Category: Own Your Platform (page 2 of 2)

010 – Best Advice We’ve Ever Gotten

The hosts share the best communication advice they’ve ever received and the embarrassing stories to go along with it.

Roadmap

Say less 1:30
Don’t be a hack 3:25
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Being eyore: Isaiah’s mistake 8:50
The meeting about me: Nathanael’s Mistake 14:00
(new segment!) Thought provoking things 19:34

Recommendations

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
“Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? […] The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.”

009 – How to give effective criticism (part 2)

Cumulatively, Isaiah and Nathanael have given feedback professionally for over 15 years. In this episode, they reach into the past and discuss the secret sauce that makes their criticism pop.

Part 1, Part 2

Roadmap

Criticism in debate 0:40
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Criticism at work 14:20

Recommendations

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
“In this indispensable guide, […] discover that sticky messages of all kinds–from the infamous “kidney theft ring” hoax to a coach’s lessons on sportsmanship to a vision for a new product at Sony–draw their power from the same six traits.”

Effective Coaching: Lessons from the Coach’s Coach
“A pragmatic and passionate guide that establishes the many benefits of coaching in order to create a working environment for individuals and organizations to ensure that both fulfill their full potential.”

007 – Slay the Dragon

Starting with Nathanael’s experience building a website for Heritage Action, the hosts explore why storytelling, not listing features, is key to selling technology successfully.

Roadmap

The Dragon: Online Political Activism 1:40
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Be Like Yoda, Not Luke 11:20
Listener Question: Profanity 18:45

Recommendations

The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs by Carmine Gallo
The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs is as close as you’ll ever get to having the master presenter himself speak directly in your ear. Communications expert Carmine Gallo has studied and analyzed the very best of Jobs’s performances, offering point-by-point examples, tried-and-true techniques, and proven presentation secrets[.]”

006 – When Disaster Strikes

Learn what to do when a presentation goes horribly wrong. Nathanael tells about the time he accidentally showed porn at a live workshop, and Isaiah tells about the time an angry audience member charged him with a pointed finger.

Roadmap

Nathanael’s Story 0:16
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Isaiah’s Story 11:00

Recommendations

Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun
“In this hilarious and highly practical book, author and professional speaker Scott Berkun reveals the techniques behind what great communicators do, and shows how anyone can learn to use them well. For managers and teachers — and anyone else who talks and expects someone to listen — Confessions of a Public Speaker provides an insider’s perspective on how to effectively present ideas to anyone. It’s a unique, entertaining, and instructional romp through the embarrassments and triumphs Scott has experienced over 15 years of speaking to crowds of all sizes.”

005 – Video Killed the Podcast Star

Producer Elijah Schow joins Isaiah and Nathanael to talk about video’s dominance of communication. From Nathanael’s theory about why SNL is less live than ever before to Elijah’s description of the types of cuts used in a popular vlog, the OYP team get into the video weeds. Isaiah saved the day by showing how video isn’t much different from good communication in general.

Roadmap

Introducing the Producer 0:30
Hooked on Video 2:05
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What Separates the Best from the Rest? 10:55
Filtering Out the Noise 16:10
The Secret Ingredient 21:15

Recommendations

There are no book recommendations this time, but if you want to recommend a book for the hosts to read, send them an email.

004 – Mastering the Mighty Pen

Writing is a neglected discipline in business. In this episode, Isaiah and Nathanael discuss how effective writing can revive meetings and stand out amidst the noisiest inbox.

Roadmap

Rethinking Meetings 1:30
Think Before You Send 4:16
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Taming the Email Beast 11:10
Adjusting to Your Audience 19:00

Recommendations

The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures by Dan Roam
“Drawing on twenty years of experience and the latest discoveries in vision science, Roam teaches readers how to clarify any problem or sell any idea using a simple set of tools. He reveals that everyone is born with a talent for visual thinking, even those who swear they can’t draw. And he shows how thinking with pictures can help you discover and develop new ideas, solve problems in unexpected ways, and dramatically improve your ability to share your insights.”

“Let’s focus on all those big meetings that we have in our career. The ones where you close multi-million dollar deals, hire your next C-Suite Executive or report your company’s quarterly quarterly performance to your board. Oftentimes you may end up achieving nothing to write home about or worse – creating unnecessary work or problems for yourself! And in order to solve this, you would probably get caught in a vicious cycle of meetings. Here’s what I do to stop […]”

003 – What Rhymes with Alison Lundergan Grimes?

Most politicians are terrible at answering questions, and, in this episode, the Daring Duo untangles one politician’s particularly awful non-answer. From there they cover how to craft effective questions and how talk with your boss.

Recommendations

There are no book recommendations this time, but if you want to recommend a book for the hosts to read, send them an email.

Roadmap

A Reason to Dislike Politics 0:23
Making a Difference without Politics 4:16
Recovering from Disaster 8:22
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Asking Helpful Questions 10:33
Answering Your Boss’ Questions 12:59
Avoiding Selfish Questions 19:25

002 – Purgatory or Public Event?

Having recently returned from a conference each, Isaiah and Nathanael discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of conferencing. Ugly: ignoring the audience. Bad: ignoring the topics. Good: ignoring the rules.

Roadmap

Lessons from Train-Wreck Presentations 5:27
Lessons from Fantastics Presentations 7:14
Recovering from Disaster 14:57
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Conquering Panel Terror 25:46
Differentiating Yourself 27:33
Closing Gracefully 32:00

Recommended Books

Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun “For managers and teachers — and anyone else who talks and expects someone to listen — Confessions of a Public Speaker provides an insider’s perspective on how to effectively present ideas to anyone.”

001 – A Coach for Talking

Many people aren’t born with the ability to awe the audience, but everyone has a platform, and communications coaches help you own yours. In this episode Isaiah and Nathanael discuss what they’ve seen in years of coaching, how it connects to their day jobs, and why watching the Daily Show will help both liberals and conservatives alike.

Roadmap

Who are Isaiah and Nathanael? 0:19
Why communications coaching? 2:17
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The Daily Show 13:09
Reading Books 19:44

Recommended Books

Shantaram: A Novel by Gregory Davids Roberts: “[…]is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear.”

Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan: “The Red Lobster perched in the far corner of a run-down New England mall hasn’t been making its numbers and headquarters has pulled the plug. But manager Manny DeLeon still needs to navigate a tricky last shift with a near-mutinous staff.”