Welcome to “AdultFluent.” I’m Kizzy Parks, your host. Some say being an adult is like folding a fitted sheet! Trying to make sense and order out of something that wasn’t meant to be perfectly folded. The goal of the AdultFluent podcast is to make your learning curve of life easier, so you can become AdultFluent, and not only fold that sheet but breathe easy knowing you don’t have to have all of the answers because no one does!
If you’d like to learn how to become AdultFluent from real people, with real stories, and with real tips, you’re in the right place.
How To Care For Houseplants: A Conversation With Mr. Houseplant
I am beyond excited to share the conversation I recently had with this week’s guest, none other than Mr. Houseplant! If you haven’t heard of him yet, you have GOT to check out his TikTok videos - he knows SO MUCH about plants and is very creative with them too. Listen as Mr. Houseplant reveals the question you need to ask when looking for your next plant, which types he recommends for beginners, what he LOVES about venus flytraps, which plants you may want to avoid, the one question he gets asked the most, and so much more! I was beyond impressed not only by his knowledge, but by his refreshing attitude toward plant care. This is one episode you don’t want to miss!
Want to connect with Mr. Houseplant so you can hear his latest advice for plant parents? Then be sure to follow him @mrhouseplant on TikTok, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook and @nikolicvladan on Instagram!
Marketing For Public Safety: A Conversation With Dean Mendes
My guest this week, Dean Mendes, is the Senior Digital Marketing Manager at Metro Trains Australia and one of the creators of the internationally famous Dumb Ways To Die brand. Faced with too many young people taking unnecessary risks like trainsurfing, Dean, his team, and their partners came up with this viral safety video, which has now gotten more than 250 million YouTube views, was once the #2 song on iTunes, and inspired games with more than 250 million downloads and merchandise that’s shipped all over the world! Hear Dean tell the incredible back story of what’s now the most highly awarded ad campaign in history! Relying on research and setting out only to keep others safe, Dean and his team changed the world, and still use all of the proceeds from the Dumb Ways To Die brand to to educate the public on how to stay out of harm’s way!
To connect with the brand and see all their new content and merch as soon as it’s released, visit www.dumbwaystodie.com !
Art and Marketing: A Conversation With Aengus Boyle
Aengus Boyle, my guest on this week’s episode, is a man of many talents. First, he works in digital marketing for VaynerMedia, one of GaryVee’s brands, and absolutely LOVES the culture there because he can always be his full self. Second, during the pandemic, inspiration struck, and Aengus created more than 100 abstract paintings, which he has now grown into a side hustle! Third, he is the host of the Creative Marketing Podcast, which features interviews with creatives like him who are trying to find the best ways to make a living from their art. Fourth, Aengus has become a graffiti artist, sharing the word “love” in his creations around London. Fifth, Aengus is an all-around amazing person, as you’ll soon hear in our conversation!
Ready to connect with Aengus after the podcast? You can find him on Instagram @aengusboyle, his website www.artbyaengus.com, or by searching for his Creative Marketing Podcast!
How To Be Successful: A Conversation With Adam Corcoran
What does it mean to be successful? My guest this week, Adam Corcoran, had a lot to say about this, yet was so genuine during our 35-minute conversation that he rarely, if ever, even used the word “success”! As you’ll hear, Adam, now the Director of Business Development for Golden Care, a home care agency in Naples, FL, took a few twists and turns in his career before finding his professional happy place. Start with some self-reflection, mix in some work-life balance, add a growing family, sprinkle in a true desire to help others, and add a large helping of GaryVee, and you’ll understand how to use Adam’s recipe for success in your own life!
To connect with Adam and his amazing spirit after this episode, look for him on Instagram @theadamcorcoran and on Facebook @adamcorcoran!
How To Be A Leader: A Conversation With Reshad Oberlander
What does it mean to be a good leader? Reshad Oberlander, an expert on leadership and my guest this week, had a lot to say about this, and some of it may surprise you. Isn’t being a leader all about having a fancy title, making a lot of money, and basking in the glory of the team’s achievements? Not a chance! According to Reshad, leadership is about service and putting others first, knowing that (to paraphrase famous motivational speaker Zig Ziglar) the more people you help get what they want, the more you’ll get what you want. It’s also about building relationships with the people you lead, seeing them as individuals, and using that rapport as a foundation for achievement. Learn all about this and so much more from Reshad’s refreshing, practical perspective on this important topic.
Ready to connect with Reshad? Then check out his “Weekly Leadership Experience” podcast, visit his website www.reshadoberlander.com, and find him on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @reoberlander !
How To Be Happy: A Conversation With Vaisakh Sabu
Vaisakh Sabu, my guest this week, may just be the happiest in AdultFluent history! And why shouldn’t he be, after bouts of depression, taking medication, and suffering debilitating seizures led him to the peace and fulfillment he experienced after taking the Inner Engineering course in yoga. Now a yogi with an hours-long daily practice and a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Vaisakh has found true and lasting happiness by helping others through his YouTube channel. Following his recent appearance on Tea With GaryVee and enlightening his 36,000 subscribers with amazing content, Vaisakh’s future is truly unlimited.
Ready to connect with Vaisakh? You can find him on Youtube:@Vaisakhsabuinnerengineered, Instagram and LinkedIn @vaisu90, and on Twitter @vaisakhsabu90!
There are a lot of podcasts out here. But AdultFluent stands out because it offers the practical and needed advice to help adults become their best selves. And I love Kizzy’s way of drawing out the best in her guests. I’m inspired by every episode.
Kizzy makes ADULTING fun
Adulting is hard no matter how old you are. Love that Kizzy brings her fun personality, strong work ethic and growth mindset to her episodes to help young adults (and old) think through this stage of life and do it well. I always walk away encouraged and inspired.
Amazing Life Stories
One of my favorite things about Adultfluent is how inspiring and amazing the stories of the guests are.