047: When The Bigtop Comes Down | A Conversation with Johnathan Lee Iverson

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On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down with Johnathan Lee Iverson. Terry and Johnathan talk about his journey from the circus to the stage and his new journey launching a speaking career with a TED talk at Harvard. At a young age Johnathan understood the power of stages as a member of The Boys Choir of Harlem. Performing before world leaders and dignitaries, including United States Presidents, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, and Jimmy Carter, as well as, Noble Peace Prize winner, Nelson Mandela, Iverson has shared the stage with such artist as Lou Rawls, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Perry Cuomo, Tony Bennett, and Lena Horne, all before the age of eighteen. During his legendary tenure with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Iverson was one of the busiest live entertainers in the world, performing an estimated 450 shows annually in arenas around the United States and Mexico. As the voice of The Greatest Show On Earth, Johnathan has been seen and heard via numerous media outlets including, print, broadcast and the world wide web. He is also a featured blogger for the Huffington Post, among other publications. His many accolades include being selected as one of Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People. This is a conversation not to miss! Find out more at http://terryweaver.com and join Terry and Jonathan at the next Thing in Orlando 2020 at http://thething.live .

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