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Author: John Marshall & Tony Holmes

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Welcome to The Present Professional Podcast, where today’s multifaceted professional meets contemporary wisdom and casual candor. Join hosts John and Tony as they explore the intersection of personal and professional development, drawing insights from academic and industry experts, their thriving businesses, and extensive coaching experience. Each episode is designed to elevate your personal and professional life.

Whether you're looking to enhance your career or enrich your personal growth, John and Tony provide practical advice and inspiration to help you thrive. Ready to take your journey further? Connect with us for speaking engagements and personalized coaching at thepresentprofessionalpodcast.com.

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In this episode of The Present Professional, John and Tony discuss the challenges of adjusting to new life stages and transitions, particularly when it comes to changes in productivity and personal engagement. They explore the importance of shifting mindset to focus on what's going right during times of change, rather than dwelling on what might not be going as planned. Join them as they share insights on navigating transitions in both personal and professional life.John shares his experience...
In this episode of The Present Professional, special guest Andrea Estrada, a psychologist and mental health counselor, shares her journey as a mental health and sports performance coach for athletes. Andrea guides athletes in overcoming unhealthy thinking and behaviors to enhance their performance and live more balanced lives. Join the conversation as Andrea discusses the intersection of personal and professional development, offering valuable insights and tips for success in the competitive ...
This episode of The Present Professional delves into the importance of presence in partnerships. John and Tony share their personal experience of implementing a monthly partnership check-in to keep their relationship fresh, interesting, and grounded in gratitude. By investing in relationships and being fully present for the process, listeners can learn valuable insights on nurturing and strengthening their own partnerships.John discusses a monthly "partnership check-in" he initiated with his ...
In this episode of The Present Professional, John and Tony discuss how to maximize your networking event experience. They emphasize the importance of authentic connections and preparing to engage with others. From starting conversations to following up with new connections, they provide tips for making the most out of networking events. Tune in to learn strategies for networking success!Tony stresses the importance of recognizing the humanity in every attendee, urging listeners to approach in...
In this episode of The Present Professional, host introduces special guest Andrea Edmondson, who works with executives to elevate their energy and manage stress for peak performance. Andrea shares her journey from education to her current role, focusing on understanding behavior and social-emotional aspects. Together, they discuss how the body and mind respond to high-pressure situations, offering insights beyond surface-level reactions. Tune in to explore the mechanics of handling stress at ...
In this episode of The Present Professional, John and Tony delve into managing change. They discuss how change is inevitable and share techniques for embracing it as a fundamental aspect of life. The conversation explores the importance of evolving and becoming the next version of ourselves, highlighting the practices, people, and systems that can support us through various transitions in our careers, lives, and minds. Tune in to gain insights on navigating change and empowering yourself thro...
Today on The Present Professional, special guest JJ DiGeronimo, a three-time award-winning author, shares insights to empower you in your life and career. we unpack the concept of the oasis of success and the three obstacles high-impact professionals face. Tune in to discover strategies, mindfulness, and energetic practices to enhance your personal and professional development.In this inspiring episode, JJ DiGeronimo shares invaluable insights on overcoming self-doubt and perfectionism to pur...
In this episode of The Present Professional, they delve into Cal Newport's book "Deep Work" to tackle the challenges of living in a hyper-distracted world. They discuss statistics revealing how much time is spent on online communication and internet surfing, emphasizing the difference between feeling busy and being truly productive. They share personal insights and experiences related to deep work, highlighting the importance of minimizing distractions to focus on meaningful tasks that drive ...
This episode of The Present Professional explores the power of visualization in personal and professional development. They discuss the importance of having a vision for the future, emphasizing that if you can see it, you can believe and achieve it. They share their processes for developing a vision and highlight the significance of having a clear picture of how you want to shape your life and become who you aspire to be. Whether personally or professionally, creating a concrete vision for yo...
In this episode of The Present Professional, hosts John & Tony introduce special guest Julia Rock. She is an employment expert and career coach passionate about transforming workplace dynamics to create collective success between organizations and their employees.As a senior finance and accounting leader in the oil and gas sector, Julia has personally overcome workplace burnout, disengagement, and inequality to coach and empower 1000+ employees to build meaningful careers. She has been fe...
In this episode of The Present Professional, John and Tony discuss the concept of essentialism and its relevance in today's high-achieving society. They reference the book "Essentialism" by Greg McKeown, which explores the importance of learning to say no and focusing on what truly matters amidst the complexity of modern life. The hosts emphasize the timeliness of this topic, given the increasing pressure to overachieve and the growing prioritization of mental health. Tune in to discover how ...
In this episode of The Present Professional, John and Tony discuss the concept of executive presence and its three pillars. They emphasize the importance of being in control of oneself and one's actions rather than relying on position or authority. To delve deeper into the topic, they recommend referring to the book "Executive Presence" by Sylvia Ann Hewitt. Tune in to learn more about cultivating executive presence and its impact on personal and professional development.Visit our WEBSITE&nbs...
This episode of The Present Professional explores the art of thriving in the modern workplace. This enlightening episode delves into the heart of human connection and how it can transform our work environment. Explore the profound impact of creating authentic connections at work with us.We have become increasingly elusive of authentic connections in a world where technology often mediates our interactions. The essence of creating a strong and collaborative work culture lies in building genuin...
In this episode, we start the conversation on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We've touched on it throughout many different episodes, but here we unpack why it needs to remain a critical business focus moving forward. We also discuss its impact on your own personal and professional development and the human qualities behind its difficulties in implementation.This topic is near and dear to our hearts, both men of color in professional environments. Ultimately, many uncomfortable conversation...
In this episode, we discuss preparation strategies for leading a group experience. You'll be able to apply them whether or not you're preparing to organize a conference, talk, or conduct a meeting with your church group. People have different learning styles, and how to reach the most people starts with how you prepare.We'll touch on many of our experiences leading group workshops, giving talks, and leading meetings at different parts of our career and how it has shifted as we've grown. Our p...
Thank you for joining us on this journey to 50 episodes! We wouldn't be here without you, our listeners. We're eternally grateful for you.In today's episode, we're thrilled to have Rose Williams join us for a conversation on being well and incorporating programs that support it in our institutions. Rose brings a strong background in Public Health to her understanding of higher education and the student life landscape. She is the Associate Director for Student Wellness at Elon University, work...
Take a stroll with us through our view of how the online ecosystem has changed how we do business. So many things before A.I. have changed how we approach life and business, and it serves us to look back on the journey.We discuss the tools that have made a difference in our lives, careers, and businesses. Sometimes it isn't easy to think about life without some of the commonplace tools we have today. Take videoconferencing, for example. The huge portion of the workforce that has transferred t...
Revisit one of our favorite episodes this week. Coming into the halfway point of the year, listening to Terry will light a fire under you to continue investing in yourself and growing through the rest of 2023. Thank you for being a part of The Present Professional Community.----In this week's episode, we're joined by a special guest, Terry Williams, aka Terry The Trainer, to discuss the mind-body connection and tips and strategies for you to take them both to the next level. We all chime in w...
In this episode, we discuss the headwinds we face when setting and meeting our own deadlines. Procrastination can show up in so many sneaky ways. The best one is where we end up doing other things that feel productive to avoid the feeling of not showing up to do our real work. It can also help you slow down and bring about divergent thinking to create your best work after pausing on a project. On the other hand, it can lead to not fulfilling our dreams and purpose when it gets to a point wher...
In this episode, we discuss overcoming one of the key fears in becoming the best version of ourselves. We're tribal beings, and belonging has been important for our survival for millennia. Yet, this primal fear still lives within us and shows up to keep us small and living with the familiar.We discuss strategies to step out of comparison and focus on becoming better than previous versions of ourselves. Also, tools to rationalize fears when our minds start to blow things out of proportion to i...
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