Episode 110 -- Starting in the Deep End

2-Minute Tip: Build a Team


Sometimes to get better, you may need help, and that's okay.

  • Hire a coach.
  • Join Toastmasters.
  • Ask a friend or colleague. Take an online course.
  • Take a traditional course.
  • Read a book.
  • Subscribe to a podcast about public speaking


Or do all of the above. Or some combination of them.


The point is you can build expertise, or at the very least, competence in a skill by assembling your own team of experts. They can be in person or virtual. It can be a dialog or a 1-way process.


But you don't have to do it all alone. There's a community there you can build or be a part of.


Post Tip Discussion: Meet Sandy Weiner


I think the best way to sum up Sandy Weiner's approach to speaking (and probably a lot of other things) is "Just jump in and do it -- but don't do it alone."


Sandy's first major talk was her TedX talk, which you can see here:





While she may go straight for the deep end, she's successful because she prepares -- she works with coaches when she has a weakness and does the work she needs to do to be successful.


I talk a lot about how 90% of the success of a talk is determined before you ever get on stage -- it's in the  message, in the prep, and in the rehearsal. And that's how Sandy has succeeded as a speaker.




Sandy Weiner HeadshotSandy Weiner, founder of Last First Date, is devoted to helping women over 40 achieve healthy, toe-curling love. An internationally known TEDx speaker, dating coach, author, and podcast host, Sandy specializes in helping women communicate effectively, set clear boundaries in relationships, and know their true worth. She believes a woman of value attracts her best partner.  


Sandy’s work has been published in Mind Body Green, The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and The Good Men Project.


She's also the host of Last First Date Radio, an acclaimed show about attracting and sustaining healthy relationships in midlife. Sandy wants you to go on YOUR LAST FIRST DATE!


Superman Pose


Sandy mentioned the Superman pose in our conversation, and we talked a little about Amy Cuddy's Ted Talk about power poses.  Here's the video of that talk.







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Episode 062 -- Disabled Travel Observations

I've been very tired in April this year, and I think it's because I was very busy in March. In March, I took two major trips that I'm going to talk about today -- the JoCo Cruise, which I mention a few weeks back in my interview with Robin Wilson Beattie, and a trip to Pune India, which I talked about in Facebook live

The JoCo Cruise was awesome as expected. I do sometimes worry that since I have high expectations that it meets, that I'm not walking away with the over the top feelings of awesomeness that some people do. Or maybe my affect is just a little flatter these days due to the combination of my stroke and meds.

This year, there appeared to be more folks on the boat with visible disabilities than in years past. And we had more folks with both visible and invisible disabilities at the meetup for folks with disabilities. In general, it’s a really positive environment filled with helpful, caring people. If you like board games, nerdy things, or generally nerdy people, come join us next year. You can visit Jococruise.com for more details.

I did manage to fall during the cruise while visiting Tortola. A post I chose to lean against objected to being leaned upon and moved out of the way. I fell, suffered only minor bumps and bruises and discovered an important lesson for folks who want to help those with disabilities.

If a disabled person looks like they might need help, it's okay to offer assistance. Then listen to them. If they decline your help, BELIEVE THEM. They know better than you what will help and what will not help.

My trip to India was also an amazing experience. I was there on business so I guess I am now technically and International Business Consultant. I know, big impressive sounding words, huh?

Everyone was super helpful to me. Folks rushed ahead to open doors for me. I dropped my cane in the hotel lobby, and someone literally ran over to pick it up. At the buffet, I had table service most days. The breakfast egg chef apologized profusely for breaking the yolk on my sunny side up egg and wanted to throw it out and start again. I had to convince him it was fine.

So my experience was great.

But I did not see anyone else that week in India with a visible disability outside of the airport.

I shouldn't be too shocked because what little I saw of the streets did not appear to be wheelchair friendly. Building had all sorts of little steps. Elevators were tiny.

Folks also didn't seem comfortable with the topic and would change the subject if we got close to it.

I'm not sure what that says about the broader culture or life for those with disabilities in the area. But again, I saw only a small fraction of the city.

Hack of the Week

Gianna Rojas had more hacks to share from her one-handed life.

You can get magnetic clips for necklaces. They can attach to existing clasps or replace them. They make it possible to put on a necklace without using the regular clasp.

You can ask your jewelry store to put them on if you can't do it your self.

You can hear more from Gianna here.


Where do we go from here?

  • What has your experience of travelling with disabilities been like? Let us know in the comments below.
  • Share this episode with a friend colleague or relative by giving them the link http://strokecast.com/travel.
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Episode 109 -- Failing to Success with Amy Lyle

2-Minute Tip: Challenge the Audience to Discover Truth


Immediately challenge the audience to discover a truth about themselves that proves the premise of your talk. If the group knows that you have an appreciation or understanding of their personal (or business) situation, they will engage. As a bonus, make them laugh within the first 30 seconds.


Post Tip Discussion: Meet Amy Lyle


I always enjoy to talking to folks who follow a path similar to mine -- sales, training, speaking. The way our careers end up different despite a similar progression is fascinating and demonstrates the possibilities available to all of us. There is not one path to your destination and not one destination for a path.


Amy Lyle is one of those guests who followed a path similar to mine and has built the latest iteration of her career out of failure. Or rather, talking about failure -- her own and giving people an opportunity to share theirs. And she's funny! And compelling.


I really enjoyed hearing about the training sessions she ran for recruiters. The programs may have been tough for new folks, but helping them find out early the role is not for them is valuable.


We also have a great conversation about sales and storytelling. Amy even references Iszi Lawrence's appearance from last year.


When it seems like the interview is over, keep listening because we kept talking. And enjoy talking about sweet, sweet failure. And an alpaca.




Amy Lyle with Mannequin legsMost people avoid talking about their most cringe-worthy moments but not our next guest, Amy Lyle.  She has turned her own disasters into The Book of Failures and her newest release, We're All A Mess, It's OK is a collection of funny essays and one-liners about the struggles of everyday life.


Amy believes that the filtered world is making us all feel less than and tearing us apart- but being authentic and sharing your faux pas with others brings people together.
She’s a frequent guest on WXIA’s  Atlanta and Company's, author, actor and public speaker.







Amy's Website


We're All a Mess, and It's Okay


The Amy Binegar-Kimmes-Lyle Book of Failures


Amy on Twitter


Amy on Instagram


Amy on Facebook


Iszi Lawrence on 2-Minute Talk Tips


Random ramblings with Rob on Twitter



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  • Have you read either of Amy's books? Let us know over in the comments below
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Episode 061 -- Video Games and OT

A few weeks ago, I stopped by a Microsoft store to talk with the folks about the Xbox Adaptive Controller. It's an accessory that makes it possible for folks with disabilities to play the same video games as everyone else. Most people first encountered it during the Superbowl ad Microsoft ran.


I shared some thoughts about it in a Facebook live video, and Occupational Therapist and US Army Veteran Erik Johnson reached out to me about some of the work he's been doing with this device.



In this episode, Erik Johnson joins us to talk about the adaptive controller, the OT field, his story, and how gaming is changing the future of OT.


Erik Johnson Headshot outdoorsErik Johnson enlisted in the Army in 1996.  As a young Private, while stationed in Germany, he was involved in a car accident where he sustained second and third degree burns to over 20% of his body, most of which were on his arms and hands.  He decided to become an Occupational Therapist because of the influence from the OT that treated his burns.

After his time in the Army, Major Johnson has taken on several projects that directly impact veterans with a focus on successful re-entry to civilian life after discharge from the military.  He is currently volunteers as the Chief Medical Officer for Operation Supply Drop, an organization that serves Veterans by building strong communities through gaming and team building.  His work on the therapeutic benefits of video games have been widely recognized in both the Medical and Video Game communities.  Erik also is one of the founders for IDEGO, a company that is developing treatment opportunities while using Virtual Reality with a focus on behavioral health disorders.  The company uses Deferred Individualized Gradated Immersion Therapy (D.I.G.I.T) to achieve success.  Most recently, Erik teamed up with another non-profit organization where he has been recently named their Chief Medical Officer.  Working with Warfighter Engaged, their mission is to improve the lives of severely injured and disabled warfighters with custom adapted video game controllers, recreational items and other solutions to provide greater independence.

For more details, visit:  http://www.erikunleashed.com/https/drivegooglecom/openid11p8q1q-6qtxw53txknfutqsl7fm9pzo

Mirror Therapy

We talked a little about Mirror Therapy in the episode. Here is something I wrote about it a few weeks after leaving the hospital in 2017. I really need to get back to it again.

Bill using mirror therapy on his arm

This is my mirror box. It was $60 on Amazon which is way over priced. There can't be more than $5 in materials in it. It would be easy to make. Of course if I could make it I wouldn't need it.

The issues I have using my arm and leg are literally all in my head. That's where the damage exists. The brain can be pretty dumb at times and easy to trick. That's how the mirror box works.

I put my left hand in the box behind the mirror and put my right hand in front of the mirror. Then I look at the mirror and my brain thinks the reflection of my right arm is actually my left. When I move my fingers or wrist on the right, while I try to move them on the left, the brain thinks I'm actually moving them on the left. And then I get some actual, new movement.

The brain learns to move my left hand because it thinks it's already moving my left hand. Classic fake it till you make it stuff.

While the price is annoying, if I get my fingers back faster, I can't really complain.

A Teachable Moment

Last year I interviewed Anne Dailey and Mark French about their stroke documentary, A Teachable Moment.

The big news is that A Teachable Moment is now available for streaming in your own home via AMAZON Prime. If you are a Prime customer, check it out and share with your friends and family.

Congratulations to Anne, Mark, and the entire A Teachable Moment family for this big step.



Hack of the Week

When you arrange things in your kitchen, or remodel you kitchen, make sure everything is at an appropriate height for you. That will depend on how tall you are, how stable you are while standing, whether or not you are in a wheel chair, etc.

Make sure controls are on the front of the stove to minimize reaching. And don't forget the cabinets. Remember, reaching down can sometimes be as difficult as reaching up. So make sure any new design reflects your actual capabilities.



Where do we go from here?

  • What's your experience with video games been like post-stroke or other disability? Let us know in the comments below.
  • Check out ErikUnleashed.com or Erik's non-profits from the links above.
  • Share this episode with an OT or gamer in your life by giving them the link http://strokecast.com/Erik
  • Check out A Teachable Moment on Amazon Prime
  • Don't get best… get better

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Episode 060 -- Meet Peter and Ria Evans

In this episode, we get to meet stroke survivor Peter Evans and his wife Ria.

Peter survived massive hemorrhagic stroke in 2017 that left him with cognitive challenges and partial vision loss. It turned his and Ria's lives upside down.

Their attitudes are really amazing though. They've taken this horrible event and are determined to extract every piece of value from it that they can. Peter, with Ria's support, is using his writing skills to drive increased support for stroke survivors. He's becoming a regular guest contributor to the Strokecast blog. He's become a supporter and advocate for support groups, and Ria is speaking out about the importance of advanced directives and other documentation so spouses and partners can most effectively support one another in times of crisis.


In this episode, we do talk a little bit about finding Peter's skull. For those who may not be familiar with removing part of the skull as treatment, it's not uncommon in the treatment of stroke -- especially hemorrhagic stroke.

In the case of a serious brain bleed, the blood can create additional pressure on the brain. Additionally, the trauma of the stroke can cause brain swelling. This results in too much pressure on the brain tissue as it gets pressed against the skull.

One way to relieve that pressure is to remove part of the person's skull. When the swelling subsides, surgeons can put that part of the skull back in place. Often survivors who have temporarily had part of their skull removed will need to wear a custom helmet to prevent other injuries. Long time listeners may remember my conversation with Whitney Morean at strokecast.com/Whitney about her own experience with craniectomy and cranioplasty.


Peter Evans Headshot54-year-old Peter Evans, originally from Long Island, New York, currently resides in the Marina del Rey section of Los Angeles where he lives with his Wife Ria and an incredibly headstrong Yorkshire Terrier, they call Geronimo.

Peter had a massive hemorrhagic stroke in 2017 an event he says nearly killed him but which, strangely, he acknowledges has helped bring Ria and him even closer together as a couple, reinvigorating their marriage and leaving Peter a kinder, more grateful and overall happier person.

Like many others, Peter first came to LA hoping to break into acting in film and television, and it was that which brought Peter and Ria together when they worked together on her cable public access TV show and a feature film they both produced on the set of which he says they fell in love. “She may have stolen my heart,” he says, “but what she gave me back in love and support over these past 20 years, on balance I feel like I’m a millionaire—Definitely feel like I came out a huge winner on that deal, the day I met Ria!”

Growing tired of endless auditions and poverty wages as an actor, Peter decided to move into the corporate world when an old college friend of his said, “Hey, I know you’re still into that acting thing, but there’s a job here at my company I think you’d be perfect for and really love.” And boy did he! He got to use his French Language skills and travel internationally quite extensively as he worked as the project manager of a small international team where he helped launch the company’s many international Web sites across Europe, Australia and Japan.

Peter continues to this day contributing on-line content for Stroke resources and putting his years of Project Management to good use, paying it forward to all his fellow stroke survivors.

Advanced Directives and Power of Attorney

An Advanced Directive is typically a document you complete describing the kind of healthcare or resuscitation that you want (or don't want) should you become incapacitated.

A Power of Attorney is typically a document that you sign authorizing another person to make medical, financial, or other decisions for you if you are not able to in a particular context.

These are important documents to think about and execute before you need them. You can find some resources in the links below so you can explore them further. Many hospitals are happy to supply some of these documents as well. Or consult an attorney or lawyer practicing in your community.

Regulations can vary state-by-state and can impact spousal rights, domestic partner rights, and other family configurations.

There are lots of templates available so make sure you pursue the right path for yourself and your family.

Program Note

You may have noticed that this episode is coming out earlier in the week than normal. Over the next few months, I plan to increase my posting frequency as I work with some additional content contributors. I think we'll be hearing from Peter again. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the additional content. You can post in the comments below or email Bill@Strokecast.com.

Hack of the Half Week

Peter's hack is to be kind to yourself. A brain injury changes things. It turns life upside down. You may not be able to do everything you used to do. You may not be able to think as clearly or quickly as you used to. You may not be able to pursue the same intense pace of life you did before.

That's OK. Cut yourself some slack. You're going to need more sleep. Get it, and don't feel guilty about it.

You have permission to be kind to yourself.


Peter Evans on LinkedIn


Peter's Strokecast Articles


NeuroNerds on Impostor Syndrome


Wil Wheaton on Depression


Emily Clarke (Game of Thrones star) on her strokes


Strokecast on Luke Perry


Strokecast with Whitney Morean


Strokecast with Maggie Whittum


State Advanced Directive Resources


Power of Attorney by NoLo Press


Where do we go from here?

  • What do you think about Peter and Ria's story? Let us know in the comments below.
  • Check out Peter's Strokecast article by visiting http://Strokecast.com/Peter
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Episode 108 -- Digital Marketing Meets Public Speaking



2-Minute Tip: You Know Your Stuff


Experienced speakers still feel anxiety and nerves before getting on stage, but there are a couple thing you can remind yourself of before you start speaking.


First, you know your stuff. The reason you earned that stage is that you are a subject matter expert (SME). You're likely speaking about your work or your passion. Or you're presenting material you've studied. Sure, there might be a question, you can't answer, but that's okay. You don't have to have all the answers at the tip of your tongue. Do your prep work. Rehearse your talk. And know your stuff.


The second thing to keep in mind is that people -- including your audience -- think about themselves 95% of the time. If you make a mistake, they likely won't even notice.


Remember, it's not about you. It's about your message and your audience.


Post Tip Discussion: Meet David Erickson


A lot of the speaking many mid-career professionals do is in the conference room or other small space. It might be pitching a potential client, reporting on an initiative, or briefing their own team. The core of it all is still the same, though. Know what you want to accomplish. Prepare. And establish a connection with the folks in your audience.


One of the valuable lessons to come out of today's episode is the importance of establishing that in-person connection -- that analog relationship with your audience, especially when you are selling modern products like digital marketing services to businesses.


I talked a few months back about the importance of balancing logos, pathos, and ethos back in episode 035. To put it much more simply, today's guest, David Erickson, reminds us that people like to do business with people they know, like, and trust. Establishing credibility and building a relationship with your audience is just as important as making logical points.


Machine Transcription


David and I recorded our conversation in January. One of the things he predicted at that time was how Google would probably start searching and transcribing audio content in the near future.


It turns out, he was right.


Within the past couple of weeks, news has come out about how Google is making transcribing some podcasts, presumably to make them searchable. You can read more about these early efforts here: https://9to5google.com/2019/03/27/google-podcasts-transcribing-episodes/


It's also helpful to note that YouTube (a Google property) has been converting audio to text for years as they do automatic closed captioning for videos. The main reason I also publish this podcast to YouTube is to take advantage of this feature so folks with hearing challenges can still follow along with the content. It's not good enough yet, but it will get there. You can take a look here: http://2minutetalktips.com/YouTube


And, of course, Microsoft is doing some pretty impressive work with audio-text conversion. Speakers ought to familiarize themselves with the free PowerPoint add-in Presentation Translator. I talked about this in Episode 65 -- http://2minutetalktips.com/2018/06/05/episode-065-close-to-open-and-presentation-translator/. I'll likely revisit this in a couple months since almost a year has passed.


On a related note, Microsoft has also started offering automatic closed captioning in Skype. You can enable it in the settings. It even support live translation into dozens of language. This opens tremendous opportunities for greater communication across ability, cultural, and language barriers.


My experience is that the English captions for English speech work well, but it adds a little bit of latency to the conversation so it's not something I use by default. But the fact that it works at all is amazing. And the fact that I can now have Skype phone conversations with folks that don't speak English is a huge benefit to our world.




David Erickson HeadshotDavid Erickson is a digital marketing veteran, principal of e-Strategy Media and producer and co-host of the Beyond Social Media Show. He is a frequent expert source for media coverage of digital marketing topics, having appeared on MSNBC and CBS and cited in such publications as USA Today, US News & World Report, Slate & Search Engine Watch.






David's website


Beyond Social Media Podcast


David on Twitter


2-Minute Talk Tips on Logos, Pathos, and Ethos


2-Minute Talk Tips on Presentation Translator


2-Minute Talk Tips on YouTube



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  • What are your thoughts on this week's episode? Let us know in the comments below.
  • Learn more about David's business or find the Beyond Social Media Podcast by checking out the links above.
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Episode 059 -- The Intersection of Disability and Sexuality

Each year, I spend a week on the JoCo Cruise. I talked about it last year in Episode 4, and this year was just as amazing.

Robin Wilson-Beattie dressed as a Wakanda warrior

This year, I also met Robin Wilson-Beattie on the boat. She is a speaker, writer, and educator working at the intersection of disability and sexuality. We sat down on the ship's art gallery to talk about these issues and how they impact stroke survivors and other folks with disabilities.

We met up on cosplay day which explains why Robin was in her full Wakandan warrior regalia. Probably.


Robin Wilson-Beattie HeadshotRobin came into the world able-bodied, but had a birth defect that resulted in a spinal aneurysm. After scheduling surgery to fix the aneurysm, she learned she was pregnant. During the surgery, she acquired a spinal cord injury that resulted in partial paralysis. She continues to recover while living in San Francisco and helping folks with disabilities navigate the world of sex.

Hack of the Week

Robin recommends Amazon Prime and Delivery for folks living with disabilities.

Considering the amount of energy (or spoons) it can take to leave the house for something as simple as groceries, taking full advantage of delivery services can make a huge difference in what else folks with disabilities can accomplish during the day.

It's not lazy. It's smart. It lets you preserve that energy to focus on your recovery. Or your work. Or time with your family. Or whatever else may bring long-term value into your life.

April is Occupational Therapy Month

If you're still in OT, and you like your therapists, tell them how you appreciate the work they do. If you're no longer in OT, consider sending them a message or note telling them about where you are today. OTs, especially from early in our recovery don't often hear back from former patients and are delighted to get updates.


Robin's Website


Robin on Facebook (@SexAbled)


Robin on Twitter


Robin on LinkedIn


Broadly Article on Robin


What you should know about birth control when you have a disability


Robin at AASECT


ADAPT Civil Rights Organization


Bethany Stevens Website


Bethany Stevens on Twitter


Spoon Theory


JoCo Cruise


Strokecast on JoCo


Occupational Therapy Month


Strokecast: Sex after Stroke


Where do we go from here?

  • Are there specific questions about sex and sexuality after stroke that you would like me to address in a future episode? Let me know in the comments at below, or email me at Bill@strokecast.com
  • Learn more about Robin's work and the organizations she mentioned by visiting the links above
  • Subscribe to Strokecast in your favorite podcast app so you never miss an episode.
  • Don't get best…get better



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Episode 107 -- Purpose in the Palm of Your Hand

2-Minute Tip: Don't Memorize


Memorizing your speech is generally a bad idea. You want to internalize it, not memorize it.


There are 3 main problems with memorizing your talk.


  • First, it's a lot more nerve wracking.
  • Second, if you forget a part you're more likely to get stuck and freeze.
  • Third, your audience wants you to be real.


You want to practice and prepare of course. Memorizing word for word is not a good use of your time, though.


Post-Tip Discussion: Speaking, Purpose, and Hand Analysis with Jayne Sanders


I know that most members of my audience are career professionals looking to improve their speaking skills to advance their careers. You may or may not want to make the leap to the keynote stage.


That's one reason I love talking with guests like Jayne. She honed her public speaking skills in the halls and conference rooms of corporate America while doing her job. The message came first; the speaking was secondary. Speaking was secondary. Over time she grew to appreciate the power of it, though, and make it a core pillar of her modern career.


This week we talk both about Jayne's path as a speaker and the too she uses to help people learn more about their own nature -- scientific hand analysis.




Jayne Sanders portraitBorn and raised in southern Illinois, Jayne's Midwestern roots still influence her friendly, approachable demeanor, which can disarm and delight at the same time. Hearing an occasional “Well, hell’s bells!” or “I’m on that like green on grass, white on rice, and a duck on a June bug!” is not uncommon. At the same time, Jayne offer deeply insightful observations, sound solutions, and a quick wit.


Jayne's professional background includes an undergraduate major in Speech/Journalism with emphasis in Communications and Psychology. She then earned a Masters in Business Administration. In the corporate world she moved swiftly up the ranks of marketing management for eight years, then left for a more entrepreneurial position as SVP of Sales and Account Service for an international corporate identity firm, where she broke sales records and acquired numerous Fortune 500 accounts.


Wanting to contribute even more and help people at deeper levels, Jayne then founded her professional speaking and consulting business and spoke in the corporate world on topics including authenticity and courage, work/life balance, finding and living your passion, GenderSmart® communication, and presentation skills. Her book, GenderSmart – Solving the Communication Puzzle Between Men and Women, has been published in five countries.


Walking her talk as a consultant and transformational catalyst with first-hand knowledge of the importance of play and joy, Jayne is also an avid horsewoman, often seen galloping along trails on one of her horses, either Darby or Comet. Her impassioned “YEE-HAW!”s or “YA-HOO!”s can sometimes be heard echoing through the fields. Get her on the subject of how horses have positively impacted her life and you will have quite a lengthy but engaging and impassioned conversation!





Call To Action


  • If you're listening to this episode before April 26 and will be in Denver that day, check out Jayne's Purpose and Impact Workshop. Check out the links above.
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Episode 058 -- A PT Vacation

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have some of the most amazing scenery and outdoor options in the country. So why do all your rehab in a clinic?

Today's guest is Physical Therapist, Dr. Carol-Ann Nelson, the Founder and Executive Director of Destination Rehab in Bend Oregon. For those not familiar with the geography here, Bend is in the middle of Oregon, about a 6-hour drive South East of Seattle. It's surrounded by mountains, volcanoes, forests, a river and wildlife. It's an absolutely gorgeous city and region that I'd encourage anyone to visit.

Destination Rehab combine PT with outdoor activities, taking advantage of all Central Oregon has to offer. They have year round program for folks in the area, and they offer week long Rehab Vacations for folks with neuro conditions who want to travel to the area. Participants include stroke survivors plus folks with MS, Parkinson's, TBI, Spinal Cord Injury, and other conditions.


Carol-Ann Nelson headshotCarol-Ann's love for the outdoors began during her years growing up in Oregon. She has enjoyed backpacking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, hiking and running in mountains and rivers across the country.

While in graduate school, she realized her passion to utilize physical therapy to help people with disabilities and chronic conditions engage in the outdoors and in their local community.

In 2016 she founded Destination Rehab, a nonprofit organization that takes physical therapy principles out of the clinic walls and into the outdoors. Their focus is to build confidence, independence and improve quality of life for individuals with physical disabilities and chronic conditions. 

Carol-Ann received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Duke University and practiced in the Neuro Recovery Center at Brooks Rehabilitation before returning to her home state of Oregon in 2015.

She specializes in treating patients with a variety of complex neurologic conditions including Stroke, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinson's and Multiple Sclerosis.

Carol-Ann serves as Vice President of the Oregon Physical Therapy Association, and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association's Neurologic Section.

Carol-Ann and her husband have four year old twins, a six month old baby girl, and an energetic border collie. Carol-Ann is passionate about helping others dream big and gain the confidence they need to enjoy being active and outdoors.

Hack of the Week

Make your lamps into touch lamps.

It can be tough to fiddle with switches and knobs with limited mobility. Fortunately, you can get an adapter to make them touch lamps. Here's an example: https://www.amazon.com/Westek-3-Level-Touch-Plug-Dimmer/dp/B01APRDK5O/

Now you can even use your affected hand to turn the lights on and off. Put that limb to work!


Where do we go from here?

  • If you'd like to learn more about taking a rehab vacation, check out the Destination Rehab links above.
  • Help someone you know subscribe to Strokecast on their phone so they never miss an episode.
  • Don't get best…get better.


Strokecast is the stroke podcast where a Gen X stroke survivor explores rehab, recovery, the frontiers of neuroscience and one-handed banana peeling by helping stroke survivors, caregivers, medical providers and stroke industry affiliates connect and share their stories.

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Episode 106 -- A Life of Learning and Colorful Shirts with Richard Flint

2-Minute Tip: Create a Presence 


Live everyday to create a presence that has presence when you're not present.


As a speaker, in order for your message to have impact, it has to be something that sticks with your audience when you are not there. You can do that by being a powerful, memorable speaker. 


But that's not the only way.


Give clear guidance. Develop a simple, compelling message. Make sure your audience knows what you want them to do. Tell great stories. 


All these techniques that we regularly talk about help you maintain that presence with the audience even when you're on your way to your next meeting. 


Post Tip Discussion


As I recorded this conversation with Richard, a few things really jumped out at me.


Richard has an eye for the picture in life -- for prioritizing what will really make a difference for people. He also has a tremendous talent for putting structure to his thoughts. He makes a lot of points by breaking them out into simple lists that get to the core of the matter. I counted at least 5 of those lists in this episode. 


From a technical standpoint, these are not just lists. They are excellent examples of parallel structure -- using similar words and phrases almost rhythmically to land a point. 


I talked about this technique way back in episode 10. A few weeks ago, you heard from Joe Apfelbaum in episode 103. He also excels at using parallel structure.




Richard Flint speaking and holding a microphone wearing a colorful shirtRichard Flint, CSP is Chairman and CEO of Flint, incorporated, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals, companies and associations. He has had the opportunity to address people in talks and seminars throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and Spain. As a Keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 200,000 people each year.


Richard speaks to corporate and public audiences on the subjects of Personal and Professional Development, including the executives and staff of many of America's largest corporations. His humorous and poignant talks and seminars on Leadership, Sales, Self-Esteem, Goals, Strategy, Creativity and Success bring about immediate changes and long-term results.


He has written 15 books and produced more than 100+ audio and video learning programs, including being a finalist for The Top Self-Help book of 2005.


Prior to founding his company in 1987, Richard put his four degrees to good use as a Professor of Philosophy at Ohio University and Wayne State University, where he also served as the Baptist Campus Minister. Following that, Richard was the Director of Counseling at the First Baptist Church in both Tampa and West Palm Beach in Florida.


These days he travels the world on his crusade to help others move past their Circle of Sameness and achieve a positive life.


Richard's Lists


Three keys to success:

  • I've got to believe in myself
  • I've got to trust in myself
  • I've got to have faith in myself


Three questions when preparing a seminar:

  • Why is this issue there? What's created the issue?
  • Why does this issue create so much confusion for people
  • Is there a process that will help people resolve -- not eliminate -- this issue


4 Keys to a successful year:

  • What do you really want to achieve this year?
    Why do you really want to achieve that?
    What price are you willing to pay to have it?
    What behaviors do you have to improve to get there?


Three Ds:

  • I have a desire to improve to help other people
  • I have the determination that there is more for me to write, discover, and learn
  • I have the discipline to do it


Six Fears:

  • Fear of the unknown
  • Fear of abandonment -- being left alone
  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of rejection
  • Fear of loss
  • Fear of success






Call To Action


  • Check out Richard's links above to learn more about his mission and passion.
  • Who do you know that would most benefit from hearing Richard's message and story? Give them the link 2minutetalktips.com/richardflint and ask them what they thought of the conversation.
  • Don't get best…get better



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Episode 057 -- Golf After Stroke


Some months back, on my other show, 2-Minute Talk Tips, I interviewed speaker and coach Pat Roque about speaking and her fascinating journey. I'd encourage you to check that out over at 2minutetalktips.com/rockon. After that conversation, Pat and I continued talking and she told me I needed to talk with Gianna Rojas about the work we were each doing.

Gianna Rojas swings a golf club with her right hand. She has no fingers on her left.Gianna Rojas is the One Handed Lady Golfer. Gianna was born with no fingers on her left hand, which makes golf challenging. Still, as an adult, she wanted to learn so she did.

Now, Gianna runs AdaptiveGolfers.org where she and her team help stroke survivors and other folks with disabilities get back on the course, doing the thing they love -- playing golf.

Gianna runs clinics in NJ and travels the country promoting Adaptive Golf.

Key Facts about Gianna



*USA Disabled Golf Team - Global Tour

*Division winner of the 2017/2018 Para Long Drive Cup – Legends, Myrtle Beach SC, Par Tee - Columbia, SC

*Division winner of the 2018 Adaptive Long Drive – Barefoot Resort and Golf, No. Myrtle Beach SC



*2018/2019 LPGA Woman's Network - Charity Partner

*2019 PGA Magazine Woman's Leadership Platform

*20172018/2019 Director of Global

Brand Awareness United States Adaptive Golf Alliance

*Advisory Board and Speakers Bureau for the National Alliance of Accessible Golf

*Volunteer for the United States Disable Golf Association



*2018/2019 PGA Merchandise Show - Initiator ADAPTIVE GOLF CENTER, Speaker, and Adaptive Player Development Educational Track

*2017/2018 World Amateur Championships Exhibitor

*2017/2018/2019 ABILITIES Expo Speaker, Presenter and Exhibitor


*2018 LPGA Top 22 Women “Disruptors” in the Golf Industry https://lpgawomensnetwork.com/meet-the-disruptors-the-women-who-are-spearheading-a-revolution-in-golf/

Thoughts on Golf

As I've mentioned before, I'm not exactly athletic. Most of my golf experience involves neon balls and tiny windmills. But it is a part of many survivors lives.

A stroke doesn't have to mean our involvement with sports is over. A few months ago, I talked with US Air Force Academy Tennis Coach Dan Oosterhous about his life and he continues coaching tennis. You can find that episode at http://strokecast.com/dan. This week, we hear from Gianna. And next week in episode 058, We'll hear from Carol-Ann Nelson about Adventure Rehab Vacations. In short, there are lots of reasons and ways for stroke survivors to get out of the house and in to outdoor activities this Spring and Summer

More than the athletic aspect of golf, though, is the strong social aspect of the game of golf. It's a sport that's built around chatting with your opponents.

It also a sports that has strong cultural and business ties, at least in the US. Folks who don't golf can find themselves shut out of many business socializing and deal making opportunities.

That's why getting back out on the course can be so important for a golf-loving stroke survivor. Or even for the survivor just looking for a new hobby. It's got physical, cognitive, social, cultural, and economic advantages.

And the work Gianna is doing to get folks access to those advantages is fantastic.

Hack of the Week

Getting dressed with disabilities can take way too much time. Fortunately, Adaptive Clothing is a thing now.

Most folks are already familiar with Velcro shoes. All the shoes I use theses days feature Velcro. You can even find sneakers with faux lace closures now that are powered by Velcro.

It goes beyond that, though. A search for adaptive clothing will turn up a significant variety of clothes designed to accommodate a wide assortment of functionality.

You don't have to settle for tradition clothing.


Adaptive Golfers


Gianna's email


Gianna on Facebook


Gianna on Twitter


Gianna on Instagram


One Handed Lady Golfer on Facebook


Gianna on LinkedIn


One Handed Lady Golfer on YouTube


Quantum Grip


PGA Superstore




The R & A






Bill interviews Pat Roque


Bill Interviews Dan Oosterhous


USGA/R&A announce participation in world ranking for disabled golfers



Where do we go from here?

  • Encourage the PGA and LPGA to make Adaptive Golf part of their continuing education requirements.
  • Check out Gianna's links and resources by visiting the section above.
  • Share this episode with the golf fan in your life by giving them the link Strokecast.com/golf
  • Don't get best…get better


Strokecast is the stroke podcast where a Gen X stroke survivor explores rehab, recovery, the frontiers of neuroscience and one-handed banana peeling by helping stroke survivors, caregivers, medical providers and stroke industry affiliates connect and share their stories.

Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast


Episode 105 -- How Tantric Dating can make YOU a Better Speaker! (Not Really)



2-Minute Tip: Use Click Bait-ey Titles


When you need a title for your talk, take a lesson from all those click-bait titles you see on Facebook and other social platforms. Make it short, compelling, and maybe a little edgy.


When you promise a talk with the "5 Secrets to Successful Penguin Petting," you also have a built-in structure for your talk that will keep you on the right path.


If you take this approach, though, make sure you deliver. You'll only get one shot.


Post Tip Discussion: Meet Catherine Auman


Catherine AumanSome of us become speakers because we just love it. We love the stage, the crowd, the power of sharing a message -- It's intoxicating.


Other folks build a speaking career as a tool to share their message and drive other parts of their business. That's what Catherine Auman has done -- used speaking to drive interests in her books and other resources around tantric dating.


What I really like about this conversation, besides the fact that tantric dating is now part of my vocabulary, is how Catherine lives the idea of "build your own stage." This is something I've talked a lot about over the previous few months. She has done it in both the virtual and the real world.


Catherine Auman LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) is a psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles. She is the author of three books with two more being released in 2019. Ms. Auman speaks twice monthly to live audiences and was previously a frequent guest on the national TV show "Extra." Visit her online at http://www.catherineauman.com, or on her YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/c/CatherineAuman






Catherine's book: Shortcuts to Mindfulness


Catherine's other book: Tantric Dating


Catherine on Facebook


Catherine on LinkedIn


Catherine on Twitter


Catherine on YouTube



Call To Action


  • Learn more about Catherine Auman at the links above.
  • Share your thoughts on this episode in the comments below.
  • Share this episode with a friend, colleague, or relative by telling them to visit http://2minutetalktips.com/catherine
  • Don't get best…get better.


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Episode 104 -- Speaking, Sales, and Improv with Stuart Rice

2-Minute Tip: Don't Squander Water Cooler Talk


After winning or losing a big sale in a store there's tendency to brag or vent to colleagues around a literal or metaphorical water cooler. It happens after a big talk, too. We celebrate the brilliance or decry the stupidity of an audience.




It's not effective. It won't help you win or save more sales in the future. And it has the tendency to hurt morale and reinforce negative -- and counterproductive -- attitudes.


Instead, take that time to dissect the talk or sale. What went well? How can you do more of that in the future?


What didn't go well? How can you avoid doing that again?


And learn how can you share those lessons with others.


That speech you just did is in the past. It's gone. It now time to learn lessons from it and get ready for the next talk.


Post Tip Discussion


Stuart Rice and I have similar paths, separated by a few years. We both started out selling consumer electronics before transitioning over to the vendor side of retail, and then joining or creating other educational initiatives to help others.


Key skill that are helpful in retail are also helpful in public speaking. You have to learn about your audience. You have to connect with your audience. You have to bring your audience on a metaphorical journey with you.


You have to focus on what's in it for them and why they should care.


And storytelling is a key part of it all.




Stuart Rice HeadshotStuart Rice has 24 years of experience in sales, purchasing and management focusing on strategic growth. In his career, Stuart has helped companies multiply sales by revamping their current strategies and introducing new concepts that increased customer traffic and created new experiences for customers and salespeople alike.


Training is his passion and Stuart looks to use his experience and ability to communicate to share his knowledge, ability to critically think through problems, and use real-world scenarios to develop processes and strategies that can promote growth with individuals and institutions alike.


In addition to professional training, Stuart’s other pursuit is comedy, specifically sketch comedy, on the very accurately named “Sketch Comedy Podcast Show” a one-of-a-kind show where interesting people have intriguing conversations and then improvise a comedy sketch based on what was talked about.




Stuart Rice on LinkedIn


Sketch Comedy Podcast Show


Impactful Sales Solutions


Stuart on Twitter



Call To Action



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Episode 056 -- Thoughts on Luke Perry and Stroke

This week, we learned about the tragic death of Luke Perry. He suffered a stroke at age 52 and did not survive. This sparked comments across social media that many of us have had to address only in personal conversations before. Namely:

"I thought you had to be old to have a stroke!"

Those of us who spend a lot of time dealing with and thinking about stroke know that is completely untrue. But most folks are not part of our community, and it takes a major celebrity death to really get people to think about it.

My hope is that some good can come from this. If Luke Perry's death inspires more folks to check and know their risk factors, that's a good thing. If it encourages more folks to know the BEFAST warning signs of stroke, that is also a good thing.

Stroke symptom graphic

There's the potential for Luke Perry's death to save the lives of hundreds or thousands of other people by driving increased awareness and response to stroke and its causes.

How Can You Help?

Media attention can be fleeting so now is the time to take action.

Are you involved with a school, community, civic, or religious organization that brings in speakers? Ask them to invite a stroke survivor or medical professional to talk to the group about their story and share more info on stroke recognition and prevention. 

If you don't know anyone personally who can speak, reach out. If your group meets in the Puget Sound area of Western Washington, let me know and I'll be happy to talk to your group or connect you with someone else who can.

In other areas, reach out to your local chapter of the American Heart Association. They can help. Or search through Facebook forums or Twitter hashtags (like #stroke or #stroke survivor). Or contact your local hospital and ask them if they know of someone

Do you want to share your story? Reach out to groups or schools who may want a speaker. Contact the American Heart Association or your country's equivalent, and let them know. Start a podcast, YouTube channel, Instagram account or build your own stage another way. Reach out to other stroke survivor podcasters who may be looking for guests, like Cam at the Hand in Hand Show or Joe at NeuroNerds. Or me here.

Distribute and promote the BEFAST warning signs.

The point is, now is the time to talk about it.

Hack of the Week

I keep an umbrella stand near the door, but I don't fill it with umbrellas. We're not big umbrella people here in Seattle. Plus, the hand I would use to hold an umbrella is busy holding my cane. And my girlfriend won't let me be seen in public wearing a head-mounted umbrella. Which is probably a good call.

That's why my umbrella stand is filled with canes. It's a great way to store them. I can grab a different one as I head out the door, depending on my mood, goals, and wardrobe that day. And when I'm not using one, I keep it safely out of the way.

Program Note

There will not be a new episode next week (2019-03-15) because I'll be out of town on my 7th JoCo Cruise. I'd rather not rush the post production on that episode so I'm taking next week off. 

The next episode of Strokecast will go live on Friday, March 22. lt will feature Gianna Rojas -- the One Handed Lady Golfer talking about how she helps stroke survivors get back on the golf course and reconnect with their passion for the game.


Where do we go from here?

  • What are your thoughts on celebrity deaths and stroke? Let us know in the comments below.
  • Share the warning signs and risk factors for stroke far and wide.
  • Encourage folks to learn more about stroke by visiting Strokecast.com or the American Heart Association.
  • Don't get best...get better


Strokecast is the stroke podcast where a Gen X stroke survivor explores rehab, recovery, the frontiers of neuroscience and one-handed banana peeling by helping stroke survivors, caregivers, medical providers and stroke industry affiliates connect and share their stories.

Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast


Episode 103 -- Brandin' buildin' and Boomin' with Joe Apfelbaum

2-Minute Tip: Practice


To be successful, there is no substitution for preparation. Practice. Rehearse. Prepare. And then practice some more.


When you see speakers who make it look easy -- who effortlessly string together words and phrases and jokes and more -- it's usually not off the cuff. It's because they've practiced. Put in the time and know your stuff cold so that you can come up with it seamlessly when it's time to speak.


That's one of the beautiful things about speaking. It's not magic. It's just work.


On a related note, check out the documentary Comedian on Netflix. It's about the work and process that Jerry Seinfeld went through to develop a new set. It looks effortless when you see the final set, but it can take a year to get there -- even when you've been doing your trade for decades.


Post Tip Discussion: Brandin' buildin' and Boomin' with Joe Apfelbaum


Joe Apelbaum is a high-energy force of nature, and that really comes through in this episode.


Joe's professional focus is on B2B or Business to Business marketing, which is something many folks don't think about. He has built a large following and expertise on LinkedIn that you should definitely check out there.


Joe also just launched a new course dedicated to Social Selling. You can find it here.




Joe Apfelbaum headshotJoe Apfelbaum is the CEO of Ajax Union, a B2B digital marketing agency based in Brooklyn, NY. Joe is a business strategist, marketing expert and certified Google trainer. Joe enjoys speaking and writing about marketing, business networking and personal development in his seminars, webinars and articles.


Joe is the host of the popular podcasts The Breakthrough Maze. Joe is the Author of 3 books including High Energy Secrets his most recent book about how he lost 95 pounds and does flying selfies.  He is the producer of GrowTime.tv and has published over 500 Mojovational Street Talk videos on YouTube.


Joe is a contributing member of Entrepreneurs Organization in Brooklyn, a group with over 12,000 CEO’s and an active member of Executives Association, a premiere business networking organization in NYC.


Joe is a selfie master, he takes 1000 selfies a year with entrepreneurs and makes hundreds of introductions to business professionals in his network.


Joe is proud of all his accomplishments, but most of all he is proud of his purpose, his beautiful amazing kids.




In this episode, one of the things I'd like you to listen for is Joe's pattern of speech. He uses a lot of repetition and parallel structure to make his points and it just sounds natural and powerful. I talked about these techniques back in Episode 10 and 35


It takes practice to do this effectively, and the best way to get better at that is to do it.


Another lesson besides preparing and rehearsing is that when it comes to speaking you just have to get out and do it. And do it again. And do it some more.




Joe Apfelbaum on LinkedIn


Social Sellin' System (Joe's LinkedIn Course)


Ajax Union


Joe's Website


Joe on Twitter


Joe on Facebook


Joe on Instagram


Grow Time TV on YouTube


Joe's Street Talk Videos


Joe's Book: High Energy Secrets


CEO Mojo Podcast


The Breakthrough Maze Podcast


On Writing by Stephen King


Comedian with Jerry Seinfeld


2MTT: Episode 010 — Parallel Structure and Tim Garber (Part 1)


2MTT: Episode 039 — Skip the Gimmicks and Repeat Yourself


2MTT: Episode 035 — Let the Audience React and Ancient Rhetoric Today





Call to Action


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