Live and Lead for Impact with Kirsten E. Ross

Ep 308 Drs. Michael and Barbara Grossman

For over twenty-five years, Drs. Michael and Barbara Grossman have taught thousands of couples practical skills to create a fulfilling romantic partnership. They have TV appearances on CBS, NBC, Fox, and CW. Tune in to this powerful interview to discover the secrets to having a fulfilling long-term romantic partnership with a genuine love that lasts forever through all the phases of life.

Michael starts by explaining to us he is an anti-aging longevity doctor, who has been practicing since around 1973, and he absolutely loves it. Barbara adds they work with families who are married who are experiencing challenges keeping it all together and keeping their romance alive, while balancing work.

Given Kirsten’s husband is 16 years younger than her, she is very interested in Michael’s longevity work! Michael talks about the dramatic effects menopause has on the woman’s body and how it can lower libido. Michael says he uses natural hormones which are bioidentical to help you live a healthier longer life, rather than synthetics, which can do the opposite.

Barbara goes into some detail about their workshops and some of the strategies they give to couples. Barbara talks about what couples need to feel valued in a relationship, and says she teaches couples how to talk and how to reinforce and create love.

Kirsten asks about what brought them together to do this work. Michael says the inspiration from the natural change which comes in a romantic relationship. He talks about how their relationship changed when Barbara went to graduate school and how they needed to pivot. Barbara also shares her perspective on that change and talks about how they decided to share their knowledge with others.

Kirsten asks them about challenges they have in their business and Michael shares that their main problem is they have so much content out and coming out very soon, they don’t know how to market it all or get out and do the events. Kirsten suggests finding the right people you can trust to be around and help make the key decisions. Kirsten also suggests a bunch more solutions such as looking towards people who are willing to put in the work and understanding the importance of it, as well as business owners who may be susceptible to life balance issues.

Finally, the guys share their words of wisdom, with Barbara sharing with us that no matter how you feel, there is a way to grow your relationship and have it be magnificent. Michael adds you need skills to make these things happen and most don’t learn them from their parents, so you need to go out a learn them for yourself.

Barbara shares with us that herself and Michael are competitive ballroom dancers and have a dance show where they incorporate the stages of development of a relationship into their routines.

You can check out Barbara and Michael’s new book called ageless Love: Prescription from Mind, body and Spirit, or their previous book, Secrets to Deep and Effortless Meditation which you can find at It’s also where you can all the information on their courses and classes if you’re interested.

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Ep 307 Gary Barnes

Gary Barnes is a High-Performance Business and Sales Strategist, National and International Speaker (over 1000 talks). A #1 International Amazon Best-Selling Author and been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS & TEDX.

In 1988 Gary was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and told he would be in a wheelchair or dead within 10 years.

He has flown a World War II P-51 fighter, flown on a trapeze, driven in a Destruction Derby and climbed 14,000 foot mountains. He’s a drummer & Police Academy Graduate.

Gary starts by talking about his adventures and how he actually dislikes the nervous energy beforehand, and much prefers the feeling after completing something, saying it’s a feeling of satisfaction. He also talks about the brainwaves of fear and excitement being the same, and with his police training he has been trained to run towards gun fire.

Gary tells an amazing story about going to see Zig Ziglar at one of his last appearances in Denver and how two ladies behind him were ragging on him after the show. This helped Gary realize that if Zig Ziglar couldn’t capture and entire audience, there was no hope for him, so his mindset switched to if he could help one person, that’s enough for him.

Later, Gary talks about getting on stage and when people ask him how it went he tells them to ask someone in the attendance because he doesn’t know what he said because he was in the moment. You’re looking for a relationship with audience and your conversation to be the same both on and off stage.

Kirsten asks Gary about training speakers and the impact he’s making. Gary explains that it was happy accident after the success of his financial planning firm. People began to ask him how he grew his business to such a high level and began trading his knowledge for hamburgers! He talks about how he blends life into his business coaching. Gary also talks about his style of coaching which is to ask a lot of questions and tailor it to the client, rather than telling them to do it his way.

Gary goes into detail about some of the issues he has with writing given his condition which doesn’t allow him to type quickly, where his brain moves much quicker. So instead he uses a software called Dragon which allows him to speak and it transcribes for him, so he was able to speak his book.

‘Make a difference’ is part of Gary’s mission statement, as well as to empower. He explains he isn’t looking to connect his power to you but to help you connect the power which is already within you. He goes on to talk about how when doing his chaplaincy he had to deal with his mortality through writing his own epitaph, which helped him have the mindset like Steven Covey said, ‘start with the end in mind’.

Later, Kirsten asks Gary what challenges he’s going through right now. Gary explains his challenge is with a word he adopted a few years ago which is expansion and the expansion of opportunity. She recommends breaking everything down into manageable chunks, having some patience and not comparing yourself to anything.

Gary shares his final words of wisdom, which came to him in a dream, which is ‘are you a spectator or are you a participant?’ There will be times when you’re a spectator and that’s ok, but it’s important to think about your engagement and whether your participating to the fullest extent.

For more on Gary, you can visit or check out his

Facebook page and his fan page He’s also on Twitter so you can find him at @GaryBarnesMax, and on LinkedIn at

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Ep 306 Meena Kumari Adnani

On today’s episode of The Live and Lead for Impact Podcast, Coach Kirsten is joined by Meena Kumari Adnani. Meena Kumari Adnani is an international High Performance & Business Coach for women, a motivational speaker, and a best-selling author.  She is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales and an attorney in New York. For 25 years she held senior-level positions in high-profile companies. Her amazing story is about losing all of the wealth that she made as a Lawer ever since graduation due to trusting the wrong person to manage money. Meena has managed to find strength, change her career and make the same money back in just two years, as an entrepreneur.

Meena starts by telling us her story, explaining how she has pivoted from practicing law and has focused on doing business development, sales and marketing for quite some time now. In 2016, Meena received a call from her financial manager saying she had lost everything, her multiple six figures went down to zero, leaving her with nothing. She talks about how it changed her forever and how it made her become more aligned with her higher self. Through hard work, she managed to build herself back up in 2 years to 7 figures.

Kirsten asks about what Meena found within herself during that period. She explains how her legal background helped her look at things in an objective way. She took personal responsibility for what happened and asked herself what part she played, rather than looking at others and blaming them or blaming circumstances. Meena says that if she had taken the time to understand wealth and taken the responsibility, she would not have had the belief she was good with money.

Talking about the impact she is making in the world, Meena explains how she works with women entrepreneurs, working one on one as well as having a personal empowerment program called Empowered Women Academy, which helps women shift their mindset. She also helps women build success and create wealth through building self-belief.

A challenge Meena is having right now is finding the right people to help the business grow, such as social media managers and virtual assistants, which she partly puts on herself as she has not given herself the time to look. Kirsten recommends leaders getting really clear about the tasks someone will be doing, and working out whether those tasks can live within one person. The once you have decided how many people you need, you can focus on what the specific skill set they need is.

Meena finishes off with some words of wisdom as she shares with us to never stop growing. In order for you to reach that next level, you yourself have to grow to that next level.

For more on Meena, you can visit where you can find all the information you need, including her book and her programmes. You can also email her at or reach out via LinkedIn at

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Ep 305 Whitney Coupland


On today’s episode of The Live and Lead for Impact Podcast, Coach Kirsten is joined by Whitney Coupland. Whitney Coupland is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner and Life Coach.  In her online coaching practice, she helps people with autoimmune diseases navigate the diet, lifestyle, and mindset aspects of healing so they can start feeling like themselves again.


Whitney goes into detail about how she got into the practice, starting all the way back when she was 12 years old when she went for a polar dip and realised her arms and hands were numb, which she found out was Raynaud’s Syndrome, and autoimmune condition. She also found when she was pregnant at 29 she had a second autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. She explains her work in the world is to help people like her, and Kirsten relates with her son having PAONS.


Whitney works one-on-one with her clients right now, mostly with people from the US and Canada, but also expanding to some in Europe. She explains she helps people find joyful ways of eating which will help them heal their bodies. She also talks about how she sets herself apart from others by focusing on what her clients want to do and what they enjoy and working around that, as well as continuing with social media using a few techniques to keep up engagement.


Kirsten asks Whitney what is something which is standing in the way of her making a bigger, bolder impact. Whitney explains her current challenge is messaging and how she feels like she is missing a large portion of people who don’t realise their condition is autoimmune. Kirsten suggests targeting some particular symptoms of autoimmune rather than using that phrase to make people realise that’s what they have and get their attention with what their life could be like with autoimmune treatment


Finally, Whitney finishes off with her words of advice, which are realising it’s not about her. She explains how it’s more important to get the message out there and help people rather than how she looks or comes across.


To learn more about Whitney you can visit her website at, head over to Instagram, and check out her YouTube channel


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EP 304 Shauna A. Wekherlien, Tax Goddess

On this episode of The Live and Lead with Impact Podcast, Coach Kirsten is joined By Shauna A. Wekherlien! Shauna A. Wekherlien, CPA, MTax, CTC, CTS, Tax Goddess is a highly sought-after Certified Public Accountant and founder of Tax Goddess Business Services, PC, established 2004. Tax Goddess is a global team of 65+ specialists that uses plain language (not tax code) to help business owners, investors, and entrepreneurs create plans of action to increase the business owner’s bottom line, reduce costs, significantly reduce taxes, increase cash flow, and perform what-if scenario options so that owners know what decisions to make and which paths are best suited to their particular situation.

Throughout this episode Kirsten and Shauna speak about what truly inspired and motivated Shauna to leave her astrology studies to become this amazing Tax Goddess who’s able to positively impact people lives daily. Shauna shares how her mom is her No.1 idol and after seeing her struggle with the IRS and seeing her mom feelings taken advantage of she decided it was her calling to help others in her mom’s position. Kirsten and Shauna also work through some challenges Shauna is currently facing that are preventing her from making bigger and bolder impacts every day. Kirsten creates some easy-to-implement strategies to help Shauna overcome the ‘quiet quitting/great resignation’ we’re currently seeing among all workforces. Kirsten encourages Shauna, and others in similar positions, to re-evaluate their hiring procedures: instead of telling people what you need from them, show them what you have to offer them – and commit to it!

Shauna expresses her passion throughout the entire podcast so it’s no surprise that her best advice to us listeners, is to quit what you’re doing if you’re not super passionate about it, find something else you’re interested in and if that’s not doing it for you, quit and find something else and continue to do that until you find something that makes you excited every day!

To learn more about Shauna and the amazing opportunities and strategies she has to offer head over to her website: You can also contact Shauna through all social media platforms @TaxGoddess

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On today’s episode of The Live and Lead for Impact Podcast, Coach Kirsten is joined by Angela Gentile to discuss a multitude of insightful topics such as discovering the power in slowing down, changing the way we approach fitness and habits we can insert in our lives to help avoid burnout among many more!

Angela Gentile is the founder of the Sweat Remix wellness brand. Angela designed this brand with the intention of motivating you to start and sustain physical exercise, guide you towards greater self-awareness. Angela also provides keeping it real life coaching. With a variety of online fitness classes and her signature #ZenRageHeal process, she and Sweat Remix provide folks with an intentional approach to fitness with sustainable results. Her Inner Compass course helps clients with a full mind, body and spirit transformation to help folks be the badass they were meant to be in just 12 weeks. With an undergraduate degree in English from Fairfield University and a graduate degree in Educational Leadership from Western Governors University, she traded in her decade long teaching career to launch a business helping folks change their body, mindset and life through movement, meditation and mental health coaching. If you’ve been stuck and feel ready to move and grow, this trailblazer creates opportunities for folks to live strong, authentic and EPIC lives.

Kirsten and Angela discuss how her classes provide an open and honest space for people to be 100% who they are by beginning and ending each session with grounding exercises. Angela encourages us to view our lives as seasons instead of trying to be super successful in our everyday lives and gives us some advice on how we can stop putting so much pressure and expectations on our daily lives, to help avoid burnout. Kirsten also coaches Angela through imposter syndrome and people pleasing so that she can fully focus on being 100% who she is and spread her message to help others. Kirsten and Angela end the episode by sharing some fantastic advice on how you can commit to what your purpose is calling you to do by surrounding yourself with people who support and understand your vision.

To learn more about Angela and her fitness, mindfulness and life coaching opportunities head over to Instagram:

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Jack Ori is a transgender author who writes stories to empower other trauma survivors and coaches those that want to write their own books. He is passionate about helping people turn story ideas into finished books and believes everyone has a story the world needs to hear.


IG: @authorjackori

Twitter: @authorjackori


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Laura Patricia Martin is a Trauma specialist and founder of Healing to Happy, a global movement activating women to clear trauma & find freedom in mind, body, soul, & bank account!


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Phil is an entrepreneur, and the founder of SelectSoftware Reviews, a website dedicated to helping HR and Recruiting teams to find and buy the right software through in-depth, expert advice. Phil started his career working in venture capital before getting his MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Victoria Shaw is an intuitive Counselor and Spiritual Coach who combines her background and training in psychology and counseling with intuitive guidance to help clients heal, grow and realize their full spiritual and personal potential. She takes a holistic approach to counseling, addressing clients’ concerns on the mind/body/spiritual levels. She especially loves working with people who are committed to using their life experiences or struggles to fuel their own spiritual awakening. Victoria is the author of four self-help books for parents, children and teens, and the host of Intuitive Connection podcast.

Victoria Shaw Intuitive Consulting

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Claudia Miller is a sought-after Career Coach for Women In Tech and she's helped her clients land fulfilling jobs in less than 90-days. She also partners with companies and organizations in identifying rising stars within their organizations and providing strategy insights and support in developing a leadership and talent pipeline with a focus on Women and Women of Color. Due to her efforts she's worked with Top Fortune 500 Clients + has partnered with World Business Chicago in developing a Workforce Development strategy in coordination with the City of Chicago's efforts in decreasing unemployment rates for persons of color. She's also the Creator & Host of "Roadmap To The Executive Suite" podcast. Due to her clients success she's been featured multiple times in Forbes, MSNBC, Thrive Global and Business Insider put her in their top global list of Top Innovative Career Coaches.

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Simon Severino helps business owners in SaaS and Services run their company more effectively which results in sales that soar. Trusted by Google, Roche, Consilience Ventures, Amgen, AbbVie. He created the Strategy Sprints™ Method that doubles revenue in 90 days by getting owners out of the weeds. TEDx speaker, Contributor to Forbes and Entrepreneur Magazine, member of the SVBS Silicon Valley Blockchain Society.


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Daniel has been gifted with the ability to communicate with archangels and spirit. With this information, he guides and assists others to fulfill their spiritual path.

Daniel's Book: The New Beginning: My Awakening as a Spirit Medium

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293 Rocky Buckley,

Rocky has been working with authors, experts, thought leaders, and influencers for 23 years, helping clients bring over $100 million in information products and training programs to market. Rocky is the creator of The Power Persona Project community and the Platinum Path coaching/consulting program, helping experts reinvent their business models to unleash their highest potential.

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291 Fredrik van Huynh

Freddie van Huynh is a Swedish-Cambodian award winning entrepreneur, selected as one of the Top 25 Swedish Entrepreneurs Disrupting Industries and Breaking Boundaries Around the World, dad, martial artist - Co-Founder of Absolute Internship - one of the world's largest internship programs for high school- and university students, as well as Host of the Fika with Rice Podcast.


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Daniel Matalon, is producing a business model for The World Game, named by the design scientist Buckminster Fuller, as an objective to make the world work for 100% of humanity. Mr Matalon says it is a game that makes war obsolete as well. He is a co founder of Impact Launchpad, a social impact venture studio, and the founder of the #IsThereEnough campaign, a new conversation about wealth, survival and sustainability that he claims even a 5 year old can have. His upcoming book to be released at the end of the year, suggests that we have an even greater threat to humanity than climate change, and we are about to hear what he thinks that is...,,,,


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As a best-selling author, Rich Dad Advisor and one-of-a kind teacher, his unique messages and unconventional style have supported business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders worldwide.  His focus is to help them increase sales, build champion level teams and make huge differences in their industries. 

Blair Singer Training Academy

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Books & Topics to Checkout:

Team Code of Honor 

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Buckminster Fuller

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285 Paul Glover

Paul Glover is a C-Suite Performance Coach with 20 years experience as a Federal Court Trial Lawyer. He is a passionate storyteller who believes in the power of narrative to influence and educate in business, personal life and even court rooms. Member of Forbes Council and Author of “WorkQuake”, a playbook for leaders who want to navigate the future of work beyond traditional command and control models to more inclusive, engaging environments.


His approach is practical, hands-on, grounded in the realities of the real world of work and results oriented – all undertaken with a sense of humour and panache.

His workshops allows every member of the organization, from C -Suite Executives to Front Line Team Members, to understand the importance of resilience and how they can enhance their own resilience and positively impact performance and productivity throughout the organization.

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Natasha is not your average CEO. She sits at the helm of Entire Productions, the go-to experience design, event, and entertainment production company in San Francisco, and has been on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in America for three years in a row. Her passion and commitment to giving back drives invariable contributions and participation with numerous charitable organizations. Natasha also performs as a jazz vocalist and a trained classical violinist. Natasha is a proud graduate of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and has studied entrepreneurship at the Harvard Business School and MIT and is a member of The Recording Academy (Grammys), ASCAP, SF Travel, and Meeting Professionals International (MPI). She resides in San Francisco, CA as a member of the board of EO (Entrepreneurs’ Organization).

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281 Hamish MacDonald

The Sovereignty Network

Originally from New Zealand, Hamish has been building medical software for nearly two decades around the world, including the US, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. His goal is to have people everywhere be able to get and control their healthcare data - including owning it as a personal asset so they can financially benefit from it.    Linked In

@SovereigntyNet   Twitter  

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279 Becca Ribbing






Becca Ribbing is the author of The Clarity Journal and has been a coach for over a decade. She's on a mission to help people break out of the cycles of uncertainty and struggle that hold them back. She helps women going back and forth with the big, seemingly endless question of what to do next—so they can stop going around in circles and finally figure out what they truly want and create the clarity and momentum they crave.

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277 Liam Martin - Remote Rockstar

Liam runs one of the most popular time tracking and productivity platforms in use by top brands today - Time Doctor. He is also a co-organizer of the world's largest remote work conference — Running Remote.

Whenever possible, Liam encourages others to work remotely and actively promotes remote work. His products and services are defined by the concept of giving workers the flexibility to work wherever they want, whenever they want.

Liam has also co-authored a book - Running Remote - focused on remote work methodology. In this revolutionary guide, Liam and his co-founder, Rob Rawson, have unearthed the secrets and lessons discovered by remote work pioneering entrepreneurs and founders who've harnessed the async mindset to operate their businesses remotely in the most seamless, hassle-free, and cost-effective manner possible.

Liam holds an undergraduate and graduate degree in Sociology from McGill University.

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275 Jeremy Slate

Command Your Brand

Jeremy Ryan Slate is an entrepreneur, media expert, author and CEO and founder of Command Your Brand. He studied literature at Oxford University and is a former champion powerlifter that helps visionary founders to impact the world and better mankind through podcasting and new media to create trust and opinion leader status. Podcast Magazine just included Jeremy on their 2022 40 under 40 in Podcasting list.

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273 Cathy Cassani Adams - Zen Parenting

Cathy Cassani Adams, LCSW, co-hosts the Zen Parenting Radio podcast and is author of Zen Parenting: Caring for Ourselves and Our Children in an Unpredictable World (Hachette, 2/22) and Living What You Want Your Kids to Learn: The Power of Self-Aware Parenting (2014) which won which won a Nautilus Award, National Indie Excellence Award, and an International Book Award. She is a clinical social worker, certified parent coach, former elementary school educator, and yoga teacher. Cathy teaches in the Sociology/Criminology Department at Dominican University, and she lives outside of Chicago with her husband Todd and their three daughters. 

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271 Melissa Keenan Melisa Keenan helps high powered female CEOs use their feminine energy as a 10X growth strategy. Her clients produce more while doing less by mastering their 'Feminine CEO.' She is a keynote speaker, USA Today Bestselling & International Bestselling Author, and the go-to intimacy expert for business women. Facebook Group:

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269 Kimberly Gerber - Excelerate

As the Founder and CEO of Excelerate, Kimberly Gerber has developed a transformational coaching process that combines high-touch experiences with cutting-edge science and technology to deliver programs that accelerate the thinking, behavior and results of her clients and the companies they lead.

Prior to founding Excelerate in 2002, Kimberly was a Fortune 100 executive herself. She understands the unique responsibilities that come at the executive level and has created leadership programs to help executives think strategically, elevate their presence, finesse their communication, achieve their goals and provide sustainable business results in a productive environment.

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267 Kison Patel: Mindful Planning and Visibility

Kison Patel is the Founder and CEO of M&A Science, with a passion to drive the M&A industry forward. He was an M&A advisor for ten years in which he sold larger companies such as commercial banks and hotel chains. In 2012, he noticed teams lacked efficient technology to manage deals and created DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management platform. In 2016, he started the M&A Science podcast devoting his time to creating a platform where all the best practitioners could share their best practices and lessons learned from real-life deals. Kison then created The M&A Science Academy in 2020 to offer step by step training to those looking to master M&A featuring courses created by top level practitioners. Through developing technology, educational content, and industry training, Kison aims to bring better practices to an industry with growing market pressures, transaction values, and competition.

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265 Tom Finn: Deploy Support Anywhere

Tom Finn is the co-founder and CEO of LeggUP®, the first company to insure employee retention for their clients. Spending his entire career in the insurance industry, Tom possesses a wealth of experience in employee benefits, InsurTech, business development, and revenue strategies— all central to the company’s unique offering, Talent Insurance™. Talent Insurance provides a single platform for personalized professional development and mental health support for a fraction of the cost to small and medium-sized businesses.,,,

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263 Josh Little: Meaningful Communication


Josh Little is the founder of four tech companies–Maestro, Bloomfire, Quizzer, and Volley–that have collectively been used by hundreds of millions of people and featured in TechCrunch, Mashable, Entrepreneur, Inc, and Forbes. With two successful exits and a third anticipated, he’s currently on a mission to provide the world with a more meaningful way to communicate with his fourth creation, Volley–a video messaging app.

Do what you say or say something else.

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Center for Parental Leave Leadership

Dr. Amy Beacom is the founder and CEO of the Center for Parental Leave Leadership, the first full service consultancy in the US to focus exclusively on parental leave. She conceived of and began developing the field of parental leave coaching and consulting in 2006. Drawing on over 25 years in executive leadership development and coaching, Amy consults with Fortune 100 companies, international organizations, working parents, and more to transform the way our companies and our country engage with the parental leave transition. 

Sue Campbell is a writer, author, and coach who has worked with the Center for Parental Leave Leadership since its early days, helping to communicate the transformative impact of their core mission. Her writing, often focused on issues important to parents, has been published in many outlets, including Prevention, Good Housekeeping, Scary Mommy, and Mamalode.

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EP 260 Health Insurance in the US Pre to Post ACA

Affordable Care Act or Obamacare

I’ve been purchasing my own health insurance for more than 20 years and also have an HR background – Want to share from my unique perspective some of what you might not realize

As it is with communication about all challenges today it seems that all anyone will do is talk about the negatives from either side in an attempt to “win”, tear the “other side” down.

I actually had an experience where an elected official was holding a virtual town hall.  Topic was health insurance.  I “raised” my hand to share my thoughts.  I’m pretty sure I was vetted out.  A staff member spoke with me before I was able to go live.  They asked my thoughts and then told me they likely would not have time for me to comment.  The town hall lasted for a very long time while constituents shared positive views only about the ACA.

So, here’s my personal, been there, done that perspective. As with all complex programs there are both positive and negative.

I’m not going to share a bunch of legal-eze.  These are my personal thoughts, experiences, and opinions.  I hope it will bring a balanced & realistic perspective.

Used to be able to join the Farm Bureau – or some other organization/group to receive a group rate.  Able to personally purchase a plan with coverage similar to an employer plan.

Group Experience Ratings

Personal Experience Ratings

Pre-Existing Conditions – Insurer of Last Resort 

Young Adult Ryders

Coverages – Childbirth, Mental Health, Substance Use Disorders

Required Coverage – Supposed to be a part of keeping coverage rates down.  Assure that pool of covered included premiums from healthy. Low-users - My opinion-  did more to increase profits 

Deductibles - Negotiated Rates – 

My opinion - Profits – High cost – high deductibles – Departments focused on denying coverage – Required Coverage to make sure the pool was healthy and unhealthy -

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Last Minute Media Deals

Rich Kagan is the Founder and President of Last Minute Media Deals, an agency selling prime-time ad spots on TV, radio, and podcasts for up to 80% off. Shows would much rather sell these ad spots at a tremendous discount than not at all, and Rich founded Last Minute Media Deals for this exact purpose. 

Cell number:  3104200490

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EP 258 Examine Your Emotions 

Emotions are good.  They give us information.  But, they are different from fact.  If your entire life is dictated by your emotions, you may be all over the road.  An emotional roller coaster is not amusing for you or those around you.  Moods and emotions can shift with more than just our circumstance.  Sometimes we are just eating the wrong foods or lacking sleep.  And without healthy boundaries in your relationships, your emotions can swing along with the people in your life.  

Misaligned frustration taken out on a co-worker, family member or friend can lead to unnecessary conflict that may require you to go into clean up mode.   And the emotion of anger can really wreak havoc.  You probably already know this but anger usually is not the real emotion.  More often you are actually scared, sad, disappointed, or your ego might be bruised

Anger can be a very toxic emotion.  Too often we let it build up.  One hundred tiny offenses left unaddressed to fester can create an atomic bomb size blow up.  And the spew will be aimed at the offending party or an unlucky uninvolved recipient.  It could be the woman working the drive thru window.  

Or, perhaps your habit is to ignite huge anger for even the tiniest infraction.  Small incidents made bigger can have you reacting and angry most of your day.  

Recently, a family business client shared that when he visits one of their locations he makes a point to walk around and say hello to everyone.  “Last Friday”, he continued, “my brother responded with ……an expletive.”

I looked at the brother and in a sarcastic tone he shared, “He walks around all cheerful saying, ‘good morning’ to everyone.  It’s so annoying!”

The story he created in his mind generated an outburst not at all consistent with the mere facts.  

You might read that and laugh but I ask, are there times when you are reacting bigger than you need to?

Anger takes energy and is not fun to be around.  The waitress forgot your drink.  Is that really worth the incensed, eye roll reaction? Maybe you can give her grace and move on with your day.

I ask clients to consider emotions objectively.  Never stuff them but don’t treat them as fact.  If your energy dips and you are having, “one of those days,” know that it is your choice to stay there or not.   Here’s some food for thought to 

  • Is the focus of the feeling misdirected?  Is there a reason beyond my current circumstance that generated this feeling?  Have I been triggered by a past hurt, am I hungry or tired? 
  • Is there an alternative way to think about an incident?  Maybe it’s funny rather than aggravating. 
  • Is that small error worthy of your energy or can you let it go and move on.  I always say, “Don’t let anyone zap your joy!”  Why let a small something put a damper on your day?  You get to choose.
  • Speak up when it’s warranted.  Don’t let a build up of small things that could be handled one at a time to create a volcano.  How many great days are you losing as you collect those annoyances rather than address them?
  • Create a rule.  If I’m not willing to talk about it must not be worthy of my energy to be mad.   The bible reveals a similar sentiment:

Take Action Task

Where are you letting emotions get the best of you?  Do you have anger you need to release?

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Stacey M. Gordon is a Veteran Advocate & Military Transition Coach on a mission to assist with transition and reintegration efforts and veteran suicide prevention initiatives. A former classroom teacher, Stacey teaches lessons on how to be confident, overcome your inner critic, identify your values, set goals, time management, and how to identify spark teams (support networks) to increase productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness for individuals and organizations, both military-connected and civilian alike. Named ‘the Mister Rogers of the Veteran Community’ by a Marine Corps veteran and “adopted” by Vets2Industry as a civilian ally and supporter, Stacey is passionate about providing support, friendship, mentorship, social connection, emotional intelligence, and resources and tools to help her clients create a clear vision and holistic strategy for success beyond service in academics, career, business, and life.

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255 Nathanael Garrett Novosel

The Meaning of Life

Nathanael Garrett Novosel is a professional researcher and advisor with over 20 years of experience studying individual and group behavior. Nathanael spent much of his career using the insights from this research to help the world’s leading executives solve their most pressing organizational challenges and create their strategic plans. Noticing the common drivers of success in all areas of life, he decided to devote his research, problem-solving, and advisory skills to helping people live the best lives possible.

Relationship Renovation Roadmap

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253 Dr. Paul White

Appreciation at Work

Dr. Paul White is a psychologist, speaker, and leadership trainer who “makes work relationships work”.  He has written articles for and been interviewed by Bloomberg’s Business Week, CNN/,, Fast Company, Fortune,, U.S. News and World Report, the Washington Post, and Yahoo! Finance.

As a speaker and trainer, Dr. White has taught around the world, including North America, Europe, South America, Asia, and the Caribbean. His expertise has been requested by Facebook, Microsoft, NASA, L’Oréal, Caterpillar, Starbucks, Boeing, ExxonMobil, Textron, and numerous other multi-national organizations.

Dr. White is the coauthor of the best-selling, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, which has sold over 500,000 copies (written with Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the #1 NY Times bestseller, The 5 Love Languages) and has been translated into 27 languages. Based on their extensive research and expertise, Dr. White and Dr. Chapman have developed practical ways for leaders and employees to communicate authentic appreciation that leads to increased employee engagement, lower staff turnover, more positive work environments, and higher profitability. 

Their Appreciation at Work training resources have been used by numerous corporations, medical facilities, schools, non-profit organizations, and government agencies, over 750 colleges and universities, and in over 60 countries.  Additionally, their online assessment, the Motivating By Appreciation Inventory, has been taken by over 285,000 employees worldwide and is available in  multiple languages.

Cited as a thought-leader in the area of developing healthy workplace relationships, his speaking style has been described as “world-class expertise providing practical, easily-implemented information with the right touch of humor.”

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251 Jesson Bradshaw - Serving the Community

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Jesson Bradshaw is the CEO of Energy Ogre, an electricity management company that uses proprietary systems to ensure its customers are always getting the best prices on their energy electricity.

Energy Ogre has helped over 100,000 Texans save up to 40% on their electricity bills, over $150M since its founding. 

Jesson hopes to bring attention to Texas’s deregulated electricity industry by discussing topics such as renewable energy, future technologies, and consumer services.


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249 Mo Barrett

Mo Barrett is a self-diagnosed "successful failure" currently charting a course for people who want to laugh, learn and think (in that order). Mo is a storyteller at heart. Mo utilizes her unique perspective to deliver funny heartwarming stories. Mo’s stories truly connect with what makes us human.

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Misha Rubin is a career educator and mastermind of the career elite method. Until recently Misha was a partner at a big 4 management consulting firm for 15 years. He managed over 100 million dollars of projects, advised countless number of clients, and guided hundreds of careers. His corporate experience, personal quest for meaning and fulfillment, and rigorous study burst the career elite method, a pragmatic, elevating, and actionable process designed for people to obtain clarity about their next career moves.


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Marley is the CEO of The Party Goddess!, a full-service event planning company with A-List celebrity clients like Britney Spears and Pierce Brosnan, and author of But Are You Making Any Money? Heralded as a must-read for any entrepreneur, the book “makes you want to keep reading more.” 

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243 Tommy Mello - How Important is Culture?!

Tommy Mello is the founder of A1 Garage Doors, a $50 million-plus home services business with over 360 employees in 17 states. Tommy is a regular contributor to Inc., Entrepreneur, and other business publications on the topic of entrepreneurship and small business as well as a sought after podcast, radio and television guest.

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