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Sunday
Apr062014

Speaking and Living Your Mind

This coming Wednesday, April the 9th, three of us are going to be leading a "practice" workshop (really, it's only practice for me, the other two are terrific!) - and it's time for me, the listener, the observer -- to SAY and not to write, what's been on my mind.

This workshop is named after a book I wrote this past January, called "The Inside-Out Speaker." It's message is something I strongly believe in, that we don't have to be, act, live, walk, dress or even speak like anyone else in this WORLD, to connect with our audience. As long as you say it with heart - emotional, authentic, intentional, creative expression, - the "connection" will happen.

And take it all the way - full-on expression and heart - and it's the strongest connection.

So, let me regress a bit here.

Last night, I attended an informal class reunion following my high school's 85th anniversary celebration that day. It was held at a local fun spot, where they served food and drink. I wasn't sure if I wanted to go, but I did. You see, I'm learning to do more of that, to just "go." And, as an avid video pro that's done live series TV, commercials, events and tons more, I thought it would be fun to take my DSLR video and STILL camera. It's an informal way for me to keep getting better at photography, and it's an escape for me, too. It keeps me from pulling back into my naturally introverted mind. The camera's my "fix" - it's my favorite song that makes me stomp down on the gas pedal. So, I went.

Fast forward to today after posting the pictures to social media. A comment came back that read "You are very talented my friend, keep up the great work!"

Yes, I've had and have comments about my work along the same lines, but then I started thinking.

I was battling some things last night. I was a little uncomfortable. For example, I don't love using "flash" accessories. I'd rather use natural light. I love the bokeh look, and I'm not a big fan of going to "auto" either when it's a fast paced gig. Honestly, I was on the fence about if I did the job that I expected myself to do.

I was thinking about --- doubting my abiilities.

After all, I'm a VIDEO professional, a creative services professional (yes, an author too I suppose) - and just an interested photographer hobbyist.

But, you know what?  They looked good to me here on review and the comments were very positive as I said. And it's because I knew that my fallback, my magic bullets were "The Moments." I wanted to capture them more than anything. I always do.

If I keep making that NUMBER 1 - to capture the real fun, the originality of a night, an event, a show - then I'll continue to be good in my creative video work AND when expressing myself to a workshop audience.

In fact, it's important for any type of connection. Cameraman to crowd. Doctor to patient. Teacher to student. Speaker to audience. You have to put the giving and receiving of expressions and the search for moments out in front of everything else. Sure, it's difficult at times for me to express myself in a way that I know, works. But, it's all going to be okay, because it's all coming from the right place.

Two of over 50 photos from last night!
Legend Media Producers is a Dallas video production and producer services company that works independently as well as aligning strategically with other video production companies. In addition, marketing and digital technology companies seek out Legend Media Producers  to add value for their clients. With active customers on both coasts, local clients as well as a strategic partnership - Legend Media Producers has positioned itself to be a quality high definition video provider to businesses and individuals alike. Smartphone to satellite, we provide video production planning, production and post.  Based in Dallas, Texas
 


Thursday
Feb132014

What are you intentions for your speaking?

Your intentions are so important when it comes to your speaking career.

How are you communicating to those around you? Are you casting a big net out there, looking to gain bits of information that can help you be better - or are you socializing? It's hard to catch the BIG ONE, but still, it's important to seek out those individuals that can give you an advantage.

Here's a few paragraphs from Chapter One of The Inside-Out Speaker. We talk about Intentions, and learning what's really important as you go day to day in your speaking career. 

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What about your bookings, phone calls and social media?

The last of which is what you should really be listening to - the true revealers, the non-verbal constructive communication markers. It takes effort for your audience to make a call or to go online and comment to a blog, or other social media platform. When your speaking career is hitting the mark, you should be just as active socially as you are when presenting.

Uh-oh. You can feel it now and I know it’s unsettling. It’s already starting to crumble, isn’t it?

And your colleagues, who you think “get you” and understand what you’re doing every day - their advisement is supportive as well. And it’s because you’re competing for the same clients, the same recommendations, the same rewards and more. It’s weakening your foundation. Never trust anyone who wants what you have.

The walls are straining as if made of straw, and when they go, your house will soon be gone. You can’t start over. You’ve worked too hard.

In truth, if you don’t get your foundation fixed, it’s not going to matter anyway. The reality is that supportive communication is a lie, whether it’s driven by jealousies, politics or other indulgent emotions - and it’s going to kill your professional speaking career if you let it. 

Do you remember a childhood fable called “The Three Little Pigs?”

Well, my version has the big, bad wolf tracking you down. He represents the end of the line for you – curtains. He’s hungry for a Little Pig ham sandwich.

But you think you’re a little bit smarter than him, so you’ve taken refuge in your poorly built straw jungle hut with a (yes, you guessed it) crumbling, supportive foundation. Oh, and he’s lurking right outside your door!

"Little pig, little pig, let me come in."

"No, no, not by the hair on my chinny chin chin."

"Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your hut in."

Oh, my. This isn’t going well for you right now. He just might do it. But really, how much worse can it get? Oh yeah. The Little Pig ham sandwich.

Lloyd Box, a communications expert in the field of resistance to change theory and linguistic markers, says this about indulgent conversaiton and supportive communication.

“Narcissism is all about oneself; the ego. When it comes to supportive communication, the narcissistic speaker thinks it’s not bull. They think “Man I’m great!,” and they’ll get worse.”

In other words, you’re about to be done in by yourself, supportive communication and the big, bad wolf. . .

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When you're struggling as a speaker, fixing things sometimes means going back to the behaviors and examining your own values. Makes sense, right? What is it that you're trying to do, and is it coming from the right place? Am I trying to change peoples ideas (minds)  when I'm really not on board myself? Examining your own motivations - your intentions - is important, that's why we lead with it as Chapter One of The Inside-Out Speaker.

Look for the title on Amazon, or link here to get a copy. Enjoy.

Legend Media Producers is a Dallas video production and producer services company that works independently as well as aligning strategically with other video production companies. In addition, marketing and digital technology companies seek out Legend Media Producers  to add value for their clients. With active customers on both coasts, local clients as well as a strategic partnership - Legend Media Producers has positioned itself to be a quality high definition video provider to businesses and individuals alike. Smartphone to satellite, we provide video production planning, production and post.  Based in Dallas, Texas.

Friday
Jan242014

Author Interview about the book "The Inside-Out Speaker"

I was invited to sit down with Liz Lawless this morning and talk about the new book!
Here's the transcript from the audio recording.

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Liz Lawless:  Liz Lawless of Adriel Publishing here, and we're talking with Kurt Boxdorfer.  Kurt has written a book that's just been released titled "The Inside-Out Speaker: Untold Truths and Strategies On How to Be a Better Speaker" and we're so happy he chose Adriel Publshing to help him with his project. 

Kurt Boxdorfer:  Thanks Liz. Who'd of thought I'd write a book? But I'm glad I did it and I'm glad it's done.

Liz Lawless:  So, we're going to put this interview out there in the digital atmosphere as you know -- Let's start here. What is "The Inside-Out Speaker" Untold Truths and Strategies On How to Be a Better Speaker?"

Kurt Boxdorfer:  It's a book I've written for speakers that are really struggling - they need to get it straightened out quick, or else.  It's a lifeline to them. But additionally, I'm hearing that it's so much more than that. It has applications for non-speakrs as well - folks that are needing to rediscover those special behaviors and values that best connect them to others. What they're doing now isn't working.

Liz Lawless:  What's it about - tell the audience for me.

Kurt Boxdorfer:  I share my perspective coming from the behind-the lens video side of things --  and the steps I think they need to follow to be a better speaker. Not just to be a speaker, but to be a BETTER one that they are now. I've been soaking up performances and presentations for years, talking and watching, producing, directing and editing  - all from a very "interesting" place. I've found that this position has afforded me an inner-sanctum of trust from them - similar to someone's barber or therapist. So, I've been able to really dissect, then assemble what I think it takes to succeed and connect as a speaker. And what I've found is that it's not the platform skills that are most important, it's the behaviors and values that put the connection together.

Liz Lawless:  So why is "The Inside-Out Speaker" different from all the other books available to them?

Kurt Boxdorfer:  I didn't want to write a tips and techniques book. No disrespct intended to those authors out there, but it's all common sense stuff pretty much. This definitely is not one of those books.  I don't think you fix a broken down car by giving it a new paint job and replacing an oil filter -- and I don't think you "fix" a speaker with a few pointers on how to feel better or look better.  They need the good stuff - a solid foundation built on, like I said, the right behaviors and values. A good speaker doesn't always connect, but a good connector has to truly speak to their audience. Otherwise, there's no connection - and no lasting impression.

Liz Lawless:  So the book title is "The Inside-Out Speaker: Untold Truths and Strategies On How to Be a Better Speaker". What are some of those strategies and truths - can you share?

Kurt Boxdorfer:  I don't want to share too much, I just think folks need to get the book, read it, and commit to the Plan I've put out there. I know the plan works. There are some unconventional ideas and some things that when you read them, will make total sense. There's not another book that puts it all out there in as direct a way as I do - I don't want to waste the readers' time, I want to get them "fixed" so they can go on to make money and continue growing in their career.

Liz Lawless:  What is an Inside-Out Speaker?

Kurt Boxdorfer:  An inside-out speaker is committed to being intentional, authentic, emotional and memorable -- they're grounded in solid behaviors and values. They're selfless, devoted and instinctual to and with their audience - always aware of and managing their physical environment along the way. And finally, they're engaged with their "thinking" brain. The Inside-Out Speaker is made of steel and built to last.

Liz Lawless:  So give us something to make us want it - tease us a little.

Kurt Boxdorfer:  Okay. (pauses) I'm not very "nice" in the book quite honestly. I think that's actually part of the struggling speakers' problem, that everyone is telling them the good stuff, giving them the verbal comfort food that they know they want. The fact is, a struggling and sinking speaker needs to know those things that aren't going right - the things they have to change. I tell them straight up what I think, and what I think is based on years of working with folks just like them. It's a direct approach. It's tangible feedback they can start using immediately. I don't do any circling.

Liz Lawless:  And where can they get it?

Kurt Boxdorfer:  Right now it's on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Also Payhip and Smashwords I believe. If they want to contact me directly, I can also make it happen that way. Go to www.legendmediapros.com or send me an email to production@legendmediapros.com

Legend Media Producers is a Dallas video production and producer services company that works independently as well as aligning strategically with other video production companies. In addition, marketing and digital technology companies seek out Legend Media Producers  to add value for their clients. With active customers on both coasts, local clients as well as a strategic partnership - Legend Media Producers has positioned itself to be a quality high definition video provider to businesses and individuals alike. Smartphone to satellite, we provide video production planning, production and post.  Based in Dallas, Texas.

 

Tuesday
Jan212014

The Inside-Out Speaker: Untold Truths and Strategies On How to Be a Better Speaker

THE INSIDE-OUT SPEAKER: Untold Truths and Strategies On How to Be a Better Speaker
Author: Kurt Boxdorfer

Did I do what I set out to do last July - to write something that professional speakers can USE to improve their situations?


I didn't want to write something that had already been written, and I wanted to be able to look back at it down the road and know that I did my best.

I know there's going to be some push-back on some of what I've written, but I don't care because I know what I have to say works. It's true.


If you want to get better, then you have to open yourself up to learning from what other well-intentioned people have to say. Not the people that want to fluff you up and make you feel good, but the ones that are going to give you constructive advice based on their experiences. 

My words may not be worth a nickel to some, but to others it may flip a switch that sends them on their way. I hope so.

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