communication

Episode #077 - Agree to Disagree

WELCOME TO EPISODE #077 OF THE ENRICH YOUR SOUL PODCAST

In our society, nearly everyone has a new megaphone for their opinion and we’ve also become more divisive than ever. Why? We’ve fallen into this habit that if your opinion is different than mine, well, then you’re wrong.

The art of asking follow up questions to learn about others thoughts or stances on issues is all but lost. Even if you don’t agree at all with where they’re coming from, even after you ask, is ok. The lessons learned and the perspective gained just by having the conversation is worth the time.

In this episode, I discuss the value of engaging in conversation with someone you either disagree with or who might be from a very different background than you.

I also share some personal experiences on how just having the discussion has informed me about other cultures and beliefs and enhanced my peripheral view of the world, thus making me more able to have a variety of discussions I would have never been able to engage in before.

Do you have a topic you'd like me to discuss? You can contact me by email at rich@richbracken.com or on Twitter and Instagram @richbracken1. 

Thank you for all of your amazing support as the podcast has continued to grow.

Please share and review on iTunes when you have a moment! It would be greatly appreciated.



Episode #054 - Honor Thyself | The Power of Personal Boundaries

WELCOME TO EPISODE #054 OF THE ENRICH YOUR SOUL PODCAST

So there you are, stretched to the limit in your day and life. Then someone comes along to ask you to take on something else. What do you say?

"Sure." "Fine." "No problem."

And then your stress meter red lines.

In our society, we have this guilt with saying no because we want to be everything to everyone. In actuality, it's more respectful and strong to set limits and boundaries to be fair to others, but most importantly, yourself.

In this episode, I'll share my top 4 benefits to setting personal boundaries and how it can instantly improve your life. I have lived these and I've also felt the awkwardness of saying no, but I promise you it will change and benefit you and others.

Also, I'll be putting up some bonus content on appreciation for business leaders on my LinkedIn page. You can follow me on LinkedIn here.

This podcast was created from some listener requests and questions. Do you have a topic you'd like me to discuss? You can contact me by email at rich@richbracken.com or on Twitter and Instagram @richbracken1. 

Thank you for all of your amazing support as the podcast has continued to grow.

Please share and review on iTunes when you have a moment! It would be greatly appreciated!

Episode #040 - Tame the Tea Kettle | A Lesson in Emotional Intelligence & Self-Care

WELCOME TO EPISODE #040 OF THE ENRICH YOUR SOUL PODCAST

Think about the last time you got mad or upset by something. Chances are, in today's age, you didn't have to think back too far. Between a lowered level of societal respect, way too many volatile opinions on social media and a 24 hour news cycle, you likely got upset about something recently, if even a little bit.

In this episode I share my thoughts on how we manage our anger and frustration and how it's a lot like a tea kettle. I'll also share a couple of simple solutions to dropping the weight of your grudges and anger and moving on to a better, happier life.

 I would love to hear how you're taming your tea kettle by email at rich@richbracken.com or on Twitter and Instagram @richbracken1. 

Thank you for all of your amazing support as the podcast has continued to grow.

Please share and review on iTunes when you have a moment! It would be greatly appreciated!

Have an amazing day!

Photo by Igor Ovsyannykov on Unsplash

Episode #038 - TEDx Speaker & Writer Terri Trespicio

WELCOME TO EPISODE #038 OF THE ENRICH YOUR SOUL PODCAST

For a few years, I've had it on my goals list to speak at a TEDx event. I've felt for years that I have "ideas worth spreading" and that quaint little stage is where I wanted to share them with the world.

But which idea? How would I frame it? What's been going on with the submissions I've sent so far?

In this episode, I speak with someone who not only has accomplished that elusive goal of mine, but also helps people realize their dream of speaking at TEDx through coaching and writing.

Meet the hilarious, honest and incredibly invigorating Terri Trespicio.

Terri Trespicio is a New York–based writer, branding consultant, and co-creator of Lights Camera Expert, an online program for authors, experts and entrepreneurs who want to grow their media presence. Her TEDx talk "Stop Searching For Your Passion" has racked up over 3.5 million views on YouTube!

For nearly a decade, she served as a senior editor and radio host at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Her work has appeared in Jezebel, XOJane, Marie Claire, Prevention, MindBodyGreen, and DailyWorth. Her TV credits include the Today show, Dr. Oz, The Early Show, The Martha Stewart Show and The Anderson Cooper Show. She also hosted and produced her own video show and podcast, Solopreneur, on the Whatever It Takes Network.

In this episode, I talk with Terri about:

What made her want to do a TEDx Talk?

What the experience was like and what it meant to her?

What recommendations she has for someone that wants to give a TEDx Talk (Crafting the submission, how to market yourself, etc.)?

What are the best speaker tips to maximize your actual talk (TED or otherwise)?

As a special surprise, Terri actually works with me on my TEDx topic and takes my initial thought and strips it bare and pulls the most unusual and perfect new approach. You don't want to miss this! It's a perfect lesson for anyone who gives speeches or just wants to be a better storyteller.

You can learn more about Terri and get some of her free TED talk resources at territrespicio.com

I would love to hear your thoughts about this episode and if you're working on your public speaking as well. Drop me a note at rich@richbracken.com or on Twitter and Instagram @richbracken1. 

Have an amazing day!

Episode #033 - Leadership Expert Elizabeth McCourt

WELCOME TO EPISODE #033 OF THE ENRICH YOUR SOUL PODCAST

The word "leadership" is tossed around quite a bit while so many people are striving to become that person, that thought leader, that difference maker. But what truly makes a solid leader in today's world?

My guest on this week's podcast has the answers.

Elizabeth McCourt, President and Founder, McCourt Leadership Group.

Elizabeth is a certified leadership coach, speaker and writer. A background in executive recruiting in financial services for nearly 20 years, she works with high-level individuals and teams as a strategic partner in both their professional and personal goals. She helps people embrace their whole self and get real with who they are, so they can parlay that into leadership and business success.  

She’s on a mission to help people embrace their own resilience with the mindset that ‘wins’ don’t always have to be spectacular, they can be small and impactful. Her style is both practical minded and creative, allowing clients to really push their limits to find their most courageous style of both resilience and leadership. 

Through her coaching, speaking and even her TEDx talk "Why You Should Spill Your Secrets" she shares actionable tips on how to improve your leadership style.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What are common characteristics of top leaders
  • What holds people back from finding their true potential for leadership
  • Why most people lack resilience
  • How physical activity and exercise can improve your leadership skills
  • The value of taking on a non-traditional project

You can find out more about Elizabeth on her website mccourtleadership.com.