For the past nine months I was a full-time graduate student, which resulted in a significant slowed down of my business as an Empowerment Guide. I was thinking that I would work on building my business after I received my MS degree. Then, two months ago, I got a phone call, the display said “World Radio”; I figured it was a marketing person and was going to leave the call unanswered, however I did answer it and life hasn’t been the same.
The caller was from Voice America, an Internet radio channel and they wanted to discuss the possibility of my hosting a 13-week pilot show on their Empowerment channel. I’d never heard of Voice America, and this brought up lots of feelings, from doubt about the authenticity of the show, to feeling excited for the new opportunity. Turns out that there are 3.3 million listeners a month on Voice America between seven channels and they’ve been around since the 1990’s.
Voice America Executive Producer, Scott Duffy, did some role-playing with me to see how I’d handle a caller. Though I felt a bit tongue-tied and stumbled over my words, Scott assured me that I had done well. After going through the process of being accepted, I still needed to feel whether this was the “right” direction for me. Every time I thought about not doing the show, I could feel myself close down, I was intuiting to go ahead with the opportunity while my fear was telling me not to. I knew that I needed to follow the door that had opened and not give in to the fear. When a door opens, I feel that it’s important to walk through it.
Little did I know what I was getting myself into! Scott told me that I was in charge of the show, that it would be my creation, which included a long list of tasks, like getting the music together, creating marketing material, and contacting show guests, most of which I had no experience with. Nonetheless, I enthusiastically ventured in and, must say, I have been stretched in more ways then I can count. The last piece, which turned out to be the most challenging and full of growth opportunities, was putting each show together. The easiest part was the show name, which popped out of my mouth when talking with Scott. Roger has been an endless support, and I wouldn’t have been able to do this without his support.
My vision for the show is that we feel a sense of community with one another with a lot of sharing, asking questions, and learning from wisdom that is being shared. The goal is to be open to the direction that is most beneficial for the well being of all. Although I will host the show, share my insights, and guide the process, Living the Best You, is about you!
Tomorrow is the first show, but I’m actually currently working on the fifth show. One thing I’ve learned through researching each show is that there are some amazing teachers, thinkers and authors whose messages are uplifting contrasts to the stream of sad and negative news out there, and we can’t hear their messages enough. This encourages me on the real direction that we are going as a species!
I am looking forward to the experience of co-creating the show with you! Together we bring it alive! I hope you join us on Wednesday’s, 3:00 pm EST.