today some insight into the process of bringing your voice to the stage in a way that both challenges your audience, and brings them along with you.  

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5 Ways to Make More Time for Your Talks

n the past week:

  • I was rushing off to emcee an event, scrambling to gather my notes IN THE CAR, ON THE WAY TO THE EVENT.

  • One of my clients, so busy with other (also) important meetings, ended up giving 5 hours prep to a presentation that normally gets much more.

  • After I shared my feeling of overwhelm, someone suggested I check out Oprah and Deepok’s meditation on Time. Great idea… but you know what?  I HAVEN’T HAD TIME TO LISTEN TO IT.

Ha. (And, also: not ha.)

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156: MMM - Top 5 Takeaways from the Presentation Summit 2017

Ah, the Presentation Summit!

I've had the most exciting September… last week I shared about the top 10 essential speaking lessons from the STORY Gathering in Nashville – and I went straight from Nashville to Tampa. I was met with gorgeous beaches and weather. Not bad for a work trip. 

But here's the deal: I wasn't sure I was going to like this conference.

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The Mindset Myths of a Speaker: Part One

It’s often helpful to assume the audience will love you… now, this isn’t always true, of course – and nobody is loved by everybody, and if you are, that’s probably a little suspect cause it’s ok to piss people off sometimes (I have to tell myself all of this too) – but on the whole – one of my speaking truths is that audiences are generous with speakers – if we are generous with them. Instead of focusing on the few people in the back who can’t ge their heads of out their phones – head out there ready to share YOU… what you – and just YOU – have to offer! 

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154: Brett Trapp: On Excruciating Vulnerability (and Sharing Anyway)

Brett Trapp of the online memoir/story/audio story Blue Babies Pink is a writer, speaker and marketing consultant whose story took my heart by storm this past spring. Brett's “Southern coming out story” has been described as the “Netflix of blogs” – and is the epitome of Brené Brown's “excruciating vulnerability.” He risked a lot to tell his true story. And it's awesome.

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This public speaking app misses the point of speaking:

In the last week, a new public speaking app has been making big waves in all the big mags – and some people are really jazzed about it. These dudes are doing some killer PR!

It's called Orai, and… it's trying to take my job from me.

And I’m not gonna lie – my initial reaction was strong:

But!! BUT!!! Coaching requires intuition, relationship, a bird’s eye view of the entire experience – not just the words coming out of someone’s mouth. What about their BODIES?! What about what’s happening in the room? What’s happening in their brain?!?! ACCCCKKKKKK!! 

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152: Harris III - On Creating a Magical Experience for Your Audience

Harris III – magician, producer, creative guru – and the man behind the now practically infamous STORY Gathering that I continually rave about here on the show. Yes, that's right – I went straight to the source to hear about how it all came to life – and how to create something both uncommon and universally moving – a challenging feat.

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148: MMM - Speaking Truths #7: If you want to be transformative, there are no shortcuts

Welcome to the Speaking Truths series!

Regardless of how capable or skilled or experienced or savvy we are, too many of us struggle to fully embrace the power and importance of sharing our voice.

We need to stand up – speak up – grounded in our authentic and courageous and clear voice. Even in that business meeting. Even in that workshop you've done a zillion times. Especially in that TED talk.

But over the last two decades I've worked with too many speakers who hold themselves back by myths and ideas that are not grounded in truth. So, I decided to create a manifesto of sorts!

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