Making Elephants Fly features conversations with High-Octane Leaders, Dreamers, & Creatives hosted by Terry Weaver. Terry is a speaker, author, and ideapreneur who has invested his life in others to giving them the tools to live life alive; whether through helping others see their dreams become reality, traveling around the world challenging young leaders to change the world, leading teams of people to do more together than they could alone, or hanging out with Mickey Mouse. Over the last 20 years, Terry has spoken to hundreds of thousands of young leaders, worked with entrepreneurs to take their idea from a thought around the fire to a six-figure business, and partnered with creatives to expand their platform from their garage to the stage of the Grammy Awards. On some episodes, we will be sitting down with a New York Times Best-Selling Author, a Disney Imagineer, creative leaders from organizations like Cirque du Soleil, an incredibly successful business leader, or sometimes an entrepreneur just getting started and trying to get their dreams off the ground. Above anything, our greatest desire is to help you discover your passion, unleash your purpose, and start doing the work that you have been created for. Our hope is that it feels like you are pulling up another chair to the table with us and grabbing a cup of coffee and listing in on the conversation.
086: Secrets of Dynamic Communication | A Conversation with Ken Davis
On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down with Ken Davis. Ken is one of the country’s most sought-after motivational and inspirational speakers. His mixture of side-splitting humor and powerful insights on living fully alive have inspired audiences worldwide. He is an award-winning author of 12 books. His book, “Fully Alive,” was made into a motion picture shown in theaters across the U.S. He keeps busy speaking to a diverse group of corporate and faith-based audiences worldwide. Ken provides hilarious inspirational and motivational live shows. He has produced DVDs, books, seminars, and conferences designed to make a positive difference in the quality of people’s lives.He is the founder of SCORRE™ speaker academy, teaching men and woman from all walks of life how to prepare with focus, deliver with clarity and speak with power. Ken's latest comedy special, from Dry Bar Comedy, "I'm An Idiot." Ken and Diane live in Estill Springs, TN. They have six grandchildren and two daughters. He loves to make people laugh until they require medical attention while giving them the courage to rise above circumstances and passionately live Fully Alive!
Join Ken and Terry as they talk about How to Prepare with Focus, Deliver with Clarity, and Speak with Power. They talk about meeting in 1995 and Ken's decades of experience on stage. Terry shares the effect of Ken on the work he's done for the last 30 years. Find out more at http://terryweaver.com and join Terry and Ken at the Thing Nashville STAGES, PAGES & WAGES at http://stagespageswages.com and use the code PODCAST for a discount.
085: Your Story Belongs on a Stage | A Conversation with Aurora Gregory
On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down with Aurora Gregory. Aurora’s career as a communicator started when she was 14. As an 8th grader, she was a finalist in a speech contest. While she didn’t win, the experience launched her into the world of communicating stories and ideas. Today, she is a business coach, speaker mentor, and certified master marketer, teaching knowledge experts how to land stages, connect with audiences, and build businesses they love. She is the co-author of the speaker pitch best-seller, “Get Picked: Tips, Tricks and Tools for Creating an Irresistible Speaker Proposal.” Called a “secret weapon” by clients, Aurora is also a strategic content creator for global financial companies. When she’s not talking, you’ll find her serving at her church, hiking the foothills in her hometown, or watching classic movies.
Join Aurora and Terry as they talk about why your story belongs on a stage. Together they talk about Aurora's journey from attending the Thing in LA in 2018, to joining one of Terry's Mastermind coaching groups, to now coming to Nashville to speak at The Thing, STAGES, PAGES & WAGES. Find out more at http://terryweaver.com and join Terry and Aurora at the Thing Nashville at http://stagespageswages.com and use the code PODCAST for a discount.
084: Read to Lead | A Conversation with Jeff Brown
On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down with a Podcasting legend and now author, Jeff Brown. Jeff Brown is an award-winning radio producer and personality and a former nationally syndicated morning show host. After more than 25 years in the radio and music industries, Jeff went boss-free and launched the Read to Lead podcast, a four-time Best Business Podcast nominee. Jeff has interviewed hundreds of leaders in their industry on the podcast, including Seth Godin, Simon Sinek, John Maxwell, Liz Wiseman, Dr. Henry Cloud, Brian Tracy, Nancy Duarte, and Alan Alda. Jeff has been featured in Inc., Entrepreneur, and Hubspot, and the blogs of Seth Godin, Chris Brogan, Jeff Goins, and Social Media Examiner, as well as publications like the Nashville Business Journal, the Tennessean, and hundreds of other blogs and podcasts.
Join Jeff and Terry as they talk about the power of books, podcasting, and leadership. We talk about Jeff's journey from losing his dream job to creating a new one. Find out more at http://terryweaver.com and join Terry at the Thing at http://thething.live and use the code PODCAST for a discount.
083: Leading Champions | A Conversation with Justin Kavanaugh
On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down with Olympic Coach Justin Kavanaugh aka Coach Kav. Justin has been involved in almost every aspect of the sports performance and fitness industry, from being an elite athlete himself, to founding his first sports performance company while still in school, to managing gyms, to developing team and personal training programs. When an injury ended his college football career, he turned his passion and talent to helping other athletes reach their full potential in sports and life. After becoming a certified speed coach, he tested, trained and evaluated over 50,000 athletes, including stand-outs such as Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, Kansas City Royals first-round pick Eric Hosmer, and Florida’s winningest softball pitcher Stephanie Brombacher. As a five-sport athlete himself, Coach Kavanaugh also knows the impact a coach can have on a player’s life, and that a great coach can help an athlete reach their full potential both on and off the field. That’s why SSI coaches not only teach the skills that improve athletic performance, but also provide a positive role model which fosters love of the sport and inspires athletes to be their best. Justin is also the author of Man-up. Off the field Justin a mentor to some of the most successful men and women in business. Join Coach Kav and Terry as they talk about what it takes to win a gold medal on and off the field. We talk about his time in Tokyo at both the Olympics and Paralympics and spend a lot of time unpacking what the field teaches about leading, going far, and going fast. Find out more at http://terryweaver.com and join Terry at the Thing at http://thething.live and use the code PODCAST for a discount.
082: History, Legacy, & The Family Business | LIVE From The Thing | A Conversation with Ricky Debler
On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down with Ricky Debler LIVE from The Thing Orlando 2021. Ricky is the Managing Director of Palmas Restaurant Group based in Orlando, Florida. Where they operate San Angel Inn Restaurant, La Cava del Tequila, La Cantina, and the La Hacienda Restaurant in the Mexico pavilion at Epcot® World Showcase at Walt Disney World. They also run the food and beverage service throughout Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort including room service, the Pepper Market, Maya Grill, Siesta’s, Café Rix, Laguna Bar, Rix Lounge, and Las Ventanas. At Disney Springs they operate Chef Rick Bayless's Frontera Cocina Mexicana. With partnerships with The Rock's Tereman Tequilla to a drink curated by Neil Patrick Harris. Ricky has helped grow the legacy of his family business that took roots in Orlando from the original San Angel Inn in Mexico City. While he went to the University of Central Florida he's continued his education through Harvard and Cornell. Join Ricky and Terry live from The Thing Orlando 2021 as they talk about his journey from running a family business to discovering an impact and legacy of his own. We talk about everything from Mezcal, Snapchat, NFT's, Gary Vee and Vee Friends, and his Bored Ape Yauctclub. Ricky lives a Rich life and isn't just making money he's honoring his family's Mexican heritage, creating memories and a legacy of his own. Find out more at http://terryweaver.com and join Terry at the Thing at http://thething.live and use the code PODCAST for a discount.
081: Making Creativity Fly | Another Conversation with Mike Brennan
On this episode of “Making Elephants Fly,” Terry sits down with Mike Brennan. Mike is a New Jersey-based designer and illustrator. His artistic journey began as a boy in New York, where he would construct heartwarming greeting cards which lit up the faces of his family and friends. From an early age, he understood the importance of serving others through his art and bringing them value, an ethos still evident in his creative practice today. Mike’s portfolio showcases his versatility and creativity. He is known for his custom ‘Rockstar’ pet portraits, pop culture art, yoga art, live event sketching and graphic design. He is also the author and illustrator of three self-published books: “Dear Snow: One Man’s Angry Rant Against Winter,” “Dear Human: What Your Dog Is Really Thinking” and “The Art of Yoga.” Mike helps fellow creatives and content creators leverage simple, practical steps for establishing a daily creative habit. He does this via public speaking and his course “Your Artist Journey” where he shares key methods and principles from his own daily art making practice that spans over seven consecutive years and counting (over 2,555 works of art). He studied in New York City and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and The School of Visual Arts. Mike has enjoyed working with a range of clients in the past, from major brands including Mobile, Heineken, Chase Manhattan Bank, to independent agencies serving boutique businesses. His pop culture art was spotlighted on AMC’s Talking Dead, and featured on Syfy.com. His yoga art appeared in ‘The Art of Healthy Living’ exhibit at the I.D.E.A. Museum, Mesa, Arizona. On this episode, we talk about The Thing 2021 and why you should join us in on the livestream if you can't be in the room. Find out more at http://terryweaver.com and join Terry and Mike at the Thing at http://thething.live .
Great guests, good content and an amazing host!
I love this podcast! It is inspiring and such a fun listen on my morning/afternoon commutes! Perfect to keep you going, helps to create new ideas, lots of tid bits of information....with a fun Disney flare. It is helping me to organize ideas and to feel more confident in branching out. Thank you! Great leadership information here!
Whoa. This is GOOD.
Terry’s podcast is a fantastic example of artistry in action. He bring some of the brightest minds in business and entrepreneurship into his world to discuss leadership, great client experiences, and finding their magic in an engaging way. I’ve listened to about 7 episodes so far and look forward to more!