Beth O’Connor, The Rural Health Voice, on Social Impact & Podcasting

What if your boss or board member approached you with the idea, task, or strong suggestion to start a podcast for your organization and you had no idea where to begin? 

Well that’s essentially what happened with Beth O’Connor of the Virginia Rural Health Association. And now, she’s on her way to launching The Rural Health Voice on behalf of her nonprofit! 

Find out how she’s doing it, where the money is coming from, and what was holding her back in the beginning. 

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Beth’s best advice if YOU are suffering from paralysis by analysis or the dreaded impostor syndrome? Talk to other podcasters!

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Our Guest:

The Rural Health Voice (launching late fall 2018)

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About Virginia Rural Health Association

The Virginia Rural Health Association (VRHA) is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization working for the 2.5 million people who call rural Virginia their home.

VRHA Mission

Our mission is to improve the health of rural Virginians through education, advocacy, and fostering cooperative partnerships.

VRHA Provides

Education
VRHA holds an annual conference and other events which allows attendees to acquire tools and resources which will help them in their jobs and communities.

Advocacy
VRHA works with elected officials at the local, state and federal levels to help them understand how the decisions they make affects the quality of health care provided in rural Virginia.

Information
VRHA produces the Weekly Update, an e-newsletter which allows VRHA members to stay informed about state and national rural health issues.

065: A remedy for not enough

“She asked me how could I express gratitude. My first thought was “to whom?” But she meant… gratitude to mySELF.” ~Andrea Klunder

Pause, take a deep breath, lift your head, and look around…
 

I just released an episode in my new-ish podcast about the craft of podcasting, Podcast Envy, about downloads, numbers, stats, etc and you probably know already how I feel about using those metrics as a measure for success from my Creative Impostor episode 57: What do numbers have to do with success?

And I propose a question that applies to areas of life and work beyond podcasting, which is — if these numerical metrics were to disappear…

If you could not easily see how many followers you had on Facebook or Instagram, how many people liked your picture, or retweeted your post. If you had no idea how many people were subscribed to your email newsletter or opened it or unsubscribed. If you did not have a head count for the audience of your talk or your show… If you did not see an actual number…

… how would YOU measure success? How would you value your OWN work?

Sometimes I feel like my own numbers are too small. Like I’m working and working and working and no one notices or cares. Like I’ll never reach that critical mass of followers where suddenly the conversion statistics  come out to actual sales of services and I can actually earn a sustainable comfortable income off of the content I create and the work that I do.

And sometimes I feel like a fraud, teaching podcasting classes, encouraging hundreds of other people to create a podcast and being positioned as the “expert” or making recommendations on gear, equipment and software when certainly there are other people out there who know more in that department than I do.

And I keep putting myself out there despite those feelings.

And THEN what happens? Listen and find out…

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Podcast Envy: Podcast Launch, Craft & Coaching Services
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062: Commit to yourself, Jeannette Bridoux, Instagram growth boss, personal brand builder

“If you keep telling yourself you can’t do things, just stop it. Cut that inner critic out of your life and be more open to ‘I could do that.'” ~Jeannette Bridoux

Commit to yourself, your goals, your dreams, your purpose…

Spending time with Jeannette Bridoux is like a really good cup of afternoon coffee for my soul. Her energy, her bottomless well of fresh ideas and her laugh are contagious.

Jeannette is a connector who has been mastering social media, especially Instagram, and who even inspired me to experiment with Insta Stories on my profile at the most recent podcasting conference we attended together, Podfest!

In this episode, we talk about:

  • The origin of her personal brand “marketing bride”
  • Finding visuals that are interesting and not for everyone but a YES for the right people
  • Navigating the dilemma of creatives feeling awkward about marketing especially online
  • The trap of comparison in social media — (psst! the remedy to connect with your purpose so you don’t lose your uniqueness and creativity)
  • Giving your brand time to evolve — you don’t have to have it all figured out from the beginning!
  • Conscious media consumption, how ask what you need rather than mindlessly scrolling and how you use and feed your brain energy
  • Pros & cons of being a digital nomad
  • Mental health concerns for entrepreneurs — you don’t have to be depressed to seek out support for mental health!

Jeannette’s TOP Instagram tip: show your face!

 

“You are here for a purpose. That purpose can evolve over time… just go do it, and enjoy it along the way and focus on the impact that you wanna make in the world.” ~Jeannette Bridoux

Connect with Jeannette

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Instagram
LinkedIn
Facebook
Entrepreneurs Unveiled Podcast

FREE Guide to Personal Branding on Instagram

NEW! Boss Women Community (apply to be a featured guest blogger)

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Podcast Envy: Podcast Launch, Craft & Coaching Services
Chicago Women’s Creative Collective

Links and Resources

The Creative Impostor Magic page! Get a special gift from Andrea here.

Power Your Story — Created by my high school student podcast mentees!!!

Support The Creative Impostor

Andrea’s Patreon Page — where you can support the show, get cool gifts from me and can become an active participant in the creative community!

Free Audio Book & 30 day trial membership with Audible.com — support The Creative Impostor when you sign up!

About Jeannette Bridoux

Before I was MarketingBride or running my own business, I was Marketing specialist for a SaaS startup where I wore ALL the hats – marketing strategy, onboarding, social media marketing, customer support…

Eventhough it was totally stressful, it was also exciting and I learned a lot.

After coaching over 100 entrepreneurs on personal branding & marketing at a startup in Chicago, I knew it was time to branch off and do what I love on my terms.

So after working my 9-5, I built my business and my brand online.

Fast forward a few months later…

I quit my full-time job to run my Instagram growth business full-time, launched an Instagram Course & spoke internationally while traveling the world.

I’m a location independent entrepreneur on a mission to help you commit to your dreams & build your brand on your own terms.


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058: Cultivate brave space, intentional community, Licia Berry, Lisa Nalbone, Wendy Parman, Isabelle Rizo, Emily Stroia Gold

“There’s something sacred about passing the microphone to each individual woman and what’s even MORE exciting and sacred is the way in which everyone was LISTENING to each other.” ~Andrea Klunder

In this episode, I have FIVE incredible women gathered to talk about intentional creative community and, of course, that pesky little impostor voice!

My guests!

Licia Berry… bestselling author, artist, speaker, mentor, women’s advocate, author of I Am Her Daughter*

Lisa Nalbone… educator, advocate for self-directed lifelong learning, author of Life Sparks

Wendy Parman… singer, actor, writer, voice teacher, creator of Callie’s Solo web series

Isabelle Rizo… business mentor for the next generation of successful female entrepreneurs, artist, filmmaker, facilitator of The Singularity Circle

Emily Stroia Gold… professional intuitive, spiritual medium, poet and author of Into the Light

Let me set the scene for you…

A cool, crisp fall day in Chicago. Six women, including myself, gather in my 2nd floor vintage walkup apartment. Many of us have only ever met online, but we’ve all been brought together for a single purpose.

We have tea and then we sit in a circle.

I have two microphones — one for me, and one that we pass around the circle as each woman shares her own story, ideas, and words of encouragement.

This is the closest thing to a wise women’s council that I’ve ever experienced. I feel that we’re sitting around the bonfire shaping the future of our culture and community ahead.

We talk about:

  • The bridge between online and offline space to create community
  • The Supernova personal art and storytelling event designed by Isabelle Rizo, for which we were all gathered
  • The importance and power of cultivating intentional community
  • Getting clear on your story, your why, what you want to create in the world, and also your boundaries
  • How our impostor voices show up and what we do about it

*Books are affiliate links to Amazon. The Creative Impostor makes a teeny, tiny commission when you buy through these links. 

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Connect with Our Guests

Licia Berry

Website
Book: I Am Her Daughter
Facebook
Twitter

My professional experience includes 25 years in education and training, with keen interests in psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, fine art and learning styles.  My search has been to find a way to explain mystical experience through logical language. Through a grounded, practical and even scientific approach, I bring left brain language to right brain experiences (such as mystical experience).

My life, as well as my work in the world, is firmly centered in wholeness and balance.  The union of our inner feminine and masculine, or yin/yang, is accessed and our true power expressed through this attention to balance.  My interest in wholeness arises from my experience, which shows me that integrating all aspects of ourselves is the kind, compassionate course to an actualized, joyous life.

Lisa Nalbone

Book – Life Sparks
Facebook
Life Sparks Learners Group
Instagram

Do you want to see possibilities, adopt new mindsets and find resources to tackle challenges in your learning adventures?

I’ve felt your pain — as a student, a teacher, a mom, and a daughter.

Hi! I’m Lisa. My path was not always clear and the journey not always easy.

Over the years I’ve taught multiple subjects in elementary through high school, and outside the classroom I’ve coached children and adults in everything from math, college preparedness, to designing non traditional learning pathways to meet career goals. Today, I focus on coaching young people and the young at heart to identify and design a path to pursue their purpose. I also write, speak, and give workshops about the power of self-directed learning and how to use the LifeSparks A-Z strategies to reignite your – or your children’s or student’s love for learning..

I’ve published the LifeSPARKS Guide and Workbook with strategies for self-directed learning and am hard at work on a combination quarterly planner/journal to help you define and map your self-directed learning journey.

And of course, I am learning all the time, enthusiastically. Won’t you join me?

Wendy Parman

Website
Callie’s Solo
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
Youtube

Wendy Parman is a bit of an anomaly among performers today. She has spent a life in the performing arts singing, acting, writing and creating material and as well as teaching.

Most recently Wendy has been creating a musical/comedy web series, based on her life as a singer/voice teacher in Chicago, called “Callie’s Solo, which debuts this fall.

Originally from Kansas, Wendy graduated from the University of Kansas with a BFA in Theater/Voice, where she studied classical music and sang the roles of the Countess in The Marriage of  Figaro and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, and had the unique opportunity to study with  Z. Cynkutis,  one of the original actors from the  Grotowski ‘s renowned  Teatr Laboratorium, with a specially selected group of students. Wendy appeared in summer stock theatre with Vassar Playhouse and played Eliza in My Fair Lady as well as Marty in Grease.

Isabelle Rizo

Website
Isabelle’s FREE Facebook community – The Singularity Storyteller Incubator
Twitter
Instagram
Facebook

As an amateur scientist observing human behavior online and offline Isabelle noticed similarities between all humans. Our need for connection. Connection coming from integration with trauma. In online space where things were easily anonymous people would instantly connect – and she wanted to create that in offline space. From there Isabelle began integrating her online story with her offline reality by becoming a travel blogger, consultant, and strategist working remotely from various parts of Europe and North America.

Skipping the traditional college route and becoming an advocate of life-long learning, Isabelle integrated her learning journey into her culminating mentoring and strategy programs. How we as a society must not fear technology but integrate with it as singularity storytellers. Creating a smaller more connected world.

Through her multimedia art and curated experiences she intends conversation to be sparked, connections to be made, and deeper things to be moved. Her work and programs can be found at IsabelleRizo.com

Emily Stroia

Website
Book – Into the Light
Intuitive Soul Academy
Twitter

Emily Stroia is an intuitive, medium, teacher and author. She teaches people tools to connect to their intuition and share their gifts with the world. You can find out more about her at www.emilystroia.com

She is also the recent author of Into the Light, a memoir-inspired book on healing the past including loss, trauma, abuse and finding one’s voice after through spirituality and self-exploration.

Connect with Andrea

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The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.


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044: Break patterns & shift the narrative, Elsie Escobar

“It was, for me, a self-help tool. It was a way in which I experienced a very deep transformation in who I was as a woman — as a person.” ~Elsie Escobar, on podcasting

How do we, as content creators, begin to break the patterns and shift the narrative? It might not be what you think…

Elsie Escobar is one of my podcasting idols. Actor, yoga teacher, podcast producer & advocate (you can see why we connect with each other so well), her original podcast, Elsie’s Yoga Class was one of the first I ever listened to — before I even really knew what a podcast was!

Now, after listening to her for years and working one on one with Elsie through her E-League mentoring program, I have a whole new appreciation for the question, “What else is possible?” because for Elsie (and for me), podcasting is about so much more than downloads, sponsors and statistics.

And no matter what kind of content you are creating in the world, through social media, a blog, a podcast, videos, workshops, your business, your art, etc, YOU have the option to follow the pack or carve a whole new path to shift the conversation. Find out how, listen now…

 

“Go to the things that YOU really resonate with because that’s the conversation we need to have, and THEN you frame it on your point of view because that’s going to start to break patterns.” ~Elsie Escobar, on media consumption and creation

 

Connect with Elsie

ElsieEscobar.com

Instagram

Twitter

E-League Podcast Mentoring 

The Panel at Podcast Movement

She Podcasts

Libsyn’s The Feed Podcast

Elsie’s Yoga Kula

My favorite mediation episodes include:

Ep 83: 25 Minute Meditation Finding Your Center In Difficult Situations

Episode 62: Yoga Nidra Yourself Out! a 65 min Deep Meditative Relaxation

Episode 61: Chill the Body Out! a 13 minute Full Body Yogic Relaxation

Connect with Andrea

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Chicago Women’s Creative Collective

Resources & Links

The Creative Impostor Magic page! Get a special gift from Andrea here.

Power Your Story — My students’ new podcast!!!

Elizabeth Tuckwell’s Art With Intention Creative Jumpstart

Kelly Covert’s podcast interview with MOI on In Her Voice

Who’s Your Mama podcast with Corrine Mockler

Support the Creative Impostor

Andrea’s Patreon Page — where you can support the show, get cool gifts from me and can become an active participant in the creative community!

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“The impact that [podcasting] had in my life — in my actual life, not in my business — but in my ability to become a better human was so huge that I was like ‘Everybody needs to get behind the mic.’ It’ll do things. It’ll do stuff to you.” ~Elsie Escobar

About Elsie

I WORK IN THE CROSS-SECTION OF TECHNOLOGY, DIGITAL MEDIA & HOLISTIC LIVING WITH A HEAVY BIAS ON PODCAST STRATEGY AND CREATIVE USE OF AUDIO.

As a podcaster since 2006, I was one of the first female indiepodcasters using audio to teach yoga. Elsie’s Yoga Class has now been downloaded over 4 million times!

I’m currently the only female pundit in the podcasting space with expert insight into indie podcasters’ impact, influence, and power.

My obsession for podcasting got me a job working with Libsyn, the leading podcast host and distribution network created in 2004.

I’ve been there since 2007 and have had the pleasure of working with hundreds of podcasters, sharing tools for better production, educating them in the fast moving podcasting space, as well as cultivating a strongly engaged community through The Feed: The Official Libsyn podcast which I both co-host and produce. The Feed’s sole focus is keeping people podcasting.

I also co-run the largest community for women in podcasting with a corresponding podcast (of course) called She Podcasts.

Our sole mission is to empower women to continue to share their voices while creating a safe community of podcasting education and support.

My biggest differentiator in the podcasting industry?

I’m a die-hard podcast junkie who lives, breathes and works the medium, and has since 2006.

I’ve pulsed with the space and grown from someone that had NO IDEA what a digital recorder was or how to record anything to someone that currently offers advice to thousands of people a month.

I have the unique perspective and expertise of a podcast listener, independent podcast producer, and podcasting industry analyst/personality.

I know the heart and soul of podcasters and podcasting well beyond iTunes and public media.

“CAN we reach and start to actually vibrate at a different level, to take that conversation, that dialogue, to a different place, to be able to offer… another option for self-development that is NOT based on a visual medium… that is NOT based on the way that somebody looks.” ~Elsie Escobar, on the potential of podcasting


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039: Give yourself a real shot at your crazy dream, Jen Briney of Congressional Dish

“Give yourself a real shot at the dream, go for it, and if you fail, fine, but at least you gave it a shot and you’re definitely going to learn something that will help.” ~Jennifer Briney

Create the thing YOU want to exist…

We’re switching gears just a bit on this episode — we are talking politics — I KNOW TABOO!!!

But don’t roll your eyes in disgust, frustration and overwhelm. You are going to LOVE this conversation with Jennifer Briney of Congressional Dish podcast.

I discovered Jennifer and her show earlier this year at Podfest in Florida where she was keynoting about how she funds her podcast, her production team and her life 100% through direct listener support  — no ads, no sponsors, no links to sign up for her XYZ course. Just straight up value for value between what she’s creating and the people who consume it.

You’ll get to hear about our mutually impostor-y experiences around Podfest, the awkwardness of asking for money, Jen’s huge leap of faith, and her take on what’s going on in government right now (without straight up ranting and bashing.)

Also…  we laugh a LOT in this episode. Who knew politics could be so funny? 

“I felt like one of those people that sits by the subway with a little cup in my hand being like, ‘Change sir?’ It was horrible!” ~Jen Briney, on the first episodes where she asked listeners for money

Connect with Jen…

Congressional Dish on Apple Podcasts

Website
Support the show on Patreon
Facebook
Show’s Twitter
Jen’s Twitter

Connect with Andrea…

Facebook
Instagram
Chicago Women’s Creative Collective

Resources & Links…

The Creative Impostor Magic page! Get a special gift from Andrea here.

Support the Creative Impostor…

Andrea’s Patreon Page — where you can support the show, get cool gifts from me and can become an active participant in the creative community!

Free Audio Book & 30 day trial membership with Audible.com (support The Creative Impostor when you sign up!)

“Vote! People have died for the right to vote — it’s the thing that makes us different from these countries we’re so afraid of… so to just throw it away? I can’t fathom that.” ~Jennifer Briney

ABOUT CONGRESSIONAL DISH PODCAST

Congressional Dish is different from the “political” shows you have seen on television and have heard on the radio. Congressional Dish is not owned by a big company. There are no screaming matches. There are no commercials. The listener-supported Congressional Dish podcast is a show about the Congress and Jennifer Briney, the host, reads the bills that they pass.

If you are an American, you are your Representative’s boss and this show will help you judge their job performance. Using the information from Congressional Dish, you can decide if their actions represent you and choose whether to re-hire or fire them. This show makes your job easy, explaining complicated legislation in a way anyone can understand and exposing Representatives who accept legal bribes (“campaign contributions”) from industries that benefit from their bills. Congressional Dish will introduce you to the people using and misusing your government, and you may even laugh a few times along the way.

ABOUT THE HOST

Host of Congressional Dish

Host of Congressional Dish

Hi. I’m Jen Briney. I’m the host of Congressional Dish.

My husband and I currently live in Walnut Creek, CA but I was raised and went to school in Southern California. I have a degree in Communications from Loyola Marymount University. Congressional Dish is my full time job.

I have no affiliation with anyone with power in Washington D.C., any political party, or any political organization. I was a registered Republican in 2000 (before I knew anything about politics), a registered Independent in 2004 (before I knew that was a political party), and I’m now registered as “unenrolled”.

In December of 2010, I saw Tom Cole (R-OK) on C-SPAN successfully attach an amendment protecting secret campaign contributions into a government funding bill; that’s when I started reading the Congressional Record. After reading the bills, I realized that there is a lot of important news inside of them that is going uncovered. A year later, after teaching myself how to create a website and a podcast, Congressional Dish was born.

Want to know more? Listen to the podcast. Follow me on Twitter. Contact me. Ask.

Thanks for listening :)

Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes!

“I created the thing that I wanted to exist… If you want something bad enough, chances are someone else wants it too. They might not know it yet, but when they find out about it, they’ll be happy that it’s there.” ~Jennifer Briney

 


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The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.


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038: Revisit Nikki Nigl: Make a list

“There is no wrong answer. The right answer is YOUR answer… It goes back to listening… it’s not just about listening with your ears, but listening with your heart.” ~Nikki Nigl

The power of podcasting, the potential of social media…

If you have been listening to The Creative Impostor from day 1 (sometime in 2015), then:

a) YOU ARE MY HERO!!! HUZZAH!!!!! Seriously, thank you, and…

b) you have heard a version of this episode before (episode #2 with Nikki Nigl) and can skip directly to thecreativeimpostor.com/magic where you can get started on my How to Start (anything) audio course to help you start whatever creative project or endeavor you need help starting or re-starting if you’ve gotten stuck.

Make sense?

Just do it!

And if you have never listened to my interview with Nikki Nigl in episode 2, or if you can’t remember the brilliant words of wisdom from the lips of this dynamic, women’s empowHERment coach, then tune in! I have re-edited our conversation to include the MOST relevant, most engaging, most entertaining bits of our talk.

And I have to say it’s pretty interesting to go back and listen to one of my early interviews and see how much EVERYTHING has changed and grown and improved about the way I interview and the way I edit.

Back then, I really had no idea what I was doing and I felt like a total impostor when I interviewed Nikki b/c actually we had never even met in real life. I had been cyberstalking her (in the most benevolent way) b/c I caught sight of this event series that she produces called About Women through mutual Facebook friends.

See Facebook IS good for some things!

And to my surprise and delight, she agreed to do an interview with me even though I had not yet launched the podcast and she had no idea who on earth I was.

Thanks for taking a leap of faith, Nikki!

Since that time in 2015, I have attended many of her About Women events, spoken at at LEAST four of them, used her Question of the Day in her Facebook group as a journal/self-study prompt I have no idea how often, have marched for women’s solidarity in Washington DC with her and I’m sure in another 2 year’s time, I will be able to add many more connections and interactions with Nikki to this list.

I want to say that this is the power of podcasting, the potential of social media — to create community in new and unexpected ways.

And this is what The Creative Impostor has been becoming!

I want to extend that same opportunity to you.

Listen to Nikki’s story about how she has started so many things (including About Women) by concentrating on the “what” rather than the how… which is the inspiration for step one of the How to Start (anything) audio course.

Then get the course, listen to step one, make a big old list of EVERYTHING you want to do or create in work or in life, and then share it with us in The Creative Impostor FB group, and who knows what new connections, collaborations, business, and creative works will come to be as a result.

We begin by discussing what Nikki does in her “real job “ as a women’s empowHERment coach. And yes, she DOES get paid for this… you’ll see when you listen to her interview.
 

Connect with Nikki…

Website
Facebook
Facebook Group
Instagram
YouTube

Resources & Links…

The Creative Impostor Magic page! Get a special gift from Andrea here.

Charlotte Elea’s Exclusive Daily Tarot Package for The Creative Impostor Community! – Includes e-course, your own tarot deck in the mail AND a 30min intuitive session with Charlotte. Get the details & sign up here by June 7th!!!

Support the Show…

Andrea’s Patreon Page — where you can support the show, get cool gifts from me and can become an active participant in the creative community!

Free Audio Book & 30 day trial membership with Audible.com (support The Creative Impostor when you sign up!)

 

Nikki Nigl (rhymes with eagle) has lived coast to coast, drawing inspiration and following her own simple credo, “to enjoy life to the fullest,” and aspires to help others do the same.

Possessed by her Midwest sensibility, West Coast calm and East Coast edge, Nikki has dedicated her life to motivating the masses with a no-nonsense but understanding approach. She’s qualified as a Public Speaking Instructor, Accountability Coach, Relationship Guru, Female EmpowHERment Coach (via public speaking), Life Manager, Weight-loss Coach, and overall cheerleader. Nikki says simply: “I will make your life better and easier.” And probably more fun.

Her list of accomplishments include talking Catwoman down from a ledge, showing Morticia Addams the bright side of things, and fielding calls from June Cleaver — Nikki’s the reason Bridget Jones even has a diary! (Now if she could only get Hello Kitty to smile.)

Loyal believer, role model, friend, artist, teacher, and always a student, Nikki is also a rarity and a treasure — and wants you to know that you are too.

Nikki’s Education/Experience

  • Bachelor of Arts in Adult Training and Development from Northeastern Illinois University
  • Master of Arts in Communication, Media, and Theatre from Northeastern Illinois University
  • FoundHER/ CEO/ProduceHER/Host of ABOUT WOMEN series
  • Adjunct Professor at Northeastern Illinois University
  • Adult Education Assistant at Chicago Botanic Gardens
  • Emcee/host for TEDxNEIU 2014
  • TEDxNEIU Speaker 2015 (The ABCs of How Women Are Socialized)
  • Public Speaking Skills coach for TED Talk speakers
  • Coach for Dale Carnegie Training, focus on human relation skills
  • Weight-loss coach for Weight Watchers

www.NikkiNigl.com


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.


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014: Start a conversation, Beth Santos

“Why is my self-worth being so dependent on this other outside activity? Why am I letting someone else decide if I am a great entrepreneur or not. ” ~Beth Santos, on handling rejection 

Beth Santos, Founder, CEO (and "Creative Genius") behind Wanderful, global network for women who travel

Beth Santos, Founder, CEO (and “Creative Genius”) behind Wanderful

In this episode, I talk with Beth Santos, Founder and CEO of Wanderful, a global network for women who travel about:

  • traveling domestically vs internationally and how she almost bought a house in New Orleans without ever going there!
  • whether or not to get an MBA before starting your own business,
  • why you should FORGET the traditional business plan,
  • how to build a team around your vision and facilitate a values-driven community,
  • diversifying your sense of self-worth to combat competition and comparison,
  • how to balance being a CEO of your company and family,
  • what it means to “have it all”,
  • and how to validate your idea by starting conversations!

Beth’s Websites: Wanderful * Women In Travel Summit * BethSantos.com

Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * LinkedIn

“If you have an idea… talk to as many people as you can about it. You need to find out if this idea is valid and if people are going to want it. Not just talking, but listening and understanding what are their problems and is this solving their problems?” ~Beth Santos

Links & Resources

Beth Santos CEO Wanderful global travel network

Canvanizer – Business model canvas generator

Women In Travel Summit 

#GirlsTravel – Girls Travel Twitter Chat every Monday at 6pm GMT

Wanderful Community – membership including their BRAND NEW global ambassador & home stay

Powerful Women Need Powerful Spaces by Delia Harrington

Creative Space Retreat to NOLA with Andrea!

“What is ‘having it all’? When I’m eating dinner, am I thinking, ‘Oh no! Am I going to be able to have it all when I’m done with dinner and have a cupcake? No! I’m going to eat the freaking cupcake!” ~Beth Santos

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Beth Santos 

Beth Santos is a dynamic leader and inspired entrepreneur with a passion for international development, multiculturalism and community building. She is the founder and CEO of Wanderful, a global network for adventurous, independent women travelers.

Beth created Wanderful while cruising her blue motorcycle through the streets of São Tomé and Príncipe, a small country in Africa’s Gulf of Guinea. In encouraging women to travel, to get involved in the world around them and to live globally, Beth has created an international community of over 10,000 empowered women who strive to conquer the world on foot, while supporting and learning from one another at the same time.

Beth is the creator of the Women in Travel Summit, an annual summit for female travelers, bloggers, and entrepreneurs. In 2014, she was named one of the top 100 travel bloggers in the US and invited to the White House Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship. In 2015, Beth was named a Chicago Scholars 35 Under 35 Young Leader Making an Impact.

Beth is a graduate of Wellesley College and an MBA candidate at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she serves in the leadership of the Women’s Business Association. In 2015 she was named a Zell Fellow, a prestigious fellowship for entrepreneurs pursuing their MBA. Beth currently lives in Chicago and serves on the board of Chicago Adventure Therapy.

 


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.

002: Focus on the What, Nikki Nigl

“I help women own their sh*t!” ~Nikki Nigl

Nikki and I talk about how to know whether your success is real, anxiety attacks, creating a judgment free environment and creating the life you want even if you don’t know how.

Nikki’s Website: www.NikkiNigl.com

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“Is my success real?” ~Nikki Nigl

 

Nikki is reading…

Amy Poehler’s book “Yes Please”

 

Nikki’s Advice for Public Speaking

  • Breathe!
  • Recognize when to have pauses.
  • Listen.

On life & business & getting sh*t done…

  • Don’t worry about the how. Concentrate on the what.
  • Make a list of everything you want. Write it down, keep it in a Google doc.
  • Ask for help.

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“There is no wrong answer. The right answer is YOUR answer… It goes back to listening… it’s not just about listening with your ears, but listening with your heart.” ~Nikki Nigl


Nikki Nigl (rhymes with eagle) has lived coast to coast, drawing inspiration and following her own simple credo, “to enjoy life to the fullest,” and aspires to help others do the same.

Possessed by her Midwest sensibility, West Coast calm and East Coast edge, Nikki has dedicated her life to motivating the masses with a no-nonsense but understanding approach. She’s qualified as a Public Speaking Instructor, Accountability Coach, Relationship Guru, Female EmpowHERment Coach (via public speaking), Life Manager, Weight-loss Coach, and overall cheerleader. Nikki says simply: “I will make your life better and easier.” And probably more fun.

Her list of accomplishments include talking Catwoman down from a ledge, showing Morticia Addams the bright side of things, and fielding calls from June Cleaver — Nikki’s the reason Bridget Jones even has a diary! (Now if she could only get Hello Kitty to smile.)

Loyal believer, role model, friend, artist, teacher, and always a student, Nikki is also a rarity and a treasure — and wants you to know that you are too.

www.NikkiNigl.com


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.