35 episodes

Be entertained, empowered and encouraged. Hearing other people's personal stories heals us, gives us a feeling of connection and develops empathy.
Over 15 years as a speaking coach and corporate trainer, I've heard presentations from over 10,000 men and women from all around the world. This podcast is a documentary of discoveries.
Here are stories from when we were little, have won and lost competitions, been bullied and stood up to authorities. Tales of building character at camp, overcoming injuries and studying abroad. Narratives of job interviews gone wrong, mentoring gone right, leadership wins and parenting fails.
Why? These life lessons offer Practical Wisdom: insight to help us be resilient, successful and happy. They teach us how to change our mindset, overcome imposter syndrome and trust ourselves so we can lead and inspire.
These are authentic and raw. People are vulnerable as they share what they discovered about human nature and themselves. Please trade perfect sound and script for imperfect human experience.
What's a defining moment from your childhood? What value or lesson did it teach you? Join our community #myoriginstorychallenge Sign up to learn how to write and tell your 1 minute story and present confidently on audio, video and in person to ace an interview, wow a crowd, inspire your team, family and network: http://eepurl.com/dELfT5

Practical Wisdom Stories Nikki Kloeppel

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8, 17 Ratings

Be entertained, empowered and encouraged. Hearing other people's personal stories heals us, gives us a feeling of connection and develops empathy.
Over 15 years as a speaking coach and corporate trainer, I've heard presentations from over 10,000 men and women from all around the world. This podcast is a documentary of discoveries.
Here are stories from when we were little, have won and lost competitions, been bullied and stood up to authorities. Tales of building character at camp, overcoming injuries and studying abroad. Narratives of job interviews gone wrong, mentoring gone right, leadership wins and parenting fails.
Why? These life lessons offer Practical Wisdom: insight to help us be resilient, successful and happy. They teach us how to change our mindset, overcome imposter syndrome and trust ourselves so we can lead and inspire.
These are authentic and raw. People are vulnerable as they share what they discovered about human nature and themselves. Please trade perfect sound and script for imperfect human experience.
What's a defining moment from your childhood? What value or lesson did it teach you? Join our community #myoriginstorychallenge Sign up to learn how to write and tell your 1 minute story and present confidently on audio, video and in person to ace an interview, wow a crowd, inspire your team, family and network: http://eepurl.com/dELfT5

    Soul Searching with Jeffron Smalls: How to be authentic at work

    Soul Searching with Jeffron Smalls: How to be authentic at work

    Practical Wisdom Stories: Soul Searching with Jeffron Smalls: How to be authentic at work
    Our guest this week shares about his experience at a Historically Black College and University and the powerful impact of being surrounded by Black excellence, including meeting President Obama (minute 11). This helped him become self-aware and develop the confidence to be wholehearted at work. He recently won a HBCU 30 under 30 award from thousands of nominees. He also shares a heartwarming story of how his mom inspired him in faith, and about how this helped him make a spiritual connection with a colleague. He inspires us on the value of truly being your wholehearted self even in a corporate environment (minute 8) and what leaders can do to cultivate inclusion.
    Jeffron loves the quote “tough times never last, tough people do”. He believes 2020 is the year for all of us to refocus and shift our way of thinking to evolve through this pandemic personally and professionally. His practical wisdom advice: “you can do anything you put your mind to once you start generating energy to allow others to succeed, that’s how you change the world,”
    Click here eepurl.com/dELfT5 to receive free coaching on writing and sharing your story.

    • 23 min
    Soul Searching with Fernmarie Rodriguez: How to develop intuition

    Soul Searching with Fernmarie Rodriguez: How to develop intuition

    Our guest today on Practical Wisdom Stories: Soul Searching is Fernmarie Rodriguez. She tells her fascinating journey of 9 years in college, 3 degrees, 15 years in tech that honed her analytical skills and led her to study the neuroscience of change and the surprising way it connects to personal development and spirituality.
    She shares the story from her childhood in Puerto Rico where she had a passion for stargazing that led to a dream job as an aerospace engineer working at NASA. Her defining moment came shen she had a baby at age 16. She overcame adversity, inspired to give her daughter a better life. She quotes Paulo Coelho’s the Alchemist “When you want something, the whole world conspires to help you achieve it.”
    Her practical wisdom advice: “learn to understand the difference between thoughts and feelings.” To bridge the gap in vastly differently points of view she advises: “experience teaches. Learning to trust our intuition helps us pursue true happiness.” She aspires to accelerate the evolution of human consciousness by teaching the power of experience.

    Click here eepurl.com/dELfT5 to receive free resources to help you share your story and inspire others.

    • 23 min
    Soul Searching: The Power of Childhood Stories

    Soul Searching: The Power of Childhood Stories

    Practical Wisdom Stories: Soul Searching: The Power of Childhood Stories.
    The challenges of a global pandemic, adjusting to a virtual work environment, and creating social justice require us all to up level our confidence and ability to connect with others.
    A useful tool to help us thrive is to share a defining moment from childhood. When we reflect on those significant milestones from early in life, they reveal our inherent strengths, talents and gifts. These achievements remind us we can do hard things. As we recall the ways we’ve overcome adversity in the past, we face current hardships and upcoming challenges with renewed grit.
    This confidence is contagious. As we share these relatable stories, we create trust and understanding. When we articulate our own narrative, we create space for others to communicate their perspective and we inspire empathy and unity.
    Please comment and share your story to encourage others. Click here eepurl.com/dELfT5 to receive free coaching on writing and delivering your anecdote to inspire your team and family, give a great speech, land an interview and be part of the documentary.

    • 2 min
    Soul Searching with Anne Borozan: The benefits of volunteering

    Soul Searching with Anne Borozan: The benefits of volunteering

    Our guest today on Practical Wisdom Stories: Soul Searching is Anne Borozan. She shares insight on the joys of volunteering. She says, "there's so much to do. There's low hanging fruit. You can make a difference. It's easy to jump in. You don't have to be intimidated or wait to be an expert." She shares a story from volunteering with Women at Microsoft board where she was inspired by what's possible for a team. How trust, respect and appreciation created a culture where everyone contributed their passion, talent and it was a safe place to disagree. She said being an advocate for change is actually a very rewarding and remarkable experience. Yes, you're helping others, and you also receive bonding and friendship with the other volunteers. It's not just giving, but you get back so much. She said, "creativity comes out and fears drop away" when you're working freely for a cause you're passionate about.
    Anne Borozan works in Customer Security & Trust within the Microsoft CELA organization. She is a regular contributor on women’s boards and D&I councils at Microsoft, and has a particular interest helping to facilitate culture change in the tech sector for women.
    Feeling inspired? Click here to receive free resources to help you feel confident and discover your talents so you can become an advocate for social change and discover the joys of volunteering eepurl.com/dELfT5

    • 11 min
    Soul Searching with Harpreet Kaur: Why blend in when you were born to stand out

    Soul Searching with Harpreet Kaur: Why blend in when you were born to stand out

    Our guest today on Practical Wisdom Stories: Soul Searching is Harpreet Kaur. She shares insight on finding your superpower, becoming a confident speaker and developing resilience. Her practical wisdom: Stand out. Be resilient. Be hopeful. #Whyblendinwhenyoureborntostandout

    My favorite part? At minute 16: witness her journey in becoming a speaker and watch her first ever live video interview from 3 years ago when she shared a story with me on overcoming prejudice and embracing diversity.
    She also shares "I had rejections, bad interviews, managers who didn’t see the potential in me, surviving illness. I asked myself 'what did I learn from these? How can I make sure my teams, my mentees learn from my experience?' Grieve for a moment. Then become even stronger. Life’s an ocean. Waves keep hitting you, but keep learning to surf higher and higher."

    Harpreet is a 1st gen senior technical product manager at #Microsoft with proven track record of leading business/digital transformation, managing teams and shipping high quality products/solutions. She is well known speaker and thought leader across the industry on technology, branding and diversity & inclusion. She's a mom of 2 and an abstract artist. Check her out at whyblendin.com
    Share your story and get a free coaching session: eepurl.com/dELfT5

    • 20 min
    Soul Searching with Pooja Sund: Manifesting, mentoring and motherhood

    Soul Searching with Pooja Sund: Manifesting, mentoring and motherhood

    Our guest today is a leader in finance and frequent speaker at conferences. She's on the board for Women at Microsoft where she mentors women in tech, creates systems for career growth and is a corporate culture change agent. She speaks to us on how she developed confidence as a child, how she overcomes adversity and sadness and the difference between empathy and compassion.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

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17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Danuta1961 ,

Thank you for sharing such interesting personal stories.

We all need some inspiration and this helps me feel connected to people during quarantine.

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