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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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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.




Sara Im “How I survived the Killing Fields”

"How I Survived The Killing Fields" Season 3, Episode 54 This episode I'm talking to Sara Im Sara Im has life lessons and gained wisdom that impacts others due to her experience of surviving the mass genocide of Cambodia. Her inspirational Award-Winning Book " How I Survived The Killing Fields” was honored in 2015. As a Speaker, she shares how tenacity, perseverance , and faith are required values to conquer fear and reach success. Here's what you'll find in this episode: 00:00 Meet Sara Im, author of "How I Survived the Killing Fields" 00:54 Sara's story 17:00 Interview with Sara Im 23:04 How Sara's mother and brothers survived 24:57 Sara reflects on what 'change' means to her, answers questions from the Change Hub Ibble community and more. 39:42 Final thoughts from Sara Im 41:44 Final thoughts from the host You can purchase a copy of Sara's book here: This podcast is hosted by Captivate, try it yourself for free. This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podtrac - Get full access to Making This up as I Go at Get full access to Making This up as I Go at


#53 Allan “Alonzo” Wild’s Andean Adventures and Beyond

Allan “Alonzo” Wild’s Andean Adventures and Beyond Season 3, Episode #53 About AJ: Allan J. "Alonzo" Wind is a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), having worked on and off with the Agency primarily overseas on diplomatic assignments from 1990 to 1992 and 1999 to 2019 in the Peru, Nicaragua, Angola, Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan and South Africa and the Southern Africa USAID Regional Missions. He provided oversight to U.S. government foreign aid development and humanitarian assistance, and supported U.S. Ambassadors as their senior development officer on multiple U.S. Embassy Country Teams. What's inside this episode: 00:00 Meet Alonzo! 02:04 Allan J. "Alonzo" Wind's story 05:53 Interview begins with the question "Where in the world are you right now AJ?" (hint: somewhere in the Middle East...) 07:31 A discussion of the historical and current political climate regarding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict 20:50 Is peace in the middle east possible? 24:20 AJ's life as an explorer: when you call so many places home, where does it feel like home-base? 26:10 AJ's dip into Science Fiction Writing 30:15 How our moments that change us shape our view of the world and of our selves 33:00 AJ's thoughts on what it takes to change people's minds 41:25 Oversimplifying solutions to big problems/Actively seeking to shift your own perspective. 47:22 Final thoughts from guest, AJ "Alonzo" Wild 49:23 Closing thoughts from the host Helpful Links related to this discussion: Visit Alonzo Wind's website to read AJ's blog, get a copy of his recent memoir Andean Adventures and more.Watch Fauda on NetflixRead John McWhorter's controversial book, Woke Racism Looking to connect with our guest? @galacticemp on Twitter Allan "Alonzo"'s Facebook page © 2021 The Changed Podcast This podcast is hosted by Captivate, try it yourself for free. This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podtrac - Get full access to Making This up as I Go at Get full access to Making This up as I Go at


Episode 52 – Model, Actor, Film Maker Bo Roberts and a Message from Beyond

Bo Roberts and a Message from Beyond Season 3, episode 52 This episode I'm talking to model, actor, & film maker Bo Roberts From the pages of GQ, Cosmo, and Esquire, to the silver screen ("300: Rise of an Empire", "Mindy Project," etc.), Indian-born, ISU-grad, former corrections officer/CERT Team member, filmmaker Bo Roberts elevated his photography hobby to a career as a filmmaker. The director/cinematographer's debut (short) feature film (60min), "The Great Awakening" is a thriller with science-fiction elements. Here's what you'll find in this episode: 0:34 meet Bo Roberts 1:43 Bo Roberts Story 8:33 An interview of Bo Roberts, beginning with some discussion of recent film project, The Great Awakening. Our discussion includes how he came to choose that particular title and more. 17:09 Bo talks about moving from in front of the camera as a model and actor to behind the camera as a film maker. 26:23 Bo's reflection on the meaning of change 28:49 The perspective shifting experience of working as a corrections officer 34:43 Grandpas, Ghosts, and making sense of the supernatural 41:07 Final thoughts from Bo 44:07 Final thoughts from the host Watch Bo's Works: The Great Awakening on Tubi TV Follow Bo! @MrBoRoberts on Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram © 2021 The Changed Podcast The Changed Podcast with Aden Nepom website This podcast is hosted by Captivate, try it yourself for free. This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podtrac - Get full access to Making This up as I Go at Get full access to Making This up as I Go at


Episode 51 -Singer Gigi Rowe on seeing successes and failures as stepping stones to YOU

We're kicking off season 3 with THE GIGI Rowe! Season 3, episode 51 About Gigi Rowe The multi-faceted Gigi Rowe was called "fantastically talented" by the one-and-only Jay Z. The singer, songwriter, children's book author and children's podcast creator was formerly signed to Island Def Jam Records by the legendary LA Reid. Gigi was the first-ever recipient of the Songwriter Hall of Fame Buddy Holly Prize (from Songmasters) and she has had songs featured on the globally-adored interactive video game Just Dance. Gigi is the voice of summer TV on Netflix and Amazon, with two songs prominently featured on Amazon's new Prime Video dating series The One That Got Away, that premiered in late June and Netflix series Boo, B***h, which premiered in early July. Gigi Rowe's debut album Laura is out September 30. In this episode Gigi shares her experience being signed to Island Def Jam records, only to be dropped before she could pop. We bond over a love of wigs. She goes into great depth about her collaboration with Tik Tokker Claybaby Here's what you'll find in this episode: 01:36 Gigi Rowe shares her story 08:24 We move into my interview of Gigi Rowe 11:40 Some indulgent bonding time over a couple of wigs 21:34 Lonely Together 23:17 The wig comes off... 23:48 Gigi talks about collaborating with TikTok star Claybaby 40:49 How Laura Warshauer came to know and understand Gigi Rowe 43:05 All about Gigi's latest album Laura 45:12 The story of a magical recording moment on a farm in New Jersey 48:15 Gigi's thoughts on change, personal evolution and shifting how you think about things 54:33 A few closing thoughts from the host Helpful links Gigi Rowe + Claybaby = Song: So Iconic!Lollipops music video on YouTubeLaura - The Latest album from Gigi Rowe Want to connect with Gigi Rowe? Gigi's Website @hellogigirowe on Twitter @hellogigirowe on Instagram © 2021 The Changed Podcast The Changed Podcast with Aden Nepom website This podcast is hosted by Captivate, try it yourself for free. This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podtrac - Get full access to Making This up as I Go at Get full access to Making This up as I Go at


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 this project! That's right! The whole idea came from a conversation Maxwell had with his mama, who then made a joke that became the best idea in the whole wide world. In this conversation, we learned that: 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 YouTube? YOU CAN!! Just click here This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podtrac - Get full access to Making This up as I Go at Get full access to Making This up as I Go at


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...


Nancy Davis Kho on How Gratitude Changes Your Everything – Episode 50

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 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 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? Andrew WilliamsThe Other Bennet SisterSweetbitterMary Jo Pehl, Mo Daviau, Dr. Rick Kirschner, BJ Lange, Nadine Montaghami


Wade McCollum and How Your Mundane Might be Someone Else’s Life-Changing Moment – episode 49

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 & the mundane, and two stories that illustrate the relationship between our expectations, understanding of ourselves, and our realities. You may have heard of Wade McCollum. As an American film actor, stage actor, composer, and musician, Wade is 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 Norton Award for Best Actor and was nominated for the 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 Maraya Brown and 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 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? 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... Get full access to Making This up as I Go at Get full access to Making This up as I Go at


Dr. Ian Brooks on Choosing What Your Pivotal Moments Represent to You – episode 48

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? 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... Get full access to Making This up as I Go at Get full access to Making This up as I Go at


Josh Braun on why you should stop trying to change minds, and start listening instead – Episode 47

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. 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? 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. 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 the backfire effect." "The secret skill is to actually


Josh Braun on why you should stop trying to change minds, and start listening instead – Episode 47

Josh Braun, the host of the Inside Selling Podcast, shares his thoughts on why it’s so critical to learn how


Greg Campbell and the Importance of the people we meet – Episode 46

Voice Actor Greg Campbell has a voice as smooth as butter. In Episode 46 of The Changed Podcast, he shares how he found himself making the leap from television to sharing his unique voice narrating films, commercials, and audiobooks. He also opens up about his experience as a black parent who has witnessed so much change and is continuing to witness profound change and the importance of the people who help us along our journeys through life. Greg Campbell is a Voiceover artist with a distinctive voice. He provided his voice for the 2021 Emmy award-winning documentary Shaw Rising about the oldest HBCU in the south. He has also voiced nationally aired commercials for Ford, during the Kentucky Derby, and Kumho tires featuring NBA All-Star John Wall of the Houston Rockets. He's also the brand voice for the apparel company, Shux. In our conversation, Greg shared some of his professional journey: starting out in TV in Michigan and ending up performing voiceovers in Florida. He also shared some of his personal journey as a parent and a grandson. Most of all, his story and perspective both serve to highlight how the people we know and connect with throughout our lives, impact the trajectory of our personal experiences, careers and more. What's in episode 46? Motown Man by Bob Campbell family story telling role of instinctThe Bionic Dog A few memorable quotes from Greg Campbell "Change means to me: there's always something better down the road, something, something good on the way. For me, it's always been like that." "[Since 1991] I think there's been some changes, you know. Unfortunately, when there is change, there seems to be backlash, too often." "I think that one of the biggest things with change is fear. I think people you know, live too much in fear a little bit. There's a lot of things that's scary out there, that can scare you. But I've always challenged myself, and just try to just keep going, keep moving, and just allow change to come. You got to embrace it, it comes. Some things you know, you can't control. It's part of it, not being able to control it. But, you know, you look at your experiences, and you say, I'm better for it. I'm glad I've tried to have an open mind and live my life that way." 'What you may see in the news nowadays. You know, they talk about what happened in


Playwright Adrienne Dawes on seeing the red flags and then doing something about them – Episode 45

In this episode, playwright Adrienne Dawes shares her thoughts on the relationship between stagecraft and change, and the specific role of comedy and satire in giving people an opportunity to reflect. She also shares her own journey of paying attention to red flags and then doing something about them which has led her to the program she is currently completing. Adrienne Dawes is a playwright, producer, and teaching artist from Austin, TX, currently completing a graduate fellowship at the University of Arkansas. Her plays include This B***h, Hairy & Sherri, Teen Dad, and her play Am I White won the David Mark Cohen New Play Award from the Austin Critics Table and an award for Outstanding Original Script by the B. Iden Payne Awards. Adrienne’s full-length plays have been produced by Salvage Vanguard Theater (Austin, TX), Sacred Fools (Los Angeles, CA), and American Theatre Company (Tulsa, OK). She has developed new work with Teatro Vivo, Salt Lake Acting Company, The Workshop Theater, Queen City New Play Initiative, the Fire This Time Festival, B Street Theatre, Stages Repertory Theatre, Teatro Milagro, National Black Theatre, and English Theatre Berlin. Adrienne is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ScriptWorks, and a company member of Salvage Vanguard Theater and In the Margin Theatre Company. Learn more at What's in this episode? A few things Adrienne said that stood out "You can plant this little seed in somebody. When they've opened up, and they're a little more vulnerable to that conversation, I think a lot of the work is just planting that little seed of change" "There's this essential part of who I am as a human that stays the same, no matter what my location is, or what I'm doing. And my friends, too, there's a quality to the people that I am drawn to that are in my closest circle that kind of stays the same, even though they're wildly different people." "Financially, the smart decision would have been to just shut my mouth, take their money, and, and suffer. Financially, that would have been smart, but in terms of my happiness, the route was to get out" "As I get older, more experienced, I'm just sort of like, I have a shorter timeframe of like, 'Yes, I want to try to give people a chance to course-correct.' But also, like there's a window of that before it's excessive and it's... Get full access to Making This up as I Go at Get full access to Making This up as I Go at


Margery Arnold on How the Loss of Mom Represents Living Two Different Lives – Episode 44

Margery Arnold is co-host of the Positive Thinpact Podcast. In this episode, she discusses her health, the challenges of having co-morbidities for Covid, and how losing her mother at the age of 24 was either a devastating end to life as she knew it, a challenging beginning to live as she is... or both. If you're not familiar with the Positive Thinpact Podcast, this was a project that Margery and I started in 2019. She had a wild idea, that perhaps one could hold on to the excitement of learning the rules of a new fad-diet as a way of gaming the brain to avoid the moment of self-sabotage that inevitably comes after a few weeks on a stringent eating plan. What better way to catalog such a journey than on a podcast?! At the time, her goal was to lose 250lbs. Now as wild as this idea was, she wanted to start the project, not with a doctor, dietician, or natural health expert at her side... but instead with me a friend and facilitator with a background in improv and play. Margery and I have been friends for nearly 15 years... if our friendship was a person, it would be a teenager! I suppose that means that our friendship is filled with honest opinions and unreasonable confidence in wild ideas being worth some attention. I've heard many stories about her mom over the years, we used to meet up and share a piece of cheesecake to commemorate her mother's life on the anniversary of what would have been her birthday. But hearing her story in the context of this interview, gave me a new perspective on my friend's experience. It also allowed me an opportunity to reflect on grief, the impact of losing a loved one, and more. What you'll hear in this episode: standard hormone therapy dying parent A few links to check out: The book Margery referenced is called Motherless Daughters: The... Get full access to Making This up as I Go at Get full access to Making This up as I Go at


Living Every Day as if it’s Her Last, Julia de’Caneva – Episode 43

In episode 43 of The Changed Podcast, intentional living coach Julia de'Caneva shares why she is so highly attuned to the fact that our lives are short and rarely end at an expected and anticipated moment. Julia de'Caneva (dee-kuh-nay-vuh) is an intentional living coach with an insatiable curiosity for human behavior and a penchant for sweet potatoes and sunsets. She brings the lessons she learned from cancer to help over-workers and perfectionists slow down and find balance by clarifying what truly matters to them. She fell in love with intentional living while working as a professional home organizer, and now one of her three pillars of coaching is the process of internal decluttering which she calls intentionalism. You can find her musing about intentional living on her blog, and she'll encourage you to find moments of ease in each day if you follow her on Instagram. When not coaching, Julia devours books and podcasts, takes many photos of flowers on her daily walks, and is improving her handle of the Japanese language. She hopes that everyone will slow down and learn to treat life as precious as it is. What's in this episode? cancer Additional reading Interested in decluttering your physical space? Check out The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo Interested in decluttering your brain at work? I'm starting this book this week, feel free to join me! Noise: a Flaw in Human Judgenment by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, et al. Julia de'Caneva's Blog: This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podtrac - Get full access to Making This up as I Go at Get full access to Making This up as I Go at


Is Change Easy or Hard? Philippe Barbe Reminds us that it’s Constant- Episode 42

In Episode 42 of The Changed Podcast, Philippe Barbe reminds us of our adaptability as humans, and that we don't have to work as hard as we might think to experience profound change. Who is Philippe Barbe? Philippe is a leader, expert, and trusted advisor in data science, AI, and mathematics with a wide range of experiences in the business industry, government, and research internationally. He is the author of five books and many scientific papers and has been an invited professor at numerous universities worldwide, including Yale and Georgia Tech here in the US. He is the mastermind at Last Ditch Consulting When a mutual connection Ken Ferguson, heard that I hosted this podcast, he immediately said, "I know someone you'd probably find interesting." He was right. This conversation was one of the most philosophically stimulating interviews I've done to date. We wove through philosophies, observations, both big picture and detailed, with great ease. AND I believe I learned a few things too! There are a few things that are different about this episode than the interviews I've shared with other guests. First, though he's certainly not my only guest originally born outside the US, Philippe's origins in France, and 20 years as a citizen here have yielded some different perspectives about how we interact, how we handle conflict, and so on. Another difference, when I asked for a recent headshot, he originally provided an image from a textbook... which actually, I seriously considered using! Finally, instead of sharing one singular moment, Philippe takes us through several fork-in-the-road moments that he has witnessed, experienced, and been changed by to illustrate the profoundly constant nature of changes both big and small in our lives. Note: this episode benefits from subtitles. I recommend you either download the transcript or watch the video with subtitles on our Patreon page, which for this episode is absolutely free for the public. Philippe requested to conduct this as an audio-only interview, so you'll be able to enjoy the subtitles distraction-free. What will you find in this episode? Want to connect with Philippe? You can learn more about Philippe at Check out Last Ditch Consulting at: And if you’d like to connect with him, the best place to do so is on... Get full access to Making This up as I Go at Get full access to Making This up as I Go at


Kendrick Shope on Finding Her Particular Zone of Genius – Episode 41

Kendrick Shope shares her thoughts on trusting your intuition, finding your zone of genius, and the little forks that leads to the big forks in life, in episode 41 of The Changed Podcast. Kendrick Shope is an international sales authority, creator of the Authentic Selling®️ process, and the founder of Authentic Selling®️ University, the leading online sales training for modern businesses producing millions of dollars in revenue for her students. Often called the most over-delivering woman online, Kendrick believes in doing business differently, providing her students with Rocky Balboa’s drive and Olivia Pope’s determination to succeed. Kendrick hosts Authentic Selling® TV reaching 186 countries and 6 continents where she provides sales expertise that is sweet as pie but tough as nails. Authentic Selling®️ has been featured on the Steve Harvey Show, NBC, Forbes, INC, Reader’s Digest, HLN, and dozens more. We had a fantastic conversation in December of 2020, where we bonded over the shared experience of having what I call 'hits' and what she calls 'breadcrumbs' that feel like teeny premonitions or signposts from the Universe. We also chatted about how the little forks in life lead to the bigger forks, like the example from season 1, episode 7 of Sony Pictures Animation, Guillermo Torres, sharing the story of choosing to go to a different movie theatre than usual... which essentially launched him on his career path. Like me, her daughter has played a prominent role in her story. As Kendrick observed, 'children can be great teachers." Takeaways from this episode: Sales are fundamental to survival in business. But when selling feels like helping, it's a heck of a lot easier to do it! Shopping is not a hobby. Children are good reflections for us on how WE manage change, AND they change how we see the world. Every day there is a fork in the road. We are constantly choosing something, a path, an action, starting something new, stopping something old... some are small forks, and some are big forks Not everything will be in your particular zone of genius. Rather than do everything yourself, it is wise to surround yourself with the people who have the skills you lack. One hot tip for those who are still learning about working from home: create for yourself a specific workspace and a specific work time... and stick to those boundaries. Links to things mentioned Curious about Authentic Selling®️ University? Learn more at Curious about USS Improvise The Next Generation the Musical? (I know it was a brief mention... but it's just so nerdy and fun!) Learn more at Are you figuring out your own path? Try this book, mentioned in Kendrick's journey, Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podtrac - Get full access to Making This up as I Go at Get full access to Making This up as I Go at


Might You Be As Julie Gillis Suggests, a Supporting Character in Someone Else’s Story? Episode 40

Julie Gillis a consultant, story coach, speaker, and facilitator, shares her thoughts, in episode 40 of the Changed, on how we tell ourselves stories about the world and our role in it, along with the pivotal experience of finding herself after battling postpartum psychosis. Julie Gillis is one of those people who is that lovely combo of funny and pensive. She's deeply reflective, unafraid of being honest in her expression, and absolutely ready to laugh and play too! It's also true that my knowledge of Julie Gillis is personal. Not only does this episode's guest reside in this podcast hosts home town. But Julie and I used to perform together in an all-lady, broadway-style musical improv group called Girls Girls Girls and produced a festival (though Julie was MUCH more involved called L.A.F.F. otherwise known as the Ladies Are Funny Festival (enjoy the legacy website here!) We also played together in incredible shows, like Apocalypse (directed Brandon Salinas, and costumed by Courtney Hopkins). (If you watch this old promo video, we suggest you watch full-screen with sound ON.) So it was a delight to sit down in January of 2021, just 3 days into the new year, to reflect not only on change broadly but on how 2020 changed some of the key elements of Julie's life. Now that summer has arrived in the US, you may have forgotten what the world was like in January of 2021. Here in Oregon where Julie and I both reside, while shopping was open, most businesses were closed, unless they provided curbside pickup, and masks were required 100% of the time. Schools were closed, and our children were learning from a distance (something fun and easy for our 8-year-old, and something deeply difficult for her young adult children). There was no promise of freedom and no end in sight. And in this climate, we were able to connect over Zoom and philosophize for a while about how the stories we as people tell ourselves about ourselves... may have shifted. Julie also shared the story of how improv helped to lift her back up to herself, when she was at one of her lowest points as a mother experiencing postpartum psychosis, one of the least talked about maternal experiences in this country... and one of great importance because of the consequences that can stem from the condition. As Julie confessed, "the idea of hurting myself became rather entertaining," and this kind of flawed thinking can lead not just to self-harm. When lines between reality and darkness become blurry, help is needed. As a deep believer in the importance of building more understanding and interest in women's health, particularly hormone changes, I'm always glad to hear stories that stem from this place; like the story guest, Maraya Brown shared at the beginning of season two, in which she had to process the unexpected loss of her first pregnancy. Takeaways from this episode In the stories, we consume there are multiple roles people play: villain, support character, window character…. a really important tree. But in the stories we tell, we often imagine ourselves the hero (sometimes a reluctant hero) of our own story. There are times when being the hero of your own story can be really beneficial, like helping to boost your confidence for a job interview for example. On social media, it’s easy to convince ourselves we’re the... Get full access to Making This up as I Go at Get full access to Making This up as I Go at


Todd Cherches Shares How to Lead Better with Visual Leadership & Communication – episode 39

In episode 39 of The Changed Podcast, author of Visualeadership, Todd Cherches, and host Aden Nepom discuss the importance of visual communication, listening in leadership, and being willing to 'go back into the room' to see what you might learn. Todd is the CEO and co-founder of BigBlueGumball, a New York City-based management consulting firm specializing in leadership development, public speaking, and executive coaching. He is also a Founding Partner of the Global Institute For Thought Leadership (“GIFT”), and a member of the exclusive “Marshall Goldsmith “MG100” Coaches.” Additionally, Todd is a three-time award-winning Adjunct Professor of leadership at NYU, and a Lecturer on leadership at Columbia University… And he is a TEDx speaker, and the author of "VisuaLeadership: Leveraging the Power of Visual Thinking in Leadership and in Life," published last year by Post Hill Press/Simon & Schuster, and recently named by Thinkers360 as one of the “Top 50 Business Books to Read in 2021.” Takeaways from this episode seeVisual drawings and objectsMental models and frameworksmetaphor and analogystorytellingLevel 1 = ignoringLevel 2 = pretending (nodding as if you’re listening.. while actually ignoring)Level 3 = listening to respond (filtering for keywords while formulating what you want to say)Level 4 = attentive and actually taking informationLevel 5 – empathetic listening (this is the level of listening that leaders should be striving... Get full access to Making This up as I Go at Get full access to Making This up as I Go at


Healing Trauma – Lupe Hernández, episode 38

In episode 38 of The Changed Podcast, guest Lupe Hernández from the Beyond Trauma program at Adelante Mujeres discusses inner strength, forgiveness, and what it takes to heal and to support healing from trauma. Lupe Hernández is an international trainer in healing trauma and deep understanding in ACEs. She co-founded “Help-Restore-Transform”, a program that works to address educational barriers and improve self-worth among women and children in Mexico; and brings over two decades of experience leading people to heal from trauma. She is trained in Conflict Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice, and leadership and is a provider of the Beyond Trauma program in Adelante Mujeres. She is also the mother of two wonderful sons (Ivan & Izaak). If you live outside of Oregon, it's possible that you have not heard of Adelante Mujeres. Based in Forest Grove, Oregon, they now serve an international audience by providing(as they state on their website) "holistic education and empowerment opportunities to low income Latina women and their families to ensure full participation and active leadership in the community." Like our first season guest Nadine Montaghami, Lupe's experiences healing from her past has given her empathy and depth as a support provider and trainer with the Beyond Trauma program, and she shared quite a few of her insights through the course of our conversation. She also shared a story from a job she held earlier in her life where by all accounts she was saddled with a boss from hell and not a lot of options. The way she handled that situation was surprising and beautiful, and incredibly effective. Lupe Hernández's story illustrates that you really can influence someone's behavior by how you choose to interact with them. At the Art of Change, we often talk about the role of belief in how we experience those around us. If you believe someone is an idiot, you treat them like an idiot. You say things like "I'll talk slow so you call follow along." And when they look at you confused, you see their face as proof that they can't follow... and you're left going "See...? What an idiot!" The same is true when you assume the opposite to be true. If you think that someone is brilliant, you're likely to behave as though their words matter. You'll pay closer attention to what they say, and then when in all of the words they choose, you hear a sentence you like, you'll nod your head emphatically and say "Wow! Brilliant!" Truth aside... (because let's not forget that reality does actually live somewhere in the mix), both in our negative assumptions and our positive ones we find proof that we're right and these biases are unconscious in nature. So if you're going to be right about something why not make the conscious choice and assume something useful? In Lupe's story though, she didn't make a different assumption about her horrible boss, instead, she chose to act as if. This is a really powerful tool! In behaving toward her boss *as if* her boss was friendly, kind, and thoughtful, she actually managed to change the nature of their interactions so much that the boss actually began to resemble those positive qualities! Takeaways from this episode In addition to this powerful story of change, there were some good pieces of wisdom for those healing from trauma and those supporting those on a healing journey.