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Sales Enablement PRO Podcast
Episode 215: Arup Chakravarti on the Power of AI for Enablement

Sales Enablement PRO Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 21:57


Shawnna Sumaoang: Hi, and welcome to the Sales Enablement PRO podcast. I am Shawnna Sumaoang. Sales enablement is a constantly evolving space and we're here to help professionals stay up to date on the latest trends and best practices so that they can be more effective in their jobs. Today I’m excited to have Arup Chakravarti from Equifax UK join us. Arup, I would love to introduce yourself, your role in your organization to our audience. Arup Chakravarti: Absolutely, firstly thank you so much for having me on the podcast. It's a real pleasure to be here. A little bit about myself, I have been in sales enablement essentially for almost all of my career. I started off in maybe more of a sales operations stream and that’s again going back almost 20 years now working in financial services. I’ve always been in a B2B context, so therefore always been in that space where I’ve been very close to sales teams and account management teams and helped them become much more effective and productive in what they do. Certainly 20 years ago there wasn’t really a sales enablement domain, I think sales operations was perhaps just starting out then, but you know, in terms of what that domain is today, if you think about it either its revenue operations or revenue enablement, it’s so much more sophisticated, it’s so much more mature and so much more complex. In many respects also so much more of a satisfying environment in which to work, say than 20 years ago. Over that period of time of seeing how the entire domain, the discipline has matured, as I said, how it’s moved from saying sales operations, which is you know, again 20 years ago maybe literally looking at things like sales incentive plans to doing sales performance to maturing into sales tools such as CRM etcetera. Of course, now, that whole space is such a strong blend of sales operations and sales enablement which naturally includes training and coaching and development. So that’s been my career pathway for actually all of my career, all in a B2B context. SS: We’re excited to have you here Arup, we’ve worked with you numerous times over the years, so I’m so glad you’re able to join our podcast. Now in the past, we’ve talked about the power of leveraging artificial intelligence or AI to increase sales effectiveness. In your experience, what are some of the benefits of using AI and enablement? AC: Grand, I’m glad you asked me that question. Let’s just cut it back to something that you know, why would you use AI, why would any organization use AI, and what value does it get from AI in different business functions and different business use cases? So fundamentally the value of AI is essentially getting the computer to process a huge amount of data and to process all of that data in a much more intelligent and frankly much more powerful than accelerated manner than any human being could do. AI in most applications, in most use cases artificial intelligence, machine learning, what it’s effectively doing is going through huge amounts of data and finding consistent patterns in those data and in the process of finding consistent patterns, flagging up those patterns for some type of decision making. At its simplest, even in the consumer world when you’re looking at things like Netflix, if you’ve got your Netflix account and Netflix throws up or Amazon throws up certain items that you might be interested in purchasing or certain movies or TV shows that you might be interested in watching what’s happening, there really is just a huge amount of data that are being processed data about yourself in terms of what you like to do, but data about similar profile consumers that are also looking at similar programs and then a decision is being made in terms of what you might like. That’s all in many respects that AI is doing right in the context of what we think about in most business use cases, it’s looking at a huge amount of data and then being able to pinpoint certain behavioral patterns in that data. Within the context of enablement, especially revenue enablement it’s really powerful because essentially what it’s doing is it’s helping an organization and individuals in an organization be much more intelligent in the context of identifying some of their customers, their clients, whether it’s existing or prospective customers, that may be closer to making some type of buying decision. You’re looking at patterns of behavior either at the individual level or you’re looking at patterns of behavior within a firm level. If you think about buyers and buyers in the marketplace and you know this yourself, the way that enablement has changed the way that buyers purchase has shifted so fundamentally that now it’s so much less about the sales effort to the buyer, but so much more about how a buyer discovers a particular company, how buyer goes through that buyer journey, and how sellers are able to educate that buyer through that process. What AI does is kind of just help sellers within an organization just be much smarter about identifying which companies are closer to making a buying decision. SS: I love that. What does it look like to embed AI into your enablement programs though, what are some of the key ways that you’ve implemented AI-driven programs? AC: Yeah, so I’ll take that in two halves because in the second half you’re asking me how I implemented AI and you know, to be perfectly honest with you, I would love to have implemented a lot more AI. I think it’s a really exciting space. I think forward-looking companies that do implement AI in terms of their sales, and marketing processes, get a lot of value from it, and absolutely, I would love to have done some more. Let’s first talk about, you know, some of the use cases and some of the implementations that we see. We sort of hear AI being much more prevalent in terms of some of the sales stack, in terms of some of the marketing stack, and how that’s helping, again, as I said, companies make much more intelligent decisions about which buyers they should engage with and when. We definitely see that in terms of conversation intelligence, I mean obviously, you know, some of the big names, they’re great companies because what they’ve been doing is clearly being able to build out capabilities where they can analyze unstructured verbal communications and in the process start to identify different types of sentiments and again, it’s just that process of if you can listen to that conversation, you can be intelligent in terms of how you analyze that conversation, you can get the machine the computer to flag up insights and behavioral patterns to you. It then starts to give you as a sales rep that capability in a company that’s selling to a set of buyers. It starts to give you a really clear indication in terms of which of your buyers are potentially closer to making a buying decision. So we absolutely see that when you see deals being tracked through CRM and through the pipeline, the revenue intelligence capabilities have AI that is analyzing again how that deal and information about that deal is being tracked. So it starts to again exhibit information about is a particular deal closer to being a converted close one or actually is there less confidence in terms of that deal coming to a successful closure. So those are sort of the areas where and when you look at revenue enablement, in particular, those are the sorts of areas where we’re starting to see AI getting embedded into a lot of that revenue value chain. If you think about all of the different activities that a seller needs to go through to be able to prepare for, engage with, proposed to, go through a negotiation process, and again, capture information in their CRM system, capturing information across a number of different systems, utilizing sells enablement platforms to be able to access information and be much smarter in terms of their there they’re kind of they’re selling engagement, all of those areas are just becoming much more sophisticated in terms of utilizing machine learning artificial intelligence to be able to help automate a number of decisions to be able to help bring the information up to a sales rep and also to be able to help that sales rep understand how they’re engaging with the customer and the levels of kind of sentiment and engagement from that customer. SS: Fantastic. One thing you’ve mentioned is the importance of essentially demystifying AI for enablement leaders. Why do you think some leaders might be apprehensive about leveraging AI? And what is your advice for demystifying AI for them? AC: That’s a great question. I don’t know if enablement leaders are necessarily apprehensive about implementing AI, I think it’s just a case of not necessarily having a clear picture of what AI means and how it can deliver value. I think there’s also a certain confusion in terms of artificial intelligence machine learning, its association with data science, and having a very big data science function. I sort of see the deployment of AI into business processes, it really falls into a kind of two buckets for me, what I call the kind of the functional level deployment of AI or the kind of application-level deployment of AI and in the functional level deployment of AI, what you’ve got there is exactly that. You’ve got like very big organizations oftentimes banks because banks have been doing this to very big financial institutions. Banks have been doing this for a really long period of time. You get a whole bunch of really smart people, data engineers, and data scientists that know what they’re doing and know how to code the machine and code the data. Because it’s a bank they’ll have lots of on-premise infrastructures, lots of server power, lots of space that they can bring in a huge amount of data, and again, oftentimes because its banks, whether it’s credit card companies or mortgage companies or any type of financial transaction related businesses, they have a huge amount of information in terms of how people utilize their products, their financial services products. So they’re able to do a huge amount of analysis engineer that day to process that data have the smart guys, in terms of the data scientists looking at that and then being able to build out decision models in terms of is Arup going to default on his credit card is Arup looking like the type of person we want to be able to make a mortgage loan to etcetera. That’s kind of AI at the functional level. Utilizing a huge amount of Human Resources to build out, I got a very powerful and of course a very expensive function. So that’s what I call AI at the functional level. A lot of big institutions are doing that, but you need to be a very, very large scale well established enterprise. Again, oftentimes banks are in terms of financial services to be able to have that type of a function. Whereas I think a lot of companies now are starting to realize that AI is now being embedded more into the application, that you can get it in all of those different capabilities. You don’t necessarily know how the AI is working 100%, it’s a little bit of a black box, but that’s okay if you know that you’re buying into one of those companies and you know that as you plug it in into your sales process, you plug it into kind of your sales enablement and engagement processes that you start to see the value, it starts to help automate decisions, it makes life easier for the sales rep, that’s the application level kind of deployment of AI. If you talk about our enablement leaders going to apprehend and everyone nervous about engaging with AI I don’t think they are, I think it’s just a case of being able to realize that a lot of the AI though, that enablement leaders work with is already there, it’s already embedded into their application, it’s already embedded into the way that they’re kind of working. So the big challenge for enablement Leaders is if you have all of those applications, how do you ensure that in a way the AI across each of those individual platforms is working in as harmonized a manner as possible? I think again there are a lot of talks that’s been coming out recently about Frankenstein where you end up with too many kinds of different tools within your sales stack, they don’t necessarily fit together really well. The AI within each of those tools is kind of sending you up to different decisions and different kinds of insights that might not be harmonized. So whilst you’ve got all of this AI the challenge for an enablement Leader might not be the desire to utilize AI might actually be the sort of problem that AI delivers, because if you’ve got all of these applications, you may suddenly find that actually the decision that you’re getting from, it is not necessarily harmonized all the way through. SS: I love that now, AI helps make predictions but it’s up to enablement teams to really utilize these predictions for success. What are some of the ways in which you’ve leveraged AI predictions to aid in decision-making? AC: Thank you for asking that. I'd love to call out my time at Elavon, which is my most recent company. I joined Equifax about 6 or 7 weeks ago, so I’ve still yet to figure out where we have some of these opportunities and what we can develop and do, and perhaps what are some of the vendors and deployment capabilities we’re going to look at. More recently Elavon, I spent seven years there, and in the last three years looking at developing and building out a customer data platform capability with AI embedded into it. What we did with that was a really simple business retention use case, a kind of customer retention use case. Elavon merchant services is a payments processor. So our portfolio of customers is huge so we have in the region of 200,000 plus customers across all of Europe. So we have a very big portfolio of S&B customers that are remotely managed and we have naturally a very small proportion of account managers as opposed to the number of accounts in the portfolio. In fact, we’ve got about 50 to 60 account managers against a total portfolio in that S&B space, a total portfolio of more than 100,000 accounts. You’ve got a very big portfolio and a very small team on a proportionate basis. So when it comes to saving customers when it comes to retaining customers, that’s the biggest challenge that the team had. In a lot of instances, they weren’t even necessarily speaking as proactively as they would like to an individual customer in that portfolio on a regular basis. So the challenge that we have is how do you then flag up customers into the team that could be at a much higher risk of canceling. Through that customer data platform, the CDP solution that we deployed, we were able to train that with the AI data with the huge amount of information that we had in terms of where we’ve seen retention, retention challenges, where customers had canceled, equally where customers have been going to cancel but we’d save them. We trained that entire environment. So effectively what we could start to do was about 3-4 months ahead of a customer potentially canceling. We were able to see some of the signals and those signals that were coming through would give us an indication that this customer is at risk of canceling. So we did that and we did. Obviously no longer with them, but of course very proud of the team because we deployed that, and certainly through the course of 2021 we worked through a total list of about 7500 customers. About 50% of those customers were genuinely at risk of canceling. We caught those 50%. You’re talking about 3200 customers. We caught those customers 2 to 3 months ahead of canceling. And again, not my team, but this is the account management team, we facilitated their effectiveness, and we facilitated their productivity so they had the right conversations at the right time and were able to save about 80% of those customers, which is fantastic. So all in all, you know across the board, the contribution that my team made through that AI deployment through the customer data platform, the contribution that the team made was now $2 million through the course of 2021. So really pleased in terms of a simple use case like that, which is like how do you identify customers that are potentially going to cancel, be confident about that and get in front of that conversation before the customer does cancel. SS: In your experience, what are some of the business outcomes that you’ve been able to correlate to your AI-driven programs? AC: So again, in the context of say using something like a customer data platform and then utilizing that with insights in terms of what you should do, absolutely, it kind of goes in two directions. For me it’s the direction of how you generate more revenue through cross-sell, upsell, better engagement with the customer, or even deal conversion or how do you protect revenue by promptly identifying customers that are potentially at risk of canceling. So again not that we do not use this capability but you know again just through my reading and understanding of the marketplace. I think a lot of what we’re seeing in terms of business outcomes has got to be and we were talking about it from an enablement perspective again we’re talking about revenue enablement has got to be that. It’s got to be like how do we help sellers be more confident, be focused and more productive and focused on the right deals at the right time and be more confident in that engagement so that they can increase their sales conversion rates, their win rates and AI should be able to help with that. The CDP platform that I deployed at Elavon offered up a 2 to 3 times stronger win rate, and a sales conversion rate than you would have on your average. We piloted that and it proved itself in that context on the flip side as well you should be able to then engage with customers that are potentially going to cancel so you want to hold onto and protect that revenue again, AI should be able to identify those customers before they go through that process, before they experience any dissatisfaction or any challenges and they threatened to cancel. AI should be able to help you get ahead of that so that you can protect that revenue. SS: Fantastic. Now, the last question for you Arup. With AI technology and capabilities constantly evolving, what predictions do you have for the future of these tools and how they might continue to drive innovation and enablement? AC: I think one of the biggest trends I think that we’ll see over the next 3-4 years is consolidation. I think there are a lot of applications and platforms out there. Clearly, there will be some consolidation, that happens all the time. Each of the different providers and players in the marketplace is just trying to identify which part of that revenue value chain do they not have in their mix today that they could stretch into, and is there a platform in that place? Oftentimes facilitated by AI the primary players will buy, so again, I think that consolidation of these different tools and capabilities so that the sales stack starts to become a lot more, for lack of a different expression, consolidated. That is the direction that it’s going and I think that the part of the challenge, again, that’s a double-edged sword, that makes it easier sometimes for a customer, a kind of a buying client in that space that’s looking for those types of tools, it makes it easier for buying clients to get to the right decision, but also you could end up with a loss of some of the sophistication and some of the kind of the features and the benefits and the quality of the capabilities in terms of the current context as it sits across all of these different providers. So consolidation is a good thing in some respects for buyers that want to buy AI, want to buy this kind of sales stack and marketing stack, and want to buy that capability. It’s good because it simplifies the buying decision but also maybe, you know, again, as I said, I think maybe a bit challenging in terms of loss of features and benefits etcetera. So that’s number one, I’d say, absolutely consolidation. I think number two, within that technology space, integration. So you want to see a number of the different key providers that are still big names that continue to have a market presence, looking to integrate more with each other. So this notion of frenemies, working closely with another provider in that space, in the sales stack and utilizing AI machine learning. Providers that are able to kind of work together and think about that sort of revenue value chain and being able to build out a kind of a coordinated comprehensive solution set. I think that the integration piece is going to be key and I guess part of that integration piece will be how do you get much more API kind of glue-based capabilities, as opposed to types of capabilities that help add your AI-driven sales stack into your core business platforms. That’s the space where I think a lot of things will start to evolve. I think you know in terms of AI it’s already driving a lot of sophistication. So you’ve already got speech analytics in terms of conversation intelligence, you have text analytics obviously you know, in terms of kind of revenue intelligence. Again all of that’s going on there, so the power of AI it’s really fantastic to know where it’s going. I think that the key will be how that all starts to come together in a more consolidated manner. SS: Thank you so much, Arup. I greatly appreciated the opportunity to reconnect with you and have you share your insights with our audience. Thank you. AC: That’s very kind, thank you very much for inviting me. SS: To our audience, thanks for listening. For more insights, tips, and expertise from sales enablement leaders, visit salesenablement.pro. If there is something you'd like to share or a topic you'd like to learn more about, please let us know we'd love to hear from you.

The Strategy Hour Podcast: Online Business | Blogging | Productivity - with Think Creative Collective

Not everything we do at Boss Project is something we recommend to our clients, even though it may have worked for us. For example, we don't encourage a lot of folks to replicate our partnership model. Oftentimes, you can actually get what you want by following an entirely different path to the one we took to get there. Another example of this is reaching seven figures. Is there a way for you to achieve the life and lifestyle you're looking for without the challenges that come with adding a zero to your revenue? We've been there, and we have the insight to tell you what the journey looks like. What we've found is that people's desires are often much closer to their current reality than to a reality that they don't yet have. What's hard to manage is that as your reality changes, so do your desires. If one of your biggest motivators to achieve seven figures is just to be able to say you did, that's totally okay! We're here to validate that. But we're also here to talk to you about what you can realistically expect from that experience.  Thank you for listening! Please subscribe, rate and review The Strategy Hour Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. For show notes, go to thestrategyhour.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Kim Barrett Show Podcast
Tylers Coffees with Tyler Ornstein

The Kim Barrett Show Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 26:46


Oftentimes, the problems we face in life can be a call to step up and innovate. In this episode, we're talking about identifying a niche market and providing them solutions with someone who has been in the business since he was 14 years old.  The CEO of Tylers Coffees, the world's FIRST and ONLY organic acid-free coffee, Tyler Ornstein joins us today to share his journey as a coffee entrepreneur. He reveals to us what experience motivated him to start his business at such a young age, how excellent customer service helps better identify business challenges, and more! If you loved this episode, don't forget to subscribe, rate, and share this podcast!  See you in the episode!    What we discussed in this episode: Introduction [00:00]  What drove Tyler to start his business at 14 years old [02:00] Finding the right niche for a product [05:43] The biggest hurdles to scaling one's business [09:39] How to stay afloat during a recession [12:43] Keeping your workforce satisfied and motivated [15:58] How to order from Tylers Coffees [19:56] Connect with Tyler Ornstein  [24:32]   About Our Guest:  Tyler Ornstein is the CEO of the world's first and only organic acid-free coffee, Tylers Coffees. The young entrepreneur pioneered his company at the age of 14, when his father was told by his physician that he could no longer drink coffee due to its acidity. Now, at 30 years old, Tyler has managed to scale his business to eight figures by providing a healthier option to more than 100 million coffee enthusiasts.    Resource Links: Connect with Tyler Ornstein (https://www.instagram.com/tylersacidfreecoffee/)  Tylers Coffees (https://tylerscoffees.com/collections/acid-free-coffee) Your Social Voice Website (https://www.yoursocialvoice.com.au/) Become the Mogul of your industry (https://www.mogulcall.com) Join our Mogul Mastermind (https://www.mogulmastermind.com.au/)   Connect with The Kim Barrett Show: Subscribe on Youtube Follow Us on Facebook   Thanks for checking out today's episode! Be sure to tune in for the next one, subscribe, and share this podcast.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

ChooseFI
390 | Taking Stock of Your Life | Jordan Grumet

ChooseFI

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 51:54 Very Popular


In this episode: marginal gains, prioritizing your present, purposeful living, impacting others, and goal setting. Whether you like it or not we all will eventually die someday, and when that time comes the last thing we want to do is to look back on our lives with regret. Oftentimes in life we let expectations, outside obligations, and future ambition rule over us in the present, without fully realizing we could be living our dream life in the present! Nobody understands this more than former hospice doctor Jordan Grumet (aka Doc G) who comes back to the show to discuss the importance of finding meaning in the way we approach our goals, and how becoming more intentional and present could lead to a more fulfilling and purposeful life! Jordan "Doc G" Grumet Website: jordangrumet.com Book: Taking Stock: A Hospice Doctor's Advice on Financial Independence, Building Wealth, and Living a Regret-Free Life Podcast: Earn & Invest Blog: DiverseFI Timestamps 1:27 - Introductions 2:30 - Sam's Story 6:29 - It's Not Bout The Goals, It's about The Processes 14:23 - Marginal Gains 17:33 - Prioritizing Yourself 23:24 - Your The Star of Your Own Story 27:20 - Making Ripples and Impacting Others 35:24 - What Would You Do if Money Wasn't an Issue? 41:36 - Money is a Tool and Measuring Friction 50:15 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode Real Estate & Financial Independence Podcast with Coach Carson Ordinary Sherpa "Die With Zero" by Bill Perkins JL Collins "The Tail End" by Tim Urban Subscribe to The FI Weekly! If You Want To Support ChooseFI: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Track your personal finances with Personal Capital Compare, buy, and save big on insurance with Policygenius Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Slash your cell phone bill without sacrificing service with Mint Mobile

The Unapologetic Man Podcast
GIRL TRAPS: 5 Pitfalls Women Set Out in Dating & Relationships

The Unapologetic Man Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 26:02 Very Popular


In the early stages of a relationship, women will set out a series of tests or traps designed to catch you out. Oftentimes, these will push your boundaries and basically set you up for a doomed relationship. So today's episode covers both how you can stick to and enforce your boundaries, while simultaneously being able to identify potential red flags that may indicate to you the relationship is not even worth pursuing. Watch UMP Episodes on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCybix9PZoDgcyyt5hNxPLuw Apply for a FREE Consultation with Mark: https://coachmarksing.com/coaching/ Grab Mark's Free Program: "The Approach Formula": http://www.CoachMarkSing.com/The-Approach-Formula Follow Mark on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coachmarksing/ Contact Mark Directly: CoachMarkSing@Gmail.com

Case Interview Preparation & Management Consulting | Strategy | Critical Thinking
498: How to Defeat Loneliness Through Connection (with Ryan Jenkins & Steven Van Cohen)

Case Interview Preparation & Management Consulting | Strategy | Critical Thinking

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 50:12


Welcome to an episode with workplace loneliness experts and thought leaders, Ryan Jenkins and Steven Van Cohen. Get Ryan's book here: https://amzn.to/3SOSwiY In this episode, Ryan and Steven discuss a vital, sensitive, and very interesting topic: loneliness. Oftentimes, loneliness and emotional pain is taken lightly compared to physical pain. But physiologically, the effect is nearly the same. The conversation revolved around answering why do we feel lonely and how we can battle and address this issue. Ryan and Steven talked about the significance of awareness, connection, a sense of safety and belonging, and mental health, which largely contributes to resolving loneliness and is the key to developing a healthy personal and professional environment. Ryan Jenkins CSP® (Certified Speaking Professional™) is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and three-time published author. He speaks all over the world to companies such as State Farm, Salesforce, Wells Fargo, FedEx, Liberty Mutual, and John Deere. For a decade, he has been helping organizations create engaged, inclusive, and high-performing teams by lessening worker loneliness and closing generational gaps. Ryan's top-ranked insights have been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, and The Wall Street Journal. He is also co-founder of LessLonely.com, the world's first resource fully dedicated to reducing worker isolation and strengthening team connections. Ryan lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife, three children, and yellow Labrador. Steven Van Cohen is a global leadership consultant, author, and executive coach. Steven has spent 12 years working with hundreds of leaders from organizations like Salesforce, The Home Depot, Komatsu, and Bridgestone, helping them improve worker well-being, reduce employee isolation, and boost team belonging. Dubbed "The Leadership Whisperer," Steven has inspired thousands through his workshops, keynotes, and virtual events. He is co-founder of LessLonely.com (the world's first resource for addressing loneliness at work) and CEO of SyncLX (a consultancy that works with many Fortune 500 companies.) Steven holds a Master of Science in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University and a BA from The University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Steven lives in San Juan Capistrano, CA with his wife and two daughters. Get Ryan & Steven's book here: Connectable: How Leaders Can Move Teams From Isolated to All In. Ryan Jenkins & Steven Van Cohen: https://amzn.to/3SOSwiY   Enjoying this episode? Get access to sample advanced training episodes here: www.firmsconsulting.com/promo

The Word Before Work
“Trust God and get going” v. “Let go and let God”

The Word Before Work

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 4:09


Sign-up for my free 20-day devotional, The Word Before Work Foundations, at http://TWBWFoundations.com--Series: Wisdom for Work from NehemiahDevotional: 3 of 5…when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem's walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat. (Nehemiah 4:7-9)Nehemiah was leading the people in rebuilding Jerusalem's walls, but they were met with considerable resistance and threats (see Nehemiah 4:7). How would Nehemiah and team respond? Today's passage provides the answer: “we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat” (emphasis mine).The word “and” is the key to appreciating this text. Nehemiah and company didn't just pray. They didn't “let go and let God.” They trusted in prayer and the abilities God had given them to work and protect the wall.We see the same thing earlier in the book of Nehemiah. Even though Nehemiah knew “the gracious hand of...God was on [him]” he asked King Artaxerxes for protection as he traveled to Jerusalem (see Nehemiah 2:7-9). As one commentator notes, “Apparently, Nehemiah did not believe that trusting God meant he should not seek the king's protection for his journey.”Here's my point: Trusting God and trusting human beings are not always mutually exclusive. Oftentimes, we demonstrate our trust in God by trusting in our work and the work of others.Let's make this practical. Pretend you heard a rumor that your company will soon be issuing lay-offs. By all means, pray that you'll keep your job and trust that God will meet your needs regardless of what happens. But you should also trust in your ability to search for a job, the programmers who build job boards, and the company that manufactured your laptop. In the words of theologian, J.I. Packer, “The Christian's motto should not be ‘Let go and let God' but ‘Trust God and get going.'”What challenges are you facing at work today? Trust God and get going, trusting in your work and the work of others to help you “meet this threat.”

A Seat at the Table
Reflections, Inflections & Future Directions

A Seat at the Table

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 26:41


Career transitions provide a valuable opportunity to pause and reflect before embarking on new ventures. Oftentimes, insights gleaned during this period help to guide future decisions, both professionally and personally. Having recently left JLL as Global Chief Human Resources Officer, Mary Bilbrey (CEO Perspectives alumna, 2019) reflects on her career journey and lessons learned as a result of the pandemic. She also shares valuable perspectives on how companies can foster ongoing employee engagement and build a powerful corporate culture.       SHOWNOTES:   Considering the Next Career Chapter [2:00] How to Think About Employee Engagement [5:32] Putting Your Own Mask on First [7:02] Advice on Transitioning to a New Role or Company [8:44] Influencing Culture in Your Organization [11:07] The Most Important Leadership Capabilities to Cultivate [16:35] Developing Diverse and Inclusive Cultures [18:57]

The Art Of Entrepreneurship
Doing the deep work: how distracted are you on a daily basis?

The Art Of Entrepreneurship

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 15:15


It's so freaking hard to stay focused in today's world of emails, Slack and constant notifications. Oftentimes we put pressure on ourselves that we must be connected at all times—but what happens when we take away those distractions? (Spoiler alert: you feel better).  My team recently read Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport as part of our book club. TL;DR: it would be great to escape to a cabin in the woods like many great philosophers, writers and leaders do, but that's not accessible for most of us. So what can we do? In the episode we'll talk about practical tips you can use to remove some of those distractions, like taking a social media break or removing Slack from your phone. Tune in for some of my favorite resources that have helped me become more focused.  If you like this episode, check out these resources.Book: https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Work-Focused-Success-Distracted/dp/1455586692 (Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport) Podcast: https://www.jackiehermes.com/podcast/5-ways-to-maximize-productivity (5 ways to maximize productivity from my favorite book: Make Time) Podcast: ​​https://www.jackiehermes.com/podcast/are-you-addicted-to-work (Are you addicted to work?) Blog: https://www.jackiehermes.com/blog/creative-ways-to-give-yourself-more-time (Creative ways to give yourself more time) More about the show: ​​http://www.jackiehermes.com/podcast (www.jackiehermes.com/podcast) Hit me up! https://the-art-of-entrepreneurship.captivate.fm/linkedin (LinkedIn) https://the-art-of-entrepreneurship.captivate.fm/instagram (Instagram) https://the-art-of-entrepreneurship.captivate.fm/tiktok (TikTok) https://the-art-of-entrepreneurship.captivate.fm/website (Website)

Bright City Church
You're Not David In This Story

Bright City Church

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 37:20


Oftentimes, we are told to be like David when facing our metaphorical giants. But, what happens when we find ourselves becoming the giants we are told to face? Join pastor Ike Miller as he discusses what to do when we realize that we are the giant and not David.

The Devoted Dreamers Podcast
247|| How a Healthy Lifestyle Can Give You Capacity to Get Your Dream Moving || Robin Rhine McDonald

The Devoted Dreamers Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 47:08


Find show notes here. What can you do when you lack the energy and vitality to pursue your God-shaped dream? Oftentimes we find ourselves with to-do lists that far outweighs the hours we have in a day to complete those tasks. And somewhere in the mix, we can lose sight of our health and the impact it has on everything we do, including running after your God-shaped dreams. But where do you start and how do you make healthy living sustainable? Robin Rhine McDonald is a Faith-Based Holistic Health Coach who is passionate about supporting and empowering Jesus-loving women to gain true health through a sustainable, grace-based process. So if you're looking to move your dreams forward or just need a little motivation and help in prioritizing a healthy lifestyle, this episode is for you! In this episode Robin and I talk about:  How getting your health in order can actually give you the energy to carry out your calling, Pursuing your dream with God and not just for Him, and 3 Simple tips to prioritize your health starting today.   NEXT STEPS:  Connect with Merritt: Website || Instagram || Book a Discovery Call Get Connected with the Facebook Community Support the Podcast  Leave a Review: Apple Podcasts/iTunes Subscribe: on Apple Podcasts * on Android 

Impact Pricing
Memecast #70: Start with Your Goal

Impact Pricing

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 1:56


Pricing decisions can always help us achieve our goals. We need to make sure we understand what those goals are. I would start with understanding what the corporate objectives are. Oftentimes those are things like we need to raise our average selling price. We need to gain more market share. We need to have more margin. Typically, these goals, these corporate goals, are established by our CEO and our executive team, and they're there to drive increased market capitalization. However, your product may have a different set of goals than what your corporate goal is. So, what is the goal of your product? The goal of your product may be to bring more people into the platform so that we then have more people we can sell upgrades to. That's a great goal. We need to understand that as we're setting our pricing. Your goal may be we need to generate more revenue, more profit, so that we can fund other projects. That's a great goal. We just need to know what our goals are. As we're making these pricing decisions. We hope you enjoyed this memecast. This impactful insight came from the book, Selling Value, which I wrote to help salespeople win more deals at higher prices. If you have any questions or feedback, please email me mark@impactpricing.com. Now go make an impact.   Connect with Mark Stiving: Email: mark@impactpricing.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stiving/

Parenting with Impact
Ep 070: ADHD & Depression, ADHD & Anxiety, and All of the Above

Parenting with Impact

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 35:53


When dealing with behavior issues, finding the cause is a pressing concern. Is the behavior a result of ADHD and depression? Is it due to anxiety? Oftentimes it can mean a combination of two or more. Sometimes one will cause the other. Bottom line, while diagnosis is important in deciding if medication or a specialist is necessary, when it comes to behavior management, the treatment means addressing the most troublesome symptom first. How do you navigate ADHD and depression? Listen to this inspiring Parenting With Impact episode with Elaine and Diane as they discuss the combination of ADHD and depression, and how to approach treatment. Here is what to expect on this week's show: ADHD and depression are often intertwined. How finding the right provider is key in building support for your kid. Depression does not always manifest as sadness, what are the lesser-known symptoms of depression? How to continue challenging executive function skills without triggering depression or pushing your child to the point of refusal.   Links Mentioned: Articles Treating Depression & Anxiety Disorder in People with ADHD When Parenting is Scary: Parenting Kids with Depression, Anxiety, and More What to do if You Suspect Depression in Your Kid The Arduous Battle What I've Learned About Parenting a Teen With Depression Video: Distraction & Depression Connect with Elaine and Diane: Website: www.impactparents.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/impactparents/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ImpactParent LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/impactparents/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ImpactParents   Recommended Treatment for Children and Teens with ADHD Tip-Sheet So -- your child has ADHD. Want to get past the confusion and the stigma really fast? This FREE Guide explains, in the simplest terms possible:  What is recommended treatment for children and teens?  Ten things to consider when trying to make a decision about medication  Exactly what to look for in a behavior therapy training program. Short, sweet, and to the point -- don't spend hours on the internet scouring.  ImpactParents gives you exactly what you need to know without wasting any time or effort.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Feed U Podcast
150 -Honing In Your Purpose With Scott Perry

Feed U Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 43:49


This week on the 2nd Act Entrepreneur Show Scott Perry joins me to talk about how to hone in on your purpose prior to building your business. Before we dive in, are you struggling with planning your marketing? The free marketing strategy guide will walk you through a step-by-step plan to create a map for your marketing.  Download your free copy here. Aligning with why you're here on the planet and plugging into the legacy you want to live makes the BIG difference between those who keep taking steps forward toward their goals and reaching them and those that give up and have regrets at the end of their lives. Scott is an Encore Life Coach who helps entrepreneurs find fulfillment, forge meaning, and make a difference (and a living) during their life's third act. He is passionate about helping clients serve their purpose and leave a legacy. While living a life that they love. Oftentimes it can be difficult to remember what it is that we love, and what our purpose is and we spend a lot of time comparing.  Scott provides some amazing insights and resources to guide us in uncovering our inner purpose. Tune in here to hear more. The first half of life is the time you are forging your identity and validating yourself to external expectations. The second half of life is brought about by experiencing something profound.  Those moments can either break you or you can be broken open. Being broken up empowers you to open your heart and experience why you are here and what impact you can make. As Scott says, what has chasing society's carrots gotten you?  Chances are unhappiness and despair. Instead, Scott implores you to plug into happiness, joy, and things that light you up before you meet the end of this life. By taking small steps every day you will forge a new identity and be aligned with your purpose. As a bonus, be sure to catch the meaning behind Scott's unusual daily runs during this episode.  Tune in here to listen. There are so many value bombs Scott drops and such sound wisdom and advice for people starting their second career and living their second act. If you've ever asked yourself the question, what if it's too late, you won't want to miss Scott's answer at the end of the episode. Don't miss the deep wisdom Scott shares during this episode.  Watch this week's episode here.   Resources Mentioned: David Brooks The Second Mountain Bhagavad Gita Meditations Marcus Aurelius    Learn more about Scott Perry here: Creative On Purpose Facebook LinkedIn Struggling with planning your marketing? Download the free marketing strategy guide that will walk you through a step-by-step plan to create a map for your marketing.  Get your copy here.  

The Future of Work With Jacob Morgan
The Best Way To Receive Feedback

The Future of Work With Jacob Morgan

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 5:12


If you want to keep improving, you have to get feedback from others. Creating a culture where feedback is encouraged is one of the best things you can do in your organization. But how do you deliver feedback? Are you brutally honest? Or do you give soft feedback? That's not the problem. The problem lies in how we receive feedback. Oftentimes, we take it personally and get very emotional. But that's not how we should receive feedback. Listen in this episode and learn the best way to receive feedback. --------------------- This episode is sponsored by Workplace from Meta. Workplace is a business communication tool from Meta. Think Facebook, but for your company. It's part of Meta's vision for the future of work. A future in which we'll all feel more present, connected and productive. Start your journey into the future of work at workplace.com/future. --------------------- Companies with better employee experiences have more engaged and productive workers, higher profits, and the ability to attract and retain talent. In today's competitive talent landscape, companies can't afford not to invest in employee experience. Download your copy and start creating better experiences for your employees and customers today! --------------------- Get the latest insights on the Future of Work, Leadership and employee experience through my daily newsletter at futureofworknewsletter.com  Let's connect on social! Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jacobmorgan8 Instagram: https://instagram.com/jacobmorgan8 Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jacobm Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FuturistJacob

The Cabral Concept
2376: How to Break Free From the Status Quo (MM)

The Cabral Concept

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 18:10 Very Popular


Oftentimes we are taught that it is wrong to want more…   Conventional teaching allows us to reach the status quo, and that is not necessarily a bad thing, but you may want more for yourself and your family.   You have so much more potential to reach beyond the status quo but in order to do that, you must first know where you want to be going.   So on today's #CabralConcept 2376 I want to share with you how to break free from the status quo and truly live to your fullest potential– Enjoy the show and let me know what you thought!   - - - For Everything Mentioned In Today's Show: StephenCabral.com/2376 - - - Get a FREE Copy of Dr. Cabral's Book: The Rain Barrel Effect - - - Join the Community & Get Your Questions Answered: CabralSupportGroup.com - - - Dr. Cabral's Most Popular At-Home Lab Tests: > Complete Minerals & Metals Test (Test for mineral imbalances & heavy metal toxicity) - - - > Complete Candida, Metabolic & Vitamins Test (Test for 75 biomarkers including yeast & bacterial gut overgrowth, as well as vitamin levels) - - - > Complete Stress, Mood & Metabolism Test (Discover your complete thyroid, adrenal, hormone, vitamin D & insulin levels) - - - > Complete Food Sensitivity Test (Find out your hidden food sensitivities) - - - > Complete Omega-3 & Inflammation Test (Discover your levels of inflammation related to your omega-6 to omega-3 levels) - - - Get Your Question Answered On An Upcoming HouseCall: StephenCabral.com/askcabral - - - Would You Take 30 Seconds To Rate & Review The Cabral Concept? The best way to help me spread our mission of true natural health is to pass on the good word, and I read and appreciate every review!

CrossRidge Church
I Can't God, But You Can

CrossRidge Church

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 40:08


Despite signs and wonders from God, Moses was reluctant to follow in God's plans for him. Oftentimes, we find ourselves in a similar situation today. Take a listen as Pastor Marc explains how God doesn't want us to be perfect, He just wants us to be available to Him. "Think Well, Live Well" is a sermon series about how we can use our thought life to become more centered around our Savior, Jesus. __ Follow for more updates from CrossRidge: https://www.instagram.com/crossridgechurch/ https://www.facebook.com/crossridgelife

Unexpected with Hannah Love
Episode 17: Healing

Unexpected with Hannah Love

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 15:03


Healing. Though I am far from an expert on the matter, I do have experience here. Healing. There's an ‘ing' at the end because it's present tense - still in process, and will be for anyone willing and ready to walk this road. Defined, healing is: the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again. I found another source that described healing in a Biblical sense, saying: Healing occurs through the integrating forces that restore, transform, sustain and nurture the whole person (body, mind, spirit) at each phase and in every dimension of life, and within relationships of the person to the creation, to other people, and to God. I believe the work of counselors and therapists is a wonderful thing. However, I will add that true healing must come from God. And a good counselor is always going to point you to God's design and use Biblical principles. I've mentioned resources my husband and I have used for counseling, not for any outstanding issues, but rather to help us navigate marriage in the music industry. A few years ago, because of crazy schedules and seemingly NO time together, I decided a marriage retreat would be a good idea. I was so excited to dig in and have a few days with Shay working on our hearts. Not only that, but I was excited to hear an outside perspective on our lives and responses. It was actually called an ‘intensive' week and by the time we finished, I understood why! I won't go into too much detail, but by the time we came out, I think my husband felt better and I was left in shock at the “chronic trauma” we had uncovered from my past. That was the exact wording used… “chronic trauma”. I couldn't believe it. Me? With my easy going, calm demeanor? Me? With my fresh-air, idyllic country childhood? Surely not. What's funny to me now is that I think a lot of people are probably like this! Walking around thinking we are absolutely fine. Nothing to see here! I'm fine. Everything's fine. But under the surface, there are layers. These layers could look like years of rejection, shame, grief, loneliness, unkindness, exclusion…the list goes on and on. Apparently, my coping mechanism had become numbing. I was (and still can be) very good at compartmentalizing feelings or incidents. I would just turn them off completely and carry on with life. Coping mechanisms may look different for everyone though…in fact, there are so many ways to escape feelings. I would even say that coping often manifests through our behaviors. It could look like escaping through alcohol or substances. Oftentimes, though, it can be a lot more subtle… it could look like binging shows or movies at night just so you don't have to think. It could look like excessive video gaming. It could look like staying in a continuous cycle of dating and relationships to keep your attention from focusing on your own heart rather than pursuing someone else's. It could even look like an extravagant social life or working to the point of being a workaholic. All of these behaviors could point to deeper issues that say “I'm coping”. I'm not saying these behaviors always point to outstanding issues. But I am saying, these things can all be indicators that there's more going on. And there's work to be done. In this episode, I share personal experiences with healing & describe steps towards reaching it. Today, my prayer is that this lands on hearts ready to heal. I pray you take the first steps towards whole restoration. Acknowledge the need for healing. Invite God in. Be vulnerable enough to go back to painful things. Identify the lie. Reject it. And replace it with the truth of God's word. I pray you'll show yourself grace as you begin… And I know, without doubt, God has the freedom of peace on the other side. (Below is a link to a wonderful resource on restoration of the feminine heart)! Captivating Expanded Edition: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul https://a.co/d/ijXfSYN

Break Forth Bible Church
Pass The Baton!

Break Forth Bible Church

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 56:00


Ms Teri Vester shares Sunday in Glendive. We are a part of a divine, eternal relay race! There are others running after us! Oftentimes we get hung up with our own junk, we allow distractions to take us off course, we get tired, lazy, or busy... we lose focus, or change our focus - and we lose sight of the direction we are to be heading. A relay race has four runners, not just one! It's not one individual sprint, but a collaboration of four individuals each running their leg of the race and having successful exchange zones! The exchange zone is actually the KEY to the success of each leg of the race. The “Hand-off Zone” is a short gap between the runners - BUT races are won or lost in that short gap. Proverbs 10:5 [TPT] Know the importance of the season you're in and a wise son you will be. But what a waste when an incompetent son sleeps through his day of opportunity!

Carter Podcast
Episode 89: Why always keeping the peace May not be healthy?

Carter Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2022 27:02


I explore the term keeping the peace. Discuss how keeping the peace is used as form of protection. Oftentimes suppress emotions and not confront challenges have within interpersonal relationships. It continue rob us building healthy relationships as conflict is inevitable --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/carter801/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/carter801/support

20,000 Leagues Under the Internet
Ep.96 – Horny Brand Twitter

20,000 Leagues Under the Internet

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 66:34


We've all seen brands flirting with their audiences and each other over the years from Wendy's to Duolingo to Pedialyte. Oftentimes the brands doing the flirting make no sense and have no business being horny on main and leads to many awkward moments and slip-ups. It was all fun and games initially with the inclusion of internet slang like "BAE" and "bruh", but things escalated quickly once the COVID-19 pandemic hit and blue balls set in. Audiences turned on company socials screaming "silence, brand!" and "go to horny jail!" culminating in watchdog accounts like "Brands Saying Bae" deriding and making fun of the r/fellowkids energy companies like McDonald's, Virgin America, and Cheetos were giving. We couldn't cover everything in this episode, but Jon and Harland will get to the bottom of the Radio Shack rebrand next week while Kyle is gone, so stick around! Sources: https://www.vulture.com/article/when-brands-got-horny.html[body] Linktree Find out more at http://20kleaguespod.com This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Catholic Daily Reflections
Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, August 6 - The Glory of God!

Catholic Daily Reflections

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 3:30


Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.  Mark 9:2-3Do you see the glory of God in your life?  Oftentimes this is a real struggle.  We can easily become aware of all the problems we face and can focus in on them.  As a result, it is often easy for us to miss seeing the glory of God in our lives.  So do you see God's glory in your life?  The feast we celebrate today is a commemoration of the fact that Jesus literally revealed His glory to three of the Apostles.  He took them up a high mountain and was transfigured before them.  He became dazzling white and radiant with glory.  This was an important image for them to have in their minds in preparation for the very real image of the suffering and death Jesus was about to undergo.  One lesson we should take from this feast is the fact that the glory of Jesus was not lost on the Cross.  Sure, His suffering and pain was made manifest at that time, but it doesn't change the fact that His glory was still just as real while He suffered on the Cross.  The same is true in our lives.  We are blessed beyond measure and God still desires to transform our souls into glorious beacons of light and grace.  When He does this, we must strive to constantly see it.  And when we suffer or face some Cross, we must never take our eyes off the glorious things He has done in our souls.  Reflect, today, upon the beautiful and profound transformation that God has done and continues to desire to do in your soul.  Know that He wants you to fix your eyes upon this glory and forever remain grateful for it, especially as you endure any cross you are given.Lord, may I see Your glory and the glory that You have bestowed upon my own soul.  May my eyes forever remain fixed on that grace.  May I see You and Your glory especially in difficult times.  Jesus, I trust in You.Source of content: catholic-daily-reflections.comCopyright © 2022 My Catholic Life! Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission via RSS feed.

Business Behind the Scenes
139. Are You Trading Time for Money?

Business Behind the Scenes

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 16:19


“We spend most of our life trading time to make money and when we get there, we trade our money to get time back…” Often, when we're so focused on our business, we tend to have a life outside of it. Oftentimes, we just work way too much and when burnout comes, that is when we'll realise that we also need to prioritise ourselves. Resonating?? I was like this when I started my business 8 years ago, hence why I invested in hiring VAs for my business. Now, they are able to run my 2 businesses while I go on holiday for a month! Listen to this week's new episode and be amazed by the wonders a VA can do to your business. Enjoy! Join my Facebook Group and watch the trainings inside for more tips and value: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Entrepreneursabundance Say Hi to me on social media!! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themeetupqueen/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/francescamoifm/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/francescamoi/ Website: www.empoweringevents.com.au/ Want to know more about VAs? Book a call with ME: https://e.empoweringevents.com.au/game-changer-call Join me in my next Masterclass: http://francescamoi.com/workshop Got a question or suggestion? Send us an email: support@empoweringevents.com.au

Live Your True Life Perspectives with Ashley Berges
Are these Common Traits Authentic, or am I Being Mirrored? [Ep.723]

Live Your True Life Perspectives with Ashley Berges

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 40:54


When you are being mirrored, someone is copying or imitating your characteristics, traits, and behaviors. Does it feel like you have someone in your life that seems to be a bit too much like you? Often, we are not aware that we are being mirrored. We believe that we have so many similar thoughts, feelings, and characteristics as this person. Oftentimes, we have found our perfect companion. It may feel as though we are looking at ourselves in the mirror. Although mirroring can feel good, it is important to figure out if these commonalities are true or, is it a case of mirroring.

Wesh Financial Radio
The #1 Mistake Travel Nurses Make

Wesh Financial Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 3:56


Travel nursing has been around forever. It's been a way of life for many nurses who simply didn't want to be tied down to one hospital system forever. But for nurses just getting into the game in the wake of the Covid pandemic, shocks with the fluctuation of pay sent as many back to staff nursing as came for travel. Oftentimes those nurses were barely any better off financially then when they began to travel. They still have debt, still have little investments or retirement savings and more often than not a brand spanking new car payment that their staff nurse salary can't support. So what's the issue at hand here? The issue is that those travel nurses didn't leverage the 5 shifts that our clients do everyday. Read along on my blog: https://www.weshfinancial.com/blog FOLLOW THE TRAVEL NURSE FINANCIAL ADVISOR: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thetravelnurseadvisor/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/travelfinance Twitter: https://twitter.com/tvlnurseadvisor

Retirement Answer Man
Living a Heroic Retirement: What Is a Hero?

Retirement Answer Man

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 45:47 Very Popular


You may be planning a peaceful retirement, an active retirement, or an engaged retirement, but have you ever thought about living a heroic retirement? Over the course of the next several episodes, we'll explore what it means to live a heroic retirement with Michael Balchan from Optimize.  In this series, you'll learn how to build a framework to lean into the kind of person you want to be every day. I'm excited to bring this teaching that we already use in the Rock Retirement Club to you. Listen to this episode to learn what a hero is and how you can be the hero of your own retirement.  Michael Balchan understands the search for meaning Michael Balchan is 36 and not approaching retirement. However, he is working on his second act. His first career was as a commodity options trader and after achieving all of the outward trappings of success he had to reassess his life. He recognized that he had achieved everything he set out to achieve yet he felt that his life was a bit hollow. This led him to explore what would give him true satisfaction.  Michael understood that the default path that he had fallen into brought wealth, fame, and popularity. These extrinsic goals were not bad goals to have, but they gave him no inner fulfillment. He then began to recognize that a deeply meaningful life comes from expressing the best version of himself in service of something greater than himself. What is a hero? Oftentimes, people's second act steps away from the outward displays of success. They shift from a “what can I get” mentality to one that explores “what can I give?” This is why we are exploring the concept of the hero.  The word hero comes from the Greek word and means the protector, but not necessarily in the way that you think. Greek heroes are protectors of the values and community that they hold most dearly. Heroes do the hard work by taking courageous action with their secret weapon: love.  Heroes live a life of deep meaning by intentionally expressing the best versions of themselves in service of something greater. You can be a hero in your own life by looking for the places where you fall short and taking courageous action to improve them. Lean into the amazing abilities that you already have. Consider how you can help or connect with others. How to find your purpose The top tier in Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is self-actualization, however, it is said that there is actually a level beyond self-actualization: self-transcendence. We can go beyond self-actualization in service of something bigger than ourselves.  However, being a hero doesn't mean that you have to set out to save the world. You get to choose your sphere of influence. Being a mentor, a great neighbor, a grandparent, or a spouse are all ways that you can serve others. The size and scope of your impact is up to you.  Upon retirement, you may not know your reason for waking up in the morning. Your purpose gives you energy and vitality so it is important to think about what lights you up. To find your purpose it can be helpful to look back at what you have done in the past. Look at your past experiences and consider what brought you meaning.  Find the ways in which you already make an impact in what you are doing. How are you already creating purpose and meaning in your life? Start to look for other opportunities to make contributions in the lives of others. Make sure to come back next week to learn the core virtues you can use as guideposts to build intentionality into your retirement. If you found this episode helpful, make sure to share it with a friend! OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT [6:00[ What is a hero? [18:48] You get to choose your sphere of influence [21:05] How to find your purpose LISTENER QUESTIONS [30:08] How long does it typically take to recover from a bear market? [35:55] Should Bill's wife take Social Security now or wait for Bill's delayed benefit? [38:31] How should Steven allocate his mom's savings? TODAY'S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT [43:40] Find the ways in which you already make an impact in your life Resources Mentioned In This Episode LTCI Partners Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler BOOK - The Second Mountain by David Brooks BOOK - Flourish by Martin Seligman BOOK - The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky William Damon Heroic App Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Rock Retirement Club Roger's YouTube Channel - Roger That BOOK - Rock Retirement  by Roger Whitney Roger's Retirement Learning Center

Becoming Boss Podcast
121. The Importance of Inner Work with Maile, Wendy, and Roxy

Becoming Boss Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 63:13 Very Popular


Oftentimes we think we need the right system, playbook, or strategy to help us lead our teams and grow our businesses. But doing the inner work is what helps you break through your barriers, heal, and then grow without the unhealthy patterns that got you where you are today. Purpose and Profit mastermind members Wendy, Maile, and Roxy are the perfect examples of that work. Listen in as they talk about what they thought the mastermind would teach them vs. what they've learned.   Here are a few highlights:   How the mastermind reinforces the need for radical self-trust Why it's important to join the mastermind before you're in burnout What it means to ‘get systems' when you join the mastermind Why investing in your network marketing business should be as normal as investing in a brick and mortar business Why healthy leadership is about health in your family, your team, your business, and your body How to have compassion for yourself once you learn a different/healthier way The reason the mastermind is set up for two rounds Learning that it's safe to slow down    Embracing your emotions, learning to trust yourself as a business owner, and knowing when to invest in your business are all things that require inner work. The mastermind provides a safe space to talk about your work and areas of growth with a group of other leaders from the industry. There's no other place like it in the network marketing industry.      You can find Wendy Gendreau on Instagram where she shows moms how to flourish and find balance in their everyday life. (@wendygendreau)   Maile Maii shares her adventures in travel, motherhood, and marriage while raising her 3 daughters in Hawaii. Find her on Instagram here. (@ailalovelife)     Find Roxy Saran over on Instagram where she shares her motherhood and healthy eating journey. (@roxy.saran) Thanks for listening! If you're ready for high-level coaching and teaching in your network marketing business, check out Kristen's exclusive Mastermind for six-figure earners in the network marketing industry. Applications will be open August 15-17. Get all the details about the Purpose & Profit 6-Figure Mastermind and join the waitlist here.   Connect with Kristen:   If you're ready to learn the simple process of running your social selling business online, you have to check out Kristen's live group coaching program! The Social Selling Academy: www.thesocialsellingacademy.com Do you have a business full of customers and almost no builders? You're in need of a reboot! Learn the three skills you can learn that will completely change your recruitment game. Check it out here.

The Exchange Church
What God Delights In [1 Samuel 15:1-9]

The Exchange Church

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 45:17


[1 Samuel 15:1-9] Guest Pastor Nate Gallagher delivers part 12 of a series through Samuel and Kings. What does God delight in? We see obedience to God is when we are fully surrendered to Him. Oftentimes, disobedience stems from greedy desire. God delights in faithfulness to Him and people's repentance and turning to Him.

Until All Are Free
EP 27 | The Exodus Road and The Rohingya of Myanmar

Until All Are Free

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 39:45


Oftentimes, the stories that we share focus on one single individual. One story. One Case. Episode 27 is a little different in that regard. We're bringing you a glimpse into the exploitation of the Rohingya Muslim people group of present-day Myanmar. In 2015, The Exodus Road had a unique opportunity to assist in a case that garnered international attention, thrusting the Rohingya's plight into the spotlight again. Responding to the request of law enforcement and another nonprofit organization in Thailand, The Exodus Road was able to provide cyber-forensic technology developed by Cellebrite that would eventually work to crack open a case resulting in the arrest of more than 100 and the successful rescue of hundreds more from a large trafficking ring in SE Asia. Joining us to recount the story on this episode is The Exodus Road Co-founder, Matt Parker. Episode Sources Digital data helped take down a Thai General in the country's largest human trafficking case The Survivors of the Rohingya Genocide Thailand: Mass Graves of Rohingya Found in Trafficking Camp Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya in Burma Documentation of Atrocities in Northern Rakhine State Muslims of the Land of Arakan - A Rohingya Song

Short Wave
Wild Horses Could Keep Wildfire At Bay

Short Wave

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 14:00 Very Popular


Stephanie O'Neill reports that's the hope behind the Wild Horse Fire Brigade, a non-profit program piloted by William Simpson. Under a 1971 Congressional Act, the Bureau of Land Management has the right to round up wild horses on public lands. Oftentimes, those horses are shipped to holding facilities, where they are kept in captivity and separated from their families. William Simpson wants to change that. He wants to deploy the wild horses across public lands, to live and graze — and ultimately, prevent the worst wildfires.

The tastytrade network
From Theory to Practice - August 2, 2022 - 45 DTE Earnings Trades

The tastytrade network

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 44:24


Oftentimes, we'll put on earnings trades in the longer expiration cycles - right around our typical entry point of 45 DTE. This gives us the benefit of the inevitable volatility crush from earnings, while also maintaining some muted exposure to the Greeks over the life of the trade. Furthermore, if we get the move we're looking for from the earnings number, we always have the option to close a winner early, too.

The tastytrade network
From Theory to Practice - August 2, 2022 - 45 DTE Earnings Trades

The tastytrade network

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 43:33


Oftentimes, we'll put on earnings trades in the longer expiration cycles - right around our typical entry point of 45 DTE. This gives us the benefit of the inevitable volatility crush from earnings, while also maintaining some muted exposure to the Greeks over the life of the trade. Furthermore, if we get the move we're looking for from the earnings number, we always have the option to close a winner early, too.

The Smart Nutrition, Made Simple Show with Ben Brown
154_How Many Meals Should You Be Eating Daily to Lose Weight?

The Smart Nutrition, Made Simple Show with Ben Brown

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 19:51


If you've been trying to lose weight and you're confused about how many meals or snacks to be eating per day, then this episode of the Smart Nutrition Made Simple Show is for you…   For those of you that don't know me, my name is Ben Brown and I'm the owner of BSL Nutrition. We are an online nutrition and fitness coaching company that helps you change your belief system around what it means to be healthy…   And in this particular case, it's time to put to rest some of the conventional beliefs surrounding meal frequency and fat loss.   In this episode we're going to discuss:   some of the popular conventional wisdom around meal frequency My observations from coaching hundreds of clients over the past 15 years And what the science and our experience suggests is the best way to determine how many meals per day you should be consuming, why, and how to start to build the skills necessary to create your own personal meal scheduling system   Before we move further, I think it's important to acknowledge why this even matters…?   I mean we've talked ad nauseum about the importance of just needing to create a calorie deficit for weight loss and so, it shouldn't matter how many times per day we eat, whether it's 2 or it's 10, as long as we're in a deficit, we'll lose weight…right?!   And while theoretically this makes sense, in practice, it becomes a different story, because behaviorally, there are limitations to what we can realistically commit to WHICH IS WHAT MATTERS MOST.   Put differently, even if the science said that eating 6x a day was best, it wouldn't matter because it's just not practical for the vast majority of us… and so, it's important for us to titrate down the science to reasonable actions that help us develop skills to make consistent progress … which is what we're all about here at BSL Nutrition.   So, back to the conventional wisdom…   We've heard that you need to eat 6x per day to “stoke the metabolism”   We've heard that you need to graze on small portions so you don't over eat   We've heard that you shouldn't eat breakfast   We've heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day   We've heard that you should intermittent fast daily   We've heard that we should just have bars for breakfast and lunch and then have a “sensible dinner”    And the list goes on and on…   So it's no surprise that we're confused about which direction to go so we can finally figure out how to lose the weight once and for all.   And this is where we need to move from understanding the data to real-world decision-making.   For most of us listening to this podcast, there are a few fundamental things that are relevant when it comes to long-term weight loss and behavior change: We need to find realistic ways to manage our calorie intake daily without necessarily having to track every morsel of food consumed. Don't get me wrong, we believe strongly that food tracking, for many, can be the highest ROI driver of creating more awareness around portion sizes and weight loss limiting behaviors but…We also fully acknowledge that for many, this can create undue stress and exacerbate unhealthy eating patterns, which is why we often both substitute these skills and/or help leverage the tracking to create the very skills I'm sharing with you today We need to learn how to build satisfying meals without worrying about overly restrictive food rules that are unrealistic to follow long-term or having to think incessantly about food all day long We need a manageable way to eat daily that gives us good energy, helps us control hunger from meal to meal, AND fits within our hectic daily lifestyle   All too often, especially based on the plethora of popular meal strategies I listed previously, we have the tendency to set ourselves up for disaster, usually by undereating from meal to meal, trying to consume too little for too many meals, or simply starving ourselves early in the day only to find ourselves overeating at night because we have no control over our hunger or fullness cues.   Imagine what it would feel like to be able to eat a reasonable amount of food from meal to meal, feel perfectly satisfied for 5-6 hours between meals without finding yourself consumed by thoughts of treats, snacks, or obsessively thinking about where your next meal is coming from, and have stable energy and experience healthy weight loss in the process…   If you're a fan of 80's hip-hop, then you'd know that De La Soul said it best in their popular album 3 feet high and rising with their song “3 is the magic number”.   It seems that 3-4 meals per day is the secret meal formula for finding your satiety sweet spot that will allow you to effectively manage your calorie intake enough to lose weight.   Let's discuss why that is…   For many of us, the conventional wisdom around eating more times per day as a way to both control our calorie intake and stoke the metabolism has been commonplace, however, research suggests that this actually isn't the case.   What happens when we eat more frequently? We just end up eating more calories…   Research shows that the more frequently a person eats, the higher their total calorie intake tends to be, and the greater odds they are overweight or obese. Research has confirmed that there is no metabolic or satiety advantage to eating 6 times a day vs. 3 times a day, and 3 meals work better for appetite control at an equivalent calorie level.   Additionally, it's been proven that snacking doesn't actually help you better manage your appetite from meal to meal, rather, it just seems to add calories to your total intake.   So you might as well do away with snacking as those extra calories aren't doing you any favors.   The reason for this has a lot to do with our hunger and fullness hormones, particularly, leptin and ghrelin. Essentially, what we know is that we need to eat enough at meals to stimulate the hormones and the brain to sense fullness, adequate nutrition, and thereby stimulate satiety so that we can have stable energy, blood sugar levels, and experience fullness for 3-5 or more hours before our next meal.   And this is where developing the skills to effectively acknowledge and manage your hunger signals becomes paramount…   Eating a highly processed, highly calorically dense, and low fiber meal like Mcdonald's will have a very different hormonal impact on your hunger and satiety signals than something lower in calories and higher in both nutritional value and fiber, like a lean steak, potato, and bowl of fruit   But that's a topic for another conversation as what you choose to consume at those meals will be the main determining factor in influencing your nutrition decisions later in the day, or the week, by virtue of how you feel from meal to meal.   If you're currently only eating 2 meals per day coupled with periodic snacks throughout, then you may consider committing to 3 square meals with anywhere from 3-5 hours in between.   Similarly, if you find yourself grazing all day long and not really committing to any one meal, or perhaps just an oversized dinner and snacking until bedtime, then you should figure out how to build out more substantial meals early in the day to help curb the hunger and lack of control you may be experiencing at night.   And yes, if there's any one clinical pearl that you can take away from this episode, it's that what you choose to eat, or not eat, strongly influences the decisions you make later in the day and thereby how you manage your calorie intake…. Which is why we almost always suggest you start with a protein-rich, satisfying breakfast.   Here's how I'd suggest building out your framework to get started.   First, factor in a 12-hr window between the time you wake up and your last meal… let's say 7 am to 7 pm as an example.   If you're currently eating and snacking all day long, then you may want to start with 4 meals spread out evenly, say 8 am, 11 am, 2 pm, and 6 pm…   Or if you find you struggle to eat any solid meals except for dinner, you may just start with a solid breakfast, lunch, and dinner, say 8 am, 1 pm, and 6 pm. This might feel like you're eating more earlier in the day, but it should also help curb the volume of food you consume later, thereby reducing your total calorie intake, which, as I said, is the name of the game.   Listen, this is going to take practice and commitment. You'll need to experiment with what works best for you as it will take a couple of weeks for you to get comfortable with changing your eating patterns as well as start to observe how you feel from meal to meal.   Or, if that feels too overwhelming, maybe just start by adding a solid breakfast and not eating again until lunch…put that on repeat for a week or two until you get comfortable with it and then move to the next meal.   Or skip the mid-afternoon snack, or just add it to your lunch and see how you feel pushing through until dinner.   Regardless, there are a few things that you'll want to pay attention to:   Are you getting hungry from meal to meal? If so, great, that's actually a really good sign that your hormones are functioning the way they should be. This is a perfectly normal and healthy feeling that you'll need to get comfortable with experiencing as it is necessary when we're working to lose fat and control our calorie intake. If you're too hungry, try eating a bit more at your previous meal. If you're not hungry, try eating a bit less Is it actually hunger you're experiencing? Oftentimes, especially mid-morning or afternoon when we're caught up in work stress, tired, bored, or fatigued - it's actually just a way for our body and brain to find a more pleasurable stimulus, like going for the caffeine, sweet, or salty snacks. Pay attention to these feelings, check-in with yourself and how you feel, and perhaps opt to drink some water, have a stretch, go for a walk, or lay down for a few minutes instead. What pre-existing behaviors drive your food decisions? A glass of wine after a long day? A handful of chips or trail mix when you're in-between zoom calls? The mindless snacking while Netflix and chilling after the kids go to bed?     The beauty of committing to actual structured meals without snacking in between gives you the flexibility and freedom to eat the foods you want within reason, as well as help you establish some very reasonable and healthy boundaries around the foods that probably aren't helping support your health and weight loss goals.   And because you have a clear-cut framework around when to eat and the freedom to decide how many meals and when are best for you and your schedule, you can now start to put in the work around building out the most satisfying and nutritious meals for you…   So that you can stay energized, satisfied, and control your calories without worrying about restricting foods, skipping meals, being hungry all the time, or constantly stressing about what and when to eat next.   Hopefully, that helps settle some of the confusion around how many meals to be eating for weight loss and how to start to build out your individual meal structure and if you need any help, we're always here to support you…   Appreciate you tuning in and I'll catch you in the next episode.   RESOURCES: Grab our FREE Fat Loss Fix Guide: https://www.bslnutrition.com/fat-loss-fix-guide/ Connect with Ben: Join our Nutrition Community: https://www.smartnutritionmadesimple.com Subscribe to our Youtube Channel: www.SmartNutritionMadeSimpleTV.com Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bslnutrition As always, if you love what you hear on this show, then do me a favor and subscribe, leave a positive rating and review and share this episode with a friend or loved one whom you think could benefit. AND, if you want to talk about working with me personally, I'd love to chat, just schedule your free nutrition strategy call over at https://www.bslnutrition.com/free-strategy-call/  

Banking on Digital Growth
216) #DigitalGrowthJourneys - 90 Days to the Peak: Climbing the Mountain of Change

Banking on Digital Growth

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 43:22


Every journey begins with a simple step. Oftentimes, that step is as simple as finding clarity amidst the chaos. In this episode of our Inside Digital Growth series, one of our dear listeners asks “How can we best plan for future growth in a world that is unpredictable and full of change?” By transforming mindsets through strategic planning, financial brands can help relieve their clients of financial stress. Hope and optimism can feed organic digital growth and guide us into the future. Join us as we discuss: - Why optimism is a good thing for financial brands (10:55) - Transforming mindset through the strategic planning process (15:30) - A simple approach for gaining clarity into future growth (32:33) Check out these resources we mentioned during the podcast: Text your questions to James Robert at 415-579-3002  You can find this interview and many more by subscribing to Banking on Digital Growth on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or here. Listening on a desktop & can't see the links? Just search for Banking on Digital Growth in your favorite podcast player.

Yakety Yak
Fiauna Lund: Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC). Status 6 Heart Transplant Candidate, Author, Mother, Wife, and Friend

Yakety Yak

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 62:56


This is a special episode featuring my friends, Aaron and Fiauna Lund.  Oftentimes, when we hear that friends and neighbors are facing challenging trials, many of us are at loss not knowing how to reach out or what we can do to support and love them. I'm grateful they were willing to courageously share their story so that we can rally and offer encouragement and prayers as we Seek and Expect Miracles for Fiauna. Last November (2021) Fiauna was diagnosed with Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC). This news was especially difficult to accept because Fiauna has dedicated her life to sharing her talents and time teaching others to be passionate about health and wellness with her heart-healthy, active lifestyle.   She shared the following post on FB which describes her current status as she patiently awaits a heart transplant:  "Seek and expect miracles. Truly prophetic advice I heard recently that I'm choosing to embrace right now. What I've learned about miracles is that, for the most part, they are a matter of perspective. You can choose to accept them, or choose to look right past them, waiting for something…more?     I posted Tuesday that I was admitted to the hospital where I would likely wait for a heart transplant as soon as a donor became available. That was the plan—a plan I agreed to and felt really comfortable with…until I didn't. I started to panic. Had I made the right choice? Were we going in the right direction? My gut (or the Spirit) was screaming at me to talk about other options. When the team of doctors and the transplant coordinator, met with us Wednesday morning we discussed those options and arrived at a new plan.     At first I didn't trust the doctors, the plan, my own ability to make the right choice, but the more I sat in the feeling—the doubt and confusion—the more at ease I became. Does that even make sense?   The plan proposed now is to keep me listed for transplant at status 6; discontinue the medication I was taking that, while very effective, was making me very sick; try another medication under medical supervision to make sure it works without intolerable side effects. If all goes well, I can go home Monday or earlier.    The peace I felt when the new plan was proposed was undeniable.    I've been wrestling mentally and perhaps spiritually with the concept of heart transplantation. I mean, think about it. They're going to cut into my chest and remove the most vital of organs, the powerhouse of the body, the first sign of life. Before my parents even knew I existed, the cells of my little embryonic heart were already beating.  For a moment I will be without that beating heart. And from that moment on, in order to live someone else has to die.    That's heavy. A weight I've been trying to carry—and I thought I was carrying successfully until this dry run.   This trip to the hospital has let me process things differently. I was given the miracle of CLARITY. The miracle of recognizing spiritual influence, and of PEACE —even if only for a moment.'   Fiauna is a wife, mother to four children, and writer. She's written and published two novels: "Indigo" and "In the Twilite" https://www.amazon.com/Fiauna-Lund/e/B006LPTUMW%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share *Please consider becoming an Organ Donor*

Discovering The Jewish Jesus Video Podcast
Keys to Answered Prayer: Full With His Presence

Discovering The Jewish Jesus Video Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 28:30


Oftentimes, we as believers find ourselves praying for material blessings for satisfaction in this life. However, Rabbi encourages us to step beyond the material world and pray for the heart of God and the power that comes with it.

MASTERS OF BEAUTY with Anil Shah MD FACS
FOLLICLE TALK - Ep. 33 - Doing More With Less

MASTERS OF BEAUTY with Anil Shah MD FACS

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 3:22


Oftentimes, in hair transplantations, a number of grafts can be extracted and implanted that would give you the best results. When big numbers like 6000 grafts are said, a number of red flags and issues arise. But how do you get the results that you are looking for? In this Follicle Talk episode, Dr. Anil Shah discusses how planning and strategy can wield great results with a lesser number of grafts. -- For more information about hair transplantation, visit our website: https://aestheticscalp.com/

Sound Mind Set
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 2022

Sound Mind Set

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 10:06


Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you. The bottom line of courage as a Christ follower is not about us at all, but the fact that God has promised us throughout His Word that we can be strong, we can be brave, we can have courage, we don't have to be afraid, we don't have to panic in the face of problems, because His presence is with us. Oftentimes when our kids are scared, they will ask, “Are you going to stay with me?” We say yes. Then they ask, “So, you won't leave?” Now our answer must change to no. Interesting how often God will tell us what He will do, but then, just like a perfect Father, He will also tell us what He won't do! In today's passage, He adds, “I won't fail or abandon you.” What is going on in your life right now where you desperately need God's courage to fill you? Take comfort in His words. Take them in as if He were speaking only to you. In fact, let's personalize this passage: So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic. As the Lord your God, I will personally go ahead of you. I will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Picture whatever seemingly impossible situation is in your life right now. Now consider how that situation looks to the God of the universe. Can you accept that is the way your Father wants YOU to see that situation - from His point of view. Let's thank Him together: “Father, thank You for Your strength, Your courage, that I don't have to be afraid any longer, that there's no need to panic. Thank You that You go ahead of me to face what I cannot see, that You never fail me or abandon Me. Help me to believe that, feel that, live that truth. As above, so below. Amen”

City First Church Messages
Summer Of Soul - The Path To Inner Vows - Derek Staaland

City First Church Messages

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 36:00


In this message, Derek Staaland challenges us with some powerful truths when it comes to how we handle pain and difficult situations in our past. Oftentimes, what we walk through creates definitive decisions that affect our daily lives in the present. Those decisions can then create barriers to actual freedom, healing, and growth! But what happens when we decide to invite God into those areas of our lives? ------------------------------------------ FOLLOW City First Church: Website: https://www.cityfirst.church Instagram: https://instagram.com/CityFirstChurch Twitter: https://twitter.com/CityFirstChurch Facebook: https://facebook.com/CityFirstChurch

Church on the Move Podcast
Psalm 37: How to Deal with Wicked People

Church on the Move Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 38:52


In Psalm 37, the word “wicked” appears 13 times. Oftentimes, when we see people far from God prospering, it can make us anxious and envious. But Psalm 37 has a lot of wisdom when it comes to our outlook on those who are wicked. We know that ultimately the wicked won't prosper, and for the righteous, our setbacks are often setups in disguise. Join us for part 9 of Summer in the Psalms with Pastor Willie George.

City First Church Messages (audio)
Summer Of Soul - The Path To Inner Vows - Derek Staaland

City First Church Messages (audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 36:00


In this message, Derek Staaland challenges us with some powerful truths when it comes to how we handle pain and difficult situations in our past. Oftentimes, what we walk through creates definitive decisions that affect our daily lives in the present. Those decisions can then create barriers to actual freedom, healing, and growth! But what happens when we decide to invite God into those areas of our lives? ------------------------------------------ FOLLOW City First Church: Website: https://www.cityfirst.church Instagram: https://instagram.com/CityFirstChurch Twitter: https://twitter.com/CityFirstChurch Facebook: https://facebook.com/CityFirstChurch

Green Acres Messages
The Faith of Moses | Epic Faith

Green Acres Messages

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 36:11


Oftentimes we think faith is about the amount of faith someone has or how special the person might be. But really, it's more about what the object of our faith is in. And Moses had an epic faith in God's ability to do what no one else could. So because of that, God used Moses in incredible ways. God used an ordinary man to do extraordinary things.CONNECT AT GREEN ACRESAre you new or want to know more about Green Acres?Click here: www.gabc.org/connectWant to give your life to Jesus Christ?Click here: www.gabc.org/connectDo you have a prayer request?Click here: www.gabc.org/prayerWant to give to Green Acres? Click here: www.gabc.org/giveFOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIAFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/GABCTylerInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/gabc_tyler/Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/greenacresbaptistchurch

Congressional Dish
CD256: Poisonous Pet Collars

Congressional Dish

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2022 81:32 Very Popular


Seresto Flea and Tick Collars for dogs and cats have been sold to Americans since 2013. During that time, the EPA has received approximately 100,000 reports of illnesses and 2,500 reports of deaths of animals that wore a Seresto Flea and Tick collar, by far the most reports received about any flea and tick treatment on the market. In this episode, hear testimony from scientists about the Environmental Protection Agency's disturbingly lax review processes for pesticides in pet products and learn why your vote in November is likely to determine if these popular but dangerous products will stay on American shelves. Please Support Congressional Dish – Quick Links Contribute monthly or a lump sum via PayPal Support Congressional Dish via Patreon (donations per episode) Send Zelle payments to: Donation@congressionaldish.com Send Venmo payments to: @Jennifer-Briney Send Cash App payments to: $CongressionalDish or Donation@congressionaldish.com Use your bank's online bill pay function to mail contributions to: 5753 Hwy 85 North, Number 4576, Crestview, FL 32536. Please make checks payable to Congressional Dish Thank you for supporting truly independent media! Listen to the latest episode of Jen's new podcast with Andrew Heaton and Justin Robert Young — We're Not Wrong Episode 12: About The Never Ending Ukraine War, Biden's COVID and Mike Pence (LIVE FROM BERLIN) To report an incident directly to the EPA via email Report.Pesticide.Incident@epa.gov View the shownotes on our website at https://congressionaldish.com/cd256-poisonous-pet-collars Executive Producer Recommended Sources CD200: How to End Legal Bribes Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith. The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics. Public Affairs: 2011. Background Sources Recommended Congressional Dish Episodes CD254: Baby Formula Shortage CD234: AWOL Recall: The Rock and Play Sleeper Reports on Seresto and Pesticides “Oversight Subcommittee Report Reveals EPA Failed to Protect Pets, Owners From Dangerous Flea and Tick Collar.” Jun 15, 2022. House Committee on Oversight and Reform. House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy. June 2022. “Staff Report: Seresto Flea and Tick Collars: Examining why a product linked to more than 2,500 pet deaths remains on the market.” Lauretta Joseph. May 19, 2022. “Notification of Evaluation: The EPA's Response to Reported Incidents of Unintended Effects from Pet Collar Pesticides, Project No. OSRE-FY22-0120” Johnathan Hettinger. Sept. 24, 2021. “Is your pet wearing a Seresto flea collar? Company reports thousands more adverse incidents.” USA Today. Jordan Liles. Mar 8, 2021. “Did Seresto Flea Collars Cause 1,698 Dog and Cat Deaths?” Snopes. Johnathan Hettinger. Mar 2, 2021. “Popular flea collar linked to almost 1,700 pet deaths. The EPA has issued no warning.” USA Today. Jen's highlighted copy Lawrence J. Dyckman et al. July 1995. “Pesticides: EPA's Efforts to Collect and Take Action on Exposure Incident Data, GAO/RCED-95-163.” U.S. Government Accountability Office. Lobbying “Lobbyist Profile: Ryan Canfield.” 2022. Open Secrets. “Employment History: Ryan Canfield.” Open Secrets. “Elanco Animal Health.” Open Secrets. The Hearing Seresto Flea and Tick Collars: Examining why a product linked to more than 2,500 pet deaths remains on the market June 15, 2022 Committee on Oversight and Reform, Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy Witnesses: Faye Hemsley & Omarion Hemsley, Owners of Deceased Pet Thomas Maiorino, Owner of Deceased Pet Jeffrey Simmons, President and Chief Executive Officer, Elanco Animal Health Incorporated Nathan Donley, Ph.D, Environmental Health Science Director, Center for Biological Diversity Karen McCormack, Former Scientist, Policy Analyst, and Communications Officer (ret.), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency Carrie Sheffield (minority witness), Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women's Voice Clips 1:20 Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL): As early as 2015, just a few years after the collar entered the US market, an EPA investigation found that among similar products, the Seresto collar “ranked number one” by a wide margin in terms of total incidents, major incidents and deaths, even after factoring in companies' relative sales. Those findings weren't enough to drive the makers of Seresto collar or the EPA to act. 1:50 Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL): In 2016, Canada's equivalent of the EPA known as the PMRA, concluded based on a review of the same American data available to the EPA that the collar posed too great a risk to pets and their owners to be ever sold in Canada. 2:10 Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL): Even as the death count rose, the EPA allowed Seresto to remain on the market here without even so much as requiring additional warning labels that regulators mandated in places ranging from Australia to Colombia to the European Union. 2:30 Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL): The companies that manufactured the Seresto collar first Bayer animal health and then later Elanco were also aware of the risks, the incidents and the deaths, but they too failed to act. Instead, they hired third party industry insiders to conduct so-called independent reviews of the incident data, which ended up protecting their $300 million a year market but ended up endangering pets. So the Seresto collar stayed the same and so did the consequences. 4:15 Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL): This particular collar has caused 100,000 incidents reported to the EPA and over 2500 pet deaths reported to the EPA. 4:30 Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL): The steps that we are asking for today are crucial, because it's important to protect our pets and our families, too. I now call upon my distinguished colleague, Mr. Cloud for his opening statement. Rep. Michael Cloud (R-TX): Thank you, Chairman. This is the first hearing of the Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee this year, and we've been in session for 52 days this year. And our first hearing is on pet collars. And I do realize that our pets are a huge part of our lives, they enrich our families, they provide companionship for my kids, they've helped foster responsibility and compassion and care, important ethics we need in our society. Just recently, our family mourned the loss of our guinea pig, biscuit. And so pets are a huge part of our family lives. But I have to admit that when I saw that this was going to be on the agenda for this week, I cannot help but be concerned, especially coming from South Texas about the 1000s 10s of 1000s of human lives that have passed away due to fentanyl and due to an open border and due to the policies of this administration to continue to aid and abet cartels. And I realized that this is the economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee. And so I think about economic policy happening right now and where the minds of the American people are. Gas is now averaging $5 A gallon nationwide. For the first time in history. We have not had a hearing. Inflation is at a 40 year high. We have not had a hearing, the American people cannot find baby formula. We still haven't had a hearing. I've mentioned fentanyl is killing Americans, especially our teens at unprecedented rates. We have not had a hearing. Biden's systemic elimination of the safe and secure border he inherited has led to the worst humanitarian and national security crisis in this country's history. We have not had a hearing this term, we could talk about how inflation is affecting the cost of owning a pet, including the increased cost of food, toys, accessories, but we're not talking about that either. Instead, we're holding a hearing on the pet collar, which fights fleas and ticks. And as any pet owner knows fleas and tick management is an essential part of pet care. But I'm not sure it's an essential part of congressional oversight, especially when we take in mind where the American people are at. And frankly, I've talked to a number of people in my district and others who live in other parts of the country and they are really surprised that this has risen to one of the top priorities of commerce at this time in juncture. The subcommittee Republicans would rather explore efforts to help American consumers during these trying times, we would gladly have joined the chairman in holding a hearing on the shortage of baby formula. Moreover, we have welcomed the chance to explore TikTok's troubling practice of showing dangerous content to minors, an investigation you all started last year. In fact, it's now come to light that teenagers are using tick tock and other social media platforms to purchase illicit drugs including unknowingly in many cases, in most cases, fentanyl. Social media platforms are also using it to recruit young people into the gig economy of human trafficking. A hearing on that crisis could be incredibly important. And on the subject of our nation's youth, CDC bureaucrats have actively pursued an agenda to close schools during the pandemic instead of following the science damaging our children's financial, mental, physical, emotional, and also their learning for years to come. But we still have not had a hearing. Americans are facing incredible economic issues which require us as elected officials to listen and to respond. I do appreciate the fact that our pets play an important part of our lives. We should be kind to animals and we should teach our children to do the same. But I do care immensely more about the human lives that we were elected to serve. 10:20 Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL): A recorded vote has been requested — we will pause while the we will get the clerk out. 12:00 Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL): Mr. Chairman, it's already been about what? A minute and a half. Where's the clerk? Is the clerk on lunch and not here today? Rep. Krishnamoorthi (D-IL): I think the clerk is on the way Mr. Donalds, thank you. Rep. Donalds: Is the clerk sitting in the side office just hanging out? I mean, come on, Mr. Chairman. 21:20 Clerk: Mr. Cloud? Rep. Michael Cloud (R-TX): Yes Clerk: Mr. Cloud votes yes. Mr. Keller? Rep. Fred Keller (R-PA): Yes Clerk: Mr. Keller votes yes. Mr. Franklin? Rep. C. Scott Franklin (R-FL): Yes Clerk: Mr. Franklin votes yes. Mr. Clyde? Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA): Yes. Clerk: Mr. Clyde votes yes. Mr. Donalds? Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL): Yes Clerk: Mr. Donalds votes yes. 26:31 Thomas Maiorino: My name is Thomas Maiorina. I reside in Mount Laurel, New Jersey with my wife Monica. I am the father of three boys. My youngest son, Robert turned 12 in 2011. After years of asking for a dog, he wore us down and we decided to rescue a dog from a southern shelter for my son's birthday. After researching online, we adopted a mixed breed mutt that Robbie and his two other brothers named Rooney. Rooney swiftly became a loved member of our family. A bit rambunctious, she was just what a 12 year old boy needed. She loved the run and chase anything the move in the yard. By all measures, we took great care to ensure Rooney had a healthy and happy life. We took her on daily walks, sometimes three a day, hikes on park trails. We monitor her diet and made sure she was seen by the veterinarian as needed, and she received all of her shots. Because she was a bit rambunctious and we lived in a wooded area where there's a lot of wildlife, we were constantly concerned about the problems of fleas and ticks. We consulted with a veterinarian after getting Rooney to determine the best way to protect her against this. We use a variety of prevention methods for the first few years and when we changed veterinarians in approximately 2013 or 14, the new veterinarian strongly recommended that we use the Seresto flea and tick collar, based on all of our options. We heeded that advice and purchased Seresto collars from our local PetSmart. The collars were intended to provide protection for up to eight months. We noticed that after fixing a collar to Rooney's neck, she began to itch and first had that treated and tested for allergies. We took her to the vet several times during 2018 seeking to find the cause for the ever increasing itching. After several visits and multielement medications, they were unable to determine the cause and we switched to a specialist in 2019 to seek further assistance, where they provided allergy shots and other medications to address the worsening itching and related symptoms. Rooney's behavior then became more erratic as the months wore on she began linking her paws so feverishly they would bleed. She also developed bleeding patches on her stomach. Ultimately, in October 2020, Rooney suffered horrendous grand mal seizure in the presence of myself and my wife. The damage done by the seizure was irreversible. She was a shell of her former self and ultimately, the family decided the most humane thing would be to put Rooney to sleep at the age of nine. In early March 2021, I read an article online about Seresto pet collars resulting in the deaths of 1700 Pets without any warnings from the EPA or the manufacturer. I sought out legal representation not because I wanted financial compensation, but because I took great pains to care for Rooney. The final 18 months of her life were agonizing to watch if I could help prevent another family from going through what my family went through. I wanted to act. I'm here today in furtherance of that effort. I appreciate the committee taking the time to investigate this matter. And thank you for your time. 33:30 Jeffrey Simmons: There are a few points I'd like to emphasize upfront. First, the EPA approved Seresto following more than 80 safety and toxicity studies, all of which show that Seresto and its ingredients have a strong safety profile. Second, more than 80 regulatory bodies around the world have approved Seresto. Seresto is widely used and more than 80 million collars worn over the past decade to protect dogs and cats from fleas and ticks around the world. 34:00 Jeffrey Simmons: Third, adverse event reports are not intended to be, and in fact are absolutely not, proof of causation. Reports require further investigation and analysis to determine cause. And after years of review, our pharmacovigilance team made up of veterinarians and other experts who study adverse event reports has not identified a single death caused by the active ingredients in the collar. 36:45 Jeffrey Simmons: No product is without risk. What matters is whether those risks are reasonable. And in light of the benefits and numerous studies and the incident report data for Seresto demonstrate the product does not pose an unreasonable risk and has a strong safety profile, which is why the American Veterinary Medical Association opposed canceling Seresto's EPA registration. 38:05 Nathan Donley: My name is Dr. Nathan Donley. I'm the science director for the Environmental Health Program at the Center for Biological Diversity. I have a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from Oregon Health and Sciences University. The last seven years of my professional life have been spent researching how pesticides impact people and the environment and the regulatory failures that can actually facilitate harm rather than prevent it. I published three peer reviewed scientific articles and five technical reports on this subject. I've authored over 100 technical scientific comments to the EPA on pesticide documents, including flumethrin and imidacloprid, the two active ingredients in the Seresto collar. I've read through 1000s of pages of FOIA documents I requested on matters related to the approval and continued use of Seresto. 39:40 Nathan Donley: While other agencies like the FDA have robust systems in place to surveil harms from products under their purview, EPA only requires minimal information be submitted four times a year and they delegate this responsibility to the pesticide industry itself. The limited information that is collected includes only the pesticide product name, where the incident occurred, and the severity of the incident. That's it. Oftentimes, the agency doesn't even know if the incident involves a dog or a cat. Even though the EPA determines what incident information it collects, it then turns around and laments that the incident data are insufficient to take regulatory action to protect public health, the environment and our pets. It's a system designed to achieve nothing other than maintaining the status quo. Worse yet, reported incidents significantly underestimate the true scope of harm. The EPA recently estimated that only one in 25 pesticide incidents involving another pesticide called Kamba was actually reported to the authorities. That's only a 4% reporting rate. Given that 100,000 people have reported their concerns about Seresto, this is very alarming because the true number of harmful incidents to pets could be potentially far higher. 41:05 Nathan Donley: The EPA's counterpart in Canada was so concerned about Seresto incidents and harms of pets and humans that it denied Seresto approval in 2016. Canada analyzed U incident data and determined that Seresto collars had an incident rate 50 times greater than the average flea collar and 36 times greater than Canada's trigger for review. 41:25 Nathan Donley: EPA has no trigger for review of any pesticide product, no matter how much harm is being reported. And because the agency has no mandated trigger for reviewing pesticides like Seresto, rather than choosing to use incident reporting data to inform a robust regulatory process and take dangerous products off the market, EPA routinely chooses to do nothing at all. And that's especially troubling when you consider that Seresto is just one of 18,000 pesticide products currently approved by the EPA. 42:40 Karen McCormack: My name is Karen McCormack. At the present time I am a retired government employee after working over 40 years at the Environmental Protection Agency. During my career at EPA, I first worked in an EPA laboratory as a research coordinator. And in that capacity, I conducted research on numerous pesticides. Later I transferred to EPA headquarters in Washington DC, and worked in various positions in the pesticide program as a scientist, policy analyst, and a communications officer. I also worked in a number of offices at EPA including the Office of the Assistant Administrator for Pesticides and Toxins. Although I'm retired from EPA, I'm still closely following a number of environmental topics and one of those topics of interest to me has been the impact of flea and tick pet products on cats and dogs. 43:30 Karen McCormack: The US Environmental Protection Agency is charged with regulating products that contain pesticides and in ensuring that all pesticide products are safe to use. Before 1996, EPA did not consistently require manufacturers to conduct animal safety studies for pet products containing pesticides. Because pet products with pesticides were available readily in commercial stores, consumers thought they must be safe. This is not necessarily the case. Flea and tick products are designed to kill insects, and they often contain poisonous chemicals. When combined with pesticides that are used outside the home and in the water and food that people drink and eat, the aggregate risks from all these sources of pesticides can be high, especially for children who are vulnerable to toxic chemicals -- much more vulnerable than adults. And it wasn't until the passage of the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act that EPA began to examine the risks from sources other than food, including risks from pet products containing pesticides. After the passage of FQPA, pesticide manufacturers were required to submit to EPA animal safety studies and incident reports showing harm to animals and humans exposed to pesticides and pet products. Between 2012 and the present time the EPA received an increasing number of incident reports related to the use of flea and tick pet collars for dogs and cats. The toxic effects that were described in these many incident reports from the use of certain pet collars ranged from mild effects, such as skin irritation to more severe effects such as intense tremors, seizures, paralysis, organ failure and death. The largest number of incident rate counts that EPA received during this period were from the use of pet collar called Seresto. 45:35 Karen McCormack: Between January 2012 and the present time, EPA has received over 100,000 incident reports, and these incident reports include human incidents as well as pet incidents. These reports also include at least 2300 reports of pet deaths. The number is most likely a very low estimate of the actual number of incidents that are occurring since many pet owners do not know that they can report incidents to EPA and they may not know how to correlate the adverse effects in their pets with a particular pet product. 46:30 Karen McCormack: There are no independent organizations that rank the safety of pet products. And the sales data which is needed to rank the safety of pet products is considered confidential business information by the manufacturers. EPA's risk assessments also do not tell the full story of what pet products are safe, as they rely heavily on industry generated studies that were conducted on mice and rats rather than dogs and cats. And EPA's risk assessments also are based mainly on studies that were conducted with only one pesticide in Seresto rather than the combined pesticides in this pet product. 47:10 Karen McCormack: Although the original manufacturers of Seresto, Bayer, did conduct a number of efficacy and safety studies in dogs and cats treated with Seresto, the company did not conduct two very critical studies that are important for determining the safety of a pet product. These tests include a pet transferable residue study, a petting study, to determine the exposure of humans to Seresto. And they did not conduct a study that measures the amount of pesticide that gets in the blood of treated dogs and cats. 48:45 Carrie Sheffield: My name is Carrie Sheffield and I'm a senior policy analyst at the Center for Economic Opportunity at Independent Women's Forum. We are a nonprofit organization committed to increasing the number of women who value free markets and personal liberty. 2:44:20 Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL): Let me just show you some analysis that was conducted by Elanco, which we would just refer to as well as the EPA, as well as the Canadian equivalent of the EPA, which is called the PMRA. Essentially, we look at this chart here, and we see that at the top Elanco computed that 0.51% of pet deaths were “possibly or probably” caused by the Seresto collar. The PMRA in Canada, looking at a sample of pet deaths concluded that 33% of those pet deaths were possibly or probably caused by Seresto collars. And the EPA here, concluded that 45% were possibly or probably caused by pet by the Seresto collar. Now, sir, I think originally, you said that there is no scientific evidence, no evidence of a causal link, this is clearly evidence, it was so compelling that the Canadian equivalent of the EPA never allowed for Seresto collars to be sold in Canada, correct? Jeffrey Simmons: Yes, I'm aware of that decision. I would also add that 80 other countries have approved this product, we've had over 80 million collars actually used. I'm not familiar with this data comparison, but what I can say is following the EPA regulatory process around the oversight, that we have pharmacovigilance, close to 200 veterinarians and staff on our team, looking at the data through the way the EPA wants us to we have not seen a linkage from the active ingredients. Rep. Krishnamoorthi: I understand that sir, I understand you haven't seen the linkage, although other authorities have and their scientists who are not paid by you have done so. 2:46:25 Nathan Donley: This is what we commonly see, quite frankly, when the regulated industry is doing their own research. It commonly finds that their products are safer than when government agencies or academic scientists take on a similar analysis. 2:46:55 Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL): We have FOIA documents from the EPA, and emails internal to the EPA talking about the Seresto collar. Here's just one of them. This is from an employee who basically voiced their opinion about recent coverage of the Seresto controversy, he said, “looks like the sh*t has hit the fan….will be interesting seeing where this goes. I hope there is a FOIA for all communications on this so that our emails are made public. We have been screaming about Seresto for many years.” I presume that you've heard some of these screams and concerns, correct, Ms. McCormack? Karen McCormack: That's correct. A number of EPA employees have contacted me and given me detailed descriptions about what's happening with Seresto and they were very upset that EPA refused to do anything about it. 2:48:25 Karen McCormack: A number of the scientists, and this is not unusual, feel that the decision makers are not considering the science and they're making decisions based on political reasons. I don't know if I have time to talk about this, but I did look at the science that the Canadian government did, the causality analysis. They looked at the consistency and toxicity of effects from exposure of pets to Seresto. And what they found was very disturbing. It was so disturbing that they decided the risks were too high to approve Seresto and they could not be mitigated by putting a label statement on the product or by issuing warning labels, so they refused to approve Seresto. 2:49:25 Rep. Michael Cloud (R-TX): Thank you, Ms. McCormack, for acknowledging that the EPA sometimes makes political decisions, so that's something we'll definitely be coming back to next term. 2:55:05 Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA): Are the active ingredients for Seresto in the United States different from the active ingredients for Seresto collars in other countries? Jeffrey Simmons: No, I do not believe they're any different than the other 80 countries. Rep. Porter: In other countries like in Colombia and Australia, the warning labels for Seresto collars classify the collar as highly toxic and as poison. 2:55:50 Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA): Does the label in the United States have language? Like highly toxic or poison? Yes or no? Jeffrey Simmons: It does not. Rep. Porter: Okay. So the warning label here in the United States, though does say that mild reactions may occur and mentions hair loss, scratching and redness. The most severe symptoms listed are eczema and lesions. This is the warning label: does it mention the potential for death? Jeffrey Simmons: It does not. Rep. Porter: So a pet owner looking at this label that we're looking at would have absolutely no reason, no way to know that Seresto may have caused roughly 100 pet deaths. That's what both the Canadian Pest Management Agency, the PMRA, and the EPA found. Will you change this label, so that it includes deaths as a possible side effect? Jeffrey Simmons: Congresswoman, we do not believe the scientific data warrants a label change. And again, that is not just the 80 studies were submitted. There's been 20 additional added studies since and all of the oversight data that's been done on the 33 million pets over the 10 years. So again, following an EPA regulated process, we're always open if a data warranted, some need for a change, we would do that. 2:57:30 Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA): The EPA encouraged both your predecessor, Bayer, and your company, Elanco, to update the warning label. Yet, you just said that you never have. So the federal government did in fact advise you to update the label and you failed to do so. Is that correct? Jeffrey Simmons: I do not believe that is correct. We are in regular engagement with EPA. We have not received any formal…there's no data that warrants that and there's been no formal engagement on that. 2:58:15 Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA): The EPA asked Bayer, the predecessor here, in 2019 to help the agency collect data on adverse incidents for cats and dogs using the Seresto collar. EPA asked Bayer to split the registration for cats and dogs, so the agency could better understand and evaluate the risks for each type of pet. They refused, saying that change might have, “an adverse impact on sales” and they also said, “it would be a substantial increase in work.” Mr. Simmons, are you willing to make that change and split the registration for cats and dogs as the EPA requested? Or do you believe it's too much work? Jeffrey Simmons: I am willing to engage with the EPA on anything that the scientific data and the engagement under the regulatory body of the EPA merits the right thing to do. We believe the 80 studies and all of the pharmacovigilance data that we've submitted to them stands that this is a safe product. 3:00:10 Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA): I feel obligated to begin by stating the obvious this afternoon. Today's hearing is a colossal waste of time and resources. 3:13:25 Rep. Henry Johnson (D-GA): And the only reason that the public knew about the harm caused by this pesticide is because the Center for Biological Diversity publicly petitioned the EPA to cancel registration for Seresto flea collars. If they had not bought this to light, do you think we would even know of the dangers presented by these collars? Nathan Donley: No, we wouldn't. You know, the investigation that came out in USA Today in 2021 really brought this to the public attention. And if there wasn't that amount of pressure from the public, this would just still be completely unknown. EPA, for the last 10 years, has not done anything to alert consumers to the harms associated with this product or any other pesticide products where there are a very high number of incidents. 3:15:10 Karen McCormack: I think some of the people at EPA are programmed to go along with whatever industry says. It makes life easier for you, you can go home earlier and you can also get promoted easier if you go along with what industry says. It's unfortunate a problem there. And I've seen it over the years and it's very hard to do something about it. 3:15:40 Karen McCormack: Canada's analysis was very scientific. It was not only based on incident data and sales data, it was based on the toxicity of the two pesticides in Seresto. And they looked at the consistency and what happened eventually with the pets that were exposed to Seresto. 3:19:20 Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL): And so because of the tremendous number of pet incidents, the tremendous number of deaths, even when factoring in sales, I sadly have no choice but to recommend that the EPA commence a notice of intent to cancel proceedings and to fully investigate what's going on with the Seresto collar, and I respectfully request Elanco to voluntarily recall these collars at this time, pending this further investigation. Cover Art Design by Only Child Imaginations Music Presented in This Episode Intro & Exit: Tired of Being Lied To by David Ippolito (found on Music Alley by mevio)

The ProPhysique Code
Episode 193: Setting Back the Biological Clock

The ProPhysique Code

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 42:34 Very Popular


In this episode, Coach Steph and Alba talk about setting back the biological clock. Oftentimes, age is a factor that plays a BIG role in individuals' ability to believe in themselves and what they are capable of achieving pertaining to their fitness goals. Steph and Alba talk about how they have managed to get into the best shapes of their life, over 40. 

Cindy Stewart
I Do Hard Things

Cindy Stewart

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 28:08


In this episode, Pastor Cindy talks about the importance of doing hard things. Oftentimes, we think that we are insignificant. That our daily lives don't hold any importance. But the truth is, everyday we are doing things that some would consider difficult. It may be mundane in our view. It may seem of little value. But, living the Christian life is anything but insignificant. Walking in the spirit is rarely easy. There are always going to be trials and push back.  There are times that we will need to make difficult decisions because our spirit requires it. Sometimes there will be demonic spirits that bring confusion. Making us second guess what the Lord has called us to do. They will bring interference. Attempting to keep us from walking in the direction God is calling us to go. But, we can do hard things. We will do hard things.  Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 3:10-21, 1 Samuel 15:3, 9-10, 22-23   Register now for Cindy's In-person 2-Day intensive. RIGHT HERE You can register for the 6-week, self paced e-course at COMPELLED TO CHANGE.  Please email Cindy with any questions or comments to cindystewartauthor@gmail.com. She'd love to hear from you.   Pastor Cindy's Website  Pastor Cindy's Facebook  Gathering Website  Gathering Facebook   Check out the other shows from KB PODCAST PRODUCTIONS: THE KINGDOM BRINGER PODCAST with Darin Eubanks Next Level Podcast with Michael McIntyre Super-Natural Living with Beth Packard KINGDOM MASTER MIND PODCAST with Ann McDonald   Podcast music from HOOKSOUNDS.COM    

Lead Like a Woman
[The Men Who Support the Women] Remove the Obstacle

Lead Like a Woman

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 30:39


Stephen Shortt is the Managing Director of ETC Consult and is involved in different industries including leadership development, psychometric selection, entrepreneurship, and education both nationally and internationally. He is the former Global Chair of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, which supports student entrepreneurs around the world. He's also served on the global committee for the Entrepreneurs' Organization Accelerator Program. Stephen spent many years fine-tuning his “why” to help him get more clarity about what he wanted to do with his life. And it all boils down to two words: aspire and empower. He wants to help individuals and teams aspire to a better future and empower them to get there. Stephen has delivered seminars and workshops, moderated panel discussions, and acted as the emcee for a range of international events on the topics like entrepreneurship, international communication, leadership, social media marketing, audiovisual marketing, and more. In this episode… When it comes to leadership, women are often judged not based on their skills, value, or the results they can bring — they're often judged based on gender stereotypes. So what can we do to address these issues and reach a more equitable world? Oftentimes, our unconscious bias leads us to make generalized assumptions. But it's our job to challenge those assumptions in order to create a better, more equitable future. We have to move past the labels and understand that each individual has a unique skill set, no matter their gender. In this episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show, Andrea Heuston sits down with Stephen Shortt, Managing Director of ETC Consult. Stephen shares how he became a feminist father for his daughters' future, how one seemingly ordinary conversation with his sister changed his whole perspective on men's roles in supporting women leaders, how to challenge unconscious bias and limiting beliefs on gender, and so much more!

Bright City Church
Serious About Justice

Bright City Church

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 37:08


Oftentimes, the Bible challenges our understanding of God. Listen to Pastor Ike discuss some of the challenges found in 1 Samuel 15. In this message, you'll discover just how serious God is about justice.

The Product-Led Sales Podcast
How Evernote worked with its data team to boost conversions | Senior Director of Product, Growth at Evernote

The Product-Led Sales Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 38:06


Evernote has hundreds of millions of users.So how does this OG PLG juggernaut keep on growing?Data, data, data. At this scale the company is more like a B2C than B2B company. No wonder Rick Sawyer, Evernote's Senior Director of Product, Growth used to work at DraftKings, a sports betting company. From the backend, to the human resources, Evernote has built up a sophisticated set of data operations.Personalization along the funnel. Having been around for 15 years, Evernote has accumulated tons of features. Not every user is interested in all of them, so the Product team works hard to funnel users towards the right set of experiences. No one should feel overwhelmed by the features. A large analytics function to support GTM and growth teams. Oftentimes, Growth teams notice user needs through the data, not just from talking to customers. When your users number in the millions, sometimes the data tells a more complete story than trying to sample the user base.Listen to this episode for even more on Evernote's sophisticated PLG data engine!Connect with Rick on Linkedin for more information.Visit our Product Led Sales blog for more insights, and follow HeadsUp on Linkedin. If you have questions for me about PLG, growth, or marketing, here's my Linkedin and Twitter. 

Stay Grounded with Raj Jana
241. Jetta Blaine: Answering The Call To Do The Inner Work

Stay Grounded with Raj Jana

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 39:44


“Resistance is a doorway and on the other side of that doorway can be a lot of power.”It was such a joy to meet Jetta Blaine at the Feast It Forward Festival. Jetta is a lifestyle integration coach that specializes in using the plant medicine Kambo to facilitate shadow work, catharsis, and rapid transformation. Jetta has a gift for holding space for medicine journeys that guide people to a place of deep healing and purging. I have been wanting to bring on more experts to discuss plant medicines on the show for some time now. In my experience, plant medicines and substances are incredible tools for expanding consciousness and revealing aspects of our inner world that we can't see. Although I have never personally tried Kambo, I'm very inspired to learn about different types of substances and rituals for healing & transformation. I was very grateful for the unexpected opportunity to learn about a new healing modality with someone so experienced and skilled with the medicine.Tune in now to hear Jetta, and I explore topics that include: Defining the word wholeness. The courage to embrace hard conversations. The moment Jetta took responsibility for her life. What does it mean to bypass? How toxic positivity can prevent us from doing the work. The power of getting the right support for your inner work journey. Inspiring the courage to go within.How to know you're ready for a medicine journey, and how do you decide what to take. Defining somatics and building a relationship with your body. Jetta's journey back to optimum health. The one-way ticket to India. And more…“Oftentimes the most difficult journeys can be the most powerful.”In this episode, Jetta shares the story that guided her to explore and then practice different healing modalities. This conversation is a reminder that there are many ways to heal. We get to find the modalities that work best for our needs and desires. In the process, we're invited to use our own discernment while still having reverence for all healing tools. After all, the journey to liberate yourself deserves reverence for all the experiences it leads you through. If you're curious to learn more about plant medicines as a tool for your journey, this episode is for you. “I always say that my practice is to assist people's human journey to wholeness because that's all we ever really want in life.”Contact Info:Email me@moonflowerinsights.com MoonFlowerKambo on Instagram.Website - https://moonflowerinsights.comWe thrive on your feedback, so if you've enjoyed this show, please rate us and leave us a review. And don't forget to subscribe to ensure you never miss an episode again. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Uncover Your Magic
How An Atheist Found God At A Garage Sale with Dr. Marni Hill Foderaro

Uncover Your Magic

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 62:44


Have you experienced a spiritual revelation in your life that has completely shifted your beliefs? Oftentimes these moments happen when we are least expecting them but need them the most. In this episode, I am joined by the inspirational Dr. Marni Hill Foderaro. She is an award-winning and celebrated author, speaker and educator. As a former Atheist and survivor of a toxic and abusive marriage, Dr. Marni had a life-altering spiritual experience oddly at a garage sale. These numerous Divine events challenged her long-held belief system and forever transformed her life, inspiring her to write her book, God Came To My Garage Sale. Throughout this episode, Dr. Marni Hill Foderaro and I talk about her life journey that has led her to become the incredible storyteller and speaker that she is today. She shares the intense and toxic details of her previous marriage to a narcissist, how God came to her garage sale, what her perspective is on time, and what she means when she says that “the veil is thinning”. Tune in to Episode 119 of Uncover Your Magic to learn all about how Dr. Marni found God at her garage sale!In This Episode You Will Learn About Dr. Marni's experience being raised atheist (8:00)Dr. Marni's reflection on her previous marriage to a narcissist (13:04)How God came to Dr. Marni's garage sale (34:51)Dr. Marni's perspective on time (40:52)What Dr. Marni means by “the veil is thinning” (51:05)Connect with Dr. Marni Hill Foderaro: Book - God Came To My Garage Sale WebsiteLet's Connect!WebsiteFacebookInstagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.