Episode 107: DataStory: How To Explain Data and Inspire Action Through Story, with Nancy Duarte

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“It all goes back to empathy. Know who you’re talking to, know how they process information, and really think through what you’re asking of them and how they’re going to feel about it.” – Nancy Duarte

What if you sliced data and found a huge problem or opportunity? Data did its job, but now it needs a storyteller. How insights are communicated could reverse or increase the trajectory of data, and the actions you ask others to take today changes your future data. In this episode our Finding Brave guest shares how getting others to move forward with those actions only happens when someone communicates well. 

Nancy Duarte is a communication expert who has been featured in Fortune, Time Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, Wired, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Cosmopolitan, and on CNN and beyond. Her firm, Duarte, Inc., is the global leader behind some of the most influential visual messages in business and culture, and has created more than a quarter of a million presentations. 

As a persuasion expert, she cracked the code for effectively incorporating story patterns into business communications and is also a Harvard Business Review contributor. She’s written six best-selling books and four have won awards. Duarte, Inc., is the largest design firm in Silicon Valley, as well as one of the top woman-owned businesses in the area. Nancy has won several prestigious awards for communications, entrepreneurship, and her success as a female executive. She has been a speaker at a number of Fortune 500 companies, and counts many more among her firm’s clientele. Nancy has spoken at numerous conferences and her TEDx talk has had over two million views. 

As you grow in your career, you can become a strategic advisor and ultimately a leader using data to shape a future where humanity and organizations flourish. 

Highlights from this Episode:

  • What really motivated Nancy to start working with data, and how it all contributed to the creation of her latest book [3:25]

  • Why all of her work has a thread of empathy going through it [7:31]

  • What executives are measuring today and why we need to remember these things when communicating with them [10:02]

  • How Nancy defines the “data point of view” and the ways that each of us can begin to craft one [17:22]

  • The role of collaboration and what we need to start doing more effectively with colleagues [22:11]

  • Whether or not Nancy believes that great orators are born that way and a gap that’s existing in the leaders of today [24:31]

  • Three practical ways we can make data “stick” [25:17]

  • How data can be easily accessed, and Nancy’s best practices for presenting it to others [28:19]

  • The biggest mistakes people make with data [31:09]

For More Information: 

https://www.duarte.com/ 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancyduarte/ 

https://twitter.com/nancyduarte 

https://www.facebook.com/nancy.c.duarte 

https://www.facebook.com/duarteinc/ 

Resources Mentioned: 

Nancy’s Latest Book, DataStory: Explain Data and Inspire Action Through Story & Her Other Works

Her TED Talk, The Secret Structure of Great Talks 

Kathy’s Forbes.com interview with Nancy, Nancy Duarte Shares How To Design Your Content So It Resonates With, And Rivets, Your Audience

100: Top 5 Lessons From Publishing 100 Podcast Episodes 

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

For more about Kathy’s upcoming book The Most Powerful You: 7 Bravery-Boosting Paths To Career Bliss, sign up for her weekly newsletter at https://kathycaprino.com for updates, free giveaways, contests, and more, coming in Spring 2020. And to discover if you are experiencing any of the 7 damaging power gaps today, take Kathy’s Power Gap Survey and find out!

Kathy’s First Book, Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power and Purpose        

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QUOTES: 

“I think data has quickly become a whole other language. It is a number-based language, and we have all this data, but if you can’t communicate your findings, you might as well not be collecting the data.” [3:37]

“A lot of people aren’t comfortable forming a data point of view, so a point of view about data would be when you take the time to articulate the action.” [17:32]

“If you take some of the creative nuance out of it, there’s an actual formula that can craft for you an executive summary around your data of which the point of view is a part of.” [18:31]

“Instead of throwing all the data up there at once, you can actually get a gasp, or a physical and emotional reaction to the data.” [26:59]

“Everything you build in your talk should feed into that transformation of the audience.” [32:28]

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Episode 106: Turning Our Creativity Into a Leadership Force, with Laverne McKinnon

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“I very much think of myself as the leader behind, or the leader beside. I love to help people across their finish line, so get rid of that mistaken belief and realize that we can define leadership in so many different ways.” – Laverne McKinnon

Leaders come in all different shapes and sizes, and the “old school” notion of being an extrovert and telling people what to do and how to do it is not effective, productive or sustainable. Today’s Finding Brave guest shows us that we are all leaders of some kind, and part of her mission is to inspire and challenge each of us to step into our leadership potential and make a positive impact on the world. 

Laverne McKinnon is the Executive Producer of the Netflix series Girlboss, and the co-founder of K&L Productions, a film & television company created with Kay Cannon (writer of the Pitch Perfect franchise and director of Blockers). K&L has a first-look production deal at Sony Television with multiple projects sold including Amazon, Quibi, Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC and TBS. Laverne and Kay are passionate about championing underdog and underserved stories. Laverne is also a leadership and personal coach, certified grief counselor, and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s MS Leadership for Creative Enterprises program. For a significant part of her career, she was a successful programming executive with stints as SVP Drama Development at CBS and as EVP Original Programming & Development at EPIX. Laverne holds a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, is the former co-chairman of the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (the longest-running and most prestigious Asian American & Pacific Islander non-profit) and is a passionate advocate for adoption and foster care programs.

The world is in desperate need of a new type of leadership, and Laverne is a glowing example of someone who connects all the dots of who she is and what she stands for, in order to leverage her creativity fully and make a positive impact in the world.  

Highlights from this Episode:

  • How Laverne got her start in the entertainment business, and the big surprise she discovered soon after [3:38]

  • Her keys to thriving in a competitive and male-dominated industry, and the amazing advice she received at a particularly difficult time for her [9:10]

  • The role that effective communication plays in leadership and making tough decisions [14:08]

  • What Laverne considers to be the biggest personal growth gap in inspiring leaders today [15:00]

  • What to remember when upleveling your life and business, plus what can happen when you don’t prioritize self-care [20:30]

  • How to be creative and lead in your chosen field [22:13]

  • Why she says she leads in a much different way than someone who is considered a typical leader  [24:16]

  • The ways that Laverne is empowering herself and others through her work [25:50]

  • What women can do to become more comfortable in their journeys to becoming a leader, or being more effective as one [28:42]

  • Exciting details about her new leadership program beginning this month [30:48]

For More Information: 

https://www.lavernemckinnon.com/ 

https://www.instagram.com/lavernemckinnon/ 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lavernem/ 

Resources Mentioned: 

Laverne’s Services (including her upcoming Leadership & Transformation Group Sessions)

41: The New Definition of Leadership, with Karen Kimsey-House

Kathy’s Forbes.com interview with Laverne: Executive Producer Of Netflix’s Show ‘Girlboss’ Shares Her Reality About Life In Entertainment

For more about Kathy’s upcoming book The Most Powerful You: 7 Bravery-Boosting Paths To Career Bliss, sign up for her weekly newsletter at https://kathycaprino.com for updates, free giveaways, contests, and more, coming in Summer 2020. And to discover if you are experiencing any of the 7 damaging power gaps today, take Kathy’s Power Gap Survey and find out!

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QUOTES: 

“I feel like ultimately what has allowed me to thrive, and to succeed, is that we as human beings are naturally creative, resourceful and whole. It took me a long time to actually embrace that and recognize it.” [8:07]

“Being curious, compassionate and supportive is sometimes about telling people some hard truths.” [12:44]

“It’s really like in a way pruning our thoughts, and pulling out the weeds. If it’s not a quality thought, yank it and replace that thought with something that’s going to be helpful.” [15:54]

“That place of empowerment is just so rich and delicious, and it allows us to navigate those natural obstacles and challenges that are part of life.” [26:35]

“I feel like many women are kept small because we’re told that we have to choose to do one thing.” [32:07]

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Episode 105: Top 5 Regrets of the Dying and What We Need To Learn From Them, with Bronnie Ware

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“If we dare to create some space to honor the things that light us up, even if they’re not at all linked with our professional life, they will lift our happiness, our confidence, our presence and our joy. To a point that we bring more efficiency to our work, we also will bring more clarity to our life.” – Bronnie Ware

The time we have is sacred, but it’s common for us to get caught up in our daily activities and forget this fact. Today’s Finding Brave guest has a message that will resonate with all those who are at a point in life where they know that change is needed, as she explores how life really is on our side and why in the end, courage indeed will be rewarded for those who are brave.

Bronnie Ware is best known as the author of the international bestselling memoir The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, read by over a million people in 32 languages and with a movie in the pipeline. Bronnie is also an inspirational speaker. She lives in northern New South Wales, Australia, and is a passionate advocate for simplicity and leaving space to breathe. 

This conversation with Bronnie is about much more than the top regrets that people have at the end of their lives. It’s about realizing that happiness is a choice that each one of us can make, and we all can have it. After listening to this episode, you’ll have a clearer picture of what’s involved in living a life that fills your heart and allows a greater experience of joy every day, regardless of your current situation.

Highlights from this Episode:

  • Bronnie’s journey of leaving the banking world to search for what she refers to as “work with heart” [3:49]

  • How she became a writer and the way that she healed a personal relationship in the process [10:57]

  • A breakdown of the top 5 regrets of the dying from her book [15:26]

  • The way Bronnie realized that we are all worthy of happiness, and that she could be happy while also embracing the challenges she faced [16:12]

  • What lessons the healing journey she had to undertake helped teach her [21:00]

  • Bronnie’s insights on running a business and following our own intuition, not just the advice of others [25:24]

  • What she has done to set up necessary boundaries in her life and the reasons that she has done this [28:42]

  • Why Bronnie feels that some people are reluctant to be happy, even though it will lead to becoming their true selves [32:13]

  • Why bringing your best self to the world will ultimately bring you more joy [35:03]

For More Information: 

https://bronnieware.com/ 

https://www.instagram.com/bronnie.ware/

https://www.facebook.com/bronnie.ware

Resources Mentioned: 

Bronnie’s Book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing & Her Other Works

Her Audio Course, Regret-Free and Loving It

Bronnie’s Joyful and Regret-Free Weekend Retreat (California 29 – 31 May, 2020)

Kathy and Bronnie’s Forbes Post, The Top Regrets Of The Dying And What We Need To Learn From Them

For more about Kathy’s upcoming book The Most Powerful You: 7 Bravery-Boosting Paths To Career Bliss, sign up for her weekly newsletter at https://kathycaprino.com for updates, free giveaways, contests, and more, coming in Summer 2020. And to discover if you are experiencing any of the 7 damaging power gaps today, take Kathy’s Power Gap Survey and find out!

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QUOTES: 

“I didn’t dream that I could be an author, it just didn’t even cross my mind, but I was so happy writing and expressing myself through words.” [11:00]

“We have to have those struggles, and the contrast and the challenges, because they are the things that make us step into our best self and to really own who we can be.” [16:43]

“Happiness is a choice on such a tiny level, in so many ways, and yet all of those small choices to focus on something beautiful or positive is just one choice away from the anger and the sadness.” [18:18]

“I deeply believe, without a doubt, that our lessons are given to us from a place of love and to bring us into our best self.” [20:29]

“If I hadn’t had those challenges, I wouldn’t be confident to own the life that I have now.” [23:18]

“We all learn from other people and we all benefit from mentors and coaches, but at the end of the day it is our heart that will guide us.” [29:57]

“What I do is I give people the tools, and how they choose to use the tools is up to them.” [31:02]

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Episode 104: Special Holiday Selection: Six Essential Questions To Ask for the New Year

Thank you for listening to Finding Brave, ranked in the Top 100 Apple Podcasts in Careers! In honor of this wonderful holiday season, I’m happy to share my “Special Holiday Selections” taken from popular episodes from the start of the show. This episode offers what I hope you’ll find to be helpful strategies for building 2020 as you truly want it. 

“You just have to believe that there’s a higher version of you that you can tap into and that can access higher-level wisdom, insight, solutions, strategies, people, and connections. If you believe it, and if you believe it strongly, it’s amazing what happens in your life.” – Kathy Caprino 

Most of us know from experience that New Year’s resolutions and the huge, hairy goals we dream up for our lives often arrive with great gusto, but all too frequently they die on the vine very soon after we’ve written them down.

Today, I’m excited to share a helpful year-end strategy of reflection — the process of reflecting back on the past year in an in-depth, careful and probing way, exploring all that you’ve learned and experienced, created, and also “failed” at — as an effective step to get clearer clear on what you really want in your life. 

This reflection process helps you connect in a powerful, juicy way with your ultimate dreams and desires, and it highlights where you’ve been living “off course” – far away from what your most authentic self really wants. 

In this episode, I explore what I’ve found to be six essential reflection questions that are perfect for this time of year, to help us take stock, expand our gratitude and appreciation for all that we are today, and set the wheels in motion for shifting our approach to how we operate, communicate, and engage with others and with our core challenges and power gaps. This reflection process hatches important new revelations, and sets the stage for a brand new future.

As always, be gentle and compassionate with yourself as you reflect, and remember that everything that’s happened can be used to bolster and uplift you, if you let it.

At the end of the show, I sing a little song to welcome in the New Year, from my heart to yours.

I’d love to hear how your answers to these six questions impact you. And  I welcome your suggestions for any future topics or interviewees that you’re interested in. Please reach out to me by email, or on social media via LinkedIn, or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and say hello and share your ideas!

I wish you and your family very Happy Holidays and I’m looking forward to serving you fresh, new episodes of Finding Brave in 2019 that will move you forward to create life and work as you dream it to be.

Happy New Year!

Highlights from this Episode:

  • The benefits of reflection and what it can help you achieve these next 12 months [2:45]

  • What our lives are giving us, but we often miss [6:14]

  • Why you need to celebrate all of your wins, no matter how small you may think they are [7:48]

  • What I tell myself when things don’t see to be working out for me and how we can reframe our experiences to benefit from them [9:40]

  • Why we need to focus on so much more than just outcomes [12:30]

  • Visualization truly works – here’s an exercise that I do [16:40]

  • What is your “higher self” and how you can receive help from it [18:34]

  • What is one thing that is needed to overcome your resistance [22:43]

  • The reasons that accountability is needed and where we can get it [24:42]

  • The power gaps that keep people from thriving in their lives and in their work [25:35]

  • How you can move past a traumatic event and finally let it go [30:56]

  • My theme word for 2019 and an invitation for you to create one as well [31:31]

  • A little song for you to welcome in the New Year [33:25]

Resources Mentioned: 

Episode 50: How To Reduce Pain and Conflict With Family and Friends This Holiday

Amazing Career Project Module – The Lessons Life is Trying to Teach You and Why You’re Not Learning them 

Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life by Shakti Gawain

Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power and Purpose

46: 7 Damaging Power Gaps That Keep You From Thriving in Life and Work

Kathy’s Forbes post on How To Stop Staying ‘I’m Sorry’ When You’re Not (And Why You Need To)

For more about Kathy’s upcoming book The Most Powerful You: 7 Bravery-Boosting Paths To Career Bliss, sign up for her weekly newsletter at https://kathycaprino.com for updates, free giveaways, contests, and more, coming in Spring 2020. And to discover if you are experiencing any of the 7 damaging power gaps today, take Kathy’s Power Gap Survey and find out!

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QUOTES: 

“Nothing is wasted — everything you’ve learned and everything you’ve experienced, even if you’ve fallen down flat on your face, is useful. What we want to do is leverage everything we’ve been, done, and learned, and then build on that for the next chapter.” [3:09]

“You can’t just be grateful for the amazing stuff. It helps propel you forward when you can also be grateful for the difficult stuff.” [4:06]

“I am a fan of helping people realize they do have an idea of what they want. They absolutely do, but they just don’t recognize that as a valid idea.” [12:11]

“I get a lot out of juice out of turning my mess into a message. Could you?” [13:48]

“Envision what would be a happier, more abundant, prosperous, successful and joyful experience. See yourself with all your senses in it and I promise you that paves the way for it to come to pass.” [18:07]

“What habit can you build that’s going to help you get to where you want to go?” [24:34]

“If you isolate and you won’t ask for help, you’re never going to get it and you’re going to stay stuck.” [27:51]

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Episode 103: Special Holiday Selection: Why We Need to "Find Brave" and 10 Ways to Start

Thank you for listening to Finding Brave, ranked in the Top 100 Apple Podcasts in Careers! In honor of this wonderful holiday season, I’m happy to share my “Special Holiday Selections” for Finding Brave!  These episodes offer what I hope you’ll find to be compelling and helpful messages that are great for exploring this time of year.  I hope you find this episode, the very first episode of this podcast, instrumental in developing your strength, commitment and courage to make 2020 just what you want it to be.

In this first episode of Finding Brave, Kathy shares her deeply personal story about how she embarked on “Finding Brave” in her own life, and why mustering more bravery and courage is a vital endeavor for men and women around the world who want to live the highest version of themselves and reach their highest, most joyful potential.

She defines #FINDINGBRAVE as this: Recognizing — and courageously leveraging — what you’re made of as a human and spiritual being, and mustering the commitment, passion and courage to draw on all that you are to create the life you dream of, through the fear and the pain.

And she offers 10 essential ways to find brave in your life, with specific tips to get moving on your brave path.

Highlights from this Episode:

  • Why “Finding Brave” is so important to Kathy and how the idea for this podcast that you’re listening to came to be [1:52]

  • She didn’t know it, but Kathy was becoming a therapist even back at the age of 16 and a decision at 22 set the tone for much of her life [4:07]

  • There are 12 hidden crises that working women face – and she faced all of them [5:52]

  • A life changing conversation…[7:22]

  • Why we go “underground” and stop using our own voices (men too) [10:57]

  • What will really happen when we’re fake and hiding [12:07]

  • Just networking with others isn’t enough – here’s what you need to do [23:04]

  • Who the happiest group of people in the world are [26:57]

  • The new frontier of bravery that Kathy is currently facing in her own life [37:20]

Links mentioned in this show:

Forbes post: 10 Ways To Brave Up: How To Rise Up, Speak Up and Stand Up Boldly for Yourself

Kathy’s 6 Dominant Action Styles quiz

Kathy’s TEDx Talk “Time To Brave Up

Forbes Interview with Richie Norton: The Power of Starting Something ‘Stupid’

Forbes article: The Top Three Mistakes Career Professionals Make On Their LinkedIn Profiles

Forbes interview: 6 Ways Pushing Past Your Comfort Zone Is Critical To Success

Forbes article: Why We Don’t Speak Up Against Abuse of Others When We Know Of It

American Assn. of Marriage and Family Therapy

The Energy of Money by Maria Nemeth, Ph.D.

For more about Kathy’s upcoming book The Most Powerful You: 7 Bravery-Boosting Paths To Career Bliss, sign up for her weekly newsletter at https://kathycaprino.com for updates, free giveaways, contests, and more, coming in Spring 2020. And to discover if you are experiencing any of the 7 damaging power gaps today, take Kathy’s Power Gap Survey and find out!

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QUOTES:

“Why I care about Finding Brave is I wasn’t brave enough for a full 18 years in my corporate life.” [3:16]

“I wasn’t brave enough. I didn’t know how to risk. I didn’t know what that felt like to believe in myself” [6:09]

“You’re going to make mistakes, that’s life. It’s not all going to be perfect. If it were perfect, why would we be here? Why would we be living?” [8:08]

“Really it’s time now. It’s time that we engage our spirits and our souls and our hearts.” [25:07]

“Get good with scared. Start to stretch way beyond your comfort zone and your life will change!” [33:35]

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Episode 102: Special Holiday Selection: What is Heaven on Earth and Can You Have It, with Martin Rutte

Thank you for listening to Finding Brave, ranked in the Top 100 Apple Podcasts in Careers! In honor of this wonderful holiday season, I’m happy to share my “Special Holiday Selections” for Finding Brave!  These episodes offer what I hope you’ll find to be compelling and helpful messages that are great for exploring this time of year.  In the next three weeks, we’ll be re-releasing 3 top shows that will help you create your new year as you dream it to be.

“If I can help you discover what Heaven on Earth is within you and get you on the path simply and easily toward that, we’ve begun a massive transformation of the world.” – Martin Rutte 

If I were to ask you what you thought “Heaven on Earth” is, would you be able to say? Today’s guest on Finding Brave has literally written the book on this topic, and he’s here to explore how we can understand the concept of Heaven on Earth as we each personally define it, and why that’s a critical endeavor to engage in. 

Martin Rutte is an international speaker, management consultant, and President of Livelihood, a management consulting firm based in Santa Fe, NM. He has worked with such organizations as The World Bank, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Southern California Edison, Virgin Records, Esso Petroleum and London Life Insurance helping them expand their outlook and position themselves for the future. Martin was the first Canadian to address the Corporate Leadership & Ethics Forum of The Harvard Business School, returning for four consecutive years as keynote speaker.  He is a co-author of the New York Times business bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work, with over one million copies sold. His newest book is Project Heaven on Earth: The 3 Simple Questions That Will Help You Change The World … Easily.

In this thought-provoking episode, you’ll not only learn that Heaven on Earth as you conceive of it is possible, but there are actionable steps that each and every one of us can take now to contribute to that movement. 

Highlights from this Episode:

  • What Martin means by “Heaven on Earth” [3:21]

  • When the idea came to him and the one thought that started it all [6:01]

  • The 3 powerful questions Martin asks to help people discover Heaven on Earth and how they can get there [8:15]

  • Why this isn’t a religious conversation [12:15]

  • How he has discovered the power of “simple” and why we don’t need to overcomplicate things [14:56]

  • The 7 Heaven on Earth Gateways he shares in his book [20:11]

  • What to do when your idea of Heaven on Earth differs significantly from someone else’s [27:37]

  • Martin’s call to action and what he tells people who say they are too busy to contribute and serve [30:41]

For more information:

http://projectheavenonearth.com/

https://twitter.com/martinrutte

https://www.linkedin.com/in/martin-rutte-306bb9a/

https://www.facebook.com/projectheavenonearthofficial/ 

Resources Mentioned: 

Project Heaven on Earth Free E-Course

Martin’s First Book, Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work: Stories of Courage, Compassion and Creativity in the Workplace 

Martin’s latest work, Project Heaven on Earth:  The 3 Simple Questions That Will Help You Change The World … Easily

Finding Brave on Facebook

For more about Kathy’s upcoming book The Most Powerful You: 7 Bravery-Boosting Paths To Career Bliss, sign up for her weekly newsletter at https://kathycaprino.com for updates, free giveaways, contests, and more, coming in Spring 2020. And to discover if you are experiencing any of the 7 damaging power gaps today, take Kathy’s Power Gap Survey and find out!

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QUOTES: 

“I was looking at the results of the world and I wasn’t happy with them. There’s a lot of Hell on Earth, but what would be the opposite?” [3:41]

“Project Heaven on Earth is not about prophesying or imposing. It’s about evoking, because the premise is it’s there within you.” [13:21]

“What difference would a penny make? Nothing, except if you say it does.” [19:27]

“If you look at the amount of positive things that go on in the world every day, they are enormous compared to the negative, yet the negative is what we feature.” [22:32]

“If the impossibility is present and it’s overwhelming, you won’t move.” [32:08]

“I want to normalize Heaven on Earth.” [33:25]

“What we are doing here is co-creating the new story of what it means to be a human and what it means to be humanity.” [33:39]

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Episode 101: Helping Our Girls Raise Their Hands Not Lower Their Standards, with Illana Raia

“I think that if they are expressing an interest in something, even if it’s not the thing that you did as a child or that all of their friends are doing, or it’s something you know nothing about, let’s explore the resources because they are out there.” – Illana Raia

When developing the future female leaders of tomorrow, it’s so important for them to be aware of the female leaders that are impacting the world right now. Today’s Finding Brave guest was inspired by her own daughter to put female role models in front of girls at an early age, and as she shares, we all have a part to play in this critical movement. 

A former Skadden lawyer and guest lecturer at Columbia University, Illana Raia has been busy since 2016 founding Être – a resource and mentorship platform for girls approaching high school. She thinks of Être as a knowledge strategy for girls – highlighting valuable tools and role models they will need to change the world – and contributes regularly to HuffPost, Medium and Thrive Global on these issues. Named a Mogul Influencer in 2017, Illana has appeared in the HuffPost “Talk To Me” video series, participated in the 2018 Balance Project Interviews and the 2019 #WomenWhoRock campaign, and has been featured on podcasts like The Other 50%, UBS’ Signature Series and Women To Watch Media. Her journey from lawyer to founder was profiled in Forbes and Worth, and her first book – Être: Girls, Who Do You Want To Be? – launched October 11, 2019, on Day of the Girl. 

We won’t change the times until we talk about these issues openly, honestly, and with the younger generation. In this episode, Illana reveals why reaching out to girls in middle school is not too early, and as adults we can play a pivotal role in springboarding the change we need right now, because mentors matter and bravery starts early. 

Highlights from this Episode

  • How Illana’s mission to advance the futures for young women started unexpectedly [2:44]

  • Why supporting and mentoring young girls must be a priority for us right now [4:20]

  • How we can model success to young children as the adults in their lives, both at home and at work [8:59]

  • Ways we can support girls even if our spouse or partner isn’t completely onboard with the idea [12:41]

  • The amazing initiatives that Être offers the younger generation of females and the questions Illana asks them that drives every decision she makes [20:24]

  • How Illana transitioned out of a career in law into the work she does today, and an opportunity that she took that changed everything [24:00]

  • What she is doing to grow Être, after starting it quietly [29:19]

  • The action steps we can all take to mentor young girls today [30:01]

  • What’s next for Illana and the exciting plans she has Être [33:55]

For More Information: 

https://www.etregirls.com 

https://www.instagram.com/etregirls/

https://www.facebook.com/Etregirls/

https://twitter.com/etregirls

https://www.linkedin.com/in/illana-raia-72958833/

Resources Mentioned: 

Illana’s Book, Être: Girls, Who Do You Want To Be? 

The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder by Reshma Saujani

Finding Brave Episode 19: How To Speak Up Effectively When You Think You Can’t 

Kathy’s Blog Post, What Is Feminism, And Why Do So Many Women And Men Hate It?

Kathy Blog Post with Esther Wojcicki, 5 Essential Keys To Teaching And Raising Phenomenally Successful Adults

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QUOTES: 

“When I started to think about mentorship, I didn’t want to aim it at high school or college. I wanted to go a little bit earlier, because I think that by the time you’re in middle school, you know what you love.” [5:49]

“When we’re at the point where men and women are each earning a hundred cents on the dollar, we won’t need to talk about equal pay anymore.” [13:25]

“We won’t change the times until we talk about these things openly, honestly and with the younger generation. They can’t learn about these lessons in college.” [13:47]

“Let’s find the women who are in the senior positions, and bring our girls to meet them.” [15:53]

“If you’re talking about other adults who want to make a change, who want to find that brave and make that shift, I say do it. I think you have very little to lose.” [28:07]

“I wanted to give back to girls, because I had a network of strong women.” [28:30]

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Episode 100: Top 5 Lessons Learned From Publishing 100 Podcast Episodes

“There are days you show up to do it, and you’re tired. Hitting 100 episodes is a lot of work, but you don’t want to give up. You have to have perseverance and commitment. What do you commit to here? Don’t give up.” – Kathy Caprino

In today’s episode, I’m celebrating a very special milestone for Finding Brave, the publishing of our 100th episode. The entire process of creating and publishing a podcast each week and birthing brand new episodes in rapid succession–and giving content that listeners (hopefully) enjoy and find valuable–is an amazing experience for me, but it’s not without some interesting “stretching” experiences and challenges. 

If you’re considering launching your own podcast, or working towards expanding your thought leadership and influence, the lessons I’ve gleaned from doing this podcast consecutively for 100 weeks I hope will allow you to start you own podcast or build your influence with eyes wide open. I want to help you be best prepared to get the return on energy, time and financial investment that you are looking for from your podcast, while making sure it is an amazing experience for you, as well as sustainable and rewarding. 

I hope this episode helps you build great success doing work you are proud of. Thank you so much for listening and celebrating 100 episodes along with me, because without you, after all, there would be no Finding Brave show. 

Highlights from this Episode

  • What to consider in terms of the energy required to bring an idea like a podcast to fruition [4:21]

  • What you’ll need to do before you even get started on a podcast, and how I prepared to launch mine [7:03]

  • A sobering look at why most podcasts fail [13:49]

  • What makes a great podcast, plus how your audience can help in the process [17:45]

  • Why you’ll want to pick your podcast partners very carefully [21:09]

  • Things to consider if you want to be a thought leader, and the questions to ask yourself to determine if you are one right now [23:30]

  • What to know if you’d like to monetize your podcast [31:16]

Resources Mentioned: 

The Energy of Money: A Spiritual Guide to Financial and Personal Fulfillment by Maria Nemeth

Music Oomph’s Podcast Statistics (2019) 

How Many of the 540,000 Podcasts Have “Podfaded?” by Steven Goldstein of Amplified Media

40 Powerful Podcast Statistics to Tune Into by Milja Milenkovic of SmallBizGenius.net

Stephan Spencer’s Post, 5 Reasons Why Your Podcast Will Fail

Castos’ Post, How to Monetize a Podcast (15 Profitable Strategies)

Kathy Blog Post, 7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders

Her First Book, Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power, and Purpose

The Top 10 Questions To Determine If You’re Ready To Be A Thought Leader

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QUOTES: 

“Anyone who says that doing something like this for 100 episodes is easy, they’re just full of nonsense. It’s not easy, it’s work.” [4:39]

“It’s a serious investment of money, time, commitment, patience, and planning. So you don’t want to jump in without understanding what’s involved.” [7:38]

“Stats are important, but we can’t be obsessed about them as the only benchmark of success.” [10:48]

“Think about how you are going to make your podcast stand apart. What value will you give, and what value will you derive? Don’t launch until you have this pretty well mapped out.” [13:31]

“What I’ve found is that if I’m really interested in something, thousands of people are interested in it. That’s what I see because of the following that I have and the people that I hear from.” [19:09]

“Choose the right people to be with you on this journey, because it is a journey of growth.” [23:22]

“If you feel insecure about doing this, it’s going to show up in the results.” [28:03]

“A lot of people think it’s going to be easy to monetize their podcast. Well it’s not, l can tell you that.” [31:20] 

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Episode 99: Do Less To Live and Work Happier and Better, with Kate Northrup

“Most of the time we think that as entrepreneurs, if we want to make more revenue and have a big impact, there’s something we’re not doing that we need to add in. Nine times out of ten, it’s something that you’re doing that you should stop doing.” – Kate Northrup 

If you are a regular listener of this podcast, you know that for years I was what I have termed as a “perfectionist overfunctioner” —  doing more than is healthy, appropriate, and necessary and trying to get an A+ in all of it — and I know I am not alone in doing this. That’s why I am so excited to introduce you to today’s Finding Brave guest, because she helps others get on the path to doing less, while living in a more joyful, peaceful, and healthy way. 

As an entrepreneur, bestselling author, speaker, and mother, Kate Northrup has built a multimedia digital empire with her husband, Mike Watts, that reaches hundreds of thousands globally. They are committed to supporting ambitious women to light up the world without burning themselves out in the process. Kate teaches data-driven and soul-driven time and energy management practices that result in saving time, making more money, and experiencing less stress. Kate has a membership of over 1,000 entrepreneurs called Origin® Collective that’s about infusing more feminine energy into your business and reclaiming your time, and she has also helped over 5,000 students heal their relationship with money with her signature Money Love Course. Her first book, Money: A Love Story, has been published in 5 languages, and her second book, Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Busy Moms, is now available. Kate’s work has been featured by The Today Show, Yahoo! Finance, Women’s Health, Glamour, The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Wanderlust, The Huffington Post, and more. Kate and Mike live with their daughters in a cozy town in Maine.

In this episode Kate reveals how when you know yourself in a deeper way, physically, emotionally and spiritually, you can start to love yourself more. When you love yourself more, you can live full out with bliss and not be tired and beleaguered, which is how we should all be experiencing life.

Highlights from this Episode

  • How Kate got passionate about doing less, and the life-changing realization she made after her first child was born [3:57]

  • The amazing things that happen when you start leading with your body, and what happens to the decisions that you make when you live this way [7:21]

  • What Kate did to start having a deep, intimate relationship with herself – and how you can do this too [9:05]

  • How doing less as an entrepreneur will actually help you make more revenue and have a bigger impact [15:20]

  • The way that women in the corporate world can still do less and incorporate what Kate teaches into their own lives [23:05]

  • The powerful dream that helped Kate form her mission in life [26:50]

  • The 3 biggest lessons she has learned on her journey [28:00]

  • What all mothers should keep in mind based on both of our experiences with motherhood [31:50]

For More Information: 

https://katenorthrup.com/ 

https://www.instagram.com/katenorthrup/ 

https://www.facebook.com/katenorthrupcommunity 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBJUL9OfD2FvF3bIsBL9Dmw

https://twitter.com/katenorthrup

Resources Mentioned: 

Kate’s Latest Book, Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Busy Moms &  Do Less Planner

Her First Book, Money: A Love Story & The Money Love Course

Kate’s Books on Audible

Her Membership Site, Origin® Collective

The Kate & Mike Show Podcast 

Kathy’s Amazing Career Project & Blog Post, The Top 5 Regrets of Midlife Professionals

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing by Bronnie Ware

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QUOTES: 

“For the first time in my life, I was forced to let my body lead.” [6:05]

“We have a tendency to live outside of ourselves, and when we are outside of ourselves, we don’t make the best decisions because we are operating in essentially a separate universe.” [7:47]

“Tracking my cycle and noticing how I felt was one of the profoundly loving things I could do, because instead of trying to be different, I was noticing how I am.” [11:40]

“If it’s not making money but it lights you up, keep doing it.” [17:32]

“We really have to take radical responsibility for our lives.” [23:38]

“I use to think that the truth hurt people, but what I’ve come to realize is that when said with love, the truth heals people.” [29:30]

“The most important thing I need to do is let things be how they are, as opposed to how I want them to be.” [32:01]

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Episode 98: How To Engage Male Leaders In The Gender Equality Movement At Work, with Jeffery Halter

“Choose to get curious. Go have a coffee with another woman, and another woman, and a person of color, and a millennial. You’re going to start to see that there is in fact inequity in the daily ways people are treated.” – Jeffery Halter

As only 29% of senior leadership roles in the workplace are held by women (and that number is the highest on record), it means that the leadership ranks are still dominated by men, and men can be not only a big part of the challenges that are faced in getting our workforce to experience gender equality and pay parity, but also a big part of the solution. Today’s Finding Brave guest is someone who has become a vocal advocate for the advancement of women, and he’s made it his mission to help other men join him in the gender equality movement. 

Jeffery Tobias Halter is a corporate gender strategist, specializing in engaging men in women’s leadership issues and initiatives. He is the President of YWomen, a strategic consulting company and one of the country’s leading experts on engaging men to advance women. Jeffery’s book WHY WOMEN, The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Engaging Men, is the first business book written by a man on why companies and their leadership teams must create a strategic mindset regarding the retention and advancement of women. He’s the former Director of Diversity Strategy of The Coca-Cola Company and has consulted with leading brands including McDonald’s, Deloitte, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Mercedes-Benz, GE and more. 

As Jeffery reveals in this episode, we are now at a tipping point to disrupt the status quo to drive gender parity and rid the workplace of gender inequities. Most importantly, it is now up to each one of us to become agents of change to initiate and build workplaces that are safe and equitable for all employees.

Highlights from this Episode

  • What initially compelled Jeffery to dedicate his career to the advancement of women [4:28]

  • The first step that he took to help other men become advocates for women, and the group of men that he chooses to focus on in his work [9:20]

  • Why Jeffery feels that he was chosen by his company for the role of Chief Diversity Officer [11:00]

  • The major reasons that diversity initiatives often fail, or don’t even get started in the workplace [13:15]

  • What he sees as the four barriers stopping men from supporting the movement, and the practical solutions that overcome them [15:31]

  • What strong leadership is, and isn’t, and the way that senior management in organizations can become true advocates [21:36]

  • How Jeffery came to realize that not being an advocate for gender equality is hurting all of the women in a man’s life [23:00]

  • An example of a company that is doing a good job of promoting diversity inclusion [26:15]

  • Why the corporate structure typically isn’t set up to support the victims of harassment [28:20]

  • Steps you can begin taking today to get started on your own journey to become an advocate, not just ally, of this cause [33:15]

For More Information: 

https://ywomen.biz/ 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jefferyhalter/

https://twitter.com/YWomen 

https://www.facebook.com/FatherofDaughterInitiative 

Resources Mentioned: 

Jeffery’s White Papers and Article, The Four Barriers to Male Engagement

His Male Advocacy Profile 

Jeffery’s Books, WHY WOMEN: The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Engaging Men & Selling to Men, Selling to Women

Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back by Gretchen Carlson

Kathy’s Finding Brave podcast interview with Terry Real –  Gender, Power and Relationships: The Crushing Effects of Patriarchy  

Kathy’s Forbes post – What Is Feminism and Why Do So Many Men and Women Hate It

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QUOTES:

“We just don’t have enough advocates, male or female, so finding brave to me is becoming an advocate for advancing women.” [1:47]

“I didn’t become an advocate, I just chose to get curious, and so I started talking to people who weren’t like me.” [7:22]

“If diversity is important to you, show me. Prove it to me through your actions, just like you would anything else.” [14:59]

“Most men never make the connection that if we’re not advocating for women, we are betraying our wives, our sisters, our mothers and our daughters.” [22:57]

“Companies are famous for promoting bad behaviour with good results.” [25:20]

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