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How to Improve your Productivity (and Free up More Time)

Alexis Haselberger is a time management and productivity coach who helps people do more and stress less through coaching, workshops and online courses. Her pragmatic, yet fun, approach helps people easily integrate practical, realistic strategies into their lives so that they can do more of what they want and less of what they don’t. Alexis has taught thousands of individuals to take control of their time and her clients include Google, Lyft, Workday, Capital One, Upwork and more.

In this episode, Alexis shares many great tips to help you be productive, including planning ahead on a week-by-week basis and looking at your schedule every day. If you find it hard to focus on getting things done, you may want to look into her strategy and her challenge of turning off your notifications. I know it’s hard but think about what can you turn off? What are the nonessential things? Some devices actually let you turn off notifications during certain times; you can put on do not disturb mode, for example, so that you really can focus on getting the things done that are important, that you prioritize.

This podcast interview was recorded on Nov. 17, 2020.

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Mentorship and Using Your Strengths to Grow

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Tim, Mr. Future of Work, Salau is the CEO and co-founder of Guide, the premium B2B learning and talent development Software as a Service (SaaS) app, helping remote teams and knowledge workers learn anytime, anywhere, on demand. He’s an author, investor, accomplished international keynote speaker, product leader tech influencer, and the only Nigerian African-American activist and global authority leading and shaping the discussion on the future of work, leadership and innovation.

In 2017, Tim founded the Guide group, a global movement of 300,000+ business leaders and professionals focused on helping every member lead a fulfilling career. Through his life’s work and global platform, he’s directly impacting a magnitude of 150+ million people. Tim Inspires millions of professionals and business leaders daily to embrace, change, and thrive in the future of work.

I interviewed Tim on November 19, 2020.

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Regenerative Purpose and Reframing Success

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Challenge

Reflect on this question: How can you see that purpose doesn’t belong to you?

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Managing the Flood of Ideas and Deciding What Matters

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Dr. Monique Y. Wells is a visionary, a change-maker, and a steward of legacy. She is a native of Houston, Texas and a 28-year resident of Paris, France. Through her entrepreneurial work as a veterinary pathologist and toxicologist, travel professional, writer, speaker, and mentor, she embraces and harnesses the power of education to change lives.

Dr. Monique Y. Wells is a visionary, a change-maker, and a steward of legacy. She is a native of Houston, Texas and a 28-year resident of Paris, France.

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Practice Your Way into Belief and Acceptance

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Jesse Giunta Rafi is a psychotherapist and certified success coach who’s helped hundreds of young adults who feel lost find clarity and direction in their lives. As a teenager, she struggled with anxiety, depression, and chronic self doubt. Through her own emotional journey, she developed the tools and methodology that have helped her empower her clients.

Jesse’s primary motivation and deepest satisfaction lies in the transformation she sees her clients achieve through their own dedication, self discovery, and strengths. She recently released her book Life Launch: A Roadmap to An Extraordinary Adulthood. You can find that wherever books are sold. Jessie lives in California with her husband, Mark, and you can learn more about her work by visiting her website and that link will also be in the show notes.

This interview was recorded on Oct. 2, 2020.

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Choosing Meaningful Work to Make an Impact

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This week’s episode is with Adam Greenberg. Adam is in his 30s and was most recently working with the Peace Corps along with his girlfriend, Lianne. What I really enjoyed about talking with Adam was the way that he expressed his thought process. As he shared his journey with us, Adam’s had some interesting experiences living in multiple countries and cities in the US.

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Building a New Life Living with MS

Kim Curry got his first gig through his dad who was a radio guy. Thirty-three year later, when running the most listened to radio station in Miami, Kim was forced into retirement with a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. In this conversation, I speak with Kim to learn about his journey and how he’s managed this significant change in his life.

Kim is the author of Come Get Me Mother, I’m Through! and The Death of Fairness. The second book was published after our interview on June 11, 2020.

Contact and follow Kim at krcurry.com, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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I’m taking a holiday for the next few weeks, but I will be back in your feed with a new episode of changes big and small after that. In the meantime, feel free to go back and check one of the previous episodes.

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Choices and Challenges of Individual and Collective Data Use

In this episode of Changes Big and Small, I interview sociobiologist Rebecca Costa. Rebecca D. Costa is an American sociobiologist and futurist. She’s the preeminent global experts on the subject of fast adaptation and recipient of the prestigious Edward O. Wilson biodiversity technology award.

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Go Through the Process to be Your Own Kind ep. 34

Renita Betts is a proud wife to her best friend and she loves to be surrounded by positive energy. Her purpose in life is to encourage others to be comfortable with themselves. She’s felt depressed, stuck and invisible. After spending a good portion of her life trying to fit, trying to be loved and validated, she discovered that she doesn’t need someone else to define who she is. She now knows that it’s not about fitting in with others but feeling comfortable with herself. Join us to learn about her journey, with advice to be your own kind, as you define it.

Timeline of the Chat

1:24 – Renita introduces herself
1:53 – Moving around as a child and its impact
3:35 – Learning the meaning of friendship and how to be a good friend
5:57 – The challenge she grew the most from
7:01 – Overcoming failure and changing behaviors to create success
10:20 – Developing self-awareness and self-love, and learning to feel
13:41 – Growth and development through life coaching and mirror talk
15:40 – Motivation for and purpose of Be Your Own Kind
17:26 – Being authentic and true to yourself online
19:48 – Changing location and finding a new job after being laid off
22:40 – Advice for if you’re feeling stuck
24:53 – Using affirmations to get out of your head and change your mindset finding new strategies
26:33 – How life has changed with COVID-19
27:36 – Final advice to. go through the process
30:13 – Where to connect with Renita

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Difficult Conversations can help Launch your Progress ep. 33

Devin Williams is the host of the Sour Topics podcast for men’s mental health and self-help. He is also the blogger of Devinism.com a guide for millennial entrepreneurs. Devin is the father of 4 and lives in Maryland. I interviewed Devin on May 21, so we chat about coronavirus and its effect on his family. Because Devin is considered an essential worker, his routine hasn’t changed that much during coronavirus. Given the topic of Devin’s podcast, we also discuss difficult conversations.

Topics in this episode include work, marriage and separation, raising children, mental health, suicide and depression. Devin shares how he is taking action towards your dreams and he challenges men to a vulnerable act that can improve their marriage. However, this challenge can apply to anyone and any type of relationship.

Go to your partner and ask them what you can do better. And ask them what you are not doing. Give them the opportunity to say the thing that they hold back because they don’t want to cause trouble. Those are the things that cause problems. They carry into other situations and heighten the anger and discontent in your relationship.

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Finding Joy in the Time of Coronavirus ep. 32

In this episode, I share an update from last week’s guest as well as several responses from previous guests on how they are finding joy during coronavirus.

Last week, I shared an interview that I recorded in March with Deirdre Nelson. I reached out to her to find out how life has changed over the past two months, to find out what life is like for her during coronavirus.

I also got some updates from some other previous guests on Changes BIG and small. Here’s a voice memo that Kim Cofino, my first guest on the podcast, shared:

To read all the written responses, visit the show notes page. The same themes show up again and again.

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Listen to your Gut with Deirdre Nelson

Correction: Queen Sono is the first original African series. It is South African, not Nigerian as I mentioned in the podcast.

I interviewed Deirdre Nelson on March 13, 2020. When we spoke, Prague was in the first stages of lockdown, and restaurants were still open until 8pm. There were only a handful of cases of people with coronavirus in Winnipeg, where Deirdre lives. In Prague, there were 141 cases. Since that time, both Canada and Czech Republic have tightened lockdowns and most people in both Prague and Winnipeg are still working from home. Prague, however, has loosened the lockdown and is continuing to do so. In a follow-up episode, Deirdre will share how coronavirus has affected her life.

This episode is not about the coronavirus pandemic, but as I listened back to our banter, much of which didn’t make it into the final edit of the podcast, I was reminded of how much has changed in a relatively short time. If you or someone you love has been touched by the coronavirus pandemic, I hope that you are doing better. If you’re grieving about loss at this time, I’m sorry for your loss. I discuss grief and supporting yourself or others who are grieving in episode ? of the podcast.

For the past few weeks, I’ve interviewed various people about life in the time of coronavirus while also discussing other significant changes in their life. As countries and individuals look at how to transition out of lockdown, we’re beginning to look forward to change and improvement so that we are not confined to our home.

Listen to this wide ranging conversation between me and Deirdre about travel, teaching English in Korea, making friends, changing tastes. We even get into a discussion about The Cosby Show and other shows from the 80s. Through it all, Deirdre shares an important message, to follow your heart. Listen to this episode as inspiration to think through what is holding you back, and how you can find your way to living your life.

I hope that you enjoyed listening to this episode. Please go to changesbigandsmall.com to connect with me. You can find all the past episodes there as well and subscribe to automatically receive new episodes every week.

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