Some of the most effective and impactful stories from speakers are when they are the butt of the joke; when their own foibles and uncertainties make the speaker more relatable to the audience, who can envision themselves doing the exact same thing.
Meredith Oliver is a Keynote Speaker, author, and sales and digital marketing expert, who often works with homebuilders and their teams. She’s been around a construction site or two in her day, and knows how things work (which is what makes her signature elevator story even funnier).
On this episode of Standing Ovation, you’ll hear Meredith’s hilarious story whereby she almost stripped herself naked AT the National Speakers Association annual conference – INFLUENCE
Find out about:
- Hear Meredith’s funny story about the National Speakers Association annual conference
- How Meredith encourages her audience to participate during her presentations
- A sneak peek into another hilarious signature story from Meredith
- Why you should try to be more vulnerable and relatable on stage
- How Meredith decides where to place her signature stories in a keynote
- The benefits of building a speaker mastermind group and getting feedback from other professional speakers
- Why Meredith is a big believer in scripting her keynotes
Quotes from the episode:
“I didn’t understand how people reacted to my material…until you get a sample of all types of thought-processes, you don’t know what people are hearing.”
“I’m a big believer in scripting out the beginning and end of a story.”
Connect with Meredith Oliver
2 Key Questions
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given about the speaking business?
“The more I can bring me, (which sounds ridiculous as a self-processed introvert), but the more of me and the less ‘Meredith on crack’ I bring on stage… the more successful I’ve been and the better I’ve connected and that has always been my goal – to connect and make a difference.”.”
Who is your dream guest for Standing Ovation?
“Lately I’ve been fan-girling over Mel Robbins and all of her success. She’s got a new daytime talk show and Mel keynoted INFLUENCE… and I ran into her in the hallway and she was as kind and generous in person as she was on stage. We had a brief conversation that made me feel like a million bucks and I’m very interested in her journey from author, speaker, TV – she has a cool story.”