Bill is a corporate trainer, speaker, writer, podcast producer, and Gen X stroke survivor.
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2-Minute Tip: Tell Stories   Stories are how humans connect. They form the basis of our social relationships. They’re how we share history.   As a speaker, one of the best ways to make sure you connect with your audience is to tell stories — and not just one. Illustrate your talk with as many stories as possible. Generic ones are okay, but authentic, personal stories will bring you the most success.   Post Tip Discussion   Grant Baldwin has built a business speaking to speakers about the business of speaking. He hosts the Speaker Lab podcast, which is in my weekly must listen to list. His Speaker Lab company runs the popular Booked and Paid to Speak program. And now he has a new book coming out next week on February 18, 2020 called The Successful Speaker: Five Steps for Booking Gigs, Getting Paid, and Building Your Platform.   As a long-time fan, I was thrilled to talk with Grant for this episode. I think I’ve listened to every episode of his podcast. Now I just need to put it all into action.   If you’ve ever wondered how keynote and other professional speaker make their living and how you can too, Grant is the guy to listen to.   Bio   Grant Baldwin is the founder of The Speaker Lab, a training company that helps public speakers learn how to find and book speaking gigs. Through his popular podcast The Speaker Lab and flagship coaching program Booked and Paid to Speak he has coached and worked with thousands of speakers. As a keynote speaker, Grant has delivered nearly one thousand presentations to over 500,000 people in 47 states and has keynoted events for audiences as large as 13,000. Grant has also been featured in national media including Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, and Huffington Post.   He now lives near Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Sheila, and their three daughters.   5 Basic things Effective Speakers Do   Grant shared this list of characteristics of effective speakers. The key thing here is that all the required skills are ones that anyone can develop.   They are comfortable with their content. They are familiar with their content. They understand pacing and pausing. They tell a good story They keep an audience engaged   5 Steps to a Successful Speaking Career   S – Select a problem to solve. P – Prepare and deliver your talk. E – Establish your expertise. A – Acquire paid speaking gigs. K – Know when to scale   This is the framework Grant covers in The Successful Speaker: Five Steps for Booking Gigs, Getting Paid, and Building Your Platform.   Links   The Speaker Lab The Speaker Lab Podcast Grant on Facebook Grant on Instagram Free Speaker Workshop The Successful Speaker: Five Steps for Booking Gigs, Getting Paid, and Building Your Platform Speaker Fee Calculator Wall Drug   Call To Action   Subscribe to the Speaker Lab podcast in your favorite podcast app Check out Grant’s new book The Successful Speaker: Five Steps for Booking Gigs, Getting Paid, and Building Your Platform. Share this episode with someone else by giving them the link Don’t get best…get better.
I love the stroke survivor community on Instagram. So many survivors share their victories, their struggles, and their lives there, it really shows we are not alone. It’s also where I met Maddi Niebanck (@MaddiStrokeOfLuck). She regularly does live broadcasts there and includes guests from time-to-time. After one of those broadcasts, I knew I wanted to talk with her on the show. Maddi had her stroke a few days before I had mine. We were both going through rehab thousands of miles away from each other at the same time. And now she has a new book coming out. We talk about that and more in this episode. Bio Madeline Niebanck graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, in May of 2017. A few days later she went to the hospital for a planned surgery to treat an Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM). An untreated AVM can result in a serious stroke. During a pre-surgery procedure, though, that AVM gave way and Maddi suffered a stroke. While going through recovery, Maddi wrote her first book, Fashion Fwd: How Today’s Culture Shapes Tomorrow’s Fashion. Readers loved the book, but especially connected with Maddi’s story of stroke recovery. That response inspired her to write her second book, Fast Fwd: The Fully Recovered Mindset. It will be available in April, 2020. Trailer for Fast Fwd Hack of the Week Try an ice bath to deal with tone and spasticity. Plunging your and or arm into a pitcher of ice water may relax the tone or spasticity you are experiencing and allow you to get more out of the exercises you do to recover function. Of course, it’s always a good idea to check with your therapist or doctor before trying something like this, but it may be just the thing to open that hand. Links Maddi on Instagram Maddi’s Website Maddi on Medium Maddi on LinkedIn Fashion Fwd: How Today’s Culture Shapes Tomorrows Fashion /ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i0 Fast Fwd: The Fully Recovered Mindset on indiGoGo New Degree Press Where do we go from here? Check out Maddi’s new book in April Follow Maddi on Instagram @MaddisStrokeOfLuck Share this episode with one other person by giving them the link 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.
I’m typing this on January 1, but whenever you read this, it is the first day of the next year of your life, and that’s a great time to start sharing your story. As a stroke survivor, survivor of some other acute or chronic trauma, care giver, professional, or just someone who has lived some life, you have a story to tell. You have experiences to share. You’ve worked through some emotional stuff. Or you haven’ worked through it, but it’s sill there. And maybe you’ve thought about writing a memoir. Christine H. Lee joined us last year to talk about her memoir, Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember. She is an author, teacher, and stroke survivor. Today, she’s back to help you start writing your own memoir. 7 Lessons in this Episode An autobiography is about a person. A memoir is about a person’s experience. Understand the roles of author, character, and narrator. There is universality in the particular. The Oxford Comma is awesome. Get a cohort. We are about more than stroke. Keep writing. Bio Christine H. Lee is the author of a memoir (TELL ME EVERYTHING YOU DON’T REMEMBER), which was featured in Self magazine, Time, The New York Times, and NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Guernica, The Rumpus, The New York Times, and BuzzFeed, among other publications. She also has an urban farm–you can read about her farm exploits at Backyard Politics. Her novel is forthcoming from Ecco / Harper Collins. Born in New York City, Christine earned her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley and her MFA at Mills College. She has been awarded a residency at Hedgebrook, and her pieces have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and placed in competitions such as the Poets and Writers’ Magazine Writers Exchange Contest, Glimmer Train Fiction Open, and others. She is currently a Distinguished Visiting Writer at Saint Mary’s College of California’s MFA program and an Editor at The Rumpus. If you would like to order a signed copy of TELL ME EVERYTHING YOU DON’T REMEMBER, you may order it from East Bay Booksellers and specify in the notes section that you would like a signed copy (or two or three) and any customization (if it should be addressed to a particular person). They will then fulfill it with signature. And you would be supporting a local bookstore, which warms Christine’s heart. Trailer for Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember Oxford Comma Consider these two sentences: At the support group, we learned about the main causes of stroke, kittens, and Barb’s muffins. At the support group, we learned about the main causes of stroke, kittens and Barb’s muffins. The first sentence says that we learned about 3 things: The main causes of stroke Kittens Barb’s muffins The second sentence says that we learned about the main causes of stroke. Those causes are: Kittens Barb’s muffins The words are the same. The difference is that comma after kittens. That comma is called the Oxford Comma, and it’s somewhat controversial. Many folks feel you should only use it if it clarifies the sentence. Otherwise you should leave it out. I’m of the school of thought that we should always use it when writing a sentence with three or more things in a list like that. There have even been lawsuits where the decision came down to whether the comma was in the written law or not. Here is the Wikipedia article with more information. Understanding the Memoir One of the big lessons for me was understanding just what a memoir is. It’s not an autobiography, which recounts the history of the person. As I think about writing my own book, I was getting hung up on this idea. Why is my life interesting enough that someone should read about it? What is the value for the reader? But that’s not what a memoir is. A memoir is about an aspect of the author’s life and the impact it had on the author’s life. It’s not about the author’s life itself. People read autobiographies to learn about the person, but that’s not why the read memoirs. As Christine said, “People read memoirs because of the subject, theme, or writing style.” In other words, it’s not about me. It’s funny because the obvious things sometimes elude me most strongly. On mt other show, 2-Minute Talk Tips, that’s one of the key lessons I teach about public speaking. If you’re afraid of public speaking, remember, IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU. It’s about your audience. It’s about your message. It’s about your goal or call to action. It’s about what you hope to achieve by delivering that talk. It’s not about you. The story you want to tell and the lessons you want to share — they’re about more than your ego. That makes it a lot easier. Author — Narrator — Character This is another structure that Christine shared that helps in writing. We got into it when I started talking about Pathos, Logos, and Ethos in public speaking. You can learn more about that concept here. In many books, these concepts are more distinct. In fiction, especially, a character is different from the author. In a memoir, it can get a bit squishy. A writer needs to understand what role the words on the page are serving. The author is writing and knows the whole story. The narrator can provide hindsight and wisdom the character hasn’t acquired yet. The character is going through it as the story progresses. Understanding those relationships helps you write a stronger book. That is some advanced stuff, and Christine does a much better job explaining it in the interview. For my part, this is a structure I’m going to need to explore and noodle on a bit more. A Cohort A stroke survivor benefits greatly from a support group. We need that connection to other people living through something similar. We can share our victories and losses. It can help us cut through the isolation and loneliness that many survivors experience. Writers need a group, too. Find your writing cohort. Maybe it’s a group you take a class with. Maybe it’s a writing group you form through school or that you find in your community. Find a group of people that you can share experiences with — where you can celebrate one another’s wins and support each other through your struggles. Writing can be an isolating experience. It’s just you and a blank piece of paper or a blinking cursor. That’s why it’s so important to find your cohort. Stroke is part of us, but it’s not us Christine and I, of course, talked about our strokes because they make us who we are today. At the same time though, the conversation itself isn’t about stroke. It’s about writing and what authors need to know. Christine’s advice isn’t specific to stroke survivors; it applies to anyone who has gone through a major event and wants to share it with the world. In a stroke focused podcast, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea of stroke. It’s why we are part of this community. It informs who we are, but it doesn’t define who we are. We are writers, speakers, teachers, trainers, Harry Potter fans, parents, kids, friends, co-workers, bus passengers, and so much more. Stroke and disability impact all those relationships and characteristics, but they don’t erase them. A conversation like we had today lets us share the expertise we do have beyond our stroke survivor status. Walk into any stroke support group meeting and listen to people’s stories. The things we have in common are healing and empowering. The things about us that are different are fascinating. The roads and lives that got us in that same room are different with their own flavor. We bring varied lives to this community and we live varied lives as part of the community. And that’s why despite all the survivor stories that have already been written, there’s still room for your personal, powerful, one-of-a-kind story. Hack of the Week The biggest tip to writing is just to keep writing. That’s it. You don’t have to get it right and perfect at the start. Just keep writing. Revisions and edits are what turn it into the final product. Walking into any book store or library, and do you know what you will not find on the shelves? First drafts! Just keep writing. If you get stuck, just write about being stuck. If you can’t think of anything “good” to write, try to write badly. Try writing the most cheesy, confusing, inappropriate, meandering, and cliched thing you can. But keep writing. Don’t worry about grammar and spelling. Just keep writing. Because wonderful things can happen when you keep writing. Links Christine H. Lee Website Christine’s previous blog Christine on Twitter Christine on Instagram Christine’s Mailing List Christine’s Buzzfeed article that started it all Buy the book at East Bay Booksellers Buy the Book on Amazon UO/ref=sr_1_ Christine on Catapult Stroke Net Oxford Comma on Wikipedia Oxford Comma Lawsuit Pathos, Logos, and Ethos Where do we go from here? To learn more about Christine, find her book, or check out her classes, or learn about her chickens, visit the links above. Share this episode with your stroke support group, Instagram family,writing group, aspiring writers you know, English teachers, or anyone else who may have a story to tell. Give them the link Start working on your memoir, and let me know about it. 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.
The Holidays are a wonderful time, and it can be a stressful time. Here are 19 Holiday Tips for Stroke Survivors. I explore them in greater detail in the episode. Use Spoon Theory to explain disabilities Nap when you can Warn a host you may need a break Keep blankets in your car Dry your cane tip Update note cards and laminate them Cold drives tone. Ask your doctor about adjusting meds Stretch Be careful with alcohol. It can affect you differently now Talk about Pba and emotional lability. It’s not shameful. Get extra traction for your shoes Use an ally at parties Decorate a cane for the holidays Send Thank you notes to your team Make a list and check it twice Use project planning tools like Planner and Trello to organize your endeavors Help others Create an Amazon wish list Adjust your expectations Where do we go from here? Share theses tips with two people in your life by giving them the link Follow me on Instagram at Be safe in your holiday adventures 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.
2-Minute Tip: Be Authentic and Tell Your Story   Across the different guests I talk with, the theme of authenticity keeps coming up in the tips. It’s similar in many of them which demonstrates just how important it is. Also interesting is how each of them brings their own angle to the concept.   When you tell your story and use it to connect with the message you want to convey, it’s much easier to have a memorable and authentic impact on your audience. And that’s ultimately what you want.   When you are talking about things that aren’t about you specifically, you can still let your authentic self come through. It’s in your enthusiasm or feeling about the topic your discussing. It’s in the analogies you use. It’s in how you dress and how you carry yourself. It’s in how you relate to the folks in your audience.   Sharing your story and being authentic doesn’t mean you have to share your detailed biography, especially when it’s not relevant to your topic. But you may have had an experience or anecdote that helps explain something. It doesn’t have to be a major thing in your life. It just needs to be something that will help make your point and help you achieve your goal.   Meet Kira Ming   Kira is a writer at heart. As she became more and more successful, she received more invitations to speak. And that helped her writing business. Which got her more speaking opportunities. Ultimately she learned that people want to hear from the person behind a brand.   The point is, she didn’t seek the stage.   And when she found herself on it, she had to learn fast. She had to learn to be bigger than herself — to push beyond her own limiting beliefs about what she was capable of to share her story with her audience and how her company could help them achieve their goals.   Bio   Kira Ming’s background in publishing spans over 15 years and involves the creation of her own successful publication. Over the past decade she’s had the pleasure of interviewing some of entertainment’s biggest names, and has been involved in many legendary events within entertainment both as a host and media sponsor.   She’s spent the past few years developing tools, resources, marketing material, and several types of content for businesses, editing numerous projects, and contributing articles to major platforms including Huffington Post. As a result of her success within publishing, content marketing, and business strategy, she felt it only necessary to write Small Business, Big Success – a straight to the point guide for small business owners. Kira Ming has served as keynote speaker, a panelist, and workshop conductor for numerous events, and she’s excited to continue giving value when it comes to her expertise.   3 Reasons Entrepreneurs Should Speak   It increases the audience for your product, service, or content Others want you to speak on their platform. And that will further expand your audience and potential customer base. It has a high conversion rate. People are more interested in buying from someone  they’ve personally seen and heard   Personal Branding   We talked about this topic a bit. A lot of people don’t like the idea because they feel, “I’m a human being — an individual. I’m not a brand.”   This is a short sighted approach. A brand is really  a mental shortcut that we all use that is a summary of our thoughts and feelings about a person, an organization, a topic, etc.   We all have a brand whether we want one or not. Personal branding is about taking an active role in influencing how people think about and see you.   It’s essential in the modern social media landscape we live in. And people will create it for you if you don’t protect it yourself.   It’s a modern way of caring about your reputation.   Links   Kira Ming’s Website Kira’s book on Amazon Business-Big-Success-Straight/ dp/1546585060 Kira on Twitter Kira on LinkedIn Kira on Facebook https://www. Kira on Instagram Kira’s articles on the Huffington Post   Call To Action   To learn more about Kira or her book, Small Business, Big Success: A Straight To The Point Guide For Small Business Owners, check out the links above. Who else do you know that might enjoy this episode? Give them the link Don’t get best…get better   2-Minute Talk Tips is the public speaking podcast that helps you become a more effective speaker in as little as 2 minutes a week.
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