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Join us in conversations with inspiring people doing amazing things. Their insights and experiences help motivate all of us to find our purpose that fits with our abilities, gifts and life situation. Get a "behind the scenes" look at successful people making a difference in the world and benefit from their advice for the rest of us. Our guests include authors, artists, leaders, coaches, pastors, business people and speakers.

Pivotal People Stephanie Nelson

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

Join us in conversations with inspiring people doing amazing things. Their insights and experiences help motivate all of us to find our purpose that fits with our abilities, gifts and life situation. Get a "behind the scenes" look at successful people making a difference in the world and benefit from their advice for the rest of us. Our guests include authors, artists, leaders, coaches, pastors, business people and speakers.

    Ep. 36: Alex Avila: Author, Emotional Safety

    Ep. 36: Alex Avila: Author, Emotional Safety

    Listen in on a great conversation with Alex Avila, discussing his new book, "Emotional Safety: Honoring Yourself While Creating Trust and Presence to Experience Meaningful Relationships."  It's an eye-opening and encouraging book to help us know how and when to trust others as we build relationships.  
    Alex A. Avila is an author, speaker and a therapist.  He is passionate about helping people secure and enjoy safe, healthy relationships. As a full-time licensed professional counselor, author and speaker, Alex empowers people to pursue physical, emotional, spiritual, emotional and relational health. He holds multiple advanced therapist certifications and guides individuals and couples.
    In 2007 he began full-time counseling studies and has since facilitated thousands of hours of private counseling and over 100 relationship workshops. Alex also conducts trainings for therapists working toward clinical certifications.

    You can order Alex's book on Amazon HERE
    You can download a free chapter of his book and learn more about Alex and his practice at his website https://www.alexaavila.com/

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    • 31 min
    Ep 35: Laurel Appel: Author, Radical Grace

    Ep 35: Laurel Appel: Author, Radical Grace

    Meet my friend and author, Laurel Appel. Her new book, "Radical Grace" is a breath of fresh air.  Laurel explains God's grace in a refreshing, honest and engaging way.  Her writing made me stop and think, read passages out loud to my husband, and discuss the topic with friends. It's a wonderful book to enjoy, give as a gift to anyone we love, and to have as a permanent addition to our own book collections.

    Author Bob Goff had this to say about Laurel's book, which says it all:

    “ With her masterful unpacking of biblical truth and her engaging style of storytelling, Laurel reveals Jesus' answer to living life fully free and motivated by love. Radical Grace: Live Free and Unashamed makes the seemingly impossible possible."
    Bob Goff
    New York Times Bestselling Author
    of Love Does, Everybody, Always,
    Dream Big, and Undistracted

    ​Life has certainly allowed Laurel to have a diversity of experiences that have influenced her mission and ministry. She has a heart for people to know they are loved, free, and can live without shame. Her own journey to accepting these facts has given her compassion for those who struggle to believe they are true.

    You can order Laurel's book "Radical Grace" HERE

    Learn more about Laurel at https://www.laurelappel.com/

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    • 30 min
    Ep. 34: Dream Big With Bob Goff

    Ep. 34: Dream Big With Bob Goff

    Listen in on our most popular Pivotal People episode yet--our conversation with New York Times bestselling author, Bob Goff. We are re-airing it because he is one in a million--if you missed this episode back in February, here's another chance.  He's a friend to everyone he meets, a devoted husband, father, grandfather; a humanitarian, an attorney and even a farmer.

    If you haven't read Bob's books yet, get started by ordering all of them at https://www.bobgoff.com/books . I loved every single one of them--I've read each of them at least twice. They have changed my worldview and opened up doors to new adventures I never could have predicted.
    Bonus: All of the profits of his Love Does book go to his Love Does organization (LoveDoes.org) that puts love in action around the world by building safehouses, schools and hospitals in conflict zones and 8+ countries around the world, creating US  feeding programs to fight hunger and more. So your purchase will help someone in a very practical way while helping you, too. 

    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

    Everybody Always : Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People

    Dream Big: Know What You Want, Why You Want It, and What You're Going to Do About It.

    Undistracted: Capture Your Purpose, Rediscover Your Joy

    Live in Grace, Walk in Love: A 365-Day Journey

    and many more!

    Bob inspires everyone he meets to love people better, to have more fun adventures, and to chase big dreams. He shares real stories about people and life and love. Once we see the world through Bob's lens, it never looks quite the same again.

    You may even want to be like Bob. Most people do, but Bob will say, "Don't try to be like me.  Try to be like Jesus.  I'm trying to be like Jesus."

    So join Bob in dreaming big, connecting and loving people better, and being a little more like Jesus. 

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    • 34 min
    Ep. 33: Karen Hardwick--"The Connected Leader: 7 Strategies to Empower Your True Self and Inspire Others."

    Ep. 33: Karen Hardwick--"The Connected Leader: 7 Strategies to Empower Your True Self and Inspire Others."

    Meet Karen Hardwick--an amazing leadership consultant to Fortune 1000 corporations, podcast host, spiritually-trained psychotherapist and speaker.  Her new book is called "The Connected Leader: 7 Strategies To Empower Your True Self and Inspire Others." Stop what you're doing and order it right now. I read it once, and then I read it again because it's so eye-opening and is full of too much wisdom to absorb in one reading. It's entertaining, easy to read, and very inspirational.

    Karen is wise, entertaining and inspirational--you'll appreciate hearing her explain how these seven strategies can make a difference in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. It's all about connection. In Karen's words, "God knew exactly what he was doing when he wired us for connection. When we connect deeply and in healthy ways, we release the best in ourselves and others."

    Connect with Karen here:
    KarenjHardwick.com
    Sign up for her complimentary download "The Connection Manifesto" to get started

    Order her book on Amazon
    Listen to her podcast "Saving You a Seat": A podcast with conversations on connection
    https://savingyouaseatpodcast.com/

    Find her on
    Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karenjhardwickinc/



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    • 31 min
    Ep. 32: Dr. Sasha Shillcutt--Brave Boundaries: Strategies to Say No, Stand Strong, and Take Control of Your Time: The Key to Living Empowered

    Ep. 32: Dr. Sasha Shillcutt--Brave Boundaries: Strategies to Say No, Stand Strong, and Take Control of Your Time: The Key to Living Empowered

    Join in on a great conversation with Dr.  Sasha Shillcutt about her new book, "Brave Boundaries: Strategies to Say No, Stand Strong, and Take Control of Your Time: The Key to Living Empowered." I read it and recommend it to everyone who wants to get off the crazy train of trying to be everything to everyone! It's GREAT and we all need to read it.
    Sasha Shillcutt, MD, is a tenured professor of anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. She is a gender-equity researcher, award-winning clinician, professional coach, and speaker.

    Learn more and get in contact with Sasha at  BecomeBraveEnough.com
    In 2016, she launched her organization Brave Enough, where she leads a community of thousands of women. She teaches women how to have work-life control through coaching, courses and conferences. Her passion is empowering women to be brave enough in their professional and personal lives to set boundaries. 

    She speaks often at conferences, workshops, and retreats, including her annual conference for women’s leadership and wellbeing on the topics of career burnout, boundaries, and developing resilient leaders. In 2016, Sasha was awarded the national American Medical Association’s Women Physician’s Inspiring Physician Award by her peers.

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    • 25 min
    Ep. 31: John Cotton Richmond--US Ambassador Fighting Human Trafficking

    Ep. 31: John Cotton Richmond--US Ambassador Fighting Human Trafficking

    Listen in on an eye-opening and inspiring conversation with John Cotton Richmond, an attorney and diplomat who has committed his entire career to battling human trafficking.

    As John puts it very simply, "Freedom matters because people matter."
    You can get in touch with John and learn about his coaching and speaking opportunities at johncottonrichmond.com .

    Ambassador Richmond is an attorney and diplomat focused on ethical business, human rights, democracy, and rule of law. His career has taken him to the front lines in the global battle against human trafficking. Ambassador Richmond currently serves as a Partner at Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, where he focuses on the intersection between business and human rights. He advises companies on how to keep their supply chains free of forced labor and their workforces free of sex trafficking.
    Previously, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Ambassador Richmond and he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons from 2018 to 2021. Serving in the nation’s highest-ranking position dedicated to human trafficking, he led U.S. foreign policy related to modern slavery and coordinated the U.S. government’s response to the crime.
    Ambassador Richmond also served for over a decade as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, where he prosecuted numerous victim-centered labor and sex trafficking cases. He also lived in India for three years pioneering International Justice Mission’s slavery work.
    Ambassador Richmond has received numerous honors and commendations, including being named a “Prosecutor of the Year” and receiving the “Wilberforce Award for Exceptional Leadership in the Fight Against Human Trafficking” and the “David Alred Award for exceptional contributions to civil rights”. His work caused the former head of the FBI’s human trafficking program to call him “every trafficker’s worst nightmare”.
    Ambassador received his undergraduate degree from the University of Mary Washington and his law degree from Wake Forest University. Ambassador Richmond is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Senior Advisor to Love Does, and frequent speaker on topics of faith, justice, and vocation. He lives in Virginia with his talented wife and they have three wonderful children.

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Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

livethestory ,

So interesting!

Loved hearing the back and behind-the-scenes stories. They are all “pivotal people” for sure.

PATAYTO ,

Encouragement to my heart

Thank you so much Stephanie, for making this a beautiful podcast. It is so encouraging to my heart, it is so inspirational. Thank you for finding dynamic guests who share their true stories!

Erin Cuccio ,

Pivotal Points

Stephanie takes great conversations with wonderful guests to remind us to look for the pivotal moments in life— not only how our own lives can change, but how we can change the world around us. Great episodes every time!

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