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World of Speakers

The World of Speaker podcast series, hosted by Ryan Foland and powered by SpeakerHub, helps up-and-coming speakers build their speaking business with expert tips from world-renowned speakers. Find out more here: https://speakerhub.com/skillcamp

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21: Body language in a digital world with Interview with Dr. Nick Morgan

Body language in a digital world. Ryan Foland speaks with Nick Morgan, who is one of America’s top communication speakers, theorists, and coaches. Nick is a passionate teacher, who helps people find clarity in their thinking and ideas – and then delivering them with panache. In this fascinating, high-energy podcast, Nick and Ryan cover a lot of topics that can help you network proficiently on digital communication platforms, building a booming speaking business, and how to use authenticity properly to offer a vivacious and memorable talk.Listen to this podcast to find out: - How we are integrating elements of body language into digital communication and why this is important.- The three things you absolutely need to have a booming speaking business.- Things you can do to make sure the meaning behind your digital communication doesn’t get misconstrued. - Why being authentic is crucial, but how to weave proper structure so that audiences can follow your talk effectively. - Why we get anxious before getting up on stage, and how to channel the nervous energy.

45mins

11 Jan 2018

Rank #1

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33: How to break into the speaking industry with Cynthia Johnson

Choclate bunnies, bowling, and broadswords: how to break into the speaking industry. Ryan Foland speaks with Cynthia Johnson, a digital marketing and brand development expert. She is a thought leader and specialist when it comes to cutting edge social media, and building online influence. In this entertain interview, Ryan and Cynthia jump between a lot of topics: from how to get paid to speak by big companies, to how to use, or not to use, social media on stage. This talk is both engaging and loaded with great info for speakers of all levels. Listen to this podcast to find out: - How knowing your content inside out has a major effect on your ability to connect and offer value to your audience. - How to impact an entire audience by starting with one person. - Why you need to rehearse if you want to hit the big leagues of speaking.- One important tip for making contact and getting booked by big companies and organizations.- Selfies: yes or no? Practical tips for using social media on stage.

43mins

12 Apr 2018

Rank #2

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31: Becoming a thought leader with Dorie Clark

Becoming a thought leader. Ryan Foland speaks with Dorie Clark, a marketing strategy consultant and author, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review. She is a branding expert who works with organizations and individuals on building a successful, thought-leading brand. One of the most interesting parts of this dynamic interview is where Dorie and Ryan explore how to transition into being an influential thought leader who gets paid to share their ideas. As many novice and mid-level speakers struggle to break through to the keynote stage, the insights shared in this interview can inspire a boost to the next level. Listen to this podcast to find out: - Why starting with unpaid speaking gigs can help you build your business immensely in the future. - Two tools you can use to improve your speaking and connect more deeply and effectively with audiences. - How to mix up your presentation so that you can customize it to each audience you present to. - The three things it takes to become a thought leader in your industry - How to transition from free to paid speaking engagements

44mins

22 Mar 2018

Rank #3

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67: Preparation, practice, prayer, presence with Tara Jaye Frank

Preparation, practice, prayer, presence. Ryan Foland speaks with Tara Jaye Frank, leadership development expert, speaker, and writer of “Say Yes: A Woman's Guide to Advancing her Professional Purpose”. Tara Jaye speaks internationally on topics such as leading with purpose, inclusion as a business driver, emotional intelligence, and advancing women.Listen to this podcast to find out: 1. The 4 things Tara Jaye does for each talk: preparation, practice, prayer and presence.2. How to find out what motivates the event organizer, and why this is essential for ensuring you can offer a talk that meets their needs.3. Why being clear on your talk's storyline is more dynamic than rotely memorizing your talk.4. Ideas on how to maintain presence both onstage and in daily conversations.5. Ryan and Tara Jaye’s thoughts on finding the right balance for what you share on social media.

42mins

19 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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65: Tips for taking your speaking business to the next-level with Shep Hyken

Ryan Foland speaks with Shep Hyken, a customer service expert and thought-leader. He is a National Speakers Association hall of fame speaker, and a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author. Ryan and Shep talk about how to progress your career as a professional speaker, with a variety of ideas on how to build your business depending on what level you are (entry level to seasoned pro). Listen to this podcast to find out: - The different types and levels of speakers, who makes the most money, and how to take your business to the next level.- The newest trends for the speaking industry (Spoiler: it legit includes holograms.- How to break an audience from their preoccupations when you first get onto a stage.- A technique on how to memorize your talk (that will make it seem seamlessly natural).- Niche or broad? How and why you need to hone in on your messaging.

44mins

29 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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32: TEDx Advice from a TEDx Coach with Igor Celikovic

TEDx: Advice from a TEDx Coach. Ryan Foland speaks with Igor Celikovic, a TEDx Speaker Coach. After working with TEDx for 9 years: Igor has become an expert on what works on the TEDx stage—and what doesn’t. His insights are important for any speaker who is looking to create TEDx-worthy talks. Ryan and Igor clearly outline how speakers can structure their talk, by tapping into the techniques Igor has used with dozens of first-time TED speakers. Listen to the interview, and see the infographic below for more on how to structure your talk effectively. Listen to this podcast to find out: - Why TED has taken the speaking world by storm, and why the format is perfect for sharing ideas. - Some of the mistakes first time TED-speakers make, and how to avoid them. - How to craft a TEDx worthy talk. - Tips on creating an introduction and title that will catch your audience’s attention and engage them from the start. - Ideas on what to say, and what not to say, when talking to an event organizer.

43mins

4 Apr 2018

Rank #6

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26: Hitchhiker’s guide to professional speaking with Tomislav Perko

Hitchhiker’s guide to professional speaking. Ryan Foland speaks with Tomislav Perko, a travel writer from Croatia. He uses alternative ways of traveling – hitchhiking, couchsurfing, working/volunteering, and manages to wander around the world with just a little bit of money in his pocket, meeting the most amazing people on the way. His insights are unique and inspiring. Ryan and Tomislav talk about the parallels between hitchhiking and professional speaking, drawing lines between how to engage an audience of one (the driver) or speaking to a large audience on stage. They also dive deep into how to turn your passion into a career. Listen to this podcast to find out: - What this hitchhiker has learned after travelling half the world and giving over 300 talks.- How to turn your passion into a way of making money, so you can do it more. - The perspective you need to present with vigor and enthusiasm if you are going to repeat the same talk over and over again. - Why getting your reasons for speaking right will help you have a more successful career.- Why you’ll need to start building your credentials (from a social media follow-up to a book) before you start getting hired to speak on the big stages.

45mins

15 Feb 2018

Rank #7

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39: Giving audiences what they want with Mitch Jackson

Giving audiences what they want. Ryan Foland speaks with Mitch Jackson, a mastermind when it comes to law. He is a lawyer, speaker and consultant who has been awarded the California Trial Lawyer of the Year. He shared insights on how to win over audiences and communicate effectively. Ryan and Mitch cover a handful of great topics, and Mitch provides great advice on many areas of audience engagement, presenting skills, and how to master social media. Listen to this podcast to find out: -How to communicate effectively, make clear points, and be a good negotiator. - Why live streaming can be a game changer for your marketing strategy.- What to talk about on social media and why it matters.- How to master your presentation introduction to get immediate buy in (plus 3 very helpful tips on how to create a great one.) - What audiences want: how to figure it out and then offer it to them.

50mins

1 Jun 2018

Rank #8

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48: Level-up your speaking business with Josh Linkner

Level-up your speaking business. Ryan Foland speaks with Josh Linkner, a high-level speaker, jazz musician, tech entrepreneur, and New York Times bestselling author. Get ready for a whirlwind of tips and tricks for building your speaking business. Ryan and Josh dive right into some high-level advice for emerging and mid-level speakers. This interview is jammed packed with advice that speakers at all levels can start using immediately. The advice will make an impact on your business and help you reach the next level. Listen to this podcast to find out: - Clear and practical advice on the 7 things you need to make money as a speaker.- Why you need a very specific niche as a speaker and how it will set you apart and get you hired.- Whether or not you should consider working with a speaker’s bureau.- Why you need a super-fast response time when it comes to emails and offers.- How to structure your presentation to make the greatest impact.

38mins

19 Nov 2018

Rank #9

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38: Build a thought leading blog with Neil Patel

Build a thought leading blog. Ryan Foland speaks with Neil Patel, the founder or co-founder of Quicksprout, Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 online marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world. Ryan and Neil talk about how to get noticed by audiences and grow your business through content marketing. Specifically, how building a blog can position you as a thought leader and help you attract more speaking opportunities. Listen to this podcast to find out: - Why you need to start sharing content to reach new markets.- How to write a blog: the format, words, and what to write about.- How many times you should write a week and why. - What modern audiences are looking for, and how you can deliver. - Why aiming to really help people helps you in the long run.

34mins

24 May 2018

Rank #10

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66: The neuroscience of audience engagement with David Meerman Scott

The neuroscience of audience engagement. Ryan Foland speaks with, David Meerman Scott, a professional speaker and marketing strategist. He has authored several books on marketing, including “The New Rules of Marketing and PR” and is one of the forefront thoughts-leaders on using content marketing to connect with audiences. In this jam-packed podcast, Ryan and David explore how to connect personally and individually with audience members as a strategy for growing your fan base. For high-level speakers, David shares his insights on using speaker bureaus to get more bookings. Listen to this podcast to find out: 1. What David learned about being a speaker from going to 75 Grateful Dead concerts.2. The neuroscience of audience interaction, and how simple things like walking directly into the audience or live streaming videos can help you build a strong connection with your audience. 3. How to incorporate audience engagement into your talk naturally.4. A surefire way of building a loyal audience by cultivating fans one by one. 5. Should you go exclusive with a bureau or not? What can you do to stay top-of-mind with bureaus and agents?

46mins

10 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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55: Storytelling and mindset with Darren LaCroix

-Storytelling and mindset. Ryan Foland speaks with Darren LaCroix, a Toastmasters World Champion, and expert professional speaking coach. Darren has taught hundreds of speakers how to hone their craft and build their businesses through storytelling and practice. Ryan and Darren talk about what it takes to make it as a speaker, and how practice and feedback are the two key elements to become a better speaker. From how to get paid more, to truly connecting with your audience, it all comes down to getting on as many stages as you can and then finding out from your audience what resonated. Listen to this podcast to find out: - Why practicing, meaning getting on stage, is one of the most important things you can do if you want to get into the big leagues. - How your mindset and intentions can make a difference on your audience and career. - What makes some speakers soar to success, and other stay at the bottom. - How to tell a great story in 17 seconds.- The best speaking advice Darren has received in the 25 years he’s been a keynote speaker.

48mins

29 Mar 2019

Rank #12

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44: Consciously creating how you feel on stage with Cameron Brown

Consciously creating how you feel on stage. Ryan Foland speaks with Cameron Brown, a truly inspiring musician, networker, speaker and coach who believes in the power of building relationships when networking before trying to build your business. Ryan and Cameron dive into a number of topics, and give great insights on how to use psychological hacks to both build your business and overcome nervousness on stage. Cameron also gives advice on how to maximize your networking effectiveness on LinkedIn.Listen to this podcast to find out: - Why you always need to be provide an experience to your audience, this is what will fill the room—not a perfectly polished performance. - 3 things to always “mentally pack in your suitcase” before you get on stage.- A very practical behavioral hack that will help you deal with nervousness or pre-performance anxiety.- How our psychological practice of deleting, distorting, and generalizing can either harm or help us on stage. - How to put strategies in place that will help you build your business long-term instead of just the short-term. - How to use LinkedIn by leveraging online contacts to make them real life contacts.

46mins

22 Aug 2018

Rank #13

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61: Humor, storytelling, and 14 ways to get more bookings with Ty Bennett

Humor, storytelling, and 14 ways to get more bookings. In this episode of World of Speakers, our host Ryan Foland talks to Ty Bennett, the founder of Leadership Inc., a speaking and training company, and writer of four best-selling books on leadership. Ty gives roughly a hundred talks a year, and was one of the youngest speakers ever to receive the CSP Designation from the National Association of Speakers – less than 5% of the world’s speakers earn this honor.Ryan and Ty explore key topics like how to use humor and storytelling to connect with audiences. Ty offers a lot of great advice on how to market yourself as a speaker, and explains the 14 things he does to make sure his booking calendar stays brimming. Listen to this podcast to find out: 1. The 14 things Ty does to get more bookings (he gets booked roughly 100x a year) 2. The importance of humor and how to use it on stage3. How to use the “struggle to solution” storytelling model to help your audiences. 4. The long-game of getting booked, and why repeat bookings are essential. 5. Why, as a speaker, you need to be making the most of video and podcasts to market your ideas and build your brand.

42mins

1 Aug 2019

Rank #14

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46: Use brain science to boost your confidence with Alyssa Dver

Use brain science to boost your confidence. Ryan Foland speaks with Alyssa Dver, an author, speaker and Chief Confidence Officer at the American Confidence Institute. They dive into the neurology and psychology of confidence. What does real confidence look like? We often think it is simply the opposite to acting insecurely, but Alyssa gives us a new perspective in this episode—real confidence is the ability to stop making everything about you—you are secure and able to go make change happen in the world. But how do you get there? And how to you reach inside yourself and pull out confidence when times get a little rough (like before you get on stage, or during an encounter in a difficult relationship)? The key might come from brain science. Listen to this podcast to find out: - What is happening in our brains when we start feeling insecure.- Why you need to be an expert listener if you want to succeed at speaking. - Three practices you can start today to grow a more robust sense of confidence. - Why we need more empathetic pitching and storytelling (Spoiler: Adapt stories and pitches to the listener.) - Why it has become harder to get paid to speak—and what you can do about it.

48mins

10 Oct 2018

Rank #15

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58: How to use social media to get more bookings Interview with Ted Rubin

How to use social media to get more bookings. Ryan Foland speaks with Ted Rubin, a leading social marketing strategist. Ted is the most followed CMO on Twitter according to Social Media Marketing magazine; one of the most interesting CMOs on Twitter according to Say Media, as well as being listed in Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers. He talks about marketing and resiliency. Ryan and Ted talk about a variety of topics in this no-nonsense talk about how to excel as a professional speaker, and how to market yourself and get more bookings. Listen to this podcast to find out: - When and how to raise your speaking fees- How to quickly adapt your content to suit the needs of your ever-changing audience- How to use MC-ing to segue into being booked for more high-level events- What effect your mindset can have on your speaking career- Two expert tips on how to use social media at a conference to get more bookings.

38mins

5 Jun 2019

Rank #16

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60: How to get on more stages with Laura Gassner Otting

How to get on more stages. Ryan Foland speaks with Laura Gassner Otting, an international speaker who talks about success and living life by your own standards, not those of others. She inspires audiences around the world to push past the doubt and indecision that hold them back—including those speakers who feel stuck on small stages. In this candid and free flowing talk, Ryan and Laura discuss numerous topics, from how to use video effectively, to stand up comedy, to how to make meaningful connections with event organizers, audiences and other speakers to build your network and excel in your speaking career. Listen to this podcast to find out: - How to get on bigger stages- Why video is an essential marketing tool, and how to get started- Why watching stand-up might be a better way to learn about audience engagement than TED Talks- The benefits of being able to speak off-the-cuff, and some tips on how to do it. - How to bounce back when you make a mistake or get rejected.

48mins

18 Jul 2019

Rank #17

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52: Using Twitter to make more connections and get hired with Samantha Kelly

Using Twitter to make more connections and get hired. Ryan Foland speaks with Samantha Kelly, otherwise known as the Tweeting Goddess. Samantha is a Twitter expert, with over 46k engaged followers, and is founder of the global Women’s Inspire Network. She is a master of social media engagement. Ryan and Samantha talk extensively about how to use Twitter to make connections. As well as being a speaker, Samantha runs two international conferences each year, and in this interview she shares her ideas on what she looks for from her speakers and why social media matters when it comes to hiring the right speakers. Listen to this podcast to find out: - How to start building a social media following by actively joining thriving online communities.- How to get event organizers to notice you (spoiler: it is not by sending in an application). - What the top social media experts, like Brian Fanzo, Ted Rubin, and Mari Smith, do different when it comes to speaking at events. - The effect that using video (either live video or creating short clips) can have on your credibility.- How to help yourself while helping others.

42mins

29 Jan 2019

Rank #18

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64: Building credibility through podcasting with Mary Drumond

Building credibility through podcasting. Ryan Foland speaks with Mary Drumond, a fellow podcaster who hosts the show The Voices of Customer Experience. In her podcast she interviews CX thought-leaders, executives, researchers, academia and Customer Experience front-liners. She is also editor-in-chief of the Voices of CX Blog. Ryan and Mary talk about how speakers can use podcasting as another stage, helping to build your credibility as a speaker while acting as a showreel for both your speaking style and expertise. Listen to this podcast to find out: 1. How to get started creating your own podcast. 2. Whether or not you should pay for platforms and tools right from the start3. Why it is essential to stay on top of marketing trends, even as they change rapidly.4. How to use podcasts to build your credibility and brand

27mins

22 Oct 2019

Rank #19

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51: Marketing with meatballs, marinara, and psychographics with Susan Izzo

Marketing with meatballs, marinara, and psychographics. Ryan Foland speaks with marketing specialist Susan Izzo. Sue became an expert in marketing from bootstrapping her own sports agency. Today she shares her unique perspective on how to market yourself both to audiences and event organizers.Ryan and Sue explore many aspects of professional speaking, including how to make meaningful connections with your audience and potential clients by figuring out what would appeal to them, then customizing your content or pitch from the get-go. Listen to this podcast to find out: - Why you need to not only understand the demographics but also the whole psychographics of the wants, needs, desires, and frustrations of your clients and audiences. - How to make a perspective change re. audiences, which will help you both relax and offer better talks by releasing the need for perfection. - Why you need to be consistent in your marketing by always using the same voice. - How to silence (or at least soften) your inner critic, and how this can affect your stage presence and speaking business. - How to cultivate relationships with event organizers, which will help you get referrals and be hired again in the future.

43mins

14 Jan 2019

Rank #20