Season 7 - Service and Servant Leadership with Gary Schmidt - Episode 66

Gary Schmidt is the Director of Public and Government Affairs for Clackamas County, Oregon.  He previously worked for Oregon United States Senators Mark Hatfield and Gordon Smith, as a Field Representative, speechwriter and constituent services coordinator.  Gary has been a Toastmaster for 23 years and served as the International President of Toastmasters International in 2009-2010.

Show Notes:

Toastmasters International

Gary Schmidt - LinkedIn Profile

 

 Gary Schmidt

Gary Schmidt

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Season 7 - Creating Heart-Centered Profitable Businesses with Rose Harrow - Episode 65

For over 30 years Rose has coached and mentored business and professional change makers so that they can do well financially while making a difference in the world.

As past director of an international non-profit, she understands the challenges that large organizations face, and has a wide angle perspective of what it takes personally as well as professionally to run a business or organization. 

Her early education included the diverse interests of brain re-wiring, therapeutic massage, a degree in music composition, and a minor in social welfare.

Her love for people and her intuitive ability to zero in on core issues, make her equally at home chairing a meeting or coaching one to one, and seeing innovative solutions “outside the box.” 

As her “give back” she has coordinated national educational networks in the U.S. and Latin America.

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The common thread through all of her life is that she believes that any mindful career can be a powerful spiritual path. If you desire to “change the world,” the process will call forth from you a level of growth and transformation that is deep and soul satisfying.  You will feel more like yourself than ever before.  

This journey requires special “real world” skills and systems in addition to passion, persistence and vision. 

Show Notes: Website, LinkedIn Profile

 Rose Harrow

Rose Harrow

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Succeeding in business and life with Terry Beard - Season 6 Episode 64

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Terry Beard is an entrepreneur with many years of experience building and leading successful ventures in retail, manufacturing, brick and mortar, and internet enterprises.

Synopsis of his new Book: Squelched: Succeeding in Business and Life by Finding Your Voice

Too many of us live with our inner voices reinforcing the feeling that we are "not good enough." Squelched is living testimony that we need not succumb to the negative messages life may serve up to thwart our aspirations and best efforts. We can be more than the expectations of others, with conviction, effort and hard work we can overcome and move towards personal strength and happiness.

Show Notes: 

Squelched Book

LinkedIn Profile

Toastmasters International, Dale Carnegie

Book Recommendations: Good to Great, Letters to his son

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Season 6 - Accelerating Revenue and Business with Lenora Edwards - Episode 63

Lenora Edwards is a business development consultant for entrepreneurs & executives. Her clients hire her to help them design, develop, and build their businesses--on their own terms. Her value-add is acceleration of the revenue-generating process. She is known for helping those of us with especially unique value propositions and many regard her as their “ad hoc business partner who never tries to take equity.” Her expertise spans retail, manufacturing, and professional services in both domestic and international markets. Since launching her practice in 2001, her community of satisfied clients keeps growing -- nearly all by referral. It’s her dream job – and it shows.

Show Notes:

Lenora Edwards - LinkedIn, Website

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Season 6 - Spirit in Motion with Cycling Champion Maureen Manley - Episode 62

Maureen’s exceptionalism first came to international attention as a world class cyclist.  She had no preconceived limits on what she could accomplish as a member of the US Cycling Team.  She won a National Championship, set a national record, earned a silver and bronze medals at the national level.  She won a silver medal in the World Championships and had her eye on the 1992 Olympics.  

At the height of her cycling career, her dreams came to an abrupt halt with the sudden onset of a colossal health challenge.  The headlines read, “Manley’s Olympic dream is dashed.”  The journey down one road ended.  Another began.  A journey filled with compelling life lessons that strengthened her understanding and belief in the power of the human spirit.

The courage, determination and resourcefulness that had fueled her amazing athleticism became instrumental in her healing process.  She did not let her physical setback stop her from living the life she desired.

In addition to her Exercise Science Degree she obtained a Master’s degree in Whole Systems Design.  She began to understand and develop effective ways to deepen and broaden her knowledge and application of holistic high-performance strategies that would help produce the outcomes she desired. 

Her journey led her to become a creative force – a gifted corporate professional speaker and peak-performance wellness and business coach.  Maureen’s passion for excellence and her authentic presence have led her to inspire audiences from coast to coast. 

In her program, The Cycle of Success, Maureen shows her audiences how to gain the winning edge by harnessing the power of both grit and grace. 

Show Notes:

Maureen Manley Website, LinkedIn

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Season 6 - First Impressions and People Packaging with Sylvie Di Giusto - Episode 61

“People Packaging is what I do" says Sylvie di Giusto who helps individuals and organizations to explore how people make up their minds very quickly about them, their leadership potential, or their company, and either open the door or slam it shut. Twenty years of corporate experience and her ability to empower people to influence the success of own career has led to her launching Executive Image Consulting, based in New York City. It’s where she uses her extensive corporate expertise as a keynote speaker, corporate trainer and image consultant for professionals, politicians, and companies who place great importance on themselves. Sylvie speaks to audiences around the world about the importance of “First Impressions… and everything beyond”. She is the Author of “The Image of Leadership,” the Co-Owner of the “Studio for Image Professionals” and the Creator of “How You Impress.”

Show Notes:

Executive Image Consulting, How You Impress Course

 Sylvie di Giusto

Sylvie di Giusto

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Season 6 - How gender affects the way we communicate, identifying your IT factor with Nick McArthur - Episode 60

Nick McArthur is a dude with a wife, five kids, and an online business. He also happens to have spent much of his life living as a woman...even though deep down he always knew he was a man. When he embraced his identity and came out as transgender, he realized just how much gender affects the way we think, talk, and function. He now speaks from his experience on both sides of the gender coin, empowering both men and women to live authentically and powerfully no matter what their gender might be. Nick helps creative entrepreneurs find their own voice at epicdanger.com and his blog about transitioning is at theverybestman.com. You can also find him on Instagram as @epicdanger posting many pictures of his many kids.

 Nick McArthur

Nick McArthur

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Season 6 - Redesigning your Inner Space with Paul Sokolski - Episode 59

Paul Sokolski, founder of Redesign Your Inner Space, is a visionary leader, and has a passion to truly help change the way the world sees what's possible.  

Paul speaks worldwide and focuses on helping people live with total abundance. Paul brings a unique approach to his performance catalyst company, and how he coaches individuals from a background of over 25 years in business and a personal journey that fuses authenticity, love and forgiveness, to create a space of peace for the individual that has the passion to grow, Live and love, in a way that serves themselves first and then others, as Paul has also mastered in his life.

Show Notes:

PauL Sokolski - Website

 Paul Sokolski

Paul Sokolski

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Season 6 - A story about commitment and retiring young with Galina Lipina - Episode 58

Galina Lipina, is a coach at "Turning Point"and she specializes in supporting successful professionals who want more in life, who are ready to uplevel.

She has been though a few transitions in life (moved to US all by herself at the age of 24 , transitioned from a job to being a consultant to then retiring at the age of 33) 

She supports her clients with:

  • Clarity. Defining the next goal.
  • Fulfillment. I will help you get clarity on your fulfillment and make sure it is integrated into your next goal.
  • Freedom. Eliminating have to's and should's, and design your life around your wants and meant to be's.
  • Unique lifestyle and goal design that peels away all conditioning of what you are supposed to be and do and connects you to what's your unique way of living your life.
  • Getting unstuck to live the bigger version of you.
  • Strategy. Developing the most effective strategy to get there. 
  • Action. Defining the action steps to start and then do it!

Show Notes: 

Galina Lipina's Retirement Story - Website, Facebook

Galina's Speech at Digital Footprint - Atlanta - here

Recommended Resources: Workshops, Seminars, The Science of getting Rich

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Season 6 - Transform yourself, your relationships, and your world with Ryel Kestano- Episode 57

Ryel is the lead designer of ART's curriculum, and runs operations. Prior to co-founding ART International, Ryel oversaw all training operations at the Integral Center in Boulder, a world-renowned leader in transformational workshops. He has been a course leader, course supervisor, facilitator and coach since his own transformation several years ago. Ryel is also the co-founder and visionary behind Virtuance, one of the largest providers of real estate photography in the world, and the co-founder and visionary behind Pink Mammoth, one of the Bay Area's largest and most successful creative arts collectives.

Show Notes:

Art International,

Book Recommendations: The Untethered Soul, The Eden Project, Nonviolent Communication

 

 Ryel Kestano

Ryel Kestano

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Season 6 - Hacking the Gap with Greg Voisen - Episode 56

Greg Voisen, creator and host of Inside Personal Growth, is an author, creative consultant and thought leader in the human potential movement. Inside Personal Growth was born out of Greg’s passion for personal growth and mastery. He continually strives to improve his own life – spiritually, emotionally and physically – as he learns from the hundreds of authors interviewed on this website.

Greg’s professional journey began with a career in insurance sales and financial planning, during which he found himself coaching clients to feel emotionally secure making major life investments. For the past 30 years, Greg has been honing his skills in business consulting, finance and psychology. In 2003, he sold his successful financial consulting company to attend the University of Santa Monica and earn his M.S. in Spiritual Psychology. Since, he has created multiple businesses with philanthropic arms, including Digital Seed and Compassionate Communications, to merge these disciplines.

Inside Personal Growth is one of many ways Greg connects people for the greater good. It is his professional mission to inspire insight and innovation that facilitates breakthroughs in the individual and collective consciousness to evolve the way we see people in business. 

Show Notes:

Check out Greg's new book: Hacking the Gap

Greg Voisen Websites: Learn more about Greg by visiting voisen.com and eluminate.net.

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Hacking the Gap

 Greg Voisen

Greg Voisen

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Season 6 - Wisdom of Friends Intro

“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” - Franz Kafka

Dear Friends, 

I am Kal Aras and I want to welcome you to the Season 6 of Wisdom of Friends

Some of you may wonder - What is Wisdom of Friends?

Well - Wisdom of Friends- is a talk show distributed as a podcast where I interview inspiring leaders, fascinating and eclectic people in our community who are living extraordinary lives; capture and share their wisdom and celebrate their life.

We dig deeper into their life's journey;  their goals, their struggles, and their aspirations. We discover how they came to identify their purpose, their values, and their philosophy on life, success, and contribution.

We celebrate folks who have mastered ways to balance the science of success with the art of fulfillment. 

As the Zen practitioners would say - having a beginner's mind helps see possibilities and my goal with these interviews is to extract the wisdom from these conversations, apply it and share it.

Why did I start this show?

The reason I started this show was to bring together people I have known in my life - my social circle, my professional network and my community. Over the years, I have soaked in their wisdom; these individuals with their stand for making a difference in their circle of influence and beyond; have in turn made a difference in my life through their inspiring vision and message, their pursuit of excellence, and comebacks when life had dished out challenges in the form of curve balls - be it a debilitating disease, abuse, bankruptcy, divorce or a death of a loved one. They found a way - the grit to not succumb to these setbacks but instead figured out a way to bounce back with success, build character and alter their destiny with powerful choices. They have shown us to how to keep on living a life fully, powerfully and joyfully. And this is my humble attempt to capture their stories and wisdom as an acknowledgement to these amazingly wonderful people.

Folks - these are the stories of men and women who like you and me are just ordinary people but continue to embark on an extraordinary journey and inspire people in their lives and their community to do the same.

Once again, I welcome you to the Season 6 of Wisdom of Friends show. And, if you like what you hear, please share, don't be shy. I'd also appreciate if you can give us a five star rating so that we can share this podcast with a bigger audience.

Thank You!

 Kal Aras

Kal Aras

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Season 5 - From communication chaos to profit, performance and productivity - Episode 54

Lisa, founder of Lisa Copeland Communications, is a communication specialist with 25+ years of corporate speaking experience. While maintaining her corporate position, she also leads business teams with radically different perspectives to synergy via customized communication and enhanced understanding of the workplace dynamics.

As a business consultant, workshop facilitator, corporate coach / educator and highly skilled dental hygienist, Lisa’s dynamic presentation style motivates her audience to take action.

Her diverse career path focuses on:  Lisa Copeland Communications consulting, clinical hygiene and corporate education.

Lisa is an international speaker who has presented a wide range of topics to audiences throughout the world. She is a committed member of the National Speakers Association, which promotes the highest standards of professional speaking partnered with lifelong learning.

After working in Singapore for five years, Lisa and her husband relocated to the Northwest.  Her passions in life include triathlons, cycling, swimming, snowboarding, and travel.

Show Notes:

Lisa Copeland -  Website, LinkedIn

 

 Lisa Copeland

Lisa Copeland

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Season 5 - Your Communication Connection with Jan McLaughlin - Episode 52

Jan M. McLaughlin, CSP works with professionals who want to positively influence the responses they receive.  Jan had been a teacher, retail manager and actress in television commercials when she established the image consulting firm, J'Ambry.  Referred to in the Seattle Times as a "pioneer in the image industry" and "the most frequently-quoted image professional in the Northwest," she was a popular guest on television and radio and in demand as a speaker.  At the urging of clients, she expanded her focus and established Your Communication Connection.  As a highly-respected speaker and trainer—who is considered an expert in communication—she offers programs on impression management, communication, customer service, leadership and presentation skills.

Jan has earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation—the speaking profession’s international measure of speaking experience and skill.

Fewer than 12 % of the 5,000+ speakers worldwide, who belong to the 14 member associations of the Global Speakers Federation (GSF), currently hold this professional designation.

Show Notes:

Blog:    Twitter:   YouTube , LinkedIn, Website

Additional Resources:

 

 Jan McLaughlin

Jan McLaughlin

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Season 5 - Don't just Wow the crowd, change them with Tamsen Webster - Episode 51

Part "idea whisperer," part message strategist, and part presentation coach, Tamsen Webster helps people and organizations like Verizon, State Street Bank, Ericsson, Johnson & Johnson, and Disney find and communicate the power of their ideas. For four years, she was the Executive Producer of TEDxCambridge, one of the oldest and largest locally organized “TED talk” events in the world. In former lives, she worked in both agencies and at nonprofits heading up brand, marketing, and fundraising communication strategy, along with a brief but enduring turn as a change management consultant. She was a reluctant marathoner...twice; is a winning ballroom dancer (in her mind); and everything she knows about people, speaking, and change, she learned at Weight Watchers. True story.

Show Notes: 

Tamsen Webster Keynote Speaking and Coaching

Tamsen's LinkedIn Profile

 Tamsen Webster

Tamsen Webster

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Season 5 - Turning Your Knowledge, Experience and Expertise into Ongoing Streams of Cash - Peter Thomson - Episode 50

Peter Thomson is now regarded as the UK’s most prolific information product creator. Starting in business in 1972 he built 3 successful companies – selling the last to a public company, after only 5 years trading, for £4.2M enabling him to retire at age 42.

Since that time Peter has concentrated on sharing his proven methods for business and personal success via audio and video programmes, books, seminars, conference speeches and mentoring programmes.

Peter now specializes in helping coaches, consultants, speakers, trainers and business owners to grow their organisations – so each can create a business and a life of choice. He shares the precise steps on how to share more of their authentic messages with more people than they could ever reach on a 1-2-1- basis by showing them how to write and create and market their own informational products.

With over 100 audio and 100 video programs written and recorded he is Nightingale Conant’s leading UK author.

Show Notes: 

Peter Thomson WebsiteLinkedIn Profile

Book Recommendations: Decisive

Turn Your Knowledge, Experience and Expertise into Ongoing Streams of Cash by Joining Peter Thomson's highly rated  The Achievers Club

 Peter Thomson

Peter Thomson

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Season 5 - Extraordinary Impact with Elisa Hays - Episode 49

Would you like extraordinary leadership at every level in your organization? Then you need to hear Elisa Hays’s astonishing story. After an 18-wheeler truck going 65 miles-per-hour hit her body, she was propelled 90 feet through the air and ultimately into the position she is in now as a speaker, consultant and executive coach empowering organizations, individuals and audiences internationally. With honesty, humor, and heart-wrenching stories Elisa reveals the simple but powerful truths she uncovered through her miraculous survival. She shares the character and choices it took to save lives and rebuild her own after the near-fatal collision that cost her a successful 20-year career as a performer and CEO of a one-of-a-kind entertainment company. By applying her hard-won leadership lessons in leveraging adversity you will grow star performer communities and achieve extraordinary impact with your team – all without the messy bother of actually getting hit by a truck.

Show Notes: 

Elisa Hays: Keynote Speaking, LinkedIn Profile

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Elisa Hays

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Season 5 - The Reluctant Leader - Owning Your Responsibility with Ron Rael - Episode 48

Ron Rael, the CEO and founder of the High Road® Institute works with the everyday leader to become a person who leads with intention and impact. Ron is a vanguard on leadership topics. His 40+ years of business experience comes from working in two Fortune 500 companies, as well as from leading employee teams in closely held businesses. Ron’s has worked with Cabela’s, Costco, Starbucks, Microsoft, Bright Horizons, Moss Adams, Radio Shack, the U.S. Navy, and several northwest Universities.

Ron’s extensive wisdom and practical solutions, contained in his 19 books and diverse leadership solutions, provide both strategies and tactics for organizational success. He has trained and coached more than 14,000 leaders and business professionals throughout the United States and Canada. He is the author of The Reluctant Leader™:  Own Your Responsibility with Courage, which is now available at Amazon.

The Reluctant Leader™ is a person who feels uncomfortable with the challenges of leading, yet is looked upon by others to be their leader.

Ron has been speaking professionally since 1988. And, he is only 29 years old! This is amazing and because he has a rare disorder known as DCS.

Show Notes: 

Ron Rael - LinkedIn Profile, High Road Institute

Book Recommendations: Illusions by Richard Bach

 Ron Rael

Ron Rael

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Season 5 - Designing Global Learning Solutions with Eric Ellefsen - Episode 47

Eric Ellefsen is a learning & development leader focused on delivering evidence-based training solutions that build skills to meet business needs. Currently, he is a global learning design leader at EY (Ernst & Young), a “big 4” professional services firm, where he develops learning design processes and standards to ensure a high quality learner experience. Over the past 20 years, he has served in a variety of learning roles at Kaplan Education (higher education), ITT Corporation (manufacturing and military contracts), Healthways (healthcare), Terabeam and AT&T (telecomm). Prior to that, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He earned his PhD in Educational Technology from the University of Northern Colorado, MA from the University of Colorado and BA from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Show Notes:

Eric Ellefsen: LinkedIn Profile

Toastmasters International Website

 Eric Ellefsen

Eric Ellefsen

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