Another AHA! moment

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Another AHA! moment

I’ve often described “The AHA! moment” as one of the greatest joys in life.  That feeling you get when you “get it”, when understanding comes.  It’s particularly special to me when I realize that “I knew this all along”.  Earl Nightengale used to say that only when we are ready to learn something can we really understand it.  And there’s an ancient proverb of unknown origin that says only when the student is ready will the teacher appear.  This week I had the real privilege of having one of those “AHA! moments” again.  I’ve been working to develop content for my on-line learning programs and having a Zoom conversation with Ayn Fox and she said to me “Maybe what you’re doing isn’t so much a learning experience as it is a philosophical discussion.”

AHA! Yes, indeed, that sounds exactly like what I have in mind.

You know the feeling when you are talking with someone about an idea, and you suddenly realize “I get it!”?  Or, perhaps when you are having that idea based philosophical discussion and someone in the circle exclaims “I get it!”?

That’s what I’m talking about!    This isn’t a learning experience where I can promise some kind of outcome based on learning new behavior and incorporating that into a regimen.  This is an experience of Philosophical Enlightenment which has unmeasurable and unlimited potential.  When we lead with intuition we create a foundation for intellectual growth that may have been previously unmeasurable.

I’m looking forward to sharing more details about this new project, and will keep you posted.   Please let me know what you think!

Until next week, Be Well and Stay Well!!

Why use VoiceAmerica to start a Radio Show or Podcast?

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Why use VoiceAmerica to start a Radio Show or Podcast?

Podcasts and radio shows are on the rise and one of the most consumed media sources today. Approximately 37% of Americans listen to podcasts monthly. That’s around 100 million people listening to one or more podcasts each month. This is a great way to build a company’s brand, business, and thought leadership with insightful and engaging content that educates and entertains an audience.

Why start a podcast or radio show? 

Podcasts have grown in popularity in the past few years. A 2020 study found that the increase to podcast listening has increased almost by almost 38% in the past 3 years and over 50% of Americans listen to podcasts monthly. Radio and podcasts are a great way to expand a businesses audience and increase engagement with a company. Take a look below for a few of the benefits of starting a podcast and radio show. 

Benefits to starting a podcast or radio show

A radio show or podcast is a simple and great way to connect with an ever-growing audience while educating and entertaining listeners. Here are a few reasons to consider starting a podcast or radio show: 

  • Long-form content: Radio shows are a great way to create and share long-form content to show listeners. According to a recent study by Salesforce, only 3% of podcast consumers listen to only the beginning of an episode. Most listeners intend on staying through to the end of the episode. This is a great way for business owners, companies, and industry leaders to connect, educate, and entertain their audience and attract new consumers. 
  • Interviews to support partners: Interviews are a great way to engage an audience and support business partners. The interview format helps bring awareness to the show and supports the business and person being interviewed. 
  • Personal connection with the audience: Podcasts and radio shows are a great way to connect with an audience since the shows are not scripted or heavily edited. This helps a host connect and build trust between them and the audience. 
  • Constant engagement with your audience: A regularly scheduled show can build trust and a personal connection with an audience. This will create brand loyalty and a business or individual’s thought leadership. 

Why choose VoiceAmerica to create a radio show? 

VoiceAmerica is one of the first and longest running live internet talk radio platforms in the world. For over 21 years, VoiceAmerica has been creating and producing content that has engaged and educated their audience with hosts that lead their field in a variety of industries. With a massive audience and fan base, team of executive producers, and multi-platform strategy

  • VoiceAmerica radio shows double as podcasts: VoiceAmerica shows are recorded live and streamed to the VoiceAmerica website and app for live listening, but they are also saved for our listeners to stream on-demand. 
  • Dedicated VoiceAmerica Listeners: With so many podcasts and radio shows out there today, starting and promoting a show can be challenging. VoiceAmerica has a built-in audience so new internet talk radio shows have a strong following from the start. 
  • Dedicated producers: VoiceAmerica has a dedicated team of Executive Producers to support our hosts and their shows. 
  • Dedicated audio engineers: VoiceAmerica’s audio engineering team supports our hosts and shows during the show’s live stream and pre-recorded content to ensure quality audio and a smooth delivery. 
  • Multi-platform engagement: VoiceAmerica can stream a show live through the website or app, on-demand, and hosts can stream directly to their account with Facebook Live for multiple different levels of engagement through many different platforms. 
  • Syndicated podcasts: VoiceAmerica internet talk radio shows are also available on syndicated podcast streaming services including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and more. This means that your shows will be available through those major podcast distribution platforms. 
  • Social Media Support and Promotion: VoiceAmerica has a dedicated team to support and promote our hosts and their shows so that they have one less thing to worry about and focus on their audience and creating powerful and engaging content. 
  • Smart speaker distribution: VoiceAmerica offers show distribution through major smart speakers including Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and more. 

VoiceAmerica’s platform is a great way to build and grow a consumer base for a variety of business, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders. With the demand and interest in podcasts and radio shows growing, now is a great time to start investing in a new media source for individuals and businesses. 

VoiceAmerica is a great option for big businesses as well as influencers looking to expand their brand and thought leadership in an industry. VA offers a variety of plans for everyone to get started on building their own show on the VoiceAmerica network. Contact the VoiceAmerica team or click here to get started on creating a radio show. 


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Grow as a Leader with These 3 Essential Psychological Skills

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Grow as a Leader with These 3 Essential Psychological Skills

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This blog is provided by Nashater Deu Solheim, Founder and CEO of Progressing Minds AS.  It is a companion to her interview on Innovating Leadership, Co-creating Our Future titled The Leadership PIN Code: Unlocking the Key to Willing and Winning Relationships that aired on September 8th, 2020.


We’ve all had the experience of watching someone from the sidelines and admiring their leadership ability. Their skills are not always concrete, tangible, or observable from the surface. In fact, it is the subtle arts and nuances of what leaders do that makes it look so natural.

Some, of course, are natural-born leaders who are great with people. But great persuasion, influence, and negotiation can also be learned, and there is opportunity for you to learn the nuance of effective leadership as well. How do you, in a moment of leadership, translate all your expertise and knowledge towards positive engagement with your stakeholders or employees?

In a word, PIN: Persuasion, Influence, and Negotiation. Here’s why those three psychological skills are essential to your growth as a leader.


Persuasion is the process by which one person achieves their goal to change another person’s viewpoint or position on a matter. Persuasion is an everyday necessity for leaders. Persuasion is about closing the gap between you and your position and the other person and his position, which makes up a good deal of leaders’ time.

An engaged leader is curious in everyday interactions, asking the other party questions to establish their interest. Armed with answers, he can then start to challenge facts. Persuasion is often about guiding others to identify the gap between what they believe to be true and actual facts or likelihoods.

Parents do it with children. For example, when a child says, “I don’t want to jump off the diving board at the swimming pool.” The parent asks what he thinks will happen. “Well, I think I’m going to bang my chin on the board,” the child responds. The parent, in turn, explores the facts in the gap, pointing out that by standing at the end of the diving board, banging his chin is nearly physically impossible. The child is persuaded to change his perspective by drilling down into facts.

The psychologist Robert Cialdini has shown that humans are persuaded to another person’s point of view not by luck but by the manner and methods by which the persuader captures our motivations, interests, and what is valuable to us, thereby either motivating us or drawing us in towards the choices they would like us to make.

Effective persuasion is at the core of good business. Focusing on the needs, interests, and feelings of the other people in the room make it much easier to create a collaborative, energetic mindset. Reaching people isn’t necessarily about changing their mind. It’s about showing them that you understand theirs.


Influence is the power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways. Influence may seem ineffable, but it can often be traced to specific kinds of practices. In many cases, it’s the result of a person’s mindset, behavior, and conversation skills.

Influential people know how to ask effective questions, give clear responses, and steer conversation in a productive way. They know the power of body language and make an effort to put people at ease with their gestures and tone of voice. They also take the time to prepare, research the people they’re going to interact with, and take the time to learn about others’ cultures, interests, and goals.

Influential leaders have high-performing teams and respectful, cooperative, and collegiate rules of engagement. They have also built trust so deeply within their teams that they can challenge, handle conflict and differences of opinion, and use them to renew their agenda, goals and targets in a positive way.

There are some common errors that leaders make when it comes to cultivating influence. These errors can lead to dysfunctional work environments and can harm their relationships with clients. For example, positive influence comes from collaboration, not competition, but often, leaders focus on their own gains at the expense of others’ needs.

Another common influence error comes when leaders are reactive, not proactive. When they jump into tasks or make changes without ensuring that their key stakeholders or team members are committed, it can lead to conflict. Impulsive and unpredictable leaders will find it hard to establish trust among their employees.

Finally, rigid ways of thinking are bad for business. When leaders have a “know-it-all” attitude, adopt an “if it’s not broken don’t fix it” mantra, and hold a hierarchy-obsessed mindset, they often aren’t flexible enough to satisfy their clients and employees.


According to the Harvard Negotiation Project, negotiation is back-and-forth communication designed to reach an agreement, even though each party sometimes has conflicting interests. Negotiation is far more relevant to leadership than you might believe and not just in relation to contract, financial or commercial negotiations where there are rules to follow and margins to maintain.

In today’s world, negotiations between countries and political parties have huge business negotiations behind them with multiple aspects often related to defence, trade or access. Leaders negotiate with other people all the time.

Often, powerful leaders don’t think they should have to negotiate with their employees because people are employed to do what the leader asks. Yet negotiating is about creating the win-win in which the opportunity is framed. Yes, the employee may be obliged by virtue of their role to do the task, but creating a culture of willing collaboration rather than coerced delivery is the difference between an effective negotiating leader and an entitled one.

When looking at projects or negotiations, plan and strategize beyond reaching your goal. What potential scenarios could take place? What are the success factors versus failure factors? As in a one-minute leadership approach, make sure there’s no gap between what you want to communicate and what you’re actually doing. Much of this is anticipation and planning ahead for various scenarios.

Leaders fail at negotiating when they neglect the momentary check and balance of thinking before they speak and preparing before they act. On the fly is rarely a successful strategy unless you’ve over-rehearsed.

Great Leaders Rely on PIN Skills

As a leader, have you ever wondered why sometimes you get the traction you want with people and other times you don’t? It’s not luck—you must be able to persuade and influence those you lead to get results in a positive way.

PIN is the power of using psychology in business in order to have the positive impact and influence you need to motivate your team and peers. It also allows you to continuously negotiate with managers, stakeholders or adversaries to make real progress. Great leaders infuse PIN skills in everything they do to move their organizations forward with the willing participation of their teams, peers, and stakeholders to create the wins they need.

For more advice on persuasion, influence, and negotiation, you can find The Leadership PIN Code on Amazon.


To become a more innovative leader, you can begin by taking our free leadership assessments and then enrolling in our online leadership development program.

Check out the companion interview and past episodes of Innovating Leadership, Co-creating Our Future, via iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn, Stitcher, Spotify and iHeartRADIO. Stay up-to-date on new shows airing by following the Innovative Leadership Institute LinkedIn.


About the Author

Dr. Nashater Deu Solheim brings a new toolkit to leadership development that is backed by decades of integrated experience in the areas of business and psychology. As a former forensic psychologist with clinical research in the neuropsychology of criminal minds, she developed a deep interest in effective learning strategies for lasting success. Now, as an expert negotiator who studied at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, Dr. Solheim has combined her experience as an executive leader in international private companies and government ministries to present The Leadership PIN Code, the definitive guide for helping business leaders secure influence and impactful results.



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When I was 20 years old, and a student at Valley City State we would take off for Bozeman Montana for a week in the spring for a ski trip.  Being “bulletproof and invisible” we called our 555 mile drive the “champagne flight” and we’d pop a cork just minutes after hitting the road.  There were friends to stay with, my new Honda got well over 40 mile per gallon and lift passes were only $12.  Pizza and beer we were going to buy no matter where we were, so it was a low budget trip.

Even so, when after a fall on the slopes, I realized my wallet had fallen out of my jacket pocket.  In it was all $60 I had for the remaining trip including getting back home.  I was a little concerned.  Back then, I had no credit cards of course, so aside from my driver’s license, three twenties and perhaps my student ID, there was nothing else in it.  So, after poking holes in the snow with my ski pole all around where I’d fallen, I came to realize that, nope, my wallet wasn’t there.  Must’ve lost it earlier.  Oh well, I skied down, got back on a lift and headed for the top again.

When I got near the top, a small blackboard at the ranger shack bore these words:  “Brian Reinbold stop in”.  I did, and there  I retrieved my wallet, exactly as I’d lost it.

At the time I was surprised, but then came to realize that this is normal. This is what to expect from people.

Years later I was in my office in Bismarck.  This was perhaps twelve years ago.  I got a phone call from the Bistro, a restaurant where I’d just had lunch.  “We have your wallet” was all the woman said.  A reflexive check of my jacket pocket confirmed that I didn’t have it.  “I’ll be right there.” I said, and left.  Ten minutes later, I’d recovered my wallet, with all the credit cards and licenses, etc. and $245 cash.  Another customer found it in the parking lot and turned it in.  I don’t even know who it was.

I would tell this story and people would be surprised, astounded even that my wallet was returned intact, particularly that all the cash was there.  I am not surprised.  People are good, wonderful even.  What would you do if you found someone’s wallet?  Wouldn’t everyone you know just return it to whoever lost it?

I began asking people this question, and I’d get an “Oh yeah, I guess you’re right” kind of response.

See, we’ve been conditioned to believe in the scarcity idea that says: People are bad.  You can’t trust people. You can’t rely on anyone.  Bull.

For a while I just chalked it up to “One of those great things about living in Bismarck North Dakota”. That is, until a couple of summer afternoons a few years ago in the City of Chicago.

Sherry and I were staying downtown and we’d been shopping on State street.  We took a break at State and Wacker, right by the river at a building with windows set back in masonry walls such that we could comfortably sit on the ledge in front of the windows.  We sat there and rested and leisurely talked for a while.  It was hot and sunny, yet this spot was shady and cool, and the stone surface of the window frame was especially cool, inviting and relaxing.  After we left, and had returned to our hotel a couple blocks away, and while riding in the elevator Sherry asked me: “Do you have my handbag?”  I had been carrying it for her before we sat down, and now I didn’t have it!  We quickly returned to the window ledge…. No handbag.   “Where was the last place we stopped?”  “Macy’s.” “Let’s go there.”  We walked briskly.  I asked her: “You had your phone in there right?”  “Oh yes, and driver’s license, passport, credit cards….!”  I called her phone and a man answered.  “You have Sherry’s phone, do you also have her purse?”   “Yes”  he said.    “Who is this?” I asked.  “This is the Chicago Police department” was the reply.   Someone found Sherry’s purse and handed it to a uniformed police officer.  We met a couple minutes later and discovered all was well.

I can’t help but wonder if the person who turned in her purse was one of the homeless street people we see downtown.  Wouldn’t surprise me a bit.

The final part of this story happened on another summer day.  My youngest daughter Marcella was visiting us and we were at Navy Pier.  Busy place on a Saturday in the summer in Chicago.  When Marcie returned from the restroom she looked ashen.  “I forgot my backpack in the restroom, and when I went back it was gone.”  Backpack, trip memorabilia, and of course wallet with her ticket and ID she’d need the next day to fly home.

A quick end to this story.  While we were filling out a form at “Lost and Found” a family approached us and returned Marcies’ backpack.

We didn’t get their names.  I’ll probably never know who the person was who turned in Sherry’s purse or my wallet from the restaurant parking lot or from the slopes in Montana.  I’d like to tell each of them “Thanks” and to tell them the stories of the other times, when people were just being people, being themselves, being abundant.

I’d sure like to tell them, but I reckon it doesn’t really matter.

They already know.

Until next time, Be Well and Stay Well!!

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The New 11:11

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The New 11:11

Now more than ever, when the world seems chaotic and influx, is time to ground and nourish ourselves with rich resources that feed the mind, expand the heart, and speak of truth.

I want to share this life-enhancing Magazine with you. Simran is a dear friend who has been sharing this beautiful publication for the last decade. Let it fill you up!. Read it, and share it with others so that we empower our world. Access 11:11Magazine’s NEWEST ISSUE here: … 

and find more archived issues and 11:11 Talk radio shows at

Again, the direct link to September’s POWERFUL issue: 

11:11 is symbolic of the four levels of being: mental – emotional – physical – spiritual. It represents the areas to grow and balance as you bridge your human experience and highest expression through the sacred geometry within you that are: Truth – Growth – Energy – Wisdom – Unification. 11:11 Magazine invites YOU to become one with the pages as your soul meanders through remembering. 

Enjoy this priceless gift… and find yourself within it! 

It is time!  11:11… Make a wish!

Happy 21st Anniversary to Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity

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Happy 21st Anniversary to Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity

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“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

Oprah Winfrey

MESSAGE FROM CYNTHIA BRIAN, Founder/Executive Director

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Be the Star You Are!® has served our cities, counties, country, and world for TWENTY ONE years! On September 9, we reach this milestone and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been a part of our STAR team throughout our journey. It has been a struggle to stay alive and vibrant, but somehow with determination, vigilance, and a spirit to survive, Be the Star You Are!® proudly celebrates 21 years of dedicated service with a 100% volunteer workforce.

We are so grateful to our supporters who make tax-deductible donations to our charity to support our outreach programs. BTSYA has all the expenses of any business: rent, utilities, supplies, postage, internet, furniture, internet services, insurance, storage, etc. and couldn’t continue without the ongoing donations of individuals like you. When I stop to think of all that has been accomplished in the past 21 years, I am really amazed and also humbled.

We have persevered.

We have made a difference.

We remain a grassroots organization.

We celebrate diversity, inclusivity, and innovation.

We are striving for excellence.

We deliver positivity, hope, and healing.

Over the years, I have managed thousands of volunteers. Some volunteered for a single event, some come, go, and return, some have continued for years. I salute you one and all and say THANK YOU for gracing BTSYA with your individuality, skills, expertise, and humor.

With no paid staff and all volunteers, since receiving our 501c3 status in 1999, Be the Star You Are! has:


Served 420,820 individuals and families


Donated to 110 organizations


Logged 500,890 volunteer hours & growing


Distributed $2 million in resources


Broadcast 2200 unique hours of positive programming through radio broadcasts.


Published 4 signature award-winning books, Be the Star You Are!® 99 Gifts, Be the Star You Are!® for Teens, Be the Star You Are!® Millennials to Boomers, and Miracle Moments®,


Written and published over 2000 book reviews in collaboration with The Reading Tub and Express Yourself!™ Creative Community.


Interviewed over 2500 authors, experts, and celebrities.

Honored by the California Assembly for 20 years of community service. 

Nominated for the California Governor’s and First Lady’s Service Awards


Honored with five-star ratings as a Top Rated Non-Profit by GuideStar and Great Non Profits for the Women’s Empowerment, Arts and Culture, and the Arts Appreciation Campaigns since 2010.

And we are just getting started.

Stay tuned for more as Be the Star You Are!® continues to soar.

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Have a safe and healthy Labor Day weekend. Wear your masks, keep your distance, and respect others.

Living with gratitude and celebrating living,

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“If you think you are beaten, you are.

If you think you dare not, you don’t.

If you’d like to win, but think you can’t

It’s almost a cinch, you won’t.

Life’s battles don’t always go

To the stronger or faster woman or man.

Sooner or later the person who wins

Is the one who thinks she can.”


Fire Coming over the hillsIn the last few weeks, we’ve experienced unprecedented weather conditions with temperatures in the three digits, ferocious winds, low humidity, thunderstorms, and lightning strikes resulting in more perilous and damaging wildfires. Frightening fire tornadoes, also called fire whirls or firenadoes”, blazed over thousands of acres in Northern California. Dry conditions will only worsen in the forthcoming months. Air quality is precariously unhealthy with dangerous concentrations of tiny PM 2.5 particles that penetrate deep into the lungs.

Natural disasters know no boundaries. One never knows if a fire, earthquake, flood, mudslide, or other calamity is on the horizon. It’s imperative to be prepared for all emergencies. Because of climate change and global warming, we can be assured that our future will include more widespread, frequent, devastating, and deadly natural disasters.

Be Prepared! Read more and Make a “Go Bag”: 



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