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Have you ever done a 23andMe DNA test? Learn about the many who have. Not everyone is excited to learn where they came from. Christina Bryan Fitzgibbons shares a variety of stories that may make you a little uncomfortable - but isn't that what family is all about?Meet the DNA Sleuth who hosts the podcast Sex, Lies and the
Craig Stanland owns the mistake that landed him in a surprise meet up with the FBI. He says he went from suicidal thoughts to learning his greatest worth while in the federal prison. Find out how orange juice can create a moment of humanity and connection. Learn how to avoid bitterness and regret, and how Stanland discovered foundational practices that got him through and continues to keep him on the right path. I ask a lot of personal questions, and he answers each and every one. Oh - and the prank he shares? It was six years in the making! Author, speaker, coach and reinvention architect.Book coming out May 25, 2021: Blank Canvas; how I reinvented myself after prison
Mike Iamele is a Life Purpose Expert and Brand Strategist. But we never get to that part of his life. I dug down into how his sex life went viral overnight (not the medical kind of viral, thankfully).Mike is a charismatic storytelling ball of energy. Learn more about the topic of rethinking sexuality, why it's important to feel safe and ways to tap into your life's purpose. Oh - and when it's ok to lie.
David B has a podcast where guests share the embarrassing stories of their relatives. It's appropriately titled Embarrassing Family". My guest advises, if you aren't hearing these stories, they may be about you. He is a former intern for Sesame Street and of course I get the dirt on behind the scenes scandals and which muppet was secretly let go from the Street. Check out his podcast Embarrassing Family.
April Brucker is a viral, world famous celebrity. Look up her name and chances are you've seen her on a tv series or reality show. Learn why she chose her multiple roommates over her fiancé. Her newly released book is called "Don't Read My Lips" and it covers some tips on being a vent, as well as performing and other whacky stories. She's described as sweet & adorable with a hint of insanity. Find out why you may just need to buy a product she sells, too. Why not bring a little bit of Vegas home today?
Comic, actor, writer and very non-shy Dia Kline is a card carrying congenital anosmic. This hip Hungarian has a flair for the funny and was born without a sense of smell. Can she still taste?How did scratch and sniff stickers perplex her?How many doctor appointments does it take to get a pass to national parks?Why are her cats considered life saving super heroes?Be prepared to laugh as we kick of humor month when one of the funniest females I've ever met. She's been compared to Gilda Radner and I concur. (Plus I got to use the word Concur). Website: (it means You good?)Search all platforms and connect with Dia Kline. She's fun and fab.
Grab a glass of your favorite wine, because in this episode, we will learn how to fake our way through an actual wine tasting event. (Don't worry, we also learn the correct way to do so.)Although Gus Fimple lives in La Crosse, Wisconsin, it didn't stop him from chasing a dream to import wines and olives oils from Greece. This Navy Veteran runs Aris Global Imports and is the only supplier in the United States to be distribute fine wines from Simeonidis Estate winery in Greece.When Gus shares his dare story, you are certain to be taken back a few years to when you were an awkward teenager who just means well. www.arisglobalimports
Maybe you saw him on America's Got Talent.... Jonathan Pritchard has dedicated his life to understanding the human operating system. Oh, and he might be reading your mind right now. Listen to this episode to learn what it was like for Jonathan to get on to national television and how his vast experience and research carries over quite well to the corporate setting with training, branding and coaching. What is the fastest way to learn something new? Do you think you could be persuaded to believe you don't actually have a bad memory after all? He has several books available on Amazon, and world class corporate training sessions you can sign up for online. Elite University (for individuals) and The Hellstrom Group (for businesses).Go to:
"Words matter" says Kim B. Miller, a haiku battle queen. And she would know. She is an award-winning poet laureate and a sassy ambassador of words. From author to stage to teaching in a women's prison . . . Kim lives the phrase "your perception is your reality" and has a crown to prove it. Let's go to places right from where you're sitting. Grab paper and pen and prepare to be inspired by this motivational speaker and facilitator.
Ant Blair was an entrepreneur before he even knew the word. He says he stayed out of prison by choice and owns his past. His business endeavors are sure to make your jaw drop as you either relate or thank the gods it wasn't your life. Mr. Blair nearly made me fall out of my chair when I asked him to share a prank he's ever done. Ant's current passion is to help others learn how to stand out when selling items online. His new book shares the concepts, ideas and insights in a usable way. "Smart Ads; how to sell and make money online using clever words and ideas that pay" is now available on Amazon. Ant's mission is to help liberate others to have more access and opportunities the right way, from the start.
A near-death experience at age 14 was the first time this guest learned about retraining her brain. Decades later she would tap back into that super power and leave a successful career in New York City. For Alaina Schwartz, starting over was the choice, radical change was the necessity. "Intuition is a muscle we need to learn to trust." Learn a bit about neuroplasticity and why it's ok to talk to a goat, or your plants, or heck - even your printer.*Alaina has an offer for a few of the Stranger Connections cohorts, too. Listen to learn more.
Lue Deck was a regular at the World Famous Comedy Store and became the right hand man for nearly a decade. This comic has over 900 thousand miles on the road and has done over 3 thousand stand up shows. Is he retired? Hardly. He's got an e-book available and still teaches the funny stuff! Find out about his imaginary friends, his life mantra and how the whole thing started with wearing those distinctive red shoes. Book: Stand Up; Decoded. Be as funny as you think you are.
Podcast host Kurt Powers (of the Powers Project Podcast) talks openly about coming out after a marriage with children. Brave, honest and heartfelt . . . Kurt answered my many questions about this major life shift and what his family and friends thought when he finally admitted he 'was born this way.'I was honored to have this raw conversation with someone I know consider a friend. Check out Kurt's podcast for other superb conversation: The Powers Project Podcast
Paranormal Investigator Kris Sumner, along with two sisters, find joy when locked into a vacant prison overnight. Who needs lights on when you're hoping to capture entity movement or even hear your own name being whispered from an empty corner . . . Soul Sisters Paranormal team investigates to gather evidence, and at times, to disprove any phenomena going on in a building. The surprising bonus in checking out their videos is viewing the historical buildings that you may never get to see otherwise. Go to: 'Soul Sisters Paranormal' on Facebook, YouTube and their Website
Chelsea Burnett is a Texas Storm chaser who has seen 27 tornadoes and is quick to add "and counting."We chatted amongst the storm causing a power emergency crisis in Texas. During this chat, we knew she could lose power at any moment and may have to seek shelter where there is a generator. But this passionate tornado hunter (aka Weather Freak) can't pass up the chance to tell me what an EF4 grade tornado is and how she felt the first time she stared into that first tornado. See photos and video:
I dare myself daily - and I try new things!When is the last time you opened your mind to experience something different?Why not try 'tapping' to release emotional stress and open your mind to gratitude?Check out my Stranger Connections podcast featuring guest Jennifer Garman.I tried the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to relieve my stress of winter.How about a try a free session? Connect with Jennifer for details.Jennifer Garman is the author of Flourish; 7 ways gratitude can transform your life.She is also the creator of the and the award-winning Growing Gratitude Tree as featured on the home shopping network! #BusinessHumorist #Author #Podcaster #PrankEnthusiast #JenniferGarman #Tapping #EFT
Don't miss the VERY special offer from Jayne - exclusively for the Stranger Connection fam'!Jayne Sanders walked away from over 20 years in the corporate world (with her MBA), and found her passion as a Master Scientific Hand Analyst who explains, "People are being called to make their difference in the world. I help uncover what that is."This is not palm reading - which is in the intuitive/predictive realm. Hand Analysis is a highly accurate neuroscience technology to help you achieve your purpose, joy and meaning you've been craving in your life and work. Her memoir style book is called 'Twists, Turns and Truths; the life and lines of a master scientific hand analyst' where Sanders openly shares her own journey. Jayne's website is www.purpose She also loves horses and rides every day in Colorado, but we ran out of time to talk about that.
Todd Hunt is a communication speaker and business humorist. Listen as I toss the wrong words his way and try to make him break out in a rash when I ask him about "Irregardless". He's superbly bright and funny, and he's got a great book, too: Communication Bleeps and Blunders in Business. His website is ToddHuntSpeaker.comCan you really "plan ahead"?Should you "roll your eyes" at someone?Is it "Bring" or "Take"?Laugh along and learn a little, too.
Star Hansen is the Clutter Whisperer and a Lifestyle Organizer. Her Ted Talk is called "Listen to the Monster in Your Closet". She's been featured in the Oprah Magazine, HGTV, Woman's Day, A&E and that's only a few!Let's get real with Star and talk about the 'shame spiral' and what the real reason is behind having a cluttered room or home.
Reena Friedman Watts is a fascinating risk taker, super-connector and expert in a variety of fields. This tenacious guest has lied her way into an interview (and got the job), sang with Destiny's Child (sort of) and landed a job after winning a contest on InstaGram!Learn more about Reena, and check out her podcast "Better Call Daddy" which features her own Papa giving his thoughts at the end of each episode!
Choosing to heal through the art of play is 'serious' business for Kara Latta (lad-ah).Certified in hypnosis and actively seeking moments to be creative, she has built ThoughtPLAY;melding play and the subconscious mind to create excitement in your life. Learn more about the Playful Warrior, and the tools she has created to open our minds to the possibilities we can cultivate when we choose to see the lighter side of the world.
From panic disorders to asking yourself "How can I leverage my super powers?"From Green Bay to Cabarete; author, screenwriter and business strategist Kristina Paider discusses her new book "The Hollywood Approach; script your life like a hit movie and live your wildest dream."You'll find out what traumatic incident created a major change in her life and what waterfalls in the Dominican Republic have to do with her decision to take back normal.Her book includes how character moves a story forward in movies and for ourselves, and there is a chapter called 'Flawsomeness' that discusses why we would share parts of our lives that aren't necessarily InstaGram approved. The prank she shares is adorable because she then breaks down how it could have gone better. : )
Melissa Divine has a talent that she discovered in her 30's. This psychic medium shares tips on how you can tap into your intuition and says she even likes working with the skeptics. Melissa has a wanderlust soul, so much so, that she sold her home and lives on the road! Exploring life from her camper van, doing readings in person and on zoom and seeing the sites in the warmer climates.... because she can. I enjoyed a psychic reading during this episode and found great comfort in the message that was waiting for me. www.melissadivine.netInstagram: melissadivine_medium
Could you forgive your best friend who set you up as a criminal?Could you forgive a family who ditched ya?Dobie Maxwell, a nationally touring comic, calls himself Mr. Lucky, one of life's dented cans and says "If you're gonna screw up, screw up big."Find out about his hilarious and thought-provoking book, "Monkey In The Middle". Bank robberies, FBI involvement, wearing a wire and even telling a famous comic his most famous idea was stupid in the planning phase - well chalk it all up to be the dented can on the shelf of life. HILARIOUS must be typed in all caps. Dobie Maxwell is a comic who gives back. He has the Facebook group Maxwell Method of Standup Comedy with thousands of followers. Order his book through messenger or on his website:
*Mature Content Episode*Raylene Taskoski says she is a born-again christian soccer mom, but the side of her we meet today is the stand up comic who also sells sex toys. She is bold, clever and kind, but we still had a fight over a certain condiment. Tell us who you think is right. Raylene is a speaker and her stage comedy is a hilarious Sex Ed comedy show for adults.She is one of four superb co-hosts on the podcast called Undebatable.
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Created by
Lisa David Olson
Podcast Status
May 31st, 2020
Latest Episode
May 4th, 2021
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
32 minutes

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