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 […]

April 2020: The Coronavirus Interlude

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And then suddenly, everything changed. We interrupt our regularly scheduled magazine issue to start unpacking the only topic that matters right now. On April 1, 2020, we find ourselves in the middle of a global pandemic. Approximately two weeks from its peak in America. But this is only the beginning. We will be changed, permanently, by this uniquely global event. While it’s difficult to editorialize about the coronavirus as it happens, lacking any clarify of hindsight, we decided to use writing as a sort of therapy to explore what this means now, and what it could mean. We are in […]

What If I Have Nothing to Offer?

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In almost every class I’ve ever taught in the relationship-building space, there is a question that comes up more than any other when I talk about reaching out to people at higher levels for things like mentorship, advice, etc. What If I have nothing to offer that person because I’m just a ______________?  Before I get into the weeds with this, let me first say that everyone deals with this on some level. We all have people who we see as doing such great things we imagine anything we could suggest or offer them would pale in comparison to what […]

Featured Artist: Stephanie Hirsch

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American artist Stephanie Hirsch creates conceptual objects that explore themes of self-transformation and awareness. Using mediums often associated with women’s work, Hirsch pairs words and images to metaphorically represent notions of strength, courage, humanity, rebirth and renewal. Stitched together with a feminist bent, her works delve deep beneath the shimmering surface to contemplate the meaning of words, images, and reality. Hirsch has exhibited at numerous museums and galleries, including Winston Wachter Fine Art, New York City, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York City; Unix Gallery, New York City, the New Gallery of Modern Art, Charlotte, North Carolina; the Watermill Center, Watermill, […]

The House of Bags

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She never called. The police detective on my case never called. She promised me. She promised me she’d call. That’s all I wanted from the police officers. The results. I wanted to know the results of my lab work. If they found a match. A DNA match. My legs were spread wide for the nurses. No tears. Calm. I was so calm as they scraped, pricked, and exposed my body to find answers. Photos. They took photos of my insides. Displayed. My insides were displayed on a large TV screen. I could see. See what I looked like inside. Was […]