1. http://StartaSpeakingBusiness.com
    In this episode, show producer and author Bill Corbett interviews professional speaker Jim Bouchard to learn how he built his speaking business.

    From the Soapbox to the Stage is a public access television show based on the book FROM THE SOAPBOX TO THE STAGE: HOW TO USE YOUR PASSION TO START A SPEAKING BUSINESS. It is targeted for anyone interested in the business of speaking and running a speaking business.

    ABOUT THE GUEST
    Jim Bouchard Thinks Like a Black Belt; of course, he is one!… He’ll help you Think Like a Black Belt too!

    Martial arts transformed Jim’s self-perception from former drug abuser and failure to successful entrepreneur and Black Belt. As a speaker and author of Amazon bestseller Think Like a Black Belt, Jim tours nationally presenting his philosophy of Black Belt Mindset for corporate and conference audiences. He’s a regular guest on TV and radio programs including FOX News, BBC Worldview and FOX Across America.

    Jim’s resume is colorful. As a former television writer and producer, Jim has done everything from fitting pipes on submarines, mopping floors, pumping gas and selling hot dogs to producing television commercials, fighting fires, boxing, playing drums in major concerts, hosting radio shows and kicking for semi-pro football teams.

    According to Jim, he got his mid-life crises over early. “I didn’t know what self-esteem was; I had no sense of self-value or self-worth.” At age 25 Jim faced one of life’s low points and was caught in a cycle of self-destructive behavior, drugs and alcohol. Knowing he needed to make a change…

    “I was living in Portland, Maine. No car. No money. Crummy apartment. My girlfriend had just left me and my band was breaking up. I took a walk up the main drag and looked up and saw a gigantic sign on the side of a building. In 3 foot letters it spelled out K-A-R-A-T-E. I went inside and saw some guys throwing each other around. I thought, ‘This is fantastic!’ Then I turned around and left!”

    Jim’s first instructor needed new students and chased Jim down the stairs and talked him into trying an introductory program. That started him on life changing journey that would lead to his career as a professional martial artist, and in Jim’s words “…laid the foundation for everything I’ve done so far in my life and everything I’m going to do.”

    Martial arts transformed Jim’s self-perception and helped him realize his true potential. He began to see opportunities instead of disasters. He continued his music career and shared the stage with Dolly Parton, Vassar Clemens and NRBQ. He became a television writer and producer.

    “The more I studied martial arts, the more I realized that I could shape my own vision of success & happiness through discipline, focus and self-motivation. It’s a matter of developing a life of practice and committing yourself to continual self-improvement. Just like earning a black belt; simple, not always easy!”

    Martial arts became both the binding force and the transformational energy in his life. Jim decided to become a full-time instructor and entrepreneur opening his own center soon after earning his first black belt in 1991. Jim later founded Northern Chi Martial Arts Center, became a Master Instructor with Cane Masters International, created the Beifang Qi Taiji Cane system, was twice featured in Inside Kung Fu magazine and in 2004 was inducted into the US Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Master Instructor of the Year. During this time he also wrote a series of martial arts instructional manuals, starred in training videos and launched San Chi Publishing.

    At age 44 Jim started playing semi-professional football. “I figured if George Foreman could win the title after age 40, why couldn’t I play out my dreams? Life isn’t over at 40; that’s just the start of the second half!” Jim retired at age 50 in 2011 and is now the Special Teams Coordinator for the AAA Southern Maine Raging Bulls.

    In 2007 Jim decided to share the philosophy of self-improvement he developed through his life as a martial artist and entrepreneur. His first book, Dynamic Components of Personal POWER also launched him on his next career as a speaker and media personality.

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    In this episode, show producer and author Bill Corbett interviews professional speaker April Heavens-Woodcock to learn how she built her speaking business.

    From the Soapbox to the Stage is a public access television show based on the book FROM THE SOAPBOX TO THE STAGE: HOW TO USE YOUR PASSION TO START A SPEAKING BUSINESS. It is targeted for anyone interested in the business of speaking and running a speaking business.

    ABOUT THE GUEST - http://www.touchingclients.com/
    April Heavens – Woodcock is a Managing Partner and Social Media strategist with Touching Clients, an online creative agency that specializes in digital marketing. She works with small to mid-size companies to help them develop a robust online presence utilizing strategic marketing initiatives. April is an Authorized Local Expert of Constant Contact who presents regularly on email marketing and social media throughout the New England area.April and her team work with organizations to incorporate the latest mobile website technologies that will help them achieve their digital marketing goals. Smartphone usage increases daily and businesses need mobile friendly solutions designed into their marketing campaigns.She lives in Connecticut lakeside with her husband, three children and her German shorthair pointerMarketing Max. April enjoys hiking, running and boating.

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  3. In this episode, show producer and author Bill Corbett interviews professional speaker Duane Cashin to learn how he built his speaking business.

    From the Soapbox to the Stage is a public access television show based on the book FROM THE SOAPBOX TO THE STAGE: HOW TO USE YOUR PASSION TO START A SPEAKING BUSINESS. It is targeted for anyone interested in the business of speaking and running a speaking business.

    ABOUT THE GUEST - http://www.duanecashin.com/
    Duane Cashin’s 20 years of experience allow him to understand the challenges that businesses face. He leverages life experiences and sales wisdom to ensure his clients achieve increased revenues and measureable results.

    Duane’s focus on understanding and getting in front of key decision makers is at the core of his new business development. His clients include AAA, Sprint, Boston Market, Cigna, Century 21, YPO, LEGO, Mass Mutual, Bank of America, as well as dozens of small, privately held-businesses. These organizations recognize Duane as an expert in prospecting, sales process, sales management and motivation.

    Duane’s unique approach to business opportunities gets people to look beyond the long-held traditional theories that are now obsolete. He leaves them with a common sense business strategy that is guaranteed to establish credibility and trust.

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    In this episode, show producer and author Bill Corbett interviews professional speaker Frank DeRaffele to learn how he built his speaking business.

    From the Soapbox to the Stage is a public access television show based on the book FROM THE SOAPBOX TO THE STAGE: HOW TO USE YOUR PASSION TO START A SPEAKING BUSINESS. It is targeted for anyone interested in the business of speaking and running a speaking business.

    ABOUT THE GUEST - http://www.frankderaffele.com/
    Frank believes that the fastest way to build a relationship is to get people to laugh. Laughter is the shortest distance between two people....even if they don't speak the same language. Life is stressful and full of challenges. When someone takes the time to learn something new it is extremely important to keep that person interested, motivated and engaged. This is done through stories, drama, laughter and shock. Frank uses all of these techniques in his presentations.

    He is one of the most in demand speakers, trainers and retreat facilitators in the world. His speaking success has brought him to Asia, Europe and throughout the USA & Canada. Franks has had his presentations translated into German, French, Japanese, Chinese, Romanian and Korean.

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  5. In this episode, show producer and author Bill Corbett interviews professional speaker and pastor, Clyde Talley to learn how he built his speaking business.

    From the Soapbox to the Stage is a public access television show based on the book FROM THE SOAPBOX TO THE STAGE: HOW TO USE YOUR PASSION TO START A SPEAKING BUSINESS. It is targeted for anyone interested in the business of speaking and running a speaking business.

    Rev. Clyde Talley has served as Director of Operations at FM Facility Maintenance and at the University of Connecticut (UConn) as the Manager of the Customer Support and Relations department, previously working at Phoenix Home Life Insurance as a Manager for the IT Service Center Operations and Support for the United States and managed a site overseas in Bangalore, India.

    A native of Springfield, MA, he has been involved in Toastmasters (a communication and leadership organization) for over 20 years. He has served as District Governor covering Eastern New York, Western MA and all of CT. He is also the creator and presenter of the “Inspired Excellence” seminar and workshops and is a certified trainer for the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Workshops.

    As a professional speaker/lecturer for over 25 years, Rev. Talley has given workshops and presentations to various businesses, colleges, religious, local and civic organizations.

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http://StartaSpeakingBusiness.com
Based on the book "From the Soapbox to the Stage: How to Use Your Passion to Start a Speaking Business"

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http://StartaSpeakingBusiness.com
Based on the book "From the Soapbox to the Stage: How to Use Your Passion to Start a Speaking Business"

This channel features episodes from the television show "From the Soapbox to the Stage." In it, professional speaker Bill Corbett interviews other top professional speakers to learn how they got their start. His guests also offer tips on how to start or grow a successful speaking business. The show is taped at a public access studio in Enfield, CT. To learn more about Bill Corbett or to be considered as a future guest, visit his website http://www.BillCorbett.com.

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