Tag Archives: Communication


23. Stop Juggling All The Balls With Erin Botsford CFP®

It’s time to stop juggling all those balls. Having your own business or practice doesn’t have to be so stressful. You CAN create a self managing company. 

In this episode, Deirdre Van Nest speaks with Barron’s top 100 advisor Erin Botsford, CPF®, founder and chief executive officer at The Advisor Authority. Hear about Erin’s extraordinary business success story, how her company supports orphans in Africa and her strategies for creating a business that runs itself. 

Erin discusses: 

  • Why your business shouldn’t be your life, it should be the benefactor of your life
  • Why you NEVER want to be the smartest person in the room
  • How to increase your credibility and make yourself more approachable.
  • How she was able to take 6 months off and still have a rocking business 
  • And more


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About Our Guest:

Erin Botsford, CPF® is driven to help financial advisors serve more clients, make more money, and have more freedom in their business with the RIGHT training and tools. Her passion is seeing other financial advisors grow their businesses and succeed. This is why she has created an accessible and easy-to-follow course, so you can condense decades into days with the right tools and systems to give you true freedom in your business. 



22. 13 Mistakes That Stop You From Becoming a Crazy Good Speaker (And How To Fix Them!)

Are you struggling to hold your audience’s attention and own the room every time you speak? If so, you might be making the most common delivery mistakes without realizing it. 

Let’s turn that around!

In this episode, Deirdre Van Nest unpacks 13 mistakes that derail speakers of all experience levels from giving a Crazy Good Talk®! Not only that, but she shares how to make improvements right away — these are the major tips Deirdre has learned from helping thousands of professionals bring in business faster and impact more lives through public speaking.

Deirdre discusses:

  • How to give your audience advice without ever sounding preachy
  • The basics of how to move with purpose while on stage-don’t be a ‘pacer’ or ‘swayer’.
  • What it looks like to aim for connection over perfection as a speaker
  • Why it’s a mistake to address your audience as a group (and what to do instead)
  • And more


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20. How Harnessing the Power of Emotions Will Create Value in Your Presentations With Sam Palazzolo

There are two emotions you can use to motivate and inspire your audience every time you speak.

In this episode, Deirdre Van Nest talks with Sam Palazzolo, the managing director at Tip of the Spear Ventures and author of “The Influential Leader”. Sam shares his advice on harnessing the power of two emotions to build yourself as an authority figure to influence and persuade your audience through your messaging.

Sam discusses:

  • How to establish value creation through the power of questions
  • Two types of emotions to motivate and inspire your audience
  • The Kiss of Death emotion you must avoid and why

And more!


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About Our Guest:

Sam Palazzolo brings a wealth of expertise to his client base, composed of Fortune 100, Mid-Cap, and Startup companies. A hands-on C-suite leader, he brings a unique blend of expertise to the daily challenges of leadership/business under pressure. In this New Economy, leaders and their organizations desire a different perspective faster with results, and he establishes the launch-pad for exponential growth!

Sam is Managing Director at Tip of the Spear Ventures, a Private Equity/Venture Capital and Business Advisory Services firm he established in 2012. In addition to his work at Tip, he founded The Javelin Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing Executive Education through Leadership Development and Executive Coaching programs. He also acts as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) where he annually instructs an Executive Education course based on his fifth book (“Leading at the Tip of the Spear: The Leader” published 2018).

15. Writing a Book Using the Crazy Good Talks® Blueprint With Ross Marino

Do you have a book inside you that’s aching to get out?

Of course you do! Well, you’re in luck because the Crazy Good Talks® Blueprint will give you the guidance and structure to write it.

In this episode, Deirdre Van Nest is joined by Ross Marino CFP®, the founder and chief executive officer at Advisor2X. You will learn how Ross Marino CFP® used the Crazy Good Talks Blueprint to write his book. You will also discover how you can use the Crazy Good Talks® Blueprint to make an impact with your words and ideas.

Ross discusses: 

  • How he and co-author Susan Bradley encourage their readers to feel, think, and act differently
  • Tips and tricks he learned from the Crazy Good Talks® Blueprint to help write his book
  • Top three strategies he used to write his book from the Crazy Good Talks® Blueprint
  • How opening up with a bang changed his on-stage experience
  • And more


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About Our Guest:

Ross Marino’s fascination with business and investments started in the 9th grade, when he received a copy of Money Magazine as a birthday gift. That fascination led to his career as a financial planner. He founded Transitus Wealth Partners, which has helped individuals, families, and business owners make decisions through life transitions for over 30 years.

In 2010, Ross founded Advisor2X™ to help other advisors grow their individual and family financial planning and employer plan practices. Advisor2X™ has hosted over 1,000 events in 40 cities for over 30,000 advisors.