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The Twin Cities Wellness Collective™ Podcast will conduct weekly interviews with entrepreneurs, local experts, and those who have transformed their personal well-being to share their stories and help others in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and beyond live higher quality lives. Our primary goal is to provide our listeners with actionable advice that they can implement into their own life and improve their personal well-being. This fits into the culture of reciprocity that is central to our group. We believe that a willingness to help others find success will bring about our own. If you are interested in improving your well-being, while helping others enhance their quality of life, please join as a member of this group. You can find more information at tcwellnesscollective.com. Thanks for listening and I look forward to joining you to help make our city and beyond more well.

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The Twin Cities Wellness Collective™ Podcast will conduct weekly interviews with entrepreneurs, local experts, and those who have transformed their personal well-being to share their stories and help others in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and beyond live higher quality lives. Our primary goal is to provide our listeners with actionable advice that they can implement into their own life and improve their personal well-being. This fits into the culture of reciprocity that is central to our group. We believe that a willingness to help others find success will bring about our own. If you are interested in improving your well-being, while helping others enhance their quality of life, please join as a member of this group. You can find more information at tcwellnesscollective.com. Thanks for listening and I look forward to joining you to help make our city and beyond more well.

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By carrabre - Feb 12 2020
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Love the twin cities wellness collective & the mission to ignite human wel-being! Alex is a world class guy - much respect for him & his work!!

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By Super108mpls - Jan 12 2019
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Super informative and a fantastic way to connect with the Twin Cities wellness community.

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34 Ratings
Average Ratings
32
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LOVE

By carrabre - Feb 12 2020
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Love the twin cities wellness collective & the mission to ignite human wel-being! Alex is a world class guy - much respect for him & his work!!

Hello!

By Super108mpls - Jan 12 2019
Read more
Super informative and a fantastic way to connect with the Twin Cities wellness community.
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The Twin Cities Wellness Collective™ Podcast

Latest release on Oct 19, 2020

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The Twin Cities Wellness Collective™ Podcast will conduct weekly interviews with entrepreneurs, local experts, and those who have transformed their personal well-being to share their stories and help others in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and beyond live higher quality lives. Our primary goal is to provide our listeners with actionable advice that they can implement into their own life and improve their personal well-being. This fits into the culture of reciprocity that is central to our group. We believe that a willingness to help others find success will bring about our own. If you are interested in improving your well-being, while helping others enhance their quality of life, please join as a member of this group. You can find more information at tcwellnesscollective.com. Thanks for listening and I look forward to joining you to help make our city and beyond more well.

Rank #1: Episode #050: The JOY-Effect: Higher Consciousness Creates Higher Profitability with Nancy Clairmont Carr

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Nancy Clairmont Carr is a transformation expert, #1 bestselling author, speaker and energy practitioner, founder of The Joy-Effect, a master transformation coach who helps achievers optimize their business and lifestyles.


In this episode, Nancy shares how her strategy empowers business owners to develop higher consciousness to access higher intuition, infinite intelligence, and optimal real-time solutions. Learn how you can transform your mindset, eliminate fears, limiting beliefs and create exponential, optimal transformation with least effort and highest success.
“I focus on developing a prosperity mindset for business owners because when that happens, you think about things differently in all areas of your life not just numbers.” - Nancy Clairmont Carr

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 • Free 20 Minute Consultation with Nancy Clairmont Carr, please fill out this form https://www.nancyclairmontcarr.com/contact/

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• Download Nancy Clairmont Carr's eBook, Being Aligned. This complimentary self-care e-book shares strategies to optimize health, alignment, and begin to develop higher consciousness: https://www.nancyclairmontcarr.com/transformation-path/publications/#ten-ideas-to-create


Timestamps:

03:20 — Nancy shares what ‘higher consciousness’ is and its importance

06:30 — Her inspiration to help business owners to achieve and unlock their higher consciousness and the process she uses to do so

10:20 — The obstacles she sees with her clients in terms of increasing their profitability and enhancing their well being in whole body health

17:25 — The value of energy coaching in business owners and how can you benefit from it

21:15 — Strategies that business owners can implement to help enhance their employee's well-being

28:40 — The definition of intuition and how can we benefit understanding this intuitive feeling 

31:50 — 3 strategies to anchor yourself to achieve higher consciousness on a daily basis

36:45 — Nancy shares success stories from her clients

40:45 — What Nancy does to enhance her personal well being and her routine every day to maintain high performance

51:36 — What well-being means to Nancy: “Stay in alignment. Continue to increase consciousness and help others do the same.”

Mar 28 2019

54mins

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Rank #2: Episode #053: The Champion’s Way: Adopting a Championship Culture in Your Life with Ben Utecht

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Ben Utecht has always chased his dreams, finding his way from a small river town in Minnesota to a Super Bowl championship field. He has established himself as a prominent corporate and motivational speaker in the areas of leadership and culture. Both of his programs, The Champion’s Way™, and The MVP Program™ stem from lessons he learned in the locker room with Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy and in the huddle with future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. Both programs illuminate dynamic ways to succeed in business and life.

In this episode, Ben talks about adopting a championship culture in your personal and professional life. He shares the importance of living a life rooted in love, respect, and valuing others.

 “When I say love and respect, I'm talking about value. How do you value the people that you work with and how do you show them that they are significant.”

- Ben Utecht


Time Stamps:

02:13 - What inspired Ben to work as an advocate for brain health, the story of his struggle with concussions and the positive life-transformation it brought

06:22 - How mindset and attitude contribute to seizing every moment

14:06 - Ben's why

16:20 - His life away from football and the relevance he makes to his own and other people's lives

19:15 - The idea of a championship culture, how culture defines an organization

23:03 - Ben digs deeper into culture and engagement in an organization

24:55 - The belief system in relation to culture

28:00 - The champion's four pillars of belief 

34:36 -Cultivating a culture of love and respect in an organization

36:44 - Ben, as a husband and father

42:34 - Wellbeing according to Ben: "The idea of being at peace. To be able to structure your life in a way that no matter the highs and the lows, you're going to be able to take a step back and look at the good things that you have and find peace and joy."

Key Takeaways:

“There are still people and organizations across the United States that won't raise their hand in a meeting to ask a question because they feel insecure. Imagine if we could just create an environment where all questions are celebrated, how much more clarity would come out of that type of working environment? - Ben Utecht

“If you lead with fear just to get the bottom line where it needs to be, that will fall apart and you're going to have a lot of turnover that you have to deal with every year in that organization. Sustainability comes through value.” - Ben Utecht

“As a parent, I believe you have to lead with intentionality, especially because my life is surrounded by the beautiful women that I have, my wife and my four daughters. It's very important that I'm intentionally pursuing them every day.”- Ben Utecht

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May 01 2019

45mins

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Rank #3: #077: Cultural Strategies: Creating Great Leaders and Teams by Focusing on Strengths with Margaret Ricci

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Margaret Ricci and I discuss how harnessing strengths creates more effective teams and leaders.

Margaret's Bio: I understand and turn around under-performing leadership teams. I also help put together your best teams, starting at the executive level and beyond. When the right leaders are in the right seats, each using their innate talents and harnessing their team’s talents, the company succeeds on all metrics.

As the first triple-qualified Gallup Coach, the first Gallup Builder Profile 10 (BP10) Coach in the 4-State Area, and one of only 300 BP10 Coaches worldwide, I help leadership teams excel. Qualified as a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Gallup Q12 Employee Engagement Champion and Gallup BP10 Coach, I use insights from Gallup’s suite of powerful tools and my own business experience as a C-Suite and middle management executive to help leaders create successful companies with engaged employees.

I initially discovered my passion for teaching, coaching and consulting through Gallup’s CliftonStrengths and other assessments in the midst of an industry-event layoff. I’d been in the architectural and engineering industry as a Contracts Administrator, responsible for creating, negotiating and administering contracts for projects from $5,000 to $1.6B for over 30 years and was the COO of an international toy company. What was I really wired to do? During my discovery process, I found that my passion lay in creating super-powered teams by teaching them to use the unique, innate abilities within each member and harnessing these abilities toward greater success, but also in getting the dysfunction out of these teams. 

Now with Gallup’s BP10 assessment and Lencioni’s Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team in my toolkit, my current coaching focus is helping leadership teams work together more effectively to power their companies toward success and create strong cultures with employee engagement. So many employees suffer under leaders who are also miserable because they are in the wrong leadership seats. When leadership teams are well-aligned within their strengths, the organization thrives, the culture is positive and employees are engaged. Strengths-based organizations have been proven to build high-performing cultures, excelling beyond normal business outcomes.

I was also selected to establish the Twin Cities Chapter of the COO Forum. The COO Forum was an important source of peer support when I was a COO of an international toy company, I am delighted to head the new Chapter in Minneapolis / St. Paul. 

Jan 20 2020

44mins

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Rank #4: Episode #041:Powered on Well: The Secret of the Mindful Wellness with Taren Weyer

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Taren Weyer, the founder of Powered on Well and a mother of two, wears multiple hats and holds her “I Can and I Will” philosophy close to her heart.  Her passion is fuelled by her family, her ability to see change occur in others. She is a certified Health Coach and Youth Fitness Specialist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.

In this episode,Taren shares her  programs and events that provide youth and adult with a sense of self and the power to enjoy their best life by challenging one’s mindset, offering new ways to think, and providing a safe space to achieve goals she helps create momentum  for success and empowerment to achieve something bigger. Learn more from Taren, hear her humor, see her inspiring, light-hearted, and bright personality that makes her a powerful influencer in the wellness world.


“When you conquer negative self-talk, your self-esteem improves. You’ll gain more self-confidence and you also feel more optimistic about challenges and obstacles. ”

- Taren Weyer


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Timestamps:

01:52  — Taren shares what Powered on Well is all about and how their workshops help the corporate culture to have sustainable and everlasting change

02:50  — She takes us to the humble beginnings that inspired her to help others their well-being

05:02 — The key role of “mindset” in aiding and enhancing the welfare of a person

11:02 — How do corporate employees handle the roadblocks in their way 

12:30 — What are the measures that can be made by the employers to help improve the wellness of employees thru Powered on Well

15:12 — Taren talks about the success stories made by this program and how she gradually change and motivate to be victorious in the end

17:05 — How Powered on Well programs works wonder to youths to have a better understanding with themselves.

19:00 —  How being the “Right Role Model” to your kids have a huge impact on the balance to their life

21:00  — How can school and parents work hand in hand to help improve wellness to kids

23:35  — The 3 things she learned over time that helps her business to grow

24:44  — The one thing Taren do every day to help foster her well-being

Jan 17 2019

31mins

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Rank #5: Episode #075: Understanding Different Personality Types to Enhance our Empathy and Grow our Sales with Michelle LaFrance

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On the 75th episode of the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™ Podcast, I am joined by Michelle LaFrance, Certified BANKCODE Trainer. Michelle discusses the four personality types and the importance of understanding each of them, so we can build better relationships and effectively communicate how our product or service can be of value to them.

My Top 3 Takeaways: 

  • How to communicate the value you bring to different personalities
  • How to grow our compassion for people different from ourselves
  • Utilizing empathy to connect on a deeper level


Links From the Episode:
Crack Your Own Personality Code
Michelle's LinkedIn Profile
Smarty Pants Web Marketing Website

Dec 09 2019

49mins

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Rank #6: Episode #051: Getting to the Bottom of What’s Really Going on with Your Health with Dr. Tom Pastor

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Dr. Tom Pastor is a Doctor of Chiropractic who focuses on helping proactive people understand what’s going on with their health so that they can take appropriate action and feel better.

In this episode, Tom shares his area of expertise, how he stands out as a chiropractor, how he gets to the bottom of what's really going on to his patient's health by building meaningful relationships with them, how value of building trust with his patients serves as a key factor in helping them to reach their health goals and lessons he has learned on his entrepreneurial journey.

“Chiropractors are in this extremely unique situation of being a primary care physicians. Their primary means of caring for people is physical touch.”

- Dr. Tom Pastor

Timestamps:

01:40 — Overview of his Chiropractic practice, its importance and benefits
02:15 — His area of expertise focuses on behavior, it’s a significant component and how he builds relationships with his patients
05:30 — How reading people’s body language and the power of expressing oneself can help ease emotions, physical pain, and body postures 
13:10 — The value of building trust with his patients as a key factor in helping them to reach their health goals, the importance of having a regular wellness care plan to address their well-being
15:40 — His inspiration to start a Chiropractic practice
17:45 — What are the two things that people can do to help better their well-being and be in control
20:38 — How a ‘Power Pose’ helps him in his day to day activity and what has worked well for him as he builds his business
23:19 — Creating balance and boundaries: factors he integrates to have balance in his work and business
27:50 — Dr. Tom’s valuable advice to business owners: “Don’t do it alone.”
31:30 — His habits and self-care that he daily implements that have a huge impact as an entrepreneur
37:40 — The message of Dr. Tom regarding well-being “To me well-being means having what you need to live the life that you want that you choose to live.”

Key Takeaways

“The first thing that they want to address is the physical pain that their in or whatever physical symptoms they have. Discussing where they at, what are they struggling with and where they want to go ultimately.”- Dr. Tom Pastor

“You can kinda make yourself happy by smiling more. You can make yourself angry by having more of a micro-expression, and you can make yourself confident, physiologically speaking by taking up more space.”- Dr. Tom Pastor

“Anxiety and depression and other things like that it becomes extremely prevalent in our culture today. And a lot of it does come from holding those low body position all day.”- Dr. Tom Pastor



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Apr 11 2019

41mins

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Rank #7: Episode #057: Exceptional Wellness, Caring for Oneself and Others with Annie Meehan

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Annie Meehan is known as the Exceptional Life Expert. She is a high-performance leadership speaker, trainer, consultant, and author. What sets her apart from other speakers is her light, authentic, humorous, and relatable presence that awakens her audience to action.

In this episode, Annie shares how she helps others achieve exceptional results and exceed their goals by developing a new mindset, confidence, perspective, attitude, and action steps toward positive change. She also tackles why personal stories are meant to be shared, and the importance of caring for yourself first, filling your cup first so you can help, serve, and empower others better.  

“We have a choice to be positive because people don't live by chance or circumstance. We live by choice every day, not controlling others and how they react, but controlling ourselves and how we choose to interact with all that we walk past each day. ” 

- Annie Meehan

Important Link: Get Annie's books, be inspired and achieve an Exceptional life. Visit https://www.amazon.com/s?k=annie+meehan

Timestamps:

03:00 — Annie’s journey to becoming the ‘female version’ of Tony Robbins

09:42 — The power of using her personal story helped her get cut through and relatability for people to be inspired to 'lean, listen and take action

10:42 — The 4D’s in every decision and how this impacts people’s mindset, How painting a picture of the ‘good and bad’ scenarios helps others overcome their fears

14:53 —  The stories behind the books she has written

22:13 —  The power of rewriting your own story in your mind to help you shift your mindset and overcome challenges

24:15 — Why personal stories are meant to be shared: sharing stories for the lessons to inspire

30:41 —  How integrating humor in your belief cards can help you improve confidence and mindset making you a real person

38:03 —  How rejection can help you develop your tenacity as a business owner, and why being prepared for rejection will pave your way to success

42:35 —  How Annie integrates work in her life and  why she chooses to fill her cup first before helping and serving others

47:22 —  Being the next Oprah by 2020, Annie’s next big dream

Key Takeaways

“There's always good in every situation. Even the challenging and scary ones.” - Annie Meehan

“Dream big, dream really big, dream unrealistically. And then climb that and celebrate every step of the way. Celebrate the little steps. Set yourself up to succeed one step at a time every week.” - Annie Meehan

"We have a choice to be positive because people don't live by chance or circumstance. We live by choice every day, not controlling others and how they react, but controlling ourselves and how we choose to interact with all that we walk past each day."- Annie Meehan

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May 30 2019

57mins

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Rank #8: Episode #043: How to Get More High-Quality Connections on LinkedIn with Jess Tiffany

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Jess Tiffany is a dynamic LinkedIn Educator, Business Owner, Networker, Keynote Speaker, Growth Hacker, Husband and Father of Four. He is the CEO of the Marketing and Networking University, an online business education marketplace and its sister company M.N.U. Digital. The Marketing and Networking University is a place where business experts can share their knowledge and create additional revenue streams. He is also the #1 International Best Selling Author of (Growth Hacking: Strategically Grow Your Business Connections from Zero to 10K in 365 Days). Jess couples the power of education with the actionable execution. His focus is to connect and share his passion for growing people, revenue and leads. 

In this episode, Jess talks about LinkedIn hacks that you can use to expand your business and get more quality connections, leading to sales. He said that you need to have a business plan, choose your niche and proactively connect with your ideal client. Jess put emphasis on building the relationship first by asking more of how can you help before actually selling to your network. Find out more about the messages you can send when you have connections and learn about LinkedIn sheets that you can use to make those sales.


"People buy things from people they trust and so you need to figure out how to build that trust. And for me, the most successful one has been Linkedin by far and been able to network with some amazing people. " - Jess Tiffany

Time Stamps:

1:39 -  Alex talks about the dynamic client attraction program that Jess created

4:40 -  Here is a tip that you can use to network using a feature of LinkedIn and Bluetooth during a conference 

6:30 -  How building a relationship first is vital before selling your products.

7:12 -  Who is your ideal client? What about your business plan? Jess shares the things you need to do to grow your LinkedIn network

10:56 -  What do you do with the connections you have and convert it to sales? Here are the things you need to do

12:02 -  From relationship to Referrals - how can it grow your business?

15:11 -  How do you know what content to use for you and your connections? Here's a list of references for your content and give value to your target audience.

17:52 -  Tips on using LinkedIn to find your high paying clients, what you need to do to drive your connections from Facebook or Instagram to connect on LinkedIn.

21:34 -  Build your email list using the information from your LinkedIn connections

25:10 -  After your dream client connects with you on LinkedIn what are the steps you need to do to turn it into sales?

28:26 -  Jess talks about his book and the three things you need to do to optimize your LinkedIn profile including using a professional photo. 

35:32 -  Jess shares insider tips on how LinkedIn works and how you can take advantage of it

39:57 -  Jess share practical tips for new entrepreneurs to grow their business and become successful including asking help from qualified professionals

45:46 -  Here is a story of LinkedIn success that can be yours also

48:43 -  Jess talks about the lessons he learned and the mistakes he wants you to avoid in business, health and personal life

55:55 -  The most significant piece of wellbeing is your mind and this is how Jess deals with it and the questions you need to ask.

Feb 07 2019

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Rank #9: Episode #074: How to be More Well Beginning Today by Implementing Small Changes with Terri Mattson

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On episode 74 of the Twin Cities Wellness Collective™ Podcast, I interview Terri Mattson, Owner of Beginning Today Lifestyle Wellness, to discuss her mission to help bolster the wellness of others in our community. 

My Top 3 Takeaways from this Episode:

  1. Start by making small changes and growing from there
  2. Celebrate your successes when you hit a goal
  3. Integrating accountability into your journey towards heightened well-being


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Dec 02 2019

39mins

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Rank #10: Episode #044: Body Knowledge: Measure What Matters with Will Dahlgren

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Will Dahlgren is the Founder and Chief Body Composition Officer at Body Knowledge, a company which provides mobile, non-invasive, accurate body composition testing. His company allows fitness and wellness facilities to keep up with the current trends by providing data in regard to water, muscle, and fat to their clientele while increasing cash flow into the business.

Before venturing into his own, he used to work with Oracle as an Application Sales Specialist and eventually retired from there to start his business. But before this stint, he was first connected with InBody, whereby, he got the device he mainly uses in his business.

In this episode, Will talks about his company Body Knowledge and how it aims to be part of the growing digital health movement that provides a tailored wellness solution for small to medium sized employee wellness programs.Will also debunked the belief that weightloss is all about the concept of losing body fat and gaining muscles. He tackled that there is more to weight loss than what we were made to believe.

“(on well-being) It is about being in an optimal state where you have a sound mind, sound body and sound spirit, where everything is optimized so that you feel good about yourself.”- Will Dahlgren


Time Stamps:

02:23 -  Will introducing himself and the unique wellness business he has as well as sharing noteworthy information about the device he uses in his business

03:57 -  Who uses the InBody device and what benefits can be derived from it

06:02 -  Gap in the market and old view about weight loss: Will's inspiration to bring awareness to Inbody device's necessity for people to look at health beyond just their weight

07:11 -  InBody device: What does it do and how to benefit from it

08:17 -  How  the use of InBody device’s result  translates to setting goals

10:37 -  What are InBody device results' positive contribution to gym trainers in terms of weaving helpful programs for clients

12:06 -  Why losing weight is not always good and why it's important to know your body composition

15:37 -  How does Will tie in InBody device's results in educating clients on how to better lose weight 

18:55 -  Take it from Will: Don't confuse losing weight to losing body fat and gaining muscle

22:56 -  Success stories brought about by  making full use of InBody device's results 

31:36 -  How does he manage to balance work and life?

34:35 -  Be clear about your core values and have an easy to convey value proposition: Will's two cents' worth to up and coming entrepreneurs

42:38 -  What does wellbeing means to Will, why it is important to optimize the state of one's wellbeing

Feb 14 2019

46mins

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Rank #11: Episode #046: Improve Your Health and your Life through Flotation Therapy with Tim Worsham

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Imagine being free from aches and pains. Imagine feeling calm, relaxed, ready to enjoy your day and accomplish your best you.

Tim Worsham is the founder of Float Scents and also the Assistant Director of The Wellness Center in Minneapolis.

In this episode, Tim shares how he was introduced to Float Tanks five years ago. And how he is now heading the integration of Float Scents to Float Tanks that aims to provide total relaxation of the mind and body. Learn from him as he tackles how to release tension, ease pains and stress, enhance one's capability, creativity and learning through floatation therapy.
“The idea behind training in the Float Tanks is basically muscle memory for the brain. The more often you float and you get into that flow state the easier it is for you to get into it when your performing.”

—  Tim Worsham
Timestamps:

01:45 — Tim shares what Float Tanks are all about

02:30 — How Tim gets himself hooked into Float Tanks and how he was impressed with the simplicity of floating, its modality, health and mental benefits.

08:12 — The difference of using float theraphy for recovery versus exploration and what sort of performance you can do inside the tanks

13:15 — He explains what Float Scents is and what’s the connection with Float Tanks, its variety and the effects that they do

19:02 — Success stories of people using Float Tank and how it helps their life change

20:30 — Some integration program he added to benefit people more on using Float Tanks , the orientation, they give to people when they first try floating

29:25 — Tim's comparison between Float Tanks and his writings

31:15 — The things that Tim creates to impact his well-being

34:43 — The message of Tim regarding well-being “I always come back to the word contentment, it’s one of those words you can take with you in any situation.”

Feb 28 2019

37mins

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Rank #12: Episode #054: Peak Mind: Build Psychological Strength and Transform the Way You Live Life with April Seifert and Ashley Smith

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Ashley Smith is a licensed clinical psychologist and has spent the past 10 plus years specializing in treating anxiety and related disorders using an evidenced-based treatment called cognitive behavioral therapy. She has dedicated her career to helping people understand how their brains work and teaching them effective strategies for reducing anxiety and depression and ultimately leading meaningful and happy lives.

April Seifert, on the other hand, is a psychologist, entrepreneur, and life design strategist. Growing up, her life was not easy. She lost her dad to cancer when she was very young. Shortly after that, she became temporarily blind and paralyzed, which ultimately landed her with the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Because of these two life events, she became intimately aware of how short life is and how quickly it can all be taken away. It brought vowed to take responsibility for creating her own joy, contentment, excitement, and fulfillment in her life. 

In this episode, April And Ashley share their expertise in the field of Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Psychology, and life design. They also talk about their mission to equip people with the information and tools they need to maximize their psychological strength and live their best life.

“Psychological strength is an empowered state of resilience and it encompasses the mindset, the qualities and the skills that people need, not only to overcome obstacles but also to really flourish and thrive.” 

- Ashley Smith and April Seifert


Time Stamps:

 05:58 - What is Psychological Strength and why it is important

06:43 - April and Ashley's inspiration to start Peak Mind

13:07 - How they help others build psychological strength

19:01 - How to overcome anxiety

25:26 - What Peak Mind Membership is all about

28:02 - Seizing every moment, taking control of your life, building a better mindset and life design

37:11 - Why self-care is important and how to better care for yourself

44:37 - How to achieve a more positive and more loving mindset

49:30 - Employing psychological strength in times of adversity

56:23 - Success stories of overcoming anxieties

01:01:36 - April and Ashley's everyday wellness routine

01:08:55 - What wellbeing is to them


Key Takeaways:

"Psychological strength is  really just focusing on this present moment without judgment."  - Ashley Smith

"Wellbeing encompasses what we typically think of as happiness, but also achievement and meaning and purpose." - Ashley Smith

"Wellbeing is being the best version of myself that I can be, and having my days look and feel as close to the ideal that I want them to feel." -April Seifert 


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May 09 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #13: Episode #045: Improve Life and Work Satisfaction through Relaxation Training with Beth Freschi

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Beth Freschi is a relaxation and life coach, founder of A Time for Expression, LLC, a center specializing in Relaxation Training, Life Coaching, Stress Management, Experiential Speaking, and Guided Relaxation.

She works with colleges and universities, artists, high-risk professions, as well as individuals, to help them learn to relax, explore possibilities, sleep better, manage stress, and experience more personal and professional satisfaction in their lives.

In this episode, Beth shares how she helps people relax, explore possibilities, manage stress and experience more personal and professional satisfaction in their lives.  Learn her relaxation techniques you can use on the fly to manage your stress and renew your energy and vitality.
“What relaxation does for you is it helps refill your well.”
— Beth Freschi
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  • If you are an artist or lover of the arts and are interested in attending one of Beth Freschi’s Artist Salons, please email her at beth@atimeforexpression.com
  • You can listen to samples of Beth Freschi’s guided relaxation recordings and if you like them you can download MP3s right onto your phone of computer for a little stress break: https://www.atimeforexpression.com/recordings/

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Timestamps:

02:50 — The importance of relaxation training to peoples lives
04:30 — How she came about with her relaxation training techniques
07:10 — The obstacles people experience when feeling stress
11:25 — Benefits of relaxation to a person's well-being 
16:20 — How Beth's life coaching practice integrated into relaxation training practice
18:51 — How she helps her clients focus on determining the right direction
21:38 — Her advice to combat anxiety and stress
30:00 — Learn from her relaxation sample technique
39:09 — How she uses her relaxation techniques to her personal life 
42:50 — What is wellbeing means for Beth

Feb 21 2019

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Rank #14: Episode #052: LearningRx: Cognitive Skills Enhancement Programs For Children and Adults with Rich Frieder

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Rich Frieder is the owner of LearningRx, a center that provides cognitive skills training to empower every student to learn faster and easier. Rather than focusing on tutoring which simply reteaches information, LearningRx gets to the root issues causing the learning struggles.

In this episode, Rich shares why he opened LearningRx, the process they use to help others improve their learning ability, and the positive impact cognitive skills training has on others' lives.

“When there is an attention issue usually the attention issue isn’t the main issue it’s a symptom of other weaknesses.”

- Rich Frieder

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Timestamps:

01:50 — An overview of LearningRx, how it helps thousands of people experience the benefits of stronger cognitive performance 
03:10 — Cognitive Skills Enhancement Programs: types, effects and process 
08:45 — Range of individuals from kids to adults whom they are helping to cope with difficulty in reading, attention, motivation issues, memory strengthening, brain injuries, and skills enhancement 
13:48 — How their training program is customized according to the needs of the individuals with cognitive deficit 
18:50 — Metronome and mnemonics and its benefits
20:29 — His inspiration to start LearningRx
23:44 — The research behind LearningRx
26:40 — The habits that he implements daily to create balance in his well being: personal and as an entrepreneur
28:43 — Rich shares LearningRx success stories and how their lives changed since then
34:22 — The message of Rich regarding well-being “In my opinion it means wholeness. Being a whole person.”

Key Takeaways

“Typical tutoring or school intervention can help, but they are not strengthening the skills.”- Rich Frieder

“From a motivation perspective, if you have a child who has low skills in some of this areas what that means for the child is that getting through a typical school day takes a lot of mental effort.”- Rich Frieder

“To strengthen the skills you have to require the skill. To strengthen attention, we purposely distracting students and we’re helping them learn to train their brain to stay on task.”- Rich Frieder

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Apr 17 2019

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Rank #15: Episode #047: Strategies for Generating High-Quality Leads Through Social Media with Emmanuil Babkin

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Have you thought of putting a digital marketing strategy to grow your business?

Are you getting all the quality leads that you need?

Have you targeted the correct market for the service that you are offering?

In this episode, Emmanuil Babkin, shares how  the power of social media helped him grow his business and how this inspired him to start Nexus Marketing LLC, his own marketing services company. He also deep dive into why defining the target market is important, and how being where your target market hang out can drive success to your business.
“It’s important to be everywhere, be present everywhere, but you have to test where your audience is. Find out where your market is, and that's where you want to put your efforts towards.”

-Emmanuil Babkin


Timestamps:


03:31 – The marketing strategies that Emmanuil used to be placed on top hits of Google Image

04:58 – Why quality leads is important in marketing 

06:24 – Shares his conversation with Kris Lindahl on being that guy ‘that’s everywhere.’ 

08:00 – Where should you spend your digital marketing budget?

09:28 – On choosing your platform: Finding where your market is, it is where to put your efforts

15:06 – Emmanuil Babkin on “How we can add value without asking anything?” 

18:16 – Advantage of focusing on your superpowers, so no time is wasted  

21:03 – Significance of believing in the service that you provide 

23:58 – He shares the right prioritization and time management is the best way to structure your habits to balance your business and family together.

27:58 – Emmanuil’s message regarding well-being, “Well-being means to me being all around, working on yourself as a whole... being aware of other people around you.”

Mar 07 2019

31mins

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Rank #16: #076: Shift- Optimizing Productivity with Dr. Erik Reis

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I am joined by Dr. Erik Reis to discuss his company, Shift, and how to bolster productivity and employee engagement.

Dr. Erik's Bio: "Dr. Erik Reis is an international speaker and educator, with over 6 years of clinical experience as a Doctor of Chiropractic and board-certified Functional Neurologist, working with some of the most complex neurological and metabolic conditions throughout the world. He received his Doctorate in Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University and graduated from the University of Minnesota with his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science. He currently holds a diplomate in Functional Neurology from the American Chiropractic Neurology Board, an accredited agency within the American Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Reis believes the connection between optimal neurological function and nutritional status is essential to understanding how to fully maximize brain function and cognitive performance, which is why SHIFT takes a multifaceted approach to working with businesses and employees to optimize workplace productivity and employee engagement by implementing simple solutions and habits that integrate neuroscience, functional nutrition, mindfulness, and holistic coaching practices."

Website: http://www.shifttogreat.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drerikreis/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SHIFTToGreat/

Jan 07 2020

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Rank #17: Episode #055: StatusNow App: Freedom to Put Your Phone Away and Be Present with Susan Melnick

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Susan 'Susie' Melnick is an Edina mother to four busy kids, with a husband who travels for work and family that lives out of town.

In 2017, she found herself feeling like she couldn’t even go for a walk without her smartphone, in case someone who needed her called or texted. She knew then that something had to change. The StatusNow App was born to help people feel free to disconnect and be more present in their lives, while still ensuring that their responsibilities are covered. In 2018 she quit her job in operations for a consulting company to devote herself to developing the StatusNow app and give us all more control over our time and technology.

In this episode, Susie shares the creation story of the StatusNow app and how it will help others to be more present in their lives.


“Well-being is making good choices for yourself and enabling you to choose what you want to do.”
- Susie Melnick

Timestamps:

02:00 — An overview of the StatusNow app

05:25 — Susie's inspiration to develop the StatusNow app

07:05 — Why she thinks it is important to find ways to be disconnected and be present

09:44 — Success stories from users of the StatusNow app, Susie's testimonial on how it helped her

11:26 — Her advice on app creation

15:22 — Launching the app

20:15 — The future of the StatusNow app, where people can get it

22:30 —  How she integrates work and life using the app as a mom and entrepreneur

24:38 — Things Susie does every day to enhance her well-being

26:00 — Susie's definition of well-being, “I feel like it’s not necessarily doing something on your own, I feel like it’s making a choice that you got to do.”

Key Takeaways

“I understand we are not going back in the days where you rush home to check your answering machine but I do feel like there is a way to kind of something in between where things aren’t gonna happen so instantly and it’s okay.”- Susie Melnick

“The app is making it so I can be in a meeting and not feel like I’m missing a call from my child being sick.”- Susie Melnick

“I feel like the app is somewhere act like an assistant. It’s really telling people when you’ll be back or what to do or whose with your kid or updated current information.”- Susie Melnick

“Every single day, I do one thing that I want to do for myself. That might be something for somebody else but it’s my choice.” - Susie Melnick


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May 15 2019

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Rank #18: Episode #058: Stand-Up Comedy's Surprising Ability to Improve Well-Being with Lisa Evanson

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Lisa Evanson is a Minnesota native who's an advertising account manager by day, stand-up comedian by night. 

In this episode, we discuss how the art of stand-up comedy helps Lisa with both her personal and professional life, from networking to writing better emails, setting expectations, self-fulfillment, and everything in between. Even if you don't plan on taking to the stage, you'll hopefully walk away with a new lens on what life throws you---big or small.

“Be funny first, message second.”
- Lisa Evanson

Important Link: House of Comedy’s Funniest Person with a Day Job Final, June 4, 2019


Timestamps:

03:00 — Lisa’s journey pursuing a stand-up comedy career while having a fulltime day job

07:42  — Learn how Lisa juggles life as a career woman and as a stand-up comedy performer while staying intact in the zone, how being a stand-up performer became her life's outlet

14:45  — What she likes about the standup comedy scene in Minnesota?

16:20  —  How does she prepare for her stints, her inspiration for writing her materials

20:54 — "Do it and have a deadline.",  her best advice for somebody who wants to try  stand up comedy

24:05 — Comedy as a gateway to progress, how stand up improve Minnesota and people's lives offering a platform to talk about things that couldn't usually otherwise be addressed in a way that it needs to be. 

27:06 — When an act becomes a flop, what was it like? Why recording and auditing every stint helps her improve her craft

30:22 —  Experience Lisa’s performance: a clip of her stint

32:20 —  How does doing stand up impact her personal wellbeing?

37:41 — 'The 20 minutes of mindless behavior', why she forces herself to be mindless, how does this help her?

42:35 —  What does wellbeing mean to Lisa? Allowing yourself the same selflessness you usually give to others, which I think is important cause we usually feel selfish making time for ourselves. 


Key Takeaways

"I can't be the person I want to be for others and (I won’t) achieve the things I want to achieve unless I'm taking time for myself." - Lisa Evanson

"(on selfishly caring for your wellbeing) It's that downtime; it's the good eating, it's staying away from people so that I can recharge properly. So doing what you need to do to be the best version of yourself." - Lisa Evanson

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Jun 05 2019

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Rank #19: Episode #056:Finding Your Brilliance with Joan Steffend

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Joan Steffend has spent almost thirty years in the media, first as a national Emmy-winning news anchor and reporter at an NBC affiliate in Minneapolis-St Paul, and then as a top-rated national host on HGTV’s Decorating Cents (with White House Christmas, Rose Parade, & Dream Home specials). She has appeared on Oprah, Live with Regis and Kelly, and The Today Show.

Today, she is a published author. Her first book  And She Sparkled was published in 2010 and her latest, Peace In Peace Out, came out in Fall 2012. She is also co-founder of the non-profit organization, Peace Begins With Me (a small BIG peace project).

In this episode, Joan shares her gift for lifting people up by encouraging you to remember your own brilliance and consciously use it to shift the world. Learn the importance of remembering and embracing your authenticity so you can live a life of service and peace.

“To me, part of being peaceful is being who you are and not apologizing for it. Not feeling like you have to apologize for it and make excuses for it.”

- Joan Steffend

Timestamps:

02:53 — Joan take us back to her experiences as a TV host anchor

06:30 — Why she decided to change her career and shift to a different path

08:15 — What 'living a life of service' means to her

17:44 — How she learned to listen to her inner voice

24:10 — Her response to negative thoughts when it starts to kick in

28:45 — How her journey to 'seeking peace' became 'finding peace'

30:00 — Joan describes her day as a speaker

41:30 — Joan's tips to embrace authenticity and stay true to yourself

50:15 — Things Joan does every day to enhance her well-being

57:55 — Joan's take on well-being: “Being who you are without apology, without harm to anybody else and to actually lift the world as best you can from where you are.”

Key Takeaways

“Everything you do in life starts in small things.”- Joan Steffend

“Be still in nature. Start listening to what your mind is telling you.”- Joan Steffend

“I think our lives quite often are about remembering who we are not remembering who you are told you are. Being who you are and sharing who you are.”- Joan Steffend

“Being who you are without apology, without harm to anybody else and to actually lift the world as best you can from where you are.”- Joan Steffend


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May 24 2019

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Rank #20: Episode #073: Finding Joy in all Circumstances with Cherryl Galezewski

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I am joined by artist Cherryl Galezewski to discuss her journey through adversity and how she channeled her experience to create PassAlong Gifts.

My 3 Takeaways from this episode:

  • Cherryl's joy in the midst of difficult life circumstances
  • Cherryl's attitude of giving even when she faced adversity
  • Kindness and its power to unite communities

Links from the episode:

PassAlong Gifts Website
PassAlong Gifts on Facebook
PassAlong Gifts on LinkedIn

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Nov 08 2019

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#108: Michael Arterberry- Be Encouraged!

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Michael Arterberry, Master Encourager, and Dynamic Motivational Speaker.

As a teenager, Michael was fortunate to receive guidance from positive adult role models who helped him overcome adversities and set high expectations for his future. Grateful for the role these mentors played in his own development, Michael decided to dedicate his professional life to helping people navigate the difficulties of life and launch their future into motion. For more than 25 years, he has been helping teens and adults to use what they have gone through as a catalyst for success rather than an obstacle for failure.

Michael received the 2010 USA Network’s Characters Unite Award for exceptional commitment to combating prejudice and discrimination while increasing tolerance and acceptance within the community. He is also the recipient of the 2014 100 Men of Color Award for leadership in education, government, mentorship, entrepreneurial success and community service.

In 2008, Michael founded Youth Voices Center, Inc. a non-profit with the mission of helping young people to become active, productive members of society by overcoming their obstacles, their history, stereotypes and even their own self-image and limiting beliefs.

Links From the Episode:

www.michaelarterberry.com

www.youthvoicescenter.org

www.shakethedirtexperience.com

www.facebook.com/michael.arterberry

www.facebook.com/beencouraged!

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Oct 19 2020

40mins

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#107: Chef Marshall O'Brien- Nutrition on a Mission

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Chef Marshall O'Brien joins me on the podcast to discuss how he brings nutritious and delicious together.

Chef Marshall's Bio: Marshall O’Brien, known as a "life improvement chef", is a dynamic speaker who has presented at national conferences and is a regular on Twin Cities television. He and his team have created numerous programs detailing how cooking and specific foods can improve one's quality of life.

His motto is “Nutrition on a Mission!” and they continually strive to “Put Delicious in Nutritious”. Chef Marshall is Founder and CEO of The Chef Marshall O’Brien Group, located in Minneapolis MN, It is a dedicated group of chefs, registered dietitians, researchers, writers and videographers committed to the goal of using nutrition to help improve the wellness of people of all ages, from children to the elderly, so they can lead happier, healthier lives. They work with businesses, schools, childcare facilities, city agencies, hospitals and families, acting as resources and leading programs that help increase people’s well-being through the use of delicious, nutritious food.

Links From the Episode:

Chef Marshall's Website
Chef Marshall O'Brien Group on Facebook
Sign up for the Chef Marshall Minute

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Oct 12 2020

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#106: Lee Chambers- Essentialise Functional Life Coaching

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Lee Chambers joins me to discuss his work with with businesses to create culture change and heightened well-being.

Lee's Bio: Lee Chambers - Environmental Psychologist, Wellbeing Consultant and Founder of Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing Having spent the last 10 years working in a variety of fields, including local government, a corporate organisation, and in elite sports, he has now brought his experience and qualifications with the aim to impact the wellbeing of thousands of individuals and businesses through organisational wellbeing advancement, while looking to promote conscious and purpose lead leadership internally.

Lee has qualifications in Performance Nutrition, Environmental Psychology and Advanced Sleep Consultancy, and he delivers multi-disciplinary workshops focused on improving performance and productivity through increasing employee wellbeing. This is an issue very close to his heart, as after losing the ability to walk in 2014 due to chronic illness, he has battled back to achieve a positive health outcome, and is now on the pathway to become medication free. 

He also presents the Health and Wellbeing show on Ribble FM Radio, and speaks in Educational establishments about his varied career path, health challenges and having a resilient mindset.

Based in Preston in the North of the UK, Lee is currently working with business owners and employee teams to create culture change, wellbeing strategies and champions. He is a father of 2, coaches a disability football team, and enjoys eating good food with good friends. He is currently writing his first book, "How To Conquer Anything", which will be released in November 2020.

Links From the Episode:

Lee's My Authentic Purpose Book Here!: https://www.essentialise.co.uk/ebook/

Lee's Consultancy: https://leechambers.org

Twitter: @essentialise

Facebook/Instagram: @essentialisecoach

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lee-chambers-278a6518a/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/leechambersessentialise

Oct 05 2020

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#105: Eric Collett- A Mind For All Seasons

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Eric Collett, CEO and Principal of A Mind For All Seasons LLC, joins me to discuss revolutionary treatments for those living with Alzheimer's and dementia and preventative actions for those who want to protect their brains.

Eric's Bio: Eric Collett is the principal and CEO of A Mind For All Seasons, LLC, a consulting firm that provides education, coaching and consultation to seniors and the families and professionals who care for them. Eric is a licensed residential care administrator who has been working with seniors living with dementia and their families since 2000.  Prior to starting A Mind For All Seasons, Eric spent ten years as an administrator, seven of which were as the Executive Director of a memory care community where he developed innovative approaches to person-centered care that made a significant difference in how persons living with dementia experience the world.  He now spends his time working with hospitals, assisted living & skilled nursing facilities, home health, hospice & PCS agencies and families caring for persons living with dementia.  Eric is also an instructor at Boise State University and teaches CNA students at CWI.  He has served on the board of the Idaho Healthcare Association and currently serves as the education committee chair.  As a public speaker and trainer, Eric has taught thousands of people how to understand and interact with persons living with dementia.  He also presents frequently to groups large and small on diverse topics like leadership, organizational behavior, customer service, activity program development, team building, music history and poetry.

Eric graduated summa cum laude from the University of Utah with a degree in interpersonal communication and a minor in psychology.  His training and experience make him uniquely suited to study the complex behavioral patterns of persons living with dementia, help others understand those patterns, and develop systems to put that understanding into action.  

Links From the Show:

A Mind For All Seasons on Facebook
A Mind For All Seasons Website
A Mind For All Seasons on YouTube

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Sep 28 2020

53mins

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#104: Holly O'Hanlon- Live Well. Lead Well.

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Holly O'Hanlon joins me to discuss her mission to help people find their optimal health and use it as their foundation for a more peaceful, fulfilling, and productive life.

Holly's Bio: Holly is a multi-passionate Well-being and Leadership Coach who believes coaching can change the world. Her missions are helping working moms find more peace and reduce guilt through trust in themselves, and help leaders increase well-being and trust into their teams and work cultures. After 15 years in the corporate world, she recognized the need for more well-being in the workplace - especially among working moms - and decided to get certified as a coach. Ever since, she's enjoyed more time with her husband and two daughters, and helping women transform their lives from the inside out!

Links From the Episode:

Coaching for Working Moms

Holly@intrustwellness.com

www.intrustwellness.com

IG @intrustwellnes

FB www.facebook.com/intrustwellness

Leadership Development & Brene Brown's Dare to Lead™ work

www.TheDaringVenture.com

Coaching & Programs for Well-Being in the Workplace

holly@livewellleadwell.co

www.livewellleadwell.co

Sep 14 2020

46mins

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#103: Dan Zeman- A 40 Year Perspective

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Dan Zeman, exercise physiologist, joins me to discuss the evolution of the fitness landscape in the Twin Cities, his book, You're Too Old to Die Young, and how he helped put the concept of structured fitness into the Minneapolis area.

Dan's Bio: Dan Zeman is an Exercise Physiologist with forty years of experience in the health, wellness, fitness and sports medicine arenas.

He started his career with cardiac rehab patients by helping change the approach from mandatory bedrest to daily physical activity after a heart attack or surgery. He quickly expanded his exercise expertise by working with individual’s encompassing a wide cross section of medical conditions, ages and levels of physical fitness.

The Sports Medicine community recruited him to work with the professional sports teams. He worked with the NFL, NHL and spent nineteen seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves performing tests to determine each player’s ideal playing weight. Dan worked very closely with three-time Tour De France winner Greg LeMond across the final years of his legendary cycling career.

Dan has done research looking into the aerobic capacities of wheelchair athletes, the professional mountain biker racer and helped open the door into mitochondrial adaptations with exercise.

Dan wrote and published a book to the aging male Baby Boomer entitled “You’re Too Old to Die Young”. As an aging male baby boomer, Dan understands the responsibilities and legacy defining consequences that accompany those who will live longer than any generation in history.

Links From The Episode:

Dan's Book, You're Too Old to Die Young
Dan's Website
Dan on LinkedIn

Sep 09 2020

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#102: Charles Trittin- Life Guide

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Charles Trittin, life guide, joins me to discuss how he joins others to create their story, find meaning amidst a noisy world, and discover the divine in ordinary life.

Bio: Charles Trittin (B.A., M.Div.) seeks to better lives and the world.  

As a Life Guide he comes alongside and listens to your stories, questions and aspirations.  He draws on his personal history of transcending challenges, 20+ years of family and natural systems training, and 25 years as a progressive pastor.  

Working with Charles as a client includes:

•Creating your story •Assessing strengths and stressors •Transforming responses •Finding and developing perspectives •Navigating transitions •Separating thinking and feeling •Assisting in decisions •Strengthening relationships, teams and communities •Discovering your myths and metaphors •Promoting healing and wellness •Living authentically •Finding community •Turning your ideals into reality.

Charles is particularly adept at discovering the divine in everyday life, whether it be in lyrics to a song or something found alongside the sidewalk.  Self, soul, spirit and relationships provide the cornerstones to his work, as they do life itself.

He jokes that words are his friends.  His walls are filled with books and his desk covered in pads of paper and pencils.  He loves to share what is on his mind through writings and public speaking.  A gifted personal storyteller, Charles uses images, metaphors, and other rhetorical devices to share his thinking while assisting those who work with him in making discoveries.

Working and playing are the same for him.  A wonderful meal of saltimbocca (Italian, “dancing on the tongue”) connects to what else is currently dancing in his life.  A comedy special on Netflix speaks as well to the pain beneath all humor.  Cheering for the Twins and Vikings are ways to be on the side of the underdog as well as the ever hopeful. U2 singing in the rain at TCF Bank Stadium on a hot July night celebrates joyous transcendence.  The lengthy hospitalization and recovery of his wife forces him to shut out trivialities, focus only on what matters, and laugh and cry with his children amidst the absurdity.

He is profiled in the October 2020 Psychology Today article on resilience, “Designed for Success”.

Charles resides in Eagan, MN and is married to his wife of over 30 years, Denise.  They have two adult children, Karl and Maggie, and a bluetick coonhound, Elvis.

Links From the Show:
Charles' Website
Charles on LinkedIn

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Sep 01 2020

45mins

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#101: Pam Ryan- Better Cubed

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Pam Ryan, CEO & Founder, joins me to discuss leadership, her work to help educators, and how it has changed during COVID-19.

Pam's Bio:
Pam Ryan is the CEO and Founder of better3 Executive Leadership Development and Certified Dare to Lead TM Facilitator with an extensive background in education, learning and leadership development, process improvement, and strategic planning spans both the private and public sectors.

Pam has spent 20-plus years in K-12 education prior to starting her own business. She has taught, coached and led. Her most recent endeavor is the development of bettertogether3 , a fully integrative program focused on developing students who are able to maintain healthy relationships, self-regulate their emotional health, and show up with compassion & empathy.

Partnering with leaders of all levels and industries, Pam focuses on improving
Emotional Intelligence(EQ), systemic cohesion, conflict resolution, and safe, engaged workplace cultures. She helps people develop the courage building skills necessary to lead in an increasingly complex world. She brings Brené Brown’s research on courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy into organizations through and interactive experience while teaching individuals and teams how to move from armored leadership to daring leadership. Her clients love her commitment and passion to making lives “better.”

In addition to achieving the highly sought after Dare to Lead™ Facilitator Certification from Dr. Brené Brown, Pam is also a certified as a Social and Emotional Intelligence Coach by the Institute for Social + Emotional Intelligence (ISEI)®. She also was trained by the Pacific Educational Group in Beyond Diversity: Courageous Conversations. She has a MA in Curriculum and Development from the University of Minnesota as well as an M.ED in Educational Leadership from Hamline University.

Links From the Episode:
Better Cubed Website
Pam's LinkedIn Profile
Resources on Pam's Website
Brené Brown's Podcast: Unlocking Us

The Twin Cities Wellness Collective™ Website

Aug 24 2020

57mins

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#100: Mike and Gaby Grinberg- Mixing Business with Pleasure

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Mike Grinberg and Gaby Israel Grinberg join me to share their journey to starting Proofpoint Marketing and give us a glimpse into what it looks like to be in business with your spouse.

Mike Grinberg Bio: Mike cut his teeth professionally in paid media, SEO and analytics and has agency, in-house and start-up experience, working on e-commerce, B2B and CPG brands. Mike, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, double-majored in business and graphic design and always thought he’d be a designer. After various internships, it was clear he was better suited for a career in digital marketing over design.

From a very early point in his career, Mike always knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur and strike out on his own. Though he never thought it would be with his wife, and he never imagined it would be as head of an agency. In fact, those were two things he said he did NOT want to do. But life has a funny way of pushing you toward the right path, one way or another.

As the fearless leader of Proofpoint Marketing, Mike is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business, as well as new business development and overseeing the Performance Media Team.

When not working, Mike enjoys working out, listening to podcasts, running with his German Shepherd Samson, and being a Dad to Lana Rose. He is also a self-professed adrenaline junky and counts skydiving and scuba diving as some of his favorite experiences in life, so far. Hiking and anything outdoors is a close second.

Gaby Israel Grinberg Bio: Gaby started her career in her beloved Boston, after graduating from Boston University with a degree in communication. She honed her marketing and creative skills at a multi-cultural advertising agency in the client services side of the business. She delved into digital very early in her career and never looked back (though she does have a sentimental place in her heart for anything printed). Her love of writing led her down a path of content development and ultimately to social media marketing. After moving to Minneapolis in 2010, she continued honing her digital chops and worked in various agencies and in-house teams, including Sleep Number and Target.

As Vice President and Co-Founder, Gaby heads up the Client Services and Performance Content teams, and also supports New Business Development and marketing for the agency. She is the unofficial CMO and CCO (Chief Culture Officer) of Proofpoint. She is also officially and affectionately known as the “Breaker of Bottlenecks.”

While not at work, Gaby enjoys working out, creating photo books, consuming anything related to design and home decor, gardening, spending time with friends and family, and adores being a mom to Lana Rose. In her spare time, she also volunteers with the March of Dimes and is active in the prematurity community in the Twin Cities. One day, she plans to pen a children’s book inspired by the family’s journey with prematurity.

Links From The Episode:

Proofpoint Marketing Website
Gaby Israel Grinberg on LinkedIn
Mike Grinberg on LinkedIn
Mike and Gaby's New Podcast, "Mixing Business with Pleasure" Launches on August 18th! 

Aug 17 2020

1hr

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#099: Kate Jackson- Ensō Wellbeing

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Kate Jackson, Founder of Ensō Wellbeing, joins the podcast to discuss taking ownership of how we feel by improving our relationship with ourselves and others.

Kate's Bio:
Kate Jackson is the owner of Ensō Wellbeing Coaching in St. Louis Park. Kate is a Certified Enneagram practitioner, a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, and holds a Masters in Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching from the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality and Healing. 

After facing a series of significant life events in a short period of time, including stage 4 cancer and divorce, she became deeply passionate about helping others find resources and tools to feel inspired and confident to empower their wellbeing. Her work focuses on helping clients develop deeper self-awareness in order to allow each client to identify tools and resources unique to their personal motivations and needs. Her skilled listening and thought-provoking questions guide clients to break down long-standing barriers and flourish in a newfound sense of freedom and competency. 

While Kate laughingly shares that it took her multiple two-by-fours to force her to wake up, examine her life, and make changes to break from the auto-pilot life that was getting in her way, she hopes to inspire others to trust and embrace the power of self-awareness and self-development, leading themselves to a greater quality of life and wellbeing.

Kate offers free 20-minute consultations to those looking to gain a better understanding of how wellbeing coaching works and whether it would benefit a potential client's needs.

Links From the Episode:

Ensō Wellbeing Website

The Twin Cities Wellness Collective™ Website

Aug 10 2020

54mins

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#098: Tamara Torres- Productivity with Heart

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Tamara Torres joins me to discuss aligning our priorities with our values.

Tamara's Bio: Tamara’s passion is helping busy professionals align their values with their schedules to have the time and energy for what matters most. To this end, she founded Optima Results Coaching and launched the Productivity with Heart series. Her background in psychology and integrative medicine, along with thousands of coaching interactions, has honed her ability to help her clients achieve results.  Her personal values include: Family, Health, Service, Autonomy, and Growth.

When not coaching, Tamara loves spending time outdoors, playing cards with her family, and stand-up comedy. After multiple injuries from running and martial arts, Tamara has learned to adjust her expectations and embrace being the youngest in her water aerobics class.

Links From The Episode:

Optima Results Coaching Website
Tamara's LinkedIn Profile
Optima Results Coaching on Facebook

Jul 20 2020

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#097: Suzi Hunn- Teach Your Thing

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Suzi Hunn, founder of Teach Your Thing, joins me on the show to discuss how businesses can empower people by teaching what they know.

Suzi's Bio:
Suzi Hunn founded Teach Your Thing to help small businesses empower people by teaching what they know. If you’re a content creator who’s ready to build new containers for your message, you may need her in your life. And if you’re a purpose-driven leader who’s making an impact with your ideas, she may need you in hers. 

Suzi lives by the rallying cry, “You have medicine that you must own.” Her specialty is helping clients create the right content for meeting their beloved audiences where they are: online courses, how-to videos, workbooks, white papers, and more.

She loved her 15 years as a curriculum writer and teacher trainer at the Minnesota Historical Society. After discovering the Good Life Project podcast, she fell in love with entrepreneurship. During her career she has developed engaging learning experiences for founders, authors, corporate franchisees, internal teams, social-studies students, and K-12 teachers.

She believes today’s economy provides an unprecedented opportunity to find fulfillment while making a difference, and her mission is helping leaders shape their strategy for doing it.

Links From The Episode:
Teach Your Thing Website

The Twin Cities Wellness Collective Website

Resources For Changemakers From Suzi:

Podcasts

Authors Who Lead, Azul Terronez

Founders and Startups, Lisa Vogt

Good Life Project, Jonathan Fields

Life Skills that Matter, Stephen Warley 

●     (Episode 236, Turn What You Know into a Business with Suzi Hunn)

Tracking Wonder, Jeffrey Davis


Books

Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together, Pamela Slim

Creating a Life Worth Living: A Practical Course in Career Design for Artists, Innovators, and Others Aspiring to a Creative Life, Carol Lloyd

The Gig Economy: The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off, and Financing the Life You Want! Diane Mulcahy

Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead, Tara Mohr

The Purpose Economy: How Your Desire for Impact, Personal Growth, and Community is Changing the World, Aaron Hurst

Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered, Austin Kleon

Jul 13 2020

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#096: Michael Helmke- The Digital Concierge

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Michael Helmke, The Digital Concierge, joins me to discuss marketing and acquiring new clients in a COVID-19 business landscape.

Michael's Bio: After decades writing software and managing development teams, it was time for a change and Michael entered the wild world of marketing.  

Turns out, marketing is great fun.  Especially marketing copywriting where you have permission to break language rules, tell stories, and turn words into money like magic.

This biggest challenge facing business owners, Michael observes, is appearing as genuine online as they do when they are successfully getting clients "the old fashioned way".

Solving this challenge, Michael brings to bear years of experience with business strategy, digital expertise, and a strong drive to keep things as simple as possible.

Michael's current focus is helping business owners with existing success getting clients through "normal" means and helping them successfully reach more clients online.   He also writes a thrice weekly email newsletter on marketing and business growth topics at TheDigitalConcierge.net

Links from the Episode:

The Digital Concierge Website
Michael's LinkedIn

Jul 06 2020

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#095: The Fear Advantage with Tim McDonald

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Tim McDonald joins us to discuss using fear to our advantage, creating community, and embracing opportunities during uncertain times.

Tim's Bio: Tim McDonald is a speaker and author who guides individuals and organizations on their journey to becoming conscious leaders. He helps them understand and internalize their role as community builders to deliver their product and/or service through trusted relationships that ignite movements with a customer focus. His experience working with organizations like No Kid Hungry, Cinnabon, Carvel Ice Cream among others, included leading the overall marketing vision, strategy and execution of social media campaigns, including blogger programs and influencer relationships.

Working directly on the No Kid Hungry campaign, GivingTuesday fundraising increased from $56,000 to over $249,000 in just 3 years, which translated into 2.49MM meals for kids in the US. Prior to that, Tim was the Director of Community for The Huffington Post, where he set strategy and oversaw a team of moderators, support and standards for the leading online news site with over 300 million comments and 70,000 bloggers. He also built and managed a community for Huffington Post's live streaming network, HuffPost Live, resulting in over 9,600 guests from more than 85 countries have joining live on-air and over 1.3 million comments on the platform.

Tim is passionate in his pursuit of purposefully connecting people. He instigates engagement and conversation, turning students into teachers and teachers into students. A skillful conversationalist, Tim encourages new ideas and navigating solid relationships through giving and receiving.

Links From the Episode:

Tim's Twitter
Tim's LinkedIn Profile
Tim's Book, The Fear Advantage
Tim's Website

The Twin Cities Wellness Collective™ Website

Jun 29 2020

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#094: ShareBoost Marketing with Charlie Engle and Sean Nielsen

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Charlie Engle and Sean Nielsen join me to discuss their company, ShareBoost Marketing, and how they are revolutionizing fundraising in youth sports while fostering community interaction.

ShareBoost Marketing is the mobile app developer and subsidiary of the Minneapolis/NYC-based Direct-to-Consumer & eCommerce startup partner, The People Centric. The People Centric is a direct to consumer & ecommerce incubator & accelerator with a family of brands designed to promote active & healthy lifestyles. Their brands produce innovative physical products paired with forward thinking digital experiences

Charlie's Bio: Charlie Engle is a global ultra-­‐endurance athlete and the founder of the 5.8 Global Adventure Series, one of the most ambitious expeditions in modern history, trekking from the lowest to the highest points on all seven continents. He is also one of the most accomplished ultramarathon runners in the world, having placed in hundreds of races in dozens of countries.

His incredible athletic ability was profiled in the film, Running the Sahara, narrated by Matt Damon. The documentary highlighted his historic, record-­‐setting journey with his two teammates across the world’s largest desert, running more than two marathons a day for 111 consecutive days, for a total of 4,500 miles. Charlie’s transcontinental run through deep sand and politically unstable countries remains one of the premier accomplishments in the ultra-­‐endurance and adventure sports worlds. After crossing the Sahara and seeing the global water crisis first-­‐hand, Charlie raised more than $6 million for clean water projects in
Africa and helped establish an organization called H20Africa, now known as Water.org, one of the largest water nonprofit in the world.

Charlie’s memoir, Running Man, became a bestseller shortly after it was published in 2016. While the book details his inspiring life story, it is about more than just running. It is about facing demons, overcoming impossible odds, keeping your sense of humor and discovering the redemptive power of putting one foot in front of the other, even when you feel like you can’t keep going.

His motivation to run and tackle extreme adventures stems from his battle with addiction to drugs and alcohol. Charlie has been in recovery since July 23, 1992, and he credits a large part of his recovery to the purposeful devotion and emotional release he experiences while running. He has said that “Drugs and alcohol were my way out. Running was my way through.”

Charlie is a dynamic speaker who has enthralled audiences around the world, from keynotes at the Boston Marathon and Google to the National Geographic Society, the United Nations and the deck of a nuclear-­‐class U.S. Naval aircraft carrier.

He’s been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic Weekend, Outside, Runner’s World, NPR’s All Things Considered, Men’s Journal, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He lives with his wife, Astacianna Hatcher, in Durham, North Carolina.

Sean's Bio: Sean is tech entrepreneur specializing in mobile app development.

The Twin Cities Wellness Collective™ Website

Jun 24 2020

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#093: LiveMore ScreenLess with KK Myers and Maree Hampton

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KK Myers and Maree Hampton, founders of LiveMore ScreenLess, join me to discuss how to use technology so that it doesn't detract from our well-being.

Bio: Maree Hampton and Katherine Myers are the co-founders of LiveMore ScreenLess. Their mission is to foster Digital Wellbeing for and with families, schools, and communities. They work at the intersection of education and public health and recognize the importance of a whole community approach to promote balanced use of screens while supporting the health and wellbeing of young people. They are proud to be an organization that amplifies youth voice as foundational to their mission. LiveMore is Research-Based, Data-Driven, and Youth-Inspired.

Links from the episode:

The Twin Cities Wellness Collective™ Website
LiveMore ScreenLess Website
LiveMore ScreenLess on Facebook
Minnesota Senate Resolution

Jun 15 2020

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#092: Amy Novotny -Pain Awareness Breathing Relief

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Amy Novotny joins me to discuss how she helps free others from pain.

Amy's Bio: Dr. Amy Novotny founded the PABR Institute™ with the mission to provide pain, stress and anxiety relief to those who seek a naturalistic form of treatment when other treatment methods have fallen short. Her unique approach comes from her experience treating in a variety of settings and with a wide range of patient populations over the past 10 years. Her background in orthopedics, sports, geriatrics, balance disorders, nerve injuries, and most recently, chronic pain; and influences from coursework at the Postural Restoration Institute gave her the foundation to develop this treatment method to address a wide variety of painful and restrictive conditions.   She customizes all treatment plans to the individual to help them achieve their goals, whether it is to pick up a child, get through a work day pain free or play a sport. She co-authored a #1 Best-Selling book Don’t Quit: Stories of Persistence, Courage and Faith, which shares her journey on how and why she developed the PABR Method™.  She is also part of the collaborative book, 1 Habit for Women Action Takers: Life Changing Habits from the Happiest Achieving Women on the Planet.  Her ability to speak French and Spanish has allowed her to communicate with and help various clients from all around the world, including France, Mexico, Central America and South America.  She has a variety of interests including running 40+ marathons, running 10 ultra marathons (including two 100 milers), photographing wildlife and landscapes all over the world that has led to several of her images being chosen as Photos of the Day, most notably National Geographic Your Shot World Top Photo of the Day.  Visit her photography portfolio at www.amysimpressions.com.

Links From the Episode:

The PABR Institute Website
Amy's Photography Portfolio

Jun 02 2020

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#091: Margaret Bjork- The Return on Purpose

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Margaret Bjork joins me on the show to discuss how companies can operationalize goodness. 

Margaret's Bio: Margaret has worked to power good through technology for over 15 years. Helping corporations and nonprofits create, scale and communicate the impact they are having.  Margaret works as a Director of Goodness Solutions for Benevity, which is a B-Corp, that help companies Power Their Company’s Purpose So They Can See More Success.  Benevity has created a resource hub for COVID response for companies trying to understand how they can help, and where to start. 

Starting as a practitioner in the nonprofit community, and then working for companies who provided the technology to nonprofits and corporations use to run their fundraising, employee engagement, HR, digital marketing. Margaret helps her clients find ways to operationalize goodness so that it is easy and scalable to combine Profit and Purpose and create engaging programs for their employees, consumers and communities.

Throughout her career she has worked hands on with some of the most recognizable Brands and the world's most admired nonprofits. In addition, she has also been selected by Self Magazine, as one of their #SelfMade Women, and was the Leadership and Career contributing editor for the online community Best Kept Self. Her work has also been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and as a top 25 finalist in the US Chamber of Commerce Free Enterprise “Dream Big” campaign.

Links From the Episode: 

Benevity's COVID-19 Resource Hub
Benevity's Website
Margaret's LinkedIn Profile
Twin Cities Corporate Volunteerism Council

May 26 2020

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#090: Emma Laurence- Life is Coaching You

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Emma Laurence joins me to discuss how she provides support, tools, and structure to help others live their best life.

Emma's Bio: Emma Laurence has spent years in education, the performing arts, and spiritual service. She's an International Coach Foundation (ICF) certified life coach and the founder of Life Is Coaching You, her singular approach to serving those in challenging life transitions.  

As an educator and international speaker, Emma's experience included everything from pre-school music, to high school theater, to corporate business writing and speaking for adults. As an award-winning actress, she studied the complex nature of the human psyche and learned to be fully present with others. Though Emma began as a shy singer/songwriter, she grew into a powerful musical performer, emerging from the shadows to share her expressive voice. And as a spiritual aide, Emma developed a rare ability to listen so others can hear their own truth.  She trained for years in providing a compassionate, shame-free space and in shifting perspectives to unlock self-created prisons. 

Emma's own life experiences, which include sexual assault, life-threatening surgery, marital separation and the rigors of building a business, have taught her resilience, courage, love, and trust.

Life is Coaching You Mission

Emma's mission in creating Life is Coaching You is to provide the necessary support, tools and structure for others to hear their own voice, discover their own path, and create their best life going forward.  She works equally with Baby Boomers who are reinventing and Millennial clients experiencing Millennial burnout.  She always sees significant progress and changes in six weeks. 

Details and a free workbook can be found at lifeiscoachingyou.com.  Millennials, click the pink button to get to your page.

Links from the Episode

www.lifeiscoachingyou.com

May 18 2020

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#089: Growing Out of Darkness with Jenny Landon

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Jenny Landon joins me to discuss her mission to help others grow from the most difficult times in their lives.

Jenny's Bio: Jenny Landon uses the lessons she’s learned from the most difficult times of her life to create an experience for her audience that goes well beyond simply sharing a story. She connects with her audience through her own transparency and sense of vulnerability to help them develop a better understanding for mental health and how to support it. Jenny’s need for understanding mental health began in 1999 after she lost her father to suicide. Determined to understand his death, she focused the remainder of her undergraduate studies on depression and how to heal after experiencing such a loss.

Jenny graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in psychology and went on to be a trained crisis counselor and public educator on suicide prevention. Still, she credits her life experiences as being the best teacher in helping her better understand mental health. In addition to losing her dad, Jenny became suicidal as a result of missing the signs that she was experiencing postpartum depression. In recent years, Jenny’s attention has been on understanding the mental health of her adolescent daughter and helping her to live a life she loves after nearly losing her to suicide.

Shining a light on the importance of addressing how we are speaking about mental health is a critical element to Jenny’s message on how we can save more lives. She firmly believes it requires a shift in perspective to develop a true understanding of mental health and that this shift will change the way we speak, think and respond to those experiencing mental health struggles. Through her talk along with the materials she provides, Jenny is determined to not only save lives, but also improve the lives we’re living.

Links from the Episode:

Growing Out of Darkness Website
GOOD Chats

Apr 30 2020

59mins

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By carrabre - Feb 12 2020
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Love the twin cities wellness collective & the mission to ignite human wel-being! Alex is a world class guy - much respect for him & his work!!

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By Super108mpls - Jan 12 2019
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Super informative and a fantastic way to connect with the Twin Cities wellness community.