Archive for February 2019

177: Storytelling Secrets

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This episode reviews and pulls together all of the storytelling secrets you learned about in this podcast.

I call them storytelling secrets because so many people don’t use them when they communicate and sell.

You’ll learn the important elements of all great stories firsthand when you listen to this episode. You will experience them in action.

You will hear the riveting opening paragraphs of a compelling life-changing book, Why You’re Dumb, Sick & Broke…And How to Get Smart, healthy & Rich, by Randy Gage.

You can also enjoy Randy’s inspiring story by listening to episode 164 of this podcast, the episode called You Are Your Story.

Randy draws you into the rich world of his book by masterfully using these storytelling elements or techniques:

  • Hook – His first sentence grabs your attention 100%.
  • Show, Don’t Tell – Randy doesn’t lecture you; he involves you in a suspenseful story.
  • Vivid Language – Randy uses language of the senses to paint a vivid picture and arouse your emotions.
  • Specificity – His story is crystal clear because all the details are specific.
  • Cliffhangers – You will love the way Randy builds suspense with his cliffhanger sentences.

Can you use these same techniques to deliver a presentation or other sales message if you are selling protein shakes, umbrellas, pet shampoo…?

Yes! You can create a compelling story to deliver a message and sell absolutely anything – if you do these two things first:

  • Clearly identify your audience
  • Define your core message

You’ll discover a fun game you can play to master these storytelling secrets at the end of this episode.


Why You’re Dumb, Sick & Broke…And How to Get Smart, Healthy & Rich, by Randy Gage

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176: Beyond Diabetes

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Today’s episode deals with a sensitive issue. Our guest is Lyle Haugen, a fascinating man who overcame a life threatening injury and won his battle against Diabetes 1.

Our topic is sensitive because Lyle took control of his own health when the medical advice he was following was not helping him improve his quality of life. He took bold steps and went beyond diabetes.

I’m not a medical professional, nor do I give medical advice in this episode. That would be irresponsible. I do encourage people to explore every avenue that may lead to optimal health. We all have freedom of choice.

As you listen to Lyle Haugen’s story, you may feel that you are watching a movie. It’s a story of adventure, danger, courage, hope, and inspiring discovery.

Lyle is a good storyteller. These are a few of the things you’ll learn about as you follow his journey:

  • Lyle’s unlikely career as a trapper beginning at age 7
  • A boy’s dream to be part of the space race
  • How and why Lyle became a deep sea diver medic
  • The gas explosion that ended Lyle’s diving career (and almost ended his life)
  • His discovery after the accident that he had type 1 diabetes
  • How Lyle’s health got worse although he followed his doctors’ advice
  • Lyle’s instintice experiment with nutrition that helped him reclaim his health

Lyle Haugen reinvented himself as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. His holistic approach to nutrition has helped many people make remarkable health recoveries. You’ll hear about some of them in detail in this episode.

Your time listening to Lyle Haugen will be time well spent. It will expand your mind, challenge you, entertain you, and inspire you.


The Wrecker by Clive Cussler (Lyle’s favorite)

Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World by Jill Jones

George Westinghouse: His Life and Achievements by Francis Ellington Leupp


“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Jane Fulton, a fictional character in Rita Mae Brown’s book, “Sudden Death”

CONTACT LYLE – FREE Breakfast Shake Recipe & FREE report on an all night sleep solution

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175: Deadly Comparisons

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Social comparisons are deadly. And in today’s world we fall prey to them all the time.

Social media and the Internet are powerful resources that can enrich our lives – if we use them intentionally.

Here’s what I mean. We can build a business empire with social media. We can find great prospects, leads, and strategic partnerships online.

But, what can happen when we idle surf the web? We can be drawn into the deadly game of social comparisons.

Think you are above that? Maybe. I would urge you to think again. We are all susceptible to the images we see on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube – pick your social media of choice. And here’s the thing. Many of those seductive images are made up.

We live in a selfie world. It’s fun, entertaining, profitable, and dangerous. How dangerous? Check out the insightful research on the rise of teen suicide and it’s connection to social media.

I want to emphasize that I value social media. I respect its power to enrich and to destroy. When we fall into the trap of comparing our lives to “perfect lives” we see on social media, we run into serious trouble.

I know that this does not only apply to teens. Every single human being can be snared into the game of social comparisons. The only way to never engage in that game is to be 100% self-aware all the time.

That requires effort and discipline, just like physical exercise. Sometimes, it feels better to surf the web passively, and let our minds take a rest. That’s when your self image becomes easy prey to the perfect images that seduce us into deadly social comparisons.

Want to be the master of your self-narrative? Think about the beauty you find in nature. Walk in the woods and appreciate the limitless diversity you see there. Look at trees. Every one is different. They are short, tall, think, slender, straight, spiralled, smooth, and gnarled. It’s easy to see the beauty in all of them.

Are they perfect? Yes and no. What is perfection? We will stop comparing ourselves to others when we embrace the perfection of imperfection.

The animal kingdom teaches us a lot about about diversity. Look at three totally different breeds of dogs. A chihuahua, a bulldog, and a Great Dane, for instance. Do they get depressed because they don’t look alike? Does a chihuahua lose sleep and go to a pet shrink because it’s not as “beautiful” as a Great Dane?

These questions make you laugh. Well, have a good laugh at the times (we all have them) when you have felt “less than” someone because of social comparisons. Then, decide to stop playing the game.

T.S. Eliot, one of the great poets of the 20th century wrote these words: “There will be time, there will be time to prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.”

Think about those words the next time you find yourself drawn into the game of social comparisons.  Remember that the people you are comparing yourself to have probably devoted time and energy to preparing the face to meet the faces that they meet.

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174: Limitless Mindset

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I grew up constantly hearing that a sign of maturity is to know your limitations.  I believed it. And it’s nonsense.

Most of the time, you will allow your doubts to define your limits. Once you accept a limit in your mind, it becomes your story; it become your reality. You become an “I can’t person.”

Today’s guest is an “I can person.” She has earned the right to her success by constantly shattering limits, venturing into the unknown, and taking on big challenges. She reveals how to step into your limitless mindset.

Her name is Laura Gassner Otting. Her latest book, that you can preorder on Amazon, is Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life.

You are in for  a treat in this episode. You will hear a very smart, highly energetic, entertaining woman whose words and thoughts can help you shatter your limits.

Here’s a glimpse at the value packed learning you’ll enjoy listening to Laura’s story:

  • Why you should live at the edge of incompetence
  • The power of knowing that you are not that important
  • Identifying if you are a star chaser and what to do about it
  • Why contained risk is good for you

You’ll be fascinated by Laura’s journey from Bill Clinton’s White House to CEO of a successful company to the high achieving entrepreneurial life she leads today. That journey helped her gain many valuable insights that she shares in today’s interview.

Here are a few more of the mind expanding insights she offers you:

  • How to snap out of analysis paralysis
  • How to discover your own super power
  • How to make the shift from your career to your calling
  • 4 words to ban from your life
  • The awesome power of saying YES to things

Laura gives you several powerful backpack moment in this episode. A backpack moment is an idea, a takeaway, that can change your life even if you didn’t listen to any more of  the interview. You could literally put on your backpack and go on your way enriched.

A few thoughts that could become the backpack moments for your limitless mindset are:

  • Why the question, “How can I help?” often leads to short term thinking
  • How to achieve consonance – living your life so that what you do matches who you are
  • The 4 elements of consonance that give your life a powerful purpose
  • The difference between your family and your “framily”
  • Why you should wave your freak flag high (we all have one)
  • Stepping into your fundamental state of leadership


Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi (Laura’s favorite)

Mission Driven: Moving from Profit to Purpose by Laura Gassner Otting

Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life by Laura Gassner Otting


“…You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Well behaved women seldom make history.” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

CONTACT LAURA – FREE GIFT – 4 Ways to Discover Your Calling


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173: Your Musical Story

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Your musical story refers to the rhythm, the pace, and the feelings that your intentional communication creates.

This episode will stimulate your creativity and allow you to feel storytelling with your heart and your whole body. It will get you out of your head.

You will hear three short pieces of jazz music by the legendary saxophonist, John Coltrane. the are from his famous album, Coltrane Plays the Blues.

Each piece is named after a person. The songs are:

  • Mr. Day
  • Mr. Syms
  • Mr. Knight

I first used this exercise when I was teaching young adults in New York City. I played the three songs for them and told them to pick one and write a story about it. The goal of the story was to make the central character of the song come alive.

The students describe what Mr. Day, Mr. Syms, and Mr. Knight looked like; the described the men’s personalities and their behavior. Remember. These were musical compositions without lyrics.

You will only hear the beginning of each song. It is sufficient to create an image and a feeling for you. It will also allow you to sense how the tempo changes.

Why is this important? It’s important because it will help you to feel the organic beginning, middle, and end of stories at an unconscious level. That’s with practice of course.

Open yourself to this experience, and you will tap into your natural creativity. It will ignite your imagination and make you feel good.

Who knows? You may even fall in love with jazz if you aren’t already.

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