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Personal Development

Creativity, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Writers on Writing

Jun 23: Start Realizing Your Creative Dreams with Matthew Dicks

Someday is Today: 22 Simple, Actionable Ways to Propel Your Creative Life

Like many of us, returning guest Matthew Dicks wears many hats, yet he is super creative and extremely prolific. So how does he get it all done?

Matthew shares some of his winning strategies to wipe out those excuses we make about being too busy or too tired. His goal is to help you go from dreaming to doing, from talking to creating. We discuss black holes, living a life of YES, performative productivity, the power of accountability, the importance of gathering your tribe … and much more.

About Matthew Dicks

Matthew Dicks is a bestselling novelist, nationally recognized storyteller, playwright, communications consultant, award-winning elementary schoolteacher, humor and advice columnist, minister, wedding DJ, and professional public speaker. He’s won multiple Moth GrandSLAM story competitions. And with his wife, Elysha, created the organization SPEAK UP. Vicki last talked with Matthew Dicks about his first book on creativity, Storyworthy – podcast. Today we discuss his latest, Someday is Today: 22 Simple, Actionable Ways to Propel Your Creative Life

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Professional Development, Psychology, Self-help

Jun 01: The Human Herd with Beth Anstandig

Awaken Your Natural Leadership & Become a Human Whisperer

Part guidebook, part manifesto, part wakeup call, Beth Anstandig wrote The Human Herd during what she calls The Great Pause — aka COVID lockdown — when so many people around the world felt isolated and disconnected.

Even in today’s techno world where we are constantly connected to our devices, and self-sufficiency is the norm, people still want and need human connection.  As a species, we’ve lived in herds for centuries, and need the support and connection of others to thrive. Today we discuss the 4 channels of awareness. How to look beyond project scope, and consider life scope. What horses can teach us about radical selfcare, anxiety, and giving and receiving feedback.

About Beth Anstandig

Beth Anstandig owns Take a Chance Ranch in CA where she provides leadership, culture, and wellbeing programs through The Circle Up Experience. She is a lifelong cowgirl, writer, professor, and licensed psychotherapist. For the past 25 years she’s trained and developed people using “natural leadership” —  a model that she created. Her work has been featured on BBC WORLD, PBS, and in FORBES.

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Business, Creativity, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Professional Development

Mar 02: Amy Herman with Fixed – How to Perfect the Fine Art of Problem-Solving

How art can help you overcome challenges, make decisions, & sharpen critical thinking skills

Wayne Dyer said “Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.” And that concept inspired today’s guest to launch a whole new career as the president of The Art of Perception, Inc., based in New York.

Sometimes, all it takes to solve a problem is a paradigm shift. In Fixed, Amy E Herman shares how we can facilitate that shift and hone our powers of perception by looking at art – from paintings and sculptures to mixed media and photography. She shows how learning to see art more astutely, helps uncover deep-seated truths that often obstruct optimal decision-making.

About Amy E Herman – Author of Fixed: How to Perfect the Fine Art of Problem Solving.

Amy E Herman is the founder and president of The Art of Perception, Inc., an organization that  conducts professional development courses for leaders around the world – from Secret Service agents, the FBI, the Department of Defense, Doctors Without Borders, and NATO. Herman is a lawyer and art historian. She was Head of Education at The Frick Collection, where she oversaw the museum’s educational collaborations and community initiatives.

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Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Self-help

Feb 23: Realign Your Energy & Prioritize Wellbeing in the Digital Age with Christina Crook

Good Burdens: How to Live Joyfully in the Digital Age

Forget #FOMO and aim for #JOMO with the Marie Kondo of Digital. Christina Crook offers concrete solutions for thriving with tech. She shares why the internet was making her lazy as a thinker, writer, and friend – and why seeing a priest bless an old Blackberry was her tipping point.

From her book Good Burdens we discuss the elements of joy, the importance of commitment, the immense power of being brave. And what it takes to realign your energy and prioritize your wellbeing so that tech works for you versus the other way around.

About Christina Crook

Christina Crook is a pioneer and leading voice in the field of digital wellbeing. As the author of the award-winning book The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World and the leader of a global #JOMO movement, she regularly shares her insights in outlets including The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar and the BBC.  Christina Crook’s latest book is Good Burdens: How to Live Joyfully in the Digital Age.

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Business, Non Fiction, Personal Development

Jan 26: A Roadmap to Realizing Your Personal & Professional Leadership Potential

Book Boundless Leadership Joe Loizzo and Elazar AslanBoundless Leadership: The Breakthrough Method to Realize Your Vision, Empower Others, & Ignite Positive Change

A recent study showed that the average human attention span is about eight seconds. That means that our average length of concentration on one detail is less than that of a goldfish — goldfish can concentrate for nine whole seconds!

If that doesn’t alarm you, it at least explains why we work harder than ever, yet seem to accomplish less and feel less fulfilled. Joe Loizzo and Elazar Aslan joins us to reveal how we can turn that around. They share the 5 Truths of Boundless Leadership, the 4 Qualities of Heart. And discuss how we can reimagine and rewire, our mind and body, to be our best selves.

About Joe Loizzo and Elazar Aslan

JOE LOIZZO, MD, PhD is a contemplative psychotherapist, a clinical researcher, and Buddhist scholar-teacher. On the faculty at the Weill Cornell Medical College and the Columbia University Center for Buddhist Studies, he lectures widely on the role of meditative learning in the future of health, education, and leadership.

ELAZAR ASLAN, MBA, PCC is an executive advisor, speaker, and entrepreneur. After a successful career as a business executive, he became a professional coach over a decade ago, bringing his meditative practice and leadership principles to corporations including Chase, D&B, MasterCard, and American Express.

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Inspirational, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Spirituality

JAN 04: Peter Russell’s Letting Go of Nothing

Relax Your Mind  & Discover the Wonder of Your True Nature

Peter Russell says “Think of letting go as, not another thing to do,but as an un-doing of holding on.”  Today, he shares approaches to help us release thoughts and feelings that block happiness, impede growth, and hinder self-acceptance.   

We’ll discuss why there is no such thing as ego, the difference between feelings and emotions, and how imagination can get in the way of happiness.  Letting Go of Nothing is filled to the brim with real world wisdom and empowering practices.

About Peter Russell

Peter Russell is an author, speaker, and thought leader on consciousness and contemporary spirituality. He holds degrees in theoretical physics and psychology, a masters in computer science, and extensive studies in meditation and eastern philosophy. The latest of his 12 books, Letting Go of Nothing: Relax Your Mind and Discover the Wonder of Your True Nature,  is a special Eckhart Tolle Edition.

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Psychology, Self-help

DEC 29: Start 2022 Off Right with The Full Spirit Workout

10 Steps to Shedding Self-Doubt, Strengthening Your Spiritual Core, & Creating a Fun & Fulfilling Life

With roots in positive psychology, neuroscience, and whole-person coaching techniques, The Full Spirit Workout  by Kate Eckman shares practices that saved and transformed her life. Kate’s results-driven plan is designed as an ongoing resource.

Kate shares her 5-minute daily check in. A better way to look at perfectionism. Resistance and surrender.  And how to make sure you’ve not lost sight of the truth of who you are.

About Kate Eckman

TV personality and broadcast journalist KATE ECKMAN is a former athlete whose expertise in communications, performance, and mindfulness aid her as a success coach for business leaders and athletes.  Kate is a certified ICF coach (ACC), a licensed NBI consultant, and a meditation teacher and course creator for Insight Timer. The FULL SPIRIT WORKOUT: A 10-Step System to Shed Your Self-Doubt, Strengthen Your Spiritual Core, and Create a Fun & Fulfilling Life is Kate’s first book.

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Inspirational, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help

DEC 22: Girl Be Brave with Cheryl Hale

Finding Courage in 100 Days

When life throws you that unexpected curve, it takes bravery to hit it out of the park! Cheryl Hale knows that first hand and today we discuss her small but powerful book, Girl Be Brave: 100 Days to Chart Your Course.

We share the dangers of perfectionism, the pitfalls of overplanning, and taking your future into account with the choices you make today. Cheryl also shares how she overcame her fears and negative selftalk to walk more in love, empathy, and compassion.

About Cheryl Hale

Cheryl Hale is an entrepreneur–an author, writer, blogger, and founder of Girl Be Brave, an online community at GirlBeBrave.com. Cheryl’s book makes for a beautiful last minute Christmas gift or a treat for yourself!

 

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Inspirational, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Spirituality

SEP 22: Letting Go of Nothing with Peter Russell

Relax Your Mind  & Discover the Wonder of Your True Nature

Letting Go of Nothing is packed full of real world wisdom and empowering practices. Today, Peter Russell shares some of his approaches to help us release thoughts and feelings that block happiness, impede growth, and hinder self-acceptance.

We discuss why there is no such thing as ego. The difference between emotions and feelings. How imagination can get in the way of happiness. And why Peter says “Think of letting go as, not another thing to do, but as an un-doing of holding on.”

About Peter Russell

Peter Russell is an author, speaker, and thought leader on consciousness and contemporary spirituality. He has degrees in theoretical physics and psychology, a masters in computer science, and extensive studies in meditation and eastern philosophy. Peter Russell has  authored 12 books. His latest Letting Go of Nothing: Relax Your Mind and Discover the Wonder of Your True Nature is a special Eckhart Tolle Edition.

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Non Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help

JUN 29: Swagger with Leslie Ehm

Unleash Everything You Are and Become Everything You Want

Leslie Ehm has a powerful message for anyone who’s ever felt that exposing their messy, vulnerable, true human self would sabotage their success.

We discuss Leslie Ehm’s definition of Swagger (it’s not in the dictionary) and what she means by authentic and the real you. Why we should focus less on ambition, and more on being in our place of excellence. Why intention is everything. Swagger blockers – including pain, fear, insecurity – and how we can work around them.  And if you want to calculate your own Swagger, download a free Swagger Assessment.

About Leslie Ehm

Former TV host and advertising creative director turned training guru, Leslie Ehm, is the author of Swagger: Unleash Everything You Are and Become Everything You Want – a #1 Amazon Bestseller. For more than a decade, she’s traveled the globe working with executives and teams from F100 companies including Google, Disney, and Pepsico. Ehm has turned technologists into creative forces, bankers into storytellers, and brings a serious dose of Swagger to boardrooms everywhere.

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