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“What I've learned is everything happens in life to help us become better versions of ourselves.” John C. Morley The entrepreneurial journey is filled with numerous learning opportunities that are sometimes pleasant and most of the time difficult and unpleasant. The attitude towards these learning opportunities is often central to how successful entrepreneurs turn out to be. Our guest today, John Morley has been through many of such instances and attributes his success to persistence and having an attitude of gratitude. John C. Morley started his first company just about 30 years ago and as a passionate serial entrepreneur, he didn't stop there. He later went on to build his own marketing and full print publication production center. Today he gets people more quality connections on LinkedIn by telling their stories in a unique way. John is a serial entrepreneur, engineer and marketing expert with a personality that you will want on your show. His diverse experience from serving small business to enterprise environments make him someone that just doesn't understand technology but lives it. Two of our world's largest international banks have chosen John's company because they know that he is the mastermind of the company's operations. Since the inception of John's tech company, he had one of NY's largest marketing and advertiser companies working for him. Several years ago he realized they were not making the progress they should. So he decided to fire them; John knew that no-one would know his company as well as he did. He researched the concept of starting his own full in-house digital and print production company. The first few years John made lots of mistakes but quickly realized how to reach his clients and the right way to do so. Later on, he concluded that there was a void in the market place and that he knew how to market companies to get their message out to the world. Thus John trademarked the phrase "We Give your Business a Voice"™.John Morley John's Specialties include : CEO, Technology leader, Innovator, Thought Leader, Engineer & Marketer In today's episode, John recounts his journey to becoming an entrepreneur as well as the events that led him to starting his company. Listen in! Social Media https://www.linkedin.com/in/johncmorleyiv/ http://jmor.com https://www.instagram.com/gosocialjmor/?hl=en The company started off when I was in college around 1993 so the company is about 32 years young. [2:42] When I was in college, and I still am today, I liked to help other people and being a first responder. [3:22] While in college, I knew that there was a void in the technology market and people weren't doing the right things which led me to start a company. [3:57] I learned you could make a certain amount of money before you had to get formal. [4:43] I went through a lot of accounting programs, and I found a lot of them out there which were very expensive and left you indebted to them. [8:29] I had this marketing advertising company who gave us a discount at the time but my business was not going anywhere. [8:53] After college I went back and got my certification, Hypnosis, NLP neuro linguistic programming and also I got my Reiki level two certification. [9:56] I remember creating my first mp3 and I was so happy I made my first subliminal hypnosis program, and I would listen to it every night. [10:20] I got a loan from the bank and started a print business where we struggled for the first couple years and then after that, we build a full print production graphic, medium Digital Design Center. [11:38] I then decided to go for my lungs and build a new center with a video production center, a photo center and next year, we'll be launching our own green screen studio. [17:54] A lot of these superstores have the equipment but not the greatest equipment, and they don't have the right knowledge. [18:31] I have the knowledge of better equipment and we've been doing videos religiously for over a year. [18:37] I run an internship school where I have about five interns now working with me. [19:37] My biggest thing is teaching people how to network where it is usually all about you. [20:08] I'm also the leading host of the J Moore tech talk show a national talk show and we just became a TV show about seven months ago in Princeton. [20:47] I just love to have conversations with people and understand what their challenges are. [21:59] The agenda that I have is to help everyone become better versions of themselves. [22:15] What I've learned is everything happens in life to help us become better versions of ourselves. [24:03] Commercial break. [24:50] If everybody likes you in this world, then you're not bringing your A game. [28:22] Another lesson I've learned in the entrepreneurial world is that you can be or have anything you want but you have to realize that your inner voice runs your subconscious. [28:50] Look at the things you're doing and realize that no one in life has the right to make you feel inferior about yourself, except one person. [28:29] You have to know when to say no. [30:13] When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change. [32:07] My advice to you is to document appropriately with whatever authority wherever you have to document things, because people will try to rain on your parade every single day. [32:29] Realize that your inner team is the one you want with you while you keep other people outside your circle. [33:49] If you have a vision, and it's clear in your head, be very descriptive and make sure you know every little detail about it. [34:51] The universe will unfold that to you, if you are persistent and have a good attitude, and make sure that you maintain an attitude of gratitude. [35:08] ………………………………………………… Thank you to our December sponsor! KukuaBiz can provide dedicated and affordable talent from Kenya to help you grow and scale your business. Virtual employees are skilled in administrative functions, sales, podcast management, video editing, marketing, social media marketing, website design and management, and more. Learn more: https://www.kukuabiz.com
“Music can actually act as a bridge between a complete different upbringing or a whole complete difference mindset of people.” Richard Lynch The opportunity for entrepreneurs to use their abilities and talents to build a business that gives back to the society is phenomenal. This was a chance of a life time for our guest today, Richard Lynch, who was able to build a foundation through his talent of writing and singing country music, thus expressing his love and passion for country and veterans. Upholding the traditions set forth by artists like Haggard, Strait, Jackson, Jennings and other legends, Richard Lynch has been flying the flag for this brand of country music for the past 30+ years. Residing in Waynesville, OH, Lynch not only sings about country music, he lives it. As the owner of Keepin' It Country Farm with his wife, Donna, Richard knows the meaning of a day's hard work. As the co-founder of the Love Tattoo Foundation, which assists with veteran programs, Lynch understands the sacrifices of our service men and women and the importance of giving back to your community. In fact, his farm plays host to fundraising benefits for the organization featuring some of the biggest names in traditional country music. Richard also cherishes his love and respect for God, family, and his fellow hard-working Americans. The words of his songs speak to his values, values that his fans and lovers of country music everywhere hold dear. Over the past 3 decades, Richard Lynch has compiled a long list of country hits and chart-toppers on both domestic and international sales and radio airplay charts, including two #1 iTunes chart singles, multiple #1 New Music Weekly radio songs, #1 IndieWorld and Roots Music Report chart tracks and a Christian Music Weekly Top 20 single. Richard has been in Billboard Magazine, Taste Of Country, The Boot, CCM Magazine, Country Music People, and countless others. He has also appeared on WSM Radio Nashville, RFD TV, Fox TV and more. He has recorded popular duets with legendary artists like Ronnie McDowell and Leona Williams, as well as Grammy Winner, Rhonda Vincent. Richard Lynch is a proud member of the Ohio Country Music Hall of Fame and the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame. On February 12th, 2021, Richard Lynch released his brand new album, “My Guitar Drips Country” featuring 12 songs written or co-written by Richard, including his touching tribute to the late Doug Supernaw. In today's episode, Richard will talk about his love for country music and living, and the motivation to start the Love Tattoo Foundation that caters for veterans. Listen in! Social Media and Contacts https://www.reverbnation.com/richardlynchband https://www.facebook.com/RichardLynchBand http://www.twittyoutuer.com/richardlynchbnd https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Lynch_(musician) email@example.com I was born into country music and my dad was an incredible singer entertainer. [3:11] At the ripe old age of eight years old, I got to watch my dad perform for the first time with this guy that we watched on television every Saturday night. [4:03] He called me to perform with him on stage where I did an old buck on the song ‘I've got a tiger by the tail' and I was bit right then and there by the Country Music bug. [4:29] I want to make sure that everybody felt comfortable because the music is one thing, but when you make that connection with people, it doesn't matter what you do. [6:04] Country music can be relevant for all forms of life and if I wrote it from the heart, and it connects with that person, I have fulfilled what I need to be doing. [7:17] Sometimes I'll write a song with a thought or a direction in mind, and someone will come to me with a completely different take on how I wrote it, but it fits their life completely. [10:00] The older I get, the more I realize we're all in this old world together and we are never all going to totally agree, but there's a whole lot more room for agreeing and disagreeing. [10:12] Music can actually act as a bridge between a complete different upbringing or a whole complete difference mindset of people. [10:26] I love the music but I also love my country upbringing. [11:32] I learned to accept life as it comes especially when we had the COVID-19 which restricted our music so much. [12:19] I missed and the camaraderie with people but on the other hand, it gave me an opportunity to really dive in and write some good music. [12:34] A lot of times I realize that you make your life by your own decisions and hopefully you make the right decision. [13:19] I am thankful that I'm fortunate enough to be in a situation where I can do what I want and make a living with what I want. [13:39] Commercial break. [14:03] The love tattoo Foundation was started by me and my wife, and we both have a huge appreciation and admiration for men and women who have served our country. [15:26] I was sent a poem from a gentleman who really liked my music and I was absolutely blown away and we came up with the song from the poem. [15:39] We decided right then and there that if there was a nickel or a million dollars to be made off of this particular song, we're going to give it all to a foundation. [16:46] We found this place in northern Michigan called the whirlwind Lodge which is a place for these folks to get away. [16:54] We want to make all the awareness we can for our guys and girls who serve our country to where there is help. [17:22] Surround yourself with people that believe in you because you can waste an awful lot of time with people that don't necessarily want to see you succeed. [20:12] If you surround yourself with people that believe in you and genuinely want you to have a successful career, it's amazing how fast you'll get there. [20:26] Keep it country. [22:13] ………………………………………………… Thank you to our December sponsor! KukuaBiz can provide dedicated and affordable talent from Kenya to help you grow and scale your business. Virtual employees are skilled in administrative functions, sales, podcast management, video editing, marketing, social media marketing, website design and management, and more. Learn more: https://www.kukuabiz.com
“There are all these Win-Win situations, if you're intentional about looking for them and building that into your culture and operating philosophy.” Jeff Morill The most successful and sustainable business often have their strengths anchored in the fundamental values rather than products. These values dictate how these business relate with both their employees and customers. This is according to our guest today, Jeff Morill, who believes that once established and entrenched in the business culture, positive values will remain alive and serve your business a great deal. Jeff Morill's first business was Planet Subaru, perhaps the world's first ethical car dealership. He co-founded Planet Subaru, “your undealership,” in 1998, and built it into one of the most successful privately-held car dealerships in the United States. He later started other businesses in automotive retail, real estate, telecommunications, and insurance that generate over $100,000,000 in annual revenue. His achievements in building profitable and ethical companies have been featured in a variety of national media including USA Today, Entrepreneur Magazine, Automotive News, The Boston Globe, and others. After Jeff nearly killed himself in an accident, he wrote a book to pass along the unusual things he had learned about how to sell a lot without selling out your integrity. The book comes out February 28th and is titled ‘Profit Wise: How to Make More Money in Business by Doing the Right Thing.' Learn more at www.jeffmorrill.com (I'm donating all author royalties to charity.) Jeff reveals things about the car business, but prefers to speak thoughtfully about personal development and entrepreneurship. For example, He developed a straightforward hiring process that makes a lot more sense than what most businesses are using (if they have any process at all). In today's episode, Jeff discusses how he was able to form a highly profitable company based that was anchored on ethical practices and superior customer experiences. Listen in! Social media handles: https://www.jeffmorrill.com/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC59FdefHNgM1pxwNSipQOqw When we opened our business, we saw an opportunity to differentiate ourselves from the terrible state of the showroom experience. [3:03] My brother who is the co- founder business partner, and I grew up under very modest conditions. [3:42] We knew from the beginning that we wanted our lives to be about a lot more than just moving iron and making profits. [4:16] Other businesses that we've bought have put us in a position to do some pretty neat things in terms of giving back and serving the community. [4:26] I think it's important to understand that with all the success we've had, we've had some struggles too. [5:32] I guess I look at it like a garden, that is growing and it has its own energy and we have to go in and make sure that we're providing it with all the resources it needs. [6:19] It's a ton of focus on making sure that the stated values that you started the company with are actually alive in it every day. [6:44] One of the things that has really made us successful relative to competition is our ability to hire people. [7:29] A lot of businesses though, if you lose the interest in making those investments, the withdrawals happen sort of automatically. [10:13] What I want to do is articulate this vision and hopefully inspire other entrepreneurs to think about it the way I do. [11:38] One of the things I'm really proud of at the Subaru dealership, we've hired many female technicians which supports their families and their communities. [12:18] There are all these Win-Win situations, if you're intentional about looking for them and building that into your culture and operating philosophy. [13:56] The most conspicuous thing we see from having more women in our team is that the men felt like they needed to act a little more professionally. [15:48] Commercial break [18:05] I think I have a very high pain threshold, which has served me very well and another thing that I'm really proud of is my communication ability [19:48] I was very scared for many years that we were going to lose it all because we're very lightly capitalized, highly leveraged. [23:55] If I could write myself a letter back to when I was starting a business, I would tell myself to make sure I enjoy it along the way and that it was going to turn out fine. [24:22] One of the things I did do well is I started the business with love in the model. [24:54] Human institutions ultimately need to be there for the benefit of people, and to serve others and to benefit the earth in some way. [26:06] If all your business does is pad your pockets, you've failed regardless of how rich you are, that's where I'm coming from. [26:20] If you're going to succeed in business, just make sure that you're doing it for the right reasons and that you're taking care of people. [26:26] ………………………………………………… Thank you to our December sponsor! KukuaBiz can provide dedicated and affordable talent from Kenya to help you grow and scale your business. Virtual employees are skilled in administrative functions, sales, podcast management, video editing, marketing, social media marketing, website design and management, and more. Learn more: https://www.kukuabiz.com
“I have finally realized, to be happy I don't need to change myself, I just need to be myself.” -Steve Friedman Being authentic is the best strategy to approach life with, both personally and professionally. This is because authenticity enables people to bring out their best and unique capabilities with the least effort. This is according to our guest today, Steve Fried man, who says that it all starts with learning and understanding our personalities, then accepting ourselves for who we really are. When he wrote his memoir, In Search of Courage, Steve realized that the common thread of introversion which he thought was a curse all his life was actually a blessing. For years, Steve wore a mask at work and coped with my stress by acting the role at work and over drinking at business trips and socials. Now he embraces his own introversion as a path to become a happier version of himself. Steve believes that his purpose is to help other introverts to accelerate their own journey to discover their strengths and how to apply them at home and at work to overcome past obstacles and find joy, pride, and confidence in life. Steve is retired from corporate America and enjoys sharing articles, books, quizzes, and resources through his website, BeyondIntroversion.com. He is excited to share his new leadership book, The Corporate Introvert: How to Lead and Thrive with Confidence, due out the fall of 2021. In today's episode, Steve will talk about his journey towards the discovery the different phases of being introvert. He will also provide insights on how people can embody the best version of themselves through self -discovery. Listen in! Social Media Twitter: https://twitter.com/SteveFr25166808 Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/steve-friedman-1295a5a2 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeyondIntroversion I have found that introversion is not a state of being, it's a journey. [3:09] In the course of my life, I realized that in my first 20 years of life, I was in the first of the stages that introversion presents which I call unaware. [3:55] In my early 20s it led into the second stage, which I call uninformed where I heard the term introversion that sounded like me, but I didn't really learn a lot about it. [4:31] It was in my mid-career that I moved to the third phase, which I call enlightenment which happened after primarily reading Susan Kane's book quiet. [5:44] It really changed things around and it started to make me realize that everybody is different in the world. [6:07] It started me on the path of learning and that realized it's not all gloom and doom, but there's exciting opportunities for us to do well. [6:23] The fourth phase is contentment which entails getting our head around that and being happy with who you are. [6:52] The fifth phase, which some introverts don't approach and others do is what I call flourishing. [7:10] That journey has helped me and is what drives me today to do what I'm doing. [7:46] If through my books and in my discussions, I can help people accelerate their journey to find their true peace and ambitions at a much earlier age, then that's just a blessing for me. [8:08] We all have our challenges but part of it is learning about ourselves, and then it's also sharing them with others. [12:22] One of the things I talk about in the book is to gain confidence in who you are and to learn about it. [12:30] My introversion and my sense of discomfort and low self-esteem started when I was a little kid and even if personalities are formed in formative years, it doesn't mean that it can't be changed. [12:56] I think introversion is part of the diversity and inclusion wave where we are part of that diverse mindset at work. [13:35] We need to be around the meeting tables and the board rooms and things like that to help companies and teams develop well thought out and balanced approaches. [13:42] It is harder for extroverted leaders to connect with introverts, and oftentimes, they might just not even feel comfortable to engage with them to create a strong bond and a strong team. [16:00] Sometimes it is just incumbent upon ourselves as introverts to raise that issue and have conversations with the relevant. [16:25] Commercial break. [17:35] I spent 30 years in corporate America and had great experience as well as difficult challenges. [18:42] It's not about changing ourselves but about being ourselves. [19:37] I realized that I was able to change the way I managed people and the way I led teams and motivated them by the way I connected with them. [19:41] When I had the opportunity to start writing this book, I felt like it was an opportunity to share my experience and also experiences for many other people. [19:59] It starts first and foremost with learning about ourselves and being confident in who we are authentically. [20:25] I'm finding the audience of the book to be people who are veterans of corporate America but they've struggled with stereotypes and cultures that they worked in for decades. [21:12] Others are new leaders, or aspiring leaders, or college graduates that know that they're an introvert and concerned about coming into the corporate workforce, and how they can remain authentic. [21:24] I came a long way when I was in corporate America, but when I left, and started writing, and working on a website to connect with other people, I found that it's a completely different world. [23:25] Connecting one on one with people was very new for me so I was able to lean on the learnings that I had later in my work career which has really helped me. [23:51] If I've learned anything over the last period of time, it is that I need to do it my way, or else I'm going down the same path that I went down when I was in corporate America. [25:09] I was going to do things that I felt comfortable with, and that I felt developed the relationship I wanted to have with readers and the people online. [25:30] It is a balance of being confident in who we are, and also stretching a little bit to try new things. [27:12] Part of all of our journey is just to continue to stretch, but give ourselves permission to kind of redefine where we're comfortable. [27:52] Introverts can do all anything, they just need to help themselves along on a journey to learn. [29:17] We're all learning and growing as we go through life, and this is a great opportunity to change some of our perspective. [29:22] There's a continuum of introverts and extroverts and we float along that based on certain circumstances that people are in various different spots. [30:42] We all have at least a tinge of introversion and extraversion and once we understand that, and accept that it gives us another opportunity to learn more. [31:05] Think about your energy level and plan and make preparations on how you can use your strengths to do engage in productive activities. [31:27] ………………………………………………… Thank you to our December sponsor! KukuaBiz can provide dedicated and affordable talent from Kenya to help you grow and scale your business. Virtual employees are skilled in administrative functions, sales, podcast management, video editing, marketing, social media marketing, website design and management, and more. Learn more: https://www.kukuabiz.com
“It's easy to always come up with excuses or roadblocks but everything literally is possible and so whatever you're thinking about trying, you should just do it.” Kizzy Parks As people act their way into the life that they desire, often they find that they get more clarity of what their passions and strengths are. This is no different from what our guest today, Kizzy Parks, experienced in the course of her studies. According to Parks, you gain more clarity of purpose once you stop thinking and start acting. As a kid, Kizzy would clean golf balls located in an alley behind her friend's house and resell them through a fence to golfers. She used the money to buy FUNYUNS® and Nutty Bars. Kizzy always knew that she would become an entrepreneur and earn an advanced degree in psychology. Her entrepreneurial spirit meshed well with her inquisitive nature as an adopted child who always wanted to, and then met, her birth family. Driven to be the successful business owner she always knew she would be, she went on to earn a Ph.D. and establish KPC over a decade ago. Today, Kizzy owns and operates multiple businesses and have over $50 million in government contract awards. Through GovCon Winners, she helps service-based small business owners learn HOW to win profitable federal government contracts through the powerful CTC technique to grow their bottom line. In today's episode, Kizzy will talk about how her journey towards earning PhD led her to becoming the entrepreneur that she is today. Listen in! Social Media Handles- https://www.linkedin.com/in/kizzy/ https://www.instagram.com/kizzymparks/?hl=en When I was younger, I knew I was going to get a PhD and I knew I was going to be an entrepreneur, it was just something that I felt. [3:02] When I was in graduate school, to earn extra money, I would provide different services by consulting for companies. [3:21] I thought to myself that once I earned my PhD, I would go on to work for a company, and then start a business later on in life or maybe teach for a university and consult on the side. [3:47] There was a graduate research fellowship available at now Patrick Space Force which I took it up. [4:24] At the end of my dissertation journey, the director of research said that he would like for me to stay on as a contractor. [5:07] That is what started Kay parks consulting, my first of three government contracting companies and it all just started out from that graduate research fellowship, and my desire to be an entrepreneur. [5:55] We provide a variety of services primarily to the federal government. [6:06] My desire wasn't just any 40-hour position but was something I really was passionate about. [6:23] I had no idea about government contracting or how to run a business and so I found people to help me and they broke it down which was really helpful. [8:19] I've always been super creative and inquisitive and that's what led me to doing different things. [10:38] Commercial break. [11:39] On the government side we help our clients just with that shot to get to their potential through making their life easier. [12:42] What is important is by someone saying that they need help and need someone who's dependable, and who is going to really understand us. [13:04] It helps them because then they're able to focus on their jobs or their positions in the military. [13:50] When I first got started I had no idea and I spent so much time just even trying to figure out how to understand an RFP. [15:47] Everything is possible and It's easy to always come up with excuses or roadblocks but everything literally is possible and so whatever you're thinking about trying, you should just do it. [19:55] ………………………………………………… Thank you to our December sponsor! KukuaBiz can provide dedicated and affordable talent from Kenya to help you grow and scale your business. Virtual employees are skilled in administrative functions, sales, podcast management, video editing, marketing, social media marketing, website design and management, and more. Learn more: https://www.kukuabiz.com
“Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly and I could not agree more with that.” Nydia Hahn Sharing experiences and information goes along way into humanizing people, and is effective when it comes to sensitizing people on social injustices. This is according to Nydia Hahn, who after going through racism took up the role to inform and educate others against social injustice. Nydia Han is an Emmy award winning television journalist, TEDx speaker, and creator of #ThisIsAmerica, a provocative three-part documentary series about racism and the diverse American experience. Nydia co-anchors 6abc Action News Sundays and is the station's consumer investigative reporter. She gets real results for Action News viewers by troubleshooting issues and exposing scams as well as dangerous products. Nydia is also committed to using her platform to uplift, empower, and give voice to traditionally underrepresented, marginalized groups. She is the recipient of the Pearl S. Buck International Woman of Influence award, NAAAP Inspire Award, and Global Voice Award from the World Woman Summit. She was also named "Outstanding Ally" of Diversity and Inclusion by the Philadelphia Inquirer. She graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and her career has taken her to television stations in Idaho, Oklahoma City, and Texas. Nydia is on the community advisory board for the Asian American Women's Coalition. She is also passionate about raising awareness and desperately needed funds for lung cancer research in memory of her mother. She enjoys good food, wine, and most of all a good laugh. And she is trying really, really hard to teach her two young children to speak Korean. In today's episode, Nydia will talk about her journey to becoming who she is today. She is also discusses on the importance of moving in to share in other people's experiences. Listen in! Social media https://www.linkedin.com/in/nydiahan/ Three factors really compelled me to pursue journalism and first, I've always loved to write. [3:40] My parents instilled in me the importance of a life of service, and I believe strongly that we as journalists really serve our communities. [3:47] Number three, I've always been passionate about justice and particularly racial justice. [3:53] I originally wanted to write long form magazine pieces but then I did an internship at a television station and ended up catching the TV bug. [4:22] I was mesmerized by the power of moving pictures and sound and the immediacy of television news, because this was at a time when you had to wait overnight to get your news and print. [4:31] I was in Pocatello in south eastern Idaho and it was a great learning experience where those things that I learned have really stuck with me and helped me become the journalist that I am today. [5:26] When I'm writing, I am thinking about the pictures that we have, how our editor will be able to piece this together and cover what I'm saying. [7:44] People have no idea how much happens behind the scenes and I have great respect for our producers, editors or photographers. [8:56] Commercial break. [10:12] I have always been a proud Asian American so my mission is to amplify our experience and share what it means to be an Asian American. [12:01] When I was a little girl, very few people looked like me in my neighborhood and I was proud to share the culture and traditions and foods of my ancestors with my friends and people I knew. [12:13] As I got older, I started noticing discrimination and I became able to identify and label racism for what it was. [13:06] My desire to amplify the Asian American experience and change the AAPI stereotype and the ways in which we are very much wrongly perceived really grew. [13:15] My professional work to combat anti Asian hate began when a driver yelled “this is America at me”, and I responded to her in a live Facebook video that went viral. [13:25] That sent me on a path to really speak out and stand up for Asian Americans where I really just wanted to tell stories in the hopes that we can be seen for who we are. [13:53] The anti Asian hate we've seen amid the pandemic has made it crystal clear to the wider public how important this work is. [14:19] This is not just about Asian Americans, it is about how we as humans default to hate anytime we're afraid or uncertain and that really hurts our entire society. [14:31] I think that my response to her taught me something about myself where I also realized that I have some of my own work to do. [15:41] If I'm going to challenge people to look at themselves, I needed to sort of confront some of the biases that I myself have. [15:40] I am so happy with all of the shows and movies and podcasts that are coming out that help us all move in. [18:23] The more we can do to move in to get to know each other's experiences so that we don't see people as generalizations or stereotypes but just as individual human beings. [18:39] This not just about being Asian American, I really try to do this for every group that I think is traditionally unknown or misunderstood. [18:54] A lot of people are familiar with that Martin Luther King Jr. Quote, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. [19:11] In this age we have all these ways to connect yet we seem more disconnected than ever before. [20:40] I just ask people to share their knowledge and share who they are to help others move in. [20:48] ………………………………………………… Thank you to our December sponsor! KukuaBiz can provide dedicated and affordable talent from Kenya to help you grow and scale your business. 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“You start to inspire people by them relating to what they can see in themselves from what you've experienced.” Keith Renninson The most rewarding times in life are those that challenge us the most. Those that force us get deep inside ourselves and discover some of the strengths that we never knew existed within. Our guest today, Keith Renninson, went through such an experience when he got lost while in a hiking trip and it ended up changing his life for the better. Keith is a Colorado native obtaining his CFP from the College for Financial Planning in 1989. His education was spread out over several decades with two years in the Army with a tour in the Vietnam War. His new award-winning book “Tenacity: You Don't Have to Get Lost in Nepal to Find Yourself, But it Helps!” is based on the second trip when he traveled alone and got lost for a few days in the Himalayas. He developed his TRIP Technique System from his book and has been giving in-person, virtual & hybrid meetings to excited audiences since. Recently, Keith developed his TRIP Technique Assessment which scores individuals on their strengths and weaknesses at tenacity, resilience, imagination, and purpose (TRIP) Keith has been well known for his car & bike racing, love of skiing and as an amateur photographer. He began his speaking career in 2013 in Toastmasters, then joined his local chapter of the National Speaking Association where he served as the Secretary/ VP of Operations for four years. In today's episode, Keith will talk about his journey in the military and how one hiking trip changed his life forever. Listen in! Contacts www.thetriptechnique.com I was drafted in 1969 and I went to basic training in Fort Lewis Washington, where I took a whole battery of tests like everybody does to figure out what your military occupation is going to be. [3:24] I was posted to Fort Hood, Texas to work on civilian made weapons which I did testing in the prairies of Texas, before they actually released them out into the military. [3:37] I ended up going to Vietnam after about seven months and once again in the top secret clearance facility where I was gathering information. [4:54] My two years in the service taught me a multitude of things which included working within a team and rising to leadership. [5:30] Once I got out of the army, I wanted to be a leader with whatever I did, which was sometimes pushy and sometimes it was fun. [5:56] The army also taught me really good communication skills, because you've got to be very accurate in what you talk about in the military. [6:11] I was an insurance agent and a financial planner for 42 years and that's where I guess I gained all of that tenacity to be an independent person and have my own business. [6:27] I got my trekking permit in Katmandu canceled due to unfavorable weather and I had to redesign the trip. [8:46] I ended up going into an area that I had not researched and within about four or five hours of starting that trek, my equipment stopped working and I got lost. [9:08] I meditated and journaled each day and I started to looking at my life and writing what I wanted to do when I got home. [9:34] After I retired, I started to do what I wrote down I'm now doing exactly what I wrote down in my journal while I was lost, which was become an author and a public speaker. [9:52] I love telling stories and I can see them going through my head as I'm telling them and reliving them and the excitement builds back up inside of me. [11:35] I probably exude that from the stage and it's just one of those things where you start to inspire people by them relating to what they can see in themselves from what you've experienced. [11:43] I researched and came up with how I could take my speaking to the next level and what I could do that was different. [14:19] Trip technique assessment helps people learn their strengths and weaknesses in tenacity, resilience, imagination and purpose. [14:47] Commercial Break. [15:34] The military teaches you discipline, having a hierarchy and understanding how the ranks work and how you could work with them. [17:07] I came home in the 1971 and the hippie era was still going on and I ended up for a while being a disc jockey at night and a discotheque. [17:50] It was a lot of fun to be able to work during the day as a banker during the daytime and a disc jockey at night. [18:05] I wanted to be able to be disciplined enough to have those areas of my life very distinctly purposed, and do them on purpose so that I could really come out with what I wanted on the other end. [18:25] Both jobs ironically prepared me for what I doing now. [18:36] It was a tough time to come back from Vietnam because we were not liked as soldiers in those days. [20:22] We were proud of our service and what we had accomplished and so it was something I came home with and felt good about it but I couldn't feel good about it publicly. [20:41] I had my own kind of problems that came out of it and I had a long battle with hyperventilating whenever I got in a stressful situation and I actually went sought some help out. [22:07] Be kind to your soldiers as they come home and as they suffer now a little bit because of the feelings left after Afghanistan. [23:59] We need to recognize that that tour of duty that they all did and the results that we all were blessed with. [24:16] ……………………………………. Thank you to our November Sponsor: Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being or Wayne Titus Imagine starting a long journey without a map…or even a clear idea of the obstacles ahead. That's exactly what it's like for entrepreneurs who start companies with a lot of passion, but without the financial expertise to grow and scale their businesses and create long-term wealth for their families. Wayne Titus shows you how to find a financial adviser who can help you map a better journey. In his book, The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being. With the right adviser at your side, you'll have the freedom to focus on what really matters to you. Get The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being at Amazon.com and in the virtual bookstore on the Shock Your Potential app.
“Every good leader is a good follower and every good leader listens to their people.” Adam Bird Often people are faced with circumstances where they have to make tough decisions that have profound effect on their lives and the lives of those around them. As our guest today, Adam Bird says, such decisions are never easy to make, having been faced with the question of whether to stay working in the military or leave to be a dad to his son. According to Adam, the ability to identify the right decision within a given time and it's outcomes in the long term is very important not only career wise, but also in business. Adam Bird, founder and CEO of Heroes Media Group LLC, is a seasoned, serial entrepreneur and leader in building companies, educating, training and mentoring and empowering teams to success. Bird's career has been centered around serving America's Community Heroes for more than a decade, including Military, Veterans, Firefighters, First Responders, Law Enforcement, Educators, Medical Professionals, and Clergy. While he has primarily focused his attention on HMG's media platforms, he saw an opportunity to expand into the beverage market this year. For the past two years HMG had a coffee blend called Heroes United. When he saw an opportunity to leverage these products as a way to give back, he took that opportunity to launch an entirely new business venture. HMG Beverage LLC launched in November 2020, the week of Thanksgiving. He started with five blends, and soon will be offering other beverage options, with a portion of every purchase donated to charity. In today's episode, Adam will talk about his journey being in the military and how his experiences have helped him in his entrepreneurial journey. Listen in! Social Media Links: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mradambird/ https://www.heroesmediagroup.com https://hmgbeverage.com https://www.facebook.com/heroesmediagrp https://www.instagram.com/heroesmediagrp/ https://www.instagram.com/hmgbeverage I started in the military where I joined the Army National Guard out of high school. [2:17] I did join the National Guard and did that for about nine years and had several jobs in between that I was primarily a truck driver. [2:30] In 2003 my unit got deployed for the initial push into Iraq and I spent some time overseas and got out of the military in 2007. [3:03] It was it was a hard decision but the best decision I made and I absolutely loved my time with the military. [3:41] The things that I learned gave me confidence that I could really do anything I put my mind to. [3:57] Being in the National Guard opened up a lot of other opportunities for me where I worked with the guard for several years and also got to see the world. [5:46] For me, being in the guard meant I got to enjoy the best of both world and nothing like the fulltime active duty. [6:32] I'm a serial entrepreneur where I got to have my hands on a lot of different things. [7:29] I started a company called Heroes Media Group which we are celebrating our six years under this brand. [7:44] Prior to that I had another business that was focusing just on vets and from the response, I decided to create a company that focused on veterans. [7:52] Three and a half years later, we decided go our separate ways and I created what is now Heroes Media Group. [8:34] It wasn't just focusing on Veterans, but I wanted to create a thing for community heroes as a whole and now we help people start their podcasts as well as manage for them. [8:41] We started a publishing arm a couple years ago and so now we also do audio books and we help people publish their manuscripts into self published books as well. [9:06] We have a transcription department that we work with a lot of clients across the country as well. [9:19] Last year, I decided to start a beverage company because that just seemed like a really good idea at the time. [9:33] I had a coffee blend for many years with a roaster who was good friend of mine who called me up and asked if I wanted to expand my line and now we have six different blends. [10:05] We have also expanded into the alcohol business and now have three spirits, two Bourbons, a gin, and then we're working on a couple other that I cannot mention right now. [10:46] Commercial break. [11:33] I think the biggest thing that service helped me is with my confidence and leadership as well as how to work with people from all different backgrounds. [12:41] More importantly, it has taught me that I don't have to be the one to get me to where I want to go, I can put people in those places that do it better than me. [13:34] Every good leader is a good follower and every good leader listens to their people. [15:01] As I was growing my companies I didn't go out and get sponsors because I kind of wanted to do this on my own and for the longest time my pride did get in the way. [15:08] I'm growing something that I want to last and I want to find the people that want to see the vision and want to be a part of that and eventually take over my job. [15:30] I wanted to do an old prohibition brandy and we're still working on that maybe someday. [18:49] We just started the gin line this past January in we've already sold out our first 160 bottles of gin that we had and we got another 1200 that are getting ready to be bottled. [19:44] We had a straight bourbon whiskey that we only do 100 bottles a year, very limited edition and then we have a bourbon blend that's getting ready to come out [19:59] Those of you that are out there that have thought about doing something and creating your own business and for some reason haven't, take that first step. [21:14] You're going to fall and get hurt, bumps and bruises, but you will be happy that you took that first step. [21:33] ……………………………………. Thank you to our November Sponsor: Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being or Wayne Titus Imagine starting a long journey without a map…or even a clear idea of the obstacles ahead. That's exactly what it's like for entrepreneurs who start companies with a lot of passion, but without the financial expertise to grow and scale their businesses and create long-term wealth for their families. Wayne Titus shows you how to find a financial adviser who can help you map a better journey. In his book, The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being. With the right adviser at your side, you'll have the freedom to focus on what really matters to you. Get The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being at Amazon.com and in the virtual bookstore on the Shock Your Potential app.
“One of my foundations is the commitment to do the right thing, even when no one's looking.” Kadena Tate As we go through the different phases of our lives, we find that most of our previous experiences prepare us for our future. One of the most crucial attribute in this journey as it turns out, is flexibility. This allows you to know what is working and what is not, and how to align yourself to fit with your current circumstances. Our guest today, Kadena Tate, has been through the experience of unlearning in order to grow and says it needs a commitment to continuously change, learn and adapt. Kadena Tate helps authors, business coaches and speakers suffering from burnout, over-giving and under-earning leverage their expertise by creating an online course, membership program, mastermind and/or ecommerce store. Kadena is the author of “Cultivating Courage: The Path to Reclaiming Your Power” (release December 2021) and contributing author of the NY Times Bestseller “Business Model You”, published by Wiley Press. Kadena's father served in the Marines for 4 years then Air Force for 28 years. She is named after Kadena AFB in Okinawa, Japan because he was stationed there during Vietnam. Kadena served in the Air Force for 4 years. She believes that authenticity has no competition and that no one craves the ordinary. She also believes that by owning all of who we are - the gifts, talents, strengths, abilities and lessons that we've learned from our life experiences - we can contribute in delicious and delightful ways to the healing and growth of humanity. In today's episode, Kadena will talk about how the being in the military shaped her for a career in business, and how she had to unlearn things that were not serving her business well in order to grow. Listen in! Social Media Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/kadena Facebook http://www.Facebook.com/KadenaTate Instagram http://instagram.com/kadenatate# YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/KadenaTate Website: https://www.kadenatate.com My dad was a marine first, and then he switched to the Air Force. [3:30] For the entire time he was in the Air Force, he was in recruiting where he became the military entrance processing officer at the station in New Orleans. [3:48] I watched my father as a child and what impressed me was the fact that if he told you, he was going to do something, he did it. [4:02] When I graduated from high school, I went into the air force to follow in his footsteps because I couldn't afford to go to college. [4:44] I went into the Air Force as an X ray tech which not my personality but for me, it was more so about shared values, ethics, morals, and how that is aligned to the way that you live your life. [4:52] The way we see our parents as a child is one thing as an adult as another thing and as I got older, I just appreciated him being honest about what he felt were shortcomings. [7:46] I have a very strong work ethic which helps me to get so much stuff done. [8:38] For many years, I got confused about excellence versus perfection and I would be spinning into over giving and under earning. [9:03] In the military, I learnt the idea that I had to be bigger than life which on one side of the coin which has served me well while on the other side, it introduced me to what I call failing forward. [9:38] I had to unlearn certain things because the same thing that's a gift can also be absolutely a curse. [10:22] One of my foundations is the commitment to do the right thing, even when no one's looking, because it's about legacy. [12:01] I really think that is formed inside the military and it is common of service people no matter what their jobs are, service before self. [12:21] I feel like a lot of people don't understand what service really means nor do they understand what freedom really means. [13:07] Service and freedom are huge themes that people have these idealistic views about, but they're not necessarily living them. [13:18] Commercial break. [15:00] I'm a revenue strategist and there are three foundations to it. [16:25] First, I'm a woman and as women, we have been socialized to serve, but not be compensated. [16:32] So when you start your business, you don't necessarily know how to price the value of what you do and that's where the revenue strategy came into play. [16:39] I'm fascinated by people's gifts and how they present them to the world and that's how I became a marketing strategist. [17:24] After the military, I started working for British Airways where I worked for 20 years in customer service where I used the skills I leant as a child growing up in a military home. [18:39] I did not realize that those were the foundations of what was growing my business and because I had all the perfectionist drama, I literally started studying all these different things. [19:17] The biggest struggle that my people have had is the gold standard because I believe I need to give them my very best which goes back to the military and its foundational values. [19:43] When I first started, women told me that they did not want to lead but I told them that if they were going to be with me, they had to learn how to lead as business owners. [21:09] My ideal client is a female entrepreneur who has been in business at least three years and she's in burnout, she's been stained into over giving and gross under earning. [22:02] What I do is I help them build a business around their expertise and their natural gifts because I don't believe in a one size fits all formula. [22:29] Look within and know that you're worthy and deserving of health, wealth, loving, harmonious relationships and the freedom of creative self-expression. [23:13] At the end of the day, your business is designed to help other people live fuller, richer and more rewarding lives, so believe in yourself. [23:22] ……………………………………. Thank you to our November Sponsor: Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being or Wayne Titus Imagine starting a long journey without a map…or even a clear idea of the obstacles ahead. That's exactly what it's like for entrepreneurs who start companies with a lot of passion, but without the financial expertise to grow and scale their businesses and create long-term wealth for their families. Wayne Titus shows you how to find a financial adviser who can help you map a better journey. In his book, The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being. With the right adviser at your side, you'll have the freedom to focus on what really matters to you. Get The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being at Amazon.com and in the virtual bookstore on the Shock Your Potential app.
“One person can't do all of it, but one person can do something to make it a little bit better.” Michael Harris The aging process can be challenging especially for veterans due to their experiences while they were in service. The need for personalized care where each senior is treated with a degree of sensitivity and respect is therefore needed. Our guest today, Michael Harris together with his wife, have been providing care and assisting these senior veterans together with their families to find the care that they need in order to live a dignified life. Michael Harris and his wife, Elizabeth are the proud parents of four very intelligent children and grandparents of four incredibly beautiful grandchildren. To them, God and family are the two most important things in their lives. Michael is a retired veteran that served five years in combat and his wife held the most challenging position of holding everything together while he was away. Now Michael supports her while she is obtaining a master's degree. The two of them have owned and operated several small businesses from bail bonds to clothing stores but nothing compares to the gratification of helping others. As Pastors in a small community, they have learned the best gift a human being can give another, is love. Michael's parents were married for 68 years and are both disabled needing 24 Hour ADL's /home care service. The parent's health decline was an unplanned event that took place and put the family in an unfamiliar situation. Therefore, they took on the responsibility as caregivers and cared for their loved ones. This inspired them to start "Never Forget WE CARE LLC''. They wanted seniors, handicap, and physically challenged individuals to know that they were never forgotten. In the year 2020, they partner with Compassionate Helpers Franchise to gain knowledge, learn the business model and help care for more seniors during pandemics. Couples own and operate franchise units located in Houston, TX In this episode, Michael will be discussing about his time in the military and his passion of providing care to the senior and handicapped veterans. Listen in! Contacts www.neverforgetwecare.com www.compassionatehelpers.com I graduated high school and I enlisted as a private in the military because I just wanted to get away and try and learn about life and grow up. [3:11] While I was serving, I really started to enjoy the military and I began to work hard and be committed to the military. [3:34] I was actually promoted up to an officer and got an opportunity to actually get out of the military, go back to college and obtain my Bachelor's degree. [3:50] Upon graduation, I re-entered the military as an officer and going from a private to an officer was a big [3:56] While serving, my wife and I just realized that there was something bigger than us out there. [4:19] I was deployed for five years and I really enjoyed living a purposeful life and I'm thankful for my wife that she supported me throughout all those years by making sure that home was okay. [4:43] When I retired out of the military, I came back home and my parents were seniors and needed assistance which kind of caught my family as a surprise, because planned for it. [5:21] I began to realize that I knew my dad was a veteran and I knew that he had some benefits but I wasn't quite sure what those benefits were. [6:38] We began to research and found that he did qualify for a veteran program that would actually allow a caregiver in the home. [6:48] While we were looking, I thought it'd be a good idea if we started our own business to help them but also to help others out there. [8:00] None of my dad's or mom's friends who were veterans even knew that there was a program out there that can assist them. [8:14] When we started the business, it healed a lot of us and a lot of our issues that we had because we were now still serving the seniors that had served us. [8:28] We didn't want any senior, any handicapped person either temporarily disabled or are permanently disabled or veteran to feel likeeveryone had turned their back on them. [8:47] We named the business ‘Never Forget We C' And set it up in Louisiana but we moved to Houston. [9:03] We've been able to be a blessing to so many people by helping to bring in the best nurses and [9:35] We have since partnered with compassionate helpers to help us bridge that gap with the communities with the senior veterans who want to stay in their own homes. [10:01] I thank God for the experience with my parents, because it helped me realize that there is an area where a lot of people have just lost focus, and that's taking care of our seniors. [10:23] My family and I are devout Christians and we believe that no one was born for themselves and that we were all created for someone else. [11:53] I share all the information that I can because it's iron that sharpens iron. [12:52] Commercial break. [13:15] Military taught me several things which I apply as many as I can to my life daily. [14:49] One person can't do all of it, but one person can do something to make it a little bit better. [14:24] The military taught me that you can change the world, you just got to have to be willing to be motivated enough to get up and go do it. [15:33] It also taught me that If you believe in your heart, that something is right, you never give up. [15:42] In entrepreneurship, you're going to have some good days and bad days but you have to get up every morning with that positive attitude. [15:50] If there's someone out there that's thinking about starting their own business, I would highly encourage you to do that. [16:42] Take everything that you've learned from the military if you are a veteran and apply it and success is going to come. [16:50] You get such a fulfillment, knowing that your military experience is still working through you to help someone else. [18:38] We want to be a blessing by impacting the lives of the people and not for it to be just about business. [19:23] When you wake up be thankful to be here and just be the best you that you can be every day. [24:41] Remember that we were not born for ourselves but to help someone else. [24:49] ……………………………………. Thank you to our November Sponsor: Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being or Wayne Titus Imagine starting a long journey without a map…or even a clear idea of the obstacles ahead. That's exactly what it's like for entrepreneurs who start companies with a lot of passion, but without the financial expertise to grow and scale their businesses and create long-term wealth for their families. Wayne Titus shows you how to find a financial adviser who can help you map a better journey. In his book, The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being. With the right adviser at your side, you'll have the freedom to focus on what really matters to you. Get The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being at Amazon.com and in the virtual bookstore on the Shock Your Potential app.
“We won't know what is if we don't reach outside our comfort zone.” Krystalore Crews Looking inward and developing a connection with self helps own our experiences and trust our capabilities. This is especially important when going through circumstances that require our input in order to move forward. Our guest today, Krystalore Crews, has gone through varied experiences in her military journey and says that strategic planning, goal setting, and mindset are paramount in any journey. She taps from her lessons to teach and guide others to navigate through the different hurdles they are facing in life. Crews, MBA, ADC, is a People Strategist--Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Consultant, Certified Coach and Facilitator. Krystalore has spent the last 19+ years serving in the United States Air Force, and the last four years in strategic development and execution of diversity and inclusion programs in the US Government and Department of Defense. She has a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) with an Entrepreneurial concentration from Medaille College, and a Professional Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Georgetown University. Krystal Crews uses her personal experience overcoming obstacles and 19+ years as a military leader in the Air National Guard to engage employees. Krystalore continues to serve, leading an organization of 800 employees part-time with a strategic D&I program from strategy, communications, coaching, and training. She also oversees the strategic community engagement plan for the United States consisting of 90 other Practitioners. Additionally, she mentors and supports 14 Practitioners in the Northeast Region. She has prior diverse experiences as a Financial Advisor, Construction Project Manager, restaurant Corporate Trainer, Recruiter, Retention Manager, and Computer Engineer. Additionally, as an NFL Alumni Cheerleader, her clients will not get hours full of boring PowerPoint slides. Instead, Krystalore entertains and incorporates videos, interactive activities, team building, goal setting, and engagement to educate the audience. Based out of Louisville,KY, Krystalore operates as a Coach and Consultant as founder of The Crews Coach. Krystalore leads individuals and teams toward improving their emotional intelligence and inclusive leadership journey. Krystalore is an athlete and marathon runner. She is the Coach of the (National) Air National Guard Marathon Team, competing annually at the Air Force Marathon. The team has won first place of 12 teams 3 out of the last 4 years. Her leadership, stamina, determination, and resilience overcoming diversity and health challenges bring a unique perspective to relate to many challenges that many people are faced with. Krystalore spent the last 6 years organizing and leading local chapters for the National organization, Team Red, White, and Blue (RWB). The mission is to enrich the lives of Veterans through social and physical activity. Her mission as a military member and military spouse is to unite members of all services and wars to a common mission through awareness, connection, and engagement. Krystalore continues her coaching and consulting work virtually as she travels to support her husband's active career in the Army. Krystalore enjoys studying human behavior and engaging with people to communicate better in the workplace, but also at home with a spouse, family, friends, or children. It helps them grow not only professionally, but personally. She also released her new book: Your Krystal Clear Life Planner: A Woman's 90 Day Action Plan to Embrace Chaos and Live a Fulfilling Life is available on Amazon: Link here: https://thecrewscoach.kartra.com/page/planner Social Media Links LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/krystalore-crews/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/krystalore/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecrewscoach/ The Crews Coach Business pages: Website: www.krystalorecrews.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecrewscoach I joined the military right after 911 with a friend of mine initially to pay for college but also for the things that were going on in the world. [4:00] We chose to go with the Air National Guard so that we can serve our community and go to school. [4:26] I found out that it really provided so much experience, education, camaraderie and community that I ended up falling in love with it and staying in. [4:45] In the last 19 years, I've had seven different positions and I just keep challenging and growing myself through those experiences. [5:01] What we do is we serve in the community that we live in where we do domestic operations and we have a federal mission as well. [6:10] Even though I work part time, technically, I wear that uniform inside my heart, mind and life and is very deep rooted in our core values. [8:08] As a servant leader, an airman, as a leader, I have to consistently hold on to the call to serve others before self. [8:37] I met my husband eight years ago and as a military spouse, I had to resign my fulltime active duty position, go part time and serve right with [9:47] The biggest thing when I think about my service and how it connects to me, being an entrepreneur is really just learning to trust myself, and reach outside my comfort zone. [11:25] My experience enables me to help my clients face difficult situations and really owning the trust of their experience and [12:18] Many a times we have to drown out those negative noises and really stay true to our passion, drive and our values. [14:08] Commercial Break. [14:55] Both of my businesses have a foundation of emotional intelligence and personal growth. [16:04] I think in order for us to show up in life, relationship and connect with other human beings, we have to be totally good with ourselves first. [16:15] My career has evolved so much over time, because the more I help mostly women, the more I learn how complicated human being we are. [16:52] What I found is that many times if people want to lose weight, it's much deeper than that and so I focus on everything about emotional intelligence and the human connection. [17:10] We just launched the cruise beyond limits and my husband is handling all the men's personal training. [17:52] I also found that the power of stretch, recovery, and Yoga has to be a really great part of our cross training and so I actually just brought on an affiliate cruise coach who is a yoga instructor. [18:16] My second business is inclusion culture where I have three other business partners doing consulting work on inclusion and diversity for four years now. [20:13] When COVID happened, we had to pivot really quickly to zoom and really learn how to facilitate group training over zoom. [20:43] We also have a foundation of emotional intelligence where we help leaders and companies discover within themselves so that they can make deeper connections and understand themselves. [21:07] With the new ways of working, people are getting comfortable at home and it's a whole other dynamic of what humans go through and grow through. [22:22] Our goal is really to drive that connection, not only with themselves, but with others, regardless of the situation. [22:45] Take each day as it comes and everyday as a blessing so live each day just your true potential and reach outside your comfort zone to see what's possible. [23:54] Sometimes we don't have to have all the answers or always be perfect, we just have to be willing to try. [24:16] ……………………………………. Thank you to our November Sponsor: Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being or Wayne Titus Imagine starting a long journey without a map…or even a clear idea of the obstacles ahead. That's exactly what it's like for entrepreneurs who start companies with a lot of passion, but without the financial expertise to grow and scale their businesses and create long-term wealth for their families. Wayne Titus shows you how to find a financial adviser who can help you map a better journey. In his book, The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being. With the right adviser at your side, you'll have the freedom to focus on what really matters to you. Get The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being at Amazon.com and in the virtual bookstore on the Shock Your Potential app.
“If you learn how to write powerfully, it unlocks the doors to opportunities.” Carla Bass One of the skills that can turn out to be a superior advantage in any career is effective writing. Considered to be an essential life skill, writing makes a great difference in one's ability to convey information, a key factor that drives successful careers. Our guest today, Carla bass, found the power of writing early on in her career in the military, and says that it is the key to influencing powerful outcomes. Carla D. Bass is a retired Air Force colonel and author of the book "Write to Influence!" which has won eight national-level awards. The ability to write powerfully was central to her success. Throughout her 45-year career (30 years in the Air Force and 15 with a federal agency), she composed products for Congress, the White House, generals, and ambassadors; hundreds of performance reviews; budget justifications; award nominations; and executive memoranda. As a lieutenant colonel, Carla transformed her 480-person unit from the most losing in state-wide professional competitions into the one to beat. How? She developed her writing methodology and taught her troops to compose compelling nominations. So successful was her program that she taught thousands of Air Force members for the next 15 years – to rave reviews. She now teaches workshops to clients that include government agencies, corporations, private businesses, NGOs, and academia. The second edition of "Write to Influence!" incorporates material from her highly acclaimed workshops. These include material that covers powerful writing to banish bureaucratic blather (for the workforce) to composing resumes, input for performance reviews, grant submissions, and essays for college applications. Carla's battle cries are twofold: "Powerful writing changes lives!" and "Powerful writing is the lifeblood of effective organizations!" In today's episode, Carla talks about how writing opened opportunities for her and many others while she was working for the military. She will also highlight how she helps others tap into the power of good writing. Listen in! Social media: www.linkedin.com/in/carladbass/ https://www.facebook.com/WriteToInfluence01/ https://www.twitter.com/CarlaDBassWrite/ I was the child of a military family and I decided when I was in seventh grade that I was going to join Air Force intelligence. [3:24] My father was at that point an Air Force officer intelligence and since I couldn't ask him what he was doing, I decided I will join it myself to find out. [3:50] One of the proudest day of my life is when my father Colonel Sand Bass gave me the oath of office and at that point he was a veteran and had had a bad stroke. [4:58] In my 30 years, I served in many places and Bulgaria was fascinating because I was the first female defense attache for 3 years representing all of America's military to our Bulgarian counterparts. [5:31] When my father commissioned me, he gave three pieces of advice; stay focused on the job, always keep your sense of humor and always take care of your people, and they will take care of you. [7:19] My becoming an entrepreneur goes back to Hawaii, when I transform the most losing unit into the one to beat and it was a pivotal point for me. [7:46] I realized that powerful writing changes lives after I took a couple of days and developed my writing methodology which helped us transform the unit into the one to beat. [8:03] I ended up teaching that one hour writing workshop for the next 15 years to 1000s of people. [8:50] By the time I retired I had received so many testimonials from people who said my writing had benefited their entire federal career. [9:02] I realized that I have something that works and It's proven and so I have to keep sharing it. [10:10] If you learn how to write powerfully, it unlocks the doors to opportunity. [11:34] People and organizations fail to achieve their goals because of ineffective writing. [13:23] It is important to gain the critical edge by learning how to write products that are concise and compelling. [13:34] Commercial break. [13:50] I love teaching workshops and with COVID, I had to do great with webinars and I cover a multitude of programs. [15:14] I've got one hour webinars on powerful writing for professionals or even fiction writers spend the captivating tale because every word counts. [16:07] Every author is constrained by two things, the readers time and available space and therefore the writer who best leverages his time and space wins. [16:32] What I teach you how to do is make every word count, and every second of the readers time play to your advantage. [17:11] It is a two-step process involving the strategies on how you arrange the logic of your presentation of your case, and the word sculpting tools. [17:27] The big mistake that people make in writing resumes is failing to know the audience and ensuring that every word spoken is addressing the needs of the employer. [18:26] Two important tips when writing a proposal include adding details on the how and the what as well as the impact of what you have done. [19:52] Another mistake people make is to think that the first draft is [21:43] Writing is like either chess or poker because it involves strategy and once you look at it from those angles, all of a sudden it is not so intimidating. [23:59] I have 10 word sculpting tools. One of which is verbs are your friends use them or rely on them and avoid using many words to suffocate the verb. [24:30] By sculpting out all of those useless words and redundancies, you not only tighten up the text, but you buy yourself more strategic opportunity. [25:54] Tool number two is called not to use words that hogs space to go from writing fat, to writing skinny. [26:56] Word sculpting tool number ten Is revise, edit, and proofread and these are three distinct functions, each with a separate list of criteria for which you search. [29:27] Learning to write powerfully is a life skill which need to be taught and passed down young adults because they're not getting it in school. [31:36] ……………………………………. Thank you to our November Sponsor: Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being or Wayne Titus Imagine starting a long journey without a map…or even a clear idea of the obstacles ahead. 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“It is okay to ask for help. It is not shameful, nor embarrassing. It's very humble, and courageous to do so.” Judy Skilling Regardless of the level of success attained while serving in the military, transitioning to civilian life is never easy. Finding people who have successfully gone through similar experience can make the process easier and less stressful. Our guest today, Judy Skilling, taps from her experience in the military and post military to help others who are transitioning and says that it all starts with asking for help. Judy Skilling is a Certified High Performance Coach that works with veterans to help them re-claim and excel in their work, health, and relationships by tapping into their trained military behaviors and learning how to apply it in a civilian lifestyle. As a Navy veteran, Judy understood the struggles of adjusting to the civilian life post military and with using specific high-performance principles and techniques, she is able to successfully navigate the civilian sector without feeling lost or confused on her personal life path. She now focuses on working with veterans to help them accomplish similar results: gaining a clear direction on next steps in their life after service. Judy Skilling work has been featured in numerous publications such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, Thrive Global, Medium, and so forth. She has a book published titled, "Un-Hot The Mess You Are", a co-author of a new release book called "Dare to be Authentic Volume 6: Finding Your Purpose" and a new published journal titled "The Transitioning Veteran Journal: A Self-Guided Journal to Discovering Who You Are Post Military,” which can all be found on Amazon. In today's episode, Judy talks about her life in the military and the events that led her to pursue her current career. She will also highlight her current business and how she helps others have a smooth transition. Listen in! Social media links: https://www.judyskilling.com https://www.facebook.com/judyskillingHPCVet https://www.linkedin.com/in/judyskillinghpcvet/ I joined the navy in 2000 and a year later 911 happened and at that time, I was actually stationed in Puerto Rico which changed the whole dynamic of being in the military. [3:14} I was deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and so from 2002 to about 2005 I was on three different warships in the Middle East. [3:49] I served seven years and got out and became a nurse working with emergency medicine which was a great experience. [4:35] At that point I was about mid 20s already leaps and bounds ahead of my peers, just because of the military experience that I had. [5:17] When you are in the military, it definitely broadens your life experience as you'll see and do things, people half your age won't even have the chance or opportunity to. [5:46] I was married and in the year of 2013, unfortunately, my husband at the time who was also a veteran, had gotten diagnosed with cancer. [6:04] I journeyed with my husband through that battle for five years almost. [7:03] During that journey, it got me to think of trying some things to help supplement the income so I can be more at home. [7:09] That's where coaching actually came into the picture and I went through a coaching program as a client and loved my transition so much that I wanted to be a coach myself. [7:38] I realized how many veterans could use this type of guidance and their life to help them whether they're leaving the military or transitioning. [8:51] I became certified and it changed my life and now I try to get more of what I learnt in front of these veterans. [9:05] When I served and I was in the military everything was routine and very predictable but we also had to be flexible to adapt to any unexpected changes. [11:56] That skill set has served me many times after leaving the military, being in the emergency room and being an entrepreneur. [13:14] Commercial break. [14:18] For most of the veterans that I've worked with, they still feel like they're in this funk of transitioning regardless of the period they have been out. [16:16] They get to have a hard time getting acclimated into the civilian lifestyle because there's something special unique about a bond they have when in service. [16:26 They struggle with identity of who they are supposed to be like in this next phase of life and so that's one of the things that I help them with. [17:16] We work on not only finding their purpose which is about what they are passionate about at that moment. [18:02] When you are able to get clear on that, then that kind of opens up some other doors of opportunity and owning the new sense of independence which can feel a little foreign. [18:21] I help people really embrace this new person of themselves post military and help them feel really good about who they are now. [20:10] When I get to talk to somebody and have a conversation with them, my aim is to see if they're fit for coaching. [25:13] I also have to determine whether or not they need help outside of coaching, like psychological help, or therapy help because coaching is not therapy. [26:00] I also have to distinguish when they're ready and invested and need a little bit of more one on one personal guidance on how to handle some big responsibilities. [26:23] One of the things that a lot of veterans struggle with, is confidence and so we talk about courage and not only speaking up for self but also having courageous discussions. [28:14] One of the things that as a veteran I have seen and been involved in different veteran groups is we don't ask for help and that we can figure it out on our own. [30:18] One of my things I'd love to leave you with is it's okay to ask for help. It is not shameful, nor embarrassing. It's very humble, and courageous to do so. [30:33] It's always good to reach out for help whether it's working with me or with any kind of coach, or just any kind of friend, it's always okay to ask for help. [30:51] ……………………………………. Thank you to our April Sponsor: Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being or Wayne Titus Imagine starting a long journey without a map…or even a clear idea of the obstacles ahead. That's exactly what it's like for entrepreneurs who start companies with a lot of passion, but without the financial expertise to grow and scale their businesses and create long-term wealth for their families. Wayne Titus shows you how to find a financial adviser who can help you map a better journey. In his book, The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being. With the right adviser at your side, you'll have the freedom to focus on what really matters to you. Get The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being at Amazon.com and in the virtual bookstore on the Shock Your Potential app.
“One of the things that is most important is not necessarily what you can see as physical attributes, but what you can't see with regards to one's mindset.” Wyman Winbush In order to overcome adversity and live the best and fulfilling life, developing not only the physical, but the mental and spiritual aspects as well is crucial. Our guest today, Wyman Winbush has been able to overcome a lot of adversity in the course of his career and life, and attributes his success to having a resilient attitude and a strong grounding on his spiritual values. Wyman Winbush, is a Multi-Disciplined Problem Solver and self-professed polymath* who is known as "The Wisdom Broker." He combines 31yrs in Corporate America with 30 yrs in the US Navy , and 30 yrs in ministry to direct individuals, and corporations towards the most direct path to sustained success. After 31 years, Wyman left full-time employment at IBM and started a consulting/training company called WRW International, LLC with his wife Rosemary. WRW International, LLC is committed to educating, empowering, and inspiring businesses and individuals to reach their maximum and divine potential. With over 40 years of combined business experience, corporate savvy, military leadership, community volunteerism, and spiritual insight, they are able to leverage their expertise to meet the needs of each client. Wyman continues to educate and enable others as a professional speaker/trainer which includes working as a member of the DoD Yellow Ribbon Cadre of Speakers. He has also recently agreed to work in a consultant capacity as a Sales Advisor in IBM's Global Sales School. In this episode, Wyman will discuss his time in the military and how it shaped his life post military. He will also talk about how he helps people and businesses reach their potential. Listen in! website: www.wymanwinbush.com website: wrwinternationalllc.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wwinbush/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wwinbush I'm a graduate of the Naval Academy, and my journey started in the 10th grade when a teacher asked me whether I had ever heard of the Naval Academy. [4:08] Needless to say that question change the trajectory of my life because I graduated from Naval Academy and became a helicopter Hilo pilot. [4:27] You can't be in the military regardless of what service without knowing how to be resilient and so I applaud my brothers and sisters who served out there. [5:04] When you get into a business situation, and you're up against the wall, there's a lot of things you can do but panic is not an option. [7:41] I didn't have to go to business school to get that but I learnt those core precepts and principles during the military training. [7:57] The faith element is as much part of me as any other of my physical attributes. [9:03] One of the things that is most important is not necessarily what you can see as physical attributes, but what you can't see with regards to one's mindset. [9:10] On my worst day, I find hope in that situation because I expect whatever this is, to work to my favor. [9:43] A lot of times you'll find that to be true because a lot of the adversity that we encounter builds up our resilience to respond to it or similar circumstances in the future career. [10:00] All else equal, the person that believes that someone bigger than him or her is with them, will go to the battle field more confident that they will win. [11:05] On confidence, it's not confidence in me, but it's confidence in the God that I serve and that we're not in the boat by ourselves, God is with us. [12:11] I believe God does his best work Monday through Friday on the battlefield and so I acknowledge his presence everywhere. [14:47] The testimonies are birthed out of the tests on the battlefield Monday through Friday, on Saturday, and Sunday is when you testify about what he has brought you through. [15:21] Commercial Break. [17:12] The essence of business is you have a product or a service that your clients need. [18:31] The sooner you have identified the true why, it is only then that you can chart a path that represents the most direct route to get there. [19:41 The purpose of college is not to obtain a diploma but rather to acquire a set of skills that allows you to bring the most value to the marketplace. [20:09] You only get one chance to distinguish and separate yourself from the pack and if you do it correctly, you don't have to forego having fun as a freshman. [21:37] Sometimes your clients don't know what they need and so by adopting a client centric approach you work on enabling them towards divine potential. [23:54] Whatever your calling is, whatever your niche is there are always things you can do to maximize the value you bring to the community. [25:52] To specifically those who have served, thank you for your service. [29:11] One of the things that the world needs right now in the business community is people who are resilient, solid and sober thinker and so our business community and the world needs veterans. [29:29] ……………………………………. Thank you to our November Sponsor: Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being or Wayne Titus Imagine starting a long journey without a map…or even a clear idea of the obstacles ahead. That's exactly what it's like for entrepreneurs who start companies with a lot of passion, but without the financial expertise to grow and scale their businesses and create long-term wealth for their families. Wayne Titus shows you how to find a financial adviser who can help you map a better journey. In his book, The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being. With the right adviser at your side, you'll have the freedom to focus on what really matters to you. Get The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being at Amazon.com and in the virtual bookstore on the Shock Your Potential app.
“We owe it to ourselves and the people around us to be as great as we can.” Mary Kelly The brain is a central determinant of how people perform. Consequently, people can be able to improve their quality of life by altering their thinking and eliminating the negative beliefs and perspective that limit them. Our guest today, Mary Kelly has years of experiences educating and coaching people to reach their full potential and says that constant learning and adapting is key if we are to trust our brains to guide us effectively. Dr. Mary Kelly is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and spent over 20 years on active duty in intelligence and logistics. She retired from the Navy as a commander. She has masters' degrees in history and economics, and a PhD in economics. With over 20 years combined teaching experience at both the Naval Academy and at Hawaii Pacific University, she taught economics, finance, history, and management. She has extensive experience in business coaching, management, economics, finance, banking, insurance, real estate, government, organizational leadership, communication, business growth, teamwork, strategic planning, human resources, customer service, time management, and project development. Mary has a track record for success as an organizational change agent. In her role as a human resources director, Dr. Kelly developed a business model for the computer and telecommunications organization for personnel hiring, training and retention that was adopted globally by the U. S. Navy. Managing culturally diverse teams, she orchestrated organizational changes for over 3,000 personnel for 2 military base closures. Her ability to problem-solve and provide innovative solutions enabled her to transform the Navy's largest pay and personnel organization from the lowest in customer satisfaction to the highest in the nation in 18 months, with 23% fewer employees and a 19% budget decrease. As an educator, Dr. Kelly created a mandatory curriculum for a college student body of 4,500 students. During her teaching career, she developed 31 university courses in the areas of business management, economics, history, management, geography, political science, human resources, and international relations. Mary taught remote course work for multiple colleges while creating 4 distance learning courses using online lectures, webinars, interactive exercises, and podcasting. In addition to standard curriculums, Dr. Kelly coached 450 students on life skills and time-management. She created and taught wealth building and personal finance to students at the United States Naval Academy, resulting in a student body educated on budgeting and retirement planning before graduation. As a speaker and presenter, Mary Kelly pulls from her diverse experience to provide keynote presentations that are engaging and compelling, leaving the audience wanting more. With a warm and sincere style, Mary takes her vast knowledge and provides an educational presentation that holds the interest of her audience. She is a popular speaker on topics of leadership, communication, financial planning, and management. As a communicator, she has chaired academic and military panels for economics, political science and historical conferences, and she has conducted over 2,200 seminars on financial, business, management and leadership topics. In today's episode, Mary will talk about her experiences working in the military and how she is helping people achieve greatness through education and coaching. Listen in! Social Media Channels: Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/DrMaryKelly LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmarykelly/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/marykellyspeaks Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/user/productiveleaders Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/maryaloha/ Military services is a part of my family's heritage and my siblings and we all went to the Naval Academy. [3:03] Things that the Naval Academy taught me early on was, you get it done and you don't waste time. [3:47 Time in our life is a finite number of unknown minutes and we cannot afford to waste it on things that don't matter. [3:57] We have to value our time and we have to get things done now. [4:22] If you think about something and you want to get things done, you have to take some kind of action because things just don't happen and this is where I think military training really helps. [4:27] When we're thinking about doing something, we oftentimes go to our family and our friends and and ask them what they think and I think that's ridiculous and a little dumb. [5:19] Your family remembers may not picture you as the CEO of your organization and friends often don't push you to be your best self. [5:28] I have to do my best potential because otherwise to not do that is kind of misusing the gifts and the opportunities that we have. [5:55] Some days are harder than others but we still have to keep each other accountable and hold each other to a higher standard. [6:07] What I loved about being in the military was the constant learning, changing and [7:26] I was never that kid who knew what they wanted to be when they grow up so the military gave me all of these great job opportunities and I got to travel and see different things and meet new people. [7:38] I got to learn about that really helped me figure out what I want to be and what I was good at. [8:02] Working in the military helps us identify what our natural strengths are and then we can focus on what we're great at. [8:55] I love working with numbers and being in front of people talking and you and I both know for many people, that is terrifying for many people. [9:28] I've been writing since I was a kid and while I was in the Navy, I co authored a couple books for leadership for the Naval Academy and some other groups. [11:16] I had four books that I was participatory in before I launched my own which became the master World Book and is doing really well. [11:33] One of the latest books, ‘The Five Minute Leadership Guide,' is on how to improve your leadership, focus and your priorities and de stress and calm your brain in less than five minutes a day. [11:53] I have learned to trust my brain and part of that is also knowing when i'm wrong and acknowledging that something isn't doing what I want it to and looking for a way to make it better. [12:52] Commercial break. [13:19] My company is called productive leaders, because who wants an unproductive leader and yet, when we look around the workforce, we've got a lot of people who are unproductive. [14:24] Almost 80% of our workers are not fully engaged and yet, less than half of them have any intention of leaving and this is not good. [14:52] One of the things I try to do with my audiences is help our leaders reengage, reignite and remotivate their teams so that they stay focused. [15:05] I get to talk to conferences and also work as a corporate and the idea is to improve all the things that are important to your employees. [15:20] Many of us in the military go weeks and weeks and months and months and months without a day off, and nobody's that worried about work life balance. [15:58] You know what you're doing is really important, you've got such a high sense of purpose and mission and vision, that you're not too worried about your work life balance. [16:07] For businesses, I focus on the bottom line and as an economist, if a business is not making profitability, then they're going to be out of business. [16:13] We've got to make sure that our businesses are taking the right steps in order to move forward and be wildly successful. [16:29] A major problem is that people can't get their brain to focus in one area and it's really critical to have that because our brain derive satisfaction out of crossing things off our list. [18:13] Right now, people are not getting that sense of accomplishment because they don't feel like they have as much control over their time which leads to burnout and exhaustion. [18:41] I like to focus on how we could alter our thinking and see how well equipped we are to deal with a crisis or changes around us. [19:43] A lot of times when people say they are overwhelmed, it is just their brain that is disorganized. [21:28] When I started my business, I created checklists for me, and then all of a sudden I realized people could use the lists. [21:49] So I have these things I call the five minute business success solutions that are one page put together in a 12 month planner and that is available for your people totally free. [21:57] Some people need a little revision of their business plan and these five-minute success plans can helps people get focused, stay focused, and get things done. [22:58] It's not easy and if it was easy, everybody would do it. [25:41] The way to be successful in running a business is to set a schedule and figure out what you have to do in order to take that next step forward. [25:46] Don't get distracted by the little things but rather identify the important things and stay focused on what we've got to do next. [25:59] ……………………………………. Thank you to our November Sponsor: Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being or Wayne Titus Imagine starting a long journey without a map…or even a clear idea of the obstacles ahead. That's exactly what it's like for entrepreneurs who start companies with a lot of passion, but without the financial expertise to grow and scale their businesses and create long-term wealth for their families. Wayne Titus shows you how to find a financial adviser who can help you map a better journey. In his book, The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being. With the right adviser at your side, you'll have the freedom to focus on what really matters to you. Get The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being at Amazon.com and in the virtual bookstore on the Shock Your Potential app.
“Business is not a sprint, it's a marathon, so stick with it and you'll be amazed what can happen over the years.“ Charles Read After leaving the military, majority of servicemen and women find that all they have learnt and experienced is not valued and appreciated in the civilian world. This is according to our guest today, Charles Read, whose experienced while transitioning from the military to civilian life was not easy despite having the skills and expertise needed by majority of organizations. Charles believes that the service men and women have all they need and more to be successful in business, only if they believe in their abilities. Charles J Read is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), U.S Tax Court Practitioner ( USTCP), member of Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC), and the Founder of GetPayroll. Mr. Read's companies have provided full-service payroll services, payroll tax services, and other payroll-related services since 1991. Charles is an accomplished senior executive and entrepreneur with more than fifty years of financial leadership experience in a broad range of industries and the author of four books with the most recent one being, The Payroll Book: A Guide for Small Businesses and Startups. In todays episode, our guest will discuss his life in the military as well as how he was able to successfully start and run his business after leaving the military. He will also talk how the military helped him become who he is today. Listen in! Social Media Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GetPayroll/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/getpayroll LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/getpayroll Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxs-_RwC9NgfUcqbwvEaMIQ I grew up in Iowa, graduated from high school at 16 and worked because I wasn't ready for college for a number of years. [3:11] We're a military family going back several 100 years and so we have always [3:24] I joined the Marine Corps at 17 and enlisted for four years and so I was 21 when I got [4:08] I started as an operator and later I was transferred to Okinawa to the third FSR support group there and was sent to IBM and became a computer programmer and systems engineer. [4:27] I got myself transferred to Vietnam and I got myself reassigned to the local infantry company that was doing interdiction and ambushes. [4:55] After six months being in the field I came back and was stationed in Kansas City Marine Corps automated service center. [5:22] When I got out, I found that businesses did not value my military experience and at that point I realized I had to go get the civilian credentials. [6:15] I went up to the local junior college and then to University of North Texas and in two and a half years, I had my MBA which got me [7:56] One thing the military teaches you is, how to accomplish things, staying focused and the discipline necessary. [8:17] One of the things I learned in management while in the Marine Corps is mission, men then self, and that you need to accomplish the mission and in business, that same mechanism works. [9:38] You complete the mission, you take care of your men, whether it be your employees or your clients, then you take care of yourself. [11:04] One of the biggest things I've seen that is destructive to businesses is ego. [11:12] You don't want to be the smartest person in the room, you want to know how to hire the smartest person in the room. [11:33] You learn to value your men because your employees are the most important thing you have. [12:03 My job as CEO was really not to do the work anymore rather my job is to make theirs easy and make them more efficient. [12:19] Commercial break. [13:22] When I was 14, I started doing security analysis because I was interested in the stock market and buying and selling stocks. [15:10] Afterwards I worked in the corporate world for 15 years and I realized I was never going to get to the top of a major corporation because I lacked the political skills. [16:03] Marines have a have a real aversion to sucking up to anybody and that did lead to problems at times, which I learned to just keep my mouth shut. [16:30] I started my own business and 30 years later, we're here but about 10 years ago, I sold off the accounting side, because I'd gotten kind of bored with it. [16:50] I finally realized one of my deficiencies here a few years ago, that I can't market my way out of a paper bag. [19:41] We're continuing to grow and bringing in clients to take care of them and enjoying the business. [20:02] I recently wrote my fourth book which Wiley published last year. It's the payroll book guide for small businesses and startups. [20:10] It's a comprehensive book and we think the only thing similar to it is the payroll source from the American Payroll Association. [21:10] For your listeners, if they'd like a copy of this, they will go to the payrollbook.com on the web, and enter the discount code for the podcast and we will ship them a free book. [21:24] There are a lot of things I don't do that I outsource and payroll is one of those things you can outsource as a small business and an entrepreneur very inexpensively and get really good care. [23:15] A person will overestimate what they can accomplish in a year and underestimate what they can accomplish in a decade. [25:53] Business is not a sprint, it's a marathon, so Ssick with it and you'll be amazed what can happen over the years. [26:05] ……………………………………. Thank you to our November Sponsor: Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being or Wayne Titus Imagine starting a long journey without a map…or even a clear idea of the obstacles ahead. That's exactly what it's like for entrepreneurs who start companies with a lot of passion, but without the financial expertise to grow and scale their businesses and create long-term wealth for their families. Wayne Titus shows you how to find a financial adviser who can help you map a better journey. In his book, The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being. With the right adviser at your side, you'll have the freedom to focus on what really matters to you. Get The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being at Amazon.com and in the virtual bookstore on the Shock Your Potential app.
“No matter where you are or what you're doing in life, the core values that is integrity, service before self and excellence transcends into what your life is today.” Dave Armstrong Regardless of the circumstances that face us, we always have a choice to determine what informs our actions. Furthermore, our actions always determine the kind of rewards that come our way. Adopting strong core values to inform our actions is therefore very important since the quality of the life we live depends on the values that we adopt. Our guest today, Dave Armstrong, uses his life experience to help people better their lives and says that seeking new knowledge and being grounded on good values is key to overcoming life obstacles. Sensei Dave Armstrong is a motivational speaker, life coach and at-risk youth expert. He grew up as a product of a broken family, foster care, youth correction facilities and a deceased, only parent at the age of 13. After overcoming all of these obstacles in life and defying his destiny, he decided to serve humanity by dedicating 20+ years towards helping people better their lives and their relationships with their children or the children they work with. After Sensei Dave retired from 24-years of Active Duty Military Service he decided to open Unlimited Potential Network Academy Life Coaching and to publish his amazing motivational autobiography, ‘Why Me, My Fight For Life' which is available on amazon and on http://www.whyme.world. In today's episode, Dave will discuss his journey to finding his ‘why', his life in the military and how it has been instrumental in shaping his life after the military. Listen in! Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SenseiDaveArm Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/senseidavearmstrong/ I'm retired in Greece after serving 24 years in the Air Force. [4:05] I sold my martial arts schools because I thought that I didn't need to work anymore and moved to Greece. [4:13] After about two years of that I felt that I wasn't okay not working so I had to find a new why. [4:28] I was lucky, I've been able to realize my why's because we're not just subject to have one. [5:12] Early on in life I started developing myself, mind and my skill set out of necessity as I had to do that out of survival. [5:21] After retiring from the Air force I, decided that I had to do something else and now I help parents and entrepreneurs just to crush life. [5:37] After I retired, I wrote a book that is an auto biography where I tried to put so much knowledge and experience in there and that's doing so well. [7:15] We all have to figure out how to overcome in our own way and it's incumbent upon you to learn how to overcome for you. [8:26] We as biological beings like comfort but unfortunately, that doesn't work to our benefit all the time because in order to overcome you have to become uncomfortable. [9:24] I tell my clients to seek to be uncomfortable and open up their schema just a little bit every day and seek new knowledge growth. [9:52] I had a program where I was training women that were being battered by their spouses self-defence and I remember consistently seeing the same women repeating the same patterns. [11:25] It is scary when you have no resources and can't see past the darkness and on the other side of that wall. [12:12] I remember I had to move my martial arts school because I was silly enough to think that I was going to move it into a low-income neighborhood to try to give back but it did not work. [12:38 Sometimes it's really hard to see past the difficulties but you have to figure out how to look around that wall and get ready for whatever that is on the other side of that wall. [13:14] Commercial break. [13:54] I think everything, every failure and success one has in their life ties in to the next moment and so I use everything of my past to tie into my current and my future. [15:13] No matter what your background is, you can always use your past knowledge and combine that with the current or whatever you're seeking. [16:00] Consistently seek knowledge for your present, draw from your past, to secure your future so as to see that dream come to fruition. [16:55] The Air Force prepared me to be an entrepreneur because of the core values that we have in the Air Force such as integrity, first service before self and excellence in all we do. [18:22] That's a model that I've brought over to my current career and to everything I do but at the expense of myself. [18:36] No matter where you are or what you're doing in life, these core values, integrity, first service before self and excellence in all we do transcends into what your life is today. [20:52] If I could say something that creates an aha moment for someone, no matter where it is in your life, I'm so happy. [22:07] My niche is parents of teenagers that are having some struggles with their kids where I have programs that they could buy and do one on one coaching. [22:21] Some of these courses include goal setting and how to teach your teen how to properly set goals; cyber bullying and physical bullying and how to how to overcome. [22:42] There are going to be times that it feels like what you're after isn't worth it and feel like you should just give up. [25:02] If you have a thought-out dream, write a why and It's going to be hard but it's going to be worth it and you are going to seriously thank yourself for sticking to it. [25:23] ……………………………………. Thank you to our November Sponsor: Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being or Wayne Titus Imagine starting a long journey without a map…or even a clear idea of the obstacles ahead. That's exactly what it's like for entrepreneurs who start companies with a lot of passion, but without the financial expertise to grow and scale their businesses and create long-term wealth for their families. Wayne Titus shows you how to find a financial adviser who can help you map a better journey. In his book, The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being. With the right adviser at your side, you'll have the freedom to focus on what really matters to you. Get The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being at Amazon.com and in the virtual bookstore on the Shock Your Potential app.
“If you do not pay yourself first, you'll have to go do something else to sustain yourself.” Amanda Neely When you are in the business of serving people, striking a balance between sustainability and serving is key to survival. This is according to our guest today, Amanda Neely, who having run a successful business for years, insists that business people need to get their financial status in order so as to ensure profitability and sustainability of their businesses. Amanda Neely is a small business and financial professional. She founded and ran Overflow Coffee Bar, L3C from 2008 through 2018. Now, she shares her experiential knowledge through podcasting and through developing personalized financial strategies for individuals and couples and profitability strategies for businesses. Her goal is to work with people to take charge of their cash flow, leverage their assets, and increase their profitability in ways that would make their grandma proud. In today's episode, Amanda will discuss about her time in the military as well as in business. She will also talk about some of the important lessons she learnt while running her business and how she shares the wisdom with the world. Listen in! Social Media Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Grandmaswealthwisdom/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grandmaswealth/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/grandmaswealthwisdom?sub_confirmation=1 Linked-in: https://www.linkedin.com/company/11854079/admin/ I met my husband after he was done being in the Marine Corps so I don't have direct experience of being a spouse of someone who is actively serving. [2:40] I wouldn't change anything about his experience with the Marines because it is what has gotten us through some of the worst times of entrepreneurship. [3:01] The service mentality that also was part of my husband is what led us to start a business. [5:57] I was working for a nonprofit trying to give back and make a difference when I realized that actually small businesses really change the world. [6:13] That's what led us to start the coffee shop where we wanted to know the bean to cup story and make sure that the farmers are being paid well. [6:32] We are a legitimate social enterprise, we are for a purpose prior to a profit and we had to always put that purpose first. [7:06] We were a couple years into the coffee shop when we met a certified financial planner. [9:24] We were doing documentary showings and he chose a documentary about how money really works and showed it as a documentary screening. [9:29] When the credits rolled, I was mad that he had never told us this before and that we had put ourselves really where we were which was on the edge of bankruptcy. [9:36] I forced him to sit down with us and a couple of years later, we'd paid off our business debt and our student debt and we had gotten the business to a stable place. [10:02] I had also been introduced to this concept called profit first and we started instead of paying ourselves last we started paying ourselves first. [10:17] We were able to sell the business to a nonprofit who continued that mission and were able to even add their own mission to it to be an incubator of small businesses on the Southside of Chicago. [10:43] We decided that we had to continue being in service to others and being a voice of change. [10:59] We decided to help people get their stories with money into a better place and help them by empowering them to make the difference they need in their financial stories. [11:17] Commercial break. [11:41] If you do not pay yourself first, you'll have to go do something else to sustain yourself and eventually it could come in time where you can't work because of burnout. [13:42] We work a lot with entrepreneurs and small business owners who often get to the point where they realize the biggest risk they are taking financially is with their business. [14:08] A lot of times in your active military you can get help with financial planning but afterwards, it's a little harder to know who to talk to. [17:30] It is about having that connection with the military and with entrepreneurship, and trying to figure out how to manage all the different buckets to make sure you are doing what's best for you. [17:46] Other military people have been really interested in real estate and I love to assist real estate investors to be able to figure out some of those big questions. [18:19] To be able to have those conversations with people brings me a lot of joy and I think helps them get more clarity as well. [20:17] When we think about grandma, we picture an old woman maybe just hanging out and doing nothing. [12:07] I love talking about grandma when she was in the prime of her life and she had huge potential and she took advantage of it. [20:18] If you picture the grandma how they were like when they were your age and what they were doing then, there's a lot that we can learn. [21:51] ……………………………………. Thank you to our April Sponsor: Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being or Wayne Titus Imagine starting a long journey without a map…or even a clear idea of the obstacles ahead. That's exactly what it's like for entrepreneurs who start companies with a lot of passion, but without the financial expertise to grow and scale their businesses and create long-term wealth for their families. Wayne Titus shows you how to find a financial adviser who can help you map a better journey. In his book, The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being. With the right adviser at your side, you'll have the freedom to focus on what really matters to you. Get The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being at Amazon.com and in the virtual bookstore on the Shock Your Potential app.
“Book writing is very entrepreneurial and I believe more people have books inside of them, especially veterans.” Rob Campbell Regardless of the context and nature of change, to have persistent optimism when facing change is not very easy. Nevertheless, being adaptable is an attribute that comes with many benefits to be gained. Our guest today Rob Campbell has extensive experience on handling change both at an individual and organizational level and says that it all entails embracing flexibility and being adaptable. Rob Campbell is a husband, father, author, and entrepreneur. Rob began a career in the Army as an infantry officer in 1990. He served in a variety of command and staff positions in a career spanning 27 years. His culminating assignment was command of an infantry brigade in the 101st Airborne Division. Rob retired in 2016, wrote a book on leadership and founded his own speaking and consulting business. In today's episode, Rob talks to us about his career, overcoming organizational challenges and bringing about change. His goal is to help people be optimistic and be positive about their lives. Listen in as he walks us through his successes, failures, and lessons that he has learned along the way. Resources It's Personal, Not Personnel: Leadership Lessons For The Battlefield And The Boardroom (https://amzn.to/3dLzMLH) At Ease: Enjoying The Freedom You Fought For -- A Soldier's Story And Perspectives On The Journey To An Encore Life And Career(https://amzn.to/3gdBQ0u) Social handles; https://www.facebook.com/robcampbellleadership/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-campbell-361757b6/ https://www.instagram.com/robcampbell_leadership/ Website: https://www.robcampbellleadership.com I joined the National Guard in 1987 and found out I liked it so I got immersed in the military and chose to go on active duty in 1990. [2:50] The military is a great place to shock your potential because they throw you into scenarios and training and of course combats that are shocking. [3:40] It was a tremendous career growth for me which placed me in places I would not have thrust myself and so it did me wonders. [3:57] Everything was a team effort and so our experience doing that over 27 years and 16 moves, I believe served us well. [5:27] My children and my wife heard me talk about leadership and how it was all about the organization and not about me. [5:56] It is tough for the spouses and they serve just as much as veterans and I believe in them so much because they are leaders in their own right. [6:09] They learned a lot of the same values that are infused in me and bring the same kind of things into their own core life. [6:34] Veterans are well equipped to be entrepreneurs and we're just not doing a very good job in military transition of exposing them to that and convincing them that they are. [7:30] The military rule really helped hone many skills for me, which I think are very critical for running successful business. [7:58] There are some obstacles to overcome but we can adapt quickly and so that's how it really helped me to be able to step in and be an entrepreneur. [8:06] Commercial break. [9:51] Book writing is very entrepreneurial and I believe more people have books inside of them, especially veterans. [11:43] I coach a lot of folks to try and take that leap and get into book writing, because that wasn't my grand plan but I have managed to write two books with a third on the way. [11:50] When I got out, I didn't know what I wanted to do and that's what a lot of veterans experience. [12:07] In 2016, I had my blank sheet of paper, and I decided to take some time off and I kind of stumbled into book writing and I started my entrepreneurship journey there. [12:37] I also the Executive Director for a non-profit, which is a live virtual entrepreneurship program that is taught by entrepreneurs who have decades of experience in business. [13:07] Part of the problem with a lot of these entrepreneurs programs out there on the veteran side is they're taught by veterans, not entrepreneurs. [13:19] We get an audience from across the world and they realize they still need to be schooled up on how to go through the entrepreneurial journey. So that's been a great journey. [13:33] I do a wide variety of things which include consulting, teaching, coaching and speaking and coaching and speaking of the two things that I love to do most. [14:08] What I do in those roles across the board is shining a light on something that an individual cannot see. [14:25] The most ROI for me, is when the light bulb comes on and somebody sees that they have the potential to do something. [14:54] You need a coach to be able to pull that out and kind of bring you up to that next level, even at the ripe old age. [15:09] A lot of veterans get out and they don't know what they want to do and that's what my second book is all about. [15:53] The title of the book is called At Ease, which is a term when said calmly means that it's going to be okay and that's what I was trying to say in the book. [16:11] There's this weird sense of we don't have that complete freedom because we were always beholden to the bigger institution of the military and we had to seek that approval. [17:04] That is the struggle that I address in the book and share that you're at ease and that transitioning is a journey that you're traveling. [17:30 One of the things that I discovered after the book was out last year, it speaks not only to veterans, but anybody making a major transition in life. [20:43] One of the chapters in the book is about Be careful not to drop an anchor and what I mean by that is veterans and anybody making a big transition need to remain flexible. [21:17] Many veterans are starting to question their service specifically to Afghanistan but reflecting back on those things that we provided for them, we all did the very best we could. [25:50] I believe many of us are a shining example of service and sacrifice and will remain so especially the fallen. [27:12] When you thank a veteran, you're still doing the right thing and it means a lot and so they need that and a friend going forward. [27:25] We are at a really important time in our country and we as veterans and non-veterans can really come together, form of friendship and get to know each other better. [27:33] ……………………………………. Thank you to our April Sponsor: Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being or Wayne Titus Imagine starting a long journey without a map…or even a clear idea of the obstacles ahead. That's exactly what it's like for entrepreneurs who start companies with a lot of passion, but without the financial expertise to grow and scale their businesses and create long-term wealth for their families. Wayne Titus shows you how to find a financial adviser who can help you map a better journey. In his book, The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being. With the right adviser at your side, you'll have the freedom to focus on what really matters to you. Get The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being at Amazon.com and in the virtual bookstore on the Shock Your Potential app.
“Behavioural financial wellness means you understand what makes you tick with money, how you're naturally wired, and work for a one size fits you approach.” Ted McLyman One of the major aspirations for individuals is financial security. In order to support the efforts towards achievement this goal, experts continue to improve the population's financial capabilities by conducting programs that enhance individual financial knowledge and financial behavior. Ted McLyman has been in involved in numerous programs that deal with financial education and says that the concept of having a money coach should be normalized. Ted McLyman is an entrepreneur, business owner, author, speaker, trainer, Lt Col, USMC (Ret), and Ironman All World age group triathlete. Ted has over 30 years of award-winning experience, helping individuals and organizations achieve peak performance. He has al BA Social Relations from Colgate University; a MA Public Administration from Pepperdine University; and MS Instructional and Performance Technology from Boise State University. Ted is the founder of Apexx Behavioural Financial Group, Director of Behavioural Finance, DreamSmartAcademy.com, financial advisor/agent; economics instructor, US Naval Academy; Aide to the Under Secretary of the Navy for Financial Management; Head, Marine Corp Training Management Division; Commander, USMC Financial Management School; artillery officer; Executive Office, Battle Assessment Team, Operation Desert Storm. He has authored three books on behavioral finance and has also created Quick Scan Money Temperament Assessment. He is a technical consultant for "Behind the Money" program at Impact television and Director for Behavioral Finance, and Advisory Board Member at DreamSmartAcademy.com. In today's episode, Ted will talk about his career in the military and the opportunities that helped him build knowledge and skills in financial management. Listen in! Social media handles Website: www.tedmclyman.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TedMcLyman/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tedmclyman/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TedMcLyman LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ted-mclyman/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/tedmclyman I didn't know how important and consequential it would be to become a vet until I became one. [3:05] I grew up in upstate New York in the Finger Lakes area and after University I decided to join the military. [3:39] I served on several assignments and then put in a letter to get out of the Marine which wasn't accepted. [4:22] I picked up my first graduate degree at Pepperdine and my payback was to teach economics at the Naval Academy which was incredible. [[5:00] It was an opportunity to work with some of the future leaders of the country, the best and the brightest. [5:10] I was teaching classical economics which led me to my career on money behavior. [5:16] I picked up another master's degree in performance technology, worked more for the military and after retirement, I opened my first financial planning practice. [5:48] I started realizing that my job as an entrepreneur was to build my business and take care of my clients. [6:33] I also learned that I was in the business of managing behavior, not money and that became the basis of my writing where we are right now and It has been a great experience. [6:40] The wrong decisions I witnessed being made by young people who had joined the military was absolutely the catalyst for me getting started in this. [8:22] The institutional side was reactive rather than proactive and held marines accountable and the programs we had were never dealing with the behavior. [9:13] We have to understand that money is a subset of modern culture and being human our brains are designed to keep us alive and pass on our genes and not planning. [10:32] We talk about behavior and consequences, accountability and coaching in almost everything else in our life but nobody ever talks about a money coach. [11:30] The question I always ask myself is how do you know if you're hardwired to do the things that we are expecting you to do. [11:54] There's a money mindset and a wealth mindset where a money mindset is to spend while the wealth mindset is to build equity, pass it on and create true wealth. [12:47] In the modern military you're trained to be resourceful, innovative, resilient, and get the job done. [14:38] You are encouraged to think of all the scenarios to put together plans and alternatives and so I found the transitioning to entrepreneurship not that difficult. [15:07] I had the opportunity to do all kinds of incredible things because I raised my hand and gave it a shot. [16:27] Delegation means as an entrepreneur you focus on what you're good at, you become an expert, a professional, and then you build your team around you to compensate. [18:11] A successful entrepreneur has a plan and if you've got a military background, all you've got to do is think of the planning cycle you went through for your first deployment. [19:01] Commercial break. [21:30] I help people understand their behavior with money because behavior is unique to everyone. [23:30] I dropped all my licenses, sold my practice, and I'm working full time as an author, speaker and a coach, trying to change the dialogue about money. [23:54] In our culture, particularly United States, we look at money as an independent entity. [24:04] Our brains are wired to do things very differently than society wants them to do so our biology gets in the way of our feeling brain. [24:40] Modern society demands some accountability which tasks our thinking brain to do things that are uncomfortable and that's usually money stuff and for most people, the default is do nothin [25:04] What I am trying to do right now is launch a movement comprising of group of motivated people that are fed up with business as usual in the financial industry. [25:33] If you want to know what your values are, take a look at your calendar and your bank statement. [26:24] The next thing you've got to look at is your money temperament because you've got a unique spending pattern which is a function of where you grew. [27:32] Culture is an incredible driver in our money perspective whose influences on our brain are putting us into a spending state that we've never had to deal with before. [27:49] I am trying to get people to understand that we need to start moving to a behavioral approach to money. [29:37] Behavioral financial wellness means you understand what makes you tick with money, how you're naturally wired, and work for a one size fits you approach. [29:44] For the veterans out there, you stepped out and took a risk to join the military and worked out. It's the same thing would be an entrepreneur. [35:30] You can be an entrepreneur within an organization by starting small. Take an assessment of who you are and find out what you're good at and step out. [35:55] ……………………………………. Thank you to our April Sponsor: Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being or Wayne Titus Imagine starting a long journey without a map…or even a clear idea of the obstacles ahead. That's exactly what it's like for entrepreneurs who start companies with a lot of passion, but without the financial expertise to grow and scale their businesses and create long-term wealth for their families. Wayne Titus shows you how to find a financial adviser who can help you map a better journey. In his book, The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being. With the right adviser at your side, you'll have the freedom to focus on what really matters to you. Get The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being at Amazon.com and in the virtual bookstore on the Shock Your Potential app.
“When you learn what you have to do, and you understand how it works, the path of least resistance is laid before you to help move on.” Rob Lougee Access to information is a primary factor to ensuring that veterans going through tough situations receive available assistance. Our guest today has been working with the disabled veterans for a long time to help them set up successful businesses and careers. Rob E. Lougee, a service-connected disabled veteran of the Persian Gulf War, was appointed Assistant National Employment Director of the 1.3 million-member Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in March 21, 2016. From the DAV National Headquarters located in Cold Spring, Kentucky, Mr. Lougee manages special employment initiatives and works with private and public sector entities to develop and build partnerships to address joblessness and underemployment, as well as facilitate job fairs and lead efforts to connect veterans and transitioning service members to employers. A Boston native, Mr. Lougee enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1983 and served until 1992 in the First Armored and First Calvary Divisions, attaining the rank of specialist. His awards included the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Southwest Asia Medal with three bronze stars and the Kuwait Liberation Medal. Mr. Lougee joined DAV's professional staff as a National Service Officer Trainee in 1993. Three years later, he was promoted to National Service Officer Supervisor and served as a National Area Supervisor from 2002 to 2008 until an appointment to serve as Adjutant and Executive Director for the DAV Department of Colorado. Mr. Lougee returned to serving as a National Service Officer Supervisor and National Area Supervisor following more than a year in the Department of Colorado's top post. He is a life member of DAV Chapter 19 in Cold Spring, Kentucky. Mr. Lougee studied business at Central Texas College. He lives in Hebron, Kentucky. He has a daughter named Amanda living in Colorado. In today's episode, Rob will talk about his work caring for disabled veterans and the various resources that they can leverage for their good. Listen in! Social Media; LinkedIn link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-lougee-9710526 Most of the males in my family all served in the military and I joined the military back in 83. [12:54] I was blessed to be able to serve in outstanding military units and came back thankfully with all my appendages. [3:18] The military taught me so much about my ability to endure the unknown and to think strategically, to understand what commitment is, and to think on my feet. [3:38] I've been with the DAV now professionally for 26 years and I enjoy taking care of my fellow veterans and their families. [4:28] We give disabled vets a chance and we try to take care of them through the many programs and services that we have. [5:05] It is my pleasure to try to engage veterans and meaningful employment opportunities and provide them the tools and the information to get it. [5:27] I always encourage all people who have served in the military to register with the VA, regardless of whether they need the assistance or not. [7:46] Every veteran that wore the uniform, put their lives out there for their country, whether they actually went to war or not and so deserve all the benefits that they are entitled to. [8:49] The DAV wants to engage with any entity that is interested in hiring veterans and here many companies that have hired veterans. [10:27] I ask veterans to keep an open mind, not just think about what they did in the military but understand their capabilities and take a chance every now and then. [11:59] You may not always get what you want or what you think you need, but you have to start somewhere. [12:17] Predominantly, a lot of us join the military start right after our 18th birthday and often don't know what we want to do with our lives. [13:55] During your military journey, you realize your capabilities and the different things about yourself, and you learn to grow like everybody else does. [14:14] The military culture is a little more stringent where people are trained very specifically to do their [14:28] You should volunteer for every school the military is willing to send you to because at the end of the day, that's going to help you when you get out of the military. [14:46] Commercial Break. [15:22] The proportion of service disabled veteran owned small businesses. versus civilian businesses how that we have a greater percentage of just under 9% are veteran owned. [19:56] We are hoping that more veterans are engaged through entities such as SBA in different levels help them set up their business. [21:00] 45% of veterans that are leaving the military are more likely to think about beginning their own small business and one out of 10 small businesses in the US is veteran owned. [22:09] The skill set of problem solving is probably the greatest attribute that a veteran entrepreneur possesses. [22:47] We are working diligently through several government entities to try to level the playing field and get the privileges that minority groups are entitled to. [24:08] One of the issues that you have in small business world is that you have small businesses that fail, because they don't understand the business concept of small business. [26:38] We have a lot of resources out there to help veterans, whether disabled or not and even women veterans. [27:14] I want to ensure that every veteran that has an idea and wants to explore it have the information they need to go down that path to see if it is for them or not. [27:42] Regardless of whether you are a non-profit or for profit, to be in business for 100 years is an achievement. [29:53] We are very excited to be able to finally celebrate our centennial celebration where September 26, and 27th will be the major dates. [30:36] You always want to make sure that you're trying to do it better than the generation before you and da v has a track record of doing it better. [31:27] We understand that you have to evolve and so we're very proud of the fact that we've been able to stand the test of time. [31:38] We welcome all veterans out there that may want to become a part of our group, we can help find them find something to do within their capability level. [32:19] We live in a technological age and we have to maximize the potential of that not only for our donors sake, but for reaching out to that veteran or a service member. [33:19] When you learn what you have to do, and you understand how it works, the path of least resistance is laid before you to help move on. [33:38] They'll always be issues with transitioning out of the military and so we try to put that in some type of context. [34:11] Any veteran that is thinking about getting in or starting a business, there is a bunch of different resources available to help you push forward. [36:25] The VA has the office of small and disadvantaged business utilization; SBA has the Veterans Bennet business development. [36:38] The OVBV has an office that guides members through all the steps and starting a business; and the Institute of Veterans and Military Families which teach veterans and their families how to start and run a business. [37:00] There is also entrepreneurship bootcamp for veterans and patriot bootcamp who assist military members to creators, innovators and entrepreneurs. [37:52] We also have the Women Veteran Entrepreneurship for women veterans and the GSA who have a federal surplus for personal property donation program. [38:47] Think outside the box because you are capable of doing much more than what the military ever taught you. [41:35] ……………………………………. Thank you to our April Sponsor: Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being or Wayne Titus Imagine starting a long journey without a map…or even a clear idea of the obstacles ahead. That's exactly what it's like for entrepreneurs who start companies with a lot of passion, but without the financial expertise to grow and scale their businesses and create long-term wealth for their families. Wayne Titus shows you how to find a financial adviser who can help you map a better journey. In his book, The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being. With the right adviser at your side, you'll have the freedom to focus on what really matters to you. 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“Learning to mitigate a caregiving crisis in one's personal life will help you be more effective and productive in your professional life.” Nancy Poland As the demand for family caregivers increases, one of the biggest challenges that comes up is the unawareness of what to do and when due to the lack of preparedness. Our guest today Nancy Poland, has been a caregiver and says that planning for caregiving responsibilities ahead of time can go along way into helping people get through the challenges. Nancy Poland, owner of Nancy R Poland Connect, is a writer and speaker focusing on caregiving. As a volunteer educator for the Alzheimer's Association, she brings her experience as a caregiver for her dad, who was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia. She published her first book, “Dancing With Lewy: A Father Daughter Dance Before and After Lewy Body Dementia Came to Live With Us”, narrating their experience. Her second book, “Remarkable Caregiving: The Care of Family and Friends” will be released in November 2021. “Remarkable Caregiving” is a collection of true stories from six caregivers thrust into unplanned circumstances as they emerge wiser and more resilient. Nancy issues a monthly newsletter, “Caring for the Caregiver”, blogs about caregiving, and communicates to caregivers in social media and in person. She is looking forward to more group presentations as her business contacts grow, and COVID-19 subsides. A life-long resident of the Twin Cities in Minnesota, Nancy and her husband John raised two sons and continue to contribute to their communities. Professionally Nancy is a Contracts and Compliance Manager where she utilizes her writing and negotiation skills to support the mission of a non-profit corporation. She is a trainer and mentor, both professionally, and in a volunteer capacity. In today's episode, Nancy will talk about her work of connecting caregivers to resources, teaching them how they can better the lives of their loved ones, as well as themselves. Listen in! Social Media Website: https://nancyrpoland.com The caregiver resources: https://nancyrpoland.com/caregiver-resources/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancy-poland-a4632632/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/nancypoland Facebook (personal): https://www.facebook.com/nancy.poland Facebook (business): https://www.facebook.com/nancyrpoland Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nancypoland/ As my parents aged, they became more fragile and so we were balancing taking care of my parents, while working, travelling and raising our teenage son. [3:16] I learned that it's really hard to be your full potential at work when you're also trying to balance all these other things. [4:36] A lot of us don't plan for our parents aging and becoming fragile but it's really something that if we can think about ahead of time, it can help us get through those days. [4:48] We tend as human beings to go into denial and don't want to think about our parents aging and getting fragile. [5:44] One of my main goals is to educate future caregivers to help people face the reality that if we all live long enough, we will probably become medically fragile and therefore need to plan for it. [6:32] I tried to provide a place in my website where I have resources for caregivers where seniors can get help to keep them safe, and to keep them functioning in those homes. [10:35] Once my mom passed away, my dad couldn't live on his own so we moved him to a senior apartment building that had services you could buy up. [11:46] People shouldn't feel guilty because you just have to deal with life too and also be your best at work. [12:26] Commercial break. [13:00] I think it's so important to be a functioning member of the community and fortunately, the work places have gotten more flexible, especially since COVID. [15:44] If we can take care of our health and our well being, while we're taking care of our loved ones, it's just going to benefit everybody and us especially. [17:19] There's not enough assisted living opportunities or nursing homes that take care of people, and it's hard to get some new nursing home unless you're willing to pay. [18:50] One of the most important things I emphasize, is to get your legal paperwork in order to prevent a lot of heartache in case of anything. [19:07] I have lots of links for caregiving resources and accounts of very practical things to do in different situations. [23:02] One really exciting thing I have today is for the first 10 people who send me an email, I will send them a free copy an E copy of Dancing With Louie. [23:35] Break yourself out of the denial mode and search for resources ahead of time if your parents or grandparents are starting to get frail. [25:02] Try to plan ahead and to find resources s well as getting your legal paperwork in order. [25:33] Take care of yourself, because that's the only way you're going to be able to take care of your loved ones, and you have to have a life after they pass away. [26:07] …………………..….. TopDog Learning Group, LLC is a leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA but with “TopDoggers” (aka consultants) throughout North America and beyond. They focus on training programs (both virtual and face-to-face), keynotes and “lunch and learns,” group and 1:1 coaching, and off-the-shelf solutions. One such solution is their Masterclass on The Top 3 Strategies to be Resilient in Times of Change. This thoughtful self-paced online training will guide you through three tactics you can immediately use to—not just survive—but thrive when change comes at you. Use the code RESIL50OFF for 50% off the program! Just go to https://bit.ly/3a5mIS6 and enter the code RESIL50OFF, in all capitals, to redeem your 50% off coupon. The link and code will be available in our show notes for easy access.
“You can see things differently depending on how you interpret things and that influences how you respond to it.” Anita Bentata The link between healing of trauma and neuroscience is something that has received considerable attention in practice. Our guest today, Anita Bentata, has spent most of her time researching and learning about trauma and the healing process in an effort to help people overcome their past and embody a better self. Anita Bentata is a psychotherapist, author, online group facilitator, thought leader and speaker, specializing in trauma, abuse, stress, relationships and love. Anita is based in Melbourne, Australia and is the recipient of multi-international awards and national recognition for her approach and program for women impacted by trauma, isolation and abuse. Anita has spoken at conferences about her model and theories, as well as participated in numerous interviews and being involved as a consultant and primary interviewee for a documentary about domestic violence. Anita's focus is showing people they can feel free, resilient and resourced, in mind and body; no matter their past, or any current situation. So, people can embody wellbeing, healthy life energy and clarity in life choices, as opposed to passivity, repetition or reactions. After nearly 3 decades in the field, including 4 years of specialist training in trauma and defense systems, Anita came to realize why people get stuck in trauma or therapy for longer than is needed. This vital framework forms The Essentials Method™, based on neuroscience and the best of whole brain body Western and Eastern science and psychology; along with countless hours spent with clients. Combined, this led Anita to realize what was missing in personal and community life skill development, and within the field of psychology. This awareness of what was missing in the field and necessary for complete trauma resolution, and to face anything in life as well as to move forward free from the past, was also informed by the personal work Anita undertook prior to her qualification. It was her journey as a client which led Anita to change careers from accounts and book-keeping, and into psychotherapy. Undertaking therapy to resolve trauma from a childhood of abuse and neglect, and from later escaping domestic violence with her two young children. Client journeys, parenting her children through trauma, and two significant life events led Anita to understand more of what is needed to fully resolve the unbearable and the uncomfortable. Anita created the Living in Flow online, live, group or 1:1 program consisting of a series of modules to skill people to live life from The Essentials Method™. People are not taught now to take advantage of the brilliance of the brain and body and instead are held captive by old, learnt styles of coping. Coping methods which didn't develop, along with other life skills, has meant people tend to know what they don't want, and what they do want, but not know how to transition from the old to the new. People end up in with limited beliefs, behaviors and habits and perceive this is ‘normal' not realizing what could be named as ‘normal' and possible for healthy and vibrant living and relationships. Anita's values are joy, ease and growth. This creates a life of love, flow and creativity. Anita believes we're all creators and life is about creative living, and when we don't have access to the our whole brain and body we do keep creating, but we're re-creating old patterns and worries, going over the past, maintaining, coping or managing through the use of any skills, including wonderful trauma techniques which of their own still do not provide the full map to move on in life and can end up deepening the connections to the past when there is not enough understanding about how the brain works and what it needs from us. In today's episode, Anita will discuss more about listening to their emotions and feelings rather than entirely depending on reason in healing trauma. She will also highlight on the importance of working in groups when going through the healing process. Listen in! Social media handles: https://www.facebook.com/thewolfinasuit https://www.facebook.com/targetingabetterwayinrelationships https://facebook.com/groups/BigHeartedWomenCommunity/ https://www.instagram.com/anitabentata https://www.twitter.com/anitabentata https://au.linkedin.com/in/anita-bentata https://www.youtube.com/user/anidrb https://www.anitabentata.com https://anita-bentata.teachable.com I've been working in the field 26 years and it's taken me on a huge journey that's highly influenced my personal life. [3:26] I used to work in bookkeeping and accounts and I changed careers and became a therapist and did specialist studies on trauma and understanding what happens. [3:36] I came to this work through my own personal journey and I went into therapy to make sure I didn't get into more abuse because I grew up with abuse and trauma. [4:46] My passion is about assisting people to activate the brain and the body out of the trauma response, to be able to listen and to take action. [5:27] My personal life experiences have given me such a gift of understanding my own journey by questioning things from a personal perspective and resonate as well as connect with my clients. [6:00] After working many years, I started noticing patterns with people and I started creating my own theories because I felt like there wasn't adequate answers. [6:29] My organization is all about being able to tap into the whole self, and into our life energy, to be able to make better decisions and to have greater emotional muscle to go beyond the repeat. [7:55] I show people in my neuroscience backed program, how to have fresh thoughts and be mobilized into action that's aligned with our feelings and our thoughts so that there isn't an internal conflict. [8:38] I'm really passionate about is teaching people about our brilliant brain, because there's nothing faulty from my perspective ever going on in our brain. [10:44] Often people don't realize that it's feelings that changes neural pathways and so we need to find a way to be able to take care of the feeling. [11:02] Along the way, I've discovered how people miss label things and I've created a neuroscience way of how we talk to ourselves based on how we talk to ourselves. [14:05] The more we know how to use our own brain, the more then we can fire and wire because feelings is what activates the wiring together. [14:33] I also found that people keep looping to what the brain does most recently and most frequently, not necessarily because of the trauma that's happened. [15:55] People often don't have the skills on how to move forward in a genuine way that's not through willpower and not through positive thinking. [17:06] It is a powerful thing to be able to label things so that our environment doesn't define how we are. [19:14] You can see things differently depending on how you interpret things and that influences how you respond to it. [20:16] Commercial break. [20:38] The most important thing is to be able to tell yourself that there are more possibilities of how I can perceive what's going on or be able to talk to somebody that I feel like can connect with where I'm at. [23:13 Most traumas happen in relationship to people and so we get stuck more on a social or an interpersonal level. [23:51] The most important thing is to be able to know there's always a new way of addressing something that we don't know about. [24:02] From my perspective based on my experience, we notice things because we're conscious and we end up hooking into them and retelling the same story which loops us into those neural pathways. [25:40] It is about how to find a way to not get hooked into those old patterns and those old stories so that our system can move on. [26:02] We can start putting out energy and focus into firing and wiring the new map otherwise, we just keep re looping. [26:15] A lot of my work is actually helping people to label and talk to themselves through the transition, and how to engineer things so that it gets in that optimal generative way. [28:13] I also help people to trust the inner reality, and stop trusting the outer reality because the outer reality is just a momentum of what's been happening of the past. [28:27] One of the most important things is, what you focus on is what keeps deepening in your system. [31:06] It is about taking that step for ourselves and experimenting to find out whether it feels better. [31:58] Just keep trying and following what feels better because if you keep following through the day, instead of following what you think you should be doing, everything will keep getting easier. [32:11] Often, I find that people can create a faster change quicker when they do it in a group because they're motivated and inspired. [33:09] …………………..….. TopDog Learning Group, LLC is a leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA but with “TopDoggers” (aka consultants) throughout North America and beyond. They focus on training programs (both virtual and face-to-face), keynotes and “lunch and learns,” group and 1:1 coaching, and off-the-shelf solutions. One such solution is their Masterclass on The Top 3 Strategies to be Resilient in Times of Change. This thoughtful self-paced online training will guide you through three tactics you can immediately use to—not just survive—but thrive when change comes at you. Use the code RESIL50OFF for 50% off the program! Just go to https://bit.ly/3a5mIS6 and enter the code RESIL50OFF, in all capitals, to redeem your 50% off coupon. The link and code will be available in our show notes for easy access.
“Most of us can't choose how we're going to die but we can choose our choices then within that we can prepare for them.” Louise J. Crooks Loss is an integral part of the existence of humanity. By understanding and acknowledging this fact, we get to have a different perception and attitude to towards grieving. Victoria Lichtman and Louise J. Crooks believe that no one deserves to die alone. They have taken the path of supporting people facing death and loss with an aim of easing their experience. They do this by creating an environment that enables sharing of the experiences of death and bereavement. When Victoria developed a ceremony for her beloved friend that was passing…gathering all who loved him to pave his path with love while he left this world, something magical happened. People gathered from around the world on an online platform. It was an amazing experience...humbling in its beauty and an honour to be present to. Her close friend, fellow healer and marketing guru, Louise, was deeply touched and together they decided they should do this for others. Suddenly, all Victoria's life's work pulled together and End of Life Ceremonies was created. Victoria has always deeply understood there are only three things we can share with people in this world; their birth, their life and all that happens in it, and their death. To her, all are sacred. She has had the privilege and honour to be with people that are entering transition, both with those passing and with the loved ones left behind. According to Victoria, these are the moments when the pretences of life are left behind and only truth is left…the desire for identifying and delving into our spiritual beliefs, facing our emotions, asking how to let go and experiencing the truth of love and true forgiveness…which is where true healing lies. Connecting with others on such a deep level brings Victoria great joy and fulfillment and the craving to do so has been a driving force in her lifelong work in her private practice, her public speaking and her dynamic workshops on emotional awareness, forgiveness, spirituality and healing. Victoria teaches how to feel emotion and live life to its fullest no matter what events are happening in their lives. With the gift of being able to create a safe and sacred space, she helps others on their healing path emotionally, physically and spiritually. She has been a force in the human potential movement and healing arts for more than 40 years. She is a Senior Practitioner and Presenter for the global organization, The Journey, a transformational cellular level healing modality. She has an MPS in Counseling, 2ce certified in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), is an International certified Life Coach, a Conscious Leadership Coach and international speaker. For Louise Crooks, after experiencing the transitioning ceremony Victoria held for their friend, she was deeply moved. So much so, the next day they decided wholeheartedly that they needed to do this for people in a bigger way - they knew it was so needed. That was the beginning of End of Life Ceremonies. Louise and Victoria met over a decade ago through an organization called The Journey. Having learnt ways to hold space for those in need, this felt like the perfect next step. Louise had been thinking about death and what it meant, especially during the Covid pandemic. So many people were dying alone. This was one of her greatest fears - dying alone. Her concern previously had been that she had no children - so who was going to look after her, and be at her bedside when the time came. Seeing how people transitioning could be held with love through the ceremony Victoria performed for their friend, was the spark that lit this fire. And after being at the bedside of two family members - and seeing the life spark leave their body, Louise knew that that spark couldn't just disappear, and has a long-held belief since then that our loved ones are still with us beyond death. Holding the space for the passing not just while they are here but into the beyond is something she believes is important - our love ‘paves the path home'. Louise Crooks has been a holistic marketing and visibility coach for the healing and coaching community for the past 15 years. She's been on a lifelong healing journey herself and knows the importance of healing work in the world - driving the passion she has for serving her clients through her foundational marketing work and in turn helping more people heal. Her extensive marketing experience in this community lends itself well to End of Life Ceremonies and she is not only a co-founder but the Marketing Director too. Ultimately Louise is here in this life to serve, to heal, and to be here for those going through the struggles of life and help them grow and feel supported - even in death. Louise has an Arts Degree, is a fully qualified Life Coach (ICF recognized) and Business Coach, and has immersed herself in programs such as The Journey, The Enneagram, Access Consciousness and Human Design. In this episode, our guests will talk about the birth of their business and the importance of being present in all the events that happen in our lives. They will also discuss on why seeking support is important when experiencing loss. Listen in! Links: Facebook group: http://fb.me/groups/endoflifeconversations Facebook page: http://fb.me/pavethepathhome Website: www.endoflifeceremonies.com (Offering) Grief Meditation webpage: www.healingthroughlossmeditation.com I've been an entrepreneur for my whole working life and for years when someone passes on, I would take my crystal singing bowl and I would play it and sing their soul home. [3:09] I told what I did to a friend who was such a beautiful teacher and healer and he said he wanted this for himself. [3:36] At his passing time, people from around the world gathered and it was so engrossing where we gave him final wishes. [4:00] I've done this for years and years and I've studied death and dying my whole life and what happens to us when we die and our belief systems. [4:40] This was a turning point for me being able to start this and Louise called me the next day because she also loved Bodhi dearly. [ She suggested the we bring this to the world together and that's how this [5:27] I've always known that there's only three times we can be present for another and I had been present in every one of them; birth, life and all that happens in it, and death. [5:45] It's the moments we truly come together that we witness and connect and when we do the important transitions in our lives when present they all become sacred. [6:02] It's such an honor for us to be able to hold the space for people going through this experience. [6:45] So many people reached out to us sharing how wowed over they were by the experience and how deeply they felt it. [6:58] Death happens, but in many cultures, this is avoided and it is rarely a shared experience and so we don't really give death, the same recognition and importance as other life events. [7:18] Whether it's us in the dying process or it is the people that we're leaving behind, it's all an emotional experience, and most of the time, we suppress and try to block it [7:57] This is an opportunity for us to really embrace the dying process and, and recognize the beauty in it. [8:11] We have made this so that it is available for adults and children. [10:38] It's recognizing that live spark has to energetically go somewhere and from that point of view, we really do feel that we want to sing souls home, even beyond death. [11:55] We have three ceremonies that we do, and one of them is after they die to pave that path for them even beyond death. [12:10] Part of what we're doing, not only with the ceremonies, but with the work that we do with individuals and in groups is to help them to let go and to have peace with the whole process. [13:02] We were about giving people choice in how they die, and giving their loved one's choice in how they support their loved ones. [15:45] Most of us can't choose how we're going to die but we can choose our choices then within that we can prepare for them. [16:06] Commercial break. [17:11] We have the celebration of life ceremony, pave the path home ceremony and the end-of-life ceremony. [15:58] The celebration of life ceremony before you go is about being able to connect with all your loved ones and not leave without saying goodbye. [19:22] The pave the path home ceremony is done to support you through the experience of leaving this physical plane. [19:49] The end of life ceremony happens after you pass and is for your loved ones to offer comfort and give you wings of love and prayer as your soul transitions on to the next plane. [20:47] Our mission is we don't want anybody to have to be alone but to leave knowing that there are loved ones paving the path. [22:57] I am not scared of death or what happens after death but I'm scared of dying alone which is so what happened with COVID. [23:42] This brought up some beautiful opportunities for some beautiful ways of thinking and created for us an opportunity to do a phenomenal grief meditation. [24:09] There are so many people that are scared of dying alone go and are asking if they can buy one of these ceremonies. [25:16] It is our mission that we grow this business and get this out there to the world and get more people involved. [25:44] The bereavement is part of the deeper work we do and it's about helping people to move through that grief as well and heal. [26:53] There's so much that can be supported through this experience and we do all of that through one on one work and through our bereavement groups. [29:01] One of the biggest things that we work with is emotion and to feel emotion in a healthy way. [30:51] Don't let grief to ruin your life as it hinders you from living a full life. You are not dishonoring your loved one by allowing yourself to let go. [31:00] Vicki does a beautiful meditation helping people through that process in this grief meditation. [33:36] No matter what is happening, be totally present in the here and now and don't miss one moment of what's happening in your life. [35:52] Be honest about what's really in your heart, and be who you are for you are so precious. [36:08] …………………..….. TopDog Learning Group, LLC is a leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA but with “TopDoggers” (aka consultants) throughout North America and beyond. They focus on training programs (both virtual and face-to-face), keynotes and “lunch and learns,” group and 1:1 coaching, and off-the-shelf solutions. One such solution is their Masterclass on The Top 3 Strategies to be Resilient in Times of Change. This thoughtful self-paced online training will guide you through three tactics you can immediately use to—not just survive—but thrive when change comes at you. Use the code RESIL50OFF for 50% off the program! Just go to https://bit.ly/3a5mIS6 and enter the code RESIL50OFF, in all capitals, to redeem your 50% off coupon. The link and code will be available in our show notes for easy access.
“It's up to us to fully self-actualize, and one of the greatest ways to do that is to be engaged in social justice action.” Dr. Marcia Ledford Now more than ever, a wider and deeper understanding of the church's role in social and political life is needed. Many church leaders continue to work towards providing important platforms from which people can deal with political, social and economic matters, as well as the relations between the state and wider society. Our guest today, Rev. Dr. Marcia Ledford, has been working towards greater social justice by empowering people to act on social injustices faced by different groups. The Rev. Dr. Marcia Ledford's ministry is in Southwest Detroit's Latinx population—an international port with an aggressive regional ICE director. Dr. Ledford is a civil rights attorney representing society's most marginalized. An Episcopal priest, she holds a Master of Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. She earned her Doctor of Ministry in political theology from Pacific School of Religion. Dr. Ledford founded Political Theology Matters, LLC, to help the faithful develop public theology mission and broadcast messaging for greater social justice. She is trained for community organizing through the Industrial Areas Foundation and volunteers with Michigan United. PTM is a for profit company but is also an altruistic or philanthropic enterprise. Dr. Ledford want to inspire people to do good--to shock their potential for justice. She believes that she needs to make a living ethically and via positive contributions to society. Engaging in political theology, speaking faithfully in public, for social justice, represents the culmination of her life's work and experiences. She is passionate about achieving greater social justice in American society. Her message's foundation in progressive Christian theology intersects with the US Constitution, especially the First Amendment. She brings humor, poignant stories, and inspiration in her conversations. She sparks dynamic, vital conversations about the most important issues of our time--protecting civil rights and our beloved constitution and democracy. In today's episode, our guest will talk about her journey towards advocating for social injustices. She will also elaborate more about spiritual resistance and what it entails. Social media handles: http://www.politicaltheologymatters.com/ https://www.facebook.com/politicaltheologymatters https://linkedin/marcialedford https://www.instagram.com/docledford https://www.twitter.com/docledford I write, speak, teach and preach to help people get better equipped to be faith based advocates in the public square for social justice. [3:32] Political theology is taking your faith formation and using that as a basis for calling out injustice and demanding greater equality across our social spectrum. [3:49] My mission came to be after my being absolutely appalled at what our archaic immigration laws are doing to Latino families in southwest Detroit. [4:43] We want to be sure and get our demands in with respect to pathways to citizenship. [5:45] Spanish, like the romance languages are all inflected, meaning that nouns can have a gender assigned to them. [6:51] The practice has been adapted to start saying Latin x, which is neutral, and is intended to include everybody. [7:07] This has been an ongoing effort to be more inclusive when terms from this inflected language are used. [7:30] When I was coming of age in the late 70s and early 80s, I came out as a lesbian. [10:09] I had been very involved in my church growing up and so I had a really difficult coming out process, at least, with my own personal struggle. [10:20] I felt like I had to choose between my faith and being who I was and this is very true even today. [10:44] I had to navigate the society as a lesbian which means that I couldn't access some things. [11:14] I recognize that my white privilege affords me certain benefits and give me opportunities that I wouldn't ordinarily have as a person of color. [11:56] I still was a second class citizen in many of the fundamental ways that we regard being an American. [12:14] Over time, I became more sensitive to the call to ministry that I had experienced from when I was a teenager. [12:32] I wasn't seeing women and I certainly wasn't seeing lesbians up at the pulpit in the altar but I finally agreed to go do this and be ordained and asked for help from the holy spirit. [12:44] I became ordained in the Episcopal Church, where I serve the Latin x community. [13:06] It was a combination of my love of the gospel, and my experience as a civil rights attorney, that really fueled this mission. [13:16] Even though I don't know exactly what it's like to be a person of color, I decided that if we didn't do anything about the ills, it wasn't going to stop. [14:06] I think sometimes people think that when a law is made that it's carved into stone. [15:35] Our Congress has the power to change those laws, and if they won't change them, then we need to put people in there who will. [16:27] The fact that all these voter suppression bills are pending throughout the country is an indicator that elected people know that they are in danger of being voted out for not doing the will of the people. [17:18] What I advocate for is the First Amendment which gives us a place to go where everybody can talk and not have to worry about slandering the crown. [19:03] I wanted to create a place for us to work stuff out and that means that our best chance of doing that is when as many voices come together as possible to say their piece. [19:52] By talking about it, we identify the problems and the issues, and we try to work out a solution that serves the majority of the people. [20:12] Once people realize that they can do it, then we have to instill confidence and provide tools and resources to get people basically off their doffs and go advocate for justice. [20:47] Commercial break. [21:17] The immigration issues affect our country on a national basis and so if immigration is something that you want to work on, you certainly can. [23:32] I really believe in what's called the spirituality of resistance. [23:48] Things bother us, but we feel like they are such big complex problems and I don't really know what to do about it. [24:01] We're all human beings and have a human connection to one another and therefore we got to have everybody. [24:29] The spirituality of resistance involves two things which are digging deep into yourself to determine what issues really bothers you, and finding a group that works on these issues to work with them. [25:23] It is one of the most empowering things I have ever experienced in my life, which is why I work with Michigan united. [26:19] If you feel like your representatives in the Congress are not doing what you want them to do, then you need to be in touch. [28:09] There's lots of ways to be involved even if you're super busy and feels overwhelming. [29:14] One of the mottos I try to live by is we don't get a dress rehearsal and it's up to us to fully self-actualize, and one of the greatest ways to do that is to be engaged in social justice action. [30:27] …………………..….. TopDog Learning Group, LLC is a leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA but with “TopDoggers” (aka consultants) throughout North America and beyond. They focus on training programs (both virtual and face-to-face), keynotes and “lunch and learns,” group and 1:1 coaching, and off-the-shelf solutions. One such solution is their Masterclass on The Top 3 Strategies to be Resilient in Times of Change. This thoughtful self-paced online training will guide you through three tactics you can immediately use to—not just survive—but thrive when change comes at you. Use the code RESIL50OFF for 50% off the program! Just go to https://bit.ly/3a5mIS6 and enter the code RESIL50OFF, in all capitals, to redeem your 50% off coupon. The link and code will be available in our show notes for easy access.
“It is important to listen as well as give your opinion on things because it's important both ways.” Lisa Zanville Effective community work requires bringing together the expertise and skills of different people to focus towards common goals. This collaboration is important for community outreach and engagement. Our guest today, Lisa Zanville has been working with various organizations that focus on community service and says that much more is achieved when there are organized efforts towards helping the community. Lissa Mozur Zanville has more than 30 years of experience in the non-profit, public, and private sectors, including government affairs, media relations, crisis management, community relations, strategic planning, spokesperson training, and stakeholder management. A graduate of UCLA, Zanville worked for the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C., the California Democratic Party, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, the California State Assembly, and Pacific Bell (now AT&T) where she was Director of Media Relations and primary spokesperson. Lissa started LMZ Communications in 1990. The company provided spokesperson training to corporate, sports, entertainment, and political clients such as Toyota, Microsoft, City of Los Angeles, Knott's Berry Farm, IBM, Claritin, Ultimate Fighting Championship, and the United States Equestrian Federation. Immediately before joining Los Angeles Trial Lawyers' Charities in 2016, Zanville was with the PHASE ONE Foundation, a non-profit that supports early cancer research and clinical trials. For nine years she has served as the sole staff and Executive Director of this $16 million foundation. Zanville lives in Los Angeles with her husband Stuart. In today's episode, Lissa will be telling us about Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities and the different ways in which they give back to the community. Listen in! Contacts: Website: https://www.latlc.org We started about 15 years ago and it was started by a small group of plaintiff attorneys who felt together they could do so much more than they were as individuals. [3:22] We supported organizations that were in Los Angeles, and there were a few volunteer projects and over the years, it has developed into a large group, making a difference. [4:25] We believe in helping the community in five areas which are children, education, survivors of abuse, persons with disabilities, and homelessness. [4:43] The first way we help is that we raise money, and over the years, we've given over $5 million in both grants, goods, and gifts to the community. [4:59] We also do it in volunteer projects where we've done over 6000 volunteer hours working in projects that make a difference. [5:58] We also have signature events where we give out all kinds of things to make individual families a little better by making a difference for them. [6:31] We also have the great trike giveaway where we give out adaptive tricycles to children with disabilities. [7:21] We also started something called the day of dignity for the homeless where we provide them services that they want to feel the kind of love and dignity that we want them to feel. [8:05] Some of our favourite volunteer projects are the ones where we talk to and deal with people. [10:24] During the pandemic, we decided to do a St. Patrick's Day zoom event where we had interaction and felt face to face with people. [10:33] In every community, some organizations try to make a change. [14:42] Commercial Break. [16:05] Our event has evolved because we try to identify the individual needs by listening as well as projecting what we think people want so that we could make things happen. [18:15] It is important to listen as well as give your opinion on things because it's important both ways. [22:08] We want to help other plaintiffs, attorneys and local organizations mixed where they'll be able to help their local charities. [23:09] We've learned in the last year and a half that we all have to pivot, think outside the box and do what needs to be done to help the [25:03] …………………..….. TopDog Learning Group, LLC is a leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA but with “TopDoggers” (aka consultants) throughout North America and beyond. They focus on training programs (both virtual and face-to-face), keynotes and “lunch and learns,” group and 1:1 coaching, and off-the-shelf solutions. One such solution is their Masterclass on The Top 3 Strategies to be Resilient in Times of Change. This thoughtful self-paced online training will guide you through three tactics you can immediately use to—not just survive—but thrive when change comes at you. Use the code RESIL50OFF for 50% off the program! Just go to https://bit.ly/3a5mIS6 and enter the code RESIL50OFF, in all capitals, to redeem your 50% off coupon. The link and code will be available in our show notes for easy access.
“What we restore restores us, what we revitalize revitalizes us.” Storm Cunningham For communities to remain stable and thrive, effort needs to be directed towards strengthening and diversifying the existing elements. However, most communities struggle with community development projects due to a lack of understanding of and failure to integrate processes in their implementation. Our guest today, Storm Cunningham has decades of experience working in community development initiatives across the world and reiterates the importance of creating processes that guide these initiatives as well as having people who can facilitate the processes. Based in Washington DC for the past 30 years, Storm primarily focuses on the three areas which include Community renewal, nature restoration and climate resilience. He is also an author of three books his latest release being ‘Reconomics,' and does inspirational talks and how-to workshops for non-profits & governments worldwide. A former Green Beret, his hard-hitting, humorous, silo-busting talks can focus on multiple areas including water, housing, job growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, natural resources, downtowns, brownfields, heritage, climate, social justice or education. In today's episode, Storm will talk about what makes sustainable communities especially the initiatives that ensure resilience and revitalization. He will also highlight the principles that ensure the minimum viable process when carrying out community initiatives. Listen in! Social Media: https://reconomics.org/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/restorm https://twitter.com/restorm https://www.facebook.com/storm.cunningham https://www.patreon.com/stormcunningham https://stormcunningham.com/ One thing I've learned is that most communities need to be shocked big time everywhere you go. [3:32] Communities have revitalization and resilience initiatives underway but hardly anybody is accomplishing anywhere near what they're hoping to accomplish. [3:46] One of the most common reasons is that most communities suffer from perpetual planning syndrome. [4:41] Some communities have dedicated leaders who are honestly trying to revitalize or become more resilient but don't know how since they've gotten no training in this. [6:18] They're no real degrees and how to revitalize but you can more reliably manage emergent complexities if you have an actual process. [6:32] The world knows you need a process to reliably produce anything but the people who run communities don't seem to know that. [7:10] The focus of my most recent book, ‘Reconomics,' is that process. [7:24] I've spent the last 20 years tracking down exactly what is the minimum viable process that needs to be in place in a community to reliably produce revitalization or resilience? [7:29] Most places are good at projects and most do succeed but the trouble is the projects don't produce revitalization. [9:03] Projects are the last step of the revitalization process where before you get to that kind of action, you need to lay the groundwork to make sure that the momentum from each successful project is captured. [9:42] The end goal that you're shooting for at least amongst their goals is increasing the confidence in their future. [10:01] By not increasing the confidence in the future of a place, you're going to continue losing residents, employers and investors, and you're not going to be attracting new ones. [10:22] You need to have an ongoing program because revitalization and regeneration is something that needs to be happening every moment of every day. [10:36] As I describe in Reconomics, the home for this ongoing program should not be a government agency, it should not be subject to the vicissitudes of changes of administration. [11:57] Some projects do this is a strategy, I call the three re strategy, which is repurpose, renew, reconnect and when that's put into effect, real magic can happen. [16:02] If a project is big enough, ambitious enough, and uses the right strategy, it can revitalize, but the best thing is to have a complete process. [16:17] Commercial break. [20:32] The easiest way to overcome the credibility factor in terms of can we revitalize is to tell stories and showing communities that had similar problems who overcame them. [22:45] Two sources for the credibility problem include genuine skepticism arising from false promises and failed projects and people seeing revitalization as a mystery that probably cannot be successfully engineered. [23:03] Our focus at economics Institute economics.org is on certifying revitalization and resilience facilitators. [24:31] The first step to help communities create these processes is having somebody who knows what the process i. [24:52] The facilitators basically can take a look at what the community is currently doing and do a gap analysis and fill in until they get that minimum viable process, which just has six parts. [25:14] The six elements make the minimum viable process so you can add to it but can't take away as this is the minimum that's necessary to have a reliable process to produce revitalization and resilience. [25:54] The first job of that ongoing program is to create a shared vision of the future. [26:16] The next step is to have a strategy to overcome the primary obstacles to achieving that vision. [26:26] The next is taking a look at the policies and find out what policies are going to get in the way of achieving that strategy and vision. [26:46] The fourth step is going ahead and putting together some partnerships. [27:01] The last step is using the resources that the partnerships bring to the table to do the actual projects. [27:08] It's not enough just to have a program vision strategy, policies, partnerships and projects, each one of them has to be regenerative to produce revitalization and resilience Both revitalization and resilience are based on repurposing, renewing and reconnecting and are natural and built-in socio-economic environments. By combining them, now, you've got the short term benefits of revitalization with the long term benefits of resilience, which helps fund and build public support for both of them. This doesn't have to be done as a profession, we've got people who are becoming certified revitalization resilience facilitators because they want to be more effective volunteers. What we restore restores us, what we revitalize revitalizes us. …………………..….. TopDog Learning Group, LLC is a leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA but with “TopDoggers” (aka consultants) throughout North America and beyond. They focus on training programs (both virtual and face-to-face), keynotes and “lunch and learns,” group and 1:1 coaching, and off-the-shelf solutions. One such solution is their Masterclass on The Top 3 Strategies to be Resilient in Times of Change. This thoughtful self-paced online training will guide you through three tactics you can immediately use to—not just survive—but thrive when change comes at you. Use the code RESIL50OFF for 50% off the program! Just go to https://bit.ly/3a5mIS6 and enter the code RESIL50OFF, in all capitals, to redeem your 50% off coupon. The link and code will be available in our show notes for easy access.
“Stop making goals and instead have a vision for your life because goals are future based which stops us from living in the present moment.” Hina Siddiqui Learning to consciously live in the present will allow you to not only apply the lessons and knowledge from your past but also give you the space to bring into perspective your vision for the future. This means that you will be able to recognize what makes you happy and fulfilled and focus on making it a part of your daily life. According to our guest today, Hina Siddiqui, being present in the moment helps people to truly appreciate little but important things that often go unnoticed. Hina Siddiqui, is an Indian woman with wings and is the author of Five Non-fiction Books, including Road To Riches Of Life; https://amzn.to/3kvoB04. Design A Career you Love and Secrets of the 6 Figure Employee with Zero Stress; https://amzn.to/3kwmWaE. If there's one thing she can change in the world, it would be how working professionals live and do their jobs. No surprise, she keeps on learning, creating and refining the transformation strategies that people can instantly use for gorgeous and quick results. Hina teaches and writes about creating a life vision, and personal mastery to achieve that. She is a lover of yoga, guitars, trees, wind and the food that her mom cooks. When she's not working on her passion projects, Hina spends her time reading, taking solo trips, chitchatting with strangers, and cooking for her favourite kids -her niece and nephew. In today's episode, Hannah will discuss the importance of living in the present moment and the work she does to help people settle in careers that are aligned with their personalities. Listen in! Social Media handles https://www.linkedin.com/in/authorhina/ https://twitter.com/hina_2016 https://www.facebook.com/authorhina https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRoCRQfpWcdtCxETZH1YDzQ https://www.pinterest.com.au/author_hina/ https://medium.com/@authorhina https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15203992.Hina_Siddiqui https://www.instagram.com/authorhina/ https://www.authorhina.com/ Resources https://amzn.to/2U1oNty https://amzn.to/3Ctvt5d https://amzn.to/3jA5tMJ My journey started when I wrote my first book which was published in 2016 and it was the road to riches of life. [2:45] Before that, I was in the corporate sector working with various corporate jobs and I was also struggling like most people who are incorporate. [2:55] I had some natural talents that I had forgotten about that I call the side effects of growing up. [3:13] Luckily, I have been one of those fortunate few people who figure out that we are sent into this world for a specific purpose. [3:43] In my childhood days, it was mostly writing short stories for kids and coaching them in my imperfect ways. [4:12] After a long time, I remembered that this is what I wanted to do when I was a child and started paying attention to it. [4:40] I learned some perfect ways where I did my certification courses and did my lots of lots of study around being a life coach. [5:02] I have written five books and my latest book is Secrets of the Six Figure Employees with zero stress where I have mentioned a lot about my experiences of working with corporate houses. [5:20] My mission is to help people incorporate who feel stuck in their jobs and don't feel [5:43] I come in to picture and help them to choose a job, which goes with their personality and one that resonates with them. [6:11] Most of the people who have approached me are usually confused and don't know what to do. [8:04] I always say that there's not a single ideal job that is ideal but there is a perfect one for you. [8:42] Switching a career is difficult for people but like me, I always tell them to trust that everything is going to fall into place if they follow their passion and heart. [9:54] Being in the moment helps a lot because most of the problems are created in minds. [11:59] By thinking about what's going on currently and doing the best in that present moment, things automatically get solved. [12:36] Commercial break. [12:55] It's very important to be present at the moment and definitely when we are ourselves. We are better equipped to help you People and help our communities to show up their potential. [14:50] I believe everyone has limitless potential and no matter what position a person has reached there's still something more that they can do. [15:04] I believe it is the responsibility of every single person in the community to reach the best version of themselves. [16:25] We don't have control over the world and cannot change the people around but when we change ourselves, then lots of things around us change. [18:03] Stop making goals and instead have a vision for your life because goals are the future based which stops us from living in the present moment. [19:30] Make systems of achieving it and start living that vision just right away because there are lots of things that we can do. [19:55] It is very important to live in the present moment as it makes life way easier because I'm not getting attached to the results. [20:35] …………………..….. TopDog Learning Group, LLC is a leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA but with “TopDoggers” (aka consultants) throughout North America and beyond. They focus on training programs (both virtual and face-to-face), keynotes and “lunch and learns,” group and 1:1 coaching, and off-the-shelf solutions. One such solution is their Masterclass on The Top 3 Strategies to be Resilient in Times of Change. This thoughtful self-paced online training will guide you through three tactics you can immediately use to—not just survive—but thrive when change comes at you. Use the code RESIL50OFF for 50% off the program! Just go to https://bit.ly/3a5mIS6 and enter the code RESIL50OFF, in all capitals, to redeem your 50% off coupon. The link and code will be available in our show notes for easy access.
“The reason why a job is a right job is that there's a multitude of factors that come together to create some level of satisfaction.” Benjamin Ritter One of the most recognized and effective ways to giving back to society is providing mentorship. It is an important development and learning experience that enhances the lives of people both professionally and personally. Our guest today, Benjamin Ritter, has been providing career mentorship at different levels and capacities and says that it is about encouraging people to find roles that bring satisfaction and fulfilment. Dr. Benjamin Ritter, is a leadership and career coach, values geek, regional learning manager for YPO, national speaker, podcaster, author, mentor, and passionate about guiding others in finding, creating, and sustaining a career they love. With over 10 years of experience coaching and a background in organizational leadership and learning theory, Ben understands how to navigate any career path you decide you want to travel. Since launching his coaching practice he has guided hundreds of professionals toward creating the career they love and has impacted thousands through his events and media content. From empowering young professionals to get unstuck, to guiding senior leadership on how to stand out from the competition and develop executive presence, Ben is an expert in his field and will guide you toward truly living for yourself at work and in life. Ben received his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership with a focus on value congruence and job satisfaction and earned an MBA in entrepreneurial management and an MPH in health policy administration. In today's episode, our guest will talk to us about ways in which we can find fulfilment in our careers. He will also touch on how he gives back to society and the best way to get into offering service in the community. Listen in! Social media Handles: https://instagram.com/ritterbenj https://linkedin.com/in/ritterbenj https://youtube.com/c/benjaminritter I work with senior leaders on discovering what that career is, something they can say that they love. [4:21] I also work with organizations to help them create an environment that people can feel that way in because I believe in personal accountability and empowerment when it comes to your career. [4:33] Most of the time organizations are not built in a way where people can come in and have a conversation with their leader that then helps them create a professional plan to create the career they love. [4:49] People tend to hop from thing to thing, ultimately, always feeling stuck, but having about a six-month window in each job where they feel like they are in the right place. [5:00] We are often promised the perfect job which then leads us in our decisions. [6:39] We can shock some people's potential today, by helping them realize that your perfect job is going to change as you change and learn. [6:58] There's the career sweet spot which is where your skills overlap with what you want to grow towards. [7:09 As you grow professionally, where you are supposed to be in your job, career, or organization is going to change. [7:31] People used to go to work, take their paycheck and go home and there wasn't a plethora of options or the ability to compare themselves to the rest of the world. [9:21] Our communities used to be where we worked and who we worked with were also strong relationships. [10:09] The environment and culture of work have changed and we don't have those immediate close relationships. [10:40] We don't often feel like we're giving back to our community because we're working within such a small little bubble. [10:55] It is normal to feel like you want meaningful work. [11:03] When it comes to job satisfaction, it is just highlighting what job satisfaction is. [12:17] The reason why a job is the right job is that there's a multitude of factors that come together to create some level of satisfaction for you. [12:26] The big one is relationships and the other pieces the actual work that you do and whether you find your work meaningful. [12:35] You have to somehow connect meaning to your work and feel that what you're doing is purposeful. [13:51] If you feel like you're wasting your time, that's going to lend itself to you also feeling stuck again and less fulfilled. [13:54] A lot of times people try to make things hard for themselves when it comes to improving their careers. [18:05 A lot of our negativity is usually just attached to the stories that we've been telling ourselves. [18:16] Commercial break [19:48] Your career is a combination of jobs, and job experiences and the challenge is asking whether the thing you're doing now is what you thought were going to do 10 years ago. [22:11] It is better to get started working towards the things you're interested in, light you up and get you excited, and continuously learn what lights you up and what you enjoy. [22:29] Where I spend a lot of my extra time is through mentorship programs in three of my past universities and three different incubators. [23:52] When we want to give back to our communities, I would suggest that everyone take some time and look around for organizations within your community that are trying to help develop people. [24:19] A lot of times someone just needs someone to talk to who has a little bit more experience that isn't going to judge them and will be there to help them. [24:54] When you're talking to someone at a completely different stage of life who are looking at you for advice and you're not looking to gain anything from them, it's a beautiful space to be in. [25:53] People do sometimes need to hear the voice in their head and reaffirm from some people that they respect and that they trust. [27:45] Most people tend to regret decisions they have not made, not decisions that they did. [28:58] When it comes to your career if you have an inkling that you're interested in something go get a taste of it. [29:07] …………………..….. TopDog Learning Group, LLC is a leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA but with “TopDoggers” (aka consultants) throughout North America and beyond. They focus on training programs (both virtual and face-to-face), keynotes and “lunch and learns,” group and 1:1 coaching, and off-the-shelf solutions. One such solution is their Masterclass on The Top 3 Strategies to be Resilient in Times of Change. This thoughtful self-paced online training will guide you through three tactics you can immediately use to—not just survive—but thrive when change comes at you. Use the code RESIL50OFF for 50% off the program! Just go to https://bit.ly/3a5mIS6 and enter the code RESIL50OFF, in all capitals, to redeem your 50% off coupon. The link and code will be available in our show notes for easy access.
“There's something so fulfilling about being able to help other people.” Kim Becker Most business leaders find that helping others in whichever capacity comes as a natural extension of their responsibilities. Similarly, studies and history show that giving back and helping others has a common positive outcome for people. Our guest today, Kim Becker, is a businesswoman who found her passion in community service, and she says it is all about finding that one thing that you feel you ought to do and incorporating it into your daily routine. Kim Becker is a motivational and inspirational speaker and an award-winning author of two books about beauty, cancer and the amazing scope of the human spirit. Kim is a dynamic communicator with an incredible story of faith, hope and service to others, and the founder of Hello Gorgeous! of HOPE, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides Red-Carpet Experiences for women battling all cancers across the United State. Kim has been a business owner and national educator for more than 30 years. Through her many experiences in the for-profit and non-profit business worlds, Kim has become a businesswoman, fundraiser, event planner, educator, public speaker, author and the face of Hello Gorgeous! Kim received the Mom`s Choice Award for her first book, “Hello Gorgeous!: A Journey of Faith, Love and Hope”. Kim received the 2011 Spirit of Women Award, an American Cancer Society 2014 Coaches Versus Cancer Inspirational Award, she received the prestigious George H. W. Bush, Points of Light award in 2015 and in 2019 Kim received the Shero Award from Zeta Phi Beta Society. In today's episode, Kim will talk about her journey that led to the birth of Hello Gorgeous! and the impact it is making in the community. Listen in! Social media handles: https://www.facebook.com/kim.scanlanbecker https://www.facebook.com/HelloGorgeousIN/?ref=pages_you_manage https://www.facebook.com/Kim-Becker-Inspires-2039277739522480/?ref=pages_you_manage https://www.linkedin.com/in/kibecker/ I am a hairdresser and owned a salon and my late husband had a degree in pre-Columbian archaeology from Purdue University. [4:25] In the beginning, I was a hairdresser and my dream was always to open a salon. [4:38] When we started talking about opening a salon, my husband suggested that call the salon ‘Hello gorgeous,' and I said that's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. [4:45] We opened a salon and owned it for 10 years and did not call it ‘Hello gorgeous' but ‘Cheveu,' which meant hair in French. [5:07] The whole time that I own the salon, I always felt that there was just something that was missing. [5:13] I remodeled the salon and we grew from one station to seven stations and outgrew from 1000 square feet and went to 3000 square feet with 17 stylists and massage therapists and receptionists. [5:33] That still didn't fulfil that emptiness I was feeling and I thought what maybe I needed was to work on myself. [5:45] I started training at all these places and there was still this emptiness that I was feeling. [5:51] Mike and I had the conversations about something more we should be doing and one day all of a sudden it felt in my heart. [6:02] We needed to have a mobile Day Spa that caters to cancer patients to treat them during a time where they don't feel very special. [6:23] I pitched this idea to him about this beautiful mobile Day Spa and that we were going to it for free and suggested to call it ‘Hello gorgeous.' [6:58] Part of the program that we do is in-person makeovers and considering that most women are often selfless, we try to make sure that we surprise them. [10:20] It is usually a nomination process where each of the women is nominated by family and friends and then we show up unannounced and give a head to toe makeover. [10:55] I never promise to make them look like Miss America, but I try to make her look normal and so that they can participate in your everyday life [12:04] We've been doing this almost 16 years and so I don't know whether I ever realize the impact and the ripple effect. [12:44] When she's smiling, everybody else smiles around her and so it's not just her that we help. It's all the other people that surround her. [13:05] I've had to change my verbiage to how can I support you because when you ask a different question, you elicit a different response. [14:38] Commercial break. [16:46] There is a ripple effect as far as the work that we do with the women. [19:07] I worked with a life coach for a really long time and she always talks about your areas of genius and that I can't be good at everything but I can be good at some things. [19:20] There are things that other people are really good at that I'm not good at but I can use those talents and their time to help me further my mission. [19:29] I've had to kind of narrow down to my areas of genius and had people come forward and help because they want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. [19:37] One of the things that we do is we have a salon affiliate program where I found salon owners to train them to create the ‘Hello Gorgeous' experience. [20:06] I like to tell business owners and business people that one of the things that they should do is team up with nonprofits. [21:12] I did find that as soon as we open the salon affiliates across the United States, that's what made them stand out in their community. [21:54] If you could do anything in the whole wide world that you wanted to do, and you didn't have to get paid to do it, what would it be? [22:38] Find out what that is and if you're not doing it in your daily work, find out what would feed that in you and find a nonprofit that's already doing that and go help them. [22:45] There's something so fulfilling about being able to help other people. [24:25] If you have a something that you feel like you're supposed to be doing, even if you don't feel like you're qualified to do it, go ahead and do it. [24:32] …………………..….. TopDog Learning Group, LLC is a leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA but with “TopDoggers” (aka consultants) throughout North America and beyond. They focus on training programs (both virtual and face-to-face), keynotes and “lunch and learns,” group and 1:1 coaching, and off-the-shelf solutions. One such solution is their Masterclass on The Top 3 Strategies to be Resilient in Times of Change. This thoughtful self-paced online training will guide you through three tactics you can immediately use to—not just survive—but thrive when change comes at you. Use the code RESIL50OFF for 50% off the program! Just go to https://bit.ly/3a5mIS6 and enter the code RESIL50OFF, in all capitals, to redeem your 50% off coupon. The link and code will be available in our show notes for easy access.
“The loss of a parent or sibling is the number one biggest derailer of development in young people. “Stacey Sassine Bereavement is a difficult part of life and for young people, it may cause significant disruption of their lives. Considering their limited knowledge and life experience, young people often find it difficult to understand grief and loss situations. This means that they need professional assistance to support them during this process. Our guest today, Stacy Sassine, finds purpose in working with young people who have encountered loss to keep them on track. Stacey Sassine, Certified Grief Coach and founder of Epic Reboot, understand the depths of grief and loss and has created a safe space to allow those navigating their grief journey to unplug, reset, recharge, and reboot. Stacey's programs are built upon its signature framework to help individuals not just navigate grief but transform through the process. This framework was the foundation for Stacey's personal growth and has proven to be life-changing for others who utilize it as well. When you invite Stacey on your grief journey, she will customize her three steps to meet your needs right where you are. By supporting you in changing your mindset and habits, she guides you to heal your body, mind, and soul allowing you the freedom to live a beautiful, more fulfilling life. Grief doesn't have to hold you back; it can be a catalyst to help you see life in new and more purposeful ways. Stacey is also the Founder and President of One Million Monarchs, a nonprofit organization that supports the complex needs of bereaved teens who are grieving the death of a parent, sibling or close friend. Having been a bereaved teen herself, she understands what is truly needed to support a grieving teen. Her book, “Caterpillars Can't Talk; A Children's Story About Love, Loss and Transformation” https://amzn.to/2XO8bHH, which was written by her mother before her death was published to assist children in their grief journey. Stacey has dedicated her life to helping others heal after a devastating loss. In today's episode, Stacey will discuss her journey and the events that led her to her current passion. Listen in! Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/1MMonarchs https://www.facebook.com/myepicreboot https://www.facebook.com/CaterpillarsCantTalk https://www.linkedin.com/in/stacey-sassine-94b64a5/ Websites: https://epic-reboot.com/ https://www.onemillionmonarchs.org/ My early career centred around nonprofit leadership until I had a friend who was in sales who showed me her paycheck. [4:02] It prompted me to get into sales because I wanted an income like that, which led to sales leadership. [4:18] I spent the last 20 years of my life leading sales teams for large corporations. [4:27] In late 2019, I decided to take on a little project of having a book published that my mom wrote back in the early 80s. [4:44] She wrote it to help a little boy who had lost his dad and it was a children's book about the transformation of a caterpillar to a butterfly. [4:54] That story was really around what happens to us when we die and trying to help a young child understand what happened. [5:08] My mum had tried to get the book published back in the early 80s but it wasn't as easy to get a book published at all. [5:16] Not too long later after she had written the book, she passed away, and so I was 16 years old when she passed. [5:32] In late 2019, the book, ‘Caterpillars Can't Talk' was published and it's just beautiful. [5:44] I started looking around for children's grief organizations that I could potentially talk to about this book but there weren't any in my area. [6:10] The book prompted me to start up my nonprofit organization called 1 million monarchs. [6:49] We support teams who are grieving the loss of a parent or sibling and then continuing to grow and morphing. [6:51] I decided I wanted to dedicate my life to helping people who had lost a close loved one. [7:11] I work full time now with 1 million monarchs. An epic reboot is sort of my offering to support people along their grief journey which I find fulfilling. [7:17] The potential for a teen to derail a little bit after a loss is great and so it is critical to support them. [9:00] The loss of a friend can have a very profound effect on a peer group in general. [10:06] Educators need help in understanding how to support grieving children and teenagers and so working with educators is another part of my schedule. [10:40] I've noticed that people are extremely judgmental about other people's grief and loss and if I could do one thing, it would be to help people understand that they can't assess another person's loss. [11:31] My mother was an artist and was fascinated by butterflies so she would paint them all the time. [12:35] Butterflies were always a symbol to me that my mom was near. [12:47] When I heard the statistic that there are 1.5 million bereaved children in the country today, I hoped every single one of them had that sense that their loved one is nearby. [13:02] The loss of a parent or sibling is the number one biggest derailer of development in young people yet it's not something we think about unless it hits close to home. [14:10] It is important that we do something about it, that we look at it as an opportunity to intervene and to help keep those kids on track. [14:50] Commercial break. [15:08] I think about the intervention that we're providing teenagers who are going through the hardest time in their life and the whole end game for me is to help them reach their full potential. [17:01] My healing came when I started doing something about the grief and started addressing it and helping others with it. [19:20] Our motto at 1 million monarchs is ‘Go through what you go through and we try to practice that and try to help others through what we've experienced ourselves. [19:58] Our educators and our support staff at our schools are so overwhelmed because their caseloads are huge. [20:58] To be somebody that can partner with the schools to help them support their students is important to me. [21:33] I'm always getting feedback from the schools that they appreciate the help and being able to still support their students but not have to be as hands-on. [21:45] I want to encourage people to volunteer and support organizations that they believe in and it will make the world a better place to live in. [23:09] …………………..….. TopDog Learning Group, LLC is a leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA but with “TopDoggers” (aka consultants) throughout North America and beyond. They focus on training programs (both virtual and face-to-face), keynotes and “lunch and learns,” group and 1:1 coaching, and off-the-shelf solutions. One such solution is their Masterclass on The Top 3 Strategies to be Resilient in Times of Change. This thoughtful self-paced online training will guide you through three tactics you can immediately use to—not just survive—but thrive when change comes at you. Use the code RESIL50OFF for 50% off the program! Just go to https://bit.ly/3a5mIS6 and enter the code RESIL50OFF, in all capitals, to redeem your 50% off coupon. The link and code will be available in our show notes for easy access.
"Be curious about learning from differences as opposed to rejecting differences." Daralyse Lyons Creating environments that are all-inclusive goes beyond the narrow distinctions already in existence. This is because social constructs and spaces are always evolving and efforts need to focus on research, data, and continuous training to achieve desirable impacts. Daralyse Lyons has been in this space for a while and insists that it all starts from identifying and acknowledging the multiple identities that characterize an individual, then extending the same understanding to others. Daralyse Lyons is a journalist, an actor, and an activist. She has written more than two dozen full-length books, a handful of short stories, and countless articles, performed in various plays and in improve comedy shows. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and a summa cum laude graduate of NYU, with a double-major in English and Religious Studies and a minor in History. After writing an award-winning children's book (I'm Mixed!) about embracing her multiethnic heritage, Daralyse found her passion and purpose in educating others about the need to embrace all aspects of themselves. She then went on to create the Demystifying Diversity Podcast and to write the book Demystifying Diversity: Embracing Our Shared Humanity https://amzn.to/2XssIS9. She works tirelessly as a full-time DEI expert and inclusivity strategist. In today's episode, our guest will dive deeper ,/ into the concept of diversity and how she facilitates conversations around being different and inclusivity. Listen in! Social media: https://www.demystifyingdiversitypodcast.com/ https://www.daralyselyons.com/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqAEPNoJUSd3Nfoq0MXtfdg https://www.facebook.com/The-Transformational-Storyteller1056439807729364/ https://twitter.com/daralyselyons https://www.instagram.com/daralyselyons/ https://www.amazon.com/Daralyse Lyons/e/B00J9NBV9S/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1512953330&sr=1-1 I do a lot of work on the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, which entails interviewing people on topics about diversity, equity, and inclusion. [4:04] I also do a lot of writing that brings stories and voices to the forefront that I think sometimes are silenced and unheard and share those stories with my audience. [4:49] I feel like the work that I do is deeply individual. It occurs within the context of the individual and society and the various communities we're members of. [5:35] We are all part of various communal ecosystems, and there's no way for those ecosystems to thrive without supporting the individuals to thrive in the fullness of their identity. [5:56] One of the problems with lack of diversity is that it makes it so that we don't question the paradigms that we're operating in. [7:12] Exposure to the fluidity of interpretation of experience has allowed more freedom for people of all genders to question their circumstances. [8:04] The more exposure we gain to difference, the more it allows us to question real beliefs and value systems. [8:07] So many people feel limited by certain rules and cultural norms, but sometimes it takes one person to be courageous enough to step outside the box to motivate others. [13:01] I encourage people to create safety in your community and be willing to ask questions. [14:47] Being an independent thinker and not just falling into the status quo is probably the greatest asset. [17:50] Fear is a natural human response, and fear of being different and going against the grain is something that most of us will experience even while we're being different and going against the grain. [19:24] I have a bigger sense of purpose, meaning, and connection to other people and a desire to pave the way for a better tomorrow that I'm willing to take that step. [19:42] I would encourage people to be fearful, not fearless, because if you're courageous, the chances are you're probably operating within your same old comfort zone. [20:36] Commercial break. [20:59] My book amplifies stories of people who have experienced a vast array of what it is to be human,. [22:44] Most of us have several different identities and belong to a number of different communities. This opens us up to the richness of our complex and interconnected social matrix. [24:12] This awareness that we can belong to multiple communities and want to feel embraced in the fullness of who we are, in and of itself, can be hugely empowering for people. [25:08] There's always something that is different between you and someone else, and there's always something that is there that is similar or overlapping. [27:25] I would just encourage people to look at us all as these beautiful, unique human fingerprints, but all very similar at the end of the day. [27:34] Most people have an experience of being misjudged, and it's always painful to be on the receiving end of that, yet most of us are walking around judging people all the time. [28:56] The most meaningful human interactions I have had have been with people who think very differently than I think or have been through different experiences than me. [29:27] I encourage people to be curious about learning from difference as opposed to rejecting difference. [31:37] Be yourself and then also create opportunities for others to be themselves. It is not a one-day event but a daily practice. [33:17] Find what you need to change within yourself to create that safety where you lead with listening and love; the world would be a much better place. [33:59] …………………..….. TopDog Learning Group, LLC is a leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA but with “TopDoggers” (aka consultants) throughout North America and beyond. They focus on training programs (both virtual and face-to-face), keynotes and “lunch and learns,” group and 1:1 coaching, and off-the-shelf solutions. One such solution is their Masterclass on The Top 3 Strategies to be Resilient in Times of Change. This thoughtful self-paced online training will guide you through three tactics you can immediately use to—not just survive—but thrive when change comes at you. Use the code RESIL50OFF for 50% off the program! Just go to https://bit.ly/3a5mIS6 and enter the code RESIL50OFF, in all capitals, to redeem your 50% off coupon. The link and code will be available in our show notes for easy access.
"We are all unqualified, and that is a beautiful place to be. Just keep learning and growing." Christine Soule In the course of life, we go through different experiences that largely shape our present selves. Some of these we have control of and some we don't, yet they all prepare us for a greater purpose ahead. Our guest today, Christine Soule, has been through the most challenging moments in her life. Yet, she overcame them and now uses her experiences to provide life changing opportunities for women undergoing similar circumstances as she did in her community. Christine Soule's parents were divorced when she was only five years old. For the remainder of her childhood, she only saw her dad a handful of times. Her mom was married four times, and she considers her to be her absolute hero. All her mum's marriages except the last were filled with adultery, abuse, neglect, and addiction. Christine has three biological siblings, of which two of her brothers were raised by her dad, whereas her sister bounced back and forth. She met another fifteen of them at her dad's funeral. Her sister ended up having an affair with her adopted father, which made her sister become her stepmom and her dad her brother-in-law. This made her begin to spiral out of control. Christine began doing drugs and alcohol at thirteen, and by the time she was seventeen, she was pregnant with her first baby girl. Less than two years later, she had identical twin boys. While living a gay lifestyle, Christine was also a drug addict and an alcoholic being abused and trafficked. She then realized she can't live like this any longer and that her babies deserved more. One day, Christine fell to her knees, and I cried out to God, "if you are real, take my life - it's yours!" Right then, she tangibly felt the power and presence of God, and she knew He was real. She knew He could change her life and that she needed to put her trust in Him. She ended up throwing away all of the drugs and alcohol and never had a desire, temptation or withdrawal since! She was completely set free and has never turned back since. Today, she is married to the most amazing man on planet earth, and they have five children and two grandbabies. They have followed hard after God, and as a result, feel so abundantly blessed in every way. In today's episode, Christine will talk about her passion for helping women on the verge of being homeless and her motivation to bring out the potential of people around her. Listen in! Social Media: http://christinesoule.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Christinesoulewriter/about/ https://www.instagram.com/authorchristinesoule/g My parents were divorced when I was five years old, started doing drugs at the age of 10, got pregnant with my first child at 17 years, and less than two years later, I had identical twin boys. [2:49] I hated the world, and one day at 21, I fell to my knees, cried out to God to take my life, and I so tangibly felt the power and presence of God. [3:15] My experience set me out on this journey of figuring out who this Jesus guy is and how to survive with my three babies. [3:42] I wrote a check to the only person I knew who went to a Christian church and is also the person I've been married to for 24 years. [4:15] I went from extreme poverty to marrying what I believe is the most generous man in the world who allowed me to live a life of philanthropy. [4:37] For many years, I had the opportunity to pour into people's lives working with other organizations to have an impact. [5:46] One day I was driving down the road and encountered a homeless woman sitting on the side of the road. [6:00] At that moment in my car, I knew that I needed to go and make an impact, and that's where providence heights began. [6:42] There are so many amazing organizations that work with the homeless, and for us, we target to get them before they end up with all of the trauma of being homeless. [7:02] All of us, at some point in our lives have been at the edge of the cliff and the next critical steps that we take determines whether we start to fall off that cliff. [7:54] We are all about prevention, and when we bring them in, we offer entrepreneurial skills where we discover who they are and let them run with it. [8:40] We are in the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue, Washington, with 88 rooms available to us in the first year and a plan to expand to 138 rooms in the second year. [13:24] We are focused on having a spirit of excellence in everything that we do so that when we bring our next group of ladies in, the original ones will be training the next group. [14:11] We partner with Union gospel mission and other shelters in the area, so we're like step two for the women or preventive before they end up homeless. [15:34] We have amazing structures where we ask that they focus on programs working on their collective or life coaching. [16:44] Commercial break. [19:52] We have a vision that we're going to have apartment complexes with retail space, office space, and apartment complexes for everyday people to live in and women in need. [21:51] Everything we make at Providence heights 100% rolls right back into caring for people in need. [22:43] The objective is to create more and more buildings to house more and more people, set them free, and launch them into their destiny. [23:06] Amazing donors, friends, and partners that we have are how we're funding this. [24:04] Sustainability has been a real focus from the very beginning, and it is critical, not only for us but also for the ladies. [25:53] Believe in yourself, go for it, and go big. There's so much potential and purpose in a person's life. [28:06] So many people get stuck in the career they started in, yet they have zero desire to do it, so start to pursue your passion and be creative. [28:14] …………………..….. TopDog Learning Group, LLC is a leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA but with “TopDoggers” (aka consultants) throughout North America and beyond. They focus on training programs (both virtual and face-to-face), keynotes and “lunch and learns,” group and 1:1 coaching, and off-the-shelf solutions. One such solution is their Masterclass on The Top 3 Strategies to be Resilient in Times of Change. This thoughtful self-paced online training will guide you through three tactics you can immediately use to—not just survive—but thrive when change comes at you. Use the code RESIL50OFF for 50% off the program! Just go to https://bit.ly/3a5mIS6 and enter the code RESIL50OFF, in all capitals, to redeem your 50% off coupon. The link and code will be available in our show notes for easy access.
“Reinforce with your kids not keeping any secrets, and push for that open communication.” Kimberly King Children worldwide are prone to suffer insidious forms of violence, exploitation and abuse. The key to stamping out these vices lies in educating both adults and kids on prevention and management of cases when they occur. Our guest today, Kimberly King, is no coward of conversations that center around tough topics on sexual abuse in kids. She believes that having these conversations protects children and families by getting ahead of problems before they happen. Kimberly King, “The Tough Topics Mom,” is the author of the best-selling, most highly recommended book for children on prevention called “I Said No! A kid-to-kid guide to keeping private parts private. https://amzn.to/3F1CjQE” Kimberly is a mom of three children, a survivor, a Sexual Abuse Prevention Facilitator with D2L.org, and a Sexual Assualt Crisis Counselor with The Rowan Center. She spends her time training adults and children on prevention strategies and sharing her expertise as a consultant, advisor, and media source. Kimberly holds an M.S. in Education from Wheelock College and a B.S. in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of Maine. King is a kindergarten teacher in Westport, Ct and lives in Coastal Connecticut with her family and therapy dog, Alfie. Her award-winning books for children on tough topics have sold over 300,000 copies across the globe. King is the owner of Safe and Sound Kids Collaborative where she provides proactive parenting coaching and consulting. King specializes in helping parents gain the confidence to talk about tough topics before issues occur. Her prevention-based, kid-friendly educational resources are available via books, online parenting classes, online kids classes, private zoom Family Safety Chats, Body Boss Bootcamp for Kids, Simply-Safe Camp Training, Author Visits, Book Readings, and Speaking Events. Her work has been featured in various magazines, podcasts, and blogs, including; ABC, NBC, Ticker News, The Chicago Tribune, Stop The Demand, Women's Fitness, Child Mind Institute, Social Work Now, US News and World Report, The Health Journal, Modern Mom, PopSugar, Child Life Mom, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Thrive Global, Medium, Dads Divorce, Split, Consent Parenting, Pretty Wellness Podcast, iHeart Radio, and is highly recommended as a resource by national prevention organizations. In today's episode, Kimberly will discuss about the importance of training and educating children on their sexuality from a young age. She also provides insights on the role of adults in preventing and managing sexual abuse in minors. Listen in! Social media handles; https://www.kimberlykingbooks.com/ https://www.kimberlykingbooks.com/ https://tough-topics-mom.mykajabi.com/body-boss-bootcamp https://tough-topics-mom.mykajabi.com/body-boss-bootcamp https://www.instagram.com/toughtopicsmom https://m.facebook.com/Isaidnoinfo https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimberlykingbooks I call myself the tough topics mom because I do talk about a lot of tough topics. [3:27] I help parents get comfortable talking about really tough issues in a collaborative, authentic way so that they can get ahead of problems before they happen and protect their families. [3:31] I do that with my books and my online classes. [3:46] I had trained my kids in the basics about like your body's private which saved my five-year-old on this night that I was away. [4:11] What's interesting is that 70% of kids don't tell about abuse because they're not educated on the topic. [5:57] My son's experience triggered a lot of things for me and I developed the book with him. [6:17] As a military wife, I had that problem of always moving so I decided to just write children's books and teach people how to keep their kids safe. [6:29] When it happened, I was angry at everybody and myself and had to do something to cool the anger so I started journaling. [7:23] My son also wanted to talk and write about it and in doing this, I realized there were so many things that we could teach other people that would help them. [7:53] We put my journal and his together and we used his voice and I tried to weave that into the book that has talking points with little goofy things and a little sass that make it kid friendly. [8:06] Most of us were not educated properly on normal sexuality or normal child development, consent or boundaries. [10:09] We're in a different place now where it's okay to talk about those things and one of the critical things is for kids to know their body parts and their correct names of their private parts. [10:23] In reporting, every single person knows the word penis or the word vagina and there's no confusion about it. [11:25] Knowing those words is a detriment to abusers which protects the kids. [11:28] During potty training is a good time to start teaching and modelling the terms, privacy and consents. [11:12] Commercial break. [14:04] A lot of the advice I give people even if they don't have kids is to learn the facts on this topic so that you can reduce the risks. [16:20] One of the biggest mistakes everybody makes is assuming that this type of thing only happens in bad neighborhoods or only with strangers. [16:32] 90% of child sexual abuse happens within the inner circles of the people we already know where 40% of child sexual abuse happens from older, more powerful children. [16:46] Another huge risk category is children of divorce, because they are exposed to different situations. [17:24] Once you learn, you start talking to it with other parents and your kids start talking about it with their friends which causes a ripple effect. [18:14] The other thing is, once your kid is educated in this, it's really important for parents to reduce the risks by being very upfront about what your kids with new people and your policies. [18:46] When I did in person parent trainings before Covid, every single person indicated an awareness of someone they know who was sexually abused. [21:32] There are so many tools for parents now and you can start really early and then have open communication with your kids, when they're started. [21:55] Empowering your children and educating them absolutely can prevent abuse. [23:24] Even with some of this stuff, abuse can still happen but if your kids know that it's okay to tell, you have a chance of them telling you which will prevent more abuse. [23:39] Try to find five adults that your children can call in all emergencies no matter what and train those five adults in receiving a report. [24:32] You have to teach that person a few steps like, listening to the child, thanking the child for telling you telling them they're very brave, telling them it's not their fault and then just having a calm conversation about it. [25:06] This will encourage them to talk more and give you more details without feeling judged. [25:19] It is really important to do a real quick body safety review and talk about your body parts and the private part rules. [26:49] Reinforce with your kids about how you don't want them to keep any secrets, and then push that open communication. [27:00] …………………..….. TopDog Learning Group, LLC is a leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA but with “TopDoggers” (aka consultants) throughout North America and beyond. They focus on training programs (both virtual and face-to-face), keynotes and “lunch and learns,” group and 1:1 coaching, and off-the-shelf solutions. One such solution is their Masterclass on The Top 3 Strategies to be Resilient in Times of Change. This thoughtful self-paced online training will guide you through three tactics you can immediately use to—not just survive—but thrive when change comes at you. Use the code RESIL50OFF for 50% off the program! Just go to https://bit.ly/3a5mIS6 and enter the code RESIL50OFF, in all capitals, to redeem your 50% off coupon. The link and code will be available in our show notes for easy access. t
“When getting involved in charitable work, find something that you enjoy doing that is helpful to the community.” Jeff Rasley The one-on-one experiences between people is what builds strong communities. At its core, community is anchored in the belief that people are part of something bigger than themselves, and that they have a right and duty to participate in its progress. His whole life, Jeff Rasley has been part of multiple communities and believes that it is all about experiencing life together by being present and contributing positively. Jeff Rasley's commitment to social activism began in high school when he co-founded the Goshen Walk for Hunger. In law school he fought for renters' rights and organized the first rent strike in Indiana as president of the Indianapolis Tenants Association. As a young lawyer Jeff founded free legal clinics at two inner-city churches in Indianapolis. He was lead counsel on class action suits for prisoners which resulted in the construction of two new jails in Central Indiana. He spent five days working for NOLA Habitat for Humanity post Katrina. Jeff was plaintiff in a class action requiring clean-up of the White River after it was polluted by an industrial chemical spill. The Jeff and Alicia Rasley Internship Program was created by the Rasleys for the ACLU of Indiana in December, 2020. Jeff is the founder of the Basa Village Foundation, which funds culturally sensitive development in Nepal. He served a term as president of Indianapolis Scientech, which promotes scientific inquiry and learning. Jeff is a director of six non-profits, including the Indianapolis Peace & Justice Center, University of Chicago Alumni Club, and Phi Beta Kappa of Indiana. He is U.S. liaison for the Himalayan expedition company Adventure GeoTreks Ltd. He has taught courses on "culturally sensitive development" and philanthropy at Butler and Marian Universities and memoir writing at the Indiana Writing Center Jeff's BA is from University of Chicago magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, All-Academic All-State Football, letter winner in swimming and football; JD Indiana University Law School cum laude, Moot Court, Indiana Law Review; MDiv Christian Theological Seminary magna cum laude, covaledictorian and Faculty Award Scholar. He has been admitted to the Indiana, US District, and US Supreme Court Bars. Jeff has published numerous articles in academic and mainstream periodicals, including Newsweek, Chicago Magazine, ABA Journal, Family Law Review, The Journal of Communal Societies, and Friends Journal. He is an award-winning photographer and his pictures taken in the Himalayas and on Caribbean and Pacific islands have been published in several journals. He has appeared as a featured guest on over 100 radio and podcast programs. In today's episode, our guest will talk about building and upholding cohesive communities. He will give us an account of his experience travelling to Basa village in Nepal and his interest in culturally sensitive developments. Listen in! Social media handles: Website: http://www.jeffreyrasley.com/ Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Jeff-Rasley/e/B004Q3D6B2 Personal Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/jrasley Facebook publisher site: https://www.facebook.com/JeffRasleyAndMidsummerBooks/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeffrasley Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-rasley/ Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4114763.Jeffrey_Rasley Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pinner362436/ Midsummer Books link: http://www.jeffreyrasley.com/midsummer%20books.htm Basa Foundation link on my website: http://www.jeffreyrasley.com/Basa%20Projects.htm I grew up in a town Goshen, Indiana that my ancestors were early settlers so I felt so rooted in that community. [4:00] Because I felt so rooted in that community, it was deeply a part of me and from a really age felt involved in it. [4:27] Community goes two ways where if you feel embedded in a community, you want to get back to it but you also have certain expectations of it. [5:04] One of the aspects of our modern culture is that people don't stay in their home communities. [6:12] One of the beautiful things I experienced in Basa Village is the fact that the villagers were so rooted in their community. [6:43] For the west, we have to be very conscientious about developing and supporting community, because we don't have that organic embeddedness that the traditional communities have. [7:48] Community leadership is so important when deciding about what is right for your community. [8:49] When you have an established culture, it is risky to start changing really fundamental experiences for people in the community and especially for children. [9:55] Learning how in the 21st century, there are still these communities which are so well integrated and the people looking out for each other was amazing. [12:37] Commercial break. [18:23] What really works, for almost anybody in terms of getting involved in charitable work is to find something that you enjoy doing that is helpful to the community. [21:19] I had fallen in love with trekking and mountaineering in the Himalayas and so I combined going over there on a track or an expedition with doing some philanthropic project [21:53] Each time I went back, I just tried to do something a little bigger and then I went from things to money to developing a foundation. [21:18] It may take some introspection but anybody who wants to give back can figure out something that they enjoy. [22:47] Hearing stories from from my great grandmother about what Goshen was like when she was young, it was very similar to the way people live in Basa today. [26:45] There are real risks for Basa in the sense that a road has come to the village, the internet and cell phones have come and this worries the village elders. [27:37] The kids are now being exposed to a world that is very different from what they have known for hundreds of years. [28:11] This exposure can lead to a lot of them being attracted to leave the village and for those that will stay, they will want to change the village in ways that were unforeseen. [28:20] The fundamental values of the villagers, including the kids have not changed and part of that is because they have such a strong tradition on environmental responsibility and a sense of community. [28:41] I hope it stays, because not only is it a wonderful thing, but also in terms of happiness, the villagers have a very high happiness quotient. [30:10] Find something that moves you and one that you enjoy, but will move you to be involved with your community in a productive giving way and it will give back to you. [32:11] …………………..….. TopDog Learning Group, LLC is a leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA but with “TopDoggers” (aka consultants) throughout North America and beyond. They focus on training programs (both virtual and face-to-face), keynotes and “lunch and learns,” group and 1:1 coaching, and off-the-shelf solutions. One such solution is their Masterclass on The Top 3 Strategies to be Resilient in Times of Change. This thoughtful self-paced online training will guide you through three tactics you can immediately use to—not just survive—but thrive when change comes at you. Use the code RESIL50OFF for 50% off the program! Just go to https://bit.ly/3a5mIS6 and enter the code RESIL50OFF, in all capitals, to redeem your 50% off coupon. The link and code will be available in our show notes for easy access.
“You're especially designed to do something because no one's here to do nothing.” Emily Chang We are all part of something bigger than ourselves, the larger community. Better and functional communities are not built in a day but rather, it is about consistently performing acts of service that uplift others. Emily Chang has been enthusiastic about supporting and building her community, and says it is not so much about the big things, but rather, it is the small acts that really contribute to a thriving community. Emily Chang is the CEO of McCann Worldgroup, China. Prior to accepting this new role, she took a year off to write a book called The Spare Room, the topic of her first TEDx Talk. Before that, she served as CMO for Starbucks China, where she cared for the teams that helped open the first Starbucks Roastery outside of Seattle and commercialized the brand's digital gifting and delivery programs. Lotus (Chapter five) lived with Emily's family while she worked at Starbucks. A strategic business leader with over 20 years of experience, Emily is known for globalization, cross-cultural team leadership, and innovative brand building. Recognized for her ability to drive change and renew organizations, Emily approaches opportunities with an entrepreneurial mind set to establish a culture, set a vision, and build capability. She is known first and foremost as a people leader and team builder. Prior to Starbucks, Emily was the Chief Commercial Officer for IHG, Greater China, where she looked after 320 hotels and an extended team of 5,200 members. While she was at IHG, Emily's family cared for five kids, including Teo (Chapter four). Moving to Shanghai in 2011, Emily led the marketing organization that established the face of Apple Retail in Asia Pacific. While working at Apple, Emily's family cared for three young people, including Jaesin (Chapter three). She first developed her General Management, Marketing and Brand expertise at Proctor & Gamble. Five young people shared her spare room in the 11 years that Emily worked at P&G. Today, Emily sits on the board of SOS Children's Villages and has spoken at select conferences and events, including the Fortune Most Powerful Women's Summit in Hong Kong, C2 in Montreal, and has delivered three TEDx Talks. In her free time, Emily loves to teach, read, and write. She challenges herself to learn a new “big thing” every year (2019 was all about the book, and she's spent much of 2020 straddling a cajon drum). Most of all, Emily enjoys spending time with family: her husband of 20 years, her 12-year old daughter Laini, Holly Berry their rescued mutt, and Jellybean, their pygmy hedgehog. In today's episode, our guest will talk about how she found her positive thing that contributes towards her community. She will also discuss her book and what it entails. Listen in! Social Media Handles: Author Website: https://social-legacy.com/ LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/emilychang8621 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emily.chang.925602 Instagram: https://instagram.com.thespareroombook The first thing is that for me, it's never been about work life balance but about work life integration. [4:11] As I've gotten older, one of the things I realized was I had an opportunity to better integrate my personal life with my professional. [4:36] We always had these kids in our spare room and it was something that we certainly didn't hide, but also didn't really bring to the forefront either. [4:42] As we identified the spare room as a social offering to our community, we started to realize that talking about it isn't really about ego. [5:14] We embraced the idea of talking about the spare room with a TEDx talk and then took a year to write the boo [5:36] We believe this builds into our community and pays tribute to each of the people that we've had the privilege of sharing our spare room with. [5:43] You don't have to do very big things but something that you are specially designed to do that will actively support and build into your community, however you define it. [5:53] I don't think it's the best use of time to try and convince somebody else of your thing, everybody will come into it on their own. [7:28} If everybody starts identifying their offer and their offense, we can create communities that go after improving their communities. [7:43] I did a talk a few years ago called ‘The power of And,' which was all about the power of paradox and how you can take two ideas that seem in congruent and find the mutuality in the middle of them. [9:26] Sometimes we look at people who look like they've arrived and it looks like they have it all togetherand think that they have these intentions but usually it's not [10:26] It doesn't always have to be intentional or some grandiose gesture, sometimes it's your heart saying, I can do something about this. [11:07] We are capable of so much more than we can possibly imagine but we don't have to go after the grand gesture or the fully designed, well orchestrated, intentional, purpose driven thing. [11:27] We can do what helps us feel like we're doing something positive and when you find that moment, then you've hit on something where you can naturally add value to your community. [11:40] You want to position yourself in a way to maximize the value contribution that you can leave in the place around you without the risk of falling into the ego trap. [14:21] Commercial break. [15:40] When we talk about community service, or CSR, sometimes it feels like something that has to be sacrificial and that is human nature. [17:54] If we take an abundance mindset where we want to contribute more than we consume. We want to leave something more than what we've taken from this world. [18:06] The format of the book is written in very much a self reflection, action-oriented mindset and I don't want this to be a book but a movement. [18:58] If this can become something that's good for the world which helps people articulate how they contribute more than they consume, then that is something that I would feel really good about. [19:34] I do believe people are good and generally want to contribute more than they consume but may not know where to direct that attention or what they can [19:44] The construct of the book is a Venn diagram where in chapter one, you've got your offer and the second chapter talks about offense, then chapter three is the intersection of 1 and 2. [20:00] Chapters four and five talks about the action plan and the last part of the book is about, what I want to look back on that can have people say something about me after I've passed. [21:38] I've always believed that defining the end state helps you become much more intentional, with your time, priorities, and your investment. [21:54] There's positive power in positive words so we want to define the things that we're good at and embrace [23:56] Nobody should do nothing and nobody wants to do nothing, so feel empowered even if you do a small thing. [25:48] People came from very ordinary and said, I think I can go do something about this and they ended up changing the world for somebody. [26:14] …………………..….. TopDog Learning Group, LLC is a leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA but with “TopDoggers” (aka consultants) throughout North America and beyond. They focus on training programs (both virtual and face-to-face), keynotes and “lunch and learns,” group and 1:1 coaching, and off-the-shelf solutions. One such solution is their Masterclass on The Top 3 Strategies to be Resilient in Times of Change. This thoughtful self-paced online training will guide you through three tactics you can immediately use to—not just survive—but thrive when change comes at you. Use the code RESIL50OFF for 50% off the program! Just go to https://bit.ly/3a5mIS6 and enter the code RESIL50OFF, in all capitals, to redeem your 50% off coupon. The link and code will be available in our show notes for easy access.
“I don't think tackling climate change is anything to fear. It's really something to embrace.” Neil Kitching As climate change threatens to progressively transform the world, concerns are being directed on human activity and how it contributes to worsening the situation. Despite the hurdles faced in tackling this issue, many proponents of the matter still believe that it is possible to address climate change. Neil Kitching has a passion for climate change and believes that it all starts with every one taking personal responsibility of their actions and making an effort to choose better alternatives. Neil Kitching is a geographer and energy specialist from Scotland. He has written his first book, Carbon Choices on the common-sense solutions to our climate and nature crises; https://amzn.to/39cOETs. He works for a public sector agency promoting the opportunities for business to benefit from low carbon heating and water technologies. Neil had a mid-life career change from accountant to working in sustainable development then energy. This book arose from Neil's frustration that so many people lack a basic understanding of climate change and its serious impacts. Education is the first step towards taking action. Community is one way to galvanize that action. In today's episode, Neil will discuss more about the state of climate change and some of the simple actions that can be done by individuals in an effort to reduce their carbon emissions. Listen in. Social Media https://www.carbonchoices.uk https://www.instagram.com/carbonchoices www.facebook.com/carbonchoices https://www.linkedin.com/in/neil-kitching-55833314/ I was brought up in Paris at the centre of Scotland at the edge of the highlands and I always enjoyed the great outdoors. [2:28 I completed a geography degree at Edinburgh University, and then came out during the midst of one of the great recessions when there was no jobs available. [2:43] I was desperately looking for work and I applied to be an accountant because I was always quite good at maths and numbers. [2:56] I trained to be an accountant in London and then worked away visibly as an accountant for 20 years, but always had in the back of a rage that I wasn't very satisfied with this career choice. [3:02] Eventually, 20 years later, I had a midlife crisis, and did successfully change my career and moved into sustainable development policy and now I work as an energy specialist. [3:16] I learned about climate change 30 years ago in geography and it was all very factual as I could see how sensitive they sheets were to a changing climate. [3:45] For the time I was working in business, nobody seemed to care and no one was acting on it and I could never understand why that was the case. [4:04] When I moved into the environmental area, I seeme to be speaking to the same people all the time ad so I just thought it was good to write a book. [4:12] My aim was to try and influence and change some people and some government policies I also wanted to get the book out prior to Glasgow conference on climate change. [4:27] A few years back there was a lot of scepticism but we've seen the effects of climate change hitting all over the world. [5:38] Unfortunately, climate change will affect us all, either directly, or indirectly and there's no escaping that. [6:45] My book really lays out the role of the different players and overlaps between all of them. [8:12] It's up to individuals and communities to influence leaders act on climate change and businesses to act in more sustainable ways. [8:36] Commercial break. [10:47] In terms of what we can do as individuals, the starting point for me is where you choose to live and also cut on carbon impact by changing lifestyle. [12:54] We have a concept here called 20-minute communities where all services or nearly all services are accessible within walking or cycling 20 minutes from your house. [12:24] In the West, we consume so much stuff and that's been ever increasing but it just means we buy lots of stuff that we use once and then throw away. [16:55] That's probably getting worse globally because other countries are copying the bad habits. [17:23] For every good thing you see, there's another bad thing and so they almost balance each other out therefore we just need to do more of the good things. [18:20] Consumption is a big thing and the worrying thing is if you go to developing countries, you just see a sea of plastic rubbish along the roads. [18:28] We have landfills that were on the coast and now with rising sea levels and coastal erosion, the waves are washing out these landfills. [19:10] The third big area in our lives that we could change is our choice of diets with regards to how much we eat and food wastage. [19:54] The big issue around our diet is eating beef, mutton and dairy products basically because cows and sheep are ruminants and they produce methane which is a strong, powerful greenhouse gas. [20:33] That's the big area that governments don't like to talk about due to fear of upsetting businesses and the farmers but as individuals, it's an area we can change overnight if we choose to do so. [20:49] All our food waste should be composted because if you don't and choose to put it in a plastic bag, and it goes to landfill, it rots down and starts to produce methane. [22:25] I think people think of the environment as being a problem but to me, going for a low carbon future is better. [24:34] We can start by making lifestyle changes as all are good choices that we should be striving for. [24:43] …………………..….. TopDog Learning Group, LLC is a leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA but with “TopDoggers” (aka consultants) throughout North America and beyond. They focus on training programs (both virtual and face-to-face), keynotes and “lunch and learns,” group and 1:1 coaching, and off-the-shelf solutions. One such solution is their Masterclass on The Top 3 Strategies to be Resilient in Times of Change. This thoughtful self-paced online training will guide you through three tactics you can immediately use to—not just survive—but thrive when change comes at you. Use the code RESIL50OFF for 50% off the program! Just go to https://bit.ly/3a5mIS6 and enter the code RESIL50OFF, in all capitals, to redeem your 50% off coupon. The link and code will be available in our show notes for easy access.
“Let us try to give other people opportunities and chances to shine and to be the best version of themselves.” Raj Goodman Anand Often we get caught up in the endless pursuit of things and forget to look around for the opportunities to touch people's lives and make a difference. By being more thoughtful, we get to slow down and deliberately look out for ways in which we can contribute towards making life better for another person. This is according to our guest today, Raj Goodman Anand, whose realization of the need to make a difference led him to a passion of creating self and career development opportunities for women around the world. Raj Goodman Anand is the founder of Goodman Lantern, a team of native English content writing services that help businesses sell better and grow faster. An engineer by profession, he has founded three start-ups, raised capital, and taken one venture from zero to acquisition. He has not only had a flourishing career within start-ups but also with large and mid-sized organizations, working on launching start-ups or new products within them. Products he has built have made companies an income in excess of £45m. Raj has also won BusinessWeek's Europe's Young Entrepreneur (2007) and has been named one of Revolution Magazine's 50 Most Influential People in Digital (2009). He has spoken at various venues including the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, British Library, and several universities including LSE. Raj and his entrepreneurial ventures have had coverage in The Telegraph, Guardian, BusinessWeek, and Observer. In today's episode, Raj will talk about his journey and the events that led him to what he does today which is providing opportunities for women to grow and flourish and the freedom of working remotely. Listen in! Social media handles: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rajanand/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/rajanand/ I am a father and a husband and we love traveling as a family and I'm currently traveling from London and currently in Bangkok. [3:12] I talk about travel first was because in all my life, I worked pretty hard to get where I am and for a purpose which for me one is personal and another is to give back to the world. [3:58] I worked incredibly hard at university and got into engineering and then AI and later got into marketing. [4:10] After eight years of working really hard, I realized that I was taking 320 flights per year for the companies I was working for and it was just painful. [4:20] I thought that it will be really good to actually live in a way where I choose my terms and the thought about remote working came up. [4:43] I started a company eight years back now to kind of focus on helping people in business to content writing. [4:50] I challenged the world I live in and decided to set a company where I can work from anywhere in the world. [5:01] Goodman lantem, is my company has been remote from day one and all our team members are all remote and have the freedom to work on what they are good at. [5:09] It is about bringing team members who have the same passion as you do and I'm a big believer of having that sort of same passion and the same core values. [6:42] When I hire people, I hire them on basis off the values as much as I hire them on basis on their skills. [7:02] Before Goodman Lanten, I was all about making money but somewhere, I felt that I'm missing out the human element. [7:13] I started to do some soul searching and saying, what can I actually contribute to this world and to the community I belong to. [7:34] I have seen several times that women who much smarter than I am not make it to the top because they weren't given the right representation. [7:41] I thought that I should make it my mission to help women in a particular way and for the last seven, eight years we have hired a lot of women in a company in our departments. [8:18] This is an opportunity for them to work on awesome projects at their comfort and really be inspired to grow themselves and the family as well. [8:45] Some countries such as South Africa has the largest statistics on women-based violence in the world meaning it is not safe for women to go out. [9:22] We're trying to do what we can from outside to make them safe and earn a good living. [9:38] As company, we are really focused not only in what we bring to the world, but also to our clients so we only work for subscription-based customers. [10:12] Most of our customers are B2B and what we do for them is to create content to help them tell their story as well as rank higher on search engines. [10:38] The other side of story is we bring in women into our company and we train them in the space of software service so that they can then start working with these awesome companies. [10:59] We're growing really fast and we are getting a lot of new projects and so we need a lot of people on board. [13:11] Commercial break [13:39] Prior to writing content for an organization or individuals, there is a lot of effort, which goes behind it which includes thinking about the mission, the vision, the values and the tone. [15:48] Content is only good if it hits multiple points, which tick marks different things for you as a company, your audience, and the SEO part as well. [16:36] Planning is super important but people forget that planning step and jump right into execution. [16:46] Most customers today we target at least are ones who have a team and bringing in 10 to 500 million in revenues and so they know what they're doing but they need to scale up. [18:14] This is because scaling up is not easy and needs team members who have the right skills and who understand that the company's vision, mission and core values. [18:40] When we come in, we help our clients scale up their art in production in all areas. [18:54] It's important to build a business to earn income but let us try to focus on the greater good and give other people opportunities and chances to shine to be the best version of themselves. [20:03] It goes a long way not only from the point of view of making revenue, but also read karma as well. [20:30] …………………..….. TopDog Learning Group, LLC is a leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA but with “TopDoggers” (aka consultants) throughout North America and beyond. They focus on training programs (both virtual and face-to-face), keynotes and “lunch and learns,” group and 1:1 coaching, and off-the-shelf solutions. One such solution is their Masterclass on The Top 3 Strategies to be Resilient in Times of Change. This thoughtful self-paced online training will guide you through three tactics you can immediately use to—not just survive—but thrive when change comes at you. Use the code RESIL50OFF for 50% off the program! Just go to https://bit.ly/3a5mIS6 and enter the code RESIL50OFF, in all capitals, to redeem your 50% off coupon. The link and code will be available in our show notes for easy access.
"You can learn communication skills, but if you don't know how to pause and slow down, the skills won't matter." Eddie Zacapa Communication is at the centre of all functional relationships. How people communicate can bring a significant difference in the quality of their lives individually and within communities. Our guest today, Eddie Zacapa, has years of experience training people on how to communicate differently and says that it's all about the lens with which people view issues. Eddie Zacapa is the co-founder of Life Enriching Communication and a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC). He has facilitated nonviolent communication workshops, trainings and programs with individuals, families, parents, schools, and organizations and worked in the domestic violence field for over 19 years. Eddie also offers coaching to executives and managers and helps volunteers and employees discover their full potential on the job. He has worked with volunteers for over 20 years with various non-profit organizations providing volunteer management. He lives in Sacramento, CA, with his family. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible and Theology from William Jessup University. Eddie is the author of two books: Principles and Practices of Nonviolence: 30 Meditations for Practicing Compassion; https://amzn.to/3kjKboo and Essentials for Cultivating Passionate Volunteers and Leaders: Guidelines for Organizations that Value Connection-https://amzn.to/3zjLHLo. In today's episode, Eddie talks about nonviolent and effective communication. He will also present the steps to communicating and making meaningful connections in any given situation. Listen in! Contacts: Website: www.lecworks.org I'm the founder of Life Enriching Communication, an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and the cycle of violence. [2:40] We work with individuals who come to us voluntarily or sometimes through the court, and we help them discover their power over tendencies and how they can change that. [2:50] I also teach nonviolent communication, which is rooted in nonviolence to organizations, couples and families. [3:20] Sometimes we use the power that we have to get what we want without thinking about the other person necessarily and what their needs are at that moment. [4:50] Everybody has power, and it is not a bad thing since it allows you to do something. However, collaboration happens when you use that power with the resources others have. [5:29] I was working in ministry, but then I decided to change my career, and my mom introduced me to someone at her church who did this work with. [6:07] The first time I got there, I connected with the individuals who were there and I got hired there, so that started my journey. [6:35] I was also drawn to it just because I could relate to it in some ways from my experience growing up. [6:47] Along the way, I got introduced to nonviolent communication by a certified trainer, and that process just blew my world, and I started living it out and teaching it. [7:11] One of the things I try to get across early is, if you do anything because you have to, you will pay for it. [7:48] I tell the people I teach that being there was an opportunity for them to learn and grow regardless of whether they deserved to be there or not. [8:16] It is really important to continue doing this because it makes a difference by bringing awareness to what abuse is and making people feel comfortable and safe reaching out for help. [10:05] We need to work together and have the police department and fire department to be able to be in touch with the needs of each community and to just feel comfortable with each other. [11:53] Commercial Break. [12:18] One of the first components of nonviolent communication focuses on differentiating between what's happening and the story we tell ourselves in our heads. [14:31] Being able to differentiate and get down to what happened can be helpful. [15:22] The next step is connecting with what happened and assessing your feelings about the truth, and then finding out what you value in the situation. [15:30] The last part is just making a request that is very specific and doable. [16:15] Another valuable piece is if you're struggling to connect with someone else, you can close your eyes and just imagine what they might be feeling and their needs. [16:32] By doing that, you're able to see that person's humanity, and you're not creating an enemy image with that story and that a lot of times helps you find a solution as well. [16:48] You can learn communication skills, but if you don't know how to pause and slow down, the skills won't matter. [17:58] We're trying to see what people wish for and what their value is in a particular situation. [19:39] When we make a request, remember that when we hear a 'NO', it is a gift because it tells us that there's something really important to somebody else. [22:10] There's a need behind that NO, and if we can discover what it is, we can find a solution that works for everybody. [22:40] …………………..….. TopDog Learning Group, LLC is a leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA but with “TopDoggers” (aka consultants) throughout North America and beyond. They focus on training programs (both virtual and face-to-face), keynotes and “lunch and learns,” group and 1:1 coaching, and off-the-shelf solutions. One such solution is their Masterclass on The Top 3 Strategies to be Resilient in Times of Change. This thoughtful self-paced online training will guide you through three tactics you can immediately use to—not just survive—but thrive when change comes at you. Use the code RESIL50OFF for 50% off the program! Just go to https://bit.ly/3a5mIS6 and enter the code RESIL50OFF, in all capitals, to redeem your 50% off coupon. The link and code will be available in our show notes for easy access.
“In life, your footprint that you leave is the impact that you made in the society.” Lucy Munga The awareness of the struggles that people around your community face, and findings ways in which you can be able to assist is what community is all about. Our guest today, Lucy Munga, chose the path of impacting the community in the best way she knew, and in the process found a way to change multiple lives through encouraging and facilitating the art of story-telling. Lucy Munga is a life and business coach and her company is Amara Capital. Over the past she worked as a senior manager doing data analytics, IT risk and advisory services for companies like PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst and Young. Lucy also cares for her community by giving back not only as a Rotarian, but also helps the children in her community be tied very diligently education. In todays' episode, Lucy will discuss about her business, and how her previous career experiences led her to discover her passion for working with families and children to improve their lives. Listen in! https://www.lucymunga.com https://twitter.com/lucymunga?lang=en https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucy-munga-0089087 I'm a certified coach and I'm recognized by the International coach Federation as a certified coach. [2:36] I mainly focus on business owners that are struggling because last year I realized that a number of employees lost their jobs and closed businesses and many people were struggling. [2:52] As an IT consultant with leading organizations, I realized that I had a skill that could help families get out of the woods, and start generating their own income. [3:15] I started helping those who have lost their jobs, and those who were leaving employment do something out of their own talents. [3:31] Amazingly, so many people have built a business based on the gifts and the talents that they have, and that has helped them start generating some income and start to live better. [4:05] In the process of giving back to those parents who have lost their jobs, I came across some parents or guardians who did not have an education but had bright and needy children. [4:21] I collected all these children, and together with other Rotarians we got some money and we took some of them to secondary school in 2020. [4:51] We got much less money in 2021 and had to use my own money which prompted me to come up with the idea of helping them build their own income by writing their own story. [5:11] The whole idea was started by my 12-year-old writing her own stories and now we are rolling it out to all the children and parents in this program. [5:54] By telling their story, it is helping them improve on their language, writing and computer skills and eventually the books sold will generate some income for them. [6:55] We are just starting with telling a story at this point in time for the purpose of generating an income to be able to sustain themselves and his families. [8:02] I have had so many requests and I am trying to find ways on how we could build this community where we help build a sustainable income for these families through the storytelling. [8:52] Commercial break. [ 9:43] Some of the impacts we are seeing is increased levels of confidence in these children that comes from knowing that they can change the world through their stor [11:43] We have come together with the publisher and illustrator who did my daughter's book to mentor this whole community that has come up. [13:02] Our dream is to impact the country that we are in starting with the Nairobi town because there are a lot of bright children in informal settlements who are in difficult situations and need mentorship. [13:25] We are hoping to get people to partner with us so that we can build this program and have the dreams of these children come true. [15:30] In life, your footprint that you leave is the impact that you made in the society and touching these little ones is the best that one can do. [18:26] …………………..….. TopDog Learning Group, LLC is a leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA but with “TopDoggers” (aka consultants) throughout North America and beyond. They focus on training programs (both virtual and face-to-face), keynotes and “lunch and learns,” group and 1:1 coaching, and off-the-shelf solutions. One such solution is their Masterclass on The Top 3 Strategies to be Resilient in Times of Change. This thoughtful self-paced online training will guide you through three tactics you can immediately use to—not just survive—but thrive when change comes at you. Use the code RESIL50OFF for 50% off the program! Just go to https://bit.ly/3a5mIS6 and enter the code RESIL50OFF, in all capitals, to redeem your 50% off coupon. The link and code will be available in our show notes for easy access.
“It doesn't matter why someone doesn't have shoes, if they need shoes, they need shoes.” Brad Jackson Simple things aren't that simple. They bring comfort and meaning to our lives and without them, life would be unbearable. Our guest today, Brad Jackson, dedicates his time to make the lives of people around his community easier by providing shoes to those who need them the most. Brad was born in Dayton, Ohio, and grew up in Muncie, Indiana, where Ball State University is located, and from which he received his teaching degrees. Him and his wife are residents of Fishers, Indiana. Brad taught junior high biology and U.S. history for 43 years, and retired 4 years ago. Before that final school year, he had been looking for a volunteer opportunity that had the positive aspects of teaching and more. It needed to be a service-type non-profit in which he could see results of his efforts. Brad got introduced to Changing Footprints by his long-time friend whom they worked together in one of the facilities of that organization. The mission of the organization is to put shoes of the feet of those who need them. In his spare time, Brad leads nature walks, especially for special-needs students, help rehabilitate old cemeteries, raise funds for Camp Tecumseh and Right Sharing of World Resources which helps women in Sierra Leone, Kenya, and India establish small businesses. Brad also guest speaks in Spanish classes about his trips to Guatemala, and, with his wife Naomi, and Tom, his friend and excellent pianist, and sometimes special guests, perform music programs at retirement homes, featuring songs from the early 1900s through the 1950s. Brad's retirement has turned out to be busier than he had envisioned, but truly exciting to him. In today's episode, Brad will talk about the work he and his colleagues are doing at Changing Footprints that touches their community in a positive way. Listen in! Contact www.changingfootprints.org A few years before I retired I talked to a person at church who worked for Changing Footprints and a month after retirement I went to work as a volunteer. [3:15] Our statement that we use is that we are changing the world two feet at a time and our logo is a bare foot print with a shoe print on top. [4:18] The theme in how we're using shoes is that it doesn't matter why somebody doesn't have shoes, the idea is they need them to carry on life functions. [4:36] It started in 2005 after a reporter did a story about children in Afghanistan escaping the war and injuring their feet because most had no shoes on. [4:56] A couple of people that worked at Emerson industries in Indianapolis watched the report and decided to start collecting some shoes to send there. [5:34] They collected a few 100 shoes and sent them to Afghanistan and later realized that there were people locally who needed shoes and so they kept on collecting [5:49] The number of pairs collected grew over the years and now we're feeling pretty good about the numbers. [6:26] It's not a contest about numbers but they indicate how we're doing and how we're growing. [7:32] We just passed the 400,000 pair Mark from when they started in 2005 and the goal is by the end of 2022 to do half a million pairs. [7:42] We concentrate on agencies coming to us to request shoes for their clients and we are currently working with about 90 different agencies. [9:07] We get shoes through shoe drives and so part of my job is to go out to the schools in my county and initiate the drive [9:45] I work with schools that have community service requirements for their students make use of this opportunity and now we have 21 schools in my school district which makes the numbers incredible. [10:20] The really cool thing about kids coming to our facility to sort shoes, is that they get to see the second step in the process. [13:49] The process entails collection, sorting and pairing, inspection, labelling, grouping, boxing and stacking awaiting orders. [14:07] Commercial break. [17:24] Sometimes we give shoes to men and women who are being released from prison and are going into the construction industry. [20:04] When some shoes come in and they're not in very good shape, we take the reusable parts such as laces and inner soles and give the remaining shoe parts to Nike Corporation for recycling. [20:28] We also have resource officers from the Metropolitan Police Department of Indianapolis who get some shoes to give out to homeless people that they come across. [23:10] We have trouble sometimes placing our dress shoes both men's and women's but we were given an idea by some teachers, and we started giving them out for free to schools to use them for their concert [23:42] We do look for financial contributions because we have two places that pay rent and also buy items that we use in in our processes. [27:41] We would love to see some other locations start their own organizations like ours because it is not that hard to get started. [29:02] …………………..….. TopDog Learning Group, LLC is a leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA but with “TopDoggers” (aka consultants) throughout North America and beyond. They focus on training programs (both virtual and face-to-face), keynotes and “lunch and learns,” group and 1:1 coaching, and off-the-shelf solutions. One such solution is their Masterclass on The Top 3 Strategies to be Resilient in Times of Change. This thoughtful self-paced online training will guide you through three tactics you can immediately use to—not just survive—but thrive when change comes at you. Use the code RESIL50OFF for 50% off the program! Just go to https://bit.ly/3a5mIS6 and enter the code RESIL50OFF, in all capitals, to redeem your 50% off coupon. The link and code will be available in our show notes for easy access.
“The power of theatre to transform and shock potential is so huge.” Nina Meehan Theatre has long been perceived to be a powerful tool that spurs conversations as well an avenue in which societal matters can be explored and understood. Nina Meehan has been in the arts space for quite a while and says that theatre helps people to view the world differently and deepens their self-awareness. Nina Meehan is an award-winning director, playwright and producer, and a dedicated arts educator, with expertise in youth development and non-profit management. Her work focuses on nurturing innovation in children and connecting people in our increasingly digital world. Nina's award-winning theatrical work for young people as CEO of Bay Area Children's Theatre has reached more than 1 million kids and adults and has toured nationally and internationally. Some of Nina's most recent credits include: the adaptation of Chelsea Clinton's book, "She Persisted," Grace Lin's "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon," and the New York Times bestselling "Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site" series. She has received the Alumna of the Year Award from Head-Royce School in (2020), the Diablo Valley Innovation Award (2020), the Theatre Bay Area Award Best Director and Best New Musical (Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, 2018). She was an invited speaker at Visioni in Bologna, Italy, and an invited speak at a conference hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts. Nina also serves as Board President for TYA/USA and was named as one of Red Tricycle's “Moms Who Rock.” She holds a BS in theatre from Northwestern University and a Master's of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco. She is also a certified yoga instructor. Her work has been spotlighted in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, American Theatre Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Barron's, Red Tricycle, ABC News, NBC News, and CBS News. Nina is our guest today and, in this episode, she will talk about the transformative power of theatre to both children and adults. Listen in! Social Media www.facebook.com/ninameehan https://www.instagram.com/nmeehan/ instagram.com/bactheatre https://www.instagram.com/bactheatre https://www.facebook.com/bakctheatre I am the founder of Bay Area children's theatre which me and my friends started 18 years ago and we have produced enough shows to reach literally a million people. [2:58] The part that I think is the most exciting for me is the growth from where we started to now having professional adult actors for family and student audiences and also working with young people. [3:35] The growth of the organization has truly been because of the demand from the community. [4:07] What I have learned over those years as a theatre creator is that art and creativity bring all the soft skills into our world. [4:26] Kids in a lot of ways are far more willing to take that risk of getting up there on stage than adults. [6:40] The power of what it looks like to see a kid stand up and own their art, reflects self-confidence and independence which are skills that children need. [7:35] We did online theatre during the pandemic and interestingly, the same transformative moments were experienced, where participants owned and took charge of their performances. [7:52] The power of theatre to transform and shock potential is so hug [8:10] What I've seen with the adults that we engage with that is interesting, is the conversation that their children's performances initiate afterwards. [8:15] As adults we are often putting limitations on ourselves with the excuse that we are not artists yet maybe we are. [12:27] I have loved working with kids for 18 years and it's been so beautiful seeing adults try to take the step to be creative. [12:55] The more that we can open that potential and that opportunity to redefine what it is to be a creative in our current modern world the more we can be creative and express ourselves. [13:50] We are programmed to be creative beings and that comes in lots of different shapes and forms. [16:26] Encouraging the people around us is important because that is our power, considering so much of being creative is about just allowing ourselves the permission to do it. [18:22] The more that we can say how we feel and appreciate art, the more we can have moments where we can value the creativity in the people around us. [18:52] Commercial break. [20:25] In terms of giving back to your community, I think it is so important to look around and see who in your community is doing work that is inspiring the next generation to become creative leaders. [22:43] We all want empathetic humans taking over from us in the next generation. [ We are all working on a shoestring but there is a whole world of non-profit organizations out there that would love to have support in different ways. [23:45] The other part of it is really looking into your own being and finding your own creative moments that brings you joy, and bring that into your adult world. [24:23] For entrepreneurs, for those who run businesses, board service for non-profit organizations is an insanely huge and powerful gift you can give back to your community. [26:23] The way non-profit sector is set up, we cannot function without a dedicated arm that is our board of directors. [26:44] Find time today to try creative play and just see what happens. [28:31] …………………..….. TopDog Learning Group, LLC is a leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL, USA but with “TopDoggers” (aka consultants) throughout North America and beyond. They focus on training programs (both virtual and face-to-face), keynotes and “lunch and learns,” group and 1:1 coaching, and off-the-shelf solutions. One such solution is their Masterclass on The Top 3 Strategies to be Resilient in Times of Change. This thoughtful self-paced online training will guide you through three tactics you can immediately use to—not just survive—but thrive when change comes at you. Use the code RESIL50OFF for 50% off the program! Just go to https://bit.ly/3a5mIS6 and enter the code RESIL50OFF, in all capitals, to redeem your 50% off coupon. The link and code will be available in our show notes for easy access.
I wanted to take some time today to talk about some of the exciting things that we have going on at both Shock Your Potential and Kukuabiz, which is our sister company. [00:52] I will give you a little highlight as to what we are going to see for the last quarter of 2021 and a little projection into 2022. [1:07] In most businesses, quarter four is the time for planning, budgeting, aligning, setting next year's goals and working towards what builds the organization. [1:35] If you've been following along, you know what happened to Shock Your Potential at the beginning of the global pandemic which was a hit for many people. [1:51] In my little corner of the world prior to that pandemic, the majority of my business at Shock Your Potential was me travelling around the world to speak and train mostly on leadership and sales. [2:13] I had really worked hard to get to a number of great and frequent programs, I was working on some training contracts with some very big companies and looking to expand what I was doing. [2:37] I still knew that it was probably not a good idea to be a one trick pony and to have to manage everything. [2:54] Everything worked well and a lot of speaking gigs were coming in and then all of a sudden, the pandemic happened and there was nothing. [3:34] I questioned myself on what I was going to do and how I was going to come back from this. [3:57] After some reflection and a lot of discussion with my husband, I made the decision to double down all those things that I wanted to do or knew I should be doing. [4:34] It was in those moments of the first days after I came out of my crying fit that I realized I had an opportunity here. [5:11] Over the next few months, we did some amazing things for my business and I decided to double down and add more team members who are all based in Kenya. [5:27] My guests and my colleagues in the entrepreneurial world were taking notice more specifically of what was happening with my team that was growing. [5:49] I was taping several podcast episodes and in one day, I had three people request me to find them people from Kenya and I realized there was an opportunity here. [6:11] That's how we started the second company, Kukuabiz, that matched other people in Kenya to be virtual assistants or support small businesses like me around the world. [6:50] We made our very first placement in August of 2020 and now a little more than a year later, we have a handful of people that are connected and matched with businesses all over the globe. [7:16] My focus changed from speaking on leadership and sales to me building opportunities, not just for myself, but seeing what we're doing right and helping other entrepreneurs to do it right as well. [7:51] It is also about helping other people, especially talented professionals from Kenya, to operate on a global scale. [8:11] In the last two months, I've really grown both businesses in some new and unique ways. [8:51] I went through the process of getting Shock Your Potential certified as a woman owned business enterprise and a woman owned small business enterprise and I'm very happy I did it. [9:03] I made the decision to try and get myself out of the day to day details of both businesses, which meant that I had to promote some people. [9:29] My team is fantastic and I have three incredible women who have been with me literally since the beginning and that's Mercy, Lorna and Jossie who I promoted to be Vice Presidents. [9:40] It has been an incredible honor to work with these women and help take them to the executive level of their careers. [10:08] I'm trying to teach them all my experience as fast as possible without overwhelming them and terrifying them. [10:25] If you are an entrepreneur, and interested in other ways to help promote your business, we may have a couple things that will be interesting to you. [10:38] I have written and published two books, ‘Tell Me More: How to Ask the Right Questions and Get the Most out of your Employees,' and ‘Sales Myxology: Where the Most Potent Sales and Customer Experiences Follow a Recipe for Success.” [10:54] We wanted to create something new when we created the Shock Your Potential Bookstore and we have a couple dozen authors in there right now. [11:27] To be a part of our bookstore, if you're an author, we want to create with you a little video where you talk about why you wrote your book and what it means to you. [11:44] We have different ways that we promote authors throughout the month as well as picking an author of the month each month. [11:58] Starting in 2022, we're going to have some really great fun, new and unique interactions with the authors. [12:06] If you're listening and want to have more opportunity to be a go to person in your area of expertise, I would encourage you to reach out to us about Shock Your Media Potential. [12:36] It's going to provide a direct access to media producers, and media writers where you can be seen directly for media opportunities. [13:06] If you have a podcast or you're thinking about a podcast, but you don't like to manage all the parts of the podcast, we now have Shock Your Potential podcast management services opportunity. [13:53] We manage everything from the entire podcast and guest booking and production process to as little as editing. [14:06] If that's something that you're looking for, then reach out to us for that. [14:26] For the 2022 podcasts for Shock Your Potential, We are looking forward to have some fun new opportunities throughout the year. [14:32] We will have great monthly themes and high level and quality guests on for our podcasts and showing you directly how our guests can help you. [14:45] We are fully booked through all of 2021 and we have a waiting list for 2022 right now and for people interested to be on our podcast, please reach out to Josie at Josie@shockyourpotential.com . [15:18] If you want to be on more podcasts, we have an opportunity where with very low entry cost, we can match you with a podcast to be on that matches your goals and expectations and where you get a new podcast connection once a week. [15:42] Finally, I just want to thank you for listening and being a part of what we're doing. [16:02] When I first started the podcast several years ago, I didn't know what it was going to do for me. [16:07] There were definite, direct results where speaking opportunities came from the podcast for me, but I didn't really use it to its full potential. [16:25] Now it has turned into something that is the driving force behind actually both of our businesses. [16:36] If you are interested in exploring how you use a podcast to really grow your business and to grow true and meaningful connections, you can reach out for that as well. 16:43] To get a hold of us, reach out at; firstname.lastname@example.org, Michael@shockyourpotential.com, will get you directly to me. Jossie@shockyourpotential.com, for anything related to the podcast. Mercy@kukuabiz.com for anything related to Kukuabiz. As always make sure to send us your comments, thoughts and feedback. [18:12] Social media handles https://www.shockyourpotential.com https://www.kukuabiz.com https://shockyourpotentialbookstore.com/
"Shift your mindset on email marketing from just spraying out messages and hoping for money to having a two-way dialogue with customers." Tyler Sullivan Having genuine conversations with customers has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to creating positive experiences. As a successful entrepreneur, Tyler Sullivan enjoys customer trust and loyalty built over the long term. Tyler attributes this success to being able to connect with customers and potential buyers on a deeper level by asking the right questions through the right channels and acting on the information provided. Tyler Sullivan is the founder of BombTech Golf, an eCommerce store with over $20 million sold online since 2012. Tyler also runs EcomGrowers, where he and his team have helped countless Shopify owners add 6-7 figures in additional sales to their eCommerce stores by optimizing email systems and ad campaigns to find hidden revenue streams. Over the years, Tyler has come to learn the formula for running successful and profitable eCommerce businesses. He believes that even with online companies there is huge value in having real conversations with customers and potential buyers. Tyler is hyper-focused on the customer experience and operating a lean business that doesn't just drive revenue but drives serious profit and cash flow. In today's episode, Tyler will talk about the importance of having honest conversations with customers in scaling businesses. He will also be elaborating more on the value of email marketing in reaching customers. Listen in! Social media handles Website: http://Ecomgrowers.com LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/tyler-sullivan-494b5426 Facebook: http://facebook.com/bombtechgolf/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/BombTechGolf/ https://www.instagram.com/bombtechgolf https://www.shopify.com/blog/bombtech-golf-personal-messages https://www.bombtechgolf.com/ In 2000 I was ten years old and was competing in the Home Run Derby of golf world long drive, and I wasn't that good. When I grew up, I fell in love again with playing golf. [4:14] They had a local club builder assembling these different drivers for me, and I ended up breaking all of them due to his inability to assemble them correctly. [4:35] I decided that I would learn how to assemble a golf club, which was not a complicated process; then, I also started making and selling to my friends, which was cool.[4:51] I was in sales for my whole life and was honestly bored at my day job because I didn't feel fulfilled. [5:15] I made a website, and it took me six months to get a sale for the driver, and then from there, I started to document my journey on Facebook. [5:30] Having conversations is a big piece of what I do, and that's sort of how I shock other companies now with my other brand. [6:22] I worked with the college with four students who are smarter than me, and we designed our product for a whole year. [6:48] As a result of those conversations I initially had on social media, when I went to launch, we ended up selling $10,000. [7:09] I was able to scale it up with Facebook ads and having conversations, and now we do over eight figures a year. [7:19] Interaction with customers is at the core of success for my companies, especially the golf brand, bomb tech. [9:24] I was having conversations, which allowed me to build an audience that cared because I cared about what they said. [9:42] So we cherish that relationship, and a big part of our strategy is in email, and it has helped to teach me that it is really about what the customers. [10:27] If I had started the company with an expectation of a certain income, I don't know if I would have that same lens because it was much harder earlier. [11:58] I didn't have a goal of starting an agency. It was just the right place, right time, and there was interest. [16:08] Commercial break. [17:20] Having that kind of empowerment to do what they feel is right at the moment makes the team enjoy what they do because they don't have to say no. [19:58] If you go into it to make money and you're not doing it for the right reason, I don't think you ever can cross that bridge. [21:23] If I started another company, it'd be a ski brand because I love to ski. [22:00] Whatever your industry, email is your biggest asset; even though some people think email is dead, it is good to try it out. [23:22] Ask real questions that you want the answer to in a plain way, and you'll be shocked with the replies. It will help you to learn and also get you in the customer's inbox. [23:36] Shift your mindset on email marketing from just spraying out messages and hoping for money to having a two-way dialogue to then earn the opportunity to sell what customers want. [25:42] The hardest part once you have some success is getting out of your way by delegating. [29:28] Have fun and do something you love. Lower your expectations and ask questions. [30:45] ………………………………………………… Thank you to our January sponsor! KukuaBiz can provide dedicated and affordable talent from Kenya to help you grow and scale your business. Virtual employees are skilled in administrative functions, sales, podcast management, video editing, marketing, social media marketing, website design and management, and more. Learn more: https://www.kukuabiz.com
“It is the power of question that makes all the difference in the world.” Kyle Gillette Most often leaders face challenging situations which make them feel stuck and unable to tap into their strengths to lead effectively. To make that shift into being an effective leader, individuals must allow themselves to go through the process of learning and self-awareness. Our guest today, Kyle Gillette, has been providing coaching to help the leaders overcome these obstacles, and as he says, it all starts with asking the right questions. Kyle Gillette is an ICF-certified coach, behavioral analyst, author, and creator of the SAGE Mindset Leadership framework. He works with small business owners and leaders. His focus is on helping his clients build powerful self-awareness in their life and business. Create extreme accountability to achieve big goals, dreams, and results. Maintain a mindset of growth. Then focus on fostering a life of empowerment of others so they can have the most influence and impact possible. He is the host of the SAGE Mindset podcast, developer of the Business Accountability Mastermind, and owner of Gillette Solutions - a coaching and consulting organization. In today's episode, Kyle will be talking about the genesis of his coaching and mentorship business. He will also highlight what he does with his clients to help them achieve their goals. Listen in! Social Media LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/kyle-gillette/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/gillettesolutions YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6PhmvQOKQqrYDnZCWsEuiA TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@coachkylehere Twitter https://twitter.com/gillettesolutio I started my business three years ago, but the roots of it were about 15 years ago when I had the opportunity to work in a men's mentoring program for about 10 years. [2:55] I lived on a property with these guys that were18 to 25-year-olds that were off track in life and during that time, the gentleman that started the program mentored me for about 10 years. [3:07] I had an awesome opportunity to be mentored by a business owner and I learned the value of mentorship and of helping and serving other people. [3:17] Eventually, that turned into a bunch of opportunities to lead a team of 20 people which then led to the nonprofit. [3:47] Primarily my job with my clients is to provide perspective, through powerful questions that help them shift mindsets, and then ultimately get results that they truly want. [4:04] What I have discovered in business and previous programs is that you don't have to be on an island. [5:25] There's plenty of support out there and at least one-to-a-few type of support where data behind it is amazing showing that it makes such a huge difference for goal achievement and moving forward.[5:44] Some of the things that people tell me are extremely deep and it is the power of question that makes all the difference because that is how we think. [8:35] What happens is we ask the question and then we answer it for ourselves and then we spat out our statement or opinion. [10:10] SAGE came out of DiSC, which also came out of my experience with the alpha Academy, which was that men's mentoring program. [11:33] I did DiSC for a while and got certified. It is a phenomenal tool and I love it but I realized that it's not mine, and I can't do whatever I want with it yet I want to have my framework that I can do something with. [11:41] I woke up at three in the morning with a word that felt like someone had said it to me and it was SAGE awareness. [12:00] SAGE is four different things including self-awareness, growth, empowerment and accountability. [12:31] You have to blow the roof off to build that next level which means that you have to take a lot of risks and that's one of the key pieces of growth. [14:44] The more space you have in that leadership home, the more people can be impacted by it, and the more you can train and send out. [15:08] The reason I bring the send out part is that in that program I was a part of, we didn't want them to stay there forever so I don't want to coach the clients that I have forever rather I need them to get sent out and let them make the impact that they need to make on the world. [15:18] Commercial break. [15:42] The first step in empowering people and helping the leaders that are working for you and with you to be empowered to do amazing things is delegating responsibility. [18:15] With that comes the need to give them power and authority and usually power is the harder one to give. Authority is position while power is actual functional leadership. [18:33] The second one is a little bit more complex and it is tied to accountability and I have done quite a bit of research on the power of accountability. [19:01] The possibility of attaining your goal can jump to 95% if you do active accountability where you purposefully meet with someone regularly to talk about the specific goal you're trying to achieve. [20:35] Those are two of the key things that I do to help people achieve what they want to achieve so in other words accountability is enormous. [20:50] Sometimes, you don't need that intensity of coaching but just need the camaraderie of other entrepreneurs that are that vulnerable to admit their weaknesses. [23:05] If you don't have that accountability, or you want more, you probably going to be surprised at who you can connect with. You can't get a ‘yes,' unless you ask. [24:55] ….........……………… Thank you to our January sponsor! 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"Be very clear on why you want to write a book because that will drive every step of the writing process." Susan Crossman The writing process is different for every individual, yet the overall goal is to bring out an engaging and worthwhile read for their audiences. Susan Crossman has been helping writers to bring forth their ideas and believes that understanding the writing process and acquiring the suitable skill set is key to becoming a successful writer. Susan Crossman helps spiritually-focused coaches, leaders, and innovators write and publish books that make a difference in their businesses and in their world through a variety of high-impact one-on-one and group coaching programs that are profound, inspiring, and fun! She takes great joy in fulfilling her mission of supporting more peace on the planet, and she believes that a well-written book can be a powerful force for good in our world. Susan Crossman is a writer and adventuress who lives to harness the power of a good story well told. In recent years she has gone ziplining in Costa Rica, luging down a mountain in New Zealand, and trekking in the hills north of Khatmandu. She has hiked among the ruins of Macchu Pichu, danced until dawn at a London nightclub and enjoyed a Christmas Day picnic in the south of France. Having written five traditionally-published books herself, Susan works as a book coach and editor to help other forward-thinking entrepreneurs polish their stories to make a difference in the world. She also speaks several languages and she has earned both a Master Practitioner designation in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) and a Master's degree in English. She is trained in the Language, and Behavior (LAB) Profile and the Enneagram system of personality profiling, and she is a certified Awakening Coach. Susan also knows the human heart inside out and upside down. She's a writer's writer who teaches and a reader's writer who inspires. More than anything else, she is a storyteller. As a content marketer, Susan heads a team that helps organizations add value to client relationships through outstanding content marketing programs. If you need help telling your business story online, please see the array of content marketing services Crossman Communications makes available through Content with Clarity. In today's episode, Susan will discuss the writing process and the guiding principles when writing a book. Listen in! Social Media https://www.facebook.com/CrossmanCommunications/ http://www.linkedin.com/in/susancrossman https://twitter.com/CrossmanCom I've been a writer since I was a little girl, and that's what I've done with my entire career. [4:05] I recognized along the way that I wanted to write a book, so my first book took me 13 years to write. [4:43] I recognized that I had this skill set that can be very helpful for other people who want to write books. [4:58] I've written five books now, and I have a skill set around it and understand the process. [5:03] Now I help other people write the books that will make a difference in their worlds because sometimes we need a little help. [5:08] There are so many ways of writing a book, and everybody has a slightly different process for doing it, but we judge ourselves terribly when we're writing books, and yet we don't need to do that. [6:05] Many people come to me and say they have no idea how to write a book which means that there's a lack of knowledge about the process itself. [7:45] When I was writing my first book, the writing itself didn't get in my way one little bit; rather, it was everything else around writing a book that I didn't know how to do. [8:00] You go through certain phases as you're writing a book, and the more you know about that, the more confident you can be in approaching that book. [8:16] That first book is a book that is not supported by our brain because we haven't developed the neural network that needs to be in place for us to be writing fluidly and comfortable. [8:46] The other piece that seems to be an issue for many people is lack of focus. [9:26] It is okay if it's unfamiliar because it's unfamiliar for just about everybody that first time they write a book, just keep at it and don't give up. [11:56] Many people don't have enough commitment, but you almost have to be obsessed with getting this book done. [12:11] If you're serious about this, make a commitment and have that same time to write every day or every week. [12:40] A novel can be a much more challenging project to get leverage on than a nonfiction book because we can justify a nonfiction book as part of our thought leadership. [14:06] I would invite everyone to entertain the idea that you have a real purpose in writing a book for the world and yourself. [15:15] Commercial break [16:30] Currently, about 80% of the North American population has thought about writing a book someday. [18:04] 40% of that 80% get started and do a start-up of some sort, but only 2% of that 40% go ahead and finish their manuscript. [18:25] It does take a huge amount of commitment to finish a book, and it's important to get some leverage on ourselves to take that project right through to the finish line. [19:34] The important thing about commitment is to have a time and a place when you consistently work on that book. [19:48] If it seems inconvenient to you to carve out time, whatever it is, recognize it's not for the rest of your life; rather, it is only for the time it takes to get the book done. [21:37] I've learned that when I commit to sit down at a specific time, in a specific place consistently for a specific period, the writing Genie finds out how to get hold of me. [22:43] Many people feel they have to be perfect writers and have reasons why they can't write a book; however, that's not the truth. [23:28] You can ask for help with your writing, so take advantage of the people who love you and even strangers who love to do this for fun, and send that book out for assistance. [24:25] Many of my clients are using Otter.ai, which you speak into it, and it generates a transcript of everything you say, sends it to your inbox, and then you edit that. [26:02] You are becoming an author, and that is worth putting yourself out for because it is a big deal to become an author. [27:24] Find out from yourself why you want to write a book and be very clear on your way because that will drive every step of the writing process. 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"Failure is nothing more than feedback, and feedback makes you better and stronger." Michelle Thompson How can something good come from such great tragedy and misfortune? That is the question that our guest today, Michelle Thompson, grappled with at some point in her life. However, as she and many of us come to learn, bearing these misfortunes with a positive attitude can bring with it good fortunes. Michelle Thompson went from being an MBA graduate to having a second-grade IQ level overnight after suffering from a life-altering stroke at only 36 years of age. Literally starting her life over again, she's had to learn how to automate and outsource as much as humanly possible. Now she's on a mission to help others find freedom from all the unnecessary tasks they do, using the strategies and systems she's successfully created for herself. After receiving her bachelor's degree in counseling from Valley Forge University, she went on to earn her MBA in finance and entrepreneurship from Ashford University. After suffering a life-altering stroke, she left her corporate career and built systems to help her navigate day-to-day life and business. Her business, Awesome Outsourcing LLC, was born by combining her strategies with her talents of untangling people's problems to create actionable and easy-to-follow plans for them to hand things off. Michelle teaches people how to delegate and outsource tasks correctly so they can gain back their time and their lives. Awesome Outsourcing, LLC specializes in organic Facebook and LinkedIn lead generation, creating omnipresent content for entrepreneurs, and virtual administrative services. Her courses include how to delegate tasks to others without a dip in quality or the need to micromanage, helping clients hire, train, and manage a team, and how to hand tasks off to be magically delivered back, completed. Her podcast Automate to Dominate follows her amazing journey of automating and outsourcing her way to financial freedom, sharing everything she learns along the way about building multiple passive income streams in numerous areas of life. This show is for entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to build passive income streams to create the freedom they have always dreamt about and aren't afraid to work for it. In today's episode, Michelle will discuss her life journey that led to the birth of her outsourcing business. She will also talk about automation and how to delegate tasks to free yourself and your time to be more productive. Listen in! Links: https://awesomeoutsourcing.com/ I had a stroke and went into physical and occupational therapy for about three years learning how to walk and talk again. [3:05] I was stuck in a rut, and one day my physical therapist had enough called me out on my whining and went ahead to show me how to have a pretty normal life where she slowly taught me how to systematize everything in my life. [3:30] I live in a very controlled environment now where I have Google mini in each room to help me methodically do most things. [4:38] I decided to implement this automation in business. I had a little side hustle which was just a blog with some affiliate links, but since I couldn't write anymore, I had to teach somebody how to write as I would have written. [5:05] I slowly taught them keyword research for SEO, finding an affiliate link, and writing the best article on the internet. [5:26] I could talk in a video and systematize it, then about three or four months later, all these blog posts started showing up, and they were just automatically happening. [5:43] My colleagues came to me asking how I was able to do it, and I told them that I had outsourced it all, and they asked me to show them how I did it. [5:54] We did it, and it worked out well, and the company Awesome Outsourcing was born, and we decided that we were going to do it to make a difference and not for money. [6:12] We took everything that we hated about outsourcing, and we flipped it on its head and made it a positive by systematizing [6:27] We turned it into this amazing product where we now hire somebody and pay for their training. [7:27 They love working for us because they love our culture and the team, and on the other side, we're creating standard operating procedures and systems for business owners that we're helping. [7:41[ We make it easy to download your brain, turn it into a standard operating procedure, and then it gets created as if you would have done it. [8:58] Commercial break [9:42] I did the podcast as a project because people kept asking me how I automated everything, so I decided to educate everybody. [10:37] We took every piece of software that I love using, and we brought the business owner on, and I explained how I use it in my business to automating, and the business owner explains why that piece of software is so powerful and how it can help and how you can pair it with a virtual assistant so that it becomes effective. [10:51] For this week, write down everything that you touch, both business and personal which then I will ask you to delete that altogether and see what happens. [12:00] If it doesn't affect your business, you should strike that off the list and not do it for a month and see if you can get rid of that. [12:12] The second thing is to take a look at that list and identify what has to be done, but you don't necessarily have to do it and, therefore, can hand it off to a piece of software or to another human to do it. [12:26] The third thing is to identify what you have to keep doing personally so that you're doing 10 percent and letting your team do the other 90 percent. [12:41] We can do this with all parts of our lives, not just in business, but also in personal life too. [13:09] If we ask our brains a question, it will inevitably give us an answer, and we just have to ask the right questions. [14:12];. Often, we don't think about the brain capacity that we waste on writing because, in the back of your mind, you are worried about tasks you haven't accomplished. [18:34] When we hand that off and permit somebody else to worry about it, it frees up so much brain capacity that we can have a crystal clear focus on what we're doing. [18:48] Don't be afraid to hop in; it doesn't have to be perfect. So many times, we put this thing on ourselves that it has to be perfect, but if you'll permit yourself to fail, failure is nothing more than feedback, and feedback makes you better and makes you stronger. [21:26] If you haven't delegated yet, and you're nervous, start with a tiny task. And if you do one at a time, it will snowball in a positive way, and you'll end up with more time Just take the plunge. [21:40] ………………………………………………… Thank you to our January sponsor! KukuaBiz can provide dedicated and affordable talent from Kenya to help you grow and scale your business. Virtual employees are skilled in administrative functions, sales, podcast management, video editing, marketing, social media marketing, website design and management, and more. Learn more: https://www.kukuabiz.com
"If you want to ignite a warrior within, most of it comes from your mindset." Jeanie Coomber Every person is unique and different, embodying their set of values, beliefs, experiences, influences, and cultural backgrounds. Your best self is that which has identified, acknowledged, and appreciated the differences in your abilities and continuously finds ways in which you can put them into full use. Our guest today, Jeanie Coomber, believes that by discovering your best self, you unleash the warrior within, making you more effective in your endeavors. Jeanie Coomber earned her Warrior stripes through her journey of stirring her intellect and evoking her soul. She is still as relentless today about her personal growth as when she began her entrepreneurial journey. Before becoming a leader in creating thought-provoking media and content in support of working professionals, she spent decades as a world-class executive coach, helping smart, savvy, and sincere leaders ascend to the next level and become warriors themselves. Whether she is interviewing a CEO or a subject matter expert, speaking at a conference, facilitating panel discussions, or coaching executives, she is known for being contemplative, captivating, and direct. Even more, it's Jeanie's ability to unearth valuable insights from her guests that allows her audiences to connect with unlimited choices, freedom, happiness, and courage in their careers and lives. Above all, Jeanie's mission is to unleash the greater consciousness and joy that's only possible through the act of stirring and releasing your inner wisdom and become the master of your own life. Jeanie's ultimate vision is to create a band of warriors in the workplace who are ready to go from the predictable to the potent. As part of achieving this vision, Jeanie launched the Warriors at Work podcast and show, and Warrior Conversations, a virtual monthly group discussion and quarterly in-person event focused on a topic of significance to working professionals. Jeanie has been recognized by NJ Biz as one of the Best 50 Women in Business and holds certifications from Corporate Coach U, The International Coaching Federation, The NeuroLeadership Institute and is a graduate of Columbia University Business School's Personal Leadership program. With over 25 years of business experience, Jeanie is an expert in executive performance, project management, process improvement, relationship building, and team empowerment and has coached countless individuals across the globe on how to make significant leaps forward in their careers and lives. A sought-after speaker, Jeanie loves sharing the story of her personal Warrior Journey and nothing thrills her more than showing others how to activate their own Warrior Magic. In today's episode, our guest will talk about shifting the mindset to align it to purpose. She will also give tips and insights on how to be your best self by tapping into the physical. Listen in! Social Media Website: https://Jeaniecoomber.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/986666321719033/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeanie_coomber/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeanie_coomber LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanie-coomber-90973b4/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbMZ2HyNNyPoeCSqKClBC_w I think it's important to start with the word warrior, and as a coach for the last 16 years, I have worked with leaders literally around the world in various industries. [3:34] I have always done this one-to-one work listening to what's going on within this person that makes them unique and powerful in the world. [3:46] I gravitated to the word warrior when I was considering expanding my footprint. [3:39] When a warrior is a brave and experienced soldier, they demonstrate bravery and courage and optimism, and a willingness to step forward into things. [4:09] This embodied what I would see in the conversations that I was having with leaders around the world. [4:23] I took a big chance on myself, brought in some great experts, and decided to expand my footprint to provide a platform to get into dialogue with men and women in the workplace and to talk about things beyond professional attributes. [4:51] What makes us unique and brings us magic when we are at our best are the things outside of our professional attributes, such as our intuition, our soul, and our ability to assess situations and people. [5:20] I decided to create a platform that provides for us to talk about all things, and that was really the impetus behind expanding what I was doing in the world and providing a platform to do that. [5:34] I launched my brand last February, thinking I was going to have all the time in the world to make this shift from executive coaching. [6:14] March hit, and I lost about 40% of my business very quickly because no one was hiring an executive coach, and all my travel got canceled. [6:43] I felt this calling to get into service to the business community, so I grabbed my phone and started serving up as much as I could through Facebook Live, which was the quickest, most efficient way to get content and conversation out there. [6:51] What I got in return was tremendous community, and I learned so much about myself because I was going through it like everybody else. [7:12] Through the conversation, the brand took flight, and I was able to bring forward a lot of the concepts and the things that I had thought to bring forward in a practical and robust way. [7:24] Now it is more of a sophisticated platform, but the concept in the original intention is the same. [7:48] It's intended to be in service to the business community. We're talking about things that are more than our professional attributes and not being afraid of all of those things that make you unique and powerful in the world. [7:58] I still do executive coaching and what I have noticed is that we have expanded our capacity in the world, and we have a lot more to us than we realize. [9:51] What I think will happen is there's going to be really deliberate conscious shifts in how we show it in our lives. [11:02] All of the lessons, insights and wisdom that we've gained in the last year and half needs to be a part of the narrative. [14:54] In my opinion, there is a massive change happening, and organizations are looking at people and talent through a very different lens like never before. [15:41] I am also really excited about Gen Z coming into the workplace, what they're going to bring and how they will elevate. [16:06] Commercial Break. [17:08] The most common theme that I've seen that ignites the worrier within is when I asked the question, "when you are most effective, and you are at your best, what does it look and feel like?" [18:49] When you think about your most effective version of yourself, that is your steady and anchor. [19:32] There are a couple of ways that you can get there and some of my favorite techniques are tapping into your physical and not just relying upon your intellectual horsepower. [19:41] Your power center is right around your diaphragm which is right below your rib cage, and when you breathe, it triggers the parasympathetic system just by physically touching that part of your body. [20:15] Another one of my favorite things is putting your finger on the forehead right between the eyebrows, bringing your chin to your chest, uncrossing your legs, and making sure those feet are firmly on the ground and you sit and breathe. [21:39] Your forehead right between your eyebrows is where your prefrontal cortex is and is usually where your best self is. [22:05] Just by pointing to it also allows you to bring all of your energy back to your executive thinking mind, interrupt all of the noise, and bring forth a great version of yourself. [22:13] Another way to amplify If ever you get nervous or someone's coming at you, always uncross your feet and get your body in an expansive position. [24:25] If you want to ignite a warrior within, most of it comes from your mindset. [25:54] Being afraid, constricting, or having insecurities is all normal and all people go through it, and I learned that naming wherever you are normalizes it. [27:01] Take that question around your most effective self, put pen to paper when you're most effective, and put language behind it. It will help you to inform what your next move is. [28:46] If you have something that's always playing in the background, just by putting pen to paper, it will help bring some of that up. That is information that will help you step more and more into the best version of yourself. [29:21] ….……………… Thank you to our January sponsor! KukuaBiz can provide dedicated and affordable talent from Kenya to help you grow and scale your business. Virtual employees are skilled in administrative functions, sales, podcast management, video editing, marketing, social media marketing, website design and management, and more. Learn more: https://www.kukuabiz.com
"Your mindset is the biggest barrier between what you want out of life, where you are now and where you're trying to be." Georgia Woodbine The single most important step you can ever take in your life is cultivating the right mindset. This is because having the right mindset plays a crucial role in determining how you perceive and cope with challenges that life throws your way. Today, our guest, Georgia Woodbine, who lives to empower people to go after their best life, says that it all starts with a shift in the mindset. Georgia Woodbine is one of the world's top female speakers and expert personal and professional development coach and has helped to motivate and inspire an entire generation. She is widely known as a change agent, author, lifestyle transformation coach, and dynamic and entertaining speaker. Georgia has been featured in media outlets such as; The Daily News, Huffington Post, Rolling Out Magazine, Sirius Radio XM. Georgia created a curriculum and lectured at The Learning Annex, one of the premier producers of seminars, lectures, classes, and workshops throughout North America. She has also been a guest speaker at Time Warner Cable, Columbia University, Stony Brook University, Rutgers University, Howard University, Medgar Evers College, Monroe College, Georgian Court University, as well as a long list of other network organizations. She has authored several books and has over fifteen years of entrepreneurial business success as well as an extensive marketing background working in the entertainment industry with; Def Jam, PolyGram, WNYU Radio, WQHT-Hot 97, Black Enterprise Magazine, and the Apollo Theatre where she honed her management, promotions, and marketing skills. Georgia created and developed a curriculum based on her book, "How to Choose Your Career Path: Charting Your Success," and lectured at numerous school districts and colleges to help prepare students with employment tools and life skills. She has been a life coach for over thirteen years and has trained and coached hundreds of people. In love with life, Georgia enjoys being an empowerment advocate for others to find their true purpose. She captures her audiences with her message of hope, inspiration, and the power of intention. Her passion continues to touch countless souls in their pursuit of happiness. In today's episode, Georgia will talk about her personal journey and the evolution to becoming who she is today. She will also explain why a shift in mindset is the first step to changing all other aspects of your life. Listen in! Social Media Website http://georgiawoodbine.com/shop/ Instagram https://instagram.com/georgiawoodbine/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/georgia.woodbine?ref=tn_tnmn Linkedin www.linkedin.com/pub/georgia-woodbine/29/412/5/Edit Twitter https://twitter.com/GWNetwork Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC6GbdCg3orQBN0QQnv4JdbEqyV4kwGu8 I am a change agent, a lightworker, teacher, writer, author, speaker, and a lifestyle transformation coach. [3:04] My mission in life is to empower others to live in their highest potential, share my personal journey, and teach them how to confront the things they want to change. [3:17] One of the things I always teach as a life coach is that everybody should have a mission statement and when I say that to people, they look at me like I have two heads. [3:41] A mission statement helps you stay focused, gives you clarity, helps you be in alignment, and allows you to prioritize your time based on what's important to you. [4:01] Once you understand what that mission statement is, you can tap into your gifts, talents, natural abilities, skill set, and job experience, and you can pull all those things together to create the life you love. [4:18] My personal journey on transformation began about 16 years ago at a point in my life where I was dealing with major [5:34] When you are pushed up against a wall, and you see your life unraveling before your eyes, that's when you're forced to look deeper within and are forced to confront yourself and ask the tough questions. [ 5:52] The most important question that I ever asked myself was, "Why am I here?" and that is tied to your purpose, your passion, and the things that bring you joy and [6:18] Most people don't even realize that they either have a fixed mindset that comes from the belief that your qualities are carved in stone or a growth mindset that comes from the belief that you can create anything that you want at any given time. [8:00] When you have a fixed mindset, you prefer to stay with what's familiar and tend not to try new things because you feel it's so hard or challenging. [8:21] When you have a growth mindset, you believe that your qualities are things that you can cultivate through work and effort and that you can change anything at any given time in your life. [8:36] You have a growth mindset when you embrace change and new opportunities, and you understand that when you're challenged, there's room for growth for you to evolve. [8:54] When you have a growth mindset, they inspire you to try when you see someone else succeeding. [9:12] It is so important for people to laser in and understand what kind of mindset they have to change it. [9:30] Commercial break. [9:42] Your mindset is the biggest barrier between what you want out of life, where you are now, and where you're trying to be. [10:57] Sometimes in life, you have to retrain your mindset, including retraining your thoughts and belief systems. [11:14] Society puts labels on us all the time, but it's really about finding out who you are, beyond those labels. [11:27] The hardest thing for people is to understand who is the true self, but when you get to the place of the true self, you understand that you are authentic. [11:44] I realized that I have come to the realization of my true self and that I have the power to create whatever I desire, which may not happen exactly when I wanted to, but it will happen. [12:14] When you retrain your mindset, your thoughts cannot be incapable of what you were trying to create. [12:30] You have to be aligned mentally, emotionally, physically if you're trying to manifest change in your life with what you're trying to create. [12:36] The magic in my life began when I started to understand how to let go and living in the present moment, not worrying about your past and not fretting about your future. [13:58] I love the quote by Dr. Dwayne Dwyer, which says, "when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at chang" [14:25] When you achieve the things you want, you're going to desire more things, so it is important to understand your why and your motive behind why you do what you do. [15:00] The first step to changing anything in your life is to change your mindset, and it is the first and most important step to achieving anything you want in life. [16:08] You have to develop a plan of action because nothing happens until something moves. You have to take action steps daily to achieve whatever you want to achieve in life. [16:32] Make a commitment to yourself and discover your true motivation behind why you want to achieve these goals. [16:44] Understand that behind every goal lies a deeper meaning that is motivating your desire, and it is important to understand what that is. [16:55] Take small steps, and don't be afraid to revise your plan and goal. If you take baby steps, you will not be so overwhelmed with trying to make this change happen soon, but you will be taking steps to make it happen. [17:03] You have to learn how to simplify your life and once you learn to do that, you learn not to let things distract your purpose. [18:40] When you are connected to that higher part of yourself, you learn to create the life you love by controlling your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. [19:05] Always focus on your why because when you focus on your why you tend to focus on the things you want and less on the things you don't want. [20:46] ….……………......… Thank you to our January sponsor! KukuaBiz can provide dedicated and affordable talent from Kenya to help you grow and scale your business. Virtual employees are skilled in administrative functions, sales, podcast management, video editing, marketing, social media marketing, website design and management, and more. Learn more: https://www.kukuabiz.com
"The overall point in sharing information is that you're giving people something that they can be able to relate to, and you're doing it in a way that they can understand." Nathan Perez Regardless of your profession or where you are in your career progression, the importance of networking can not be overlooked. When done right, networking can bring tremendous benefits both professionally and personally. For some people, networking may feel uncomfortable, but our guest today, Nathan Perez, insists that networking is not as complex as it has been portrayed and involves exchanging information. Besides being a genuine and hardworking introvert, Nathan Perez is also an award-winning author, a national speaker, and an executive and job search career coach at career innovation. He comes from unusually unique and diverse professional backgrounds himself and has a rare viewpoint on networking and how that relates to job search and career development. Nathan is a formerly trained actor with a bachelor's degree in fine arts and theatre. His 20-year career in the arts was supported by simultaneously developing a business career, which involved an inordinate amount of resumes, networking meetings, and interviews in multiple businesses and industries. Utilizing that background, Nathan ties together his deep live audience experience with almost 15 years in the executive search industry, delivering dozens of webinars, seminars, and guest speaking engagements each year on the topics of networking, job search, and career development. Before his work as an executive career coach, Nathan held the title of Vice President of Research in the retained search industry, where he was responsible for the first step of the executive recruitment process, devising strategies of "where and how to find" qualified candidates for all national and global search engagements. Consequently, networking was and continues to be a day-to-day function of his job. As a result, and because of his combined professional expertise, Nathan regularly works with professionals from different backgrounds and experience levels. This includes everyone from Hollywood movie stars and producers to sound engineers, fashion designers, new college grads, non-profit and civic leaders, veterans, and senior global executives. He has been cited by The Huffington Post as one of the most connected people on LinkedIn worldwide. He is a member of the Actors Equity Association union (AEA); a voting union member of The Screen-Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA); the Author's Guild; and served as Vice Chair at The Loft Literary Center, the nation's largest literary and writing organization. He is an Honorary Commander with the 934th Airlift Wing, U.S. Air Force Reserve, home of the Global Vikings. In today's episode, our guest will talk about why networking is the most important skill you need for career development. He will also provide us with insightful tips on how to get the best out of networking meetings. Listen in! Social Media https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathanperez/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/cipress https://www.facebook.com/Career-Innovations-Press-100479695381379/ I'm a professional speaker, an executive career coach, and I've been doing that for about eight years. [3:44] Before that, I was in the executive retained search industry, where I found the executive candidates for the executive recruiters to go and recruit, so networking was a major function of my overall job. [3:49] Before that, I spent 20 years in the entertainment industry as a professional actor and writer, formally trained in BFA Theatre Arts. [4:22] In 2012, the last firm that I had joined, I met my co-author for the book, "20 Minute Networking Meeting," which eventually turned into three more editions. [4:41] A combination of her experience in the retained executive search industry and my experience in the retained executive search industry combined with the entertainment industry, networking was a topic that she had brought up as a bucket list idea for a book, and we jumped all over it. [4:53] All this has led to all the professional speaking in the workshops I do, where I give around 70 webinars and workshops per year. [5:12] Most of my speaking is geared around networking, not just job search, but networking for anything, including sales, business development, marketing, whatever it may be. [5:21] Currently, I work with universities, the military particularly the veterans, senior executives, and corporations, both for the corporations themselves and internally on building relationships. [5:33] Sometimes we call it networking, but at the heart of networking is relationship building, and I work with them one-on-one and in groups. [5:48] Networking is essential to just about everything, and I don't think we necessarily think about what we're doing to be [6:37] The word networking has gained sort of this negative connotation because of the behaviors that have been associated with it over time. [6:48] Networking is just the obtainment and exchange of information, and so we are doing it every day in every discussion that we ever have. [7:10] When doing an elevator pitch, you can have something general for someone you don't know anything about. [11:45] If you're intentional about your networking, you've hopefully researched someone and talk about your background in a way that's relevant to that person you're speaking to. [11:55] The overall point in sharing information is that you're giving people something that they can relate to, and you're doing it in a way that they can understand. [13:36] Commercial break. [15:08] Networking is just about the obtainment of information. [16:47] When it comes to running a meeting, there are five steps to it based on the 20-minute networking meeting. [17:06] The first step is just a great first impression of you in the meeting. This could be over the phone or virtual, but basically, it's just a Hello. [17:23] The next step is a 30-60 second snapshot of your background or your professional experience. [17:45] Step number three is the great discussion and is the bulk of your meeting. This is about 12 to 15 minutes long, and it's comprised of five key questions. [18:11] The first three questions are very specifically formulated for your contact from the research that you've done on your contact beforehand. [18:33] Question number four is about expanding your network where you ask for more names because people want to help and because they said yes to your meeting, more often than not, people will give up those names. [19:24] Question number five is the kind that takes your contact by surprise but in the best possible way. That question is, "how can I help you?" [20:15] Step number four is wrapping up the meeting. [21:32] Step number five is following up afterward, which can be immediate or ongoing follow-up. Ongoing follow-up is about keeping your network alive with time. [21:38] Every little piece of information that we exchange eventually kind of adds up into a big pile, and that big pile can be reserved for a continued discussion with that person, or that bigger pile could be informing other little piles that inform other discussions with other [24:31] There is never bad information, just what you do with it. [24:49] Understand that this networking thing is just the obtainment and exchange of information, and we're doing it all the time. [25:55] If you can look at it this way, then every discussion you're having is networking, and if you do something with the information, you will carve out a path for you wherever you want to go. [26:10] …..….……………… Thank you to our January sponsor! 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“Find the things that work for you because you are not like anybody else.” Debra Levy Many times we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and we struggle to create the space and time for the things that matter most to us. However, in order to access the peace and freedom that comes with productive days, we have to be intentional about what we want our days to look like. Our guest today, Debra Levy, guides people in doing the work to make their days more fulfilling and says that it all begins with self-awareness. Debra Levy, a Certified Life, Productivity & ADHD Coach, is the owner of A Life That Fits, LLC. She is dedicated to helping her clients make time and space for what matters most in their lives. Debra begins by working with her clients to clarify what is important to them, what will make them feel happy and fulfilled, and determining what guidance and support is required to create the life they want. She focuses on areas that are a struggle for many of her clients (whether ADD/ADHD or neurotypical) including time management, hyper-focusing, distractions, the setting of goals and priorities, and establishing healthy boundaries. Together, she and her clients work on gaining insight into what is holding them back. She helps them to become more aware of their natural abilities, modalities, and tendencies, make room for their big-picture goals and implement step-by-step solutions to help them get from where they are, to where they want to be. Debra is here to partner with her clients on a thought-provoking and productive journey to envision “A Life That Fits” their values and dreams and provide the motivation and accountability to maximize their potential. In today's episode, our guest will talk about what her work is all about. She will also provide some tips and insights on how people can better plan for their time by being more realistic in their estimations. Listen in! Social Media Website: https://www.alifethatfits.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/debraslevy/ https://twitter.com/alifethatfits https://www.instagram.com/alifethatfitscoaching/ https://www.facebook.com/alifethatfitscoaching/ I have transitioned from doing hands-on organizing to fully coaching now and I deal a lot with time management and productivity for people who are trying to feel less overwhelmed. [4:48] One aspect is when people feel like they have no structure in their day or they've just too much gone on and they just don't know how to get it all done and need some help. [4:55] Another is if they're trying to tackle some type of transition or big projects and need a little clarity and figuring out their next steps. [5:13] I also do ADHD coaching where I go about executive functioning which is the way our brain regulates our behavior and helps us achieve our goals and manage our day. [5:34] People are reaching out more now and there is a lot more awareness about adult ADHD. [6:44] I try to help people to trust themselves again, and to see whatever way their brain is wired, that they have great value, and that they've got a lot of strengths just so that they feel empowered again, and not feel that they're lacking. [7:02] Awareness is key and is the first step and once there is awareness, then someone can start to think about what they want to do with this awareness. [8:12] When I am with our clients in a session, we talk about the actions they want to take at the end of the session. [8:25] For those people who are very good at setting their structure, they are usually fine but the ones that had a lot of trouble were the ones that not only needed a structure in place but did not have any but also that needed that interaction socially, to be able to stay on board. [9:35] So it is a matter of seeing who you are, and how you fit into the situation that makes a difference and that is what we explore a lot of times. [10:00] There was a big learning experience for a lot of people going through this whole pandemic and if people were able to see the golden lining of this, it would be ideal. [11:20] With that awareness, hopefully, people will be able to directly communicate what their needs might be to their employers. [12:25] A lot of people reach out when trying to figure out how to get unstuck and so by discussing and talking through what their major overarching goals are, we figure out what they want to accomplish by the end of that call. [13:30] We move them forward by being very action-based as well as figuring out these aha moments during the time. [15:14] A lot of people do not trust in themselves to be able to make the decisions and they just have not felt the confidence so I help them to feel more empowered about doing that. [14:24] Commercial break. [14:40] A lot of my clients are dealing with their time management and so what I would like to talk about today is something that I go through with them when they are trying to figure out how to manage their day. [15:40] A lot of people feel overwhelmed with managing their time and I find a big chunk of that has to do with estimating time. [15:56] There is a concept that I learned called ramping up and down where people tend to feel that they have more time to do something than they do. [16:12] I found that by experimenting with how they track their time, we can see how close they are to reality. [16:34] A lot of people think that those extra steps you take before are a waste of time but it is part of the ramp and is very specific to what you have to take care of. [18:54] One thing that I found is a great tool, which I use all the time with my clients is time timer. [22:21] It is a great tool that helps people to visually see time disappearing and is awesome for those who do not have a great relationship with time. [22:30] Find the things that work for you because you are not like anybody else. For your life to feel more fulfilled, you need to be able to build that toolbox that means something to you, will be consistent, and something that you enjoy. [24:30] ………………………………………………… Thank you to our January sponsor! KukuaBiz can provide dedicated and affordable talent from Kenya to help you grow and scale your business. Virtual employees are skilled in administrative functions, sales, podcast management, video editing, marketing, social media marketing, website design and management, and more. Learn more: https://www.kukuabiz.com