Posts by Megan Finnern

66: Terra Winston – Showing Up + Holding Power

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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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14: YP Perspective – What type of Vocal Art are you creating?

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Listen as we discuss vocal art and the power of our words in this great conversation with Jonathan Parker. He believes there is artwork in curiosity, asking great questions, listening and sharing.

Show Notes:

  • We are all artists + conversations are our artwork
  • What would happen, how could we change the world, if we took our words more seriously?
  • Curiosity is the canvas of all of our artwork
  • We must define what we believe about ourselves and stay accountable to those beliefs.
  • Our lives are filled with others telling us what we believe – we end up being “counterfeit artists.”
  • We are not defined by our work. The work exists because of us.
  • Self-reflection can be scary. One must grow in self-awareness: seek to understand why they do the things they do
  • You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with – are these the right people?
  • Prescribed authenticity versus true authenticity
  • Everyone desires the opportunity to communicate + the respect to be heard (no matter your age, gender, race or heritage)
  • Important for YPs to create margin (space + time) to discover what they truly want, what they believe, not what you were raised to want and believe.
  • Social media is a powerful tool but gives a false impression of connection and conversation
  • Need to shift from actively responding to actively listening
  • Millennials grow up being told what they should be, then come to a point where they are lost – they’ve never stopped to think what they WANT to be, themselves
  • No conversation is a throwaway – people remember you based on every individual interaction
  • Don’t miss the opportunity to refine your art, to constantly improve

Guest Bio: Jonathan Parker is a creative thought-leader and influencer who has a captivating story about why the Art of the Conversation became important to him. Originally from New England, Jonathan did not speak until almost five years old; and then became an adult who is known for engaging conversations and powerful public speaking. His own journey led him to research and value the incredible power of intentional conversations resulting in a compelling training around this topic that he takes to businesses and nonprofit organizations with great success.

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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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65: Jonathan Parker – Art of the Conversation

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In this episode we speak with Jonathan Parker on the Art of the Conversation and creating great vocal art through curiosity, asking great questions, listening and sharing.

Jonathan Parker is a creative thought-leader and influencer who has a captivating story about why the Art of the Conversation became important to him. Originally from New England, Jonathan did not speak until almost five years old; and then became an adult who is known for engaging conversations and powerful public speaking. His own journey led him to research and value the incredible power of intentional conversations resulting in a compelling training around this topic that he takes to businesses and nonprofit organizations with great success.

Show Notes:

  • We are all artists and our conversations are our artwork
  • Need to once again give people the permission to be curious
  • An artist is first accountable to themselves, not the viewer
  • We’ve become so used to others telling us what we believe, that we become counterfeit artists
  • What you do comes from who you are, it doesn’t make you who you are
  • We are so hard on ourselves that self-reflection can be scary
  • In order to grow self-awareness, seek to understand why you do the things you do
  • You need a to build an inner circle who can be brutally honest
  • Prescribed authenticity versus true authenticity
  • Jonathan believes there are two universal things all people want:
    • The opportunity to communicate
    • The respect to be heard
  • Importance of creating margin and self-discovery
  • Social media is a powerful tool, but gives a false impression of connection and conversation
  • Need to learn how to truly communicate and actively listen instead of actively responding
  • Busyness versus productivity
  • “If you tell the truth, you don’t have remember anything” – Mark Twain
  • Leaders must model the behaviors they desire: you can only multiply what you model
  • No one can consistently act in a way that is inconsistent with how they view themselves
  • Jonathan’s desire to create a space for fellowship and connection outside of church for believers
  • Surprise and reward in stepping out and pursuing your passion
  • Optimism that we will come together for more conversations and that relationships will get deeper because of differences, not in spite of them

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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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64: Matthew Rollins – Going Up Against Giants

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Matthew Rollins joins us for an Uphill Conversation on his journey from playing baseball to his current life as an entrepreneur. He is carving his own path and going up against giants in a very established industry.

Matthew Rollins was a four-year starter for North Greenville University, playing centerfield and hitting leadoff the majority of his college career. After his time at NGU, he had the rare opportunity to play professionally. Though the majors never came calling, Matthew’s love for the game couldn’t deter his involvement in athletics somehow, some way. His work experience includes time with a performance research facility where he trained hundreds of professional and Division I athletes, members of U.S. Special Forces and first responders. But as the company and Matthew’s responsibilities grew, he found himself missing the baseball community, and understood a comeback was inevitable.

Show Notes:

  • Matthew’s journey from athlete to entrepreneur
  • At some point the game will tell you “it’s enough”
  • Intentionality and time it takes to discover your passion
  • Evaluating opportunities and choosing the path your life will take
  • Anchor Bat Company’s focus on quality and design
  • Story behind the meaning of “Anchor” in the company name
  • “We’ll make a bat for anyone, but we’re not for everyone.”
  • Bravery and grit it takes to follow your heart instead of your ego – and to stick with it when times are tough
  • Learning the ins and outs of a very specific industry with strong, established competitors
  • Power in owning your decisions + your circumstance
  • Underdogs and self-belief
  • Joys and challenges of working with family
  • What it feels like to see your product in action
  • Unexpected ways your product can positively impact the lives of others
  • Your life will be tough, but it’s all worth it – so keep fighting

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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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13: YP Perspective – Underdogs + Making it to the “Bigs”

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Matthew Rollins joins us for an Uphill Conversation on his journey from playing the game of baseball to his current life as an entrepreneur and underdog in a very established industry.

Show Notes:

  • Matthew’s journey from athlete to entrepreneur
  • At some point the game will tell you “it’s enough”
  • Intentionality and time it takes to discover your passion
  • Evaluating opportunities and choosing the path your life will take
  • Anchor Bat Company’s focus on quality and design
  • Story behind the meaning of “Anchor” in the company name
  • “We’ll make a bat for anyone, but we’re not for everyone.”
  • Bravery and grit it takes to follow your heart instead of your ego – and to stick with it when times are tough
  • Learning the ins and outs of a very specific industry with strong, established competitors
  • Power in owning your decisions + your circumstance
  • Underdogs and self-belief
  • Joys and challenges of working with family
  • What it feels like to see your product in action
  • Unexpected ways your product can positively impact the lives of others
  • Your life will be tough, but it’s all worth it – so keep fighting

Connect with Matthew:

Guest Bio – Matthew Rollins was a four-year starter for North Greenville University, playing centerfield and hitting leadoff the majority of his college career. After his time at NGU, he had the rare opportunity to play professionally. Though the majors never came calling, Matthew’s love for the game couldn’t deter his involvement in athletics somehow, some way. His work experience includes time with a performance research facility where he trained hundreds of professional and Division I athletes, members of U.S. Special Forces and first responders. But as the company and Matthew’s responsibilities grew, he found himself missing the baseball community, and understood a comeback was inevitable.

Resources:

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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