The Speaking Show with David Newman

Episode 61: Brad Montgomery

I Wish Someone Had Told Me with Brad Montgomery

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Brad teaches people how to use happiness to boost productivity, creativity, innovation & profits. He turns typical meetings into transformational events using, the power of happiness. Oh, and he’s pretty funny. Brad has transformed audiences in all 50 states and on four continents. His clients include Microsoft, Verizon, the FBI (yes, that FBI) the CIA (yes, that CIA) and the IRS (where he withheld 30% of his best strategies.) Brad specializes in using humor, interactivity, sound, music and visuals to ignite audiences so that they can use happiness as a tool to improve their lives and their jobs.

In this episode, Brad tells David some of the many things he wishes he had done differently with his business. From investing in marketing to accepting help sooner, even down to whether or not he should’ve gotten an office!
 

In This Episode, You'll Learn...

  • Brad’s beginnings
  • His transition from magician to speaker
  • Why he wishes he invested more in marketing
  • Having a protective ego
  • The cringe factor
  • Allowing yourself to accept help
  • The benefits of trading peer reviews
  • To have an office or home office?
  • Peer pressure at NSA
  • Know the game you’re playing

 

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Episode 60: Sarah Michel

The Future of Conferences with Sarah Michel

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Sarah is the ‘Wonder Woman of Networking” at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting. She helps clients weave in peer-to-peer interactions throughout the conference experience, designing receptions and facilitating sessions, and helps clients deliver in their networking promise!

Sarah shares what she sees is the cause of casualties in annual conferences, what the speaker’s role is in enhancing a conference experience, and what to expect in millennial attendance.
 

In This Episode, You'll Learn...

  • How Velvet Chainsaw got its name
  • Sarah’s role in Velvet Chainsaw
  • What ‘Connexity’ is
  • Creating plan serendipity
  • Adding more experiential elements to your event
  • 5 things that kill annual conferences

 

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Episode 59: David A. Fields

Build Your Consulting Business with David A. Fields

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David A. Fields started his career in marketing for GlaxoSmithKline before jumping into consulting at a boutique firm. David then co-founded Ascendant Consulting where he developed his “general contractor” model where he focuses on overall quality and relationship management for each project.

David and David dive into the business of consulting and how to be specific yet broad with your expertise. David also gives insight on any professional speaker or expert trying to get into the consulting business.
 

In This Episode, You'll Learn...

  • Shifting from expert to consultant
  • Two things that are the core of consulting
  • The advantages of having speaking experience when pursuing consulting
  • Three things a consultant can do to create value
  • How David built his consulting business
  • About following the market
  • Generalist vs. Specialist
  • The Solo Practice Accelerator event
  • Transition from corporate to solo
  • Inbound and outbound outreach
  • Where cold outreach can be effective
  • David’s favorite premises to initiating conversations with prospects

 

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Episode 58: Theresa French

Focus Leads to Success with Theresa French

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Theresa and David of Do It! Marketing talk about the effectiveness of focus. They discuss why it is better to be specific in your expertise and how a generalist approach could hurt your business.
 

In This Episode, You'll Learn...

  • The importance of having a foundational strategy
  • The ‘who’ question
  • Focusing on what you solve
  • Why you can’t focus on solving multiple types of problems
  • Getting specific with your expertise
  • Always focus on the problem, then the solution
  • I, me, and my – Why this approach is bad
  • How focus can be expensive
  • The obstacles of specification and focus
  • Myths of successful generalists
  • The benefits of a free call with Do It! Marketing

 

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Episode 57: Annalisa Parent

Real Deal Book Publishing with Annalisa Parent

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Annalisa Parent is an accomplished writer with her first poem published at the age of 10. Annalisa went on to graduate from Middlebury College’s English Department and Creative Writing program and currently teaches writing across the country.

Annalisa gives us a sneak preview on the process of working with her as an author and her upcoming Business Celebrity Summit event on February 9th! She also shares some tips on successfully publishing a good book.
 

In This Episode, You'll Learn...

  • Getting into publishing
  • How she grew the business
  • Working with Annalisa as an author
  • If you build it, they will come…not really
  • What it takes for an author to get a good book published
  • How much expertise you should share in your book
  • Typical size of a book
  • You do not need a book, you need a GOOD book
  • Putting together a demo reel prematurely
  • Opening the door to people who are right for you
  • Build your tribe before building your tent
  • Being genuinely present
  • The Business Celebrity Summit

 

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Episode 56: Mary Foley

Boring Presentations with Mary Foley

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Mary is the author of three books, a popular national speaker, and former co-host of the Girlfriend We Gotta Talk! radio show. Her latest book, Live Like Your Nail Color, Even If You Have Naked Nails became an instant Amazon bestseller. Mary inspires women with practical advice to create sanity for their lives and confidence for their careers - all while having a bit of fun!

Mary and David talk about the best ways to prevent yourself from giving a boring presentation. Some of these ways include how you acquire your content, utilizing technology, and more.
 

In This Episode, You'll Learn...

  • Speed bumps speakers will run into when switching up their presentation
  • Let the audience create content
  • Technology - A potential threat to speakers and experts
  • Preparing for AI takeover
  • Use fewer points of info and more ways to interact with those points
  • Utilizing technology effectively in improving your presentation
  • A speaker’s job is not to give information, but to give insight

 

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Episode 55: Nick Night

Connectivity in Business with Nick Night

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Nick Night is the CEO of Revizzit, a streaming content delivery platform that helps you connect with your target audience and provide them with engaging digital content!

Nick and David discuss the current landscape of client relations with digital media and the best ways you can continue to grow and maintain these relationships.
 

In This Episode, You'll Learn...

  • The loss of courtesy within digital communication
  • No one buys a product, they buy a promise
  • Where we go wrong with handling relationships over digital communication
  • Loyalty rewards and why you should be offering them
  • Don’t just be a better sales person, be a better person
  • Replace customer service with concierge
  • The importance of exclusivity

 

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Episode 54: Rachel Pedersen

Social Media Management with Rachel Pedersen

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Rachel Pedersen is a social Media Strategist who specializes in creating and implementing intense social media strategies for a strong result. Rachel helps entrepreneurs grow their business with social media and shows them how to become successful social media managers!
 
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, etc.. Rachel and David go through the best practices of effectively managing your social media presence on all of these platforms and more!
 

In This Episode, You'll Learn...

  • Becoming the “Queen of Social Media”
  • Why you should embrace the competition
  • Tips to building your social media group audience
  • Make it less about you and more about your audience
  • How Rachel’s matchmaking service works
  • The viral wedding ring post
  • Personal and professional social media
  • Tips on utilizing Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat
  • When to determine an idea as a failure
  • Why you should reach out to influencers
  • Automating your social media
  • When it is best to pursue podcast
  • The relevance of blogging

 

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Episode 53: Mark Sanborn

Fireside Chat About the Business of Speaking with Mark Sanborn

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Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE, is president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea studio dedicated to developing leaders in business and in life. Mark is an international bestselling author, keynote leadership speaker and noted expert on team building, customer service and change.

Mark shares his insight of 30+ years in the business from working in multiple markets to producing content and offers some much sought after advice for newcomers in the speaking realm!
 

In This Episode, You'll Learn...

  • Mark on the speaking industry – Past, present, and future
  • Effectively diversifying within the business
  • Maintaining brand consistency throughout a transition
  • How ‘The Five Friends’ were formed
  • Mark’s roles in Speakers’ Roundtable and Mastermind groups
  • The importance and easy of creating video content
  • Finding the right fit in an association or Mastermind group
  • Separating opportunities from distractions
  • When to determine an idea as a failure
  • Advice to newcomers on having a personal message and developing relevance within your market
  • What buyers really want from a speaker

 

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Episode 52: Pat Iyer

Books and Courses for Experts with Pat Iyer

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Pat Iyer MSN RN LNCC is a professional speaker, editor and author. Pat’s publishing career began in 1980 when she met a woman whose husband’s beating left her paralyzed. To answer the question of “Why did she stay with him” Pat wrote her class paper on battered women. At the encouragement of her graduate school professor, she turned the paper into her first article. Since then, Pat has written or edited over 800 books, case studies, articles, online courses or chapters.

Pat shares her journey of getting into writing, editing, and legal nurse consultation. Including her experience with writing her first article to co-authoring, working as a freelance editor, and creating a business of networking between attorneys and expert witnesses.
 

In This Episode, You'll Learn...

  • How Pat published her first article
  • How Pat’s networking business works
  • Thoughts on being a ‘serial entrepreneur’
  • Using a ghost writer
  • Writing like you speak – the right way to go?
  • Editing between a freelancer or in-house at your publishing company
  • Creating an online course from your book or vice versa

 

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