In episode 52 of Fresh Tracks I speak with communication expert Leslie Shore on the topic of listening for success. The truth is we can ALL be better listeners and it’s important to recognize this in order to continue to expand your communication skills. Did you know there are things you can do to help the person you are speaking with listen better so they are more likely to hear what you have to say? There are things you say and do as a speaker to invite people to open up (or shut down) and they are more likely to listen to you. Leslie shares that our goal as speakers is to learn how to speak in a way that matches the person listening.
Ready to cut some Fresh Tracks but scared to share with your loved ones? Leslie teaches us how to discuss touchy topics in a way that is less likely to make the listener shut down. “Honey I’m quitting my job and starting a new business” has been known to bring up a few listening barriers as folks embark on their Fresh Tracks journey! Listen in on this week’s show to get the scoop!
1:40 – Tips for finding out what may be preventing YOU from listening
4:30 – Learning to listen with your critical brain rather than letting your emotions taking over
7:30 – How to speak so people open up and are more likely to hear you
10:10 – How to communicate something touchy in a way that doesn’t shut your partner down
15:30 – Choosing to listen to ourselves (our mind chatter) or not
19:00 – Can you listen too hard?
21:40 – Boundaries and listening. Not setting boundaries will drain you fast!
25:30 – Changing the ground rules when we cut Fresh Tracks and how to work with it
About Leslie Shore
Professor Leslie Shore is a communications expert. As the owner of the consultancy Listen to Succeed, Leslie has worked with corporations, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, health professionals, and educational institutions to up-level their intra-personal and inter-personal communication skills. Her book,Listen to Succeed: How to identify and overcome barriers to effective listening, is currently used in four universities and in businesses and non-profits throughout the United States and Canada.
In episode 50 of Fresh Tracks we discuss three simple habits you can incorporate into your daily routine to more easily get things done, grow your business with ease, and create with intention. Many of us struggle because we work towards our goals haphazardly and start off our work day by getting done what we ‘have to’ first. We prevent our success in our business by unconsciously blocking our happiness, not feeling whole as a person and spending our time trying to fit in rather than appreciating what makes us unique.
In this week’s show we review what happens if you spend just a few minutes focusing on what’s important before starting work each day. Taking a few moments to focus on your goals and move forward with intention can change everything. You will ultimately find you spend less time achieving more. Learning to love who you are and honoring your distinctness, stopping unsupportive patterns that block your happiness, consciously choosing and clearing your relationships, and caring for your work space are just a few of the characteristics of entrepreneurs that build thriving businesses that we discuss in this week’s show!
The result of spending a mere five minutes a day with these habits is the difference in bringing dreams and visions to fruition in a concrete and repeatable way.
2:00 – How the energetic force that runs your business works
6:00 – Tips for creating a healthy and productive work space
9:30 – The role intentionality plays in your day
12:35 – Money consciousness and circulation. How to keep the circulation flowing!
16:00 – Intentional happiness and ways we block our happiness
20:00 – Discovering where you do not feel you are whole as a person
24:45 – Learn to love your own distinctiveness rather than hide from it
27:00 – Developing the gift to see things as they are rather than how you want them to be
About Kelly Robbins, MA
Kelly Robbins is the author of Trust Your Next Step: Creating the Confidence to Cut Fresh Tracks and publishes the Fresh Tracks with Kelly Robbins 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. Kelly is a columnist for the American City Business Journals, a regular blogger for The Work at Home Woman, and created the highly acclaimed Make it Yours: Crafting Your Marketing with SOUL workshops.
Episode 35 – Karolyn Blume, author of Eat the Elephant; Overcoming Overwhelm speaks with us about the topic of overwhelm. What is it? How can you recognize when you are in overwhelm and what can you do to escape its lethal grip? Karolyn shares how getting to know ourselves on a deep level and developing an awareness of what we do that triggers overwhelm can help us actually prevent it before it starts.
Entrepreneurs share several common triggers that trip us into overwhelm and, with awareness and practice, we can avoid them. Karolyn also shares strategies for working your way out of overwhelm if you do find yourself there. She wraps up the show with some excellent advice on actually retraining our brains to avoid overwhelm in the first place.
2:00 – Why eat the elephant?
4:00 – How to recognize when you are in overwhelm
7:00 – Tips for avoiding overwhelm
10:05 – Recognizing overwhelm as it’s coming – catch it before you are in knee-deep
12:00 – How busyness can be an excuse to not do the task at hand
16:00 – Is your perfectionism leading to overwhelm?
20:00 – Why getting to know yourself is important to stopping this enormous beast
22:45 – Strategies for working your way out of overwhelm
25:00 – Celebrating your victories and turning your ‘to-do’ list into a ‘ta-da’ list
About Karolyn Blume
Karolyn Vreeland Blume is a recovering attorney. After thirty-five years of practicing law and mediation, she realized that all conflict stems from how we see ourselves internally, and how we see ourselves in the context of the larger world. Now she uses that knowledge to help people discover that they can choose how they want to live. She demonstrates how people have more choices in life than they realize, and how to make the most of them.
She is the author of Eat the Elephant: Overcoming Overwhelm, where she shares her time-tested strategies for identifying the sources of overwhelm and managing the fallout that sabotages us every day.
Karolyn is an expert problem solver and a gifted strategist. She uses her keen insight as a consultant to individuals and corporations who are looking to improve productivity and quality of life. She served as an adjunct faculty member at several colleges, and is a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders International. A native New Yorker, Karolyn lives and works in the Washington, DC area, where she uses the tools in her book on a daily basis.
Episode 09 – Why is it so important to know how special you are and what role does that play in business? How does this knowledge affect your ability to make money? I believe that each of us is unique and is on this planet for a specific reason. How is your behavior different when you KNOW you are a unique way God is seeking to express itself? The truth is this knowledge affects your sales. Your self-confidence. Your ability to succeed.
The key to individual success is in knowing that you have a contribution to make to the world that no one can make but you. In this episode of Fresh Tracks we’ll look at how to recognize what our own unique gifts are and how to use them in business. What you know to be true about yourself is what you bring to reality – a look at your reality right now is a great check-in for where you are at. We also spend some time examining resistance. What might that look like and what should you do if you find yourself in resistance.
5:08 – The concept of spiritual self- esteem and what that means in business
7:16 – Affirming your biggest, bad-ass self on a SOUL level
10:44 – Can you recognize your gifts?
14:13 – Seeing opportunities in different places. What does it mean to choose to be open?
17:01 – Flipping your focus from what you can’t do to what you can do
20:00 – How to stop devaluing yourself and self-sabotaging
22:46 – 5 steps to recognizing resistance and how to stop it
About Kelly Robbins
Founder of the Fresh Tracks podcast and The Copywriting Institute, Kelly Robbins helps people create their life their way. Kelly believes that we each have a purpose and that purpose is unique to each of us. Getting clear on who you are, what your talents are 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, copywriter and seeker of truth that helps guide folks on their journey to self-empowerment, fulfillment and making boatloads of money. 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.
Episode 005 – In this episode of Fresh Tracks we’re speaking with Trish Kapinos, founder of Joy Rising. Trish shares with us the importance of grounding and using our intuition. Trish first goes in-depth on what it means to be grounded and how to ground ourselves and stay grounded. She then guides us in creating our individual writing space and what it means to create a ‘writing vibration’. We spend time talking about our intuition – what are the 4 different ways people receive intuition and to know which one is your primary method. We wrap up the interview learning how to break through writer’s block AND get more done in less time by listening to our bodies natural rhythms.
2:24 – What does it mean to be grounded? Physically, electrically and its’ connection with the earth
6:05 – Health benefits of grounding. Getting out of our heads and into our bodies, how this applies to writing
9:33 – How to know if you are grounded or not grounded
12:20 – Things we can do to help us ground
17:12 – Best practices for staying grounded during the day
20:43 – Creating your writing space – how to train your body to get into a flow
24:07 – Steps for creating your writing vibration
27:44 – The 4 ways we receive information. How to know if it’s your intuition
31:48 – Your primary vs your secondary method of intuition and how to know which one you are
37:07 – Overcoming writers block by tapping into your energy
39:31 – How to get more done in less time – the rhythms of creating
41:28 – How to learn more from Trish Kapinos
45:21 – How to know it’s not just your mind messing with you!
Trish Kapinos, of Joy Rising, offers intuitive solutions for helping people live a BIG life. She is a contributing author for Living the Law of Attraction, Real Stories of People Manifesting Health, Wealth and Happiness. She has dedicated the last 15 years to using her gifts in helping people find their center and connect with their true calling. Her company, Joy Rising provides transformative Retreat Experiences and Intuitive Coaching Programs that allow clients to journey from the mind into the heart.
She is a recipient of the 2014 Human Spirit Award for empowering others to thrive while running a successful business. Trish believes that by dropping out of the mind and into the heart, we can cut down our to-do list and increase our impact in the world. Her mission is to help Joy Rise within each of us.