Episode 092 -- Greet Your Audience and Meet Dave Jackson


2-Minute Tip: Greet Your Audience


A lot of speakers pace back stage or pound coffee or try to deal with nerves in other ways before going out to speak. 


Instead, go out into the audience as folks are arriving, and greet audience members. Have a brief chat to get to know folks. This accomplishes a few things.


  • It gives you something to do and gets you out of your own head
  • It gives you information you can leverage in your talk to better connect with the audience while you speak
  • It gives you a friendly face to look out at from the stage
  • It let's an audience member feel heard and gives them a favorable impression of you



Post Tip Discussion: Meet Dave Jackson


About 10 years ago, my team and I were looking at ways to integrate this brand new podcasting thing into our corporate training and brand evangelism efforts. I was already a fan of the medium, so I started listening to podcasts about podcasting to figure out how we could do it. Ultimately, I turned most of that project over to Tim Garber who appeared on this show way back in episodes 10 and 11 and who you can still hear at the end of every episode today.


But all that is how I found with Dave Jackson whispering in my ear from the School of Podcasting as I tried to find my way to a taxi at the Philadelphia airport in 2008.


I've been a fan of Dave's work and all he's done for this medium for a long time, and I'm thrilled to have him on the show today.


One of the most important lessons in this chat is that while Dave is an experienced speaker, he still gets nervous before a talk. And then he does the talk anyway. He also still takes the time to rehearse, practice out loud, and try the stage before folks come in.


There's a lot more in today's conversation, too.


So who is Dave?


Dave Jackson Headshot

Dave Jackson started experimenting with audio on the Internet in 2004. In 2005 he launched his first podcast and soon launched the School of Podcasting (the Internet's first site dedicated to helping people learn the right way). His accomplishments include:


  • 3.2 Million Downloads
  • 3044 Episodes
  • Director of Podcasting for the New Media Expo
  • Featured Speaker at Podcast Movement 2014- 2018
  • Featured and Keynote Speaker at Podcast Mid Atlantic and Podfest Orlando
  • 2018 Inducted into the Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame



Unlike many other “geeks” who know how to podcast, Dave's been a technical trainer for over 20 years. This means he not only understands the technology but can explain it in a plain English “geek-speak free” environment. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Akron (Specializing in technical education). While there are other podcast consultants, Dave believes his experience sets him apart in regards to helping folks make sense of the entire podcasting process. He not only help with the “how,” but  also explains the why, and makes sure new podcasters avoid common podcasting pitfalls. Dave's won awards at fortune 500 companies for hi customer service. In a nutshell, he cares.


A Video Interlude









School of Podcasting


Dave Jackson's other Shows


Dave on Facebook


Dave on Twitter


Dave on YouTube


Thinkific Online Training


School of Podcasting with Cathy Heller


Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame


FocusRite scarlett 2i2


Applying ADDIE to Public Speaking (2-Minute Talk Tips Episode 041)


Talk Like Ted Book Review

(2-Minute Talk Tips Episode 005)


Tim Garber Part 1

(2-Minute Talk Tips Episode 010)


Tim Garber Part 2

(2-Minute Talk Tips Episode 011)


Secrets of Dynamic Communication by Ken Davis



Call To  Action


  • What did you hear from Dave today? Let us know in the comments below.
  • Check out Dave's School of Podcasting if you're thinking of starting a show or just want to learn more about the insides of a podcast
  • Next time you're speaking, greet the early arriving audience members personally.
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