EP 009: The Courage To Have Difficult Conversations

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About This Podcast:

Have you ever been paralyzed with fear over the thought of having a difficult conversation? In this episode of The Couragecast, I share with you a conversation I had with my friend Kate Tenkate about how we have navigated tough conversations in our personal and professional lives. 

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01 \ Name your fears.

Ask yourself...

  1. What are the consequences if I do nothing?

  2. Am I willing to accept those consequences?

02 \ What is the potential benefit?

  • What is the purpose of this conversation, and what will it serve?

  • Be objective and leave your ego at the door so you can sort through the context of the conversation.

03 \ Build a bridge.

  • Own your part in the relationship and take responsibility for the consequences.

  • It’s ok if you have differing opinions, and allow the other person to share their heart with you.

  • Accept what they have to say with an open spirit.

04 \ Extend grace.

  • Don't be defensive.

05 \ Be real about your expectations.

  • You can set the emotional tone. 

Things NOT to do:

  1. Hastily respond in an email, voice message or heaven forbid a social media post.

  2. Tell everyone around you about the problem you are having with that individual. It is likely to get solved, and when it does, you will regret having been the one to ‘over-share’.

  3. Get upset when you don’t have context about the situation. The individual may be going through something that has absolutely nothing to do with you. Don’t make it about you if it’s not about you, to begin with. 

  4. Be manipulative with your words or actions, don’t bring shame on them unnecessarily. 

 

Do you find yourself uncertain of how to move your life forward. Are you ready to reignite your confidence and change your perspective on what you are fully capable of? Let’s have a conversation to find out what is really holding you back, so that you reframe your mindset, and get the clarity you need to move forward both personally and professionally.

 

EP 008: Overcoming Adversity With Laila Biali

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About The Episode:

Welcome to episode #008 of The Couragecast. In this episode, I'm chatting with the brilliantly talented Laila Biali, about how her sense of call has been the guiding force to creativity and success as a jazz artist. 

 

Award-winning Canadian pianist and vocalist, Laila Biali, has been garnering world-wide recognition for her music which she has performed at prestigious venues including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo’s Cotton Club, and Carnegie Hall. She has toured with GRAMMY award winners Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega, and recorded with and supported international icon, Sting.

Her studio recording, Tracing Light, received a JUNO nomination in 2011 for “Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year”, and her follow-up album, Live in Concert, was given an enthusiastic four-star review and named one of the “Best Albums of 2013” by DownBeat Magazine.

In 2015, Laila released her first album of entirely original music, House of Many Rooms – an indie-pop project featuring Lisa Fischer (Rolling Stones, 20 Feet From Stardom), Jo Lawry (Sting, Paul Simon), Alan Hampton (Robert Glasper), and the Toronto Mass Choir.

Laila is currently working on her second studio album of original music, expanding on her unique “ability to meld traditional jazz with contemporary pop so effortlessly that neither style seems out of place on the same record” (Spinner Magazine).This project will highlight collaborations with several award-winning songwriters and is slated for release in 2016.

Her accolades include “SOCAN Composer of the Year” and “Keyboardist of the Year” at Canada’s National Jazz Awards.”

Connect with Laila: 

www.lailabiali.com // Instagram // Facebook. 

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EP 007: Saying Good-bye To Toxic Relationships With Andrea Crisp

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About The Episode:

Welcome to episode #007 of The Couragecast. In this episode, I'm answering a question that was sent to me by Daniella in Toronto. She asked, 'What do you do about the fear of standing out? How do you honour the people around you who are not moving at the same pace or in the same direction?

 

If you're ready to say good-bye to the relationships that are holding you back, so that you can make room for people who will propel you forward, then join me for a FREE training that will teach you to surround yourself with people who will empower you to live your dreams. 

EP 006: Designing Experience With Alyssa Yuhas

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About The Episode:

Welcome to episode #006 of The Couragecast. In this episode I chat with my friend, the talented and uber creative Alyssa Yuhas, about how her desire for community and collaboration have been the catalyst to gather like minded creatives. She shares her heart and vision for the future of Designer Vaca, and what may be on the horizon. 

 
 

For as long as Alyssa can remember, she's been collecting stacks of magazines. She followed that love to design school, where she was trained in visual design & communication. In nearly a decade since, she has worked for a boutique design firm, in-house and for an ad agency before starting her own business 7 years ago. She now works with clients from all over the world: from Sydney to London, from New York to Vancouver. In 2012, she moved across Canada to Toronto and pioneered the creative at C3, a vibrant church community. In 2012, Alyssa co-founded Designer VACA, an anti-conference (or vacation) for female graphic & web designers held in Palm Springs. Alyssa is a seven 'enthusiast' on the Enneagram (https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/type-7/), a mother of boys, a binge podcast listener, was named one of 10 Young Designers to Watch by DesignEdge and this one time Katy Perry used her popcorn carton design at her movie premiere.

Connect with Alyssa:

www.alyssayuhas.com // www.designervaca.com // Instagram

 
 

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EP 005: Is It Time To Quit Or Commit?

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About The Episode:

Welcome to episode #005 of The Couragecast. In this episode I am answering a question that was sent to me from Christina in Toronto. She asked, ’In situations regarding decision making, I’ve been wrestling with whether or not I’m being challenged to step outside my comfort zone or whether I’m feeling a lack of peace because it’s just not right. Should I quit or commit?'

 

Maybe you find yourself in a season of transition and you are trying to decide whether or not you should stay committed to the process, or move on. Making those tough decisions can be difficult, so I've created a worksheet that will walk you step by step through those tough questions. 

EP 004 - Having The Courage To Tell Your Story with Dani Kreeft

Welcome to episode #004 of The Couragecast. Today I'm chatting with my friend, and writer extraordinaire Dani Kreeft, about how she discovered that she is a writer, and the courage it has taken her to put her creativity out into the world.

 
 

Dani is a copywriter in the advertising industry, the entrepreneur behind her own stationery brand, Dani Press, and an experienced travel photographer currently living in Toronto, Ontario. She is most fully alive when writing snippets, sentences and stories for anyone looking to leverage the magic and momentum of words. 

Dani can be found at www.danipress.com and www.danikreeft.com, or connect with her on Instagram at  @dani_press, and Facebook @danikreeftwrites

 
 

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EP 003: Captivated By Purpose With Andrea Crisp

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About The Episode:

Welcome to episode #003 of The Couragecast. Are you ready to discover how you can be more captivated by your purpose, and less distracted by comparison? Today I share the real reason why I almost did not launch this podcast, and why I believe that we need to captivated by purpose, and not distracted by comparison. 

 

If you're ready to take the next step, and gain the confidence you need to move out of the comparison trap, I've created a worksheet that will ask you some powerful questions. 

EP 002 - Redefining Failure With Lisa Gilroy

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About This Episode:

Welcome to episode #002 of The Couragecast. In this episode I am chatting with my friend, actress and comedian Lisa Gilroy, about how she has been able to navigate success and failure both privately and in front of an audience. Don't let the laughs fool you, this girl is full of pure gold. 

 

Lisa Gilroy is an alumna of the Second City’s House Company and current ensemble of The Second City Toronto’s National Touring Company. She is the Canadian Screen Award nominated host of YTV’s The Zone and Undercover High as well as a member of the Canadian Comedy Award winning sketch troupe, The Sketchersons. Lisa has been featured in Just For Laugh’s New Faces showcase, performed at comedy festivals across the country, and has written for various television projects across YTV (Big Fun Movies, The Zone) and CBC kids (CANAdooDAday).

Lisa can be found on her website www.lisagilroy.com, or connect with her on Twitter & Instagram

 
 

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