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This year marks the 30th anniversary of my start in leadership communications. I've worked as a speechwriter, presentation coach and social media strategist—not to mention delivering my share of speeches. And over these 30 episodes, I'll share my best advice on how to plan, craft and deliver powerful speeches that change how your audience sees the world. If you're speechwriting, speaking or just wondering what goes into creating great presentations, this podcast is for you.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of my start in leadership communications. I've worked as a speechwriter, presentation coach and social media strategist—not to mention delivering my share of speeches. And over these 30 episodes, I'll share my best advice on how to plan, craft and deliver powerful speeches that change how your audience sees the world. If you're speechwriting, speaking or just wondering what goes into creating great presentations, this podcast is for you.
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This year marks the 30th anniversary of my start in leadership communications. I've worked as a speechwriter, presentation coach and social media strategist—not to mention delivering my share of speeches. And over these 30 episodes, I'll share my best advice on how to plan, craft and deliver powerful speeches that change how your audience sees the world. If you're speechwriting, speaking or just wondering what goes into creating great presentations, this podcast is for you.

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Episodes

Ep. 30. Build your organization's podium strength.

5/14/2019
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Over the past 29 episodes, we've looked at how you can be a better, more effective speaker and speechwriter. For episode 30, let's magnify your impact — helping your whole organization tap into the power of public speaking. Also, I reveal my hidden agenda. Music: “Upbeat” by John Luc Hefferman. Used under a Creative Commons license. Photo: Kane Reinholdtsen on Unsplash

Duration:00:10:41

Ep. 29. Broaden your media diet

5/9/2019
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This episode, we talk about how expanding the kinds of media you like to read, watch and listen to can make you a better speechwriter and speaker. Links: The 100-Mile Diet by Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon Music: “Upbeat” by John Luc Hefferman. Used under a Creative Commons license. Photo: Eiliv-Sonas Aceron on Unsplash

Duration:00:07:46

Ep. 28. Listen to speakers outside your niche

5/7/2019
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Niches are great places to develop a deep understanding of audience and subject matter, and to build community... but they can get pretty insular. Whether you're a speaker or a speechwriter, here's how to keep your work fresh, by drawing inspiration from outside your bubble. Music: “Upbeat” by John Luc Hefferman. Used under a Creative Commons license. Photo: Yuki Dog on Unsplash

Duration:00:05:49

Ep. 27. Make your speech a content factory

5/2/2019
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Speeches are amazing. They can move audiences, inspire crowds... and they can help you create new content, quickly and easily! In this episode, we'll look at 10 ways you can repurpose your next speech into high-impact video, audio, text and images. Music: “Upbeat” by John Luc Hefferman. Used under a Creative Commons license. Photo: Kenny Luo on Unsplash

Duration:00:05:24

Ep. 26. Think strategically

4/30/2019
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When it comes to your organization's leadership speaking, you have strategic resources in play and strategic values on the line. That makes a pretty good case for a speaking strategy. Here's how to take the first steps toward crafting one. Music: “Upbeat” by John Luc Hefferman. Used under a Creative Commons license. Photo: Hendrik Morkel on Unsplash

Duration:00:10:11

Ep. 25. Build a platform

4/25/2019
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The applause from your speech may have faded, but the connection you make with your audience doesn't have to. Engaging online can help you deepen and broaden your audience relationship, while building a growing network that may become one of your most valuable assets: your platform. Links: It's been a few years since Platform by Michael Hyatt came out. It may not include the latest news on social networks and mobile engagement, but the principles will still be sound years from now. Strongly...

Duration:00:11:38

Ep. 24. Review your performance

4/23/2019
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Who are the top performers who need to review their performances so they can improve? Athletes... actors... and speakers like you! This episode, let's talk about how to review and improve your speaking and your content. Music: “Upbeat” by John Luc Hefferman. Used under a Creative Commons license. Photo: Stink Pickle on Unsplash

Duration:00:06:33

Ep. 23. Go all in

4/18/2019
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This episode ties together everything we've talked about around speech delivery with one big idea for truly powerful speaking: commitment. Links: Here’s David Granirer’s long-running comedy course at Vancouver’s Langara College. David’s also the founder and driving force behind Stand Up for Mental Health. Music: “Upbeat” by John Luc Hefferman. Used under a Creative Commons license. Photo: Helena Lopes on Unsplash

Duration:00:06:24

Ep. 22. Own the space

4/16/2019
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Break out of the lectern cage! Make the stage your own... and learn how to use movement to deepen your presentation's connection to your audience. (Also, I go off on that whole "podium vs. lectern" thing.) Music: “Upbeat” by John Luc Hefferman. Used under a Creative Commons license. Photo: Bill Williams on Unsplash

Duration:00:06:11

Ep. 21. Make the most of your voice on stage

4/11/2019
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When you treat your voice as an instrument (and not an afterthought!) great things happen to your speeches... and to your audiences. This episode, we break down three powerful vocal tools: pitch, pace and volume. Music: “Upbeat” by John Luc Hefferman. Used under a Creative Commons license. Photo: Ira Selendripity on Unsplash

Duration:00:07:23

Ep. 20. Hey! The audience's eyes are up here! And over here... and...

4/9/2019
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For once, the conventional wisdom has it right: eye contact with your audience is powerful. Here's how to put it to work for you — even when you have to read your speech from the page. Links: That moment in Baby Mama with Tina Fey and Steve Martin Music: “Upbeat” by John Luc Hefferman. Used under a Creative Commons license. Photo: Charles 🇵🇭 on Unsplash

Duration:00:08:42

Ep. 19. Get your hands dirty

4/4/2019
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Roll up your sleeves... because this episode we talk about the tools of the public speaking trade. And one tool in particular: your microphone. Music: “Upbeat” by John Luc Hefferman. Used under a Creative Commons license. Photo: Todd Quackenbush on Unsplash

Duration:00:14:52

Ep. 18. Prepare... even when you don't have time

4/2/2019
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I'm all about encouraging speakers to prepare and rehearse — but let's face it. There are times when you just haven't had a moment to prepare, and now it's 10 minutes 'til stage time. So maybe this isn't going to be a virtuoso performance. But it can still be a really good one. Here's how to lift a speech from the page when you only have a few minutes to prepare. Music: “Upbeat” by John Luc Hefferman. Used under a Creative Commons license. Photo: Veri Ivanova on Unsplash

Duration:00:07:50

Ep. 17. Practice. No, really practice.

3/28/2019
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Think rehearsal and preparation kills your spontaneity? This episode could change your mind — by showing you how rehearsal actually frees you to make spontaneous choices in the moment. Tips, techniques... and an excuse to use coloured highlighters. What more could you ask from a podcast? Music: “Upbeat” by John Luc Hefferman. Used under a Creative Commons license. Photo: Manuel Nägeli on Unsplash.

Duration:00:06:32

Ep. 16. Don't just read your speech. Perform it.

3/26/2019
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This episode, we pivot from speechwriting to speaking itself. And we start with the single biggest way most speakers can level up: authentic performance. Links: Steal the Show by Michael Port is a smashing book on speaking and performance. I reviewed it a while back, and it's an easy book to recommend. Music: “Upbeat” by John Luc Hefferman. Used under a Creative Commons license. Photo: Daniel Sandvik on Unsplash

Duration:00:10:55

Ep. 15. How to get great feedback on your speech

3/21/2019
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How often have you asked for feedback with "let me know what you think"? If you're trying to spark conversation, it isn't a bad gambit. But if you want actionable feedback on your speech, you need to use a much more focused approach. Here's how to ask the right person, for the right feedback, at the right time. Music: "Upbeat" by John Luc Hefferman. Used under a Creative Commons license. Photo: Wynand van Poortvliet on Unsplash

Duration:00:10:38

Ep. 14. Get your audience to expect more... of themselves.

3/18/2019
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Your speech has brought your audience on an emotional odyssey, and you've reached your narrative destination together. Now's the time to invite them to continue the journey themselves—with a powerful call to action and conclusion. And you can do it in four steps: challenge, call, recipe and reward. Here's how. Music: "Upbeat" by John Luc Hefferman. Used under a Creative Commons license. Photo: Ian Parker on Unsplash

Duration:00:04:10

Ep. 13. Don't meet your audience's expectations

3/14/2019
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...Wait, what? By all means, meet — or beat — your audience's expectations for what they'll get out of your speech. But not for what you put into it. Here's how to be surprising... and unpredictable, but reliable. Music: "Upbeat" by John Luc Hefferman. Used under a Creative Commons license. Photo: Felix Mittermeier on Unsplash

Duration:00:06:30

Ep. 12. Make your audience a little uncomfortable

3/12/2019
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Every instinct tells us to make our audiences comfortable. Yet a little discomfort can lead to some of the most powerful experiences your speech can offer. Here's how. Links: "Nanette" by Hannah Gadsby on Netflix, and Gadsby's speech on "The Good Men" Music: "Upbeat" by John Luc Hefferman. Used under a Creative Commons license. Photo: Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Duration:00:05:42

Ep. 11. Use slides well... if at all

3/7/2019
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The world is full of speeches weighed down with terrible slide decks. Don't let yours be one of them. This episode, we look at how to make PowerPoint work well for you and your audience — and I make the case for not using slides at all. Links: Here are the books I mentioned at the end: slide:ology by Nancy Duarte, Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds, and Beyond Bullet Points by Cliff Atkinson. And here's an article about why people retain less information when it's projected onto a screen...

Duration:00:09:38