Amanda Palmer – The Art (and Power) of Asking


Today my guest is Amanda Palmer.

Amanda Palmer is a rock star (check out The Dresden Dolls), former street performer, and a crowdfunding pioneer, who knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars. After creating the world’s most successful music Kickstarter campaign for her album with the Grand Theft Orchestra, she has written a book titled: The Art of Asking: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help. In her new memoir she tells the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first century and inspires readers to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art and love. There are so many cool things about this woman – not least of which is her post-modern retro punk cabaret band called the Dresden Dolls. She is also married to Neil Gaiman, my favorite comic book illustrator and writer of all things. But perhaps what I love the most about Amanda Palmer is the fact that her nickname is Amanda Fucking Palmer – somehow it just feels right!

In today’s episode, Amanda and I spoke about:

  • The Art of Asking and how she learned this art
  • A constant theme in her life: balancing vulnerability with control
  • Dealing with the fear of rejection – and how to ask anyway
  • Relationship based communication and the need to still ask for help
  • The Art of Receiving as an integral part of the ask

Here is my conversation “The Art (and Power) of Asking” with the wildly inspirational: Amanda Fucking Palmer.

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Barbara Stanny – Sacred Success: A Woman’s Guide to Authentic Power & Affluence


Today my guest is Barbara Stanny.

Barbara is a former journalist who became a financial expert and a leading authority on Women & Wealth. With her background in business and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, along with her extensive research and poignant experience with money, she has a unique perspective on women’s financial issues. The founder of Overcoming Underearning and Sacred Success, Barbara is about pursuing your soul’s purpose, for your own bliss and the benefit of others, while being richly rewarded. Barbara Stanny’s new book: Sacred Success: A Course in Financial Miracles is a tutorial for taking charge of your life by taking charge of your finances, and not only growing your money but creating a deeper, richer, and more meaningful life.

In today’s episode, Barbara and I spoke about:

  • What she means by success and why many women fear their power
  • Moving through the 3 levels of Financial Development: Survival, Stability, and Affluence
  • The dangers of giving up our power
  • Common patterns in women’s personal finances and how to create affluence
  • Law of Attraction vs. Law of Congruency
  • Modeling Greatness and pursuing your purpose
  • The most important practice in her new book: Sacred Success.

Here is my conversation “Sacred Success: A Women’s Guide to Authentic Power & Affluence” with the great and powerful: Barbara Stanny.

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Vicki Saunders – Think Like a SheEO


Today my guest is Vicki Saunders.

Vicki Saunders is a serial entrepreneur, passionate mentor and advisor to the next generation of change makers, and leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world. Vicki is founder of SheEO. SheEO supports women who leverage their talents, strengths and passion to create businesses that build new models, new mindsets and new solutions for a better world. She is also the author of the new book: Think Like a SheEO: Succeeding in the Age of Creators, Makers and Entrepreneurs where she  shows readers how to leverage their talents, strengths, and genuine interests to create businesses that make them happy and successful. With Emerging Women, Vicki Saunders will be a featured presenter at the 2015 Emerging Women Live Event in San Francisco, CA.

In today’s episode, Vicki and I speak about:

  • The current landscape for women entrepreneurs
  • Her notion that ‘It doesn’t have to be hard’ and focusing on your strengths
  • Meaning is the New Money: the rise of making a difference as more important than making money
  • Actually having what you want and creating your own reality
  • Crossing what she calls the Fear Threshold
  • Her ‘big vision’ for women entrepreneurs

Here is my conversation “Think Like A SheEO” with the original SheEO: Vicki Saunders.


Susan Piver – Leaning Into Fear and Falling Into Beauty


Today my guest is Susan Piver.

Susan is a Buddhist teacher and the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including The Hard Questions and the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life. Her latest book is entitled The Wisdom of a Broken Heart. She teaches workshops and speaks all over the world on meditation, spirituality, communication, relationships, and creativity. In 2011, Susan launched the Open Heart Project, an online meditation community with nearly 12,000 members who practice together and explore ways to bring spiritual values such as kindness, genuineness, and fearlessness into everyday life.

In today’s episode, Susan and I speak about:

  • How fear has unfolded in her life and how you can be confident and fearful at the same time
  • How synchronizing the mind and the body is the key to confidence
  • Tapping into the power and the beauty of fear
  • The careful balance of avoiding the “conceptual game plan” while still having action
  • A story of Susan’s own emergence and how to see yourself through the relationships you keep

Here’s my conversation, “Leaning Into Fear and Falling Into Beauty,” with the wise and open-hearted Susan Piver.

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Christina Rasmussen – Second Firsts: A Path to Deep and Lasting Joy


Today my guest is Christina Rasmussen.

Christina Rasmussen is a bestselling author, speaker and philanthropist on a crusade to change the way we live after loss. As the founder of Second Firsts and Life Starters both organizations to help people create a pathway back to life after loss, Christina has helped thousands of people rebuild, reclaim, and re-launch their lives using the power of the human mind. Her book of the same name — Second Firsts: Live, Laugh, and Love Again— is helpful not just for loss, but for all periods of transition in our lives.

In today’s episode, Christina and I spoke about:

  • The loss that she has experienced in her life and the new duality she learned about the grieving process
  • The dangers of becoming comfortable in “The Waiting Room” after loss/transition and how to come out of it
  • The difference between Transformational Lessons Learned Vs. Unwanted Mapping of brain patterns, and how to avoid the latter
  • Can you experience transformation without grief or loss?
  • Advice she has for those who are emerging out of challenging transitions

Tune in and listen to “Second Firsts: A Path to Deep and Lasting Joy” with the joyful and strong: Christina Rasmussen.

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