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Featuring guests you care about sharing stories of the fork-in-the-road moments in their lives, so that we can examine what it means to change, be changed and face change in life.

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The Changed Podcast with Aden Nepom Aden Nepom

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Featuring guests you care about sharing stories of the fork-in-the-road moments in their lives, so that we can examine what it means to change, be changed and face change in life.

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    Maxwell - The Changed Podcast KIDS

    Maxwell - The Changed Podcast KIDS

    The first episode is here! This episode of the Changed Podcast KIDS features Maxwell from Austin, Texas. Amelia and I are so excited! Our first conversation is finally available for you to listen to!
    Maxwell is 7 years old and lives in Texas. He loves animals, video games, imagination games, dinosaurs, and chocolate!
    And... he is actually the reason we are even doing https://thechangedpodcast.com/episodes/kids/the-changed-podcast-kids/ (this project! )
    That's right! The whole idea came from a conversation Maxwell had with his http://www.merlin-works.com (mama), who then made a joke that became the best idea in the whole wide world.
    In this conversation, we learned that:
    Kids know a lot of stuff
    That you can be brave even when something scary (like falling off your bike happens)
    That sometimes grownups are more scared than kids (according to Maxwell, the fun stuff in particular!)
    And our co-host, Amelia, discovered that she actually had a lot in common with Maxwell, even though they live far apart.

    Amelia says: "You can learn a lot in one hour. For the time we recorded, me and maxwell both got hungry afterward!"
    Would you rather watch this episode on https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL14OGMeZ6r4MWkIBBAdLV4oY45J7d6K2s (YouTube)? YOU CAN!! Just https://youtu.be/8Row1ExQ0l0 (click here)

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    • 15 min
    Introducing the Changed Podcast KIDS!

    Introducing the Changed Podcast KIDS!

    Wondering what's in-store between seasons 2 and 3? It's a sweet little mini-series of interviews on the Changed Podcast Kids! After interviewing 50 guests on the Changed Podcast, I am so very excited to bring in a new perspective... the voices, thoughtsAfter interviewing 50 guests on the Changed Podcast, I am so very excited to bring in a new perspective... the voices, thoughts, and stories of kids!
    For this mini-series, I have a brand new co-host too! You may recall https://thechangedpodcast.com/about-the-changed-podcast/ (my stepdaughter is the origin) of the Changed Podcast, and since I wanted to talk to kiddos about their experiences, who better to help me do that than my own amazing kiddo, Amelia!
    Unlike our regular season, these episodes will come out sporadically over the next couple of months as we work around Amelia's school schedule, custody schedule (since we split her time between our house and her mama's house), and the ups and downs in the life of an 8-year-old.
    That being said, our first episode has already been recorded, and we are excited to bring you the first interview VERY SOON!
    In the meantime, we recorded a little trailer, to help you get excited.
    AND if you believe your child would make an excellent guest on The Changed Podcast KIDS, we invite you to submit them by https://artofchange.typeform.com/KidsPodcast (filling out this form)!

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    • 2 min
    Nancy Davis Kho on How Gratitude Changes Your Everything

    Nancy Davis Kho on How Gratitude Changes Your Everything

    This episode is not just the 50th episode of this podcast (WOW!), but it also brings to a close an amazing second season of this show. What better guest than Nancy Davis Kho, host of the Midlife Mixtape Podcast, and author of the book: The Thank You Project, Cultivating Happiness One Letter of Gratitude at a Time.

    Nancy Davis Kho is a speaker, author, and podcaster whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and NPR affiliate KQED. Nancy is also the author of the book THE THANK-YOU PROJECT: Cultivating Happiness One Letter of Gratitude at a Time published by Running Press.

    Nancy covers “the years between being hip and breaking one” at MidlifeMixtape.com and on the Midlife Mixtape Podcast, available on all major podcast platforms. The Midlife Mixtape Podcast won a 2020 Iris Award as Podcast of the Year and was included in the Wall Street Journal’s list of 8 Podcasts for Anyone Nervously Facing Retirement.

    Nancy has also been both champion and judge in the acclaimed international comedy-lit improv show, Literary Death Match! More on Nancy can be found on her website, at www.DavisKho.com.

    And for the 50th episode of The Changed Podcast, which also brings to an end the second season of the show, I could not think of a better guest than Nancy Davis Kho!

    I like to think that I express my gratitude often and well, but Nancy has dug deeper than arguably the majority of us, and certainly far deeper than I have, producing 50 separate thank you letters, not just to people but to places, and whole swaths of the entertainment industry that have shaped her, inspired her and helped her become who she is today. Clearly, we can all learn something about saying thank you from someone who has really put in the time and effort to do so as thoroughly as Nancy Davis Kho.

    What's in this episode?

    A longer than necessary discussion as to whether or not Nancy and I have met before, or if we just look like other people (spoiler alert, we look like other peopleA midlife specific on the moments that shape usthe reality that reaching midlife means you have seen and experienced some pretty significant thingsThoughts on the gifts overcoming struggle, loss and challenge can leave us withThe relationship between grief and processing change (shoutout to previous guest Andrew Williams!)Does empathy come with age and experience?Two book suggestions! 1) The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow and 2) Sweetbitter by Stephanie DanlerNancy's journey of writing two books (and then 50 letters of gratitude later) and then a third book!Lessons learned from saying thank you, and more importantly thinking about the specific reasons you are grateful A long closing statement from me expressing gratitude for all of you who listen to the show, and read the show notes! (You're the best!) Shoutouts to the Super Seven (the first seven guests of this show) Mary Jo Pehl, Mo Daviau, Dr. Rick Kirschner, BJ Lange, , Nadine Montaghami, Dr. Rick Brinkman and Guillermo Martinez (have you seen The Mitchell's vs the Machines yet??? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???)

    A few Memorable Quotes from Nancy

    "I think if you haven't been tossed around a little bit, by the time you hit your 40s and 50s, you are in a very, very tiny minority. Because it's just, I mean, it's just life. Life knocks us around a little bit. And what I think is really beautiful about it is the way that it makes us more empathetic."

    "Sometimes when you're going through the transformation, it's well oftentimes it's painful, you don't want to go through it, you're resistant. But midlife gives you that benefit of perspective where you can look back and say, Oh, that's why I took that job. Oh, that's why I moved to that city. That all makes sense now in retrospect."

    "I didn't publish my first book till I was 52. So if you're a writer out there who has not yet had two books rejected and hit the age of 50, like,...

    • 47 min
    Wade McCollom and How Your Mundane Might be Someone Else's Life-Changing Moment

    Wade McCollom and How Your Mundane Might be Someone Else's Life-Changing Moment

    In Episode 49 of The Changed Podcast Wade McCollum, who has acted on Broadway, in film, and on TV, shares his unique experiences with time, the profound and the mundane, and two stories that illustrate the relationship between our expectations, understanding of ourselves, and our realities.You may have heard of https://www.instagram.com/wademccollum/?hl=en (Wade McCollum). As an American film actor, stage actor, composer, and musician, Wade is https://www.broadwayworld.com/people/Wade-McCollum/ (best known) for his roles as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Ernest Shackleton in Ernest Shackleton loves me for which he won the https://www.elliotnortonawards.com/2016-1 (Norton Award for Best Actor )and was nominated for the https://www.lortelaward.com/2018lucillelortelawards (Lortel Award )in the same category.
    These days, he can be found buried in his neuroscience textbooks as a student at the University of Pennsylvania.
    Wade is truly remarkable and multi-talented, so it may be no surprise that like previous guests https://thechangedpodcast.com/episodes/maraya-brown/ (Maraya Brown) and https://thechangedpodcast.com/episodes/lou-radja/ (Lou Radja), Wade is also an alum of Ashland High School. Like many of the programs at Ashland High School, The drama program at AHS is one of the best (thanks to the brilliant thinking of Betsy Bishop marrying the program to the prestigious https://www.osfashland.org/ (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), which continually attracts some of the world's top talent).
    All of that is to say that any time I get to sit down and talk with Wade McCollum, it carries simultaneously that sweet feeling of the relief I associate with what is most familiar, AND the excitement of what's new because both of our lives are filled with shifts, changes, and curiosity. There is just so very much to talk about!
    This may just be my favorite interview of the season!
    What's in this episode?How this actor's brain handles memorization
    Why Wade wasn't able to be part of season 1 as originally planned
    How having and recovering from Covid effected Wade
    A rich discussion of human adaptation
    Why #youchanged would make an excellent complement to give!
    The incredible contrast of human interpretation. My mundane can be your profound, and vice versa
    How our earliest experiences shape our assumptions about what other people's lives should look like
    How we digest other people's stories to represent profound meaning to ourselves as humans
    Two stories that demonstrate how our expectations and understanding of reality aren't always well met.
    A glimpse into the exciting realm of Medical Music and why Wade is now studying neuroscience after decades of making a living as a performer.

    A few memorable things Wade McCollum said:"I'm up there thinking, you know what, there's 3000 people watching the show right now... they're having that fulcrum experience where they may never be the same. And I'm literally at my office job. The juxtaposition of that is so incredible"
    "When you're born into something, the assumption is that's life. That's life, and there's no other, you know, there's no other way to do it, because that's the way it's done."
    "They said, 'We're the, we're the different ones. Most people live in a house. And they stay there. And most people don't move around like we do and go from town to town.' Everything just went boom, and suddenly I was the anomaly. And it was so fundamental, I could feel my brain change."
    "Humans as a species are like story eaters. Rather than, throw the story up, this is a gross analogy, our tendency is to digest it. And in that process of digestion, there's that refinement, where we're like, 'what nutrients am I going to take from that story that are useful to my particular lens and narrative, what I'm thinking about how I'm looking at the world right now and what I'm working on?' And that's such a beautiful and incredible gift as a human species. what an amazing thing!"

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Dr. Ian Brooks on Choosing What Your Pivotal Moments Represent to You

    Dr. Ian Brooks on Choosing What Your Pivotal Moments Represent to You

    Episode 48 of the Changed Podcast features Dr. Ian Brooks, on the power of mindset, living a life of intention (which includes Netflix and chips!), and his own self-determination even as he narrowly escaped the wreckage of a collision in his own fork-in-the-road story.

    Dr. Ian Brooks started off working in a clinical psychology ward eventually transitioning to work with "higher functioning individuals."

    Over the span of his 25+ year career helping people move forward. He's worked with clients that include Netflix, Shondaland, Bank of America, Guitar Center, Nike Inc. Sony, and Warner Brothers.

    Most recently, Dr. Brooks is the author of Intention: Building Capabilities to Transform Your Story which integrates research and personal journey that drives readers toward introspection and action.

    His contagious smile and upbeat demeanor might fool you into thinking achieving Transformation is easy! And it is! But also, it's challenging, it's hard work, and it absolutely takes intention. Our conversation weaves through the ins and outs of intentional transformation, what the nuances are between transformation and change, and the difference that intention makes throughout all of it.

    What's in this episode?

    The differences in getting patient complience in a closed setting, like a lock down facility vs the open setting of the general populationThe difference between achieving personal transformation, and making personal changesThe relationship between fear of change and the power of belief when it comes to transformationWhy Ian doesn't cry anymoreHow Dr. Brook's book, is really a second draft, which serves as an excellent reminder that failure isn't always failure, and that we have a choices about how we move forward from set backsHow easy it is to let challenges stop us from doing the good and important things in lifeIan's personal fork-in-the-road story from a moment when he was in a motorcycle accidentHow living with purpose and intention does not mean that you don't get to also enjoy spacing out, eating chips and lazing on the couch watching Netflix

    A few memorable things Ian Brooks said in this interview:

    "We only have 24 hours in this day. We were only promised the next second. That's it. And I can't tell you what I'm going to do with that next second. But I can tell you that it's going to be done with purpose. I don't want to waste time."

    "If you want to kick your feet up and eat a whole bag of potato chips and watch Netflix all day, you're doing with that purpose, whether you realize it or not. Now, if your purpose is really to go out there and exercise, well, then that's a different conversation. But you're still doing what you're doing with purpose because you are doing it intentionally, and that's okay. It isn't always necessarily outcome-based. Sometimes that purpose is: I just need to get lost in my thoughts."

    "I can do more than what I'm defined by in this motorcycle injury or otherwise."

    "The power of the mind is very interesting. As we think about fear, and the reasons why we don't do certain things, or even potentially the reasons we do, it's very interesting in the context of specifically, this idea of change. Because we do things quite a bit out of fear, not necessarily providing the context around, how do we actually move forward?"

    "Change is: I can get someone to do something one day, in a particular moment in time, and just taking very targeted steps to do something different. That's a lot different than transformation, which I think a lot of people are really reaching for. And that is building it into your fabric of who you are."

    You can read the full transcript of the episode here

    • 43 min
    Josh Braun on why you should stop trying to change minds, and start listening instead

    Josh Braun on why you should stop trying to change minds, and start listening instead

    Josh Braun, the host of the Inside Selling Podcast, shares his thoughts on why it's so critical to learn how to listen fully, how sales superpowers are really just human communication superpowers and the moment that shifted ALL of his priorities.https://www.joshbraun.com (Josh Braun) is known for helping people learn to sell without being salesy, creepy, sleazy, and without selling their souls.
    We met back in 2006 when he hired me for my first exciting grown-up job working as a comedy writer for an educational software product.
    Yes. You read that sentence correctly.
    I'll never forget this particular fork-in-the-road moment: I had just come home from my absolutely awful temp position processing mortgage applications, and I'd decided I was done. I hated my job and knew I had so many other skills to offer, but didn't really have any clue what I was looking for. It was 11 pm at night by the time I found the unconventional job posting in the Gigs section of Craigslist that sounded like it was written by a human who was introducing themselves at a friend's house. It was written in such a funny voice, I thought it might be some kind of joke!
    Feeling punchy and like I had nothing to lose, I went ahead and responded to the ad. This was a job where humans seemed like they might actually get to act like humans, and I wanted a piece of that!
    With unbelievable amounts of honesty that included fun facts about my work ethic and my t-shirt collection, I made sure that the flirtiest, goofiest, biggest, and boldest parts of my personality showed up to the cover letter party. I wasn't trying to be the person that fit the role. I wanted to be the human that these humans were excited to meet.
    At 1:30 am I sent the cover letter and my resume to the email address provided. The phone rang just before 8 am that same morning. It was Josh's voice on the other end of the line "That's the best cover letter I've ever read. No joke, I'm framing it and putting it on my wall."
    While both of our paths have taken us away from the kind of work we shared at that particular company in 2006, the elements that brought us together in the first place have remained a priority for both of us in our separate endeavors: simple, humble, human communication.
    I use these skills to teach storytelling and to help teams work well with each other. He uses these skills to teach sales; but, we're not just teachers. We're students too.
    What's in this episode?Why trying to change people's minds feels frustrating
    What you might want to try instead
    Why it's helpful to shine a light on the cost of inaction
    What is Motivational Interviewing? Why is it helpful?
    How modern technology is affecting the way we communicate
    What happened to cause Josh to realize that instead of money, he needed to prioritize the moments and the people in life that he cares about the most.

    Memorable Things Josh Braun Said:"You don't control other people. You don't control your revenue number, you don't control how people respond to your message. You don't control your quota. You don't control if people are going to hang up on you. You don't control if something's going to change. https://thechangedpodcast.com/episodes/lou-radja/ (You only control what is in your nature )to be able to control: what you say, what you want to do, how you conduct yourself, how you behave, and your thoughts."
    "When we start to change people's minds, we often are met with resistance because people don't like it when other people take away their freedom to choose you telling a teenager to stop smoking naturally start to smoke more, it's actually something called https://thechangedpodcast.com/episodes/reshanda-yates/ (the backfire effect)."
    "The secret skill is to actually https://thechangedpodcast.com/episodes/gary-hirsch/ (make the other person feel heard). That is a skill that a lot of people take for granted-- listening--because we do it all the time. And it's a tragedy because unless we realize that...

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Customer Reviews

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18 Ratings

merlinworks ,

Delightful and insightful

The best stories are about people being changed. Host Aden Nepom tackles this concept head on by asking her guests about the moments in their life that changed them. The show is upbeat, poignant, and often hilarious. A great way to see some very accomplished people in their before and afters.

Luann JA ,

Refreshing take on change

I love listening to regular yet exceptional people and their stories. The focus on change draws out interesting perspectives.

Malisonxpert ,

Great interviews

Really interesting interviews that go beyond the typical questions. Worth checking out!

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