Welcome to An Open Book, hosted by personal branding strategist and bookworm, Sarah Lynn. On this podcast, you'll find interviews with guests being an open book about relationships, self-love, self-awareness, spirituality, money, health, starting a business and adventure, mixed in with book recaps and quotes covering similar topics. Have a book or topic you'd like to see covered on the podcast? Drop me DM on Instagram @sarahlynn.co.
093. Captive an Audience: The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs by Carmine Gallo
"Everything you need to know to captivate, excite, and motivate an audience (turtleneck not included)."
Standing up and speaking out whether on stage for a presentation, a Facebook live, or even in a team meeting, can be one of the scariest things we do. It can be terrifying to think of having the spotlight on you and to know what others could be thinking about you.
But, without getting visible and sharing our thoughts, opinions, and what we know, it's hard to help others and it can be hard to move towards your goals.
Whether you are running your own business sharing your offers and products or are looking to apply for a new job or promotion, knowing how to captivate, excite and motivate the person or people in front of you can help you make those goals happen.
In this book, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience by Carmine Gallo, you're going to learn how to:
create an inspiring brand story
answer the question that matters most to your audience
paint a memorable and consistent vision
make numbers meaningful
build visually engaging slides
master state presence
make it look effortless
I also share at the end about how to use what you learn from this episode and apply it to podcast guesting with another great resource coming up in December with my former business coach, Christine McAlister of Life with Passion. She's hosting a training called 100 Interviews in 90 Days that is going to teach you how to find and book shows, what to say when you're on a podcast, and how to be the best guest they've ever had with a follow up strategy very few people are doing.
You can sign up for the 100 Interview in 90 Days Masterclass through my affiliate link HERE or shoot me a message and I'll send you the link directly.
092. Blasting Off Into Your New Self with Natalie Williams
Natalie Williams has lived the "Liz Gilbert in the wild" life - traveling all over the world and experiencing all this planet has to offer. In this episode we get to not only hear her biggest life lessons learned while out in the "wild" that you're going to get so much from, but also what can unfold for you when you start getting your stories and opinions more visible and how to navigate when you're not your old self anymore but also not yet fully blasted off into your new self.
You'll also hear from Natalie on:
how to get going when you're ready to uplevel but not exactly sure what that looks like
noticing when you might be creatively repressed and what to do about it
dissecting fears to uncover a common theme
overcoming the fear of other people's opinions and realizing they are actually none of your business
being aware of jealousy and the important message it may be trying to tell you
realizing the biggest thing everyone who's getting negative feedback does
how to know if you're sharing too much? or maybe not enough?
becoming unstoppable in uncertainty
why ignoring the call won't make it go away
identifying what it feels like in your body to be in alignment (and what it's like when you're not)
getting rid of the stigma around changing your mind and pivoting
truth bombs for anyone else ready to embrace the fullest expression of themselves
Natalie recommended 2 books that have helped her along this journey:
Belong: Find Your People, Create Community, and Live a More Connected Life by Radha Agrawal
May Cause Love: An Unexpressed Journey of Enlightenment After Abortion by Kassie Underwood
Be sure and follow along with Natalie for more inspiration and goodness over on Instagram at @natalieintheraw and let her know what you most enjoyed about this one!
091. Benefits of Being Emotional, Book of the Week episode: The Dictionary of Emotions
This resource by Patrick Michael Ryan is a little different than the cover to cover reads I've recommended in past episodes, but still one for the bookshelf.
Understanding our own emotions and developing emotional intelligence towards others has been something that I've been exploring for the last couple of years, and this book was the gateway for a lot of that. It's also been a big help in better understanding how I feel beyond simply happy, sad, and mad.
While we may not always want to act on our emotions and say or do something we might regret (I know this from first hand experience...), there are benefits to feeling those emotions fully, however ugly or hard they might be.
In this episode, we get into that a little more along with:
how to avoid anxiety when we feel joy or happiness because we're thinking it's too good to be true or about what's around the corner
why the goal isn't to feel happy all the time
what can happen when we embrace our sadness
anger being a secondary emotion and how expanding our emotional vocab can help get to the primary emotion
the question my therapist asked me when I was engulfed with rage for weeks that changed my outlook to this day
and how by better understanding our own emotions we can more fully show up for others in our lives dealing with their own feelings.
You can grab Patrick's Dictionary of Emotions on Amazon here or at your local bookstore.
As always I'd love to hear from you about anything that resonated or what you got from the book when you read it - message me on Instagram @sarahlynn.co or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. xoxo
090. Building Wealth as Women with Eirin Holmeide
Today's guest expert interview is private conversation we had inside the Season 2 of the paid group INSTABrand: A 21 Day Personal Branding Program that Leverages the Power of Instagram and I'm excited to pull it out and share it with you as a compliment to our Book of the Week from Monday: The Kickass Single Mommy (episode 089.).
This was such an empowering conversation with Eirin that busts through unhelpful stories women and society have about their investing abilities and how to become truly wealthy through a well-researched investing plan. You'll also hear from Eirin on:
The 4 step path to being reading to invest
High level considerations for fees, interest rates and inflation
Why women are actually better investors :)
Long, medium and short term investing
Limiting beliefs you overcome as women investors
Mindset around savings vs investing and earning vs. buying
Her top money book - Tony Robbins Money Master the Game - and she answers our investing questions!
Once you have a chance to listen, be sure and drop @eirin.holmeide a quick note over on Instagram (here) and let her know a top takeaway for you! I know it always means so much to hear from how you helped someone.
You can also find her over on LinkedIn here.
She'll be running another program soon so be on the look out when you follow her on social media!
089. Why I Would Wish Sigle Motherhood on My Best Friend: Book Recap of A Kickass Single Mom by Emma Johnson
"May you always have the freedom and courage to create the family that you want and need." - Emma Johnson
Certain stats out there about single mothers would have you believe that you are doomed to a life of welfare, struggle and your children are destined for trouble and probably prison. While some of those stats might be true, that doesn't have to be true for your single mom journey.
This week's Book of the Week is a helpful resource for any single mom or mom that is considering decisions that would put her in that situation in the future.
The Kickass Single Mom: Be Financially Independent, Discover Your Sexiest Self, and Raise Fabulous, Happy Children by Emma Johnson is a book I read a few years ago that had a huge impact on how I saw myself as a single mom and inspired me to take full responsibility for my situation and creating the best life possible for my son and me.
In this episode you'll hear about several of the topics covered in Emma's book - some inspiring and others that might be triggering at first - but all will make you think and give you hope how you can not just survive single motherhood, but really thrive in it.
The book is broken out into 4 main sections:
Within each section, I share some of the specific chapters that stood out to me and lessons learned from my own experience as a single mom, including how I become one, finally detaching from the child support chase, letting go of anger and bitterness, the experience of having an involved father figure for my son from a past relationship, getting over my selfish need to be the only one my son could have fun with, the self-sabotaging strategy of being a mom martyr, allowing for help, what I learned from dating single dads and seeing the "other side," and intentionally seeking fulfillment outside of motherhood and work.
Other chapters that are touched on but Emma gets more into the juicy details on inside the book itself include:
Busting through the Stereotypes for You and Your Child(ren)
The Importance of Being Financially Independent No Matter What
How Alimony and Child Support Could Keep You Stuck
Estate Planning for Single Moms
Outsourcing = The Secret Formula to Single Mom Success
Good Guys Like Women Who Are Financially Independent
Co-Parent Like a Pro
The Argument for Equally Shared Parenting
Your Relationship with Your Ex's New Girlfriend
A Sexually Satisfied Mom is a Happier Mom
If You're Stuck and Not Dating
Where Are All the Good Men?
Dating and Your Kids
If you have any questions about single motherhood that you want to ask me don't hesitate to reach out and message me over on IG at @sarahlynn.co or email at email@example.com! xoxo
Below are the Single Mom Tribe resources I mentioned at the beginning of the episode:
Single Mom Tribe website
My interview with Bri on the Single Mom Tribe podcast here
Single Mom Tribe on Instagram
Add The Kickass Single Mom to your own bookshelf here (affiliate link)
088. How to Start Over from the Simple Abundance book by Sarah Ban Breathnach
BOOK OF THE WEEK
My friend Katie Taylor (IG: @_katietaylor) changed my life a little when she sent me this book as a gift earlier this Spring.
Simple Abundance is a daily devotion type of book that shares messages of creativity, spiritual practices, and reflections for a living a more authentic self.
I don't just have books on a shelf - I have book children so it's hard to pick a favorite, but the fact this one rarely is sitting on a shelf and instead, in whatever room I was last in tells you how much I love and how often I read this one.
Sarah starts each day with a short title and a quote dating back from the 1600s or all the way up to Lady Gaga, so if you're at all a quote person, you'll love it just for that.
If the size of the book intimidates you - don't let it. Each "chapter" ranges 1 -3 pages, so totally do-able to read daily while your coffee brews or while you let the dog out.
At the end of each month, she shares practical ideas for implementing the topics from the month. For example - November she had themes of following the Light, so one of her "Try This at Home" tips was to create a Caution Closet that had a portable light and other items needed in an emergency situation.
Right after those, she shares a list of "Simple Abundance" ideas to make your life easier or better in some way - like having a battery drawer that's fully stocked so you never get frustrated because you don't have a battery for the TV remote or your child's favorite toy.
Listen to episode 88 on the podcast today to get the details on why you might want to pick this book up for yourself (or as a gift!) and one of my favorite exerts about How to Start Over.
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