Every Speaker Has A Story
By Steven S. Vrooman
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A professional keynote speaker and professor interviews public speakers at all levels about their successes, failures, and everything in between. Each episode is a set of stories collected around a theme. Episodes drop on an organic schedule. I make a contact and have a good conversation and I start building. But I will not drop episodes to meet some arbitrary standard of timeliness. I have a day job! I don't want to churn weekly content in order to get sticky eyeballs. My guarantee to you is that each episode is worth your time.
||Clean10 - A User's Guide to Extemporaneous Speaking: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Improvisation, Adaptation, "Crutching," and Authenticity||A full conversation with Strother Gaines, about the good and bad in your head as you are speaking, what we can learn about adaptation from Segway tours, why it might be okay to call the governor in improv, what "crutching" is and how to stop it, and how||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit9 - Vrooman at INBOUND||Want to hear me give the speech that at least three people on Twitter said made them "laugh the most" of all the INBOUND talks? They also said I "slayed it" and that I was their "favorite speaker." If it helps persuade you I make jokes about the followi||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8 - Oh, No, Not Power Point!||Hear from speakers from the fields of business, health, academics, teaching, public service, engineering and more about what makes good and bad visual aids in "the real world."||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7 - Do You Have One Final Piece of Public Speaking Advice?||I ask all my interviewees this question. Here's your chance to find out what they say. Spoiler alert: You should remember to breathe and tell the truth.||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6 - South by Nor'easter||The blizzard Stella strands your host in New York City, causing him to miss his appointed slot on the SXSW podcasting stage. Jetlagged, but determined, he gathers the audio shards of the on-the-spot interviews and audio soliloquies he collected during||3/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 - My Greatest Success||Hear 8 tales of public speaking triumph. The tales of the empty room, the crowded room, the sojourner, the school, the inventor, the shirt , the nerds and the challenge. These tales can help us unlock the possibility of having our own greatest success.||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4 - Superheroes||Did you know there are professional speakers out there with abilities far beyond those of normal speakers? That people with great powers were struggling with their responsibilities and how to integrate their secret identities with their daily lives? In||1/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3 - Nerves||Most people have anxiety about public speaking. Here are seven stories about anxiety and a few takeaways that might help us work through our own communication apprehensions.||11/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2 - Disasters||Do you fear the worst when public speaking? Has the worst already happened to you? If you told your story of the worst thing that has happened to you while speaking, would it sound like the collected tales in this episode? Would hearing the stories of o||10/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1 - Technical Difficulties||This podcast takes you behind the scenes to get the real story about public speaking. In this episode, hear what happens to four public speaking professionals when their technology fails them at the worst possible time.||9/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Real relatable speaker stories
This podcast is a breath of fresh air. As a veteran educator and public speaker, I listened to Steve Vrooman's Every Speaker Has A Story with great interest. Steve has a wonderful resonant made for radio voice and an engaging humorous personality.
First, I was pleasantly surprised that the 1st podcast episode dealt with technical difficulties. The four guests shared how slides didn't work, internet didn't work, and my favorite story was when Laura spoke at a small group setting, and she didn't have speakers, so they couldn't hear the video. I think sometimes as speakers, we think everything has to be perfect, and the reality is it isn't. Steve Vrooman said that everything doesn't have to be right for you to have an affect. In the 2nd podcast, entitled Disasters, Steve has four speakers share about disastrous speaking moments. Dan Boyle shares how his audience had blank stares and there was no connectivity at all. He said he struck out, but one should reevaluate and try a different audience. Steve says, "In the end, we get better when we fail".