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E52: Improve Your Workplace Culture; Dana Vogelmeier Interview

E52: Improve Your Workplace Culture; Dana Vogelmeier Interview

May 18, 2020
Dana Vogelmeier helps organizations improve workplace culture.
 
Everyone deserves a dream job and to work in an engaging environment! If we are all operating at a higher awareness level, we treat each other differently. That behavior will spread like a pebble thrown in the pond!
 
Michael Angelo Caruso interviews Dana on best practices for making work a better place to be.  Watch the video version of this and other great interviews at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdpQ0CmA8Mk.  Subscribe to Michael's YT channel (ring that silver bell!) to be notified of new videos.  
 
Watch Dana's TEDx video, then check out all the other events Dana has enlivened with her amazing expertise and contagious positive attitude.
 
Dana earned her Masters Degree with a focus in leadership and has studied under John Maxwell to become a John Maxwell Team member. She's a certified Workplace Culture Specialist through The Culture Works and earned a Certified Professional in Performance Learning designation which specializes in pinpointing performance problems.
 
Additionally, Dana is an experienced speaker, trainer, and coach. Highlights of this interview include:
 
1:00   Why it's so hard to change workplace culture
3:00   Workplace culture is NOT the info on your website
3:30   Dana's bio includes, a Master's degree, John Maxwell certification
5:00   How to attract and retain top talent
6:00   Workers who stay can be a bigger problem than those who leave
8:00   Being a "business casual" has its challenges
14:00 Starbucks adventure with tattoos
16:15 The crossroads of personal expression, workplace culture
18:30 What the boss wants vs. what the employees want
20:30 The #1 pre-requisite for good workplace culture
21:00 The crucial role of middle managers
22:30 Visibility and value, performance and reward
26:15 The value of direct feedback
27:30 Giving people a choice
29:00 Coming trends include compassion and grace
 
Note: Dana's comment "right person in the right seat" references Jim Collins' book, "Good to Great."
 
Check out Dana Vogelmeier's website and her great "Making Great Work Places" Facebook page. Her terrific TED talk is easily found on YouTube. Like/Comment as you prefer.
 
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Remember, the team usually improves right after the leader does. Michael Angelo Caruso delivers a fantastic keynote on leadership that’s both educational and entertaining. The session covers what your leadership group needs to know about the best ways to educate, motivate, and reward team members.
 
He’ll talk about ways to handle the four most challenging work personalities, giving special attention to handling negative people. You’ll learn a simple, yet effective technique for confidence that few leaders use and the best way to offer criticism.
 
Unfortunately, most managers try to motivate employees using three tools that usually don’t motivate: job descriptions, performance reviews and evaluation forms that are linked to money. It turns out that money doesn’t motivate most employees anyway.
 
Michael uses the amazing power of story to motivate leaders who attend his presentations. Like/Comment as you prefer. Your informed opinion on this content is always welcome. Michael Angelo Caruso teaches presentation skills that will help you command the room, get noticed and advance your career. I
 
If you’re a leader or salesperson, Michael will help you become a better presenter for the rest of your life.
 
The most important business skill for leaders and salespeople is the ability to effectively communicate with groups of people. Look into leadership and sales training so you can keep teams interested, motivated and successful.
 
Use Michael to pump up your next conference or industry event. He’s one of the top keynote speakers in America and he’s spoken on five continents and in 49 of the 50 states. And his reputation is expanding in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America.
 
Choose from the menu of popular keynote topics on his website which cover the important topics of communication, selling, leadership, motivation speaking skills and change.
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Check out Michael’s blog post (on his website) for interesting educational articles about speaking, writing, leadership and marketing. He also shares writes about his unique experiences on the speaking circuit, so there are lots of great stories that take place all over the world. These posts are often rendered with humor and wit.
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Information Products Michael is the author of many books, including “Work Hacks: 300+ Cool Ideas to Speed Career Success,” which is available as a print book and as an e-book.
 
Also check out Michael’s booklet titled, “Hmmm…Little Ideas With BIG Results,” also on Amazon. He’s also the creator of the best-selling, ”Present Like a Pro” DVD, a masterclass in speaking. All products are available on Amazon.
E51: Surviving COVID-19; My Interview with Sam Abu-Hamdan

E51: Surviving COVID-19; My Interview with Sam Abu-Hamdan

May 2, 2020
Surviving COVID-19 is a unique achievement. Michael Angello Caruso interviews, Sam Abu-Hamdan, a coronavirus survivor.
 
[Watch the video version of this interview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzlnrwO5qO8   Subscribe to Michael's YT channel (ring that silver bell!) to be notified of new videos.]
 
COVID-19 survivors are interesting people on a number of levels. Compared to the total population, not many people contract the illness, but a large percentage of victims have died from it.
 
In addition, the coronavirus attacks the respiratory system and makes it difficult to breathe, a terribly stressful condition, especially if you're self-quarantined.
 
The novel (new) coronavirus was officially named COVID-19 on February 11, 2020 by the World Health Organization. By that date, it had already killed hundreds of people. Originating in Wuhan, the Central Province of China, the coronavirus has had a cataclysmic impact worldwide.
 
As of April 20, 2020, the COVID-19 had infected millions of people and killed over 165,000 within a short time period.
 
Sam Abu-Hamdan shares his story of how he recovered from COVID-19 in a fascinating interview with Michael Angelo Caruso on the "Talk to Me" podcast. Highlights of this conversation include:
 
1:30 How COVID-19 got its name (CORonaVIrus Disease, discovered in 2019)
2:00 Sam's memory of contracting COVID-19
4:00 How Sam's symptoms presented (everyone's different)
5:00 Why it can be hard to know if you have the virus
6:00 Why in some ways it doesn't matter if you've contracted COVID-19
7:30 A "flu" that kills
 
10:00 How Sam coped in self-quarantine
11:00 The simple oxygen measurement device that helped him get through the night
13:30 When breathing panic means a trip to the hospital emergency room
16:30 And the unbearable headaches!
 
20:00 Why nights are the worst and how to cope
23:00 What "exponential" means
24:00 Public health vs. private wellness decisions
26:00 Economic impacts
 
27:00 Why comparing COVID-19 to the flu isn't helpful
31:00 Getting back to normal
 
Welcome back, Sam--we're glad you're feeling better!
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Subscribe to this YouTube channel to be notified of Michael’s new videos. Like/Comment as you prefer. Your informed opinion on this content is always welcome.
 
Michael Angelo Caruso teaches presentation skills that will help you command the room, get noticed and advance your career. If you’re a leader or salesperson, Michael will help you become a better presenter for the rest of your life.
 
The most important business skill for leaders and salespeople is the ability to effectively communicate with groups of people. Look into leadership and sales training so you can keep teams interested, motivated and successful. Use Michael to pump up your next conference or industry event.
 
He’s one of the top keynote speakers in America and he’s spoken on five continents and in 49 of the 50 states. And his reputation is expanding in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America.
 
Choose from the menu of popular keynote topics on his website which cover the important topics of communication, selling, leadership, motivation speaking skills and change.
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Check out Michael’s blog post (on his website) for interesting educational articles about speaking, writing, leadership and marketing. He also shares writes about his unique experiences on the speaking circuit, so there are lots of great stories that take place all over the world.
 
These posts are often rendered with humor and wit.
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Information Products
 
Michael is the author of many books, including “Work Hacks: 300+ Cool Ideas to Speed Career Success,” which is available as a print book and as an e-book on Amazon. Also check out Michael’s booklet titled, “Hmmm…Little Ideas With BIG Results,” also on Amazon. He’s also the creator of the best-selling, ”Present Like a Pro” DVD, a masterclass in speaking. All products are available on Amazon.
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Presentation Training
 
 
Join his "Present Like a Pro Group" on Facebook for ongoing speaking tips. Michael’s online “Present Like a Pro” class is the best speaker training of its kind. Learn how to be an elite speaker in only six weeks! Set up a free consult with Michael so you can crush your presentations and improve sales.
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Listen to Michael’s popular “Talk To Me” podcast on Podbean, iTunes and other platforms.
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Subscribe to Michael’s YouTube Channel Watch (and subscribe to) Michael’s YouTube channel to learn how he can help your sales team. Just click that silver bell on the YT video page to be notified of new videos. 
 
If you’re a fan of video, watch for Michael’s fun Facebook Live sessions.
E50: Networking Expert, Terry Bean

E50: Networking Expert, Terry Bean

February 22, 2020
Here's a fun interview with the one and only, Terry Bean from Detroit, Michigan.
 
[Watch the video version of this interview on Michael's YouTube channel.  Subscribe to be notified of new interviews!]
 
Terry is a Co-founder of TEDx-Detroit and the Executive Director of Motor City Connect, Detroit's premiere live networking organization.
 
Enjoy this wide ranging interview as Michael Angelo Caruso and Terry cover a bunch of interesting topics, including:
 
 1:00  A behind-the-scene look at TEDx-Detroit (ongoing convo throughout)
 2:15  Event planning strategies
 6:30  Detroit as "comeback city"
12:15 Motor City Connect
15:15 Ch-ch-ch-changes!
16:00 Why you can't say "I don't know" anymore
24:00 Terry's new online coaching program
 
Watch to get many great tips from Terry on how to make the most of change.
 
Plus, some EPIC name dropping, including Dan Gilbert, Apple, Rock Financial, U2, Cleveland Cavaliers, Bono, Charlie Wollborg, Uber, Lawrence Tech, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr., Google and Cher!?
 
Terry is a public speaker, a networking coach and author of the book, "Be Connected," a primer on how to develop quality relationships.  He offers online coaching so you can level up your networking skills and amp up your career.  Learn more about Terry at TryBean.com.
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More on Michael at his website and his Present Like a Pro group on Facebook.
 
Michael Angelo Caruso teaches presentation skills that will help you command the room, get noticed and advance your career. If you’re a leader or salesperson, Michael will help you become a better presenter for the rest of your life.
 
The most important business skill for leaders and salespeople is the ability to effectively communicate with groups of people.  Look into leadership and sales training so you can keep teams interested, motivated and successful.
 
Use Michael to pump up your next conference or industry event.  He’s one of the top keynote speakers in America.  Choose from his menu of popular keynote topics.
 
And his reputation is expanding, as he’s now spoken in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America. 
 
Set up a free consult with Michael so you can crush your presentations and improve sales.  More on his website
 
Watch (and subscribe to) Michael’s channel on YouTube to learn how he can help your sales team.  Just click that silver bell on MAC's YT channel page.
E49: Surviving a Brain Tumor

E49: Surviving a Brain Tumor

February 7, 2020
Trauma is part of life and so is recovery.
 
Check out Michael Angelo Caruso's interesting interview with Lynn McLaughlin, who survived a brain tumor and then came back stronger than ever.
 
[Watch the video version of this interview here.]
 
Lynn McLaughlin is a life-long educator who has owned and operated her own business, Steering Through It since December 2017.  Lynn’s public speaking experiences have been local, provincial and international.
 
As an author, she offers consultation services to writers.  Lynn is driven, through her personal experiences, to help us become self-advocates and question our true purpose in this life. 
 
An active Rotarian, Lynn is dedicated to community causes.  She's a member of 100 Women Who Care Windsor/Essex and works tirelessly to support the goals of the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada.
 
Lynn has recently joined the National Advocacy Committee as a Community member. She strives to meet each new personal goal and completed her first Detroit International Half-Marathon (post brain trauma!).
 
Lynn McLaughlin was the Superintendent of Education with the Greater Essex County District School Board for six years, retiring in 2018. She is well versed in all areas of special education, school and board operations. She continues to be active in education, teaching future Educational Assistants.
 
Check out her book, Steering Through It, a story of illness, recovery and discovery, available at her website.
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More on Michael at his website and his Present Like a Pro group on Facebook.
 
Michael Angelo Caruso teaches presentation skills that will help you command the room, get noticed and advance your career. 
E48:  Business Mentor Lisa Mininni on Human Hardwiring

E48: Business Mentor Lisa Mininni on Human Hardwiring

February 5, 2020
Good mentors are hard to come by.

Meet Lisa Mininni, best-selling author & President of Excellerate Associates, a business mentoring and leadership/organizational development company Lisa is also founder of The Business Innovation Lab, which offers co-working office space and conference facilities.

 
[Watch the video version of this YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwYdrW4qdVk. 
 
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Best Selling Author, Lisa Mininni, is a "human hard-wiring" expert. She travels the globe educating small business owners, entrepreneurs and business leaders on biological hard-wiring.
 
Wiring dictates the type of environment in which you are best equipped to thrive and succeed, and the kind of environment you prefer to live and work. Your hard-wiring drives you in business and is primarily unconscious.
 
Hard-wiring and how you run your business systems are deeply connected. Lisa shows you how to make those connections so you increase your profits to levels you didn’t think were possible. You’ve seen her featured in major media including the Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping and radio shows across North America.
 
Visit the Excellerate Associates website for the monthly events, including Introduction Workshops, a Profitability Lab and sessions where business owners:
 
- Get in touch with their contribution in the world
- Understand human wiring distinctions
- Assess their profitability systems
 
Highlights of this video, include:
 
1:00 "A business owner who speaks"
2:30 Getting clarity on your biz (the 6-Word Exercise)
3:40 Differentiation from Tom Cruise
500: The traffic accident that gave Lisa amazing clarity
7:38 How to use licensing to build your revenue system
9:00 Using personality assessments to find your stride
12:20 The difference between younger leaders, older leaders
13:45 Lisa gets results!
14:45 Money doesn't motivate everyone
16:15 Why sales contests don't work
18:30 Do young professionals learn differently?
20:00 Why communication is the focus, not gender, race, age...
22:20 Excellerate Associates World HQ in Livonia, Michigan
26:00 "The floor before the toilet"
 
More on Lisa and her services at the EA website.
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More on Michael at his website and his "Present Like a Pro" group on Facebook.
 
Michael Angelo Caruso teaches presentation skills that will help you command the room, get noticed and advance your career. If you’re a leader or salesperson, Michael will help you become a better presenter for the rest of your life.
 
The most important business skill for leaders and salespeople is the ability to effectively communicate with groups of people. Look into leadership and sales training so you can keep teams interested, motivated and successful.
 
Use Michael to pump up your next conference or industry event. He’s one of the top keynote speakers in America. Choose from his menu of popular keynote topics. And his reputation is expanding, as he’s now spoken from Michigan to Florida and in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America.
 
Set up a free consult with Michael so you can crush your presentations and improve sales. Watch (and subscribe to) Michael’s channel on YouTube to learn how he can help your sales team. Just click that silver bell on the YT video page.
E47: Netflix Celeb Talks Mental Health

E47: Netflix Celeb Talks Mental Health

December 21, 2019

Mental Illness advocate and Netflix celebrity, Riley Juntti, joins Michael Angelo Caruso for a fascinating discussion on mental health.

The topic focuses on suicide prevention. Riley, a junior at Oakland University, helped create 13 Reasons Why NOT, centered on Netflix’s show 13 Reason’s Why, in which the lead character leaves behind a recording blaming 13 people for her suicide.

Riley's 13 Reasons Why NOT program arranged for thirteen students from Michigan's Oxford High School to make public address announcements to 1,800 fellow students by sharing an emotionally vulnerable place they had been through and thanking someone who had helped them out of it.

Feedback created a national sensation with over 100 major news organizations picking up the story, including Nightline, the Washington Post, and USA Today. National Public Radio (NPR) featured 13 Reasons Why NOT as one of the Best Youth News Stories of 2017 and then, Netflix got involved.

She is now the face of Netflix's social campaign Tell Them which uses inspirational stories to overcome struggles such as mental illness, abuse and sexual harassment.  This social media campaign uses stories of recovery to inspire youth to come forward with the problems they may be facing.  The Tell Them videos can be viewed across all of Netflix's platforms for the second season of 13 Reasons Why.

Riley is currently earning her bachelors in Clinical Psychology at Oakland University, an international public speaker and a certified Crisis Intervention Counselor who teaches on using vulnerability to help those at risk for suicide.  She uses both personal testimony from her battle with mental illness and hands-on work with youth to break silence and stigma surrounding mental health. Her speeches are critically acclaimed for bringing hope to a tough topic and giving communities tangible stories of recovery after mental illness.

Her long-term goal is to educate students, parents, and schools on building a culture of support to decrease mental health stigma.  

More about Riley Juntti at her website and on Netflix.

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Watch the video version of this interview and subscribe to Michael's YouTube channel.  

More on Michael Angelo Caruso at his website and his Present Like a Pro group on Facebook. Michael teaches presentation skills that will help you command the room, get noticed and advance your career. If you’re a leader or salesperson, Michael will help you become a better presenter for the rest of your life.

The most important business skill you can have is the ability to effectively communicate with groups of people.  Everything is a presentation. 

Watch the video version of this interview on Michael's YouTube channel.  

E46: Avoid Self-Sabotage With Tips From This Psychologist

E46: Avoid Self-Sabotage With Tips From This Psychologist

December 14, 2019

Self-sabotage is a huge problem today, despite the fact that we live in the most educated, technologically advanced society in history.

Author and speaker, Michael Angelo Caruso, interviews psychologist Dr. Kristen Hurrell on a wide-range of topics, including:

3m Why humans self-sabotage
6m How your friends work against you
8m The long-term effects of #MeToo
14m The challenges of addiction
15m Why you can benefit from therapy
20m Vulnerability, the gateway to other problems
23m Opioid advice
28m "Therapy is not a pill"
30m Ideas for self-care

Also: Home remedies to feel better, including journaling, sleep, exercise, and good nutrition.

At the end of this session, Dr. Hurrell offers her website to those looking for help.

More on Michael at www.MichaelAngeloCaruso.com and in his Present Like a Pro group on Facebook.

Michael Angelo Caruso teaches presentation skills.  The most important business skill you can have is the ability to effectively communicate with groups of people.  

This special brand of communication is done through speeches, presentations, departmental huddles, group meetings and even media interviews.  Michael teaches presentation skills that will help you command the room, get noticed and advance your career.  

E45: Public Relations Guru, Jeff Caponigro

E45: Public Relations Guru, Jeff Caponigro

November 18, 2019

Bad news travels faster than ever. And bad stuff happens to everyone. Best make a plan to deal with those problems now.

Jeff Caponigro wrote the book on crisis management and has some good ideas on how to prevent crisis, as well.

[Watch the video version of this interview here.]

Fellow author and speaker, Michael Angelo Caruso, talks with Jeff about what it was like to work on one the biggest public relations campaigns of all time.

Jeff Caponigro, APR, PRSA is Executive Vice President-Corporate Communications and Chief Marketing Officer of Trion Solutions, Inc., in Troy, Michigan. and President and CEO of Caponigro Public Relations Inc., in Southfield, Michigan.

Jeff is one of the country’s most respected public relations and marketing professionals, specializing in branding, reputation management, media relations, speaker and media training, executive coaching and crisis planning and crisis communications.

More on Jeff:

- Worked with approximately 1,000 corporations and non-profit organizations
- In the PR-agency business for 30+ years
- Inducted into the prestigious Public Relations Society of America’s College of Fellows
- Inducted into the PRSA-Detroit Hall of Fame - Accredited in Public Relations
- Served on the Universal Accreditation Board

Jeff is the author of "The Crisis Counselor: A Step-By-Step Guide to Managing a Business Crisis," named by "PR WEEK" magazine as one of the “10 best PR books ever written.”  The book is published in English, Chinese, Norwegian, Polish and Danish, and used in more than 100 colleges and universities worldwide.

Caponigro was awarded PRSA’s highest national award, the Silver Anvil, for the public affairs program to encourage passage of safety-belt use laws in 48 states and increase national safety-belt use by 300 percent. That program was named by PR Week magazine as one of the “20 Greatest PR Campaigns Ever.”

He also has received national recognition for his crisis-management work on the 1995 recall of seat belts, which, at the time, was the largest recall in the history of the automotive industry.  He established Caponigro Public Relations in 1995 and Caponigro Marketing Group in 2003.

Jeff earned his B.A. degree from Central Michigan University, majoring in English and journalism, and participated in the month-long Wharton Business School Executive Development Program.

He is a popular business speaker who has addressed groups in the United States, Europe and Asia, and is regularly quoted by the news media on topics such as branding, corporate reputation, strategic planning, communications and crisis management. He has appeared on more than 150 radio interview programs on various marketing and PR topics.

[Watch the video version of this interview here.]

Websites: 

Jeff Caponigro
Michael Angelo Caruso 

E44: Former NFL kicker, Eddie Murray now helping others

E44: Former NFL kicker, Eddie Murray now helping others

October 31, 2019
Detroit sports legend, Eddie Murray, talks with Michael Angelo Caruso about his days with the Detroit Lions and his current role as ambassador for Hope Network.  The Michigan-based charity helps thousands of people with everything from opioid abuse to brain trauma recovery. 
 
Register to have lunch with Eddie on Dec. 4, 2019 at Trion Solutions in Troy, Michigan at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egk6c4rl07735d06&oseq=&c=&ch=
 
Murray grew up in Victoria, British Columbia. He didn't play football in high school, but Murray earned a football scholarship at Tulane University and became a four-year starter. As a senior, he had a perfect season making 35-for-35 field goals. 

Drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1980 and had a tremendous rookie year. He played in all 16 games, made 35 of 36 extra point attempts and booted a league-best 27 field goals, a franchise record.  He also won the NFC scoring title (116 points). He was named to the Pro Bowl where he made 5 field goals and became the only rookie to receive the MVP award until that time.

 
In 1983, he made the longest field goal in Lions history (54 yards). In 1985, he set a franchise record with 12 straight field goals. The next year, he set the franchise single-season record with 684 points. In 1988, Murray he tied an NFL record for the highest field goal accuracy (95.24%), missing just one all season (20 of 21).
 
Murray led the team in scoring in each of his first 10 seasons until 1990. In 1992, he left as the franchise's All-time leading scorer, ranking seventeenth in NFL history and was the ninth Lion to have played in 12 seasons. Murray left the game as the 16th highest scorer in NFL history.
 
Murray currently resides in Michigan with his wife Cynthia and daughter Nicole. 
E43: Rene Pothetes on Nutrition and Smart Food Choices

E43: Rene Pothetes on Nutrition and Smart Food Choices

July 22, 2019

In the previous Talk to Me podcast (Episode 42), you'll discover why Mark Wahlberg is about to make Michael Angelo Caruso's high school history teacher very famous.  

This is Episode 43, an interesting interview with nutrition coach, Rene Pothetes, on how you can ditch diets and find peace with food forever.

[Watch the video version of this interview here.]

Food is complicated, but not just because of complex ingredients and how they interact with your body.

Figuring out food is also challenging because the act of eating is closely linked to habits, emotions and psychology.

Highlights of this interview:

3:30    Everything in moderation?
5:00    Why food is so complicated (is comfort food good for you?)
6:00    The psychology of eating
11:00  The Great Betrayal (why we eat food that is not good for us)
15:00  Why diets are not helpful
22:00  So we poison ourselves...
35:00  "Hidden" choices

Author and speaker, Michael Angelo Caruso, interviews Rene for his "Talk to Me" podcast. 

Get more info on Rene and her online coaching program at http://www.EatEvolveInspire.com and her Facebook group.

She can help you lose weight, get your energy back and improve the quality of your life.

Join Michael's "Present Like a Pro" Facebook group if you do presentations of any kind.