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My guests are leaders from varied businesses and perspectives from around the world. They generously share their business, health and life expertise and stories to help my listeners grow their business, improve their health, and shift their perspectives. Did you get that means free coaching just by listening?

Yes, this is a business podcast, but listeners say it is more like sitting in my living room listening to a chat with friends. Incredibly accomplished friends but friends! The show is not about perfection but rather how you can embrace all of you to have the business and life you want

It's All About the Questions Laura Steward

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 31 Ratings

My guests are leaders from varied businesses and perspectives from around the world. They generously share their business, health and life expertise and stories to help my listeners grow their business, improve their health, and shift their perspectives. Did you get that means free coaching just by listening?

Yes, this is a business podcast, but listeners say it is more like sitting in my living room listening to a chat with friends. Incredibly accomplished friends but friends! The show is not about perfection but rather how you can embrace all of you to have the business and life you want

    Whisper Room, Writing Books That You Want to Never End and More - Thomas Kies

    Whisper Room, Writing Books That You Want to Never End and More - Thomas Kies

    What does it take to write multiple books with the same characters? Is it different than writing just one?
    Take a listen as I interview Edgar Award nominated author, former journalist and all-around good human Thomas Kies about his latest Geneva Chase novel. He will share what his agent, publisher and editor each said when he was thinking about starting a different series and his own thoughts on it. Then we talk about life as a writer while still working full-time, branching out into other forms of writing like becoming a playwright and so much more.
    In January of 2022, Thomas Kies, author of the critically acclaimed Geneva Chase Mystery Series, was Edgar nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for the Sue Grafton Memorial Award.   He has a long history of working for newspapers and magazines, primarily in New England and New York and currently lives and writes on a barrier island on the coast of North Carolina. His newest novel, WHISPER ROOM is being released on Tuesday, August 2nd.  Motherly.com named WHISPER ROOM one of the Buzziest Books of 2022 and Library Journal said, “Kies’s sequel to the Sue Grafton Award nominee Shadow Hill is a compelling story for readers who want to follow investigative reporters into the crime scenes.”

    • 54 min
    Cold Fear - From NY Times List Non-Fiction to Top of Charts Fiction- John David Mann

    Cold Fear - From NY Times List Non-Fiction to Top of Charts Fiction- John David Mann

    He's baaack! John David Mann, one of my all-time favorite guests, is back to talk about how he gets inspiration, the differences between writing non-fiction and fiction, what he credits for his ability to write what I call "books that suck you in and make you forget to go to the bathroom" and so much more.
    If you've never listened to John talk about writing, life, passion and having a writing partner then dive in on this episode. And forgive me for fan-geeking a bit. I love his writing and get joy out of even holding one of his books in my hand. Why you ask? Because once you start reading them they do not disappoint.
    John David Mann is coauthor of more than thirty books, including four New York Times bestsellers and five national bestsellers; his classic 2008 parable The Go-Giver (coauthored with Bob Burg) earned the 2017 Living Now Book Award’s “Evergreen Medal” given for its “contribution to positive global change.”

    • 59 min
    From Conflict to Courage - How to Stop Avoiding and Start Leading - Marlene Chism

    From Conflict to Courage - How to Stop Avoiding and Start Leading - Marlene Chism

    Marlene Chism is recognized as one of the top experts on reducing or eliminating workplace drama and helping leaders become better leaders. She has been on the show before discussing her previous books and on this episode, we discussed her latest book, From Conflict to Courage: How to Stop Avoiding and Start Leading.
    Conflict, and avoiding conflict, happen everyday either at work, at home or somewhere on the way to one of those. I’ve observed conflicts on roads, in restaurants, at concerts, on lines and personally have avoided a few at work or at home until it felt like I was going to explode.
    On this episode, Marlene discusses how avoiding conflict can make you angry with yourself, how your goal when dealing with conflict is not about winning but breaking through to a solution and she also shares the words you can use to defuse a conflict and get to the other side.
    Be prepared to take notes as this episode is filled with tips, strategies and tactics to help you stop avoiding conflict and move into leadership.
    Marlene Chism works with top leaders to build drama-free cultures that drive growth and reduce costly mistakes. Her expertise includes leadership development, conflict management, and strategic communication.
    Marlene is a recognized expert on the LinkedIn global learning platform, producing educational videos on Anger Management, Working with High Conflict People as a Manager, and Having Difficult Conversations.
    Her soon to be published book is From Conflict to Courage: How to Stop Avoiding and Start Leading.
    To learn more about Marlene and download a discussion guide for From Conflict to Courage, visit www.marlenechism.com

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Talking to Myself - Part 2 - Laura Steward

    Talking to Myself - Part 2 - Laura Steward

    Just me updating you on the show, myself and others things

    • 16 min
    Talking to Myself - Part 1 - Laura Steward

    Talking to Myself - Part 1 - Laura Steward

    Just me giving you an update on the show, myself and a few other things.

    • 20 min
    Creativity Unleashed - Alan Shapiro

    Creativity Unleashed - Alan Shapiro

    Return guest Alan Shapiro continues our discussion on creativity, getting rid of numbness, finding and expressing your story and how routine helps him unleash his creative spark.
    In Alan’s own words:
    Passionate, award-winning photographer. Advertising Chief Creative Officer, too
    I grew up on the creative side of the advertising world, working with clients around the world; telling their unique stories in very unique ways.
    Along the way, I've had the pleasure of working with many, many talented photographers, directors and content creators. I became envious of their art and craft. At first, I saw it as a means of reducing my stress-filled life. As a Chief Creative Officer at the world's largest Advertising Agency Network, I needed a distraction. A friend gave me a camera. Then I bought another. And then another. My new hobby and daily "creative exercise regimen" quickly turned into a joy-filled and all consuming passion. Then my first photo client called. Then another. And then, many more. Lockheed Martin, GM, Cadillac, Apple, Ritz Carlton, Bose, Scholastic,...
    I love talking to all sorts of people and seem to have a knack for getting them to open up and share themselves despite the intrusion and intimidation that a serious-looking camera often represents.
    I like finding and sharing things I find.
    Beautiful things. Powerful things. Poignant things.
    I also enjoy taking something ordinary and making it something well beyond that.
    Illustration and painting are other passions and I love creating unique "painted" photographs and photocompositions inspired by the Renaissance Masters.
    My work hangs in corporate and private collections. It graces retail environments, editorial spreads, TV show sets and has been featured on products from housewares to clothing to puzzles.
    Happiness. https://www.alanshapirophotography.com/
     

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Ridge Innovative ,

It’s All About the Questions - I’m a Fan

It’s always lovely to tune in and hear Laura’s warm, inquisitive, and insightful interviews. The guests reflect her listener focused tone. They leave me thinking about the topic long after I’ve moved on to the next thing in my day

Jenny Lisk ,

Great interviewer!

I was honored to be interviewed on this show recently. Laura really does ask great questions! And, as a guest, I appreciated that she was well prepared. Not all hosts are so thorough. Highly recommend having a listen - she’s got a great variety of guests, with conversations that will make you think.

DrAnnaC ,

It is all about the Questions

And Laura really digs deep to get to underlying issues and information that can create transformation. I enjoy her show!