Episode 220 – Devin Pike – Marvelous Nerd Year’s Eve

Devin Pike (@MarvelousNYE on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss a Marvelous Nerd Year’s Eve with Stan Lee. What is a Marvelous Nerd Year’s Eve? Only the biggest 4 day party in Dallas this December 29th through January 1st. Craig and Devin discuss all the great guests, starting with Stan the Man Lee and …

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Episode 215 – Amelie Robitaille – Cirque Du Soleil: Kurios

Amelie Robitaille (@Cirque on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss Cirque Du Soleil and their new touring show Kurios. The reputation of Cirque Du Soleil is undeniable, so why did they agree to talk to Craig? Because the circus of the sun is coming to town and who better to talk to about life …

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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 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 181 – Ming Chen – Houston FanFair Panel

Ming Chen (@mingchen37 on twitter) joins host Craig Price live from the Houston FanFair presented by Comicpalooza. Once again, Craig was asked to host a celebrity panel for a new event in Houston. Though they met during a different panel during Comicpalooza earlier in the year, Craig goes one-on-one with AMC’s reality television show Comic Book Men and the I Sell Comics podcast, Ming Chen. The two discuss podcasting, how a Clerks fan website started Ming down a strange and fun path, Houston hot spots, drinking and life on a “reality” TV show.

Comic Book Men season 5 premieres October 18th on AMC and you can listen to Ming’s weekly podcast with co-host Mike Zapcic I Sell Comics on the SModcast network  at http://www.smodcast.com/channels/i-sell-comics/

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Episode 172 – Podcasting Your Influence: Live from Washington DC

Listen to host Craig Price give his session “Podcasting Your Influence: Using Podcasts to Share Your Expertise”. On Sunday, June 19th, Craig presented at the National Speaker’s Association. The theme of the day was Celebrity Sunday and Craig harnessed his 4 and a half years of podcasting into a 1 hour presentation. It was a packed house with people sitting on the floor and along the front of the stage! This new and custom made program just for this event was a hit and full of content. Thanks to the staff of the National Speakers Association for allowing Craig to share this with his podcast listeners.

Session Description:
With the steady growth over the last decade, more and more speakers are learning how to spread their influence through podcasting. You will learn the ins and outs of podcastings, how to include a podcast into your current marketing plan and ways to make your podcast more engaging. Veteran podcast host and producer Craig Price will not only show you how his podcast became an integral part of his marketing but also how you can too. Don’t miss this chance to use the perfect medium for a speaker!

All the sessions at this year’s Influence 2015 audio recordings are now available!

APP BONUS: Craig shares his slides for you to follow along as you listen.

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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 165 – David Anders – Comicpalooza Panel 2015

David Anders (@QuestionAnders on twitter) joins host Craig Price at his Q&A panel at Comicpalooza 2015. What is actor David Anders doing on the podcast?! He’s been the fan-favorite villain on shows like iZombie, Heroes, Alias, the Vampire Diaries and Once Upon a Time. He sat down with Craig for a panel at Comicpalooza to talk about his career, what brains taste like, some of his favorite experiences being an actor and even gets a little teary talking about the people who helped him the most. He also answers questions from his fans (that also includes Craig), shows off his pipes and generally goofs around for an hour.

They laugh, they cry, they even hug it out a bit on this live recording. If you’re not a fan of David Anders now, you will be after this podcast!

You can learn all about David and what great roles he’s played (fire up the Netflix!) on his IMDB page.

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