Superstar Communicator Podcasts of 2016

Since 2014 I have been podcasting: the name of my podcast is “Superstar Communicator” and there are listeners all over the world. I wanted to share some of the most popular podcasts of 2016.

There are occasions when I do a masterclass on a specific speaking or spoken communication topic: from speaking up in meetings or preparing for a scary speech. On other occasions, I have interviewed a whole variety of entrepreneurs, successful business people and individuals who I admire as a speaker. Here are some of the most popular podcasts of 2016. I had real problems choosing my favourite podcasts, so there are many more I have missed. Remember you can download them from iTunes. I recommend you download the podcasts: some are absolute gems!

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In January, I interviewed the wonderful entrepreneur Mary J Baird-Wilcock, CSEP on how to win crowdfunding for amazing project. Her passion and sheer hard work comes across in this interview; it not only offers tips for getting funding but also strategies for engaging with audiences. Listen to the podcast here.

In February I contemplated how to get your audience to fall in love with you! Whether you are giving a presentation, contributing to a meeting or delivering a Keynote Speech on a huge stage, you want your audience to love you! Here are some great tips. Listen here.

In March I interviewed the fabulous Sarah Arrow from Sarkemedia on how storytelling really helps you connect with your audience when you speak. Sarah is the leading expert on blogging and she uses examples from writing that we can use when we speak. One of the many ‘takeaways’ was to really know your audience and use examples that resonate with them. Listen here.

In April I interviewed the entrepreneur Shashank Sripada from Bubblo App on pitching for business investment.  Shashank previously worked in a Hedge Fund and had been on the ‘other side’ of funding pitches, so he gives a rare insight to the process of asking for backing as well as great tips for engaging the panel and storytelling. Listen here.

In May I interviewed Simon Burton: the founder of  Simon shared his insight and top tips for building relationships with your network through TALKING to them! Having followers on twitter and contacts on Linkedin isn’t enough to develop good relationships with people. This is a great interview! listen here.

In June I interviewed Peter Wardell. Peter is a magician and used to be a street performer. For anyone who knows about street performers, they have no audience and they have to work hard to encourage people to watch AND to stay. Peter gives rare insight to how to engage your audience when you speak, without using gimmicks or the latest technology. Listen here.

In July I interviewed my very dear friend, Jennifer Otter Bickerdike on how to reach out and connect with “celebrities” and famous people, to interview them or get a quotation. Jennifer is a leading authority on “fandom” and modern culture. Listen here.

In August I broadcast a series of podcasts using the Olympics as the main theme. There is plenty we are able to learn from athletes as speakers – and I always argue that Public Speakers need to approach speeches like an athlete. In this podcast I discover what we can learn from the Olympic Athletes as public speakers. Listen here.

In September I interviewed Darren Bandoo  on how to build your business network through communication. Darren is one of the most connected people I know and he shares great tips for connecting with people and then developing the business relationship. Listen here.

In October I interviewed Chris Withey: an HR thought leader on the power of listening. So often when we go for interviews – or are interviewed on podcasts or other media, we believe we should speak, but Chris argues that actually LISTENING to the questions rather than thinking “What shall I say next” is a more effective way of communicating. Listen here.

In November, I asked the question “Did Hilary Clinton’s lack of charisma lose the US Election?”. Certainly we can all learn from this scenario!   Listen here.

In December I considered 5 speakers I had heard: live or on various media, who I believed really engaged with their audiences. Listen here.

This was great reflecting on some great interviews I had and there are many I missed due to lack of space. But don’t forget you can download any of my “Superstar Communicator” podcasts from iTunes. Do let me know what you think about the podcasts and if you want any topics covered, don’t hesitate to contact me!

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About the author

Susan Heaton Wright is a former opera singer who works with successful individuals and teams to make an impact with their voices and physical presence. Using her experience in using the voice and performing on stage, she works with people to improve their performances in a range of business situations; from meeting skills and on the telephone, to public speaking, presentations and appearing on the media.

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