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Hi! My name is Richard Rodger,

your host of the Fireside with Voxgig podcast series.

For Fireside with Voxgig, we have curated an inspirational line-up in the format of an intimate fireside chat. I get to know a wide variety people in the public speaking community to learn how they have mastered the art of commanding a stage and of delivering engaging content.

This podcast series is aimed at everyone with an interest in public speaking, regardless of experience. Whether you're already an inspiring speaker, or you're just starting out and want to improve your public speaking skills, these podcasts are for you.

Podcasts are one of my favorite ways of learning. Whether as a listener or a guest, I find them full of easily-digestible wisdom. And they're hands-down the easiest way to learn. There’s no need to play a whole episode at once: you can dip in and out as your schedule permits. You can listen anywhere, be it in work, in the car, at home, or on a walk on your lunch break.
Pull up a chair and let’s get started!

Jim "Flash" Gordon

Jim Gordon–universally known as “Flash”– is the founder of Boxworks co-working space in Waterford, Ireland, where Voxgig has its headquarters. Flash is also proprietor of the award-winning Revolution, a gastro bar and events venue in downtown Waterford.

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Florin Cardasim

Florin Cardasim is a software architect, an Agile coach, a corporate trainer, and a community and corporate speaker. He is also founder of CodeCamp Romania, an initiative for young software developers in Romania and Moldova.

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Dov Baron

Dov Baron is a consultant for Fortune 500 companies, a professional public speaker, and author of the bestselling Fiercely Loyal: How High Performing Companies Develop and Retain Top Talent and One Red Thread: Discovering the Purpose Already Woven Into Your Life.

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Karina Ochis

Karina Ochis is a serial entrepreneur, an international professional speaker, and a life coach and trainer. On top of all this, Karina is author of the bestselling The Influence of Social Media on US Presidential Campaigns and co-author of Cracking the Code to Success.

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Doug Thompson

Doug Thompson is a Texan who gets to travel all over the world with his job as Senior Technology Strategist with the Microsoft Education sales team. In other words, he gets to speak for work!

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Andreea Wade

Andreea Wade is the founder and CEO of opening.io. She is an event organizer and public speaker—an unusual combination—with many different passions. She has started several different businesses in a variety of sectors.

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Oscar Santolalla

Oscar Santolalla has been working in the tech sector for over 10 years. He is currently a sales engineer at Ubisecure. A Peruvian living in Helsinki, Finland, Oscar hosts his own public speaking podcast titled ‘Time to Shine’. He has also authored the book Create and Deliver a Killer Product Demo.

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Tanya Butenko

In this episode, Richard speaks to Tanya Butenko, founder of NodeGirls, an organization for women and other gender minorities in the tech world. Tanya is a native Ukrainian who now lives in Australia.

She delves into one of her first presentations.

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Dylan Schiemann

Dylan Schiemann is a professional conference speaker and the founder of Dojo Toolkit. He is one of those lucky human beings who does not get nervous before talks! He attributes this to his early speaking experiences, which he tells us about in this episode.

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Vicky Lee

Vicky Lee is a self-described ‘Pythonista’. She’s a coder, software engineer and community organizer. She began organizing events in order to bring people together and create a sense of community.

In this episode, Vicky describes how she fell into the diversity-driven sphere of tech, and...

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Karl Hyden

Why do introverts make great public speakers?

Karl Hyden, a mental toughness coach for the professional introvert and self-touted Texan from Western Ireland, explains why. He has mastered the art of overcoming the personality barriers that can keep us from the success he believes we all deserve.

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Pauline Kwasniak

For the past several years, Pauline Kwasniak has been diligently working to establish herself in the events organization industry. She has recently started a tough, fascinating trip into the event organizers’ public speaking sphere.

In this interview, Pauline explains what lead her into event organizing and public speaking.

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Simon Gibson

Every great speaker needs a great speech. In this episode, Richard speaks with Simon Gibson, high-profile speech writer and founder of World Speech Day. You will hear about how Simon transitioned from being a script writer to a speech writer, what exactly a speech writer does, the history of speaking, and how great speeches have the power to change the world.

Simon also provides some insights into the US political family, the Kennedys.

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Andrew Grill

Andrew Grill calls himself a ‘practical futurist’. He is a professional writer, blogger and conference speaker—which means he gets paid to talk. And he wants to help you do the same.

You’ll learn why the first 90 seconds are vital, how clichés kill your talk, and how to tell when you’ve hooked your audience. Andrew also gives us tips on how to survive when the tech lets you down (something many of us can identify with).

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Debbie Forster

In this episode, Richard sits down with Debbie Forster, CEO of the Tech Talent Charter. Debbie is an American who has lived in England for over 30 years. Her fascinating career is full of twists and turns, from being a head teacher to her current high-profile role. She tells Richard about her eventful journey, and explains how all her experiences have influenced her public speaking and have helped her create her unique career.

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