Episode 98 – Hayley Foster – TEDx

Hayley Foster (@HayleyFoster on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss TEDx events. With the TEDx format becoming more and more popular, Hayley Foster explains what a TEDx talk is, what the biggest mistakes professional keynoters make when trying to take their traditional talk and put it into the TED format. Think of TED as a liquid concentrate presentation instead of the watered down sugary kool aid of a keynote. It’s all about having an idea worth spreading, an idea that you can explain in a succinct yet engaging way. There’s no room for extra padding here! Hayley even explains that the audience has to apply to even attended! Getting the idea in front of the right people to create innovation, it’s an intriguing concept.
 Hayley has just released her new 64-page mini booklet specifically written to help professional speakers called “Don’t Tank Your TED Talk! 12 Mistakes Professional Speakers Make”.
After working with well over a hundred speaking professionals, and coaching hundreds of TEDx talks, Hayley has identified why TED.com content directors avoid professional speakers. As it turns out, some of those same behaviors and training, that have enabled your professional speaking success, are the exactly those which can contribute to one terrible TED/TEDx talk.
You can learn more about Hayley at http://shorttalkexpert.com

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Episode 85 – Roger Courville – Virtual Presentations

Roger Courville (@RogerCourville on Twitter) connects with host Craig Price to discuss Virtual Presentations. With the rise of the internet (sounds like a cheesy action movie!) social media and mobile technology, more and more presentations are coming off the stage and being created online. Roger and Craig talk about some of the growing pains of webinars and it’s ilk, how to get audiences attention when they’re not in the room and how to create more interaction via these programs. Roger answers some loaded questions submitted by loyal listeners and tries to show that even though some virtual presentations may be painful to experience now, don’t blame the tools, blame the presenters. He also offers some tools for presenters who offer online presentations as well as insights on which are more effective than others.
Roger can be found at http://www.thevirtualpresenter.com 

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Episode 80 – Eliz Greene – Speaker Strategy

Eliz Greene (@ElizGreene on Twitter) returns to talk about her new venture as a Speaker Tactician.
She offers insights, speaker strategy, and if necessary professional nagging! Eliz  and host Craig Price talk about the need for master mind groups, how to put a master mind group together (hint: Eliz can help!), what makes a good speaker website (pretty is okay but it better get you WORK!) and the most important need of all personal accountability.
Eliz Greene will keep you on course, on schedule, and consistent with the speaker you are on the platform.  She delves deep into your business to provide insight on what you may miss because you are so busy working your business.  More than a speaker coach with a cookie cutter plan for you to follow, Eliz provides individualized insight and attention as well as crafting facilitated mastermind groups to propel your success.
She’s so good at speaker strategy and branding that I had to tell people:
“Eliz Greene was of immeasurable value while creating my book “Half a Glass: The Realist’s Guide”. She didn’t just proofread it and offer grammatical changes. She pointed out highlights, suggested deletions but more importantly gave her reasons for each. I was expecting a few notes yet she had a thorough nine page document that shaped the final product so it was aligned with my business and brand. She’s kind but direct, thoughtful and whip-smart. I would recommend her without hesitation to any who want to improve their business, marketing materials or products.”  – Craig Price
Eliz’s speaker tactician services can be found at http://www.GreatSpeakerSite.com 

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Episode 79 – Bill Patti – Voice

Bill Patti brings his polished show-bizy vocals to the podcast to talk to Host Craig Price about using your voice to fit your lifestyle needs.
Bill uses his award winning radio and TV experience to talk about breathing (Craig’s been doing it the wrong way!) controlling your voice so you can control a listener (like hypnosis only completely and utterly different), glottal fry (not to be confused with the Eagles Glenn Fry) and the vocal differences between accents and generations. If only there was a way to convey all this information to you (SPOILER – it’s your mouth!)
Improving your voice can improve your self-esteem, how people perceive you and how successful you will become. Bill Patti coaches people from all walks of life. You can learn about him, his services and purchase his 2 CD set called “Presenting Your New Voice-Voice/Speech Communication Skills For The 21st Century” that features 100 minutes of exercises at  his website http://www.Yourvoiceprofessor.com

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Episode 65 – Brian Walter – Engagement

Brian Walter (@thebrianwalter on twitter…not the other one but @THEBrianWalter) comes to Houston and sits down with Craig to talk about audience engagement. They cover sarcasm, barriers and the odds of surviving! Despite all that it’s actually an engaging positive discussion that any presenter will learn from.
You can find more about Brian at his self-titled website http://www.brianwalter.com!

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Episode 49 – Lois Creamer – Positioning

Lois Creamer (@loiscreamer on twitter) sits down with Craig immediately after her presentation “Book More Business” and talks being a speaker. More like the business of being a speaker. Craig weasels information for himself under the guise of podcasting, getting Lois to talk position statements, leveraging testimonials, understanding who your target market is, their different perspectives on Toastmasters and why Craig dislikes Purple Cows.
Lois Creamer can help speakers build their business at http://www.bookmorebusiness.com

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Episode 31 – Avish Parashar – Improvisation

Avish Parashar stops by to talk about improvisation. He and Craig discuss being Indian, using comedy to pick-up women (Spoiler: You can’t!) improv as a tool and how being authentic and in the moment can lead to performance magic.
Avish is also hosting a 4 day workshop in Las Vegas Oct. 13-16. Visit http://www.thespeakingschool.com for more information. You can also learn more about Avish at his blog http://www.motivationalsmartass.com and http://www.avishparashar.com.

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Episode 26 – Tim Mathy – Speakers Bureaus

Tim Mathy, partner at Speak Inc. speakers bureau, offers up a true reality check for speakers wanting to get involved with a bureau. From incessant calls to unsolicited mailings, Tim dispels myths many speakers have about bureaus and let’s Craig know exactly what he’s looking for in a speaker (hint: What the Client wants!!) and how he prefer’s speakers contact him (Answer: He doesn’t.) Craig somehow manages to avoid being blacklisted from Tim’s Bureau (he thinks so anyway) while asking honest questions. A great interview for new speakers breaking in or looking to get into the business.
Follow Speak Inc. on twitter at http://twitter.com/speakinc

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Episode 22 – Jonathan “Vinny Verelli” Schwartz – Characters

Jonathan Schwartz has been called plenty of names, but the one most often that can be published is Vinny Verelli. Jon talks with Craig about theater, prison performances  their infamous pasts as mimes and most importantly, how Vinny Verelli came to be. Craig also talks about his crazy time on the road at the National Speaker’s Association in Anaheim and a chance encounter with a childhood icon, Frank Oz.
You can find more about Jon’s alter-ego at http://www.motivatethis.net as well as http://www.cookingwithvinny.com

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Episode 4 – Robert Bradford – Strategy

Robert Bradford with Center for Simplified Strategic Planning joins Craig this week and in this battle of wits, Craig is severely outgunned.
The two talk failure, the inherent risks of strategy, the multi-talented, all-purpose “widget” and a bit more into pricing than Craig is comfortable with. It’s Ivy League meets Out-of-his League on this latest podcast.

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