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What Now? A Plan for Redefining, Recreating, and Reenergizing Your Work, Your Life, You! | Heal The Divide Podinar

April 8, 2021


“There’s an opportunity for us, instead of judging the past or the present, to look forward to the future and say, ‘This is my chance for reinvention. It’s a global chance for reinvention. We’re all in this together, what do I want to do?’” —Joey Coleman


The pandemic has caused major disruption in our world — economically, socially, and personally. How do we move forward from where we are right now? How can we look at where we are and make the conscious choice to recreate our lives and our work in new ways? In this session, Alison Whitmire, President of Learning in Action is joined by special guest Joey Coleman, for a conversation about how we can refine, recreate, and reenergize our work, our lives, and ourselves.


For almost 20 years, Joey Coleman has helped organizations retain their best customers and turn them into raving fans through his entertaining and actionable keynotes, workshops and consulting projects. Joey is an award-winning speaker at both national and international conferences competing against New York Times bestselling authors, business leaders, internet sensations, and celebrities. He’s also the author of a number two Wall Street Journal bestseller, Never Lose a Customer Again.


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Calling Forth Greatness: Who I am Being, Empowers My Coaching | Heal The Divide Podinar

March 16, 2021

“The key to living the life that you love and doing the work that you love is living true to the essence of who you are.” – Fran Fisher


What does it mean to call forth our greatness and live from our essence? And why is it important, particularly as a coach? In this session, Alison Whitmire, President of Learning In Action, is joined by master certified coach, Fran Fisher to explore what it means to call forth your greatness.

Fran Fisher is a visionary leader, international speaker, and published author. She is recognized internationally as a pioneer in the field of coaching and specializes in mentoring experienced coaches for their PCC and MCC accreditations. Fran founded one of the first coaching schools to be accredited by the International Coaching Federation and currently serves as a founding executive board member. Her vision is a world where everyone is enjoying a rich and fulfilling life, living true to their essence, and a life purpose and values. Fran believes the world needs us to be true to ourselves and that coaching is the contribution we make for this transformation in our world.

Our Essence: The Key to Calling Forth Our Greatness

Our greatness is synonymous with the essence of who we are. Calling forth this deeper place within ourselves involves asking three questions that humanity has been asking since the dawn of consciousness: Who am I? What is my purpose? How do I live my purpose? The essence of who we are is about tuning into the true, pure nature of ourselves instead of our developed or habituated personalities. It encompasses our core values, our core strengths, our empowering beliefs, and our true authentic vision for the world. It also includes who we want to be being in the world, our life purpose, and our life mission.

Author and speaker Deepak Chopra offers that our essence is the unified field of all possibilities, of pure being, pure awareness, and pure consciousness. The more we live from this field of pure being, the more our doing expresses it. Our being leads to our doing, so when we know who we are at our core essence, we create a point of power that we can live from and draw on. To put it in Fran’s words: “The key to living a life that you love and doing work that you love is living true to the essence of who you are.”

The deeper qualities of our essence are within each one of us — they are part of our consciousness and they are all true. We get to choose who we want to be, call forth those qualities and give them attention in ways that empower us.


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The Empathy Effect – 7 Keys to Transformation| Heal The Divide Podinar

March 1, 2021


Empathy is really about maintaining a stance of curiosity about another before you move into judgment.”   -Helen Riess


What is empathy and how can you cultivate more of it in your coaching relationships? In this session, Alison Whitmire, President of Learning In Action, welcomes guest Helen Riess, M.D., Chief Scientist and Chairman of Empathetics for an in-depth discussion about empathy and how to use it in skillful and healthy ways in your work as a coach.

Dr. Riess is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Empathy and Relational Science Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the author of the book, The Empathy Effect: Seven Neuroscience-Based Keys for Transforming the Way We Live, Love, Work, and Connect Across Differences.

Understanding Empathy

To understand empathy, it’s helpful to define a few terms that are commonly used.

Empathic capacity is a term that describes not just the ability to perceive another’s emotions, it also includes the whole spectrum of processing what’s perceived and responding.

Empathic accuracy is understanding another’s emotions correctly. This is done by processing what you are sensing and then checking in with the other person to be sure what you have sensed is correct.

Empathic concern is the motivator that happens when you perceive someone in pain or suffering and you experience discomfort or concern. When you react by actively doing something to help, this is compassion. It can be helpful to know that being empathetic and being compassionate are different.

Compassion involves some kind of action and can be described as is the outward manifestation of empathy, or being moved by somebody else’s plight or suffering. (more…)

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How to Market Yourself Like No One Else Can | Heal The Divide Podinar

January 29, 2021


“Marketing isn’t about closing a sale, it’s about opening a relationship.” – Mike Kim


How can we create a unique brand that represents who we are as coaches without it feeling too self-promotional? Learning in Action President, Alison Whitmire welcomes special guest, Mike Kim for two workshop-style sessions, helping us understand how to think about branding differently and how to market ourselves in a way that truly conveys who we are.

Mike Kim is a speaker, business coach, and marketing strategist who specializes in brand strategy and copywriting. He’s been hired by influential thought leaders like John Maxwell, Donald Miller, Suzanne Evans, and Catalyst Leadership. Before running his own business, Mike worked as the Chief Marketing Officer for a successful multi-million dollar New York City firm. Mike is currently keeping busy speaking at virtual conferences, teaching everything he knows about branding, entrepreneurship, and life. He also has a highly regarded show dedicated to personal branding, the Brand You Podcast.


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Creating Experiences That Matter: The Science of Human Connection | Heal The Divide Podinar

January 5, 2021

“To create meaningful experiences it’s got to be entertaining. It’s got to have a story. You’ve got to give me a reason to care because my lazy brain just wants to idle. And really have authentic emotion.” – Paul Zak


How can we create experiences that are more engaging, more human, and more connected?

Paul Zak, founder and Chief Immersion Officer of Immersion Neuroscience, joins Alison Whitmire for an interactive Heal The Divide Podinar session to discuss how we can intentionally design effective learning experiences — those where participants remember information and are motivated to act on the new knowledge they have gained.

Paul Zak is the founding director of the Center of Neuroeconomics Studies and professor of Economic Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University.

In a quest to understand the neuroscience of human connection, human happiness, and effective teamwork, Paul’s two decades of research have taken him from the Pentagon to Fortune 50 boardrooms and to the rain forests of Papua New Guinea. His research on oxytocin and relationships has earned him the nickname Dr. Love. (more…)

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