August 30, 2013 by Speakers' Spotlight
Spotlight On: Broadcaster Tara Slone
Tara Slone’s eclectic resume and unique perspective have made her one of the most recognizable faces in the Canadian entertainment industry. The host of Breakfast Television Calgary, Tara speaks about her intriguing career path which saw her transition from rock star to broadcaster, and she is right at home bringing star power to your stage, as a host of conference events, gala evenings, and more.
What inspired you to want to be a speaker?
Whether I’m speaking to one person or one thousand, I always value a genuine exchange. People seem to be interested in the twists and turns of my life and career story, so if an authentic connection can happen through that, it’s a wonderful thing.
Any advice for aspiring speakers?
I’m a big believer in having a solid bedrock of preparation so you can actually be spontaneous when the time comes to speak. Then… relax and remain in the moment. And remember: a little bit of space can be very effective sometimes.
What do you like to leave audiences with?
Even though our stories and trajectories may differ, we’ve all met challenges and overcome obstacles. So I don’t sugar-coat the lows and I don’t shy away from sharing my victories. I hope that people are left feeling that I am warm and relatable (and maybe even insightful).
How do you prepare before a talk? Any special rituals? A good luck talisman?
I read through my notes and then do a brief meditation.
Any funny or embarrassing situations you found yourself in as a speaker?
I’ll just say this: if you find yourself on the same stage as a comic, be prepared. Anything can happen.
Is there a charitable cause that you feel passionate about? Why?
There are too many to mention them all. But I would do anything for The Alberta Cancer Foundation, The Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre, and the Impact Society.
If you had to choose a new career, what would it be?
I took some counseling courses when I was on maternity leave, and I really enjoyed them. So maybe some sort of counselor or advocate.
Desert island album?
I’m a musician–this is impossible!!! Abbey Road by The Beatles if I had to pick, but I wouldn’t want to.
Best subject in school?
Last book you read?
The Shambhala Principle, by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Last film you saw?
Despicable Me 2 (I’m the mother of a four year old!)
Daniel Craig. And Dolph Lundgren. Don’t judge.