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.




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.





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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.


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.



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.

Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast


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.



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The Speakers Academy on Facebook


George Hendley on LinkedIn


George Hendley on Twitter


George Hendley Email


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Phone 972.234.4377

The Speakers Academy on Meetup


Bill on Pure Mind Magic





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Episode 047 -- How High Blood Pressure Causes Stroke


When I had my stroke at 46, it took a little while for the medical team to settle on the cause. I suppose that's a good thing. We don't want them to rush to a conclusion. Ultimately, they concluded the probable cause was a history of high blood pressure. It didn't make sense to me at the time.

In 2015 I developed high blood pressure, AKA hypertension, but I didn't know. That's the thing about high blood pressure -- it doesn't hurt. There was no pain.

I only found out because during the last week of December, I began have massive 30 minute pouring nosebleeds every other day. I checked my blood pressure on a home blood pressure machine, and it registered more than 200 over 160. That and the random surprise bleeding got me into the doctor's office. They measured my BP at 162/102. So it had dropped from apparently ER levels by that time.

Over the course of the next few months, we worked to get my BP under control through medication and some diet tweaks.

By March of 2016, my BP was coming in at 105/75.

Be February of 2017, it was down to 100/70.

And on June 3, 2017, I had my stroke.

Chart from heart.org showing levels of hypertension

I had serious high blood pressure for maybe a year to a year and a half. I had it under control for a year before my stroke. So how could previous high blood pressure cause a stroke?

This week, Dr. Nirav Shah, a neurologist at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle and the founder and CEO of Sentinel Healthcare, returns to Strokecast to answer that very question as we talk about just how high blood pressure causes stroke.



Dr. Nirav H Shah HeadshotDr. Nirav H. Shah is a fellowship trained neurologist and sub-specialist in cerebrovascular and stroke medicine with board certifications in: neurology, stroke medicine, carotid neurosonology, transcranial doppler ultrasound, and neuroimaging.

He is a practicing neurohospitalist and served as the stroke medical director at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Academically, he is interested in emergent and critical care neurology research and is an associate editor for The Neurohospitalist, a peer-reviewed journal. He enjoys mentoring trainees and collaborating on publications and conference presentations.

Outside of clinical care Dr Shah is collaborating with experts to develop scalable technologies capable of ameliorating healthcare’s challenges. He consults with startups and investors to develop technologies and devices so that one day they are available to his patients. He has worked with companies to meet FDA regulations for approval as well as to help them understand the provider perspective of product-market fit.

Dr. Shah is also the CEO and Founder of Sentinel Healthcare. He is also a passionate traveler and photographer.

Hack of the Week

After I lost the use of my left arm, eating became a challenge for some dishes. Sushi was easy. Steak was difficult because to cut a steak, you need to hold it still with your fork and slice with the steak with the knife in your other hand.

So how do you manage this out at a restaurant? 

You've got a couple options. One, of course is to just skip cutting it, pick up the slab of meat with the one usable hand and start chowing down. Of course your dining companions may not prefer that choice.

The other option is incredibly simple. When you place your order, ask them to have the kitchen cut up the steak for you. 

That's it. It's a simple request that will take them just seconds and it solves your problem.




C. Miller Fisher on Wikipedia


C. Miller Fisher On AHA Journals


Atherosclerosis on WebMD


Arteriosclerosis / atherosclerosis on Mayo Clinic


Lacunar Stroke on Wikipedia


Lacunar Infarction and Small Vessel Disease: Pathology and Pathophysiology


Effect of reducing blood pressure with medications immediately following ischemic stroke


Blood Pressure-Lowering Treatment After Subacute Stroke to Prevent Recurrent Stroke, Major Vascular Events, and Dementia


Higher Blood Pressure May Be Linked to Brain Disease, Alzheimer’s


Nirav  on LinkedIn


Nirav at Swedish


Nirav on Twitter


The Neurohospitalist


Nirav’s Photography


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.

Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast


Episode 094 -- Watch Yourself on Fast Forward and Speaker Resolutions for 2019

2-Minute Tip: Watch Yourself on Fast Forward


I met speaking coach and entrepreneur Emily Messner (AKA Sleevs) on the JoCo Cruise earlier this year and she told me about this tip.


Gestures are a complicated thing for many folks. Your gestures may or may not feel natural, but it's hard to tell how they look. We're not watching ourselves while we speak; we have higher priorities. So if we want to evaluate our gestures, video becomes our friend. With the proliferation of camera phones, there's no reason not to record more of our sessions. Of course, you have to actually watch the video you record to get value from it.


When it's time to evaluate your gestures, watch that video on fast forward. You'll see repetitive or annoying gestures really pop out in an almost comical way at high speed. They'll be obvious in a way that they might not at normal speed.


Then, with that information, you can make an educated decision about what to do.


Post Tip Discussion: Resolutions for Speakers


I'm posting on January 1, 2019, which means it's time to make New Years Resolutions. Rather than vague, grandiose resolutions that will be dust in a few weeks, here are 5 resolutions that will help speakers be more effective.  They are:


  1. Rehearse a talk 5 times
  2. Do one talk without 
  3. Solicit detailed feedback from one colleague
  4. Finish every talk on time
  5. Tell 3 stories in talks this year


Executing on theses resolutions will help you grow your skills, become more confident, and conduct more persuasive presentations.


Program Notes


I'm currently working on the editorial calendar for the rest of 2019. I've got a bunch of great interviews with speakers already lined up, and I've begun recording them. I'm already learning lots, and I hope you will, too.


As I go forward, I do want to make sure I'm providing the value you need. So, please do me a favor and let me know what you think of the show. What do you want to see more of? What do you want to see less of? You can let me know in one of 4 ways -- whichever is easiest for you:



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