January 2021

The Language of Leadership with guest Simon Lancaster

My guest for this special episode of Speaking of Influence is a political speechwriter and well known TEDx speaker Simon Lancaster. I first became aware of Simon from watching his TEDx talk called ‘Speak like a leader‘. This was the first time I had ever come across the tools of public speaking persuasion known as rhetoric. After watching and listening to Simon, I was obsessed and found out as much as I could about this ancient art of persuasion I had never heard of before. Simon has also written speeches for many well-known politicians and has worked with many well-known organisations.

For those familiar with my show, you will know I am an avid learner and a huge fan of audiobooks, usually getting through about two a week on my Audible account. When I saw there was an audiobook from Simon Lancaster called ‘Winning Minds’, you can bet I was keen to take a listen. The book is packed with so much great information and really blew my mind on some of the concepts like how we use metaphors and using the right kinds of metaphors for the right kinds of messages and audiences.

After finishing his book, I asked Simon if he would be my guest on Speaking of Influence, and I am delighted to say he agreed and we were able to bring the show to you live on my social media channels on Friday 15th Jan 2020. So, this one is hot off the press. Make sure you’re following me on social media if you want to see the show live and catch other valuable content daily.

We discussed his books and TEDx appearances and had a good chat about who in current events is using speechmaking and rhetoric well and who is not. I have to say, I was a little surprised but it all made sense through the lens of a political speechwriter and it was nice to get that perspective.

Simon is one of the only people I have ever encountered who teaches others to write speeches. He’ll also write yours for you, for the right price. You can find Simon’s books on Amazon, Audible and from all reputable booksellers. His TEDx speeches are available on YouTube and if you’d like to work with him or learn from him, visit his Website BespokeSpeeches.com

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Careering Towards Comedy with guest Donna Shannon

Donna Shannon is a careers coach with a difference. When she’s not helping people land their dream jobs, you’re likely to find her taking to the stage and making people laugh. You’d think career coaching and comedy would be worlds apart but not for Donna. She makes it work in her own unique style.

We discussed Donna’s road to where she is now, which included things like becoming a radio presenter. You’ll hear possibly the worst ever answer to the question ‘Why should we hire you?’ and you’ll get to find out whether or not I have any tattoos. Join us for a fun conversation about making people laugh and doing the things you love.

If you’d like to get in touch with Donna, here’s all the socials:

To claim the free 15-minute resume review & consultation Donna offers, go here:

You can get a copy of Donna’s book Get a Job Without Going Crazy (3rd Edition)
https://www.amazon.com/Get-Job-Without-Going-Crazy-ebook/dp/B07S8D538W/ and be sure to check out her podcast ‘Tattooed Freaks In Business Suits. Donna’s book recommendation on the show was Stephen King’s ‘On Writing‘, which I will definitely be checking out.

Remember to like and subscribe to the show and look out for 2 great episodes coming out next week! See you then.

The Diversified Business Diva with guest Tamika Martin

There are times in life you encounter people who seem to be able to do it all and keep multiple plates spinning whilst also juggling and doing sudoku. Tamika Martin is such a person and it was a delight to speak with a charismatic entrepreneur, mother and now grandmother who is doing it all and continually pushing forward.

Tamika has expertise in event management, hosting and promotion and being the superwoman that she is, doing them all at the same time! She has her own podcast call ‘Hit me up’ and shares who would be her ideal guest, as well as who’s podcast she loves the most (other than mine… obvs…) and would like to appear on.

We chat about entrepreneurial life, networking skills, accidentally going on tour with Snoop Dog and a lot of other things besides. Enjoy the chat and make sure to subscribe for future episodes.

If you’d like to know more about Tamika and connect with her on the socials:

Next week my guest is career coach, professional speaker and stand up comedian Donna Shannon. We had great fun speaking and I’m certain you’ll have fun listening. See you next time.

Sex Education and Stand Up with guest Raylene Tasoski

Raylene Taskoski developed her unique mix of Sex Ed and Stand Up Comedy in living rooms throughout New England. For 13 years she’s educated women about how
their bodies work and why they work that way and along the way she’s gained
some hilarious universal truths and insights that leave her guests roaring with
laughter and a sense of relief that “it’s not just me!”

​Stand Up Comedy Sex Ed is about taking the living room on the road and letting
everyone hear what we’ve been talking about in private! The subject matter is a little fruity but although we discuss some adult themes, we just have an open conversation with nothing sexually explicit.

I had so much fun chatting with Raylene Taskoski and this episode is my New Year gift to you. If you’d like to know more about Raylene, you can connect with her on social media:

and her own website RayleneTaskoski.com

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