100 episodes

What's your train wreck? Everyone has one–past, present, or future. Why do some people come through stronger while others never recover?

Hang on for the ride as Kristin and Mary Fran teach you to move beyond crisis to discover your brilliance and resilience. You'll face challenges with strategies to come through brilliant, not broken, for personal and professional fulfillment and success!

Brilliantly Resilient Mary Fran Bontempo & Kristin Smedley

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 44 Ratings

What's your train wreck? Everyone has one–past, present, or future. Why do some people come through stronger while others never recover?

Hang on for the ride as Kristin and Mary Fran teach you to move beyond crisis to discover your brilliance and resilience. You'll face challenges with strategies to come through brilliant, not broken, for personal and professional fulfillment and success!

    Episode 198: How to Address Corporate Wellness to Protect People, Purpose and Profits, with Princess Castleberry

    Episode 198: How to Address Corporate Wellness to Protect People, Purpose and Profits, with Princess Castleberry

    People are the magic in every company. People are the center of wellness and risk management…We have to stop trivializing burnout and chronic stress and address corporate wellness. ~ Princess Castleberry
    Does your business have a company wellness plan? 
    Sometimes words like “wellness” begin to sound like static–annoying and with little meaning. But this week’s guest on the Brilliantly Resilient podcast, Princess Castleberry, knows that ignoring corporate wellness means putting an organization’s people, purpose and profits at risk.
    According to Princess, every leader must be a risk manager, and addressing employee wellness with actionable strategies can dramatically improve corporate and personal success. As a wellness and risk management consultant, Princess offers solutions to help leaders view wellness as compliance, inclusion and respect–all elements essential to team building and corporate success. 
    Here at Brilliantly Resilient, we recognize the value of implementing actionable strategies to reduce stress and improve decision making, professional success and quality of life. Be sure to tune into this week’s episode for more and visit Princess Castleberry at: https://www.princesscastleberry.com/. 
    Also, check out Princess’ video demonstrating Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) for a simple, easy stress buster:  https://youtu.be/Ou4GL_PPjao?si=4GNoJL5M41UglhpV 
    Listen in for these additional bits of Brilliance from Princess Castleberry:
    Wellness can be called by other names–compliance, inclusion, respect. All of those things are put in place so humans can be well. 
    Leaders can start by asking themselves three questions to begin to navigate wellness for themselves and their teams:
    How do you make decisions?
    How do you manage stress?
    How do you resolve and recognize conflict?
    The basic behavior chain is thoughts, feelings and actions. We have to learn to recognize how our triggers work.
    People suffer from decision fatigue. You have to trust your gut and divide your decision making into categories:
    Decisions where you can act fast.
    Decisions that must be delegated.
    Decisions that require deliberation–higher stakes decisions.
    Decisions to eliminate–any involving gossip or nonsense.
    Let’s be Brilliantly Resilient together!
    XO,
    Mary Fran
     

    • 35 min
    Episode 197: How to Use--And NOT use--A.I. and ChatGPT with Dr. Jennifer Gardella

    Episode 197: How to Use--And NOT use--A.I. and ChatGPT with Dr. Jennifer Gardella

    People need to trust that you're the one saying what you're saying. ~ Dr. Jennifer Gardella, PhD. Do you struggle to create written content and social media posts for your business? How would you feel if hou had a program that could write all of your social media, articles and marketing copy with just a few simple prompts from you, allowing you to create enough content to fill an editorial calendar for an entire year?
    A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) and its go-to application, ChatGPT, promise just that, with a few key strokes. YAHOOOOO!!! Right?
    Not so fast, cautions Dr. Jennifer Gardella in this week's episode of the Brilliantly Resilient podcast.
    While A.I. can be a truly productive tool to help with content creation, Dr. Gardella warns that it is artificial, and can impact the trust and authenticity factors essential to the customer/provider relationship. She notes, "What did we learn through Covid? People are dying for genuine connection."
    A.I. is computer generated, and by its very nature, inauthentic. Further, Google is now identifying A.I. generated content and flagging it in search results, potentially changing up to 40% of what shows up in a Google search.
    There are ways to use A.I. effectively, provided you view it as a starting point and commit to editing the final copy to reflect you and your brand. Thoughtful editing also prevents your copy from resembling or even coming up as a direct copy of others in your market using A.I. exclusively.
    Here at Brilliantly Resilient, we're always happy to accept help to share Brilliance. But we're also committed to truth and authenticity--whatever you put out in the world must be real and reflect you and your brand.
    Tune in to hear more of Dr. Gardella's strategies for best using A.I. and visit her at: https://thegardellagroup.com/. Be sure to listen for these additional bits of Brilliance:
    There is a need for marketing teams to be cutting edge, so when ChatGPT came on the scene everyone jumped on the bandwagon. It shouldn't be used exclusively. Google has changed their algorithm to identify artificially created content. To eliminate it, it will change 40% of search results. ChatGPT is idea creation. Don't use it as your actual content. You are the greatest center of your brand as a small business owner. You are your brand and you know your ideal customer. You need to edit artificial content to stay on YOUR brand. Regarding Chatbots--If it doesn't work for you in your personal life, why the heck do you think it's going to work for your ideal client? (Everyone hates Chatbots!) Let's be Brilliantly Resilient together!
    XO,
    Mary Fran

    • 38 min
    Episode 196: How to "Do Your Time" with Vision, Committment and Determination, with Jonathan Greene, a.k.a. Davon and Greene

    Episode 196: How to "Do Your Time" with Vision, Committment and Determination, with Jonathan Greene, a.k.a. Davon and Greene

    When you're incarcerated, how you do your time is up to you. I doubled down and concentrated on my physical and mental health and reading so I'd be prepared when I got out to do whatever it takes to make my family whole and be a plus to society. ~ Jonathan Greene, a.k.a. DaVon and Greene
    "How you do your time is up to you." Although Jonathan Greene was referencing his time in prison, the statement is profound. Anyone can incorporate the message into a thoughtful approach to living a life--especially if you want to live with truth, committment and determination.
    In this week's episode of the Brilliantly Resilient podcast, Jonathan Greene relates the modern-day epic tale of his life as a promising young writer to drug dealer to prison inmate and later to struggling family man turned successful businessman and author. Jonathan's dedication to the values of committment, determination and self-improvement provide a roadmap anyone can follow to live a successful life--even as we define our success for ourselves.
    Be sure to tune in to Jonathan's episode on the Brilliantly Resilient podcast to hear more of Jonathan's wisdom, and pick up your copy of his newest book, Paladin: Defender of House Le Fleur, here. Listen for these additional bits of brilliance:
    It's important that if people say they're going to do something, do it. Finish what you say you're going to do....Determination is vital. Success is individual. My level of success isn't defined by how many books I sell. Sometimes you just have a realization that makes you go, "Nah, I don't want to do that." You have to honor and listen to that instinct. Learn more about Jonathan a.k.a. DaVon and Greene at https://www.davonandgreene.com/.
    Let's be Brilliantly Resilient together!
    XO,
    Mary Fran

    • 34 min
    Episode 195: The Deadly Silence--How Education Becomes the Cure for Ignorance, with Hisham Mohammed

    Episode 195: The Deadly Silence--How Education Becomes the Cure for Ignorance, with Hisham Mohammed

    The important thing is to talk and to educate. The cure for ignorance is education. We don'tknow what's going on with other people--we can't assume.  ~ Hisham Mohammed
    In 2006, at age 8 Hisham Mohammed became paralyzed from the neck down by a bomb that went off just outside of his home in Iraq. In a moment, young Hisham became a victim of a war he never chose to be part of, as shrapnel ripped through his spinal cord, also killing a 12-year-old friend.
    After the blast, Hisham's parents, both physicians in Iraq, shifted their entire focus from living and raising their family in a country they loved, to embarking on an around-the-world journey of survival and discovery, trying to save their youngest son. Hisham says, "Never in our wildest dreams did we think something like this would happen and we would we come to live in America"--the very country with which Iraq was at war.
    What followed is a young man's extraordinary story of hope and healing, as Hisham committed his life to listening to others, raising awareness about the devastation of war and disability, and turning to education to inform and inspire everyone he meets.
    Here at Brilliantly Resilient, we believe in the power of listening. Only by being open to others' views can we hope to understand and find common ground in our shared humanity. As Hisham reminds us, we all need to "be stong, respect others and have faith."
    Tune in to hear more of Hisham's brilliance on this episode of the Brilliantly Resilient podcast and pick up your copy of The Deadly Silence here.
    Listen for these additional bits of brilliance:
    We have to stop making things so complex. Formal education doesn't have to take place. The key is listening. Active listening. Ask questions to learn about other people and cultures. Then listen to their answers. Let's be Brilliantly Resilient together!
    XO,
    Mary Fran

    • 34 min
    Episode 194: How to Take Your Power Back with Dr. Jennifer Gardella

    Episode 194: How to Take Your Power Back with Dr. Jennifer Gardella

    Brilliantly Resilient is back!! After some much needed time off, B.R. is back with new episodes, amazing guests, and more inspiration for you to live a Brilliantly Resilient life. Let us know what you think and reach out at howdy@brilliantlyresilient.net. Be sure to check out www.brilliantlyresilient.net for more! And now, on with the show!
    Who is to say my day is worth nothing? Take your power back and say "I get to choose." ~ Dr. Jennifer Gardella
    Are you an entrepreneur or just starting a business? Do you have an area of expertise that has value in the business marketplace? Or are you a "professional volunteer" expected to put up your hand every time someone needs something?
    It's often difficult to put a value on what we do, particularly if you are just starting a business or do work in an area with societal impact. It's not unusual for people to expect you to give your time or products away for free, or minimal value, especially if you are a woman. (It's hard to believe a man would be asked to give of his time or work for free.) And if you are a known volunteer, it can often feel like your life is up for grabs for anyone who needs anything.
    On this week's episode, Dr. Jennifer Gardella shares important insights on how to value your work and your time, starting with learning to value yourself. 
    Dr. Gardella notes that setting boundaries is the first step in taking back your power--and not everyone is going to like it. When we put up boundaries, those who are used to having us behave in a certain way (read--be available on their terms) won't be happy when told, "No." But a little pain will be worth a lot of gain--for you.
    Tune in for a strategy to accomplish your personal power grab (Awareness, education, empowerment and growth), and be sure to listen for these additional bits of brilliance:
    You have to get paid for your expertise. You can still do things for free, but you get to choose what and when. Awareness and education lead to empowerment and growth. Your business and personal lives are very enmeshed. Where are your boundaries? You have the right to say, "This is how I'm spending my time." Be ready to acknowledge that things are not working. Dig deep and keep asking "Why?" Learn more about Dr. Gardella at jennifergardella.com.
    Let's be Brilliantly Resilient together!
    XO,
    Mary Fran

    • 40 min
    Episode 193: How to Create Activism Through Story-Telling, with "Live Through This" Author, Kristen McGuiness

    Episode 193: How to Create Activism Through Story-Telling, with "Live Through This" Author, Kristen McGuiness

    Storytelling is a Trojan horse, with our activism inside. It’s a much gentler approach to guide someone to a wider lens of understanding, compassion and empathy. ~ Kristen McGuiness
    Have you ever felt “changed” by a book? Those who love to read–and write–know what it’s like to become lost in a story, feeling along with characters and experiencing their trials and triumphs along with them.
    Kristen McGuiness, founder of Rise Publishing and author of Live Through This, believes in the power of storytelling as a tool to create understanding and change while building alliances for the greater good. An activist against injustice from a young age after losing her father to a long prison sentence, Kristen believes in storytelling as a way to share experiences and encourage others to see a different point of view. 
    Here at Brilliantly Resilient, we believe that broadening perceptions to include those of others is part of building resilience. When we are willing to look through a different lens, we learn and grow, as well as create alliances with others. Tune into this week’s episode of the Brilliantly Resilient podcast to hear more of Kristen’s wisdom and pick up your copy of Live Through This. Be sure to listen for these additional bits of brilliance:
    Books aren’t banned because people are ‘afraid of turning gay,’ for example. They’re banned because we recognize that story connects us and the fear is that a perspective will be changed and you’ll become an ally of something others don’t like or endorse.
    If we have the desire to write, we are often writing from a place of pain or hardship, and of someone who has had to overcome that. That is always a story of justice to me and of justice being served in some way.
    The systems in which we live, like a five day work week with only two days off, can keep us from feeling we have the time to be socially active. We need to make a choice to build more justice in this world.
    We can make change. Let’s be Brilliantly Resilient together!
    XO, 
    Mary Fran & Kristin

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

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44 Ratings

44 Ratings

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Love the enthusiasm and passion

Kristin and Mary Fran are so energetic and you can feel their passion and kindness come forward with each episode. I always learn from their insights and the guests they bring forward.

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