2019-02-22

Episode 054 -- International Stroke Conference News


Inspire Cafe Podcast

I had the honor of appearing on Kathy De La Torre's The Inspire Café podcast. She started the podcast to understand what makes a person resilient. She explains her motivation like this:

I am fascinated with the stories of human resiliency…. What makes these people tick?  What became their turnaround, ah-hah moment or the trigger that caused them to pivot, shift their thinking and turn away from their dark moment and face the light?  The idea of people actually putting into practice of making lemonade out of their lemons, turning a negative into a positive, is remarkable.

This week, I talk with Kathy in detail about my stroke, stroke in general, and why I started this show. It's the latest version of my origin story.

I'm truly humbled to be on Kathy's show, especially when I look at the other folks she's interviewed.

So after you listen to Strokecast, head on over to The Inspire Café in your favorite podcast app and listen to episode 69.

News from ISC19

Neurologists, researchers, and other stroke professionals from around the world got to spend several days in tropical Hawaii in February to learn to more effective treat and prevent strokes at the International Stroke Conference 2019. And presumably to work on their tans and surfing skills in the off hours. A lot of research, reports and news came out of the conference or at least around it.

Here are the 10 Topics

Opioid epidemic fueling a rise in infection-related stroke

  • AHA/ASA News Room
  • Study Highlights:
    • The opioid epidemic is fueling a steep rise in infection-related stroke hospitalizations.
    • Injecting opioids, such as heroin, can introduce bacteria into the body which travels through the bloodstream to infect heart valves. Clumps of infected tissue can break off and travel to the brain, resulting in stroke.

Safety Window for tPA Extended Up to 9 Hours for Ischemic Stroke

  • Neurology Today
    • "In the primary outcome measure, 37 percent of patients treated with tPA in the nine-hour window—including those with so-called "wake up" strokes—achieved a modified Rankin Scale (mRS) score of 0–1 at 90 days compared with 29 percent of patients who were treated with placebo in the Extending the Time for Thrombolysis in Emergency Neurological Deficits (EXTEND) trial (p=0.045), said Henry Ma, MD, PhD, director of physician training at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
    • In the secondary outcome measure—achieving a mRS score of 0–2 at 90 days—the milestone was achieved by 51 percent of the patients treated with tPA compared with 43 percent of the patients on placebo therapy (p=0.022), Dr. Ma said in his late-breaker oral presentation.
    • "EXTEND is the first positive thrombolysis trial in an extended time window using automated penumbral imaging," he said. "The current guideline for thrombolysis in acute ischemic stroke is less than 4.5 hours from stroke onset. But advanced imaging studies from our group and others suggest that the ischemic penumbra can exist up to 24 hours after onset and its salvage can lead to improved outcome."

No Loss of Thrombectomy Benefit in Late Stroke With Transfer

  • Medscape
    • For patients with a large-vessel ischemic stroke in the late window who were found to have salvageable brain tissue on imaging, transfer from a primary stroke center to a thrombectomy-capable hospital did not affect the benefit of thrombectomy, latest results from the DEFUSE 3 trial show.

Home-Based Telerehabilitation for Stroke Patients Is as Effective as the Clinic

  • Neurology Today
    • "In our presentation we showed that telerehabilitation is non-inferior to in-clinic rehabilitation and improves arm motor status," said Steven C. Cramer, MD, FAAN, professor of neurology, anatomy and neurobiology, and professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of California, Irvine.

Cilostazol Prevents Recurrent Strokes in Japanese Study

  • Neurology Today
    • Dual antiplatelet therapy that includes cilostazol appears to reduce strokes in patients who have had a previous stroke and are at high risk of experiencing another, researchers reported here at the 2019 International Stroke Conference.

    • In a late breaker presentation, Kazunori Toyoda, MD, PhD, deputy director general of the Hospital of the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center in Suita, Osaka, Japan, said that the combination of cilostazol plus either aspirin or clopidogrel was superior in preventing another stroke than either clopidogrel or aspirin alone.

Flu-like Illness Linked to Stroke, Cervical Dissection

  • Medscape
    • Having an influenza-like illness (ILI) is associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke on the order of 40%, regardless of sex, race, or geographical setting, new research suggests.

    • "The study shows that influenza-like illness increases the risk of stroke, particularly in the first 30 days," study author Amelia Boehme, PhD, assistant professor, Epidemiology and Neurology, Columbia University, New York City, told Medscape Medical News.

e-Cigarettes Linked to Increased Stroke, MI Risk

  • Medscape
    • Among more than 400,000 respondents older than 18 years from the 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey, almost 66,800 reported having ever used e-cigarettes.

    • Study results showed a 71% higher risk of experiencing a stroke, a 59% higher risk for an MI, and a 40% higher risk for angina or coronary heart disease (CHD) for the e-cigarette users compared with nonusers. Users also had twice the rate of smoking regular cigarettes.

Marijuana, cocaine could play role in stroke increase among young adults

  • AHA Website
    • The vast majority of strokes occur in people over 65, but the number of younger adults having strokes is rising. New research suggests growth in illegal drug use could be playing a role.

    • Past research has shown higher cardiovascular death rates for young adults who used cocaine or marijuana. But the new study, presented this week at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference in Honolulu, investigates trends in illegal drug use among 18- to 54-year-olds who had a stroke.

    • Researchers looked at 20 years of drug tests and self-reported data involving more than 2,200 young adults who had a stroke in greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky. While alcohol and cigarette use in the stroke victims remained stable over the two-decade study period, drug use rose dramatically, from 4.4 percent in 1993-1994 to 30.3 percent in 2015.

Countries with Dirty Air have more stroke deaths

  • AHA/ASA Newsroom
    • In a nationwide study, counties with dirtier air had higher rates of stroke deaths and shorter life expectancies, according to preliminary research to be presented in Honolulu at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2019, a world premier meeting for researchers and clinicians dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease.

    • Researchers examined the average yearly levels air pollution (PM2.5) that contains fine inhalable particles. Produced by diesel engines and the burning of coal, biomass and kerosene, this type of air pollution has previously been shown to enter the circulatory system and harm health.

Fluctuating blood pressure after stroke could mean higher risk of death

  • AHA Website
    • A new study, presented this week at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference in Honolulu, delved deeper into the topic by researching whether increased blood pressure variability after a stroke is associated with risk of death.

    • Researchers looked at data from 1,947 patients who had four to five blood pressure readings in the 24 hours after a stroke. After adjusting for various factors, they found that patients with more variation in their systolic blood pressure, the top number in the measurement, had a higher risk of death within 90 days.

    • Dr. Adam de Havenon, the study's lead author, said the results reinforce the importance of blood pressure variability as a risk factor for poor outcomes after a stroke.

Hack of the Week

On the rare occasion I really clean the living room, I find random pills under the couch. The get there after making a run for it as I move them from prescription bottles to pill organizers.

Bowl Cozys solve this problem for me.

2 bowl cozies side by side. The left one has a blue bowl

A bowl cozy is a curved lightly bowl shaped quilted piece of fabric. Their main use is for eating soup. You put your hot bowl of soup in it and then you can pick it up without burning your hands. You can find them on Amazon, Etsy, and at street fairs around the country. You can also finds patterns so you can make your own.

When I fill my pill organizer, I start by pouring pills into a bowl cozy. Then I can put them in the organizer chambers one by one. Then I put the lefty overs back into the pill bottle and move on to the next med.

And I don't lose pills anymore.

Where do we go from here?

  • Review the articles linked above for more details and to form your own analysis. 
  • What do you think of this type of discussion? Let me know in the comments below.
  • If you find this interesting, subscribe to Strokecast for free in your favorite podcast app.
  • Don't get best…get better

Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast

2019-02-19

Episode 101 -- Vulnerability While Speaking With Sasha Laghonh


2-Minute Tip: Seek out Vulnerability

 

 

Vulnerability can be a powerful element in your speaking. Being vulnerable doesn't mean your weak. It's about having the confidence to acknowledge how you can grow today and how you have grown in the past. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable helps the audience connect with the most human aspects of your nature.

 

Post Tip Discussion

 

A lot of us got our first exposure to public speaking in school. It's a common theme that often sets the stage for how we may approach speaking later in life.

 

Sasha Laghonh moved nearly every year as a little kid and each new school meant standing up and introducing herself to a new group of kids.

 

It's a vulnerable time for a kid, and vulnerability is a theme that runs throughout this episode. It's not about being weak, but about exposes yourself so that you can have an impact on the audience.

 

We cover everything from vulnerability to boundaries to 90 day plans to the importance of gratitude and forgiveness.

 

Bio

 

Sasha Laghonh HeadSasha Laghonh ( laa-go ) brings over eighteen years of experience to the commercial and spiritual realm by working with private and commercial clients hosting diverse backgrounds and life endeavors. As a seasoned MBA professional, she also specializes in Organizational & Human Behavior which grants her a broad base from which to approach many topics. These tools drive her corporate career by executing diverse business strategies in complex and evolving environments. As a Business & Lifestyle Strategist she works with clients ready to transform their paths by offering customized services relevant to their needs.

 

To complement her career, she is a spiritualist hosting abilities that allow her to deliver intuitive insights derived from questions possessing various degrees of complexity. By applying these insights as a self-development tool, one can empower themselves by making better decisions with clarity and confidence. Sasha continues to share her craft with global clients through private sessions, professional groups and global media including print.

 

As a producer and author, Sasha's work is presented through various media appearances and private speaking engagements. As a frequent guest on FM/AM radio and worldwide platforms, including events, she educates audiences on business strategies, effective management & leadership, lifestyle choices, and spirituality. For pleasure Sasha enjoys traveling, teaching and raising awareness of various humanitarian efforts. To learn more, visit www.sashatalks.com.

 

Links

 

Sasha's Website

http://sashatalks.com

Book Sasha

booker@sashatalks.com

Sasha's Books

https://www.sashatalks.com/books.html

 

Call To Action

 

  • Check out Sasha's site at the link above to learn more about the work that she does.
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  • Come back next week to hear from former pro baseball player and now life mapping expert Tim Pahuta
  • Don't get best…get better

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2019-02-15

Episode 053 -- Making an Impact on the World with Stroke Survivor Pete Smith


I talk a lot about public speaking. Long time listeners to this show know that I also host a podcast about that topic where I help folks become more effective public speakers in as little as 2 minutes a week. Visit 2minutetalktips.com for more details.

I was listening to Grant Baldwin's show "The Speaker Lab" one day when he was interviewing a guest who's focus was on how you can build a life in such a way to have an impact on the world. The guest came to have this perspective sitting on the kitchen floor having just suffered a stroke. Of course, my ears instantly perked up, and I knew I wanted to have Pete Smith on Strokecast to share his journey.

There are a number of valuable insights in this discussion.

We talk about the importance of language. We get to define our own context and choose how we see the world.  Are you a stroke victim or a stroke survivor? Is this the end of life or the beginning of a new type of life? Am I an unemployed middle-aged brain damaged cripple or a young, entrepreneurial survivor sharing a story of adversity and helping others along their own journey? 

The words we choose to define our context can expand or limit our future. It's up to us.

Another thing that's important is the significance of sharing our stories to connect with one another. Pete shares his initial surprise about how when he started talking about his stroke, he got more audience engagement. Folks would come up to him after the talk to share their own stroke or stroke adjacent stories.

That's one of the reasons I started this show to begin with -- I want to help connect folks through the power of storytelling and sharing one another's stories.  I firmly believe that the growth of social media and the importance of representation in traditional media is rooted in a fundamental human need to be heard. To be seen. To have an impact on the world outside of ourselves.

Bio

Pete Smith HeadshotPete is an international speaker and coach in the fields of leadership, management, personal growth and development. His energetic, edgy, and interactive style is complimented by his ability to provide practical takeaways that actually work, while having a little fun in the process.

He is the author of Dare to Matter, which hit the best seller list in the Business Motivation and Self-Improvement category in 2017.

Having a stroke at the age of 35, Pete has since used that experience to inspire, educate, and entertain audiences throughout the world on the importance of pursuing significance in their personal and professional lives. As he says, “If you relentlessly pursue success and happiness in your life, you are settling for far less than what you were created for.”

Married to an incredible wife, proud dad of two amazing boys, and part-time chew toy for an Irish Setter, Pete resides in Arlington, VA.

Hack of the Week

Managing life, relationships, appointments, accessibility needs, etc. can be a challenge. The way we approach those challenges is up to us. Reframe the context in which you find yourself. Change the language in your internal monologue, and you can change the thing that you accomplish. You can change what comes from treatment, and you can change the things you encounter in the rest of your life.

Links

Pete's Website

http://smithimpact.com

Dare to Matter: Choosing an Unstuck and Unapologetic Life of Significance

https://www.amazon.com/Dare-Matter-Choosing-Unapologetic-Significance-ebook/dp/B01MZ80XBC

Pete on LinkedIn

https://www.linkedin.com/in/petesmithsmithimpact/

Pete on Twitter

https://twitter.com/SmithImpact

SmithImpact on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/SmithImpact/

The Speaker Lab Podcast

https://thespeakerlab.com/podcast/

Pete on The Speaker Lab

https://thespeakerlab.com/pete-smith/

2-Minute Talk Tips

http://2minutetalktips.com

Where do we go from here?

  • Check out Pete's website and book by visiting his links above.
  • Make an impact on folks around you by sharing this episode. Use the link http://strokecast.com/impact.
  • Choose the mindset that will help you extract value from this experience.
  • 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

2019-02-12

Episode 100 -- Rock on with Pat Roque


2-Minute Tip: Evaluate and Connect

 

Create a scoring sheet for your audience members, and ask them to complete in at the end of the talk. In the Learning and Development field, we call these smile sheets, and they are the first step in figuring out if training is effective.

 

In a speaking context, they can be a little different. One approach is to build the form in three sections.

 

Section 1 is a 5 category scoring rubric, and they audience members give you points in each 5 of those categories. Sure, this can be scary at first, but you won't know if you are successfully unless you ask. By using the same evaluation over time, you can eventually monitor trends in your scores. Are you getting better or worse? Did you make a change that impacted your score? This can be helpful to know.

 

Section 2 is a few open ended questions. This gives the audience a chance to say great things about you or offer testimonials. You can also find out what they think you did well or not well, and you can ask about what they wanted to see more of.

 

Section 3 is how you extend your relationship with them. Here is where you ask them to sign up for your newsletter, join a private Facebook group, call for a private appointment, hire you to speak at another event, etc. You give them the chance to ask for more of your content and to start a long-term relationship with you.

 

Post Tip Discussion -- Rock On with Pat Roque

 

Pat Roque rocks!

 

In fact, that idea is what her whole philosophy and work to empower folks focuses on. In this episode, she talks about how she uses a box of rocks to build custom talks and extend the talk months and years after she leaves the stage.

 

Managing your life and growth can be a complex undertaking so Pat breaks it down into 5 areas:

  • Family
  • Fun
  • Fitness
  • Finances
  • Fabulous career

 

That certainly makes personal growth look a little a bit easier, and the alliteration with the letter "F" is a classic an effective speaking tool.

 

Bio

 

Pat RoqueAlthough she founded her company in 1988, a midlife meltdown sparked her own pivot and her mess became her message. Pat and her box of 50 ROCKS have transformed lives and careers through her proprietary Rock On Success Coaching System and Mastermind. It sparked global keynote talks, coaching and she's now authored two books as an expert in helping folks figure out why they rock...and how they can tell their story to can serve the world in a bigger way.

 

Whether she helps 1:1, in group coaching or from the stage, Pat's clients gain confidence, leadership effectiveness, career fulfillment and a rock-solid future. Pat is a fierce advocate for strength-based culture, virtual teams, women’s leadership, diversity and inclusion at organizations including Novartis, KPMG, Konica Minolta and Bank of America. Her message impacts worldwide audiences as a top LinkedIn Career Coach and SHRM Preferred Provider. A passion is driving business through golf: Pat serves as a global brand ambassador for the LPGA #Inviteher initiative, and as a board member of several golf and health charities.

 

Pat juggles life in the "sandwich generation," quarterbacking work, marriage, aging parents, 2 college students and a rescue puppy, Bella. She lives a laptop lifestyle, working remotely from NJ and Myrtle Beach, SC.

 

Pat says, "Not only is my glass half full, but I'm grateful for the glass every day. Have fun and embrace these secrets that for sure can change the rest of your life!"

 

100 Episodes

 

I want to take a moment and acknowledge a milestone. This is episode 100 of the podcast. It's a big number and it took a long time to get hear. I hope you continue to find value for 100 more episodes and beyond.

 

If you've found the show has helped you become more effective, I'd love hear from you. Email me at Bill@2minutetalktips.com, or post a comment below.

 

Links

 

 

Call To Action

 

  • Why do you rock? Let us know in the comments below.
  • Check out Pat's site and the links above.
  • Prepare a post-speaking scorecard for your audience to complete.
  • Don't get best… get better.

 

2-Minute Talk Tips is the public speaking podcast that help you become a more effective speaker in as little as 2 minutes a week.


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2019-02-08

Episode 052 -- Sex After Stroke


Podcast Milestone

This is Episode 52. It's the last episode before the show's 1 year anniversary.

I have been doing the show every week for a full year now. Many podcasts don't make it past episode 7. I want to thank all my guests and listeners for generously sharing your knowledge, your time, and your attention as we work to help grow the connections within the survivor, caregiver, medical, and Friend of Strokecast communities. And of course, I have to thank my girlfriend Cathy for her fantastic, support, patience and graphic design on both the show and my general stroke recovery.

And we're just getting started.

If you're new to Strokecast, please subscribe for free in your favorite podcast app.

Hospital Chats

About 2 weeks after my stroke, I was laying in my hospital bed and was finally able to start thinking more in the mid-term -- what was life going to look like when I left the hospital. What lifestyle changes would I have to make? What was going to be different? What should I stop doing, and what should I start doing?

My rehab doctor got all my vice related questions.

Could I continue to drink alcohol. She yes, but "Just don't drown your brain in it."

This is Washington so should I consume cannabis? She said, "If it's not already part of your lifestyle, now is probably not a good time to start."

I also asked about sex. Would it be safe after stroke? Her recommendation was, "Just don't fall."

She had a way of having nuanced discussions that were easy to sum up in basic directions like that.

I began working on this episode several months ago. It seemed like a good idea in the lead up to Valentine's Day. I began reaching out to my network of support groups, survivors, and professionals to find a guest who could talk about sex after stroke. The response I got was generally along the lines of, "That’s a great idea! Let me see if I know anyone." We tried unsuccessfully to make some of those connections, but they just didn't turn out.

There are some resources on line, but not many. There don't appear to be many professionals who specialize in helping stroke survivors navigate issues around sex and intimacy. 

I'd actually love to hear from our neuro cousins in the CP, MS, ALS, TBI, and other brain injury communities about how sex is talked about there.

So really the point I want to make here is that this episode will be a high level discussion. I'm not offering many detailed solutions. I do want to give you an opportunity to think about some of these concerns and communicate with the appropriate people in your personal and professional life to get the most out of that life. When it comes to sex and relationships, that's probably good advice regardless of whether or not you've had a stroke.

Framework for Talking About Sex

There are 7 areas I Talk about on the show:

  1. Safety
  2. Physical Factors
  3. Psychological Factors
  4. Medication Factors
  5. Contraception
  6. Relationship Changes
  7. Consent and Communications

So I don't know if I've solved anything with this post. I do hope that it helps you to open up your own personal discussion with whomever you ought to be having it. It's a discussion that many people agree needs to happen, but too often doesn't.

Sex will, of course remain a powerful force and continue to impact the dynamics of interpersonal relationships a survivor maintains. It doesn't just become moot because someone has a disability. That just changes the conversation.

Most importantly, I've taken my Doctor's advice and not fallen.

Hack of the Week

I like eggs -- fried, poached, scrambled, omletted, and more. Of course, post-stroke, I'm supposed to cut down on things that can raise cholesterol, like whole eggs. For healthy eating, it's not actually the entire egg that's a problem; it's the yoke.

So now, sitting in my fridge next to the eggs is carton of egg while. When I make what used to be a 3-4 egg dish, I use just one regular egg, and I make up the rest of the volume with egg white from the carton. I still get the taste and texture I want, and it's a lot healthier.

It gets better, though. Because I have use of only one hand, I have to crack eggs with just one hand on a surface that I shouldn't knock over. I can do it, but it's not easy. With the carton of egg whites I don't have to crack all those eggs myself. It's a heck of a lot easier to just pour from the carton.

Links

Intimacy After Stroke

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American Stroke Association

https://www.strokeassociation.org/en/about-stroke/effects-of-stroke/emotional-effects-of-stroke/intimacy-after-stroke

Sex and Intimacy after Stroke

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StrokeConnection

 

http://strokeconnection.strokeassociation.org/Mar-Apr-2009/Sex-and-Intimacy-after-Stroke/

Sex After Stroke: What Couples Need to Know

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Saebo

https://www.saebo.com/sex-stroke-couples-need-know/

Sex and relationships after stroke fact sheet

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StrokeFoundation

https://strokefoundation.org.au/About-Stroke/Help-after-stroke/Stroke-resources-and-fact-sheets/Sex-and-relationships-after-stroke-fact-sheet

How Sexuality Changes After Stroke

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verwellhealth

https://www.verywellhealth.com/sexuality-after-stroke-3146001

Sex and Sexuality

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National Stroke Association

https://www.stroke.org/we-can-help/survivors/stroke-recovery/life-style/relationships/sex-and-sexuality/

Intimacy and sex after a stroke

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The Blue Room

https://theblueroom.bupa.com.au/manage-and-recover/stroke/intimacy-and-sex-after-a-stroke

Where do we go from here?

  • Read more about sex after stroke at the links above.
  • You can also share your thoughts about sex after stroke or with a neuro condition in the comments below.
  • Please share this episode with a friend, partner, colleague, or other party who might be interested in sex after stroke by giving them the link http://strokecast.com/sex.
  • And of course, as always, 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

2019-02-05

Episode 099 -- Be Authentic and Understand Temperament with Coach K


2-Minute Tip: Be Authentic

 

Present in a way that is true to yourself. Your content needs to resonate with you first, or it won't resonate with your audience. When you can share a message that you are on board with, you can convincingly tell your story and you have the best opportunity to move your audience to take the action you want them to take. And isn't that the point of all this?

 

Post Tip Discussion

 

A lot of my guests appear on other podcasts -- shocking, I know. Every show and host has their own perspective and the conversations are often unique. A couple months ago. I listened to some other shows an upcoming guest had been on, and I realized I needed to up my game and energy level to impress the guest. So I tried.

 

And it went -- okay. The guest was happy, and after editing the episode was solid. But it wasn't as good as it should have been, and I felt it at the time. And I was a little embarrassed at the end because I knew I didn't do as well as I could have. Because I wasn't myself.

 

I share this story because Evan Kubicek, AKA Coach K, is my guest this week, and fortunately, I was myself for this one.

 

Obviously we talk about speaking on this episode, and we also talk about sales and marketing. The focus of our conversation, though is on temperament and being authentic to who you are.

 

Evan Kubicek HeadshotCoach K helps folks understand their temperaments -- the core of who they are and how they work best. Being authentic to yourself is key to effective public speaking and core to professional success.

 

Coach K is a full time instructor at Indiana State University focused on Management, Leadership & Startups. He's a very proud Father of 4 boys and married to the wife of his youth for 15+ years.

 

As a certified temperament analyst from the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling he has used the tool for nearly 10 years across 4 continents with hundreds of people in 1 on 1 sessions.

 

Links

 

 

Call To Action

 

  • Visit Coach K's page and connect on social media at the links above to explore how you can find your own temperament.
  • Share this episode with a friend, colleague, or relative by giving them the link http://2minutetalktips.com/coachK.
  • Don't get best…get better.

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2019-02-01

Episode 051 -- Author and Survivor Christine H Lee


Cover of the book Tell Me Everything You Don't RememberThis past fall, I read Christine Lee's memoir, "Tell Me Everything You Don't Remember." It's the story of her 2006 stroke and the recovery.

A theme through the book is one of isolation. She lost her short term memory, and she lost her ability to communicate. For the first time in her life she had to learn to listen to herself and trust her intuition. Her memoir is about her journey through that series of new, confusing experiences to the different life she leads today.

One thing she talks about is before going to the hospital, before realizing she was having a stroke, Aphasia was setting in. She lost the word for egg and could come up only with "shell bells." I'm not minimizing the pain of aphasia, but there is something beautifully poetic about that word substitution.

After I finished the book, I reached out to Christine on Twitter and invited her to be on the show. I'm delighted she joined us and now I'm thrilled to bring you this conversation with Christine Lee.

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee is the author of the stroke memoir Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember, which was featured in The New York Times, Self Magazine, Time Magazine, and NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Zyzzyva, Guernica, the Rumpus, and BuzzFeed, among other publications. Her novel is forthcoming from Ecco / Harper Collins.

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Passages from the Book

Here are some quotes that struck me as interesting, important, poignant, and/or beautiful.

I was a body more than anything else, because my mind was on break. My mind was at peace. All the chatter in my head—What should I make for dinner? I need to go grocery shopping, but maybe I should go do that after my doctor’s appointment, because then the groceries will stay cold instead of sit in a car, and the store is on the way home, and so I won’t have to backtrack, and wait, do I have enough gas? When was the last time I put gas in the car? What if I run out of gas?—all that chatter was absent. All the burden of planning, all the anticipation, all the worrying and fretting, the burden of thought itself, was gone those first few weeks of recovery.


With zero questions, I felt less helpless. “How are you feeling, Christine?” “I am fine.” I didn’t know what else to say. I was surprised that I knew those words, “I am fine.” I now understand why I did not know the words for “I need help.” I was not in the habit of asking for help. It had become a habit for me to say I was fine. It bothered no one when I said I was fine. It was thus easier for my brain to shoot out that automatic verbal response. Help, on the other hand, was a new concept. My brain could not build new things. It was busy repairing the old things. Help was difficult. Help was complicated. So, I am fine, I said.


I looked at the key in my hand and wondered where it would go. I stopped thinking about what a key was and how it would work and where it should go and released the key from my conscious mind, and before I knew it I’d opened the front door to set down my jar of spaghetti sauce on the counter. Like magic.


Worrying is an exercise in memory.


The mind and brain are different entities. The mind, or soul, is abstract. The brain, flesh and neurons. But the functions of the mind and brain are linked—a marriage of partners, each one distinct but also related and connected to the other. Without the mind, the brain is an organ that has no way to express higher-order thinking. Without the brain, the mind starts to make up stories.


Later in my recovery, when I was well enough to understand what had happened to me, to realize my deficits and become depressed about my stalled progress, when I wondered if my old life would ever return in any familiar form, I pondered taking a big dose of warfarin and then slicing my wrists.


I feel those first weeks of stroke recovery as a series of unfettered, perfect moments, the kind that I now seek through retreat or in yoga or music. I am filled with nostalgia for that period of time; they were a gift to me, a state of mind that so many people seek in their adult lives. I was brain-dead. So disabled, yet blissed out. This, in stark contrast with what was to come—a heightened awareness of my shortcomings, a darkness to counter the lightness of those early weeks of recovery.


Healing is exhausting. Plasticity comes at a cost. The brain, while it heals, does so at the expense of energy—I was always exhausted. I was still sleeping up to twenty hours a day. Sleep affects plastic change by allowing us to consolidate learning and memory. When we learn a skill during the day, we will be better at it the next day if we have a good night’s sleep.


In an ideal world, all I wanted was for someone to sit next to me quietly.


But to the outside world I looked like I was in pretty good shape. In fact, I was in pretty good shape, given only six months had gone by. I was functional. Functional enough to technically survive the rest of my life as I was. But I was also well enough to know that I was not fully recuperated. I wanted to thrive. Surviving was not good enough.

Christine H Lee Headshot

Hack of the Week

Make lots of notes.

Dealing with short term memory issues is tough. One way through it is to document as much stuff as possible -- tasks you commit to, people you meet, resources you'll need, that book you want to remember to order, the place you parked your car and more.

There are lots of ways to document these things. At the most basic, carry a small notebook and pen.

If you prefer a more digital experience, Christine recommends that you use your smart phone to send yourself an email. Use keywords in that email so late you can simply use the search function to find everything you don't remember.

 

Links

Christine H Lee Website

http://christinehlee.com

Christine's previous blog

http://JadePark.Wordpress.com

Christine on Twitter

http://twitter.com/XtineHLee

Christine on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/christine.hyungoak.lee

Christine on Instagram

http://www.instagram.com/xtinehlee1

Christine's Mailing List

http://www.christinehlee.com/2016/07/14/mailing-list/

Christine's Buzzfeed article that started it all

https://www.buzzfeed.com/xtinehlee/i-had-a-stroke-at-33#2wt7yh4

Episode 008 -- Val Salva and the PFO

http://strokecast.com/pfo

Buy the book at East Bay Booksellers

https://www.ebbooksellers.com/book/9780062422156

Buy the Book on Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Tell-Everything-You-Dont-Remember-ebook/dp/B01EFLYG UO/ref=sr_1_

 

Where Do We Go From Here?

 


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2019-01-29

Episode 098 -- Skip the Welcome + Speaking & Preaching with Dylan Dodson


2-Minute Tip -- Tell a story to Open

 

The beginning of a talk is when you have the maximum audience attention. Don't squander it welcomes, thank yous, and introductions. Instead, tell a story to engage your audience at the very start.

 

Think about a band coming out on stage. They don't start with banter. They go right into a big opening number to get everyone excited for the rest of the show. Try the same thing with your audience.

 

You can come back to introductions 3 or 4 minutes in.

 

Post Tip Discussion: Speaking and Preaching with Dylan Dodson

 

Whether you're speaking in the secular world or the religious world, the principles behind effective public speaking are the same -- define your message, prepare and rehearse your talk, and connect with your audience to ensure the message lands. That's never more clear than in this conversation with Dylan Dodson.

 

As a pastor, Dylan delivers a different 30 minute sermon every week. To do that effectively takes disciple and a process. He shares his content development process in this chat as we look at how he manages the 6-week development process for each talk he delivers.

 

Dylan Dodson HeadshotStorytelling, brevity, making an impact on your audience -- it's all in here. The lessons we talk about this week are as valuable for the corporate conference room or keynote stage as they are for pulpit or altar.

 

Dylan Dodson is the lead pastor of New City Church in Raleigh, NC. where he lives with his wife Christina, daughter Finley, and son Roman. He's a big sports fan who likes to read and learn, spend time with people, and talks about Jersey Mike's with anyone who will listen.

 

Dylan's Processes

 

Dylan has a 6-week lead time for each of his sermons. Since he delivers a new one every week, that means there are 6 in various stages of development at any given time. He manages it with this schedule:

 

  • T-6 Weeks
    • Define the message
    • Meet with the rest of the team
    • Outline it on the white board
  • T-4 Weeks
    • Meet with the music team
    • Incorporate the announcements for the week
  • T-1 Week
    • Go over it 4-5 times
    • Plug in additional stories
    • Make final Tweaks
  • T-6 Days
    • Pull the outline and notes out of Google Docs and put them on the whiteboard
    • Begin whittling it down
    • Identify content for slides
  • T-5 Days
    • Go over the sermon out loud
    • Cut material
  • T-3 Days
    • Finalize the content
    • Review it out loud again
  • T-1 Day
    • Review it for 15-20 minutes that evening
  • T-1 Hour
    • Arrive early to look and pray over the content a final time
  • T-0
    • It's GO TIME!
      • Or I suppose, it's GOD TIME!

 

To make the process more manageable, Dylan also has an outline he uses to build his sermons. To build each one, he asks theses 5 questions:

 

  1. What does the congregation need to know?
  2. Why do they need to know it?
  3. What do they need to do?
  4. Why do they need to do it?
  5. What is the bottom line I want them to walk away with?

 

Links

 

Dylan's website

Http://dylandodson.com

Practical Church Planting Podcast

http://practicalchurchplanting.com

Dylan on Twitter

https://twitter.com/DylanJDodson

New City Church

http://newcityrdu.com/

New City Church on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF_SAslleJ0br8soOshznXQ

 

Call To Action

 

  • Visit the links above to learn more about Dylan, his podcast, or his church
  • Try opening your next talk with a story
  • Share this episode with your favorite sermon-giver or equivalent and ask their thought by giving them the link http://2minutetalktips.com/dylan
  • Subscribe to 2-Minute Talk Tips in your favorite podcast app
  • Don't get best…get better

 


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2019-01-25

Episode 050 -- Stroke Imaging with Sound with Dr. Aaron Stayman


My first day in the hospital was filled with MRIs and CT Scans. Okay that a little exaggeration, there was only one MRI and 2 CT scans. Still, they were unpleasant. Plus, they're expensive, and you have to go elsewhere in the hospital.

It turns out there's another option, that many neurologists don't even know about. It's called Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound, and it gives the medical team information the other scans don't. Plus, it involves no radiation or special rooms.

It doesn't replace the other scans altogether, but give the doctors another tool for treating stroke patients.

This week, I talk with Dr, Aaron Stayman from Swedish Medical Center. Dr. Stayman is an advocate for and expert in Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound. This week, we learn about his background, talk about aphasia, and spent the bulk of our time talking about Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound. We explore what it is, how it works, and how it benefits patients.

Aaron cites 5  benefits of Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound

  1. It's cheaper
  2. There's no radiation
  3. It's portable
  4. It's repeatable
  5. There are no issues related to magnets

 

Here's a short look at what the doctor sees in a scan:

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Bio

Dr. Aaron Stayman attended medical school at Tufts University in Boston, MA.  He completed an internship in internal medicine and a neurology residency at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN.  During his vascular neurology fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, he received specific training in the performance and interpretation of carotid and transcranial ultrasound.  He is currently a neurohospitalist at Swedish Medical Center and Medical Director of the Swedish Cerebrovascular Ultrasound Laboratory.

Continuing Medical education in Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound

Are you a medical professional who wants to learn more? Swedish and Pacific Vascular have a course coming up in September of 2019.

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Jointly provided by Pacific Vascular and Swedish CME, in collaboration with Swedish Neuroscience Institute, this program has a nationally recognized faculty with diverse areas of specialization, a comprehensive and in-depth curriculum and hands-on sessions with patient models utilizing a variety of TCD and TCD Imaging systems.  The three-day course is held at a state-of-the-art educational facility conveniently located at the acclaimed Swedish/Cherry Hill Hospital campus in Seattle WA.

You can learn more here: http://www.pvicme.com/transDoppler.htm

 

Hack of the Week

 

Today's Tip comes from Twitter User @Nursery1994, AKA Abigail Johnson

Earlier this week, I was thinking about making pasta. My GF rightly pointed out that I will need to figure out how to drain the hot water from the pasta with one hand without spilling it and the water all over myself and the kitchen floor. Before we completed this problem solving, she went ahead and made it because she's awesome like that.

Later on, I stumbled across a strategy on Twitter. Put a colander or wire strainer that you can lift with one hand. Fill the pot with water, and add the pasta to the strainer before cooking it. Then boil or whatever, and when it's done, just lift out the strainer with the pasta and leave the water behind.

You know, basically the way the make French fries at McDonalds.


 

Facebook and Strokecast

 

Strokecast also has a presence on Facebook. Just search for Strokecast the next time you're on Facebook for more videos where I share stroke related things that just happen to be on my mind. Sometimes they are well thought out; sometimes they are still thoughts in progress, but it's fun stuff regardless. Click here to head over to Facebook and check it out.

Links

Role of transcranial Doppler ultrasonography in stroke

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2659960/

American Society of Neuroimaging

https://www.asnweb.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1

American Society of Neuroimaging on Twitter

https://twitter.com/asneuroimaging

Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound at Swedish Medical Center

https://www.swedish.org/services/neuroscience-institute/our-services/cerebrovascular-center/our-services/swedish-vascular-ultrasound/transcranial-doppler-tcd-imaging

Pacific Vascular and Swedish Course

http://www.pvicme.com/transDoppler.htm

Dr. Nirav H Shah on Strokecast

http://strokecast.com/nirav

Abigail Johnson on Twitter

http://twitter.com/Nursery19994

Strokecast on Facebook

http://facebook.com/strokecast

Star Trek Chief Engineers

https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Chief_engineering_officer

Where do we Go From Here?

  • I'd love to hear about your experience with stroke imaging. Which scans did you get? Did you get a Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound? Let us know in the comments below.
  • Ask your medical team if they use Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound in their stroke treatment. Give them the link strokecast.com/ultrasound if they want to learn more.
  • Don't get best…get better.

 


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2019-01-22

Episode 097 -- Use a Take-Away and Meet Danielle Roberts


2-Minute Tip: Increase Attendance Retention with a Take Away

 

One challenge with webinars and live sessions is keeping folks around until the end, especially if the material is on the dry side. To help folks stick around, let them know that at the end you'll have a give-away for them.

 

It could be something as simple as a collection of other resources or websites. Maybe it's a how-to document. Perhaps it's a list of key email addresses.

 

It could also be something bigger -- like an eBook or downloadable PDF. You can offer attendees who stick around a special link to get that content for free. When they follow that link you can also ask them for an email address so you can add them to your newsletter.

 

Now, they've gotten value because they got that freebie and because the attended the whole talk.

 

You've gotten value because you were able to share your whole message with the attendees and you have more subscribers to your newsletter, which can be valuable in the future.

 

It's a win all around.

 

Post Tip Discussion

 

Love it or hate it, there's no arguing that the US healthcare system can be complex. There are details and bureaucracies and costs and restriction and benefits and more. Once you reach age 65 or become disabled, it gets even more complex with Medicare, its assorted parts, supplements, deadlines, and more.

 

Enter Danielle Kunkle Roberts.

 

Danielle has built a business teaching folks how to navigate this world. She speaks to groups new to Medicare to help them understand what they need. She trains folks both in person and online and has to keep them engaged the whole time. She also teaches other insurance agents about this stuff.

 

This week Danielle and I talk about just how she does that. We talk about tips for managing webinars, for engaging folks in dry material, and for navigating the political discussions that inevitably come up in any US discussion of healthcare policy.

 

Bio

 

Danielle Kunkle Roberts headshotDanielle Kunkle Roberts is a founding partner and senior executive at Boomer Benefits, a national agency specializing in Medicare-related insurance products since 2005. Serving thousands of Medigap policyholders in 47 states, Boomer Benefits helps baby boomers learn how to navigate Medicare. She is a nationally-recognized expert in the Medicare-sector of the health insurance industry and a member of the Forbes Finance Council.

 

She has served on the board of directors for the Fort Worth Chapter of the National Association of Health Underwriters for six years and was a recipient of the chapter’s Outstanding Member of the Year Award. She teaches continuing education courses for other insurance agent as a part of this organization.

 

Danielle has a degree in journalism and English from Texas Christian University. She lives in Fort Worth, TX with her handsome Canadian husband and their two fur-kids.

 

Tracking Questions

 

Danielle found her niche by listening to questions. As she explained, she was selling traditional corporate health plans and folks kept asking her about Medicare. That told her there was an untapped need. She pivoted her focus to meet that need and became significantly more successful.

 

That's one reason I recommend keeping track of all the questions you get in a talk. You want to look for patterns that keep coming up. They may highlight something you need to fix, or those questions could unlock the next major step in your career or business. But you won't know unless you keep track of them.

 

Tips for Effective Webinars

 

  1. It's hard to sit through a webinar that's longer than 60 minutes so don't schedule them for longer
  2. Finish early if at all possible
  3. Keep things visually moving on the screen to keep folks engaged
  4. Promise to make materials or key take-away resources available at the end so folks stick around
  5. Promise in advance that you'll stay on to answer any questions after you end the main portion of the webinar

 

Medicare Open Enrollment

 

Danielle also provided this update:

 

Open Enrollment Period: From January 1st to March 31st each year, Medicare allows beneficiaries enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan to make a one-time switch in their coverage. They can return Original Medicare and add a Part D drug plan, or they can switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another. Beneficiaries are otherwise locked into their Medicare Advantage plan for the rest of the year, so this is a great enrollment period to take advantage of if you for some reason do not like your current plan. 

 

Links

 

 

Call To Action

 

  • Connect with Danielle and visit BoomerBenefits at the links above
  • Subscribe for free to 2-Minute Talk Tips in your favorite podcast app so you never miss an episode
  • Share this episode with a friend, colleague, or relative with the link http://2minutetalktips.com/medicare
  • Don't get best…get better

 

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2019-01-18

Episode 049 -- Stroke in Children with Dr. Heather Fullerton


Many folks are surprised to find out adults in their 20s, 30s, and 40s can have stroke. What's often bigger news to people is that adolescents, children, newborns, and even fetuses can have a stroke. In fact, stroke in the womb is one of the leading causes of cerebral palsy.

Stroke in kids was nothing I had never even thought about before I started this journey to learn more about my own brain injury.

This week, I talk with one of the leading experts in childhood stroke. Strokecast regular, Dr. Nirav Shah, introduced me to Dr. Heather Fullerton. We had a fascinating conversation about stroke in children, the causes, and the generally optimistic recovery path.

Bio

Dr. Heather Fullerton headshot

Dr. Heather Fullerton is a pediatric vascular neurologist at UCSF, one of only a few child neurologists in the country with additional board certification in vascular neurology. She is the Kenneth Rainin Chair in Pediatric Stroke Care, Chief of Child Neurology at UCSF Department of Neurology, and director of the Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Research Group and Pediatric Brain Center at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

After graduating from Baylor College of Medicine in 1996, Dr. Fullerton came to UCSF for her pediatrics residency and child neurology fellowship, and then joined the child neurology faculty in 2002. Early in her training, she cared for a 2-year-old girl who suffered a stroke caused by a tear in a neck artery from a fall. After realizing the paucity of research in this field--and lack of child neurologists with expertise in stroke--she chose to dedicate her career to the care of such children.

She completed a vascular neurology fellowship between 2002 and 2003, and a two-year master's degree in clinical research at UCSF in 2005. She began doing clinical research in the field of childhood stroke, collaborating with renowned adult stroke researchers at UCSF. After starting a pediatric stroke clinic in 2002, she later established the multidisciplinary Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center in 2006 and Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Research Group in 2009.

Dr. Fullerton’s research efforts have already improved the care of children with stroke. 

She has performed novel work identifying which children with stroke are at risk for suffering a recurrence. This information not only guides physicians in determining which high-risk children need preventative treatment, but also provides enormous reassurance to families of children with low recurrence risk. 

She led a groundbreaking study on risk factors for childhood stroke, determining that both minor acute infections and recent trauma are stroke and common risk factors.

She has also published work on pediatric arterial dissections, ethnic and gender disparities in childhood stroke risk, stroke rates in children with sickle cell disease, hemorrhagic stroke risk in children with arteriovenous malformations, and neurodevelopmental outcomes in children with vein of Galen malformations and PHACE syndrome.

She led an NIH-funded international study with 35-plus enrolling sites to better understand the association between childhood infections and ischemic stroke. She currently leads the part 2 of the said NIH-funded study to explore further analyses and test the overall hypothesis . She leads an AHA funded study on predicting stroke risk after minor trauma.

She also mentors junior investigators on a variety of other stroke related studies: stroke risk in childhood cancer survivors , stroke prevention in sickle cell disease, risk of epilepsy after stroke , the association between migraine and stroke in children, ADHD medications as a risk factor for stroke, and the role of atherosclerotic risk factors in stroke in children and young adults.

Tips for Living with a Child that Survived a Stroke

Dr. Fullerton offered these additional tips.

Don’t blame yourself. You will wrack your brain thinking of some way that you could have prevented your child’s stroke. You couldn’t. It was not your fault.

Enjoy your child for who they are, and know that their disability will make them a more empathetic person. A teenage survivor of a neonatal stroke once told me that if she could erase what had happened to her, and get rid of her disability, she wouldn’t. She knew it gave her a different lens for viewing others with disabilities, whether physical, intellectual, or social, and felt that made her a better person.

Hack of the Week

Using a phone one handed is certainly an option. As phones get bigger and we prefer to look at bigger screens, though, one handed uses is more challenging. You have reach further with your thumb to touch other parts of the screen or to tap out a text message, or really to use the functions you paid for.

And you have to do that without dropping it.

You can put the phone flat on a table, and that helps, but then the angle might be uncomfortable.

Instead, look for a dashboard or car window mount for your cell phone. You don't have to use them in a car. Usually they have a suction cup mount or a beanbag mount that you can use to hold your phone where you want it on your desk, coffee table, or other surface.

Then you can tap away at any part of the screen since you don't have to hold it in your hand.

BE FAST

Stroke symptom graphic

Where do we go from here?

  • What do think about the things Dr. Fullerton shared? Let us know in the comments below
  • Be sure folks who you know who are involved with kids know that stroke can happen
  • Share this episode by giving folks the link http://strokecast.com/pediatricstroke
    Consider a car mount to hold your cell phone on your desk, night stand, table, etc.
  • 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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2019-01-15

Episode 096 -- Go the Extra Mile and Meet Shawn Anderson


2-Minute Tip: Go the Extra Mile

 

To create the life you want, go the extra mile every day in 3 separate ways.

 

First, go the extra mile for your health. What can you do today to live a more healthful life that you might be inclined not to do? Is it eating less junk? Getting a little more exercise? Tending to a nagging health issue you've been trying to ignore? Do this every day to help make sure your body can take you where you need to go. Getting healthier gives you more stamina on stage and makes it easier to control your breath.

 

Second, go the extra mile for someone else. It could be a friend, colleague, or relative. How can you help them in a way they did not expect? Can you help someone else with their talk? Or can you help them find another speaking opportunity?

 

Third, go the extra mile for your purpose or mission. How can you drive your personal mission forward? How can you get closer to your dreams? Make a little progress every day. What steps can you take to get closer to the speaking lifestyle you want to pursue?

 

Post Tip Discussion

 

This week, keynote speaker Shawn Anderson joined us to talk about his story and the importance of speaking from your heart. I first heard Shawn on Victoria Mavis's Pure Mind Magic podcast and was delighted when he popped over to 2-Minute Talk Tips a few weeks later.

 

I'm struck by the sheer volume of energy that Shawn brings to the show. He tells impressive stories, including how and why he came to speak to a bunch of students at a grade school in a village in the Philippines while standing outside getting soaked in the rain. It's easy to get caught up in the passion and emotion he brings to the things he says.

 

Bio

 

Shaw Anderson Head ShotShawn Anderson is a #1 ranked motivational author, unlimited thinker, and lifetime entrepreneur with a history of inspiring others. A seven-time author, Shawn is also the creator of Extra Mile Day...a day recognizing the power we each have to create positive change when we "go the extra mile." (On 11/1/18, 553 cities made the declaration and recognized local extra-mile heroes.)

 

Shawn walks his talk. Besides having inspired tens of thousands through his speaking and writing (including an inspirational speaking tour in the Philippines attended by 20,000 attendees), Shawn’s built a million dollar company, pedaled a bike solo across the U.S. (twice), and created adventures in 45+ countries including having walked across six countries in the last 4.5 years (England, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy and 750 miles around Shikoku, Japan.)

 

Still...he believes his greatest adventures and success are waiting to be lived.

 

 

Extra Mile Day & Extra Mile America History

 

In 2009, in order to symbolize the "go the extra mile" message, Shawn Anderson (a non-bicyclist) pedaled 4,000 miles ocean-to-ocean, interviewed 200+ people along the way whom had been identified as having gone the extra mile, and then gave $10,000 of his own money to the people and organizations whose stories most inspired him.

 

As a part of that cross-country extra-mile ride, Extra Mile Day (11/1)......a day recognizing the capacity we each have to create positive change in our families, our organizations, our communities and ourselves when we "go the extra mile"... was created with 23 inaugural cities.

 

The momentum of this unique day has continued to build each year since, and on November 1, 2018, 553 mayors and cities made the "Extra Mile Day" declaration and recognized people who are "going the extra mile" to make a difference in volunteerism and service in their community.

 

Links

 

 

Call to Action

 

  • What do you think of Shawn's story? Let us know in the comments below.
  • Check out Shaw's site at the link above.
  • Start your day by going the extra mile for health, people purpose.
  • Subscribe to 2-Minute Talk Tips for free in your favorite podcast app so you never miss an episode.
  • Don't get best…get better.
     

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2019-01-11

Episode 048 -- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy with Dr. Michael Bennett


Stroke recovery is a marathon; it's not a sprint. Regaining cognitive skills, physical skills, sensory skills, and more takes time and work. During that time, life can be really hard and unpleasant for many folks. The may or may not be able to work. Relationships get turned upside down, and after a while you just want it to go away. Surely, with all the advances in medicine, there must be something…some fancy technology or machine…some magic technique that will fix these problems, right?

That leads folks to look for and explore alternatives. It also means that many survivors start pursuing things that don't work. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy appears to be one of those therapies. In Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, the patient spends time in a pressure chamber where the air pressure is 2-3X normal and breathes pure oxygen. They get roughly 8-12X as much oxygen as in their normal lives. This, supposedly, should grow new blood vessels in the brain and revive the dead neurons that were killed by the stroke, or drive new growth through neuroplasticity.

I saw a number of people asking about it in Facebook groups and twitter feeds, so I began talking with folks to learn more. Strokecast regular, neurologist Dr Nirav Shah, introduced me to one of the world's leading authorities on Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy, Dr. Mike Bennett in Australia.

This week I talk with Dr. Bennett about the theory and the research around hyperbaric medicine. We answer the key questions about it -- is it safe, and does it work.

The short version is that it is mostly safe, but there is no reliable research demonstrating that it works. The main risk is to the patient's wallet.

Bio

Dr. Mike Bennett headshotProfessor Bennett is the Academic Head of the Department of Anaesthesia, a Senior Staff Specialist in diving and hyperbaric medicine at Prince of Wales Hospital and Conjoint Professor in the faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1979 and spent his early post-graduate training at the Prince Henry/Prince of Wales Hospitals before undertaking training in Anaesthesia in the UK.

He returned to Sydney in 1990 as a retrieval specialist on the Lifesaver Helicopter and here developed an interest in both diving and hyperbaric medicine. He also has a strong interest in clinical epidemiology and is an experienced clinician and researcher. In 2002 he was the recipient of the Behnke Award for outstanding scientific achievement from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.

Since 2004 he has been highly involved in the teaching of Evidence-based Medicine within the Medical faculty at UNSW and in 2005 was appointed co-director of the Quality Medical Practice Program there. He is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications including 15 Cochrane reviews of the evidence in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine.

Prof. Bennett was the convenor of the Australia and New Zealand Hyperbaric Medicine Group Introductory Course in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine from its inception in 1999.to 2014. He is an executive member of the Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) special interest group in diving and hyperbaric medicine, chief examiner for the ANZCA Certificate in diving and hyperbaric medicine and Chair of the ANZCA Scholar Role Subcommittee. He is a past Vice-President of the UHMS and currently the Past President of SPUMS.

Hack of the Week -- Rocker Knife

One handed steak knifeLast week, I talked about cutting meat at a restaurant -- don't. This week, let's talk about doing the same thing at home where you may not have a kitchen staff. Sure, at home you can just pick up a hunk of meat with your hands. But sometimes you still want to slice it for some reason.

I use a Verti-Grip knife. It's designed for folks with use of one hand. I hold it in my fist, rock it against the meat, and it cuts right through. It doesn't require you to brace what you're cutting with a fork. For a $14 gadget, it works really well.

Links

 

Pure Mind Magic

A few months back, German podcaster, magician, and mindset expert Victoria Mavis joined me to talk about the intersection between public speaking and magic on my other podcast, 2-Minute Talk Tips. You can find that interview at 2-MinuteTalkTips.com/magic.

During December, I had the pleasure of appearing on her show, Pure Mind Magic. We talked about speaking, sure, but much of the conversation was about my stroke story and the power of mindset in recovery. You can listen to it here or subscribe for free to Pure Mind Magic in your favorite podcast app

 

Where do we go from here?

 

 

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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2019-01-08

Episode 095 -- Eye Connection and Meet George Hendley


2-Minute Tip: Make Eye Connection

 

Look them in the eye and make strong eye contact. It helps to make the audience feel more comfortable. To make that connection, though you need to hold the eye connection for 4-6 seconds. They will feel you are conversing with them rather than talking at them.

 

Pure Mind Magic

 

A few months back, German podcaster, magician, and mindset expert Victoria Mavis joined me to talk about the intersection between public speaking and magic. You can find that interview at 2MinuteTalkTips.com/magic.

 

During December, I had the pleasure of appearing on her show, Pure Mind Magic. We talked about speaking, sure, but much of the conversation was about my stroke story and the power of mindset in recovery. You can listen to it here or subscribe for free to Pure Mind Magic in your favorite podcast app.

 

Post Tip Discussion

 

 

I spoke with George Hendley from The Speakers Academy in Dallas. It was a great conversation about speaking, training, technology, and the way the field has changed over the years.

 

George Hendley HeadshotGeorge founded George Hendley Presentations, a training/coaching/consulting firm in 1992. His first 19 years was focused primarily on serving corporate clients from coast to coast. From 1997 until 2003 he delivered the Zig Ziglar Effective Business Presentations course over 20 times during a six year period. George was in a Dallas Toastmasters club for over 3 years and achieved the Certified Toastmasters recognition. Currently, The Speakers Academy, which George founded over 7 years ago has multiple locations around Dallas, each one meeting twice a month for open enrollment training and professional development coaching.

 

He has had an active leadership role in the American Society for Training and Development for over 20 years. He was a member of the National Speakers Association for 10 years and the International Coach Federation for 5 years and has held numerous leadership positions in both organizations on the local level. He has been an adjunct college teacher for 5 different courses over a period of 10 years. He continues to enjoy speaking in church events and on mission trips abroad for over 40 years.

 

As an authorized partner for Wiley Publishing (formerly Inscape Publishing and Carlson Learning) George has a rich and very successful career. In the last 24 years he has earned the Diamond award twice putting him the top 2% of all distributors in the world for sales volume of the DiSC profile and other related programs. He has lead dozens of seminars and workshops across the country for a wide variety of companies (including Fortune 500 companies) and still serves a variety of clients who appreciate his wisdom and experience with the tool.

 

During the past 26 years George authored over 150 articles on a variety of important topics. Those topics include Presentation skills, Listening, leadership and understanding body language as a form of communication. He posts frequent tips and insights on his Speakers Academy Facebook and LinkedIn page that are clear, brief and practical.

 

His zeal for learning and the desire to teach and mentor others makes him a passionate, enthusiastic and competent presenter.

 

Links

The  Speakers Academy The  Speakers Academy

www.TheSpeakersAcademy.com


The Speakers Academy on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/TheSpeakersAcademy/


George Hendley on LinkedIn

https://www.linkedin.com/in/georgehendleythespeakersacademy/


George Hendley on Twitter

https://twitter.com/George_Hendley


George Hendley Email

George@TheSpeakersAcademy.com


George Hendley

Phone 972.234.4377

  
The Speakers Academy on Meetup

https://www.meetup.com/The-Speakers-Academy/


Bill on Pure Mind Magic

https://victoriamavis.podbean.com/e/60-pmm-changing-your-brain-changing-your-body-wiht-bill-monroe/ 

 

 

 

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