May 24, 2020 TED Talks Daily Podcast – Celeste Headlee (Listen here: 10 Ways To Have A Better Conversation)

In this short TED Talks series, radio host Celeste Headlee offered insight into how to have better conversations with others. This recording was originally from a few years ago and re-shared a few days ago by TED Talks Daily. The suggested 10 ways to have a better conversation were explained concisely with humor and provided a much-needed reminder that we all should listen more. I’ll admit that I’m a multitasker at times when someone is speaking to me. I don’t do it a lot, but this behavior exists and contradicts my preaching of being present. The worst part is it risks the trust I earned from the other person. I’m glad that I took the time to listen and reflect, and I hope you’ll find this podcast valuable as well.

Listen to the podcast here.

April 30, 2020 (Author: Barrie Risman. Read the article here.)

Yoga Journal recently published an article written by yoga teacher Barrie Risman about promoting yourself as a yoga teacher with authenticity and embracing marketing as an act of generosity and service. I’m not always comfortable with marketing and talking about myself, but this article shifted my mindset. The awakening moment was reading the author’s question to herself: “if no one knew me, how could I serve?” The author realizes that marketing her work is a way of sharing and serving, not self-aggrandizing. What I enjoyed the most is learning how the author found her unique voice as a yoga teacher, and the five exercises she shared for authentic and compelling promotions. I highly recommend all the new and experienced yoga teachers who feel insecure about promoting their services to read and reflect on these down-to-earth nuggets of wisdom.

Read the article here.