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Dean Brown, Men's Leadership Mentor - What makes a "Good Man" - Conversation + Music
It's not just one particular profile that makes a good man, but a combination of characteristics. Men's Leadership Mentor, Dean Brown, shares some essential ingredients for helping men step into their personal power, claim their leadership role, and develop fulfilling relationships, both business and personal.
A recent conversation with a friend made me aware that men are more hungry than ever for leadership mentoring. Continually shifting and uncertain times have left you unsure of where you stand in the world of business and personal relationships with women and how you can best lead others.
Dean Brown. Men's Leadership lessons...always listening, teaching, encouraging.
Dean Brown mentored thousands of people in his life and I thought it would be helpful to share a conversation I recorded with him during a Men's Leadership Mastermind.
Dean is my father and he passed on last year. He still has much wisdom to share through videos and audio recordings, though. He not only mentored and guided many men in their roles as leaders, he was also responsible for saving the lives of more than a few. I think you'll enjoy hearing the insights of a man who was highly successful as a business owner and entrepreneur, as a husband and father, and as a spiritual mentor. The fact that his wife of 51 years adored him and his daughters considered him their best friend says a lot about his ability to honor women and to lift them up in ways that only a strong, confident, and secure man can do. Guys, take notes!
Show Notes:4:48 - Leaders are willing to step into the unknown, bringing their whole selves along for the ride. The dance of masculine/feminine energies is always at work - yin/yang. There's not such thing as "just business". People do business, so that makes everything personal. Two sides to the same coin.
6:15 - Men's leadership is particularly important at this time because as many women step into leadership roles, we need men to stand in their masculine energy to ground our changing world. Masculine power is a gift, not a competitive power to the feminine. Together, we make an integrated whole. Dean was a powerful mentor and example of men's leadership at its best because he was a masculine man with the ability to share his compassion and his love with everyone around him. He understood that his receptive skills were equally important to his skills and his success as a proactive leader.
10:53 - Dean shares some stories of life-changing events that propelled him into his role as a public speaker, leader and mentor.
Dean Brown - lifelong teacher, men's leadership mentor
14:05 - As a young professional, Dean was approached to lead a group of teens and was initially reluctant, but he recognized that he had a responsibility to step up as a leader. It led him to a love of inspirational and motivational speaking that became a lifelong passion.
Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.Albert Einstein
Dean Brown - Business Owner, Entrepreneur
17:00 - Dean talks about the importance of developing listening skills in order to become more successful in business. He describes the need, from his experience working with a crisis center, to be discerning with people who pull you down with unrelenting talk about their problems. You have to learn how to know when to engage in deep listening.
19:15 - Men can have a hard time listening to women. Dean describes some of the reasons for this and why, in helping others to step into men's leadership roles, he considers it vital to master your mindset in this area if you want to be successful in y...
Resurrection - Love Is - Ep027
The Naked Vibes Show has been on hiatus for a little while
& I’m ready for resurrection. How about you?
This feels like the right time – as this week is special for many people. In the Christian and Jewish faith traditions, it’s Holy Week – the time of Good Friday, Passover, and Easter. There are traditions celebrated by other faiths this month as well. Also, in most of the Northern Hemisphere, it’s Spring – a time of rebirth, rejuvenation, and renewal – no matter what your faith orientation. It’s fall in most of the Southern Hemisphere, by the way. I don’t want to leave you out – that’s another time of transition.
So, the reason for my hiatus... I was the primary caretaker for my father for a couple of years, during which he was challenged by cancer. I needed to, and chose to, put my whole focus on him. He was a vibrant person. So full of life, despite the circumstances. He passed on last year and I’ve needed time to recuperate and grieve the loss.
But here’s why this is a perfect time to bring on a new season of The Naked Vibes Show. My dad was my champion. He was my friend and mentor. He believed in me, loved me unconditionally, and continued to tell me so until he passed.
He cherished the creative spirit he saw and, along with my mother, cultivated in me and my sister. He fully expected me to rise up and continue inspiring others through their challenges and celebrating in their joys, just as he always did.
Kelly's Cross - watercolor by KB Cain
This is a time of resurrection, both in faith traditions and in nature. I did a podcast episode in March 2018 on the Life-Renewing Energy of Easter. You can take a listen to that episode here if you’d like to dive a little deeper into the energy of resurrection and renewal – what I call the Christ energy - and how it’s different from a lot of religious thinking.
This is also a strange time in the world right now. We’re in the middle of a global pandemic due to a Coronavirus. A lot of people are afraid – afraid of job loss, loss of loved ones, of their own health & well-being, of the daily working of life as we know it, and mostly, I think, loss of control. Though we never truly have control over most things outside of our own thoughts and actions, we often perceive that we do. A situation like this puts it right in our faces. We don’t.
So, I’d like to give you a few things to hold onto, to ponder, or to lift you up.
Think of the worst things you’ve gone through to date. Not to bring you down. Not to dwell on. But, as a reminder that you made it through. You survived. Think on the ways you’re better for what you went through. Granted, it may have been a hell that you don’t want to repeat. But, I believe we can always find seeds of good in our experiences, seeds that grow us into stronger individuals.Understand the difference between inconvenience, or discomfort, and real pain. You can weather the inconveniences. You’ll adapt and come around with different methods to get things done. In some cases, you’ll come up with better ways of doing things. If you experience real pain, it’s the time to reach out – to get help. This kind of vulnerability is human and it’s also a window into the knowledge that you’re loved. You will find strength in pain and hardship because you’re vulnerable. Others will rise to the occasion to bring the help you need – just as you would for them. And, if you should find yourself alone in your pain, reach UP – to the Love that is higher than any of us, as humans, can fathom. I’m talking about the Love that is part of your DNA. The love that created you. If you’ve never reached for it before, take the chance. I promise you will find Love waiting for you – in the most beautiful and unexpected ways.
Billy Yates – Hit Songwriter – Music & Conversation – Ep026
Hit Songwriter, Producer & Performing Artist, Billy Yates “does his rockin’ on the stage”!
The healing power of music is Billy Yates' ministry & with songs recorded by George Jones, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans & more, plus two concurrent shows in Branson, he stays busy evangelizin’.
I had the privilege of connecting with Billy for a conversation & impromptu guerrilla style video shoot between his shows - the powerhouse Raiding the Country Vault concert & the more intimate Hit Songwriters in the Round. It was awesome to sit with him while he performed some of his hit songs in the theater setting before the crowd arrived. He shares his insights regarding our human vulnerabilities & how songs provide a vehicle to alleviate loneliness & suffering as well as lifting us into joy.
Be sure to catch the moment when, during the Raiding the Country Vault concert, I knew I had to have him on The Naked Vibes Show!
Enjoy the show on NAKED VIBES TV:
SHOW NOTES (times are for audio):
4:33 - Billy Yates talks about moving to Nashville to pursue his dream of being a singer, finding great songwriters to mentor him, & recording his first song that was eventually recorded by George Jones.
5:03 - LIVE ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE: Billy Yates plays the intro to “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair”, recorded by George Jones. The song won a CMA Event of the Year.
5:57 - “I do my rockin’ on the stage” is one of my favorite lines from this song. The song became an anthem, not only for Jones, but for many of his older fans who intended to keep livin’ large! George Foreman was a huge fan & appeared in a video for the song.
6:38 - Julia Cameron talks about, in The Artist’s Way, the importance of starting anything you desire to do at any age. It’s never too late!
7:18 - Billy Yates’ show is about to start at his theater, where we’re recording, so there’s a lot of activity in the room. He talks about the evolution of becoming a songwriter in Nashville by singing on song demoes for other writers. They encouraged him on the value of his gift for phrasing. He had to learn the craft to tap into his skill for writing lyrics & melodies.
9:04 - Frank Dycus & Dean Dillon were instrumental in Billy’s development as a songwriter. He’s written & recorded many songs with them & says he most enjoys the friendships & feels like it’s therapeutic to collaborate, putting a puzzle together with others & having fun in the process.
10:09 - Billy talks about the inception of the creative process as a gift from God. He’s dreamed complete songs - when he wakes up & records them, he knows it’s coming from something beyond him.
11:11 - Music is healing. We don’t think about how important it is to our lives. Songs help us to feel less alone, uplift us when we’re down, & often teach us to see ourselves.
11:45 - Billy Yates likes writing from a first person perspective because it helps the listener connect with the artist. He knew his song “Choices” had to be recorded by someone who could really own it & allow themselves to be very vulnerable in performing it. George Jones made it a hit.
12:34 - All human beings have the same experiences - pain, joy, hardship, love - even though they may come in different shades. This is how even the solo writing experience becomes collaborative with the recording artist, making it their own by bringing their personal experiences & emotions to it.
13:23 - “Choices” was written Billy Yates with Mike Curtis, a great piano player & melody writer. He was coming to Billy’s house to write & Billy didn’t have a piano. Billy told him, “We’ve got three chords & the truth; that’s all we’ve got today!” Though they didn’t have George Jones in mind when writing the song, they eventually approached him with it because Billy felt like it was a song that offered healing.
Dale Baker – Drummer, Singer/Songwriter – Music & Conversation – Ep025
Drummer Dale Baker shares insights from recording & performing with platinum artists Sixpence None The Richer to his new solo venture as singer/songwriter with The Maudlin Fee.
Dale performed with my sister, Kelly Brown, & me in Frankly Scarlet prior to his time with Sixpence. So we've got some good stories & laughs for you in this episode! We cover a range from secret crushes - to falling short as human beings - to Dale's dealings with church pastors rockin' six-pack abs. Yeah.
Dale goes deep & shares much about his spiritual journey, his questions & reckoning with ideas around sexual "sin", & the benefits of being a masculine man with soft edges.
Dale is an artist, a dedicated musician, & an all-around beautiful guy. I can't wait for you to hear his new music as The Maudlin Fee in this episode. You're gonna dig it.
2:52 - Dale talks about songwriting as a new creative venue & realizing the difficulty of being the “front person” in a band. Stretching his creative muscles to learn to play guitar, write, & sing has brought the joy back into music for him.
5:27 - I’ve realized how physical it is to be the drummer in a band as I learn to play them myself!
Successful entertainers work hard to make it look easy.
7:30 - Dale talks about what made him finally get the nerve to do his own project. He shares the urgency brought on by the loss of loved ones, realizing the brevity of time & life.
10:25 - Julia Cameron & The Artist’s Way - discussion of the ways all creative people get shut down by others. It’s never too late to start learning new ways of expressing yourself.
11:47 - Dale talks about the challenge of starting The Maudlin Fee to push through his shyness. He’s getting more & more comfortable with failing in order to get better.
13:02 - I’m always experimenting - combining rock music with meditation because it’s my background, even though it’s not the norm. If I’m feeling it, other people probably are, too.
15:23 - Affirmation is nice, but Dale’s goal is more about joy & the excitement of being alive.
16:31 - Songs that didn’t exist prior to writing. We’re making a difference as we create. From his work with Frankly Scarlet, Sixpence None The Richer, & now The Maudlin Fee, Dale is adding to the creative history of our world. As artists, we all create this rich landscape.
17:41 - Experiencing a friend doing new things, you get to know them in a new way.
18:18 - SONG: Lily of Valley
22:42 - Dale shares the story behind the song & how he can tie the percussion directly to his time playing in Frankly Scarlet with my sister, Kelly, & me. He describes the influence of Jonatha Brooke & talks about his perception of the 16th note pattern “train beat”.
25:06 - Energy of collaboration. Other artists & friends have also had a direct impact on his solo project. The drummer who recorded "Lily of the Valley" with him was a big influence, pulling him into the world of percussion when he was at the University of North Texas. Dale taught me a lot about playing percussion as well. We’re all more tied to one another than we even realize.
27:54 - Importance of having a great drummer behind you as a front person. Dale has had the experience now, so we laugh about the fact that even he doesn’t always know what to say to another drummer to make it work when it’s not jiving!
30:40 - Dale brought Richard Rohr to my attention & a video on his website about the healing power of rhythm. It turned out that Rohr was highlighting Christine Stevens, my trainer as a Remo Drums HealthRhythms facilitator. Christine said, “Music is the language of diplomacy of the future.” Remo has researched the effects of drumming on the body, as well as its ability to dissipate tension between people.
32:56 - Rohr & men’s initiation rights.
Personal Development a Soft Skill? Hardly – Tune Your Vibes – Ep024
The Myth of Soft Skills - Personal Development is for Ninjas!
I'm serving up some serious mojo in this episode for increasing your ability to solve problems, to feel less frenzied, have more energy & be more fulfilled. Musical soundtrack courtesy of owls, crows, tree frogs, sweetly singing birds & various buzzing things.
1:09 - Personal development referred to as Soft Skills or Soft Services is funny, because the great spiritual leaders of the world are ninjas! Jesus, Ghandi, Deepak Chopra, Mother Teresa, & many more.
2:25 - Look at personal development from a perspective of necessity.
2:57 - I’m creating new meditations while sitting by the river, surrounded by the sounds of nature. Getting into the rhythm & natural flow of nature is a life skill, a business skill, & a plan for longevity & well-being.
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4:09 - A client who has been in many types of leadership & personal development training is learning, through our coaching , to lead from an inner level. We have to learn to lead ourselves first.
5:14 - We tend to see accomplished spiritual leaders as different from ourselves. We’re all spiritual people. We tend to keep our spiritual lives as a separate thing from our business lives & out of our sex lives. A whole, integrated Self is a more fulfilled Self.
6:40 - Nature has its own rhythm. Being still long enough to become a part of it feeds your creativity, energy, & productivity. Are you taking the time you need to fill your cup? Spending the time in natural settings allows you to experience the magic of life. You’ll find that you solve problems more easily by making this a practice for yourself.
9:50 - Einstein integrated play time into his schedule as a part of creating wholeness in his work & life. He understood the role of play in genius.
11:11 - You can’t operate & thrive at your highest level without connecting body, mind, spirit. Don’t be afraid of the spiritual part of this. You have to plug into a power source that’s greater than your own mind in order to draw new energy & ideas.
12:19 - Challenge: Make it a regular practice to spend at least an hour allowing yourself to get into the natural rhythm & flow of nature in order to develop your greatest skills.
12:59 - Tree Frog - The sounds of nature are the music for this podcast episode. The visual aspect of the surrounding creatures are like the moving sheet music of a symphony.
14:26 - Exercise for coming into greater levels of strength, creativity, & productivity. It’s a prescription for being less busy & more productive at the same time.
15:24 - The beautiful, mysterious call of the owl.
16:14 - High performers want to do all they can to increase overall levels of excellence. Prayer allows us to reach for higher levels to connect to the truth of who we are & all we can be. It’s the way to plug into the highest Source of strength & energy. If you don’t believe in God, spend time in nature & express yourself, so you can connect to your psyche on deeper levels & tap into this rich source for personal development.
19:12 - Meditation, the other side of prayer, is listening.
20:17 - Become a spiritual ninja! We’re here for a short time, so why not experience all we can at the highest levels we can?
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Dean Lindsay – Singer-Songwriter, Business Thought Leader – Music & Conversation – Ep023
Dean Lindsay dares you to ask, "What's possible?" He's a multi-talented business thought leader, drawing from his background in performance & songwriting in order to be helpful to others.
Dean has performed for audiences all over the world as a vocalist for Up With People. He's authored three business books and has much to share on the ways we can all make a difference in our own lives and in the world. Infusing music into his presentations for corporate and teen organizations alike is just one of the ways he intends to rock your world.
2:56 - Story of Dean’s return to music after a few years away from the craft.
3:41 - Rock music is meditation for those of us who come from that background.
4:39 - Dean’s journey through meditation courses with The Art of Living. The breathing exercises he learned helped him reduce stress when he most needed it. As a thought leader and performer, breath exercises are essential for staying centered.
9:16 - SONG: “Long Breath In”
15:00 - Remo Drums HealthRhythms® - a drumming protocol backed by scientific evidence for reducing stress, releasing cancer-fighting cells into the bloodstream & promoting overall health & wellness. My trainer in this protocol is a long-time friend & colleague of Dean's. Christine Stevens was instrumental in putting Dean in front of audiences all over the world as a solo vocalist in Up With People. Dean talks about how he pushed through the fear that was holding him back prior to this experience.
17:46 - Musical training & performing has helped Dean in business applications, as a thought leader, & with the understanding of people & how to be most helpful & compassionate. He talks about Love as an essential attribute in life & business & the misconception that it's a frufru concept. It promotes curiosity & growth. It manifests in respect & willingness.
20:41 - Big Phat Goals is being embraced by, not only corporate groups, but also teen organizations. The audio version of the book contains the song, “Long Breath In”.
22:23 - It’s never too late & there is never a wrong time to connect with music & creativity. Dean talks about the importance of reconnecting to this energy in his own life & the meaning of being a "whole person".
27:32 - Building a business presentation uses essentially the same tools as writing a song. It’s all “stating your case”.
28:00 - Dean’s message comes from a spiritual place. It’s not a religious message, but it carries a message of encouragement & progress.
Self-talk is powerful & Dean endeavors to teach people how to transform the way they see & talk to themselves.
30:22 - Instead of moving from “negative” to “positive” thinking, Dean explains that the next best step can be to move from “negative” to “possible”. It may be a very small step that progresses you into the positive. Dare to be all you’re made to be.
33:26 - Walking with no headphones, no buddies, no other distractions leads to greater clarity & broader perspectives. It's an essential tool for creativity.
34:45 - Dean is no longer looking to write "good" songs, but to write "helpful" songs. We can use music to create better health for ourselves & better lives. Music is a very intimate medium of communication & can reach places in people like nothing else can.
37:13 - Songs or other manifestations of creativity can often become the “friend” to another person in their darkest moment. Once you release your creation into the world, it becomes its own entity with a life of its own.
39:38 - Dean shares the story of performing his song, “Can’t Fight The Devil On Your Own”, at the House of Blues, which led to a songwriting connection with the group, The Relatives. The son of the group’s founder explained that his father always wr...
Breath of Fresh Air
I love The Naked Vibe! The openness and sincerity of heart and mind is refreshing! The professional yet down to earth approach to some of our most human characteristics is exactly what is needed in this postmodern era. I never miss an opportunity to GET NAKED!
Great for background insight :)
Not usually a podcast person but I listened to this while working on some chores at home and it was easy to tune in and out of when I could. I love the relaxed and detailed manner that Kim goes about it. Production quality is also top notch!
Love the soft skills are really hard to develop podcast and how Kim describes nature’s critical role in the process❤️