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Author: Laura Khalil

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"Laura is one of the best interviewers I've heard." Brave by Design helps women in male-dominated industries develop more confidence, clarity and courage to bravely go after their dreams. Host Laura Khalil interviews experts in business and personal development to help you stand in your power.
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“I started to realize I have a choice to make here, I can actually be a person that succeeds in spite of his past rather than doesn’t succeed because of it. I really do believe that it’s a conscious decision, a conscious choice.” - Chris KenneyYour beliefs around money are often formed at a young age and carried throughout your life, which is why it’s critical to be aware of them, particularly if you’re an entrepreneur. Today’s Brave By Design expert guest not only overcame hardship and challenges in his upbringing, but he smashed the limiting beliefs or “rules” he had around money, and he now helps others around the globe to do the same.  Chris Kenney supports ambitious coaches and consultants to position, package and sell high-ticket packages and programs so they can increase their impact, have a freedom lifestyle, and leave their mark on the world.If you’re ready to break your own money rules in order to live a life of freedom and choice, then you’ll get so much value from what Chris reveals in this episode! Connect with Chris: to hit SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen to podcasts!Are you a service-based business who wants to build your brand and get booked solid? Learn how podcasting helped Laura do that over at: podcastbrandlab.comWhat You’ll Hear In This Episode: The pivotal moments in Chris’s past where money created feelings of shame for him [1:49]How and why he made the conscious choice to succeed in spite of his past [6:58]What Chris’s thoughts around selling previously looked like, versus what this looks like now for him [20:27]The significant mindset shifts that he had to make around money in order to get comfortable asking for the sale [21:58]How Chris built a business up to $300,000 in revenue without a website or the use of digital marketing [27:35]What happened during the pandemic to Chris and his business, and what he did to pivot and thrive [31:31]Tips for identifying the seen and unseen items in a sales conversation, and what will happen once you begin to do this [33:37] Additional Links & Resources:His SALES MASTERY Inner Circle Facebook Group & Sales Mastery AcademyChris’s  LinkedIn Support the show (
“I think what a lot of people do is they try to step up [to manifest something] and maybe they don’t get an immediate response so they retract again. Instead just hold it, because sometimes you have to release the old patterns for a little bit before the new one will fully come in. The Universe will ask if you’re sure you want it and if you are ready. That’s ok, and if you want to hold the space it will shift with you.” - Laura Powers Are you using manifestation and your intuition to its full potential? As a multi-dimensional human being, today’s special Brave By Design guest shares the behind-the-scenes of the amazing life she has built for herself. She reveals how she got to where she is right now, and the way she helps others do the same with her books, podcasts, courses and insight in the psychic world. Laura Michelle Powers is a celebrity psychic who has been featured by Will Ferrell’s “Ron Burgundy Podcast”, Buzzfeed, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, Motherboard Magazine by Vice, and many other media outlets. She is a clairvoyant, psychic medium, writer, actress, model, producer, writer, and creative entrepreneur.  Ever since she was a child, Laura has seen and sensed ghosts and spirits and she has learned how to manage those experiences, using this ability to connect with the angelic and other realms.  She now uses her experience communicating with angels, spirits, and other energy beings to help her clients better understand and change their lives.Laura offers so much wisdom in this episode, and whether you are looking to uplevel your personal life or your career, the special gifts that are inside of each of us can be activated to do this starting now. Connect with Laura: to hit SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen to podcasts! Are you a service-based business who wants to build your brand and get booked solid? Learn how podcasting helped Laura do that over at: podcastbrandlab.comWhat You’ll Hear In This Episode: Laura’s experiences growing up and how her psychic abilities led her to having intense feelings followed by actions of repression [1:58]How to start tapping into your intuition the way creating time and space to listen and allow your intuition to guide you [8:14]The way that angels and spirit guides will help guide you on your highest path [12:59]How to identify and listen to your intuition and identify if something is out of alignment [18:22]Why Laura believes so strongly that if you have a gift you should use it [25:07]Additional Links & Resources:Laura’s Personal Website & PodcastAll of Her BooksLaura’s Instagram, Facebook & TwitterTo Book LauraSupport the show (
“When we are substituting accomplishment and getting things done for our deeper needs of connection, for belonging, for love and acceptance, that is always going to be hollow. It’s like fast food; it’s empty calories.” - Buck DodsonPerfectionism is something that everyone suffers from in one form or another, and today’s Brave By Design guest has insights to share that can help it from stopping you thrive in your daily life. Buck Dodson is a life coach and licensed therapist igniting gay men’s curiosity about their deepest wants and supporting them to embrace, express and live out their most compelling life visions. Buck also hosts his own podcast, Gay Man’s Life Lab.You don’t need to be a gay man to benefit from what Buck has to share today. What he reveals is a reminder that life really is about the messy parts, and overcoming perfectionism isn’t something that can be achieved quickly. Be gentle with yourself, and most importantly, give yourself the grace and patience needed in this process.Connect with Buck: to hit SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen to podcasts!Are you a service-based business who wants to build your brand and get booked solid? Learn how podcasting helped Laura do that over at: podcastbrandlab.comWhat You’ll Hear In This Episode: Buck’s experiences coming out as a young man and the struggles he faced early on feeling the need to be perfect [8:29]His thoughts on how we use perfectionism as a mask, and what’s really going on underneath the surface of it [15:16]What he says is the payoff with perfectionism, and why people ultimately do it [19:46]How Buck knows when he is starting to slip back into what he calls “perfectionistic thinking” [20:52]Why perfectionism is not only hollow, but also a substitute for what we’re really looking for [21:29]The ways that perfectionism and codependency are linked, and how boundaries can be implemented to help offset the damaging effects of this relationship [25:21]A powerful first step to take to start breaking the grip of perfectionism [36:03]Connecting with your body as an antidote to perfectionism [42:04] Additional Links & Resources:Buck’s InstagramHis Podcast & Gays and Gals Happy Hour Episode Brave By Design Episode 42: Boundaries as a Bridge to Connection with Lisa DempseyThe Spirituality of Imperfection by Ernest KurtzSupport the show (
“In order to be an authentic communicator, to be heard and to get to the point you have to be willing to see and hear whatever criticism may be coming at you and not necessarily internalize it and personalize it.” - Anthony HayesWhether you’re in business, a community leader or a political candidate, at some time in your life you may experience a communication crisis. It is during these times that possessing the skills to communicate not only effectively, but authentically to your audience, is of utmost importance. Today’s special Brave By Design guest is an expert in the field of crisis management, and not only does he share his advice on how to be an authentic communicator, but you’ll also hear his fascinating backstory, his experiences in the industry and his thoughts and opinions on timely topics such as social change and “cancel culture.” Anthony Hayes has spent more than 15 years in communications, crisis and issue management and political and legislative campaigns. He founded The Hayes Initiative to apply his experience steering organizations’ public affairs and media relations to clients across business, politics, nonprofits, and philanthropy. A seasoned C-level advisor, Anthony has cultivated an energetic, fast-growing company now trusted to execute strategy for prominent clients around the globe.The Hayes Initiative (THI) is a full-service public affairs firm providing strategic counsel and support on a range of needs including communications, media outreach, crisis management, government and community relations, and event planning. They help leaders and organizations deliver major initiatives, break through the noisy media landscape, and navigate the world of politics and government. They excel with high pressure, politically sensitive, and confidential issues while demonstrating the utmost level of discretion and judgment. As an LGBTQ owned and operated firm, they are proud of their work in the advocacy space and of their efforts to help organizations realize inclusivity at all levels of their work.Connect with Anthony: to hit SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen to podcasts!What You’ll Hear In This Episode: How Anthony’s turned his greatest challenge as a young child into his greatest asset as an entrepreneur [3:11]His thoughts on being aware of how you are being received by others [6:27]The damaging impact on your organization when you don’t speak up and be the change you want to see in the world [15:15]Anthony’s powerful lessons learned from working with big names and top politicians [21:39]His perspective on “cancel culture” [30:01]Tips and strategies for “getting to the point” when communicating [37:27]Additional Links & Resources:Anthony’s LinkedIn & Email What Happened by Hillary Rodham ClintonSupport the show (
“Stick with the definition [of selfish] if you want. If you want to say that it’s to fill your ego because it’s all about you, stick with it. I’ve redefined it as a personal intimate gift to create my joy. It’s that space that I need to do what I need to do for me, call it selfish, so that I have more to give freely.” - Naketa Thigpen I’m so excited to be bringing today’s guest back to the podcast, because her first appearance on Brave By Design was one of our most popular and talked about episodes. You may remember Naketa Thigpen, who spoke about work life balance and overcoming addiction to stress in that episode that aired early last year, and what we talk about today almost feels like a continuation of that amazing conversation. Naketa R. Thigpen, LCSW, is regarded as the #1 Balance & Relationship Advisor in the World, is the President & CEO of ThigPro Balance and Relationship Management Institute, a global personal development company headquartered in Philadelphia, PA that's revivifying the industry.In this episode Naketa reveals how having an addiction to stress led her to redefine what being “selfish” really means, and the way being selfish can play a huge role in your personal and professional life. What she shares here is fascinating, and I hope you find it informative, and timely, during these challenging times. Connect with Naketa: to hit SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen to podcasts!What You’ll Hear In This Episode: How the word “selfish” was, and still is today, weaponized against women [3:30]What are some of the detrimental effects of not doing anything for yourself [6:56]How do we start to be more selfish [15:51]Why you need to be completely open and honest with the people in your life about your boundaries [21:57] The key difference between being “nice” and being “kind” [28:31]Actions steps you can take right now to slow down and assess what is going on in your body [38:45] Ways to be kind to yourself, starting now [40:39]Naketa’s thoughts on admitting what you really want, and the role that self-pleasure plays in being selfish [41:23]Additional Links & Resources:Tired of choosing between energy for your business and energy for your marriage? Join Naketa for her Free 5 Day Experience: The Joy Map Method Masterclass for Married Women Entrepreneurs Who Want More...Register here> Instagram, Facebook & LinkedInNaketa's First Appearance on Brave By DesignHer Books Support the show (
“If you’re not looking for a job, stop making your LinkedIn profile look like a resume. Nobody cares that you generated $3 million of revenue for your last company if you’re a sales consultant. They only care about what you can do for them. What are you doing for your company right now, and what’s your company all about?’ - Brenda Meller Are you using LinkedIn but not seeing the results that you want to see from all your efforts? Maybe you’re not even sure where to begin, or how to properly use this powerful platform? Today I’m so excited to have my friend Brenda Meller as our expert guest on Brave By Design, because she helps people unlock the true power of LinkedIn, and has so much wisdom to share around this topic! Brenda Meller is a self-proclaimed “ambassador” of LinkedIn, national speaker, and the Chief Engagement Officer at Meller Marketing, which provides marketing and social media support for individuals and businesses, specializing in LinkedIn. She has been leveraging social media to propel her personal and professional efforts for over ten years, and now blends this experience with her marketing expertise to help clients achieve their goals.You can find Brenda Meller and Meller Marketing online on all the major social media channels.In January 2021, she published her first book, Social Media Pie: How to Enjoy a Bigger Slice of LinkedIn.Other Important Facts: Brenda loves coffee, chocolate, and pie. In her downtime, she enjoys jigsaw puzzles, and it was such a joy to introduce her to you today. I hope you find this conversation with Brenda informative and helpful in getting you those results you are after using a social media platform that we are both huge fans of! Connect with Brenda: to hit SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen to podcasts!What You’ll Hear In This Episode: The amazing story of how Brenda went from anti-social on social media to being the “Queen of LinkedIn” [2:25]What she says is really happening when people resist using LinkedIn [6:14]Tips and tricks to get started engaging on the platform right now, including the very first step you should be taking [7:48]Brenda’s thoughts on the use of bots, and the way that she prefers serving her prospects [9:43] How to begin walking through the fear of reaching for what you want - and a bigger slice of LinkedIn [18:05] A breakdown of her P.I.E framework, and practical ways to use it daily while on LinkedIn [28:26] Additional Links & Resources:Brenda’s LinkedIn Her Instagram, Facebook & YouTube Channel Get Brenda’s Social Media Pie Book Support the show (
“It’s so ironic that we don’t want to ‘hurt people’ and therefore we don’t sell to them, but what happens is we overdeliver for them and then ask what they’ve ever done for us.” - Annie P. RugglesMany entrepreneurs avoid selling, and for some the act of selling can be downright scary. If you’re in business, selling is necessary and today’s Brave By Design guest reveals how you can overcome any struggles you may have with sales by implementing the right mindset shifts.  For almost a decade, Annie P. Ruggles has harnessed her Hulk-like disdain for hard-sales, tacky self-promotion, and overly competitive sleazeballs as inspiration to help people find better ways to grow their small bizzes.  She's guided hundreds of people toward making deeper connections, lasting impressions, and friendlier, more lucrative transactions and conversations.Annie is the daughter of an award-winning motivational speaker and an always-ahead-of-his-time business strategist, and the granddaughter of a legendary used-car salesman, a perspicacious wordsmith, a singing waiter, and a cafeteria caterer with a raving fan base. (So clearly, she was literally born for this.)She lives in Chicago with her hobbit husband (who is also in sales), her furkids, and her disdain for deep dish pizza.As Annie explains, to sell isn’t to be manipulative. Selling our goods and services ( and ultimately ourselves!) to our customers is actually helping them in the best ways possible.Connect with Annie: to hit SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen to podcasts!What You’ll Hear In This Episode: The real reason why your business isn’t getting off the ground [2:10]Why marketing alone does not make sales [10:09]How Annie redefines the term “sales” [16:10]Why you are really hurting your clients by not asking for the sale [20:13]Her tips and strategies for being proactive with objections [26:36]Some of the big boundaries that needed in your business [36:52]Additional Links & Resources:Annie’s Website & Free Masterclass, How to Make Selling Easy – Without Getting SleazyHer PodcastAnnie’s Facebook & InstagramSupport the show (
“It came to a point where I felt like I had discovered the source of abundance and money that no one was talking about, and I was so clear that I was never going back to that broken financial lifestyle.” - Hilary Hendershott   What if I told you it is possible to go from $600,000 in debt to having a multi 7- figure net worth? It sure is, and today’s Brave By Design expert guest actually did it! In this episode she is not only sharing her 7 steps to wealth, but she also reveals the mindset shifts and reframes around money that you can make starting today to improve your financial lifestyle.Hilary Hendershott is the founder of Hendershott Wealth Management, a leading financial advisory firm for women and couples. With 21 years of experience as a fee-only fiduciary financial advisor and stock market expert, Hilary’s mission is to empower women to take control of their finances and make their money work for them.As her career in the financial services industry developed, Hilary became increasingly aware of a unique gap in the marketplace. Hundreds of thousands of women were eager to make wise investment decisions, but the male-dominated financial industry wasn’t equipped to meet their needs. Founded in 2014, Hendershott Wealth Management is one of the first and only female-focused Registered Investment Advisory firms in America.Hilary hosts Profit Boss® Radio, a weekly podcast where she and her guests offer inspiration and actionable advice to support women in their financial journey.  She’s also a TEDx speaker, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, NBC, ABC, FOX, DailyWorth, Forbes, and Investopedia. Hilary was recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 Entrepreneur in Silicon Valley and Investopedia has named her one of the Top 100 Most Influential Advisors in the US in 2018, 2019 and 2020.​ With more than 30 television appearances, she’s considered the go-to personal finance expert in Silicon Valley for NBC, where they have nicknamed her “The Investor’s Voice of Reason.” Hilary has an MBA from Santa Clara University, and is a Certified Financial Planner.Connect with Hilary: to hit SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen to podcasts!What You’ll Hear In This Episode: How a financial professional found herself $600,000 in debt [2:38]What the journey from rock bottom to financially independence looked like [10:42]Common superstitions people have come to believe about money, and why you should be aware of them [13:46]The first steps to take to combine psychology and finance [18:28]The difference between spending money and being wealthy [21:38]The “7 Steps to Wealth” and why implementing each of them is critical to your financial success [25:31]Additional Links & Resources:Hilary’s Podcast & Episode 77: The 7 Steps to WealthFacebook, Instagram & LinkedIn Support the show (
“On the other side of those decisions there’s a domino effect, because then you’re executing those decisions. There’s mental freedom that comes from that, from just deciding and then moving into action. Rare is the time that the consequence of changing my mind has been worse than I thought it was, it’s almost always not as bad.” - Cherylanne SkolnickiHow would you like to overcome “analysis paralysis” and learn the techniques for taking action, once and for all? With the daily demands on women’s time, both at home and in the workplace, decision-making can be an overwhelming process. However, it doesn’t have to be like this. Today’s Brave By Design guest is here to talk all about work-life integration, and she shares the ways that she helps women put things in motion in order to live a healthy and fulfilling life.Cherylanne Skolnicki is the founder of Brilliant Balance, where she is a work-life mentor to working women across the country.Over the last decade, she’s coached hundreds of entrepreneurial and professional women on how to stop settling, get out of their own way, and finally go after their dreams.As a former corporate ladder climber and MBA who spent 15 years at a Fortune 50 company, she knows exactly what it takes for ambitious, strong women to find balance.And yet as a married mom of three with a career she loves, Cherylanne also knows we want more than just to feel balanced...we want to be brilliant.Connect with Cherylanne: to hit SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen to podcasts!What You’ll Hear In This Episode: Cherylanne’s “ winding path” to get to where she is today and how she was able to put things in motion [1:49]Why leaving the corporate world doesn’t have to be a radical shift for you [6:14]The three most pressing challenges that face women today [7:39]The real reasons that self-care is more than just “getting your nails done” [12:35]How by narrowing your sight of view, things will become clearer [18:04]Additional Links & Resources:Cherylanne’s Podcast Her Instagram, LinkedIn & FacebookSupport the show (
“Everything always goes back to psychology, so one of the things I really wanted to do was not only key women into their feminine energy but break whatever psychological structures that had them undervaluing themselves.” - Monica ParikhOn today’s Brave By Design, we’ll be looking at how each of us attract partners who match our own vibration frequency, and why this is such an important concept to understand as we heal, grow and evolve. Our expert guest reveals how we can start building relationships driven by purpose and honesty, and the ways we can approach pre-cohabitation, pre-marital contracts and more.A graduate of Northwestern University and Cornell Law School, Monica Parikh believes that conventional education does not teach us skills for relationship success. Her writing weaves together relationship advice with positive psychology and spiritual truths. When necessary, she also draws upon her 20-years of experience as a lawyer. She keeps it simple and real to help others achieve healthy relationships—the most important factor for a lifetime of happiness.Monica writes for international publications like MindBodyGreen and Well + Good, coaches private clients and gives motivational speeches. Her work has been featured in Marie Claire Magazine, Audible UK, Stella UK, The New York Post, and The Jenny McCarthy Show on Sirius XM radio.In 2021, she will release Take Back the Power, a modern fable about breakup aimed to raise collective consciousness and restore world peace. Connect with Monica: to hit SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen to podcasts!What You’ll Hear In This Episode: Monica’s journey from being a lawyer of 20 years to the educator and leader that she is today [1:37]The ways she has applied her therapy and studies of relationship psychology to her own dating life [9:26]Why she says it’s so important to move past the fear of being open and to your needs in your relationship from the very beginning [17:53]Her thoughts on healthy and conscious marriage arrangements and contracts, and how they can help reduce codependency [27:01]Whether or not men have the same emotional resources as women [35:55]How getting real with yourself and your partner about your relationship will build intimacy [45:15]Additional Links & Resources:n/aSupport the show (
“The broad rules of consent still apply, but they’re just being applied in new ways. To me, it’s always about making sure that you’re clear on your expectations. I think it’s better to ask if something is ok than to be afraid it will be awkward, especially during the pandemic.” - Valeriya SafronovaDating can be challenging in the best of times, but what is a single person to do while in the midst of a global pandemic? These times have brought up new issues when it comes to dating, and today on Brave By Design I’m speaking with someone who literally wrote the article on hooking up during Covid-19 to help shed some light on these topics. Valeriya Safronova is a reporter for The New York Times Style section, where she writes features on culture, personal technology and gender. She was a 2019-2020 Fulbright journalism fellow based in Munich.As Valeriya reveals, even though we are in a new world with new rules the same old problems exist with dating. She learned many things from speaking with individuals who are navigating the dating world right now, and this is why it’s such an enlightening and eye-opening conversation to be having on the podcast today. Connect with Valeryia: to hit SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen to podcasts!What You’ll Hear In This Episode: If Valeriya feels the pandemic is pushing people towards fast-tracking their romantic relationships [6:36]Her thoughts on sliding the scales of safety versus mental health, and managing the risk factors associated [8:58]Tips for when you’re getting judgement from others [11:59]The real reasons that Valeriya decided to write her article [16:06]What everyone needs to understand about consent and boundaries [18:11]Ways to manage the difficult conversations with others around these topics when they arise [19:41]Additional Links & Resources: Valeriya’s New York Times Article, True Stories of Hooking Up During Covid-19Her Twitter Support the show (
“Probably the most common problem is that people simply don’t have any plan at all. If you ask someone what is their net worth, and if they know how much they need to accumulate before they can retire, sometimes the person can’t answer these simple questions.” - Echo Huang Today’s Brave By Design expert guest is on a mission to let people know that wealth management isn’t just for the wealthy. You don’t have to be wealthy to start managing wealth, and you can start growing it right now from where you stand. However it will take a solid plan, which she shares more about on this episode. Echo Huang is a financial planner with CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) designation and over 25 years of experience in the financial services and accounting industries. She helps executives and entrepreneurs in Minneapolis and St. Paul take the complexity out of their personal and business finances. Born and raised in China, she came to the United States with $800 in her pocket in hopes of pursuing – and achieving – the American dream. Through higher learning, continued education, and hard work, she gained valuable experience and extensive knowledge about wealth management, investment strategies, and tax planning. After years of working as an accountant, a financial advisor and partnering with other financial firms, she founded Echo Wealth Management in 2015. Echo is the author of Own Your Future: One Woman’s Story of Immigration and Financial Freedom.As Echo states in this episode, she wants to be a financial guru for many people, even if she cannot serve as a financial advisor for every person. I think you’re going to learn so much from the financial tips and advice she gives in this informative conversation, which is why I’m so excited to share it with you today. Connect with Echo: to hit SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen to podcasts! What You’ll Hear In This Episode: Echo's own story of growing up, and how she became a success in the field of finance [4:44]The ways in which she grew from the confidence set before her by her mother [13:05]What the motivation was for Echo to write her book, Own Your Future [18:39]What she considers to be the four major problems people often have when planning for their financial future [21:06]Additional Links & Resources: Get Echo’s Book, Own Your Future Connect with Her on LinkedInEcho’s Facebook, Twitter & InstagramSupport the show (
“I just really got in touch with how magnificently adaptable we are and how we can figure things out. Even if it doesn’t go fantastically, it’s good enough. So just jumping in and trying things became easier for me, because I just accidentally threw myself into those situations. I just feel like if you can trust that you’ll figure it out on the other side, it’ll get a little easier to jump in.” - Jodi Hume With the amount of decisions we all have to make daily in our personal and professional lives, the decision-making process can be challenging (to say the least). That is why I wanted to introduce you to today’s Brave By Design expert guest, as she is someone who works with busy leaders to facilitate decision making and has had great success in doing so. Jodi Hume is a personal strategist and facilitator for busy leaders and their teams. She facilitates the conversations that shape lives and businesses - with leadership, her clients’ loved ones, or in their own heads.After a 15-year career as COO of a growing architecture firm, she now works with founders and leaders throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. Her career in senior management saw her firm move from local to national significance and increase nearly 400% in size. With every milestone came new decisions, opportunities and even more competing priorities to balance. Jodi has seen every stage of business development - from the startup challenges, to the growing pains, to the victories, and in this episode she reveals how the right way to approach decision-making. You’ll also learn what is really needed to be able to make solid decisions, and ones that you can be confident in. Connect with Jodi: to hit SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen to podcasts!Free webinar in late January for coaches, consultants and service-based businesses: Learn how Brave by Design became a Top 125 podcast and Laura gained new clients through podcasting. Register at podcastbrandlab.comWhat You’ll Hear In This Episode: Ways to start “connecting the dots” and solving problems for yourself [1:26]Jodi's idea of innate confidence, and why it’s such an important thing to possess [5:59]The universal challenges she has identified in leaders that she has worked with in her career [9:47]Why rest should be considered sacred, even in today’s fast-paced world [12:56]Tips and strategies for battling the indecisiveness that we all face from time-to-time [21:39]An exciting update on what Jodi has to offer in 2021 as part of her beta testing [29:34]Additional Links & Resources:Jodi’s PodcastTraits of a Great Manager (Part 1 of 2) with Heidi Craun (Brave By Design)Support the show (
“True wealth is a state of being, and it’s a state of living wealthy. It’s a state of being alive, connected and whole within yourself.” - Jennifer Love Today’s Brave By Design guest is on a mission to help leaders become limitless, and after listening to her powerful message, you’ll see how she’s doing this! Jennifer Love is rated among the top 5% of advisors globally, and her mission as a Money Therapist is helping leaders build what she calls true wealth. On any given day, Jennifer may be found diving deep with a leader in a private money therapy session, serving as a judge for events like Startup Weekend and on stage sharing her research and views as a wealth philosopher. She also prepares entrepreneurs to land a shark on Shark Tank, advises clients behind-the-scenes of shows like Biz Fix with Marcus Lemonis, meets with community leaders and government officials and negotiates with investors. Part of Jennifer’s day could also involve advising leaders of Fortune 200 companies and celebrities in developing their true wealth, or being at home enjoying time with her sweetheart John and fur-baby Maggie. Achieving true wealth takes the stress out of the money equation so you can effectively raise, make, manage, and give money. It also creates deep soulful satisfaction in key areas of their lives. This something we’d all like, am I right? This is why I am so eager to have Jennifer share her expertise on true wealth with you all today. Connect with Jennifer: to hit SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen to podcasts!Free webinar in late January for coaches, consultants and service-based businesses: Learn how Brave by Design became a Top 125 podcast and Laura gained new clients through podcasting. Register at podcastbrandlab.comWhat You’ll Hear In This Episode: Jennifer’s thoughts on personal scar tissues and how to investigate and process your own traumas first [11:38]Why you need to be willing to say “no” to things not aligned with your values, and what can happen if you don’t [16:50]What “true wealth” is really all about [22:46]Where to begin the journey, and Jennifer’s thought process for getting there [24:36] Additional Links & Resources:Discovery Your Money Store - Book a Discovery Call with Jennifer!  Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D.The #OneMoreWoman MovementMarshall RosenbergSupport the show (
“Obviously there’s going to be unnecessary friction, challenges, miscommunication and misunderstandings, because we literally have a different set of subconscious rules. So our attachment style has a profound impact on all of our relationships.” - Thais GibsonToday we’re talking all about attachment theory, and looking at how it affects the way we think, feel and approach all types of situations in our lives. If you’re not sure what attachment theory is, that’s ok, because this Brave By Design guest literally wrote the guide to it!Thais Gibson is the co-founder of the Personal Development School, as well as the author of Attachment Theory: A Guide to Strengthening the Relationships in Your Life. Throughout her career she has worked with thousands of clients and helped them to positively transform their lives, relationships and goals. Thais is certified in over 13 different areas of therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, neurolinguistic programming and transpersonal psychology. By combining traditional psychological methods with the research findings from her practice, she has created cutting-edge therapeutic techniques that help people realize true and significant change in their lives.In this episode you’re going to learn about the important role that attachment theory is playing in your life subconsciously, and then how you can use it to strengthen both your personal and professional relationships, starting today.  Connect with Thais: to hit SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen to podcasts!Free webinar in late January for coaches, consultants and service-based businesses: Learn how Brave by Design became a Top 125 podcast and Laura gained new clients through podcasting. Register at podcastbrandlab.comWhat You’ll Hear In This Episode: What attachment theory is, and the four major attachment styles with their characteristics [11:11]Whether or not dating habits are a form of attachment theory [23:26]Three key things that create attraction at a subconscious level [28:33]What we need to know about the dynamics of our business relationships [33:32]How to approach coping mechanisms and reprogramming, and a specific tool you can use to start doing this [41:01] Additional Links & Resources:Thais’ Instagram & Facebook Group Her YouTube Channel & LinkedInHer Book, Attachment Theory: A Guide to Strengthening the Relationships in Your LifeSupport the show (
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“When we can start to identify, really tap into and have the courage to express those qualities of who we really are, that’s when we really come alive. That’s when we get the freedom to fully experience life in all of its glory.” - Spencer SnakardWhat does it take to be truly fulfilled in life? This can be tricky if we aren’t sure what it will take to feel this way, or where to even start along our journey. That’s why I’m speaking with today’s Brave By Design expert guest about what is most often holding us back from living our dream life, and what to do to determine what it is that we really want moving forward.Spencer Snakard is a mindset coach, transformational trainer, and motivational speaker for entrepreneurs who are ready to stop struggling and instead create the thriving business and life of their dreams. She helps her clients achieve the kind of life filled with financial freedom and doing the work they love with passion, purpose, and profits, without ever having to give up what matters most to them.This conversation with Spencer was so impactful, and she even shares exercises and insights that you most likely won’t hear talked about elsewhere. It is my hope that anyone listening can benefit from what she shares today, whether you are looking for more happiness in your personal or professional life - or in both. Connect with Spencer: with Laura Khalil the five habits that help women rise: Invite Laura to speak at your live or virtual event http://bravebydesign.netWhat You’ll Hear In This Episode: How Spencer quickly found the world of coaching after studying psychology in school - and never looked back [2:04]The things that stop most people from doing what they really want to do in life [6:24]Where identity comes into play, and the reasons that some people struggle to shed theirs in order to grow [9:54]How to know where to even get started getting to where you want to go, and the specific questions to be asking yourself along the way [11:26]The ways to identify if what you think that you want is what you really want [16:02]Why checking in with yourself in this process is key, and Spencer’s tips for doing this in the most effective way possible [21:01]Additional Links & Resources:Spencer’s Free Mindset Masterclass Schedule a Call with Spencer For More Information on Her Business Breakthrough Program Her Facebook, LinkedIn & YouTube Channel The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. CoveySupport the show (
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“The premise behind working with difficult people is that nobody is difficult until you label them difficult. So the word ‘difficult’ is not a fact, it is a label.” - Kris PlachyWhen leading a team, or working as part of one, not all people will be the same. It takes awareness and skill to recognize each individual’s personality traits, and to work as effectively and efficiently with that person. That’s why in today’s Brave By Design we are talking to an Entrepreneurial Management guru who helps leaders lead a successful well-rounded team, and the advice she shares here today can prove invaluable to any member of an organization. Kris Plachy is THE thought leader and expert for Entrepreneurial Management. Known for her simple, honest and authentic style, Kris has poured her life’s work into learning about, understanding and then guiding leaders through the tricky path of learning how to lead a team. In a space where there is a lot of “noise” and advice, Kris has designed the “how to” of team & CEO leadership through her unparalleled How to CEO for Female Entrepreneurs course and coaching integration program. Kris provides actionable strategy combined with insights from her years of experience in leading others, and I’m sure all listeners will enjoy, and learn from what she has to share in this episode. Connect with Kris: with Laura Khalil the five habits that help women rise: Invite Laura to speak at your live or virtual event http://bravebydesign.netWhat You’ll Hear In This Episode: How Kris became an expert in this field and the extensive hands on experience she has working with difficult people [1:58] Specific challenges that women face in a male-dominated workplace [5:12]A powerful reframe you can make to realize that “difficult” is only a label we attach to other people [8:30]The viral post blog post Kris wrote that affirmed people are needing more knowledge on how to work with difficult people, and how this led to her writing a book on the topic [10:05]Some of the most important things to acknowledge when one is moving into a leadership role that can help improve the relationships with others in the organization [17:25] Five core things to focus on in order to help you have the firing conversation, if needed [19:46]Additional Links & Resources:Kris’s Do You Know How to CEO? Quiz & Course, How to CEO for Female Entrepreneurs Her Podcast Kris’ LinkedIn Article, Five Truths for Dealing with Difficult People & Book (of the same name)Support the show (
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