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Brilliance at Work brings you business leadership advice for leading high-performance teams with clarity, confidence and heart. You’ll hear stories, advice and captivating interviews from executive and master public speaking coach Michelle Barry Franco based on more than 12 years supporting successful entrepreneurs, executives and thought leaders. Listeners get backstage passes to the stories and advice that helped these leaders grow remarkable careers and and award-winning businesses while ...
 
Welcome to the MindStory Speaker Podcast Whether you speak on the job, in your business or as a hobby, we believe that 100% of your success is an inner game. Speaking is like a performance sport, there's lots of pressure both on and off the platform. This podcast is for coaches, consultants, educators, business owners, thought leaders, pro speakers, journalists, social activists or anyone in a leadership role. It's about the mindset and strategies you need to be an excellent speaker live or ...
 
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Discover how Iva Paleckova reverse engineered her life from zero to 80K in just a few months, as a single pregnant mom. It’s a fascinating and inspiring story of how quickly you can build a lucrative coaching business sharing your advice with the world. --------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED: 1:50 - How Iva lost her business when she got …
 
Many people don’t keep New Year’s Resolutions because they are still beating themselves up from past failures. Ironically, the way to break free is to forgive yourself. It frees you up to learn from past mistakes so you can take bold action again. --------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED: 3:10 - What’s really at the core of procrastination …
 
At this time of year, you may find yourself overdoing it on the people pleasing, or saying no to people who are trying to overly please you. This is an area I’ve coached many people on, and these tips have proved very helpful. --------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED: 4:23 - What’s really at the core of people pleasing 8:42 - How you might …
 
If you look at a person’s daily habits, you can usually tell a lot about their overall success in life. With the Holidays approaching and lots of intensity in the news, it’s easy to feel drained by that alone. In this episode we’ll look at 4 simple habits to re-energize you no matter what’s going on. --------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED…
 
Many people feel stuck these days, for fear of making unwise decisions, given there’s so much uncertainty in the world. Yet, making a clear decision in an important area of life, can turn your life around. In this episode we’ll look at 4 ways to gain the clarity you need, to move forward in a powerful way. --------------------------------- TOPICS C…
 
We get hypnotized by the stories we tell ourselves - about who we are, what life means and what we can achieve. Is there one particular story you could re-write? You might find your entire life changes for the better. It’s happened to me and many others. --------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED: 1:00 – An example of a destructive inner stor…
 
In this episode, we explore how to be a beacon of calm in the storm. In this way you help usher in the 'renaissance in human development' I believe we're on the verge of.  Also, discover 2 simple tools to navigate the storm and to discover the value you now bring to the world. --------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED: 1:00 - Are we in final…
 
We consume stories every day from traditional media to social media to shows to friends and from listening to our own self talk. Stories can empower or disempower you. In this episode we look at how storytelling can empower or disempower you. Learn to discern wisely and it can help you live a more fulfilling and productive life. . -----------------…
 
Given we are at a dark time in history, it does help to balance it out with some lightness. Not only for you, but for those around you. It can enhance your creative capacities to solve challenges. In this episode, we will look at the top 4 habits of people with a very playful spirit. Do you have these habits? If not, here’s some practical tips to i…
 
Remember back in January 2020 when you made that exciting plan for all the things you'd do, create and enjoy in this new year of "2020 Vision"? Ha! Maybe we don't actually have nearly the control or even influence we think we do over how things will go. And yet, in this final episode before our extended break of this podcast, I make a case for Visi…
 
If you want the fast track to your greatest impact with your message as a speaker and thought leader, it makes sense that you want to learn best practices on messaging, talk crafting, and delivery. I teach that stuff a lot. And yet, I've noticed over the years that the very thing that is supposed to be helpful can also be the greatest barrier to co…
 
Can you disagree with someone and NOT feel angry, upset or guilty? That’s the sign of a healthy communicator. I believe that disagreeing is an art, and so here I share my suggestions for how to use differences of opinion as a way to connect instead of disconnect. --------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED: 3:45 - Perspectives of POOR communic…
 
The heart of the dream is to do what you love and the money will follow, right? There are books written on that, and it sounds amazing. But no one tells you the special "road blocks" that show up when you decide you are going to actually create a business from your passion. Kadidja Yansane has worked with hundreds of business owners who are creatin…
 
If you only change this 1 mindset habit, you greatly increase your chances of doubling your income. Whether you have a job, a sideline business, or a full time business it can work. I’ll share a few examples of how shifting this one mindset habit, created a surge in income with myself and others. --------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED: 1:…
 
I see way too many leaders with voices for good who hesitate to take their stand for fear of being wrong. Here's the straight-up news: you probably will be wrong sometimes. I certainly have been wrong plenty, as I share in this episode. There is freedom in really seeing how much impact you can have with your message when you aren't afraid of being …
 
These days it’s important to balance your perspective. For every 1 thing not going well, aren’t there usually 1000 things that ARE going well? Discover how to uplift your mood, re-energize and find peace of mind again. --------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED: 1:00 - A practical tool to counteract an addiction to negativity 7:10 - How to re…
 
In the old days, this was "professional" - to keep business separate from our personal life. But the people we serve want more from us now - they want to know who we *really* are. Jude Charles is an expert at sharing that story, through video. As a documentarian for some of the most successful and passion-driven entrepreneurs in our world today, Ju…
 
There’s an old saying, that physical pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional. This episode includes one quick practice you can use to switch from a "Suffering" timeline to an "Aligned" timeline, anytime you need. --------------------- TOPICS COVERED 1:15 – An idea around suffering whose time has come 5:05 – A simple framework to live by 10:15…
 
When things get uncertain or scary, we often look for ways to fix it. We turn to new courses, programs or places to learn best practices. Nothing wrong with great training or best practices, of course. They are awesome. However, they are NOT where the best answers live. In this episode, I do my best to point you to the place where your most brillia…
 
Here is a 4-Step Method to Transform Inner Conflict. Have you ever felt like you’re getting in your own way when it comes to fully expressing your life purpose? Welcome to the human condition. Today’s episode is about breaking free from those kinds of blocks. Topics Covered: 2:00 - How your inner committee members might be sabotaging you 9:10 - Exa…
 
As you step more fully into leadership in your industry, you’ll be asked to tell your story more often. People want to know how you got where you are today. In this episode, I share my own story of how I became a speaking coach. Sneak peek: It’s a highly unexpected outcome for my career. Then I share how to choose which details to include when tell…
 
Many people think they shouldn’t feel or express emotions, especially negative ones. That’s a myth that can actually keep you stuck trying to move forward in life. If you experience a sudden loss, shock, setback, trauma, it’s normal to have a negative reaction. In this episode we look at how to move through intense emotions more quickly, and how to…
 
Naketa’s story will both break your heart and fill you with hope. It’s the JOY and hope that lingers. Beautiful gems of what’s possible arise when you are willing to shatter the internal blocks built through difficult times and thus reveal your brilliance, shining there all along. This conversation reflects the heart of what Brilliance at Work is a…
 
Einstein once said, “If you have an hour to solve an important problem, you should spend the first 55 minutes finding the right question to ask, because once you know that you can usually solve the problem in less than five minutes.” Topics Covered: 1:05 - A regular practice for asking deeper questions of yourself 4:08 - The purpose and benefits of…
 
Being a leader means sometimes having difficult conversations. Whether this is your business partner, romantic partner, or someone in your family, the discomfort often means we end up avoiding the conversations altogether. Yet, using your voice and leading with your heart means having these harder conversations as well as the exciting, feel-good on…
 
Summer holidays have ended, school has started, and the world in chaos, so you might be facing a few challenges. In this episode we’ll explore a 5 step process to dissolve those challenges and more easily create the outcomes you want. Topics Covered: 0:45 - Focus on what you DO want instead of what you DON’T want 2:15 - Love the rocks 4:32 - De-clu…
 
Something about that sense of abyss on the other side of the camera feels so daunting… judgy even. Virtual speaking can cause more anxiety than in-person speaking for some people - not being able to see their expressions or hear their laughter and applause. And yet, being able to speak with conviction and clarity through video, webinars, livestream…
 
Some people love change, some people hate it, others adapt easily no matter what's going on. If you know your strengths and weaknesses, you can better navigate unexpected or unwanted change in a more constructive way. Topics Covered: 2:32 – The Kind of People Who Rank Highly for Resilience and Innovation 5:53 – ESIAC vs the Diffusion of Innovations…
 
Live in-person events are mostly canceled, but inspiration and learning are not! In this episode, I share five ways to make your online content and delivery more captivating and engaging. From tips on equipment to how to deepen your audience intimacy, you'll learn how to take your otherwise great and useful content and use it to magnetize amazing n…
 
Did you know that certain regular habits can change your brain for good or bad? In this podcast episode, discover the top five that make a huge difference to your life success. Topics Covered: 1:05 – Number 1 – Reading Novels 4:47 - Number 2 – Learning Something New in an Embodied Way 6:00 - Number 3 – Getting a Good Night’s Sleep on a Regular Basi…
 
Being “everywhere” is a powerful leadership move. Yet, there are so many things that can get in the way of consistently showing up online with your message. In this conversation with Andréa Jones of Savvy Social School, we get to hear from the expert in mindful social media presence about how to show up consistently, in a way that feels good for yo…
 
If an extra 10K or more per month sounds good to you — check this out. This podcast episode is specifically for business coaches who want to increase their income by 10K or more per month within 90 days. Discover a 5 part process to do this without having to overwork or undercharge. Topics Covered: 5:30 – 80% of Your Success is Due to Something Mos…
 
Not only is Shasta Nelson a great example of an excellent thought leader, her insights around connection and friendship in business really can change your experience of life and work overall. In this episode, Shasta shares the story of how she became an expert in friendship, largely because it was a deeply important topic with very little research …
 
Do you find your present life situation stressful at times, or are dealing with people who find it very stressful? This is a quick tip for moving from a triggered state of mind to a more clear state of mind so you can find better solutions and peace of mind again. Topics Covered: 5:30 – The Number 1 Habit of Highly Resilient and Innovative People 9…
 
We are told in so many ways, from many directions, that we need to do more, learn more, add more strategies and tools to our toolkit if we want to make the biggest difference with our public speaking, leadership and work. The truth is, we actually need to do way, way less in order to make the greatest impact possible. In this episode, I share the m…
 
Ep. 65 – PROGRAMMING YOUR BRAIN FOR SUCCESS Are you looping in a negative way about your life? That might be causing you to stay stuck. The good news is that you can literally jump tracks and create a whole new way of thinking, which we call moving from a ‘Suffering Timeline” to a “Golden Timeline” which creates a life you love. A Timeline is also …
 
In this conversation with Mia Moran you’ll hear how a stack of paper coffee cups and a moment of insight led to her writing a best-selling book and remodeling her entire business venture. So many great gems from the expert in planning & simple meals to support your most vibrant leadership. Get full show notes and more information here:http://michel…
 
If some of your goals won’t manifest, maybe you just don’t believe it’s possible. Discover a ‘consciousness technology’ to remedy this known as ‘believing without doubt’ whereby you manufacture the belief before it happens. Topics Covered: 6:00 – Your brain will block or allow your abilities based on what you believe 9:58 - How to ‘think backwards’…
 
We think we are independent thinkers and that we come to our conclusions cleanly and logically. But, there is so much research to support otherwise. Understanding persuasion and influence allows us to get some distance, see it for what it is, and loosen its unconscious influence on us - and also understand others better, too. In today’s episode, we…
 
Many people struggle to manifest a goal because they aren’t truly committed. And when they do finally commit, all kinds of synchronicity and magic shows up to help the goal along. In this episode we will explore how to go from not committed, to fully committed. Topics Covered: 2:30 – Two examples of people who went from not committed to committed 9…
 
Virtually all live events are canceled and the speaking world is in big flux. Listen in as Rhonda Khan, founder of Simply Speech Solutions, and I talk shop on public speaking and the shifts we are seeing during this new world. Rhonda is a speaking coach and trainer who helps people transform their lives by becoming powerful communicators. In this e…
 
If you actually let go of the 'hustle mindset', that’s often when the magic shows up again. That said, it’s easy to get addicted by it. The good news is that you can change that mindset in an instant if you know how, and train your brain not go there again.  Topics Covered: 1:05 – What happens in your brain when you’re in the ‘constant hustle’ stat…
 
This is our 100th episode of the Brilliance at Work podcast! In this episode, I share some of the hardest earned and most fun insights I’ve had along the way. It’s been a BIG learning experience and I love sharing the messy parts, as well as the exciting moments, with you in this 100th episode. Get full show notes and more information here: http://…
 
Since the pandemic started, humanity as a whole has experienced trauma. As leaders, it’s our job to first heal our own trauma so we can then help others. Here are 3 short, practical ways to help start that healing process. Topics Covered: 1:30 – How a regular practice of connecting to the divine [or flow state] heals trauma 8:OO - How breathing and…
 
I had a magical conversation with Sara Walka, the founder of The Sisters Enchanted. Sara is on a mission to help women lean into their intuition, conjure joy, and create a fun, purposeful, and spacious life. Join us as we talk about her story from corporate candy sales to witchy entrepreneur teaching all kinds of enchantment skills and how she’s ta…
 
Want to train your brain to think positively and have less stess? After 22 years of researching stress and resilience, we think these are the top 3 habits that have made the BIGGEST difference for the most number of people. And they only take 60 minutes each. The trick is to just remember to do them and so I suggest here 3 times of day to do them. …
 
I absolutely fell in love with Jessica’s brilliant lead gathering process at a recent conference because it worked on ME! She founded the first podcasting booking agency of its kind in 2013 and, with her business partner, has grown the company to over $1M in revenue. In this conversation, Jessica shares excellent tips on how to get booked on great …
 
Ironically, one of the best ways to feel better is to realize that we're not supposed to feel great all of the time. In this episode we’ll look at how to re-orient yourself towards your emotional nature so that it works FOR you instead of against you. Learning how to master your emotions can make or break your life success. You’ll also get a demo o…
 
Our beautiful brain is super efficient. Its main goal is to save energy while it looks for danger and tries to save our life. This means our brain loves to think the same thoughts over and over again and stick with those thoughts, no matter what. In this episode, I will share three specific things we can do when we notice that we are thinking repet…
 
We’re at a time in history when people need thoughtful leadership and spiritual guidance. Yet many people in that role are not stepping up enough, often because they don’t have the business skills to thrive. In this episode, Kimberly Maska helps you break free of limitations to getting out there. She supports spiritually-oriented entrepreneurs to s…
 
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