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Voice of Influence

227 episodes - English - Latest episode: 18 days ago - ★★★★★ - 46 ratings

Voice of Influence: Personal Brand and Communication Strategy for Message-Driven Leaders is a podcast featuring interviews with thought leaders and experts who have a highly developed voice of influence. Creative, message-driven leaders will appreciate the support, insight and advice that will help them develop their own voice and compelling communication that makes a difference in the world.

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189: Why It's Hard for a Critic to Share Their Own Art

April 20, 2021 08:30 - 20 minutes - 28.2 MB

”Everyone’s a critic.” But does it have to be that way? Putting your work out into the work tends to be a scary thing.  Will others value it the same way you do? Andrea shares how a conversation about Star Wars spurred her to think about approaching creative self-expression with a constructive, rather than critical, eye.

188: The Value of Artistic Beauty in Caring for Culture with Makoto Fujimura

April 13, 2021 08:30 - 52 minutes - 72.8 MB

Too often we live in binary thinking, stuck in the false dichotomy between success and meaning.  Acclaimed artist and author Makoto Fujimura joins Andrea to discuss his book Art and Faith: A Theology of Making and why beauty and transcendence are vital parts of our lives and meaningful work.

187: Finding Your Genius Zone

April 06, 2021 08:30 - 15 minutes - 20.7 MB

As we celebrate 4 years on the Voice of Influence podcast, Andrea discusses the six elements of a Voice of Influence and how they intersect with the grind, greatness, and genius ratio of our work.

186: Using StrengthsFinder 2.0 to Engage Your Team with Brandon Miller & Darren Virassammy

March 30, 2021 08:30 - 51 minutes - 47.1 MB

Brandon Miller and Darren Virassammy, co-founders of 34Strong,  share how teams can better leverage their individual strengths in an interdependent way for the wellbeing of their organization and others whom they serve. 

185: Claiming Your Voice and Space with Eliza VanCort

March 23, 2021 08:30 - 35 minutes - 49.1 MB

Every woman has experienced the frustration of being written off or silenced when she attempts to put a new idea forward. How can women feel confident about owning their space and offering their gifts to the world? Author and TED Talk speaker Eliza Van Cort shares insights from her journey to reclaim her voice.

184: How to Turn Innovation Into a Conversation

March 16, 2021 08:30 - 16 minutes - 22.5 MB

How do leaders create an atmosphere that encourages innovation? Join Andrea as she discusses how leaders can tap into their team members’ gifts and engage their own motivators for solving company problems.

183: Taking Calculated Risks for Innovation

March 09, 2021 09:30 - 24 minutes - 34 MB

How do leaders create an atmosphere that encourages innovation? Join us as we discuss how leaders can tap into their team members’ gifts and engage their own motivators for solving company problems.

182: Cultivating an Innovation Mindset with Vital Germaine

March 02, 2021 09:30 - 53 minutes - 73.8 MB

What are the core values for an effective leader to keep in mind, especially when facing massive changes that impact business? Vital Germaine joins us to discuss what it means to have an Innovative Mindset that unlocks the best in your team.

181: Healing for Yourself and Your Organization After a Narcissist Leaves

February 23, 2021 09:30 - 30 minutes - 41.8 MB

What does it take for an individual or organization to recover from a narcissist’s impact?  Andrea gives some final thoughts about why it’s vital to engage in honest reflection instead of a rush to “recover normalcy,” as we wrap up our series on Dr. Chuck DeGroat’s book WHEN NARCISSISM COMES TO CHURCH.

180: Recovering from Narcissism's Bite with Dr. Chuck DeGroat

February 16, 2021 09:30 - 49 minutes - 45.5 MB

What are the signs of a toxic leader and an unhealthy organization? What does it take to recover from the impact of a narcissistic leader? Dr. Chuck DeGroat sat down for an interview with Andrea last summer to discuss his book When Narcissism Comes to Church, and we’re re-airing this insightful conversation.

179: The Lure of the Narcissist

February 09, 2021 09:30 - 33 minutes - 46 MB

How is it that narcissistic leaders seem to be so good at gaining a following?  And why is it important to look at the systems that support such leaders instead of just assuming that the unhealthy leader is the sole source of the problem?  We are re-visiting the important topic of dangerous leadership dynamics and how they impact organizations as we take another look at Dr. Chuck DeGroat’s interview from last summer in which he and Andrea discussed his book When Narcissism Comes to Church.

178: Influencing Change by Using Your Voice in Your Way

February 02, 2021 09:30 - 25 minutes - 34.8 MB

Are you living in alignment with your voice, your calling, your mission? How can comparison with others be beneficial as long as it doesn’t lead to judgment?  Andrea discusses some vital factors that can help us to live in alignment with our unique contribution to the world and to make a deep and lasting impact on the issues that we care about.

177: Find Your Cause, Your Calling, and Your Courage, with JeNae Johnson

January 26, 2021 09:30 - 32 minutes - 44.6 MB

As the founder and CEO of CTM Unlimited and Director of Fascinate in 3D, JeNae Johnson shares her journey of innovatively aligning her skills, experience, and passion to create strategic action in addressing problems involving workplace equity. Join us to gain greater clarity about how your gifts can be leveraged for the changes you long to see take place.

176: Actions You Can Take When You Don't Feel Aligned at Work

January 19, 2021 09:30 - 17 minutes - 24.6 MB

How do we harness our passion on behalf of our purpose instead of being overwhelmed by it in a way that undermines our mission? As we begin a new podcast series, Andrea looks at the importance of having a vision for oneself, making careful preparation, and determining to initiate action in order to live in alignment with our calling. 

175: Advocating for Yourself While Championing Others

January 12, 2021 09:30 - 15 minutes - 21.3 MB

How can individuals who approach a challenge from different perspectives leverage their differing strengths to work toward a goal collaboratively?  Andrea takes another look at the importance of balancing diverse perspectives and respecting the gifts and contributions of others, while engaging conflict with self-awareness so that we can remain aligned in our team objectives.

174: Using Kolbe to Function Well as a Team with Jen Heins

January 05, 2021 09:30 - 38 minutes - 52.6 MB

Kolbe Certified Consultant and Youth Specialist Jen Heins shares with us how understanding the specific ways we and those with whom we work take action when faced with a project can make us more successful at meeting our team goals. Whether it’s owning the best way for you to approach a problem or gaining a better understanding of why someone else needs to handle things differently, your team will have less friction when there’s an appreciation for, instead of a frustration with, diverse per...

173: Finding Gratitude for 2020

December 29, 2020 09:30 - 14 minutes - 19.6 MB

As we close the door on 2020 and cross the threshold of 2021, I address the gifts that we can gain from seasonal transitions and look at what we can gain from letting go.     What can you look back on with gratitude? What did you learn?  Are there successes you can celebrate?  How have you emerged from this year stronger for what you’ve experienced? What things can be released to make space for new opportunities? Join me as we wrap up this year and kick off a new series!

Why the Grinch Stole Christmas with Grant Wenburg

December 23, 2020 15:47 - 4 minutes - 6.07 MB

Have you ever wondered why the Grinch stole Christmas? Our son’s 5th  grade teacher, Mrs. Brennan, posed this question to kids in the class and asked them to write a persuasive essay about why they believe the Grinch is either evil or misunderstood. On the Voice of Influence podcast one of the key questions we explore is why are people the way they are? How can we motivate others who may be closed off to us? Though Grant’s essay doesn’t go on to suggest how to approach the Grinch, it d...

172: How to Change What You Don't Like at Work

December 22, 2020 09:30 - 17 minutes - 24.3 MB

What’s your role in making your work an opportunity to do what you love? Are there ways that you might be blocking your own goals at work? As we wrap up this series sparked by our interview with Carson Tate, I address the difference you can make at work when you create a vision for yourself, build trust, initiate productive dialogue, and find win-win solutions for yourself and your company.

171: How to Turn Your Job Into Your Dream Job with Carson Tate

December 15, 2020 09:30 - 38 minutes - 53.5 MB

Do you have the power to make your job into your dream job? That’s what our guest Carson Tate, founder and managing partner of Working Simply, Inc., joins us to discuss.  Carson shares how to understand your organization’s needs, how to build a business case for the changes you want to see made, and how to create win-win scenarios for you and your employer.Carson is the author of the bestseller Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style and the newly released book O...

170: Taking Personal Responsibility for What You Want

December 07, 2020 17:49 - 10 minutes - 14.6 MB

We know that people want to be happy and fulfilled at work and that healthy organizations want to provide an environment that allows people to feel happy and fulfilled. The organization’s culture, the leadership style, and the individual employee all play a role in whether or not that desire becomes a reality.  What aspects of our work environment do we determine directly and which ones can we influence?  In this episode, we address some of the crucial dynamics that impact employee engagement.

169: Love Your Audience, Clients, and Prospects More Than You Fear Them

December 01, 2020 16:01 - 22 minutes - 31 MB

What fears can get in the way of your business success, and what role does love play in overcoming them? Building on last week’s conversation with Finka Jerkovic, Andrea discusses three core fears that are common obstacles when you’re selling your idea, getting others onboard, or marketing a product or service, and how each fear can be overcome by love. 

168: Selling From Love with Finka Jerkovich

November 24, 2020 16:30 - 51 minutes - 71 MB

Whether it’s a product or an idea, how do we move beyond selling as a transaction and instead make it the catalyst for transformation?  Finka Jerkovich joins Andrea today to discuss that, as well as why she believes confidence must be rooted in curiosity, creativity, and resourcefulness rather than being limited to competence.

167: Own Your Expertise and Your Desire to Share It

November 17, 2020 10:00 - 18 minutes - 24.7 MB

Do you ever feel frustrated that others don’t seem to grasp the value of what your expertise can offer them?  Getting buy-in from others sometimes requires some self-reflection on your part first.In this episode, Andrea discusses her own process of recognizing the things that kept her from owning her voice so that not only could she connect her gifts with the needs in the world but she could also help others use their gifts effectively.  Take some time today to clarify your purpose so that y...

166: Being Real without Ruining Your Relationships

November 10, 2020 09:30 - 23 minutes - 21.6 MB

Last week, we talked with Shasta Nelson who wrote a book about how you have friendships at work and why are they that important. This week, we’re picking right up with a specific question I asked Shasta during our conversation that I feel deserves a deeper look. In this solo episode, I share how the experience of choosing a table in a school cafeteria is like being around people who have differing opinions, the various options for how to handle being around people who have opinions you don...

165: Don't Be Afraid of Building Friendships at Work with Shasta Nelson

November 03, 2020 09:30 - 52 minutes - 48.4 MB

Shasta Nelson is a friendship expert and a leading voice on loneliness and creating healthy relationships. Whether she’s speaking at conferences or on TEDx stages or giving media interviews to outlets such as the New York Times and The Washington Post, she is constantly teaching all of us how to create healthier and more fulfilling relationships in our lives. Shasta’s latest book, The Business of Friendship: Making the Most of Relationships Where We Spend Most of Our Time, teaches us why w...

164: Building Relationships While Maintaining Productivity at Work

October 27, 2020 08:30 - 19 minutes - 18 MB

Our next series on the podcast is about friendship at work and Rosanne and I thought a perfect way to kick things off would be to talk about our friendship and how it aligns with our working relationship. In this episode, Rosanne and I share the concerns she had when I first approached her a few years ago about working together, the lessons I had to learn in the beginning when it came to accepting Rosanne’s ideas and input without taking it personally, why ego needs to be removed from the ...

163: Is Your Tone Influential?

October 20, 2020 08:30 - 17 minutes - 16.2 MB

A few episodes ago, we talked about why it’s important to simplify your expertise so that people who don’t share your knowledge of a subject can care about what you have to say. In last week’s episode, I spoke with marketing consultant, Wes Gay, about practical steps that subject matter experts can take to cut the jargon and speak clearly so people will listen, In continuing with this theme, I’m now discussing some mistakes experts make that end sabotaging their message by making other peo...

162: How to Cut the Jargon and Speak Clearly with Wes Gay

October 13, 2020 08:30 - 44 minutes - 40.9 MB

Wes Gay is a writer, entrepreneur, and marketing consultant. He is a StoryBrand Certified Copywriter and Guide, helping businesses clarify their marketing message and strengthen their position in the marketplace. While this is Wes’ second appearance on the Voice of Influence podcast, he and I originally connected because I was looking for help with my own marketing efforts. In this episode, Wes and I discuss what the “curse of knowledge” is and why all experts should be aware of it, why ...

161: Simplifying Your Expertise So People Care

October 06, 2020 08:30 - 22 minutes - 20.6 MB

Starting today and continuing over the next few weeks, we’ll be diving deeper into how to communicate more simply so you message doesn’t get lost. In this episode, Rosanne and I discuss how her son’s passion for fish is a perfect example of the importance of speaking to your potential customers in a way that will resonate with them, why we as experts need to realize that we’ll always care more about the subject matter than our clients and customers, why we need to know our target audience ...

160: Break Free from Who You Think You Should Be

September 29, 2020 08:30 - 21 minutes - 15.6 MB

After the three previous three episodes about change, I wanted to take some time to think through together what the psychology behind behavioral change means for you individually and how you can process paradigm shifts and helps others process them as well. In this episode, I share the difference between assimilation and accommodation, the first time I experienced change in a way that rocked me to my core, the song I wrote about the feelings I had during that experience, how to understand ...

159: Another Look at the Psychology Behind Changing Your Mind

September 22, 2020 08:30 - 20 minutes - 15.3 MB

We’ve talked this month about the fact that change challenges us. As part of this theme, I had a conversation with Dr. Espen Klausen last week about the psychology behind how people change. In that conversation, Dr. Klausen described some of the differences between assimilation, which he says is bringing new ideas into old schemas, and accommodation, which he says involves significant paradigm shifts. This week, Roseanne Moore is on the show to help me dive deeper into the concepts of as...

158: The Psychology Behind Changing Your Mind with Espen Klausen, Ph.D

September 15, 2020 08:30 - 45 minutes - 33.4 MB

Espen Klausen, Ph.D., is back on the show! In case you’re not familiar with this frequent guest, Espen is a licensed psychologist and speaker based in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. His work in public community mental health includes individuals, couples, and family therapy with clients of all ages and he conducts psychological assessments. He is the lead psychologist for several County programs. He consults for Social Services. As a speaker, he runs seminars on a wide range of subjects for profe...

157: Why Don't People Trust Experts?

September 08, 2020 08:30 - 28 minutes - 21.1 MB

With all of the global crises that have happened this year, people are stressed and we’re finding ourselves in the middle of a great divide when it comes to our perspectives on many important topics and it’s certainly having an impact on how we’re able to be a voice of influence. In this episode, Rosanne and I discuss the growing lack of respect and trust for expertise and how you can get people to buy into your ideas in spite of that, the parallels between parenting and getting buy-in on ...

156: Greatest Hits: Episode 100 - The Elements of a Voice of Influence®

September 01, 2020 08:30 - 37 minutes - 28.6 MB

In this special episode, we're taking a look back at episode 100 of the Voice of Influence® podcast! Our team is thrilled with where we've been and we're excited for where we're going with the show in the years to come! In today's show, I share the ways the podcast has shifted and what has remained the same since the beginning. Then I discuss one of our biggest ah-ha's from interviewing guests, the six elements of a Voice of Influence, so you can utilize the framework for yourself.

155: The Value of Bringing Your Diverse Experience and Talents to Work with Colin Crowley

August 25, 2020 08:30 - 42 minutes - 31.4 MB

Earlier this year, I had a great conversation with Colin Crowley and I’m excited to have him back on the show today to talk about the value of bringing your diverse experience and talents into your work. Colin is the VP of Customer Experience at Freshly, where he directs a two-hundred-person department across five locations in the United States and beyond. He specializes in building customer service departments from the ground up with a focus on scalability, infrastructure agility, technol...

154: How to Handle Rejection as You Get Back to Work with Kyle Gillette

August 18, 2020 08:30 - 28 minutes - 23.2 MB

Kyle Gillette is an ACC certified coach, behavioral profiler, and author.  He’s been coaching for over 15 years, turning professional in just the last couple of years.  He focuses on helping his clients become more self-aware and unlocking the talent within.  He is the creator of the SAGE Mindset Podcast and The SAGE Mindset course. In this conversation, Kyle shares about the value of assessments and how you can come to such self-awareness through those assessments, how we can create proce...

153: Key Differences Between Healthy and Unhealthy Influence

August 11, 2020 08:30 - 34 minutes - 31.9 MB

Today we're extracting the key takeaways from the series we've done this summer about power dynamics and the abuse of power. We started this series because we recognized how important it was to directly address the unhealthy imbalance of power and unhealthy use of power. The first step is to be able to clearly recognize the abuse of power and then to stand up in the face of the abuse of power. In this episode, we're covering why all of this matters, how to know when we should step in, ho...

152: Be a Voice for Wholeness and Human Flourishing with Jason Kanz, Ph.D

August 04, 2020 08:30 - 44 minutes - 40.5 MB

Jason Kanz, Ph.D is a Neuropsychologist at the Marshfield Clinic in Eau Claire, Wisconsin where he lives with his wife and three children. Jason is the author of Soil of the Divine and Notes from the Upper Room: Lessons in Loving Like Jesus, as well as the editor of Living in the Larger Story: The Christian Psychology of Larry Crabb. Jason talks and writes about the concepts of wholeness, integration, and reconciliation through the lens of neuroscience, spirituality, and creativity. For ...

151: Institutional Health and Leadership In Difficult Times with Dr. Neal Schnoor

July 28, 2020 08:30 - 37 minutes - 34.5 MB

Dr. Neal Schnoor is Chief of Staff to the President at California State University, Long Beach where he operates in various functions in support of meeting the mission of the University. Dr. Schnoor was also my Professor when I attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney and he taught me as a Music Education Major and in a leadership class. I still remember being in that class and being struck by his conviction about leadership and really calling us to be great leaders so when I started...

150: When Narcissism Comes to Your Organization with Dr. Chuck DeGroat

July 21, 2020 08:30 - 49 minutes - 45.5 MB

Dr. Chuck DeGroat is Professor of Counseling and Christian Spirituality at Western Theological Seminary Holland MI, and Co-Founder and a Senior Fellow at Newbigin House of Studies, San Francisco. He is a licensed therapist, author, retreat leader, and spiritual director. Chuck has been married to Sara for 25 years and has two daughters. Chuck is also the author of the new book, When Narcissism Comes to Church: Healing Your Community From Emotional and Spiritual Abuse. Today we're tackling ...

149: How to Support Someone in an Abusive Relationship with Rosanne Moore

July 14, 2020 08:30 - 39 minutes - 36.5 MB

Roseanne Moore, my Voice of Influence colleague, is back on this episode to offer guidance on how you can be of help if you suspect that someone in your life is in an abusive relationship. In this episode, Rosanne shares why the place to begin is with yourself, how to create a safe space for the person you want to help to open up, what you need to keep in mind to empower a woman in this situation, how to support victims of abuse at different stages in their journey, and more.

148: How to Spot a Child Abuser Hiding in Plain Sight with Jimmy Hinton

July 07, 2020 08:30 - 41 minutes - 37.6 MB

Jimmy Hinton is a full-time minister and safeguarding specialist with Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE) who researches deception techniques of child molesters and specializes in abuse in plain sight. In 2011, Jimmy's sister confided in him that she had been sexually abused when she was a young child by their father, a former Minister of 27 years. Jimmy and his mother reported his father to authorities, which resulted in his confession of 23 victims, and a convict...

147: Why We Need to Understand Trauma and Coercive Control with Dr. Debra Wingfield

June 30, 2020 08:30 - 37 minutes - 28.7 MB

Debra Wingfield is an Author, Speaker, and Trainer for family abuse prevention and intervention treatment.  She practiced counseling for 25 years with domestic abuse victims, offenders, adults, and children from all types of dysfunctional family systems. She’s also provided family court advocacy since 1993 and would love to be able to train those within the court system about trauma. In this episode, Debra shares what the courts miss in cases of domestic abuse due to not being sufficiently...

146: Finding Her True Voice After Domestic Violence with Naghmeh Panahi

June 23, 2020 08:30 - 48 minutes - 34.2 MB

Naghmeh Panahi is a speaker, a Bible teacher, and an executive director for the TAF Foundation; an organization that helps abused women escape and recover religiously motivated violence, both in the form of domestic violence and in the form of religious persecution. Naghmeh made national news when she publicly advocated for the release of her then-husband and pastor at the time, Saeed Abedini, who was imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith. Unfortunately, her story is not an easy one t...

145: Deceptive Myths About the Abuse of Power (Part 2)

June 16, 2020 08:30 - 39 minutes - 34 MB

My Voice of Influence colleague, Rosanne Moore, is back on the show for part two of our series on breaking down destructive myths surrounding coercive control and abuse of power. In part one, we went over the first seven myths and, in this episode, we’ll be going over the next seven.

144: How to Talk About Racism Online and with Kids with Lucretia Berry

June 09, 2020 08:30 - 35 minutes - 27.7 MB

Last week, we brought you part one of a two-part series about the myths around abuse and coercive control. We had originally planned to release the second part of that series this week, however, we decided that given the events of the past few weeks, in particular, how things really escalated this week around the issues of racial injustice, we decided instead to release this interview with Lucretia Berry. Lucretia is the creator of Brownicity, an anti-race/ism curriculum specialist, a wr...

Bonus: Making Your Anti-Racism Posts on Social Media Influential

June 04, 2020 19:20 - 4 minutes - 5.72 MB

It can be hard to know what to say in a conversation about race, but if you're vulnerable and share how you are learning about the world, other people's perspectives, and your own latent bias, it will help others to be more open to that kind of change, themselves.   

143: Deceptive Myths About the Abuse of Power (Part 1)

June 02, 2020 08:30 - 33 minutes - 25.6 MB

My Voice of Influence colleague, Rosanne Moore, is back on the show to break down destructive myths surrounding coercive control and abuse of power. We’ve broken fourteen myths into two groups that will be split between this episode and the next. In this episode, Rosanne shares what the dynamics of an abuse of power and coercive control, the importance of understanding the myths around abuse of power and coercive control, the truth behind the seven myths below.

142: Mentoring Leaders at Church and in Business with Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

May 26, 2020 08:30 - 31 minutes - 23.8 MB

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson is the President of T3 Leadership Solutions, Inc., where she provides customized executive leadership coaching, consulting, and mentoring services. Natasha is an author and sought-after international speaker with more than 20 years of leadership experience in the military, federal government, academic, and nonprofit sectors.  She is the Visionary Founder of the nonprofit, Leadership LINKS, Inc. and the Host of A Sojouner’s Truth podcast. In this episode, Natasha...


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