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How to Scale Commercial Real Estate
Today's guest is Todd Watkins Todd is a COO of a multifamily real estate operator with 4000+ units. He has 30 years of experience in real estate from private law practice to Fannie Mae to current operator. Join Sam and Todd in today's episode -------------------------------------------------------------- Introduction [00:00:00] Todd Watkins' background and experience [00:00:36] Challenges in the real estate industry [00:04:24] Pay more for staff [00:08:54] Changing philosophy for tenants and staff [00:09:26] Challenges in the multifamily industry [00:13:28] Agency Debt [00:17:44] Changing Underwriting Assumptions [00:18:27] Name of Real Field Realty Partners [00:22:41] -------------------------------------------------------------- Connect with Todd: Web: www.railfieldrealty.com Connect with Sam: I love helping others place money outside of traditional investments that both diversify a strategy and provide solid predictable returns. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HowtoscaleCRE/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samwilsonhowtoscalecre/ Email me → email@example.com SUBSCRIBE and LEAVE A RATING. Listen to How To Scale Commercial Real Estate Investing with Sam Wilson Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-scale-commercial-real-estate/id1539979234 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4m0NWYzSvznEIjRBFtCgEL?si=e10d8e039b99475f -------------------------------------------------------------- Want to read the full show notes of the episode? Check it out below: Todd Watkins (00:00:00) - That, uh, that allows us to say, you know, yes, the property right next door has their pool is, you know, two meters longer. Or their, you know, whatever their, their store is open for 15 minutes longer than ours is. But you still wanna be here cuz we are building a community of people of, you know, interesting people, interesting places. It's a, it's, it's a, you know, you're getting more for your rent and again, a, a, a commodity box where you can put yourself. Intro (00:00:23) - Welcome to the how to scale commercial real estate show. Whether you are an active or passive investor, we'll teach you how to scale your real estate investing business into something big. Sam Wilson (00:00:36) - Todd Watkins is the c a multi-family real estate operator with 4,000 plus units. He's got over 30 years of experience in real estate from private law practice to Fannie Mae to currently being an operator. Todd, welcome to the show. Todd Watkins (00:00:50) - Thank you. Sam Wilson (00:00:52) - Absolutely Todd, the pleasure is mine. There are three questions I ask every guest who comes in the show in 90 seconds or less. Can you tell me where did you start? Where are you now and how did you get there? Todd Watkins (00:01:03) - So, okay, it's interesting and where did I start? There are a couple answers to that, but I think the one I'd like to say is I, my earliest memory is, um, being told that for the summer of seventh grade I was going to go paint apartment units because my father owns 10 small apartment complexes in Philadelphia. And uh, that's, if he would tell you if he were god rest facility, he not around. But he would tell you that that is how he paid for me to go to college. Cuz he had worked for the public, Philadelphia public school system for, you know, decades. And it, you know, having a kid who he put into private school, it didn't, it didn't pay. So he went out and bought, um, apartment buildings. And so that's how I got my start in the apartment business. Um, what, how's, how I got my start? How'd I get to where I am? Was that the second part? Yeah. Sam Wilson (00:01:48) - Where, where'd you start? Where are you now? Todd Watkins (00:01:51) - Yeah, so now I am the Chief Operating Officer and a partner at Real Field Realty Partners. We have about, as you said, about just over 4,000 units. We're in nine markets from, uh, greater dc um, a couple of markets in Virginia, north and South Carolina. And then we flip over to the bigger markets in Texas, sorry, Houston. Um, we're in San Antonio, Austin, um, and Dallas. Mm-hmm. . And so, um, you know, we, we, I got there, you know, as when you, when you said a 30 years experience, all I could think of was, man, I'm old. Um, and I got there, uh, the, the long way, um, I got there by virtue of being a private lawyer. Um, I got there by, um, half by being in, uh, a department that worked with, um, real estate, uh, developers, et cetera, but primarily did a lot of work with Fannie Mae. Todd Watkins (00:02:42) - Um, and I was living in Los Angeles and, uh, you know, I'm from Philadelphia. Kids need their grandparents. All of a sudden I found myself back on the East coast with working for Fannie Mae. Um, and I had, I was up late doing a deal. Um, this is actually, I was still in private practice, but I was up late doing a deal with a guy from Goldman Sachs and he, you know, asked me a couple of questions. He went off, I asked me to add some numbers together. I did it, kicked back to him, uh, a couple days later, had to do the engagement letter for his firm. Found out that he was going to personally make more than my entire firm was, and I realized I was in the wrong part of the value chain at that point. Uh, started off working my way over to the business side at Fannie Mae and then, uh, with a partner had left about, you know, 18 years ago. Um, and started a couple of things bef you know, we had a, uh, a real estate consulting practice before we finally joined up with somebody else and created rail field. Sam Wilson (00:03:36) - Wow, that's really, really cool. I mean, there's so many, I wish this podcast were longer because I'm sure just the things that you, your kind of insider's knowledge, and I know things have probably changed since you've been there. Uh, but your insider's knowledge of how Fannie Mae works, how to get loans done, just kind of all of that Sure. Component is, has got to be some somewhat of an advantage, hopefully, uh, for you in what you guys are doing today. Having had that experience from the private law side, from being inside of Fannie Mae now to an operator with over 4,000 units, uh, under, under your ownership, like what, what are things, where are things going? What are some challenges you guys are are looking at right now? I mean, it's, there's trouble in the water. Yeah, I think, but you tell Todd Watkins (00:04:24) - Me. Sure, sure. I mean, I think there are a lot of challenges, um, qual uh, I guess, uh, there're on, on the one hand, finding people, you know, the, I think the pandemic and times we've come out of the pandemic have made a lot of people change their ideas of what, how they want to spend their lives and what they wanna do and how hard they wanna work. And hasn't, um, unfortunately changed my investor's views of how much they want make and how much they want those people to work. And so, um, there, there has been, uh, a real tough time in getting quality staff. I mean, just, just bluntly putting, um, the turnover has been much greater. The numbers of people who are good are asking for a lot more, but they're also willing to leave much faster. So there was a time when we, it was sort of easier to have a, a team that you felt you could count on and, and they would be there for you at least for a little while. Todd Watkins (00:05:18) - And now, you know, we fight for people every single day. Um, you know, the, the, the amount of time that people are spending in their units, what they're looking for in units has changed. So the, the product type and how quickly we have to keep things going, um, to, to make sure that people want to be there. But I guess maybe the greatest thing, and I'm, I see, you know, I know it's only 15 in podcast, but I'd say, um, to, to my mind, I think there's some measure of the philosophy has gotta change in that, or is changing and it needs to be changed. And that we used to sort of think of it as a, something of a commodity product, right? It's a, it's a box where people put their stuff. And now I think because it's a box where people put their stuff, you have to have so much more. And that's one of the things that real field is that we, we try and build communities. And so we're trying to create not just a place where someone can dump this stuff, because let's face it, as soon as I build, you know, the next, next door is gonna be something shinier and brighter and newer. So I've gotta create an atmosphere where people want to live, not just where, you know, the the cost of them moving is gonna be higher than staying at my place. Sam Wilson (00:06:17) - Yeah, those are, those are all very, very, I think, um, interesting challenges that we're facing right now, especially on the staffing side of things. Are you, are you finding that across the board it's a staffing challenge? Are there certain entry level, mid-level executive level differences in Todd Watkins (00:06:38) - ? Sam Wilson (00:06:39) - No. Retentions. Todd Watkins (00:06:40) - It's across the, it's, it's across the board. I mean, you know, it's, it's easy to say, it's hard to keep maintenance people. That's, you know, they're the, the, uh, piece that, that little bit of gold that everyone is searching for, you know, great maintenance people are just, you know, so few and far between. And when you, you get 'em, all you wanna do is make sure that, you know, their phone only takes your calls and doesn't take them from anybody else. Um, but you see it as sort of every level. And, you know, I think that, um, there has been a traditional path. This kind of goes to what I was saying before about the, the, the philosophy. But there's been a traditional path based on, also on a leasing side, where you go from, you know, you start up as a, an associate, you move up to be a leaser, you know, you have to be an assistant manager, you have to be a manager, um, and then a regional and potentially beyond. Todd Watkins (00:07:27) - And I think that some of these, some of these properties and some of the numbers are getting to be so big that, you know, that path requires more than just having sat in the previous seat for, you know, at this point it could be six months. You know, that with the turnover so quickly. So there is, I think, um, there are, there are changes and differences and some of the expectations that people have that they're just gonna go to the next level doesn't necessarily meet our needs. When you actually get to the next level, it would've, they would've benefited by being in that previous seat a little bit longer in, in particular. But, um, but you know, between that technology, um, and, and the demand of tenants, um, or residents, uh, it's there at every level. There's a, there's a change and, um, it's, it's hard to hold on to people. Sam Wilson (00:08:11) - Yeah, absolutely. Any tips or tricks, things that you guys are doing currently, uh, to kind of mitigate that problem? Todd Watkins (00:08:20) - I mean, honestly, you know, we're paying more . I mean, you know, I think that's the, you know, I mean, we want to change the paradigm. Um, I'd really love to be able to have different entry points for different people and find a way to, to make them be contented where they are so that everyone's not just looking at their boss, we know to, as a way to get that next job. But the truth is, it's such a fragmented market, just so many owners and operators out there that everyone's trying to steal salad from somebody else. And so I get to, from what we're seeing right now is we just have to pay more. Sam Wilson (00:08:53) - Right? Right. Todd Watkins (00:08:54) - And any and for stars, we're willing to do it. And, and, you know, and, and I would just say, you know, it might be if I could make a commercial for us in, in the markets where we're, if you're a potential manager out there for stars, we are willing to do it. We're absolutely willing to pay more. And we, you know, we, we have to. But I mean, I think that, you know, these are, like I said, these are getting to be good sized businesses. You know, you buy property for 60 million, you don't just turn it over to anybody. So you know, the difference of six, eight, $10,000 in, in a manager's salary on a, on a business, that size means nothing. So, right. Yes. Oh yeah. Sam Wilson (00:09:26) - No, it absolutely doesn't. Uh, you talked about how the philosophy kind of needs to change as it pertains to the tenants. Before we get to that, what outside of pay more, is there a philosophy that you guys have had to change as it pertains to your staff? Todd Watkins (00:09:45) - Sure. Like I will say, like right now we are in the market for a concierge at a property in Dallas, right? The, the idea is it's no longer enough to have, you know, someone who calls when your toilet overflows or someone who's not, you know, we wanna become a part of the community. We wanna have, you know, if, and I can tell you the name of the property, it's Skyline Trinity, you know, I, I'm talking to the city about having, you know, a 5K start there, you know, or what can we do to get our name out in, in that way to have a concierge shoe sort of, you know, they know all the restaurants, they know the places to go. They're a real resource that, uh, that allows us to say, you know, yes, the property right next door has their pool is, you know, two meters longer or their, you know, whatever their, their store is open for 15 minutes longer than ours is. But you still wanna be here. Cause we're building a community of people of, you know, interesting people, interesting places. It's a, it's, it's a, you know, you're getting more for your rent and again, a a a commodity box where you can put yourself, Sam Wilson (00:10:44) - Right? No, no, that, that's really, really cool. And I, and that, and that, again, you know, that, that plays to both, both staff and, uh, and to tenants where if you, so we've talked a little bit about the challenges that, that you're, that we're facing right now. You know, how people are living. We've talked about employment and staffing challenges. Have we talked about insurance and kind of the things that are, uh, challenges on that front, and then how you mitigating just the ever increasing cost of insurance? Todd Watkins (00:11:11) - Yeah, that's a tough one. Honestly, that's what I'm dealing with right now. Um, the, there have been a lot more once in a thousand year events that seem to have hit, um, particularly in parts of Texas, um, along the coast. At the same time coming out pandemic, there are a bunch of insurance companies that have just left the market. And so the premium increases, renewal re increases, sorry, that we're seeing are, you know, a hundred percent, you know, I, I got one in April that was 80%, couldn't believe it. And then just recently got them was 120%. So I think that, you know, and I, I know some of your, um, viewers, listeners are, are smaller. I think there are, what we're trying to find is programs to help small people get together so we can get some of the hef to the, and, and the benefit of size that, that, you know, some of the enormous players in this business have, they can go out, they can create their own towers of insurance or even their own captive insurance companies, you know, but my fourth thousand means I can't do that, but I know, but, but that's sort of some of the things we're trying to look at is even combinations with other operators to see if there are ways to help us, you know, get some benefits of, of scale. Todd Watkins (00:12:22) - Because I mean, I, I think, and you know, now I'm gonna demonstrate an entire industry I know nothing about, but I think the insurers are really looking for ways to just bring in more profit, more premiums than they're paying out in losses. So, you know, when they look, when they look at my portfolio and do their pricing, you know, it's, you know, I have to have it. And I don't bring a whole lot to the party than, than my 4,000 units. So if I can find ways to help people, you know, I mean the, some of the things that, that have been offered of, you know, well take a, you know, an an enormously higher deductible, you know, there are, that's like part of what the insurers are coming back to me with renewals on. I'm already taking more risks than I wanna, so it's, it's finding some way to be creative, to get more people in to, to truly under or, or to have enough, a good enough relation with my, um, brokers so that they can really tell our individual story about some of our properties. So it's not just, you know, east of I 95 makes a coastal, and so jack up, jack up the premium, it's this property is here, there, or the other place. And it's not the same risk as you might generically think it is by just looking on a map. Sam Wilson (00:13:28) - Right, man. Yeah. And that's a challenge. I mean, how absorbing that, absorbing that Indian, right? Yeah. Yeah. Todd Watkins (00:13:37) - Well, so that's the thing, right? So we've talked, so what have we talked about? We've talked about competition, we've gotta pay staff more. I got a hundred percent insurance increase. Um, you know, I mean, I can tell you that the, the local municipalities are not looking for less on their property taxes. Um, you know, it's, it it's an ever bigger challenge, , I mean, it's fun, but it's never bigger challenge, Sam Wilson (00:14:00) - Ever bigger challenge. But there's a reason you're still in it. So what are the Todd Watkins (00:14:05) - Opportunities? You're saying I don't have any other skills, , Sam Wilson (00:14:08) - , I'm not saying that at all. I'm saying you can do anything you want, and yet you choose to stay, you're in it. So no, clearly not. You have way more skills than, uh, than I do, I promise you that. But, but what are, what's the opportunity that you see right now? Todd Watkins (00:14:27) - Oh, I mean, you know, look, commercial real estate is, and, and so we are in multifamily, right? That's, that's all we do. We, you know, we, one of my partners like to say, you know, we don't know a lot about a lot, but we know a lot about this, right? Um, , it's right. It's still, it's an incredibly fragmented industry. So, you know, the, the, you know, there're millions s and i, I should have known these numbers, but, you know, million management of, of apartment properties out there and, and, you know, hundreds of millions of units. And the largest operator, owner operator has about a hundred thousand hundred, something like that. So it's, it's an incredibly fragmented, um, uh, market. It, the, the challenge every day there's a challenge in each one of these businesses and coming up with strategy and figuring out how we can keep it best positioned to make the highest return. Todd Watkins (00:15:12) - Um, you know, it's, it's tangible in a way that, you know, you get to go in and see, you know, say we should pay for something, and then six months later actually seeing it come to fruition. You know, you, you, you go to apartments and you actually see, you know, kids playing on, on swings that you decided to be there. You know, it's, it's a lot of fun actually. , I mean, you know, I suppose, um, you know, everybody finds the thing that they liked or everyone should find the thing that they like to do the most. And I guess for me, you know, at this stage of my life, certainly this is what I like to do the most. Sam Wilson (00:15:46) - Right. Is there, is there any strategy or, um, anything, I guess when you think about the multi-family space holistically, is there something where you're like, Hey, this is where our niche is and this is why we're staying here? Todd Watkins (00:16:02) - Yeah, so, um, you know, we don't develop, that's a whole different set of skills. So, you know, looking at a piece of dirt and, you know, turning it into a, a building, I mean, I, I could only pray to be that creative and, and to deal with all the headaches that, that go along with that. You know, we, um, we don't do like really high end stuff. And we have some stuff that, that we have, um, uh, bought that's relatively newly built, but, you know, not skyscrapers, um, you know, Manhattan and all that sort of stuff. We are, you know, and maybe it's, um, it goes back to our time at Fannie Mae, but we're sort of BC market buyers. Um, you know, we like, um, the solid part of the market. It's not, you know, I'm a brain surgeon, but I just feel like renting it's people who, you know, if they don't necessarily need to rent, they're on the cusp of it. Todd Watkins (00:16:53) - You know, they, they, they wanna rent. Um, and we wanna provide great, um, homes for 'em. But it's, it's people who, um, you know, are not just, you know, having a, having a, a, you know, a pieta tear because their place at the Hamptons is being worked on. Um, so that's sort of the, the part of the market where we stay, we know it, we think it's the deepest part of the market. Um, having been lenders, it has proven to actually, um, provi perform the best in downturns. Hmm. And so, you know, once you're a lender, you know, you always sort of watch the downside, um, a lot more than the up. So yeah, that's, that's kind of where we've come from, where we're, we'll probably stay. Sam Wilson (00:17:29) - What, what are you guys doing, uh, speaking of lending? Like what's an attractive, what are attractive terms? What are attractive loans that you guys are, are looking for and liking right now? Todd Watkins (00:17:44) - So that's actually not my part of the business. Um, I have a partner, John Siegel, who, who runs that. But typically, you know, we've been getting, and, and I, I jumped over something quickly, which I should have forgotten. It's, it's not only did we come from Fannie Mae, but one of my partners, Ken Bacon, actually used to run Fannie Mae. He ran Fannie Mae multi-family for about 12 years. So, um, we have done pretty well with agency debt. Um, it's typically, you know, uh, seven to 10 years. Um, we get as much interest only as we can. Um, and, you know, it's a, it's a cashflow business in the collection business . So, but in terms of actual terms right now, that would be something John would've to you, you'd be better off talking to him. Gotcha. Say they've better off talking to him. , Sam Wilson (00:18:27) - . I doubt that. Here we go. Let's talk, uh, about underwriting assumptions. Maybe, uh, maybe you can talk to us about, cuz I think one of the things you mentioned earlier was that, you know, we have all these, we have all these rising costs from everywhere from staff Sure. Insurance to, you know, all those challenges coming at you, and yet you also have investors who are still wanting that amazing return that they were getting in 2019 and 2020. How are you changing those underwriting assumptions for 2023, and then how are you communicating that back to your investors? Todd Watkins (00:18:58) - So it's, um, honestly, it's hard and, you know, they're not many deals are getting done. Um, we actually are just, have just circled our first deal for the year, um, just this past week. Um, and it's, it's difficult. Um, we actually, you know, it's, we have different investors who have different, um, requirements and so we can kind of, um, try to find a fit for them, but it's been very, very difficult. And in fact, I mean, I don't know who else you're talking to, but I haven't heard of many deals going off this year. I think volume is just way, way down. Um, so I think that there is a, how should say, a sort of a bid ask that is, or, or readjustment, um, that's gonna have to happen. Um, as truth be told, some of the sellers are gonna have to come and start to realize that, you know, some of the amounts that they thought they were going to get, you know, 15, 18 months ago, just aren't going to be there. Todd Watkins (00:19:57) - Um, I mean it's, you know, it's, it's just a math. Um, you know, investors, you know, investors still do want some of those returns now. They're, you know, they also will have to at some point come to grips with the fact that, you know, uh, if if they're going to put money out, it's gonna have to, they're gonna end up having to do something at lower than the returns that they were, um, looking for as well. But that's, you know, how a market will be made, right, is people, both sides will have to give some, Sam Wilson (00:20:22) - Right, right. Yeah. And I, I would think just, you know, from a, uh, outsider's perspective, we only have a couple multi-family properties in our portfolio, but from an outsider's perspective, those deals with agency debt, you know, that was acquired two, three years ago at two and 3% fixed for 30 years. I mean, those are the ones that I think will still trade at, you know, uh, you know, at a premium. Am I in, in incorrect in that assumption? Todd Watkins (00:20:50) - Well, all, especially if it's a sum. Um, the, yeah, well that's, that's largely what we've, we've been trying to do is assume is a assume loan. Um, but, but again, remember agents, so just so we're clear, multi-family, um, tends not to have the 30 year death. A standard product that comes out of Fannie is like a 10 year product. Okay. Um, single family will go out, will go out to 30 years. But typically on multi-family it's, it's 10. Um, sometimes you might see something out of FHA that goes longer, but I think it's typically it is 10 as the horizon. But yeah, that's where, that's what, if you have, um, if you have loans that can be assumed that where the math works there, that's probably where the action's gonna be. Right? Or quite honestly, if you're, I mean, you know, I think, you know, back to my father, um, you know, and one of these things it's like, you know, there's always gonna be a deal because someone always gets divorced, dies, you know, has to sell for some, you know, has some cash requirement. Todd Watkins (00:21:46) - Um, I think there were deals done a few years ago that had variable rate debt, um, where either the rates has gone up so much that they can't afford it, or the escrowing for the next cap has gotten to be so much that they can't afford to hold them anymore. And I would imagine that some of those, you know, there could be, that could be where some of the movement starts. Cause some of those people, I mean, you know, God bless 'em, I hope they're all doing, but, but I, I would imagine if they're not feeling it, feeling great right now, Sam Wilson (00:22:17) - Right? No, no, they're not. I can, I, I can, I can only imagine as well. And having talked to some of the people on this show, uh, who have been in that exact and are, are in that exact predicament right now, where it is, um, yeah, they're feeling, they're feeling that pinch. Todd, I got one last question here for you. Rail Field, why that name for your company? What, what does that come from ? Todd Watkins (00:22:41) - So, um, uh, you know, it's, uh, the short answer, along short answer was we were starting with a, uh, a program and investor who, you know, needed a name. And it was already written in the documents because my partner Ken had come from, when he had come over, he had a, he had a company called Refield. Um, so we just took it longer answer. Um, the, originally there were two partners, ones African American and one was Asian. And the Asian person said, when my family came over here in the mid, you know, 19th century, you know, they were probably working on the rails. And the, the African American guy said, well, at the same time, I'm probably working in the fields and you got rail and field . So Sam Wilson (00:23:21) - There you go. There you go. Fantastic. I love, I love, I love both answers as short and the long. That explains it very, very clearly. Todd, if our listeners wanna get in touch with you, learn more about your firm, uh, what is the best way to do that? Todd Watkins (00:23:35) - Rayfield realty.com. Um, it's the long name, but I think it's worth it. Uh, but yeah, look us upfield realty.com. Sam Wilson (00:23:42) - Rayfield realty.com. Yeah, we'll make sure we put that there in the show notes. Todd, this has been certainly insightful. Your, uh, your experience is unique and you've shared a lot of really great stuff with us here today. So thank you for taking the time to come on the show today. We certainly appreciate it. Sam Wilson (00:23:57) - Thank you so much for Todd Watkins (00:23:58) - Having me. I really enjoyed it. Sam Wilson (00:24:00) - Hey, thanks for listening to the How to Scale Commercial Real Estate podcast. If you can, do me a favor and subscribe and leave us a review on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, whatever platform it is you use to listen. If you can do that for us, that would be a fantastic help to the show. It helps us both attract new listeners as well as rank hire on those directories. So appreciate you listening. Thanks so much and hope to catch you on the next episode.
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Get a Fit Body, Grow a Franchise, and More on this Fitness Business Episode: Bryce Henson is CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp, the world's fastest-growing fitness boot camp franchise.Having over 10+ years of experience in the fitness industry and owning 2 FBBC locations, his passion is spreading fitness to the world, in addition to mentoring fitness professionals on how to grow their businesses and change more lives in their local communities.Bryce also co-leads FBBC Mastermind Group, an exclusive coaching group for high-performing fitness professionals.Bryce Henson was born in Atlanta, Georgia, grew up in Michigan and has spent most of his adult life in California. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and speaks Brazilian Portuguese fluently, having lived in Florianopolis, Brazil. He holds citizenship in the United States and Portugal. He enjoys world travel and is a fitness expert, coach, author, and inspirational leader. Today's Guest & Resource Links: https://fitbodybootcamp.com/http://www.realbrycehenson.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/realbrycehenson/https://www.facebook.com/realbrycehenson/ Timestamped Show Notes: 00:30 - Introduction09:50 - That's what happened and you know, I just got super inspired and moved out to Southern California and LA when I was 21 years young. I was excited to be in LA, the palm trees, that healthy living lifestyle, all that California has to offer. But when you're 21 years old and you're 3000 miles from home, you're not a fit guy. You have very little professional skills to offer the world. Honestly, that plastic capital, the world is really a better place vibe.19:35 - That's human nature to its core. I would say back in the day of 2012, when our brand came to existence, I guess my official franchise, it was the wild wild west. So there was structure there, but not nearly the amount of support and paint by numbers playbook and SOP's and whatnot that we have today. So I wouldn't say it was a different timeframe, to your point I found the playbook. Although I did make some edits and tweaks along the way.30:20 - With that support system, technically, then you're even more successful. Right? And if you're coming in as if you didn't have the system, your mindsets there, you are ready to put in the long hours, the intensity, build your team, build the business, build the brand, build your clientele, and you have a system. Oh, my God, the world could be your oyster, so to speak. It's rocket fuel!43:00 - We're extremely challenging here in 2023. I mean, we've had our best year in years for 2022, we've just awarded it will be 50 franchise locations this year, our franchise, the brand, the energy is off the charts, our franchise partner locations are the most successful they've ever been. So to your point, sometimes you got to go through the mess, and sometimes you got to go through hell to get to heaven. 50:00 - Final Words Shown Below… Our Final Words of the Show: I think for me the legacy that I want to leave and when people look at me and you know, talk about me and the impact with my connection with them, is I want them to leave with the thought of this guy may be better. I think, generally speaking, as time will continue on, I'll continue to get more granular on that vision and be able to clarify it even more. But where I'm at right now, from a fitness perspective, from a leadership perspective, a business coach, consultant perspective, really what...
There's nothing wrong with admitting you're not feeling your best. Life doesn't require you to be everything to everybody all the time. This episode talks about accepting where you are in each moment. I'm managing health challenges lately and feeling better. During this journey, I felt like crap from time to time, but this path taught me a lot about my changing needs and availability. The ups and downs gave me the opportunity to accept where I am in each moment. I'm here to spend quality solo time with you for EP138's Wise Walk as we discover our True Stride. Accepting where you are means that you communicate your needs and priorities with those who are around you. Starting to embrace where you are also means you learn to be present whether you're by yourself or loved ones. Your needs change, the moment you acknowledge a change is a step towards honoring your priorities. On our Wise Walk, I talk about accepting where you are so that you can take care of yourself. Honestly, I'm witnessing my own evolution as I navigate the medical issues and release expectations. You can offer yourself the same grace as you continue your True Stride. Come with me as we reflect on these Wise Walk questions: Where in your life can you apply the lesson of accepting where you are, from moment to moment? What are you filling your calendar with and are those activities bringing you joy? Do you have opportunities to give yourself grace and release expectations? How are you honoring yourself in this moment so your future self can be even stronger? Doesn't it feel great to get in touch with your best self? When you pay attention to self care, you're more likely to have other opportunities to embody the best version of yourself. If you don't pay attention, you stay out of alignment longer than needed. Give yourself permission to honor yourself and your condition in this moment so your future self can be even stronger and freer. Take care of yourself with these Wise Walk questions: Are there opportunities to release self-limiting beliefs? Can you be more vulnerable to receive support? If you have plans coming up, are they aligned with your #1 priority? Are you honoring your priorities with healthy boundaries? In what ways are you taking care of yourself in each moment? Join this inspiring community to uncover a new sense of freedom, and be sure to follow and review the True Stride podcast as we continue to exchange our light and Heart Value with each other. In this episode: [00:23] - Welcome to the show! [02:17] - Be in this moment. [03:42] - Mary Tess looks back on not showing vulnerability while growing up. [05:55] - How can you communicate what you're experiencing at the moment? [08:13] - Give yourself permission to see things play out. [10:01] - Do your plans support your priorities? [12:58] - Are you honoring your priorities? [14:20] - Thank you for listening! Memorable Quotes: “There are so many different priorities that each of us hold in different moments in time.” - Mary Tess Links and Resources: Mary Tess Rooney Email Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram Heart Value
Progressives back Mike Johnston in Denver mayor's race | Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signs slate of clean energy bills | $11B in federal funds allocated for rural clean energy projects | Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples crisis commission meets in Flagstaff, AZ (WARNING: contains graphic descriptions of violence) | Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signs nation's first Right-to-Repair law | Violent Femmes perform their self-titled debut in Denver, Austin and Houston this week. Song playsIntro by hostWelcome to High Country - politics in the American West. My name is Sean Diller; regular listeners might know me from Heartland Pod's Talking Politics, every Monday.Support this show and all the work in the Heartland POD universe by going to heartlandpod.com and clicking the link for Patreon, or go to Patreon.com/HeartlandPod to sign up. Membership starts at $1/month, with even more extra shows and special access at the higher levels. No matter the level you choose, your membership helps us create these independent shows as we work together to change the conversation.Alright! Let's get into it: COLORADO NEWSLINE: Progressives back Mike Johnston in Denver mayor's raceBY: CHASE WOODRUFF - MAY 15, 2023 4:00 AMAs ballots begin to hit mailboxes for Denver's June 6th runoff election, Johnston and Kelly Brough, the other top-two finisher in April's first round of voting - have rolled out a veritable smorgasbord of endorsement announcements.Former mayoral candidates Ean Thomas Tafoya, Terrance Roberts, Jim Walsh, Al Gardner and Leslie Herod all endorsed Mike Johnston. Rep Herod (who was my preferred choice for mayor) said “Having shared countless debate and forum stages with Mike over the past months, I know that he has the passion, commitment, and vision to tackle Denver's toughest problems. Mike and I share the value of public service, hard work, and doing right by our communities, and I am excited to work with him to deliver on our progressive vision for Denver.”Meanwhile, Brough, the former Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce head who secured her spot in the runoff with just over 20% of the first-round vote, has picked up endorsements from Democratic state Sen. Chris Hansen as well as Thomas Wolf, an investment banker who campaigned on harsh anti-homelessness policies and received 1% of the vote for Mayor in April.Sen. Hansen said “Denver needs a proven executive — Kelly Brough is the leader we can trust to deliver results. It's going to take all of us to tackle Denver's biggest challenges, and I'm proud to join Kelly's team.”Brough also picked up endorsements from Democratic state Rep. Alex Valdez and former Tattered Cover CEO Kwame Spearman, both of whom entered the mayor's race but later withdrew. Brough and Johnston emerged from the crowded field of mayoral candidates after becoming by far the race's two best-funded candidates, each raising about $1MM in direct contributions and benefiting from millions more in outside super PAC expenditures from billionaires and real-estate interests.After a first round that featured a wide range of perspectives and ideologies, the runoff campaign has featured few stark disagreements on policy between the two candidates, both of whom are veteran figures in Colorado's centrist political establishment.Brough served as then-Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper's chief of staff from 2006 to 2009, then led the conservative-leaning Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce for 12 years before stepping down ahead of her mayoral run. Some of her top endorsers include former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter and former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, both Democrats.On Friday, she touted the endorsement of the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance, a coalition of clergy and civil rights leaders in the city's Black community. Pastor Paul Burleson, the Alliance's vice president of political affairs, said that Brough's experience is key to her appeal.Brough has also picked up endorsements from the Denver Police Protective Association and other unions representing law enforcement officers and firefighters. She was one of the only candidates in the mayor's race to endorse a return of “qualified immunity,” a legal doctrine that bars people from suing law enforcement officers in their individual capacity. Colorado lawmakers, led by Herod, passed a landmark police reform bill that abolished qualified immunity in the wake of George Floyd's murder in 2020. - Just one reason I love Leslie Herod.During his time in the state Senate, Mike Johnston became one of the state's leading champions of education reform, a movement that has galled teachers' unions and progressives who've accused him of undermining public education. From 2020 to 2022 he was the CEO of Gary Community Ventures, a Denver-based philanthropic organization founded by oil tycoon Sam Gary.Though hardly a progressive firebrand himself, Johnston spoke at Wednesday's event of the coalition he hopes to build as mayor. Along with former mayoral rivals, he received endorsements from Democratic state Sens. Julie Gonzales (another legislator I have tremendous respect for) and James Coleman (who is my state senator but someone whom I don't know much about), adding to a list of supporters that also includes former Mayor Federico Peña and former Colorado House Speaker Terrance Carroll.Rep. Leslie Herod said “Make no mistake: We are the progressives in this race, and we have chosen to back Mike. We are the candidates who have consistently spoken about putting people over structures, putting people over businesses — people always first.”So for my part I'll be following State Sen. Julie Gonzales and Rep. Leslie Herod, voting for Mike Johnston.Final thought: Johnston might not be seen as progressive, but if he wins this election assembling a progressive coalition to bear a developer/business-backed candidate in Kelly Brough, then progressives should absolutely have a strong voice in the Johnston administration if he wants to keep his job. But first he's got to win.COLORADO NEWSLINE: Gov. Jared Polis signs slate of clean energy measures, utility regulation billBY: CHASE WOODRUFF - MAY 11, 2023 5:36 PMGov. Jared Polis has signed into law a bill that commits Colorado for the first time to a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target, along with other measures to address spiking utility rates and the state's long-term energy future.Flanked by Democratic lawmakers and state energy officials, Polis signed Senate Bill 23-16 at an event at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The bill, a wide-ranging package of reforms aimed at boosting clean energy efforts in a variety of industries, was approved on party-line votes by Democratic majorities in the General Assembly just before its adjournment on May 8.SB-16 sets a statutory goal of a 100% reduction in Colorado's greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, revising that target upwards from a 90% goal set by the Legislature in 2019. It's the first time the state has formally established the net-zero goal that scientists with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have said is necessary to avert the most catastrophic impacts of global warming.To get there, the bill contains what sponsors called a “potpourri” of measures to accelerate the transition to clean energy, including sections that streamline the process for the installation of electric transmission lines and rooftop solar panels; stricter requirements on large insurance companies to assess climate risk; tax credits for the purchase of electric-powered lawn equipment; and more authority for the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to regulate carbon capture projects.COGCC chair Jeff Robbins applauded the bill's efforts to encourage carbon capture, which he called “critical as a tool in addressing climate change.”“The COGCC is well poised with its resources and regulatory understanding to now help carbon storage be deployed safely and responsibly in Colorado,” Robbins said in a press release.Gov. Polis also signed House Bill 23-1252, which establishes a new state grant program for geothermal energy projects and requires large natural-gas utilities to develop emissions-reducing “clean heat plans.”Senate Bill 23-291, a package of reforms to state utility regulations, and House Bill 23-1234, a bipartisan measure aimed at streamlining permitting and inspection processes for solar projects were also both signed into law. SB-291 emerged from hearings held earlier this year by the Joint Select Committee on Rising Utility Rates, a special panel of lawmakers convened by Democratic leaders following sharp increases in many Coloradans' utility bills in 2022.It directs the state's Public Utilities Commission to more closely scrutinize how privately-owned utilities manage volatility in natural-gas prices, the main culprit in rate increases that caused the average monthly payment for customers of Xcel Energy, Colorado's largest utility, to rise by more than 50% last year. Other provisions in the bill are aimed at assessing the long-term future of natural gas infrastructure as more homes and businesses transition to all-electric heating and cooking appliances.In a press release, Advanced Energy United, an industry group representing clean energy companies, said the legislation creates a “national model” for dealing with volatility in the natural gas market.“This bill will help make Colorado's energy system more affordable long-term, and should be seen as a model for states across the country on how to manage high gas prices and a transition to cost-saving alternatives to gas, like high-efficiency heat pumps, rooftop solar and battery storage,” said Emilie Olson, a senior principal at Advanced Energy United.House Bill 23-1272, creates or extends a variety of clean energy tax credits, including incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles, e-bikes, electric heat pumps, industrial decarbonization technologies and more.Gov. Polis said “These exciting money-saving changes for Coloradans mean reliable, lower energy costs and good-paying jobs, as we continue to fuel the innovation that makes Colorado a national leader in clean energy. We are cutting red tape, creating good paying jobs and improving air quality as we continue to make bold progress towards achieving 100% renewable energy by 2040.”ARIZONA MIRROR: Rural electric co-ops to get $10.7B in USDA funds for clean energy grants, loansBY: JACOB FISCHLER - MAY 16, 2023 7:11 AMThe U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin to administer two loan and grant programs worth nearly $11 billion to boost clean energy systems in rural areas, administration officials said Tuesday. The programs are the New ERA program for rural electric cooperatives, and the PACE program for other energy providers. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the funding “continues an ongoing effort to ensure that rural America is a full participant in this clean energy economy.”White House National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi said, “Rural areas can have more difficulty than more urban ones in attracting private sector investment. The programs are intended to allow those rural areas to take advantage of an industry-wide trend to invest in clean energy production.He said, “There's a favorable wind blowing here. This allows rural communities to put up a sail.”The programs are meant to put rural electric cooperatives on equal footing with larger privately owned companies that have already put major funding into clean energy deployment.The programs represent the largest single funding effort for rural electrification since President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Rural Electrification Act in 1936.The money is meant not only to address the climate impacts of fossil fuel energy and reduce home energy costs, but to act as an economic engine for rural areas.Rural electric cooperatives are eligible for the New ERA program, and up to 25% of the funding in that program can be in the form of direct grants. Utilities can use the money to build renewable energy systems, zero-emission systems and carbon capture facilities.The USDA will begin to accept initial applications for funding on July 31. Applicants are expected to write more detailed proposals for funding after the USDA accepts their initial applications.The PACE program provides loans to renewable energy developers and electric service providers “to help finance large-scale solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydropower projects and energy storage in support of renewable energy systems,” the release said. The program is targeted to “vulnerable, disadvantaged, Tribal and energy communities,” the release said. It's in line with a Biden administration goal to allocate at least 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal spending to disadvantaged communities.The USDA can forgive up to 40% of most of the loans in the program. Up to 60% of loans to applicants in some U.S. territories and tribal communities can be forgiven.Initial applications for that program will open June 30.ARIZONA MIRROR:National commission on the MMIP crisis meets in Arizona to hear testimony, recommendationsBY: SHONDIIN SILVERSMITH - MAY 15, 2023 1:50 PMFive empty chairs sat at the front of the Not Invisible Act Commission hearing, each wrapped in a shawl, blanket or quilt representing a different group of individuals impacted by human trafficking or with a loved one who is missing or murdered.“We want to allow space for representing our relatives,” commission member Grace Bulltail said, noting the traditions in many Indigenous families to always preserve a space for absent loved ones. “We're doing that to honor our loved ones,” Bulltail said, explaining that, by putting the chairs there, the commission hearing was holding space for them.The chair wrapped in a red shawl with white and yellow handprints honored the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The chair wrapped in a red, orange, bridge, and white Native design shawl with a black blazer draped over it was to honor the missing and murdered Indigenous men and boys. Another chair was wrapped in a light blue, white and purple quilt. Pinned to the quilt was a picture of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike, a Navajo girl who was abducted and killed on the Navajo Nation in 2016. This chair honored Indigenous children.The chair wrapped in a maroon shawl with floral designs honored the LGBTQI and two-spirit Indigenous community. The chair wrapped in a brown Pendleton honored Indigenous veterans.The Not Invisible Act Commission, organized by the U.S. Department of the Interior, held a public hearing at the Twin Arrows Casino near Flagstaff to hear testimony and recommendations from victims and families impacted by human trafficking and the missing and murdered Indigenous peoples crisis. The commission also heard from local tribal leaders and advocates. The Not Invisible Act was passed into law in October 2020, establishing the commission as a cross-jurisdictional advisory committee of federal and non-federal members, including law enforcement, tribal leaders, federal partners, service providers, family members of missing and murdered individuals, and survivors.The meeting at Twin Arrows was the commission's third public hearing. This summer, it has four more planned in Minnesota, northern California, New Mexico and Montana. The hearings are being held in communities impacted most by the MMIP crisis.Commissioners heard emotional testimony from Seraphine Warren and Pamela Foster as they shared their experiences of losing a loved one and advocated for change.Ms. Warren is the niece of Ella Mae Begay, a Navajo woman who went missing from her home in Sweetwater, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation on June 15, 2021. Warren continued to advocate for not only her aunt but all Indigenous people.Speaking through tears, she told her aunt's story. “I know it wasn't her legacy to be stolen or to be murdered,” Warren said. “Just because she isn't here doesn't mean she can't be part of change.”Begay is still missing, but there have been developments in her case. In March, Preston Henry Tolth, 23, of New Mexico, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Phoenix for assault and carjacking.The indictment alleges that, on June 15, 2021, Tolth assaulted Begay, resulting in serious bodily injury, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Tolth then took her Ford F-150 pickup truck and drove it from Arizona to New Mexico with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury to Begay.Warren said during Tolth's arraignment hearing on April 7 in Flagstaff that she heard details about the night her aunt went missing that she was not ready for.Warren, in tears, told the commission that Tolth told federal agents that he “snapped” and struck her in the face multiple times, causing her to bleed from the nose and mouth. Tolth told authorities that he wasn't sure if she was dead, Warren said, and when he drove away, he said he regretted hitting her, since all he wanted was the truck.Tolth is being held in custody and is expected to go to trial later in May.Pamela Foster is the mother of Ashlynne Mike, the 11-year-old Navajo girl abducted and killed on the Navajo Nation in 2016. Foster has been at the forefront of advocacy efforts for Indigenous children and people since she lost her daughter. On the afternoon of May 2, 2016, Ashlynne Mike and her 9-year-old brother, Ian Mike, didn't make it home from school. When they got off the school bus in Shiprock, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation, a predator tricked them into getting into his van by promising them a ride home.Hours later, passersby found Ian Mike wandering alone in the area. Police located Ashlynne Mike's body on May 3, 2016, and discovered she had been sexually assaulted, strangled, and bludgeoned repeatedly with a tire iron.She said, “I miss my daughter every single day. I became a voice for my daughter the moment I received word that her life was taken from her.”She talked about how the system failed when her children were missing in 2016. She said that May 1 to May 6 is a nightmare for her every year, because she relives what happened to her children.Foster talked about the hours from when her children disappeared to when they found her daughter's body; she ran into countless obstacles that left her without support.“It was very hard to sit there and know that there were no resources available for my children,” Foster said. “I absolutely had nothing.”She said local law enforcement was not adequately trained to handle child abductions. There was no clear communication between local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Instead of searching for her children, Foster said they were trying to figure out exactly what protocols were needed to start looking.“Time was lost,” Foster said, and they did not send out an AMBER Alert until the following day. Foster recalled the alert went out at 2 a.m., and she said that helped no one because not many people were awake then. She remembers hearing officers from the neighboring jurisdictions tell her they couldn't go out to look for her daughter until they were given the clearance to do so by the Navajo Nation Police Department. Foster said it frustrated her how long it took for that to happen. She said the anger and hurt about what happened to Ashlynne led her to be a voice for her daughter.“I promised her I would do something for all of our other Indigenous children. To give them the protection that they need so they don't go through the same thing.”Foster has led many grassroots efforts to support Indigenous children, including advocating and petitioning for the AMBER Alert system to include Indian Country.Foster said she wanted to change, and she knew the justice system in Indian Country needed to be updated, so she focused her efforts on the AMBER Alert system. Her advocacy resulted in the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2018, which makes tribes eligible for AMBER Alert grants to integrate into state and regional AMBER Alert communication plans.“I always say that I've never received justice for what happened to my daughter because nothing can bring her back,” Foster said. “There will never be justice, but we can learn how to move forward in changing laws to make things better for our people.”The goal of the hearing was for the federal commissioners to listen and hear recommendations on the best course of action for the MMIP crisis. Commissioners will use the suggestions to develop their final report for the Department of Interior.Foster's big recommendation was not only geared at the commissioners, but other attendees of the hearing. She encouraged them to tell their tribal leaders to receive the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act training. “It is free,” she said, adding that it is a vital program for Indigenous communities because it will train police officers and social workers from the tribe. Because tribes are sovereign nations, the Department of Justice has to receive a request in order to run the training on tribal land: “Have your tribal leaders request this training for your community because the children are our next generation,” Foster said. “There's still a lot of tribes that need to be trained.”When Seraphine Warren was finished sharing her aunt's story, she laid out her recommendations. “Transparency and swift action is key,” she said, “which means that when a person is missing, law enforcement should immediately inform all jurisdictions and issue press releases to media channels to inform the public.”“Family members need to be regularly and constantly updated with the progress of the investigation, and families should be prioritized if any remains are found in any jurisdiction.” Some of the other recommendations included allowing families to hire private investigators, providing them access to case files, supporting families in organizing their task force, providing families with constant and reliable access to grief counseling services, medical attention, financial and legal assistance, and safe housing for families of missing or murdered loved ones. ASSOCIATED PRESS: If you're not first, you're last. DENVER (AP) — Sitting in front of a hulking red tractor, Democratic Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill Tuesday making Colorado the first state to ensure farmers can fix their own tractors and combines with a “right to repair” law — which compels manufacturers to provide the necessary manuals, tools, parts and software farmers would need.Colorado, home to high desert ranches and sweeping farms on the plains, took the lead on the issue following a nationwide outcry from farmers that manufacturers blocked them from making fixes and forced them to wait precious days or even weeks for an official servicer to arrive — delays that hurt profits.While farmers wait and their increasingly high-tech tractors or combines sit idle, a hailstorm could decimate an entire crop. Or, a farmer could miss the ideal planting window for their crops to grow.Lawmakers in at least 10 other states have introduced similar legislation, including in Florida, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Texas and Vermont. But Colorado has taken the lead. At the signing ceremony Tuesday afternoon, under a light drizzle of rain, Gov. Polis said: “This bill will save farmers and ranchers time and money and support the free market in repair” before exclaiming, “first in the nation!”Behind the governor and arrayed farmers and lawmakers sat a red Steiger 370 tractor owned by a farmer named Danny Wood. Wood's tractor has flown an American flag reading “Farmers First,” and it has been one of two of his machines to break down, requiring long waits before servicers arrived to enter a few lines of computer code, or make a fix that Wood could have made himself.As the signing ceremony ended, Gov. Polis and Rep. Brianna Titone, who ran the bill in the state House, climbed inside the tractor for a photo as the ceremony ended.Great job, Rep. Titone! Huge win for this up-and-coming legislator. When I first saw her speak announcing her initial candidacy in 2017, I didn't know what to expect. Honestly, I didn't expect a lot, and I didn't particularly expect her to even win. And then, winning that seat was just the first of many instances where I've seen her demonstrate a level of depth, grit, and smarts that rival any of her peers. Great job Rep. Titone, you rock. CONCERT PICK OF THE WEEK: Violent Femmes - performing their self-titled album - Levitt Pavilion in Denver on Sunday May 21. The cult favorite folk punk band from Milwaukee is celebrating 40 years since the release of their first album in 1983. More info at vfemmes.comWelp, that's it for me! From Denver I'm Sean Diller. Original reporting for the stories in today's show comes from Colorado Newsline, Arizona Mirror, Denver Post, Associated Press and Denver's Westword.Thank you for listening! See you next time.
That's Just What I Needed Podcast
When my friend Joe Mayers introduced me to his live presentation, The Bema, I was struck by how it shifted my outlook on eternity and how it motivated me to steward my gifts in light of one day having to stand before God. In this compelling conversation, Joe and I dive into his inspiring ministry, Think Forever, which seeks to encourage an eternal perspective through storytelling. In today's episode, we explore the power of stories in shaping our views, the importance of using our God-given gifts for the Kingdom, and how Jesus' parables serve as timeless teachings. As we discuss the challenges and triumphs of our spiritual journeys, we're reminded of the ultimate truth: our true audience is God alone. So join us as we open our hearts and minds to embrace living life with an eternal perspective and making the most of our gifts and talents for His glory. Xo, Donna Listen in to learn more about my conversation with Joe Mayers: Joe's ministry Think Forever and why we should all “think forever.” The significance of having an eternal outlook The importance of transitioning to an eternal perspective and how to achieve it. Resources: If you need a helpful resource for someone exploring faith or Christianity, you'll want a copy of my book, Seek: A Woman's Guide to Meeting God. Honestly, it's a must for seekers, new believers, and those who want to be more confident in their faith. Connect with Joe Think Forever Ministry and Podcast - https://www.thinkforever.org Connect with Donna Instagram: @donnaajones Website: www.donnajones.org Twitter:@donnajonesspeak Donna's speaking schedule: https://donnajones.org/events/ For a copy of “15 Things, Jesus Would Say to You if You Met Him for Coffee,” go to www.donnajones.org/blog Pick up a copy of Donna's book : Seek: A Woman's Guide to Meeting God https://www.amazon.com/Seek-Womans-Guide-Meeting-God/dp/0800725328/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3QOGM9DLB01MK&keywords=seek+a+womans+guide&qid=1644959052&s=books&sprefix=Seek+a+woman%2Cstripbooks%2C190&sr=1-2
This week we cover a mystery? Thriller? Comedy? Honestly, I have no idea what this book was supposed to be genre-wise. Come join in on this very funny conversation where the Betches discuss, dissect, and ultimately spoil this book and book for you. As always, there will be plenty of book banter and chaos! Follow us on Instagram for previews of next week's episode and more bookish content! @books_n_betchesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sometimes you find something spiritually thought provoking in the strangest places. Like in a rerun of an old episode of that hit sitcom, "Everybody Loves Raymond." Ray was trying to have that most dreaded conversation of all for many parents. You know, the one about where babies come from. Well, Ray is sitting on his daughter's bed, doing his best to get into the subject of s-e-x. At the foot of the bed he has four books open to the pages that he hopes will help. And then his daughter throws him a curve ball. She says, "Daddy, I don't care about how we got here." Ray looks surprised and very relieved. "I want to know why God put us here." Dad's expression is priceless. It's a combination of bewilderment and "let me out of here." She continues to press the question. Now, he's obviously wishing they could talk about the birds and the bees! He's stunned! He's stumped! Finally he fumbles his way into the only answer he can think of: "Well, honey, sometimes it gets... Well, really crowded in heaven, so God sends some down here." Well, his daughter's expression is a combination of bewilderment and "let me out of here." I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Figuring Out the Meaning of It All." Raymond, the dad, mirrored a lot of us. We know a lot more about how we got here than why we were put here. "Why am I here?" That's the question that seems to dog us our whole life. We didn't know the answer when we were teenagers, and for all our experience, many of us still don't know the answer in life's home stretch. Just living more years doesn't answer the question of the meaning of your life. It just allows us to stay busy most of the time so we don't have to think about it. But it's still the fundamental question about our existence isn't it? It's the question that must be answered. Honestly, any ideas we have about our purpose on earth are not much more than guesses, because there's only one person who knows why we're here - the person who put us here. The Bible says that we are all "God's workmanship" and that we're created to "do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:10). See, you're not random. God made you for a specific purpose. Our ultimate destiny is summed up in these words from God in Colossians 1:16, it's our word for today from the Word of God. Speaking of Jesus Christ, God says, "All things were created by Him and for Him." We can put your name in there. There's a blank. _________ is created by Christ and for Christ. The problem is we've left the orbit we were made for. That's called sin - our stubborn self-rule of a life God was supposed to run. Unless we can get back to the One we were made for, we will live our whole life without the answer to why I'm here, and we will die without hope. But the Bible gives us incredible hope with this announcement: "Christ suffered for our sins...to bring you safely home to God" (1 Peter 3:18). Wow! That means Jesus' death on a cross was a profoundly personal event for you and me. Because God's Son was paying the price for our sins. He wanted you to belong to Him, to be with Him forever. And so you could put your life in the hands of the One that can lead you into the destiny you were made for. But you have a choice. You can put your total trust in Jesus to forgive your sins and give you a personal love relationship with God. Or you can continue orbiting your life around yourself and miss the meaning of the only life you get. There's someone listening right now, I think, who's tired of living without that meaning; without the God who loves you beyond words. If you want to begin a personal relationship with Him, He's waiting for you now. Tell Him you want that relationship. Maybe it's just a simple heartfelt, "Jesus, I'm yours." He's the one who died to pay for your sins. He really is your only hope. Our website is set up to help you understand this relationship. Check it out please today will you? ANewStory.com is the website. Listen, haven't you lived long enough without knowing why you're here?
I recently recorded an interview with Wendell from Level One Techs. This was a fun "nerdversation" that covered everything from budget PC builds to scrutinizing Thunderbolt specs. I feel like most people who follow RetroRGB will enjoy this one and I'm really looking forward to doing a follow-up at some point! Support Here: https://www.patreon.com/level1 / https://www.floatplane.com/channel/level1techs YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/level1techsWebsite / Store / Forum: https://www.level1techs.com/ As always, these long-form podcasts are also available as a video, with links on the main page: https://www.retrorgb.com/interview-with-wendell-from-level1techs.html Please consider supporting this channel via monthly support services, tips, or even just by using our affiliate links to purchase things you were already going to buy anyway, at no extra cost to you: https://www.retrorgb.com/support.html T-Shirts: https://www.retrorgb.com/store.html All equipment used to shoot this video can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/shop/retrorgb ...oh and here's that Thunderbolt video I referenced. Honestly though, our discussion in this podcast covers it all, so you might not want to waste your time watching this. Unless you're a curious nerd like me...then have at it!: https://youtu.be/Y8nQnZWXML8 --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/retrorgb/support
There's this little old camp song (maybe you've sung it), "Little cabin in the woods, little man by the window stood." I've sung it to my grandkids as they were growing up. Well, that was me sometimes. Yeah, some friends had given us this wonderful gift of vacationing in their mountain cabin, surrounded by woods. One morning we got a call from a neighbor notifying us of a visitor they had that morning - a mother bear and her cub. Since I was going out every day for a vigorous walk in the woods, I had mixed emotions, "I hope I get to see those bears. I hope I don't see those bears." I'd rather eat lunch than be lunch. You know, it's just a preference. I'm kind of funny that way. We never saw the bears. But it was interesting to see the pictures that our neighbor snapped of her furry visitors. There seems to be a special attraction for those bears - garbage. Yeah, when people have seen those bears, they're usually doing whatever it takes to get the lid off of a garbage can, including standing on top of the can, rocking back and forth on it, and trying with both paws to pry it open. They love garbage! I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "An Appetite For Garbage." An appetite for garbage; I guess it's OK if you're a bear. It's not OK if you're a child of Almighty God. That's why God says in 2 Corinthians 7:1, our word for today from the Word of God, "Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God." In other words, stay away from any garbage that can contaminate a son or daughter of the holy God they belong to. The promises God says He's basing this challenge on, tell us that we are "the temple of the living God" and "sons and daughters" of "the Lord Almighty" (2 Corinthians 6:16-18). Sadly, too many of His sons and daughters have allowed themselves to develop an appetite for garbage. TV shows, movies - they either glorify or minimize behaviors that break God's law and break God's heart. Or music, videos, whatever that's about doing some of the very things that Jesus died to deliver us from. Plenty of it on social media. Plenty of it on the Internet. Maybe you've wandered where you never should have gone on the Internet, or in a magazine, or things you've been reading. Boy, it's attractive, but the wrapping paper doesn't change the fact that there's garbage inside. Often the trash that pollutes our soul and lowers our guard comes wrapped in something that's very entertaining, very magnetic, very popular, very funny. But garbage comes in other forms, too. Like negative talk, gossip, or backstabbing that you allow yourself to soak up. Some of us just can't walk away from something juicy about another person. That is verbal garbage. If you're wondering why you feel defeated so many times, why you don't feel as close to Jesus as you used to, or why your dark side keeps winning and bringing you down, have you considered your diet: what you're watching, what you're listening to, who you're spending time with, or the things you laugh at. God tells us in Ephesians 5:11 to "have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness." And He says in Philippians 4:8 to think instead about things that are "noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and worthy of praise." Fill your mind, fill your heart with things that will build your soul, not poison it, not tear it down. Honestly, have you allowed yourself to gradually develop an appetite for what God would consider garbage? It has no place in a life that's been bought and paid for with the precious blood of the Son of God. Walk away from that garbage can. There's nothing in there that belongs in you.
I cant get over how smooth Mariah's voice is. Honestly, I should have her tell me stories before bed in her podcast voice cause this thing is smooth! Anyways - This episode is about those ideas that keep jumping in your head. Are they worth listening to? Is it best to igrnore? Listen in to learn some great stuff!
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In this episode of Peak Performance Selling, Jordan sits with Sophie Salzman to continue their conversation on how she stays consistent when it comes to sales performance and how others can possibly implement these in their routines too. Sophie talks about her practices when new features of the product are launched and how she stays transparent about not knowing everything about the new features. She also highlights the importance of taking care of one's self when in a sales role.PEAK PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS:WHAT SOPHIE DOES WHEN NEW HUBSPOT FEATURES ROLL OUT“What I try to do is identify two or three features or tools that I can speak to so confidently and that can help me differentiate why xyz product is the right fit and not the other one. And then if they have a question I go, "Honestly, that's the beauty of HubSpot because there's so much you can do" based on what you need.”You can connect with Sophie and check out her work in the links below:Sophie Salzman | HubSpot CareersIf you're listening to the Peak Performance Selling Podcast, please subscribe, share, and send us your feedback.Jordan Benjamin | MyCoreOs.com | Podcast | Email | Twitter
Episode Summary On this week's Live Like the World is Dying, Margaret and Inmn talk about what goes in a go bag, or bug out bag as they are sometimes called, and how being oogles might have set them up for being preppers. They talk about the different purposes one might make a go bag for, the different smaller kits that make them up, as well as other kits that are helpful to build alongside go bags. Tune in next week for part two. Host Info Margaret can be found on twitter @magpiekilljoy or instagram at @margaretkilljoy. Inmn can be found on Instagram @shadowtail.artificery. Publisher Info This show is published by Strangers in A Tangled Wilderness. We can be found at www.tangledwilderness.org, or on Twitter @TangledWild and Instagram @Tangled_Wilderness. You can support the show on Patreon at www.patreon.com/strangersinatangledwilderness. Transcript LLWD: Margaret and Inmn on Go Bags Inmn 00:15 Hello, and welcome to Live Like the World is Dying, your podcast for what feels like the end times. I am your co-host today, Inmn Neruin, and I use they/them pronouns today. I'm obviously a new host, and today I have with me Margaret Killjoy, who is, you know, the normal host and we're gonna we're gonna do some fun role reversal here. Instead of instead of me teaching Margaret something about prepping, because I don't really know much about prepping--well, I mean, you know, I know generally about prepping, but a lot of the specifics I'm newer to, a lot of the technical stuff I'm newer to. Strong ideology, low tech. But Margaret is going to teach me about how to put together something that has daunted me a lot, but that I understand the importance of and that is go bags. This podcast is also a proud member of the Channel Zero Network of anarchists podcasts and before Margaret talks to me about go bags, we're going to hear a jingle from another lovely show on that network. Doo doo doo doo, doo. Inmn 02:35 Okay, we're back. Margaret, could you introduce yourself on your own podcast that you started,you know, with your name and your pronouns and just a little bit about what you're here to teach me about today? Margaret 02:50 Yeah, my name is Margaret Killjoy. I use she or they pronouns. You might know me from such podcast as Live Like the World is Dying. But, maybe this is your first episode. In which case, welcome. We have many hosts now on Live Like the World is Dying, which is very exciting. So, I'm going to be talking today about go bags, sometimes called bug out bags, or as I first heard them called, oh shit gear or OSG. No one really calls it that anymore. But some of the first anarchist preppers I ever met like 20 years ago called it OSG. And my background for this is that well, I'm sort of a prepper. I also have lived off-grid more years as an adult than I've lived on-grid. I do currently live on-grid. Before this, I lived in a cabin. Before that I lived in a barn. Before that I lived in a van. Before that I lived in a minivan. Before that I lived out of a backpack. And so I do feel like I have a fairly strong basis in what you need in a backpack to live out of because I did that for about 10 years. But it is a different context, right? And we're going to talk a lot about that today, the context of being traveling crust punk versus having to go bag and all the other different contexts. Yeah, that's my background. Inmn 04:11 Wonderful, and we're also trying to connect it, I believe to this lovely new book that you just put out through our publishing collective Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness and the importance of go bags, you know, not only in our completely real tangible lives and these very fictionalized versions of our lives like Mankiller Jones', to which there are absolutely no similarities. There are no similar threat models. Nothing. Nothing like that. Margaret 04:48 Yeah, for anyone listening, I my most recent book is called "Escape from Incel Island" and the protagonist is a nonbinary afab person, named Mankiller Jones, who's trapped on an island full of incels--thus the name--and needs to escape using their wits and the help of friends. Inmn 05:09 And their go bag? Margaret 05:11 Yeah, although okay, I'm actually going to argue that there is a difference between a go bag--I'm going to talk about some different types of bag systems you might have for living out of, right. So there's the go bag, and I'll get to that last I would argue that most...a soldier or mercenary or someone in a tactical situation, the primary objective of their thing is combat or evasion or, you know, something in a very militaristic setting. Usually, that might be called a rucksack. And it might be called like rucking. And you're going to have a very different load out of gear for, you know, your tactical situation. You're going to use probably a different type of bag. You're going to use it a lot of different stuff. So, that's like one context. It is a context to consider in these United States of America that are considering a national divorce, and there's a lot of people who want to murder all the trans people and you know, people color and all that shit. So, it is worth considering that and we'll talk a little bit about that. Okay, some of the other contexts that are not go bags, but are in form all of this, you have backpacking bags, right? And within that, basically like, I'm going to go and camp for a couple nights and hike, right? A backpacking bag is designed for two things. It's for hiking, and for camping. And within that you've traditional backpacking, and you have ultralight backpacking. Traditional backpacking, you're going to be carrying like 20 to 50 pounds of stuff. Whereas like rucking, you might be carrying 30 to 80 pounds of stuff, you know. And then there's ultralight backpacking, which is defined as less than 10 pounds before you add like food and water and shit to your bag. And that is like to make the hiking easier, right? But those have a specific purpose and it is not bugging out. It is not going. It is backpacking, right? And then you would have something called a bushcraft pack and I'm making that term up. And this is closer to the tactical bag because it is going to be very heavy, probably, and a lot larger. And bushcraft would be like "I'm going out into the woods to go live in the woods," right? If you need to build shelters, you're going to need different equipment, right. For example, in ultralight backpacking certainly and most traditional backpacking, you're not bringing a saw or an ax. However, if your goal is to survive in the woods for an indefinite period of time, a saw and an ax. are very important tools to have available. Okay, so those are, I'm gonna go spend a lot of time in the woods bags--or desert or whatever. And then you have a go bag. And it's really easy to kind of conflate these things. But they really are a very different purpose. I would argue that your primary goal with a go bag--this is the bag that is in the closet by the door, or is by the door, or lives in your vehicle, or is packed and ready to go at all times in case an emergency takes you out your door for an unknown length of time, or even unknown length of time. And so this is the one bag you grab when your house is on fire. This is a bag that you grab, or you already have in your car, in case you need to spend your night in the car. Like, you know, it's these...people tend to think of go bags as like 'the world has ended' bags, and that's not...the world is always ending and it ends and fits and starts, right? And so it's for disasters. It's for crises. If you need to spend a night in the car, you're going to be very glad that you have a toothbrush and toothpaste, you're gonna be very glad that you have your medications, you're going to be very glad that you have your Nintendo Switch. And, if you suddenly have to flee the country, which frankly a lot of us have to think about as a possibility. It's not in an inevitability and it's not crazy likely that all LGBTQIA+ folks will have to flee the country or whatever. But, it's something that's on a lot of our minds, right? And so, in which case that bag is going to need your passport, it's going to need the rabies identification for your dog, you know, the vaccine identification for your dog. It's going to need a lot of really specific stuff that if you have to run out your door right now this is the bag you would pack and you just keep it already packed. But, most of the time your go bag is sometimes in your car, if you go to your friend's house for a surprise weekend because, you know, there's a hurricane coming, or the boil advisory for your town keeps getting deeper and deeper and you're starting to get really distrustful, or a train derails and there's toxic chemicals in the air, or your ex is in town and he's scary, right? You know, it's just the like...or wildfires sweeping through and there's an evacuation call, right? That is what a go bag is. There might be camping stuff in it, depending on your situation, how much you feel like carrying, how you expect to carry it. If it's gonna mostly live in your car, have some fucking camping stuff. Or, if like me, you live in a fairly isolated place, you know, you live rurally, like, if I needed to get out on foot I would need to have camping stuff with me because I am more than a day's walk from the nearest place that might be safe. Right? So yeah, that's the basic concept of a go bag. Inmn 10:55 Just to parrot some information back to you so that I wrap my head around it, so there's there's a few different kinds of bags. We have go bags, we have rucking bags, we have backpacking bags, we have bushcraft bags. And are go bags... Margaret 11:20 I'm making some of those terms up, but... Inmn 11:22 Yes. And then are go bags and bug out bags the same thing? Margaret 11:29 Yeah, it's just a...If you're avoiding the sort of prepper terminology, which is understandable, you call it a go bag instead of a bug out bag so you don't sound as crazy. Inmn 11:40 I see. I see. And you know, everyone can understand the need to go, but bugging out can feel a little different. And so within a go bag, the idea is that you want anything that you will kind of like immediately need if you have to leave for whatever circumstance? Margaret 12:05 Yeah, it's a combination of things. That is one of the things, is stuff that you would immediately need. It's like your overnight bag. It's your toiletries bag. All that kind of stuff is going to be more important than most of the other like survival gizmos or whatever, right? You know, your camping folding shovel is gonna be a lot less likely to be useful than dental floss, right? Inmn 12:29 But it's cool. Margaret 12:31 Oh, yeah, no, I have folding camping shovel in my truck. And I ponder putting it in my actual bag, but I probably won't. And so okay. Should I talk about the types of bags, like what kind of bag you want? Inmn 12:48 Yeah, okay. And we're talking about go bags here or just any bag? Margaret 12:56 I'm going to talk about mostly go bags. I'm going to focus what I'm talking about on go bags and I'll kind of like dip into...Because your go bag--if a civil war starts, which it probably won't, but 'probably' has a lot more modifiers than it did 10 years ago--and then your your bug out bag, your go bag, is going to have a lot in common with a tactical bag, you know a rucksack, whatever. I think rucksack is literally just like what military people call their backpack in order to sound cool, but I'm not actually entirely certain about that. Don't @ me, or if you do, @ me at my Twitter handle, @IwriteOK Okay [Robert Evans.]And so, you know, and if you're planning to hike to a different country, right, or a different state then it might have a lot in common with a backpacking bag. And, if you're planning on laying low in the desert or the Canadian wilderness, I don't know, then you're gonna have a lot of bushcraft stuff in there too, right? But overall, the sort of core of it is a go bag. And it really...you know, there's kind of like one bag that you keep around at any given time generally, but you might change it based on how circumstances are changing, and where you live, and what your threats are, right? Like, if the most likely thing is run out of the house because wildfire and throw it in your car, one, you might just leave it in your car. And two, you might be able to afford more weight, right? But if you're most likely thing is set out on foot or your most likely thing is spend a weekend away, you know, or if...I guess what I'm saying is it can look a lot different ways. And so you will have different options. I mean, it could be anything, right? You can have a shopping bag as you go bag. I don't recommend this. You could have, you know, my personal current go bag, I'm probably going to change this, but it has been my go bag for a number of years. My personal go bag is a style of bag that usually gets called a three-day assault pack. It is a tactical backpack that lacks an internal frame. It can hold-- it kind of sucks. It can hold a lot of weight, but it doesn't distribute that weight incredibly well across a body. It is not a backpacking bag. It is a soldier's bag. And one of the reasons I like it is because unlike a backpacking bag with like a big internal frame or an external frame, but those are really rare these days, it doesn't take up as much like space, you know? An internal bag, like an internal frame pack is very unwieldy. And you don't...it's hard to put in your lap if you're in a car. I've done this as a hitchhiker many, many times, you know. And so, I've moved away from those and I've been using what's more of a day pack size bag. And I personally went for a tactical style one because I'm a nerd. One of the reasons to not consider a tactical bag...I like things that are all black basically is what it and day bags tend to be really brightly colored if they're hiking bags. And, one reason to not consider a tactical backpack is people argue that it makes you more of a target, it makes you look more like a prepper, it makes you look more like a soldier, it makes you look more tactical and therefore more of a risk. And this is the sort of gray man theory that's very big in tactical spaces, which is an attempt to look not like a tactical bro. Ironically, most people who try and do this still look like tactical bros because they're like wearing gray man tactical pants that still say 511 on them or whatever, which is a brand of tactical gear, that I totally wear. And the reason I can wear it, is that I look fucking weird no matter what. I'm not going undercover anywhere. I have a giant nose ring. My hair is long. I have bangs and might be wearing women's clothes. You know, I'm not hiding, right? And I also not going to look like I'm enrolled in the United States Army or whatever. Right? So yeah, a tactical bag for me has no downsides from this point of view because it's just like whatever, I'm a punk. I look like a punk. And tactical bags will have something called molle all over it, which is that webbing straps, which allows you to attach other bags and things to it. And it makes it modular. And this is a little bit, like most of the time you're not really going to bother modularing out your thing. But, sometimes it's nice. You know, mine currently has a little bonus modular water bottle holder and my bushcraft knife that is part of my bag but wouldn't be part of a normal person's bag, is strapped to the outside with molle, which makes me look tough. Inmn 17:38 See, I would get the impulse to...I love modular things. So, I'm like, okay, wait, so yeah, it's...In your in your different...So you want to plan your go bag based on your, I guess your threat model, or your risk assessment, and your environment it seems like? And so could you have your base go bag and then like a little additions? Like, well, there's the go bag, but here's the piece that you attach to it that makes it a better camping bag or something? The this is the it when shitty ex comes to town and this is it when it's wildfire, and they're like easy to combine? Is that? Is that a thing? Margaret 18:26 Yeah, yes and no. Molle is not the system by which you do that. Molle is a very secure attachment system and it's a pain in the ass to attach. You're basically like weaving webbing through webbing. And there's different systems people have to make it fast. And if you really practice it'll get faster. But, it's not like grab and go type of thing. However, what you're describing makes a lot of sense. And it's the reason for example--I don't keep a gas mask in my go bag. I do keep a gas mask in a bag next to my go bag. Right? So if my threat on my way out the door is Russia nukes DC--again, very unlikely but a lot more likely than it was 10 years ago. You know, I'm not in the immediate blast zone of that, but I'm in the trouble area, right? And so like, you know, the gas mask is there. And it would be the same like if wildfires are threat, right, you would want your gas mask or at least a good respirator immediately next to it as well. And actually, if you live in wildfire zone, you probably have the respirator in your pack. Or it's outside your bag because you need to put it on as soon as you fucking need it. But, and so the other way that people modular it is that people modular the inside using different like--usually they're called packing cubes--and you can get different packing cubes that--like if they're like more tactical, they'll be made out of thick nylon and they'll have molle on them even though there's literally no purpose for them to molle on them. Or if you're an ultralight backpacker, they'll be made out of this parachute cloth that weighs nothing but will eventually rip. Because that's the thing with ultralight backpacking is it's incredibly light, and it's effective, but the equipment isn't as durable, right? Or, if you're like a different type of backpacker, they might all be dry bags so everything stays, you know, dry and separate. But basically...or if you're like a tour...you know, if you travel by suitcase, you'll also use packing cubes. And it's like, "Oh, this one's all my socks," or whatever. But it could also be, "Oh, this one's all my like magazines," not for reading but for reloading ammunition. You know, it could be the folding nine millimeter carbine, or whatever, that you throw into it, you know? And so you can modular it out. But molle is not quite the way to do it. Inmn 20:58 I see. I see. Margaret 21:01 Oh, we didn't get those other types of bags. Inmn 21:03 Oh, yeah, What kinds of bags are there, Margaret? Margaret 21:06 Okay, so, you've got the tactical bags, right, you've got the backpacking bags, the internal frame bags, which if you're going to be walking a lot, is probably what you want. And these are also available...you can kind of like look at things as either tactical, or there's a word for it I can't remember....hiking? But it has some word...technical! Technical versus tactical. Technical is like outdoorsy stuff that isn't made for people who shoot people for a living and it's gonna be brightly colored and it's high performance stuff with all the bells and whistles. But, it's not going to be camo, right? You know, versus, you can get a hiking bag that's all camo and it's gonna be aimed at military or whatever, right? And if you're hiking through the woods a lot, you might want the camo one. You might specifically not want the camo one because if you're hiking through the woods because like your car broke down you don't fucking camo. You want blaze orange so people can see you and rescue you. But, if you're like crossing a militia checkpoint to leave a red state you're gonna want camouflage. Um, yeah, anyway. And so then you could also have...some go bags are literally just small duffel bags, right, that are designed not really to be carried on your back and they're just meant to be thrown in a trunk. And like, and that's actually a very useful form factor for a lot of stuff. And, it might be that your extra bag is that. And then also, you can be really low key about it and just have a regular--not a day bag like a hiking day bag but just a regular day backpack is an incredibly good bug out bag for many people, especially people in urban environments where resources are going to be easier to come by. You're not necessarily gonna be camping. You don't need to carry as much stuff because you will be able to blend in with this kind of bag much more effectively. It'll still carry what you need. I like bags. My basement is full of backpacks that I've collected over the years. Inmn 23:01 You know, I really like bags as well. I don't have a lot of stuff to put in the bags, but I have a little collection of bags. Which, I feel like sort of hearkens back to...I used to be a lot more of a oogle and... Margaret 23:20 Yeah. Inmn 23:22 yeah. And I had a little... Margaret 23:24 It's good training. Inmn 23:27 Okay, so I didn't think that I was going to have much to actually contribute to this, but like now that we're talking about it. I'm like, "Wait, were like train oogles preppers?" Margaret 23:39 Yeah, because you need everything because you can't rely on anything showing up. Inmn 23:44 Yeah, yeah. Margaret 23:45 It's why when everyone's like, "You need a tent." I'm like, "Do you?" Like I never traveled with a tent. I don't know. If it's not really cold I just fucking wrapped myself in a shitty tarp and hope the rain left me alone. Inmn 23:59 Well, the... Margaret 24:00 Tents are useful in some situations. Go ahead. Inmn 24:04 The thing now is...God, what are they called? Margaret 24:09 Bivvies? Inmn 24:10 Yeah, bivvies. I was gonna call it a ghillie sack. And I was like, that's something else. Margaret 24:15 No, I like bivvies. A lot of people don't like bivvies. Inmn 24:19 Yeah, I feel like bivvies are pretty pretty popular in that world right now. And yeah, I used to be obsessed with finding the perfect bag for that kind of stuff. And it was hard because you know, the camping stuff is brightly colored. It's a little too..it's not the most durable. Like it's made for hiking. It's not made for like, throwing it off a building, you know? Margaret 24:47 Yeah, totally. Inmn 24:50 And...but then, like, you know, the army stuff is a little terrible in another direction. It's not comfortable. Maybe it is now. Margaret 25:03 No, overall, it airs on the side of durability and not comfort because it's like it's being put on a disposable human. You know, they don't care that whoever carries 100 pounds this long is going to destroy their knees because they're expecting somebody to shoot you. Inmn 25:19 [Makes an 'Ooph' sound. Sighing.] Yeah. I always hoped that eventually it would emerge that there was some, you know, like train riding bag maker that would just make the perfect bag. Margaret 25:43 Yeah. Inmn 25:44 If you're out there, please, please email us. Email me. Margaret 25:49 Well, and what's so funny, right, is even among oogles you have a difference between hitchhikers and train hoppers in terms of the size of bag they need. You know, like,when I first started and I was attempting to hop trains--I was never good at it--and I carried an internal frame pack. And then for a long time I moved down to, it was an old skateboarding backpack. Not because I recommend skateboarding backpacks, it was just literally my backpack from high school, you know, and I just carabinered my sleeping bag underneath. And then when I got to where I was staying I would take off the sleeping bag and then have a regular day pack. You know, it's like, because you need so much less as a hitchhiker because you don't need to cook. Inmn 26:30 Yeah, yeah, I went from like one of those big 70 liter hiking packs to a like bike bag, not like the Chrome side strap ones but those like the made out of... Margaret 26:46 Foldy top? Inmn 26:47 Yeah, the fold the top. But you know, they were durable, and waterproof, and fairly spacious but no frame, absolute murder on your back if you carry too much. Margaret 27:01 But, that would be an amazing go bag for most situations because it's waterproof. It's durable. It fits in your lap when you're sitting. Ut doesn't have straps going everywhere. Yeah, like for a lot of people that style a bag is fucking perfect. You know? Inmn 27:16 Yeah, and for folks who don't know what we're talking about they're these like bicycle bags. They're made out of like, vinyl or PVC. And then they're covered with really high strength, like durable like cordura. And, they're made to be on someone who's biking so they're comfortable. But walking is not always the same as biking. Margaret 27:41 Yeah, totally. Well, and it's like, and so because most go bags you're probably taking public transit or you're taking vehicles, you know, you're...like most things...It's worth having something you can walk with, right? Like I wouldn't recommend your go bag be 150 pound pickle bag, you know, a duffel bag. But like, you know, should we talk about what goes in it? Inmn 28:05 Yeah, what? Margaret? Margaret, what should I put in my collection of bags that could be go bags? Because, I don't have a go bag and I feel really embarrassed about that. Margaret 28:17 I know I can't believe you don't have a go bag. There was that--I don't want to out where you live--there was a toxic thing near where you lived at one point. So okay, I would argue that a preparedness base...you can sort of build up to the bag and what's in the bag, but if you don't do these things before it, you put all of this in the bag, and that's fine too. First, there's your kind of everyday carry, right? If you tend to wear clothes that don't have as many pockets you can do this with a fanny pack. This is one of the things that's so great about being a queer prepper is I don't have to...Like, men will do anything to avoid having to wear a fanny pack. There's these like chest packs that are fucking, have a harness across the back. They're so He-Man. They're so gay. I love them. Inmn 29:05 Yeah, I've seen those. Margaret 29:07 And it's like just wear god damn fanny pack. And then like, one of the best off body carries for a subcompact handgun are like fanny pack specifically designed for drawing from. But, they don't do all that well because men are afraid to wear fanny packs. It's hilarious. But anyway, you can put all this in your pockets. You can put all this in a fanny pack. You can put all this in your punk vest. Whatever. The basis of a lot of it is wearing somewhat durable clothing and practical clothing as much as you can. I'm someone who wears maxi skirts. I swear you can go hiking in them. Sometimes you have to hike them up. Whatever some of the stuff.... Inmn 29:45 You can. I can attest. Margaret 29:47 Yeah. No, it's funny. One time, I was like working outside and the mail carrier was coming up and I was like, "I really don't want to deal with being a crossdresser right now." so I just like hiked up my fucking maxi skirt and I was like wearing tights underneath. And I'm like, "Now I'm just a weirdo in tights." Like this is better somehow. So, things to consider carrying on your person. And this to me, this goes back to my oogle days. The first and single most important prepper tool is your cell phone. And there's stuff--we could do a whole separate episode about stuff to put on your cell phone. Offline maps. That's a big one. Various tools that help you do things. And so, cell phone number one. Other things, a Bic later. Some people wrap it in duct tape because the duct tape can be used as a fire starter. A multitool. Like I use a pliers style multi tool. If you're older than a millennial, you'll prefer a Swiss army knife. A pocket knife, a folding pocket knife. This isn't as important because you got your multitool, but I've always sworn by having a pocket clip knife on me. It's useful for cutting all kinds of things. That's not even a euphemism. And, a flashlight. And, the reason I like a flashlight, a tactical style flashlight that is in my pocket at all times or in my fanny pack is because you can use it to see shit. I also like headlamps and I'm gonna talk about headlamps in a little bit. But, a flashlight is an incredibly important self defense tool. Specifically--it's funny because the tactical flashlights people are like "So you can hit people with them." And you're like, "No, it's so that you can shine it in their face." And they're like, "Yeah, with the strobe function," and you're like, "No, because the strobe function disorients you and the other person." No, if someone shines a really bright light in your face all of a sudden, you are disoriented. And so the number one self defense tool-- other people are you pepper spray too and that's great, and I just don't have as much practice with pepper spray personally And but pepper spray would also be in this sort of category--but the flashlight lets you see things and it lets you fucking blind people and run away. Which, is the secret to surviving fights is to not get in fights. And one of the ways to do that is to disorient or disable your attacker and then run away. Okay, so that's everyday carry. And then you might want to consider other self defense tools like pepper spray. A bandanna is an incredibly useful survival thing. Oogles. I learned this from oogle life. You can use it as a dust mask, you can use it to prefilter water. You can use it to wipe sweat. You can use it as a napkin. You can, like a little...hikers use something called a buff and it's just a...hikers... They just don't want to oogles so they use a buff instead. Inmn 32:30 They just don't want to call it a bandanna or a? Margaret 32:33 Yeah, totally, I mean, it's a slightly different thing. And it actually is a little bit better suited for hiking because you can use it as a headband and stuff. And like if I was like more of a hiker...like a year from now, because I'm getting into hiking, I'm gonna be like, "Nah, you just need a buff, like no matter what," you know, but I like don't own one currently. Another thing to consider as part of your everyday carry, depending on your threat model, depending on where you live, is a handgun with a holster and a spare magazine. And if you carry the capacity to do deadly force, you should also carry a tourniquet at the very least. If you don't carry a full IFAK, an individual first aid kit meant for gunshot wounds, carry at least a tourniquet. And honestly, if you're in a situation where gun threats are a thing, I would carry a tourniquet before I carry a gun. It is a lot safer legally. It's a lot easier. And like my goal is on any given day is to not die. And the ability to stop bleeding is often more effective than the ability to put holes in other people. So, that's everyday carry and if you don't have this on your person, you're gonna want it in here go bag. A lot of these I replicate in my go back. Okay, the next thing, and the most important thing from my point of view is what--and this is like kind of like the Margaret school is a little different than other people's school of thought around this--is that more important than a go bag as an emergency kit. I make and distribute these emergency kits. All my friends who visit me they leave with an emergency kit. I get a...actually, I get a tactical medical pouch. It's a five by seven, six by nine? I don't know. And it actually has molle on it so you can attach it to a backpack. So, if your go bag is full you can put it on your backpack. And the emergency kit is everything that is like small and light and useful. And this turns any bag you're carrying into a go bag. And it is small and light and if you make them in bulk it costs you 50-60 bucks worth of stuff if you put like everything in it. And I'm gonna talk about what's in it. Inmn 34:42 Yeah, what's in it? Margaret 34:43 In my emergency kit, it is three different things. It is a hygiene kit. It is a first aid kit and it is a survival kit. For hygiene, I carry a folding toothbrush and travel toothpaste. If you're an ultralight hiker, you're gonna have toothpaste tablets, I'm going to look into those but for now just fucking use toothpaste. Whatever. Dental Floss, which doubles as sewing thread, a compressed towel... Inmn 35:07 Another oogle lesson. Margaret 35:08 Oh yeah, totally. And this is what I wish I learned as an oogle is a compressed towel. There are these like little tiny tablets that if you put them in water they turn into washcloths? Yeah, they weigh nothing. They will...I carry tampons in a hygiene kit. This is not for plugging gunshot wounds. Do not use tampons to try and stop bleeding because they don't stop bleeding. They don't apply pressure. They absorb some blood. The amount of difference between the amount of blood someone having a menstrual cycle produces versus the amount of blood or gunshot wound produces....This is not what they're good for. Primarily I carry these to give to people, if we're in an emergency situation, who wish they had a tampon with them. They have some other purposes by pulling out the cotton and using it as fire starter., etc. But, I carry earplugs, just the foam cheap ones, unless I have my nice ones with me. Sometimes they're in my bag too. The ones that are like for concerts and shit. But, earplugs are for if you are shooting, if you're using heavy equipment, if you're trying to sleep in a rescue center, if you have ear damage anyway and you sometimes...Like earplugs are incredibly useful and they're light and cheap. Lip balm. I carry lip balm. I don't use lip balm in my day to day life. However, avoiding sunburn is like one of these super important things, and then also lip balm, some of it, can like double again as fire starter. stuff. Put it on cotton. Things like that. I carry condoms in case I have sex with somebody and then--or other people are trying to and don't want to get sick or you don't want to like deal with pregnancy or whatever, you know. There's like other uses for condoms. People are like, "Oh, you can use them to like store water," and stuff, but a lot of the survival uses of condoms are a little bit like people just trying to come up with uses for shit. And then also, you have to use unlubricated condoms for a lot of these purposes. However unlubricated condoms have are less effective at their primary task. I carry lube packets. Again, anything small, light, cheap, and useful is fucking great. I carry nail clippers. I carry hair ties. And, I carry soap strips. And this is a little bit like...I carry it but whatever. They're like little dissolvable papers with soap in it. That's the hygiene part of it for me. You might have a different one. I actually am kind of looking into figuring out how I'm going to put razors into here. For shaving. Usually, I just kind of have my electric razor on me, but I feel like if I'm backpacking, or whatever, it might be hard to...It's a little bit bulky. For first aid...Am I missing anything for hygiene? Inmn 37:47 Not that I can think of. I'm also....Okay, so I said that I didn't have a go bag. And literally besides the emergency kit, I have a go bag on me at all times. I was like oh yeah, I mean, I'm an ex oogle. I have a giant fanny pack with a with multiple forms of self defense and like multitools and... Margaret 38:17 That's what people forget, is they think of a go bag as this utterly separate thing but it's like...Like purse snacks is prepping. You know, like, again, men are really weird and like, if you go to a random...if you're out at a bar, the most prepared people in there are the women. They have so much stuff in their purse that is so useful. You know, the men might have guns--well, maybe they're smart and they're at a bar (you shouldn't combine alcohol and firearms) but whatever. But like, you know, what's more likely than shooting someone is getting hungry. You know? Like, Inmn 38:52 Oh, yeah, yeah. Margaret 38:54 Alright. Inmn 38:56 But what's in a first aid portion? Margaret 39:00 In the first aid portion, these are the ones I make, right. You can make your own depending on anything, right? I carry emergency packets because they make water tastes good and might theoretically be good for you. I carry alcohol wipes. These are sort of contentious. Well, they're not contentious for sterilizing things. If you need to lance a blister, you need to suddenly sew yourself back together or whatever, you're going to be glad you have alcohol wipes. Within the first day community, there's a lot of arguments about using first aid to sterilize wounds. Alcohol, slows down healing of wounds. It also sterilizes them. And so people have different opinions about the trade off of that. I carry superglue. Go ahead. Inmn 39:42 Oh, yeah. Well, you can you can also use them for their intended purpose, which is preparing the skin for things like maybe you have some kind of injection that you need to do. Maybe you need to do sutures like you can use the prep pads for their purpose. Margaret 40:00 Yeah, no totally. Inmn 40:01 Cleaning off the skin. Margaret 40:02 Yeah. And then also cleans a lot of other stuff. Like, having alcohol swabs around is just fucking useful. Anything that's light and cheap, especially if it has multiple purposes, just fucking carry it. There's like no reason not to have them. They weigh nothing. I carry a little thing of superglue. I am not currently of the superglueing your skin back together thing, but a lot of like old woodworkers and stuff will use it as like, kind of instead of a band aid, you know. They'll like close their wounds with superglue. There's like some bonus upsides and downsides to that. I usually use superglue to like fix small things, personally. And like use it and woodworking. Antibiotic ointment packets super fucking important. More likely to die of an infection in the woods than someone shooting you. I carry some band aids. I carry wound closure strips, either the steri strips or the butterfly bandages depending on what I have available. These are for like wounds that kind of borderline needs stitches, you know. I carry an irrigation syringe and this is like a little bit like bigger of a thing, an irrigation syringe. But, I carry it and I put it in every pack I include because irrigation syringes are what you use for puncture wounds and cleaning out puncture wounds. And if you're hiking in the backwoods and you step on the thorn, or whatever I don't know, and you need to clean something out, seems nice to have it. Avoiding infection is like a big part of what I learned by living out of a backpack for a long time, you know? Inmn 41:34 Yeah, yeah, Margaret 41:35 I carry tweezers for similar purpose for like picking things out of wounds, for plucking my eyebrows, for taking ticks off. Although I'll be real, I usually use the pliers on my multitool to take ticks off but don't do what Margaret Don't does. I carry gauze. Even though this isn't my like IFAK, this isn't my gunshot-wound kit, I carry gauze in case there's like deeper wounds that need putting packed in gauze. I carry petroleum jelly packets. These are also sort of like...some people use them medically, like put it on wound. Some people don't. People like to argue about it. I carry them...Honestly, I mostly carry them for fire starter, but I put them in the first-aid section because some people use it for first aid. And then I carry a bunch of different over-the-counter-drugs and I don't use over...like I just don't use drugs. But I carry them with me because other people might need them or I might need them. And like and this is one of the things that I like see people not...I think this is a really good idea. However, specifically with pills, the first thought I had was like, "Oh, I only need 10," so I'll buy a bottle, and I'll pull out 10, and I'll put them in a Ziploc bags. If you have to interact with police ever, this is a bad idea because now you have unmarked pills in a bag even if it's fucking Benadryl. And so what I carry is blister packed pills or like in tiny like one dose pack pills that are labeled from the manufacturer. The biggest downside is I have not found caffeine pills in that form yet. So the caffeine that I carry is caffeine gum because caffeine gum you can get in smaller pockets. It's a little bit more than I want to carry. I'd rather have a caffeine pill. But whatever. I carry loperamide, which is like Imodium. It's an anti-diarrheal. Because if you eat something wrong or drink something wrong and you have another like three days that you have to hike, diarrhea will fucking kill you. And so I feel like this is a thing....This is the one that I would say most people overlook. I carry Benadryl or diphenhydramine, which is its formal name, and this is an anti-inflammatory. You can use it to stop itching, which is a common problem in the woods. You can also use as an anti-anxiety, which for some reason might seem like a likely problem. You can also use it as a sleep aid. Don't use it and then use heavy machinery. Don't go chainsawing. And for painkillers I carry all three of them. I carry ibuprofen, acetamino--thing [said like she can't remember the word] and aspirin. Advil, Tylenol, and aspirin is like the common names for them, but it's ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and aspirin. They all have different purposes. Read the thing. Some of them are good for people different situations. But, being able to bring down fevers and being able to like...You're fucking old and you're hiking all the time like you fucking might need some shit to keep your knee happy enough so you can get out of there, you know? And also, carry potassium iodide, although now I am past the age where this matters. I think this is the kind of thing that preppers are like, "You got potassium iodide?" and like it doesn't really matter all that much. Potassium iodide is...it is for disaster. Okay, so yeah, if you are near, but not in the get-blowed-up range of a nuclear disaster, you might, there might be an emergency broadcast directing you to take potassium iodide and you only have have 15 minutes to do it before it's too late and there's no point anymore. And what it does is it floods your...I forget the word for it...thyroid. It floods it with iodine so that you don't absorb radioactive iodine because it's full. And this can prevent some cancers down the line. It is contra...it is also really rough on you if you do this. And so it is contraindicated for people who are 40 years and older. So, for my birthday, I should have just given away all my potassium iodide. And I think the idea is that it's just like...your body doesn't want rough stuff to happen to it. And also, they're kind of like, "Well, you're gonna die before you die of cancer anyway. You're old." I don't entirely understand the mechanism. Inmn 45:46 I feel like they need to update that. I feel like they probably maybe need to update those. Margaret 45:53 No, it's worth, I should probably look into it more and I still keep some around. And then, any personal medications that you might need. In this case, for me, it would be my dog's medication. And then also, I take famotidine to stop heartburn. One more thing for the emergency kit, the survival section. And this is not going to be like a super packed out section. Because again, this is not your full go bag. This is your little survival...your little kit. I keep KN95 masks in there. For some obvious reason. I actually kept masks in here before covid because it's important to like...like when COVID broke out, I had a bunch of P100 masks, which is like kind of the next step up from an N95 mask, and the reason I had them was like prepper shit where you're like, "I don't know, if you're in a city and there's an earthquake and there's dust everywhere," you know? Inmn 46:50 Yeah, I will say that one of our other prepper landmates at the time, sent all of us text messages well before covid was much of a popularized thing and was like, "Y'all should really go stock up on like P100 and N95 masks," and I did not. And it is...like it haunts me that I did not listen to him. Margaret 47:15 Yeah, no. Yeah, Inmn and I used to live together on a land project. And, there was me and one other prepper there, and even though we're like, anarchists on a land project, we mostly got made fun of for being silly, for being preppers. However, covid has turned everyone into preppers on some level, thank God. It is the one upside. Yeah, when it broke out, I was able to, like, have masks for people who needed it and that felt really good, you know. But, which actually gets to some of the point of prepping I talk about a lot on the show, but like, the point of prepping is to kind of like have your own shit settled so that you can then help other people, you know? Because even if I only had one P100 mask, well then at least I don't need someone else to get me a mask, right? And so everything that you have prepped is like you're one less person who needs to rely on the mutual aid network. And then everything you have on top of that is stuff you can provide to the mutual aid network, and that rules. Both of those rule. Yeah, okay. In the survival [section,] you've got a mask, you've got another butane lighter. Just carry a Bic lighter everywhere. Fuck it. Like you got two Bic lighters, you're fucking good. Little pieces of solid fuel, which is just little like tablets that you can burn and some of them are actually designed, they're like--I don't know how to describe what size they are--two Starburst? And they're like, designed that you can like cook a 15 minute meal over just burning one of these tablets, you know? But they're usually used to start a fire. I carry a little bits of tinder. The purpose made stuff isn't super expensive, but can also make your own. I carry a little needle thing with sewing needles with three different leather needles and six regular needles in it. And this is for repairing different equipment. I use the dental floss as my thread in an emergency. I carry fishhooks and line. I don't eat fish, but I would if it was me or the fish. However, I'd be fucked because I don't know how to fish. I actually think fishing is fake. I tried fishing so many times when I was a boy scout. I have never caught a single fish. I think what happens is that I go out...everyone else knows the fishing is fake. And they're like, "Let's just trick Margaret again." And so we go out fishing. And they're like, "Oh yeah, oh, I gotta tug on my line," and then they wait till I turn my back, and then they like pull a fish out of a cooler, and they're like, "Oh, I caught a fish." You know? That best as I can.... Inmn 48:07 Well, Margaret that's why they call it fishing and not catching anything. [Margaret does not laugh] This is my bad dad joke. Margaret 49:09 Oh, I see. Well, if you're fishing for humor, for laughs, it's not gonna work. Find out more at https://live-like-the-world-is-dying.pinecast.co
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“I am living my best life. Honestly, the multi-hyphenate life, for me, is the best life. I can wake up and I am never bored. I am engaged and driven to work on different things.” Jonathan Estabrooks went to Juilliard for opera, but just like many of us, turned his other interests into professional capabilities. And multi-hyphenates… we know how to pivot. During the pandemic, just like millions of others, spun the situation into something positive and became Vice President and head of recording for Emitha, a company which focuses on production, design, and production for artists, by artists. What goes into starting a new company? How do you balance the different responsibilities? What is spatial audio and how is Jonathan embracing it in his work? As an active producer, mixing engineer, director and performer, Jonathan Estabrooks has amassed over 15 years of experience, 3+ Million views with a wide variety of content from short-form documentary, music videos and commercial content, to full album and single production. As a graduate of The Juilliard School he has been hailed by the New York Times as ‘a robust baritone' his experience in front of and behind-the-scenes has given him a unique understanding of the industry and how to craft the most compelling stories through music and film. As producer and mixing engineer he has worked on over 25 titles many of which have charted on Billboard. Notable credits include Black and Blue (NYFOS Records/#3 Billboard Classical Crossover), LAMENT (Lexicon Classics/#3 Billboard Classical) and Anna Christie (Broadway Records/#6 on the Billboard Classical) with libretto by the late Joe Masteroff and 12-time legendary producer Thomas Z. Shepard (Bernstein, Sondheim). He co-produced his debut album These Miles with 4-time Grammy-winning mixer Dave Reitzas (Streisand, Groban). He has collaborated with Grammy and Tony-winning producer Michael J. Moritz Jr. and his work has been featured in major National and international media including on the front page of Billboard.com and twice in the New York Times, CBC Television, CNN and NBC. As an executive producer and director, he led the team behind a charity single and founded Artists for the Arts in 2017 to save the NEA. Released on Broadway Records the single and music video featured Annie Golden, Peter Hollens, Chris Mann, the cast of Hamilton and over 150 performers. In addition to his music producing credits, his film and video work is extensive including music videos, virtual contents, galas, behind-the-scenes content and two documentaries currently in production including a profile of the first Black tenor to sing at the Metropolitan Opera, George Shirley.. He was associate concert producer and IMAG live video director for the Leonard Bernstein Centennial concert at Wolf Trap, directing 11 cameras and featuring Misty Copeland, George Takei, Tony Yazbeck, Manhattan Transfer, Take 6, Paquito D'Rivera and the National Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Estabrooks is a voting member of the Recording Academy and is co-owner and Vice-President of Emitha LLC, a full service production company focused on a full suite of creative services including recording, mixing, mastering, design, photography, music distribution and promotion through thier two labels, Lexicon Classics and Crossover Records. Visit www.emitha.com to learn more! @jonestabrooks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
People speak from what they've seen in their life or what they've accepted as true. Being open-minded can be useful, but there are times when people share things that are true in their experience and not yours. This episode talks about why your best advocate is YOU. I recently went through a medical situation where I needed to self-advocate. It reminded me of the importance of advocating for yourself and how speaking up can shift the outcome. We don't have to take what the world hands to us. Honestly, we can choose what aligns to us over and over as we make a new path forward. I'm here to spend quality solo time with you for EP137's Wise Walk as we discover our True Stride. Self-advocacy often starts from seeking to understand yourself. One of the best things about understanding yourself is that you build a storehouse of answers so you can design the best course of action for yourself. On our Wise Walk, I talk about why you are your best advocate. Even when you evolve and change your mind, your conscious intention to choose differently is self-advocacy. Come with me as we reflect on these Wise Walk questions: Do you know yourself better than anyone? Do you take time to self-reflect and listen to your own heartbeat? Do you pursue your intuition with curiosity? If you recognize that you're constantly evolving, do you give yourself permission to choose again? Do you seek to understand yourself on a deeper level? As you identify your truths, are you communicating them to advocate for yourself? It's important to learn about yourself and practice making conscious decisions so it's easier to stay in alignment from moment to moment. As it becomes more natural, you'll find it easier to communicate your truth. Remember to stay true to yourself as you navigate the path towards your goals, your dreams, and your aligned life. Reflect on your truth with these Wise Walk questions: Are you taking time to self-reflect when something feels off? When you notice unalignment, do you take time to research what would be in better alignment with you? Join this inspiring community to uncover a new sense of freedom, and be sure to follow and review the True Stride podcast as we continue to exchange our light and Heart Value with each other. In this episode: [00:23] - Welcome to the show! [01:26] - Do you seek to understand yourself on a deeper level? [03:27] - The more we practice the better we get. [05:30] - “I am the best advocate for myself.” [07:52] - Better late than never. How can you use self-advocacy to pivot? [10:48] - Know what works and doesn't work for you. [12:34] - Where in life do you feel you need to self-advocate? [14:11] - Thank you for listening! Memorable Quotes: “I am the best advocate for myself.” - Mary Tess Links and Resources: Mary Tess Rooney Email Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram Heart Value
FAM! Survivor is heating up! Season 44 is in the home stretch & we're bumping up to weekly episodes to make sure we recap it all. We're in a silly, goofy mood for this one. Honestly, it made talking about the episode -- the good, the bad, and the FULL TILT BOOGIE -- even better than usual. This week we had a lil' of everything: a reward AND and immunity challenge; emotional moments; idol hunting; some serious gameplay; some wacky Jeff moments. And to cap it all off, Stacey is psychic. We were sad to see this week's boot go home, but were eager to see what happens next. And even have some more predictions of our own.... Listen to hear them! Be sure to give us a follow on Instagram @EscapingRealityPod and on Twitter @EscRealityPod -- If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe & leave us a rating/review on Apple Podcasts and/or Spotify! Make sure to tell your friends about the pod so they can join you (and us) on our journey through reality competition shows. As always, thanks for listening & thanks for Escaping Reality with us!
That's Just What I Needed Podcast
Get ready to transform your parenting journey as I share powerful insights and practical tips on becoming a more confident parent. Discover the five things that happen when we lack confidence in our parenting and how it can impact our children's growth and resilience. Plus, don't miss the fantastic Mother's Day bundle giveaway filled with gift cards, pampering goodies, and books - simply leave a review on this podcast to enter! Motherhood can be overwhelming, but our confidence is rooted in faith, and this episode explores the importance of trusting ourselves and standing our ground in challenging parenting moments. Learn how to let go of fear-based insecurity, why being a loving leader is healthier than being our child's friend, and embrace the confidence that comes from God. I also open up about a personal experience where parental confidence ensured my daughter's safety and how it ultimately benefited her, though it took every shred of confidence I possessed. This episode is packed with encouragement to help you become the confident parent your child needs, so press play and start building a stronger relationship with your kids today! Xo, Donna Listen in to learn more about cultivating personal growth and parenting confidence: Why insecure parenting causes children to lack resilience and lose their sense of adventure How to replace fear-based parenting with faith-filled parenting Learn to gain confidence from God to be the best parent you can be! Resources: If you need a helpful resource for someone exploring faith or Christianity, you'll want a copy of my book, Seek: A Woman's Guide to Meeting God. Honestly, it's a must for seekers, new believers, and those who want to be more confident in their faith. Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 3: 5 Connect with Donna Instagram: @donnaajones Website: www.donnajones.org Twitter:@donnajonesspeak Donna's speaking schedule: https://donnajones.org/events/ For a copy of “15 Things, Jesus Would Say to You if You Met Him for Coffee,” go to www.donnajones.org/blog Pick up a copy of Donna's book : Seek: A Woman's Guide to Meeting God https://www.amazon.com/Seek-Womans-Guide-Meeting-God/dp/0800725328/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3QOGM9DLB01MK&keywords=seek+a+womans+guide&qid=1644959052&s=books&sprefix=Seek+a+woman%2Cstripbooks%2C190&sr=1-2
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Pass the Secret Sauce by Matt Shields
Brenden is going to take us into the art of public speaking and how it can help you achieve your desired outcomes! Do you want to create a lasting impact with your words and make a difference in people's lives? If so, then public speaking may be the answer you're looking for! In this episode, we'll delve into the system of becoming a great speaker or presenter and show you how to unlock your potential. We'll share practical tips and techniques to help you overcome your fear of public speaking and engage your audience like never before. From crafting persuasive messages to delivering them with confidence, we'll cover everything you need to know to become a master communicator. Our experts will guide you through the process of creating powerful presentations that resonate with your audience, leaving a lasting impression and achieving your desired outcomes. So if you're ready to take your public speaking skills to the next level and become a true influencer, tune in to our podcast and start unlocking your potential today! Links and Resources: Website: https://www.mastertalk.ca LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brendenkumarasamy Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@MasterTalks Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/masteryourtalk Twitter: https://twitter.com/masteryourtalks Wanted to just extend a little bit of gratitude today to all of our listeners. Thank you for tuning in to Invest in Square Feet. We put in a lot of effort, a lot of work into trying to put this together and answer people's questions that they might have. I was talking to one of our guests this week and he asked a little bit of information about our listeners, and I realized that I don't necessarily know all that terribly much about who you might be. So I wanted to extend an invitation to feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, that is invest sq ft.com. So it's the short form of square feet. When you email us, just let us know a little bit about you and what types of things you're interested in learning more about. All right, and so on. Invest in square feet, we unlock the secrets of wealthy entrepreneurship. I'm Matt Shields and my goal is to help you and your business protect your wealth so that you can invest passively into multi-family real estate. Today we are going to be learning from Brenden Kumarasamy. One of the most important things about being an entrepreneur, the ability to be able to communicate effectively. Brenden has some amazing tips and strategies that we're going to go over here today. These are the exact same tips and strategies that high level. Entrepreneurs, CEOs and managers all use to be able to better their ability to communicate. So no matter if you're looking to be a better presenter, a better speaker, or just a better communicator to everyone in your life in general, these are going to be some tips and strategies that you're going to be able to use to easily perfect your ability to communicate. So with that, let's get onto the tips. For sure Matt. Excellent question. So, so for me, just to paint the picture, I'm a 22 year old kid. I'm broke, I have a phone, I have no, that's it, to record videos. I don't have no experience editing videos. I actually didn't edit any videos for the first year of, of Master Truck. It wasn't a business. I never knew you could get paid to be a coach. And the reason is not because I'm some philanthropist. It's because IBM was paying me a lot of money to work there and I was going, oh my God, like this is my future. Well, I wasn't thinking Master Talk was going to be a business. I was thinking it was going to be a hobby because that, because at the end of the day, it's like, okay, I don't have time to coach these students anymore cuz I have to work a a 70 hour a week job and provide for my family. It's time for me to go into the real world. So I'm not, I'm just making videos to just support the next generation of students and I got a crooked left arm and I start making videos in my mom's basement. That's basically how Master Talk started. So at the beginning there was no traction, but the reason I got to a thousand subscribers really quickly was because of Goodwill. Since I'd coached 70 people from the ages of 19 to 20 to a business school and I was super involved in in my community in Montreal. Everyone knew about the channel, even if it was terrible because they knew about the, the coaching I had done, and they were like, oh, well if you're making free videos. So that's really the first piece of advice comes from, I made content to solve a problem. I never created master talk to make myself famous or something I had done far from it even today. But it was more from saying, Hey, like. This small community of 70 case competition, people need this content. So if the next 10 years is another group of 70 who joined the program, there's probably 700 people who are gonna watch my stuff. I just didn't expect it to be more. And then later in life, probably nine months into Master Talk, I got really lucky, Matt. I went to Columbus, Ohio for Summative Greatness, which is a, an event that Louis, hows a podcaster, hosts in his hometown. And I met my business partner there who's 20 years older than me, and he's the one who helped me turn this into a business. Talk a little bit about, you know, some of your, your techniques, your strategies that you feel a lot of people may not necessarily understand when they, when they're looking to, to be able to speak or present or, or anything like that. Like what's, what's some of your tips to be able to make better speakers? For sure, Matt. You know, I think what was missing in the space largely falls under three categories, and then we'll get into the tips, simplicity, practicality, and generosity. When I started Master Talk, my thought at the time, obviously I don't, I didn't articulate it as well as I do now, but at the time it was okay. The tips aren't simple enough. Because a lot of PhDs are coaching on communication and the lingo is too complicated. The second one's practicality, like how do we make communication tangible? Let's say we wanna lose weight, which isn't the case for both of us. Let's use that as an analogy. The steps are pretty simple. Eat less food. Less junk food, less soft drinks exercise regularly. If you do that for two weeks, you'll probably lose one pound, like most likely. So when you weigh yourself on that scale and you see a one pound goes down, you, you, that creates momentum. You go, wow, this is working. And then you accelerate results. That little win, that burst of energy does not exist in the communication field or at the time it wasn't communicated well and generosity, just sharing the tips for free just to help people who can't afford a coach. Which is the aim. So for me, what this boiled down to is communication is like juggling 18 balls at the same time. One of those balls is body language, one of them eye context and facial expressions. So for me, the question has simply been what are the three easiest balls to juggle? So let's start with number one. Number one is the random word exercise. Pick a word like headset, like phone, like wall, like home, and create random presentations out of thin air. And this serves two main purposes, Matt. Number one is it helps you deal with uncertainty. Life is filled with it when you go to a networking event, when you meet new people. So if you can't deal with uncertainty, it's hard for you to make an impact. And the second piece that people can write down if they want is if you can make sense out of nonsense. You can make sense out of anything. So if you can take about avocados for 30 seconds, it's really easy for you to talk about your subject matter expertise when it's time. I, I, yeah. I love that. I love that advice. And out of curiosity, have you ever taken any, um, like improv classes or anything like that? Uh, out of curiosity, I've done some, I'm not professionally trained or anything. Yeah. But I've probably done maybe five or six sessions, but I've definitely an amateur. Yeah. Yeah. And the reason why I ask, ask that is because, I got probably 10 years ago now for this too, 10 maybe, maybe longer ago than that. I, I also took an improve class for sales and very much so the same thing. And I'm curious what your perspective is on this. The, the way that the improv training works is essentially, um, We, we, as people get in our head too much, right? And we, we start trying to think through all of the sentences and everything and trying to talk about the, the next sentence that I'm, or thinking about the next sentence that I need to say, and it just slows everything down, right? Whereas with improv, It teaches you to get rid of all of that and just sort of go with your subconscious and just, just speak, just get the, get the stuff out there. Um, and it, it was the, the results were profound. They recorded us before and we just did, I don't remember what the presentation was, but just something on, you know, some, some short presentation and then they recorded us afterwards. And I think this was a week long presenta, or a week long seminar. Um, we, we did another recording afterwards and I mean, there were people that were bashful who, you know, weren't confident up there. Um, this completely opened them up and I'm, I'm curious from your perspective, um, you know, is that, is that, you know, part of it is, Getting out of your own mental way, if you will, right. Where, you know, again, you're a subject matter expert. You know, stop trying to think about every little thing that you need to say and just, you know, let your subconscious take over and, and, and say it. Is that, is that kind of part of this? Absolutely. Matt and I, and I love the story that you told and, and great to see the transformation that people are going through and those facilitators are right. You know, at the end of the day, it's about really focusing on the system. The system of how to get better. So if I exercise every day, I'll naturally get healthier, but we just don't apply that same logic to communication. And what that one week training did is it forced people to do the reps. The only caveat I'll add to, to your share. Is the version that I like to teach is maybe people might be afraid to go to a seven day seminar unless they're really talented executives and those, those are usually the cases where they get placed into these corporate trainings. So those people already have a strong foundation. But the argument that behind what I'm building is 90% of people won't even go to a Toastmaster's meeting. They'll go like, oh my God, I don't want to attend the meeting, let alone speak. So for me it's about doing what you said, but the easier version first, which is the ranked and word express in my opinion. And the reason is because you don't really have to do it in front of every anybody. You could do it alone in your basement when nobody's watching. Nobody's listening to you. And it's very easy to get the momentum started. So in the example you gave, it might take five to seven days for people to get results, but with a random word exercise, it could take as little as 60 minutes if you're really intense about it. If you do the random word exercise like 40 times in an hour, in the second hour, you'll go, wow, this is really easy. And then you'll start to apply that logic and communication mastery in general. Yeah. Yeah. This reminds me, your random word reminds me of. Uh, another game that we played at that seminar was called Ding. And you had, you know, one of those little countertop, you know, bells that you ding normally for service, right? Uh, and every time you, you were basically given a, a subject and you had to start presenting on the subject, and there was someone with one of those bells and every time they had, every time they rang the bell, you had to completely change. Your story, but you wanted the story to be able to, you know, kind of flow together, right? Where, you know, it's not like a completely different direction that doesn't make any sense, but like, you automatically make that shift and, and again, subconsciously making that shift, not thinking about where this story is going. Um, you know, you're gonna make this change into a completely different, Different realm, but that, that transition makes sense. So again, it's like you said, you know, getting the reps in and understanding, uh, you know, what happens when you kind of just let go if you will. Right. You know, that's, uh, incredibly, incredibly powerful. Um, talk a little bit about what your students have done once they've. Understood the power of being able to, to speak publicly and, and, you know, present well. What, what are some of those results? What have, what have you seen from, from your, uh, customers? Yeah, for sure, man, you know, you know the way I like to see it. Is that the principles are the same, but the con, the context and how that advice is applied is different for everybody. That's why for me, the question for everyone listening is a simple one. It's just one that we never really think about cuz no one's asked it. How would your life change if you were an exceptional communicator? But what's fascinating about that question, Matt, is the answer for all of us is very different. So if we take my three niches and the people who invest in communication who are generally high level executives, Or managers and above, they're coaches who are already doing six figures in their business, and they see it as a vehicle to close more sales present. We better in webinar formats to, to get more business and create more impact. And the third one is the entrepreneur who's either raising capital or is, is really bad at sales presentations, but the product's excellent. He's just, he or she is just really bad at, at convincing other people that it's just as amazing as, as they've built it or, or created it to be. So in that context, they'll all do the hunter, they'll all do the random word exercise a hundred times in two weeks. I'll force them to do it. That's the difference between, I guess, a personal trainer like me, quote unquote, and, and just listening to the information as a result is forced. So then what happens? But the way that that result gets contextualized, that person changes. Example. For the executive, because I'm doing so many random word exercises when my boss in a corporate meeting is asking me a question, or when I'm being interviewed for another role, I'm a lot less anxious about it because I'm not being asked what my favorite color is. I'm not being asked to talk about the color blue in a presentation. I'm just focused on what I'm doing and the role and responsibilities I'm delivering back to the company. And the second area is the entrepreneur. So if I'm doing a lot of random word exercises, if I go to a networking cocktail or I go to an event where there might be key relationships that I could build, it's going to be really easy for me to make small talk because I've talked about avocado toast, so I. Regardless of how that conversation's going to go, I'm gonna be a lot better at thinking on my feet. Same thing with coaches, let's say on a strategy call. We've all had that weird call where they just ask you bizarre questions, have nothing to do with the service you provide, and you have to just pivot. You know, they might ask you about your grandmother, they might ask you about your life, and your job is to build a rapport with them. So the random, the random word exercise becomes really helpful. So the answer in a short format is the same principles are taught, but the application is completely different. That is really, really interesting. And I, I picked up on something that I wasn't necessarily thinking of. With this, you know, when we started this, the, this talk, I was expecting this to be about getting up and standing up in front of people, and obviously there's a big element of, you know, making that presentation right? But, but you just said you know how to be a better communicator, right? So this, this is, this is sort of going through all areas of life because again, communication is everywhere, right? So, Uh, do you have a different approach if someone's goal is to be able to be a better presenter, um, and like, you know, tips or tricks for the person who, who's looking at presenting things, uh, versus the the person who just wants to be a better communicator to everyone in their life? Does that make sense? Absolutely Matt, right? Because it's nuanced, the difference between public speaking and communication. And in my view, you know, I'm sure other people who are more technical than I am at this, they'll, they'll draw differentiations between both. Honestly, I'm not one of those people. For me, it's all one and the same. It's you learn the principles, you build up a stack of foundation, so you just get better over time, whether you're speaking on a stage or honestly, with most of my clients, they're not even speaking on a stage. They're ace in corporate boardroom meetings. That's actually the main idea. Or they're crushing sales calls. Cuz at the end of the day, for me, and it would be great to define us, actually, for me, the definition of communication is the same as public speaking, which is, How do we convey an idea in a way that achieves a specific outcome for a specific audience? For me, communication once again is how do we convey an idea in a way that achieves a specific outcome for a specific audience? But that could mean a plethora of things. That could mean, hey, go on a stage and sell $50,000 worth of product. But that could also mean, Hey, convince your wife or husband that, hey, Let's have Mexican food tonight and not Chinese food. That's all communication, but then the way we learn it changes. It's not going to your nuanced question. I'll quickly cover ball two in the three, which is ball number two is the question drill. So the question drill is we get asked questions all the time in our life, man, on a podcast, at school, at work. Most of us are not ready for those questions. I'll give you an example with me. When I started guessing on podcasts, I wasn't this slick. I was a kid, remember? And I still am one technically. And I remember some guy asked me, Hey Brendan, where does the fear of communication come from? And I looked at the guy and I was like, I don't know, man. Los Angeles, New York City. You tell me. So how did I get better? All I did, man, is every single day for five minutes, I answered one question that I thought the world would ask me about my expertise. So day one was how do you overcome your fear of communication? Day two was what tips do you got for introverts? Day three is how do I improve my eye contact? But if you do that every day for a year, just with five minutes, man, you'll have answer 365 questions about your industry. But what's amazing about this exercise, Is it's multipurpose. It doesn't just help you with boardroom questions that you get. It doesn't just help you with a podcast or a sales call. It also helps you prep better in a presentation. Cuz if you can guess ahead of time and just reflect what are 50 questions that my audience will ask about my topic and you re-answer them, that q and a period in your presentation will be a joke. Mm-hmm. Interesting. Interesting. Um, you said that there is three, three balls, right? Like you're juggling the three balls. Did we do the third ball yet? I don't think we did the third ball yet, right? Yeah. You're a great listener. You know, the reason I always stop after two is cause I don't wanna monologue for 15 minutes, but you're absolutely right Beth. No, I love it. I love it. So look, ball number three is the video message. So make a list of three people that you love the most in your life. It could be a spouse, it could be a a friend. It could be a client. And send them a 22nd, not a 20 minute. But a 22nd video message to just show how much you appreciate having them in your life. What's great about this exercise, it has one key rule. The rule is you're not allowed to retake the video. So if you do this three times a day with a group of different people or the same people, you'll have sent a thousand video messages after a year. And one thing I do, which is a little bit extreme but it helps me stand out, is I have a Google calendar that tells me when it's my client's birthday or a dear friend's birthday. So literally when it's their birthday, I put a stupid birthday hat on that I bought for 15 bucks on Amazon. I take up my phone and I go, guess who's birthday it is? It's yours. I hope you have a wonderful day. And it always, it always makes people's day. Cause I'm pretty much the only dufus who's sending them a crazy birthday video message. Yeah. Out of everyone in their life. But, but it also is, uh, endearing you to them as well, right? You're, you're helping build that relationship cuz again, that not very many people do that at all. Um, what, so what are some of the common, um, I guess challenges that people come to you with, you know, when it comes to communication, right? Like some, some specific types of things, like what are, what are some of the, uh, you know, obviously everyone has, uh, a fear of public speaking at one point in their life or another, and, you know, some people get over it, but what are, what are some of the other challenges besides, you know, the fear side of things that you. Help people get over, uh, to be able to become a better communicator? Yeah, for sure, for sure. Matt. So for, for me, the perspective has always been, there's an infinite amount of challenges, but there's a finite set of solutions. So, for example, let's say somebody could say something, Hey, uh, I'm struggling with a keynote. I've coming up. And that's their problem, but the solution is still the same. Work on the fundamentals. Do the random word exercise, and then as they get better, then the, the feedback becomes more contextual. So then it says, okay, so now we've done the random word ex. Now let me take a look at your keynote and see what we can work on better. And then that could, that's one way. The other way, which is a lot more complex is, and I don't do a lot of this, I only do it if I really love the client, which is high stakes communication. So high stakes comms just means a publicly traded C-suite executive who, sorry, a C-suite executive works at a publicly traded company, might come in, have me sign an NDA and go, these are the 17 things that are happening right now for this earnings call I need to take, or this boardroom meeting I need to do. So I'll listen to all of the information and then I'll go, this is how you solve the problem, based on my understanding of it. And then they'll go in with that specific solution and then, and then get the result that they're looking for, whether it's more capital, whether it's satisfying their shareholders, et cetera. That's a lot more complicated, I guess, for today's purpose. But I think the, the idea here, the general idea is, What I've found is it doesn't really matter what the challenge is. The answer's almost the same. The real challenge that matters actually isn't the fear. I would argue. There's a, there's a, there's a challenge even greater than fear, which is motivation. There's so many things in our life, Matt, that we've accomplished. Getting married, having children, asking somebody on a date, applying for college, starting a podcast, getting a job, making a business, starting one yet, Every single thing that we've accomplished in our life is attached to fear. So there's nothing that we're proud of that has zero fear attached to it. Yet when it comes to communication, we go, oh, I'm scared, so I'm just going to sit here and do nothing. But we don't apply that, that logic in anything else in our life. That's why, for me, the biggest challenge that I, that I get clients to focus on, it's not the fear, but rather is your motivation great enough to even work on the, the communication skills in the first place? Because all the tips I've taught today, especially the way I teach it, it's really simple. It's not like I went into a super complicated high stakes communication framework today. It said, do the random word exercise, send a few video messages, and just answer two or three questions, even one every day that you think somebody will ask you. But nobody does that consistently for 30, 60, 90 days. And if you just did that, you'd be a lot better at communication. That's why the frame becomes. Take some time to reflect on how would your life change if you were an exceptional communicator, because if you do that, you'll find a reason that's greater than your fear, and you'll just do it. Yeah. Do, do you have any tips on sort of automating that workflow into your daily routines, your, you know, routine cycles and all of that to make sure that, you know, it's always in front of your face, you don't forget to do it. You get those reps in, you know, any, any thoughts there? For sure. So, so let me give you the easy one, which is obviously pay for the accountability. So then you're just forced to do it. But for those of you who can't afford a coach, what I've found is that the best way to automate this is often integrating it into your family life. So let me give you an example. Let's say you're somebody listening. They might have children, uh, a significant other. They might have a few nieces and cousins who are nephews rather, who live nearby. It's always better to practice with them. So lemme give you the, the context for somebody, let's say in their thirties, forties, fifties, they have two kids, let's say five years old. Nine years old. And here's what you do. You just go up to them and say, let's play a game called the random word exercise. And you have them give you a word, you do the random word exercise, and then you give them a word. So then it doesn't feel like practice anymore, doesn't feel like a chore. It feels more like family bonding time. And that's a lot of the feedback I've gotten with executives, which is, you know, Brendan, when I go home, My family's just watching tv, so when I do the random word exercise, it gives me an excuse to talk to them and build a relationship with them. That's also true when, let's say they're picking their kids to and from school. Don't put any music, just do the random word exercise five times or six times, and that's the best way to integrate it outside of hiring a coach that will get you results. One other thing that I always like to say as well is everybody showers. Hopefully people are listening to this podcast. You got 15 minutes there in the shower, you're not doing anything, so do the random word exercise there. That's another easy way to implement it in your daily routine without it taking even a minute extra of your time. Yeah, I, and I love that one too because, uh, you, you kind of have to get over the embarrassment of anyone else who might hear you, right? Like, there's, there's something to be said about like, singing in the shower, talking in the shower, where, you know, you have this, this sort of pent up. Uh, you know, pent up anxiety about, you know, letting anybody hear you. But if this is something that you wanna get over, you know, that's a perfect opportunity to be able to, to, you know, get over that as well to, you know, just, just get out there and, and, uh, you know, kind of make a fool of yourself. I mean, so simple. I would've never thought to, you know, incorporate the other people in my life into the practice of, you know, bettering my communication. So I love that. I love that. Um, is there any, are there any other tips or anything like that, that you can think of that. We, we can employ again into our daily lives or daily routines to be able to again, become a better communicator. Absolutely Matt. So I'll give you both four and five. So Ball four is more of a PR message I always like to send, which is the best way to speak is to speak. So if you wanna get the result from this podcast than listen to, it's very simple. Here's all you have to do, and most people won't do it. Book, 15 minutes in your calendar every single day to do the random word exercise, to do the question drill, and to do the video message. The problem, always when I'm on a show, Matt, is people listen to me and they go, wow, where'd you get this kid, Matt? He's so cool. He's like sharing all these. Really cool tips and then they don't do 'em. And that's why the Balfour is the best way to speak, is to speak. You can listen to me and you talk all day, but the reason you're such a great communicator, Matt, is not cuz you listen to me. It's because you, you had the courage to start the podcast, whether it was a year ago, five years ago, whenever you started it. And that's why you're great at it. And I'm sure the inter you're, the way you interview people today is significantly better than episode one. Right. And that's really the key. You get, you get rewarded to take action, not just by listening to the show. That's four. And ball number five is called the puzzle. So communication, Matt, is like a jigsaw puzzle. You know, those, uh, toys used to play as kids, got like 500 pieces, put 'em all together. So now the question becomes, when we work on a jigsaw puzzle, which pieces do we start with first and why? And the answer is, The edges because the E, the edges are easier to find in the box. Just pull 'em out of the box, get those little edges to them. Work your way to the middle after that. Why am I bringing that up? I'm bringing that up because when we prepare for our presentation, unfortunately we do the opposite. We shove a bunch of content into our presentations. We ramble throughout the whole thing. And then the last slide sounds something like this. Um, uh, ma'am, uh, thanks. Not the right approach. So instead, what you want to do, Is practice your presentations like a jigsaw puzzle. Start with the edges first. Do the introduction 10 times, 15 times until it's perfect. I know that sounds like a big number, but it actually isn't because your introduction's two minutes. So this is a 30 minute exercise. Same thing with the conclusion. What's a great movie with the terrible ending ending? Last time I checked, terrible movie. Same thing for the conclusion. 15 minutes at the end, excuse me. 10, 15 times, two minutes each. 30 minutes total. After an hour, you'll feel like you have the best introduction and conclusion in your life. Then work your way into the middle and you'll do just fine in your next presentation. Yeah, I love it. And I'm curious, do you. Uh, do you recommend that people record themselves with this as well? And the reason why I ask that is because in your, your Ball four, um, you know, you, you mentioned how, you know, taking the podcast, for instance, the original podcasts were completely different than what, what they are right now. And, and same thing was true with the, uh, with the, uh, the, uh, Um, improv class that I took as well. Right. Big improvement from, you know, where I started to where we ended. So everyone is so instant gratification. Everyone needs instant gratification today, right? So this is a way to be able to see your progress, measure your progress, be able to see, okay, you know, a week ago, a month ago, this is the way that I was presenting. This is the way that I'm thinking about things. Now, today, this is the way that things are, you know, being presented. I've made such huge progress. Just in that short amount of time. And then, you know, again, you can check in on yourself every month, every six months, whatever it is. But is there, is there an element to, you know, again, getting that gratification, seeing that progress, seeing how, how much you've improved from when you started to where you are today. Uh, you know, is there, is there something there as well to be able to kind of ingrain this in, in people as well? For sure, Matt. Here's the nuanced answer I'll give you, cuz the answer is both. It's yes and no. So what do I mean by this? Yes, in the sense, you're right. And I get my clients to do this, right? You record yourself. That's how you get the result. You see the progress of meaning, you get excited. But the reason I'm saying no as well is because I'm very cognizant of the audience listening. Most people are listening to this podcast. Matt don't even wanna do the random word exercise once, whether it's recorded or not, just based on the hundreds of. Conversations I've had with my audience, maybe even thousands at this point. So here's where I'll draw the line ball. Number one, the random word exercise. That's there's a reason. That's ball number one, not ball number three. So start there, kind of like a diet plan, a fitness plan. Start there and don't even move on to ball number two, until you've done a hundred random work. Exercise, not 10. Not a million. A hundred. A hundred sounds like a big number, but it really isn't because the random word exercise only takes a minute to do. Five minutes a day, you're done in three weeks. Or if you're intense, you do it 10, 20 times. You're done in like a few days. And the point here that I'm driving, Is we do not get points for doing the exercise well. We get points for doing the exercise a lot, and I have never met a single human being in my life. Matt, who comes up to me and says, you know, Brendan, the first time I did the random word exercise was a lot better than my hundredth time. Could I get a refund? I. On my time that I spent. Nobody has said that to me every single time. Matt, even if you never record yourself, you never look at yourself, you never get feedback from a coach. I can swear in blood that if you do this a hundred times guaranteed, you will see some level of improvement and the level will differ. Differ based on the person, but you'll see clear improvement. That's the first piece. Then we go to ball number two. So ball number two is we don't move on to the video message until we've done a hundred question drills. And what's great about this exercise is you don't even need to come up with the questions. I'm practicing the question drill right now because you're asking me questions. And I always say this to every host, like, you don't have to send me the questions. It's fine. Just send me, just throw anything my way and I'm practicing it. So it's nice is you can go back to your audience or colleagues of yours and have them supply the questions and just do one every day if you wanna get it done in three months. But if you're crazy like me, you do 20 a day, you'll be done in five days. Then you go to the video message. So that's really what I'm pushing Matt. Is when we are doing this a lot, then we gain momentum and then your advice becomes really good at this point. Because when you get to ball number three, your mindset around communication is very different from experience. It's like, oh, I've done the random verdicts says a hundred times question drills really easy. I'm so much more comfortable in the boardroom. Now I have the base level confidence to say I can totally record myself and do this. And then that's when your advice is really keen. All right. My notebook is full after this episode, so we're gonna go through how we learned to be able to be a better speaker. And I'd love the analogy that Brenden used with being able to juggle these various different balls, and he gave us the top five balls that we should be focused in on. So I'm not gonna go through. Each one of these and explain them again because we just went through all of them in the episode. So we'll just go through and name each one of them. So if you remember, ball number one was the random word exercise that can be done with friends, family, your kids. So great way to be able to involve the family into your betterment. Next ball number two was the question game, and that was where you thought up. Of all of the possible questions that someone may ask about your business, product, or service. And what that does is it allows you to be able to think through the answers to all of those questions. So as you are presenting this, you're going to be much, much quicker with all of those. Questions, and obviously if you do this one, one question a day for a year. By the time the year passes, you've compiled and practiced the answers to 365 possible questions that people might ask you into bald number three. That was the video that you were going to send out to friends, family, and colleagues. And the most important part of this ball was to make sure that you understand that you can't redo the recording. It's one go and you have to use whatever it is that you come up with so that remember, this is prepping you so that when you are in front of people, And you're doing this live, you can't take that back again. You have to go with whatever it was that came out of your mouth. So that is preparing you for that type of situation. Don't try to make it perfect. Everyone screws up a little bit when they are up there presenting and communicating with people, but the, the goal is, the tip is to be able to make sure that you don't get distracted by. That thing that you might have not delivered exactly the way that you had thought it would be delivered. Ball four was pretty easy. We just wanna schedule time on the calendar every single day to do the random word exercise and doing the question drill and also the video that you're going to deliver to someone. And again, I love the analogies ball number five included another one. When you're preparing a speech or a presentation, there's obviously a structure that you typically go through, just like when you're putting together a puzzle. And this was a great framework that Brenden used to be able to explain this part of the process. He equated this to a puzzle because the way that you typically. Work on a puzzle is you find all of the edges, you find all of the straight lines, and you do that first. So just like a puzzle you're, you're putting together that outside edge. You want to put together your intro and your outro first, and that sets up the. Tone for the rest of the presentation. What most people don't understand is they'll concentrate so much on whatever the content is, and maybe that content is great, maybe it's okay, but if you start really strong and you end really strong, those are the things that people are going to really, really remember. And. Even if your presentation was not that terribly great in the middle, but again, you end strong, they're going to consider that being a successful presentation. So those are some tips from Brenden and I know that I'm starting to incorporate some of these into my schedule to be able to mic myself a better presenter and speaker. If you want to learn more from Brenden, head over to YouTube and search for Master Talk. He has hundreds of videos there that can help you learn to speak and present. 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What does professional integrity look like? Honestly, different for everyone. In this episode , Betsy gets vulnerable about integrity, judgement, and what she has expected of others in the past. She shares her own integrous actions and how they align with her personal values and encourages you to determine your own and seek out professional spaces and colleagues who share some of the same. A great episode for new and veteran coaches for creating clarity around what is important to you professionally. Betsy shares this post from Inquisitive Human as part of the episode. Coach's Chat has new episodes every Tuesday and Friday so be sure to subscribe!For more from Betsy follow her on Instagram and visit bfosterstrong.com!Thank you as always for listening! Your support means the world!
Have you ever asked yourself, “If I'm so good at what I do, why don't more people know about me” Honestly, I've asked this question of myself a lot, and I've become obsessed with figuring out the answer in my own business and for my clients. I get to work with many amazing people who are experts with years of education, experience, and finely honed skills, and their work with their clients is incredible. They are the type of people who are so damn easy to refer to because their work is so good. They're the kind of people I want to make sure more people know about. But why aren't they known for their work if they are so good, talented, and skilled? I believe I found the answer to why this happens and why you're the overlooked expert. In This Episode: Where the overlooked expert exists in the online business world The cultural reasons why we don't actually value expertise Why experts struggle to communicate their worth Learn more about Michelle Mazur: Communication Rebel Three Word Rebellion Book Request a free 1:1 Chat 3 Word Rebellion Mini Audio Workshop Take the Free Marketing Assessment
My Cool Friend Dallas McLaughlin does so much cool stuff! Not only is he a comedian and musician from San Diego, but he also wrote on the pilots for both Yo Gabba Gabba! AND The Aquabats! Super Show! (SO MANY EXCLAMATION POINTS) He's ALSO got a new album coming out called I Didn't Start the Fire (and Other Lies) that you should check out ASAP! Honestly, this episode is such a blast and the recording went by so quickly that I had no idea we went so long until we wrapped! I hope you enjoy the episode as much as we enjoyed recording it, go follow Dallas on the socials (Tw: @dallas_mc, IG @dallassmclaughlin) and head on over to Patreon.com/jeffmay for access to early episodes with bonus content, exclusive shows, and more!
If laughter really was the best medicine, Gavin Crawford would have cured his mother of Alzheimer's disease. As a son, his mother's dementia has been devastating. As a comedian though…it's been sort of funny. Honestly, how do you respond when your mom confuses you with her teenage crush and wants you to take her to the high-school dance? Well, you laugh. Because it's the only thing you can do. In this seven-part series, Gavin tells the story of losing his mother — his best friend and the inspiration for a lot of his comedy — to a disease that can be as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. He's joined by comedian friends who share their experience caring for family members with dementia. The result is a cross between an improv act and a support group. Part memoir, part stand-up, part meditation on grief and loss, Let's Not Be Kidding is a dose of the very best medicine for anyone dealing with hard times. More episodes are available at: https://link.chtbl.com/vOe1GCdX
Did you know there are over 20,000 different species of bees in the world? Believe it or not, bees are insects that belong to the same family as ants and wasps. They play an important role in pollinating plants, which helps fruits, vegetables, and flowers to grow. Learn more about pollination as we discuss honeybees, bumblebees, and carpenter bees with Mrs. Cindy! To get the FREE Nature Walk Challenge that goes with this episode, visit the show notes page → ourjourneywestward.com/bee-nature-study/. You'll find images of bees here, too! Supplies for the nature study challenge: nature journal or blank white paper colored pencils In the companion Bee Video Lesson found in the No Sweat Nature Study LIVE membership, you'll learn about the social hierarchy of bees and the jobs available in the honeybee community. Did you know honeybees live in a community? Honestly, it's almost like an actual town in and out of their busy hives. In your nature journal, you'll create your own honeybee community and assign bees various jobs. Join No Sweat Nature Study LIVE → NoSweatNatureStudy.com. Use the code NOSWEAT for 50% off your first month of a monthly membership. BUY GIFT CERTIFICATES for friends and family to join No Sweat Nature Study LIVE → ourjourneywestward.com/downloads/no-sweat-nature-study-live-gift/ Download the FREE printable packet of activities to support this podcast episode and the next one → ourjourneywestward.com/bee-nature-study/ In the Our Journey Westward Shop, find a few homeschool curriculum guides that are helpful to continue learning night science through nature study: Wonderful Wildflowers Defense Mechanisms of Animals Butterflies Flutter By Leave Mrs. Cindy a voice message to answer the current season's question! Scroll to the bottom of the Bee Nature Study show notes page. Share pictures of your nature walk pages on Instagram or Facebook. Be sure to tag @OurJourneyWestward so Mrs. Cindy will see them! Please subscribe to the podcast and leave a rating and review if you enjoy the episodes. Thank you! It helps the podcast so much! :)
Hey Voidfarer, they say you can never really go home. Honestly, I never tried it myself. Maybe it's the thought of going backwards, maybe it's the look on the faces of the ones I left behind. I guess we're all running from something. I'll keep on Voidbound until that day it all catches up with me. In this one Raine, Xandar, and H.A.R.T give it away.
If laughter really was the best medicine, Gavin Crawford would have cured his mother of Alzheimer's disease. As a son, his mother's dementia has been devastating. As a comedian though…it's been sort of funny. Honestly, how do you respond when your mom confuses you with her teenage crush and wants you to take her to the high-school dance? Well, you laugh. Because it's the only thing you can do. In this seven-part series, Gavin tells the story of losing his mother — his best friend and the inspiration for a lot of his comedy — to a disease that can be as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. He's joined by comedian friends who share their experience caring for family members with dementia. The result is a cross between an improv act and a support group. Part memoir, part stand-up, part meditation on grief and loss, Let's Not Be Kidding is a dose of the very best medicine for anyone dealing with hard times. More episodes are available at: https://link.chtbl.com/xVS9Reo-
While many see Mother's Day as a cause for celebration, many others want to crawl under the covers and stay buried. Dr. Julie Shannon joins Rebecca Carrell and Liz Rodriguez to share her journey of infertility and childlessness, and how God has ministered to her through her deepest pain.Dr. Julie Shannon equips individuals and communities to engage in practical compassion for the realities of life. She utilizes speaking and writing to inspire others with real talk on real-life issues like infertility and childlessness, sharing solutions and stories to encourage hope, community, and a renewed perspective. Find Dr. Julie Shannon's books and podcast at https://drjulieshannon.com/ If you enjoy the show, would you please consider rating and reviewing Honestly, Though? Those reviews help others find us in the PodUniverse, and we deeply appreciate the love! Also, you can reach out to us personally to join the conversation on the following platforms:Rebecca Carrell: https://www.rebeccacarrell.com/ ; IG - @RebeccaCarrell ; Twitter: @RebeccaACarrell ; FB - Rebecca Ashbrook CarrellLiz Rodriguez: IG: @lizannrodriguez ; FB - Liz Rodriguez - https://www.facebook.com/liz.rodriguez.92775Nika Spaulding: stjudeoakcliff.org ; IG - @NikaAdidas ; Twitter - @NikaAdidasWe have the world's best producer! Are you interested in podcasting? Do you know someone who is? Taylor Standridge can help with audio engineering, production, editing, show mapping, and coaching. Connect with Taylor at email@example.com or on Twitter: @TBStandridge
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If laughter really was the best medicine, Gavin Crawford would have cured his mother of Alzheimer's disease. As a son, his mother's dementia has been devastating. As a comedian though…it's been sort of funny. Honestly, how do you respond when your mom confuses you with her teenage crush and wants you to take her to the high-school dance? Well, you laugh. Because it's the only thing you can do. In this seven-part series, Gavin tells the story of losing his mother — his best friend and the inspiration for a lot of his comedy — to a disease that can be as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. He's joined by comedian friends who share their experience caring for family members with dementia. The result is a cross between an improv act and a support group. Part memoir, part stand-up, part meditation on grief and loss, Let's Not Be Kidding is a dose of the very best medicine for anyone dealing with hard times. More episodes are available at: https://link.chtbl.com/I9JcVkQC
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If laughter really was the best medicine, Gavin Crawford would have cured his mother of Alzheimer's disease. As a son, his mother's dementia has been devastating. As a comedian though…it's been sort of funny. Honestly, how do you respond when your mom confuses you with her teenage crush and wants you to take her to the high-school dance? Well, you laugh. Because it's the only thing you can do. In this seven-part series, Gavin tells the story of losing his mother — his best friend and the inspiration for a lot of his comedy — to a disease that can be as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. He's joined by comedian friends who share their experience caring for family members with dementia. The result is a cross between an improv act and a support group. Part memoir, part stand-up, part meditation on grief and loss, Let's Not Be Kidding is a dose of the very best medicine for anyone dealing with hard times. More episodes are available at: https://link.chtbl.com/dvxFtqRY
If laughter really was the best medicine, Gavin Crawford would have cured his mother of Alzheimer's disease. As a son, his mother's dementia has been devastating. As a comedian though…it's been sort of funny. Honestly, how do you respond when your mom confuses you with her teenage crush and wants you to take her to the high-school dance? Well, you laugh. Because it's the only thing you can do. In this seven-part series, Gavin tells the story of losing his mother — his best friend and the inspiration for a lot of his comedy — to a disease that can be as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. He's joined by comedian friends who share their experience caring for family members with dementia. The result is a cross between an improv act and a support group. Part memoir, part stand-up, part meditation on grief and loss, Let's Not Be Kidding is a dose of the very best medicine for anyone dealing with hard times. More episodes are available at: https://link.chtbl.com/rdirING1
We're going to take on the Gen Z lingo. Honestly, we've never sounded less cool.
Unpacking the Power of Power Pack
We are in the party zone now. We have a bunch of Reeds and a bunch of villains and a bunch of kids.....and don't forget the mistakes and regrets. What else can POSSIBLY go wrong. First of all, we probably should talk about underestimating the problem. You make plans and you estimate the size of the opposition and then you head out to fight. Now, what could be the worse that can happen during this step...well, bad intelligence and low balling the threat. You can end up out there all alone. One little man against a mob. That brings us to fire power. Do you have the right weapons for the job? Do you have competent people to operate the weapons? Do the weapons work? Honestly, it is amazing that we are able to be successful at all with the number of moving pieces in the world. Sometimes we just need suction cup guns to even the playing field. If you have the correct response and the appropriate weapons, do you have a good visual on your enemies? This is a good question to ask when you are attacking or about to be attacked, or if you have fallen into a deep dark hole, or if you have been hit in the face with webs....or something. OK, so now you are in trouble. You have failed and have been caught....maybe by a net, or just by a bad decision.....or by a crustacean. Whatever happened, here are some things you should do . First, don't panic. Second, get some Bactine, that looks nasty and could get infected. What about villains? Yeah, you got them, and you should be worried about it. They usually come with big plans, big guns, big lackeys, and big egos. So what are you gonna do? Well hotshot? Oh, you are going to shoot them with a gun. Nice. Way to go hotshot. Now you have really made a mess of things. I don't even know what we are doing. No really...I don't....I am watching a movie while I am writing this so I really do not know what is happening. Well, I just hope that you have accomplished what you wanted to. I hope that you are sitting in the chair that you so richly deserve. I hope that you have destroyed your enemies and made the world see how awesome you are. If not...I hope that you had fun. Check out the pictures we talked about by clicking on this link: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2023/04/28/episode-133-ff-5-the-sound-of-war/ We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube! Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need. http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Energy 2013 by Sascha Ende Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/211-energy-2013 License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
Today i am having “fuck you @Clare “ moment and not even having the courtesy to say white witch do she won't get tagged. Honestly, you have one minute of feeling nice and there she is with the first well module, bringing in the misery. Reporting happy moments, she won't have any of it. And now even journalling on things you're grateful for is now not allowed. It's like that friend you (used to, I'm not friends with any of them now) that no matter what you say puts a downer on it/pisses on your fire. Or I can go study human design that shows how the mind/body is made and the god-portals to explore what we really are but minus all the misery and suffering. Feeling so angry I have to continue with this stupid, miserable navel-gazing course, suffering-hunting all the time. Fuck you Clar