Unforgettable Presentations

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Do you remember the times when your family got together for holidays, anniversary celebrations or special occasions? The laughter you shared, the memories you made, and the tales you told? Mark and Darren talk about the hidden TREASURE in our families’ stories and offer specific ideas for finding and sharing the treasure that can make your family stories unforgettable.
Take another peek behind the coaches’ curtain as Darren and Mark show Denise Marek, award-winning speaker and author, how minor adjustments can have major impact. Listen as they explain how techniques like The Pause Pedestal, replacing statements with questions, the power of Reaction, and the Magic of Moments will make your good stories UNFORGETTABLE!
Imagine: Winning the World Championship of Public Speaking with a timeless message, pioneering unconventional attire & audience response, and mentoring several other finalists and champions, including co-hosts Darren and Mark. Meet David Brooks, hear his journey, glean from his experience, and learn how excellent writing can make your presentation UNFORGETTABLE! If you are a Toastmaster this is a must listen episode. Why? If you ever heard a World Champion at any District conference, you may have David Brooks to thank. He was a Game Changer. You’ve got to listen.
Have you clarified your why lately? What drives you to get on stage…or online…and deliver a presentation? We all have our reasons, and they may vary greatly. Today Darren and Mark dive into the ‘NEW WHY’…the deeper motivation behind why we present. They explore how looking beyond technical expertise, eloquence, and the accolades we receive, will help us to be unforgettable.
Racism is a highly volatile social issue. Tackling it head-on, to a global audience, breaks the mold, yet the 2020 World Championship Of Public Speaking 1st-Runner-Up Linda-Marie Miller did just that. Why that subject? What was her speech development process? Why use placards? Darren, Mark, and guest co-host Ed Tate get these answers and more during an unforgettable conversation about anUNFORGETTABLE PRESENTATION!
How do you put a smile of the faces of your audience, or make them laugh out loud…especially when you KNOW you aren’t funny? Mark and Darren understand all too well, having both been branded ‘un-funny’ since childhood. In this episode, they share some simple yet effective formulas for finding the funny, and being unforgettable.
How do you deliver a potentially controversial presentation with grace and dignity, yet be effective without being offensive, and ultimately become UNFORGETTABLE? Mark and Darren get answers from Lebanese storyteller and academic Sadika Kebbi, as she expounds on the power of a personal story and reveals her unique techniques for making her presentations UNFORGETTABLE!
What happens when 2 World Champions are each asked to officiate a wedding for the first time? How do they approach it? Perhaps you will be asked to deliver a Best Man’s Speech, a toast, a roast, a eulogy or to officiate a wedding. How can you make it unforgettable? Mark and Darren break down their 5-step preparation process and show the importance of good structure for unforgettable special occasion presentations. Get tools and insights to help you deliver an unforgettable one-time special occasion speech.
With the global pandemic, it seems the whole world has been thrown off balance. How can you still be impactful? What if you’re a presenter and performer who relies on a large stage, unusual props, and extensive physical activity? How do you pivot to a virtual experience? In this lively…and sometimes visually amazing…conversation with Darren and Mark, author/acrobat/Hall-Of-Fame speaker Dan Thurmon provides answers and proves that you can live your life off balance on purpose, and be UNFORGETTABLE!
What does it take to ‘out-speak’ 35,000 global contestants to become the first VIRTUAL World Champion of Public Speaking?  Mark and Darren chat with the 2020 WCPS Mike Carr about the ups and downs of his speaking journey, lessons learned along the way, and his now famous and unforgettable use of the virtual platform to create a unique audience experience. Tune in for tips and techniques that will help make you UNFORGETTABLE!
Unforgettable presentations have MOMENTS…scenes, conversations, statements, and emotions that resonate with the audience or with the presenter. These are the moments that remain in our minds and hearts. Darren and Mark talk about three specific categories of Magic Moments, provide examples from their experiences, and offer advice on both identifying and creating magic moments…moments that will make your presentations UNFORGETTABLE!
That ‘Nudge Your Neighbor’ moment; when the speaker starts to tell a story you’ve heard before, so you nudge your neighbor and say, “You’re going to LOVE this!” Darren and Mark talk with master story-crafter Craig Valentine about the ins and outs of story craft, some common mistakes that even seasoned experts make, and the power of The Foundational Phrase in the story crafting process…tools that will help you to create ‘Nudge Your Neighbor’ moments, and make you UNFORGETTABLE!
Entertainment superstar Will Smith calls him ‘The Legend’. Michael Hauge is a story expert and Hollywood script consultant to the stars. Today he responds to Mark’s and Darren’s questions about stories and gives insight into the nuances of not only preparing, but also presenting legendary stories. Applying his wisdom, gained from over 40 years in Hollywood, will lead you to story mastery, and help you to be UNFORGETTABLE!
Have you ever wondered what it’s like being coached on your story? Today you get a peek behind the coaches’ curtain as Darren and Mark guide Michelle Villalobos, member of the Million Dollar Speaker Group, through the process of enhancing one of her signature stories. Learn how the application of simple yet potent techniques like The Foundational Phrase, The Power of Contrast, and The Punch Phrase will transform your stories, which may already be very good, and make them UNFORGETTABLE!
Imagine yourself in the HOT SEAT, as an expert grills you with questions, with the only goal of showing you how to enhance your presentations, streamline your processes, and increase your revenue. Mark and Darren spend some time with Hall of Fame speaker and business growth strategist Ford Saeks, as he reveals how using HOT SEATS effectively will elevate your effectiveness, ‘punch up’ your presentations, and make you UNFORGETTABLE!
From tiny obscure comedy clubs to television specials to stages on 3 continents, Butch Bradley has conquered the comedy world. But what techniques has he mastered that will help ANY presenter to be unforgettable? The answers flow…along with the funny…as he sits down with Mark and Darren and dispenses wisdom and experience proving that ‘EVERYONE IS FUNNY’, and the with the right attitude, effort and allies, anyone can be UNFORGETTABLE!
“An unforgettable presenter is an imperfect presenter striving to be unforgettable.” So says co-host Darren as he and Mark share 10 choices that every presenter should make to alter their mindset, hone their craft, and elevate their performance level. Use this as a checklist. By continually striving to improve, regardless of your experience as a presenter, you can achieve new heights of proficiency and excellence, and deliver presentations that are UNFORGETTABLE!
“Look for those events in your life that brought you pain...and go deeper into the pain. Audiences will identify…and connect with your vulnerability.” These words from Michael Hauge, Hollywood Script Consultant to the stars, are the basis for a frank heart-to-heart as Mark and Darren talk about mining your life to find the GOLD. It’s difficult to revisit painful experiences, and in this episode, our co-hosts reveal how finding the PURPOSE in your PAIN can uplift your audience, transform their thinking, provide the gift of hope, and make you UNFORGETTABLE!
“Having fun allows me to do what I love without any great pressure.” says Olympic double gold medalist Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic. As presenters, we work hard on our craft and do our best to shine on stage. Sometimes our focus is so lasered, we forget to have FUN. In this episode, Darren and Mark share stories and experiences with having fun on the platform, and the principles and lessons they have learned over a combined 50 years of speaking. This episode will help you to take some pressure off, do what you love, and use the FUN FACTOR to be UNFORGETTABLE!
How can we improve as communicators daily? Former prosecutor David Henderson, civil rights attorney, Toastmaster, and educator has answers. He has been published in Newsweek & the Washington Post, and appeared on MSNBC & CNN. David, Mark & Darren talk about showing emotion, becoming a better writer, and overcoming the fear of being authentic in front of a jury. Find out how effective communication makes a meaningful contribution to someone’s day and manifests in REAL LIFE application. It’s not just what we say, but how we live that will make us UNFORGETTABLE!
Where can you continue to find fresh material every day? Every month? Every year? For more than 55 YEARS? Legendary speaker, ‘Grandma Gone Viral’ with 97million YouTube views, and Hall of Fame humorist Jeanne Robertson reveals her secrets in this lively discussion with Darren and Mark. Jeanne shares how to train your ears to find new stories each day, how to collect 400 original story ideas each year, how to adapt to changing times to keep your material fresh, and how to create UNFORGETTABLE PRESENTATIONS!
“Business is a dance between the practical and the creative,” says today’s guest. Mark and Darren sit down Grammy-Nominated musician, Freddie Ravel who toured with Brazilian master Sergio Mendes, directed the legendary band Earth, Wind and Fire. Hear his story of how performing for Dr. Deepak Chopra lead him to become an internationally acclaimed Keynote Maestro. This episode is loaded with nuggets of wisdom on how you can be practical, creative, and UNFORGETTABLE!
“Your last words LINGER.” So says Hall of Fame speaking legend Patricia Fripp. You may have delivered a presentation containing hilarious humor, powerful stories, and relatable characters. But do your last words include an ASK for your audience? Darren and Mark unpack the critical role your ask can play, and reveal ways in which a powerful and strategic ask can make your presentation UNFORGETTABLE!
Do your first words FASCINATE, or FRUSTRATE? Your opening lines can make or break your presentation, and your audience will either tune in, or check out. Darren and Mark offer a number of opening techniques which, when used well, will engage your audience immediately, and help to make your talk UNFORGETTABLE!
Perhaps you’re thinking about working with a Speaker Bureau. What do they need from you? In what ways can you help them to help you? How can you forge and nurture a mutually beneficial relationship? Mark & Darren get answers from former Las Vegas entertainer, speaker spouse, and speaker bureau executive Jennifer Joseph Lier. Find out how YOU can stand out and quickly leap to the top of a bureau’s list of favorites to become UNFORGETTABLE!
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Podcast Details

Created by
Darren LaCroix
Podcast Status
Nov 26th, 2020
Latest Episode
Nov 26th, 2020
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour

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