Personal Development

Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Self-help

OCT 30: Reclaim Your Body Now & Be A Force for Change with Fierce Kindness

An insult at the age of 11 can stay with you forever, much as a scar from a car wreck, or other tragedy that marks you physically. Suzanne Scurlock-Durana has discovered a way to reconnect to your body’s intrinsic wisdom and begin the healing process from within in Reclaiming Your Body: Healing from Trauma and Awakening to Your Body’s Wisdom.

After decades of perfecting her methods of awakening the body’s innate wisdom, Suzanne created the comprehensive Healing From the Core training curriculum in 1994. Today it includes a robust selection of international workshops, webinars, speaking engagements and audio programs.

When was the last time you shone a little light in the world while simultaneously making your own life better?

In Fierce Kindness: Be A Positive Force for Change, Melanie Salvatore-August provides an easy to follow recipe to combine compassion and courage into an elixir of uplifting action.

Melanie is an experienced life coach, yoga teacher, and Reiki healer who travels the country, speaking about creating a movement of positivity.

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Memoir, Personal Development, Self-help, Writers on Writing

OCT 23: A Life in Novels with Kathleen Hill & Life is a Musical with Tim Ferdele

When books come to you at the just the right time, they can change your life. Kathleen Hill’s new memoir, She Read to Us in the Late Afternoons: A Life in Novels, explores defining moments of a life illuminated by novels.

Kathleen is a noted author who teaches in the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College.  Her first two books have received critical acclaim and her stories have appeared in numerous collections.

Everything Tim Federle knows about life he learned from doing theater – think Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff with Jazz Hands. Life is Like a Musical: How to Live, Love, and Lead Like a Star is designed for anyone who wants to find and live by their own song, whatever that means to them.

Tim is a Broadway dancer-turned-author who won awards for his Young Adult books and pun-tastic cocktail novels, and works with Fox Animation in developing new projects.

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Business, Personal Development

OCT 16: Entrepreneurial You & The Art of Connection

The key to entrepreneurial success is achieving professional independence.  In Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive, returning guest Dorie Clark uses real-life examples from entrepreneurs of all kinds, as well as her own experiences building her profitable consulting business.

Dorie is a marketing strategy consultant and professional speaker, working with a diverse range of clients, including Google, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, the Ford Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Yale University.

Every successful business leader has one thing in common: strong  interpersonal communication skills.  In The Art of Connection: 7 Relationship-Building Skills Every Leader Needs Now, keynote speaker and New York Times Bestselling author Michael Gelb provides seven methods to improving your rapport with those in your professional and personal lives.

Michael is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, executive coaching, and innovative leadership.  He brings than 30 years of experience as a professional speaker, seminar leader and executive coach to his diverse, international clientele.

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Journalism, Personal Development, Social Issues

Sep 18: Helene Segura Returns & Nomadland

National Procrastination Day is September 6th … shoot, we put this off by almost two weeks! Nevertheless, Helene Segura MA Ed returns to Conversations Live to help you reevaluate the way you prioritize your time — so no more putting off the things that are most important to you.

Helene is a time management consultant who combines neuroscience, educational psychology, and pop culture to teach clients and keynote/training audiences how to improve work-day efficiencies so they can have a life outside.  Her book is The Inefficiency Assassin.

You might dream about loading up an RV and living a road warrior’s life when you retire, but for some, van-dwelling is their last option.  Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century documents the stories of itinerant citizens who gave up traditional lifestyles to travel from short-term job-to-job, trying simply to survive.

Award-winning journalist Jessica Bruder spent months living in a camper to witness firsthand the “Workamper” lifestyle.  Jessica has taught at Columbia Journalism School for nearly a decade, and been published in numerous periodicals and newspapers.

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Inspirational, Personal Development, Self-help

Sep 11: Big Love & Two Minute Mornings

Scott Stabile parents were murdered when he was 14 years old. His brother died of a heroin overdose when he was 23. Rudderless, Scott found temporary refuge in a cult that dominated his life for 13 years, until he knew he had to escape.

Scott shares his journey in Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart.  A frequent Huffington Post contributor, Scott has a huge social media following for his inspirational posts and videos, and conducts personal empowerment workshops around the globe.  Scott will be appearing at Third Place Book in Lake Forest on October 4, at 7PM.

Can you “win” your day, overcoming adversity before it even begins, in just two minutes every morning

NYT bestseller Neil Pasricha lays out the strategy to jump starting each day with a positive impact in Two Minute Mornings: A Journal to Win Your Day Every Day.  Neil is a Harvard MBA and is the Director of the Institute for Global Happiness, and has one of the most watched Ted Talks of all time.

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Personal Development

Aug 21: ABC’s Dan Harris & Live An Authentic Life

Award-winning ABC anchor Dan Harris has covered wars and presidential campaigns, investigated human traffickers, and even been chased by wild elephants. But those professional challenges paled in comparison to a personal challenge: taming the voice in his head.

He explores his journey in his book 10% Happier:How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works—A True Story.  

Meriweather Group CEO and founder David Howitt demonstrates the power of ‘And’ in  Heed Your Call: Integrating Myth, Science, Spirituality and Businessproving life does not have to be an either/or affair, encouraging us to integrate our inner musician and computer programmer, our inner poet and scientist.

David is an accomplished entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience providing business strategy and brand counsel to startups and Fortune 100 companies.

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Inspirational, Personal Development, Writers on Writing

Aug 14: Insight Into Self-Awareness & Our Story Begins

Ninety-five percent of people believe they are self-aware, but approximately 10-15% actually are.  INSIGHT: Why We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and In Life  explores the most common misconceptions about how to become more self-aware and focuses on how to make better career, love, and life choices through understanding our own values, aspirations, and impact on others.

Author Dr. Tascha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author.

Each of our stories finds its foundation in the honest and vulnerable years of our childhood.  Many of our thoughts and inspirations from those times are long since lost or forgotten, but for some, they remain a cherished look back at the shaping of our current and future selves.

In Our Story Begins: Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators Share Fun, Inspiring, and Occasionally Ridiculous Things They Wrote and Drew as Kids, compiled by award-winning author Elissa Brent Weissman, we get a firsthand glimpse at the quirky and smart early drawings and writings of some of today’s  foremost children’s authors, revealing the evidence of their nascent talent in their most formative years.

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Fiction, Personal Development, Writers on Writing

Jul 10: Lies and Other Acts of Love & Smarter Faster Better

Returning guest Kristy Woodson Harvey’s new book Lies and Other Acts of Love is a moving examination of the lies we tell to protect our loved ones — and the life-altering consequences of a hidden truth revealed.

It’s not about doing more — it’s about understanding human behavior and creating space to enjoy more. Pulitzer-Prize Winner, New York Times investigative journalist, and author Charles Duhigg joins us for the 3rd time — this time with his new book: Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business.

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Personal Development

May 15: F*ck Love 2 & The Worry-Free Mind

F*ck Love: One Shrink’s Sensible Advice for Finding a Lasting Relationship is not a typical relationship book.

As the authors say, it “might not help you find the person of your dreams, but it will provide you the roadmap to avoiding the kind of nightmare relationships that probably caused you to buy books like this in the first place.” Sarah Bennett uses her professional sense of humor as a comic, to ground the real-life advice of her psychiatrist dad and coauthor Michael Bennett, MD.

At 3:30 am the hamster wheel in your head is going 90 mph. You toss. You turn. And finally your alarm clock goes off and you face another exhausting day, only to repeat the cycle over and over. again. But life can be different!

Pyschotherapist Bill Wade shares some of the powerful tools from The Worry Free Mind: Train Your Brain, Calm the Stress Spin Cycle, and Discover a Happier, More Productive YouDr. Wade is licensed as a professional counselor, and marriage and family therapist, and has maintained a therapy practice for more than 30 years. Both he and his coauthor, Carol Kershaw EdD, have presented workshops throughout the United States and abroad in clinical hypnosis, brain-based transformation, and meditation.

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Journalism, Memoir, Personal Development

Apr 24: Vegetarian’s Guide to Eating Meat & Learning to Live Your Happy

What? That’s right,  A Vegetarian’s Guide to Eating Meat. Growing up in a household of food-loving Italian-Americans, Marissa Landrigan was always the black sheep, and barely knew how to boil water.

But at college, buoyed by animal rights activism and a feminist urge to avoid the kitchen, Marissa transformed into a hardcore vegan activist, complete with shaved head. So what happened?

A search for ethical food — part memoir, part journalism, all Marissa Landrigan. Join us to find out more, with this self-described “writer, professor, all around nerd”.

Also today, happiness is … well, we all know that sentence can end a thousand different ways.  For those who tend to dwell in the somber valleys of unhappiness, climbing the hill to happiness can be a lot of work.

Maria Felipe struggled to make that trek, but with a little soul searching, she got the “cuckoo voice of the ego” out of her way.  She shares her journey in Live Your Happy: Get Out of Your Own Way and Find the Love Within.

After experiencing success as a model, actress, and host of TV shows for the World Wrestling Federation, Maria followed her true calling and became a reverend.

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