Present Influence

Speaking Influence

98 episodes

Influence and persuasion are the weapons of leadership and success but do you understand how to wield them and make them work for you or defend yourself against them? Whether you're using your influence to persuade through a speech, online content, a story, marketing copy, personal branding, cult recruitment (not recommended), stand up comedy, leading a business or leading a country... you need to understand how influence and persuasion work and how to make them work for you and make sure they're not working against you. The most common areas to see influence and persuasion at work are in public speaking and presenting, such as political and legal arenas, but they affect all of us in all parts of our life. As soon as we engage with someone, pick up our mobile, turn on the TV or computer, we're either influencing and persuading others or subject to the influence and persuasion of others. My mission is to empower people to understand and utilise influence and persuasion skills within an ethical framework to help improve people's lives and make the world a better place. So often, we see how influence and persuasion are being used to manipulate and sway people, creating division and sometimes even inciting hate. Let's use the art of rhetoric to improve the world and put the tools of leadership into the hands of everyone, not just self-serving elites. Join me for fun chats, serious chats and always educational and interesting guests. You will always come away from the show having learned something valuable and even having had some fun sometimes with industry experts and exceptional people from week to week. Make sure you're subscribed. © 2021 Speaking Influence
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Have you ever had the experience of someone starting a conversation with you but they seem to be midway through a stream of consciousness and you don't really know what they are talking about or why they are talking to you about it? Whether you've experienced this as the giver or receiver, we know that more clarity is needed and our communication could be better.

This episode is especially important for communication in professional environments where it can look very bad if you are not being clear in your communications and if anyone else is wondering when you might get to the point or what you're talking about.

My guest Chris Fenning has studied communication in professional environments and has been able to identify the points where it sometimes fails and he says it's usually within the first minute. He gives us some strategies and real-world examples of poor communication and how they can be corrected with his simple formula. (Don't worry, there's no algebra involved.)

We had a great fun chat about communication fails and alternative applications for his communication formula that I know you're going to love and get value from. We'd love to hear how you will be applying Chris' clarity formula?

Chris is the author of the new book 'The First Minute' which lays out the problems and the simple solutions for becoming a clearer communicator in professional environments without needing to take a public speaking class. As a public speaking coach, I'm not sure how I feel about that? Anyhow, it's a great chat and I learned a lot. So will you.

If you'd like to connect with Chris, get his book, read his blog and more, visit his website www.chrisfenning.com and remember, if you leave a review for the book and then get in touch with Chris, he will give your team or company a free 1-hour communication training. Now, that's a great offer!

We're 2 episodes away from our 100th show! Who will be our next guests for show 99 and show 100? Make sure you're subscribed to find out and remember to please share the show with your network. See you next time.

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28th Jul 2021
52 minutes

Does your online posting feel like shouting into the void?

If you're anything like most people, you probably feel like most of what you post online gets ignored or at best a little response or engagement? So, when I was given the opportunity to speak to the queen of content creation on LinkedIn, I jumped at the opportunity. LinkedIn is my platform of choice for social media but how do you make the most of it?

(Make sure to get in on the contest)

My guest is the author of the book 'Lockdown Took My Income', which gives a full blueprint of how to build your online business through creating and publishing content that will get you noticed. Her name is Maini Homer and in this episode, you can learn:

  • How often you should be posting
  • What types of content work best
  • Whether you should be tracking your posts
  • Why likes and comments don't matter that much
  • How to get consistent with your content posting
  • Why you should be outsourcing work and what you should be aware of when you do

If you're looking to build your influence through your online presence, you will strike gold in this episode. As always, Make sure you find at least one thing to take away and take action on from this episode.

You can get your own copy of Lockdown Took My Income for just $7 on Maini's website or you can enter by leaving a review for this specific episode on your preferred podcast platform. Here's the link to enter the contest https://ratethispodcast.com/speakinginfluence and of course, you're welcome to connect with Mainy on LinkedIn.

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23rd Jul 2021
46 minutes

What do you think is one of the biggest fears people have in business? 
It's one that sometimes causes businesses not to grow and to end up struggling.
It's mostly an irrational fear.
It's the fear of making sales calls, especially cold calls.

I've said many times recently that the show is moving to a stronger focus on the influence and persuasion side of things, although we will still be coming back to public speaking and presentation skills regularly, as they are such a big part of influence and persuasion, especially in modern professional life. I have shows already recorded and coming shortly with a content marketing expert, a negotiations expert, a speaking coach for non-speakers, a communications expert and more besides. Make sure you're subscribed.

My guest today is an expert in making sales calls and cold calls and she's going to take the fear away. A bold claim I know but Wendy Harris has over 30 years in making sales calls, over 1 million calls made and many people and businesses trained in her 'Making Conversations Count' methodology. I learned a lot from Wendy and will be putting it all into action on my own sales calls. Will you?

In this episode you will:

  • find out the real reason why most people are afraid of making sales calls
  • discover the right way to approach sales calls
  • learn which accents people tend to love
  • how your personality type affects your sales
  • what people often get wrong on sales calls

If you want to connect with Wendy you can visit her website or reach out to her on LinkedIn and you can take the phone skills test here. She'll be more than happy to connect with you and help get you on track for making amazing sales calls.

Let me know what you've learned from the show and what you'd like to see in the future by connecting with me on Facebook or Twitter. Who are the guests I should get on the show? Who would you like to see come back? What should I do to celebrate 100 shows of Speaking Influence?

Did you catch last week's episode about the self-employed life with Jeffrey Shaw? It was a great show for anyone who is self-employed or thinking about moving in that direction.

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19th Jul 2021
43 minutes

Always running, always busy, always so much more to do than there is time to do it! Such is the life of the self-employed business owner but it doesn't have to be that way.

My guest today is Jeffrey Shaw, author of 'The Self-Employed LIfe´and ´Lingo´. Because I am self-employed and many of my listeners are self-employed or would like to be, it made so much sense to speak to a man who understands what most business owners get wrong. So much so, he wrote the book on how to get it right and not from the business methodology side but about understanding what you need to know about yourself in order to be able to flourish as a self-employed person.

I took so many lessons away from this chat and whilst re-listening to edit the show, I realised some things I missed in the live chat. If you think you know how to be great at being self-employed and understanding yourself and your brand as a self-employed speaker, coach, consultant or whatever... you may be surprised what you'll learn from this chat.

Jeffrey gave two great book recommendations, one of which I've already downloaded ready to read is Black Sheep by Brant Menswar. The other is Sell the Way You Buy by David Priemer.

You can discover Jeffrey's core values on his website: JeffreyShaw.com and you can take the self-employed assessment for free here: http://selfemployedassessment.com/ I took it myself and it's really quick to fill out.

Remember to share the show with your network and join me again for more amazing guests very soon.

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12th Jul 2021
50 minutes

Fed up of friend requests from marketers who just want to sell you something?

Yeah... me too.

My guest today is Natalie Klun and she's here to talk about relationship marketing, which is marketing done right. By the time you have listened to this show you'll be wishing everyone was doing marketing like this and not using cheap and sometimes sleazy feeling methods and programs to try and get money in the bank.

Natalie and I connected in the Speakers and Coaches Networking Society group which has fantastic online networking events every Thursday and regular live trainings and workshops. It's run by the amazing Wendi Blum Weiss and Carlos Vazquez. You can join the Facebook group for free here.

From our first conversation, I knew I wanted to bring Natalie onto Speaking Influence and when we had a chat to plan the episode she gave me so many useful bits of advice for promoting this show that I was blown away by how generous and genuinely delightful she is. Everyone needs a Natalie in their network.

You can connect with Natalie in her favourite online hangout LinkedIn and on her own website NatalieKlun.com and you can be sure she'll love to connect with you. Remember, don't just follow on LinkedIn, send a connection request too. Also, come say hi if you decide to join the coaches and speakers networking society.

Join me next time when my guest will be the amazing Jeffrey Shaw, author of the fantastic new book 'The Self-employed Life'.

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5th Jul 2021
58 minutes

She worked hard all the time. In fact, there were few employees as conscientious as her. Always early to work, one of the first in and one of the last out. Always hit her targets and nice to everyone but not very talkative. Always lost out on promotions to the more extroverted employees. A valued employee who didn't feel valued. She had aspirations, but she felt ignored and taken for granted. So when she was made a better offer by a competitor who showed that they listened to and valued all of their employees and not just the loudest ones, she left.

Did you know that there is a 33% productivity gap caused by ignorance of introversion?

Introverts can have a hard time in the workplace when many business cultures favour extroverts and assume loud confidence to be better than quiet confidence. My guest for this episode is Jon Baker, and Jon is on a mission to help businesses value and listen to their introverted employees more. About one-third of the workforce are introverted, and very often, they are finding it hard to rise through the ranks unless they make themselves more extroverted.

Jon believes businesses can and should do a better job of managing their teams and meetings to make sure all voices are heard and that valuable voices are not ignored because of the people who love to speak more. Introverts can still make great leaders and can still be great communicators.

We also talked about ninja networking for introverts and becoming a go-to expert in business marketing in a world where there are so many fakers. It's a fun conversation whether you're an introvert or an extrovert. Jon has written several books on these topics and is a great speaker and trainer.

If your business needs to manage better and recognise their more introverted employees, Jon is the man to help. You can visit his website http://introvertinbusiness.co.uk/ or connect with him on LinkedIn.

Jon's book recommendations are The E-myth by Michael Gerber, which I fully agree is a great read and The Introverts Guide to World Domination by Nick Shelton, which I shall add to my ever-expanding must-read list.

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25th Jun 2021
59 minutes

What really goes on in the boardroom?

Is it like in 'Succession' where it's all subterfuge, tests of loyalty, big personalities ruling the roost? Or is it much less dramatic but still an interesting place to be?

My guest for this show is Julie Garland McLellan and she has served on 18 different boards and written several books about influence in the boardroom, so believe me when I say that she knows what she's talking about. I've never served on a board and have zero desire to ever do so, but who knows what the future holds? Even so, this was a fascinating conversation and a great insight into the real mechanics of the boardroom.

Julie is one of the only people out there I have come across who is talking about serving on a board and how to be influential there. We talked about the need to be strategic and what that actually entails. We discuss what diversity on the board should mean and we discuss how to know whether a seat on the board is the right thing for you, as well as just how much power lies within boards but also much risk.

I believe you will enjoy this conversation even if you are never going to sit on a board but especially if you already are or you plan to.  Julie's own book is called Dilemmas, dilemmas and is available to buy, as well as two follow up books. If you would like to connect with Julie personally, you can connect with her on Linked In. Julie is an experienced speaker and could be the ideal choice for your next event.

For further reading, Julie recommends the writings of Bob Garrett and the book 'Boards' by Patrick Dunne.

If you enjoyed the show, remember to share. It's word of mouth that helps us to grow and will allow us to bring in more amazing guests and keep improving the quality of the show. 

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18th Jun 2021
54 minutes

Does being funny come at a price?

If it does, then my guest Jordan Power has undoubtedly paid it. He's a professional comedian, author and podcaster. His first show Shame On You was all about overcoming the shame and stigma related to LGBT+ people and confronting those issues head-on with uncompromising honesty and guttural humour, discussing his own life, his father coming out, his relationships, sexual encounters, STDs, colitis and more.

His new show Unmentionable goes beyond the scope of Jordan's own life to talk about and with people who generally would not appear in mainstream media and to tell the stories that we want to hear, like the guy who is the world's most prolific sperm donor, father to 82 children! Also, you get to hear Jordan's non-woke perspectives and opinions, which are what his fans love him for.

If you want to be seriously entertained and also learn a few things about how to be more honest and less scared with your opinions, you will love this show. If you're sensitive to bad language, sexual themes and adult discussions, this may not be the show for you.... (MUM!)

Check out Jordan's podcast here: Unmentionable

Follow Jordan on Instagram here: Jordan P

Happy Pride season everyone! Make sure you're subscribed for future episodes.

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9th Jun 2021
1 hour

Are you one of many millions of people who say they'd like to write a book but never get it started or worse, never get it finished? Be honest.

If you're a speaker or would like to be a paid speaker, having a book that relates to your speaking topics can make all the difference and might even enable you to demand higher fees for your speeches and events. It regularly gets said that having a book is the best business card and my guest Léandre Larouche of Trivium Writing is an expert in helping people conceive, start, write and publish their books.

  • Léandre shares the best publishing strategies
  • How to get your book finished
  • How long your book should be
  • How to overcome the things that trip up most writers
  • How to bring your emotion to the pages instead of the process
  • How to beat writing procrastination and more...

You can find out more about Léandre's book coaching at Trivium Writing and you can get Léandre's free training here and his book recommendations were Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr and On Writing Wel, by William Zinsser.

If you'd like to connect with Léandre, here are his socials:

We had a great chat and I hope you enjoy the show. If you find it useful, please let us know. This show relies on listeners like you to share the show and help us grow so we can keep bringing you great guests and great content. Please consider sharing episodes you enjoy with your social network and following the show on social media.

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1st Jun 2021
1 hour

The vast majority of people doing sales and marketing for their businesses don't understand what gets people to buy or worse, are still operating on outdated sales modalities. Are you one of them?

I first encountered my guests Moeed Amin through one of my business networks, for which I am a club president here in Valencia, called Global Business Owners. Moeed is in the London club and was giving an online presentation about understanding persuasion, so naturally, I wanted to know more. After watching Moeed's presentation, I decided that I would find out if he was willing to be my guest and he was more than happy to oblige.

Moeed shared the 8 keys to persuasion, which I will put in my weekly roundup if you want the recap. To make sure you're on the list for my weekly updates on episodes and events, visit PresentInfluence.com and register for the free Last Minute Presentation Checklist, this will add you to my subscribers. If you want to hear the end of the conversation with Moeed that continued after the live stream, it's available on the Present Influence YouTube channel.

Moeed's business is called Proverbial Door and you can find out more about him there, or, of course, connect with him on Linked In if you prefer. Moeed's book recommendations are: Yes! 50 secrets from the science of persuasion by Dr Noah Goldstein, Steve Martin and Robert Cialdini. The Influential Mind by Tali Sharot and Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink.

Next time, my guest is Leandre Larouche and he'll be talking with me about how he helps people get their books published. Coming next month is a very different interview for me, kicking off Pride season with the hilarious and incorrigible Jordan Power. That one is for adult ears only. Make sure you're subscribed and remember to share the show if you enjoyed it.

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26th May 2021
58 minutes

Do you use your voice in your work?

Whether you're a speaker, singer, actor, receptionist, CEO, store manager, or required to speak in any kind of work-related situation, your voice is essential to your success.  Knowing what to say is certainly a part of the equation but the way you say it... that can be all the difference.

Dielle Hannah is not only an exceptional voice coach, but she is also an absolute delight to connect with. If you've ever wanted to sound more authoritative or really channel the voice of your wisest sage self then you'll love the exercises in this episode. We also talked about audiobook recording and whether you need to have a treated room to do audio or video work. All important stuff for the modern business person.

Dielle believes that the best voice to deliver your message is yours. https://www.linkedin.com/in/diellemusicuk/

You can sign up for Dielle's free 3-minute warm-ups here: https://mailchi.mp/a5781106a7f9/r911zqjqlx

I've been loving the exercise of channelling the voices of the archetypes I want to represent in my speeches. I'm going to be using that everywhere.

Next week, we're talking about the Psychology of Buying with sales influence expert Moeed Amin. Don't miss it!

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17th May 2021
52 minutes

Have you ever listened to yourself on a recording? Did you like what you heard?

I think most of us know that we sound quite different to others than we do to ourselves and at first it is usually a little jarring. Your voice can be smoother, more resonant and open up qualities you don't even know you have. How? With some vocal exercises and expert guidance.

My guest is the incredible Ambika Devi. This episode was so much fun to record. Ambika is such a good speaker and so I knew right away we were in good hands. Find at least one action to take away from the show to sound better when speaking or singing,  professional or not. I hope you will have as much fun listening as we had recording it.

Find out more about Ambika: Visit her YouTube channel for a wealth of great information https://bit.ly/2SY8BIP and/or go to https://ambikascoaching.com/

Next show, professional voice coach  Dielle Hannah. We take a slightly different approach to voice coaching which was also great fun and incredibly helpful.

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14th May 2021
49 minutes

How do you sell without selling?

So many business owners and entrepreneurs fall apart in their presentations when it comes time to make the sale, but why? My guest Rael Bricker has the answer to this and many other questions, such as how to present technical or detailed information to a group and how to improve and manage your energy as a coach or presenter.

With over 30 years as a serial entrepreneur, Rael Bricker helps businesses succeed by delivering a series of dynamic talks on building businesses by thinking outside the box. Rael has been presenting for many years on business, culture, finance, investing, diversity and ethics.  Learning is best practice combined with practical experience to achieve business excellence.

Connect with Rael and find out more: https://www.raelbricker.com/home

Next time: The voice coaches are coming! Ambika Devi and Dielle Hannah are going to give us 2 very different approaches to maintaining and improving our voices.

Please consider supporting the show by buying me a coffee, joining my VIP gang or sponsoring the show, all available here: https://speakinginfluence.supercast.tech/ Your support means the world to me and means I can keep making the show and making it better. Much love, Johnny

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12th May 2021
1 hour

How many times a day do you laugh?

Probably not nearly enough. My guest on this show is on a mission to help the world laugh, think and play more.

Emma Stroud is a well-known speaker, entertainer and coach. She's become very well known for her humorous podcast 'Clowning Around', where she interviews guests on interesting topics with a light-hearted twist and an inevitable interruption from the hilarious Barbara. I've had the pleasure of being a guest myself and you can take a listen here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/episode-46-clowning-around-hidden-tools-with-john-ball/id1499174238?i=1000499011151 There are plenty of other episodes to choose from too.

Find out more about Emma, her coaching work, comedy performances and much more here: https://emmastroud.london/

Look out for my next show with business speaker and extraordinary entrepreneur Rael Bricker.

Remember, the offer to win a free print copy of my previous guest Matthew Turner's book 'Beyond the Pale' is still open. To enter, leave a review for the show on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser and remember to get in touch so I'll know where to send the prize.

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10th May 2021
1 hour

How do you know if you have an effective personal brand?

Well, one clue would be that you have clients seeking you out rather than you having to find them.

My good friend Ash Borland is a personal branding expert and this episode was one I personally found very helpful with a number of things to consider that can be helping you to nail a solid personal brand and become known for what you do.

If you want to be sought after as a speaker, coach, trainer, consultant or anything else, this is something you need to take care of NOW!

Find out more about Ash here: https://ashborland.com/ and you can sign up for Ash's free masterclass and check out his freebies and more.

I promised to let you know how you could win one of two copies of my recent guest Matthew Turner's book 'Beyond The Pale'. That's all at the start of this episode and the contest is open for all of May 2021.

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28th Apr 2021
55 minutes

Can you effectively pitch yourself or your business in 7 seconds?

My guest Åsa Rydhard says yes and she's going to share with us some of the secrets and insights she has learned and now teaches for creating powerful and effective brand stories.

We discussed how this particularly applies to speakers, coaches and consultants as well as anyone who has a complex job or position which they sometimes struggle to explain.

Some key takeaways for me were the principles in being able to have a brief and effective brand story and how powerful that can be in how others talk about you and your work.

Find out more about Åsa here: https://rydhard.com/

Look out for the next episode with personal branding expert Ash Borland where we will be continuing this branding theme and getting into how this works with what you do online.

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26th Apr 2021
53 minutes

Can you communicate with a Gen Z person the same way you communicate with a millennial?

Research says not and my guest Dr Lori Baker-Schena is an expert on communication skills and helping organisations and individuals become better and more effective communicators.

Dr Lori Baker-Schena delivers solid, practical leadership advice in an entertaining and fun way – leaving listeners/viewers laughing and learning as they acquire new strategies for moving forward in their careers. Her extensive leadership and university teaching experience, combined with her sense of humour and ability to relate to her audience, inspire participants to inject more positivity, productivity and joy into their personal and professional lives.

For me, this was a really fun conversation where I also learned a lot and got to take home some strategies that I could take home and use with my own significant other to help improve our relationship. I'm a big fan of episodes with homework because applying what you learn is the whole point.

If you have any questions about positivity and leadership, would like to explore one-on-one leadership or life coaching, or need a guest speaker for your next professional event, send Dr Lori a note. https://www.loribakerschena.com/contact

Lori's book recommendations are:

  • Cooking for Picasso by Camille Aubray
  • The Leadership Challenge by Barry Posner and James Kouzes (now in 6th edition)

Join me again for my next episodes which are all about branding, creating brand stories and personal branding respectively with some more fantastic experts Åsa Rydhard and Ash Borland.

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18th Apr 2021
53 minutes

What does success mean to you?

Do you buy into the standard definitions about having so much money, so much property, a huge business or getting to the top in your profession?

What if there are other ways to define success? More than that, you get to define it for yourself without having to become an overachieving go-getter. Sound good? Welcome to the anti-hustle.

My guest Matthew Turner is a British author who lives in a small town in Yorkshire, England. Having previously published three novels and a non-fiction business book, he wrote ‘Beyond The Pale’ on the back of interviewing hundreds of successful entrepreneurs, authors, investors, and thought-leaders.

Gaining a unique insight into areas such as mindset, flow, and personal development, and a gaining reputation for crafting compelling stories out of other peoples’ lives, Matthew builds relatable fables for those looking to live a meaningful and purpose-driven life. As well as writing for himself, Matthew ghostwrites both articles and books for other successful entrepreneurs and thought-leaders, in-between spending time with his two children.

About 'Beyond The Pale': Ferdinand Foy has it all: success, youthful good looks, fame, and a soon-to-be hundred-billion-dollar company. He assumed he had it figured out, and that life would only get better. 

Until one day a chance encounter forced him to ask, “Is this really it?”

Beyond The Pale is a business fable written for today’s fast-paced millennial that’s always switched on, ready to work, and with dreams to change the world.

It follows Ferdinand as he begins to question what success and fulfilment mean to him, travelling the world in search of answers to questions he never dare ask. Meeting an assortment of entrepreneurs, authors, musicians and spiritual healers, Ferdinand changes his entire outlook on life, and with it, the daunting prospect of walking away from the business he built from scratch.

Beyond The Pale provides a spiritual awakening to anyone so caught up in their business that they cannot see beyond what’s in front of them. Through Ferdinand’s own awakening, you’ll begin to question your own life and the pursuit of success that no longer makes sense.

As Ferdinand reaches the end of his journey, he finds the answer he was looking for. But first, he must figure out how to ask the right questions.

Mathew's websites and socials:

Next week my guest is Åsa Rydhard, an amazing speaker and brand story designer as well as an award-winning keynote speaker. Make sure you're subscribed to never miss an episode.

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11th Apr 2021
52 minutes

Would being well-known benefit you and your business?

If the answer is yes, and let's face it, the answer is always yes, you're going to love this episode with PR expert Tracy Lamourie.

Tracy and her husband got into PR after working tirelessly to help get an innocent man off death row. The skills and resources developed in their campaign were the same things needed to successfully do PR for anyone. It took Tracy a while to realise this but when she did, she started her business as a PR agent and is now helping coaches, speakers, authors and more besides become 'known' for what they do and become the go-to people in their industries.

Don't worry if you're bootstrapping your business, Tracy has some strategies that are free to implement and will get you on the PR trail and she shares them here. Tracy also offers anyone 1 month of working with her for less than $1,000 and with guaranteed results. Might be worth seeing if working with Tracy for a time could be a better use of your marketing budget?

If you'd like to know more about Tracy, visit her website http://www.lamouriemedia.com/
you can also connect with her on:

You can find the resources Tracy mentioned in the transcript for the episode. One of the main was is called Help a reporter out. Have fun getting some great PR and let me know how you get on, I'd love to hear from you.

Next week my guest is Dr Lori Baker-Schena and we're talking about how to elevate your communication both in the workplace and at home. Make sure you're subscribed so you don't miss it.

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3rd Apr 2021
49 minutes

What do you think a network of heart-centred businessmen would look like?

Wonder no more, Ken Rutkowski is not only a world-renowned speaker, a radio host and presenter but also the founder of METAL which is a network for heart centred men who are helping each other to be better in all areas of their lives and creating an environment where professional men are not afraid to say 'I love you' to their brotherhood.

I had a fantastic experience with METAL and will definitely be heading back. And in case any of you amazing ladies are feeling left out, there are plans for a women's group in the network too. I highly recommend checking out the network https://www.metal.international/home you have the opportunity to check it out for free with no obligation and no heavy sales. If it's right for you, you'll know but they need to know you're a fit in the group too.

We had a lot of fun chatting about Ken's illustrious career in radio and as a speaker, we even found out that he has a formal title bestowed by royalty. To me, it's unsurprising as Ken is an exceptionally warm and giving man who does everything from the heart and seems to me to keep himself humble. I hope you will enjoy this chat as much as I did.

Connect with Ken:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kenradio/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kenradio
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenrutkowski/

Ken's book recommendation is 'The Way of the Bull' but Leo Buscaglia.

If you enjoy the show, my request is that you share it with your network and it also really helps us to get found if you leave a review.

Next week my guest is PR expert Tracy Lamourie and she has some amazing stories to share as well as some great ideas and resources for getting more exposure as a coach, speaker or trainer. Make sure you're subscribed to join us and more great guests lined up for your listening pleasure. Carpe diem amigos.

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26th Mar 2021
59 minutes

What's the secret of a great online course or program?

Don't know? Dan Netting does and he's helping course creators and virtual teachers create great content, get it online and make money doing it. Join us as we talk about how to make bank from online courses.

Having spent 8 years building a business around packaging and selling expertise online
in a very niche and traditionally offline based industry - motorcycle track riding techniques
– now Dan helps other coaches, consultants and trainers turn their expertise into impactful online courses to help them better leverage their knowledge, while also building
businesses based on a foundation of the positive impact they have on the people they
serve.

Here's where you can connect with Dan:

Dan says "the success is not in the sale, it’s in the client transformation." His focus is on creating learning experiences that work and deliver results.

Dan's book recommendation was 'How People Learn' by Nick Shackleton-Jones.

Join Dan's FREE 5-DAY program for online course creators:

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19th Mar 2021
50 minutes

What's the top goal of most new and aspiring speakers?

Well... other than winning the Toastmasters world championship of public speaking, it's usually something along the lines of giving a TED talk.

My guest on this episode is Peter Hopwood who is a global speaker coach, TEDx Coach, Virtual Speaking & Storytelling Specialist and Media Skills Trainer. It's fair to say he knows a few things about giving a great TED talk and much more besides. We had a great and fun chat which we hope you will also enjoy listening to.

Peter travels the globe (now virtually) helping people define, craft and tell clearer stories
with stronger impact. Bringing more value, clarity and engagement to their ideas. He
helps executives, entrepreneurs and teams to develop their speaking style in front of a
crowd or in a virtual setting, gain investment and persuade with impact.

From Dubai to Amsterdam, Shanghai to Berlin, Peter’s workshops and coaching skills are
in high demand across global digital, entrepreneurship and startup scenes.

Equally, as an internationally experienced live events MC, Peter has developed an
extensive global portfolio of shaping some of the strongest tech events on the planet.
London born, Peter has worked in 32 countries and lived in 7 - now based in Croatia.

Connect with Peter:

Next time on Speaking of Influence I am speaking to Dan Netting about course creation and I may even have a bonus episode for you next week. Stay tuned.

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12th Mar 2021
52 minutes

He asked her to whip him on stage!

Don't worry, it's nothing kinky. It's my guest John Davis, the corporate action hero who incorporates stunts with things like whips and nunchucks in his talks. He's sharing with us how to make your talks and events more exciting and shows us there's plenty to learn from a stuntman.

John Davis is an internationally known Speaker, Comedian, Fight Director and Action Hero. He has travelled extensively throughout the world speaking to audiences of all ages and backgrounds in 28 countries and over four thousand live performances. John inspires you to set and reach your maximum potential and awaken your Inner Action Hero!

Get John's free giveaway here https://www.corporateactionhero.com/free-gift-page.html and check out the rest of his website whilst you're there.

The show was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy it. If you do, please subscribe and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. Share the show with someone you think would enjoy it. Thanks.

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5th Mar 2021
49 minutes

Is yours big enough?

I'm talking about your why... of course! I don't know what you were thinking about?

My guest today started off coaching people in building a property portfolio and soon realised her real gift and joy was in helping people find their WHY in life. In fact, she's so good at it she even has a podcast all about people sharing their big reasons called 'Focus on Why'. I've been fortunate enough to be a guest myself and it's a fantastic show.

Amy Rowlinson is a Coach, Mentor, iTunes #1 Podcaster, Speaker, Mastermind Host and Property Investor. Through coaching and workshops, Amy works with businesses to Focus on WHY to create people-centred environments, by improving productivity and employee engagement by focusing on fulfilment, values and purpose.

Amy inspires and empowers entrepreneurial clients to discover the life they dream of by assisting them to make it their reality through their own action-taking. Helping them to focus on their WHY with clarity uniting their passion and purpose with a plan to create the life they
truly desire.

So, enjoy this chat with Amy Rowlinson and make sure to check out her 'Focus on Why' podcast and find her on social media. Maybe you'll develop your own why in the process.

Find out more about Amy:

  • Focus on WHY Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/focusonwhy
  • Amy Rowlinson Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/amy.rowlinson/
  • Focus on Why Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/focusonwhy/
  • Focus on Why Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/focusonwhy/
  • Amy Rowlinson Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/RowlinsonAmy/
  • LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amyrowlinson/
  • Twitter - https://twitter.com/AmyRowlinson
  • YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyGG7uQ8bThIgnjS-XgiFmA

Amy's book recommendations:
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson, Atomic Habits by James Clear.

Join me next time when my guest is public speaking and TEDx trainer Peter Hopwood. Also coming soon, a corporate action hero and a highly experienced stand-up comedian. All coming soon on Speaking of Influence.

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27th Feb 2021
1 hour

Would you take off in a sailboat by yourself and go off to sea?

My guest on this episode did just that.

As a young man, Dave Bricker was inspired by the remarkable people he met in Miami’s “secret floating village.” The sailboat anchorage a quarter-mile off-shore from Miami City Hall attracted world travellers, squatters, dreamers, and bums. All had remarkable stories to tell.
Before he graduated from college, he was living aboard his own tiny sailboat. Soon after graduation, he set sail for the Bahamas with a locker full of food and dreams … and $40 in his pocket.

His voyages took him up and down the Bahamas, up the east coast of the US to Chesapeake Bay, and across the Atlantic to Gibraltar. He ran aground, dealt with mechanical breakdowns, got seasick more than once, slept in a volcano, survived powerful storms, and returned to the land of clocks and calendars with what he’d gone in search of—stories of his own.

Today, as a speaker, trainer, and coach, he helps remarkable people tell remarkable stories—through writing, speaking, graphic design, video, technology, and music. If you want to say it, share it, or sell it, bring me your story; I’ll help you tell it.

Find out more about Dave and Story Sailing:  https://StorySailing.com is loaded with content—blog posts, videos, and various ways to contact me for coaching, workshops, or speaking engagements.


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26th Feb 2021
47 minutes
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