Energy Over Everything Else

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Everything, from a granular level, is made of energy. Thus, the common denominator between every interaction we have in our life, all objects, plants, humans, and animals is an exchange of energy. When you eat a fish, for instance, you’re body harvests the energy from the meat, so in essence, you’re consuming everything the fish consumed as well. You also absorb energy from the things that are around you, what you wear, and what you use. It’s a useful practice to ask yourself: What kind of energy do those which we interact or consume carry? What kind of energy are […]

Uncertainty is Our Hidden Gift

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In the not-too-distant future, should we all survive, there will be many moments such as this: During interviews and applications for jobs and graduate schools, first dates and meeting-the-parents, or any of the other myriad situations where we attempt to explain and justify our past decisions to others. They will spot something in our history. An employment gap, or an entire career change. A business founded or closed down. A move to a different city, or away from cities altogether. A breakup or divorce. Some other radical shift in life direction. They will start to ask, what was that about? […]

America: A Trial Separation

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We’ve all been in some level of quarantine for the past seven months; that’s not news. As a family of one, my bubble stayed small. My next door neighbors were a godsend, and I set up regular Zooms almost daily to stay in connected with friends, family, and colleagues. Summer introduced more opportunities to connect with people outdoors, and my spirits stayed high. It wasn’t bad, really. I was ready. The first few months of Covid were much like my first year of sobriety; I had the strange feeling I’d been through this before. Only this time I had tools. And everyone […]

Book Brief: The Dip by Seth Godin

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The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) Seth Godin Portfolio, 2007 Support Local: Powells.com Amazon.com Synopsis In this iconic bestseller, popular business blogger and bestselling author Seth Godin proves that winners are really just the best quitters. Godin shows that winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt—until they commit to beating the right Dip. Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out fun…then gets really hard, and not much fun at all. You might be in a Dip—a temporary setback that will get better if you keep pushing. […]

October 2020: Bold Moves

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Pregame players don’t sit on the sidelines. You’re here because you’re all about big ideas. And the actualization of big ideas requires nothing less than bold moves. When my little brother was in his early-20’s heyday, he had a friend nicknamed Bold Dave. I thought this was hilarious and asked where he got the name. The explanation: “Because he’s always making bold moves.” While Dave’s bold moves may have been about [moves removed to protect Dave’s reputation], his moniker stuck with me. I tend to hesitate, trying to make the “perfect” decision, but when I look back on my life, the […]

The Art of the Jedi Mind Trick

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This is a transcript from my “Story Slam” presentation for IDEO U. It’s an excerpt from my longer talk.  I’ve wanted to give this talk for years! Actually, it’s been percolating since I first began teaching. I thought about all my favorite things and realized that I could use my love of Star Wars to teach Personal Branding. I even foreshadowed this talk at the conclusion of my first TEDx “The Price of Pleasing.” So What is the Art of the Jedi Mind Trick?   Before I get to that let’s go back A Long Time Ago….  to 1978. I was three […]

Michael Anthony on Overcoming Trauma, Vulnerability, and Ownership

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In The Interview: Episode #17, Ciara Pressler interviews Michael Anthony, International Speaker, Coach, Podcast Host, and Author of Think Unbroken. Michael and Ciara talk about… Creating a career and life free of cultural expectations How your past can be indicative of present circumstances and how to begin consciously identifying these factors Creating a personal development path that fits your values, goals, and freedom Living with intention and holding yourself accountable Giving yourself permission to start a healing journey and the importance of building a community of healing around you Michael Anthony is a trauma survivor, trauma warrior, and trauma mentor. […]

Barbara Chen on the NYPD, Communication Strategy, and Positionality

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In The Interview: Episode #11, Ciara Pressler interviews Barbara Chen, strategic communicator, independent consultant, and writer. Barbara and Ciara talk about… Nuances of working inside a major city police department Honoring the complexity of complex problems Considerations when shaping a complicated message The danger in seeing police brutality as isolated incidents rather than recognizing the totality and continuum of indignity, injury, and injustice Positionality in the current discourse Barbara Chen is an independent consultant and writer in New York who has held major communications roles at the NYPD, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Columbia University. She moved to Manhattan from L.A. after […]

My Career Story: Heidi Busche, Relationship Coach

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Name: Heidi Busche Current Job: Speaker, Author, Relationship Expert.  Founder of Heidi B Coaching. Current Place: Portland, OR by way of Iowa, Pittsburgh, Denver, and Ireland. Hometown: Bettendorf, IA Age: 40 What I wanted to be when I grew up: Madonna – I can remember being like, I want to major in music with a minor in Madonna. College degree: Bachelor of Science (BS); Political Science, University of Pittsburgh.  Masters of Science (MS); Political Science, Portland State University What do you love about what you do? I love all of the PR that comes with owning a business and marketing […]

I Need A Hug… A Single Extrovert’s Worst Nightmare

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Here we are, through March 2020, where most of us probably feel like February was four years ago instead of four weeks. Our lives have been turned upside down, and let me tell you, this weekend was one of the hardest times of my entire life. I don’t think I’ve experienced sadness or anxiety like I have since I was a little girl trying to figure out my childhood that forced me to grow up and take care of myself much faster than any five year old should. Saturday I took a 48-mile bike ride just to wear out some […]