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Join this audio revolution to ignite the fire for meaningful change within yourself and amplify the way for others.

Through honest, thought-provoking conversations, this podcast explores what it really means to break the mold, listen deeply to your intuition, and take risks without regret. Host Paula Shepherd spotlights people living life on their own terms and making a positive impact through bold, fearless action, sharing their unconventional stories to inspire listeners to step into their own audacity. Each episode features everyday people who followed their inner voice to create innovative solutions, start influential businesses or change-making movements, or pursue seemingly "crazy" dreams against all odds.

Voices on the Verge with Paula Shepherd Paula Shepherd

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    • 5.0 • 58 Ratings

Join this audio revolution to ignite the fire for meaningful change within yourself and amplify the way for others.

Through honest, thought-provoking conversations, this podcast explores what it really means to break the mold, listen deeply to your intuition, and take risks without regret. Host Paula Shepherd spotlights people living life on their own terms and making a positive impact through bold, fearless action, sharing their unconventional stories to inspire listeners to step into their own audacity. Each episode features everyday people who followed their inner voice to create innovative solutions, start influential businesses or change-making movements, or pursue seemingly "crazy" dreams against all odds.

    EP 96: Unperspective: Break from Tradition to Spark Innovation with Trevor Perry

    EP 96: Unperspective: Break from Tradition to Spark Innovation with Trevor Perry

    Trevor Perry, a former street performer and self-proclaimed computer weenie, shares his journey of self-discovery and empowerment. As a keynote speaker and storyteller, Trevor encourages individuals to embrace their authenticity and step into their power. He emphasizes the importance of passion and curiosity in living a fulfilling life and challenges individuals to overcome self-doubt. Trevor also highlights the power of play and improv in the workplace, fostering creativity and innovation. He advocates for equality and women's empowerment, recognizing the unique perspectives and skills that each individual brings to the table.
    Trevor's Unperspective newsletter offers fresh perspectives and encourages unconventional thinking.
    Embrace your authenticity and step into your power.
    Passion and curiosity are key to living a fulfilling life.
    Overcome self-doubt and recognize your unique perspective and skills.
    Play and improv foster creativity and innovation in the workplace.
    Advocate for equality and empower women to embrace their power.
    Timestamps:  (02:31) Being a Disruptor and Influencer
    (05:24) Offering a Unique Perspective
    (09:33) Overcoming Self-Doubt and Stepping into Power
    (15:27) The Power of Play and Improv in the Workplace
    (19:40) Transitioning Careers
    (26:20) Motivation vs. Lasting Impact
    (27:45) Being an Advocate for Equality and Women's Empowerment
    (32:37) The Importance of Play and Unconventional Thinking in the Workplace
    (40:22) Embracing Multifaceted Thinking

    Connect with Trevor Perry here:
    Instagram: @trevorcxo 
    Website: www.trevorperry.com


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    • 49 min
    Ep. 95: The Essential Upgrade: Transform Every Experience Into Sustainable Growth with Chandra Sanders

    Ep. 95: The Essential Upgrade: Transform Every Experience Into Sustainable Growth with Chandra Sanders

    Chandra Sanders shares her journey of personal growth and transformation, the essential upgrade. She discusses the importance of human sustainability, reframing challenges as opportunities for growth, and embracing a blank slate to create one's own identity. Chandra also highlights the need for workplaces to prioritize employee well-being and purpose, especially in the post-pandemic era. She addresses the challenges faced by individuals in their 40s and beyond, offering advice on finding balance and embracing change. Chandra encourages introspection and self-care as essential steps towards personal and professional growth.


    Timestamps: (03:24) Understanding Human Sustainability
    (08:54) Embracing Challenges as Opportunities for Upgrade
    (13:06 )The Power of a Blank Slate
    (19:14) Finding Transferable Skills and Embracing Change
    (25:20) Transforming Workplaces for Human Sustainability
    (30:23) Overcoming Ageism and Pivoting in Career Transitions
    (36:04) Balancing Hustle and Harmony
    (39:49) Preparing for an Essential Upgrade
     
    Connect with Chandra Sanders here:
    Instagram  - @officiallychandra 
    Website: www.chandrasanders.co
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    • 40 min
    Ep. 94: Bootstrapping Success and Big Ass Dreams with Jenae Goodin

    Ep. 94: Bootstrapping Success and Big Ass Dreams with Jenae Goodin

    What happens when you’re under-estimated but get scrappy and take daring risks? 
    In this episode, Jenae Goodin, founder and CEO of tech startup, Big Ass Bag, an innovative online shopping platform revolutionizing the way people shop online, shares how she had to make risky decisions that had the potential to affect her future, to founding her own tech company from one wild, in the moment, idea.

    As an advocate for entrepreneurship as a universal right, accessible to all backgrounds, Jenae is committed to helping others succeed against the odds. PLUS, she shares practical insights on how absolutely anyone can create something amazing even if they don’t have the resources or see the way…yet.
    Timestamps: (03:06) Thinking Outside the Box and Getting Scrappy
    (09:20) Making Bold Decisions and Overcoming Challenges
    (16:41) Accidental Transitions to a New Industry
    (29:38) The Truth about Founding her Tech Startup 
    (35:31) Growth Fueled by Innovation 
    (40:23) Entrepreneurship as a Right for All
    (45:19) The Birth of Big Ass Bag (BAB)
    (47:07) Tips for Bootstrapping a Business


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    www.bigassbag.com 

    Connect with Jenae Goodin here: Instagram  - @jenaejenesaisquoi
    TikTok - @jenaejenesaisquoi

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    • 42 min
    Step Into Your Audacity: Bold Ideas, Breaking the Mold, and Listening to Your Inner Voice

    Step Into Your Audacity: Bold Ideas, Breaking the Mold, and Listening to Your Inner Voice

    With a new name and direction, Paula shares her move to let go of the old and and embrace the bold - focused on amplifying the voices of what appears to be "your average person", daring to break the mold. Stop living on autopilot and find the courage to pursue your wild ideas, no matter what others think. 
    Tune in every Tuesday for inspiring conversations to help ignite your audacity and take the first steps toward unprecedented change.


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    Timestamps:
    0:10 Embracing Bold Ideas and Non-Conformity
    2:12 Unconventional leaders making a difference
    4:00 Overcoming fear and taking action despite it.
    7:37 Prioritizing Helping Others Succees
    9:38 Inner Power and Creativity




     

    • 12 min
    Ep. 92: My Therapist Eats Hay- Confidence, Leadership & Making Brave Choices through Equine Assisted Learning with Genevieve Nicholas

    Ep. 92: My Therapist Eats Hay- Confidence, Leadership & Making Brave Choices through Equine Assisted Learning with Genevieve Nicholas

    How can spending time with horses drastically change your life? Today’s guest, Genevieve Nicholas, shares her work as an Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator. Gen uses her horses as teaches on being present. Her work with women and teenage girls builds a feeling of safety, leadership and respect. Allowing her clients to walk away grounded, connected and confident in using their voice. We discuss different learning styles, making brave choices and developing the skill of speaking out as women.



    Gen is a horse mad seasoned entrepreneur who has a passion for horses and being outdoors. Originally from Australia, Gen now calls Plano, Texas, home having made the move with her husband and two children back in 2012.   
     
    Gen previously owned a successful café chain in Australasia, with five branches across Sydney. She had a strong career in corporate accounting and extensive leadership experience with a global corporate company. However, when she hit her forties Gen felt uninspired, done with the corporate life and was ready for a fresh start doing what she loved, with women who inspired her.  
     
    Gen knows in her heart that if she can make a difference in one person’s life and help with their growth and development to provide some relief as well as tools they can utilize, she will have succeeded in her life mission - to change someone's world one human at a time!



    Connect with Gen!
    www.saddleuplifeskills.com
     
    Or find her on Instagram, Facebook & LinkedIn @saddleuplifeskills
     
    If you’re interested in working with Paula, send her an email paula@thecourageblueprint.com
     
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    Timestamps: (02:17) Gen shares what it means to be an Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator and how it differs to therapy.
    (04:30) How the horses guide the humans through different learning styles and picking up on internal conflicts.
    (10:08) How learning with a horse parallels to learning in everyday life. 
    (12:10) The choices you make in life
    (12:50) Choices, using your voice, speaking up and being authentic in all areas of life.
    (14:50) Everybody is a leader!
    (20:10) Gen’s personal experience of having children with mental health challenges, breaking the stigma and making a difference to mental health.
    (25:00) The results Gen has seen in her clients through her work in as little as 4 hours. 
    (28:30) Developing the skill of speaking out.
    (32:00) The Equine Assisted Learning Network - Equine options for those not in Plano Texas.
    (35:23) Tapping into your bold, brave self whilst working with Paula.
     

    • 41 min
    Ep. 91: Introducing “Blind Fear” - How Exploration & Curiosity Unlocks Your Productivity with John David Mann

    Ep. 91: Introducing “Blind Fear” - How Exploration & Curiosity Unlocks Your Productivity with John David Mann

    What does it take to be successful? Today’s guest, John David Mann, shares his journey from writing parables to now his third co-authored crime novel. We talk about framing success and how we often have an incorrect perception of the successes of others. John shares how exploration and curiosity are the keys to productivity and success in business, life and all creative endeavours. John shares his 1 year writing program for writers to “get good” at all levels. He leaves us with a final reminder that the “world needs the fruits of your passion!”



    John David Mann is coauthor of more than thirty books, including four New York Times bestsellers and five national bestsellers. His writing has won multiple awards, including the Living Now Book Awards Evergreen Medal for its “contributions to positive global change.” His first thriller, Steel Fear, has been nominated for a Barry Award. This year’s sequel, Cold Fear, was hailed by Jeffrey Deaver as “one of the best crime novels of the year.”
     
    Connect with John David Mann!
     
    https://johndavidmann.com
     
     
    If you’re interested in working with Paula, send her an email paula@thecourageblueprint.com
     
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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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58 Ratings

58 Ratings

Ber-Henda ,

Infectious and Thought Provoking

"Voices on the Verge," hosted by Paula Shepherd, is an extraordinary podcast that transcends conventional storytelling, offering a poignant and compelling listening experience. Shepherd masterfully crafts each episode to amplify the voices of those standing on the precipice of change, resilience, and transformation.

What sets "Voices on the Verge" apart is Shepherd's genuine empathy and deep connection with her guests. Each interview is a journey, exploring the depths of human experience with authenticity and sensitivity. Shepherd's ability to draw out raw, unfiltered narratives from her guests creates a powerful resonance, leaving listeners both moved and inspired.

The podcast's production quality is impeccable, with clear, crisp audio that enhances the intimate feel of each conversation. The thoughtfully curated music and soundscapes add an extra layer of emotion, enveloping the listener in a rich auditory experience.

Shepherd's dedication to highlighting diverse voices and perspectives is particularly commendable. "Voices on the Verge" not only entertains but also educates, offering profound insights into the struggles and triumphs that shape our world. It’s a beacon of hope and a testament to the strength of the human spirit.

In a sea of podcasts, "Voices on the Verge" stands out as a must-listen. Paula Shepherd's compassionate storytelling and unwavering commitment to her mission make this podcast a true gem. Whether you're seeking inspiration, empathy, or simply a good story, "Voices on the Verge" delivers on all fronts, leaving an indelible mark on your heart and mind.

Conscious_Marketing_&_PR ,

Well recommended!

This show teaches you how to have a successful business but also how to be a successful and confident person. Self-development leads for sure to business and money development.

MamaResilience ,

Great perspective

Love this human approach to building business. Lots of great info here!

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