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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
— Break —
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
— Break —
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.”

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