Posts by Megan Finnern

16: YP Perspective – The Changing Landscape of Media + Journalism

On the episode of UCYP, Mary Willson joins Megan + Tim for a conversation on the changing landscape of media + journalism, elevating the community voice and hard work.

Show Notes

  • Innovation in digital media news through content curation: personalized media made for the busy person
  • Need for media to be collaborative, to elevate the community voice through creating conversation
  • Importance of media being unbiased and objective
  • The changing landscape of media + journalism
  • Still great value in longform journalism in print + digital media, including podcasts
  • Opinion pieces in media to start a conversation towards change
  • Finding balance in differing generational approaches to journalism
  • Accessibility to resources is so much greater now, but there are still “analog” skills and experiences that add incredible value
  • Challenge of not losing oneself (identity + individuality) in an overly-connected world +culture of consumption
  • Many younger YPs have never known true boredom due to easy accessibility to technology – i.e. social media, smart phones, etc.
  • Maintaining quality listening in a rapid-fire, sound-byte world
  • When you contribute, lead with quality + authenticity, not ego
  • Be intentional as you build your personal brand on social
  • Know your passion and put in the necessary hard work to align your career and purpose
  • Discovering your identity, setting goals, staying humble and mentoring others

Guest Bio – Mary Willson was on the founding team of GVLtoday, and has served as a producer and engagement editor. She’s launching AVLtoday in February 2018, and is excited to bring innovative media to Asheville. She moved to Greenville in April 2016 after graduating from Colorado State University in 2015 with a degree in communication studies and sociology. Before moving, she worked as a digital producer for the Fort Collins Coloradoan (part of the USAtoday network), working with social media strategy and multimedia projects. Before that, she worked as a freelance music writer, hosted a radio show, and interned at a local NPR station, an alt. weekly, and a handful of non-profits. She is in Leadership Greenville class of 44 and volunteers at Greenville Literacy Association.

Mary Willson’s Uphill Words of Wisdom

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INTRO AND OUTRO MUSIC (Used by permission):

© 2017 UCYP Theme written and arranged by Luke Pecoraro all rights reserved.
© 2017 UCYP (Uphill Conversations Young Professionals) (UCYP is an Uphill Strategies, LLC production)
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68: Four Common Reasons People Struggle to Identify Their Dreams

On this week’s episode Tim and Megan have an Uphill Conversation around dreams and what stops us from discovering them. We share four common reasons people have trouble identifying their dream(s).

Show Notes: 

  • Some people have been discouraged from dreaming by others
  • Being realistic doesn’t mean giving up your imagination for what you desire
  • Be intentional about pursuing things that move you towards your dream
  • Make things a priority and be disciplined in those things
  • Some people are hindered by past disappointments and hurts
  • Optimism and the importance of failing forward
  • Unexpected surprises occur alongside disappointment
  • Some people get in the habit of settling for average
  • Everyone defines success differently, the real question is: “Are you fulfilled?”
  • “The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for” – Maureen Dowd
  • You define your own dream + not all dreams must be grandiose
  • Pursue the impact of success and significance
  • Some people lack the confidence needed to pursue their dreams
  • Discover what you believe about yourself and your potential
  • Put yourself in situations outside of your comfort zone

Resources
Put Your Dream to the Test, John C. Maxwell
Walking on Water, Madeleine L’Engle
Pamela Evette on Uphill Conversations – Episode 45
Erma Bombek
UCYP: Uphill Conversations Young Professionals 

INTRO AND OUTRO MUSIC (Used by permission):
Dreams Groove (© 2017 Tim Pecoraro)
Straight Drive (© 2017 Tim Pecoraro)
Uphill Conversations is an Uphill Strategies, LLC production
© 2017 Uphill Conversations

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15: UCYP – Whose Dream Is It?

Megan and Tim have an Uphill Conversation on dreams – why people have trouble identifying their dreams and determine if the dream you’re pursuing is truly your own.

Show Notes: 

  • 4 reasons people why people have trouble identifying their dreams
  • Comfort can be something that stops us from pursuing our dreams
  • Having courage and confidence to go after your dream
  • When someone else owns your dream v. you owning your dream
  • It can be difficult to realize that you aren’t where you’re meant to be; to change direction and to do it without fear
  • “Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you want, be sure that it is what you want; whatever you feel, be sure that it is what you feel.” – T.S. Eliot
  • Steps to take ownership of your dreams:
    • Be willing to bet on yourself
    • Lead your life instead of accepting your life
    • Love what you do and do what you love
    • Don’t compare yourself or your dream to others
    • Believe in your vision for the future even when others don’t understand you
  • You need to make the right decisions and manage those decisions
  • Begin with the end in mind, be intentional
  • Allow yourself to shift
  • Just because you can do something, or that you’re good at something, doesn’t mean that it’s what your ultimately meant to do
  • You need both talent and passion to truly achieve your potential
  • “I can’t give you my passion, but I can show it to you.”
  • What someone else thinks about you is none of your business
  • If you need to daily talk others into your dream, it might be an indication that this relationship isn’t meant to be
  • No matter your age, you can still make the changes necessary to pursue your dream

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INTRO AND OUTRO MUSIC (Used by permission):

© 2017 UCYP Theme written and arranged by Luke Pecoraro all rights reserved.
© 2017 UCYP (Uphill Conversations Young Professionals) (UCYP is an Uphill Strategies, LLC production)
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67: Creating Emotional + Physical Margin

Following the Thanksgiving holiday, Tim and Megan have an Uphill Conversation on progress, limits + creating margin – physical and emotional.

Show Notes:

  • As a society we are overwhelmed, overcommitted and over-stressed
  • The promise and peril of progress
  • Humans have a limited amount of resources – physical, financial, emotional, mental and spiritual
  • Type-A people don’t view margin as a necessary reserve, but rather as a gap to be filled
  • Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should
  • Living your life at full throttle + full capacity is not sustainable
  • Need to find things that replenish and energize you
  • Must determine your true capacity and your own individual limits and LISTEN to them
  • Need to intentionally live and make choices that align with what you want
  • How are you proactively doing to create your own margin?
  • 8 tips for restoring margin in emotional energy
  • 7 tips for managing or even restoring your resource of time

Resources:

INTRO AND OUTRO MUSIC (Used by permission):
Dreams Groove (© 2017 Tim Pecoraro)
Straight Drive (© 2017 Tim Pecoraro)
Uphill Conversations is an Uphill Strategies, LLC production
© 2017 Uphill Conversations

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66: Terra Winston – Showing Up + Holding Power

In this episode, Terra Winston joins us for an Uphill Conversation on how each of us shows up in our daily lives – at work and home – and our ability to all “hold power.”

Terra Winston, Ringleader of inTerractions and Principal of inTerract Consulting, has dedicated her life to helping her clients unleash the potential of each employee. She is a leadership consultant and executive coach with 20 years of internal and external business consulting experience. Terra has a flexible style that has driven results in boardrooms and on plant floors, for Fortune 100 companies and small start-ups, alike.

Show Notes:

  • Terra’s background in engineering + discovering her fascination of how and why people work
  • We get put into boxes early on based on our intellectual or physical gifts
  • Tendency to be defined by who others teach us to be
  • It can be hard to figure out what you really want to do + who you are at the core
  • Tactics for self-discovery on what is meaningful in your own life
  • We get caught up in the “thing” that we forget the importance of what’s behind it
  • Tendency to focus too much on what we can’t do, rather than what we can do + what is nearby
  • Ask yourself, does something feel “light” or “dark” – take heed of your gut reaction
  • You must make compromises in the moment in order to attain long-term visions + goals
  • You must own your outcome + make intentional choices in your life
  • Must know the game you’re playing: “If there are two people in the room, a game is afoot … every organization has rules written and unwritten”
  • Need to understand how you show up in the room and that you hold power – especially if you want to be in a leadership position
  • Need to guide + teach our youth emotional intelligence + self-awareness
  • Lack of trust is the major contributor to redundancy + inefficiency in organizations
  • Importance of holding one another accountable and making accountability central to your culture
  • Balancing care and candor
  • Difficulty in walking away from stability to go after your dreams
  • You must not only have a vision, but also a conviction to follow through

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INTRO AND OUTRO MUSIC (Used by permission):
Dreams Groove (© 2017 Tim Pecoraro)
Straight Drive (© 2017 Tim Pecoraro)
Uphill Conversations is an Uphill Strategies, LLC production
© 2017 Uphill Conversations

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