There is nothing quite like being the first one to cut tracks in the powder on a bluebird day skiing. The connection to nature as you glide down, knowing you are the first to experience the run for the day and that no one else will see what you are seeing right in that moment is priceless. Words can’t express the feelings involved.
The same feelings of connection, calmness and peace can be experienced when you are living life on purpose and bringing your vision to reality through your work. For many of us this involves speaking and living our truth and creating a business from that place.
Being the first one to pave the way for the others that will be following is often our calling in business. You are probably here today because you have something important to say. Something others need to hear and…. It’s personal. It’s spiritual. It’s unique to you.
I can say with complete confidence that you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t have gifts to share with others. The interviews and information we’ll share on our Fresh Tracks Podcast are designed with the clear intention of bringing to you the many different facets involved in living life on purpose, bringing your vision to reality, and helping others along the way.
Episode 000 provides background on who Kelly Robbins, MA is, why I started Fresh Tracks, and what you can expect in upcoming episodes.
In episode 49 of Fresh Tracks I speak with voice coach Hilary Blair about the power of our voice. Hilary teaches us some best practices so you can you best use your voice to both communicate your message and be in your power center so you are heard. In this week’s show you’ll discover the three distinct areas of your voice and understand why they are important as well as the role of each. Hilary also shares the important role of your breath when you speak and the different types of breath that support conveying your message adequately in different situations.
Did you know that your voice is connected to you and your emotions? In fact, your voice is a vulnerable place because it’s connected to your breath and we can unconsciously hold back when we are afraid or nervous – undermining the message we are trying to share. Understanding our bodies built-in coping mechanisms and how to work with them rather than against them is a valuable tool Hilary shares in the show. Are you using your voice as a wall to hide behind? Speak and no one hears you? You don’t feel as if you are speaking as your powerful self in certain situations? Listen in on this week’s show….Hilary shares all!
Hilary shares that embracing the emotional quality of our beingness is what the world needs more of right now and people are starving to hear the full emotion in our voice – we do this by sharing our full selves.
2:20 – Your breath. Your voice. Knowing who you are and getting your message out there
5:00 – The three distinct areas of your voice, including your power source
7:30 – What to do if your message is not landing or not being heard
10:30 – The maturation cycle of your voice and stepping into your mature voice
14:00 – Creating the ‘balanced stereo’ in your voice
17:25 – Difference between a full voice and a deep voice and why it matters
24:30 – Contrast between the belly breath and the athletic breath when you speak
28:00 – Why networking events can be exhausting and what do to about it
31:00 – What happens to your voice when you get nervous and Hilary’s #1 tip for dealing with it
About Hilary Blair Hilary Blair trains high achievers craving honest feedback in order to reach the next level in business and/or life. She is impassioned by moving beyond habits and learned behaviors to uncover what is unique and authentic in individuals and groups. A presentation and speaking voice expert, Hilary is a highly regarded coach and facilitator working extensively across the globe with a variety of businesses including American Express, Janus Funds, Staples, Liberty Global, Slalom, Merrill Lynch, and Hunter Douglas.
Whether facilitating workshops that use improvisation to improve leadership skills, team building and creativity, or training trainers to hone their craft, Ms. Blair’s 30 plus years as a teacher combined with her professional stage, film and voice over career present a unique skill set. She has participated as a Making Cents’ speaker and mentor at two YSEALI exchanges (Singapore, 2014 and Vietnam, 2015) to deliver expert training on verbal communication and presentation skills. Her skills-building sessions were ranked highly by YSEALI young leaders and many have stayed in touch with Ms. Blair in informal mentorship relationships.
Ms. Blair is founder, CEO and lead coach at ARTiculate: Real&Clear, a communications company which has grown exponentially since its inception. She is an active member of Toastmasters International and is a board member of VASTA – the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. She is on faculty for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and has been adjunct faculty for a number of universities. Hilary holds an MFA in acting from the National Theatre Conservatory and a BA from Yale University.
In Episode 48 of Fresh Tracks I speak with Jessica Barron, VP & GM of Livestrong.com. We cover a wide range of topics from personal health for busy professionals to the hot new marketing to trends for 2017! Jess discusses the challenges in adding voice to a large brand and balancing that with giving everyone a voice…all the while recognizing that you can’t please everyone.
What’s the key to Livestrong’s success of over 27.5 million unique monthly viewers? Always looking to the future and invigorating their brand. On this week’s show Jess discusses tips for moving your business forward and always staying on top of the times as well as the role trending topics plays in growing your brand. She also had some interesting insights on the different interests on today’s popular mediums such as Facebook, snapchat and twitter.
Jess also shares her advice for any Fresh Trackers wanting to get into the health and wellness space. Truthfully her tips can apply to all of us in any industry so be sure to listen in! From curating your content to meeting influencers in your community (for more on this see our 2017 marketing planning guide) and attending leading conferences all play an important role in business growth.
4:00 – The #1 thing busy entrepreneurs can do to begin taking care of their health.
7:30 – How to determine what to use when there is a ton of information available for your marketing.
11:15 –Tips for breaking into the healthy living industry and any other industry you want to break into.
16:45 – The biggest challenge to managing such a large brand as livestrong.com.
19:00 – The powerful role of pay-it-forward. Empowering individuals and the amazing results it had on Livestrong.com.
22:20 – Major trends upcoming for 2017
26:50 – Tips for how to take care of yourself if you only have a few minutes.
About Jess Barron Jess Barron is the VP & GM for, a leading healthy lifestyle website with over 27.5 million unique monthly viewers. LIVESTRONG.COM provides the blueprint to simple healthy living. The site and MyPlate app have helped people lose over 20 million pounds in the past year. Jess is co-creator of LIVESTRONG’s 8-week STRONGER with Nicky Holender streaming online video series and also LIVESTRONG’s Simple.Healthy.Eats recipe videos, which have received over 15 million total video views. Prior to LIVESTRONG.COM, Jess was the business leader of Beachbody’s online subscription website with digital videos and online tools. And before that, Jess honed a deep understanding of the types of headlines and content that appealed to all demographics of people when she ran the team that chose the news, entertainment, sports and health articles that appeared on the front page of Yahoo, at the time the most popular site on the Internet.
In episode 47 of Fresh Tracks I speak with author and business owner Jay Papasan about The ONE Thing: The surprising simple truth behind extraordinary results. Jay poses this question for us to ask ourselves: What’s the one thing I can do, such that by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary? By focusing on your ONE thing, you can accomplish more by doing less. Jay shares why discovering this surprisingly simple truth is the difference between achieving extraordinary results vs experiencing consistent struggle and shares how to implement these truths in your life.
The results you get are directly influenced by the way you work and the choices you make. In this week’s show Jay provides tips for both discovering your ONE thing and the pitfalls to avoid when we have a lot to do, recognizing that the distractions we face each day are unlimited! Jay shares personal stories of how he and his wife built their multi million-dollar real estate business while raising their two kids, and kept their priorities of family first through the growth stages of their business to today.
3:30 – The number one reason you don’t stick to your plan
6:50 – Are you really saying yes to something or just trying it out?
11:40 – The power of asking better questions
14:00 – Discovering the ONE thing you can do that will change everything in your life
17:35 – The google story and how it relates to your Fresh Tracks
21:00 – Tips for narrowing your focus to one thing
24:00 – Balancing building your empire vs raising your kids
28:00 – Your purpose statement – what does it mean if you lose it?
About Jay Papasan
Jay Papasan is a best-selling author and co-owner, alongside his wife Wendy, of Papasan Properties Group with Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas. His most recent work with Gary Keller on The ONE Thing has garnered more than 238 appearances on the national bestseller lists including #1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list.
Jay serves as Gary Keller’s co-author and executive editor on best-selling titles including: The Millionaire Real Estate Agent, The Millionaire Real Estate Investor, SHIFT: How Top Real Estate Agents Tackle Tough Times, FLIP: How to Find, Fix, and Sell Houses for Profit, HOLD: How to Find, Buy, and Rent Houses for Wealth, and The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. He also co-authored SHIFT Commercial.
Before joining Keller Williams Realty, Jay served as an editor at HarperCollins Publishers where he worked on such best-selling books as Body-for-Life by Bill Phillips and Go for the Goal by Mia Hamm.
In episode 46 of the Fresh Tracks with Kelly Robbins show we feature author, entrepreneur and mom Kimberly Alexander, founder of The Results Map Experience. The show begins with Kimberly sharing her experience rising the corporate ladder and how it rapidly led to the deterioration of her health and family relationships. Standing strong in her power, Kimberly’s transition from employee to entrepreneur is a perfect example of one woman cutting Fresh Tracks in her life and business!
Kimberly shares how empowering it can be to use the strong lessons we’ve learned in life to fuel our passion moving forward in sharing our purpose with the world. Kimberly also candidly discusses why she has written two books, and openly provides tips for all of us on how to use a book as a platform for building a brand, a scalable business as well as creating foundational programs in our businesses.
2:25 – Kimberly’s journey from corporate executive to entrepreneur
5:30 – Insider tips for building the business of your dreams and living on purpose
9:30 – Leveraging life’s tough lessons to fuel you forward and live a life of purpose
13:00 – Why Kimberly wrote her book and how she uses it in her business
18:25 – Tips for getting your book done
21:30 – The secret ingredient to building a scalable business
25:00 – Building a foundational program for your business
27:30 – Why you owe it to your tribe to have both feet in
About Kimberly Alexander
After over 20 years of a flourishing corporate executive career, Kimberly Alexander launched her company as a Growth Strategist and Transformational Speaker for Women Entrepreneurs. Kimberly has worked with several multi-million dollar organizations as an expert in leadership and professional development. Kimberly has worked strategically with Entrepreneurs to identify opportunity and take action for further growth. With a passion to make a difference, Kimberly trains through retreats, individual mentoring and transformational speaking. Kimberly launched her best-selling series in 2014, first with The Results Map: Business and Life strategies to get what you want. In 2015, The Results Map for Women in Biz was launched. Written from her own experiences, Kimberly has guided companies and hundreds of individuals to immediate success with her simple and direct fundamentals.
Outside of writing, speaking and mentoring, Kimberly is married and a proud mother of two girls. She has a passion for hiking beautiful Colorado trails and living a life of purpose, balance and meaning.
On episode 45 of Fresh Tracks I speak with mindfulness expert Angela Howell. Angela found herself in an incredibly stressful situation when she had to recreate herself after experiencing a work injury that ended her highly successful corporate sales career. Angela shares how practicing simple mindfulness strategies can help you turn life’s obstacles into opportunities. By being mindful we can become aware of how our being uncomfortable is often actually what transmutes us into becoming who we are meant to be.
We don’t have to be trained in meditation or have a daily yoga practice to grow in mindfulness and experience its calming benefits. In this week’s show Angela discusses tips for overcoming common obstacles to embracing mindfulness practices every day. Exploring negative beliefs about yourself, learning to see the blessing rather than the trial in experiences, and recognizing the gift in each situation are all opportunities to renew your passions in life.
1:30 – How and why Angela created a daily reader
3:35 – Angela’s journey creating Fresh Tracks and how she turned obstacles into opportunities
7:00 – Why comfort can be such an enemy to us becoming who we are meant to be
12:45 – How to recognize your next step
15:00 – The amazing power of 3 minutes of silence
20:00 – Different ways to incorporate mindfulness in your everyday life.
24:00 – Suggestions for becoming conscious of your internal chatter
28:00 – Movement vs exercise and the role it plays in mindfulness
Angela Howell is a speaker, transformation coach, and the author of “Finding the Gift: Daily Meditations for Mindfulness,” which quickly ranked in the Tennessean‘s top ten best-sellers list and continues to do so. She considers her award-winning, twelve-year career in corporate sales and eating disorder recovery journey two of her greatest teachers. Passionate about wellness and success, Angela has been seen in Fast Company, Cosmopolitan and Yahoo News, and she is a regular contributor to Huffington Post. Angela is devoted to inspiring people to find renewed passions for living, loving, working and playing. And of course, just being!
FREE GIFT waiting for people who follow Angela’s blog at http://www.FindingtheGift.com.
In episode 44 of Fresh Tracks I speak with author, iHeart radio show host and sales expert Judy Hoberman about sales. Judy shares insights on her brand, Selling in a Skirt, and teaches in-depth on her S.K.I.R.T philosophy. There is no getting away from sales as an entrepreneur, yet many of us struggle because we don’t feel comfortable selling or we feel we aren’t being in integrity with ourselves by ‘selling’ to others. Judy busts those ancient sales myths and that yucky salesy feeling and shares how bringing some old fashioned relationship building to the conversation changes everything.
Don’t let ‘the triangle’ intimidate you, it’s not in Bermuda – Judy’s simple ‘strategic triangle’ will help everyone that suffers from bright shiny object syndrome stay on track when new opportunities present themselves! From being realistic in your goal setting to creating a one-page business plan, Judy helps simplify making money and connecting with clients on this week’s show!
2:10 – Why selling the selling in a skirt philosophy is important for everyone
5:10 – Distinction between being interested vs interesting
7:00 – Why you need to build relationships before you need them
13:45 – The biggest mistake entrepreneurs make and how to avoid it
16:30 – The role of the strategic triangle
20:00 – The one page business plan – how to simplify getting started
25:0 – Judy’s #1 sales tip everyone must embrace to authentically sell
28:30 – Why women struggle with selling and relationship building
32:40 – The most important part of the selling process
Judy Hoberman, President of Selling In A Skirt is here to help you take the negativity out of selling. Her 30 years in sales has given her both the knowledge and sense of humor about the gender differences that we should all understand and embrace instead of feeling unable to communicate.
Judy is the author of “Selling In A Skirt”, “Famous Isn’t Enough” and “Pure Wealth”, business books for Professional Women, Sales Executives and Entrepreneurs. She is the host of a weekly radio show on The Women 4 Women Network/iHeart Radio called Selling In A Skirt and is also featured as “The Gender Expert” on Fox News Radio.
Her mission…to help women live the S.K.I.R.T. philosophy-Standing Out, Keys to Success, Inspiring Others, Results Oriented and Time Management…all while having fun.
The Sustainable Edge
How 15 minutes a week will lead to a richer entrepreneurial life
In episode 43 of Fresh Tracks, NYT best-selling authors of The Sustainable Edge: Fifteen Minutes a Week to a Richer Entrepreneurial Life, Ron Carson and Scott Ford share best practices to helping you achieve a fuller, more rewarding work-life balance. On this week’s show the duo inspire entrepreneurs to define and sustain a competitive edge in the complex, fast-changing world of business.
Striving to integrate your passion, your business and your personal life? Ron and Scott will teach you how to achieve your goals across four key areas: your business, your teams, your clients, and your personal lives. Discover easy-to-perform exercises that can be completed in as little as 15 minutes a week to help your company boost its Business IQ. Achieving balance and sustainable business growth are possible and in fact important for entrepreneurs to be truly successful as these incredibly successful wealth advisors share on this week’s show.
4:00 – Tips for living your life by design and not default
7:30 – Defining your values and why work-life balance starts there
9:00 – How balance leads to growth and growth leads to balance
12:00 – Prioritizing for yourself and not others and letting go of everyone else’s opinions
15:00 – Balance and integrating your values into your daily calendar
21:00 – You can have it all…if you take control of this ONE thing
25:00 – Why having a passion that pays is important to achieving a balanced and fulfilled life
About Ron Carson and Scott Ford
Ron Carson is the founder and CEO of Carson Wealth, one of the largest wealth advisory firms in the country, serving clients through holistic financial planning, disciplined investment strategies, and proactive personal service. These driving principles enabled Ron’s firm, Carson Wealth Management Group to grow to nearly $6 billion in assets under advisement, which includes assets under management, and have led Ron to become LPL Financial’s top-ranked registered representative for 23 consecutive years. Ron has received countless accolades, including being inducted into Barron’s inaugural Hall of Fame. Ron coauthored The New York Times best-selling book Avalanche and the blueprinting process that goes with it.
Scott Ford is Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Wealth Management Group, an independent Registered Investment Advisory firm serving entrepreneurs, business owners, executives, and their families. The firm specializes in comprehensive wealth management, business liquidity strategies, and SBA financing. Scott is ranked in the top one percent of all LPL Registered financial advisors based on annual production. He was recognized as one of the 20 Rising Stars of Wealth Management by Private Asset Management Magazine in 2008 based upon assets managed of $1 million or more per client.
It is Scott’s mission to help his clients pursue financial freedom and live a balanced and fulfilled life. His personal and proactive approach is designed to bring clarity and simplicity to the complex issues of financial management. For over 20 years, he has been helping his clients define and pursue their own unique version of “True Wealth.”
Episode 42- Is Your Worrying Manifesting Disaster?
Did you know that the history of the word worry means to choke or strangle? How much of your time do you spend worrying – about anything? And how is that worry ‘strangling’ any good you are creating? In this week’s Fresh Tracks show Kelly Robbins delves into the inner sanctuary of our mind and examines the effect worrying has on our lives. From the relationships we manifest to how much money we make, worrying plays a significant factor in our overall health, happiness and success. Kelly also goes in-depth on the topics of wealth and abundance to help you examine the roles debt and dependency play in worrying.
With tips to help you derail repetitive worrying and taking control of your thoughts, after listening to this week’s show you’ll easily be manifesting your dreams rather than repelling success! How do gratitude, responsibility and patience play a role in not only manifesting the life and business of our dreams, but creating anything we want from a healthy body to an abundant bank account? Understanding the significance of the love/hate relationship we have when we are dependent on someone and how our natural tendency to rebel can get us into debt is all covered on this week’s show!
2:00 – Which type of worrier are you?
5:45 – How worrying affects us emotionally, spiritually, mentally, physically
9:30 – What you need to know about lack
11:00 – The incredibly important yet subtle difference between lack and need
13:50 – The secret key to more abundance
16:00 – The spiritual significance of debt and the first step to getting out of debt permanently
18:35 – What is wealth and what causes wealth? The secret to creating a prosperous life
21:30 – The overlooked yet pivotal role of patience
24:00 – What it is to be responsible
25:45 – 4 solid tips for changing your worry habit
About Kelly Robbins
Author of Trust Your Next Step: Creating the Confidence to Cut Fresh Tracks, Kelly is the founder of the Fresh Tracks podcast and Kelly Robbins Coaching. Kelly helps people create their life their way through their business. Kelly believes that we each have a purpose and that purpose is unique to each of us. Getting clear on who you are, your talents and how you best help people allows you to create a business – in fact a lifestyle – by design. You succeed at this not by copying others, but by following your intuition and carving your own unique path in this world. This individuality is what attracts others to you. This is how you create your own happiness.
Kelly is a marketing coach, writer and seeker of truth that helps guide folks on their journey to self-empowerment, creating work and life as a fun adventure, and knowing how to lead the right clients to your door consistently. Known for her directness and truth-telling, you can visit www.KellyRobbins.net to learn more about the role marketing and personal development play in starting and growing a business and designing a life of your choosing.
In episode 41 of Fresh Tracks I speak with author, speaker, and radio show host Diane Helbig on the topic of sales. Author of the book Lemonade Stand Selling, Diane shares best practices for understanding what sales is really about…matching a solution to a problem and how to be authentic when selling. Sales is quite simply unavoidable when you own your own business. On the show we discuss what your job really is when you are in a sales conversation. It’s quite simply discovery. Have you not sold before or feel uncomfortable selling? Diane shares with us the best place to get started learning how to sell as well how to determine your value. Knowing who values you and what you have to offer is a key component to successfully serving others.
Do you complicate sales with head games, fear and psychology? I know I have! We read books, become stressed for money, and aren’t able to relax and be our true selves in sales conversations because we are trying so hard. Diane provides tips for breaking through some of these nervous and unsupportive habits and discusses how to be our true selves when selling. We also delve into networking during our talk. Making networking worth your while and some best questions to ask are just a sampling of what we review.
1:55 – The secret truth the best sales people know…sales isn’t about selling
5:20 – Steps in traditional sales training that you need to avoid at all costs
7:35 – What sales is REALLY about
10:40 – Tools you can use to know your value when you are selling yourself
13:10 – What lemonade stand selling is all about
17:20 – Networking effectively and how to prepare yourself
22:50 – Choosing the best networking events even when you are uncomfortable
31:00 – Crafting your 30 second introduction
Diane Helbig is an international business and leadership change agent, author, speaker, and radio show host. As president of Seize This Day, Diane helps businesses and organizations operate more constructively and profitably.
As a speaker and workshop facilitator Diane merges energy and enthusiasm with rich content. Her goal is to leave her audience with actionable steps as well as the excitement to implement those steps. Diane has expertise in small business, sales, social media, networking, and leadership. She brings over 20 years of small business management and sales to her coaching.
In episode 40 of Fresh Tracks we have author and money coach Rev. Karen Russo. Karen shares her insights on making money and reveals why some of us struggle to accomplish our financial goals and others don’t. Did you think starting your business would change your financial picture? Karen’s says tapping into your unlimited abundance calls for a little bit of courage and recognizing the importance of being able to give and receive. Understand that each person is a center for prosperity – even you – and your job is to know this and remove beliefs that prevent that flow of money from coming to you.
You may have heard that you have to be a generous giver to be a generous receiver. Karen shares that giving includes giving your attention to your money and not hiding from it and shares some best practices on how to incorporate this into our daily lives. In this week’s show we talk about the importance of including money in your spiritual practice and not separating it into a stand-alone section of our life. Money is energy and knowing that we are the ones that infuse money with meaning (good or bad) can provide some insight into the prosperity or struggle you are currently experiencing. Money is a magnification of how you are being.
2:35 – Why shying away from talking about money isn’t serving our life
4:12 – How your past money baggage may be stopping you from growth
7:40 – The role material channels play in money security
11:50 – Being a leader of your money – Money Monday and Faithful Friday
13:10 – Knowing your why and the role it plays in making money
17:00 – Why giving is so important in business
21:50 – The feminine energy of receptivity and how to consciously balance it in life
24:30 – The nitty gritty of process measures and results measures
27:25 – The one thing many people miss when it comes to making money
About Karen Russo
Karen Russo is the creator of the Money Keys and a favorite speaker for ewomen, NAWBO and Holistic Chambers across North America. Karen leads a global community where creative professionals, business owners, coaches, and spiritual seekers engage in weekly prosperity practices to lead money lives that are peaceful, creative, generous, prosperous and free!
Karen is the award-winning author of The Money Keys: Unlocking Peace, Freedom and Real Financial Power, and the brand new Grow Yourself, Grow Your Wealth: Prosperity Practices for Faith and Focus. She’s endorsed by her teachers Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Katherine Woodward Thomas, and T. Harv Eker.
Karen shares from over 25 years of study and success as a top-selling salesperson, an acclaimed corporate leadership trainer, a Columbia University MBA in finance and an ordained minister with the Centers for Spiritual Living.
With a special passion for helping women to value both feminine and masculine approaches to building and enjoying wealth, Karen was honored to be selected to contribute a provocative chapter to Think and Grow Rich for Women, collaborating with best-selling author and financial literacy legend Sharon Lechter and the Napoleon Hill Foundation.