21 episodes

Introducing The Freenoter! There are lots of resources out there on how to become a paid speaker or keynoter, but what if you speak to build your business, as a FREEnoter? Each week, join Tamsen and Tom Webster as they cover all the angles of how to profit from speaking for free. If you are looking to grow your business from the stage--without "selling from the stage," this is the show for you. We will cover EVERY aspect of building your business through speaking, and even share a different craft cocktail recipe every week, just because.

The Freenoter The Freenoter

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Introducing The Freenoter! There are lots of resources out there on how to become a paid speaker or keynoter, but what if you speak to build your business, as a FREEnoter? Each week, join Tamsen and Tom Webster as they cover all the angles of how to profit from speaking for free. If you are looking to grow your business from the stage--without "selling from the stage," this is the show for you. We will cover EVERY aspect of building your business through speaking, and even share a different craft cocktail recipe every week, just because.

    Adapting Your Talk For The Small Screen (AKA The Lazy River)

    Adapting Your Talk For The Small Screen (AKA The Lazy River)

    On this episode, Tamsen and Tom revisit the COVIDCABANA and look at how to adapt your content to the virtual world now that we have no stages to speak from! We will look at how the very talented Vinh Giang has upped his virtual game and evolved his offerings, and we will celebrate the beaches we aren't visiting with a refreshing Mojito.

    Show Notes:

    MC SKAT KAT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xweiQukBM_k

    The world's biggest lazy river is in Texas because of course it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wja0ljaC3lM

    Vinh Giang: https://www.vinhgiang.com/

    The Mojito:

    Muddle 8-10 mint leaves with a tablespoon of simple syrup at the bottom of a highball glass. Fill with ice, and add 1.5 oz. of rum unless you are still in quarantine, in which case go on ahead and double that. Top with soda water. Muy refrescante.

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    • 50 min
    The Great Q&A Episode (AKA: THE COVIDCABANA!!!)

    The Great Q&A Episode (AKA: THE COVIDCABANA!!!)

    On this episode of The Freenoter, Tamsen and Tom delve into that bane of all freenotes, Question and Answer time! How can speakers and freenoters turn the Q&A section of their talk into a secret weapon? Also, we debut a new segment: the COVIDCABANA!!!...in which we adapt the lessons from each episode especially for webinars and virtual presentations, since we won't be seeing live stages for a while! We also visit the work of Real Hero of Speaking Michael Port, and enjoy a lovely Irish cocktail: the Tipperary.

    Show Notes:

    Michael Port's "Steal The Show": https://www.amazon.com/Steal-Show-Interviews-Deal-Closing-Performances-ebook/dp/B00NKQLDMU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?dchild=1&keywords=steal+the+show&qid=1589465539&sr=8-1&linkCode=sl1&tag=redthread0f-20&linkId=69f6f62b1c83a50132564768767ae479&language=en_US

    The Tipperary:

    1 1/2 oz good Irish Whiskey (we used Powers Johns Lane 12 Year)
    1 oz. Antica Carpano
    1/2 oz. Green Chartreuse
    2 dashes each of Angostura and Orange bitters.

    Stir over ice and let sit a bit while you peel the rind from an orange and squeeze it to express the oil from the rind over the glass. Strain cocktail into glass and float down the Liffey.

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    • 38 min
    The Story Structure Episode (AKA Man In A Hole)

    The Story Structure Episode (AKA Man In A Hole)

    On this week's episode of The Freenoter, Tom and Tamsen go deeper into story structure, the purpose of stories, and DO YOU EVEN NEED STORIES, BRO? They also spotlight the great work of Nick Morgan and his research on the types of stories. And finally, they introduce a cocktail so terrible, they couldn't even bring themselves to make it.

    Show Notes:

    Park Howell: https://parkhowell.com/

    Ron Ploof: https://storyhow.com/about-ron-ploof/

    That Wolf of Wall St. scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM6exo00T5I

    Wizard of Oz: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wizard_of_Oz_(1939_film)

    Vonnegut's Story Shapes: http://www.openculture.com/2014/02/kurt-vonnegut-masters-thesis-rejected-by-u-chicago.html

    Joseph Conrad: https://amzn.to/2VcYYEQ

    Donald Miller's Storybrand: https://amzn.to/3b8QEeG

    Nancy Duarte's Resonate: https://amzn.to/2RGoMXH

    Kenn Adams' Story Spine: https://www.curiographic.com/blog/2017/2/18/jumpstart-your-story-with-the-story-spine

    Juan Tamariz, The Magic Way: https://amzn.to/2VuUmJa

    The Red Thread Process: https://tamsenwebster.com/how-to-make-your-message-feel-like-a-story/

    UVM's validation of Vonnegut: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1606.07772v2.pdf

    Storygrid: https://amzn.to/3cjL7lJ

    Save the Cat: https://amzn.to/2XQeHvl

    Nick Morgan: https://amzn.to/2wMnfYW

    The Cement Mixer:
    No. We are not printing this recipe. Never do this.

    The Jay Thomas Lone Ranger Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2drGtq83eE

    Hannah Gadsby Joke v Story: https://medium.com/@joshualeto/jokes-vs-stories-c5b65f8a13eb

    Norm MacDonald's greatest joke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUjIM-GFWhk

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    • 44 min
    The Webinar Episode (AKA Keynopes and Freenopes)

    The Webinar Episode (AKA Keynopes and Freenopes)

    On this week's special, COVID-19 -FREE episode of The Freenoter, we look at the next best thing to being there: webinars and virtual keynotes. Are they for everybody? Tom and Tamsen share their most carefully-guarded secrets for virtual success. And they also enjoy a plague-inspired cocktail that is seemingly keeping them healthy.

    Show Notes:

    The Foley: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foley_(filmmaking)

    Goodnight, Nurse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= _H2qI

    Hello, Nurse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpS3eFqhxSQ

    12 Creative Turkey Sandwich Recipes: https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/quick-easy/turkey-sandwich

    The Slides Episode (AKA, The Slidecar): https://thefreenoter.com/episodes/the-slides-episode-aka-the-slidecar-s1!0754c

    The Scoville Scale: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scoville_scale

    Carlos and The Chicken: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5Jvu_zlAGA

    The Infinite Dial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPpQAzFsEGo

    MarketingProfs Webinars: https://www.marketingprofs.com/resources/type/19/webinars/

    Plague Waters: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/plague-cures

    The Dr. Delorme (the plague waters cocktail)

    1 oz. Green Chartreuse
    1/2 oz. Becherovka
    1/4 oz. lemon juice
    1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice
    1/4 oz. Sage Honey syrup (bring a cup of water, a cup of honey, and a good half-handful of torn sage leaves to a low boil. Reduce and simmer for five minutes. Cool and strain. It's DELICIOUS.)

    Shake over ice and strain into a coupe. Add a lime disc. Avoid other cocktails like the plague. Stay indoors. Dress like Dr. Delorme: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plague_doctor_costume

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    • 45 min
    Metaphors, Analogies, and Stories (AKA Feral Hogs)

    Metaphors, Analogies, and Stories (AKA Feral Hogs)

    On this week’s episode of The Freenoter, we talk about examples, metaphors, analogies, and an introduction to stories—all of the rhetorical devices we use to explain our points. We also look at the work of Kindra Hall and the research she has done on stories. Finally, we enjoy a Vesper—the only cocktail James Bond himself ever invented.

    Show Notes:

    Make It Stick: https://www.amazon.com/Make-Stick-Science-Successful-Learning/dp/0674729013/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=make+it+stick+peter+c+brown&qid=1585098924&sr=8-2&linkCode=sl1&tag=redthread0f-20&linkId=fd8c47d079ff6765e48e66c493ab0f69&language=en_US

    Made To Stick: https://www.amazon.com/Made-Stick-Ideas-Survive-Others/dp/1400064287/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1585098959&sr=8-2&linkCode=sl1&tag=redthread0f-20&linkId=89f31a52f94c83fadb3d124f9a98b15a&language=en_US

    Tamsen's Newsletter: https://tamsenwebster.com/content/
    (And search on Twitter for her #swipefile each week!)

    Reticular Activating System: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/reticular-activating-system

    The Play-Doh Fun Factory: https://www.amazon.com/Play-Doh-Factory-Making-Machine-Non-Toxic/dp/B01B5TTNXY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?dchild=1&keywords=play-doh+fun+factory&qid=1585098490&sr=8-7&linkCode=sl1&tag=redthread0f-20&linkId=a53f331c59eb0d8603884a384dac1c99&language=en_US

    The Known-New Contract: https://writingcenter.gmu.edu/guides/improving-cohesion-the-known-new-contract

    The Goonies: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089218/

    Ron Ploof: https://www.amazon.com/Proverb-Effect-Secrets-creating-phrases/dp/1728771528/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1585099050&sr=8-2&linkCode=sl1&tag=redthread0f-20&linkId=0cc714a6b34afed5d3bfc06c319a2d67&language=en_US

    Kindra Hall: https://www.amazon.com/Stories-That-Stick-Storytelling-Captivate/dp/140021193X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?crid=S8WZWSRHGR9J&keywords=stories+that+stick+kindra+hall&qid=1585099012&sprefix=stories+that+stick,aps,177&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzVVpVUlhOWlhEUk1BJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUExMDM2MDI0WFZWMFBLWlFSUTBJJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA5NTYwNjUxRU05MjdXMTBYSVVGJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==&linkCode=sl1&tag=redthread0f-20&linkId=4cc7def4fec40c4301b833d68a3929f7&language=en_US

    The Vesper, as invented by James Bond in Casino Royale:

    3 ounces gin (Gordons)
    1 ounce vodka
    1/2 ounce dry vermouth (Lillet Blanc)
    Garnish: lemon peel

    Stir over ice and strain into a martini glass. Stir as long as you would wash your hands of COVID-19. Maybe longer.

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    • 40 min
    To TED Or Not To TED? (AKA Injured By A Toilet)

    To TED Or Not To TED? (AKA Injured By A Toilet)

    On this week's episode of The Freenoter, we look at TED/TEDx talks - are they worth it for freenoters? What makes a great TED-style talk, and why they may or may not be right for you. We also look at one of the TEDxCambridge speakers Tamsen worked with, Andrew Lo, and what goes on behind the scenes during a TEDx event. And we debut an original-ish cocktail, the tequila-based Spectre.

    Show Notes:

    Tamsen's TEDx Talk Flowchart ("Should I do a TEDx talk?"): https://tamsenwebster.com/tedx/

    Andrew Lo's TEDxCambridge talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu86bYKVmRE

    Great continuity errors from Hollywood: https://screenrant.com/worst-continuity-mistakes-movie-history/

    Toilet Injuries: https://www.answers.com/Q/How_many_toilet_injuries_in_US

    Drew Tarvin: https://drewtarvin.com/

    D'Angelo, "Untitled": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxVNOnPyvIU

    Jill Bolte Taylor: https://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_my_stroke_of_insight

    And The Spectre:

    2 1/4 oz. good tequila (we used Don Julio Blanco)
    3/4 oz. Cointreau
    pinch of table salt

    Stir over ice in a cocktail mixer and strain into a coupe. Slice off a thick, coin-sized hunk of lime rind (catch a little lime flesh with it) and squeeze it over the drink. Remember not to be fooled by Le Chiffre's twitching eye.

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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

Max Branding ,

An absolute joy

Tamsen and Tom are expert speakers and educators and are a ball to listen to - every single time. Their camaraderie is off the charts and they've created a show of exceptional quality. Such a pleasure to listen to and you'll learn a ton of relevant tips about speaking and your career and general. And fun!

jaywilkinson ,

Great insights and world class banter.

Thank you for this podcast. I’ve been speaking professionally for 30 years and find these perspectives validating and refreshing.

Mikey G ,

#Truth

Maybe you're feeling < because you are seeing some big shot public speaker raking in cash like they Cardi B.

Maybe you giggle and pretend that you are too are Cardi B even though your entire business model doesn't need to depend on speaking for stage $$$ (the money you get for getting on stage).

Maybe you don't even really see yourself as a public speaker because you really run an agency, lead a team, or create online courses -- but you get invited to talk about them in front of people.

The speaking "industry" is full of creative business models -- and every speaker and every speech has to determine what works. But there hasn't been a resource for that -- until now.

Tamsen and Tom BREAK.IT.DOWN on each episode so that we can figure out how speaking fits into a business model that isn't reliant upon stage $$$. They are fun. They are thoughtful. They are smart. And they know their way around a cocktail shaker.

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