Episode 098 -- Skip the Welcome + Speaking & Preaching with Dylan Dodson

2-Minute Tip -- Tell a story to Open


The beginning of a talk is when you have the maximum audience attention. Don't squander it welcomes, thank yous, and introductions. Instead, tell a story to engage your audience at the very start.


Think about a band coming out on stage. They don't start with banter. They go right into a big opening number to get everyone excited for the rest of the show. Try the same thing with your audience.


You can come back to introductions 3 or 4 minutes in.


Post Tip Discussion: Speaking and Preaching with Dylan Dodson


Whether you're speaking in the secular world or the religious world, the principles behind effective public speaking are the same -- define your message, prepare and rehearse your talk, and connect with your audience to ensure the message lands. That's never more clear than in this conversation with Dylan Dodson.


As a pastor, Dylan delivers a different 30 minute sermon every week. To do that effectively takes disciple and a process. He shares his content development process in this chat as we look at how he manages the 6-week development process for each talk he delivers.


Dylan Dodson HeadshotStorytelling, brevity, making an impact on your audience -- it's all in here. The lessons we talk about this week are as valuable for the corporate conference room or keynote stage as they are for pulpit or altar.


Dylan Dodson is the lead pastor of New City Church in Raleigh, NC. where he lives with his wife Christina, daughter Finley, and son Roman. He's a big sports fan who likes to read and learn, spend time with people, and talks about Jersey Mike's with anyone who will listen.


Dylan's Processes


Dylan has a 6-week lead time for each of his sermons. Since he delivers a new one every week, that means there are 6 in various stages of development at any given time. He manages it with this schedule:


  • T-6 Weeks
    • Define the message
    • Meet with the rest of the team
    • Outline it on the white board
  • T-4 Weeks
    • Meet with the music team
    • Incorporate the announcements for the week
  • T-1 Week
    • Go over it 4-5 times
    • Plug in additional stories
    • Make final Tweaks
  • T-6 Days
    • Pull the outline and notes out of Google Docs and put them on the whiteboard
    • Begin whittling it down
    • Identify content for slides
  • T-5 Days
    • Go over the sermon out loud
    • Cut material
  • T-3 Days
    • Finalize the content
    • Review it out loud again
  • T-1 Day
    • Review it for 15-20 minutes that evening
  • T-1 Hour
    • Arrive early to look and pray over the content a final time
  • T-0
    • It's GO TIME!
      • Or I suppose, it's GOD TIME!


To make the process more manageable, Dylan also has an outline he uses to build his sermons. To build each one, he asks theses 5 questions:


  1. What does the congregation need to know?
  2. Why do they need to know it?
  3. What do they need to do?
  4. Why do they need to do it?
  5. What is the bottom line I want them to walk away with?




Dylan's website


Practical Church Planting Podcast


Dylan on Twitter


New City Church


New City Church on YouTube



Call To Action


  • Visit the links above to learn more about Dylan, his podcast, or his church
  • Try opening your next talk with a story
  • Share this episode with your favorite sermon-giver or equivalent and ask their thought by giving them the link http://2minutetalktips.com/dylan
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Episode 050 -- Stroke Imaging with Sound with Dr. Aaron Stayman

My first day in the hospital was filled with MRIs and CT Scans. Okay that a little exaggeration, there was only one MRI and 2 CT scans. Still, they were unpleasant. Plus, they're expensive, and you have to go elsewhere in the hospital.

It turns out there's another option, that many neurologists don't even know about. It's called Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound, and it gives the medical team information the other scans don't. Plus, it involves no radiation or special rooms.

It doesn't replace the other scans altogether, but give the doctors another tool for treating stroke patients.

This week, I talk with Dr, Aaron Stayman from Swedish Medical Center. Dr. Stayman is an advocate for and expert in Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound. This week, we learn about his background, talk about aphasia, and spent the bulk of our time talking about Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound. We explore what it is, how it works, and how it benefits patients.

Aaron cites 5  benefits of Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound

  1. It's cheaper
  2. There's no radiation
  3. It's portable
  4. It's repeatable
  5. There are no issues related to magnets


Here's a short look at what the doctor sees in a scan:



Dr. Aaron Stayman attended medical school at Tufts University in Boston, MA.  He completed an internship in internal medicine and a neurology residency at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN.  During his vascular neurology fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, he received specific training in the performance and interpretation of carotid and transcranial ultrasound.  He is currently a neurohospitalist at Swedish Medical Center and Medical Director of the Swedish Cerebrovascular Ultrasound Laboratory.

Continuing Medical education in Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound

Are you a medical professional who wants to learn more? Swedish and Pacific Vascular have a course coming up in September of 2019.



Jointly provided by Pacific Vascular and Swedish CME, in collaboration with Swedish Neuroscience Institute, this program has a nationally recognized faculty with diverse areas of specialization, a comprehensive and in-depth curriculum and hands-on sessions with patient models utilizing a variety of TCD and TCD Imaging systems.  The three-day course is held at a state-of-the-art educational facility conveniently located at the acclaimed Swedish/Cherry Hill Hospital campus in Seattle WA.

You can learn more here: http://www.pvicme.com/transDoppler.htm


Hack of the Week


Today's Tip comes from Twitter User @Nursery1994, AKA Abigail Johnson

Earlier this week, I was thinking about making pasta. My GF rightly pointed out that I will need to figure out how to drain the hot water from the pasta with one hand without spilling it and the water all over myself and the kitchen floor. Before we completed this problem solving, she went ahead and made it because she's awesome like that.

Later on, I stumbled across a strategy on Twitter. Put a colander or wire strainer that you can lift with one hand. Fill the pot with water, and add the pasta to the strainer before cooking it. Then boil or whatever, and when it's done, just lift out the strainer with the pasta and leave the water behind.

You know, basically the way the make French fries at McDonalds.


Facebook and Strokecast


Strokecast also has a presence on Facebook. Just search for Strokecast the next time you're on Facebook for more videos where I share stroke related things that just happen to be on my mind. Sometimes they are well thought out; sometimes they are still thoughts in progress, but it's fun stuff regardless. Click here to head over to Facebook and check it out.


Role of transcranial Doppler ultrasonography in stroke


American Society of Neuroimaging


American Society of Neuroimaging on Twitter


Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound at Swedish Medical Center


Pacific Vascular and Swedish Course


Dr. Nirav H Shah on Strokecast


Abigail Johnson on Twitter


Strokecast on Facebook


Star Trek Chief Engineers


Where do we Go From Here?

  • I'd love to hear about your experience with stroke imaging. Which scans did you get? Did you get a Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound? Let us know in the comments below.
  • Ask your medical team if they use Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound in their stroke treatment. Give them the link strokecast.com/ultrasound if they want to learn more.
  • Don't get best…get better.


Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast


Episode 097 -- Use a Take-Away and Meet Danielle Roberts

2-Minute Tip: Increase Attendance Retention with a Take Away


One challenge with webinars and live sessions is keeping folks around until the end, especially if the material is on the dry side. To help folks stick around, let them know that at the end you'll have a give-away for them.


It could be something as simple as a collection of other resources or websites. Maybe it's a how-to document. Perhaps it's a list of key email addresses.


It could also be something bigger -- like an eBook or downloadable PDF. You can offer attendees who stick around a special link to get that content for free. When they follow that link you can also ask them for an email address so you can add them to your newsletter.


Now, they've gotten value because they got that freebie and because the attended the whole talk.


You've gotten value because you were able to share your whole message with the attendees and you have more subscribers to your newsletter, which can be valuable in the future.


It's a win all around.


Post Tip Discussion


Love it or hate it, there's no arguing that the US healthcare system can be complex. There are details and bureaucracies and costs and restriction and benefits and more. Once you reach age 65 or become disabled, it gets even more complex with Medicare, its assorted parts, supplements, deadlines, and more.


Enter Danielle Kunkle Roberts.


Danielle has built a business teaching folks how to navigate this world. She speaks to groups new to Medicare to help them understand what they need. She trains folks both in person and online and has to keep them engaged the whole time. She also teaches other insurance agents about this stuff.


This week Danielle and I talk about just how she does that. We talk about tips for managing webinars, for engaging folks in dry material, and for navigating the political discussions that inevitably come up in any US discussion of healthcare policy.




Danielle Kunkle Roberts headshotDanielle Kunkle Roberts is a founding partner and senior executive at Boomer Benefits, a national agency specializing in Medicare-related insurance products since 2005. Serving thousands of Medigap policyholders in 47 states, Boomer Benefits helps baby boomers learn how to navigate Medicare. She is a nationally-recognized expert in the Medicare-sector of the health insurance industry and a member of the Forbes Finance Council.


She has served on the board of directors for the Fort Worth Chapter of the National Association of Health Underwriters for six years and was a recipient of the chapter’s Outstanding Member of the Year Award. She teaches continuing education courses for other insurance agent as a part of this organization.


Danielle has a degree in journalism and English from Texas Christian University. She lives in Fort Worth, TX with her handsome Canadian husband and their two fur-kids.


Tracking Questions


Danielle found her niche by listening to questions. As she explained, she was selling traditional corporate health plans and folks kept asking her about Medicare. That told her there was an untapped need. She pivoted her focus to meet that need and became significantly more successful.


That's one reason I recommend keeping track of all the questions you get in a talk. You want to look for patterns that keep coming up. They may highlight something you need to fix, or those questions could unlock the next major step in your career or business. But you won't know unless you keep track of them.


Tips for Effective Webinars


  1. It's hard to sit through a webinar that's longer than 60 minutes so don't schedule them for longer
  2. Finish early if at all possible
  3. Keep things visually moving on the screen to keep folks engaged
  4. Promise to make materials or key take-away resources available at the end so folks stick around
  5. Promise in advance that you'll stay on to answer any questions after you end the main portion of the webinar


Medicare Open Enrollment


Danielle also provided this update:


Open Enrollment Period: From January 1st to March 31st each year, Medicare allows beneficiaries enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan to make a one-time switch in their coverage. They can return Original Medicare and add a Part D drug plan, or they can switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another. Beneficiaries are otherwise locked into their Medicare Advantage plan for the rest of the year, so this is a great enrollment period to take advantage of if you for some reason do not like your current plan. 





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  • Share this episode with a friend, colleague, or relative with the link http://2minutetalktips.com/medicare
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Episode 049 -- Stroke in Children with Dr. Heather Fullerton

Many folks are surprised to find out adults in their 20s, 30s, and 40s can have stroke. What's often bigger news to people is that adolescents, children, newborns, and even fetuses can have a stroke. In fact, stroke in the womb is one of the leading causes of cerebral palsy.

Stroke in kids was nothing I had never even thought about before I started this journey to learn more about my own brain injury.

This week, I talk with one of the leading experts in childhood stroke. Strokecast regular, Dr. Nirav Shah, introduced me to Dr. Heather Fullerton. We had a fascinating conversation about stroke in children, the causes, and the generally optimistic recovery path.


Dr. Heather Fullerton headshot

Dr. Heather Fullerton is a pediatric vascular neurologist at UCSF, one of only a few child neurologists in the country with additional board certification in vascular neurology. She is the Kenneth Rainin Chair in Pediatric Stroke Care, Chief of Child Neurology at UCSF Department of Neurology, and director of the Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Research Group and Pediatric Brain Center at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

After graduating from Baylor College of Medicine in 1996, Dr. Fullerton came to UCSF for her pediatrics residency and child neurology fellowship, and then joined the child neurology faculty in 2002. Early in her training, she cared for a 2-year-old girl who suffered a stroke caused by a tear in a neck artery from a fall. After realizing the paucity of research in this field--and lack of child neurologists with expertise in stroke--she chose to dedicate her career to the care of such children.

She completed a vascular neurology fellowship between 2002 and 2003, and a two-year master's degree in clinical research at UCSF in 2005. She began doing clinical research in the field of childhood stroke, collaborating with renowned adult stroke researchers at UCSF. After starting a pediatric stroke clinic in 2002, she later established the multidisciplinary Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center in 2006 and Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Research Group in 2009.

Dr. Fullerton’s research efforts have already improved the care of children with stroke. 

She has performed novel work identifying which children with stroke are at risk for suffering a recurrence. This information not only guides physicians in determining which high-risk children need preventative treatment, but also provides enormous reassurance to families of children with low recurrence risk. 

She led a groundbreaking study on risk factors for childhood stroke, determining that both minor acute infections and recent trauma are stroke and common risk factors.

She has also published work on pediatric arterial dissections, ethnic and gender disparities in childhood stroke risk, stroke rates in children with sickle cell disease, hemorrhagic stroke risk in children with arteriovenous malformations, and neurodevelopmental outcomes in children with vein of Galen malformations and PHACE syndrome.

She led an NIH-funded international study with 35-plus enrolling sites to better understand the association between childhood infections and ischemic stroke. She currently leads the part 2 of the said NIH-funded study to explore further analyses and test the overall hypothesis . She leads an AHA funded study on predicting stroke risk after minor trauma.

She also mentors junior investigators on a variety of other stroke related studies: stroke risk in childhood cancer survivors , stroke prevention in sickle cell disease, risk of epilepsy after stroke , the association between migraine and stroke in children, ADHD medications as a risk factor for stroke, and the role of atherosclerotic risk factors in stroke in children and young adults.

Tips for Living with a Child that Survived a Stroke

Dr. Fullerton offered these additional tips.

Don’t blame yourself. You will wrack your brain thinking of some way that you could have prevented your child’s stroke. You couldn’t. It was not your fault.

Enjoy your child for who they are, and know that their disability will make them a more empathetic person. A teenage survivor of a neonatal stroke once told me that if she could erase what had happened to her, and get rid of her disability, she wouldn’t. She knew it gave her a different lens for viewing others with disabilities, whether physical, intellectual, or social, and felt that made her a better person.

Hack of the Week

Using a phone one handed is certainly an option. As phones get bigger and we prefer to look at bigger screens, though, one handed uses is more challenging. You have reach further with your thumb to touch other parts of the screen or to tap out a text message, or really to use the functions you paid for.

And you have to do that without dropping it.

You can put the phone flat on a table, and that helps, but then the angle might be uncomfortable.

Instead, look for a dashboard or car window mount for your cell phone. You don't have to use them in a car. Usually they have a suction cup mount or a beanbag mount that you can use to hold your phone where you want it on your desk, coffee table, or other surface.

Then you can tap away at any part of the screen since you don't have to hold it in your hand.


Stroke symptom graphic

Where do we go from here?

  • What do think about the things Dr. Fullerton shared? Let us know in the comments below
  • Be sure folks who you know who are involved with kids know that stroke can happen
  • Share this episode by giving folks the link http://strokecast.com/pediatricstroke
    Consider a car mount to hold your cell phone on your desk, night stand, table, etc.
  • Don't get best…get better



Strokecast is the stroke podcast where a Gen X stroke survivor explores rehab, recovery, the frontiers of neuroscience and one-handed banana peeling by helping stroke survivors, caregivers, medical providers and stroke industry affiliates connect and share their stories.

Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast


Episode 096 -- Go the Extra Mile and Meet Shawn Anderson

2-Minute Tip: Go the Extra Mile


To create the life you want, go the extra mile every day in 3 separate ways.


First, go the extra mile for your health. What can you do today to live a more healthful life that you might be inclined not to do? Is it eating less junk? Getting a little more exercise? Tending to a nagging health issue you've been trying to ignore? Do this every day to help make sure your body can take you where you need to go. Getting healthier gives you more stamina on stage and makes it easier to control your breath.


Second, go the extra mile for someone else. It could be a friend, colleague, or relative. How can you help them in a way they did not expect? Can you help someone else with their talk? Or can you help them find another speaking opportunity?


Third, go the extra mile for your purpose or mission. How can you drive your personal mission forward? How can you get closer to your dreams? Make a little progress every day. What steps can you take to get closer to the speaking lifestyle you want to pursue?


Post Tip Discussion


This week, keynote speaker Shawn Anderson joined us to talk about his story and the importance of speaking from your heart. I first heard Shawn on Victoria Mavis's Pure Mind Magic podcast and was delighted when he popped over to 2-Minute Talk Tips a few weeks later.


I'm struck by the sheer volume of energy that Shawn brings to the show. He tells impressive stories, including how and why he came to speak to a bunch of students at a grade school in a village in the Philippines while standing outside getting soaked in the rain. It's easy to get caught up in the passion and emotion he brings to the things he says.




Shaw Anderson Head ShotShawn Anderson is a #1 ranked motivational author, unlimited thinker, and lifetime entrepreneur with a history of inspiring others. A seven-time author, Shawn is also the creator of Extra Mile Day...a day recognizing the power we each have to create positive change when we "go the extra mile." (On 11/1/18, 553 cities made the declaration and recognized local extra-mile heroes.)


Shawn walks his talk. Besides having inspired tens of thousands through his speaking and writing (including an inspirational speaking tour in the Philippines attended by 20,000 attendees), Shawn’s built a million dollar company, pedaled a bike solo across the U.S. (twice), and created adventures in 45+ countries including having walked across six countries in the last 4.5 years (England, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy and 750 miles around Shikoku, Japan.)


Still...he believes his greatest adventures and success are waiting to be lived.



Extra Mile Day & Extra Mile America History


In 2009, in order to symbolize the "go the extra mile" message, Shawn Anderson (a non-bicyclist) pedaled 4,000 miles ocean-to-ocean, interviewed 200+ people along the way whom had been identified as having gone the extra mile, and then gave $10,000 of his own money to the people and organizations whose stories most inspired him.


As a part of that cross-country extra-mile ride, Extra Mile Day (11/1)......a day recognizing the capacity we each have to create positive change in our families, our organizations, our communities and ourselves when we "go the extra mile"... was created with 23 inaugural cities.


The momentum of this unique day has continued to build each year since, and on November 1, 2018, 553 mayors and cities made the "Extra Mile Day" declaration and recognized people who are "going the extra mile" to make a difference in volunteerism and service in their community.





Call to Action


  • What do you think of Shawn's story? Let us know in the comments below.
  • Check out Shaw's site at the link above.
  • Start your day by going the extra mile for health, people purpose.
  • Subscribe to 2-Minute Talk Tips for free in your favorite podcast app so you never miss an episode.
  • Don't get best…get better.

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Episode 048 -- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy with Dr. Michael Bennett

Stroke recovery is a marathon; it's not a sprint. Regaining cognitive skills, physical skills, sensory skills, and more takes time and work. During that time, life can be really hard and unpleasant for many folks. The may or may not be able to work. Relationships get turned upside down, and after a while you just want it to go away. Surely, with all the advances in medicine, there must be something…some fancy technology or machine…some magic technique that will fix these problems, right?

That leads folks to look for and explore alternatives. It also means that many survivors start pursuing things that don't work. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy appears to be one of those therapies. In Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, the patient spends time in a pressure chamber where the air pressure is 2-3X normal and breathes pure oxygen. They get roughly 8-12X as much oxygen as in their normal lives. This, supposedly, should grow new blood vessels in the brain and revive the dead neurons that were killed by the stroke, or drive new growth through neuroplasticity.

I saw a number of people asking about it in Facebook groups and twitter feeds, so I began talking with folks to learn more. Strokecast regular, neurologist Dr Nirav Shah, introduced me to one of the world's leading authorities on Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy, Dr. Mike Bennett in Australia.

This week I talk with Dr. Bennett about the theory and the research around hyperbaric medicine. We answer the key questions about it -- is it safe, and does it work.

The short version is that it is mostly safe, but there is no reliable research demonstrating that it works. The main risk is to the patient's wallet.


Dr. Mike Bennett headshotProfessor Bennett is the Academic Head of the Department of Anaesthesia, a Senior Staff Specialist in diving and hyperbaric medicine at Prince of Wales Hospital and Conjoint Professor in the faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1979 and spent his early post-graduate training at the Prince Henry/Prince of Wales Hospitals before undertaking training in Anaesthesia in the UK.

He returned to Sydney in 1990 as a retrieval specialist on the Lifesaver Helicopter and here developed an interest in both diving and hyperbaric medicine. He also has a strong interest in clinical epidemiology and is an experienced clinician and researcher. In 2002 he was the recipient of the Behnke Award for outstanding scientific achievement from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.

Since 2004 he has been highly involved in the teaching of Evidence-based Medicine within the Medical faculty at UNSW and in 2005 was appointed co-director of the Quality Medical Practice Program there. He is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications including 15 Cochrane reviews of the evidence in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine.

Prof. Bennett was the convenor of the Australia and New Zealand Hyperbaric Medicine Group Introductory Course in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine from its inception in 1999.to 2014. He is an executive member of the Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) special interest group in diving and hyperbaric medicine, chief examiner for the ANZCA Certificate in diving and hyperbaric medicine and Chair of the ANZCA Scholar Role Subcommittee. He is a past Vice-President of the UHMS and currently the Past President of SPUMS.

Hack of the Week -- Rocker Knife

One handed steak knifeLast week, I talked about cutting meat at a restaurant -- don't. This week, let's talk about doing the same thing at home where you may not have a kitchen staff. Sure, at home you can just pick up a hunk of meat with your hands. But sometimes you still want to slice it for some reason.

I use a Verti-Grip knife. It's designed for folks with use of one hand. I hold it in my fist, rock it against the meat, and it cuts right through. It doesn't require you to brace what you're cutting with a fork. For a $14 gadget, it works really well.



Pure Mind Magic

A few months back, German podcaster, magician, and mindset expert Victoria Mavis joined me to talk about the intersection between public speaking and magic on my other podcast, 2-Minute Talk Tips. You can find that interview at 2-MinuteTalkTips.com/magic.

During December, I had the pleasure of appearing on her show, Pure Mind Magic. We talked about speaking, sure, but much of the conversation was about my stroke story and the power of mindset in recovery. You can listen to it here or subscribe for free to Pure Mind Magic in your favorite podcast app


Where do we go from here?



Strokecast is the stroke podcast where a Gen X stroke survivor explores rehab, recovery, the frontiers of neuroscience and one-handed banana peeling by helping stroke survivors, caregivers, medical providers and stroke industry affiliates connect and share their stories.

Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast


Episode 095 -- Eye Connection and Meet George Hendley

2-Minute Tip: Make Eye Connection


Look them in the eye and make strong eye contact. It helps to make the audience feel more comfortable. To make that connection, though you need to hold the eye connection for 4-6 seconds. They will feel you are conversing with them rather than talking at them.


Pure Mind Magic


A few months back, German podcaster, magician, and mindset expert Victoria Mavis joined me to talk about the intersection between public speaking and magic. You can find that interview at 2MinuteTalkTips.com/magic.


During December, I had the pleasure of appearing on her show, Pure Mind Magic. We talked about speaking, sure, but much of the conversation was about my stroke story and the power of mindset in recovery. You can listen to it here or subscribe for free to Pure Mind Magic in your favorite podcast app.


Post Tip Discussion



I spoke with George Hendley from The Speakers Academy in Dallas. It was a great conversation about speaking, training, technology, and the way the field has changed over the years.


George Hendley HeadshotGeorge founded George Hendley Presentations, a training/coaching/consulting firm in 1992. His first 19 years was focused primarily on serving corporate clients from coast to coast. From 1997 until 2003 he delivered the Zig Ziglar Effective Business Presentations course over 20 times during a six year period. George was in a Dallas Toastmasters club for over 3 years and achieved the Certified Toastmasters recognition. Currently, The Speakers Academy, which George founded over 7 years ago has multiple locations around Dallas, each one meeting twice a month for open enrollment training and professional development coaching.


He has had an active leadership role in the American Society for Training and Development for over 20 years. He was a member of the National Speakers Association for 10 years and the International Coach Federation for 5 years and has held numerous leadership positions in both organizations on the local level. He has been an adjunct college teacher for 5 different courses over a period of 10 years. He continues to enjoy speaking in church events and on mission trips abroad for over 40 years.


As an authorized partner for Wiley Publishing (formerly Inscape Publishing and Carlson Learning) George has a rich and very successful career. In the last 24 years he has earned the Diamond award twice putting him the top 2% of all distributors in the world for sales volume of the DiSC profile and other related programs. He has lead dozens of seminars and workshops across the country for a wide variety of companies (including Fortune 500 companies) and still serves a variety of clients who appreciate his wisdom and experience with the tool.


During the past 26 years George authored over 150 articles on a variety of important topics. Those topics include Presentation skills, Listening, leadership and understanding body language as a form of communication. He posts frequent tips and insights on his Speakers Academy Facebook and LinkedIn page that are clear, brief and practical.


His zeal for learning and the desire to teach and mentor others makes him a passionate, enthusiastic and competent presenter.



The  Speakers Academy The  Speakers Academy


The Speakers Academy on Facebook


George Hendley on LinkedIn


George Hendley on Twitter


George Hendley Email


George Hendley

Phone 972.234.4377

The Speakers Academy on Meetup


Bill on Pure Mind Magic





Call to Action


  • Share your thoughts on George's perspective in the comments below
  • Check out George's site, The Speakers Academy, at http://thepeakersacademy.com
  • Share this episode with a friend, colleague, or relative with the link http://2minutetalktips.com/george
  • Use strong eye connections
  • Don't get best…get better

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Episode 047 -- How High Blood Pressure Causes Stroke


When I had my stroke at 46, it took a little while for the medical team to settle on the cause. I suppose that's a good thing. We don't want them to rush to a conclusion. Ultimately, they concluded the probable cause was a history of high blood pressure. It didn't make sense to me at the time.

In 2015 I developed high blood pressure, AKA hypertension, but I didn't know. That's the thing about high blood pressure -- it doesn't hurt. There was no pain.

I only found out because during the last week of December, I began have massive 30 minute pouring nosebleeds every other day. I checked my blood pressure on a home blood pressure machine, and it registered more than 200 over 160. That and the random surprise bleeding got me into the doctor's office. They measured my BP at 162/102. So it had dropped from apparently ER levels by that time.

Over the course of the next few months, we worked to get my BP under control through medication and some diet tweaks.

By March of 2016, my BP was coming in at 105/75.

Be February of 2017, it was down to 100/70.

And on June 3, 2017, I had my stroke.

Chart from heart.org showing levels of hypertension

I had serious high blood pressure for maybe a year to a year and a half. I had it under control for a year before my stroke. So how could previous high blood pressure cause a stroke?

This week, Dr. Nirav Shah, a neurologist at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle and the founder and CEO of Sentinel Healthcare, returns to Strokecast to answer that very question as we talk about just how high blood pressure causes stroke.



Dr. Nirav H Shah HeadshotDr. Nirav H. Shah is a fellowship trained neurologist and sub-specialist in cerebrovascular and stroke medicine with board certifications in: neurology, stroke medicine, carotid neurosonology, transcranial doppler ultrasound, and neuroimaging.

He is a practicing neurohospitalist and served as the stroke medical director at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Academically, he is interested in emergent and critical care neurology research and is an associate editor for The Neurohospitalist, a peer-reviewed journal. He enjoys mentoring trainees and collaborating on publications and conference presentations.

Outside of clinical care Dr Shah is collaborating with experts to develop scalable technologies capable of ameliorating healthcare’s challenges. He consults with startups and investors to develop technologies and devices so that one day they are available to his patients. He has worked with companies to meet FDA regulations for approval as well as to help them understand the provider perspective of product-market fit.

Dr. Shah is also the CEO and Founder of Sentinel Healthcare. He is also a passionate traveler and photographer.

Hack of the Week

After I lost the use of my left arm, eating became a challenge for some dishes. Sushi was easy. Steak was difficult because to cut a steak, you need to hold it still with your fork and slice with the steak with the knife in your other hand.

So how do you manage this out at a restaurant? 

You've got a couple options. One, of course is to just skip cutting it, pick up the slab of meat with the one usable hand and start chowing down. Of course your dining companions may not prefer that choice.

The other option is incredibly simple. When you place your order, ask them to have the kitchen cut up the steak for you. 

That's it. It's a simple request that will take them just seconds and it solves your problem.




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Episode 094 -- Watch Yourself on Fast Forward and Speaker Resolutions for 2019

2-Minute Tip: Watch Yourself on Fast Forward


I met speaking coach and entrepreneur Emily Messner (AKA Sleevs) on the JoCo Cruise earlier this year and she told me about this tip.


Gestures are a complicated thing for many folks. Your gestures may or may not feel natural, but it's hard to tell how they look. We're not watching ourselves while we speak; we have higher priorities. So if we want to evaluate our gestures, video becomes our friend. With the proliferation of camera phones, there's no reason not to record more of our sessions. Of course, you have to actually watch the video you record to get value from it.


When it's time to evaluate your gestures, watch that video on fast forward. You'll see repetitive or annoying gestures really pop out in an almost comical way at high speed. They'll be obvious in a way that they might not at normal speed.


Then, with that information, you can make an educated decision about what to do.


Post Tip Discussion: Resolutions for Speakers


I'm posting on January 1, 2019, which means it's time to make New Years Resolutions. Rather than vague, grandiose resolutions that will be dust in a few weeks, here are 5 resolutions that will help speakers be more effective.  They are:


  1. Rehearse a talk 5 times
  2. Do one talk without 
  3. Solicit detailed feedback from one colleague
  4. Finish every talk on time
  5. Tell 3 stories in talks this year


Executing on theses resolutions will help you grow your skills, become more confident, and conduct more persuasive presentations.


Program Notes


I'm currently working on the editorial calendar for the rest of 2019. I've got a bunch of great interviews with speakers already lined up, and I've begun recording them. I'm already learning lots, and I hope you will, too.


As I go forward, I do want to make sure I'm providing the value you need. So, please do me a favor and let me know what you think of the show. What do you want to see more of? What do you want to see less of? You can let me know in one of 4 ways -- whichever is easiest for you:



Call To Action


  • Let me know what you think of the show
  • Adopt 5 resolutions for public speakers to grow your effectiveness
  • Watch yourself on video on fast forward
  • Teach a colleague how to subscribe to podcasts
  • Don't get best...get better



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