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For speakers, by speakers. What makes professional speakers unique, their best practices, how they promote themselves, and how they grow. In less than 20 minutes get an exclusive view of speakers’ business tips, and more in the KEY5 Speaker Podcast.

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For speakers, by speakers. What makes professional speakers unique, their best practices, how they promote themselves, and how they grow. In less than 20 minutes get an exclusive view of speakers’ business tips, and more in the KEY5 Speaker Podcast.

    306: How do you best engage an audience? with Anton Gunn

    306: How do you best engage an audience? with Anton Gunn

    Having an engaged audience is every speaker's desire.
    How do you engage your audience?  In this sixth podcast in Season 3 of the KEY5 Podcast Sarah Jo Crawford and Robert Ferguson unpack interesting options speakers use to emotionally and physically engage their audience. Here is some of what is included:
    What props are useful and how do they work well? How can the space you've been given best engage the audience? The stage as a visual experience - choreograph your presentation. Technology can engage! Use a "catch box", audience cell-phones, etc. Preparing for engagement before and after the presentation, and more. Plan ahead to engage and to continue the engagement after the presentation!
    Use some of these ideas to add value with engagement - it will help you win future opportunities.
    Anton Gunn shares ideas on audience engagement. Anton Gunn is an Author, Leadership Consultant, Speaker, Presidential Advisor, and Diversity Officer. He often does the exact opposite of what people are expecting, and this begins the engagement. Listen as he shares some of his unique ways of capturing attention.
    Connect with Anton Gunn on LinkedIn, or on his website. 

    Reach out to Sarah Jo Crawford on Twitter - and Robert Ferguson on LinkedIn.

    The KEY5 Podcast is produced by the Team at Your Local Studio

    • 33 min
    305: What should you include on your speaker website? with Grant Baldwin

    305: What should you include on your speaker website? with Grant Baldwin

    Is a speaker website important? What needs to be included? Robert Ferguson and Sarah Jo Crawford talk about websites for speakers and explore this aspect of the speaking business. They cover
    naming your website, platforms to use for your website, finding someone to build your site, the important items to have on your website, best and worst practices for your website and more... This episode of the KEY5Podcast answers questions about your website as a speaker - and if you're serious about building a speaker business, you need to continue to regularly refresh your site. Reach out to Sarah Jo if you need more questions answered because this is one of her areas of expertise.
    And then Robert chats with Grant Baldwin, the creator of The Speaker Lab Podcast.
    Grant Baldwin - Creator of The Speaker Lab Podcast Grant Baldwin, in addition to being a speaker himself, teaches other speakers how to find and book paid speaking engagements. Robert and Grant continue the discussion on what's needed on a speaker's website.
    They dive deeper into what's really needed so a speaker is more likely to book paid gigs, including a quick reference to website SEO.
    "Be the steakhouse, not the buffet." ~ Grant Baldwin, Creator of The Speaker Lab Podcast
    Connect with Grant on Twitter, or on his website, TheSpeakerLab.com

    Reach out to Sarah Jo Crawford on her website, Sparkworth, (website development, content creation, & digital strategy for public speakers) and Robert Ferguson on LinkedIn.

    The KEY5Podcast is produced by the Team at Your Local Studio
     

    • 37 min
    304: How do you use technology as a speaker? with Evan Caroll

    304: How do you use technology as a speaker? with Evan Caroll

    In this 4th KEY5Podcast in the 3rd season, Sarah Jo Crawford and Robert Ferguson discuss:
    Will your presentation slides look good on the day you speak? 
    the best aspect ratio for the slides, fonts that will cause issues and why, animations - what not to use and why, video files - how to be sure you have the video in your slides, best practices for sound and speakers if you have video/audio. Other technology:
    live polling during the presentation (with suggestions), set up a single slide that will encourage connection via social media, scheduling auto tweets ahead of the presentation to show up to retweet, your "clicker" for slides - not all clickers are made equal, how to use your clicker to make your screen go light or dark, laser pointer or not? Are they outdated? microphones - what can go wrong - how to test and practice, recording your own audio for later use, and add in "redundancy" backups - what are they? At the end of all this discussion, Sarah Jo and Robert feel you need to be able to present without any technology... just in case!
    Evan Carroll shares his view on technology. Evan Carroll, Customer Experience Keynote Speaker and Author, shares his experiences and suggestions when dealing with technology and presentations. He gives tips on his favorite tech, including microphones and new technology that will capture your imagination. He shares his caveats and must-dos.

    The KEY5Podcast is produced by the Team at Your Local Studio.

    • 36 min
    303: Public Speaking Rules - Do you break them or follow them? with Alan Hoffler

    303: Public Speaking Rules - Do you break them or follow them? with Alan Hoffler

    Robert Ferguson and Sarah Jo Crawford discuss the 8 "P"s of public speaking. Some call them rules and always follow them and others delight in breaking these 8 P's. And then there's the bonus "P".
    Do you follow the public speaking rules or break them?
    Robert interviews Alan Hoffler, the author of "Presentation Sin: The Practical Guide to Stop Offending (and Start Impressing) Your Audience ". Robert's copy of the book is dog-eared because he's constantly referring to the ideas.
    In this 3rd KEY5Podcast in the 3rd season, Alan shares some of his presentation "sins". Robert and Alan talk about what to do if you don't have a great voice as a presenter, Alan shares some of his observations of political candidates, their posture and how it impacts their presentations, and how to avoid predictability and more.
    Alan Hoffler is the Executive Director and Chief Instructor at MillsWyck Communications. Connect with him on LinkedIn

    You can find Robert Ferguson and Sarah Jo Crawford on LinkedIn also. Reach out and let them know if you break the public speaking rules or uphold them!

    The KEY5Podcast is produced by the Team at Your Local Studio

    • 33 min
    302: How to develop content for your speech? with Karin Wiberg

    302: How to develop content for your speech? with Karin Wiberg

    Sarah Jo Crawford and Robert Ferguson discuss the ideas on how to develop content:
    mine social media for discussions dig deeper in specific areas use audience "magic moments" solve a problem or pain point trending topics and their impact on your area of expertise On developing content... should you plan all your content ahead of time? What do you think?
    And then they turn to an expert, Karin Wiberg, to weigh in on content creation. Robert interviews her and they chat about:
    brainstorming and other tactics how to generate specific content for an area using your own voice to be fresh after research using triggers from daily life reasons why speakers (and others) find it hard to find content creative ways to develop content Karin's ideas on a content calendar and more. Karin Wiberg is a Ghostwriter, Editor, Publisher, and Coach. Connect with her on LinkedIn.
    Listen to the Podcast to learn all the details and more!
    Sarah Jo Crawford is a marketer, writer, and professional speaker - connect with her on Twitter and LinkedIn.
    Robert Ferguson is a speaker, writer, and consultant with a passion for values. Reach out on LinkedIn to connect.

    The KEY5 Podcast is produced by the Team at YourLocalStudio.
     

    • 30 min
    301: How to market yourself as a speaker? with Graeme Newell

    301: How to market yourself as a speaker? with Graeme Newell

    Welcome back to our 3rd season of the KEY5Podcast! 
    This season we're raising the bar to include the delightful Sarah Jo Crawford as a co-host. The two co-hosts share relevant ideas surrounding the topic of the featured guest interview, and then you'll hear the interview.
    KEY5Podcast Season 3 will directly address Speakers' questions. In the first KEY5Podcast this season, the interview guest is Graeme Newell, a marketing researcher, author, and speaker.
    He was also a guest in season 1, and is returning to talk about a topic every speaker needs more information on: how to market yourself as a speaker.
    Question: How can you market yourself as a speaker? Graeme Newell shares his insights on how to sell yourself as a speaker by designing a system to quickly and easily make contact with people. He tells you how he does it, and how long it takes. Pretty cool.
    Listen to hear the ideas and details!
    You're going to hear ideas you've never heard, with specific details that you can translate into your speaking business.

    the KEY5Podcast is produced by the Team at YourLocalStudio.com
     
     

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Rom51thru5 ,

Worth the time to listen!

If you're a professional speaker, or an amatuer like the rest of us, this podcast will help you win. Robert Ferguson asks great questions and gets the best out of his guests. Worth the time to listen!

Tim from NC ,

100% on Target

This is a well-designed, easy-to-listen-to Podcast that is ideal for all speakers or aspiring speakers regardless of focus area or expereince level. Real tips from real professionals who are making it happen. Fun stuff.

emstaehle ,

Very informative

Great content. It's cool to hear from a different professional speaker each episode. The interviews are a tad long, but overall, this podcast is great.

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