37 episodes

International Keynoter, Certified World-Class Speaking Coach, and Story Strategist, Deirdre Van Nest is obsessed with helping financial professionals and entrepreneurs express themselves in a way that attracts and wins them more business. Each episode of the Crazy Good Talks Podcast is packed with actionable strategies to help you effortlessly make emotional connections with your ideal clients through the power of speaking, storytelling, and content creation. Come on this journey with her; when you use these strategies your influence and your impact are limitless!

Crazy Good Talks Deirdre Van Nest

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International Keynoter, Certified World-Class Speaking Coach, and Story Strategist, Deirdre Van Nest is obsessed with helping financial professionals and entrepreneurs express themselves in a way that attracts and wins them more business. Each episode of the Crazy Good Talks Podcast is packed with actionable strategies to help you effortlessly make emotional connections with your ideal clients through the power of speaking, storytelling, and content creation. Come on this journey with her; when you use these strategies your influence and your impact are limitless!

    35. How Saying ‘No’ Can Create New Opportunities in Your Business

    35. How Saying ‘No’ Can Create New Opportunities in Your Business

    Do you know that feeling when you take on too much at once and feel like you’re spinning a million plates that could fall and break any second?

    Deirdre Van Nest knows this feeling all too well.

    The way to get out of this chaos is knowing when to say NO. With this in mind, we have made the hard decision of temporarily pausing the Crazy Good Talks podcast.

    In this episode, Deirdre explains why the Crazy Good Talks podcast is going on a short break.

    Deirdre discusses: 



    Her new journey to create a legacy business

    How saying NO can create new opportunities for your business

    What the CGT team is working on during this break  

    When you can expect the Crazy Good Talks podcast to return

    And more



    Connect With Crazy Good Talks®:



    dvn@crazygoodtalks.com

    1 (952)-451-0172

    Crazy Good Talks®

    LinkedIn: Deirdre Van Nest



    If you’d like tools and strategies to effortlessly make emotional connections with and have an emotional impact on your ideal clients so you can: 



    Quickly build trust 

    Help clients make decisions faster

    And Attract and win more business



    We’d LOVE to help!  Please click here to schedule a free 30 minute Strategy Session with a member of our team.

    • 8 min
    What it means to be a Thought Leader With John LoDuca Part 2. (Ep 34)

    What it means to be a Thought Leader With John LoDuca Part 2. (Ep 34)

    Humans have been using storytelling to communicate, pass on knowledge and connect for thousands of years.

    But, did you know that when you share your wisdom and stories, and package them in the right way,  your stories actually become assets in your business?

    In this episode, Deirdre Van Nest has a conversation with John LoDuca, founder of Playbook Builder, to discuss the importance of storytelling, packaging your wisdom, and how thought leadership connects AND impacts us all.

    Deirdre and John discuss: 



    The three core elements of thought leadership

    How stories play a role in thought leadership and why it’s so important to use stories to convey your wisdom

    How Playbook Builder leverages your time and makes it easy to share your wisdom (the most valuable asset your company has)with your clients and team members 

    And more



    Connect With John LoDuca:



    Playbook Builder.com

    LinkedIn: John LoDuca

    Twitter: John LoDuca



    Connect With Crazy Good Talks®:



    dvn@crazygoodtalks.com

    1 (952)-451-0172

    Crazy Good Talks®

    LinkedIn: Deirdre Van Nest



    If you’d like tools and strategies to effortlessly make emotional connections with and have an emotional impact on your ideal clients so you can: 



    Quickly build trust 

    Help clients make decisions faster

    And Attract and win more business



    We’d LOVE to help!  Please click here to schedule a free 30 minute Strategy Session with a member of our team.

    About Our Guest:

    Jon is founder and president of The Wisdom Link (founded in 2002), an intellectual capital development firm where he’s provided strategic and tactical guidance, resources, and end-to-end solutions to over 400 leading businesses in 20 industries. He is also founder and managing partner of PlaybookBuilder (founded in 2012), a knowledge management software and consulting services company. As a trusted advisor to several hundred of the top 1⁄2% income earning entrepreneurs from across the US, UK and CAN, Jon is called upon to provide leadership, market strategy and the tactical resources to harvest, package and monetize the unique processes and best practices of leading companies. Jon has been featured as a technology and business leader in Forbes, The Wall St. Journal, Advisor Today and dozens of trade publications. Jon is the author of The Thought Leader, founder of The Wisdom Network – a private think-tank, a contributing writer for Capterra, and a sought-after speaker with engagements at MDRT, TED, AALU, TechAssure, Lincoln Financial, Marshberry, NAIFA, and several regional organizations nationwide.

    • 23 min
    What It Means To Be a Thought Leader With John LoDuca Part 1. (Ep 33)

    What It Means To Be a Thought Leader With John LoDuca Part 1. (Ep 33)

    A ‘Thought Leader’ has the ability to transform people, industries, and sometimes even the world.

    In order to be considered a thought leader you must voice (or pen) original ideas AND you must differentiate yourself through a unique process. 

    In this episode, Deirdre Van Nest speaks with John LoDuca, founder of Playbook Builder, about how to capitalize on your wisdom and be viewed as a thought leader.

    Deirdre and John discuss: 



    What exactly IS ‘Thought Leadership’?

    How to package your wisdom to stand out from the herd.

    Why creating a unique process is a key element in differentiating yourself.

    Top tips for identifying your own unique process.

    And more



    Resources: 



    Apple

    Uber

    The Wisdom Link



    Connect With John LoDuca:



    Playbook Builder.com

    LinkedIn: John LoDuca

    Twitter: John LoDuca



    Connect With Crazy Good Talks®:



    dvn@crazygoodtalks.com

    1 (952)-451-0172

    Crazy Good Talks®

    LinkedIn: Deirdre Van Nest



    If you’d like tools and strategies to effortlessly make emotional connections with and have an emotional impact on your ideal clients so you can: 



    Quickly build trust 

    Help clients make decisions faster

    And Attract and win more business



    We’d LOVE to help!  Please click here to schedule a free 30 minute Strategy Session with a member of our team.

    About Our Guest:

    Jon is founder and president of The Wisdom Link (founded in 2002), an intellectual capital development firm where he’s provided strategic and tactical guidance, resources, and end-to-end solutions to over 400 leading businesses in 20 industries. He is also founder and managing partner of PlaybookBuilder (founded in 2012), a knowledge management software and consulting services company. As a trusted advisor to several hundred of the top 1⁄2% income earning entrepreneurs from across the US, UK and CAN, Jon is called upon to provide leadership, market strategy and the tactical resources to harvest, package and monetize the unique processes and best practices of leading companies. Jon has been featured as a technology and business leader in Forbes, The Wall St. Journal, Advisor Today and dozens of trade publications. Jon is the author of The Thought Leader, founder of The Wisdom Network – a private think-tank, a contributing writer for Capterra, and a sought-after speaker with engagements at MDRT, TED, AALU, TechAssure, Lincoln Financial, Marshberry, NAIFA, and several regional organizations nationwide.

    • 34 min
    Top Secrets to Effectively Leading a Remote Team with Andrea Schlapia (Ep 32)

    Top Secrets to Effectively Leading a Remote Team with Andrea Schlapia (Ep 32)

    Remote work has opened up a whole new world of opportunities.

    But, there is still some resistance and fear from business owners who are not comfortable moving to this new way of working. The truth is if you’re not willing to provide at least some remote options, you will not be competitive when it comes to attracting and hiring top talent!

    In this episode, Deirdre Van Nest sits down with Andrea Schlapia, founder of Ironstone Consulting to discuss her top tips to embracing, creating and leading a successful remote team.

    Andrea and Deirdre discuss: 



    Shifting your mindset from hours to output

    Making communication your TOP priority and choosing the right platform for you and your team

    Setting a routine so you can stay focused and creating boundaries between work and personal life

    What is EOS and why it’s such a powerful business process for virtual offices

    And more



    Resources: 



    Slack

    Loom

    Traction: Get A Grip On Your Business

    Ironstone: Remote Work Secrets



    Connect With Andrea Schlapia:



    Ironstone Consulting

    LinkedIn: Andrea Schlapia

    800-917-8020



    Connect With Crazy Good Talks®:



    dvn@crazygoodtalks.com

    1 (952)-451-0172

    Crazy Good Talks®

    LinkedIn: Deirdre Van Nest



    If you’d like tools and strategies to effortlessly make emotional connections with and have an emotional impact on your ideal clients so you can: 



    Quickly build trust 

    Help clients make decisions faster

    And Attract and win more business



    We’d LOVE to help!  Please click here to schedule a free 30 minute Strategy Session with a member of our team.

    About Our Guest:

    Business owner. Educator. Speaker. Coach. Ironstone Founder/CEO Andrea Lopez-Schlapia holds designations as a Registered Corporate Coach (RCC™), a Human Capital Strategist (HCS), a Strategic HR Business Partner (sHRBP), and Certified Administrator of PXT SelectTM and Myers-Briggs assessments.

    Andrea began her career in banking, then rose through the ranks of global investment firms like Dreyfus, Deutsche Bank and Prudential. In 2008, she launched Ironstone, which specializes in helping financial advisors maximize their strategic planning, business development and operations.

    • 42 min
    How to Get People Excited to Hear You Speak-Even Before You Take the Stage (Ep 31)

    How to Get People Excited to Hear You Speak-Even Before You Take the Stage (Ep 31)

    Most people think their presentation starts when they take the stage, but it actually starts at your introduction.

    A Crazy Good introduction paves the way for you and is just as important as the presentation itself. Why? Your introduction needs to be compelling so your audience is primed and excited to hear what you have to say vs. looking at their phones or thinking about what’s on TiKTok!

    In this episode, Deirdre Van Nest breaks down her 4 step formula for writing Crazy Good introductions.

    Deirdre discusses: 



    What NOT to do when writing your introduction (unless you want to bore people)

    The difference between a ‘Bio’ and an “Intro”

    How to use ‘You’ statements to connect to your audience

    Why you must build benefits and ‘pain points’ into your introduction

    Why you need to tailor your credentials to every audience (don’t kill them with a laundry list)

    And more



    Connect With Crazy Good Talks®:



    dvn@crazygoodtalks.com

    1 (952)-451-0172

    Crazy Good Talks®

    LinkedIn: Deirdre Van Nest



    If you’d like tools and strategies to effortlessly make emotional connections with and have an emotional impact on your ideal clients so you can: 



    Quickly build trust 

    Help clients make decisions faster

    And Attract and win more business



    We’d LOVE to help!  Please click here to schedule a free 30 minute Strategy Session with a member of our team.

    • 30 min
    Top 10 Tips for Crazy Good Videos With Laura Garfield (Ep. 30)

    Top 10 Tips for Crazy Good Videos With Laura Garfield (Ep. 30)

    Just saying the word…Video. Strikes fear in hearts of even the most courageous advisors and entrepreneurs. 

    In addition to hearing your inner critic tell you how bad you look and sound, if you’re not a video expert, filming, editing, and producing a video can be really intimidating! Plus, it’s easy to make mistakes. 

    That’s why Deirdre asked Laura Garfield, the co-founder of Idea Decanter ,a video production company focused on helping advisors and entrepreneurs grow their business with video, to share her top 10 tips for making sure your videos are Crazy Good.

    Deirdre’s favorite tip is #3. It’s something most people never think about, but if you miss it, your message may not be heard.

    Laura discusses: 



    The top ten tips for creating Crazy Good videos

    Why bringing your authentic self to your videos, is critical for video success

    “The strategy for talking directly to your audience – make each viewer feel seen and forming a quick connection with them

    Why you MUST add captions to your videos 

    And more



    Resources: 



    24. How To Get More Eyes on Your Videos With Kalli Fedusenko

    Idea Decanter- Idea Kit



    Connect With Laura Garfield:



    Idea Decanter

    LinkedIn: Laura Garfield

    Twitter: Laura Garfield



    Connect With Crazy Good Talks®:



    dvn@crazygoodtalks.com

    1 (952)-451-0172

    Crazy Good Talks®

    LinkedIn: Deirdre Van Nest



    If you’d like tools and strategies to effortlessly make emotional connections with and have an emotional impact on your ideal clients so you can: 



    Quickly build trust 

    Help clients make decisions faster

    And Attract and win more business



    We’d LOVE to help!  Please click here to schedule a free 30 minute Strategy Session with a member of our team.

    About Our Guest:

    Laura Garfield spent her teenage years idolizing Jane Pauley and Katie Couric. A thirst for learning and a love of writing had her hooked on broadcast journalism – where you didn’t have to know everything except how to ask the right questions. After graduation, Laura landed her first news gig at a tiny TV station in Hastings, Nebraska. Over the span of more than a decade, she worked her way up through stations in Omaha and New Orleans to a position at CBS News in New York and then CNN in Atlanta. 

    Along the way she has written a book, worked as a foreign correspondent, and has lately been drawn to the emerging possibilities of digital storytelling. Instead of a company relying on a big ad spend, with the Internet, you can be a broadcaster of your own brand. Laura believes that all you need to pull it off is a talented content marketing team (like Idea Decanter!) to help you craft your message.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Stupid like crazy ,

Immediately useful content

I love this podcast for it’s actionable steps. Deirdre makes it obvious she is trying to help the listener in very concrete ways. Her tips have helped me in public speaking both professionally and personally—I have more confidence, I’m more intentional in my preparation, and I get really good audience feedback. Thank you!

JunePo ,

The *best* podcast for speakers

I was asked to give a presentation about a topic I knew well but hadn’t spoken publicly (on zoom) in a while. Well - I found Deirdre’s “Crazy Good Talks” and she saved me, and prepared me so well!

I didn’t feel polished or ready to give a long (45min/hour) speech about a difficult topic - that is - until I listened to these fabulous informative podcasts and - I am so grateful. I used many of her tips. Her thoughts about how to “open” are especially helpful.…..and it’s true: I felt the audience relax right away and could see the folks thinking about the topic. Their eager faces made me feel comfortable, confident and relaxed so then I was too. Deirdre is a gem; her podcasts are a gift to all of us!

Cno52 ,

Thanks for the spark!

I’ve meant to do some work polishing speaking skills and this podcast provides hugely valuable tips in each bite-sized episode. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed on your own, but this podcast has guided me to make the tweaks that matter. Thank you!

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