Moving Voices Podcast
Moving Voices is the occasional podcast from the Professional Speaking Association.
Do you have a Speaker One Sheet? That's all your information, talk titles, profile picture, contact details etc all on one handy sheet. Emma Sutton has been investigating what makes a good One Sheet. She's done loads of research on the subject and I spoke to her about her findings.
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Do you know the answer to this puzzle?
A man took off his shirt to go to bed and hundreds of people lost their jobs. Why?
Paul Sloane is a world renowned expert on lateral thinking. He's written fifteen books on the subject as well as five more on innovation. He travels across the world keynoting and running workshops to help leaders be more innovative.
In this podcast you will find the answer to some intriguing puzzles and hear Moving Voices presenter Jeremy Nicholas try to solve them live, with Paul facilitating by answering questions with a yes or no.
Listen to the show for the answer to the puzzle above.
There was a time when the PSA convention was a three day event, where you listened to the talks, chatted to new and old friends, had a drink and went home with a sore head and a list of good intentions.
Now it's a bit more than that. The whole world can follow what's going on via the marvels of Twitter and Facebook. It's great because it means the whole world is your stage, but it also means that speakers have to be better. They have to grab audience's attention away from emails on their smartphone and say something so incredible that it would be a sin not to tweet it.
Claire Boyles is on the executive committee of the PSA with responsibility for social media. I caught up with her at the end of PSA Mega when she was all tweeted out.
Here's David Hyner getting his PSAE award at the PSA Mega convention in October 2014.
I spoke to David the day afterwards, while he was still getting used to the extra letters after his name.
Listen to the interview to find out which of the following statements is not true.
1. David used to be a chef.
2. He was surprised to get the award.
3. He works a lot in schools.
4. His DNA is 98.7% identical to a rhino.
Jeremy Nicholas talking to David Hyner PSAE, October 2014.
It's a tradition that Friday night is comedy night at the PSA annual convention. It's a tradition that dates back to last year. Comedy night is the brainchild of Alan Stevens, who has hosted every single comedy night, in fact both of them, right back to 2013.
Comedy night is a chance for speakers to let their hair down and try their hand at making people laugh. I don't have much hair, so this year I decided to do impressions of my speaker colleagues. It was a tricky strategy as the PSA has welcomed many new members in the last year and they wouldn't have a clue who I was doing. The room held 120 and it was sold out weeks in advance. (Please note there is no bad language in my routine, just bad material.)
Jeremy Nicholas, October 2014. With apologies to Geoff Ramm, Stuart Harris, Graeme Codrington, Rebecca Jones, Peter Roper, Michael Dodd, Lee Jackson, Claire Boyles, Jane Gunn, Eilidh Milnes, Tanya Mann Rennick, Sean Weafer, David Hyner, Richard McCann, Nigel Risner, and Alan Stevens.
Past President Geoff Ramm was honoured with the prestigious PSAE award at the Mega convention.
Geoff said an amazing thing at the convention. He first said it at the Fellows Brunch on Friday and I thought I must have misheard. But he repeated it on the main stage on Sunday during the Experts panel session.
Find out why he has been working at eighty percent of his full fee for the past year, by listening to Mega Bite 4, the latest in a series of interviews from the PSA Mega convention 2014.
Jeremy Nicholas talking to Geoff Ramm (4 minutes 20 secs)
I found Jane Gunn in a breakout room at the PSA Mega convention, just before Steve Head gave his Sunday Sizzler talk.
I asked her about her joint presidency with Eilidh Milnes and how she felt about handing over to Mike Ogilvie.
And she didn't seem to mind too much that I'd created a comedy character called Jaylee, a two headed president for the comedy night.
Or the fact that I suggested she worked on the frozen peas production line at Birds Eye. (In real life she's a corporate peace maker.)
- Jeremy Nicholas, October 2014
One of the highlights of the PSA convention is the Speaker Factor competition for new members. This year the standard was higher than ever with ten regional champions competing in the semi-final and five going through to the final on the main stage.
The winner was PSA London's Claire Carpenter with her talk on how eating naturally is the only way to overcome the growing problem of obesity.
Jeremy Nicholas spoke to Claire about what it's like to win.
The highlight of the PSA Mega Convention 2014 was the appearance of legendary speaker coach Patricia Fripp. She gave us a coaching session on the Friday, a keynote on the Saturday and appeared on the expert panel on the Sunday. I caught up with her straight after she came off stage after her final session.
Coming up in this six minute interview:
How a British hairstylist felt when she went to her first NSA convention. How she went on to become the first female president of the NSA. What's her link with King Crimson, Toyah Willcox, David Bowie's Heroes song and the prisoner of war camp from The Great Escape? Who is the mystery driver who ferries her from London to Bournemouth who persuaded her to come and speak at PSA?
It's 5 minutes 48 and it's well worth a listen.
Writer and broadcaster Jeremy Nicholas introduces the PSA podcast with Steve Bustin speaking about the art of the MC. Terry Brock and Gina Carr from NSA in America give advice on social media and how to up your Klout score. Richard McCann tells how he became one of Britain's busiest motivational speakers and Jeremy goes to a football match with Arsenal fan Derek Arden.
Jeremy Nicholas interviews some of the regional presidents of the PSA, some of the ex-presidents of the PSA and anybody else he found hanging around at the Spring Convention - Fusion Live. Any allegations that this programme is made from the left-over bits that didn't make it into the Spring Convention Special podcast are entirely true.
Jeremy Nicholas introduces a Moving Voices special from Fusion Live, the Spring convention of the PSA.
There's interviews from newbies, associates, members and fellows as the PSA tribe gathers for its first national pow wow of the year.
Peter Roper interviews Will Kintish
Peter Roper interviews Lesley Everett
Peter Roper interviews Nigel Vardy
Peter Roper interviews John Hotowka
Peter Roper interviews Andy Lopata
Peter Roper reviews the 2011 Convention
Peter Roper interviews GSF Past President Alan Stevens
Rod Sloane speaks to Geoff Ramm about marketing
Rod Sloan introduces this edition of Moving Voices from May 2010.
Rod Sloan interviews Peter Roper, President about the convention
Rod Sloane previews the Spring Convention
Rod Sloan interviews the President of the NSA, Phil van Hooser
Rod Sloane interviews several different speakers to help you improve your speaking business.
Rod Sloane speaks to the new President, Peter Roper
In this edition Rod Sloane focuses on marketing
Rod Sloane speaks to Graham Jones about speaker websites
Rod Sloane interviews John Cremer