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Tedi Parsons, Podcast Host

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S4-E-6: Introducing Mr. Trans Michigan 2024 - Derek Davis
Mar 7 2024
S4-E-6: Introducing Mr. Trans Michigan 2024 - Derek Davis
On Episode #6 of of Real Talk with Tedi, Tedi welcomes special guest Derek Davis, a Cali Sober Bartender and Postpartum Doula, located in Southeast Michigan.  Derek shares with us his journey as a Trans man and why his role as Mr. Trans Michigan 2024 is so important to him and the communities he serves.  We learn what a Postpartum Doula is and what they do and that I am considered 'straight edged'.  Tedi and Derek talk about their love of Sasha Colby and why so many conservatives are threatened by those in the Trans community.  This is  a 'nothing is off the table', no-holds barred conversation, one you definitely do not want to miss.   You can connect with Derek at:Derek DavisCali Sober Bartender & Postpartum DoulaFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/hdavisInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/satranic666/ Email:  Derek32davis@gmail.comResources:Trans Day of Visibility (March 31, 2024)215 West Ferndale (Nightclub/Event Venue)Trans USA Pageant (website)Sash Colby (Winner of Season #15 or RuPaul's Drag Race)International Childbirth Education Association (website)The opinions and statements made by guests on Real Talk with Tedi are/or do not necessarily reflect those of Real Talk with Tedi or the Real Talk Network . To learn more, please visit: https://www.realtalkmi.comThe music used for this podcast was provided by: ChilledMusic (Spark of Energy) . Check them out at: https://filmmusic.io/song/7535-spark-of-energy. License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license.
S4-E-4: Living well with Multiple Sclerosis w/Trevis Gleason
Feb 23 2024
S4-E-4: Living well with Multiple Sclerosis w/Trevis Gleason
On this episode of Real Talk with Tedi, Tedi welcomes special guest  Trevis Gleason, Chef, Published Author & Disability Advocate, located in West Kerry, Ireland.  Trevis shares with us his amazing journey around the world and how this provided some incredible lessons for living well.  We learn about Trevis's new book Living well with Multiple Sclerosis and where the inspiration for writing this came from.  Trevis provides us with some information information on what Multiple Sclerosis is and what it's like to live with MS.  We also learn how we can be strong allies and advocates for those living with MS.  This is one conversation you do not want to miss.  You can connect with Trevis at:Trevis L. Gleason, AuthorWebsite: Everyday Health/Living w/MS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LifeWithMSTrevis's Pulished Work:Living well with Multiple Sclerosis (2024 Coffeetown Press) Chef Interrupted (2015 Coffeetown Press, 2017 The Collins Press) Dingle Dinners (2017 The Collins Press, 2019 O’Brien Press) The Burren Dinners (2019 O’Brien Press) Links & Resources:MS International FederationIreland: County by County (PBS)The opinions and statements made by guests on Real Talk with Tedi are/or do not necessarily reflect those of Real Talk with Tedi or the Real Talk Network . To learn more, please visit: https://www.realtalkmi.comThe music used for this podcast was provided by: ChilledMusic (Spark of Energy) . Check them out at: https://filmmusic.io/song/7535-spark-of-energy. License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license.
S4-E-3: Life Coaching w/Shelley Davis-Boyd
Feb 6 2024
S4-E-3: Life Coaching w/Shelley Davis-Boyd
On Episode 3 of Season Four of Real Talk with Tedi, Tedi welcomes back special guest  Shelley Davis-Boyd, President of Integrare Collaborative, which is located in Lansing, MI.  Tedi and Shelley talk about all things Certified Life Coaching, what this is and how it can help us to grow both personally and professionally.  Shelley shares with us her style of coaching and why she enjoys helping others to achieve their life goals.  Tedi and Shelley discuss the importance of having integrity, being honest and presenting as your true authentic self.  You do not want to miss this fascinating conversation.  You can connect with Shelley at:Shelley Davis Boyd, MBA, CAE, CLCIntegrare CollaborativeWebsite:  https://www.integrarecollaborative.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IntegrareCollab LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mieshelimageInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/integrarecollaborative/Email:   shelley@integrarecollaborative.comLinks & Resources:Real Talk w/Tedi - Season #1, Episode #7Make Your Bed: Little Things That can Change Your Life...And Maybe the WorldAuthored by Admiral William H. Raven The opinions and statements made by guests on Real Talk with Tedi are/or do not necessarily reflect those of Real Talk with Tedi or the Real Talk Network . To learn more, please visit: https://www.realtalkmi.comThe music used for this podcast was provided by: ChilledMusic (Spark of Energy) . Check them out at: https://filmmusic.io/song/7535-spark-of-energy. License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license.
S-3-E-25: Rocking Around the Christmas Tree w/Cindy Whittum
Dec 6 2023
S-3-E-25: Rocking Around the Christmas Tree w/Cindy Whittum
On the final episode of Season 3 of Real Talk with Tedi, Tedi welcomes his Co-Host, Cindy Whittum,  Recruitment and Internship Specialist, State of Michigan (EGLE), for a candid discussion about the holidays (the good, the bad and the ugly).  Tedi and Cindy talk about what they like and dislike about the Christmas holiday, holiday gift giving and the dreaded office holiday party.  Cindy shares with us her favorite Christmas song and some tips on how to be a good gift giver.  Tedi announces he is a scrooge and why he is not a fan of the holidays, plus much, much more.  You can connect with Cindy at:Cindy Whittum, Co-HostRecruitment and Internship Specialist, State of Michigan, EGLEWebsite:  https://www.michigan.gov/leoLinkedIn:   https://www.linkedin.com/in/cwhittumPhone:  (517) 914-6595Email:   WhittumC@michigan.govHoliday Resources (Shop Local in Lansing):Swan Creek Candle of Perry (Website)Paint Your Poison (Website)Baked Goods by Dominic (Facebook Page)Absolute Gallery (Facebook Page) Mitten Misfits Farm Sanctuary (Nonprofit Website) Bradly's HG (Website) The Peanut Shop (Website)The Beeswax BARRN (Website) Old Town General Store (Website)Kean's Store Company (Website)Mother & Earth (Website)#517 Lansing (Website)Flat, Black & Circular (Website)Reo Town Marketplace (Website)Lansing Clothing Company (Website)Saddleback BBQ (Website)Holiday Music for this episode provide by Magenta Six.  You can learn more about them at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA2_u2tUGmRxa5evGgRwUNw The opinions and statements made by guests on Real Talk with Tedi are/or do not necessarily reflect those of Real Talk with Tedi or the Real Talk Network . To learn more, please visit: https://www.realtalkmi.comThe music used for this podcast was provided by: ChilledMusic (Spark of Energy) . Check them out at: https://filmmusic.io/song/7535-spark-of-energy. License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license.
S3-E-24: A Lost Girl and Her Book w/Allison Spooner
Dec 1 2023
S3-E-24: A Lost Girl and Her Book w/Allison Spooner
On this episode of Real Talk with Tedi, Tedi welcomes special guest Allison Spooner, Writer & Creative Warrior, located in Lansing, MI.  Allison shares with us all the details about her new book: Lost Girl: A Neverland Story (available now).   Tedi and Allison talk about her (Allison's) passion for writing and why/how she started creating stories that bring her characters to life, sometimes in unexpected ways.  Allison schools Tedi on what 'Flash Fiction' is and shares with us her upcoming projects for 2024.  We also learn what 'Allison's favorite book is (spoiler alert, it's To Kill a Mockingbird.  You can connect with Allison at:Allison SpoonerWriter, Creative WarriorWebsite: www.allisonspoonerwriter.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorallisonspooner/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorallisonspooner/TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@authorallisonspoonerYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/CreativeWarriorClubJoin My Mailing List: https://bit.ly/3mbWEho How to Purchase Allison's Books? Use this link to get discounted books SIGNED AND SHIPPED.  Book Bundles & Deals: https://forms.gle/Awy6mJUdhfBc11UUA (Please order by December 15th to guarantee shipping!)Find Allison on Amazon: https://amzn.to/47sItXY The opinions and statements made by guests on Real Talk with Tedi are/or do not necessarily reflect those of Real Talk with Tedi or the Real Talk Network . To learn more, please visit: https://www.realtalkmi.comThe music used for this podcast was provided by: ChilledMusic (Spark of Energy) . Check them out at: https://filmmusic.io/song/7535-spark-of-energy. License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license.
S3-E-20: Talking Housing w/Jody Washington & Jerry Norris
Sep 14 2023
S3-E-20: Talking Housing w/Jody Washington & Jerry Norris
On this episode of Real Talk with Tedi, Tedi welcomes special guests Jody Washington, a strong Community Activist and former City of Lansing Council Woman and Jerry Norris, Primus Inter Paris at The Fledge, both who are located in Lansing, MI.   We have a very informative and educational discussion centered on housing, the unhoused and affordable housing.  We also discuss inclusive language and how we can all get involved.  Jody and Jerry share with us everything we need to know about the housing crisis in the Lansing region and what we can do to be stronger allies in our community.   You can connect with Jody & Jerry at:Jody WashingtonCommunity Activist & Former City of Lansing Council WomanWebsite:  https://www.jodyforlansingcitycouncil.com/Phone:  (517) 803-9337Email: vote@jodyforlansingcitycouncil.comJerry Norris, Primus Inter ParisThe FledgeEmail:  jerry@thefledge.comPhone:  (517) 230-7679The Fledge (Website)The Fledge Facebook PageThe People's Council of Lansing (Facebook Page)Do Not Sell of Our Houses to Outsiders - This is Short Sighted (Article)Capital Area United Way (ALICE)Resources:Endeavor House Ministries (Website)Allen Neighborhood Center (Website)Cardboard Prophets (Website)Punks w/Lunch Lansing (Website)Community Mental Health-CEI (Website)The opinions and statements made by guests on Real Talk with Tedi are/or do not necessarily reflect those of  Real Talk with Tedi or the  Real Talk Network .  To learn more, please visit:    https://www.teditalks.com Real Talk with Tedi Intro music provided by: ChilledMusic (Spark of Energy) The opinions and statements made by guests on Real Talk with Tedi are/or do not necessarily reflect those of Real Talk with Tedi or the Real Talk Network . To learn more, please visit: https://www.realtalkmi.comThe music used for this podcast was provided by: ChilledMusic (Spark of Energy) . Check them out at: https://filmmusic.io/song/7535-spark-of-energy. License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license.
Career Chat Vol. 23: Changing our Business Mindset w/Beth Batts
Jul 19 2023
Career Chat Vol. 23: Changing our Business Mindset w/Beth Batts
On this episode of Career Chat, Tedi welcomes special guest Beth Batts, Founder & Owner of BB Consulting LLC, located in Grand Rapids, MI.   Tedi and Beth talk about all the incredible services Beth and her team offer at BB Consulting.  Beth shares with us what Change Management, Gap Analysis and Learning Modalities are and how these can assist a business with different strategies that can help them grow.  Beth also shares with us her passion for Neurodiversity and why this is important, helping us to learn how people work.  You can connect with Beth at:Beth Batts, Founder & OwnerBB Consulting, LLCWebsite:  https://www.bb-consultingllc.com/Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100089918557298 LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/beth-batts-b489a514/Phone: (616) 581 6715Email:   beth@bb-consultingllc.comThe opinions and statements made by guests on RTWT Career Chat are/or do not necessarily reflect those of  Career Chat  podcast on the Real Talk Network  Learn more  at:    https://www.teditalks.comThe music used for this podcast was provided by: Funky Logo 12 by TaigaSoundProd.  Check them out at: https://filmmusic.io/song/8045-funky-logo-12.  License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license.   Artist Website: https://linktr.ee/taigasoundprod.The opinions and statements made by guests on Real Talk with Tedi are/or do not necessarily reflect those of Real Talk with Tedi or the Real Talk Network . To learn more, please visit: https://www.realtalkmi.comThe music used for this podcast was provided by: ChilledMusic (Spark of Energy) . Check them out at: https://filmmusic.io/song/7535-spark-of-energy. License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license.
S3-E-19: Getting Inclusively Fit w/Mark Ralko
Jun 14 2023
S3-E-19: Getting Inclusively Fit w/Mark Ralko
On this episode of Real Talk with Tedi, Tedi welcomes special guest Mark Ralko, Founder, Executive Director & Trainer of Inclusively Fit located in Sterling Heights, MI.  Tedi and Mark talk about how he (Mark) came-up with the idea of creating Inclusively Fit and where he hopes to see the organization in the next 5-years.  Mark shares with us his passion for fitness and how he uses this to help others.   This is one conversation you do not want to miss.  You can connect with Mark at:Mark Ralko, Founder, Executive Director & Fitness InstructorInclusively FitWebsite:  https://inclusivelyfit.orgFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/inclusivelyfitMIInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/inclusivelyfitPhone:  (586) 850-5004Email: mark@inclusivelyfit.orgResources: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention- CDC (Disabilities Webpage)The opinions and statements made by guests on Real Talk with Tedi are/or do not necessarily reflect those of  Real Talk with Tedi or the  Real Talk Network .  To learn more, please visit:    https://www.teditalks.com Real Talk with Tedi Intro music provided by: ChilledMusic (Spark of Energy) The opinions and statements made by guests on Real Talk with Tedi are/or do not necessarily reflect those of Real Talk with Tedi or the Real Talk Network . To learn more, please visit: https://www.realtalkmi.comThe music used for this podcast was provided by: ChilledMusic (Spark of Energy) . Check them out at: https://filmmusic.io/song/7535-spark-of-energy. License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license.
S3-E-18: A Frank Conversation w/Jody Washington
Jun 1 2023
S3-E-18: A Frank Conversation w/Jody Washington
On this episode of Real Talk with Tedi, Tedi welcomes special guest Jody Washington, a strong Community Activist and former City of Lansing Council Woman.   Tedi and Jody talk about the strong commitment Jody has to serving the Lansing community and why this is so important to her.  Jody share with us her views on the housing crisis and ways we can help our homeless population.  Jody also tells us about her candidacy for City of Lansing Council and what she stands for and her platform.  Jody also provides us with some great resources (see below).  You can connect with Jody at:Jody WashingtonCommunity Activist & Former City of Lansing Council WomanWebsite:  https://www.jodyforlansingcitycouncil.com/Phone:  (517) 803-9337Email: vote@jodyforlansingcitycouncil.comResources:Endeavor House Ministries (Website)The Fledge (Website)Allen Neighborhood Center (Website)Cardboard Prophets (Website)Punks w/Lunch Lansing (Website)Community Mental Health-CEI (Website)The opinions and statements made by guests on Real Talk with Tedi are/or do not necessarily reflect those of  Real Talk with Tedi or the  Real Talk Network .  To learn more, please visit:    https://www.teditalks.com Real Talk with Tedi Intro music provided by: ChilledMusic (Spark of Energy) The opinions and statements made by guests on Real Talk with Tedi are/or do not necessarily reflect those of Real Talk with Tedi or the Real Talk Network . To learn more, please visit: https://www.realtalkmi.comThe music used for this podcast was provided by: ChilledMusic (Spark of Energy) . Check them out at: https://filmmusic.io/song/7535-spark-of-energy. License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license.
Career Chat Vol. 22: The Many Talents of Caryn Beford
May 26 2023
Career Chat Vol. 22: The Many Talents of Caryn Beford
On this episode of Career Chat, Tedi welcomes special guest Caryn Bedford, Founder & Owner of Caryn Bedford Consulting LLC, located in Lansing, MI.   Tedi and Caryn talk about the many services and training's Caryn offers through her consulting firm.  Caryn also shares with us what DiSC is and how the assessments can help individuals and organizations with their talent needs.   You can connect with Caryn at:Caryn Bedford, SPHR, CPC, Founder & OwnerCaryn Bedford Consulting, LLC Website: https://carynbedfordconsulting.comLinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/caryn-bedford-sphr-cpc-61953830/Email:   caryn@carynbedfordconsulting.comResource(s):https://carynbedfordconsulting.com/assessments  (Website Page)https://www.everythingdisc.com/ (Website)The opinions and statements made by guests on RTWT Career Chat are/or do not necessarily reflect those of  Career Chat  podcast on the Real Talk Network  Learn more  at:    https://www.teditalks.comThe music used for this podcast was provided by: Funky Logo 12 by TaigaSoundProd.  Check them out at: https://filmmusic.io/song/8045-funky-logo-12.  License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license.   Artist Website: https://linktr.ee/taigasoundprod.The opinions and statements made by guests on Real Talk with Tedi are/or do not necessarily reflect those of Real Talk with Tedi or the Real Talk Network . To learn more, please visit: https://www.realtalkmi.comThe music used for this podcast was provided by: ChilledMusic (Spark of Energy) . Check them out at: https://filmmusic.io/song/7535-spark-of-energy. License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license.
Career Chat Vol. 21: Talking Employment Law w/Kaitlin Brown
May 16 2023
Career Chat Vol. 21: Talking Employment Law w/Kaitlin Brown
On this episode of Career Chat, Tedi welcomes special guest Kaitlin Brown, Attorney & Shareholder at Maddin Hauser, located in Southfield, MI.    Tedi and Kaitlin have a fascinating conversation about employment law, pre-COVID and how the Pandemic has changed the way we work .  Kaitlin shares with us why she chose to be an attorney after having a exciting career in film production.   Katie provides some great information on what is new in employment law and what we can look forward to.  She also explains what 'Right to Work' means and how this will impact Michigan employers.  You can connect with Kaitlin at:Kaitlin Brown, ShareholderMaddin HauserWebsite:  https://maddinhauser.com/ LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/kbrown5Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MaddinHauserPCPhone:   (248) 359-6326Email:   kbrown@maddinhauser.comResource(s):2022-2023 Breakfast Bites: Employment Law Series  (Webpage) Maddin Hauser Employment Law Events Page (Webpage)The opinions and statements made by guests on RTWT Career Chat are/or do not necessarily reflect those of  Career Chat  podcast on the Real Talk Network  Learn more  at:    https://www.teditalks.comThe music used for this podcast was provided by: Funky Logo 12 by TaigaSoundProd.  Check them out at: https://filmmusic.io/song/8045-funky-logo-12.  License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license.   Artist Website: https://linktr.ee/taigasoundprod.The opinions and statements made by guests on Real Talk with Tedi are/or do not necessarily reflect those of Real Talk with Tedi or the Real Talk Network . To learn more, please visit: https://www.realtalkmi.comThe music used for this podcast was provided by: ChilledMusic (Spark of Energy) . Check them out at: https://filmmusic.io/song/7535-spark-of-energy. License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license.
S3-E-17: Here's to a Healthy YOU! E-4 w/Katlyn Cardosa
May 4 2023
S3-E-17: Here's to a Healthy YOU! E-4 w/Katlyn Cardosa
On this episode of Real Talk with Tedi, Tedi welcomes back special guest Katlyn Cardosa, a Yoga Teacher at Peoples Yoga, located in REO Town, Lansing, MI, as part of the RTWT Here's to a Healthy YOU series.  Tedi and Katlyn talk about what yoga is and why it can be beneficial to your mind, body and spirit.  Katlyn shares with us her love and passion for yoga that, started as a need to calm anxiety.  Katlyn shares with us different ways we can do/start yoga, from our home to the studio.   You can connect with Katlyn at:Katlyn Cardosa, Yoga TeacherPeoples Yoga StudioWebsite:  https://peoplesyogastudio.com/Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/katlyndoesyoga/ Email: katlynlindstrom@gmail.comResources:Yoga with Adriene (Website/YouTube)The opinions and statements made by guests on Real Talk with Tedi are/or do not necessarily reflect those of  Real Talk with Tedi or the  Real Talk Network .  To learn more, please visit:    https://www.teditalks.com Real Talk with Tedi Intro music provided by: ChilledMusic (Spark of Energy) The opinions and statements made by guests on Real Talk with Tedi are/or do not necessarily reflect those of Real Talk with Tedi or the Real Talk Network . To learn more, please visit: https://www.realtalkmi.comThe music used for this podcast was provided by: ChilledMusic (Spark of Energy) . Check them out at: https://filmmusic.io/song/7535-spark-of-energy. License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license.