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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).


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19. How To Be More Vulnerable When You Express Yourself – Without Scaring People Away



As a speaker, you’ve probably heard this advice: “Be vulnerable. It will help your audience connect with you.” 

But when does being vulnerable cross into TMI? After all, you want to engage your audience and Own the Room –– not clear it!

In this episode, Deirdre Van Nest shares two ways to show vulnerability that builds trust, likeability, and connection with your audience. You will learn how to serve your audience with every story you tell (and avoid sharing too much information!).

Deirdre discusses: 

  • The benefits of showing vulnerability in a professional business setting
  • Top reasons to share your life experiences with your audience
  • What gratuitous vulnerability is (and reasons to avoid it)
  • How to demonstrate vulnerability, connection, and humanity through storytelling
  • And more

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18. Got “Virtual Fatigue”? A 4-Part Formula for Keeping Your Audience AND Yourself Energized During Virtual Presentations: Part 2



During a virtual presentation, one of the most difficult tasks can be keeping the energy moving and your audience engaged throughout the entire presentation. 

It’s time to relieve yourself of “virtual fatigue”; keep your audience AND yourself energized during your next presentation!

In part two of this mini-series, Deirdre Van Nest reveals the rest of her CETA formula. This formula is THE key to engaging your audience for your entire presentation. Using the CETA formula, will enable you to deliver an EXPERIENCE to your audience, make an emotional connection with listeners through the screen, and help your content come alive.

Deirdre discusses: 

  • The importance of offering your listener an experience with you, NOT just dumping information—and how you can do this
  • How to weave “anchors” throughout your content to engage your audience in their hearts, minds, bodies, and souls
  • How to strategically use certain questions to make your presentation highly interactive
  • Why you need to make sure your presentation has at least one tangible item the audience can apply to their own life 
  • And more!

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17. Got “Virtual Fatigue”? A 4-Part Formula for Keeping Your Audience AND Yourself Energized During Virtual Presentations: Part 1



Energy and the internet can be a tough combo for any speaker. 

That’s why keeping the energy moving during your virtual presentations is THE key to engaging your audience.

In this episode, Deirdre Van Nest reveals her go-to formula for getting and KEEPING an audience’s attention during virtual presentations. Use this formula so that YOU AND YOUR audience leave “the room” feeling energized. 

Deirdre discusses: 

  • How to make your webcam feel like an actual person and why that’s critical to your success
  • Why you MUST keep the “energy moving” at least every 7 to 10 minutes
  • How to make your audience members feel like you’re talking directly to them vs. to a big group
  • Proven hacks to instantly make your virtual presentations more engaging
  • And more

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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.


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14. How to Master the Power of the Pause in Your Presentations



When you’re presenting, do you feel pressured to fill every space with words?

A lot of professionals feel this way. They believe that if they pause, they’re giving the audience “nothing.”

In this episode of Crazy Good Talks®, Deirdre Van Nest explains why the opposite is true. You will discover why taking a  pause is the most powerful way to connect deeply with your audience. Plus, she shares four types of pauses for every speaker to master, when to use them, and how. 

Deirdre discusses: 

  • Four key times to pause during a presentation or speech
  • Why pausing will help you build an intellectual and emotional connection with your audience
  • An easy technique for emphasizing a significant point to your audience
  • The answer to the question: “How long should I pause for?”
  • And more

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13. So What Does It Actually Take To Be a Crazy Good Speaker?



What’s the difference between a good speaker and a Crazy Good Speaker? 

In this episode, Deirdre Van Nest shares four trade secrets that Crazy Good Speakers use to stand out and own the room every time they speak. Whether you’re a new speaker, seasoned speaker, or somewhere in between, these are tips you can use right away to make your next presentation Crazy Good!

Deirdre discusses: 

  • How to avoid a speaker’s worst nightmare: Looking into the crowd and seeing a visibly bored audience ––  people daydreaming, sleeping, or playing on their phones
  • The KEY question Crazy Good Speakers always ask BEFORE planning a presentation
  • Why every Crazy Good Speaker follows a process 
  • The  total game-changer – -what Crazy Good Speakers do to own the room every time they speak 
  • And more

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12. To Script or Not to Script? How To Know Which Approach Will Keep Your Audience’s Attention



“To script or not to script?” Do you ever ask yourself this question as you prepare for a Crazy Good Talk®?

In this episode, Deirdre Van Nest helps you decide which approach to take for your next speaking engagement –– and why (hint: It’s all about keeping your audience’s attention!). She also dispels the myth that scripting leads to sounding unnatural, and she shares her go-to method for memorizing long presentations. 

Deirdre discusses: 

  • Why scripting is the key to being 100% you in front of your audience
  • Top reasons to memorize your presentation
  • Guidelines on when to go scripted vs. unscripted
  • Why your favorite actors sound completely natural (even though they’re reciting lines)
  • And more

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Episode 10 – The Secret Weapon for Decreasing Your Speaking Jitters — with Jesse Tordsen



Did you know that breathing is a secret weapon for decreasing anxiety and increasing your effectiveness as a presenter?

In fact, when used daily, this secret weapon will give you more peace of mind and help you be more successful in all areas of your life.

In this episode of the Crazy Good Talks® Podcast, Deirdre Van Nest sits down with Jesse Tordsen, owner of Steady Path Healing. As an expert in breathwork, he shares how to use your breath during speaking events and daily life activities. Stay tuned until the end, where Jesse will give you two guided exercises to help you center your energy before you present.

You will learn:

  • How to decrease stress and anxiety when presenting
  • Why tuning into your breath can help you “calm your mind”
  • Two types of breathing exercises to center your energy before you present
  • And more!

Tune in to this episode, to become more aware of the science behind using your breath!]

Resources: Crazy Good Talks® | Deirdre Van Nest | Steady Path Healing Book a Massage | Steady Path Healing | Steady Path Healing Instagram | Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor | Jesse Tordsen | Jesse Tordsen Breathing Exercise Demo


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Episode 9 – Never, ever end your presentation with a Q & A session. Never!



Contrary to popular belief, one of the ways even the best presentations can be derailed is by closing with a Q and A session. If you are presenting like this, it is absolutely time to make a change!

In this episode of the Crazy Good Talks® Podcast, Deirdre Van Nest shares why it’s a mistake to close your presentation with a Q and A session, and how to keep the audience interested until the very end of your  presentation.

You will learn:

  • How you should be ending your presentations so that you and your audience never experience the ‘FOOSH factor’ 
  • The 3 KEY places to hold your Q and A session
  • The mindset needed to take control of your stage and own the room when you’re holding a Q and A session
  • THE strategy that will redirect questions you don’t want to answer 
  • And more!

Tune in to learn why you need to be the last voice ringing in your audience’s ears!

Resources: Crazy Good Talks® | Deirdre Van Nest