Podcast

Think Deeply, Speak Simply

Think Deeply, Speak Simply is a show about the art and science of communicating ideas. Listen in to learn how business professionals accelerate their careers with great presentations.

Listen now

Listen to our episodes on your favorite platform:

Episode
41
17 minutes

Play Episode

Transparent communication

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

What does transparent communication truly mean, and how do we self-critique to see if we’re practicing it? In this episode, we are joined by Mayte Marquez Querol, the Emerging Talent and Apprentice Incubator Leader at Cisco. Mayte shares how we can practice transparency in how we deliver our message to different audiences, and in how we embody authenticity as speakers.

Episode
40
25 minutes

Play Episode

Crafting corporate communications

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

When it comes to corporate communication, there's no one-size-fits-all prescription. In this episode, we are joined by Mandy Knotts, the Senior Director of Corporate Communication at BMC Software. Mandy breaks down the basics of crafting an ideal corporate communication strategy, how to execute campaigns when your timeline is tight, and more.

Episode
39
17 minutes

Play Episode

Strategic storytellling

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Storytelling is the heartbeat behind all effective communications. In this episode, we hear from Noelani Price, the Enablement and Development Lead of Global Communications at Cisco. Noelani shares how she uses the art of storytelling to build effective communication strategies that value inclusion and create change.

Episode
38
20 min

Play Episode

The communication of teamwork

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Communication is the lifeblood of any team. It's what keeps a team connected and on the same page. But bad communication can also cause a team to fall apart. In this episode, we hear from the Head of Digital Transformation at Lam Research, Satabhish Aeka, about what it takes to have effective team communication founded on authenticity, trust, and respect.

Episode
37
24 min

Play Episode

The importance of communication in digital transformation

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

There is no doubt that technology is changing the way we communicate in business. But at the end of the day, communication is still about people. In this episode, we hear from the Vice President of Strategy & Chief Technology Officer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Wolfgang Seul, about the human element that's always at the heart of successful communication.

Episode
36
20 min

Play Episode

The role of communication in business transformation

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Business transformation is the process by which companies change their structure or operations to become more efficient and effective. But how does communication influence business transformation? In this episode, we hear from the VP in the Transformation Office at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, David Stone.

Episode
35
26 min

Play Episode

The communication of leadership

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

If we cannot effectively communicate, we cannot lead. To be a great leader, our communication should always reflect trust and inspire our teams. In this episode, we hear from New York Times and Wall Street Journal-bestselling-author Stephen MR Covey, and Satabhish Aeka, a startup founder, product strategy and engineering expert, and Senior Director at Lam Research.

Episode
34
26 min

Play Episode

How communication drives customer experience

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Communication drives the customer experience. When we communicate authentically with our customers they feel valued, understood, and open to hearing more. In this episode, our guests Antoine Valentone, Vice President of Customer Success at Prezent, and Andres Sintes, Global Senior Director at Cisco, teach us the value of being a proactive communicator and how to use effective communication to become a trusted adviser.

Episode
33
21 min

Play Episode

Inspiring through storytelling

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Storytelling is a powerful tool for getting people excited about our cause, product, or service. It's not just about them hearing the words; it's about how we make them feel and how we inspire them to action. To do this, we start by creating a story where we are the pathfinders, rather than the protagonist. In this episode, we hear from Storicate founder, Stan Miller.

Episode
32
16 min

Play Episode

Communicating with authenticity

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Communicating with authenticity requires us to be ourselves. Effective communication relies on trust and rapport between speaker and listener, which can only happen if we aren’t afraid of being ourselves even if that means being vulnerable. In this episode, we hear from Sunni Brown Ink founder, keynote speaker, and author, Sunni (Sun) Brown.

Episode
31
21 min

Play Episode

The art of inclusive leadership

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Inclusive leadership at its core is about building an unbreakable trust between leaders and members. The most effective leaders are those who express their own opinions openly and encourage others to do so as well. In this episode, we hear from Inclusive Leadership Expert and author of Step Up: How to Live with Courage and Become an Everyday Leader, Ash Beckham.

Episode
30
14 min

Play Episode

Crafting a keynote speech

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Crafting a keynote speech can be a daunting undertaking, but also a career changing event. It’s part preparation, and part performance, infused with inspiration. But how do we nail it, especially if it’s our first opportunity? In this episode, we hear from Ramona Smith, Toastmasters 2018 World Champion of Public Speaking.

Episode
29
26 min

Play Episode

Experiential storytelling

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Stories help us connect with each other in a way that no other medium can, making us connect deeper with our audience and leave them with memorable and lasting messages. In this episode, we hear from our guests Gabrielle Dolan, an international bestselling author and keynote speaker, followed by Nish Parkar, Cisco’s Culture Ambassador.

Episode
28
26 min

Play Episode

Present like the pros

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

In this episode, we explore the best practices behind the art and science of making expert presentations, and looking like a pro while doing so. Our guests, David JP Phillips, a Business Storytelling Expert and the Founder of HeadGain Academy, and Faisal Masud, the CEO of fabric, share their expertise and walk us through how to engage the audience whether we’re on stage or pitching to investors.

Episode
27
28 min

Play Episode

Having conversations that matter

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Having conversations that matter means that we are talking about meaningful issues, in a purposeful way, with people that can make a difference. These are the conversations that change the world, where both parties feel heard and understood, and something significant changes as a result of the exchange. In this episode, we hear from author, TEDx speaker, radio host, and award-winning journalist Celeste Headlee, followed by Susan Scott, the Chief Growth Officer at PBS North Carolina.

Episode
26
28 min

Play Episode

Making the technical nontechnical

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Knowing our audience is key to identifying how we communicate our message. This means that we will have to be strategic with our presentation skills if we want to effectively communicate a highly technical message to a non-technical audience while being understood and remembered.

Episode
25
26 min

Play Episode

Communicating innovation

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

It’s all about how we interact with employees, creating an environment in which all can thrive, and the values that we uphold. For Dennis, it is building trust, providing value, and showing respect. For Brandy, it is building the culture of the company, being able to do crazy things together, and forming deep connections with each other.

Episode
24
29 min

Play Episode

How do our bodies talk?

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Our body language, tone of voice, and facial expression all work together to convey more than the words we choose to speak. Yet most of our body language is reactive and non-deliberate. Our guests teach us how to be intentional about our non-verbal communication and why we should emphasize what our bodies say more than what our mouths speak.

Episode
23
28 min

Play Episode

Visual storytelling

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Visual storytelling is more than painting pictures in our audiences’ minds. It is the ability to evoke emotions and motivate people to action. In this episode, Dan Roam and Moupali Das teach us how to craft our story and deliver it effectively to keep our audiences engaged, excited, and asking for more.

Episode
22
30 min

Play Episode

Mission-driven communication

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Great transformations start with effective communication. The aim of purposeful communication is to inspire action from a deep emotional connection. Our guests, Billy Shore, founder of Share Our Strength, and Kathleen Owens, Private and Nonprofit Board Member, teach how to master the art of communicating with purpose and leverage it to create the changes you want to see in the world.

Episode
21
28 min

Play Episode

Get your audience to listen

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

The role of sound, and its impact on how our audience listens when we present, affects us all in significant yet different ways. Today’s guests discuss the importance that sound has on how our audience receives our words, and how to leverage core competencies to keep your audience captivated.

Episode
20
27 min

Play Episode

Listening to learn

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

One of the best ways to learn from others is to listen. But, practicing impactful listening isn’t as simple as one might think, especially if we overly focus on sharing our viewpoint. Our guests give valuable advice on why you should listen more thank speak, and how you can become a better listener right now.

Episode
19
28 min

Play Episode

Listen with empathy

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Business leaders are beginning to prioritize the importance of empathy, with some going as far as redefining CEO to Chief Empathy Officer. Our guests, Dr. Mark Goulston, speaker, founder, writer, and Jignasha Grooms, Vice President and HR leader, discuss not only the importance of empathy, but also share best practices for how you can become a more empathetic listener right now.

Episode
18
26 min

Play Episode

Conquering imposter syndrome

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

How do we get rid of the feelings of imposter syndrome? We don’t! In this episode we’re joined by the CEO of Workplace Catalyst, Magalie Rene and Sokhon Bouy, a Medical Operations Lead with AbbVie. Our guests teach us that imposter syndrome should never go away completely, as it can be a useful tool for determining whether we’re on the right path.

Episode
17
27 min

Play Episode

The power of data-driven storytelling

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Data can and should be used to share vital information, compel audiences and tell effective stories. Our guests, Brent Dykes and Yasser Ali, are both masters at leveraging data-driven storytelling. They share their own methods and best practices to be a skilled statistical narrator, as well as what not to do when presenting data to all types of audiences.

Episode
16
25 min

Play Episode

Inspirational communication

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Instilling inspiration is one of the greatest things one can do as a speaker. Today’s guests, each a leader in their own unique industries, are journalist and higher education expert, Jeff Selingo and Eva McLellan, a biotech innovator. The two discuss ways that we can be more inspirational when we communicate with others.

Episode
15
28 min

Play Episode

Communicating with purpose

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Communicating with purpose integrates both the intention and the vision behind your messaging. Does what you say matter? Are your actions making a difference? We'll join two experts—David Sable and Robert Roulhac—to discuss what "purpose" means to them and how we can ensure "purpose" is present in how we speak and the work we do.

Episode
14
28 min

Play Episode

Reducing conflict with communication

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Conflict in the workplace restricts progress and can hinder a team's ability to create a culture of collaboration. Listen in to learn from two professionals, Liz Kislik and Nikhil Bhat, who have prior experience reducing organizational and interpersonal conflict. We'll learn how conflict—while uncomfortable—can be seen as a powerful opportunity to evolve and grow.

Episode
13
29 min

Play Episode

Rockstar problem-solving (Pt. 2)

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

When complex problems arise—as they so often do—it's crucial to have a system to fall back on. Join two rockstar problem solvers—Ajay Gupta and Suchi Srinivasan—as they share their methods for effective problem solving and break down the key elements to finding solutions across various sectors.

Episode
12
25 min

Play Episode

Inclusive listening

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Inclusive listening is a required process that transforms diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives from simply lip service to real integration and impact. Join Gabrielle Simpson Gambrell and Sridevi Koneru Rao to hear how you can implement inclusive listening in your workplace to ensure all employees are seen and heard within your organization.

Episode
11
30 min

Play Episode

Rockstar problem-solving (Pt. 1)

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Solutions are rarely ever obvious. That's why experts in complex problem-solving apply data-driven methods to creatively craft solutions. Join two legends in complex problem-solving—Bob Dvorak and Rob Jenks—as they share their most effective methods for finding and presenting powerful solutions.

Episode
10
31 min

Play Episode

Secrets from the world's best public speakers

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

One of the biggest fears in society: public speaking. But if you can master the art of public speaking, you'll find it can be a fun and lucrative skill with the ability to make a great societal impact. In this episode, we'll hear from professional speakers, Linda-Marie Miller and Scott Sugerman, as they break down public speaking and teach you how to become more confident and polished as a speaker.

Episode
09
28 min

Play Episode

How listening drives change

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

In this episode, we join author and experience consultant, Jake Jacobs, and Linkedin's Vice President of Marketing Operations, Sanjeev Kapur, to explore the power of listening and how it can be a powerful communication skill—especially when it comes to navigating and driving change.

Episode
08
32 min

Play Episode

Storytelling with data

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Learn the Do's and Don'ts of navigating data-heavy presentations from experts Bob Dvorak, a former senior partner at Mckinsey & Company, and Shiv Misra, head of analytics for member retention at CVS. Listen in to effectively leverage your data and elevate your bland presentation into one that transforms and inspires.

Episode
07
26 min

Play Episode

How does nature communicate?

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

In this episode, we explore how the principles of nature can be found in clear communication. Leading our discussion is Maggie Macnab, award-winning designer, author, and TEDx speaker, followed by Tammy Mulrooney, a Senior Director at Genentech. Listen in to learn how these fundamentals found in nature relate to business communication.

Episode
06
30 min

Play Episode

Communicating under pressure

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

One of the biggest challenges face by business leaders is communicating under pressure. In this episode, we'll learn from experts in this space—Sue Guiher of Thrive for Success and Lubab Sheet-Davis of Lam Research Corporation—about how you can view crisis as an opportunity to elevate your communcation and advance your career.

Episode
05
28 min

Play Episode

How to read the room

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

The more adept we become at understanding our listeners, the better we can tailor our presentations to their needs. In this episode, we bring you two experts in reading a room—professional poker player Alec Torelli and Gilead Sciences' Srihari Narasimhan—to walk us through the "tells" and strategies that help inform their actions and messaging.

Episode
04
27 min

Play Episode

Navigating transformation

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

In this episode, we'll learn how leaders navigate change by transforming fear into trust by authentically connecting with their audiences. Listen in to hear from Stella Low and Vikram Venugopal as they share their audience-centric strategies when crafting big presentations and communications.

Episode
03
37 min

Play Episode

The power of asking questions

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

Right questions come before the right answers—but how do you know if you are asking the right questions? In this episode, we'll learn from author Joseph M. Bradley and Jennifer Lowry, Senior Director at Microsoft, how we can use questions as a superpower to craft our communications.

Episode
02
29 min

Play Episode

Communication lessons from Covid-19

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

During the pandemic, Zoom became a lifeline for so many. Join Wharton School Professor Peter Cappelli and GlaxoSmithKline's Abhi Agrawal to learn how to present like a pro when you're meeting virtually.

Episode
01
40 min

Play Episode

Why is simple hard?

Host:

Jay Rooke

Brought to you by: Prezent

In our inaugural episode, we'll hear from Canva's Chief Evangelist, Guy Kawasaki, and Mohit Raway, VP at Novartis, about how they connect with the hearts and minds of their audiences.