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The mission of the KTS Success Factor® Podcast for Women is to bring proven ideas female business leaders can use to increase their ability to achieve big goals and become happy, successful, and understood at work. All this in 25 minutes or less.

Sarah E. Brown, Ph.D. is an expert on personalizing work to the unique interests, strengths, and needs of the workforce. A former Managing Director at Accenture, she is now on a mission to reach 250,000 women with knowledge of their unique gifts and the tools to be happy, successful and understood at work.

The KTS Success Factor® (a Podcast for Women‪)‬ Sarah E. Brown, Ph.D.

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The mission of the KTS Success Factor® Podcast for Women is to bring proven ideas female business leaders can use to increase their ability to achieve big goals and become happy, successful, and understood at work. All this in 25 minutes or less.

Sarah E. Brown, Ph.D. is an expert on personalizing work to the unique interests, strengths, and needs of the workforce. A former Managing Director at Accenture, she is now on a mission to reach 250,000 women with knowledge of their unique gifts and the tools to be happy, successful and understood at work.

    What You Can Learn from Actors About Being Powerful on Zoom Calls with Billie Shepard

    What You Can Learn from Actors About Being Powerful on Zoom Calls with Billie Shepard

    Feeling nervous about that presentation you are about to make over zoom or a Teams call?
     
    Learn how to give clear, confident presentations with tips from professional actor and coach Billie Shepard.
     
    Billie Shepard delivers a coaching experience that transforms how business people communicate. She has been a professional actor and coach for over forty years. She has produced guest-artist workshops which include Academy Award winner Alan Arkin. Billie founded Billie Shepard & Associates, leveraging her acting experience and unique training methods into the business arena; transforming corporate speakers into influential leaders.
     
    Discover how to improve your clarity and intentions without fear and stress.
     
     
    What you will learn from this episode:
    ● Find out how you can apply acting tips to prepare for your presentation or meeting
    ● Discover the importance of present moment awareness especially if there’s a sudden change
    ● Learn the four things you should do before getting onto any video conference
     
    “The more specific you can make your intention at work, and the more you can connect it to a strong feeling, you'll have no fear.”
    - Billie Shepard
     
     
    Valuable Free Resource:
     
    ● How to become more present and enhance your virtual presentation skills without stress and presentation anxiety: http://www.billieshepard.com/
     
     
    Topics Covered:
     
    02:06 - From acting to business: Billie shares how she founded her business revolving around her acting experience
     
    05:38 - Interacting Online: Billie talks about how can you become more present over Zoom
     
    07:07 - Present Moment Awareness: How to become present at the moment especially if there's a sudden shift or change
     
    08:15 - The First Component: Billie gives a guide on how to do “quickie breathing”
     
    10:06 - The Second Component: Billie shares the importance of vocal exercises, whether you’re an actor or an entrepreneur
     
    12:22 - The Third Component: What role does improvisation play in being present
     
    16:52 - The Fourth Component: Billie explains the powerful effect of getting clear on your intention beforehand
     
    18:16 - What can having intention look like in a business Zoom meeting?
     
    25:12 - Billie’s power tip for you: If you're on camera, and you're using slides, look for a place that really means something to you that you really either like the information, or you're excited about getting people on board or something and drop the slides, and look right into the green light of your computer. That's home.
     
    26:21 - Fear is stupid: Billie shares why you should never be afraid of taking risks as a woman leader
     
     
    Key Takeaways:
     
    “Acting is acting. You've got to get in the present moment and be authentic at that moment.” -Billie Shepard
     
    “One recognizes that when he or she is present, they're listening carefully to what the other person is saying. Their mind isn't thinking of what they're going to say or they'll respond.” -Billie Shepard
     
    “The honor that one gives to a listener, and a speaker, by really hearing them is really a valuable thing for a leader to be able to do. Actually, listen and hear and digest what that speaker is saying. And then observing what that listener is doing when we're speaking as a leader.” -Billie Shepard
     
    Ways to Connect with Billie Shepard:
    ● Website: http://www.billieshepard.com/
    ● LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billie-shepard-59b3534/
    ● Book: https://www.amazon.com/Billie-Shepard-Presentation-Method-Relationships-ebook/dp/B084WZZMNM/
     
    Ways to Connect with Sarah E. Brown:
    ● Website: https://www.sarahebrown.com/
    ● Twitter: https://twitter.com/knowguides
    ● LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahebrownphd/
     

    • 29 min
    Why Zoom Meetings Make You Tired and What to Do About It with Dr. Amy Mednick

    Why Zoom Meetings Make You Tired and What to Do About It with Dr. Amy Mednick

    Do you struggle with the new normal that the pandemic has brought — constant Zoom calls, online webinars, and limited face-to-face interaction?
    The big changes brought about by the pandemic altered how we function day-to-day. And many of these add stress to our life. So how do we adapt to these sudden big changes and face the new normal?
    Dr. Amy Mednick is a psychiatrist working in her own private practice. She received her medical degree with Distinction in Research from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Brain & Cognitive Sciences from MIT. She specializes in the overlap between the humanities and neuroscience and leads a lecture series for psychiatric residents in training, social workers, and psychology trainees. She's been involved in both brain research and linguistic research and has authored articles in Clinical Psychiatry News. Her new book is Humanizing the Remote Experience through Leadership and Coaching: Strategies for Better Virtual Connections.
    In this episode, Amy dives a little bit deeper and explains the unconscious cognitive change the pandemic has brought in our day-to-day functioning and interaction whether in the workplace or in life.
     
    What you will learn from this episode:
    Uncover why you feel more tired and exhausted with the sudden shift to the online world Explore different ways to overcome mental fatigue in the new normal Learn the three warning signs you need to watch for and the action you then need to take  
    “Do things that someone running from a tiger wouldn't do.”
    -Dr. Amy Mednick
     
    Valuable Free Resource:
    How to humanize the new normal and make better virtual connections through promising strategies: Humanizing the Remote Experience through Leadership and Coaching: Strategies for Better Virtual Connection  
    Topics Covered:
    01:55 - How the Pandemic Started It All: Dr. Amy shares why she and Dr. Leonard decided to write the book
    04:05 - Boundaries Between Anything: What made the pandemic hard for most people?
    05:25 - The Warning Trio: Dr. Amy talks about the warning signs that our needs are not getting met
    06:44 - Need for Safety: Why is it so hard for you to focus especially when everything’s transitioning virtual?
    08:45 - Need for Understanding: Why do you end up more exhausted from WFH rather than F2F
    09:49 - Need for Belonging: How can exclusion and isolation actually hurt us physically?
    12:18 - Dr. Amy explains how the feeling of exclusion manifests in us
    19:55 - How to Simplify the Complex: Dr. Amy shares how women leaders can address the complexity the pandemic brought in the workplace
    22:29 - What can you do to help your team recharge, especially during the pandemic?
    24:31 - Sending Virtual Hugs: Dr. Amy shares how can you create a sense of safety and belongingness within your workplace
    25:18 - Does the remote work setting still overlooks women and their capabilities?
    26:16 - Disconnecting Online, Connecting Offline: What can you do to avoid misunderstandings and disconnections in remote settings
    29:55 - Take Care of Yourself First: Dr. Amy talks about the importance of self-care in lowering your team’s stress levels over Zoom and the new normal
    36:10 - Dr. Amy shares why psychological safety is so important
     
    Key Takeaways:
    “We get used to anything. As humans, we adjust to anything. So, I think now it's a way of life. And it's getting easier.” -Dr. Amy Mednick
    “It's a lot of work to make sense of things. So, if you're exhausted at the end of a workday, it could be a warning sign that your brain is working excessively hard just to make sense of what is going on with others around you and that maybe there's an adjustment that you could make there.” -Dr. Amy Mednick
    “Mental fatigue, mental work, brain work affects your physical strength.” -Dr. Amy Mednick
    “Your brain does not like discrepancy. It does not like things it can't explain. So, when something doesn't match what it expected, like a

    • 39 min
    Why You Should Ditch Job Descriptions in Your Organization with Carol Schultz

    Why You Should Ditch Job Descriptions in Your Organization with Carol Schultz

    It’s crucial to focus not only on hiring talent with a high-driven purpose, but also in catering to the needs of your department, being open to feedback and communication, and shifting to a talent-centric organization that provides a safe workplace for you and your co-workers.
    Carol Schultz is the founder and CEO of Vertical Elevation. She is a talent equity and leadership advisory expert. Recognized for her proficiency in corporate leadership, she’s spent three decades helping executives gain clarity in their careers, make bold leadership moves, and create cultures of performance. Schultz and her team have helped hundreds of companies– from seed-stage pre-initial public offerings to publicly traded companies– transform their organizations and create sustainable, talent-centric cultures that run at maximum efficiency. She’s the host of the popular podcast, Authentically Successful, and the author of the new book, Powered By People: How Talent-Centric Organizations Master Recruitment, Retention, and Revenue (and How to Build One).
    In this episode, Carol shares how you can execute a talent-centric strategy for you and your business while providing an open-to-growth safe space for you and your coworkers.
     
    What you will learn from this episode:
    Discover the three core principles of a talent-centric organization Learn how to switch up your job descriptions and make recruitment much easier Understand the power of being open to conversation and getting feedback within your organization and the departments  
    “It's about shifting how you think, and therefore how you work. You cannot shift how you think and have mindset shifts, unless and until we can start coming up with and figuring out where your blind spots are.”
    - Carol Schultz
     
    Valuable Free Resource:
    How you can execute a talent-centric strategy and welcome growth into your business: https://verticalelevation.com/  
    Topics Covered:
    02:07 - Building a talent-centric organization and fixing up your strategy: What Carol does best to help you and your organization
    03:54 - Carol shares how to spot a talent-centric organization and how to make yours into one
    05:41 - How often does misalignment happen in the workplace?
    06:11 - Who Beats Who: Carol talks about why departments aren’t supposed to be treated as competition in the organization
    07:47 - Carol explains what are the three core principles that are at the center of a talent-centric organization
    09:42 - What are the blind spots in your organization that you should be looking for?
    10:53 - Doing It How It’s Supposed to Be: What made Carol write her book?
    12:38 - Carol shares what’s the goal of her book and what she wants readers to learn from it
    13:58 - Being More Than Just That: Carol examines what goes into a job description and shares how you should be writing yours
    16:13 - Ditching the Post-and-Pray: Carol points out why you should stop doing the post-and-pray method and start writing some compelling job ads
    17:54 - Why should you pay more attention to talent activities than any other thing?
    20:18 - Carol shares how important being open to conversations really is especially in the workplace
    21:09 - Q: If you're a leader, are you really actively, proactively putting your hand down for other women than helping them like men have done in time in memoriam? A: And if you are a woman who is not a leader, and you're looking toward your women leaders to say, "Hey, you know. Are you willing to help me up?"
    22:04 - Learn more on how you can execute a talent-centric strategy by clicking here: https://verticalelevation.com/
     
    Key Takeaways:
    “The reality is, recruiting is never your problem. What your problem is a strategy problem.” - Carol Schultz
    “Each individual and every single department in the company has to contribute to being a healthy sustainable company.” - Carol Schultz
    “So many people think their problems are something other than what they actually are.”

    • 23 min
    Burn Ladders, Build Bridges with Alan Patterson

    Burn Ladders, Build Bridges with Alan Patterson

    Are you stuck with a boss that you just can’t bare? Are you struggling to try to prove your worth?
    Learn to let go and build better bridges for you, your growth, and your business.
    Dr. Alan M. Patterson is an organizational development consultant, specializing in executive and leadership development. Having led hundreds of clients for over four decades, Dr. Patterson continues to ignore standard coaching methods, opting to pursue and lead clients down the path of meaningful careers that are not only successful but also rewarding. He’s worked with everyone from the Federal Reserve Bank to Hewlett Packard to Major League Baseball and the United States Navy. His latest book is Burn Ladders, Build Bridges, Pursuing Work with Meaning and Purpose.
    In this episode, Alan Patterson shares what it means to be a ladder burner, to build better relationships, to discover new paths, and to find greater opportunities for yourself.

     

     

    What you will learn from this episode:  

     

     Find out what a ladder burner is and how to become one
    Dive into why you don’t really need to become a pro in your business to make it great
    Learn how to define and find meaning and purpose in yourself and in your work


     

    “You have to define and find meaning and purpose because nobody's going to give that to you.”


    - Dr. Alan M. Patterson 

     

     

    Valuable Free Resource:  

     

    Want to find out how to become a powerful woman leader by letting go and welcoming growth? Visit ladderburners.com 
     

    01:51 - The two sides on how Alan helps women business leaders achieve their potential
     
    02:55 - The brand-new look of success: What is the standard coaching that Alan tends to ignore
     
    04:22 - Alan explains the backstory of what is a ladder burner
     
    06:31 - Burning ladders, building bridges: Alan shares what are the skills you’ll be needing to be a ladder burner
     
    11:53 - The powerful trio: What are the characteristic types of positions you should be recruiting for your team
     
    17:46 - To greater heights: What kind of work environment should you strive to be in and what kind of environment should you leave
     
    20:07 - Pandemic hits: Alan shares what made him decide to write a book and how it all started
     
    22:38 - What should be the responsibilities of women business leaders?
     
    24:04 - Want to find out how to become a powerful woman leader by letting go and welcoming growth? Visit ladderburners.com
     
     
    Key Takeaways:
     
    “It's a network to talk to people and to understand what's critical and important to them, which as I said earlier, helps define what's critical and important to you. You resonate.” -Dr. Sarah E. Brown
     
    “Every conversation is an opportunity for a relationship.” -Dr. Sarah E. Brown
     
    “What else are we doing in our lives if we're not making those kinds of heart-to-heart connections?” -Dr. Sarah E. Brown
     
    “Your group, your context, includes people inside and outside the organization that gives you purpose in being.” -Dr. Sarah E. Brown
     
    “You're worth more than working for an idiot.” -Dr. Sarah E. Brown
     
    “Don't think that you're going to join an organization and that they're going to find out a purpose and meaning for you, you have to do it.” -Dr. Sarah E. Brown


     

    Ways to Connect with Dr. Alan M. Patterson: 

     

    Website: ladderburners.com  Book: Burn Ladders, Build Bridges, Pursuing Work with Meaning and Purpose 
     

     


    Ways to Connect with Dr. Sarah E. Brown: 

     

    Website: https://www.sarahebrown.com/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/knowguides  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahebrownphd/ 

     

     

    • 37 min
    Selling from Your Comfort Zone with Stacey Hall

    Selling from Your Comfort Zone with Stacey Hall

    Do you avoid anything related to marketing and selling? Are you scared of talking sales to the point that it ends up affecting your business?
    Sales is often a term feared by business leaders. How do I close a deal? How can I sound less annoying when pitching my product? These are probably some of the things you think about when you try to sell your offerings. However, selling shouldn’t be as difficult and scary as many make it to be. You can learn to sell from your own comfort zone!
    Stacey Hall has coached thousands of entrepreneurs on how to attract sales, satisfaction, and success. She is a bestselling author, a TEDx presenter, and a leading social media marketing expert. She is the founder of Success with Stacey Hall and of the groundbreaking social media marketing training program, Go for YES, which has helped thousands of people attract more sales, customers, and employee satisfaction and success. Her new book is Selling from Your Comfort Zone: The Power of Alignment Marketing.
    In this episode, Stacey gives you a piece of her sales process and how you can sell tons from within your comfort zone. She also gives her insights on how you can turn conversations into sales with her amazing and promising tips!
     
    What you will learn from this episode:
    Find out how you can sell tons just within your very own comfort zone Dive into what the new ABCs of marketing is all about and how can you turn conversations into sales Understand the role and importance of engaging with people and turning strangers into friends in the world of sales  
    “Our comfort zone is the place where we feel skillful, confident, and empowered. That confidence allows us to not be brash, to not be pushy, to not be spammy.”
    - Stacey Hall
     
    Valuable Free Resource:
    Want to find out more on how you can turn conversations into potential long-time sales? Click here: https://www.staceyannhall.com/courses  
    Topics Covered:
    01:51- #1 problem female business leaders face when it comes to their business: They don't know how to sell their message and business to their audience
    03:15: Stacey shares how she shifted people’s perspective on hating sales to loving it
    05:26 - Can you achieve sales just by being in your comfort zone?
    10:35 - The rubber band effect: How are people similar to rubber bands when it comes to sales talk
    12:27 - The new ABCs of marketing: Stacey explains what the Alignment Marketing Formula is
    16:29 - Stacey narrates an example of the power of engaging and turning strangers into friends
    19:15 - Want to find out more on how you can turn conversations into potential long-time sales? Click here: https://www.staceyannhall.com/courses
    20:17 Q: And what I'm going to say, Sarah, let's pretend you are one of those people. I would say, have you ever made a friend in your life? A: Okay, so see, I'm actually going to ask you the question. So, when you made the friend, where did you meet- just think of any friends you made, where did you meet them?
     
    Key Takeaways:
    “You get to the point where you can make a suggestion. And a friend is free to take that suggestion or not.” -Stacey Hall
    “The essence is we begin with ourselves. And if that seems selfish, oh, well, I start by thinking about what are my core values. How do I want people to treat me? How do I want to treat other people? What do I feel passionate about and comfortable about in my life? What do I enjoy in my life?” -Stacey Hall
    “When we know that we are passionate about something, that we're good at it, that we can talk about it, belief becomes automatic, because we believe in ourselves.” -Stacey Hall
     
    Ways to Connect with Stacey Hall:
    Website: https://www.staceyannhall.com/ Book: https://www.amazon.com/Selling-Your-Comfort-Zone-Alignment/dp/1523001623  
    Ways to Connect with Sarah E. Brown:
    Website: https://www.sarahebrown.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/knowguides LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahebrownphd/  

    • 22 min
    Be the Leader of Your Life Before You Lead Others with Maya Roffler

    Be the Leader of Your Life Before You Lead Others with Maya Roffler

    Before leading others, it’s very crucial to first get a hold of yourself and be the leader of your life!
    Maya Roffler’s corporate career began at 22 when she was promoted to the corporate office of a major men’s fashion retailer. She had put herself through college working in retail stores. That promotion had a big impact on her life. She had exposure to C-Suite Executives and her first supervisor was a powerhouse female mentor. She built a trade show and event program, a training program, and then became a spokesperson as well.
    In this episode, Maya offers an in-depth story as to how she started her intrapreneur journey to becoming an entrepreneur. With this and a little mix of her own amazing insights and tips and tricks, you’ll get to discover more about what makes you a leader and how you can hone those skills to become that amazing girl boss you were always meant to be!
     
    What you will learn from this episode:
    Find out why you should start being present on the things that ACTUALLY matter in your business Learn more on how determination and consistency will always beat talent, even in a male-dominated workplace, no matter what Understand the importance of embracing being a leader first before leading others  
    “Women need to understand how to embrace being a leader before they ever step into any of these (leadership) roles.”
    - Maya Roffler
     
    Valuable Free Resource:
    How to become the powerhouse female boss you are destined to be in a male-dominated workplace: https://mayaroffler.com/  
    Topics Covered:
    02:08 - The powerhouse female mentor that started it all: Maya starts off with how the impact of her mentor started her journey
    04:17 - Maya gives a glimpse of what it was like learning from her powerhouse female mentor in a male-dominated place
    06:39 - Giving glory: Maya shares how her mentor called out her strengths and passions
    08:01- How was Maya counseled by a powerhouse female mentor in a male-dominated arena?
    09:30 - Maya takes a step into the past and shares how did she become an entrepreneur
    13:48 - Intra vs. Entre: What does it mean to become an intrapreneur?
    14:58 - Was the pandemic really Maya’s biggest challenge? Maya talks about what are the different challenges she faced as an entrepreneur
    18:01 - How does Maya categorize what job she needs to outsource and what things can she do on her own?
    20:17 - Which came first– the brand or the podcast?
    22:05 - Mayapinion: Maya shares how she started her podcast and built it to how it is now
    23:42 - What does it mean to embrace being a leader before stepping into the role?
    25:56 - Q: Where do I think leadership is going? What do I think the future of leadership is? A: And you'll hear me talk about this on my podcast quite a bit. And I say that I think the future of leadership is female. And sometimes people are like, "What does that mean? Does that mean, Maya?"
    27:46 - Find out more on how to become the powerhouse female boss you are destined to be! Click here: https://mayaroffler.com/
     
    Key Takeaways:
    “Your life sometimes feels a little empty when you're just checking boxes.” -Maya Roffler
    “Know when you're scaling, and it's time to hire someone.” -Maya Roffler
    “You should do it all in the beginning because you want to know everything” -Maya Roffler
    “If you don't understand what's coming in and what's going out, I'm scared for you. You should always know what's going on.” -Maya Roffler
    “The more you know yourself, and the more you understand yourself, the more aligned you're going to be when you go into the workforce, the more aligned you're going to be with whatever company you choose to work for, whatever company you create for yourself.” -Maya Roffler
    “Having empathy is a strength.” -Maya Roffler
     
    Ways to Connect with Maya Roffler:
    Website: https://mayaroffler.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mayaroffler/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mayaroffler/ Instagram: https:

    • 29 min

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