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  • Professor Monder Ram OBE is an expert on small businesses and ethnic minority entrepreneurship research. He has published many papers, consults with small businesses, is a global keynote speaker and a government advisor too. I am also very proud to say he is one of my star students too.

    In this episode not only do we discuss some of the findings of Monder’s many years of research into small business challenges and particularly the challenges that migrants and migrant entrepreneurs face, but we talk a whole heck about his speaking too!

    This show is a goldmine for great insights and tips that will help you shine as an authentic, captivating speaker and I’m sure you’re going to love it.

    Enjoy!

    What you’ll discover:

    Why Monder thinks stories are needed more than ever in the academic arena. How sharing real life stories as a scientist has helped Monder influence public policy around small businesses. The three areas of entrepreneurship that trip many small businesses up. Why the issues that face most entrepreneurs are amplified for migrant business owners. The travesty of wasted talent in our communities that could fill vital business roles. How Monder ditched his slides in speaking in 2004 and hasn’t used them since. The differences between a practitioner, academic and policy making audiences. How Monder tailors his talk strategy and content for the different audiences he talks to. The in-depth process Monder uses to prepare for a talk. The importance of flow, engagement, framing and starting the talk with a bang. Why being yourself when you speak is vital for connecting with your audience and building your confidence. Why academics and all speakers should consider focusing on the struggle and the ‘why’ rather than just the results in their communication.

    All things Monder Ram:

    LinkedIn Monder Ram

    Twitter @monderram

    Email m.ram1@aston.ac.uk

    Books:

    The Examined Life by Stefan Grosz

    Resources:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/thespeakingclub/

    https://www.facebook.com/SarahArcherSpeak/

    https://www.saraharcher.co.uk

    https://www.thespeakingclub.com/masterclass

    https://www.standoutpitch.com

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  • Content flow relates to the composition of your talk and how you get your audience from ‘a’ to ‘b’. This is relevant whether you’re doing a 15 second Tik Tok, three minute facebook live, blog or or a 45 minute keynote. You need to consider some often overlooked factors relating to ‘content flow’ that will affect the experience people have on their journey with you... whatever medium it’s on, or how long it may be.

    Get it right and you may win a fan, but get it wrong and you may leave your audience bored, confused, and unlikely to bother engaging with you again.

    In this show I’m going to be sharing those factors you need to pay attention to, so that your content keeps your audience focused, engaged and eager to take the next steps with you.

    Enjoy!

    What you’ll discover:

    My Gambian nightmare and why it matters to your audience. The starting point for any speaking content. Why speakers can learn a lot from tattoo artists. The key ‘content flow’ ingredients for a great talk. What a segue is and why it matters. The secrets to good segues. Why stories and gaps are your friend for keeping your audience focused. Get the audience committed. Resolution and the warm fuzzy feeling it brings.

    Resources:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/thespeakingclub/

    https://www.facebook.com/SarahArcherSpeak/

    https://www.saraharcher.co.uk

    https://www.standoutpitch.com

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  • Viv Conway and Tash Meys originally had companies on the side whilst they were friends at college. They focused on Instagram as the platform to grow their businesses, and eventually had so much success with it that they decided to ditch their side hustles and open up their own Instagram agency called Ace The Gram.

    Not only have they mastered Instagram to move their personal profiles to over 200K followers, but they have worked with clients from 70 followers to 1.9 million followers across Australia, the USA, the UK, and New Zealand.

    From influencer marketing and giveaways, to using Instagram for driving traffic to your website/product, Viv and Tash now work to bring their knowledge and passion to anyone who wants to leverage social media for their business. They are excited to share everything they have learnt along their journey and they’re doing that on this show.

    Enjoy!

    What you’ll discover:

    Where Instagram fits into the social media ecco-system. Why patience is needed for sustainable growth and better quality followers. Why your ideal audience is not only critical for your business in general, but super important when it comes to Instagram. How having a clear message and understanding the niche that you are in will grow your audience faster. Guidance on strategy for using Instagram in your business. One of the biggest myths about how to reach your audience on Instagram. What it means to optimise your profile and how to do it. How you can use influencer marketing in your marketing strategy. What ‘valuable’ content looks like on Instagram. Specific tips for speakers and entrepreneurs who want to build their audience and brand using instagram. What branded hashtags are, and how to use them to your advantage. Where Instagram stories can fit into your strategy. Understand more about the Instagram algorithm and how this might help you. Why using multiple social media platforms is important for your marketing strategy, and which combination is currently the strongest. Tips for using Instagram to build a community and boost engagement.

    All things Ace the Gram:

    Website acethegram

    Instagram @acethegram

    Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/instagramgrowthandengagement/

    Books:

    Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

    The Defining Decade - Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of them by Meg Jay

    Resources:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/thespeakingclub/

    https://www.facebook.com/SarahArcherSpeak/

    https://www.saraharcher.co.uk

    https://www.thespeakingclub.com/masterclass

    https://www.standoutpitch.com

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  • Kristin Linklater has been helping people to transform their voice into an instrument of passion, power and performance for many, many years. I am honoured that she is a guest on the show and that she is sharing such value for anyone that wants to reach their full potential as a public speaker.

    She has had a long and distinguished career as a teacher and actor in Europe and America. She has worked with some of the most prestigious theatre companies and dramatic institutions in the world and has written one of the seminal books on voice technique based on hearing ‘the person, not the voice.’

    Kristin has published several articles on voice and has lectured and given workshops in the U.S., the UK, Europe, Russia, Taiwan and China. Since 1965 she has trained over 200 teachers in her methods; they teach in a majority of the actor-training programs in the U.S., and in Australia, England, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Finland, Spain and Russia.

    Today, Kristin is still teaching her method in courses at the Kristin Linklater Voice Centre in the Orkney Islands.

    I hope you enjoy the show.

    What we talk about:

    The mysterious origin of modern voice technique. The connection between mind, body and voice. The difference between a ‘free’ voice and an ‘inhibited’ one. The ‘vertical’ experience of the voice and why speakers should be using this in their talks. Why we ‘unlearn’ how to use our voice to its full potential. How our jaw protects us from ‘feeling’ unwanted emotion. Examples of bad voice habits and how they impact the quality of our performance? How trying to control our voice reduces our vocal stamina. Why public speakers must ‘feel’ the words and not hide behind a presentational tone. The link between our limiting beliefs and our voice. Why the stories we’re silently holding onto are sabotaging our voice and our message. The step on stage ‘mantra’ for conquering the primal fear that stops you from speaking or affects your performance. Tips for speakers to help improve the quality of their voice. Kristin’s process for putting her own keynote talks together. How Kristin uses stories to create aha moments. Who really wrote the plays of Shakespeare!

    All things Kristin

    https://www.linklatervoice.com

    Freeing the Natural Voice by Kristin Linklater

    Freeing Shakespeare’s Voice by Kristin Linklater

    Books:

    The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge

    Other Resources*

    https://www.saraharcher.co.uk

    https://www.mystorywizard.com

    https://www.standoutpitch.com

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/thespeakingclub/

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  • Mike Michalowicz is a best-selling author, speaker, multi-millionaire business owner and the man that Simon Sinek calls “the top contender for the patron saint of entrepreneurs”

    However, his work today came as a result of learning some crucial business and life lessons after losing everything he’d made from selling two companies. Since then Mike has devoted his life to finding better ways for himself and other entrepreneurs to grow healthy, strong companies.

    He is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal and business makeover specialist on MSNBC. Mike is a popular main stage keynote speaker on innovative entrepreneurial topics.

    One of his most popular books and systems is Profit First, which is used by hundreds of thousands of companies across the globe to drive profit. He has written many others and his latest book, ‘Fix This Next’, is accidentally, but perfectly timed to help many business owners suffering as a result of the crisis.

    In this show, I’m getting the low down from Mike on many things that will help you as a speaker and business owner to move forward despite the challenges that you are facing on the journey.

    I hope you enjoy the show.

    What we talk about:

    Why Mike has dedicated his life to investigating the journey of successful entrepreneurship. The origin of Profit First as a way of managing cash in your business. Why traditional accounting methods don’t work for entrepreneurs. How ‘Profit First’ works. The amazing results it has had for entrepreneurs and businesses in sustaining profitability. The ‘Survival Trap’ exercise that you can run for your business. Why Mike developed the ‘Business Hierarchy of Needs’ to identify the right actions for your business if you’re feeling overwhelmed or facing a crisis in your business. The story of Cottonwood Coffee and how they used the business hierarchy of needs. How speaking fits into what Mike does. Why you should give people actionable content when you’re speaking. The ‘One Step Back’ technique and how you can use it to pivot. Why you shouldn’t give until it hurts and what you do should always have a sales foundation. How and why Mike uses stories and humour in his talks. The way that Mike overcame his public speaking anxiety. Why you should listen to people’s wallets, rather than their words.

    All things Mike

    https://www.mikemichalowicz.com

    https://www.fixthisnext.com

    Books:

    Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

    Clock Work by Mike Michalowicz

    The Toliet Paper Entrepreneur by Mike Michalowicz

    How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – Dale Carnegie

    Other Resources*

    https://www.saraharcher.co.uk

    https://www.mystorywizard.com

    https://www.standoutpitch.com

    https://www.thespeakingclub.com/masterclass

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  • There is one common factor I’ve noticed time and time again in relation to people who ‘make’ it, whatever field or industry they’re in.

    That common factor is that those who achieve success don’t live their lives based on expectations, they set their own course. The path that they follow is based on what is possible and it’s available to all of us equally, although it’s one that few people choose to tread.

    In this show I want to explore why that is, and the difference between what is probable versus what’s possible, so that you can choose a new perspective and path for yourself to achieve the success you want in speaking, business and life.

    Enjoy!

    What you’ll discover:

    Why my family regret me doing a sponsored swim at eight-years-old. The difference between probable and possible when it comes to mindset Why the young and the naive succeed The problem with expectations What L’esprit de l’escalier is and how we can avoid it. Why we need to limit our research The reason we should steer clear of opinions Why we need to use the past as a springboard not an excuse The role models for mindset Why we need to use fear as a compass

    Resources:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/thespeakingclub/

    https://www.facebook.com/SarahArcherSpeak/

    https://www.saraharcher.co.uk

    https://www.thespeakingclub.com/masterclass

    https://www.standoutpitch.com

    Thanks for listening!

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  • About 20 years ago Colette Etheridge fell ill with anxiety...one event triggered her to lose control of her life and become someone she didn’t recognise. She was lost in a world of paranoia, displaying irrational and selfish behaviours without a thought for anyone else.

    After four months of hard work she managed to make the changes she needed to and get her life back on track. Today, she helps others conquer anxiety issues including depression, fears and phobias.

    In this episode, she is sharing her story and many tips and tools for beating any anxieties you might have. You’ll get benefit from this show if you’re struggling to cope with what’s going on in the world at the moment, or you’re having to step outside your comfort zone to respond, or you just want some help to overcome your public speaking issues.

    I hope you enjoy the show.

    What we talk about:

    How anxiety showed up in Collette’s life and the impact it had on her. Whether anxiety is an illness or a state of mind. The difference between types of anxiety and phobias. The best way to keep our minds healthy in today’s world. How animals help with anxiety. Why gratitude is a big part of getting and staying mentally healthy. Whether affirmations work? Why hypnotherapy works much faster on tackling speaking anxiety. How fear of speaking on stage or on video is driven by our beliefs. My reluctance to do Facebook lives and why this is. The process for reprogramming your subconscious to overcome the limiting beliefs that hold you back. Managing your business finances.

    All things Colette

    https://smallstepscounsellingservice.com

    https://www.facebook.com/SmallStepsGlos/

    https://childbehavioursolutions.co.uk

    https://www.facebook.com/ChildBehaviourSolutions/

    Books:

    Inner Talk for Peace of Mind by Susan Jeffers

    A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown

    Other Resources*

    https://www.saraharcher.co.uk

    https://www.mystorywizard.com

    https://www.standoutpitch.com

    https://www.thespeakingclub.com/masterclass

    Thanks for listening!

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  • It might not be sexy, but whether you have a speaking business, or a business that you grow through speaking, you are going to want to listen to this show, now more than ever.

    Even in normal circumstances poor cashflow kills more businesses than anything else, but when there is turbulence its reach is much bigger. If you are struggling at the moment, this show may help you find a lifeline.

    If you are experiencing a boom or getting buy, it’s also important you listen to get the right things in place to protect your business and preserve the cashflow that can so often trip people up even when the order book is full.

    Cashflow expert Nicki Kinton is sharing a range of advice from getting late payments in, to what to cover in your terms and conditions to maximise the chance of your business getting paid.

    I hope you find it useful.

    What we talk about:

    The biggest mistakes entrepreneurs and business owners make in relation to cashflow. What records you should be keeping about your cashflow. What a cashflow forecast is and why it’s important. Why you need to re-educate late paying customers. How to chase late payments without damaging the relationship Why great credit control processes can create customer loyalty How country culture can influence credit control behaviour Actionable steps you can take to pre-screen customers for their ability to pay you. How to deal with large company payment terms. Tips for creating terms and conditions that protect your business. The difference between a booking fee and a deposit. How speaking has helped Nicki’s business to grow. Why speaking is great for honing your message.

    All things Nicki:

    Website – https://confidentcashflow.com

    https://www.facebook.com/ConfidentCashflow/

    https://twitter.com/ConfidentCashfl

    https://www.instagram.com/confidentcashflow/

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickikinton/

    enquiries@confidentcashflow.com

    Books:

    The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein

    Other Resources*

    https://www.saraharcher.co.uk

    https://www.mystorywizard.com

    https://www.standoutpitch.com

    https://www.thespeakingclub.com/masterclass

    Thanks for listening!

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  • Now more than ever we need to be meeting our audience where they are to reach them with our message. As an MC at comedy gigs being able to build a rapport with your audience is an imperative and that is why I am chuffed to have Christian Russell-Pollock as my guest on this show.

    An award-winning comic and marketer, Christian is a master at engaging his audience whether it’s onstage doing comedy or online promoting events or individuals. In this episode he is sharing some game changing tips for speaking and growing your brand.

    Enjoy!

    What we talk about:

    What Christian loves about stand-up comedy. How you can cover if your material doesn’t land and still get a laugh. Why it’s better to know your material and trust yourself than learning every word. How to bring an audience into the experience and move easily between your material. The difference between an MC and a performer and how the skills of an MC can increase your impact. Christian’s tips for being successful with humour. Why the truest thing is the funniest thing and what that means. Top tips for an MC that apply live and for online events. The No1 thing you should think about when building your brand. Why you need to give your audience a way to keep in touch. Persona examples and why this matter. Why it’s important for your audience to like you. Why you should always find your opposite to work with in business.

    All things Christian:

    Website(s) –

    https://1steditionmarketing.com

    https://www.crpcomedy.com

    Twitter @crpcomedian

    Books:

    It’s Not How Good You Are it’s How Good You Want to Be by Paul Arden

    Man of Letters by Spike Milligan

    Other Resources*

    Getting Your Public Speaking Persona Right! – 103

    https://www.saraharcher.co.uk

    https://www.mystorywizard.com

    https://www.standoutpitch.com

    https://www.thespeakingclub.com/masterclass

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  • The inspiration for this show comes from what is happening in March 2020, but I hope that this episode will stand the test of time and you’ll find what I’m sharing gives you food for thought and inspiration whenever you’re facing an obstacle that’s slowing you down, stopping you or getting in your way.

    I want to give you some mindset tips that have been helping me, then I want to share a few practical suggestions and examples for what to do if your speaking gig, event, or workshop has been cancelled, or your business is losing clients.

    You’ve got this!

    What you’ll discover:

    The TV show that created an ‘aha’ moment about ‘fear’ Why fear and a scarcity mindset are never the answer Why it’s important to moan The trick for never getting stopped by a problem again The illusion of money and what might be keeping it from you Ideas for repurposing your talk if your gig, event or workshop get cancelled Questions to consider if your business is struggling The 8 step process for getting around any obstacle

    Resources:

    Dollars Flow to Me Easily by Richard Dotts

    The Illusion of Money – Kyle Cease

    https://thework.com (Byron Katie)

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/thespeakingclub/

    https://www.facebook.com/SarahArcherSpeak/

    https://www.saraharcher.co.uk

    https://www.thespeakingclub.com/masterclass

    https://www.standoutpitch.com

    Thanks for listening!

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  • I don’t know about you, but I’ve certainly second guessed and doubted myself...and many times have wondered whether I’m good enough... and I’m sure that all of this has got in the way of me achieving goals in the past, or at the very least slowed me down.

    In speaking, whether that’s on stage, in a webinar, video or on a podcast, imposter syndrome rears its head often and that’s why a big part of my work with students and on here is helping you manage and master your mindset.

    That’s why I invited Clare Josa onto the show this week and I know you’re going to love it. Clare is the UK's leading authority on Imposter Syndrome, having spent the past fifteen years working with business leaders to help them to overcome it, as well as leading the landmark 2019 Imposter Syndrome Research Study and publishing her new book: Ditching Imposter Syndrome.

    An expert in the neuroscience and psychology of performance, her original training as an engineer, specialising in Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing, means her approach is grounded in practical common sense, creating breakthroughs not burnout.

    She is the author of eight books and has been interviewed by the likes of The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and Radio 4, amongst others. Clare speaks internationally on how to change the world by changing yourself.

    Enjoy!

    What we talk about:

    How Clare uses speaking to shift perspective. Why you need to be intentional but not attached to the outcome of your talk. What made Clare write her first of eight books. The barriers to meditating and how to overcome them. The impact of not aligning your ‘whole self’ with your goals What Clare discovered about herself during meditation. How Clare ended up becoming an expert in imposter syndrome. The amazing results from the first UK research study into imposter syndrome. The differences in how men and women handle imposter syndrome. How we sabotage our success as entrepreneurs and speakers because of imposter syndrome. Why we find it so hard to celebrate the success of others. How we can turn ‘comparisonitis’ into a positive thing for our growth. The myths around imposter syndrome. The ‘ABC’ emergency first aid technique for tackling imposter syndrome generated fear. The 5-step process for ditching imposter syndrome The results Clare has got by setting an intention an aligning behind it. How Clare uses stories and humour in her talks. Why you should always have a contract and have spoken to a client yourself. How Clare’s business took off when she narrowed her focus.

    All things Clare:

    Website(s) –

    www.clarejosa.com

    www.ditchingimpostersyndrome.com

    http://www.clarejosa.com/book-clare-josa-to-speak/

    ABC Process - http://www.clarejosa.com/thespeakingclub/

    Twitter @clare_josa

    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/clarejosa/

    Books:

    Ditching Imposter Syndrome by Clare Josa

    The 28 Day Meditation Challenge by Clare Josa

    Other Resources*

    https://www.saraharcher.co.uk

    https://www.mystorywizard.com

    https://www.standoutpitch.com

    https://www.thespeakingclub.com/masterclass

    Thanks for listening!

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  • After being diagnosed with systemic lupus, Verla’s retirement dreams were crushed until a year later, when she discovered something that reinvigorated her health and her life. When she realised that the information she’d unearthed, wasn’t available to others suffering like she had...she made it her mission to get the word out, and so she wrote a book.

    That book is now reaching people all over the world and helping them to enjoy life again...but just a few months ago things were very different.

    Having finished writing her book, Verla had put it on Amazon and waited...and waited, and eventually a few sales trickled in, but she was frustrated that her message wasn’t getting to the people who needed it fast enough...so she decided she needed to start speaking...on stage, off stage and online. The trouble was she didn’t know where to start.

    As a former Director of Surgery at The Toronto Hospitals and a retired Associate Professor of Nursing at McMaster University in Ontario, Verla had many, many years of speaking experience...but when it came to sharing her story and what she discovered, she felt out of her depth.

    That’s when Verla discovered this podcast and got some help to share her message.

    Discover the speaking techniques Verla has been using in her talks to make her book sales soar, so that you can use them to grow your audience too.

    Enjoy!

    What we talk about:

    How imposter syndrome nearly stopped Verla from sharing her message Why it’s important to strip back the information and concentrate on creating the emotion. Why Verla felt the need to develop her speaking skills despite having spoken throughout her career. The importance of marketing in speaking your message. What the Heart Map Blueprint is and how it helped Verla share her message. How Verla starts her talk to grab attention. The importance of your story in taking your audience on an emotional journey to saying “yes” to your idea. How Verla has become a powerful storyteller without being creative or a ‘natural’. Why it’s important to accept any speaking engagement when you are on the start of your speaking journey or you have a product or service to promote. The importance and power of addressing objections for you and the audience and how Verla does it with specific examples. How using imagery and metaphor makes your talk more fun and impactful for you and your audience. Specific examples of how Verla uses metaphors and imagery in her talks. Verla’s top tips for becoming a more powerful speaker based on her journey so far. The benefits of getting a mentor to guide you on your speaking journey. How speaking is a powerful way to grow your sales.

    All things Verla:

    Website - Treesmendus.com

    Take Back Your Outside Mindset by Verla Fortier

    Other Resources*

    https://www.saraharcher.co.uk

    https://www.mystorywizard.com

    https://www.standoutpitch.com

    https://www.thespeakingclub.com/masterclass

    Thanks for listening!

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  • Greg Satell spent 15 years living and working in Eastern Europe where, among other things, he managed a leading news organization during Ukraine’s Orange Revolution. During that time, he became friends with one of the main protagonists of the revolution, who now coaches people on starting a successful revolution!

    After years spent in the trenches of a media outlet, followed by further research, Greg discovered the secret to creating new ideas and getting them adopted. That led to two books, Mapping Innovation, selected as one of the best business titles of 2017 and his new book, Cascades.

    His work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Barron’s, Forbes, Inc and Fast Company, and he is considered one of the foremost experts on innovation today. Greg also speaks around the world on these topics and works with leading organisations too.

    I got Greg on the show because I believe these skills are important for speakers and because I believe Greg is an amazing storyteller too! Listen up for some nuggets of gold!

    Enjoy!

    What we talk about:

    How Greg discovered the best way to innovate. Why we should be looking at the businesses that have endured, rather than the unicorns who struck lucky. Why you should always be looking for new problems to solve. Why it’s ecosystems rather than inventions that change the world. Why your solution to a problem could lead to more products and services you can offer. The biggest obstacle for new ideas and why the change management industry is failing. The wrong assumption we’re making about change. How the Serbian revolution led Greg to discover the secret to getting diverse groups to act in unison. How Elon Musk niched down for success when launching Tesla. Why you should look for ‘hair on fire’ customers. Why it’s important to ‘show’ rather than ‘tell’ as a speaker. Why you should start with a specific story about one person and then move to the general principle. How to keep your audience leaning in. Why humour can be so powerful in galvanising change and attracting followers. How Greg puts together his talks and the secret to becoming a great speaker. Why it’s really important to build shared values with your audience.

    All things Greg:

    GregSatell.com

    @DigitalTonto

    innovate@digitaltonto.com

    Books:

    Mapping Innovation by Greg Satell

    Cascades: How to Create a Movement that Drives Transformational Change by Greg Satell

    A Mathematician’s Apology by G.H. Hardy

    Other Resources*

    https://www.saraharcher.co.uk

    https://www.mystorywizard.com

    https://www.standoutpitch.com

    https://www.thespeakingclub.com/masterclass

    Thanks for listening!

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  • Made redundant from her dream PR job at 40, instead of becoming a victim to uncertainty and fear, Angharad Massie grabbed them by the horns and pulled them along in her wake. Now she owns Fearless PR and works for some of the biggest and littlest brands in the UK and Globally.

    I asked her onto the Speaking Club to breakdown the myths and misunderstandings about what PR really is, so that you can begin to use PR as a tool to help you build your brand, spread your message and increase your impact. Angharad didn’t disappoint and shares brilliant strategies, tools and tips for creating your PR content, developing your network and influencing stakeholders to become advocates and fans.

    Make sure you listen to this show if you would like to get more people shouting about what you do!

    Enjoy

    What we talk about:

    How life events that seem devastating can be the biggest gift if you can just stay strong. The definition of successful PR How storytelling and humour influences PR success Balancing the different stakeholder interests in PR and how to do it. The difference between PR and advertising Why it’s important to find the right angle for your message What comedians, actors and performers have in common with PR agencies Why you should lead with a negative How McDonalds and Greggs have built brand respect by not taking themselves so seriously Why speakers should consider developing brand personality The importance of building a network of relationships and superfans to share your message Tips for building your network with authenticity How to develop relationships with influencers and journalists The top 3 strategies for running a successful PR campaign How to mine the golden content that’s already around you Why you shouldn’t let fear stop you from living your best life

    All things Angharad:

    https://www.fearlesspr.co.uk

    Other Resources*

    Jane Eyre by Jane Austen

    Trust me I’m Lying by Ryan Holiday

    https://www.saraharcher.co.uk

    https://www.mystorywizard.com

    https://www.standoutpitch.com

    https://www.thespeakingclub.com/masterclass

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  • In this show, I’m going to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and that’s do a little breakdown of how two of the most successful viral video adverts used humour for massive success. Then I’m going to show you how you can apply the same humour success principles to your talks and other marketing content.

    I often reference these two brands when I’m showing people how valuable humour is, because undoubtedly it played a massive part in the results that they achieved with their video ads. They are Dollar Shave Club and Squatty Potty. Both of their videos were very funny, both went viral and gave them massive brand recognition and sales growth.

    Dollar Shave Club is a mail order razor company and its founder Michael Dubin’s first video promo launched the company in 2012. 24 hours later they had 12,000 new subscribers and four years later Dollar Shave Club was bought by Unilever for £1bn. After Squatty Potty’s video went viral sales increased by 600% and that video has now had 100 million views.

    So, if you’re interested in getting some tips for adding humour to your message for more impact and business growth then listen up!

    Enjoy!

    What you’ll discover:

    The benefits of using humour in your talks Some specific humour tricks that were used to create viral ads The fundamental rule of comedy The connection between laughs and knowing your audience The rule of three examples How to use contrast for big laughs How to apply viral video humour tricks to your talk Some key locations for humour in your talks Why self-deprecation works

    Resources:

    Squatty Potty Video

    Dollar Shave Club Video

    Framing Your Talks for Bigger Impact – Episode 050

    The Shocking Truth About How to Open and Close Your Presentations – Episode 065

    Humour 101 for Public Speaking – Episode 019

    How to Make Your Content Funny Without Forcing the Gag - Episode 28

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/thespeakingclub/

    https://www.facebook.com/SarahArcherSpeak/

    https://www.saraharcher.co.uk

    https://www.thespeakingclub.com/masterclass

    https://www.standoutpitch.com

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  • At the age of 17, James Aspey was diagnosed with leukaemia and given six weeks to live. Over the next 3 years, he fought to survive, which he did. He emerged from that battle with a new appreciation of life and a personal understanding of suffering.

    During his treatment he’d gained 23kg and after being given the all clear he began, with the help of a trainer to get his weight and fitness back on track. Inspired by the help he’d got James became a personal trainer too. It was whilst on a cruise ship working as a PT that James met a man that would completely change the path of his life.

    He began to question some of the things he’d always believed about food and health and embarked on a journey that would lead him first to giving up eating animals, then to giving up his voice for animals and finally, to what he does today, speaking all over the world about animals and veganism.

    His words are visceral and provocative, his message is hard to hear...but more and more people are listening, and that’s why I asked James to come on the show. If you want to get some lessons from a master speaker, with a heartfelt message that is influencing people across the globe to make a major shift in their life and beliefs...then listen to this show...but be warned... at times you may find what James says disturbing and challenging.

    What we talk about:

    What James found out that changed the course of his life. Why we should care about what we eat. The benefits of a vegan diet. How James coped having a year without uttering a word. Why it’s important for speakers to focus on understanding and addressing potential objections and how James does it. Why James believes education is the best way to influence people and how he does it. How James tailors his message for different audiences Why we sometimes need to shock to create change How being Vegan can help you grow as a communicator Why Tofu is one of the most underrated foods of all time! Why humour is so powerful, especially when your message is serious! How James puts his talks together, for maximum attention and impact. What James considers to be the most important point of his speeches. James’ secret to becoming a great speaker. James’ secret to business success.

    All things James:

    @JamesAspey

    https://www.jamesaspey.com.au

    Other Resources*

    The Power by Rhonda Byrne

    The World Peace Diet by Dr Will Tuttle

    Eternal Treblinka by Charles Patterson

    https://www.mystorywizard.com

    https://www.standoutpitch.com

    https://www.thespeakingclub.com/masterclass

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  • There are a lot of organisations, coaches and possibly even people you know with opinions and advice about what makes a good speaker. There are probably also lots of speakers you admire. All of this can sometimes lead people to develop a presentation style that isn’t in line with their natural way of being and personality.

    I have some strong views on persona and in this show I’m taking a look at persona, what it is, how important it is in public speaking and even how you can find out what yours is.

    Enjoy!

    What you’ll discover:

    Whether you should develop a different persona for public speaking Why you, your message and your audience need to be in alignment Why I disagree with Roger Ailes What a vitamin brand can teach us about how we need to be on stage How you don’t need to lose yourself even if you want to be funny How you can discover your persona The difference between me and Gary V Why you are absolutely enough!

    Resources:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/thespeakingclub/

    https://www.facebook.com/SarahArcherSpeak/

    https://www.saraharcher.co.uk

    https://www.thespeakingclub.com/masterclass

    https://www.standoutpitch.com

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  • Diane Banister is the CEO of Intelligent Dialogue, and she has spent decades helping companies develop their customer service and get incredible sales results. In this episode I have brought her on to help you look at selling in a new way, so that you can get more gigs or grow your business.

    The truth is that unless you have the right attitude towards sales, you are likely to fail whether you are selling an idea, a change, or a product or service. If you can get comfortable and good at selling not only will your message have more impact, but your bank balance will look better too!

    What we talk about:

    The beliefs about sales that may be holding you back. Reframing sales for better results. The impact of reluctant salespeople on the bottom line. The importance of ‘pain and gain’ in successful selling. Why you need to know the value of your product or service to your customer. The question you should ask yourself before you meet with any potential customer. How we can build our sales confidence, attitude and voice. The similarities between presenting and a sales conversation. A sales conversation structure. Why it’s critical to detach your identity, self-worth and targets from the sales conversation and what to do instead. The importance of storytelling in sales conversations. Tips on getting access to decision makers. The big mistake people are making on first contact with decision makers and what to do instead. Why you need to think about the lifetime value of a customer. How stories impact the sales conversation and can attract customers The parallels between training and selling. The difference between training and development. Why the beginning of any workshop is crucial for the success of the event and how to do it right. Why you need to forget the material when you’re speaking and focus on the audience. Why you shouldn’t price your products and services based on what you would pay. What sales lessons we can learn from cricket. Why we should reflect more to get better results.

    All things Diane Banister:

    https://intelligentdialogue.com

    Twitter / Linked In:

    Other Resources*

    The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

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  • I believe that public speaking can only be truly effective in moving an audience if the speaker views themselves first and foremost as a storyteller. In this way public speaking is no different to other mediums, like writing, comedy and filmmaking, where stories are also used to affect an audience. That is why I like to bring guests from those other arenas on to the show to give you ideas for making your own message more powerful.

    That is why I am chuffed to bits that for this 100th and 101st episode I have Producer/Director Mickey Lemle as my guest. Mickey Lemle has been making feature films, television series and documentary specials since 1971. His film and television works have been shown theatrically, on television and at film festivals around the world. He has covered such diverse topics as media manipulation, the first astronauts to land on the moon and two feature length documentaries about the Dalai Lama.

    In addition to his award-winning films he was also a personal friend and student of Joseph Campbell, the architect of modern storytelling. Across these two episodes we cover a wide range of topics all of which will give you food for thought about yourself, your life and your public speaking. Mickey takes us all over the globe, into our inner world and even into space with the stories that he shares, and I hope that you love hearing them as much as I did.

    What you’ll discover:

    How and Why Mickey got into documentary film making The two traits you need for successful film making Why Mickey thinks a lot of Hollywood movies are stupid. What drives the project choices Mickey makes. How documentaries get funded and made. Why it’s so important to find stories that reflect internal transformation. How you show internal transformation in a story. The measure Mickey uses personally to judge the success of his films. Why we should be wary of the way that information is presented to us. The secret to a long life The secret to the end of suffering. How meditation can help you create a better life. The lessons that Mickey learnt directly from Joseph Campbell the creator of ‘The Hero’s Journey’ How Mickey got his Holiness the Dalai Lama to agree to be in a documentary. The story creation process for documentaries and the similarities with creating a presentation story. How Mickey uses the Hero’s Journey in his work How speaking fits into Mickey’s work How Mickey uses storytelling in his speaking Mickey’s top tips for speakers for using stories and building a narrative

    All things Mickey Lemle:

    http://www.lemlepictures.com

    Other Resources*

    Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

    Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

    https://www.standoutpitch.com

    https://www.saraharcher.co.uk

    https://www.thespeakingclub.com/masterclass

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  • I believe that public speaking can only be truly effective in moving an audience if the speaker views themselves first and foremost as a storyteller. In this way public speaking is no different to other mediums, like writing, comedy and filmmaking, where stories are also used to affect an audience. That is why I like to bring guests from those other arenas on to the show to give you ideas for making your own message more powerful.

    That is why I am chuffed to bits that for this 100th episode I have Producer/Director Mickey Lemle as my guest. Mickey Lemle has been making feature films, television series and documentary specials since 1971. His film and television works have been shown theatrically, on television and at film festivals around the world. He has covered such diverse topics as media manipulation, the first astronauts to land on the moon and two feature length documentaries about the Dalai Lama.

    In addition to his award-winning films he was also a personal friend and student of Joseph Campbell, the architect of modern storytelling. Across these two episodes we cover a wide range of topics all of which I hope will give you food for thought about yourself, your life and your public speaking. Mickey takes us all over the globe, into our inner world and even into space with the stories that he shares, and I hope that you love hearing them as much as I did.

    What you’ll discover:

    How and Why Mickey got into documentary film making The two traits you need for successful film making Why Mickey thinks a lot of Hollywood movies are stupid. What drives the project choices Mickey makes. How documentaries get funded and made. Why it’s so important to find stories that reflect internal transformation. How you show internal transformation in a story. The measure Mickey uses personally to judge the success of his films. Why we should be wary of the way that information is presented to us. The secret to a long life The secret to the end of suffering. How meditation can help you create a better life. The lessons that Mickey learnt directly from Joseph Campbell the creator of ‘The Hero’s Journey’ How Mickey got his Holiness the Dalai Lama to agree to be in a documentary. The story creation process for documentaries and the similarities with creating a presentation story. How Mickey uses the Hero’s Journey in his work How speaking fits into Mickey’s work How Mickey uses storytelling in his speaking Mickey’s top tips for speakers for using stories and building a narrative

    All things Mickey Lemle:

    http://www.lemlepictures.com

    Other Resources*

    Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

    Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

    https://www.standoutpitch.com

    https://www.saraharcher.co.uk

    https://www.thespeakingclub.com/masterclass

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