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Find Your Voice, Speak Your Truth
90 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
78. About peace and the Middle East, with Tracy Alexander
Tracy Alexander was working as a news reporter in her home country, Australia, when she got a call about a job in Israel. Excited for the opportunity to help shape a more conscious narrative in one of the most contentious regions of the planet, she accepted the job. But four years later Tracy found herself leaving the news altogether, disheartened by the fear that the media was perpetuating. Now she is a meditation teacher and Integrated Alignment Coach, still living in Israel and helping people do deep healing work. In this powerful and important episode - where I myself have multiple “aha” moments in my education about the Middle East - Tracy helps us understand the narrative layer of the conflict better, and also how to relax our nervous systems so we can practice true compassion.
57 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
77. About compassion, my Jewish identity, and the Middle East, with Elissa
As a Jewish American, the past few weeks of strife in the Middle East have brought to the surface feelings of confusion that I have never taken the time to sort through. In the wake of all of it, I find myself doing research about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that I was never willing to do before, and making stumbles along the way. I share my story today in the spirit of modeling what it’s like to speak our truth through the messiness and confusion, and how to have compassion for it all. Please tune in to this episode, and next week’s as well, to hear how my understanding, emotions, and opinions are evolving. Listen now, and for show notes and access to the free mini-course, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/podcast.
44 minutes | May 27, 2021
76. About the people who shaped you, with Eric Toda
Eric Toda has an impressive resume: He is currently the Global Head of Social Marketing at Facebook. He has been a leader at Nike, Snapchat, Gap, and Airbnb. Recently he penned a viral op-ed for Ad Week imploring advocacy for the Asian American community. And also very importantly, Eric was one of the boys who attended my Bat Mitzvah in 1998. In this very special episode of the podcast - one that holds the award for being the episode I’ve cried through most - I speak with my childhood friend about how we can use technology to unite or divide us, how we can speak up against injustice, and how we can nurture ourselves by maintaining our connections with the people who have shaped who we are. Listen now, and for show notes and access to the free mini-course, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/podcast.
60 minutes | May 20, 2021
75. About your story medicine, with Jumakae
What is the story within you that needs to be told? June Kaewsith, also known as Jumakae, can help you find it. And here’s why it’s important to do that: there’s immense healing possible when we are in tune with our own stories, and also the stories of our ancestors. Stories allow a deeper level of understanding. And as Jumakae points out in this episode, so many of the things we focus on in our lives are transient. We can’t take money to our graves, but we can leave a legacy through the stories we tell, and the stories others tell of us. Listen now, and for show notes and access to the free mini-course, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/podcast.
53 minutes | May 13, 2021
74. About your genuine brand voice, with Sophia Sunwoo
Sophie Sunwoo is a true entrepreneur. When she was a punk-rock college kid, she got annoyed with buying band t-shirts that didn’t look good on women. So she started a business and accidentally struck gold. After exiting, she next moved into running a social impact organization fixing broken water systems in Cameroon and India. Most recently, Sophia has become the founder of Ascent Strategy, working with women entrepreneurs to grow their start-ups. In addition to this incredible resume, one of my favorite things about Sophia is how authentically she communicates and models having a clear, strong “brand voice.” In today’s episode, Sophia openly shares her personal journey and offers incredible nuggets of wisdom for how to find your voice as an entrepreneur, and share your vision with the world. Listen now, and for show notes and access to the free mini-course, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/podcast.
40 minutes | May 6, 2021
73. About connection, with Elissa
As we’re emerging from lockdown, we’ll be experiencing a newfound sense of connection to each other after a prolonged period of disconnection. How do we navigate this? How do we find ways to more authentically connect to each other in our workplaces and beyond? In this episode, I share a Body-Mind Centering framework that helps us understand the importance of establishing safety and comfort before we can genuinely connect to and bond with each other. We have the opportunity create a new paradigm if we’re willing to do the work to truly show up and connect. Listen now, and for show notes and access to the free mini-course, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/podcast.
48 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
72. About cultivating self-love, with Ko Im
Ko Im knows self-love. She knows it because she practices it. She knows it because she writes about it. And she knows it because she’s worked hard to cultivate it. In this episode, Ko shares how recent events affecting the AAPI community have led her to speak up and out - namely in an OpEd for Newsweek - and at the same time have required her to dig deeper than ever to access her own worthiness. Self-love is a product of our own personal work, but it’s also a reflection of the communities we grow up in and surround ourselves with. No matter the amount of work involved, it’s worth it to cultivate self-love. Because as Ko reminds us, the world will be a better place when we all have a greater awareness of our innate worthiness. Listen now, and for show notes and access to the free mini-course, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/podcast.
43 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
71. About returning home to ourselves, with Danellia Arechiga
Danellia Arechiga is a birth and post-partum doula, and a vocal liberation guide. This gives her a deep understanding of the canals at both ends of the body. It also means she’s intimately familiar with how important it is to find freedom, whether you’re birthing a child or your voice. In this episode, Danellia shares how connecting to our own innate worthiness is the key to finding that freedom, and how communing with our ancestors can help us return home to ourselves. Listen now, and for show notes and access to the free mini-course, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/podcast.
42 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
70. About being a true influencer, with Bret Shuford
Bret Shuford grew up as a gay kid in southeast Texas who knew he wanted to be on Broadway. Suffice it to say, he didn’t have a lot of local examples of adults living the lifestyle he imagined for himself. But now today as a successful Broadway actor and one half of the popular Instagram account Broadway Husbands, Bret is the example he always wished he’d had. And a huge part of his work is also as the Broadway Life Coach, teaching fellow creatives how to market themselves effectively. In this episode you’ll learn how to overcome imposter syndrome and be a true influencer - and also what Disneyland can teach you about how to share your magic! Listen now, and for show notes and access to the free mini-course, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/podcast.
45 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
69. About worthiness (and being a plaintiff in the USC case), with Elissa
When I was 18 years old I was a freshman at the University of Southern California and I went to get my very first STD test. The doctor I saw was George Tyndall, and I had an interaction with him that I never forgot. In 2018, news broke that Dr. Tyndall was accused of a decades-long string of misconduct. I tentatively entered the legal case against him, unsure if my story was worthy of being included. The lawyers assured me they wanted every story and every voice. The case has now reached a settlement, and USC will pay $1.1 billion in total to the thousands of people whom Dr. Tyndall harassed and abused during his tenure at the USC Health Center. Through this all, I’ve learned an enormous lesson about worthiness. Society transforms when we share our stories and speak our truth. Listen now, and for show notes and access to the free mini-course, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/podcast.
54 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
68. About spring equinox 2021, with Virginia Rosenberg
The spring equinox has arrived once again, and our resident astrologer Virginia Rosenberg is back to help us interpret this moment in time. If you feel like you’ve been underwater or like you’re coming out of a long hibernation, these feelings make sense according to the cosmos. But now energy is picking up. So Virginia encourages us to ask ourselves: Where is my pulse quickening? Where do I feel excitement? We also discuss how 2021 is going to be a year of major transition. As the year unfolds before us, we’ll need to toggle between honoring the structures we’ve built that have gotten us to this moment, but also making way for what’s new that wants to be birthed into life. Listen now, and for show notes and access to the free mini-course, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/podcast.
45 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
67. About rebirth, with Elissa
Spring is springing, and a feeling of rebirth is in the air. And yet at the same time, we’re at the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic. So as we pick back up with the Find Your Voice, Speak Your Truth podcast, I want to discuss the portal we’ve been moving through for the past year and consider what it’s going to feel like to emerge into a new world. It’s uncomfortable to be in the waiting process before we know what that new world is really going to look like. And it’s uncomfortable to feel as exhausted and depleted as so many of us do right now (me!). So, can we actually rest? Can we wait and trust that the rebound will come that allows us to take action without pushing? After all, remember: flowers don’t push. Listen now, and for show notes and access to the free mini-course, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/podcast.
63 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
66. About winter solstice 2020, with Virginia Rosenberg
There’s a change of age happening, y’all. The current movements of celestial bodies in the sky are of epic proportions. As in, never-before-seen-and-will-never-be-seen-again-in-our-lifetimes proportions. And after the 2020 we’ve had, I think you get that this is all a very big deal. So, in this last episode of the season, our resident astrologer Virginia Rosenberg is back to help us make sense of it all. Join us to put a cap on this wild year and vision how we’ll find our voice and speak our truth in the future. Listen now, and for show notes and access to the free mini-course, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/podcast.
33 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
65. About expansion, with Elissa
In this last solo episode of 2020, grab a piece of paper and a pen because it’s time to reflect. In what ways have you expanded in 2020? What did you think your life was going to look like at the end of this year? What does it look like in reality? Expansion means growing beyond the limits of what we can currently imagine. And in 2020 we’ve learned more than ever what it means to expand. Listen now, and for show notes and access to the free mini-course, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/podcast.
61 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
64. About effective communication, with Keven Brahim Kaddi
There are tons of effective communication models out there. Keven Brahim Kaddi has studied and facilitates many of them. As a longtime friend and collaborator of mine (we produced a new musical together in Los Angeles in 2010), I was thrilled when Keven reached out after reading my Conversation Culture article. He affirmed how much the model I created converges with other models. In this episode, Keven will talk us through some of the shared wisdom of effective communication, and how we can put it into action in our lives. Listen now, and for show notes and access to the free mini-course, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/podcast.
70 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
63. About conversation in America, with Jim St. Germain
I met Jim St. Germain on a bus in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Immediately I realized I had a lot to learn from his inspiring story and his knowledge of American history. This episode is a history lesson, indeed. I relish the way Jim challenges me and calls my thinking to task in this conversation. So often we choose to talk to people with whom we can simply go back and forth in a “bubble of agreement.” This episode is not that. It’s a real conversation about the real America. We talk about race and class and America’s true history. We expound about Amy Cooper and Harvey Weinstein. We interrupt each other and our nervous systems get charged. Real conversation is messy my friends, but that’s no reason not to dive in. Join us. Listen now, and for show notes and access to the free mini-course, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/podcast.
40 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
62. About Conversation Culture, with Elissa
It’s 2020 and we are polarized. If it wasn’t already obvious, this election has made it completely evident that we are split in two in the so-called United States of America. “Cancel Culture” is a prime example of our polarization, and it’s reinforcing our divisions. What can we replace it with? I suggest: Conversation Culture. In this solo episode I’ll share the four steps that I believe can help us come back together in conversation: 1) Start with your own body, 2) Get curious and listen, 3) Picture you’re on the same team, and 4) When all else fails, be kind. Join me in promoting #ConversationCulture… let’s go viral with a message of love. Listen now, and for show notes and access to the free mini-course, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/podcast.
60 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
61. About finding liberation through our voice, with Thea May
This past summer I was supposed to have been in Sydney, Australia at the Voice and Speech Trainers Association conference, presenting a workshop called “Coaching the Voice of Our Times” with my colleague Thea May. Suffice it to say, that didn’t happen. Good news though: Thea and I have put the content in today’s podcast episode! This conversation blew my mind and I think it will blow yours too. Thea and I agree: in our modern era, the pathway to liberation is through our voice. Join us as we discuss how to get there. You’ll learn about the three layers of truth, why safety is so important for effective conversation, and how connecting to your gut can allow your voice and power to flow. Listen now, and for show notes and access to the free mini-course, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/podcast.
62 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
60. About justice and reform, with RaRa 4 Reform
RaRa 4 Reform was leading an outdoor, socially-distanced political town hall at Ft. Greene Park in Brooklyn a few weeks ago. I stumbled upon it while on a walk and paused to listen, and my ears perked up when I heard her say “You know I speak my truth.” And so now she’s here with me on the podcast! Listen as RaRa shares about the current landscape of injustice in New York City and the need for reform in this metropolis and through the USA and the globe. We’re living in silos where people in the same city can be immersed in vastly different realities, and receive extremely different treatment - especially by the police. It’s time to stand up for the next level of justice and reform. Listen now, and for show notes and access to the free mini-course, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/podcast.
59 minutes | Oct 15, 2020
59. About how we talk about race, with Christina Blacken
How do we show up bravely and compassionately for conversations about race? In this episode, leadership and storytelling coach Christina Blacken returns to the podcast to dive into this extremely important topic. A few recommendations for white allies: Listen. Remember you don’t have to take up space. Ask open-ended questions that don’t make assumptions, and do your research before you show up. It makes sense that we’ve been nervous to have multi-racial conversations about racism, and anxious to call Grandma out for her unacceptable comments. But it’s time to sharpen our vocabulary and to have these conversations. This is true freedom of speech, and the future of our human race depends on it. Listen now, and for show notes and access to the free mini-course, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/podcast.
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