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For over fifteen years, Bronwyn has helped high-profile clients prepare for big moments on camera & has midwifed over 120 TEDx, TED Global & TED talks. Bronwyn’s superpower is helping people communicate in a way that breaks through the static of our everyday lives. In 20 Minutes with Bronwyn, you will get a steady dose of high voltage, practical (and highly irreverent) advice to help you dismantle the communication habits that are holding you back, while giving you the skills you need to shine.

20 Minutes with Bronwyn Bronwyn Saglimbeni

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For over fifteen years, Bronwyn has helped high-profile clients prepare for big moments on camera & has midwifed over 120 TEDx, TED Global & TED talks. Bronwyn’s superpower is helping people communicate in a way that breaks through the static of our everyday lives. In 20 Minutes with Bronwyn, you will get a steady dose of high voltage, practical (and highly irreverent) advice to help you dismantle the communication habits that are holding you back, while giving you the skills you need to shine.

    Color, Sound, & Creativity: My Conversation with A/J Jackson

    Color, Sound, & Creativity: My Conversation with A/J Jackson

    One of my FAVORITE songs of the last few years is a little ditty called My Type by a band called Saint Motel. My daughter Stella turned me onto it, and it has been on heavy, heavy rotation in my house (and car) ever since.


     


    So imagine my delight when lead singer A/J Jackson’s team reached out to see if I’d be open to having him on my show to talk about his new project.


     


    You will be able to hear my barely concealed fan-girling in this episode, but I did manage to ask him several questions I had to know the answer to.


     


    A/J and his band Saint Motel have performed on some pretty big stages. Think Coachella, Bottle Rocket, Madison Square Garden (opening for Panic! at the Disco), and about a badrillion other venues. 


     


    I wanted to ask him what it’s like to perform at that level.


     


    As a singer myself (wink wink), I wanted to know about his vocal warm-up routine (it’s hilarious) and any weird pre-game rituals (rhythmic slapping anyone?).


     


    And I REALLY wanted to understand the thinking behind his recent move beyond music to create something altogether new … by founding an eye wear company!  AVIEW is A/J’s new project,  an eye wear brand that taps into the psychology of color therapy. 


    I’m fascinated by people who resisted the temptation to just sit around and binge-watch all that streaming had to offer during the pandemic-2020, they actually made something. 



    The conversation did NOT disappoint, and I can’t wait for you to meet A/J. Check it out ... links to resources below!


    AVIEW: https://www.aview.com/


    My Type: https://spoti.fi/3cg80bJ

    • 26 min
    Focus & Shine : My Secret for Beating Procrastination

    Focus & Shine : My Secret for Beating Procrastination

    In Russian, the word for procrastination is: “provolochka“


    In Arabic, they say, “taswif an”


    In Spanish, it’s aplazar. 


    In other words, procrastination transcends culture, race, gender, and even transcends time. Seneca was talking about procrastination during the ROMAN Imperial Period, and famously said: 


    “The fool, with all his other faults, has this also, he is always getting ready to live.”


    The tendency to procrastinate seems to be baked into our behavioral DNA as homo sapiens. Which seems like some kind of cosmic joke, given how SHORT our lives truly are. 


    This episode is dedicated to sharing the ONE technique that has changed the procrastination game for me. I’ve never shared it publicly before because it is so laughably simple, but what the heck, I might as well come clean! 


    This episode is packed with practical strategies for getting around your very human case of procrastination, and I mention a few resources, which I’ve listed here for your viewing/reading/listening pleasure:


    https://mailchi.mp/bronwyncommunications/procrastination 
    My Focus + Shine Worksheet




    Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence by Dr. Anna Lembke

    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

    “To Stop Procrastinating Start by Understanding the Emotions Involved”, by Shirley S. Wang, Wall Street Journal, 2015

    Gwyneth Paltrow x Brené Brown on the Roots of Shame and Vulnerability, Goop Podcast

    • 22 min
    Diet Culture Needs to Die: My Conversation with Vanessa Rissetto

    Diet Culture Needs to Die: My Conversation with Vanessa Rissetto

    I have historically had a VERY fraught relationship with eating. 


     


    I grew up in Orange County, California, where eating disorders were a rite of passage. And I don’t say that flippantly—almost everyone I knew growing up had a disordered relationship to eating, myself included.


     


    I remember pulling into the student parking lot at my high school and seeing some kid’s Volkswagen decorated with a bumper sticker that read, “No Fat Chicks, my Bug will Scrape.” I remember feeling a sense of alarm … like, I had just been schooled on one of the fundamental rules of adolescence in my community: DO NOT be fat. Whatever else you may do.


     


    I know this tortured dynamic isn’t unique to me. Most women I know have a difficult relationship with food. 


     


    It’s VERY confusing to have a tortured relationship to something you literally cannot  live without.Food is a fact of our humanity. But for so many of us, it is a fact shrouded in myth and morality and twisted by culture. 


     


    It’s a mess.


     


    My guest today is someone who I think has the potential to break through the misinformation (and frankly, the misogyny) associated with food. Her name is Vanessa Rissetto, and I fell madly in love with her during this conversation. I know you will too.


     


    Vanessa is a registered dietician who Essence named “one of the top 5 black nutritionists that will make you change the way you think about nutrition”.


     

    • 37 min
    The Ravenmother Manifesto: Reclaiming the Power of Working Motherhood

    The Ravenmother Manifesto: Reclaiming the Power of Working Motherhood

    A few weeks ago, I was giving one of my favorite talks to a team of professionals at one of my favorite clients. The talk is all about how to build a powerful morning ritual. Something that sets you up for excellence, all day long.


    At one point, a woman in the session asked me a question … as a mother, how do you get over the feeling of guilt that comes with taking all that time for yourself?


    I nearly tore my skin off when she asked this. 



    Why? For about a million different reasons …



    Because I too have felt this gut-twisting guilt.



    Because I know that women feel it far more often and more acutely than men feel it.



    Because I know that question is tied to a much deeper truth about working mothers that we struggle to articulate.



    That guilt that we feel anytime we take time for ourselves is tied to something poisonous in our culture.


    This episode is my attempt to shine a light on my journey as a working mother, and how I’ve developed a working rapport with that guilt. 


    This episode is my attempt to reclaim and redefine what it means to be a “good mother”. 


    But most of all, this episode is my love letter to every single working mother out there.


    Ravenmothers*: We ride at dawn.


     

    • 15 min
    A Big, Beautiful, (Sober) Life: My Conversation with Maryann Minck

    A Big, Beautiful, (Sober) Life: My Conversation with Maryann Minck

    The past 18 months have brought a LOT of change and adaptation.


     


    Some of the ways we adapted during the pandemic have been incredibly useful. We took a long, hard look at what we say yes to. What we say no to. If we weren’t already great at washing our hands, we sure as hell are now.


     


    But there is one adaptation that makes me nervous. 


     


    That my friends … is our increased consumption of alcohol. 


     


    And when I say “our” I really mean MY relationship to alcohol, and perhaps you can relate. It went from a weekend funtime activity to a daily unwind ritual. That’s a major jump in consumption.


     


    Apparently, I’m not alone in this. This specific adaptation—leaning on alcohol to get through the past year and a half—has disproportionately affected women.


     


    According to a RAND Corporation survey on alcohol consumption,  during the Covid-19 pandemic, women have upped their “heavy drinking days” (that’s defined by 4 or more glasses a day) by 41% compared to pre-pandemic. 


     


    Here’s the thing : Not all of us are “alcoholics,” but a LOT of us are drinking alcoholically. 


     


    I’m worried about us. And I wanted to talk to someone about their journey dealing with alcohol and addiction, and what a life of sobriety could look like.


     


    And I could think of no better guide, no better teacher than my dear friend Maryann Minck. Maryann Minck is a treasure. She’s on Instagram (if you don’t already follow her, you really should), and she is a private chef to some VERY fancy people in Laguna Beach california. Think big wigs. Think celebs. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know Maryann because during the pandemic 1.0, she and I did an IG live most Sundays called Cooking with Coco. (She and I have known each other since we were 6 years old, and have called each other Coco for decades, hence the name of the IG lives.)


     


    Here are quick links to the resources she mentioned during the conversation:


     


    The Promises Poem


    The AA “Big Book”


    How to find a chapter near you.


     


    So sit back, pour yourself a “decompression Perrier” as Maryann says, and enjoy my dear friend Maryann Minck.


     


    Shine on … we need your light.


     


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    • 40 min
    Martyr Much? When Self Sacrifice Becomes Weaponized

    Martyr Much? When Self Sacrifice Becomes Weaponized

    Welcome to Season 4! To kick things off, I wanted to focus on the toxic communication pattern of martyrdom.


    Why? Because as communication patterns go, few are as unnerving and damaging to our relationships as martyrdom, AND as communication patterns go, few are as EFFECTIVE in a twisted sense as playing the role of martyr.


    As they say, we repeat behaviors because on some level, they WORK. Which is why it is so difficult to STOP.


    So why is martyrdom so powerful? And what can we do about it when it surfaces inside of ourselves, or in others? That's what we're talking about this week. 

    • 29 min

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204 Ratings

WIP Telms ,

Authentic light & stories

This podcast has it all, great advice, amazing relatable stories with a hidden beautiful message, tips and trick on how do deal with uncomfortable situations, fun call to actions, lots of reflection material… and I can go on and on and on.
Amazing podcast, information and would behind that fun voice that keeps me hooked into every single episode.

dontchano ,

Great reminders

Every day we try to put our best foot forward. This Podcast is going to help me be my best. Great information, excellent food for thought. Bronwyn is authentic, her insights relatable. She has an enjoyable speaking voice and I am thrilled she is sharing this podcast!!

AAkiva ,

So Good!

I always get a bit smarter thanks to Bronwyn! Thank you! Bronwyn brings out the best of her guest end herself and the listener (in this case, me) benefits big time. Every episode is highly entertaining and full of useful information. Keep rocking it, Bronwyn!

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