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Daily Meditation Podcast
Breathe to Release Anxiety, Day 3 Release Emotional Trauma

Daily Meditation Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 11:31


Breathe through the anxiety you may hold within your body from past emotional trauma. Experiences of emotional trauma often create feelings of feeling unsafe within your body. This is a week of creating safety. In each episode this week, you'll work your way to emotional safety step by step as you gain insight into where and how you hold emotional trauma within your body. Be guided in meditations to soothe emotional pain. This is day 3 of a 7-day meditation series, Healing Emotional Pain, episodes 2642-2648. YOUR WEEKLY CHALLENGE You're Invited To Take Part In a Safety Quest! Every day, do something that helps you to feel safe in your body. Some ways to feel safe include exercise, stretching, massage, yoga, a warm bath, a weighted blanket, or anything else that helps you to feel grounded. MEDITATION TECHNIQUES: Day 1: Visualization  Day 2: Affirmation Day 3: Breathing Technique Day 4: Mudra Technique Day 5: Chakra Technique Day 6: Layer Meditation Techniques Day 7: Reflection + Introspection SHARE YOUR MEDITATION JOURNEY WITH YOUR FELLOW MEDITATORS Let's connect and inspire each other! Please share a little about how meditation has helped you by reaching out to me at Mary@SipandOm.com or better yet -- direct message me on https://www.instagram.com/sip.and.om. We'd love to hear about your meditation ritual!  WAYS TO SUPPORT THE DAILY MEDITATION PODCAST SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss a single episode. Consistency is the KEY to a successful meditation ritual. SHARE the podcast with someone who could use a little extra support. I'd be honored if you left me a podcast review. If you do, please email me at Mary@sipandom.com and let me know a little about yourself and how meditation has helped you. I'd love to share your journey to inspire fellow meditators on the podcast! SURVEY: Help us get to know more about how best to serve you by taking our demographics survey: https://survey.libsyn.com/thedailymeditationpodcast All meditations are created by Mary Meckley and are her original content. Please request permission to use any of Mary's content by sending an email to Mary@sipandom.com. FOR DAILY EXTRA SUPPORT OUTSIDE THE PODCAST Each day's meditation techniques are shared at: sip.and.om Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sip.and.om/ sip and om Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SipandOm/ SIP AND OM MEDITATION APP Looking for a little more support? If you're ready for a more in-depth meditation experience, allow Mary to guide you in daily 30-minute guided meditations on the Sip and Om meditation app. Give it a whirl for 7-days free! Receive access to 2,000+ 30-minute guided meditations customized around a weekly theme to help you manage emotions. Receive a Clarity Journal and a Slow Down Guide customized for each weekly theme.  2-Week's Free Access on iOS https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sip-and-om/id1216664612?platform=iphone&preserveScrollPosition=true#platform/iphone All meditations are created by Mary Meckley and are her original content. Please request permission to use any of Mary's content by sending an email to Mary@sipandom.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Data Science at Home
Learning from data to create personalized experiences with Matt Swalley from Omneky (Ep. 197)

Data Science at Home

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 24:39


In this episode I speak with Matt Swalley, Chief Business Officer of Omneky, an AI platform that generates, analyzes and optimizes personalized ad creatives at scale. We speak about the way AI is used for generating customized recommendation and creating experiences with data aggregation and analytics. And yes! respecting the privacy of individuals.   Links Grow your business with personalized ads https://www.omneky.com/ Data Science at Home Podcast (Live) https://www.twitch.tv/datascienceathome

Fescoe in the Morning
05/16 9AM Worst grill experiences/A new leader gets a new number/Downtown Baseball/Chiefs Biggest Holes/City Connect Jerseys

Fescoe in the Morning

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 42:39


Reveal: The Revenue Intelligence Podcast
Delivering outstanding customer experiences every single time

Reveal: The Revenue Intelligence Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 28:17


Knowing thy customer is everything. Take it from Judi Hand, CRO at TTEC, a customer experience as a service platform that is behind some of the world's largest brands. She joins Devin to break down the customer experience (CX) trends every leader should be aware of. These are the trends impacting your bottom line, and your customer retention and satisfaction rates. If you strive to enable your sales team to create memorable customer experiences, this episode is for you. KEY TAKEAWAYS:[9:30] - What's on your prospect's performance review?[18:59]- Customer effort score: what it is, and why it matters[24:34] - How to make CX less overwhelming

Humans of Travel
Culinary Journalist Adam Sachs on Storytelling Through Food and Directing Silversea Cruises' S.A.L.T. Program

Humans of Travel

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 40:03


Adam Sachs, an award-winning culinary journalist and magazine editor, is the brains behind Silversea Cruises' S.A.L.T. (Sea and Land Taste) program. But prior to joining the cruise industry, Sachs graced the masthead of several magazines, from his first gig as a fact-checker for Conde Nast Traveler to his time at GQ and as Editor-in-Chief of Saveur, a food-focused entertainment and culinary travel magazine. Through his written work, he aims to celebrate the culture of the places he's visited — and the people he's met — through the lens of what's on a plate. In this episode of Humans of Travel, the three-time James Beard award-winning writer reflects on his early career as a foodie journalist and some of the most meaningful stories he's written, from an around-the-world trip on a single airline ticket to a New Zealand escapade planned completely by the Kiwis he met along the way. Listeners will also hear Sachs' take on how the food media landscape has changed, and what he predicts for the future of travel and food journalism. And finally, Sachs dives into the ins and outs of Silversea's new S.A.L.T. program, an onboard and onshore deep dive into the culinary culture of a sailing's ports of call. Note: This episode is sponsored by Windstar Cruises. INSIDE THIS EPISODE 01:00 Meet award-winning culinary journalist, Adam Sachs 04:00: Sachs details his early life in Louisville, Ky. and a childhood that didn't include food experimentation. 06:50: Two English teachers helped Sachs develop his love of writing in high school. 14:30: Sachs moves to New York, and his first magazine job was with Conde Nast Traveler as a fact-checker. 16:50: Sachs shares a behind-the-scenes look at two past stories he's written: An around-the-world trip on a single airline ticket, and a trip to New Zealand. 21:50: Sachs reflects on how the food media landscape has changed over the years, and what the future might look like for food and travel journalism.  29:55: Sachs gives listeners a deep-dive on Silversea's new S.A.L.T. project and its components: S.A.L.T. Lab, S.A.L.T. Bar and S.A.L.T. Experiences. RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Silversea Cruises' S.A.L.T. Program ABOUT YOUR HOST  Emma Weissmann is the Digital Managing Editor of TravelAge West, a print and online magazine for travel advisors based in the Western U.S. She is also the co-host of Trade Secrets, a podcast created with sister publication Travel Weekly.  TravelAge West also produces national trade publications Explorer and Family Getaways, as well as events including the Future Leaders in Travel Retreat, Global Travel Marketplace West, the WAVE Awards gala and the Napa Valley Leadership Forum.  ABOUT THE SHOW  TravelAge West's podcast, “Humans of Travel,” features conversations with exceptional people who have compelling stories to tell. Listeners will hear from the travel industry's notable authorities, high-profile executives, travel advisors and rising stars as they share the experiences — the highs and the lows — that make them human.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

That Checks Out
Dutch Clue, Antique Spices, and "The Dad Stare"

That Checks Out

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 60:34


The guys discuss the difference between "free range" and "caged" victims, how to find love in a cockpit, and Ted meets the same new people twice for the third time.Pop Fun To Playthatchecksout.netsnapchat: TCODamonTedtwitter.com/OutWdtinstagram.com/thatchecksoutwdtfacebook.com/thatchecksoutwithdamonandtedRecorded at Audiohive Podcasting, a studio dedicated to podcast recording, editing, and production!Hosted on Transistor.fmaudiohivepodcasting.com

Insightsforliving by The Covenant Nation
How We Treat Others Governs All Of Our Experiences On The Earth Part 2B

Insightsforliving by The Covenant Nation

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 26:14


"True worship starts with how we treat others" Pst Poju Oyemade

Daily Meditation Podcast
Affirmation to Release Emotional Pain, Day 2 Healing Emotional Pain

Daily Meditation Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 10:01


Release stored emotional pain that may make you feel stuck. THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR, THERAGUN! Don't let the stress of daily life weigh on your body. Whether you want to treat your muscle tension from working out, an injury or just the stresses of everyday life, there's no substitute for the Theragun Gen 4 Go to Therabody.com/dailymeditation and get your Gen 4 Theragun TODAY. Experiences of emotional trauma often create feelings of feeling unsafe within your body. This is a week of creating safety. In each episode this week, you'll work your way to emotional safety step by step as you gain insight into where and how you hold emotional trauma within your body. Be guided in meditations to soothe emotional pain. This is day 2 of a 7-day meditation series, Healing Emotional Pain, episodes 2642-2648. YOUR WEEKLY CHALLENGE You're Invited To Take Part In a Safety Quest! Every day, do something that helps you to feel safe in your body. Some ways to feel safe include exercise, stretching, massage, yoga, a warm bath, a weighted blanket, or anything else that helps you to feel grounded. MEDITATION TECHNIQUES: Day 1: Visualization  Day 2: Affirmation Day 3: Breathing Technique Day 4: Mudra Technique Day 5: Chakra Technique Day 6: Layer Meditation Techniques Day 7: Reflection + Introspection SHARE YOUR MEDITATION JOURNEY WITH YOUR FELLOW MEDITATORS Let's connect and inspire each other! Please share a little about how meditation has helped you by reaching out to me at Mary@SipandOm.com or better yet -- direct message me on https://www.instagram.com/sip.and.om. We'd love to hear about your meditation ritual!  WAYS TO SUPPORT THE DAILY MEDITATION PODCAST SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss a single episode. Consistency is the KEY to a successful meditation ritual. SHARE the podcast with someone who could use a little extra support. I'd be honored if you left me a podcast review. If you do, please email me at Mary@sipandom.com and let me know a little about yourself and how meditation has helped you. I'd love to share your journey to inspire fellow meditators on the podcast! SURVEY: Help us get to know more about how best to serve you by taking our demographics survey: https://survey.libsyn.com/thedailymeditationpodcast All meditations are created by Mary Meckley and are her original content. Please request permission to use any of Mary's content by sending an email to Mary@sipandom.com. FOR DAILY EXTRA SUPPORT OUTSIDE THE PODCAST Each day's meditation techniques are shared at: sip.and.om Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sip.and.om/ sip and om Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SipandOm/ SIP AND OM MEDITATION APP Looking for a little more support? If you're ready for a more in-depth meditation experience, allow Mary to guide you in daily 30-minute guided meditations on the Sip and Om meditation app. Give it a whirl for 7-days free! Receive access to 2,000+ 30-minute guided meditations customized around a weekly theme to help you manage emotions. Receive a Clarity Journal and a Slow Down Guide customized for each weekly theme.  2-Week's Free Access on iOS https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sip-and-om/id1216664612?platform=iphone&preserveScrollPosition=true#platform/iphone All meditations are created by Mary Meckley and are her original content. Please request permission to use any of Mary's content by sending an email to Mary@sipandom.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Contra Radio Network
THE SURVIVALIST PREPPER PODCAST ll Preparing With Children

Contra Radio Network

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 50:17


This week on the podcast we have a special guest Morgan from RoguePreparedness on with us to talk about preparedness with children and some challenges she recently encountered. Morgan recently went on a multi-state 30 day trip with her husband and 2 children and shared some of her takeaways with us. Experiences like this are a great way to find the flaws in your bug out plans, and gives you an idea about how difficult bugging out with children could actually be.

Mark Narrations - The Wafflecast Reddit Stories
My Husband Is Projecting His Past Bullying Experiences On To Our Son r/Relationships

Mark Narrations - The Wafflecast Reddit Stories

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 21:14


Relationship Reddit Stories, OP is growing concerned about her husband's behaviour towards their son as the husband compares his son to his old high school bullies.Want to become a member? Sign up here:https://www.patreon.com/MarkNarrationsALL OTHER SOCIALS:https://linktr.ee/MarkNarrations0:00 Intro0:20 Story 13:22 Story 1 Comments5:52 Story 1 Update8:09 Story 211:59 Story 2 Comments15:50 Story 2 Update20:09 Final comments#redditupdate #redditbullying #redditrelationships See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/mark-narrations-the-wafflecast-reddit-stories.

Learn English with Bob the Canadian
Free English Class! Topic: Describing Situations and Experiences!

Learn English with Bob the Canadian

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 29:38


Life is filled with situations and experiences and as you learn English it's always a good idea to practice describing them. We've all been somewhere crowded. We've all been stuck somewhere. We've all had the normal situations and experiences that happen in life. In this free English class I will help you learn how to talk about those situations and experiences.In this English lesson you'll learn words and phrases like: packed, to be stuck at, hard to follow, worth it, a blast, too much, out of this world, and more!I hope you enjoy this English lesson about how to describe situations and experiences. Have a great day!Note: This is the audio portion of a Youtube English lesson which you can watch right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsWqYNL_0Vw or find by searching Youtube for, "Bob the Canadian Describing Situations"Support the show

Daily Meditation Podcast
Listen to What Your Body Is Revealing To You, Day 1 Healing Emotional Trauma

Daily Meditation Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 12:31


Experiences of emotional trauma often create feelings of vulnerability or of feeling unsafe within your body. This is a week of creating safety. In each episode this week, you'll work your way to emotional safety step by step as you gain insight into where and how you hold emotional trauma within your body. Be guided in meditations to soothe emotional pain. This is day 1 of a 7-day meditation series, Healing Emotional Pain, episodes 2642-2648. YOUR WEEKLY CHALLENGE You're Invited To Take Part In a Safety Quest! Every day, do something that helps you to feel safe in your body. Some ways to feel safe include exercise, stretching, massage, yoga, a warm bath, a weighted blanket, or anything else that helps you to feel grounded. MEDITATION TECHNIQUES: Day 1: Visualization  Day 2: Affirmation Day 3: Breathing Technique Day 4: Mudra Technique Day 5: Chakra Technique Day 6: Layer Meditation Techniques Day 7: Reflection + Introspection SHARE YOUR MEDITATION JOURNEY WITH YOUR FELLOW MEDITATORS Let's connect and inspire each other! Please share a little about how meditation has helped you by reaching out to me at Mary@SipandOm.com or better yet -- direct message me on https://www.instagram.com/sip.and.om. We'd love to hear about your meditation ritual!  WAYS TO SUPPORT THE DAILY MEDITATION PODCAST SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss a single episode. Consistency is the KEY to a successful meditation ritual. SHARE the podcast with someone who could use a little extra support. I'd be honored if you left me a podcast review. If you do, please email me at Mary@sipandom.com and let me know a little about yourself and how meditation has helped you. I'd love to share your journey to inspire fellow meditators on the podcast! SURVEY: Help us get to know more about how best to serve you by taking our demographics survey: https://survey.libsyn.com/thedailymeditationpodcast All meditations are created by Mary Meckley and are her original content. Please request permission to use any of Mary's content by sending an email to Mary@sipandom.com. FOR DAILY EXTRA SUPPORT OUTSIDE THE PODCAST Each day's meditation techniques are shared at: sip.and.om Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sip.and.om/ sip and om Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SipandOm/ SIP AND OM MEDITATION APP Looking for a little more support? If you're ready for a more in-depth meditation experience, allow Mary to guide you in daily 30-minute guided meditations on the Sip and Om meditation app. Give it a whirl for 7-days free! Receive access to 2,000+ 30-minute guided meditations customized around a weekly theme to help you manage emotions. Receive a Clarity Journal and a Slow Down Guide customized for each weekly theme.  2-Week's Free Access on iOS https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sip-and-om/id1216664612?platform=iphone&preserveScrollPosition=true#platform/iphone All meditations are created by Mary Meckley and are her original content. Please request permission to use any of Mary's content by sending an email to Mary@sipandom.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Filmmaking Friends with Ryan Little
JESSE GARCIA: Growing Through Your Acting Experiences

Filmmaking Friends with Ryan Little

Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 55:06


In this episode Ryan talks with JESSE GARCIA (The Avengers, From Dusk Till Dawn, Ambulance) about the ups and downs of having an acting career in Hollywood and how Flamin' Hot Cheetos can change your life. 

YOUR HEALTHY REALITY
What Experiences are Dictating Your Adult Norms?

YOUR HEALTHY REALITY

Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 2:45


Dear Life Warriors, I am not sure you are aware, but it's the experiences we go through in our childhood that guides our adult life. Have you ever sat and thought about what your childhood experiences were like? YOu should.I challenge you to do this in your next quiet moment with yourself. Draw a picture of a house with many windows. Each window represent an experience that affects your spirit to this day. It either gives you a happy moment or bad moment. Count how many windows in total and then add up the happy windows and the dirty windows. Take the total dirty windows and divide it by total windows. Convert your final number into a percentage. The final number represents the percentage of the day you will experience negative thoughts. Your job is to work on cleaning up all the windows. AKA negative thoughts which will lead to negative emotions which will lead to manifestation of toxicity in your life.Purchase Char's Journal: https://www.amazon.com/30-DAYS-NEW-YOU-JOURNAL/dp/0578726572Subscribe to the show on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DearLifeWarriorsABOUT DEAR LIFE WARRIORS (DLW): Dear Life Warrior's mission is to empower people of color with unyielding tenacity to hang on until destiny is fulfilled. Our vision is that everyone that watches Dear Life Warriors will have a great understanding that the Journey of Life is a process, and if a process is to be fruitful it will take determination to reach completion.#dearlifewarriors #mentalhealthatwork #leadershipdevelopment #lifecoachingtips #lifecoach

How To Love Lit Podcast
Kate Chopin - The Awakening - Episode 3 - Edna Pontellier Battles The Forces Without Only To Meet The Forces Within!

How To Love Lit Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 49:51


Kate Chopin - The Awakening - Episode 3 - Edna Pontellier Battles The Forces Without Only To Meet The Forces Within!   Hi, I'm Christy Shriver and we're here to discuss books that have changed the world and have changed us.    I'm Garry Shriver and this is the How to Love Lit Podcast.  This is our third episode discussing Kate Chopin's controversial novella, The Awakening.  Week 1 we introduced Chopin, her life and the book itself.  We talked about what a stir it made during her lifetime ultimately resulting in it being forgotten and then rediscovered midway through the 20th century.  Last week, we spent all of our time on the vacation resort island of Grand Isle.  We met Mr. ad Mrs. Pontellier, as well as the two women who represent got Edna, our protagonist, two alternating lifestyles.  Edna Pontellier, we were quick to learn, is not a happily married woman.  Her husband is outwardly kind to her, but readers are told outright that love and mutual respect was never part of the arrangement between these two.  Edna is indulged by Mr. Pontellier, for sure.  He gives her anything she wants in terms of money or material, but in exchange, she is his ornament, an expensive hobby, a pet even- something to be prized- or as Ibsen would describe it- a beautiful doll for his doll house.      The story starts in the summer at the vacation resort town of Grand Isle, Louisiana.  While vacationing on the island, Edna Pontellier experiences what Chopin terms “the awakening”.  She awakens to the understanding that she is not a pet or a doll in the doll house, and just like Nora in the The Doll's House, she decides she really doesn't want to be one anymore.     No, I guess if that were the only thing to this story, we'd have to say, Sorry Kate, Ibsen beat you by about 20 years.  In Ibsen's story, Nora awakens when her husband, Torvald, turns on her over money.      That's a good point, what awakens Edna in this book is not a marital crisis over money.  It is a crisis that awakens her, and it totally informs how she views her marriage, but it is a crisis concerning her husband at all that is the catalyst.   She is awakened to her own humanity by discovering her own sensuality.  I want to highlight that this awakening isn't overtly sexually provoked.  No man comes in and seduces Edna; she does not go off with a wild vacation crew.  She is left vulnerable, if you want to think about it that way, because of loveless marriage, but she is sensually and emotionally provoked through three  very different relationships- all of which affect her physically as well as emotionally.  The first is with a Creole woman, Adele Ratigntole, one with a younger Creole man, Robert LeBrun, and the third with the provocative music of Madame Reisz.  Experiences with these three awaken something in Edna that encourages maybe even forces her to rebel- rebel against her husband, against the culture, against the person she has always been, against the roles she has played, against everything that she has ever known.      The problem is- rebellion only takes you so far.  You may know what you DON'T want, but does that help you understand what you DO?  And this is Edna's problem.  Where do we go from here?     And so, in chapter 17, we return with the Pontellier's to their home in New Orleans.  And, as we have suggested before, New Orleans is not like any other city in America, and it is in these cultural distinctives of Creole life at the turn of the century that Chopin situates our protagonist.  But before we can understand some of the universal and psychological struggles Chopin so carefully sketches for us, we need to understand a little of the culture of this time period and this unusual place.  Garry, tell us a little about this world.  What is so special about Esplanade Street?    Well, one need only Google tourism New Orleans and a description of Esplanade street will be in the first lists of articles you run into.  Let me read the opening sentence from the travel website Neworleans.com    One of the quietest, most scenic and historic streets in New Orleans, Esplanade Avenue is a hidden treasure running through the heart of the city. From its beginning at the foot of the Mississippi River levee to its terminus at the entrance of City Park, Esplanade is a slow pace thoroughfare with quiet ambiance and local charm.  According to this same website, Esplanade Street, during the days of Chopin, functioned as “millionaire row”- which, of course is why the Pontelliers live there.    It actually forms the border between the French Quarter and the less exclusive Faubourg Marigny.  At the turn of the last century it was grand and it was populated by wealthy creoles who were building enormous mansions meant to compete with the mansions of the “Americans” on St. Charles Avenue.    “The Americans”?    Yes, that was the term for the non-Creole white people.  The ones that descended from the British or came into New Orleans from other parts of the US.     Esplanade Street was life at its most grand- there is no suffering like you might find in other parts of New Orleans.  The Pontelliers were wealthy; they were glamorous; these two were living competitively.      The first paragraph of chapter 17 calls the Pontellier mansion dazzling white. And the inside is just as dazzling as the outside. Mrs. Pontellier's silver and crystal were the envy of many women of less generous husbands.  Mr. Pontellier was very proud of this and according to our sassy narrator loved to walk around his house to examine everything.  He “greatly valued his possessions.  They were his and I quote “household gods.”    The Pontelliers had been married for six years, and Edna over this time had adjusted to the culture and obligations of being a woman of the competitive high society of Creole New Orleans.  One such obligation apparently centered around the very serious etiquette of calling cards and house calls.  This is something we're familiar with, btw, since we watch Bridgerton.  It was something we saw in Emma, too.  Garry, talk to us about the very serious social business of calling cards.     Well, this is first and foremost a European custom during this time period. It started with simple cards designed to announce a person's arrival, but as in all things human, it grew and grew into something much larger and subtextual- and of course, with rules.  During the Victorian era, the designs on the cards as well as the etiquette surrounding were elaborate.  A person would leave one's calling card at a friend's house, and by friend meaning a person in your community- you may or may not actually be friends. Dropping off a card was a way to express appreciation, offer condolences or just say hello.  If someone moved into the neighborhood, you were expected to reach out with a card, and a new arrival was expected to do the same to everyone else.      The process would involve putting the card on an elaborate silver tray in the entrance hall.  A tray full of calling cards was like social media for Victorians- you were demonstrating your popularity.    For example, if we were doing this today, we would have a place in the entrance of our home, and we'd make sure the cards of the richest or most popular people we knew were on to.  We would want people who dropped off cards to be impressed by how many other callers we had AND how impressive our friends were. The entire process was dictated by complicated social rules, and as Leonce explains to Edna, to go against these rules could mean social suicide.     It could also mean financial suicide because business always has a human component.  The function of an upper class woman would be to fulfil a very specific social obligation and this involved delivering and accepting these calling cards.  Every woman would have a specific day where she would make it known she was receiving cards, and the other ladies would go around town to pay house calls.  In some cases, a woman might remain in her carriage while her groom would take the card to the door.  During the Regency era like in Jane Austen's day, there was a system of bending down the corner of the card if you were there in person, and not if you were sending it, but by Chopin's day, I'm not sure if that was still a thing.     The main thing was that the card would be dropped off on this special silver tray. If it were a first call, the caller might only leave a card.  But, if you were calling on the prescribed day, the groom would further inquire if the lady of the house were home.  A visit would consist of about twenty minutes of polite conversation.  It was important that if someone called on you, you must reciprocate and call on then on their visiting day.      Well, the Tuesday they get back, Edna leaves the house on her reception day and does not receive any callers- a social no-no.  In fact, as we go through the rest of the book, she never receives callers again. This is an affront to the entire society, and an embarrassment to her husband; it's also just bad for business, as Mr. Pontellier tries to explain to his wayward wife, let's read this exchange.    “Why, my dear, I should think you'd understand by this time that people don't do such things; we've got to observe “les convenances” if we ever expect to get on and keep up with the procession.  If you felt that you had to leave this afternoon, you should have left some suitable explanation for your absences.      One thing I find interesting.  Mr. Pontellier assumes that Mrs. Pontellier is on the same page on wanting the same things as he wants, and what he wants is to keep up with the procession.  They'd been doing this for the last six years, and doing it well.    Another thing I notice is that he doesn't rail at her for skipping out. Mr. Pontellier, unlike her father, even as we progress through the rest of the book, is not hard on her at all.  In fact, he's indulgent.  The problem in the entire book is not that he's been overtly abusive or cruel.  Read the part where he tries to kind of help her fix what he considers to be a serious social blunder.    Page 60    Well, if taken in isolation, this exchange doesn't seem offensive, and I might even have taken sides with Mr. Pontellier if it weren't back to back with this horrid scene of him complaining about his dinner then walking out to spend the rest of the evening at the club where he clearly spends the majority of his time.  You have to wonder what is going on at that club, but beyond that.  Edna is again left in sadness.  “She went and stood at an open window and looked out upon the deep tangle of tea garden below”.  (On an aside, if you've read Chopin's story, the story of an hour, you should recognize the language here and the image of this open window).  Anyway,, Here again we have another image of a caged bird, or a person who is looking out in the world but not feeling a part of it.  “She was seeing herself and finding herself in just sweet half-darkness which met her moods. But the voices were not soothing that came to her from the darkness and the sky above and the stars.  They jeered and sounded mournful notes without promise, devoid even of home.  She turned back into the room and began to walk to and from down its whole length, without stopping, without resting.  She carried in her hands a thin handkerchief, which she tore into ribbons, rolled into a ball, and flung from her.  Once she stopped, and taking off her wedding ring, flung it upon the carpet.  When she saw it there, she stamped her heel upon it, striving to crush it.  But her small boot heel did not make an indenture, not a mark upon the little glittering circlet.  In a sweeping passion she seized a glass vase from the table and flung it upon the tiles of the hearth.  She wanted to destroy something.  The crash and the clatter were what she wanted to hear.”    She's clearly angry…and not just because Mr. Pontellier complained about the food and walked out of the house.  She's angry about everything.     Never mind the fact that we are never told what goes on at this club, but there are several indications in different parts of the book that Mr. Pontellier may be doing other things besides smoking cigars in crowded rooms.  Adele even tells Edna that she disapproves of Mr. Pontellier's club.  She goes on to say, “It's a pity Mr. Pontellier doesn't stay home more in the evenings.  I think you would be more- well, if you don't me my saying it- more united.”      Although I will add, Edna quickly replies, “'Oh dear no!' What should I do if he stayed home? We wouldn't have anything to say to each other.”  - the fact remains that MR. Pontelier does not see any need to nurture any sort of human or intimate relationship with Edna- theirs comes across as a cordial business arrangement, at best, with Edna in the position of employee.      True, and although I don't know if this is the right place to point this out, but in terms of the sexual indiscretions that may or may not be going on when Mr. Pontellier is at the club, there is likely a lot in the culture at large going on under the surface that a person from the outside wouldn't immediately be aware of.   Edna is naïve at first to all that goes on in her Victorian-Creole world.  There just is no such thing as “lofty chastity”  amongst the Creole people, or any people I might add, although Edna initially seems to believe that in spite of all the sexual innuendo in the language, nothing sexual was ever going on.  There are just too many indications otherwise in the story that that is not the case.  The reader can see it, even though Edna cannot.     True, and if you didn't catch it on Grand Isle, in the city, it is more obvious, and the farther along we go in the story, it gets more obvious as well.  Mrs. James Highcamp is one example.  She has married an “American” but uses her daughter as a pretext for cultivating relationships with younger men.  This is so well-known that Mr. Pontellier tells Edna, after seeing her calling card, that the less you have to do with Mrs. Highcamp the better.  But she's not the only example.  Victor basically details an encounter with Edna of being with a prostitute he calls “a beauty” when she comes to visit his mother..ending with the phrase that she wouldn't comprehend such things.  And of course, most obviously there is the character Arobin with whom Edna eventually does get sexually involved, but his reputation has clearly preceded him.       Well, Edna's awakening to all of this would explain part of her anger, but  there is more to Edna's awakening then just Leonce, or the new culture she's a part of, or really any outside factor.     Yes, and it is in the universality of whatever is going on inside of Edna that we find ourselves.  That's what's so great about great literature- the setting can be 120 years ago, but our humanity is still our humanity.       I agree and love that, but let's get back to her setting for a moment. I think it's worth mentioning that the 19th century culture of the Creole people in New Orleans is messy and complicated in its own unique way.  It's fascinating, but for those who are not of the privileged class, life was often a harsh reality.  The world, especially in the South, was problematic for people of mixed race heritage.  So, and this is more true the closer we get to the Civil War and the Jim Crow era, but those who called themselves “white creoles” had a problem because of the large existence of the free people of mixed race ancestry in New Orleans.  There was a strong outside pressure to maintain this illusion of racial purity, but the evidence suggests this simply wasn't reality.  Let me throw out a few numbers to tell you what I'm talking about.  From 1782-1791, the St. Louis Catholic Church in New Orleans recorded 2688 births of mixed race children.  Now that doesn't seem like a large number, but let me throw this number out- that same congregation at that time same only records 40 marriages of black or mixed race people.  Now, I know Catholics are known for having large families, but I'm not sure 20 women can account for 2688 births.      No, something feels a little wrong.  That number suggests another explanation may be in order.      Exactly, and by 1840 that number grows from 2688 to over 20,000 with mixed raced Creoles representing 18% of the total population of residents of New Orleans.  And if that doesn't convince you, here's another indicator, during this same period many many free women of color were acquiring prime real estate in New Orleans under their own names.  These women had houses built and passed estates on to their children, but notice this detail, the children of these mixed-raced women had different last names then their mothers.  We're not talking about small amounts of property here.  By 1860 $15 million dollars worth of property was in the name of children with last names that were not the same as that of their mothers, oh and by the way, a lot of that property was in the neighborhood where Edna rents her pidgeon house just around the corner from Esplanade street- in other words around the corner and walking distance from millionaire row.      Well, that's really interesting, and I guess, does add a new dimension to the subtext in the language for sure.    Well, it does, and it is likely something readers of the day would have certainly understood, more than we do 100 years later when the stakes of identifying as being of mixed raced heritage are not the difference between freedom and slavery.  But beyond just that, it's an example of cultures clashing.  Edna represents an outwardly prudish Puritan culture coming into a society that is French, Spanish and Caribbean- very different thinking.  This is a de-facto multi-cultural world; it's Catholic; it's French-speaking; it's international.  She doesn't understand what she's seeing.  And in that regard, her own situational reality is something she's realizing she is only beginning to understand, and she comes into it all very gradually. She is not, in Adele's words, “One of them.”  In fact, there may have been irony in the narrator in Grand Isle suggesting that Robert LeBrun's relationships every summer were platonic.  His relationship with the girl in Mexico we will see most certainly is not, but nor was his relationship with Mariequeita on Grand Isle, the girl they meet on the day they spent together.      Indeed.  You may be right- perhaps there is a real sense that Edna has been blind, and perhaps not just to her husband but by an entire society that presents itself one way but in reality is something entirely different altogether.  When she visits Adele and her husband at their home, everything seems perfect- of course.  Adele is the perfect woman with this perfect life.  Adele is beautiful.  Her husband adores her.  The Ratignolle's marriage is blissful, in fact to use the narrator's words, “The Ratignolles' understood each other perfectly.  If ever the fusion of two human beings into one has been accomplished on this sphere it was surely in their union.”      Do you think it's sarcasm again?  Was it truly perfect, or just presenting itself to be perfect?     It's really hard to tell.  Maybe they have worked out a great life together.  I think there is a lot in this passage to suggest they are truly happy together.  Edna even expresses that their home is much happier than hers.  She quotes that famous Chinese proverb “Better a dinner of herbs”.  The entire quote is “Better a dinner of herbs than a stalled ox where hate is.”- meaning her house has better food but she thinks of it as a hateful place- whereas this place is the opposite.   Poor thing- she sees her reality for what it is.  I still see a little sarcasm in the narrator's language, but even if Adele is every bit as perfect as she seems, and even if her home is every bit as perfect as it seems, and even if her husband is every bit as perfect as he seems, in the most real of ways, that could all be true and it wouldn't matter.  E    Precisely, The Ratignole's life can be every bit as perfect as it appears. and it wouldn't make Edna want it any more.  Edna leaves Adele's happy home, realizing that even if she could have it it's not the life she wants.  She wouldn't want that world even if Leonce loved her.  It's just not for her.  The problem is, that's as far as she's gotten with her problem solving.  All she knows is what she DOESN'T want.  Her new world is a world of negation.  She wants to quit, and so she does.  She absolutely disregards all her duties to the point that it finally angers Leonce enough to confront her.    “It seems to me the utmost folly for a woman at the head of a household, and the mother of children, to spend in an atelier days which would be better employed contriving for the comfort of her family.”    An atelier is an artist studio.  It' seems Edna has left all the responsibilities she had as a housewife as well as a mother.  And let me add, Edna was never dusting, cooking, or bathing her children.  She has several house keepers and nannies.  But now, she's not even overseeing what others are doing.  Instead, she's devoting herself entirely to painting.  And surprisingly, Leonce doesn't even have a problem with that in and of itself.  Edna tells her husband, “I feel like painting.”  To which he responds, “Then in God's name paint!  But don't let the family go to the devil.  There's Madame Ratignolle, because she keeps up her music, she doesn't let everything else go to chaos.   And she's more of a musician than you are a painter.”  Yikes, that may be honest, but it does come across as a little harsh.  I know.  I think it's kind of a funny line.  To which, Edna has an interesting comeback- it's like she knows it's not about the painting. She says, “It isn't on account of the painting that I let things go.”  He asks her then why she's let everything go, but she has no answer.  She says she just doesn't know.  Garry, do you want to take a stab at what's going on with Edna?   Well, I do want to tread carefully.  What is fascinating about this book is not so much that Chopin is arguing for any specific course of action, or warning against any specific set of behaviors.  She doesn't condemn Edna for anything, not even the affair she will have with Arobin.  Instead of judging, Chopin, to me, seems to be raising questions.  And it is the questions that she raises that are so interesting.  Edna is desperately trying to rewrite the narrative of her life.  There is no question about that.  But that is an artistic endeavor, in some ways like painting or singing.   I guess we can say Chopin is blending her metaphors here.  Edna doesn't want to be a parrot and copy, but she's living her life exactly the way she is painting- it's uncontrolled; it's undisciplined; it's impulsive.  I'd also say, it's rather unoriginal.  There is no doubt that the social roles offered to her are restrictive.  There's no doubt her marriage is a problem, but as we get farther into the story, it's hard to believe that even if all of these problems could be rectified that Edna would be able define a life for herself.  We, as humans, are always more than a reaction to the social and cultural forces in our world- I hate to get back to the word we used last week, but I can't get away from it.  Even under strict social norms, which I might add, Edna is NOT under for her time period- she is after all one of the most privileged humans on planet Earth at that particular time in human history, but even if she were under severe restrictions, she, as a human, still has agency- we all do.  Yes- and to use Chopin's words from chapter 6, Mrs Pontellier was beginning to realize her position as an individual as a human being, and to recognize her relations as an individual to the world WITHIN and about her.  I think that Edna is like the rest of us in that it's easier to understand and manage the world about us as opposed to the world within.  At least I can SEE the world about me- how can I see within?  How can I understand myself?  And so Edna goes to the world of Madame Reisz having discarded the world of Adele Ratignolle- the world of art, the world of the artist- which is where Edna goes in chapter 21.  I would argue that she sees it as the polar opposite of Adele's reality.  There is the Adele version of being a woman- a totally objectified, sexualized but mothering type of woman= versus this version of womanhood who is basically asexually.  Perhaps Madame Reisz isn't a woman at all- she's an artist.    Except that world, the world of the artist, comes with its own share of difficulties nevermind that it is simply more uncomfortable.  Reisz' house is described as “dingy”.  There's a good deal of smoke and soot.  It's a small apartment.  There's a magnificent piano, but no elegant food or servants or silver trays for calling cards.  She cooks her meals on a gasoline stove herself.  Let me quote here, “it was there also that she ate, keeping her belongings in a rare old buffet, dingy and battered from a hundred years use.”  True, but there is also  the music and when the music filled the room it floated out upon the night, over the housetops, the crescent of the river, losing itself in the silence of the air and made Edna sob. The art is otherworldly, and there is something to that.  Something attractive maybe even metaphysical.  I want to talk about Kate Chopin's choice of music.  I don't think we noted this in episode one, but Chopin was an accomplished pianist.  She played by ear and read music.  She held parties, almost identical to the ones she described Madame Ratignole throwing in the book with dancing and card playing.  Music was a very big deal to Kate Chopin, so when she includes specific music in her writing, she's not just dropping in commonly used songs, she uses artists she likes for specific reasons, and in this novel, the pianist Frederic Chopin is selected intentionally- and not because he has the same last name, although I did check that out- they are not related.  Garry, as a musician yourself, what can you tell us about Frederic Chopin, the Polish composer and pianist?  Well, let me make this comparison, Frederic Chopin's music in his day was the pelvis gyrating Elvis' Rock in Roll of his day.  It was provocative.  19th century attitudes towards this type of harmony driven romantic music would seem hysterical to us.  They were seen as sensual and a destructive force, especially for women.  This may even be Chopin's sassy narrator playing with us again- Frederic Chopin's music is definitely driving sensuality in Edna. To say Kate Chopin is using it ironically is likely taking it too far, but I don't know, maybe not.  This narrator has been ironic before. The main undeniable connection is that Madame Reisz plays Impromptus.  Impromptus are improvisational music.  Frederic Chopin wrote only four of them in his career.  The one Kate selects here is called Fantasie-Impromptu in C minor- it's the only one in a minor key that he ever wrote.  You can pull it up on Spotify and hear it for yourself.   It is full of rhythmical difficulties.  It's very difficult to play. It's quick and full of emotion.  There is banging on low notes at times, thrills and rolling notes going faster and slower at others points.  Frederic Chopin, by the way, was a very temperamental person and in some ways shares a lot of the personality quirks of Madame Reisz. But he did have an interesting philosophy about music that I really like and does connect to our book.  He is recorded to have said this, “words were born of sounds; sounds existed before words…Sounds are used to make music just as words are used to form language.  Thought is expressed through sounds.  And undefined human utterance is mere sound; the art of manipulating sounds is music.”  Interesting, music is thoughts as sounds.  I like the expression “undefined human utterance” especially in regard to Edna because she absolutely cannot get her thoughts out nor is she willing to share then with anyone.  She expresses more than once that her inner world was hers and hers alone. She can't get her thoughts out when she talks to Adele; she can't get them out when she talks to her husband, and she can't get them out even with Madame Reisz which would have been a very safe space for her to express herself.  At the end of chapter 21, she's sobbing at the music and holding in her hands a letter from Robert LeBrun crumpled and damp with tears.   It would have helped her to have found someone to talk to, maybe the Dr. Mandelet that Leonce goes to in chapter 22 for advice about how to help his wife.    What we find out from Leonce's conversation is that Edna has withdrawn from every single person in her world.  She won't even go to her sister's wedding.  What the doctor sees when he goes to dinner at their house is a very outwardly engaging woman but an inwardly withdrawn one.  The Doctor wonders if she's having an affair, but she isn't.    She is, to use the title of the book, One Solitary Soul.  As a human being, there are only so many types of relationships we find meaning in: we have our parents and birth family, we have our intimate relationship, we have our children (if we have any), we have our professional relationships, and we have our social friends- at least one of these has to be working for us.  Edna finds no satisfaction in any of them.  She doesn't have a trusting relationship anywhere.    Yes, every single relationship in her life is basically a burden.  Edna is trying to relieve herself of every single responsibility in the world hoping that getting out of relationships will help her expand her identity.  The problem is getting RID of responsibilities is not really the answer.  To find meaning in this world you must DO something worth doing.  Something that takes strength and energy.  Something you can be proud of.  Of course as a classroom teacher, that is what we do everyday.  It's not helpful to give students high grades or marks for nothing.  It weakens them.  When you give them a difficult task and then they are able to do that task, they grow, they get strong, they learn they are capable of even great responsibilities.  If you want to get strong, you have to take ON responsibilities- you have to practice strength training, Edna goes the opposite way here.      Edna does look for models, and if she wanted a career path, or a professional life like we think of in  our era, Chopin threw in a character that could have served that function.  It's what I see going on in  the chapters about the races.  Edna is actually really good at horse gambling.  She knows horses.  She knows the horse-racing business and knows it well.  The text actually says that she knows more about horse-racing than anyone in New Orleans.  In fact, it's her knowledge about horses that puts her on the radar of the man she eventually has the sexual relationship with, Alcee Arobin.    Let's read the section where we see this relationship, if we want to call it that, take shape.  Arobin had first seen her perform well at the tracks and to use the narrator's words, he admired Edna extravagantly after meeting her at the races with her father.  Mrs. Highcamp is also a completely different version of a feminine ideal, although neither Edna nor the narrator seem to think enough of to give her a first name.  This confused me some when I read this because in my mind, Mrs. James Highcamp would have been this type of a liberated woman that Chopin might want to have Edna admire.  She's clearly sexualy liberated, but beyond that she's worldly, intelligent, slim, tall.  Her daughter is educated, participates in political societies, book clubs, that sort of thing.  But nothing about Mrs. James Highcamp is alluring to Edna at all.  She suffers Mrs. James Highcamp because of her interest in Arobin.   Let's read about these encounters between Arobin and Edna.   Here's the first one  Page 86     So, Arobin becomes fascinated with Edna, in part because she is so smart and different from other women.  At the end of that evening, they dined with the Highcamps. And afterwards Arobin takes Edna home.  The text says this “She wanted something to happen- something, anything, she did not know what.  She regretted that she had not made Arobin stay a half hour to talk over the horses.  She counted the money she had won.  There was nothing else to do, so she went to bed, and tossed there for hours in a sort of monotonous agitation.  And so the relationship with Arobin is born out of boredom.    Yes, the dominant movement in Edna's life is always drifting towards boredom.  Edna wants to rewrite her social script, but she can't seem to define what she wants.  She has trouble speaking, so she has no words to write her own story.  She doesn't want to be a mother; she doesn't want to work except in sunny weather; she has an opportunity with Mrs. Highcamp to get involved with political or literary women; but that doesn't spark her interest.  She could make a name for herself at the races, but the money doesn't motivate her- she's always had it and in some ways doesn't seem to know a world without money.  So, she's going to default into this relationship with Arobin.  I'm going to suggest that she is again playing the part of the parrot.  Messing around with Arobin is just the kind of thing she sees men doing.  It's what Victor does; it may be what her husband does; it is likely what Robert is doing down in Mexico, so she's going to try to mimic male behavior since she hasn't really found a female model she's interested in emulating, and Arobin is an opportunitiy for this.    And yet, she's self-aware enough to not be seduced by Arobin.  The first time he really tries to make a move on her by kissing her hand, this is what she says which I find insightful,  “When she was alone she looked mechanically at the back of her hand which he had kissed so warmly.  Then she leaned her head down on the mantlepiece.  She felt something like a woman who in a moment of passion is betrayed into an act of infidelity, and realizes the significance of the act without being wholly awakened from its glamour.  The thought was passing vaguely through her mind, “what would he think?”  She did not mean her husband; she was thinking of Robert LeBrun.  Her husband seemed to her now like a person whom she had married without love as an excuse.  She lit a candle and went up to her room.  Alcee Arobin was absolutely nothing to her.  Yet his presence, his manners, the warmth of his glances, and above all the touch of his lips upon her hand had acted like a narcotic upon her.  She slept a languorous sleep, interwoven with vanishing dreams.”  Garry, is there a connection between Edna's boredom with her new life and her desire to pursue this relationship with Arobin.   Well, again, Dr. Kate Chopin is playing the psychologist.  Science has absolutely confirmed there is a relationship with boredom and risk-taking behaviors.  In other words, the more bored you find yourself, the more likely you are to do something risky.  It's one reason teenagers are so prone to dangerous behaviors like drugs.  They don't know yet how to cope with personal down time.  They can't manage their own boredom.  Bored people don't know what they want to do.  They also score low on scares that measure self-awareness.  Bored people can't monitor their own moods or understand what they truly want.  And here's another characteristic that should sound familiar in the life of Mrs. Edna Pontellier, notice that last line “vanishing dreams”, Edna is not dreaming.  She's not working at writing a script for her life..structuring a story for herself.  Her dreams and not building anything, they are vanishing.  That's not good.  And it's not that doesn't have illusions, she does, but a dream is not an illusion.  Dreams are what inspire us to do something different. Both a dream and an illusion are unreal, but an illusion will always be an illusion- it has no chance of becoming real; out of dreams new realities are born.  We are not seeing Edna dream.  Her dreams are vanishing.    Which brings us to the place where I want to end with this episode- chapter 26 and Edna's decision to move out of her husband's house.  I mentioned that this book is constructed with the archetypal 3 in mind at every point.  Edna has been living on Esplanade street- the wealthy gilded cage life, and she doesn't want that.  She has visited Madame Reisz's apartment, but she doesn't seem to want that- it's, and I quote, “cheerless and dingy to Edna”.  So what does she do? She moves two steps away from Esplanade Street, to a house Ellen calls, “the pigeon house.”  Pigeons are the oldest domesticated bird in the world.  They never fly far from home- homing pigeons is actually a term. She's building an illusion. Edna is going out of her husband's house to a place around the corner, but is she really building a new life of any kind?  What is this about?   Edna describes it to Madame Reisz, this way,  “I know I shall like it, like the feeling of freedom and independence.”    But is the feeling of freedom and independence the same as actually having freedom and independence?  Well, obviously not.  They are worlds apart.  But Edna lives in feelings.  She works when she feels like it.  She plays with her children when she feels like it, and now she admits to Madame Reisz that she's in love with Robert LeBrun, who by the way is coming back.  And when she finds that out she feels, and I quote “glad and happy to be alive.”  And what does she do after that, she stops at a candy store, buys a box to send to her children who are with their grandparents in the country and she writes a charming letter to her husband.  Her letter was brilliant and brimming with cheerfulness.  I'm sorry, but Edna frustrates the feminist in me.    Well, Edna is struggling for sure.  She can't connect with people.  She can't identify a dream worth pursuing.  She can't write her own story.  There is no doubt that a lot of this has to so with cultural and social forces at work in her world.   These are powerful forces.  However,  it is not the outside forces of her world that will do her in.  Edna is smart.  She's beautiful.  She's charming.  She actually has a lot going for her, especially for a woman during this time period.  If Chopin had wanted to write a story where a woman breaks free and soars, she has a protagonist who is positioned to do that very thing.    But she's in a mess.  And maybe that's why she's so relatable.  Many of us have made messes of our lives.  We have an incredible ability to screw up, but  humans are also incredibly resilient.  Look at Chopin's own life as an example.  In some ways, she's both Adele Ragntingole and Madame Reiz, at different points in her life she'd been both.  She may even have been Mrs. James Highcamp to a lesser degree. Why is Edna struggling here?  Well, humans are incredibly resilient, but you know what else we are- we are social beings.  Let's revisit that original book title, “One Solitary Soul”- it's my experience that no one gets out alone- not even the rich, the beautiful or the smart.  No one gets out alone.    Ah, Edna is strong enough to confront the forces without, but who will help her confront the forces within?  And so next episode, we will see her confront those internal forces.  There are no more female characters to meet; no more male characters either for that matter.  We will see Edna confront Edna alone, and we will see what happens.  Thank you for listening.  If you enjoy our podcast, please share it with a friend, a relative, your classmates, your students.  We only grow when you share.  Also, come visit with us via our social media how to love lit podcast- on Instagram, facebook and our website.  Feel free to ask questions, give us your thoughts, recommend books.  These are all things we love.  Thanks for being with us today.  Peace out.         

BioTech IQ
#48 Market Discussion and Real Life Recruiting Experiences

BioTech IQ

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 24:55


In this episode of BioTech IQ host Ammon Rivera talks about the current state of the market with respect to recruiting. He also shares a real and recent experience highlighting the challenges of compensation and it role in landing the right individual for the job. https://thebiotechiqpodcast.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/ammonr/

Boomers Today
Life-enriching Experiences for Older Adults

Boomers Today

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 27:02


For over 30 years, Amy Temperley has committed her work to improving the lives of older adults in some form or fashion. and has served caregivers, individuals with dementia and disabilities, and nonprofit leaders. Amy and her husband, Damien, founded Aging is Cool in 2016 with the dream to create smart, engaging, fun activities for older adults, being passionate about issues related to living a full life, active aging and ageism. In 2020, Aging is Cool partnered with Heart and Soul Care to create and launch, A Mighty Good Time, a website and one-stop-shop for engaging activities for older adults nationwide. www.amightygoodtime.com Sponsor: www.SeniorCareAuthority.com

Future Commerce  - A Retail Strategy Podcast
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Future Commerce - A Retail Strategy Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 47:36


The in-Direct to Consumer eraWebsites are homogenous and lacking inspiration. If you remove the navigation bar, most websites are indistinguishableShopify's stock is down 75% from its all-time high. While the tech sector experiences pain and economic concerns loom, many brands will need to invest in experience“What do consumers care about? Fast, cheap, and free. Shopify turned a business buyer, a business operator, into a consumer; they want fast, cheap, and free. No wonder eCom is so uninspired.” — PhillipAssociated Links:Shopify down 75% from highStay tuned for VISIONS 2022…coming soon!Subscribe to Insiders and Senses to read more of our hot takes! Listen to our other episodes of Future CommerceTune into Infinite Shelf Season 2!Check out Decoded, our newest limited seriesHave any questions or comments about the show? Let us know on Futurecommerce.fm, or reach out to us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn. We love hearing from our listeners!

Falun Dafa News and Cultivation
755: Cultivation Story: “My Cultivation Experiences as a Tian Guo Marching Band Member”

Falun Dafa News and Cultivation

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 14:25


"My Cultivation Experiences as a Tian Guo Marching Band Member" by a Falun Dafa practitioner in San Francisco. An experience sharing article on the Minghui website.

The CW Clinic
EP 173: Designing Employee Experiences Where People and Business Thrive

The CW Clinic

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 14:39


Have you ever wondered why some businesses outperform other businesses? Or why do employees at one business seem happier than employees elsewhere? Well, in this show we are discussing how to design employee experiences where people and business thrive. Chris breaks down his process of keeping employees happy and gives real-life examples. Get your Dominate Your Day Book https://chriswarnes.com/book/

Insightsforliving by The Covenant Nation
How We Treat Others Governs All Of Our Experiences On The Earth Part 2 A

Insightsforliving by The Covenant Nation

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 25:36


"True worship starts with how we treat others" Pst Poju Oyemade

Funny Business
Hot or Not? Selling Sunset, Graffiti, Experiences as Gifts + More

Funny Business

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 16:09


Rob and Lach rate and discuss graffiti, experiences as gifts, onesies, cutlery on the fry pan, TV in the bedroom, phone on the toilet, clothes for dogs, collecting sneakers, Gogglebox + Selling Sunset.Wellbeing Network 2022. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

#WorkBold Podcast
Does Creating Experiences Really Matter in Commercial Real Estate?

#WorkBold Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 17:34


Insights from Ivanhoè Cambridge at MIPIM with Audrey Camus In this episode of the #WorkBold Podcast, Caleb Parker is joined by Audrey Camus, Vice President of Development and Asset Management in Europe for Ivanhoè Cambridge, to talk about commercial real estate's role in creating experiences and environments where people feel taken care of.  The two discuss building communities, putting people at the center of the universe, and how a company's brand is represented by the workplace experience and choices they give their employees. Connect with Audrey on LinkedIn Connect with Caleb on LinkedIn  If you have any questions or feedback on this episode, email podcast@workbold.co   Value Bombs: Coming back into the office has to be a better experience than working from home. - Caleb In order for businesses to be competitive, they have to have an experience for people to come into to attract people to their company. But they also have to empower employees and give them the choice of when they come in. - Caleb The younger generation wants flexibility. They need to see each other and to come back to the office, but they want to do it when they want - and when they need - to do it. - Audrey A target of the office today is that it represents the brand of the company. The first thing someone sees during an interview is the place they'll be working. - Audrey A demand that we are seeing across Europe is wanting to have some flexibility with coworking spaces. - Audrey Timestamps:  [05:10] How are you finding MIPIM?  [06:05] What are the biggest drivers behind cities trying to retain their importance amid the flight from cities over the last 2 years?  [09:30] What sort of opportunities are you looking for at MIPIM? [10:40] Is it safe to say that Space-as-a-Service will play a crucial part in portfolio strategy going forward?  [11:35] You are providing great places within your portfolio, do you see it as market by market change? Is it more global or do you see differences?  [13:35] Can you tell us more about your new projects?  [15:00] Have there been any tech solutions that stood out to you or ones that you're looking for right now? Resources: Get TSK's weekly 'work made better' newsletter Shoutouts:  MIPIM Jonathan Pearce - Podcast Episode Stonecutter Court  Tours Duo CIBC Square  Fifth Wall   Sponsors: Headline Sponsor: TSK TSK creates inspiring workplaces for some of the world's biggest brands across the UK and Ireland, They've been working for 25 years to deliver the best employee experiences and the vision of their clients. Not only do they create great places to work, TSK share workplace content every week from the latest data to inspiring spaces they've designed and built. You can read their latest insights at www.tskgroup.co.uk or check out their LinkedIn and Instagram pages to become a follower, fan and friend. TSK publish weekly thought leadership, research and content featuring their team, clients and partners about workplace, commercial interiors, hybrid working and how others have prospered from investing in workplace. You can check their latest publications and video content in the show notes by signing up to their weekly ‘work made better' newsletter or visit tskgroup.co.uk. Fortune Favours the Bold Bold merges property management & Space-as-a-Service to help office customers grow faster and drive asset value. Bold is a real estate brand owned and operated by NewFlex (www.workbold.co)  Future Proof Your Portfolio with NewFlex NewFlex delivers and manages a range of branded solutions for every type of building, in every type of location, for every type of occupier. Including the flexibility to develop your own brand. All enabled by flexible management contracts where we are invested in making money for you. (www.newflex.com) Launch Your Own Podcast Kopus.com is the leading podcast production and strategic content company for brands, organisations, institutions, individuals, and entrepreneurs. Our team sets you up with the right strategy, equipment, training, and guidance and content to ensure you sound amazing while speaking to your niche audience and networking with your perfect clients. Get in touch jason@kopus.com (www.Kopus.com)

SAGE Neuroscience and Neurology
JCN: Parent Experiences: Benign Familial Neonatal Seizures

SAGE Neuroscience and Neurology

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 16:45


A physician and parent talks anonymously about her experience with her daughter's seizures.

Little Steps, Big Futures:The Podcast
Aoife & Jenny - Childhood Experiences

Little Steps, Big Futures:The Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 33:44


This week we tried to chat about our Childhood Experiences in the schooling system but true to fashion we chatted about more than that! Enjoy this casual chat on a Thursday! Support us:https://www.facebook.com/littlestepsbigfutureshttps://www.instagram.com/little_steps_big_futures/

Badge Boys
Chad Bruckner shares his Army experiences that led to his police career and the challenges working the streets during the 2020 riots.

Badge Boys

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022


Chad Bruckner shares his Army experiences that led to his police career and the challenges working the streets during the 2020 riots.

KXnO Sports Fanatics
Chris and Ross Talk With Listeners About Experiences With Famous People - Wednesday Hour 2

KXnO Sports Fanatics

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 36:05


Chris and Ross Talk With Listeners About Experiences With Famous People - Wednesday Hour 2

The Kill Your Inner Loser Show
Growing Up in a Small Town (My Experiences) [General]

The Kill Your Inner Loser Show

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 17:38


Live in a city of less than 100,000 people? MOVE!COACHING with me: legendary results and an elite dating, business, fitness & spiritual life? Let's fucking go:https://killyourinnerloser.com/coaching-sfwHow to Have a 3some (Even If You Don't Feel Ready): https://howtohave3somes.comThe BEST Tinder guide on the internet: https://killyourinnerloser.com/tinder-guide-sfwMy YouTube (with additional content not released on here): https://www.youtube.com/c/killyourinnerloser

Coffee with Karina
Season 3 Episode 3 - Animator Eric Goldberg from Disney's "SKETCHBOOK"

Coffee with Karina

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 9:57


ERIC GOLDBERG - Aladdin “The Genie” This was a live recording with Disney Studios.. ERIC GOLDBERG (Animator) is renowned for his role in creating and supervising the animation of the Genie character for “Aladdin,” for directing “Pocahontas” and the “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Carnival of the Animals” sequences for “Fantasia/2000,” along with numerous other achievements. He is the recipient of the 2011 Winsor McCay award from ASIFA-Hollywood for lifetime achievement in animation. Among his recent work, he created new animation for the Cirque du Soleil show, “Drawn to Life,” at Disney Springs in Orlando, Fla. He has also contributed animation to a variety of projection shows and special projects for Disney Parks and Experiences around the world. Goldberg's animation knowledge started early, creating flip books at age six and moving on to making prize-winning Super 8 films from the age of 13. After attending Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, majoring in illustration, Goldberg became a full-time assistant animator to legendary director Richard Williams on “Raggedy Ann and Andy.” He went on to direct countless TV spots for Williams in London before coming to Los Angeles to serve as director of animation on the Emmy®-winning “Ziggy's Gift.” Returning to London, he co-founded Pizazz Pictures, a commercial studio with a world-wide clientele. Goldberg joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1990 to supervise the animation of the wise-cracking Genie in “Aladdin.” He then co-directed “Pocahontas” (1995), and animated the feisty satyr Phil in “Hercules” (1997). His directing stints on “Fantasia/2000” were a labor of love and were inspired by both George Gershwin and the legendary theatrical caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, who served as artistic consultant. Other Disney credits include “The Princess and the Frog” (for which he supervised Louis, the trumpet-playing alligator, earning him his third Annie Award for best character animation), “Winnie the Pooh” (supervising Rabbit and the “Backson Song” sequence), and “Wreck-It Ralph” (helping to flesh out the character of King Candy). He also served as head of animation for 2013's Oscar®-nominated short, “Get a Horse!” and recently was the director, writer, and a supervising animator for the animated shorts “Disney Presents Goofy in How to Stay at Home.” Goldberg and wife, Susan, a talented artist and art director in her own right, have two daughters, Rachel and Jenny, who both work as artists in the entertainment industry.

Marketing Today with Alan Hart
311: How to Skyrocket Your Social Growth with Banfield Pet Hospital's Lisa Stockmon

Marketing Today with Alan Hart

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 20:51


Lisa Stockmon is the Chief Marketing Officer at Banfield Pet Hospitals. Lisa leads the development and execution of Banfield's innovative integrated marketing strategy, ensuring it supports the organization's strategic vision, aligns with its purpose, and drives revenue. In this episode Alan and Lisa discuss what led to Banfield's recent 400% growth in social followers and 104% increase in content interaction on Instagram. Lisa also shares the role curiosity has played in successfully engaging Gen Z in her marketing strategy. Listen to learn how to adapt to the shifting market and skyrocket your social growth. In this episode, you'll learn: Ways the pandemic has changed brands' customer bases How to strategically leverage influencer marketing on social media The importance of open-mindedness and curiosity in marketing Key Highlights [01:00] Lisa's career journey and passion project [07:00] Banfield's “b here” marketing strategy [09:00] Reaching new demographics of pet owners [15:00] Strategically leveraging influencers on social media [17:00] Experiences that define Lisa [19:00] Lisa's advice for her younger self [20:00] What marketers should be learning more about [23:00] The biggest opportunity for marketers today Resources Mentioned: Banfield Pet Hospital Lisa Stockmon Career stops: HBO, Time Warner, Time Warner Cable, Time, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, City of Hope About Banfield Pet Hospital: 1000 locations, 19,000 people Banfield Here - #BHere Marketing Strategy Banfield Pet Owner Research Banfield After Party series (YouTube) March Madness Buick Commercials highlighting women athlete performances you didn't see (AgencySpy) Progressive Commercials “Becoming Your Parents” -Parking, Home Improvement Follow the podcast: Listen in iTunes (link: http://apple.co/2dbdAhV) Listen in Google Podcasts (link: http://bit.ly/2Rc2kVa) Listen in Spotify (Link: http://spoti.fi/2mCUGnC) Connect with the Guest: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisa-stockmon-0017327/ https://twitter.com/Banfield https://www.instagram.com/banfieldpethospital/ Connect with Marketing Today and Alan Hart: http://twitter.com/abhart https://www.linkedin.com/in/alanhart http://twitter.com/themktgtoday https://www.facebook.com/themktgtoday/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/marketing-today-with-alan-hart/ Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/marketingtoday See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Sharing Her Journey
Our personal experiences with DEPRESSION

Sharing Her Journey

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 50:46


1 in 3 Adults struggle with some type of depression. You are NOT alone- We get deeply personal in this episode as we each share our own journey, struggles, pain, and connection through our experiences. ⁣ ⁣ **Warning: This episode may be triggering. ⁣Please skip if needed.  ⁣ Our purpose is to be helpful and open and share what has worked or has not worked for us, and how it is different for everyone. ⁣ We want to break away the stigma, shame, and judgement. To not be afraid to share what many experience everyday. ⁣ ⁣ "We will never heal if we don't talk about what hurts". XOXO _______________________ ⁣ Find information on the book and Tedtalk discussed in this episode here: Lost Connections ⁣ Connect with us: SHJ Instagram SHJ Facebook https://sharingherjourney.com/

Skip the Queue
Guided tours and making it personal at the National Gallery, with Katie Weller

Skip the Queue

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 36:17


Skip the Queue is brought to you by Rubber Cheese, a digital agency that builds remarkable systems and websites for attractions that helps them increase their visitor numbers. Your host is  Kelly Molson, MD of Rubber Cheese.Download our free ebook The Ultimate Guide to Doubling Your Visitor NumbersIf you like what you hear, you can subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, and all the usual channels by searching Skip the Queue or visit our website rubbercheese.com/podcast.If you've enjoyed this podcast, please leave us a five star review, it really helps others find us. And remember to follow us on Twitter for your chance to win the books that have been mentioned in this episode.Competition ends October 1st 2022. The winner will be contacted via Twitter. Show references: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/https://www.linkedin.com/in/katie-weller-8171688b/ Katie Weller has been appointed Travel Trade Sales Manager at the National Gallery. Joining the fascinating world of art, she is excited to be embarking on a new challenge. Having worked in the tourism, entertainment and leisure industry for over 18 years, her roles have ranged from working at James Villa Holidays as a Travel Advisor, Tour Guide at Shakespeare's Globe to PA for the critically acclaimed band Westlife. Starting her trade career at a top ten visitor attraction- Royal Museums Greenwich as Trade Sales Executive, she developed an award-winning product for the international education market and gained a wealth of knowledge about trade. Katie then went on to work as Trade Manager at the iconic Westminster Abbey and went on to open her own business as a successful sweet shop during the pandemic. She is now very excited to be developing and launching new products at the National Gallery.  Transcriptions: Kelly Molson: Welcome to Skip the Queue, a podcast for people working in or working with visitor attractions. I'm your host, Kelly Molson. Each episode, I speak with industry experts from the attractions world. In today's episode I speak with Katie Weller, Travel Trade Sales Manager at The National Gallery. We discuss the process of developing new paid for guided tours, making the gallery inclusive for all and how travel trade works for attractions. If you like what you hear, subscribe on all the usual channels by searching to Skip the Queue.Kelly Molson: Katie, thank you so much for coming on the podcast today. It's lovely to meet you.Katie Weller: Thank you so much. I'm really excited to be here.Kelly Molson: Ah, me too. We've been chatting for a little while on LinkedIn, haven't we? So I'm glad that we've got this booked in the diary now. So I'm going to ask you loads of questions. We've got something really exciting to talk about but first, icebreaker questions.Katie Weller: Yes, go for it.Kelly Molson: Okay. What sport would you compete in if you were in the Olympics?Katie Weller: Oh gosh, that's a hard one, isn't it? I'm actually rubbish at sports. Oh gosh. What would I go for? I was always good at javelin. Is that a sport?Kelly Molson: Yeah.Katie Weller: Can I compete in that?Kelly Molson: Absolutely.Katie Weller: Let's go for it. I'm going javelin.Kelly Molson: All right. I like it. Take your anger out.Katie Weller: Exactly.Kelly Molson: All right. Last place that you went on holiday?Katie Weller: Oh, we went to Mykonos in Greece.Kelly Molson: Oh, lovely.Katie Weller: Well, so it was supposed to be... So I'm getting married in a couple of months and so it was my hen do. And we managed to do the hen, but not the wedding. I was happy with that as long as I... Kelly Molson: This bit.Katie Weller: Exactly. And do you know what? It was just so lovely to get on a plane and travel again. So yeah, we had a brilliant time. Spent way too much money, but yeah, absolutely fantastic.Kelly Molson: Oh, lovely. What a treat. I'll bet you had a whale of a time.Katie Weller: Oh, we did.Kelly Molson: We won't ask because what goes on in hen stays on hen.Katie Weller: Exactly. I think it's for the best.Kelly Molson: All right. If you could choose any two famous people to have dinner with, who would they be?Katie Weller: Gosh. Leonardo DiCaprio, just because he's always been my number one. I'd always have him at the table there. And the second one, who would I... Does it have to be someone alive?Kelly Molson: No, it can be anyone you want.Katie Weller: I would go for Van Gogh.Kelly Molson: Wow.Katie Weller: It would be a bit of a messy dinner party, but I think he would just be so amazing to talk with, try and get into his brain. Yeah, I'm going to go Van Gogh and Leo. What a party. Do you like an invite?Kelly Molson: What a mix. Will there be cocktails?Katie Weller: I think we'll need it.Kelly Molson: I'm there. All right. Katie, what is your unpopular opinion?Katie Weller: Oh, do you know what? I've really been thinking about this and I didn't think it was an unpopular opinion, but it clearly is and I've got a lot of passion about it. Crocs should stay in hospitals. I can't even look at them. They're just the most ugliest shoes. How last year they were like trending number one? Why people put them on their feet? It really upsets me. You will never, ever see me in Crocs, ever.Kelly Molson: Wow. That is a massive passion.Katie Weller: Can you feel my anger? This is why I want to do javelin.Kelly Molson: Now, listen, I'm just going to say, I should probably hook you up with Michelle from Eureka, the National Children's Museum, because she was very passionate about wearing Crocs with socks at work.Katie Weller: She wants to do that?Kelly Molson: No, she does do that. Yeah, no, she does.Katie Weller: Each to their own, but not for me.Kelly Molson: All right. Okay.Katie Weller: Fantastic quote.Kelly Molson: They are. Let's see what our listeners feel about that. I think there might be a few people that agree with you on that one.Katie Weller: Yeah, I think since lockdown a lot of people went in that direction. But yeah, not for me. Sorry, guys.Kelly Molson: Those things. Okay. Love it. Katie, tell me a little bit about your background before we get onto what we're going to talk about today.Katie Weller: Yes, really I've been in arts and tourism for about a 20 years, which makes me feel really old now. So I started off as just a theatre steward, so working in the local theatres, and I loved it. How cool to be able to get paid and just watch shows? And back then I thought I was going to be an actor. And obviously life changes, you realise you need to get paid. So I didn't end up going down that route, but I always had a passion for it. So in terms of getting involved in sort of travel trade, that was a bit later on. I was a PA for a very famous boy band, Westlife, if you've heard of them. So I've had lots of random jobs as well. But yeah, it was the Globe Theater. So I was a tour guide there for quite a few years and absolutely loved it. And that's really where I started sort of finding out about travel trade.Katie Weller: We attended a few shows and then from there I started at Royal Museums Greenwich, and that's where I really started my career, built up all of my contacts and really got to learn about travel trade and just loved it. It's such a niche thing. And a lot of people don't understand what travel trade is and how it works.Kelly Molson: Well, actually, for the benefit of our listeners that might not know, can you explain what that actually means?Katie Weller: Yeah, definitely. So you will actually find in a lot of attractions, they have a travel trade and groups department. So travel trade works on a business to business basis. So we would push our product through third party platforms. So I don't know if I'm allowed to mention names on here?Kelly Molson: Yeah, go for it.Katie Weller: Like Virgin Experience Days or Viatour or Golden Tours. I'm not pulling out favourites at all here, but it just means that you are pushing out your reach to new markets, new audiences that you wouldn't necessarily get in otherwise. You pay them a commission and in return they push out your marketing, they'll do campaigns for you and they just drive in different people. So yeah, most attractions have a travel trade team, but a lot of people just don't really understand what it is. But it's a huge income driver to attractions.Kelly Molson: Yeah, great explanation.Katie Weller: I hope that makes sense.Kelly Molson: Yeah, it made perfect sense. And I also really appreciate that you thought we were a little bit like the BBC there and you couldn't mention other brands on it.Katie Weller: I know. I know. Well, just in case. I'm going to get other partners ringing me now like, "Why didn't you mention me?" Sorry.Kelly Molson: All right. So this is really exciting. So we had a little chat on LinkedIn quite a while ago actually now, isn't it? We were chatting. But National Gallery, where you are now, is launching paid for guided tours which are geared towards kind of tourist, domestic and international.Katie Weller: Mm-hmm (affirmative).Kelly Molson: This is really exciting because the National Gallery is a free gallery. So you don't need to pay to go into this. So this is quite a new thing that they're launching. How did this idea come about?Katie Weller: So it's a bit of a long story. With the National Gallery, yes, it's always been free of charge. However, it can be for, not just for an international customer, for a domestic one as well, if you're not necessarily an art buff, you can walk inside the Gallery, it can be quite overwhelming because you don't really know where to start, what to look at. So we know there is a demand for tours because they're coming in anyway. So they're coming in. So other tour companies are charging the customers and they're coming in and doing tours. So the issue with that... It's great because there's a demand there and we know people want to be educated and that's what we want to do. We want to educate them on our amazing collection.Katie Weller: However, sometimes with that, it means that we haven't really got any quality control over what's being said. A lot of people think they're buying an official National Gallery tour and it's not. So we get customers coming through to us. So for us, how it all came about really is my head of department, Claire, she looks after events and our catering team as well. And next year we're closing our Sainsbury Wing. So the entrance is actually going to be the Portico Terrace, so the beautiful steps going up, only because we are just completely redeveloping that side of the Gallery. And it means that we lose a lot of our daytime space. So we would normally get a lot of income coming through from daytime hire, that's going to be lost. So she thought, "Do you know what? Let's bring in travel trade."Katie Weller: We actually worked together at Royal Museums Greenwich so she was head of events there. And she just saw the benefit that travel trade had and she knew there's a demand for tours. So she just decided, "Let's get up and running." So it wasn't really anything off the back of COVID. It was always there as a plan because we knew we had those closures coming up.Kelly Molson: That's interesting. Yeah, because that was going to be one of my questions, actually, was this something that came out of COVID? Because obviously being a free museum during that time, it's really difficult. You've got additional challenges that some of the paid institutes might not have had in terms of raising funding and keeping the building and the paintings safe and looked after. So yeah, it's really interesting that hasn't come from that, which is a good thing.Katie Weller: Yeah.Kelly Molson: I guess an element of it has been about customer feedback, right? Like you said, there is a demand for it because people are already booking tours elsewhere.Katie Weller: Well, yeah, and they're paying anything between 10 pounds... You'll be amazed at what has been pushed down there. PDFs, where customers pay 10 pounds for a PDF and walk around. So that's what I mean about the quality. You think we want to mirror a high quality tour in line with the National Gallery, but some people are paying up to 400 pounds for a tour that's happening during the day. So we want to make sure that it's a fair price but we are delivering a top quality experience as well. I think people... Yes, we are free of charge, but the British Museum, they do the same thing. So you do have paid for tours as well. And I'm such a tourist. When I go abroad, I always pay for a tour because I think it's the best way. You've got an hour, for example. The international market, they're very tight on time. They've got one hour, what's the best way to do it? Actually, not everyone wants to do the free thing where you walk for... People want to have a better understanding of where they are.Kelly Molson: Yeah, that's interesting that you mentioned the time thing, isn't it? Because if you've just got that restriction you would want someone to show you the best of the best, "I'm coming to this gallery. What is the best thing that I need to see while here? What's the thing that I can't leave without seeing?" And actually, if you are kind of left to your own devices, you might not find it. You might not know where it is and your time is then gone.Katie Weller: Exactly. So I just think, with the guided tours, we are really going to ensure that it is a highlights tour. You could go on a tour with a curator or you could have a bespoke experience. Most of these tourists, they just want to get a sense of the Gallery. They want to hear brilliant stories that you just can't pick out of a book or, "Let's talk about the fun stuff." I said to the Blue Badge Guides, I was like, "Sex, drugs, rock and roll." I was like, "That's what they want to hear." I was like, "Maybe not too extreme. It is the National Gallery, but let's tell them just brilliant stories and they'll leave and ..." And when you go on tours, do you remember the dates? Not really. You remember the amazing stories that they tell you. So yeah, the guides have been brilliant at putting this all together and we've sort of left them to their own devices because their knowledge far exceeds mine. So yeah, really, really looking forward to pushing them out.Kelly Molson: It's really the stories thing is something that keeps coming up and up again, again, again on the podcast too. We just spoke to Kelly Wessell from London Zoo and she was kind of talking about the visitor experience and engaging people back, like their team, back to the zoo, getting them to fall back in love with the zoo. And she was saying that it is the stories that they know that makes people's experience better on the day. And it's only the stories that the team know, like little things about, I don't know, the giraffe house and how that was constructed. And it's those stories that make the visit more memorable for people. And that's what people are looking for, isn't it? To make that more kind of personalised and more special.Katie Weller: Well, that's it, it's about personalisation. And it does make them feel special because they probably think they might be the only person that's been told that. And also the Blue Badge Guides, we've said to them, "It's flexible. If you want to tell a different story on a different tour, that's absolutely fine." Obviously, they keep to a bit of a structure, but if they've got something cool to tell, go for it.Kelly Molson: So the tours, so how have they been developed? You decided, "We need a tour." How do you work out what are the highlights that people need to see on this tour?Katie Weller: Yeah, so really, it's been six months in the making. I don't know why I gave myself this, but I was like, "April, that's the go." I think it's beginning of financial year. You go, "Yeah, that's fine." But obviously, it's quite hard to push out something new especially in a Gallery as well. So everything can be a bit slower, I guess, and it has to be approved at so many different levels. But really, starting off with the tours, initially, we'd love to have kept it in house, but of course the resource isn't available at the moment. So we decided, "All right, second best thing is to use the Blue Badge Guides." They've just got such a wealth of knowledge and they're accredited. Tourists trusts them. They know what a Blue Badge Guide is. And the joy of having the Blue Badge Guides is that there is such a large pool of them. They can speak in different languages so that means that we can offer multi-language tours as well if you're a private group.Katie Weller: And they guide inside the Gallery anyway so they know the space very well. And they were so excited at this opportunity. I think we went to a show, it was a trade show on the Strand and it was just a happy accident. I bumped into a lovely Blue Badge Guide called Sarah. And she said, "Oh, you're from the National Gallery?" I said, "Oh, well actually I'm looking for some Blue Badge Guides." She was like, "Right, that's it. I'm your main contact going forward." And Sarah Reynolds, her name is, and she's been brilliant at... I just gave her a brief and I just said, "Storytelling." I know I keep going back to this, but I was like, "You need to tell great stories. I don't want the tourists to be drowned in facts. Let's make it fun for them." In terms of highlights, it's a difficult one but it is up to the guide. Obviously, we've got some of the most famous paintings in the world. So we've got Van Gogh Sunflowers. We've got the Turner. We can't guarantee on any given day that they will necessarily see those pieces of art.Katie Weller: So we don't promise that they're going to see those paintings because the paintings move around quite a lot. We might have room closures, depending on what's going on. So the tour is very flexible, so we really do leave it up to them. But as I say, for us, it really is about bringing the Gallery to life and just telling the best stories they can, but yeah, without going into too much depth. It can make people feel unwelcome and a bit out of their comfort zone if you start going into so much detail.Kelly Molson: So this was one of my questions, actually, about accessibility. So I think when we chatted and what you've mentioned at the start of this chat is that the National Gallery, it can seem a bit daunting for people if they're not art buffs or they maybe feel that it's not the place for them.Katie Weller: Yeah.Kelly Molson: So yeah, part of what you've described, in terms of accessibility, different languages and things like that, how do you make people feel that these are inclusive for them, that it is for me or for Joe down the road?Katie Weller: Yeah, I think this is going to be a really interesting year in terms of learning as we go. There's going to be a lot of test and trial. Actually, only last week we had some EDI training, so equality, diversity, inclusivity training that was put on by the Gallery and it really opened my eyes up. It's such a big beast, doesn't it? And there's so many things to tackle. So I think it's really important when you push out a product, you've got to keep developing it. You can't just leave it. It's not done. It's not done with, so we really need to listen to our customer feedback, "How can we make them more inclusive?" So I don't know. I think that would just be a thing as we go and we will have to develop and change it. But we are aware that people have that view of us and we are actually going to be celebrating NG 200 soon and we want to change our customer welcome and we want to make it more friendly.Katie Weller: And that's the whole part with the Sainsbury Wing at the moment, it's not very friendly. It's not a friendly welcome. So we're going to get rid of the big black gates and we're going to make it more open. It's going to feel a lot more airy in there, whereas at the moment it can be, like you say, a bit daunting, I think, for customers. We want the Gallery to be for everyone. So that's really important.Kelly Molson: Yeah, I think that is really important at the moment, because we need to get more people back to seeing these incredible spaces that we have and the incredible artwork that you have. People kind of need to see themselves there to be able to do that, don't they?Katie Weller: Yeah, of course. So we've got a lot of people coming on lunch breaks as well. So if they work around here, people do just come in on their lunch break, which is lovely.Kelly Molson: That is really nice. That's something that I spoke with Jon Young about, from BVA BDRC, which I might have just said wrong because I always say that wrong. But he was saying how he loves that flexibility of just being able to pop somewhere after work because he's in London and I'm like, "Oh yeah, that's really nice." I'm not in London so there isn't really anywhere that you just pop to. And I'm like, "How lovely would that be, just to be on your lunch break and go, 'I'm just going to go and look at Van Gogh on my lunch break?'"Katie Weller: Exactly. Why not? Or Mondays with Monet?Kelly Molson: I love that. Is that a thing? That needs to be a thing.Katie Weller: Do you like it? Yeah, I might do that tour on a Monday, Monday with Monet. I think it's something... I read an article about this. I think that was yesterday, actually. And they were saying people aren't traveling into London as much, maybe two to three times a week, because there's that hybrid way of working which we do at the Gallery as well. And when people are in London, actually, they want to make more of their time while they're here. So I think people are starting to do that. And actually, "What can I do? I'm in London. I've paid to come I'm in. What else can I do when I'm here?" So yeah, I think there's going to be a bit of a change there. But yeah, always welcome. Anyone who's around the National Gallery, come in on your lunch break, come on a tour.Kelly Molson: Yeah, I really love that. Yeah, do the tour. Monet Mondays, like that.Katie Weller: Do you reckon I've got something going there?Kelly Molson: Ticked a massive box there.Katie Weller: Probably right.Kelly Molson: You mentioned the Blue Badge team that you're working with.Katie Weller: Yes.Kelly Molson: And I know that you are leaving it up to them. But there must be some way that you kind of map out what they have to do, like where they take people around the Gallery. Do you have a loose plan of how you work it out or is it just like free reign to them to say, over to you, what do you think you should deliver to someone?Katie Weller: Yeah, as I say, they've got a structure. However, because the Gallery, on any given day, we might have 10 rooms that are shut so it has to be flexible. They can't have set routes. So that's really important because also we are looking at pushing out not only the daytime tours but our exclusive tours as well when we can. So with that, we might have an event being set up. So they might not be able to go in the room that they always go in. So it's really important that they have that flexibility. But they're brilliant at it. And also I've been on the tours obviously just to make sure that they are saying what we want to... Again, it's just reviewing as we go along and really listening to the customer and their feedback and we can change as we go.Katie Weller: But I have full faith in the Blue Badge Guides because they're just so fantastic at what they do. They've got a huge amount of passion for it. So I can't imagine we'll get many complaints from people saying they haven't covered the highlights. Because they've got it, they know what they're doing. It's not in my place to tell them otherwise. But, yeah. But no, we will review as we move forward.Kelly Molson: Yeah, I love that process. It's about iteration, isn't it? So you'll run them, you'll run a feedback process and then find out what your customers are really thinking about it. And then I guess just kind of evolving those tours as you go along.Katie Weller: Absolutely. And it's so important to listen because what if, all of a sudden, well, once international tourism really starts to make a comeback, maybe we can start doing French tours on a Friday. I don't know why I have to make this rhyme, French on Fridays.Kelly Molson: But I like what you do there.Katie Weller: Yeah, I know. I've just realised. So if there's a demand for it, let's go for it. So yeah, that's really an important part of the process for me, just reviewing that feedback on a really regular basis. And next week, we're doing staff tours. So I think it's really important. We are driving out this new product, actually let the staff be part of it. What do they think? What's their feedback? It's just as important.Kelly Molson: That is a really, really relevant point actually, because if they don't know what to expect and they can't answer questions about them either, can they? They don't know what the tour actually holds for them.Katie Weller: Yeah, and working in a big place like the National Gallery, communication is key. And we've actually put together some operational processes in place. We've got some PDFs so if they've got frequently asked questions from customers, they've got something there in front of them. If not, they can obviously come through to me. But that communication element we've really tried to lay the groundwork now so there's not so many issues when the tours do kick off.Kelly Molson: Yeah, you mentioned lates. So you mentioned like evening, after hours or when when the Gallery is not open events, which is really exciting. I think that that is such a treat to go somewhere when it's closed, isn't it? That you are like, "Oh, nobody's in here. This is exciting." And I know that those lates have worked really well for other organisations as well. So prior to the pandemic we worked with Eureka, the National Children's Museum, and they ran a series of lates for adults. And they were incredible. They were so much fun because obviously it's a children's museum so all of the galleries are geared towards children and they're fun and entertainment. But really, the adults just want to get in there and have a bit of a go.Katie Weller: Oh yeah. Well, didn't they do that with their dinosaur sleepovers, that they did it for adults?Kelly Molson: Absolutely. Yes, at the Natural History Museum.Katie Weller: At the Natural History Museum. Yeah.Kelly Molson: And then yoga. They did yoga sessions at the Natural Museum. And I just think that's such a massive opportunity, isn't it? So what might that be that you're going to instill?Katie Weller: So with that, we've had so much excitement. So every time I say, "Oh, the out of hours tours..." Since coming out of the pandemic, people, they want new experiences and they want to do things which are Instagrammable if you like. "Look at me. I'm in an empty National Gallery." It might not be empty. We're probably setting up for events and there's curators walking around and conservation, but that's all part of the experience. Also for me, we're in central London. There's that beautiful hour between six and seven where a lot of the attractions have closed. People are milling about because they're waiting to go to dinner or they're waiting to go to the theatre. Actually. let's plot some tours in and use that time where they can come in and have an absolutely fantastic experience.Katie Weller: People are willing to pay a higher price point because it's more exclusive. So I have no doubt that they will do very well. Our partners are so keen to get those up on sale. And yeah, I can't wait. And we will develop other products as we go, but initially we'll just be pushing out the daytime tours followed by the out of hours.Kelly Molson: Yeah, that's a great time as well, what you said, isn't it? Six to seven, because it is a bit of a dead time while, like you said, you're waiting between stuff or maybe waiting for the later train home so it's not busy.Katie Weller: Exactly. And we're right in the middle of London so it's like all these people wandering about, "Come in, come in." But again, we're going to make sure that it really is about that quality experience. So we'll only have 25 people on that tour which makes it a bit more special as well.Kelly Molson: Yeah, I love that level of exclusivity. It does make it feel like a real treat, doesn't it?Katie Weller: Definitely.Kelly Molson: All right. So let's talk about the benefits. What is this going to bring to the Gallery? Because it's obviously going to bring in revenue, but it's going to hopefully bring in a new audience.Katie Weller: Well, that's it, isn't it? It's bringing in those new markets, those new audiences, which we wouldn't necessarily be able to target otherwise or it would be really, really expensive for us to do so. So that's why we use trade because that maximises our marketing budget as well. So it will be really interesting to sort of review who is coming in and we'll capture all of this data as and when bookings come through. And yeah, we'll just go from there. But I can't remember what your question was now because I've just gone off.Kelly Molson: It was about what is it going to bring the Gallery? But I think one of the things that you just mentioned there is about using trade again. And I think this is quite important to highlight. Because one of the questions that I was going to ask you was where's the price point for these and how do you buy them? Are they available to buy? Can we go and get a tour now? But you're actually going to sell them through a third party.Katie Weller: Yeah, so I guess it's a little bit different here because at the National Gallery, there's no products to necessarily push out. Or there is, but through commercial, like the exhibitions, but we don't touch those. Or they are using us, I guess, as a bit of a trial to see how it goes with the tours, push them out to trade, iron out any problems. And it would make sense for them to sell it B2C, business to client, eventually. So that will probably happen. But initially, if you want to book a ticket it would be through those trade platforms, like I said before, Golden Tours or Expedia or any of those platforms. Because I guess it really is probably geared more towards the international market, but it is domestic as well. And something really important to remember, pre pandemic, the Gallery, 80% were international tourists, 20% were domestic. Obviously, there's been a bit of a change during the pandemic, but it's really important that we don't forget about our international audience.Kelly Molson: Yeah, definitely. And I guess it's a good way to trial it working as well, isn't it, rather than committing? So if you think about the process of where attractions have been able to reopen after the pandemic but it has to be buy a ticket in advance, times ticketing as well. That's a big financial commitment to make in terms of your digital processes. Someone's got to manage that process, get it all up and running. This gives you a way of operating like that but without those digital financial commitments until you know that it's working.Katie Weller: Absolutely. And it makes it nice and easy for the team who will then push it out because everything's done for them. They can just go, "Okay, that process has worked well, that hasn't." And they will review it and I'm positive they will push out the tours. When I say to people that we're doing tours they are, "Has the National Gallery not got tours anyway?" And they do. Sometimes they put on random free tours, but it's not necessarily advertised, "It's this time every day." So it is sort of as and when people will come in, "I'll join this tour." So we just want to put structured tours in place like most other places do, like the British Museum. We did a lot of benchmarking for the price points. I know you mentioned about those. We do have to be careful because we are free of charge. But that's why we did a benchmarking exercise and things might change.Katie Weller: We might push these out and actually those out of hours tours, they might go up in price. They're 35 pounds for the out of hours, which I think is fair. And I think we don't want to outsell... Is that the right word, outsell? Because you think some people, if we go into corporate, they've got a lot of money to spend. But actually your general tourist, you don't want to push it out so that it's not attainable. Does that make sense?Kelly Molson: Yeah, it can't be unaffordable to people, especially to a new demographic that you're hoping to bring to Gallery and that going back to what we said about making it accessible for more people and for all. You don't want to kind of out price yourself. But then also, on the flip side, it is a very exclusive tour. 25 people on a tour, that's very small. That's really kind of exclusive, isn't it, for an out of hours? So yeah, you've got to try and get that balance right to what that's going to look like.Katie Weller: And again, it's all test and trial, isn't it? And I think if they're really in demand, we can push it up a bit, then fantastic. Great. But yeah, again, it's just a matter of reviewing it and seeing what happens. But I'm hoping for lots of sold out tours.Kelly Molson: I have no doubt there will be. But we're recording this. This is the end of March we're recording it. It's the 30th March today. When do the tours go on sale?Katie Weller: So actually one of our partners went live yesterday.Kelly Molson: Oh wow.Katie Weller: So you'll see, over the next couple of weeks, ticketing will go live. It's been a bit challenging because there's been so many loopholes to go through. And there were no contracts in place so I've been working very closely with legal and with finance. And putting these processes in place, it's things that you don't think about when you're developing a product. And we've just had to make sure that we've got that right ahead of going live. And we had to put in a system that would fully support travel trade as well for our ticketing and making sure that we can connect live with partners. So there's been lots of stuff going on in the background. But the tours start April 12th.Kelly Molson: Oh, amazing. Literally, a couple of weeks.Katie Weller: And then I decided to get married a few months... I don't know why I did this to myself.Kelly Molson: When is the wedding?Katie Weller: June, June the 6th. I keep forgetting the date. So obviously, I'm the whole team at the moment. I am travel trade so I've already given Claire, my head of department, the heads up, "I hope you're available because I might need a bit of help." But we'll build and we'll expand as we get into next year and what have you.Kelly Molson: Yeah, definitely. And listen, hopefully, you'll only get married once.Katie Weller: Exactly. Well, let's hope for the best. We got through the pandemic, so...Kelly Molson: Oh, Katie, thank you so much for coming on. It's been a real pleasure to talk to you today. I love the passion and enthusiasm that you've got for this.Katie Weller: It's been lovely. Oh, thank you.Kelly Molson: I'm looking forward to coming and visiting as well.Katie Weller: Yes.Kelly Molson: But before we go, I always ask our guests to recommend a book. So something that they love. It can be a personal choice, it can be a work related book. But yeah, just something that you'd like to share with our listeners.Katie Weller: So this book, you do have to take it with a pinch of salt. But it is such a good talking point. Let me know if you've read it. It's called the Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman.Kelly Molson: I have not read this.Katie Weller: You have to read this. So basically, in a nutshell, without spoiling too much, the Five Love Languages... So basically, he's looking at couples and he says that everyone's got a different love language. So the five of them, I've written them down so I don't forget, words of affirmation. So you might prefer it if your partner is, "Oh, you look lovely today. I love you," that might be your love language. Physical touch, so you might like it if your partner is very touchy, feely. Acts of service, so if they mow the lawn or do the washing up. I know for a lot of all people they're like-Kelly Molson: All of these things.Katie Weller: Yeah, you'd like every one, but they do say you normally have two. Quality time, so going out on day trips, going to the beach and stuff like that. Or receiving gifts, so that might... And they say it fills your love tank. It is a bit cheesy. It fills your love tank. So you normally have one or two that are your most prominent ones. For me, mine is quality time. I love experiencing. That's why I'm in this industry. Experiences and doing things. But my best friend, hers is acts of service. Or if he does the washing up she is so happy. Her love tank is full to the brim.Kelly Molson: That is really funny.Katie Weller: Isn't it?Kelly Molson: I've never heard of this before. I'm going to read this. This is really interesting. Mine would definitely be the time one as well. I think that it's so important. So you find this out about yourself and I guess then that sets you on your path of, "We need to make time for these things in our relationship?"Katie Weller: Well, what's really interesting about it is usually you reflect your love language on someone else because you think that's what they want. And this is where communication breakdown comes from. I think the couples that he's talking about, they're in bad times. And so it's like, "How could you actually communicate? He's cleaned up for you, but actually you are not very touchies because it's not your love language. But if he'd gone on a day trip with you, that might not mean much to him, but to you, "wow." So it's more about understanding what each other's love language is. So actually you might have to do things in a different way to what you would want. Do you know what? It's good for a pub chat.Kelly Molson: Yeah, absolutely. This is a book to read.Katie Weller: Oh, you can read it in a day as well. Yeah.Kelly Molson: Love it. I'm going to pop out and buy a copy of this. Oh, but listeners, if you want to win a copy of this, head over to our Twitter account and retweet this episode announcement with the words, "I want Katie's book," and you will be in the chance of finding out your own love language. I feel like this podcast has gone a whole different way.Katie Weller: Well, I know. I know. I can't wait for you to read it. You have to come to the Gallery and we'll go for a lovely coffee and have a chat.Kelly Molson: I think that would be a treat, Katie. I'm going to do that. Thank you. Thanks so much for coming on today.Katie Weller: Oh, you're so welcome.Kelly Molson: Good luck with the tour launch.Katie Weller: Thank you so much. Thank you, Kelly.Kelly Molson: Thanks for listening to Skip the Queue. If you've enjoyed this podcast, please leave us a five star review. It really helps others find us. And remember to follow us on Twitter for your chance to win the books that have been mentioned. Skip the Queue is brought to you by Rubber Cheese,, a digital agency that builds remarkable systems and websites for attractions that helps them increase their visitor numbers. You can find show notes and transcriptions from this episode and more over on our website, rubbercheese.com/podcast.

The Robot Brains Podcast
Spotify's Gustav Söderström on machine learning to personalize user experiences

The Robot Brains Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 52:42


Music is universal. It transcends language. Melodies have the power to trigger strong emotions. In fact, our brains release dopamine - the “feel good” hormone - when we listen to music. Today's guest, Spotify's Chief R&D Officer Gustav Söderström, has been helping to bring the magic of music, personalized playlists, and as of more recently podcasts to people around the world. He's also led the platform to personalize individual content experiences with the help of artificial intelligence. Pieter and Gustav discuss the platform's early approach to AI & ML, how he wants to help content creators reach more listeners, and the technological details of Spotify's ability to automatically generate millions of new playlists every day. SUBSCRIBE TO THE ROBOT BRAINS PODCAST TODAY | Visit therobotbrains.ai and follow us on YouTube at TheRobotBrainsPodcast, Twitter @therobotbrains, and Instagram @therobotbrains. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Hudson Mohawk Magazine
Immigration Enforcement Study

Hudson Mohawk Magazine

Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 10:03


Experiences with immigration enforcement during childhood have long-standing socio-emotional impacts in adulthood, but what is the nature of those experiences that make the difference? A recent study has explored the dynamics of enforcement that shape children's lives over time. The research, published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, used in-depth interviews with young adults who were minors in the mid-2000s to draw conclusions and then policy implications. Moses Nagel spoke to the studies lead author, UAlbany sociology professor Joanna Dreby. Anyone who would like a copy of the article or is interested in being interviewed for the ongoing research can contact Dr. Dreby at jdreby@albany.edu

Top Advisor Marketing Podcast
Fintech Mini-series: Better Partnerships With Estate Planning Attorneys (For Better Customer Experiences!) With David Zumpano (Ep. 360)

Top Advisor Marketing Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 29:16


It's common for financial advisors to collaborate with estate planning attorneys (EPAs). Partner with the right EPA, and you'll get more referrals, enhance your value proposition, and provide a better client experience!

Partners in Positivity

Welcome back to PNP - a place for deep conversations. Today we take you to Costa Del Sod, county Laois. What? Yes it's a place in Laois with a big lake and sand, it's the closest you'll get to a beach in Laois and the locals take great pride in it. Sod is the Irish word for turf, which is used to burn fuel for fires across Ireland. In this beautiful setting we are honoured to bring another beautiful human story to you. This week we interviewed a friend of Sarah's from childhood, Adele Marikar. Adele has led an extraordinary life even though she's much too humble to say it herself. She has travelled to places like Canada, South America and Guatemala. Her life story is miraculous and it was very emotional for us to hear her story.We chat about: - Being mixed race- Being Interested in women- Being different- A near fatal accident - Discovering yourself abroadThis spiritual trio are here to share stories, uplift you, and soothe your soul. Listen & unwind fellow partners in our positivity peace project

Build Better Tech: How the nation’s leading companies use tech as business strategy to win.
Airbnb CSO & Head of Trust Engineering & Data Science Vijaya Kaza: "There are no failures in life, only opportunities and experiences to learn from."

Build Better Tech: How the nation’s leading companies use tech as business strategy to win.

Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 43:42


Vijaya Kaza is the Chief Security Officer and Head of Engineering & Data Science for Trust & Safety at Airbnb. She has an extraordinary record of technology leadership in building teams, guiding product development, and driving innovation in the field of security, machine learning, and AI. Her personal framework for scaling companies which she shares in our discussion comes from her years of experience doing exactly that at some of the biggest tech companies in the world. Make sure to follow Vijaya on LinkedIn to keep up with her insights. I also want to highlight the inspiring account she shares of how Airbnb and many of its users have rallied to support the Ukrainian people during the terrible conflict in Ukraine. Prior to 2022, Airbnb had already helped match over 100,000 people in crisis with housing and other types of support, and the work carries forward with massive contributions and housing programs to support affected Ukrainians. Learn more at airbnb.org. 

Park Leaders Show
Using Fees to Sustain Visitor Experiences

Park Leaders Show

Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 21:42


On this episode of the Park Leaders Show, guest co-host, Phil Gaines, returns to discuss new economic trends within park management. In the wake of the pandemic, park visitors have increased around the country. Yet, while the uptick in retention has been a silver lining, the population boom has led to new opportunities. As more tourists visit state parks, the more demand has taxed its resources. Accordingly, this has prompted some park rangers to enforce new fees and limits for trail and campground access. As Phil explains, the decision is not based on generating revenue but on managing capacity and sustaining resources. By preserving park property, rangers can take new initiatives in sustaining improved visitor experiences. Resources: www.parkleaders.com Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theparkleaders/

flavors unknown podcast
Will Fung Brings His International Experiences to China Chilcano in D.C.

flavors unknown podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 40:07


In today's episode, I talk to Will Fung, head chef at China Chilcano in Washington, D.C. With his extensive cooking experience, plus an educational year spent learning the art of high-end Japanese cooking in Kyoto, he brings a wide range of influences to his menu. You'll learn the concept of the Hot Pot and how you can put one together, the cultural influences behind the menu at China Chilcano, and what it's like to work with Jose Andre. He also shares his eye-opening experience working in Kyoto and breaks down what it's like managing near-constant change with the concept of Kaiseki. He also shares his favorite way to make fried rice at home, and his special recipe for XO sauce. What you'll learn with chef Will Fung Smells from chef Will Fung childhood (3:20) The gingery fish dish he grew up on (3:56) Breaking down the concept of the Hot Pot (5:29) How hot pot flavor profiles vary by region (7:25) The story behind Fat Choi Hot Pot (8:48) The cultural influences of China Chilcano (9:47) Dishes you'll find on the menu at China Chilcano (10:36) Chef Will Fung experience working with Jose Andre (12:27) The menu creation process (15:26) Learning to pivot when supply issues happen (15:35) How chef Will Fung incorporates seasonal themes into his food (17:29) Understanding Kaiseki, the art of fine dining in Japan (21:56) The resources required to manage a 12-month changing menu (24:09) What floral arrangements and plating food have in common (24:48) Lessons from Kaiseki cuisine (25:35) A Kyoto food experience he'd like to see more of in America (27:03) Chef Will Fung favorite piece of cooking equipment (28:03) How to make fried rice at home, Will Fung-style (29:49) 5 spots to eat in DC (32:19) His guilty pleasure food (34:23) Cookbooks he's been inspired by (34:49) One kitchen pet peeve (36:00) The sauce he always has on hand at home and how to make it (36:46) Series of rapid-fire questions. Link to the podcast episode on Apple Podcast Links to other episodes in the DMV area Conversation with Chef Opie Crooks Conversation with Chef Matt Conroy Interview with Chef Masako Morishita Conversation with Chef Declan Horgan Conversation with Private Chef Chris Spear Covid-19 – Top Chefs Respond (with Chef Ian Boden) Conversation with Chef Hari Cameron Conversation with chef Johnny Spero Interview with chef Drew Adams Interview with chef Edward Lee Links to most downloaded episodes (click on any picture to listen to the episode) Jeremy Umansky in Cleveland Chef Erik Ramirez Chef Sheldon Simeon Nick DiGiovanni #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 25%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Ceviche Nikkei: Big Eye Tuna, Soy-Cured Egg Yolk, Ponzu, Puffed Quinoa, Avocado, Jicama, Red Onion, Furikake Ensalada de Quinoa: Quinoa, Choclo, Cucumber, Okinawa Potato, Fresh Cheese, Lettuce Cups Concolón: Crispy Fried Rice Pot, Pork Belly, Egg, Lap Chong Sausage, Shitake Mushroom, Bok Choy, Rocoto Siu Mai Pollo: Chicken, Scallion, Cloud Ear Mushroom, Aji Amarillo, Black Vinegar Chica de Jora Dipping Sauce Click to tweet Asian people don't like very sweet desserts. So the best dessert compliment you can get from an Asian person is that it's not too sweet. Click To Tweet The first week [of a new menu], you don't really know how much of each dish you're going to sell. So you don't know how to prep. In the second and third weeks, you adjust and fine-tune how to prep things. And the last week, it is cruise control now. Click To Tweet

Leadership and the Environment
579: Derek Marshall, part 2: Running for Congress, sharing honest personal experiences

Leadership and the Environment

Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 30:50


You've heard every politician pay lip service on the environment. They talk abstractly about carbon dioxide levels, solutions to spend more money, and something about a future improved by electric cars and solar panels (conveniently missing how these "solutions" pollute). How many share their personal experiences? How many share their vulnerabilities we know they have?Derek shares his personal experience honestly facing environmental challenges himself. What does it feel like to see a plastic bag roll by in the wind like a tumbleweed in what was supposed to be in the middle of nowhere, untouched by people? How does it feel when humans' predominant effect on once-beautiful nature is poison? Do we face our feelings of helplessness, thereby enabling ourselves to do something about it, or deny and suppress them, claiming "solutions" that pollute actually clean, not because they do but because claiming they do mollifies our feelings?How do you run a campaign polluting less? What if your volunteers want pizza, but its disposable packaging pollutes? Will activating them to make preparing food part of the event engage them more? Will they enjoy local fruits and vegetables more? Can campaigning clean, boldly and honestly become a competitive advantage? If a campaigns ignores its personal impact, can you expect it will stop not caring after getting elected or will you expect it will find ways to excuse polluting after elected? Can Derek run his campaign clean to win loyalty and votes?Hear Derek face these challenges, the only way I see anyone can solve them.Derek's campaign page See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

VBC Baytown
Experiences With Jesus

VBC Baytown

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 49:07


Trevan Kemp // Luke 5:12-26 // May 1st, 2022

MagaMama with Kimberly Ann Johnson: Sex, Birth and Motherhood
EP 157: Wreckage, Ritual, and Witnessing through Threshold Experiences with Day Schildkret

MagaMama with Kimberly Ann Johnson: Sex, Birth and Motherhood

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 54:56


In this episode, Kimberly and Day discuss rituals and reflections for life-altering experiences. Our culture does not hold much space for processing how threshold events change us such as birth, postpartum, death, and all forms of comings and goings in our lives. Day describes what led him to his work of “Morning Altars” and newest book “Hello, Goodbye” which was a series of life-changing moments that he calls “wreckage” and how he pieced together rituals to acknowledge those experiences and their influence. Together, they discuss how to create rituals for all kinds of life moments, especially those which impact us deeply.   Bio Day Schildkret is an internationally known artist, teacher, and author. His two books “Morning Altars: A 7-Step Practice to Nourish Your Spirit Through Nature, Art, and Ritual” and “Hello. Goodbye: 75 Rituals for Times of Loss, Celebration, and Change” help readers connect with art, nature, and ritual. His work has been featured on NBC, CBS, as well as BuzzFeed, Vice, Well+Good, and more. What He Shares: –Personal roots behind “Morning Altars” work, when his mother forgot his name –Creating beauty in wreckage - Marking transitions  - He's looking for a husband, if you know anyone! –Ritual, acknowledgement, and witnessing life's impactful events   What You'll Hear: –Morning Altars came from early fascination with decorating nature –Morning Altars came after break-up with partner and father's death –Low-stakes creativity and ritual in nature –”Being wrecked” and not turning away from the endings of things –”Wreckage” deeply connected to grief and loss and turning towards it –Continuing to live while walking in the world with wreckage –Wonderment and not taking life for granted –Making meaning with life, grief, art, relationships –Experience with mother's dementia –Transforming grief and wreckage into something beautiful –Lit candles thinking of friends and family who loved mother –Creating ritual in pain –Art is putting pieces back together to make something meaningful –”Hello, Goodbye” newest book –Rituals for endings and beginnings –Ritual doesn't lead to answers or solutions –Handing over dream of having a child to friends through ritual –Understanding comings and goings from nervous system perspective –Unacknowledgement of threshold experiences in culture –Unwillingness to slow down and reflect especially in difficult experiences –Rituals help us reorient to what is new and changing –Marking endings and witnessing to new beginnings –Crucial aspect of being witnessed and held during threshold experiences –Ritual allowing expression of feeling and witnessing from others –Loss of ritual in culture, ancestry, and families –”Hello, Goodbye” is a cookbook to awaken capacity to make ritual   Resources Website: https://www.morningaltars.com/ IG: @morningaltars

That Checks Out
Two Fingers of Milk and a Firing by Cake

That Checks Out

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 52:50


The guys discuss what goes up, and up and up and up, the fact that Damon absolutely knows what a "Dentician" does, and how there was almost an "unhappy accident" at a Bob Ross 5K.thatchecksout.netsnapchat: TCODamonTedtwitter.com/OutWdtinstagram.com/thatchecksoutwdtfacebook.com/thatchecksoutwithdamonandtedRecorded at Audiohive Podcasting, a studio dedicated to podcast recording, editing, and production!Hosted on Transistor.fmaudiohivepodcasting.com

Retail Remix
Next-Gen Ecommerce: Content, Curation and Compelling Experiences

Retail Remix

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 40:42


As consumers spend more time and money online, brands and retailers need to work harder on optimizing their digital experiences. But where are retailers spending the most time and money?    During this Retail Remix conversation, Alicia Esposito digs into new and compelling research about how retailers are navigating this quickly evolving and increasingly competitive space. She chats with Brian McGlynn of Coveo and Brian Kilcourse of RSR Research about key findings and trends to watch. They will answer key questions like:   How can personalization support acquisition and retention goals?  How can retailers inspire consumers to share more data about their preferences?   How can AI and cutting-edge technology support curated experiences at scale?   RELATED LINKS  Learn more about Coveo  Access the research 

People at Work
Optimizing your employees' hybrid and remote experiences [Recap]

People at Work

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 19:59


It's fair to say that the working world has undergone a ton of changes over the past two years. Amongst the most impactful is definitely the shift to remote and hybrid work. Let's revisit the major learnings from these pivots, and how we can re-imagine the workplace of the future. Tune in to learn more about what two years of remote work have taught our guests and how to transition to better hybrid collaboration. In today's episode, we look back on the insight from our expert guests, including: - Cathryn Lavery, Cofounder and CEO of BestSelf Co - Ryan Malone, CEO and Founder of SmartBug Media - Vicki Yang, VP of People Operations of Bonusly - Rachel Lanham, the Chief Customer Officer of Voodle - JJ Caffrey, Founder and CEO of OrderIn

The Disney Vacation Club Show
#155 - What Are Our Worst DVC Dining Experiences?

The Disney Vacation Club Show

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 28:43


05/09/22 - In this episode, the team discusses their picks for the worst DVC dining locations at Walt Disney World! DVC Resale Market is the largest broker of DVC resale contracts on the internet! Monera Financial for an easy solution to financing your DVC contract! DVC Rental Store is a fantastic resource for those looking to rent points or rent out points!

Naked Beauty
Our Met Gala Takes & Experiences Ft Photographer Flo Ngala

Naked Beauty

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 42:47


This episode begins with my thoughts on this year's red carpet: the beauty looks that made an impact and the moments I wish had more impact! And yes, we get into Kim Kardashian's look and the diet conversation that it brought on. I also share why I wore what I wore to the Met Gala after party. Then I am joined by 26-year old photographer Flo Ngala with an *exclusive* interview where she shares her experience shooting inside the gala itself and why it sort of feels like a high school cafeteria, her experience as a Black female photographer, and so much more. Enjoy!Links to Products/Resources Mentioned: My Met Gala Look, Ep.195: Josephine Baker, Ep.205: Janelle Monáe, Essence on Tignon Law, Vogue on Kiki Layne, Met Gala 2022 (Flo Ngala)Join the Naked Beauty Community on IG: @nakedbeautyplanet Check out nakedbeautypodcast.com for all previous episodes & search episodes by topicRate, Subscribe & Review the Podcast on Apple Thanks for all the love and support. Tag me while you're listening @nakedbeautyplanet & as always love to hear your thoughts :) Stay in touch with me: @brookedevard Follow Flo: @flongala See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

UPBEAT with Parker Kane
177: UPBEAT Rewind w/ Kioa Delos Reyes

UPBEAT with Parker Kane

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 44:25


Hip Hop Dancer, Kioa Delos Reyes, brings a ton of value to UPBEAT in this episode where we talk a lot about stereotypes, finding common ground, and loving everyone! Visit http://thelosttribedance.com/ for details about Lost Tribe's camps, classes, and shows! Enjoy! Full show notes and resources can be found here: https://parkerkane.co/ Use the promo code "PARKER" to get started on Libsyn for FREE! https://libsyn.com Like this podcast? Please leave an UPBEAT review here — include your Instagram handle in the review and/or tag me so I can reach out and thank you! Please follow, review, and share with a friend! Thanks for listening!

The Positivity Project with Kris & Mike
S. 4 Ep. 245 ~ Mike's Life Lesson

The Positivity Project with Kris & Mike

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 26:52


In this week's episode Mike drops some knowledge on us about a life lesson he had an epiphany about recently.  Give us a call and let us know what's on your mind at 301-392-7745!Make sure to hit “Subscribe” so you don't miss an episode!Give us a 5 star rating on Apple Podcasts and let us know what you think!Check out krisquade.com for all of your coaching needs!Follow us on Social Media:Facebook Group ~ The Positivity Project with Kris & MikeInstagram & Twitter ~ @positivityprojectpodUntil next time.....Choose Positivity My Friends!

Five Idiots Talking Toys
ICCCON 2022 Wrap Up! | Vintage Star Wars Collectors Weigh in on Their Convention Experiences

Five Idiots Talking Toys

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 83:15


Sit down and strap in as the IDIOTS talk about their convention experiences with three special guests who attended in this SPECIAL EPISODE. Let's Just say, a fun, fantastic time was had by all! We join up with Shawn Barral (5:12) and he talks about the awesome autographs he got (12:45), his favorite con pickups (17:56), meeting two former Kenner sculptors (19:08), and the story of hidden names in some of our facorite Star Wars toys (20:00). Next we hear Charles's story about an incident in the bathroom (25:49) and Brandon weighs in with his bathroom story from ComiCon (28:06). Then we meet up with first time convention goer, Victor Gladitz (30:00) and find out his non-collector perspective (31:45), his first figure purchase (32:23), his take on the bathroom debate (34:24), and the secret behind his name, "Uncle Victor" (41:41). And finally, we talk to Charlie Louis (54:27) about how he got started collecting (55:48), meeting new friends at the convention (1:00:25), meeting celebrities (1:05:15), and his favorite buys from the convention (1:13:25). We hope you enjoy this special episode!