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This is One Luckygirliegirl — the podcast where I talk about random stuff with my awesome friends. I’m Christina Aldan. Growing up in poverty in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I remember lying down in the tall grass and staring up at the sky, trying to escape the trauma being inflicted on me and dreaming of moving out of my small town. I never would have believed that I'd be lucky enough to build a career as an international speaker, trainer, and brand consultant but that’s where I am toda ...
 
In each episode of Fireside with Voxgig, presenters Richard Rodger and Orla Shanaghy interview people in the public speaking community. Each episode reveals secrets of the craft, provides new perspectives, serves as a platform for fascinating personal stories, and gleans practical tips and advice that you can implement straight away in your own public speaking.
 
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TaDā Wellness is a new business based in Las Vegas helping people meet their wellness goals. Tamara and Dana are lifestyle mentors with over a decade of experience teaching and motivating others to be successful. Together, they utilize their degrees in science, education, and fitness, as well as yoga certifications to customize programs that suit t…
 
This is my longest podcast yet on "1 Luckygirliegirl." I have leaned hard on Dane Wilson for creative projects, for content creation, and for managing projects in business for YEARS. Not only is he a hiLARious comedian, he probably has one of the kindest hearts you will ever encounter. He's been leading a writer's group in LA for nearly 13 years. H…
 
I know Deborah Porter from community events around Las Vegas. She's a marketing professional who always has some exciting new company or project or event that she is promoting. I caught up with her on a call earlier this month and we chatted about her newest business: Noir Culinary Experience, which brings together black-owned restaurants and patro…
 
Hanae El Bayousfi is head of Engagement and Marketing at xHUB, a global IT company and she is also co-founder of DevoxxMA, the largest tech conference in the middle east and Africa region. I actually met Hanae's husband, Badr, FIRST while keynoting their tech conference. At the time of that first meeting, we were all enjoying a delicious lunch of f…
 
Martine Dowden is a UX designer born in Thionville, in the Northeast of France. Creative, grounded, and apparently handy around the house, I first became friends with Martine through the tech community while speaking at conferences. She's super talented (you should ask her about the time she replaced their downstairs toilet and remodeled the entire…
 
Willie Nicol is a life coach with an unusual background – he was a police officer in the Scottish police force for thirty-one years. In a Fireside Chat with Richard that crackled with dynamism, he shared his no-nonsense approach to life coaching. As a member of the National Speakers Association, he helps people overcome public speaking nerves and t…
 
I met Ceciley through a mutual friend about 3 or 4 years ago. Since she works in the casino industry, it's convenient for us to meet in Downtown Las Vegas after work for food, drinks, or other events. We always have a blast together. Her quick-witted and candid way of telling stories just cracks me up. These are the everyday moments with friends th…
 
Dr. Venkat Subramaniam is an award-winning author, founder of Agile Developer, Inc, and creator of agilelearner.com. He's trained tens of thousands of software developers worldwide. He's also among my most humble and generous friends. Plus, he's a pretty funny guy. I sat down to chat with my friend, Venkat, at the end of last year, about not-techno…
 
"We need to be humans at the end of the day." ~Debbie O'brien Buy Denise Jacobs book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Banish-Your-Inner-Critic-Self-Doubt/dp/1633534715 I met Debbie O'brien in 2019 at the BuildStuff tech conference in Vilnius, Lithuania... then again in Kyiv, during BuildStuff Ukraine. She's got this optimism that is infectious. Pl…
 
I met Shawn Wildermuth and his wife, Reza when we attended AntarctiConf in January 2020. It was the first-ever Tech Mastermind Conference in Coastal Antarctic Waters. Shawn is a really sensitive and empathetic person. I enjoyed dinner conversations or singing karaoke with him and Reza on the cruise ship to Antarctica. Listen to this interview as we…
 
Mike Acker is a man on a mission to teach the world to speak without fear. He's written a bestselling book, Speak With No Fear, and coaches people all around the world to break down the fear barrier around public speaking. He reveals that public speaking isn't just about skill – it's about mental preparation. And it's about knowing who you are as a…
 
Christina Aldan is definitely a woman who follows her own path. She struggled with computers at college, but she's now a digital advertising consultant with Arana Software. And one of her first professional talks was a TEDx talk. In her dynamic, positive podcast chat with Richard, she talks about how she misses her speaker tribe. But she's keen to …
 
Jock Busuttil is a product manager who believes that if there was more common sense in the world, there would be no need for product managers! This blend of honesty and humour was a feature of his Fireside Chat with Richard. Jock gives an insight into the world of a product manager and shares how he turned his product management experience into a s…
 
Courtney Stanley has a background as an event planner and she specializes in the technology and marketing behind successful events. She’s now also known as a keynote speaker and MC. In her Fireside Chat with Richard, she talks about taking a strategic approach to speaking and event management and about the future shape of digital events. She encour…
 
Dan Ram has worn so many hats in his career that he could stock a department store, but he’s best known as a professional speaker and MC. He shows wannabe speakers how to dominate the world of the screen, and his specialty as an MC – secret handshakes with speakers. He believes any speaker can create great content that has a real impact, as long as…
 
Jay Allen, who has a military background and also ran a health and safety business, became a professional public speaker overnight when he was asked to step into the breach at a charity event. In a Fireside Chat that crackled with dynamism and energy, he talks about how great speaking is about more than the words you say and why a good speech is li…
 
In a Fireside Chat that packed a punch, Rachael Robertson shares her experience of leading a team of ‘crazy people’ in the Antarctic, where she learned that being respected is more important than being liked for leaders – respect trumps harmony. She also speaks about how the COVID situation inspired her to launch a new product, speaking to audience…
 
Stephan Murtagh is best known as the Exhibition Guy, the guy who shows exhibitors how to make trade exhibitions work for them. In a full-throttle Fireside Chat with Richard, he tells Richard that audiences are more interested in relevant content than in famous speakers. He also stressed the importance of following your leads – if you do, you’ll be …
 
Paul is Chief Operating Officer of Conjura, an innovative start-up that helps other companies harness the power of their data. He’s also a veteran of the speaking circuit and credits elocution lessons for his success as a speaker. In their friendly Fireside Chat, Paul looked to the future of the events industry. He and Richard explored the role vir…
 
David Gonzalez is a dynamo, a DevOps engineer, lecturer and public speaker who’s not afraid to take risks during his talks. His attitude is, if it hurts, do it more, and he encourages wannabe speakers to just go and do it – and if it hurts, do it more. He also talks about the challenges of speaking in your second language, and how he pulls off live…
 
On this week’s Fireside Chat, Richard chats to Derbhile Graham, author, public speaker and content creator for Voxgig. She’s also a celebrant and has the joy of officiating ceremonies for every stage of life. Derbhile shared her experiences as a member of the public speaking organisation Toastmasters and highly recommends it as a stepping stone for…
 
Jono Bacon is a heavy metal guitarist who once played in the place where Iron Maiden played their first gig. He’s also a public speaker, a consultant and the author of books about building communities. His mission is to help companies create successful communities. In this Fireside Chat with Richard, which crackled with dynamism and cool vibes, Jon…
 
Melanie Parish is a Canadian coach, a public speaker and the author of The Experimental Leader. In her Fireside Chat with Richard, they had a highly stimulating discussion about how to be an innovative leader during a crisis, which she sees as the Olympics for leaders. She encourages leaders to break down the barriers to innovation in their compani…
 
Freddy Freundlich is a colourful character. He trained as a nurse and was ordained as a rabbi, but he is first and foremost a salesman. He’s the author of two books, Born on the Right Side of the Tracks and The One-Call Close. And he’s a straight talker, as you’ll hear for yourself when you listen to his Fireside Chat with Richard. His advice to wa…
 
Sandy Dunlop is a global branding expert who draws on the world of myth to tell compelling stories about the brands he represents. In an intellectually stimulating Fireside Chat with Richard, Sandy inspires listeners to trust in storytelling as a tool for getting your message across. He encourages aspiring speakers to distinguish between what he ca…
 
We’re always interested here at Voxgig in how people get into public speaking in their careers. Lesley Tully started off studying Film. She tells us how this training gave her an understanding of visuals, which turned out to be a great asset in her subsequent career and in the role she is now in: an expert on Design Thinking. Orla and Lesley get in…
 
Allan Kelly is a conference organiser, speaker, author and a coder who’s on a mission to help other coders get in touch with the world around them. His Fireside Chat with Richard had a wonderfully warming feel, just like his Agile on the Beach conference in Cornwall. He began by revealing that he actually apologised for giving a new talk at a confe…
 
Onyi Anyado is a global leadership speaker from Hackney in East London, and he’s on a mission to achieve distinction, for himself and for wannabe public speakers. He’s written two books and delivered a powerful TEDx Talk called From Detention to Distinction. His Fireside Chat with Richard crackled with dynamism and passion. He revealed that he feel…
 
John Collins is Director of Content with Intercom, the customer messaging platform. He’s a man who knows how to spread a message effectively, having worked as a tech journalist for more than 20 years. He’s now responsible for producing the award-winning content at Intercom, including the blog, the podcasts, the books and the social media communicat…
 
Should innovators kick over the table or just rearrange the things on it? Does it even make sense to regard the question in black and white? TEDx speaker Máirín Murray joined Orla on this episode to share her passion for technical products that produce a positive social impact. Máirín is a tech innovator and ethics evangelist. Previously, she was S…
 
Alex is a record-breaking adventurer, keynote speaker, published author, brand ambassador and charity fundraiser from Cheshire, England. He is dedicated to inspiring others to achieve their own ‘Everest’ in life. Alex is not your typical Everest speaker. After single-handedly raising over £35,000 in corporate sponsorship whilst still at school, his…
 
Richard is an international conference speaker, serial entrepreneur, published author and CEO of Voxgig. He also writes a weekly column, ‘Startup Diary’, for the Irish Independent newspaper. He tells Orla how he never envisaged himself as a public speaker in the earlier part of his career. He found, though, that he “always ended up on stage, one wa…
 
April Dunford is a positioning consultant. In plain English, that means she tells companies where their brand belongs in the market and what customers they should target. Her knowledge comes from 25 years of experience running tech startups and working for global tech giants. She is the author of a brilliant book on positioning called Obviously Awe…
 
Mick tells Orla how he fell into public speaking as a career. He has made a virtue out of the underdog story; according to him, he has failed at everything he ever tried, and the keynote speech he now travels the world delivering is the culmination of that. Having finally achieved his dream of representing his country, he and his team came last in …
 
Petra Kindler is a spoken word artist, a comedian, a literary translator, playwright, and freelance creative director. She’s a German who has been living in Ireland for over thirty years and she specialises in pointing out the ridiculous in everyday life. Petra tells Orla how she went from being a high-level creative director at German advertising …
 
We usually feature top public speakers on Fireside with Voxgig, but in this episode, we decided to speak with a top public speaking coach. Peter Hopwood describes himself as a pitch and presentations coach, and he supports public speaking professionals at every stage in their speaking career. During our thought-provoking Fireside Chat, he revealed …
 
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