Episode 008: Get the Job, Own the Meeting & Slice Through Office Conflict With One Simple Tool


The day ran me, rather than the other way around.
This is how I used to live my life, when I’d tear into work like a bat out of hell and without stopping to take a breath or have a sense of presence, I’d plunge straight into the dozens of emails I’d invariably gotten since 9pm the previous night. Then I’d work (in a super stressed out way, thinking everything was urgent) straight through til the second I had to leave, when I’d race to the next thing.


Years later, I’m still dealing with the chronic pain those old pesky habits (and many others) have left me with.
Which is why I’m VERY eager to share this week’s Career Passport episode with you, “Your Presence Can Open Career Doors”




We have Minna Taylor, CEO and Founder of Energize Your Voice, on the show today to talk about how presence – both vocal and physical – can really open doors for your career and your life.


We’re talking about all types of professional contexts where presence – or a lack of it – can be the very thing holding you back. And we’re giving you tools to start making some quick fixes now. You can grab the tool we created for this show here, which has scripts and checklists for the scenarios we mention in the episode.



On the show, we’re talking about:

  • How to use presence to answer the often dreaded, “So, what do you do?” question
  • How to own your upcoming interview
  • What to do to show up with more presence at meetings
  • Using presence for conflict resolution in the office
  • Quick ways to use preparation to enhance your presence in meetings
  • How a lack of presence and bad habits can ‘show up’ (and not go away!) in chronic ways over time


This episode is a must-listen for anyone who:

  • Has been on tons of job interviews where they’re perfect for the job, but can’t understand why they’re not getting call backs
  • Is exhausted by all the running around and feels run by their day
  • Is nervous to speak up in meetings and doesn’t know when or how to interject a thought or idea
  • Wants to progress their career and have been given feedback that they need to speak up or “own” more but they’re not sure how or are afraid.


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So, if you’re reading this on your way to a meeting, grab the episode now and grab some pointers!




Show Notes (Timings are Approximate


0:43 Introduction to Minna Taylor

1:30 How she got to be doing presence work

3:50 Why is having a strong presence so important for your career?

7:50 Bringing these unconscious behaviors to the conscious level

9:50 How do you handle the “What do you do?” question when you’re between jobs or don’t like what you’re doing?

13:55 How do you own the interview process using vocal and presence techniques?

16:50 Using storytelling as a tool

17:50 How to come up with interview questions to ask your interviewer through curiosity and presence?

18:57 Other work situations –conflict resolution and meetings

27:00 Long-term ramifications of NOT having presence

27:50 Minna’s Go-To Resources and tools

30:20 Minna’s Workshops & Offerings for Personal Goals and For Companies



Resources Mentioned On The Show


Our downloadable tool we talk through on the show!

Minna’s Humming Series Videos

Minna’s Workshop Offerings

Minna’s Corporate Offerings


Improv Classes in NYC:

The Magnet– if you want community and lower stakes

UCB: More rigorous

The Pit


How to Find Minna:

Web: www.energizeyourvoice.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/energizeyourvoice/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/energizedvoice/


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Episode 006: Creating a Life Design that Works for You…Travel Edition

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What happens when you cross someone who knows what they want with not having any clue how to actually get there? Well, you get Lynze Ballay, Founder of She Works Abroad and AVP at Sprinklr. After she got her first taste of travel as a college student, she was hooked and knew that travel was a non-negotiable she’d carry through the rest of her life. But just being happy with the 2-3 weeks of vacation that a large number of American companies give to employees was not in the cards for Lynze. Nor was she necessarily looking for a consulting gig where she’d travel weekly.


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No, no, this was gonna be big. Through trial and error, she honed in on what she wanted to do: work full-time for a company doing what she was good at while going abroad to a place of her choosing for a full month at least once a quarter.


For those of you keeping score at home, this means she averages working and living abroad 4 months per year in places of her choosing. Oh and she has a husband and a dog in Brooklyn. Oh- and a team of seven at the Sprinklr offices in New York. And her side business She Works Abroad, where she helps people figure out their options for doing this themselves.


Sounds crazy, right? Maybe on the surface, but in this week’s episode, “Creating a Life Design that Works for You”, we get into the nitty gritty n how she makes this happen, and we’ve developed a tool you can get here  based on her experience to help you figure it out for yourself.


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We’re talking specifically with Lynze in this week’s episode about:


  • How she got started trying to figure this out when she had no idea where to start!
  • Her pearls of wisdom like “Do everything in your power to hear “yes”, not “no” and “There’s never a good time to go, so just do it.”
  • The must-have ingredients you must have for success here
  • How she got her boss and management on board
  • What she put in her proposal to get them to say yes
  • How she plans her trips (including travel hacks and budgeting!)
  • How she manages her team from abroad


The point here is, if you have a dream or a goal, it’s important to be open and transparent with your company. Even if it’s not travel and it’s another thing you’re looking for from your company- you’re in the driver’s seat and no one is going to hand you these kinds of perks without you asking.  (And if you’re sitting there thinking your company would say no out the gate, it might be worth reevaluating whether the company is right for you.)


Enjoy this one, guys! It’s truly a gem to listen to Lynze talk about this.

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1:20- Lynze’s Story- how did she get to this point of infusing travel

4:50: One attempt that didn’t work out

6:30 The turning point/mental shift

9:30: Making the plan sustainable

10:30 Nuts and Bolts of Making it Happen

15:10 Changing Your Strategy As an Employee

17:45 I’m scared to speak up: How do I do what Lynze did?

22:40 How did the team benefit when I was abroad?

26:40 The benefits of being globally aware

29:35 How do you parse out your work time versus your fun time while abroad?

33:25 Brazil trip & Building a Network & Budget & Travel Hacks

38:00 Travel Musings

41:00 She Works Abroad

45:00 Rapid Fire Questions






Episode Tool to learn how to do this for yourself


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Episode 005: Using Mindfulness to Run Your Workday: Not the Other Way Around With Emily Bennington Author of Miracles at Work


What if I told you that there is one thing that we all have access to – every single one of us- that can help us take the workday and own it, rather than leave the day haggard, exhausted and with a giant headache?  Something that will put a little pep in our step, and over time, make even the stickiest work situations float on by? And for those of us in non-ideal work environments (toxic, boring or not aligned with what we want to be doing), something that helps us not just quit and run out of the building like our hair’s on fire?

Oh, and it’s free.

No, I’m not talking about that crate of Tito’s Handmade Vodka that’s left over from your wedding or that crate of Jose someone brought to your Cinco De Mayo party.

I’m talking about mindfulness and the tools that accompany it.


Before you roll your eyes or think this isn’t for you, bear with me. We’re talking with bestselling author and mindfulness teacher Emily Bennington today about how to stop being led around by your emotions all day and instead come from a place of calm and easy.

What I love about Emily is the way she breaks down mindfulness into digestible chunks so that anyone, even the new-to-the-game lady can pick up some tools and start to practice. Mindfulness is a truly accessible thing with accessible tools, but if it’s not talked about in an accessible way, it can be hard to really grasp and follow, amirite?

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Emily makes all of that irrelevant. We sat down and talked about how mindfulness intersects with work including some of the following tidbits (and she’s generously given us access to a free tool to get started with the basic building blocks!)


  • A lot of people think their career ping pongs around, but instead, use mindfulness to think about your career as a series of breadcrumbs that lead you to the next breadcrumb….and use that approach in your professional narrative
  • The effects of a lack of mindfulness in the workforce on career progression: Where we go wrong isn’t wild insubordination. It’s what Seth Godin calls “1000 little cuts.” It’s the way you made a situation that wasn’t contentious, contentious or the way you responded to an email…and over time that damages your reputation. Every single interaction you have is an opportunity to stand for who you choose to be in that moment, and it matters for that raise or promotion or new opportunity.
  • How do we stop getting run by our days and instead come from a place of mindfulness so we run the day?
  • How are we relating to other people and how can we use that as a starting point?
  • What should we do when things are feeling untenable or toxic? What tools are at our disposal?




1:42 Emily Bennington Introduction

5:20  What happens when you don’t have or use the mindfulness tools?

10:35 What mindfulness tools would you recommend to get started?

13:50 “Positive” traits that manifest in unhelpful ways at work and how it relates to mindfulness

16:00 Triggers For when you have the opportunity to practice mindfulness

18:05 Special tools for mindfulness in generally toxic environments

23:35 Mindfulness while emailing (yes, seriously! Email is challenging!)

27:35 Attaching self worth to your job and where mindfulness comes into play

31:05 Case Study of someone who incorporated these tools with success

35:20 Being versus doing VERSUS being WHILE doing

37:05 Jill’s personal lessons in mindfulness

38:32 Decision making during overwhelm



Resources Mentioned In the Show:


Intro guide from Emily

-You can reach Emily Bennington at www.emilybennington.com

Her Twitter

Her Facebook

Book: Miracles at Work


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Podcast 003: Finding Your Purpose and Getting Unstuck- With Belma McCaffrey of Work Bigger


This week I had the absolute pleasure of having Belma McCaffrey on the show. She’s the founder of Work Bigger, an organization dedicated to helping 20 and 30-somethings figure out what they want to do for work by helping them uncover and understand their professional mission.

You may remember from my first episode that I believe that you don’t have to absolutely love your job to have a fulfilling career and/or life, and so every episode of the show helps you think of ways that work FOR YOU on how to navigate…your career and life.




This episode is for those among us who want a fulfilling career or side project complete with a mission of some kind, but they don’t know where to start or how to get unstuck. So this week we’re helping you get started by discussing:

  • How do you get super clear on what you want for work
  • Understanding what pushes your curiosity
  • Helping you take the first massive step to getting unstuck
  • How to test drive potential options
  • Identifying people and resources to tap into to learn more
  • Understanding how to get started if you want to be in a corporate role OR if you want your own thing



SHOW NOTES (Timings are approximate)

Belma’s Intro: 2:11

The conundrum millennials face: 5:04

How Work Bigger was born: 7:25

How do you get started in figuring out what you care about for work? 9:14

Framework for moving forward: Nexus of values, interests, and priorities 10:25

“What if I’m Indecisive?” 12:05

Examples of How To Test Drive Potential Career Options 13:45

How “But” Can be a HUGE Roadblock 14:50

Finding the Right Communities 16:50

Success Stories – people who’ve figured out what they want to do for work 20:00

Benefits of Knowing Your Essential Intent: 23:00

What if I Like Corporate Life? 25:25

How to Suss Out Culture of a Company- Does it intersect with your mission? 27:00

“I’m Stuck: How do I get out of my own way?” 30:50




Resources Mentioned in the Episode:


Belma McCaffrey- Work Bigger

Freelancers Union – Spark Events

Six Degrees Society


The Lady Project

Essentialism- Greg McKeown: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less




Podcast 002: Overcoming Networking Resistance

In this week’s episode, we’re talking about overcoming networking resistance. You know, that dread you might get in the pit of your stomach when it’s time to research, sign up for or go to an event or meet with someone for coffee. It’s like broccoli – you know it’s good for you, but you just can’t bring yourself to do it.

First things first: You’re not going to get over your fear of networking with the flip of a switch. This is going to take some work and some steadfastness, but before you know it, you’ll be an old pro at this!

I’ll tell you a little story I tell sometimes. I used to call one of two friends before an event, freaking out as I circled the block before I went in. I had to pinpoint what my goal was for the networking event before I could leave.  Was it to stay for a certain amount of time? Talk to a specific number of people? Have a specific number of meaningful conversations? I had to SIKE myself UP to go into these things.

And despite that planning and siking up process, some were still total busts. I cried all the way home a couple of times because I felt like a phony and stupid. But as I went to more and more events, it felt less dire. AND I was able to choose the groups I was going to more wisely, so that I was…finding my tribe (which we will talk about on May 23 with the founder of Six Degrees Society, Emily Merrill.)

In this week’s episode,

I’ll be talking to you about how to overcome any networking resistance you have using the four major hangups I run into with my clients and students. You know, those things that make you want to get back in your PJs and order a pile of nachos (no? Just me?).

Here they are so if any of ‘em sound familiar, this show is a must listen for you:

Hangup #1: I don’t know anyone

Hangup #2: No one will want to talk to me

Hangup #3: What am I going to talk about?

Hangup #4: Followup Hangup

Take a listen and let me know what you think. From experience (my own and my clients), overcoming networking resistance allows you to:

  • Easily and seamlessly find the right events that you just ‘belong’ at
  • Even thinking about canceling or no-showing will be a thing of the past
  • Authentically show up as you- unapologetically you
  • Not circle the block like me, circa 2014, pacing like a maniac
  • Not cry all the way home like me, again, circa 2014

Enjoy the episode and do let me know if any other tactics and ideas have worked for you!!

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SHOW NOTES (Timings are approximate)

Introduction/Overview of Topic [:45]

Reasons Why You’re Here: [1:30]

Why It’s Important [2:10]

What Networking Isn’t [3:30]

Hangups and Approaches to Overcoming Hangups [4:30]

The Point of Info Coffee Chats & Differences between networking when you’re exploring versus job searching [5:20]

Script for Networking Coffee Chat for Exploring Career Options [6:45]

Approach for Job Searching [7:28]

Intro to Your Hangups [8:45]

Hangup #1: I don’t know anyone [10:10]

Hangup #2: No one will want to talk to me [13:15]

Hangup #3: What am I going to talk about? [18:07]

Hangup #4: Followup Hangup [21:25]

Resources Mentioned in the Episode:

Lou Adler’s  2016 Study on Networking

Fire Me I Beg You- Article on Finding a New Job

Six Degrees Society

BNI Networking Group

Toastmasters Group

Contact Management System: Highrisehq.com (free)

Dropbox: File sharing and saving

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