Today's guest on The Successful Pitch is Isaac Lidsky, the author of "Eyes Wide Open." Isaac went blind at the age of 25. It was a slow process when he was in his late teens so he had time to get used to the idea. At first, he thought it was going to be a very sad and small life, but he said, "You know what? I might have lost my sight, but not my vision for what I want my life to be." He really has great insights into the importance of combining nonverbal cues with verbal cues, so that people really communicate clearly.
And, he said, "You need to take full responsibility for your own definition of success, and if you're doing something that isn't making you happy, don't let other people tell you have to stay doing that very thing." He leads a life that his eyes are wide open, his heart is wide open, and he shares tips with us on how we can have our ears wide open, and even learn to listen like you speed read. Enjoy the episode.
Today, I have two guests on the podcast. They are Mark Lovett and Jeff Salz, who have a business called Speaker Adventure. They help people craft a story so that they can become compelling no matter what their pitching for. They have great expertise with the TEDx and TED Events and really becoming an adventurer in your life because when you have a story of why you're doing something or why someone should hire you, that gets people engaged with the storytelling, our brain works very differently when we tell stories. They say when you do a deep dive into yourself and you start your pitch with the end in mind and work backgrounds, that's really the key to having a great pitch. Enjoy the episode.
Today’s guest on The Successful Pitch is Bernie Swain, the author of “What Made Me Who I Am”. He’s the founder of the Washington Speakers Bureau, which represents famous presidents, Tony Blair, Condoleezza Rice, athletes, Tom Brokaw, and he talks about how he started his agency, how long he had to wait while working out of a closet to get his first client, and the resilience it takes to become an entrepreneur. He said, “Passion is much more important than talent, and a pitch works when it’s real and authentic. Really, there’s no short-term path to long-term success.” He said, “You’ll never be happy until you control your own destiny.”
Today’s guest on The Successful Pitch is Brad Szollose, who is the author of “Liquid Leadership”. It’s all about staying fluid when you’re a good leader following Brad’s tips. He is quite the expert on knowing why millennials don’t want to stay. He said, “It’s not enough to have flexible hours and free food and open areas to work and even telling them what their purpose.” The secret he talks about is that people withhold 40% of their core values and skills even if they feel safe in a work environment. He has really specific ways to get people to open up and do that.
The thing that’s really surprising are the three things that have triggered this generational gap between baby boomers and millennials. Here’s a hint. One, it has to do with a hit science fiction movie. Another is it has to tie in with people playing video games and making mistakes and finding out how to do things intuitively. The third one, I’m gonna leave for a surprise. Enjoy the episode.