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394: Uncloseting Risk and a New Life – Gareth Martin
Life (UN)Closeted: LGBTQ & Heterosexual Coming Out Stories & Advice for coming out of life's closets!
At 16 you almost die from a from a crazy motorcycle accident. At 18 you take a risk and say, "I'm outta here (with a South African Accent)." Before you know it, you're in America, then off to the UK with minor stops around Europe. Had you known this time of life would teach you more than you ever thought possible about risk, you probably wouldn't have believed it. Yet, opening the closet door to go live an unplanned life has given you freedom, mixed with a little bit of fear, to do ridiculously human stuff. Gareth Martin, the other co-host half of The Ridiculously Human Podcast, takes us on his journey of closet busting, bold move making, and living life without apologies. And just in time. He's about to embark on another move. Can we all say, "Where's Gareth?" About Gareth Gareth is a transformational coach, who helps big dreamers and rebellious game-changing people, to take on their big scary dreams and desires head-on, and to align their mission with purpose, by forging the self-belief within themselves to execute their brilliant uniqueness and ideas into the world, in less than 90 days. He is also a storyteller and the co-host of The Ridiculously Human Podcast, where they share people's life stories, the good, the bad and the ugly, with the intention to create greater human connections and to learn from each other’s life experiences. Balancing out these moments of success, Gareth had a brief flash of fame as a failed motorbike stuntman when he was sixteen years old, he stood as a weasel among giants in an aborted bodybuilding quest and retired unsuccessfully from an investment banking career more than once! Gareth left South Africa 20 years ago, to take a year out to find himself, and has been doing that ever since! His only real significant achievements are travelling the world, meeting his better half, getting others to be more curious and believe in themselves, and sharing free smiles and man hugs whenever he gets the opportunity Connect With Gareth Website Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
393: LGBTQ Leadership, The Rainbow Difference – Steve Yacovelli
Life (UN)Closeted: LGBTQ & Heterosexual Coming Out Stories & Advice for coming out of life's closets!
Leadership. We hear this term thrown around alot these days. It means many things to many people, and in different contexts it takes on lots of different meanings. But what does LGBTQ Leadership look like. "What unique challenges do you face as an LGBTQ individual in the roles of leadership? How do you present yourself? Does it really make a difference?" Dr. Steve Yacovelli, author of Pride Leadership: Strategies for the LGBTQ+ Leader To Be The King Or Queen Of Their Jungle, believes there are unique differences, and we here at Life (UN)Closeted agree. Today we explore the challenges of being an LGBTQ+ Leader and provide insights and recommendations for leveraging your unique position to have powerful impact in the world of business and in life. About Steve Dr. Steve Yacovelli is Owner & Principal of TopDog Learning Group, LLC, a learning and development, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, Florida. TopDog provides guidance and solutions in leadership and organizational development, change management, diversity and inclusion consulting, instructional design, and custom e-learning creation. Steve has worked with such great organizations as The Walt Disney Company, IBM, Bayer, Covestro, Tupperware Brands Corporation, Hilton Worldwide, George Washington University, The American Library Association, The University of Central Florida, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Ohio State University, accenture, and BellSouth / AT&T, among many others. Steve holds a B.S. in Public Relations from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Educational Policy & Leadership Development from The Ohio State University, and an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology & Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University. A published author, Steve has written books and articles focusing on how adults adopt and learn using technology and organizational readiness for technology-enabled learning solutions. He’s also focused on the impact of unconscious bias within organizations, and how it can undermine organizational effectiveness. Steve (or “Doc Yock” as his students used to call him) has spent much of his career consulting with clients on the right solutions for their business; specifically, as it relates to employee engagement, effective communication, corporate learning, and measuring the impact of those interventions. A seasoned change practitioner, Steve has worked with clients to apply the Prosci® Methodology of Change to their business initiatives to help determine if change did indeed happen and to what extent. To him, corporate learning is just looking at ways to improve and change behavior, so combining the strategies of change management to the corporate learning function leads to impact that “sticks” with employees. With over twenty years’ experience in strategy, education, and communication, Steve is a rare breed of professional that understands the power of using academic theory and applying it to the corporate setting to achieve business results. Connect With Steve Website Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
392: Listening With Intention Creates A Deeper Love – Kendra Erika
Life (UN)Closeted: LGBTQ & Heterosexual Coming Out Stories & Advice for coming out of life's closets!
What’s getting lost in society? Empathy? Understanding? Patience? All true, but what about listening with deep intention and trying to understand one another more. There’s so much noise and chatter in the world, on social media, and in the news that it’s easy to escape the deeper sense of humanity. Yet, Kendra Erika, #1 Billboard dance artist, singer songwriter, wants to change that dynamic with her music and listening to others. Her powerful new song, “A Deeper Love,” challenges listeners to go below the surface and get to the heart of things – even if that means becoming vulnerable and risking rejection. She’s making her big bold moves to have an impact in the world with her art and music, so that everyone can be seen, heard, and understood by using intentional listening as her medium. This is her Life (UN)Closeted story. About Kendra #1 Billboard dance artist Kendra Erika and Grammy Award winning producer Damon Sharpe unite for a fifth time on “A Deeper Love,” their powerful new song that urges listeners to dig deeper into matters of the heart.  “We millennials have spread ourselves too thin by searching for approval and validation on so-cial media from people we don’t even know,” Kendra explains.  She believes millennials need to concentrate on the important people in their lives and find ways to express their love more tangibly and substantially so that the person on the receiving end really feels it.  “That may mean exposing our vulnerability and even risking rejection,” she warns.  “A Deeper Love” is being released globally and is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and all other major retailers as well as for streaming through Pandora and Spotify.  Its music video is on Youtube. “I believe the word ‘love’ has many layers,” Kendra reflects from her South Florida home.  “The deepest layer of love can only be attained when we start seeing the good and potential in everyone.” This applies to today’s gender equality movement.  “#MeToo has made a lot of progressive moves for women,” Kendra continues. “But I can’t help but feel that a movement that initially was meant to even the playing field has fragmented the dynamic between sexes where the man’s perspective has been dimmed, overshadowed by the woman’s word or perspective.” “At the end of the day, we are all human and in order to achieve A Deeper Love, we must love and respect one other equally,” she says. Kendra Erika is a singer/songwriter based in South Florida. She was trained in classical and jazz music, but draws inspiration from artists like Lana Del Rey, Solange, Ellie Goulding, and London Grammar who make sentimental music that is felt in the bones.  She successfully employs bold and often poetic mes-sages to her club beats. Her first single, “Oasis,” climbed to #9 on the Billboard Dance Chart in 2016.  “Under My Skin” reached #6 in the summer of 2017 and “Self Control,” released in celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Laura Branigan’s classic song, hit the #1 spot in January 2019. All were produced by Damon Sharpe, a producer who has worked with a wide array of pop artists including Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, Kylie Minogue, Kelly Rowland, Monica, 98 Degrees, Anastacia, and Natalie Cole. “The success of Self Control taught me to trust my instinct,” Kendra Erika re-veals today. “I knew if I tweaked it’s message just a bit, it would speak to today’s listeners.” She aims to do the same with “A Deeper Love,” a track she fell in love with the moment she first heard its mesmerizing beat.  “I was on the stair master at the gym and the minute that beat dropped, I almost fell off the machine with it, it was so good!” She says she related to the song’s understated strength.  “As I’ve grown as an artist, I’ve really come to embrace my individuality. Where I used to try to hide my individuality by blending in with the crowd, I’m now grateful to be different.  I appreciate myself more than ever before and that’s what I hop...
391: Discovering the truth of who you are! – David Conley
Life (UN)Closeted: LGBTQ & Heterosexual Coming Out Stories & Advice for coming out of life's closets!
Who are you? Seems like a pretty easy question to answer, but most of us rattle of the standard answers. Father, mother, executive, cyclist, etc. The stuff that is part of the truth of who you are, but what is underneath all that easy to spout off stuff? Who are you really? And, what does it take for you to discover the real you, to be introduced to yourself? To say, "This is the truth of who I am!" David Conley came home to a tragedy, that changed everything for him. It led him to know what it was like to die of a broken heart, but it is also what introduced him to the truth of who he is, and the truth that "the journey is what makes life magical!" Today we explore the trip that he has taken to shed weight, find himself, and to explore what it means to nurture yourself, your soul, when life takes you out of the closet to be the truth of who you are and always have been. About David When Dave Conley worked for AOL, he introduced 32 million people to the internet for the first time. Now, he introduces people to themselves. A health and wellness architect, Dave specializes in helping people lose one third of their body weight--or more--just like he did. Connect With JR Reed Website LinkedIn Instagram
390: Bold Moves of Gratitude, Minimalism, and Dumping Medications – Craig Haywood
Life (UN)Closeted: LGBTQ & Heterosexual Coming Out Stories & Advice for coming out of life's closets!
Things just aren't working. Well they are but something was still missing. There's a drive to do more, be more, and stop living by what other people think I should do. Sound familiar. Well maybe you need to dial into a belief system that gratitude and minimalism can get you where you're going even when a autoimmune disease kicks you in the ass. It's that sort of stuff that makes you realize how ridiculously human you and everyone else on the planet truly are. Craig Haywood, one part of the duo of the Ridiculously Human podcast, takes us on his journey from South Africa, Netherlands, Ibizia, and finally down under to Australia, where his bold moves landed him in the life that he now knows is exactly where he's meant to be, even though the journey would test his ability to keep going and trusting himself to be himself. About Craig Craig is co-host of the Ridiculously Human Podcast that he started with his good friend Gareth Martin. The two explore the soul of humanity, bringing stories through our earbuds that awaken the soul and show the purest essence of what it truly means to be ridiculously human. Craig resides on the Gold Coast of Australia, with his wife, where he is a Chiropractor while building side businesses that are targeted at bringing positive change in the building and trade industries. Connect With Craig Website Instagram Facebook Twitter LinkedIn  
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Birthdate
Aug 4th, 1963
Episode Count
16
Podcast Count
1
Total Airtime
10 hours, 8 minutes