2018-09-18

Episode 080 -- Thread a Story Through your Talk and Meet Diana Wink


 

2-Minute Tip: Thread a story through your talk

 

Figure out how to tell a story in your talk. Story telling is a powerful tool and is a great way to engage your audience from the moment you step in front of the crowd. Don't stop at opening with the story, though. Weave that same story through your talk and keep coming back to it, either to reference it or to advance it. It provides a simple, entertaining way for your audience to remain engaged while you speak and to better understand the context of the various points in your talk.

 

Post Tip Discussion: Meet Diana Wink

 

Diana Wink HeadshotDiana is an author and a coach who writes dystopian novels set in Scotland from her base in Germany while helping folks around the world learn the crafts of story telling and creativity. She studied film making in school, but ultimately made her initial career in writing due to the economics of the fields. Ultimately those 2 media are just different takes on her core passion -- story telling. 

 

There are  lots of compelling lessons in this episodes both big and small. Three of them are:

 

 

  1. Creativity and story telling are crafts, not talents.
  2. When speaking to another culture, try to connect with the stories they grew up with.
  3. Make your stories personal and detailed.

 

Diana Wink is a mountain child from the depths of middle Asia, striving to kidnap her readers into make-believe worlds, blend the borders between past and future, and master her own curiosity. In her spare time, she directs movies and rewatches Christopher Nolan films, empowers creatives to tell stories themselves and explores theaters, cities and wilderness with her bearded dancer husband. They have their base in Germany, but who knows where they are currently to be found?

 

Diana's first novel in the Prometheus Rising Trilogy is available on Amazon and in most other places that you find books.

Prometheus Rising Cover

 

You can download a free copy of the novella Shanakee's tale -- the prequel to the Prometheus Rising Trilogy from Diana's website here.

Shanakee's Tale Cover

 

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2018-09-14

Episode 031 -- Meet Physical Therapist Dr. Brandon Smith DPT, MPH


Dr. Brandon Smith and I had an interesting discussion about his experience as a physical therapist.

Though Brandon's background is mostly in orthopedic manual therapy and therapeutic exercise at the elite levels, it also consist of public health, strength and nutrition certifications, time spent in Surgical ICU wound care, Cardiac ICU, Neurological ICU, Critical Care ICU, and has recently led him into geriatrics (all affiliated settings) and home care. He uses his eclectic background to provide a comprehensive and tailored approach to each patient/client. Whether that's in the home, telehealth, or remote performance and nutrition coaching.

Brandon Smith and Yong KimWhat's really interesting is that he got into PT to work with high-performance athletes and then discovered the work wasn't fulfilling enough. He made the switch to neuro patients and found the work much more rewarding.

To help teach more people outside the PT world about things happening within the PT world, he partnered with colleague and former class mate Yong Kim to launch the Physical Therapy Unleashed Podcast.

Facebook

Strokecast is on Facebook. I use that page for less formal thoughts on stroke and recovery. I also post videos of demos and other topics. Just recently, I created a video talking about my experience with different AFOs.

Head on over to Facebook.com/strokecast to like the page and check out the videos.

Hack of the Week

Being a stroke survivor is complex. We have physical, medical, and daily living needs. There can also be special nutritional, social, or spiritual needs. Regardless of the need, we don't have to do it alone. There are professionals who can help.

If you have needs, or think you might, ask your doctor or other member of your medical team to point you in the direction of the appropriate professional. They're out there.

Links

Physical Therapy Unleashed Podcast

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/physical-therapy-unleashed-podcast/id1275938491

Physical Therapy Unleashed on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/PTUnleashedPodcast/

Dr. Brandon Smith on Twitter

https://twitter.com/drsmithdptmph

Dr. Brandon Smith on LinkedIn

https://www.linkedin.com/in/bsmithmph/

Dr. Brandon Smith on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/drsmithdpt/

Dr. Brandon Smith Consulting

http://drsmithdpt.com/

Yong Kim Wellness

https://yongkimdpt.wordpress.com/

Where do we go from here?

  • What do you think of Brandon's story? Let us know in the comments below.
  • Ask you physical therapist what their thoughts on Brandon's perspective are. Give them the link strokecast.com/brandon
  • Strokecast is on Facebook. Visit Facebook.com/strokecast to like the page and check out the videos
  • Seek out the appropriate professionals for your needs
  • Don't get best…get better

Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast

2018-09-11

Episode 079 -- Know You Can Do It and Meet Dr. Denise Vaughan


 

2-Minute Tip -- Know You can do It

 

The first thing to know about a talk is that this IS something you can do. You can get out on stage. You can move around deliberately to make the points that you want to make. If you're not comfortable with eye contact, that's fine. You can come up with a solution.

 

But regardless of the challenges, go into it knowing that you can do this.

 

Post Tip Discussion -- Meet Denise Vaughan

 

Denise and I were both members of the Carroll College Talking Saints Speech and Debate team back in the early 90s. Being a part of that team was a powerful experience that had a major impact on the person I am today. The things I learned and skills I acquired as part of that experience are the ones that I still use today.

 

Denise Vaughan headshot

Denise and I recently met up in real life for the first time since college to catch up and talk about public speaking, speech and debate, and the power of rhetoric.

 

We recorded this episode at one of my favorite interview locations -- the Wayward Coffeehouse in Seattle.

 

Dr. Denise Vaughan has a BA from Carroll College and an MA and PhD from Washington State University. Today, she teaches courses in Debate, Oral Communication, and Debate and Policy Analysis at the University of Washington -- Bothell.  Denise is a firm believer in the ability of rhetoric to shape the world and empower students.  Through the use of a variety of outside sources and the interests of students themselves, she seeks to create connections between the world they study in the classroom and their interactions outside the classroom.  She sees the classroom as a collaborative experience where students and faculty interact with the material and educate one another.  Her courses focus on experiential learning and problem solving. Denise is also the Director of Forensics, at University of Washington Bothell, and coaches the award-winning, nationally ranked Speech and Debate team.

 

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Call To Action

 

  • What are your thoughts on this episode? Let us know in the comments below.
  • You can connect with Denise via email or LinkedIn. You can find those links above.
  • Do you know a high school or college student thinking about speech and debate? Encourage them to try it at their school. The value is immense.
  • Share this episode with someone else by giving them the link http://2minutetalktips.com/denise
  • Don't get best…get better

 


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2018-09-07

Episode 030 -- Meet Nursepreneur Catie Harris


 

Catie Harris Headshot

Catie Harris has the unique distinction of being the first guest to appear on both Strokecast and 2-Minute Talk Tips. Actually this is the third episode we recorded, since I lost the first one through a silly mistake that I made. I'm glad we could make this happen.

We talk about how she got into neuro care and how she now runs her own business and helps other nurses make the transition from hospital work to the next phase of their careers.

 

Catie Harris, PhD, MBA, and Registered Nurse is the NursePreneur Mentor who has empowered hundreds of nurses to monetize their knowledge and skills in business, while inspiring them to change the way healthcare is perceived and delivered. She strives to undo the perception that nursing care is limited to the hospital setting.  Through her intensive mentorship program, Catie shows nurses how their nursing knowledge can transcend the hospital system into a profitable business.

Catie mentors through one-on-one coaching, live events and her signature yearlong mentoring program: the NursePreneur Business Academy which can be found at www.CatieHarris.com/training

Catie is an international speaker who has been featured in ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News and Huffington Post. She has also share her innovative mentorship work on National and International Podcasts and TV including Be Efficient TV, Dubai One and Copy Chief with Kevin Rogers.

Catie is a serial NursePreneur and single mom living in Philadelphia with her son Matthew.

Links

Catie Harris on the web

https://catieharris.com

Training with Catie

https://catieharris.com/training/

Catie Harris on Twitter

http://twitter.com/thenplife

Nurse Stories

https://www.facebook.com/CatieHarrisRN/

NursePreneur Podcast

https://catieharris.com/podcast/

NursePreneurs on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/nursepreneurs1

Catie Harris on LinkedIn

http://www.linkedin.com/catieharris99

Pill Bottle video

http://strokecast.com/pillbottle

Catie on 2-Minute Talk Tips

http://2minutetalktips.com/catie

Hack of the Week

Pill bottles can be tough to open with 2 functional hands and even tougher with only one functional hand. Fortunately, there are some options.

First, ask your pharmacy about non-childproof lids. They may be able to accommodate this request.

Secondly, some of the new designs allow you to flip the lid and use it as a basic screw on/screw off lid. This is what those bottles look like.

You can also see a video demo in this Facebook Live video.

 

[caption id="attachment_403" align="aligncenter" width="203"]Prescription Bottle in childproof mode This is how the pharmacy typically hands you the bottle.[/caption][caption id="attachment_402" align="aligncenter" width="171"]Prescription pill bottle with lid upside down This is what you can do with many lids. It has threads on top so you can turn it over and bypass child proof systems.[/caption]

Here is the video demonstration.

[embed]https://www.facebook.com/StrokeCast/videos/317217459089438/[/embed]

 

Where do we go from here?

  • What has been your experience working with neuro nurses? Let us know in the comments below.
  • Check out CatieHarris.com to learn more about Catie and her programs.
  • To hear Catie talk more about public speaking, check out the other conversation we had over at 2-Minute Talk Tips.
  • If you're a nurse looking for the next phase of your career, check out Catie's NursePreneur Business Academy.
  • Take the easy way out with alternative ways to open your pill bottles.
  • Don't get best...get better.

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2018-09-04

Episode 078 -- Focus on Feeling and Meet Hilary Billings


[bctt tweet="'I'm all about trying to live my life to the fullest. You only get one, right? So, do all the things.' -- @hilary_Billings #publicspeaking" username="CurrentlyBill"]

 

2-Minute Tip: Focus on how you make your audience feel

 

[bctt tweet="'I'm all about trying to live my life to the fullest. You only get one, right? So, do all the things.' -- @hilary_Billings #publicspeaking" username="CurrentlyBill"]

 

Hilary tells us about her experience interviewing mega-star interviewer, host, and generally larger-than-life character Ryan Seacrest. It's intimidating to talk to someone that big for the first time. An experience like that can overwhelm the content of the actual conversation. But when she described her experience, the main thing Ryan did was help her feel at ease. He was nice, accommodating, and respectful of an up-and-coming interviewer.

 

Focus on the feeling you want your audience to take away from the talk you are giving because that's what will stick with them. Tell a story,. Share an emotion, and respect your audience. They'll remember that long after they forgotten any slide, factoid, or statistic.

 

Post Tip Discussion

 

Hilary Billings Headshot

I first met Hilary Billings several years ago at the Toshiba booth during the CES tradeshow in Las Vegas. I ran partner training and evangelism programs for the company year round. Hilary was brought in to talk to press and customers during the show. And the company would continue to bring her back year after year.

 

During breaks and between customers, a bunch of us would chat about the business and the paths that brought us to that show floor. In the ensuing years, it was always great to catch up with Hilary learn about her latest adventures as a speaker, blogger, on camera personality, and, oh yeah, beauty queen.

 

During today's chat we talk about her journey and how speaking plays a part in it. We talk about the importance of High School Speech and Debate. And about the importance of pursuing your passions through adversity to live the life you want to live.

 

 

[bctt tweet="'In some weird way, pageants still provided a microphone for women and an opportunity for them to share what was important to them and give back to their community.' -- @hilary_Billings #publicspeaking" username="CurrentlyBill"]

 

Hilary guides her life around 4 core values that she shares right up front:

  1. Embrace adversity
  2. Experience everyday adventures
  3. Find humor in everyday situations
  4. Build Community

  

Hilary Billings is a burn survivor turned Miss Nevada United States 2013. She is accomplished in journalism, on-camera hosting, and public speaking. She's contributed hundreds of articles to national outlets including USA Today, Huffington Post, has been featured on Extra! Entertainment Television and worked for E! News. She's now the face for Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship for their in-room streaming entertainment, and had a co-starring role in the final season of Nashville.

Most recently she's been responsible for creating viral social media content and is about to launch her newest venture, a podcast series focused on self-growth called The Iceberg Effect. She also travels and speaks to Universities and corporations about embracing adversity and seeking out everyday adventures.

 

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Call to Action

 

  • What does this conversation make you think about? Let us know in the comments below.
  • Connect with Hilary on Instagram or Facebook.
  • Do you know someone else who might find this conversation interesting? Send them this link: http://2minutetalktips.com/hilary.
  • Be on the lookout for The Ice Berg Effect -- Hilary's new podcast.
  • Focus on how you can make your audience feel in your next talk.
  • Don't get best...get better.

 


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