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We MADE it!

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We MADE it!

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Miracle Moment®

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,

When the funds are low, and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to cry,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

—Anonymous

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MESSAGE FROM CYNTHIA BRIAN, Founder/Executive Director

WE MADE IT!!! Twenty years of serving our communities and country through numerous life-changing outreach programs with 100% volunteer positions and no paid staff! What an accomplishment for everyone involved. On September 9th, 2019, Be the Star You Are!® is 20 years old. Yes, it has been a labor of love for me to trudge forward despite our numerous setbacks. There was a time when BTSYA had only 43 cents in the bank and I knew I would have to close the doors within a week because we just didn’t have the funds available to proceed further. Sadness filled my soul.

Then a miracle happened. Actually…THREE miracles in the same day. 

  1. #1 I opened the mail from my 18-year-old daughter who had just started her first year of college and was also working to pay her expenses. Out fell a check for $100 with a note that read, “Mom, this to help Be the Star You Are!® continue its great work. I know I’ll always have you, but if you quit, the other kids won’t have you. You CAN’T quit.”
  2. #2 The phone rang and a restaurant offered to give a percentage of their proceeds for a full day to Be the Star You Are!® 
  3. #3 A big envelope arrived from the kids at juvenile halls that we had been providing free books and reading circles to for several years. In the envelope were numerous hand-written thank you notes from these incarcerated youth. The hand-crafted cards were colorful and happy with mostly misspelled words and messages saying “thank you, gracias, or love you for caring”. One note read “Not only was this my very first book, but it was the first gift I’ve ever received.” But the note that tugged at our heartstrings the most said the following: “Thank you for saving my life. Without Be the Star You Are!®, I would have committed suicide.”

With those three “coincidences” occurring on my darkest day, I went outside at night to look to the heavens. “If I’m supposed to keep up this mission of empowering women, families, and youth, I need to see a sign. Please send me a shooting star.”  Yes, I was praying for a signal. And miracle #4 transpired. A bright star shot across the dark sky going from the far left to the far right so that there was not a chance I would miss it. 

It hasn’t been easy leading a non-profit but we are still here and we are always making a difference. I am honored to work with women, families, and teens. Their successes in life give me great joy.

I want to thank every person and business who has crossed paths with our outreach through two decades: volunteers, sponsors, beneficiaries, and donors. Be the Star You Are!® has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals across the globe. We donated over $2 million in resources with a 100% volunteer workforce. Read about our amazing accomplishments at http://www.bethestaryouare.org/positive-results . Special thanks to Lamorinda Weekly, Mechanics Bank, and Moraga Hardware and Lumber for recent donations and to Justine Christoff for creating our new logos.

BTSYA still struggles to get funding and we hope you will be generous and make a tax-deductible donation to help us celebrate our 20th birthday. You can donate through PAYPAL GIVING FUND with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES:  https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

We are not throwing a party or a gala, even though we wanted to, as we will use every donated penny to help others live and thrive.

No, I never quit. And I hope you will follow your heart and never quit either.

In the trilogy of Be the Star You Are!® books, I always include the poem, Don’t Quit.  You can support the charity by buying books, at https://www.CynthiaBrian.com/online-store . 

But I leave you with the last verse:

For Life’s battles don’t always go

To the stronger or faster man.

But, sooner or later, the man who wins

Is the one who thinks he can.

—Anonymous

What I’ve discovered is that success rarely comes on the first, second, third or fourth try. Sometimes even the hundredth. Keep trying and don’t give up. Even when you are rejected unnecessarily, consider each rejection as character building. You are a miracle of life, and you can do it. Give yourself a break, but never quit. You are a star! Embrace each “no” and exclaim, “Thank you, I am now that much closer to a yes!”

Together WE CAN!

Thank you for being part of our galaxy.  Make sure to visit http://www.BTSYA.org to see our gallery of photos from the past twenty years. In this newsletter, we share a few!

Our new motto is “Communicate, Collaborate, Innovate!” Hope you’ll join us.

Blessings and Gratitude,

Cynthia Brian

Founder/Executive Director

Be the Star You Are!®

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556

Cynthia@BetheStarYouAre.org

https://www.BetheStarYouAre.org

http://www.BTSYA.org

DONATE: https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

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VOLUNTEER WRITES ABOUT BTSYA EXPERIENCES

Volunteering is a great way for teens to band together or to work individually to make a difference in the community. BTSYA offers the opportunity to become a leader and learn communication skills with its numerous volunteer opportunities. Brigitte Jia is a university sophomore interested in helping to bring the flaws of society to light. A volunteer with BTSYA, she is a host and reporter on Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio, artist, and published writer. She enjoys reading, playing the violin, and weightlifting. http://www.expressyourselfteenradio.com

Read Press Pass with the full story from Brigitte:

https://blog.voiceamerica.com/2019/09/07/be-the-star-you-are-501-c3-celebrates-20-years-serving-the-world/

Read the newspaper article: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1314/Local-literacy-nonprofit-celebrates-20-years-of-service.html

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COME SEE US AT THE PEAR AND WINE FESTIVAL

On Saturday, September 28 from 11-3pm, Event Teen Director Siri Phaneedra and BTSYA volunteers will be offering fun and free activities at the Be the Star You Are!® booth at the Pear and Wine Festival at Moraga Commons Park in Moraga. Henna, face painting, reading circle, pop up concert, teen radio reporters, and more will be available to celebrate our 20th anniversary. The canopy will have the name of our sponsor, The Lamorinda Weekly. Stop by with the family, enjoy the festivities, and make a tax-deductible donation. More info at bestpear fest.jpg

https://www.BetheStarYouAre.org/events

To aid with sponsorship, email info@Bethestaryouare.org.

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FIND BOOKS AND HONEST REVIEWS

Be the Star You Are!® partners with The Reading Tub to increase literacy by offering first hand, honest reviews of books for young people. BTSYA Star Book reviewers read and write reviews which are published at The Reading Tub at  https://thereadingtub.org/books/be-the-star-you-are/

and also in our creative community at http://www.btsya.com/book_reviews.html . You’ll find more than 3000 reviews of books. We thank Founder and Executive Director, Terry Doherty, for her passion and dedication to books while collaborating with Be the Star You Are!®

WOW! 20 years. That is awesome. Perseverance and passion … you have them in limitless supply.” Terry Doherty, Founder and Executive Director, The Reading Tub

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‘Give yourself a boost of positivity by buying copies of our signature books in the Be the Star You Are!® series. 100% of the proceeds benefit the charity and you’ll treasure the stories for a lifetime. Buy now at https://www.CynthiaBrian.com/online-store.

PPS: Read how BTSYA is Making a Difference: https://www.ibpa-online.org/news/460747/IBPA-Member-Spotlight-Cynthia-Brian.htm 

DONATE: https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

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“I Am Because We Are” 

by Karen Kitchel

Photo from Wiccanbipolarforum’s Post

An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told them that whoever got there first won the sweet fruits.

When he gave them the signal to run, they all took each other’s hands and ran together, then sat in a circle enjoying their treats.

When he asked them why they chose to run as a group when they could have had more fruit individually, one child spoke up and said: “UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?”

‘UBUNTU’ in the Xhosa culture means: “I am because we are.”

Contributed by volunteer Karen Kitchel who is passionate about scattering kindness. Currently, she serves meals to the homeless, is a volunteer teacher, writer, job coach, and mentor. She wrote the chapter, The Gift of Adoption, in our book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World and she continues to volunteer as a contributor to our newsletter. www.scatteringkindness.com

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LEND US YOUR EARS!

Get inspired, motivated, and informed with our two upbeat, life-affirming, innovative radio broadcasts from Be the Star You Are!® Radio heard on the Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel. StarStyle® airs Wednesdays LIVE from 4-5pm PT with host Cynthia Brian as your empowerment architect bringing you edu-tainment that will change your life for the better. http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are

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Express Yourself!™ airs on Sundays at 3pm PT with teen and young adult hosts interviewing a variety of authors, musicians, celebrities, and experts on topics of interest to the younger generation. https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2014/express-yourself

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Visit www.BetheStarYouAreRadio.com to see the descriptions and photos.

To sponsor or advertise on any of our programs, please email info@BetheStarYouAre.org.

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DISCOUNTS & MORE

 We appreciate a direct donation most of all via PAYPAL GIVING FUND at https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Checks can be sent to PO Box 376, Moraga, California 94556

Other easy ways that assist our mission and don’t cost you a penny!

1. AmazonSmile donates .5% of purchases https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882

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2. Discounted books at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/shops/be_the_star_you_are_charity

3. Buy or Sell on EBAY:http://givingworks.ebay.com/charity-auctions/charity/be-the-star-you-are-501-c-3/1504/?favorite=link

4. Use GoodSearch to search the web & buy from your favorite stores. Choose Be the Star You Are as your charity to support. You can log in with Facebook, too!http://www.goodsearch.com/goodto-go/be-the-star-you-are

5. Shop at over 1300 stores on IGIVE: http://www.iGive.com/BTSYA

6. BTSYA Logo Store: http://btsya.rylees.net

7. Giving Assistant: Shop. Earn. Give! Use Giving Assistant to earn cash back at 3300+ popular online stores, then donate a percentage to BTSYA:https://givingassistant.org/np#be-the-star-you-are-inc

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8. Designer Clothes to Buy or Sell: https://www.unionandfifth.com/charities/be-the-star-you-are-moraga-ca/shop

9. Buy “Read, Lead, Succeed” T-shirts and tanks $19.99 at StarStyle® Store: https://www.CynthiaBrian.com/online-store

10. Are you a gamer, lover of new software, or other digital content? Buy all of your favorites at Humble Bundle. http://ow.ly/cYs130iN6n4

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Direct Links you can use for Be the Star You Are!®

Positive Results: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/positive-results

About Us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/about_us

Programs: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/programs

How to Help: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/how-to-help

Blog: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/blog-1

Events: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/events

Contact us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/contact

GREAT NON PROFITS REVIEWS: http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/be-the-star-you-are-inc/

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GUIDESTAR: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/94-3333882

We invite you to volunteer, get involved, or make a donation. Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND and PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES:  https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

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A FINAL STAR SPARKLE

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

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Be the Star You Are! 501 c3, PO Box 376, Moraga, California 94556.

Celebrating 20 years of stellar service to the world!

Be the Star You Are!®

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556

Cynthia@BetheStarYouAre.org

https://www.BetheStarYouAre.org

http://www.BTSYA.org

All donations are 100% Tax Deductible according to law. Thank you!

https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

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Gaslighting : An emotional abuse to burn your sanity

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Gaslighting : An emotional abuse to burn your sanity

Gaslighting or Gaslighters …. this term is being used more than ever before in clinical and research literature as well as in political commentary. The term Gaslighting is now commonly used to describe behavior that is inherently manipulative. Gaslighting is a powerful form of emotional abuse. This sophisticated emotional abuse tactic makes victims question their own sanity.

Gaslighters use this mind game to gain control over the victim. Like other types of abuse, gaslighting can turn out in all sorts of relationships, including personal, romantic, social and professional. You may find gaslighters everywhere; political leaders, social media influencer, news anchors, celebrities, your neighbor, a close friend, your boss, colleague, your sibling, parents or other close relations – anyone of among these people surrounding you is in the position to gaslight you.

What is gaslighting?

Gaslighting is a form of psychological and emotional abuse used to eradicate or alter another human being’s perception of reality to gain influence, power, and control. Gaslighters deliberately play subtle mind games and psychological manipulations; which are carried out gradually in stages. To undermine the mental stability of its victim gaslighter repeats such manipulation time after time. These cause another individual (victim) to doubt his/her own judgments and perceptions.

The origin of the term Gaslighting

I know a question must be bugging you; from where did this term come from? The trendy phrase “Gaslighting” is originated from a 1938 mystery thriller play written by British playwright Patrick Hamilton called Gaslight . It was adapted into a popular movie in 1944 ; starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer and directed by George Cukor. In the movie, husband Gregory manipulates his innocent, loving and trusting wife Paula into believing she can no longer believe her own perceptions of reality.

Gregory tries to convince Paula through manipulating situations that she is going crazy. In one pivotal scene of this popular movie, Gregory causes the gaslights in the house to flicker by turning them on in the attic of the house. Paula notices this change asks his husband why the gaslights are flickering. Gregory convinces Paula that it’s not really happening and that it’s all in her mind, causing her to doubt her self-perception. Hence the term Gaslighting was born.

While the term Gaslighting never vanished, over seven decades later, gaslighting has fully resurfaced in personal relationships. The word gaslighting has become more popular everywhere since Donald Trump’s inauguration, so much so that the Oxford Dictionaries included it in one of the most popular words of 2018.

Effects of gaslighting

Galighting can have catastrophic effects on your mental health. The process is often gradual and may lead a person to develop mental health concerns. Gaslighting can impact your life in following manner

  • Constant self-doubt
  • Altered perception about reality
  • No trust on own judgments
  • Stressed out feelings
  • Lack of self-confidence
  • Low self-esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Social isolation and withdrawal
  • Decreased decision making ability
  • Depression

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Gaslighting tactics used by Gaslighters

Gaslighting can take place in various forms. Sometimes; it involves manipulating a person’s environment behind her/his back. On some other occasions the form of psychological abuse is entirely verbal and emotional. Common techniques used by gaslighters include following manipulative actions. These are most common warning signs of gaslighting

Lie and deny

A gaslighter is a constant liar. Gaslighters lie, lie and lie. Lie and deny these are the biggest weapons of gaslighters. They set up abusive pattern using them. The target/victim begins to question everything and become uncertain of the simplest matters. This self doubt and confusion in victim’s mind is what all gaslighters want. The constant self doubt and confusion that the abuser has instilled leads the victim to become desperate for clarity. In most of the cases the victim tries to seek clarity from abuser only. It becomes cycle and victim become more vulnerable.

Projection

Projection is gaslighter’s signature technique. They are liar, cheater, manipulator and have negative mindset. Whatever the gaslighter/narcissist is or whatever he/she is doing, he/she will assign those characteristics or behaviors to you. Gaslighters uses this technique projection so often that target/victim starts trying to defend him/her; and is distracted from the gaslighter’s own behavior.

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Congruence

The congruence is missing in what gaslighters say and what they do. One can notice the mismatch in their words and actions. They will make promises and commitments but their words mean nothing. When it comes to action, their behavior is altogether different. They will also use compassionate words as a weapon at times to smooth over the particular situation. Then questioned for any incident, they may use words like, ” Honey, you know how much I love you. I can’t even think to hurt you like this.” These are the apologies and words which victim want to hear, but those are not authentic. When dealing with gaslighters always pay attention to their actions and not on the words.

Listening refusal

The gaslighters refuse to listen any concerns of gaslightee or pretend not to understand them. They try to make the victim feel bitter and question own sanity.

Challenge memory

They challenge and question the victim’s memory. Gaslighters deny the incidents and events occurred in the way the gaslithtee remembers. They may even deny and pretend to forget incidents or events that have happened actually, this manipulation helps further question the victim’s memory. They may also create false details of the incident or event that did not occur.

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Change the subject

Gaslighters change the subject and try to divert the target’s attention from a topic. They divert the topic by asking another question, or making a statement typically directed to challenge your thoughts. They may also twist and redirect the conversation into an argument about the person’s credibility.

Isolation

Gasligter declare that you are crazy. They know that victim is questioning his/her sanity. As I mentioned earlier, unfortunately in most of cases the victim search for clarity in the person who is purposefully causing the confusion. Here they call victim crazy and make them to believe it. They also spread it to other people, relatives and friends that “you’re crazy”. Gaslighter spreads rumors and gossips about you to relatives, friends and other surrounding people to you. They will pretend to be worried about you and “your behavior” while subtly telling others that you seems to have mental health issues like emotionally unstable or crazy. When victim approach them (friends and relatives) for help, they does not believe him/her. They don’t take the victim seriously. This way gaslighter isolates the victim from getting help.

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Signs of Gaslighting

I have already mentioned the harmful and bad effects of gaslighting on receiver or victim. Long exposure to gaslighting triggers many mental health issues. Therefore, it becomes extremely important to recognize when you are being gaslighted. Check the following signs of gaslighting and ask yourself if any of the symptom or statements is true for your life:

  • You start doubting your own feelings or your sense of reality, and try to convince yourself that the gaslighter’s behaviour is not that bad or that you are being too sensitive on the issues.
  • Decision making becomes tough and you distrust yourself. You look towards your friends, partner or relatives for taking decisions for you.
  • There is no congruence in words and actions of your spouse, family member or friends. Their behaviour confuses you.
  • You feel like you are having low self-esteem. The thoughts like you are not “good enough” always prevails in your mind.
  • You always keep apologizing for what you do or who you are, assuming people are disappointed with you.
  • You try to live up to the  ingenuine, unrealistic and unreasonable expectations and demands of others.
  • Sense of insecurity and vulnerability, you feel like your behavior and actions will be questioned and you will look like fool in front of others.
  • You feel like something worst or terrible is about to happen whenever friends, spouse or relatives surrounds you.
  • A strong feeling that you are good for nothing.
  • You feel lonely, powerless and trapped.

The more you are aware of these gaslighting techniques, the earlier you can identify them and avoid falling into the gaslighter’s trap.  Are you experiencing gaslighting?  Do you know someone else who is?  Do you have any recommendations that would help others?  Please feel free to share in the comment section.

Be the Star You Are! 501 C3 Celebrates 20 Years Serving the World!

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Be the Star You Are! 501 C3 Celebrates 20 Years Serving the World!

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Local Literacy Non-Profit, Be the Star You Are!® Celebrates 20 Years of Service

by Brigitte Jia

 

On September 9, 2019, Moraga based literacy and positive media message charity, Be the Star You Are!® marks a major milestone…20 years of serving the community, county, and country.  A two-decade feat of being a non-profit is even all the more spectacular knowing that Be the Star You Are!® is 100% staffed with volunteers, no paid employees, and operates solely with the generous donations of individuals and businesses.

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For six years, I’ve been a proud member and volunteer for the top-rated non-profit Be the Star You Are!® charity. In my freshman year at Campolindo High School, I stumbled upon the opportunity to be a behind-the-scenes “art coordinator”. With the encouragement and enthusiasm of Founder and Executive Director, Cynthia Brian, I soon spread my wings to become a reporter on Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio, brought to the airwaves under the auspices of Be the Star You Are!®  (BTSYA) charity. I quickly sharpened my communicative abilities, giving me the chance to grow from an awkward high school freshman into an open, articulate individual.

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My volunteer role gradually expanded with time as I participated in many activities that Be the Star You Are!® offered. I advanced to hosting the award-winning international radio show interviewing authors and celebrities from around the globe. I provided free books to children at events, shipped supplies to survivors of natural disasters across the United States, performed pop-up concerts with other BTSYA volunteer musicians throughout Lamorinda and for seniors at Moraga Royale and Aegis, read books to children at the Moraga Faire, painted faces at St. Mary’s events and the Pear Festival, helped children write letters to Santa at the 5A Rent-a-Space Holiday party, and continued to be the resident Be the Star You Are!® artist.

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In 2018, Be the Star You Are!® published the third book in its Be the Star You Are!®series titled Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World. How honored I was to have two of my chapter submissions accepted for publication, the Gift of Activismand the Gift of Art!Thirty-one Be the Star You Are!® volunteers are now published in that book. Two of the recent contributors were also published in Be the Star You Are for TEENS where an additional 41 volunteers and supporters were published. All proceeds from sales of these books benefit the charity.

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There are numerous opportunities for teens to get their community service credits while growing as people and leaders. Besides reporting on the thought-provoking radio broadcast, one of the most popular Be the Star You Are!® outreach programs is to become a writer on the Star Teen Book Review Team. To date, over 2000 book reviews have been written and published.

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In these past six years, I’ve experienced some truly heartwarming moments of gratitude and collaborative power. A unique trait that I admire about volunteering with Be the Star You Are!®501 c3 is that the Founder, Cynthia Brian, is a dedicated mentor helping each volunteer find his/her passion and individual strength.  Read the reviews at Great Non-Profits: http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/be-the-star-you-are-inc/.We have a motto, “Read, lead, succeed. To be a leader, you must be a reader.”  Through Be the Star You Are!® programs I have found my voice and my leadership capabilities.

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With my chaotic college schedule, I have less time, yet I’m glad that I’ve been welcomed as a part of something so much larger than just myself. Because of my involvement with BTSYA, I am no longer afraid to talk to others about my feelings and opinions. As part of this organization, I’ve grabbed the globe by the horns and have been able to concretely change peoples’ lives. The work I do alongside Cynthia and other members of our BTSYA family will stay with me for the rest of my life.

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It’s a big deal to celebrate 20 years of nonstop grassroots service. Our new slogan is “Communicate, Collaborate, Innovate!”  I can’t wait to see what BTSYA has in store for me and the world in the future!

For more information, to volunteer, or make a donation, please visit the main web site at https://www.BetheStarYouAre.organd our creative community at http://www.BTSYA.org. Reviews: http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/be-the-star-you-are-inc/

MAKE A DONATION:

https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Brigitte Jia is a university sophomore interested in helping to bring the flaws of society to light. A volunteer with BTSYA, she is a host and reporter on Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio, artist, and published writer. She enjoys reading, playing the violin, and weightlifting. http://www.expressyourselfteenradio.com

 

Edited version published on 9./4/19: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1314/Local-literacy-nonprofit-celebrates-20-years-of-service.html

 

How to Go Big With Your Podcast as a Media Brand

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How to Go Big With Your Podcast as a Media Brand

Launching or growing your podcast as a media brand to build your reputation, connections, network, and business starts with you, your story, and a powerful and appealing concept. Yet even if you’re somewhat tech savvy and feel comfortable talking to people and even doing interviews, turning that podcast into a highly popular and attention grabbing media vehicle in a vast sea of digital content already out there requires much more than a microphone, some cheap software, and maybe a podcast service.

You probably have listened to a few podcasts, and seen them featured on the app or platform you use. You may have wondered how did they become popular? How did they acquire that audience or get those big numbers of subscribers or followers on social media? Simply, how did they do it? 

The reality is there is not one single ‘magic formula’ to make a big splash with any kind of media, whether audio or video based. Yet the good news is there is a process and a strategy that does produce great results and success — and I am about to tell you what that is. First, though, there are a few things to understand about the digital media industry before you dive in with some kind of podcast you think people would be interested in listening to in the first place.

I’ve been a producer all of my professional life. For the past 14 years I’ve been working in the digital media industry and developed more than 200 original podcasts for best selling authors, leading business personalities, influencers, celebrities, top speakers, and many other professionals. Some of my shows reach millions of listeners every year and a number of them are sponsored; which means their shows bring in advertising dollars. I started my career as a producer working in the entertainment media industry in Los Angeles; then worked as a journalist writing breaking news for mainstream media such as CBS, AOL, and the U.S. State Department media division. So my experience in the online media industry covers before the Internet and from when it started, until today.

When I am asked “the success question” I tell people that the digital Internet of today is a media business, just like the business world of movies or TV. It follows the rules of traditional ‘show business’. That means nobody “makes it big” without some kind of professional support — people who take care of the things you’re not an expert at doing, don’t have time for, or don’t want to spend time learning to do well. People outside the media business sometimes don’t understand this and think they can just DIY everything and sure, this works for some who don’t mind the learning curve and the time involved, and also usually also spend a lot of money to get there as well.

Simply stated, no one does it alone. The best and most successful media projects are created by a great team of experienced pros, or with expert help of some kind. If you are considering a podcast for yourself or your company to build your reputation, sell your service, or promote your organization — what would your goal be for it? Who would want to listen to it? How would you like the podcast to build the reputation and business you have established and go big? These days, its called developing a media brand and executing it is a media strategy.

So traditionally, as a producer, I am one of those professionals who develops an idea in collaboration with a passionate individual with an idea or a mission of some kind and creates that media brand supporting the goals of that person. One method is a podcast whose audience builds over time with content produced consistently (week by week is best). I’ve had some podcast hosts become ‘thought leaders’ in their space (like Brett King above) using that media brand approach. It takes knowing your audience, creating great content, and being very consistent in working your media strategy over a long period of time. There are of course, a long list of other marketing and social strategies that are also essential to attract, engage, and retain an audience — a network of dedicated followers, subscribers, buyers, connections…whatever your goal is.

Producers know how to help you tell your story and communicate your own unique value proposition, identity, expertise, or message. We help you define your audience — who your show will be talking to (your market). Or as we say in show biz, “who is this for?” This is where a media brand begins — with your story and your passion. And the”why” you are creating it — because it’s not about you — it’s about your audience. What will they get out of listening to it?

So what are the right ‘go big’ questions to ask? One of the smartest ones is “how do people find my show if they don’t know about it or have never heard of me? How do people find me across the Internet? The long list of other questions I usually get asked usually center around these general topic areas:

How can the show be recorded/produced and what are technical options?

What are the best ways to distribute the produced show?

What are the most efficient methods of promoting the show through social media channels, email, press releases, and more?

How long does it take to build an audience?

Is there a way to accurately track actual listeners or viewers ongoing?

How do I get high quality guests?

What if I also want to go live with my show — what are my options?

What are ways of making money with my radio show? Or ‘how do I monetize the content?’

How does one pitch advertisers and close deals for sponsorship that actually works?

Are there ways of incorporating video along with the podcast?

What equipment is required?

So the response I usually get from people when I give them this “media reality check”, goes something like this:

“So I don’t have time for all that…is there a way to get some kind professional media support where I can just drop in every week to talk and do interviews?” (or something like this)

Yes, there is — it’s where I hang out as a producer. It’s called VoiceAmerica. You may have heard of it.

The VoiceAmerica Network was an early pioneer in the podcast and digital live radio industry. They have been and still are the world’s leading live digital network for talk shows and have been online producing and distributing content for 20 years — longer than just about any other operation out there. VoiceAmerica started when the Internet started and its still running a successful platform — that in itself should tell you something.

Yes, before there were mobile apps, iTunes, Facebook, and You Tube, there was VoiceAmerica.

There are more than five million active listeners that tune in and hear VoiceAmerica shows every month all over the world. It’s a destination online that people actually go to looking for ideas, solutions, and answers and to hear what’s going on in the world. That’s an important point. It features some of the world’s leading experts in various fields and many influencers and change makers that do weekly live talk shows which are also distributed as podcasts through the latest digital technology.

These smart hosts also get creative, technical, business, marketing, education, media coaching, and other professional support from people like me. They don’t do it alone. And, yes, the reality check is if you are not willing to spend the time and money involved in learning everything you need to know to be successful to do your podcast, you’re going to have to have somebody produce it for you. That’s the business part in ‘show business’.

Like I said, I’m a producer. If you didn’t know what a producer actually does, now you know.

So now I think I’ve given you enough to think about. If you want to know more, visit www.voiceamerica.com.

And…you know where to find me if you want to know “how does it work?”.

Randall Libero, Senior Executive Producer. VoiceAmerica.com  

Influence Is All About PEOPLE

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Influence Is All About PEOPLE

This blog is provided by Brian Ahearn, the Chief Influence Officer at Influence PEOPLE, LLC, as a companion to his interview on Innovating Leadership, Co-creating Our Future. This interview Influence PEOPLE: Powerful Everyday Opportunities to Persuade aired on 9/3/19.

When it comes to influence I believe it’s all about PEOPLE. I write that because we don’t try to persuade things. Dale Carnegie had it right when he wrote, “Dealing with people is probably the biggest problem you face, especially if you’re in business.” The more you know how to ethically influence people the better your chances are for success at the office and happiness at home.

When it comes to PEOPLE I encourage you to think about the about the Powerful Everyday Opportunities to Persuade that are Lasting and Ethical. Let’s take a quick look at each component of PEOPLE.

Powerful

Who says influence is powerful? Here are what a few well known people from history had to say about persuasion:

“Persuasion is often more effective than force.” Aesop, Greek Fabulist

“If I can persuade, I can move the universe.” Frederick Douglass, American social reformer, abolitionist, writer, and statesman

“The only real power available to the leader is the power of persuasion.” Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States

In addition to those intelligent people, we have more than 70 years of research from social psychology, behavioral economics and more recently neuroscience, to tangibly prove how powerful persuasion can be.

Everyday

Unless you’re Tom Hanks in Castaway you interact with people every single day. Quite often in your communication with others you make requests hoping to hear “Yes!” Nobody goes it alone, especially the highly successful. Jack Welch, former General Electric CEO said, “Nearly everything I’ve done in my life has been accomplished through other people.”

Here’s something I love about persuasion; it applies at work and home, a 24x7x365 skill. At work you try to persuade your boss, direct reports, coworkers, vendors and customers. At home influence helps with your parents, significant other, children, neighbors and anyone else you come in contact with.

Opportunities

In virtually every communication you have there will be opportunities for you to do seemingly little things just a bit different to potentially reap big rewards. For example, wouldn’t you be interested to find out what the Cancer Society did to increase their volunteer rate 700% in one area of town or how Easter Seals doubled the number of donors? Both were accomplished by doing a few, nearly costless things differently to employ a little psychology.

The problem is, all too often people miss the opportunities that are right in front of them. However, once you begin to learn the language of persuasion you’ll be amazed at how often you spot the opportunities to engage psychology to leverage better results.

Persuade

What exactly is persuasion? The definitions I hear most often are “to change someone’s mind” or “to convince someone of something.” Those might be good starts but they’re not enough. In the end you want to see people change their behavior.

With a focus on behavior change I think Aristotle, the famous Greek philosopher, put it best when he said, “Persuasion is the art of getting people to do something they wouldn’t ordinarily do if you didn’t ask.”

Lasting

Sometimes your interaction with another person is “one and done” but quite often it’s an ongoing relationship. In those relationships you don’t want to go back to the drawing board time after time. No, you want to have communications that change people’s thinking and behavior for the long haul.

Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower understood the power of persuasion to create a lasting effect when he said, “I would rather persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him, he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone.” Done right, persuasion can have a lasting impact on others.

Ethical

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, manipulation is, “to treat or operate with or as if with the hands or by mechanical means especially in a skillful manner.” That’s not so bad but another definition for manipulation is, “to control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means especially to one’s own advantage.”

Manipulation makes most of us bristle because it connotes taking advantage of someone. I’m confident in writing this next statement – no one likes to be manipulated. I’m reasonably certain the vast majority of people don’t want to be known as manipulators either.

When it comes to the difference between ethical influence and manipulation I like the following quote from The Art of WOO (Richard Shell & Mario Moussa), “An earnest and sincere lover buys flowers and candy for the object of his affections. So does the cad who succeeds to take advantage of another’s heart. But when the cad succeeds, we don’t blame the flowers and candy. We rightly question his character.”

Conclusion

Your ability to ethically influence others will be a big determinant when it comes to your professional success and personal happiness. Knowing that, and knowing how much you use this one skill each day, doesn’t it make sense to get better at it?

To become a more innovative leader, please consider our online leader development program. For additional tools, we recommend taking leadership assessments, using the Innovative Leadership Fieldbook and Innovative Leaders Guide to Transforming Organizations, and adding coaching to our online innovative leadership program. We also offer several workshops to help you build these skills and system to create a regenerative, inclusive and thriving organization that will have a positive impact in the world.

About the Author

Brian Ahearn, CMCT®, is the Chief Influence Officer at Influence PEOPLE, LLC. An international speaker, coach and consultant, he’s one of only 20 people in the world personally trained by Robert Cialdini, Ph.D., the most cited living social psychologist on the topic of ethical influence.

Brian’s first book – Influence PEOPLE: Powerful Everyday Opportunities to Persuade that are Lasting and Ethical – is available online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and most other online sites.

His LinkedIn Learning courses Persuasive SellingPersuasive Coaching and Building a Coaching Culture: Improving Performance through Timely Feedback, have been viewed by more than 70,000 people! Keep an eye out for Advanced Persuasive Selling: Persuading Different Personalities this fall.

 

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De-Stres 101: Who Taught You How to Relax?

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De-Stres 101: Who Taught You How to Relax?

Most Americans know how to vacation real well, go the full nine yards for two weeks and then remain stressed out most of the year.  We are really novices at relaxing and letting go of stress in our day to day lives.  Our mojo is self-actualization and we ascribe great value to being efficient and busy.  In fact, we tend to WORK AT relaxing which is counter-intuitive to how to become relaxed, but is very American.

I’m Dr. Miriam Franco, a psychologist and Relaxation and Guided Imagery specialist and host of Imagine That! on the Voice America Wellness Channel.   Every time I conduct a workshop to teach people how to use the power of their imaginations to relax, I ask: “Who taught you how to relax?”  And typically I hear: “No one.”

On my first Imagine That! Show, I introduce listeners how to let go of stress, to tune in and become aware of ways of slowing down by guiding them to turn on their relaxation response and to imagine   relaxing, sensory images, like your ideal place of relaxation, which in this state, your body captures it and allows it to deeply resonate within your body.  It’s a fun, easy way to evoke a paradigm shift, to become attuned to a different way of knowing and experiencing  by relaxing and evoking images that help you open and connect to a natural way of being in the present and letting go of stress stored in your body or mind.

Most of us need strategies for how to get started, to really learn to sink below the surface of activity and become deeply relaxed because this is foreign in our culture.   The quickest way to tune in and let go of stress is to learn Relaxation and Guided Imagery.  Tune into The Power of Your Imagination to Relax on Imagine That ! Show on September 3rd at 12 pm PT or 3 pm EST on Voice America’s Wellness Channel https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/3906/imagine-that  and  I’ll guide you to playfully imagine with your senses centering techniques like imagining an ideal place of relaxation, a safe place or even picturing someone easy to love.  These gentle yet powerful  imagery skills are easy to practice at work or during transitions in your day. And they do not require much time or skill level as do most forms of meditation.

Come join me and discover the power of your imagination to relax, cope, heal or learn. And have some fun too.

Dr. Franco

The Jungle Bunch * A Wacky Animated Film That Will Have You Laughing

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The Jungle Bunch * A Wacky Animated Film That Will Have You Laughing
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Get ready for the wildest ride of your life! Maurice may look like a penguin – but he’s a real tiger
inside! Raised by a tigress, he’s the clumsiest Kung-Fu master ever. Along with his friends, The
Jungle Bunch, he intends to maintain order and justice in the jungle, as his mother did before
him. But when Igor, an evil koala, decides to destroy the jungle once and for all with the help of
his army of silly baboons, Maurice faces his biggest challenge yet! Your family will go bananas
for The Jungle Bunch, a fresh and funny adventure that’s full of laughs and memorable
characters! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Will C. comments, “The Jungle Bunch is a wacky animated
movie with talking animals that doesn’t make a lot of sense, but still entertains. Based on a
popular French kids’ series, this film has lots of action and some laughs. My favorite part of the
movie is when an exploding mushroom captures the entire Jungle Bunch. In order to get out,
they throw a pebble which starts a chain reaction to set them free.” Ivey H. adds, “This is a cute
film about a group of animals, called the Jungle Bunch, that protect and watch out for the jungle.
They put out forest fires, fight bad guys, save animals and help the community. I really enjoyed
the bright colors and scenes from the jungle.” Elle S. wraps it up with, “The film draws me in for
many reasons. It’s nice to see how each animal is portrayed by voice over, characteristics and
challenges. Igor, the wicked koala, is small but forceful with throwing mushroom grenades that
burst into big, bright fireworks exploding across the screen. I appreciate the teamwork between
the animals.” See their full reviews below.
The Jungle Bunch
By Will C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10
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The Jungle Bunch is a wacky animated movie with talking animals that doesn’t make a lot of sense, but
still entertains. Based on a popular French kids’ series, this film has lots of action and some laughs.
The Jungle Bunch begins by introducing us to a civilized nation of animals where an evil koala tries to
throw mushroom bombs at everyone. The Champs are saviors of the jungle – a tiger, sloth, rhino and
porcupine. The tiger raises a penguin as her own, which in turn raises a fish as his own child. Maurice the
tiger-penguin joins up with a gorilla and a bat, among others, to save everyone from Igor the koala
mastermind.
While the animation isn’t quite the level viewers are used to from Disney and Pixar, it’s still quite colorful
and interesting to watch. The jungle setting is especially well done with convincingly animated tropical
plants. The writers probably tried to squeeze too much plot into this film by including the origin story, but I
was still able to follow it well enough. My favorite part of the movie is when an exploding mushroom
captures the entire Jungle Bunch. In order to get out, they throw a pebble which starts a chain reaction to
set them free.
The Jungle Bunch is a movie of champions. “You don’t have to wear stripes in order to be
strong like a tiger.” We follow the lives of different creatures, both heroic and evil, to see how
they respond when devastation hits their habitat.
The battle is on between Natasha, the tiger and former leader of the champs. She stands for
justice and equality and won’t stop protecting and serving her home. Igor, a wicked koala, wants
revenge and power. He’s relentless when it comes to commanding all the animals of the jungle
for his own benefit. They fight for the future of the jungle and who is in control is tested at
ultimate lengths. Natacha has rescued and raised Maurice, a strong willed penguin with a tiger
spirit. He follows in the footsteps of his mother as he teams with a group of animals to protect
and serve.
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This film offers positive outlooks when it comes to equality, problem solving and finding hope
during hopeless situations. The overall production quality is great. The imagery and sound
quality is sure to keep children engaged. Only a couple of scenes go on a little longer than
needed. For the most part, the film maintains a positive flow.
Children that love animals, fireworks explosions, monkey butt jokes and rescue missions will
absolutely enjoy this. It is recommended that you enjoy the film in its entirety as there is a
special bonus clip that is sure to please. There are multiple scenes using freeze framing, bold
bright animation and music that fit well with the flow of the film. The film takes place in a jungle,
so I loved hearing the birds squawking, animals hooting and other sounds of nature.
The film draws me in for many reasons. It’s nice to see how each animal is portrayed by voice
over, characteristics and challenges. Igor, the wicked koala, is small but forceful with throwing
mushroom grenades that burst into big, bright fireworks exploding across the screen. I
appreciate the teamwork between the animals.
There is a menu that offers the film to be played in its entirety or to select certain scenes. A
trailer clip, audio, and subtitles are also available to select. The most impactful message I got
from the film promotes equality and justice. I really enjoyed that Natasha, the tiger, loved and
raised Maurice, a penguin like her own. That equality and unconditional love is passed down to
Maurice when he raises his goldfish, Jr. The moral and love for the community doesn’t change
regardless of the animal or upbringing. This is a positive message for audiences. The message
is that you don’t have to have stripes in order to have the tiger spirit.
I rate this film 4 out of 5 stars for its wildness, comedy, production and impactful socially-positive
messages throughout. I recommend it for ages 5 to 12. The content is appropriate and user
friendly with its jokes and imagery. Reviewed by Elle S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.

Listening and its Effect on Learning

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Listening and its Effect on Learning

Listening and its Effect on Learning

Practical Enlightenment by Ariel & Shya Kane

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably spent more time in a classroom than you can remember. It’s likely that you continue to spend time in similar settings, maybe conferences, meetings, sales presentations, or the like. You’ve spent a lifetime listening to teachers, speakers, reading books and materials, and watching presentations, all in the quest for information. But do you really know what you’re doing?

We have a name for this: Learning. But do you really know an effective way to learn? Have you ever even considered the questions, “How well can I learn?” and “How can I learn better?” Despite the thousands of hours that many of us have invested in learning situations, we’ve really never learned how to learn. It was always something that we just sort of figured out on the fly.

There is an existing technology that can make a dramatic difference in how you learn. It isn’t a study method, a memory aid, or a way to read faster. The major component of this technology has a deceptively simple name and you probably think it’s something you already do. It’s called “listening.” But don’t let the name fool you. When you think you’re listening, you may be doing something completely different. I’ve learned that what I used to call “listening” is not what I mean when I use the word now.

I recently attended a business workshop given by Ariel and Shya Kane, entitled Transformation in the Workplace. As part of the seminar, we explored what it means to truly listen, to intentionally hear what is being said from the point of view of the person who is speaking. How many times do you remember sitting in a presentation or a class, engaging in a casual conversation and hearing something that gave you an idea? It happens to me a lot. I follow the thoughts to see what the new information might mean, or how I might use it. But by the time my attention returns to the speaker, I’ve become totally lost.

If the speaker says something that sounds like what I’ve previously learned, I think “I know that” to myself. Since I already know – or believe that I do – I don’t bother to really listen and hear it. And then there’s no chance for me to see that what the speaker is saying is new or different. Even if I did happen to know the facts involved, the speaker’s perspective is different from my own. If I truly listen, I can acquire a new insight into things. When I think, “I already know that,” it closes me off from hearing the truth and therefore learning. And if you hear yourself saying, “I agree” or “I disagree,” you are converting someone else’s words into something you already know. Again, you’re stopping yourself from truly hearing.

Having an agenda is another hindrance to listening. Consider a sales presentation for a product that I’ve already decided I want. I’m probably listening through my agenda, storing information to make the case that the product should be purchased. At the same time, though, I’m filtering out any information that might serve to change my mind – or at least cause me to further question my purchase. Because all information is passing through the filter of my agenda, I’m not truly listening to the speaker, and I’ve lost the opportunity to learn. This filtering process works exactly the same way when my agenda is to not purchase the product.

I also discovered that if I’m practicing what I’m about to say while someone else is speaking, I’m not listening. This is especially true when I’m about to give a planned presentation. I generally don’t remember who spoke before me, much less what they said during their talk because I was busy practicing my talk in my mind.

One final hindrance I want to mention is “feeling badly” for not listening. Punishing yourself is just one more way to avoid listening and learning, and it doesn’t accomplish anything positive. When you notice that you’re not listening, you have a choice. You can feel badly, or you can move your attention away from yourself and back onto the speaker. By choosing wisely, you are placing yourself back into a state where you’re listening and learning.

Since attending the Kanes’ course, I have discovered that listening goes far beyond just learning. It is about truly hearing what is being said, whether it’s coming from a teacher, a coworker, a supervisor, or a client. The simple act of truly listening allows a dramatic shift, a transformation in what you can accomplish in your life. I urge you to try it for yourself. Then, when someone tells you how you’ve suddenly become much more effective, productive and easy to be with, you’ll really be able to hear it.

Andrew Gideon has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science. He is the Vice President and Co–owner of TAG Online, a World Wide Web provider and software development corporation.

Since 1987, internationally acclaimed authors, seminar leaders, podcast/radio show hosts and business consultants Ariel and Shya Kane have acted as guides, leading people through the swamp of the mind into the clarity and brilliance of the moment. Find out more about the Kanes, their seminars in NYC, Germany and Costa Rica, the Say YES to Your Life! Meetups their work has inspired, their Being Here podcast or join their email newsletter. Also get information about their award-winning books. Their newest book, Being Here…Too, is available on Amazon.comBarnesandNoble.com and everywhere books are sold.

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LET THE SPARKS FLY: Innovation Needs a Culture that Fosters Fireworks

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LET THE SPARKS FLY: Innovation Needs a Culture that Fosters Fireworks

This blog is provided by Charles D. Morgan, CEO, First Orion Corporation, as a companion to his interview on Innovating Leadership, Co-creating Our Future. This interview The Biography of a Finally Successful Startup aired on 8/27/19.

One of the paradoxes of modern business is that success tends to stifle the innovation that made a company successful in the first place. If you think about it, that’s not all that hard to understand: Innovation breeds success, success breeds expansion, expansion breeds bureaucracy, bureaucracy breeds logjams and a kind of complacent short-sightedness, borne of the sheer weight of that success and the processes that support it. So companies that have become big and successful by creating a successful product tend to focus on continuing to make that product better or on improving the service around that product, rather than on doing the hard work of branching out – of creating something new and different. But this is a recipe for disaster. Today’s business world moves too fast, and if you don’t keep innovating, one of these days you’re not going to be around anymore.

Let me tell you a story: For 35 years, I ran a company called Acxiom Corporation. In the early ‘70s we started, with just 25 employees, as a “service bureau,” which meant we rented out space on our computers to other companies. But as computers became more prevalent, and therefore less expensive, we could see that we were rushing headlong toward a dead end. So we pivoted to direct marketing, and eventually to data mining and database marketing. One by one, we landed the big banks – Citi, Chase, Amex, JPMorgan, you name them, we had them. Between 1982 and 1991, our annual revenue increased from $7 million to some $90 million, the vast majority of it from the banks, who increasingly depended on us to give them accurate information on potential credit card customers. We went public in 1983, adding stockholders to the people we had to please. Growing like a weed, we were adding layers of managers and VPs and directors faster than we could print their business cards. By the middle of the 1980s, I could walk down our main hall and see people I didn’t even know.

To my mind, one of the greatest requirements of a successful CEO is to be able to keep one eye on the far horizon. In the midst of the maelstrom I was looking ahead, and the problem I foresaw was that we couldn’t continue processing greater and greater amounts of data in the same old way without becoming less and less accurate. If we kept doing what we were doing, eventually we would be of no use to the banks, and that would be that. “But,” I said to one of my partners, “what if we could give everybody in the U.S. – and every single address – a number?” Such a thing had never been done. But I knew that if we could come up with a series of constant numbers, we could eliminate much of the time, computer power, and uncertainty then inherent in data processing.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized it wasn’t even a choice –it was either disrupt every single process that we had worked for two decades to establish, or face the fact that we were on our way to becoming a dinosaur. But oh, the screams, the wails, the hand wringing! I had to finally threaten to quit the company before my people came around and faced the inevitable. And yes, it was hard. It took a couple of years to create the data mining system we called AbiliTec, and several more years to implement it throughout our business – about five years in all. But once done, it kept us relevant. When I left Acxiom in 2008, we were the global leader in data mining and its accompanying technology, with 7,000 employees worldwide and $1.5 billion in revenue.

Today I’m the CEO of a tech company called First Orion, whose product is spam and scam protection for the major telecoms. We started with three employees in 2008 and now we’re up to nearly 200. We’re in the process of building our own headquarters building in Little Rock, Arkansas.

A lot has changed in business since those pivotal days back at Acxiom. Today, innovation is the name of game – of everybody’s game – and I’ve made sure to create a corporate structure that fosters innovation: no more than three layers of reporting; nimble team-based product and process units; open encouragement for people to try things, to play around with the fireworks of creativity – even if what they come up with doesn’t immediately lead to anything.

You never know where the spark for your next billion-dollar idea will come from, so you better make it easy for the sparks to fly.

 To become a more innovative leader, please consider our online leader development program. For additional tools, we recommend taking leadership assessments, using the Innovative Leadership Fieldbook and Innovative Leaders Guide to Transforming Organizations, and adding coaching to our online innovative leadership program. We also offer several workshops to help you build these skills and system to create a regenerative, inclusive and thriving organization that will have a positive impact in the world.

 Charles D. Morgan is the visionary former Chairman and CEO of Acxiom Corporation, and is now Chairman and CEO of his latest tech venture, First Orion.  His new book is Now What?  The Biography of a (Finally) Successful Startup.  Morgan lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.  For more information, please visit https://firstorion.com.

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Sharon Kleyne & Former CDC Dr. Yinong Chong Discover Same Healthcare Wavelength on Talk Radio

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Sharon Kleyne & Former CDC Dr. Yinong Chong Discover Same Healthcare Wavelength on Talk Radio

Bio Logic Aqua® Research Incubates Water Evaporation Studies & Supplementation Worldwide. Former CDC Scientist Dr. Yinong Chong Discovers Education Ally on Sharon Kleyne Talk Radio.

Date aired: August 26th, 2019

Guest: Dr. Yinong Chong, former General Health Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Hysattsville, Maryland

https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/116989/all-about-pain-from-national-data-to-personal-experience

Sharon Kleyne, founder and research director of Bio Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science® discovers that she is on the same Health Olympics, healthcare wavelength as retired CDC General Health Scientist, Dr. Yinong Chong. Chong and Kleyne, internationally respected researchers, find that their research into water and disease paralleled each other’s efforts for decades.

Kleyne describes the work of herself and her colleagues at Bio Logic Aqua® Research. We incubate technological water and evaporation studies worldwide,” Kleyne says, “to understand the behavior of every living being on earth. We study evaporation of humans.” At the beginning of time, Kleyne explains that the atmosphere had to learn to incubate and mature with the rhythm of the solar system, with that movement.

“Life continues in the mother’s womb,” Kleyne continues, “that pocket of water, and is nurtured by nature to be able to develop a life that will have a percentage of water per organ. That water developed electrolitically like a battery. Everything is water. Everything!”

Kleyne goes on to describe the moment of birth and its critical aftermath. “When you first come out,” Kleyne teaches, “your eyes are open. You look around and you’re emotional. You just don’t understand what’s going on here! You’re like a sieve. So, as a baby you begin to evaporate—no two eyes alike, no two fingerprints alike—we even look a little bit different.

“Now,” Kleyne extends her lesson, “when that baby goes home, is it getting a good enough health education, with the parents? I don’t think so! I’m alarmed by that. I think parents should have to go to class before they can take that baby home—mandatory class. The baby has to learn how to breathe, eat, drink water, exercise with fun, find her voice and sleep with nature. We all need sleep. Yet, drinking water is vital! One needs to drink a full glass at a time for maximum absorption and consume 8-10 glasses a day.”

Dr. Chong, who worked at the CDC for twenty-two years and maintains a private health practice today, also stresses the importance of water and homeopathic treatments for many ailments that Americans treat with painkillers instead. As a result, millions have become addicted and further damaged their health.

Dr. Chong, a native of China who emigrated to the U.S. for graduate studies in 1990, refers listeners to the Data Visualization Gallery on line at the CDC. This gallery charts the way Americans die and includes age, gender, diseases and addictions.

Chong also cites a study initially done by the CDC in 2009. The study resulted in a map of all U.S. counties and showed how many people everywhere were dying of overdoses. By popular demand, this study was thoroughly updated in 2014.

Kleyne, host of the internationally syndicated weekly talk radio program, The Sharon Kleyne Hour Water Life Science®/Nature’s Pharma®, The Power of Water® & Your Health sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® on VoiceAmerica, agrees with Chong that we need extensive retraining in the new technology of supplementation for body water evaporation and evaporation of the atmosphere. “Listen to your body,” Chong encourages. “Nature will provide.”

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If you would like to listen to Dr. Yinong Chong, retired General Health Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Hysattsville, Maryland, wellness coach trained by the Mayo Clinic and a Tai Chi instructor with Health Olympics creator, proactive healthcare advocate and international body water and atmospheric evaporation researcher Sharon Kleyne, follow this link: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/116989/all-about-pain-from-national-data-to-personal-experience

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