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Phil Mershon

#419: The Art, Science and Storytelling That Creates Memorable Events

#419: The Art, Science and Storytelling That Creates Memorable Events

You have an event to create or a major presentation to make.

How do you have your audience leave with an experience that they will not soon forget?

Phil Mershon, Director of Experience for Social Media Examiner and author of Unforgettable: The Art and Science of Creating Memorable Experiences, is a dynamic figure in the world of producing remarkable events both online and off.

As the driving force behind Social Media Marketing World, he has become a sought-after speaker, author, and thought leader, inspiring countless individuals to create memorable experiences for their event attendees.

In his groundbreaking book, “Unforgettable: The Art and Science of Creating Memorable Experiences,” Phil delves into the intricacies of crafting impactful and unforgettable moments. Drawing from his vast experience and deep understanding of human psychology, he unveils a comprehensive framework for designing experiences that leave a lasting impression.

“Unforgettable” goes beyond mere theory and offers practical strategies and techniques to help readers transform their businesses and engage their audiences on a whole new level. Phil’s unique blend of art and science provides a roadmap for creating experiences that captivate, inspire, and drive meaningful action.


Park Howell

#418: How to Use the Story Cycle System™ to Make Your Presentations Vastly More Persuasive

#418: How to Use the Story Cycle System™ to Make Your Presentations Vastly More Persuasive

You know how it feels when you’ve developed the perfect presentation and can’t wait to share it with your audience.

You’ve done your discovery learning how you want your attendees to think, feel and most importantly do at the conclusion of your keynote, sales presentation or workshop.

But your prep, while impressive, was hard because you didn’t have an easy way to create your content strategy for your presentation.

Now you can use the 10-step Story Cycle System™ to quickly and easily create your talk and you don’t even have to understand the theory behind why it works so well.

Download my one-page Story Selling Framework and listen along as I reveal the 13 key questions you need to ask yourself about your what your audience wishes for and wants relative to your offering.

I use my 2018 TEDx Talk as an example of how you use the framework to captivate, educate and move your audience to action.

I’ve trained loads of sales and marketing leaders on how to use it for:

  • Sales presentions
  • Leadership keynotes
  • Long-form videos
  • Blog posts
  • Articles
  • Whitepapers
  • Communication of internal initiatives (more…)

Stevel Multer

#417: How to Reel in Your Audiences With Your Stories

#417: How to Reel in Your Audiences With Your Stories

There’s one powerful element of stories that we know but often forget.

Stories convey the truth that creates the trust we need to build with our audiences.

But sometimes we miss that trust-building moment because we’re so locked in on communicating the features and functions of our offering. While we’re being truthful in describing our product or service, our audience doesn’t care.

They want to receive value in our communications first. And that value is delivered through the memorable stories we tell.

What’s in it for them?

Steve Multer, Chief Storytelling Officer and author of Nothing Gets Sold Until the Story Gets Told: Corporate Storytelling for Career Success and Value-Driven Marketing, shares how to develop the audience-speaker relationship to build trust and move people to action.

Steve is a veteran industry-leading spokesman and trainer for more than 100 global brands including Cisco, Panasonic, Siemens, Fujifilm, HP, and Sprint.

As chief storytelling officer of his own strategic brand consulting company, Steve has designed, developed, and delivered over five thousand live talks and broadcast presentations that connect multinational corporations to their customers, partners, and media analysts.

As a trusted speaker coach, trainer, and enthusiastic evangelist for better corporate storytelling, Steve guides executives, thought leaders, and sales teams to stronger presentation content and increased communication success.


Conie Whitman

#416: See More Sales by Revealing Your Storytelling Blind Spots

#416: See More Sales by Revealing Your Storytelling Blind Spots

YOu know how great it feels when a sale feels almost effortless.

You have a solution your client needs and your sales presentation just seemed to roll off your tongue like you weren’t even trying.

Our guest calls that your Natural Sales Style (NSS).

But we often don’t leverage our NSS because we have too many blind spots in how we ideally communicate.

Especially given the five different buying styles we confront in our prospects.

Connie Whitman has been the CEO of Changing the Sales Game for 20+ years, helping banks and credit union leaders, and sales teams build powerhouse organizations.

Known for her high-energy, passionate, heart-centered, and enthusiastic approach to sales, teaching, and coaching, Connie is a four-time #1 International Best-Selling author, including her book ESP (Easy Sales Process): 7-Steps to Sales Success, speaker, and podcast host.

Her inspired teaching, transformational tools, and content ensure that bankers, advisors, and salespeople grow their revenue streams through enhanced communication skills.

She is thrilled to share inspiring content on her international podcasts “Changing the Sales Game” and “Enlightenment of Change.”


Isabelle Mercier

#415: How to Position Your Brand as The First, The Best, or The Only

#415: How to Position Your Brand as The First, The Best, or The Only

Are you enjoying or wouldn’t you love your brand to be considered either the first in a marketplace, the best in an industry, or the only thing like it in the world?

But that’s a tall order if you are not intentionally crafting your brand story that supports your first, best or only position.

Two of the most important considerations when sharing your brand story is to determine from your audience’s point of view…

  1. What is the risk of saying yes?
  2. What is the cost of saying no?

These two questions are essential because they help you decide which stories to tell: Those focused on an abundant mindset to help your audience overcome their fear of saying yes, or stories playing to the negative bias baggage we all carry around to underscore the cost of saying no?

We’ll sort that out today with Isabelle Mercier, co-founder and CEO of LeapZone Strategies brand crafters and one of the most inspirational branding, marketing, and customer experience keynote speakers.


Julie Ciardi

#414: Why Belief is at the Heart of Every Effective Business Story

#414: Why Belief is at the Heart of Every Effective Business Story

The single most powerful insight I took from Phil Knight’s biography about NIKE called Shoe Dog, is this from its founder, “People, sensing my belief, wanted some of that belief for themselves. Belief, I decided, is irresistible.”

How deeply do you believe in what you’re doing?

Does your belief shine through in the stories you tell so much so that your audiences find you and your offering irresistible?

But our values and convictions don’t always take center stage in our communications.

So today, you will learn from a sales professional who made a major career move simply because she believed she had a bigger purpose in life.

And it’s paid off.

Julie Ciardi is a business & mindset coach on a mission to help IGNITE women to design lives they love rather than living life by default.

She hosts the IGNITE Her Mind Podcast and provides a free community called IGNITE Her Society. She also author The Standout Breakout Formula, where she lays out the formula to stand out in the crowded online market and break out in your business.

Julies believes that women start their dream business using her signature NOW Goal™ Formula, which you’ll learn about in today’s show.



Jim Stengel

#413: How to Build Brand Purpose & Profits With Your Business Storytelling

#413: How to Build Brand Purpose & Profits With Your Business Storytelling

Do you run a brand that has established and delivers on a powerful brand purpose?

If so, then you’re in a good place because studies indicate that up to 80 percent of consumers want to buy from a brand that stands for something bigger than just the product or service it sells.

But many companies with big brand ambitions fall short because they fail to align their values and beliefs with what their customers believe in and value.

In fact, there are three primary factors that derail even the best of intentions when building on brand purpose.

We’ll explore the activities that trip up the best of intentions today with  Jim Stengel, President/CEO of The Jim Stengel Company.

A prolific writer, thought leader and advisor, Jim is the author of Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World’s Greatest Companies, and Unleashing the Innovators: How Mature Companies Find New Life with Startups.

He is also host of the highly acclaimed The CMO Podcast, an Adjunct Professor at Kellogg Northwestern, and an investor and Board member at BERA.


Seth Godin

#412: Seth Godin: The Story Behind My New Book, The Song of Significance

#412: Seth Godin: The Story Behind My New Book, The Song of Significance

Six weeks ago, I flopped down in front of the fire on a brisk Northern Arizona Tuesday morning, grabbed my coffee, flipped open my laptop and there was Seth Godin’s daily email.

I opened it and read about his new book coming out this week, The Song of Significance.

I’ve been producing my podcast for eight years and I often toyed with the idea of inviting Seth onto the show. I thought what better time than now when he has a new book to promote?

So I jotted off an email at about 6:45 am my time. Within 15 minutes, Seth replied and said he’d be happy to be on The Business of Story. His quick response took me by surprise, given the stature of this particular marketing consultant and teacher.

I’m delighted to bring you the conversation I had with Seth about his management book for a new era and a new generation.

Seth Godin, a renowned author, entrepreneur, and marketing guru, has captivated audiences worldwide with his visionary insights and groundbreaking ideas.

With numerous bestsellers to his name, including “Purple Cow” and “The Dip,” Godin is a leading voice in business, innovation, and personal development. His latest literary masterpiece, The Song of Significance further solidifies his status as a prolific thinker and influential writer.


Gregory Shepard

#411: With No Struggle, There is Neither Story Nor Success

#411: With No Struggle, There is Neither Story Nor Success

Napoleon Hill once famously said, “Strength and growth only come through continuous effort and struggle.”

While that may read well on a motivational poster, we go out of our way to avoid conflict and strife.

Or as Winston Churchill put it, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

But it seems inevitable that through our most difficult moments is where we grow the most.

Today’s guest knows this better than most.

Gregory Shepard, a tech superstar who has experienced 14 liquidity events, was diagnosed with seven neurodivergent conditions including autism, synesthesia and dyslexia.

But he believes these so-called deficits are actually his superpowers that have enabled his remarkable success, including selling two of his start-ups to eBay as part of a $925 million transaction. Gregory Shepard says he and folks like him simply see the world a little, or a lot, differently than the rest of us.

“As a Nerodivergent autistic, my story applies to all those who struggle which is all founders. I use my stories of struggle and success to bring knowledge to the founders.”


Mitchell Clements

#410: How ESPN’s Social Media Team Uses Storytelling to Score Big Time

#410: How ESPN’s Social Media Team Uses Storytelling to Score Big Time

You, like everyone else, are battling in the most competitive arena of communication that we’ve ever experienced.

Social media, where everyone believes they’re a superstar.

Like an Ali jab, if you can get your messages to land right the first time, every time, then you’ll have the impact on the audiences you seek.

But you’re messages aren’t winning because they’re lackluster. Listless. Lathargic, to keep this alliteration going.

Mitchell Clements, Social Media Creative Manager at ESPN is here to share with you some of the most creative ways ESPN tells their sports stories online.