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Practical everyday business advice for those looking to start a new business or small business owners and solopreneurs. Including tools & tips from expert guests and advice on resources covering everything from social media to networking for new business.
 
Brilliance at Work brings you business leadership advice for leading high-performance teams with clarity, confidence and heart. You’ll hear stories, advice and captivating interviews from executive and master public speaking coach Michelle Barry Franco based on more than 12 years supporting successful entrepreneurs, executives and thought leaders. Listeners get backstage passes to the stories and advice that helped these leaders grow remarkable careers and and award-winning businesses while ...
 
Welcome to the MindStory Speaker Podcast Whether you speak on the job, in your business or as a hobby, we believe that 100% of your success is an inner game. Speaking is like a performance sport, there's lots of pressure both on and off the platform. This podcast is for coaches, consultants, educators, business owners, thought leaders, pro speakers, journalists, social activists or anyone in a leadership role. It's about the mindset and strategies you need to be an excellent speaker live or ...
 
Discover how to perform at your best at important events and gain the respect and results you deserve through communicating with confidence. Join Richard Newman as he interviews communication experts from around the world. Richard is an award-winning writer and Founder of Body Talk. His team coaches clients all around the world how to succeed in business meetings, pitches, presentations and speeches. Richard's book, 'You Were Born To Speak' is available on Amazon, in hardback, audiobook and ...
 
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When you speak in front of others, which signal are you sending to your listeners -- that you are confident or that you’re not? And, why does this matter? When people don’t have confidence in you, they likely don’t have confidence in the information you’re sharing. So, how are you going to demonstrate confidence, especially when you lack it? Tune i…
 
Do you struggle with impostor syndrome? Have you somehow lost the confidence you once had? If so, you’re not alone. Many people struggle with these, including my guest, Luke Menkes. Luke is an experienced public speaker who had to learn how to get over tremendous stage fright, introversion, and shyness to be able to excel in running his very succes…
 
Recently, a client and I were discussing how you can change the entire meaning of a sentence simply by choosing which word or words you emphasize. Some people call this hitting or punching a word. In this short episode, you'll hear an exercise that not only illustrates how this works but also one you can use to practice hitting the appropriate word…
 
Have you ever caught yourself looping on something, like an inner dilemma? But the more you loop, the more imprisoned you feel? In this episode, we’ll look at how to break yourself out of “thinking jail.” --------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED: --------------------------------- 01:00 – What really creates looping thoughts? 03:50 – The 4-s…
 
I don’t know about you, but if I were asked to list the various ways the body is involved in public speaking, I would include stance, movement, gestures, heart rate, and even sweating. And to be honest, the rib cage would be far down on that list, if it were on it at all. In this episode, Dr. Amy Novotny shares why the often-neglected rib cage shou…
 
When I started coaching, I realized that many of the things my mother taught me about interacting with others were spot on. From her point of view, she was teaching me about respect. However, she couldn't have known that she was also teaching me about one of the most valuable aspects of presentation skills — engagement. Listen in, and catch the top…
 
Do you ever catch yourself worrying too much or judging yourself and others, and wish you could stop? Sometimes it seems impossible, but there is a way. And that's what we'll cover in this episode. --------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED: --------------------------------- 01:00 – Where an addiction to negative thinking actually comes from …
 
Richard Strauss said, “The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play.” He was so right. Think about the numerous aspects of the human voice that you can manipulate, including pitch, rate, tone, and volume. Add to this that, just like any fine instrument, you need to care for it. With so much to know a…
 
Are you an introvert? Great! Because too many people believe you need to be an extrovert to enjoy or excel at public speaking. Thankfully, this isn’t the case. In fact, if you are an introvert, you have several advantages. In this short episode, you’re going to learn about three of these advantages and the benefits they provide. Perhaps you can be …
 
In this episode I want to introduce you to the novel, Helio Tropez, a time travel epic fantasy exploring subterranean worlds and metaphysical mysteries. If you are a writer, or lover of “hero’s journey” type stories…you’ll enjoy this. But try it for yourself first and see if you want to be an Advanced Reader by listening to the opening chapter of t…
 
Speaking on stage and writing a book are often seen as two entirely different disciplines ... and with good reason. But is it really that cut and dry? In this episode, prolific speaker and author, Geralyn Gendreau compares and contrasts speaking and writing, based on her own experiences. Tune in and discover if you have a speech (or book) in you, a…
 
Do you watch any of the home renovation shows? My wife and I do. And it didn't take watching very many shows to realize that there was going to be a surprise – a problem – in every episode, no matter which shows we were watching. But, of course, this makes sense since stories, to be interesting, need challenges or conflicts. The surprise I like mos…
 
In this episode, we take a departure from our usual discussions about speaking and talk about happiness. Why? Well, for two reasons. One reason is that, to me, speaking and happiness go hand-in-hand. The other reason is that when I learned about Mike Duffy and his mission in life, I wanted to interview him so he could share his message with you.…
 
Which word in the English language do you believe is the most powerful? Of course, if you're like most people, you'll say it's "please." Now, answer this question, please. Which word in the English language do you believe is the most powerful when it comes to speaking in public? Listen in, and you'll learn how this simple word helps you and your ta…
 
We love watching movies where the main character has to overcome one challenge after another, but we don’t often like to be the one facing challenges. What if you could take a step back and see yourself as the screenwriter and come up with the ending you’d like to see? --------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED: ------------------------------…
 
If you want to know how effective a public speaker you really are, then you should present to students and young adults. As one of my clients who routinely speaks to students likes to say, “You have to know what you’re doing because kids will eat you alive.” But he’s quick to add that presenting to young people can be one of the more exhilarating e…
 
Your brain’s primary functions include keeping you alive and steering you clear of harm’s way. When it determines that you are in a dangerous situation, or even in a stressful one, it initiates the fight or flight response. Once that adrenaline begins flowing through your body, all sorts of things start to happen, including your brain becoming supe…
 
Everyone has their own public speaking styles practices. The key is to learn from others, take the ideas that resonate with you and your style and make them your own. Of course, once you do that, you should continue to learn, always advancing and honing your skills. One of the people you want to learn from is my guest, Jeff Belanger. In this episod…
 
How long do you have to establish a connection with your audience? Is it 3 minutes? 1 minute? 30 seconds? How about 15 seconds? Or 3 seconds? I side with those who say 3 seconds. Now, you might be thinking, “How can I possibly connect with an audience in 3 seconds?” Listen in and learn how you can connect with your audience before walking on stage …
 
Richard Newman is the CEO of Body Talk and is an award-winning expert in Leadership Communication and Storytelling. He's taught body language techniques and communication skills for over 21 years, helping over 100,000 people worldwide improve their personal impact. He began his research and teaching in 1995 by living in a Tibetan monastery in India…
 
Even if we know complaining isn’t helpful, many of us do it unconsciously throughout the day. Here’s a way to stop and to retrain your brain so that you create more of what you want instead. --------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED: --------------------------------- 03:00 – Why we feel so drawn to complaining 09:00 – The instruction set to …
 
Leaders have the opportunity to effect change, to move people, to make a difference. And to do that, they need many skills, but one of them perhaps more than any other. Of course, it's public speaking. As leaders, too many of us miss out on these opportunities because we don’t spend the necessary time building these skills, thinking of them as soft…
 
Does it drive you crazy when the car in front of you takes an abrupt turn without using a turn signal? If you’re like most people, it does. Why couldn’t they turn on the signal? The lever’s right there. It’s incredibly easy to use. And for something so simple, it provides a significant benefit to them and the people behind them. And what about you?…
 
Do you consider multi-tasking a badge of honor? At times, it’s useful, but it can splinter your mind, cause lots of stress and stunt your personal growth. In contrast, doing one thing at a time, or monotasking, invites more productivity, efficiency, peace of mind and personal growth. --------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED: ---------------…
 
Richard Strauss once said, “The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play.” How well do you play this wonderful gift you have? Do you vary your pace? Do you alter your pitch? How about your tone and volume? If you’re not sure you’re including enough vocal variety or if you’re using it to its greatest …
 
One of the questions I get asked often is, “How do I know my presentation connected with the audience?” That’s a fair question because just about every speaker is curious, if not eager, to know if they served their audience well. Here’s what I tell them. First, listen to the subject of their comments. If it’s about you, you probably didn’t achieve …
 
Many people are individually going through massive change right now. But we are also going through massive change as an entire world population…a change that's probably never been seen before, at least in our lifetimes. However, if you aren't prepared, you could have a harder time making the voyage or you could miss out on amazing opportunities alo…
 
The mission of basic training is to motivate, train, and inspire the generation of service men and women. And in that spirit, who better to discuss the basics of public speaking than a veteran of both the service and the White House communication Agency. In this episode, Darrell Williams, a man who served his country and now his fellow citizens, co…
 
What do you do if your energy level and that of your audience are different? Do you try to force them from their sluggish state or go to where they are and raise their energy level as you progress through your presentation? The latter may be the correct answer, but the former might be implemented more often. In this episode, you'll learn how to ram…
 
We are going through a period of unprecedented change in human history. Many people have a low-level anxiety that they think is due to external circumstances. But in many cases, what’s really going on is a deeper, subconscious fear of change as we transition into this new Golden Age. --------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED: ---------------…
 
As a speaker, you want to get more gigs, especially higher-paying gigs, so you can share your message with more people. To accomplish this, you need to market yourself, your expertise, and the result your message provides. Perhaps the most cost-effective way to get in front of your target audience is to be covered in the media. And media coverage d…
 
Many people struggle with procrastination. They avoid going after goals they say they want to achieve. Whether it’s a health, financial, business or self-development goal – HOW you motivate yourself can make or break your success. Here’s 3 Do’s and Don’ts. --------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED: --------------------------------- 03:10 – R…
 
No matter how thought-provoking your message, and no matter how well you deliver that message … if you aren’t connected to it, your presentation may not be as well received — nor as effective — as you would like. And that’s why the topic for this episode is connecting. And who better to discuss this with you but a veteran speaker who’s also an expe…
 
Whether we're delivering motivational talks, presenting to corporations and organizations, or speaking on other occasions, we, as speakers, often deliver solutions. That's precisely what we're supposed to do, right? Well, if the situation calls for providing solutions, then yes, that's right … ah … that's half right. Why is it only half right? Well…
 
We may think we’re being respectful to ourselves and others, when we actually aren’t. This is a revolutionary view of what “respect” really means and how it can dial up on your personal power in every aspect of life. --------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED: --------------------------------- 02:10 – The real meaning of the words “Radical” a…
 
Conflict resolution and the art of negotiation - situations which many of us avoid or even fear! Yet conflict is a healthy part of communication, especially in business. It shows your staff and colleagues you care about their needs. The ability to negotiate and resolve conflict can bring many positive changes, from stronger leadership and better de…
 
Every generation has characteristics associated with it — accurate or not. And millennials are no exception. Of course some traits are the same in every generation, and some differ due to circumstances, trends, and their environment. So when it comes to speaking to audiences of millennials, or even more so, having them present, we have to adjust ou…
 
"A speech is like a love affair. Any fool can start one, but it requires considerable skill to end it." - Anonymous That quote is a favorite of mine because it’s both catchy and on target. All too often people let their otherwise engaging presentations come to an unexciting and uninspiring end. Tune in and learn how you can end your presentations i…
 
Some people who seem successful to others, may secretly think of themselves as a fraud. This can cause unnecessary suffering and block more success. In this episode, we’ll look at 9 signs that you have imposter syndrome and a 3-step process to break free. --------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED: --------------------------------- 02:30 – 9 …
 
Facilitating a seminar or workshop is indeed a form of public speaking. And just like another kind of presenting, it requires its own set of skills. When organizations look to hire an instructor, they often look for those who know the science of facilitation but only hire those who know how to use the science in an artful way. This, my friend, is t…
 
Do you want your stories to be more captivating? Do you want your listeners to be engrossed, waiting and wondering how your story is going to end? If so, you want to include in your stories one vital element – conflict. Conflict isn’t the only element necessary in compelling stories, but it is the one many people leave out. Conflict creates interes…
 
There's an old saying, ‘Obstacles aren't IN the way, they ARE the way’. In this episode, we will focus on 3 ways to turn anything you’re feeling frustrated or pessimistic about …into valuable gold. --------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED: --------------------------------- 04:30 – #1 – Pretend you’re an optimist who expects bad things to tu…
 
Is your voice helping you communicate with clarity? Is it helping you influence and persuade? Is it helping you significantly increase your financial success? Is it helping you connect with people, or is doing just the opposite. If your voice is not doing what you needed to, or if you're just not sure what it does, listening as Tracy Goodwin shares…
 
As a public speaker, whether you are speaking in a meeting or on stage, you, too, need to grab your audience’s attention right at the start. Why? There are several reasons, but the greatest one is that if you don’t grab your listeners’ attention from the beginning, you will have to work especially hard to get them engaged. You might be able to acco…
 
Many people don't have good criteria for identifying trustworthiness in others, so they end up getting burned. Here are some guidelines, or 9 signs that someone is trustworthy. --------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED: --------------------------------- 02:20 – 3 Principles of Trust 05:50 – 9 Signs that Someone is Trustworthy 14:20 – How to …
 
You might not be able to define it, but you certainly know when someone has it! What am I talking about? Confidence. Competence. Charisma. Authenticity. That certain something. That je ne sais quoi! Most of believe that those who have it were born with it. Well, if you believe that, then you want to listen is as my guest, Evelyne Brink, talks about…
 
Many speakers give little thought to Q & A sessions … and that’s unfortunate because what’s often looked at as an inconsequential way to end a presentation could be viewed as a significant opportunity to clarify and share more ideas. Takeaways - How to make your Q & A sessions much more productive - Where to include Q & A in your presentations - Ho…
 
Have you ever gotten a hunch about something and it ended up being wrong? In this episode, we’ll explore 8 reasons why that might have happened and how to increase your accuracy in the future. --------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED: --------------------------------- 01:45 – 1) Low Skill Level 4:35 – 2) It’s a structured versus unstructure…
 
In this episode, Alina Jenkins talks to psychologist Dr Peter Hughes. Peter is the co-founder of leading digital marketing agency Cognition, and he’s appeared on TV many times, including Addicted to Pleasure with Brian Cox, the Secrets of Superbrands and the BBC’s One Show. He’s also an author and has recently been shortlisted for the 2021 business…
 
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