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Episode 66: About winter solstice 2020, with Virginia Rosenberg

podcast Dec 17, 2020

There’s a change of age happening, y’all. The current movements of celestial bodies in the sky are of epic proportions. As in, never-before-seen-and-will-never-be-seen-again-in-our-lifetimes proportions. And after the 2020 we’ve had, I think you get that this is all a very big deal.

So, in this last episode of the season, our resident astrologer Virginia Rosenberg is back to help us make sense of it all. Join us to put a cap on this wild year and vision how we’ll...

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Episode 65: About expansion, with Elissa

podcast Dec 10, 2020

In this last solo episode of 2020, grab a piece of paper and a pen because it’s time to reflect...

In what ways have you expanded in 2020? What did you think your life was going to look like at the end of this year? What does it look like in reality?

Expansion means growing beyond the limits of what we can currently imagine. And in 2020 we’ve learned more than ever what it means to expand.

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Episode 64: About effective communication, with Keven Brahim Kaddi

podcast Dec 04, 2020

There are tons of effective communication models out there. Keven Brahim Kaddi has studied and facilitates many of them.

As a longtime friend and collaborator of mine (we produced a new musical together in Los Angeles in 2010), I was thrilled when Keven reached out after reading my Conversation Culture article. He affirmed how much the model I created converges with other models.

In this episode, Keven will talk us through some of the shared wisdom of effective communication, and how we can...

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Conversation Culture is picking up steam

speak your truth Nov 30, 2020

Earlier this month, in the days after the election and before we had results, I released an article on Medium called: Cancel Culture has divided us. What we need is Conversation Culture. Since that time the article has picked up steam, with now over 2.1k "claps." Read the article here on Medium to add your own claps, or continue on below for the full text, to learn what we can do to shift paradigm and step into Conversation Culture...

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It’s 2020 and we are polarized....

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Episode 63: About conversation in America, with Jim St. Germain

podcast Nov 19, 2020

I met Jim St. Germain on a bus in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Immediately I realized I had a lot to learn from his inspiring story and his knowledge of American history. And this episode is a history lesson, indeed. I relish the way Jim challenges me and calls my thinking to task in this conversation.

So often we choose to talk to people with whom we can simply go back and forth in a “bubble of agreement.” This episode is not that. It’s a real conversation about the real America. We...

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Episode 62: About Conversation Culture, with Elissa

podcast Nov 05, 2020

It’s 2020 and we are polarized. If it wasn’t already obvious, this election has made it completely evident that we are split in two in the so-called United States of America. “Cancel Culture” is a prime example of our polarization, and it’s reinforcing our divisions. What can we replace it with? I suggest: Conversation Culture.

In this solo episode I’ll share the four steps that I believe can help us come back together in conversation: 1) Start with your...

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Episode 61: About finding liberation through our voice, with Thea May

podcast Oct 29, 2020

This past summer I was supposed to have been in Sydney, Australia at the Voice and Speech Trainers Association conference, presenting a workshop called “Coaching the Voice of Our Times” with my colleague Thea May. Suffice it to say, that didn’t happen. Good news though: Thea and I have put the content in today’s podcast episode!

This conversation blew my mind and I think it will blow yours too. Thea and I agree: in our modern era, the pathway to liberation is through...

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Episode 60: About justice and reform, with RaRa 4 Reform

podcast Oct 22, 2020

RaRa 4 Reform was leading an outdoor, socially-distanced political town hall at Ft. Greene Park in Brooklyn a few weeks ago. I stumbled upon it while on a walk and paused to listen, and my ears perked up when I heard her say “You know I speak my truth.” And so now she’s here with me on the podcast!

Listen as RaRa shares about the current landscape of injustice in New York City and the need for reform in this metropolis and through the USA and the globe. We’re living...

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Episode 59: About how we talk about race, with Christina Blacken

podcast Oct 15, 2020

How do we show up bravely and compassionately for conversations about race? In this episode, leadership and storytelling coach Christina Blacken returns to the podcast to dive into this extremely important topic.

A few recommendations for white allies: Listen. Remember you don’t have to take up space. Ask open-ended questions that don’t make assumptions, and do your research before you show up. It makes sense that we’ve been nervous to have multi-racial conversations about...

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Episode 58: About freedom, with Elissa

podcast Oct 08, 2020

What does freedom mean to you?

This month on the podcast, our theme is Freedom. Now, the United States of America purports to be a country founded on this ideal. But what I’ve come to realize is that in practice, the brand of freedom we tout here in the USA is “I do what I want.” This is not a freedom that uplifts others.

It's time to step out of the zero-sum game we've agreed to and build a reality around true freedom that elevates...

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