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Pause On The Play is where you are challenged to examine your beliefs, question your predisposed notions, and consider realities you may be unfamiliar with in order to understand that they too are real. Erica Courdae and co-host India Jackson have real conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion, visibility, mindset, and everything in between.

Topics include imperfect allyship, imposter syndrome, company culture, and how you can feel more aligned and empowered in your business marketing. Let's go beyond the surface and move into action, today.

Pause On The Play Erica Courdae

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    • 5.0 • 48 Ratings

Pause On The Play is where you are challenged to examine your beliefs, question your predisposed notions, and consider realities you may be unfamiliar with in order to understand that they too are real. Erica Courdae and co-host India Jackson have real conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion, visibility, mindset, and everything in between.

Topics include imperfect allyship, imposter syndrome, company culture, and how you can feel more aligned and empowered in your business marketing. Let's go beyond the surface and move into action, today.

    Niching Down: Aligning Your Actions With Your Aspirations with Chelsea Stevenson

    Niching Down: Aligning Your Actions With Your Aspirations with Chelsea Stevenson

    Getting clear on your niche can help your business flourish.
    Finding your niche can mean more than honing your service offerings and ideal client avatar. Niching down can help you express your values in your business.
    But the way that niching is talked about and taught in the mainstream can become a matter of chasing money and be out of alignment with your values.
    Chelsea Stevenson joins Erica for a conversation about what it has really meant to niche down her business and how her values inform all of her business decisions, from the services she offers, to how she attracts her ideal clients.
    In this discussion:
    How your values inform your niche and the clients you want to reach How niching down in alignment with your values helps your business thrive Why niching down has to be about more than demographics Why you need to go deeper when envisioning your ideal clients Connect with Chelsea Stevenson:
    Hennapreneur Cardamom and Clove Henna Facebook:@hennapreneur Instagram:@hennapreneur.official Ready to dive deeper?
    To find your niche, you have to know your values. Being clear on this means you can chart a course in your business that prioritizes your values and the impact you want to have.
    Being explicit about who you support and how your actions align with that can help your business thrive. If you want support in learning to lead through your values, join us for the Implicit to Explicit Masterclass.
    Learn more about leading through your values at pauseontheplay.com/explicit.
    Resources:
    Erica and India discuss Psychographics vs Demographics A video on Jobs to be Done Theory

    • 41 min
    VIP Days, Burnout, and the Beauty of Boundaries with Jordan Gill

    VIP Days, Burnout, and the Beauty of Boundaries with Jordan Gill

    You can do things differently. You can define success for yourself in a way that accounts for your whole self and wellbeing and not just the work you do for others.
    You don’t have to be grinding and hustling every hour of every day. Being burned out is not a badge of honor.
    Jordan Gill joins Erica for a conversation about VIP days and how implementing them has supported both their businesses and their lives. 
    In this discussion:
    How VIP days create natural boundaries for you and your work How VIP days allow you to be more present for your clients and in your life How VIP days support you in your Imperfect Allyship® Why you need to stop apologizing for what you need to be great Connect with Jordan Gill:
    Systems Saved Me Instagram: @SystemsSavedMe Ready to dive deeper?
    Getting clear on your values helps you understand and recognize what you need in order to be the most effective version of yourself in your business and in your life.
    To be in alignment with what matters to you and why, so you can chart a course that prioritizes your values and the impact you want to create, you need to be explicit about those values.
    If you want support in getting clarity on what you support and how your actions are aligned with that, sign up for the Implicit to Explicit Masterclass.
    Learn more about leading through your values at pauseontheplay.com/explicit.

    • 53 min
    Urgency Is Not Welcome To This Show

    Urgency Is Not Welcome To This Show

    With a neverending news cycle churning out information, it can be easy to feel like you have to react immediately. We feel the urgency of needing to say something, do something, to fix the problem we’re now aware of. So often, the issues you’re reacting to existed long before you acknowledged them. And the fix can’t be immediate.
    Erica discusses reacting with urgency to the events of the day, how it leads to burnout, and how it can pull you away from your values.
    In this discussion:
    How discomfort and urgency are related How urgency undermines addressing root causes with long-term solutions Why being consistent in your values and your actions in support of them mean doing less damage control when things do go wrong Ready to dive deeper?
    How are your values playing out through your actions? Where do you want more clarity, alignment, and understanding as you navigate choices, from who you hire to where you shop? Being clear on this means you can chart a course that prioritizes your values and the impact they can create.
    Leading through your values means being explicit about what you support and how your actions are aligned with that. If you want support as you consider and clarify what matters to you and why, join the Implicit to Explicit Masterclass.

    Learn more at pauseontheplay.com/explicit.

    • 12 min
    Supporting Our Children As They Explore Gender and Identity with Mackenzie Dunham

    Supporting Our Children As They Explore Gender and Identity with Mackenzie Dunham

    Children should be able to explore their expression and identity as part of growing up.
    So how do we best support them and prioritize their needs as they navigate that journey? As adults, how can we do better for the children in our lives? How can adults deprogram the sometimes harmful ideas and beliefs they grew up with?
    Mackenzie Dunham joins Erica for a conversation about what it takes to create supportive, affirming spaces for kids.
    In this discussion:
    Why we need to normalize therapy from a young age How parents and caregivers can open conversations about gender identity Actions parents and caregivers can take to support trans and gender-expansive kids Connect with Mackenzie Dunham:
    Wild Heart Society Camp Wild Heart Podcast Instagram: @Wild.Heart.Society Ready to dive deeper?
    Getting clear on your values supports you in your life and in your business. If you’re ready to get explicit about what you support and how your actions are aligned with that, join India and Erica for the Implicit to Explicit Masterclass.
    You’ll chart a course that prioritizes your values and the impact they can create through every person you hire and the business you buy from. These decisions shape how you live and the legacy you leave.
    Learn more about leading through your values at pauseontheplay.com/explicit.

    • 46 min
    How Imperfect Allyship® Shows Up For Black Women with Paula Edgar

    How Imperfect Allyship® Shows Up For Black Women with Paula Edgar

    We can be Imperfect Allies® to people who live, look, and love like us, as well as to those who are demographically different from us.
    What supports us when we give and receive Imperfect Allyship® from each other from within our communities? What do we need when those who are different from us on paper want to support us?
    Paula Edgar joins Erica for a dynamic conversation about what can happen when Black women are allies to one another and Paula’s passion for supporting and prioritizing Black women.
    In this discussion:
    How Imperfect Allies® within the Black community can use institutional and situational privilege to support other Black people How reparenting themselves and receiving mentorship can help Black women get comfortable with receiving support Why Black women need advocacy and allyship from each other What non-Black Imperfect Allies® can do to make change for Black women Connect with Paula Edgar:
    PGE Consulting Twitter: @PaulaEdgar Connect with Paula on LinkedIn Ready to dive deeper?
    Imperfect Allyship® requires you to get clear on your values and take action in alignment with what matters to you.
    Every person you hire and every business you buy from brings you closer to or further away from your values. To get support in clarifying what matters so you can chart a course that prioritizes the impact you want to create, sign up for the From Implicit to Explicit Masterclass.
    Learn more at pauseontheplay.com/explicit

    • 42 min
    Imperfect Allyship®: Why Social Change Needs Space For Imperfection

    Imperfect Allyship®: Why Social Change Needs Space For Imperfection

    Imperfect Allyship® is more than just a phrase. And it’s an entire thought process, action framework, and a way of being. Imperfect Allyship® is a movement.
    Imperfect Allyship® is a nuanced and layered concept that requires commitment, collaboration, and vulnerability. But it also doesn’t have to be that complicated.
    India joins Erica to dig into the meaning of Imperfect Allyship® and how it comes to life in action.
    In this discussion:
    Coming to a working definition of Imperfect Allyship® How perfectionism gets in the way of allyship How Imperfect Allyship® supports DEI efforts Why allyship goes across lines and demographic checkboxes Ready to dive deeper?
    If you’re seeking connection and community on your journey of Imperfect Allyship®, join us at Pause on the Play®, The Community, where you can expand your awareness and get support, understanding, and share experiences at the intersection of learning and evolution.

    Learn more at pauseontheplay.com/community PauseOnThePlay.com/Community

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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48 Ratings

48 Ratings

elainelouc ,

I love these real conversations

Erica and India are such a breath of fresh air. Having such conscious conversations and reminding us it’s okay to be imperfect as long as we have great intentions and learn and grow to be a better ally to others.

AudCav ,

Compassionate, smart and Engaging

I love when I come across a great duo with chemistry and something great to share! Erica and India are awesome! Listen up!

Frankenwendy ,

Great conversations

Thoughtful conversations that are so insightful and necessary. Thank you, Erica and India!

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