Call For Podcast Guests - Get The Gigs

Podcast Re-Launch: Call For Guests

After far too long I’m returning my attention to the Get the Gigs podcast. You may, or may not, have noticed that I posted a new episode late last week. And I’m working with my productivity and content manager (also known as my wife) to set up a smart schedule for both recording and publishing new episodes.

While I’m still interviewing speakers, I’m planning to focus on a few key areas for discussion and I’d like to interview some specific individuals.

The main, or focus, topic I’d like to cover with my keynote and professional speaker guests is simple, but also affords a lot of opportunity for discussion and creativity. I’d like to focus on the “future of speaking.” How do you and your peers see our industry changing in the next five, ten, twenty, even fifty years? If you have something to say on this topic, I hope you’ll scroll down and sign-up to record an episode of the podcast with me.

Another area on which I’d like to focus is one tied to my work as a web designer. As most of you know my tie to “public speaking” is my work in personal branding and web design. Interested in why I chose to focus on speakers? Check out this quick read. User interfaces, user experience – also known as UX, is a topic I’ve long wanted to discuss with fellow designers and speakers who focus on using their online presence to assist in getting gigs. If this is something you’d like to discuss with me, please hit the link below to set-up a time to record.

Lastly, I’d like to line-up a series of interviews with speaker coaches. I’d like to better understand the different methods speaker coaches employ to ready their clients for the stage, from presentation and presence to behind the scenes techniques and tips to actually land speaking engagements.

What’s next? Sign-up for a recording time. It’s simple. I’ll reach out to you after we’ve scheduled a recording session to share any pre-recording needs.

I’m really looking forward to recording some great episodes and taking the Get the Gigs podcast to the next level.

Staying Authentic, Being Prepared, and Stealing the Show with Michael Port

Staying Authentic, Being Prepared, and Stealing the Show

When speaking, should we show up and wing it, or prepare for our role the way an actor would prepare for his or her time on the stage? Michael Port’s book, Steal the Show, shares some great insights on how approaching the stage like an actor can help us deliver a much better product to our audience. Also, what does it mean to be authentic? What can we do to steal the digital show?

Called “an uncommonly honest author” by the Boston Globe, a “marketing guru” by The Wall Street Journal, and a “sales guru” by the Financial Times, Michael Port is a NY Times bestselling author of six books including Book Yourself Solid, The Think Big Manifesto and his hot new release, Steal the Show.

Interestingly, he is probably the only NY Times bestselling business book author to have also been a successful professional actor, guest starring on shows like Sex & The City, Law & Order, Third Watch, All My Children and in films like The Pelican Brief and Down to Earth.

Here’s some of what we cover:

  • Rehearsing, technical aspects, and improvisation: there are a lot of parallels between a trained actor and a good public speaker.
  • Rehearsing is essential but just doing a little bit of rehearsal can be a detriment.
  • When we “wing it” are we good because we wing it or in spite of winging it?
  • If you’re going to be a professional, you need to have a lot of reverence for the stage.
  • What role do you play based on the situation?
  • Having the skills that an actor has can give you more tools in your tool box.
  • How can speakers steal the show and bring authenticity through their websites and digital marketing?
  • When people are reviewing you and considering you, they want to know why you do what you do.
  • How does what you stand for connect to what you offer your audience?
  • What exactly does being authentic mean? How authentic should we be?
  • Can you guarantee a standing ovation? Is that even a good reason to give a speech?

Helpful links!

Here’s the excerpt from the Think Big Revolution Keynote:

Here’s Mike Michalowicz’s awesome site that Michael mentions.

Heroic Public Speaking

Michael’s podcast