My Podcast Interview Invite To Judy Carter – Keynote Speaker, Author and Former Stand-Up Comedian

Ever wanted to try stand-up comedy but are afraid that no-one will laugh? Just download your own studio audience!

The other week, I met the wonderful Judy Carter at a National Speaker’s Association event. Judy is a keynote speaker, coach, and author of the books The Comedy Bible, Stand-Up Comedy – The Book and, more recently, The Message of You. In the NSA session, she showed us how anyone (yes, no matter how serious) can add humour to a speech.

Not only was Judy an amazing speaker, but the skills I learned from her gave me the confidence to do my first ever stand-up routine at the Greenwich Comedy Club, only two days later.

I know she would have SO much amazing advice to offer you, dear podcast listener! So using the joke formulas that Judy taught me, I created a mini stand-up routine for Judy, inviting her to be on the podcast. If you like the video, please share it!

If I am lucky enough to have Judy on the podcast, what questions would you like to ask her? Just leave a comment below!

How to Become a Creative Communicator – My Message to ‘Steal Like An Artist’ author Austin Kleon

Want to know how I get guests on my podcast? I get creative! This week, I created a video for artist and author of Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work!, Austin Kleon.

I met him at a book signing a few months ago here in New York, and cheekily asked him to sign my book with the message: “Hi Christina, I would love to be a guest on your podcast.”

It didn’t work. But he WAS very nice about it: [Read more…]

What I Learned From My First Attempt At Stand-Up Comedy


That’s right, folks. Last night I performed at an ‘open mic’ night at the Greenwich Village Comedy Club in New York City.

Now, I’m all about doing little things to push yourself out of your comfort zone, but this scared the absolute crap out of me. Never in my LIFE have I ever, EVER considered doing a stand-up gig.

And yet, there I was, on a tiny stage in a dark room with a microphone in my hand and blinding lights in my face. My goal was to make it through the allotted 5 minutes without having beer cans hurled at my face.

This situation was completely unplanned, by the way.

I had just spent the day at a speaking workshop with comedian and coach Judy Carter, and had met Helaine, a comedienne and joke writer. She said to me: “You like comedy? Come to this open mic night! You’ll be great!”

Yeah, right. There was NO WAY I was going to attempt comedy. “Come on!” Helaine said. “It will be over before you know it. Just tell some stories about your life!” [Read more…]

How Do You Stand Out From The Crowd? A Tip Every Design Student Should Know!

Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.

Paul J. Meyer

Christina Canters Design Draw Speak MoCCA Charlie Brown

Wanna stand out like giant inflatable Charlie Brown?

Yesterday I went to the MoCCA Arts Fest, an event where illustrators and artists (mostly doing comics and cartoons) showcase their work. A mid-sized comic book convention, you could call it!

Frankly, comics and graphic novels aren’t really my ‘thing’, but I was invited by an illustrator friend, so I went.

At first, it was a bit overwhelming. There was so much work on display, and I didn’t understand any of it! So to learn more about this foreign world of illustration and cartooning, I started chatting to the artists.

A number of them were students who are graduating soon. All of them had excellent work, all of them were very passionate and all of them were considering their potential career paths after graduating.

One young woman in particular stood out.

I didn’t see much of her work at all, but I remember her. Do you know why? I was hovering near her table when she looked me in the eye and said: “Hi! How are you? How has your day been?”

It seems like such a simple thing, but I tell you what: I had been walking around for 40 minutes and she was the FIRST person who had initiated a conversation with me. I was super impressed that she had made a genuine effort to connect and engage with me. [Read more…]

What I Learned From A Conversation Fail

¬†Success can be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations you’re willing to have.

Tim Ferriss

One of my favourite communication challenges is to have an ‘uncomfortable conversation’.

I truly believe that the more you practice it, the more at ease you’ll be when it gets to presentation time.

‘Uncomfortable conversations’ can include: asking for a pay rise, cold calling, asking someone on a date, etc, but a very simple was is to initiate a conversation with a stranger.

Last week I braved the below-zero chill in New York City to experience the St Patrick’s day parade. I’ve never seen such a big celebration of this event, nor have I seen so many people decked out in bright green. I think 90% of them weren’t even Irish! Oh well, good on them for getting involved! [Read more…]