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34 minutes | 7 days ago
How To Stay Motivated With Olympic Athlete Kendall Wesenberg
How's your motivation these days?What if I told you there are four words that can make an instant difference in how you see your personal and professional challenges?They're four words Olympian Kendall Wesenberg uses in training and competing as a skeleton athlete. And she was relying on the technique when she joined us while quarantining at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York.But you don't have to be an Olympic athlete to use this mental hack.On this Dying to Ask:How Kendall figured out her "what's next" during a pandemicHow the four words, "control what you can," can instantly change your outlook and lower your stressWhat it's like quarantining at the Olympic Training CenterAnd how Kendall made the decision to come out as a bisexual athlete
52 minutes | 13 days ago
Vince Thompson On How To Develop A Personal Brand During A Pandemic
What's your personal brand? A personal brand is the modern-day equivalent to a calling card or an elevator pitch. And, if you can't answer the question in a few words, you're selling yourself and your professional and personal possibilities short.Vince Thompson is the CEO of MELT, a sports marketing company. MELT is one of the largest independent sports and marketing agencies in the country.Vince has represented companies like Coca-Cola for the last 20 years. And, he's guided companies through sponsorships at events like ESPN College GameDay, The Final Four and the Summer Olympics.Vince's new book is called "Build Brand You."On this "Dying to Ask":Why Vince says developing a personal brand is a requirement to get ahead.How to develop your personal brand and then put it out in the world.And how Vince is keeping his creative streak fueled by giving back to others in the pandemic.
9 minutes | 14 days ago
A New Season On How To Work Through 2020's Challenges
Season 6 of the "Dying to Ask" podcast is all about how to live a bigger and better life despite the challenges of 2020.Struggling to be creative? Lost your motivation? Need to reinvent yourself personally or professionally?These are conversations that will inspire, motivate and entertain while teaching life hacks and skills to make listeners feel some solidarity in the weird times we're living in.In this episode, Fitz talks about how she's hacking her way through distance learning and remote work and previews some upcoming guests on the "Dying to Ask" podcast.
42 minutes | 3 months ago
PODCAST: The Science Behind A Clutter-free Environment And Academic Success
Did you do the quarantine clean? Millions of Americans got obsessed with organizing when quarantine started.Flash forward five months and we're embarking on a whole new organizational challenge. How do you turn your home into a functioning classroom for kids doing distance learning?Professional organizer Kim Salisbury of Home Method Co. is back on the podcast this week with some tough talk for families trying to balance school and work at the kitchen table. We'll break down the science behind a clutter-free environment and mental health and find out why your kid's academic success may depend on it.On this Dying to Ask:Learn what "negative space" is and why achieving it in your home can have powerful results.The weird organizational trend Kim has seen change every month of the pandemic.And why Kim's answer to the question, "How are you doing?" created a moment on the podcast I didn't know was coming.
49 minutes | 4 months ago
Shaan Patel's Unlikely Path To SAT Perfection And Life As Millionaire Entrepreneur
What's more important? Being really smart or being really hard working? Shaan Patel will likely say the latter.One test changed Shaan's life. That test was the SAT and he got a perfect score. Shaan is in the .02% of people who've gotten a perfect score on the test.How'd he do it? He cracked the code. Is he a genius? Shaan says no. He's just a guy who likes to figure things out, and that drive has propelled him as an entrepreneur who caught the attention of Mark Cuban on "Shark Tank" after he created "Prep Expert," a test prep program to help other kids crack the SAT too. Years later, Shaan is now a dermatologist and "Prep Expert" is his side hustle.Shaan's secret? He works hard and he's endlessly curious. Those skills are crucial to keeping your sanity and your business going in a pandemic.Oh, and he's hilarious.On this Dying to Ask:How a kid who grew up in a Las Vegas motel figured out the secrets of the SAT.The doors that instantly opened up once Shaan got a perfect score and that continue to open years later.What it's like to have Mark Cuban on speed dial since the two went into business together thanks to "Shark Tank."And, Shaan's advice on how to keep your sanity and your creativity during the pandemic.
34 minutes | 4 months ago
Kim Conley On How To Think Like An Olympian During COVID-19
I've had this week circled on the calendar for the last year. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics should be starting this week. Instead, athletes and the rest of us are dealing with a pandemic, the repercussions of which we won't fully grasp for a long time. But, in the "now," Olympic hopefuls are reflecting on what would have been if COVID-19 hadn't proven to be such a fierce competitor. This week, I'm catching up with two-time U.S. Olympic distance runner Kim Conley. Kim is a middle- and long-distance runner who represented her country at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. She was primed to make her third Olympic Team when coronavirus derailed this summer's Games. Hear more about Kim's background in episode 34 of the podcast. On this Dying to Ask:What Kim has been doing since the announcement was made to postpone the Olympics to 2021Why Kim is luckier than most Olympic hopefuls in terms of sponsorships and training opportunityWhat Kim discovered about motivation when every single race on her calendar was canceledAnd why we all need to "think like an Olympian" when it comes to living through the pandemic
38 minutes | 5 months ago
A Candid Conversation With Joan Lunden
"So what will it be like going back to television as a senior citizen?"That's the question a reporter asked TV news legend (and KCRA alum) Joan Lunden that launched her latest book.The book is called "Why Did I Come Into This Room: A Candid Conversation about Aging." It's a frank and funny look at what it means to grow older as a woman.And it's told with the candor audiences expect from Joan, who spent nearly 20 years hosting "Good Morning America."Joan got her start in her hometown of Sacramento. Those roots shaped who she is today and the life wisdom she gained living in the public eye that she shares with fans, no matter their age.Joan is 69 and a mother of seven. Her oldest just turned 40. And she and her husband are raising two sets of teenage twins!Get ready to laugh and take notes. Joan is HILARIOUS and, clearly, no topic was off limits.On this Dying to Ask:We fire up the time machine and go back to Joan's start as the noon news anchor at KCRA. Find out how asking one simple question got her the gig.Why Joan says the age you FEEL is more important than the age you ARE. And the science backs her up on that.The odd connection between the aging process and life in quarantine.
40 minutes | 5 months ago
PODCAST: Jacqueline Hansen On The Fight For The Right To Run
You likely don't know her by name. But her footprint is all over Olympic Track & Field.Jacqueline Hansen is a pioneer in the field of Olympic women’s distance running. She set two marathon records. She won the Boston Marathon in 1973. And she was the president of the International Runners Committee. It was in that position that Jacqueline led the legal fight for women to compete in events like the marathon at the Olympics.On this Dying to Ask:Why women had to fight to runHow long and what it took to get the women’s marathon, 10,000m and 5,000m events recognized as Olympic eventsHow Jacqueline feels about the fact that she never got to compete as an Olympian despite leading the fight for women to runAnd get ready for some epic stories from a woman as good at storytelling as she was at running
34 minutes | 5 months ago
Adrienne Bankert On Why Kindness Is A Superpower
What's your superpower?Adrienne Bankert's superpower is kindness. She says it fuels everything in her life from personal relationships to her rise as a network news correspondent. Adrienne, or AB as I call her, is also a former colleague, a good friend and someone I've watched grow with kindness for the last 15 years.Her new book is called "Your Hidden Superpower: The Kindness That Makes You Unbeatable at Work and Connects You with Anyone" and its message couldn't be more timely.On this Dying to Ask:How a reputation for being kind led to Adrienne's big break in network TVThe difference between nice and kind and why your goal should be kindnessWhy you should schedule kindness into your calendarAnd Fitz and AB remember some crazy times on the KCRA news set and reflect on the role mentors have played in both their lives
30 minutes | 6 months ago
Why Workplace Etiquette In The Age Of Coronavirus Is So Important
Nothing has changed modern manners quicker than coronavirus.Pre-COVID-19, mastering modern etiquette could help you advance in your career. Post-coronavirus, mastering the nuances of interacting with your colleagues (especially on Zoom) and being a team player might save your job.Diane Gottsman is a modern etiquette expert who runs the Protocol School of Texas. She helps employers and employees navigate productivity with elegance. And, let's be honest, Zoom calls aren't exactly elegant.On this Dying to Ask:The link between etiquette and job security.The mistake you're probably making on Zoom calls.What to do if you had a wedding or other big event planned this summer.
39 minutes | 7 months ago
Novelist Sarah Jio Finds Life Stranger Than Fiction
Sometimes life is stranger than fiction. That's been the case for all of us since stay-at home-orders went into effect.Working from home isn't easy. But, one profession seems more suited for it than others: writers. Novelist Sarah Jio has worked from home for years. She's a former freelance journalist who wrote for publications like Glamour magazine until she wrote her first fiction book, "The Violets of March."That was nearly 10 years ago and Sarah hasn't stopped writing since. However, she's now finishing her latest novel while being surrounded virtually 24/7 with a family that includes a husband, three sons, three stepkids and a brand new puppy! #whatcouldgowrongIn this Dying to Ask:The unusual challenges stay-at-home orders present for writers who crave solitude to be creativeThe impact COVID-19 is having on authors with summer release datesWhy olive oil is THE BESTAnd Fitz and Sarah share what they're reading these days
29 minutes | 7 months ago
Lisa Leonard On Entrepreneurship, Motherhood During Coronavirus
Lisa Leonard is the name behind the brand. Lisa Leonard Designs is a multimillion-dollar company specializing in handstamped jewelry.Leonard, a former teacher, turned the company from a hobby in her house to a brand featured all over Instagram and in national magazines, including "Martha Stewart Weddings."She's also a best-selling author. Her latest book, "Be You: 20 Ways to Embrace Who You Really Are" explores the personal growth Leonard went through after experiencing a crisis in her marriage and her belief that women can control their emotional and fiscal destinies by changing simple things in their daily lives.On this Dying to Ask:How a woman with no business experience created a multimillion-dollar brand.How Leonard brainstorms the clever sayings and words that make it into her handstamped jewelry line.And Fitz and Leonard discuss the way COVID-19 has impacted what it means to be a mother.
40 minutes | 7 months ago
How To Handle Your QuaranTEEN During COVID-19 Outbreak
It's been a longtime dream for working parents consumed with guilt for not spending enough time with their kids. "I wish I could spend more time at home." Well, the pandemic has created a lot of forced together time for families. Shocker, it's not exactly what we thought it would be!A lot of families are fighting friction as we fight coronavirus. And, if you have teenagers stuck at home, it's likely even more challenging.Parenting expert Katherine Reynolds Lewis is the author of "The Good News about Bad Behavior." Katherine has some great advice on how to handle conflict the stay-at-home order is creating between parents and kids. And, she explains the silver lining she's found in her own family as she holds down the fort while her husband, a physician, works the front line in another state.
45 minutes | 8 months ago
How To Homeschool With Matt Beaudreau Of Acton Academy Placer
How's homeschooling going for you? It's a position many parents never would have seen themselves in, but coronavirus has thrown everything in life into flux, including education. Millions of American kids are home from school with no guarantee they'll return to classrooms before the end of the school year.The only families that aren't hugely impacted by stay-at-home orders? Those who homeschooled before the outbreak started.Matt Beaudreau is our guest on today's podcast. He runs Acton Academy Placer. The academy is a resource for homeschool families where kids meet to collaborate on projects and activities.His TED Talk on why traditional American education needs a radical change has tens of thousands of views and launched a successful side career in professional speaking.He's spoken before Fortune 500 companies on why America needs to educate kids differently to raise individuals better prepared to handle the modern workforce.Well, here we are. Stuck at home, and a lot of us are turning to homeschooling experts like Matt to lead the way.On this Dying to Ask:Why Matt says the first things parents need to do is not panicWhy your kid should lead the way in education while they're homeWhere to find free online resources to keep academics moving forwardThe silver lining in this unscheduled timeout in American lifeMatt's suggested online resources:Courage To Grow: Free on Amazon for the time being, but about the best book you'll find for a time like this. (Audible is 99 cents right now, too).Khan AcademyYouTube: Yup, there are actually a ton of amazing resources to learn about absolutely anything on YouTube. The key is intentionality around what you are using it for.Stossel in the Classroom: Good conversations about important topics have never been more timely. Likely for kids with a little more maturity behind them, but so relevant.It's a tie between Coursera, Udemy, Skillshare, Udacity and Lynda, which have a ton of free content.
29 minutes | 8 months ago
How To Organize Your House Like A Professional
Feeling the urge to purge?You're not alone. Professional organizer Kim Salisbury says she's getting hundreds of messages from people wanting organization advice during the COVID-19 quarantine.Kim says we're drawn to decluttering because it gives us a sense of control in a time when we don't feel like we have much control over everything.Plus, we're at home 24/7! So, those piles of junk are really getting on our nerves.In this Dying to Ask:How organizing your personal space can change your outlook during the coronavirus crisis.Simple ways to clear the clutter and free your mind.And, what it's like to be a professional organizer for the stars, including celebrity chef Cat Cora.
23 minutes | 8 months ago
How To Work Out At Home With Trainer Ty Rendlich-Texidor
Gyms closing was a real breaking point for a lot of us who rely on boot camps and strength workouts to manage stress and our health.What's a gym rat to do? Get online. Personal trainers are flooding Instagram with doable home workouts using "equipment" you'll find around your house.Personal trainer Ty Rendlich-Texidor has converted 100% of her clients to online training in just a week. And, it's working.On this Dying to Ask:How to break a sweat while working out at homeThe impact exercise will have on your mental health during the stay-at-home orderAnd Coach Ty gives us all a pep talk on why exercise is more about sanity than vanity these days
26 minutes | 8 months ago
How To Handle College Students Returning Home During The COVID-19 Outbreak
Think it's tough having little kids at home during the coronavirus outbreak? Try having college students back unexpectedly. It's a huge transition for students and parents.Kellie Randle is an expert in navigating parenting college kids. Her popular Instagram page, Empty Nest Mom Life, offers tips for parents whose kids have left the nest.Now, however, those kids are returning to the nest in a time that's overwhelming, scary and downright maddening for families making a huge adjustment to daily life.On this Dying to Ask:How Kellie rapidly adjusted to having three adult children return to her downsized homeWhy empathy may be your best tool in the days following their return homeHow she set up "spaces" around the house so that she, her kids and her husband can work and studyAnd, she encourages us to look for the silver lining in forced together time
28 minutes | 8 months ago
Mike TeSelle On To Help Your Kids Deal With The Loss Of Youth Sports
Kids home + canceled youth sports = nightmare. Our kids have gone from being scheduled to the minute to having hours with nothing to do. The loss of afternoon sports is huge for kids. Sports burn energy and provide kids with a sense of identity and social interaction.My colleague, Mike TeSelle, is my guest on this episode. Mike is a dad of two teenage kids who are obsessed with soccer. Mike has been a coach. You've maybe seen him on the sidelines as a ref. And, most recently, he's joined the Positive Coaching Alliance as a board member.His insight into understanding the loss your kids are feeling from the lack of sports is profound. His advice might help you smooth the transition for your kids while they're home during the coronavirus threat.
21 minutes | 8 months ago
Dr. Jenni Pottebaum On Why Sleeping Your Way Through COVID-19 Is A Legit Strategy
How are you sleeping right now? Yeah, me too. We are all living under extraordinary stress because of the impact of COVID-19 on every part of our lives. Dr. Jenni Pottebaum says our greatest weapon in fighting coronavirus, next to social distancing, could be sleep.Dr Jenni has a bachelor’s in psychology and a Ph.D. in neuroscience. She’s also certified in personal training, health coaching and fitness and sports nutrition. As a former pro athlete, she believes strongly in taking care of mind and body through sleep.But, let’s be honest. That’s easier said than done these days.On this Dying to Ask:The science behind how sleep restores mind and bodyHow to offset your stress through breathing and exerciseWhy we all need to get fresh air, even in the age of social distancingAnd, how to get a good night’s sleep when the world feels so overwhelming
42 minutes | 8 months ago
Brent Goff On Why We Should Be More German In Our Approach To Coronavirus
The interesting thing about the spread of coronavirus is that scientists can see it coming to an area. We all saw it in Wuhan. Then Italy. Now, Germany is in the middle of its crisis.And, that means one of my oldest friends is in the thick of it. Brent Goff is the chief anchor of “The Day” on Deutsche Welle News, based in Berlin, Germany. He’s a long way from his roots having grown up in rural North Carolina. Brent and I met at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and were next-door neighbors, too.Twenty years later, we’re still tight. He joins me in this episode for a frank conversation about what it’s like living and working in Europe right now. German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently predicted seven out of 10 Germans would be infected with COVID-19.On this Dying to Ask:Why Americans need to pay close attention to what’s happening in EuropeWhy German culture may be a secret weapon against coronavirusAnd, you know, a college buddy is going to throw me under the bus, and Brent goes there -- big time.
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