Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Canada to immigrant parents, Mary was told to stay quiet, even when she was laughing, and not ruffle any feathers. Today, Mary gives women self-confidence with their voice because she felt that she didn't have one growing up. After working in radio for 20 years, she struck out on her own and founded Organized Sound Productions, a podcast production and consulting company. Mary Chan is a Podcast Strategist, Voice Coach, and Voice-Over Artist who believes in empowering women to find their voice. She collaborates with women entrepreneurs and women led-organizations who want to invest in creating a professional-sounding podcast to grow their brand while eliminating the overwhelm that comes with producing a podcast. She offers podcast consulting, editing, voice coaching or serving as her client's voice as a Voice-Over Artist. But it's when she gets to show women how to use their voice to build awareness, credibility & influence, that's the best part of what she does. It's how they build authority for their business and Mary gets to keep working to empower more women to tell their stories through the power of their natural voice.
How do you bring your idea to life and make disruptive change in this world? In this conversation Amisha talks to Miki Agrawal, social entrepreneur and founder of acclaimed social enterprises: WILD, THINX & TUSHY. She is also the author of the #1 best-selling books ‘DO COOL SH*T’ and ‘DISRUPT-HER’, a modern manifesto that questions & confronts thirteen major areas in our lives - money, career, relationships, friendships, the culture of owning “more stuff”, perfectionism, takedown culture etc - and disrupts them one by one. Miki shares her experiences of growing powerful businesses birthed as responses to social and environmental challenges, designed as solutions that disrupt cultural norms by moving society forward without band aids. She shares how she understands failure as revelation and her entrepreneurial paths as learning experiences that are about growing partnerships and business models that can be awesome spaces for exploring ground-breaking work, where we can celebrate the soulful parts of our existence and human experience.  Together they speak about take down culture that’s fired up by social media etiquette of shaming and perfectionism resulting in generations caught up in fear of stepping out, taking creative risks and leaps with new ideas. They reveal that the antidotes are innovations and social media conversations focused on celebrating and building community, human connection, belonging and wellness of body and spirit. Miki shares the story behind creating TUSHY, the company that has revolutionised how we poop by reducing use of toilet paper, and providing toilets to communities that didn’t have them.  We learn that we can reclaim our sense of agency, worthiness and creativity by unwiring our indoctrinations guided by the principles of the disrupter triangle, explained in Miki’s book ‘‘DISRUPT-HER’. They share that listening to our intuition, resting and healing is an investment that will see us act from a place of abundance, trust and solidarity and participate in equality and wealth formation. Links from this episode and more at 
If you're worrying that a less-than-ideal partner, or lack of a partner, is the end of your pursuit to become a parent, there are options. Hera and Aisha - aka the Mocha SMCs - join Dee and Erin to share their experiences as single mothers by choice. From dating during fertility treatments to unsolicited offers of sperm, they have seen it all on their unique journeys to become solo parents. Dig into what happened when they separated their parenting path from their partner path and why it works for them. *Trigger warning: This episode contains a reference to child homicide.* You can learn more about Aisha and Hera and single parenting by choice by checking out their website at Don't miss their fabulous podcast, also on their site or wherever you get your podcasts!
Not all filler words are created equal. Did you know there's a difference between "ah" and "um"? Yeah, neither did I! As a podcast editor, I hear people speak, a lot. All the nuances in their voice, the words they choose, and how they present themselves. And in this work, when I'm scrolling in the forums, other editors gripe about people's overuse of filler words like "um", "ah", and "like" all the time.  Alexandra D'Arcy is my first guest on the podcast. She is a Professor of Linguistics and the Director of the Sociolinguistics Research Lab at the University of Victoria, where she is also the Associate Dean Research for the Faculty of Humanities. Alexandra debunks the notion that 'like" is a modern crutch word used only by the young and flighty. In fact, it's more complicated than you think. Her book is titled "Discourse-Pragmatic Variation in Context; 800 Years of LIKE". That is a mouthful for me, so I asked her to dumb it down for me who's only been to radio school, not an academic, and wanted to know what the heck does discourse-pragmatic variation even mean!?!?! We discuss the many jobs that "like" has, the criticism of women's language, and what really is modern language. Here are Alexandra D'Arcy's "like" examples: FINAL LIKE (adverb, ‘as it were’) He was quite gentle and quiet LIKE. (Corpus of Historical American English/Uncle Tom’s Cabin/1852) We need to smarten it up a bit LIKE. (Toronto, woman, born 1927) DISCOURSE MARKER (adverb, ‘for example, ‘approximately’, ‘in this way’, ‘let me illustrate’, etc.) They never went out in a small canoe. LIKE, we went from here to Cape Beale. They had great large war canoes. (Victoria BC, woman, born 1875) Och, they done all types of work. LIKE they ploughed and harrowed. (Southwest Tyrone, man, born 1943) It’s probably about a bit longer than this room. LIKE it’s probably like that wide and like a bit longer. (Victoria BC, boy, born 2006) ALSO THE DISCOURSE MARKER, but after a verb that introduces quoted speech He said LIKE “Stored water is just like stored dollars.” (Victoria BC, man, born 1935) Imagine being told by your parents LIKE “We know you have it in you.” (Victoria BC, man, born 1959) DISCOURSE PARTICLE (adverb, but put focus on what follows or allows speaker to mitigate claim on truth or authority) Well right in front of that they had boards LIKE built across. (Victoria BC, woman, born 1874) They were just LIKE sitting, waiting to die. (Scotland, man, born 1925) His father had LIKE a restaurant cafe in Regent Street. (New Zealand, man, born 1955) Links mentioned in the episode: Connect with Alexandra D'Arcy on Twitter @LangMaverick "Wordslut" by Amanda Montell Continue the conversation with me! Find more secrets and leave a voicemail at Email Mary at Engage with the show on Instagram at @VisibleVoicePodcast To learn more about or work with Mary, click on over at
There's too much going on in 2021 already! We are all for #BHM of course, Icy Park, SuperBowl comeback, Galentines, and Meg Thee Stallion's birthday Freestyle. Thank you to all our Nitehypers sticking to us like Gorilla Glue!
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Apr 2nd, 1980
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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