Welcome to the Brilliant You Podcast: supporting women in business to be unapologetic, confident, powerful, and fully be your brilliant self.
Janet Zaretsky is an author, professional speaker, and master coach with more than two decades of experience. She brings her expertise in confidence and being unapologetically powerful to the Brilliant You Podcast. Janet is excited to feature interviews, coaching conversation, and action-oriented challenges to empower women in their professional lives through this podcast. If you get inspiration from powerhouse women, you're going to love Janet’s straightforward, results-oriented style.
The Brilliant You Podcast is for women who want to break through barriers. These might be mindset blocks that stop them from making the money they want. Or it might be cultural, societal and organizational barriers that keep them from having their voice heard, their opinion valued and rewarded, or shattering that incessant ‘glass ceiling’.
Join Janet as she explores themes like confidence (including getting past self-doubt and 'impostor syndrome'), success-money mindset, being powerful in the face of conflict, creating win-win relationships, motivation, effective communication, and inspiration. She also offers practical tools to help you get what you want and deserve as a powerhouse professional woman. This podcast is for women in business, entrepreneurs, career professionals, as well as executives or want-to-be execs.
Michelle Rice - How to Deal with Gender Inequality in Tech
Gender inequality in the Tech industry (or any industry) is not going to go away on its own. We need to start having hard conversations to facilitate change. My guest today has been at the front lines and shares her best strategies to inspire open and sometimes vulnerable discussions that move the cause forward.
Vicki Brackett - How to Effectively Lead by Following
Most of us have had a bad boss. But, as we grow in our careers, how do we avoid becoming that bad boss?
Leadership is a skill that you have to work at. If you want to inspire, empower, and motivate your team, you need to continuously put tools in your leadership toolbox. And, shining up old tools from time to time doesn’t hurt either.
Vicki Brackett is an author, speaker, and consultant specializing in leadership, employee engagement and retention. She’s gathered 70 strategies for managers, executives, and business owners to build more resilient and successful companies through leadership skills. She shares 14 of her best in her book The Leadership Toolbox and she generously shared some with us on the latest episode of the Brilliant You Podcast.
We start out by talking about one of the most obvious but often overlooked requirements for strong leadership - ensuring everyone is going in the same direction to the same goal. Vicki explains that good leaders don’t put themselves out in front. Instead, they empower the team, point them in the right direction and then follow.
This was just one of the paradigm shifts she offered up. We also talked about one of my favourite topics - the power of listening. Any executive who is dealing with a high attrition rate needs to take a moment and listen, really listen, to the team to find out where the gaps are.
Engaging with the team will not only increase retention and employee satisfaction, it will also improve customer service. Creating a conversation around issues and solutions also helps to validate team members.
Validation is another tool that Vicki shared. We tend to think that employees are solely focused on the financial reward for doing their job. But, on a day to day basis, employee happiness has more to do with how they feel they are treated and appreciated. When we validate their efforts, we create a more emotional connection to their job than money can.
Considerately dealing with conflict or mistakes is another way that leaders can step up their game. In fact, Vicki doesn’t even use the term ‘mistake’. She prefers to use ‘gap’. A gap doesn’t have an ego or emotions and nobody has to be at blame. By removing the personal from the error or short sight, we can empower the team to generate ideas and find solutions. Just by changing the word, we are already setting the team up to feel differently about dealing with it. As I always say, if you aren’t getting the results you want, change the language.
These are just a few of the tools we tackle in our conversation. If you are a powerhouse woman leading a team, hoping to lead a team, or working in HR, then this is an episode not to be missed.
By the end of this episode of the Brilliant You podcast, you will have a few more tools to help you engage your team, deal with challenges with positivity, communicate more effectively, and strengthen your leadership building blocks.
If you want to add more tools to your leadership tool box, check out Vicki’s book: The Leadership Toolbox: 14 Strategies that Build a Chain Reaction of Success.
You can connect directly with Vicki on her website: https://vickibrackett.com/
Another key tool for leaders is well placed confidence. If you’d like to step fully into your confidence, grab my free Confidence Kit: Confidentwithnoapology.com
Or email me to work with me or be on the show firstname.lastname@example.org
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Danielle Roberts - How Education and Service Can Grow Your Business
Could sharing your brilliance and educating people be the secret to your success?
Serving people by providing them with information and support before they’re even customers can be an outstanding way to grow a business. By sharing what you know, you empower your potential clients. And, if in the process, you take an impossibly complex and overwhelming topic and make them feel like they understand it, you can bet they’ll start to see you as a trusted friend.
Especially if the topic is daunting -- like navigating the medicare system!
That’s what Danielle Roberts discovered when she started offering educational services to boomers as they neared the Medicare years. In being the source for support and information, she’s been able to grow her insurance agency to a successful business with 46 employees across 47 states in just 14 years.
In this episode of the Brilliant You podcast, she shares how she got started by saying ‘yes’ to every opportunity, focused on building relationships with people, where they were (online), and created a business that is both profitable and soulfully satisfying.
She also gives some great tips on the benefits of serving on a board. Danielle learned that rubbing shoulders with the movers and shakers of the industry was a great way to make herself known to her peers. It also taught her to be confident in what she had to offer the industry as a whole.
In the decade and a half that Danielle has been involved in the insurance industry, she’s seen a real shift in the opportunities for women. When she first started, it was more male dominated but not anymore. I loved hearing that there is no gender discrepancy, glass ceiling, or wage gap! Danielle says that this is an industry that is perfect for women for these reasons but also because most entrepreneurs in this space can also make their own hours.
It was inspiring to hear Danielle’s success story and I know that after you hear it, you’ll feel more empowered to serve your potential customers by sharing your brilliance and knowledge. You may even decide to explore the insurance industry yourself!
If you want to see Danielle in action, check out her YouTube Channel. You can also connect with her on her website or Facebook.
If you love what Danielle has done in her industry and wish you could do the same in yours, we should talk.
Start by downloading my Confidence Kit at: Confidentwithnoapology.com
Or, explore working with me, email me today! email@example.com
Taylor Proctor - How to Master the Art of Vulnerable Leadership
Picture a leader. Are they admitting they don’t know something? Are they showing emotion? Are they asking the team to help them figure out what to do?
If you think these descriptions are at odds with an effective leader then you haven’t mastered the art of vulnerable leadership.
You’re not alone. We’re conditioned to think that leaders have to be strong, sure, and all-knowing. We equate leader with authoritative and dominating.
Is this the kind of person you’d want to work with? Or, would you rather work in a collaborative environment where the collective knowledge is used and your ideas are treated as equal. In a team where the leader can be trusted to be forthright and honest?
It seems like vulnerable leadership is the obvious choice, but as my guest today on the Brilliant you podcast discovered, it’s the harder choice.
Taylor Proctor is a mentor, marketing director and a the host of the Happiness Abound podcast. She shares the challenges she faced when deciding to lead a team from a position of vulnerability. We explore the physical response we have (thanks to our brain pattern) to being asked a question we don’t know. And, how letting go of the need to be perfect and work instead in a place of co-creation can lead to amazing results and (shocker) happy team members.
We also dive into one of my favorite topics - avoiding reflexive apology. This can be a challenge when you allow yourself to be vulnerable. But, if you can control the urge to apologize, your vulnerability will feel like a strength, not a weakness.
Plus, we talk about the value of displaying emotion and showing empathy as part of vulnerable leadership and how this improves connections with your team (thanks to those mirror neurons).
And finally, we delve into fostering happiness and gratitude (in life and in the workplace). We examine the idea that we’re ‘supposed to be happy’ and look at how that can derail our actual happiness. Taylor shares some ideas about instilling gratitude and happiness in the workplace that you’re going to want to steal!
By the end of this podcast, you’ll be ready to step into a more vulnerable approach to leadership and you’ll be inspired to foster greater happiness, appreciation, and gratitude in your workplace.
To access Taylor’s worksheet “Cultivating Vulnerable Leadership” (including identifying your vulnerability triggers, understanding your programmed ideas of vulnerability, and tips on how and when to be vulnerable with your team) go here: https://www.happinessabound.com/vulnerable-leadership
Being vulnerable requires self-confidence. I can help you with that! Download my Confidence Kit at: Confidentwithnoapology.com
Or email me to work with me or be on the show firstname.lastname@example.org
By the way - in case I haven’t made it obvious - I appreciate you being here and listening to the Brilliant You podcast. I just thought you should know.
Maura Sweeney - How to be Happier by Being Authentically You
Have you ever felt like the life you’ve created is somehow limiting? Have you ever pushed down those feelings that you were meant for something different, something greater?
When we do that, we dull our natural brilliance. We silence our authentic self. And, we set ourselves up for a struggle to find our happiness.
The good news, it’s never too late to change course and start living an authentic life. To honor your true self and start doing what you really want with your life. My guest on this episode of the Brilliant You podcast is proof of that.
She’s embraced transition in her life; each time stepping into roles she knew she was born to be in. And, happiness followed.
Maura Sweeney is an author, podcaster, international speaker, and is the Ambassador of Happiness. She’s lived her life creating work that serves her brilliance. She also had the courage to recognize when her path had taken a turn toward purposelessness.
Now, she helps people reconnect with their own purpose in life and gives them the inspiration (and courage) to go for it. To change their own world instead of waiting for the world around them to change.
I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Maura - I found a kindred spirit! The ideas we discuss are truly transformational. By the end of this podcast, you will feel empowered to honour your gifts and dreams, you’ll see that you’re never stuck with where you are and that you owe it to yourself and the world to step into your brilliance.
Thanks to Maura for the exchange of ideas and positive energy! If you’d like to take Maura up on her generous offer of a free copy of her e-book,“The Art of Happiness: Competition”, send her an email email@example.com and put the Brilliant You Podcast in the subject line so she knows how you found her.
If you’re interested in her course, “Personal Leadership, Authenticity & Happiness” click here.
And, if you need a bit more confidence to make the transition to living a more authentic life, grab my Confidence Kit at: Confidentwithnoapology.com
Grace Judson - How to Navigate the World of Female Leadership
Are the rules different for women in leadership? There are two honest answers to this. Yes and there shouldn’t be.
If you’re a powerhouse women in leadership or you have goals to move into leadership, you need to understand how the game works. There is the reality we deal with (that the leadership model is predominantly male) and the fact that the best way to change that is from within. If we want to change the world’s view of what a leader looks like (and this sea change is happening) then more women need to step up and challenge the status quo.
But, how do you do that when the deck might be stacked against you?
My guest today says that women need to walk a tightrope to make their way into leadership. In today’s world (which again, we’re in the process of changing) women need to find that fine point in the middle between being seen as too weak or soft and being too bossy (or the other b word). And while she’s excited to see the changes coming, she’s spent decades helping women navigate this challenging walk.
Grace Judson is a leadership coach with decades of experience in leadership. She works with leaders to help them not only understand the road ahead but also in understanding how to work with a team and identify different communications styles.
In this episode, she shares amazing insights into how and why we communicate the way we do, the neuroscience behind our communication style, the long-standing male hierarchy at play, and what that all means for our opportunities as leaders. Specifically, she discusses the reality that women face today and we get right into what needs to happen to change this reality so that women are given equal opportunities to lead.
Plus, Grace shares how we need to rethink our ideas around acceptance as individuals. And, women need to connect with their authentic selves and love themselves if they ever want to be confident leaders.
“In order to be loved you have to be willing to be hated. That’s hard. If you want to lead, you have to be willing to be loved and hated or you’ll just be beige. Beige fades into the background.” That is her challenge to you. Don’t be beige. Learn to be more and accept that that is going to draw more attention and therefore, more strong opinions about what you’re doing.
I thoroughly enjoyed my chat with Grace especially when we dug into the neuroscience and social conditioning that most women can actively reprogram to create the opportunities they are looking for as entrepreneurs and leaders.
If you are looking to step into your power and want to know how to embrace your authentic self so you can pave the way to being a confident leader, then you don’t want to miss this episode of the Brilliant You podcast. Listen now.
Thanks to Grace for a difficult and necessary conversation packed with empowering ideas. If you’d like to access her “5 Most Challenging Employee Types and How to Manage Them” booklet (or any of her other free resources) go to here: https://www.gracejudson.com/resources/
On social media, Grace is most active on Linkedin.
If you need some help with the self-love and authentic leadership challenge - start by building your confidence. Grab my Confidence Kit at: Confidentwithnoapology.com
Or email me to work with me or be on the show firstname.lastname@example.org
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