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Bill Monroe

Host, Editor & Producer of 2-Minute Talk Tips & Strokecast
Bill is a corporate trainer, speaker, writer, podcast producer, and Gen X stroke survivor.
Recent episodes featuring Bill Monroe
Episode 082 -- A New Job and a New Drug
This week is a solo episode. I have a new job! Plus, I just tried Dysport for tone and spasticity for the first time. And...what does stroke prevention have to do with sales? I talk about all of that in this week's episode. New Drug I've just had my first round of Dysport to treat tone and spasticity in my arm and hand. I talked about tone in greater detail in one of my early episode. It's gotten better since then but I still have a way to go. I'd been getting Botox in the past. It takes a couple weeks to have an effect and lasts for about 3 months. Dysport is another implementation of the botulinum neurotoxin. It lasts for four months and the dosage is lower than it is with Botox. In my experience, it appears to kick in faster as well. I noticed results days later instead of weeks. So far, it seems to be a winner. New Job I just started a new full-time job as a contractor with Microsoft News Labs. My role is to help folks in the journalism community use Microsoft products to do their jobs more efficiently so they can focus on the work of journalism. I'm excited. I was initially concerned that it might tax my energy level too much, but what is actually happening is that I seem to have more energy. I'm not wasting spoons on hustling to find my next paycheck. I think this routine may pay other dividends in my recovery, too. New Approach We talk about stroke prevention as an important thing to prevent strokes, but we don't often talk about why you want to prevent a stroke. In sales, it's more important to focus on the benefits a product gives a particular customer, rather than the features the product has. It has to be all about the customer for a salesperson to be effective. If we apply that logic to the stroke prevention message then it becomes less about preventing a stroke and more about preserving your ability to walk. Or talk. Or make decisions. Or use two hand to do anything. Or control all your bodily functions. Ultimately who cares if we have a clot or bleed in our brains? That's not what we care about. What we actually care about is the impact that clot or bleed has on our day-to-day lives. Hack of the Week This week's hack comes from Dr. Carol-Anne Nelson at Destination Rehab. Put your bar of soap on a glove or mitt when you shower. This way, you won't drop it. You may even be able to use your affected arm to bathe, aiding in recovery. And the texture may make scrubbing easier so give it a try. Links Dysport website Botox website Medications to reduce arm spasticity Destination Rehab Carol-Anne Nelson on Strokecast Tone 101 on Strokecast Snake Oil on Strokecast Microsoft Office 365 for Journalists (My new team) Where do we go from here? What are your thoughts on Dysport or going back to work after stroke? Let us know in the Facebook group at or in the comments below. Follow my story on Instagram @Bills_Strokecast or by going to 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.
Episode 126 -- Take Action  with Candice Bakx-Friesen
2-Minute Talk Tips
2-Minute Tip: Take Action   The most important thing you can do as a speaker is to speak. Get one or two takes ready to go and then just focus on filling your calendar. Do whatever you can to book yourself solid. Get that stage time so you can get better.   Post Tip Discussion: Meet Candice Bakx-Friesen   Candice Bakx Friesen is essential the Nike of Canadian Real Estate. She embodies the idea of just do it. In today’s conversation, you’ll hear her advise several times to say yes and then figure it out when an opportunity presents itself.   While this may not be the best advice for neurosurgeons, it does work pretty well for speakers. Figure out your message, focus on that and deliver value to your audience.   I really like her approach to doing new things — just do it, and try not to get in your own way.   I also like that she emphasizes the importance of knowing your audience. In real estate of course we all know that the 3 most important things are location, location, and location   Before speaking to an audience Candice looks into the local real estate market. It’s not hard; there are plenty of resources available. Then she can deliver a custom talk that makes her local audience feel valued.   You can do that with most of your audiences, too. Do some research on what your audience is concerned about and mention their concerns. Talk to them about their problem specifically. They will feel that much more connected to you.   Bio   Candice is passionate about helping people reach their financial dreams. Candice has been a real estate investor since 2001. She is also the founder of Investor Smarts Global Network and Driven By Results, and a coaching partner within the Truly Invested Real Estate Club. Candice’s candid approach to business and affinity for getting past the fluff and getting to the root of each challenge for her clients so that they get a lot done, has led to her becoming a highly sought after coach within the finance and real estate industries.   Candice has had the opportunity to speak at many events, and enjoys sharing and teaching others.   Some events she has spoken at include: Toronto Real Estate Investors Forum (Toronto, ON), Truly Invested Real Estate Group (Winnipeg, MB), Group Facilitator at the Conversation Event (Texas, USA), Durham REI Club (Toronto, ON), RENTS Bootcamp Event (Kamloops, BC), Prairie RE Forum (Regina, SK), Judge for TEDx (Flowermound, Texas, USA), Shine Again Event (Steinbach, MB)   Coaching   There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent professional coach – integrity, in-depth knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills and a high-quality professional network, all of which are hallmarks of how Candice works.   “Client first” philosophy has always been her approach and it requires Candice to continually improve her skills and ways of doing business. This means keeping herself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to her client’s needs.   Links   Investor Smarts website link Driven By Results Podcast  Stitcher YouTube YouTube YouTube Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Instagram Instagram   Call To Action So check out Candice’s Investor Smarts podcast or Driven By Results coaching program. Share this episode with 3 people you know by giving them the link 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.
Episode 081 -- Neuropsychology with Dr. Karen Sullivan
What is #NeuroPsychology? And what do the fewer than 1,000 board-certified #Neuropsychologist in the US do for #StrokeSurvivors? I talk about that and more with author of the Interactive Stroke Recovery Guide, Dr. Karen Sullivan. I think Dr. Sullivan and I first connected through Instagram. Her colorful graphics and logos really pop. Dr. Karen D. Sullivan launched a series of Facebook Live videos aimed at helping stroke and brain injury survivors understand their situation better. From there she went on to write a book, the Interactive Stroke Recovery Guide. She sent me a copy to read before our conversation. Unlike many stroke books, this is more of a work book. It's meant to be written in. It lets survivors keep track of the details of their strokes, their goals for recovery, their symptoms, etc. It's meant to be cut up, with reminders for motivation and thank you cards to give out. This is no pristine library book. Bio Karen D. Sullivan, PhD, ABPP, is the creator of the I CARE FOR YOUR BRAIN program. She is one of only 24 providers in North Carolina who is Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Sullivan founded a private practice called Pinehurst Neuropsychology Brain & Memory Clinic in November 2013. Prior to establishing her practice, Dr. Sullivan was an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department. She received her doctoral degree at Boston University in 2009 and completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the VA Boston Healthcare System through Harvard Medical School and the Boston University School of Medicine in 2010. Dr. Sullivan has extensive training in clinical issues unique to older adults. Prior to her formal education, she worked as caregiver, nursing assistant, therapeutic companion, activities director and co-director of an adult day health program. Competition with Strokecast? Nonsense! If you want to learn more about Dr. Sullivan's fascinating and nontraditional childhood and Bon Jovi connection, listen to episode 65 of the NeuroNerds podcast. You may remember the NeuroNerds from episode 65 of this show when I talked with Joe Borges. And this brings up another important point -- don't be afraid to tell your story, just because you think everybody has already told there's. Joe and his cohost Lauren started the NeuroNerds podcast a couple weeks after a I started Strokecast, though we didn't know it at the time. But we're not competitors -- we're all colleagues and Brain Buddies. Each show is different and brings something different to the community. The interview that Joe did with Dr. Sullivan is fantastic -- and it's very different than the conversation you just heard between me and Dr. Sullivan. Joe and I have both interviewed Sarah, Tamsen, and Angie -- the Three Stromies -- about their efforts to share stories and bring value to the stroke survivor community. And those conversation are all different. Christine Lee and Ted Baxter have both written stroke memoirs and been guests on the show. Those books and conversations are all different. And they're different from the books by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor or Allison Shapiro. And they're different from the books and stories you'll hear about in the coming weeks. If you want to tell your story, don't think there are already too many stroke podcasts, blogs, YouTube channels, or books. None of them have you -- your unique perspective and your unique history. Go out and do it. And if you do, let me know! I want to check it out and share it with the audience. Hack of the Week Visualize the things you want to do. The brain splits up functions into different parts. Even if one part is damaged, the other parts of the chain still work, so don't let them off the hook. If you can't move your arm yet, visualize moving it. Imagine lifting your arm. Close your eyes and imagine your fingers opening and closing. Do this a lot. What your doing is allowing the working parts of the brain to send data to, through, and around the damaged parts of the brain. This can help new connections grow and help restore function. One reason our therapists move our limbs, or that we use eStim as part of rehab is to send signals back to the brain about how to move. If you combine moving the limbs with visualization, it's like building the transcontinental railroad in the US in the 19th century. One team starts in the east and builds west; the other team starts in the west and builds east. Eventually the teams met up and build the connection that transformed the western United States, and celebrated by driving a golden spike into the tracks. That's where recovery happens. Links Dr. Sullivan's ICFYB Website ICFYB (I Care For Your Brain) on Instagram Interactive Stroke Recovery Guide on Amazon ICFYB on Facebook ICFYB on YouTube ICFYB on LinkedIn Dr. Sullivan on Twitter Dr. Sullivan on LinkedIn Carrie Frye on LinkedIn ABPP -- American Board of Professional Psychology Neuropsychology Overview Find a Board Certified Neuropsychologist Whitney Morean on Strokecast Paul Sanders on Strokecast Some Facebook Stroke Groups Http:// NeuroNerds Talks with Dr. Sullivan Joe Borges on Strokecast Stromies on Strokecast Stromies on NeuroNerds Bill on Instagram Where do we go from here? Check out Dr. Karen Sullivan's Facebook live videos and the Interactive Stroke Recovery Guide, and follow her on Instagram Have you talked with a neuropsychologist as part of your recovery? It might be a good idea to look for one in your area and see if the support is right for you. Share this episode with 3 people you know or on your own social media platform by giving them the link Don't get best…get better.    
Episode 125 -- Storytelling in History Class with Joel Hawbaker
2-Minute Talk Tips
2-Minute Tip: Greet Audience Members Early   As much as practical, if you have time before your speech, meet some members of your audience. Greet them as they come in and sit down. This accomplishes a couple things.   First, it’s the start of a relationship with a new person. For part of your audience, you will no longer be just that person on the stage. Instead you will be that person they were just chatting with who is now on the stage. As you build that relationship, you are building trust.   Second, it gives you some familiar faces you can look for when you are on the stage. This encourages you to engage in more eye contact, and it gives you some people you can specifically look for.   As a bonus, it can even help with speaker nerves by distracting in that period before your talk.   Post Tip Discussion: Meet Joel Hawbaker   Joel Hawbaker has fully embraced the storytelling aspect of speaking. And why wouldn’t he? Telling stories is how civilizations have shared their histories, their lessons, and their faiths for millennia.   It’s how religions today share the lessons and directives of their prophets and marketing departments around the world grow their profits. And it’s how you can make history compelling and memorable for the toughest audience in existence — school kids.   Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less CS Lewis   I also like Joel’s thoughts on the importance of humility for not just a speaker and teacher, but for any expert. There’s an importance in going back to basics and working on fundamentals. Success requires a strong foundation, and not thinking you’re too good to work on the basics.   Even an experienced speaker needs to think through their content, do the prep work, and practice.   This focus on humility and going back to basics is an important that can help us connect with more audiences. They’re the best way to celebrate the hero of our talks — the message.   Bio   Joel W. Hawbaker is a professional speaker, an author, and a high school teacher and soccer coach in Alabama where he lives with his wife, his two daughters, and their two rescue dogs. Joel has a degree in History from Covenant College, and he also spent time studying Medieval Civilizations at New College, Oxford, in the UK. In his professional speaking, Joel focuses on the topics of blended family life, leadership, and education. His goal is to help people form better relationships through a combination of confidence and humility. In addition to his books on leadership, he is currently working on a book about blended family life.   Writing the Book   Joel talked about his approach to writing his book. He worked on his outlines in the evening, and he filled them out while driving to work. This can be a great approach, assuming you can do it safely. This is a great job for a dedicated digital recorder. For a task like this, the small, cheap ones are probably fine.   This is an approach that can work because editing is easier than creating. Once Joel had his recordings done, he could turn them into transcripts and then edit them into a book.  Even with that, it still took him a year to write, “Inverted Leadership.”   But he did it.   On Strokecast, I talked with true crime author Paul Sanders. He finished his latest book a week before he had his stroke. That stroke robbed him (at least for now) of his ability to write books.   So don’t wait. Get that book written now. Joel found a way to write it during his commute. How can you find a way to write yours?   Links   Joel’s Website Joel’s book on Amazon Joel on Facebook Also Joel on Facebook Joel on Twitter Joel on LinkedIn John Acuff Newsletter Chandler Bolt’s Self-Publishing School Rob Kosberg’s Best Seller Publishing John Wooden on socks Vince Lombardi on a football Westbrook Christian Academy   Call To Action   Check out Joel’s book and web presence Share this episode with 3 colleagues by giving them the link 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.
Episode 080 -- True Crime Author and Stroke Survivor Paul Sanders Shares his Story
When most stroke survivors think about death, it's about how we came close. I like to say my own blood tried to kill me -- and failed. For today's guest, it mean something else. Death, and specifically homicide fueled his career as a writer before he had his stroke. I met Paul Sanders through the Seattle Young Adult Stroke Survivors group. A week after he finished his most recent book, Paul suffered a severe stroke while under anesthesia for a different surgical procedure. The hospital blamed the medication and sent him home. It wasn't until a wellness check by the police several days later that Paul finally got treatment. Paul's books tell the true stories of some of the deadliest murders in recent years. Now, the combination of aphasia, apraxia of speech, and short term memory loss means Paul has put his career on hold until he is once again able to write books. Bio Paul Sanders writes True Crime from a juror’s perspective. His story began in 2014, when he was called to serve as a death penalty juror in the Hammer Killing Trial of Marissa DeVault. At the completion of the trial, he wrote his first True Crime book, Brain Damage: A Juror’s Tale. Since then, Paul has gone on to write a further two True Crime books on some of the most spectacular trials in US history, Why Not Kill Her: A Juror’s Perspective – The Jodi Arias Death Penalty Retrial and Banquet of Consequences: A Juror’s Plight – The Carnation Murders Trial of Michele Anderson. Why Not Kill Her, along with Shanna Hogan’s book, Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story, has become one of the most recommended books on the subject and was publicly endorsed by the jury foreperson. Paul’s first two books were published on Amazon and this helped to build a platform of thousands of followers who are now eagerly awaiting the release of his latest work. Paul has been a guest on True Crime Radio, Trial Talk Live, Court Chatter, HLN and Fox. He has also been featured on NBC Oxygen’s, “Snapped,” as well as I.D. Discovery’s, “Scorned,” where he represented himself as a former juror. He has recently completed two episodes on Investigation Discovery's "Deadly Sins". Authors of August This month (August, 2019) I am featuring authors connected to the stroke community. Paul kicks it off as an author from before his stroke. Next week, we'll hear from Dr. Karen Sullivan who will talk about her stroke recovery workbook and the field of neuropsychology. And there's more to come after that. I've talked with other authors on the show. Christine Lee, Pete Smith, Dr. Kimberly Brown, Dr. Kate Lorig, and Ted Baxter have all shared their thoughts with us. You can find those episodes at I have a weakness and fondness for books. I always have. My personal library has more than 1,000 entries lining the walls of my apartment. I can lose hours wandering around a book store. My reading has slowed down since the stroke. It turns out reading a book quickly is generally a 2-handed activity. Managing books 1-handed adds a level of complication to turning pages. It's definitely do-able, but like many things after a stroke, it takes more energy and planning. A Kindle that gets books for free from the library does help. Other survivors have no trouble holding a book or turning the pages. But post stroke cognitive and memory challenges can make reading and retaining information more difficult. Still, I'm not about to let that stop me from celebrating the authors who are part of our community. And the lesson from Paul's story is that if you have a book in you, start writing today. You may not have the chance tomorrow. Links Paul Sanders on Facebook Paul's Books on Amazon Paul on Twitter Murder of Dale Harrell on Wikipedia Murder of Travis Alexander on Wikipedia 2007 Carnation Murders on Wikipedia Paul on the True Murder Podcast Seattle Young Adult Stroke Survivors Group Paul's Organizational System Third Place Books Authors on Strokecast Other YASS Strokecast Episodes Where do we go from here? Check out Paul's books on Amazon Revisit Previous interviews with authors at Follow my updates on Instagram at Don't get best…get better
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