Episode 208 – 2016 Speakers Roundtable

Mary Kelly, Jason Kotecki, Jessica Pettitt and Thom Singer (@marykellyspeaks, @kimandjason, @jesspettitt and @thomsinger on Twitter) join host Craig Price for his 2016 Speakers Roundtable. Each year, Craig gathers the best minds in the speaking industry to sit down during the National Speakers Association’s annual convention (this year in hell…I mean Phoenix.) to discuss the state of the industry, what new things are happening, what issues are affecting the speaker population and whatever else may pop up. This year, Craig sat 4 talented past guests to discuss marketing and the resulting conversation covered so much more. They discussed capitalism, charity, tapping into your talents, differentiating yourself, referring other speakers and the hottest of topics…when during the podcast would Jessica swear. These panels are always the most requested episodes of Reality Check and this year is no exception.  Celebrate Craig’s birthday by enjoying a gift he gives to himself and to you…his annual speakers roundtable.

Mary Kelly was previously featured on episode 191 and can be found at her website http://productiveleaders.com

Jason Kotecki was a guest on episode 168 and you can learn more about him at http://escapeadulthood.com

Thom Singer has been on the podcast numerous times and can be found at http://ThomSinger.com

Jessica Pettitt has also been on the podcast and previous roundtable discussions and can be found at http://goodenoughnow.com

Special thanks to the National Speakers Association as well as MicroSearch for all their help in getting this episode made.

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Episode 204 – Voices of Experience Interview – The Secrets of Podcasting

Steven Iwersen and Pilar Ortiz of this year’s Voices of Experience podcast take the reigns and interview Craig Price on the Secrets of Podcasting. While Craig is away at this year’s Influence conference in Phoenix, he offers up an interview he did for the National Speakers Association’s Speaker Magazine’s Voices of Experience. With the permission of the NSA, you can hear Steve and Pilar interview Craig on a wide variety of ways podcasting can help speakers.  There’s no mystery to podcasting. Today, it’s easier and cheaper to do than it was five or ten years ago. In fact, all you really need is a smartphone with a good mic and a pair of ear buds! Craig explains what he does and how to make it easier for you to start podcasting today.

The 2015-2016 Voices of Experience was hosted by Steven Iwersen and Pilar Ortiz (@StevenI and @HabloEspanol on twitter).  You can learn more about them at steveniwersen.com and pilarortiz.com.  You can hear the VOE monthly podcast at http://mynsavoe.libsyn.com/ and you can join the National Speakers Association at NSASpeaker.org.

Watch the interview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OimVTQuLVjY 

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Episode 195 – Blue Sun Interpreting – Sign Language Interpreters

Jennifer Husband and Leyel Hudson of Blue Sun Interpreting (@comicconterp on twitter) sit with host Craig Price to discuss sign language interpreting.  Kicking off the 2016 Comic-Con season in Texas, Craig brings the first of his Comicpalooza Podcast Partnership Program episodes with some great “co-workers”.  Craig first met Jennifer and Leyel during his panel with actor David Anders and was so impressed that he also made sure to call them out in his Ming Chen panel that fall at FanFair. The three talk about dealing with celebrities that ramble (Bill Shatner), celebrities that are super cool and interactive (John Barrowman) and how to deal with nerd words that don’t exist in the “real” world. They also discuss their own mini-convention Deaf Con that will be happening May 7th!  But mostly they geek out over upcoming cons and celebrities. They also discuss their latest venture Blue Sun Interpreting.  Blue Sun Interpreting is dedicated to providing qualified, certified, knowledgeable, professional American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting services for comic conventions and other events in order to provide communication access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. Not only does Comicpalooza stand behind these great interpreters but Reality Check and Craig endorse them wholeheartedly.

You can find Blue Sun Interpreting at https://www.facebook.com/houstoncomicconterp/ and on Instagram at http://instagram.com/comiccon.terp

BONUS: For the first time ever, this episode of Reality Check has been transcribed to provide access to any non-hearing folks! Just click here to download the PDF or download the app!

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Episode 173 – 2015 NSA Speaker Roundtable

Listen to some of the top professionals around argue topics with host Craig Price in a special speaker roundtable. For his 3rd annual speaker roundtable from the National Speakers Association  convention in Washington DC, Craig invites past guests Avish Parashar, Patrick Maurer and newcomers Shannon Oleen and Jill Schiefelbein discuss a variety of divisive topics. They cover issues like speaking for free, fee integrity, selling or not selling from the stage, what should you strive to be more motivational as a speaker or a true expert? Opinions are expressed, disagreement abounds yet all in a fun and interesting conversation that any speaker, new or experiences will learn from.  

Huge thanks go to our sponsor for this episode Elizabeth McCormick with PilotSpeaker.com. Without her there wouldn’t have been a podcast. Thanks Elizabeth!

You can learn more about these speakers at their websites:

Avish Parashar (@avishp on twitter) – http://www.DingHappens.com

Patrick Maurer (@PatrickMaurer on twitter) – http://pmaurer.com/

Shannon Oleen (@ShannonOleen on twitter) – http://shannonoleen.com/

Jill Schiefelbein (@dynamicJill on twitter) – http://www.thedynamiccommunicator.com/

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Episode 170 – Alan Stevens – Online Reputation Management

Alan Stevens (@mediacoach on twitter) joins host Craig Price to talk about online reputation management. Even if you don’t think you have much of a reputation or that no one is following you on social media, they are. A simple tweet can spiral out of control and become a reputation nightmare. Alan and Craig discuss posting online and in forums, how important the delete key is, when to engage in debate and for how long as well as Craig’s annoyance with the news including viewer’s tweets in stories. They also get into how large corporations react to negative publicity online as well as how small business can respond to complaints without creating a major media firestorm.

Alan Stevens can be found at http://www.mediacoach.co.uk/ and you can listen to Craig discuss being flexible in business on Alan’s internet radio show

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Episode 167 – Tami Evans – NSA Influence 2015 Preview

Tami Evans, co-chair of the NSA Influence 2015 convention, give host Craig Price a preview of what to expect in Washington DC. As many of you know, Craig is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and each year attends the national convention. This year, the convention (named Influence 2015) will be at the Marriott Wardman Park from July 18th through July 20th. Tami and past guest Brian Walter are this year’s convention chairs and have they got a convention for you! With a load of breakout sessions, including Craig’s “Podcasting Your Influence: Using Podcasts To Share Your Expertise” on Sunday the 19th at 4:30PM (Craig’s going to record it for a future podcast), the convention will also offer great keynoters like Jeffrey Hayzlett and the one and only George Takei!

Tami and Craig go over the entire schedule, highlighting sessions like Friday night’s comedy night “The Speaker Games!”, a great opening session with the XY Fast Five, Celebrity Sunday, Money Monday and Influence Tuesday. It’s all capped off with a gala CPAE Awards Banquet (email Craig if you have an extra ticket!). There are tons of things to learn as Tami and Craig cover it all in this podcast.

Don’t forget the Cigar PEG charity auction on Monday the 20th. Head over to cigarpeg.com/join to become a member and get your ticket into this exciting night that benefits the NSA Foundation.

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Episode 164 – Thom Singer – Emceeing

Thom Singer (@ThomSinger on Twitter) returns to give host Craig Price some tips on being an emcee. Being an emcee or host for a corporate event is nothing like being an emcee at a comedy club. To help with Craig’s upcoming hosting duties at Comicpalooza, he decided to look for a professional. Past guest and speaker pal, Thom is widely known as the “Conference Catalyst” and professional emceeing is right in his wheelhouse. The two discuss, what the goals of the emcee is at an event, how to keep things moving along, how to deal with a speaker who goes long. They also discuss another major aspect of emceeing and is far more common, hosting a panel. How do you prepare, how much do you prepare, how do you get quiet guests involved and most importantly, how do you control the one panelist that tries to dominate the time.

Learn more about Thom at http://conferencecatalyst.com and listen to his podcast Cool Things Entreprenuers Do.

APP BONUS: Read Thom’s 10 Tips for Being the Master of Ceremonies

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Episode 159 – Geoff Akins Hannah – Performing for Children

Geoff Akins Hannah (@BubbleGeoff on Twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss performing for children. Kids are not Craig’s thing. For the most part they seem like small annoying adults with little accountability and an enabler or two trailing behind them. He likes individual kids but not children and certainly not in large groups. Thankfully there are people like Geoff who have no problems with kids and in-fact seeks them out as his market as a speaker. Known as the Bubble Master, Geoff invited Craig to a performance while touring through Texas.  The two discussed Geoff’s start with developmentally challenged children, is there a Bubble Cabal as well as a slew of tips on how to interact, entertain and enlighten groups of children. He literally does hundreds of shows a years for thousands of kids and adults. If you want to understand performing for children better, this is the guy to talk to. Thankfully, he’s on the podcast so no need to figure out where in the country he might be today!

Geoff and his fantastic bubblemaking can be found at http://bubble-wonders.com

APP BONUS: Listen to the Bubble Wonders Show theme song “Anything is Possible!” by Jen Hannah.

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Episode 143 – Live Session Excerpt: The Price Personality Scale

In this special edition of Reality Check, host Craig Price plays an extended excerpt from his negativity program highlighting his self-conceived “Price Personality Scale”.  Recently, Craig was able to present a 90 minute breakout session for a group of project managers and was able to record it for posterity.  Craig talks about personality vs. attitude, the types of positive and negative personalities and some of the examples of each.

You can learn more about Craig’s programs at http://therealistsguide.com or you can buy his book “Half a Glass: The Realist’s Guide” directly from his website.

APP BONUS: Craig includes his “6 Tips for Managing the New Workforce” e-book.

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Episode 135 – NSA Speakers RoundTable – LIVE from San Diego!!

Live from San Diego in front of an actual audience, host Craig Price has another speakers round-table! This year, the National Speakers Association invited Craig to do his podcast as part of their annual convention. Craig loaded this speakers round-table with past guests like Judson Laipply, Jessica Pettitt, Avish Parashar as well as welcoming hall of fame speakers Mikki Williams and Dale Irvin to the show. The big announcement of the convention was the new branding of the association now called Platform. The group discusses the pros and cons and then gets into questions about being a speaker. Where do you find mentors, how do you balance speaking with also having a partner (or not having a partner!) and much more.

You can learn more about all of these great speakers at their websites:

Judson – http://www.mightaswelldance.com/  (@JudsonLaipply on twitter)
Jessica – http://www.jessicapettitt.com/ (@jesspettitt on twitter)
Avish – http://www.avishparashar.com/ (@avishp on twitter)
Mikki – http://www.mikkiwilliams.com/ (@mikkiwilliams on twitter)
Dale – http://www.daleirvin.com/ (@ProSummarizer on twitter)

APP BONUS: Avish, Craig, Judson and Jessica stick around to answer audience questions like how do you approach potential clients when you have a heavy topic, what was your worst gig and more!
SPONSOR: This episode was sponsored by 
Short Circuit Media helps small business, consultants and professional speakers make more money by using social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter) to create brand awareness, while streamlining online marketing efforts to attract more visitors and convert more sales. http://shortcircuitmedia.com/

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