Shift Out Loud with Tracy Spears

Tracy Spears

Hosted by Tracy Spears, speaker, co-author of two best selling leadership books, founder of Exceptional Leaders Lab, coach, and head cheerleader for anyone trying to play bigger. Shift Out Loud is a podcast designed to inspire you to play bigger. You'll hear from real live people sharing what their shift was, when it happened, and why it was out loud. What you think is true, and when you move from the external locus of control to the internal locus of control, your shift can happen and anything becomes possible. This podcast is your invitation to listen to others who have made the shift, and also serve as a catalyst for you to play bigger.

All-Out Truth-Telling with Suzanne Westenhoefer
3d ago
All-Out Truth-Telling with Suzanne Westenhoefer
Stand-up comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer tells the truth. That’s why she could never be in the closet, even as she stepped out on stage as a comedian in the 1990s. Suzanne experienced her big shift at 29 years old, when she was an aspiring actress working as a bartender. After one of her regulars urged her to try her hand at stand-up over a Finlandia martini, Suzanne was skeptical, but entered an open mic contest.She easily won… and hasn’t stopped making people laugh since!As an out lesbian comic, Suzanne has been a true pioneer in the industry, opening new doors and shattering stereotypes for decades. She was the first openly lesbian comedian to appear on Late Night with David Letterman and to have an HBO Special. In this conversation, we talk about Suzanne’s incredible legacy, her current big goals, and one unforgettable road trip of a lifetime!Press play to discover:How Suzanne built up a career as a full-time comedian and the challenges she faced during her shift from New York City bartender to Hollywood entertainerThe behind-the-scenes journey to Suzanne’s groundbreaking and influential HBO Special — and why the gay press ignored itWhy playing bigger on your own terms can inspire big shifts in those around youGuest bio: No one ever accused Suzanne Westenhoefer of being subtle — certainly not her audiences. After 25 years of groundbreaking, stereotype-shattering, and brutally honest comedy, she is not about to start pulling punches now. The kid from Amish Country who began her comedy career on a dare is celebrating a quarter century of out, open, no-holds-barred comedy.Timestamps:01:35  Intro02:07  Meet Suzanne Westenhoefer03:09  Suzanne’s big shift into comedy08:00  “She’s going to be a lesbian & you’d better be nice”10:01  Professional jealousy & homophobia15:00  First out lesbian with an HBO special19:23  HBO Special legacy21:38  Road trip story26:33  When you play big, others play big28:39  Broadway & drama29:42  The Ellen effect32:57  Comedy, business & homophobia36:19  Pandemic shift38:24  Next shiftsLinks:Suzanne Westenhoefer  Twitter: @szwest1 Discover your tactical leadership toolkit:  Interested in working with me or having me speak at your event? Find more information at  Want tools and insights that will help you play bigger in your life, at work, and in your community? Visit my resource library:  Connect with me:LinkedIn:  Facebook:  Twitter: @tracylspears Instagram: @tracylspears If you love the podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review — this will help others discover how to play a bigger game and step into their fullest potential!Watch these episodes on Youtube: Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, and ring the bell for notifications so you never miss an episode!
Surviving Unexpected Shifts with Lisa Riley
Sep 27 2022
Surviving Unexpected Shifts with Lisa Riley
Making a shift on your own terms in order to play bigger is challenging enough. But what happens when your successful shift is followed by an unexpected game changer?Lisa Riley’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to leave the corporate oil and gas industry and enter the paint and sip business, becoming the owner of a Pinot’s Palette franchise in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Since taking the leap, Lisa has expanded to four franchises and celebrated her 10-year anniversary of being in business for herself… and she also received a surprise cancer diagnosis while undergoing a preventative mastectomy.During our conversation, we talk about Lisa’s incredible cancer survival story, her entrepreneurial journey, and how she managed to increase her revenue while undergoing treatment.Listen now to discover: The biggest challenges and successes Lisa has experienced through her shift to entrepreneurshipThe biggest mistake that Lisa made while hiring — and the valuable insight it taught herThe humbling lesson Lisa learned when she needed to step back during her cancer treatmentLisa Riley is the owner of 4 Pinot’s Palette franchises in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area.  Before that, she worked for the QuikTrip Corporation and finished out her corporate oil and gas career at ConocoPhillips. She is a cancer survivor, a mom, a wife and loves living life to the fullest! She has won Women in Business Champion for the City of Tulsa, Small Businessperson of the Year for Broken Arrow and Tulsa, International Franchisee of the Year, and United States Small Business Association Business Person of the Year.Timestamps01:48  Intro02:55  Meet Lisa Riley05:18  Lisa’s big shifts08:32  The franchise shift12:02  Being open to new opportunities13:25  Saying “no” & delegating19:12  Biggest challenges & hiring mistakes24:37  Leading as an empath26:23  Surviving cancer & stepping back33:41  Preventative care & check-ups35:25  Essential service41:59  Food styling45:35  Lisa’s next shiftsLinksLisa Riley to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't by Jim Collins your tactical leadership toolkit: in working with me or having me speak at your event? Find more information at tools and insights that will help you play bigger in your life, at work, and in your community? Visit my resource library:  Connect with meLinkedIn:  Facebook:  Twitter: @tracylspears Instagram: @tracylspears If you love the podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review — this will help others discover how to play a bigger game and step into their fullest potential!Watch these episodes on Youtube: Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, and ring the bell for notifications so you never miss an episode!
Do the Inner Work with June Miller
Sep 20 2022
Do the Inner Work with June Miller
Self-improvement is a top priority for exceptional leaders, but the first step is understanding who you are, why you choose the actions you take, and your impact on those around you. Inner work should be thought of as the powerful and reliable growth strategy that it is. If you want to play a bigger game and increase your capacity to lead, then you need to be ready to build a better version of yourself — and my guest June Miller is an expert at providing people with the tools they need to do so.June is an intuitive guide and transformational teacher who is committed to helping others see themselves and their contribution to the world. Our conversation covers some big topics, including the power of intentionality and why so many people are afraid of doing inner work. I encourage you to tune in if you’re ready to be inspired and shift your mindset!Ready to play bigger? Listen now to discover:How to strengthen your deeper, inner listening skills and how it will help you to strengthen your relationshipsHow we create our own realities — and why we need to stop creating from a mindset of scarcityWhat the natural world can teach us about contributionGuest bio: June Miller is a seasoned intuitive guide who has been deeply involved in the personal development space her entire adult life. She is the founder of Raising the World, Inc, a nonprofit working with indigenous communities, as well as the owner/director of Spirit On The Water, a healing retreat center in the US Virgin Islands. Timestamps:01:44  Intro02:33  Meet June Miller05:24  Setting intentions & strengthening connections08:03  Building your awareness & listening skills09:59  Why don’t we trust ourselves?13:30  The invitation & Spirit On The Water15:53  June’s big shifts19:04  Scarcity v. abundance22:42  Psychedelics & listening26:08  Trusting the Universe28:41  Authenticity & wider impact30:58  Juney Moon: The Journey Begins35:14  Raising the WorldLinks:June Miller @ohjunenowwhatMy Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor your tactical leadership toolkit: in working with me or having me speak at your event? Visit tools and insights that will help you play bigger in your life, at work, and in your community? Visit my resource library: with me:LinkedIn: @tracylspearsInstagram: @tracylspearsWatch these episodes on Youtube: Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, and ring the bell for notifications so you never miss an episode!
Championing Diversity with Kuma Roberts
Sep 13 2022
Championing Diversity with Kuma Roberts
Confronting unconscious biases and creating an inclusive, equitable company culture should be at the heart of your mission as a leader. In fact, these are some of the most serious and important leadership challenges today. My guest Kuma Roberts helps teams and organizations change the world, one encounter at a time. Kuma is the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at Arrowhead Consulting, a Tulsa-based boutique project management, leadership development, and executive coaching firm that partners with executives and leadership teams to deepen their commitments to celebrate diversity, champion equity, and cultivate inclusion. In this discussion, we talk about Kuma’s biggest shift, how she’s building her visioning muscle, and the challenges that people of color face in speaking up, speaking out, and playing big. Ready for some great insights on how to take more positive action? Listen now to discover: What it means to live in “the space between” and how Kuma navigates expectations while bridging different worldsThe big shift that Kuma wants her audiences to experience — and the #1 takeaway she wants them to walk away withWhat to do when you witness or experience an intentional or unintentional microaggression  Guest bio: Kuma Roberts is the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at Arrowhead Consulting. She serves on nonprofit boards that align with her passion for ensuring a vibrant and accountable world for us all, including YMCA, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, Philbrook Museum, and #RacismStinks. She was named the 2022 Pinnacle Award Corporate Businesswoman of the Year by the YWCA, City of Tulsa, and Commission on the Status of Women, 2022 Workplace Inclusion Advocate for Oklahomans for Equality, as well as the 2020 Keeping the Dream Alive Award by the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Society.Timestamps:01:39  Intro03:11  Meet Kuma Roberts04:57  Kuma’s big shifts07:58  Assimilation & smallness11:49  Living in the space between13:23  Visioning muscle14:44  The shift Kuma wants for her audience19:01  “Linchpin” story & microaggressions22:55  Creating awareness in 202226:48  Cultural shift & leaning in28:24  Kuma’s next shiftsLinks:Kuma Roberts Discover your tactical leadership toolkit:  Interested in working with me or having me speak at your event? Find more information at  Want tools and insights that will help you play bigger in your life, at work, and in your community? Visit my resource library:  —Connect with me:LinkedIn:  Facebook:  Twitter: @tracylspears Instagram: @tracylspears If you love the podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review — this will help others discover how to play a bigger game and step into their fullest potential!Watch these episodes on Youtube: Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube chan
Building Exceptional Leaders with Wally Schmader
Sep 6 2022
Building Exceptional Leaders with Wally Schmader
Sometimes, a surprise layoff can be the best thing to happen to your career… and exactly what you need in order to start thinking bigger and shifting out loud.My guest Wally Schmader is the co-founder of Exceptional Leaders Lab, author of Full Contact Leadership, and co-author of multiple books, including What Exceptional Leaders Know and Leadership is a Verb. Wally and I met and developed our friendship and professional relationship while working in a corporate environment. When a round of layoffs claimed both our jobs, we needed to figure out what we really wanted, make some big decisions — and take a leap of faith.In this episode, you will get a behind-the-scenes look at the development and operations of Exceptional Leaders Lab, as well as the shifts that sparked our determination to think and play bigger!Ready to play bigger? Listen now to discover: The dramatic shift that led to the creation of Exceptional Leaders Lab and how we’ve evolved since 2020The biggest shifts and trends in corporate America during the pandemicThe qualities that make Wally an exceptional leader and business partner  Guest bio: Wally Schmader is a highly sought-after leadership coach, thought leader, trainer, and facilitator based in Norfolk, Virginia. He‘s developed programs and content that have influenced thousands of leaders worldwide. Wally’s innovative strategies, ideas, and recommendations have been featured in dozens of publications and media outlets. He‘s coached and advised hundreds of top executives. Timestamps:01:48  Intro03:02  Meet Wally Schmader04:44  Growing up in business08:38  Imagining the shift10:39  Wally’s goal-setting 12:39  The big shift17:43  Reacting to the shift20:18  Know what you want (& what to charge)22:55  Being a good boss & partner26:47  Pandemic shift30:43  Big shifts in corporate America35:18  Leveling Up: How Managers Become Leaders36:18  Shifts to comeLinks:Wally SchmaderTwitter: @leaderstweets Full Contact Leadership: Dynamic New Ideas and Techniques for Today's Leaders Discover your tactical leadership toolkit:  Interested in working with me or having me speak at your event? Find more information at  Want tools and insights that will help you play bigger in your life, at work, and in your community? Visit my resource library:  —Connect with me:LinkedIn:  Facebook:  Twitter: @tracylspears Instagram: @tracylspears If you love the podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review — this will help others discover how to play a bigger game and step into their fullest potential!Watch these episodes on Youtube: Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, and ring the bell for notification
Grab Power Back with Pam McKissick
Aug 30 2022
Grab Power Back with Pam McKissick
If you want to play bigger, you need to learn how to stand up, speak out, and own your truth. My guest Pam McKissick is a businesswoman, artist, radio host, and co-author of Grab It Back! Equality, Money, Power & Sex, a book about owning your power in the home and the workplace.Over the course of her career, Pam has not only mastered the art of making bold shifts out loud, she just may be the true inventor of the idea of playing bigger!From the C-suite to the auction house, Los Angeles to Tulsa, Pam has an impressive track record of building organizations into major brands. Tune in to learn how she shifted from silence into advocating for women, how she keeps her teams accountable, and why I’d love for her to run for office.Ready to play bigger? Listen now to discover:The power of challenging self-limiting beliefs, both your own and those of othersWhat holds women back from stepping into their power (and how to change it!)Why we’re seeing a rollback of hard-won feminist gains — and why we MUST lean in harderPam McKissick is a seasoned businesswoman, marketing executive, and radio host, known for her charismatic personality and uncanny ability to transform traditional thinking and chart new paths toward personal and professional growth.She resides with her partner, Cheryl Gregory, on an 80-acre horse ranch in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They co-own BossMaresArt.com and are co-authors of Grab It Back! Equality, Money, Power & Sex.Timestamps:01:58  Meet Pam McKissick04:49  Pam’s shift-filled journey08:21  “The lesbian that writes your checks”12:57  Exploring theology15:41  Back to L.A.20:20  TV Guide & auctioneering22:08  Holding people accountable & caring25:13  What holds women back?27:35  Checkbook mistake story29:14  Challenging self-limiting beliefs & saying your truth33:23  Our political era36:05  Incels, Proud Boys & insurrectionists38:47  BossMaresArt.com42:09  Mislabeling politicians45:06  Grab it back & quit trading compliments for cashLinks:Pam McKissick What Were They Thinking? your tactical leadership toolkit: in working with me or having me speak at your event? Find more information at  tools and insights that will help you play bigger in your life, at work, and in your community? Visit my resource library: @tracylspearsInstagram: @tracylspearsIf you love the podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review — this will help others discover how to play a bigger game and step into their fullest potential!
Everything is Negotiable with Dr. Meg Myers Morgan
Aug 23 2022
Everything is Negotiable with Dr. Meg Myers Morgan
Even after finding the courage to up their game and step fully onto their path of power, women often have trouble clarifying their true value, asking for what they deserve, and saying no to opportunities that don’t meet their needs. When you’ve been taught all your life to think and play small, how do you make the shift to living the full and fulfilling life you’re meant to live?My guest Dr. Meg Myers Morgan is a keynote speaker and executive coach who helps her clients develop their leadership skills and achieve clarity in times of overwhelm and change. She’s also an incredibly gifted writer and the author of Everything is Negotiable, a bestseller based on her notable TEDx Talk.In this conversation, we discuss the power of standing still, why a scarcity mindset will hold you back from playing big, and how to tap into your inner “lighthouse” (don’t worry, we get into it!)Listen now to discover:Why sometimes you need to do less in order to achieve moreThe #1 thing that women need to know when entering into salary or pricing negotiationsAn exercise to help you recognize the self-limiting beliefs that may keep you playing smallDr. Meg Myers Morgan is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, and certified executive coach who works with executives seeking to strengthen their leadership capacity through self-reflection. She is the author of Everything is Negotiable, an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma, and the chair for the Tulsa Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women.Timestamps02:50  Meet Meg Myers Morgan05:27  Early creativity & “sticky” writing07:50  The Women’s Summit09:54  The lighthouse & the boats14:13  Be clear on what you do (and don’t do)16:22  Pricing18:03  Everything is Negotiable20:45  Why don’t we ask for more?23:10  Shifting into playing bigger27:02  Self-limiting beliefs30:10  Introversion & extroversion32:29  Core values & big fears35:23  Being “too much”39:49  Untethering yourself & embracing “more”43:10  Concierge Key story46:37  TED TalksDr. Meg Myers Morgan @megmyersmorganTEDx: Negotiating For Your Life  your tactical leadership toolkit: more information at  tools and insights that will help you play bigger in your life, at work, and in your community? @tracylspearsInstagram: @tracylspearsWatch these episodes on Youtube: Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, and ring the bell for notifications so you never miss an episode!
Flex Your Visioning Muscle with Tricia Brouk
Aug 16 2022
Flex Your Visioning Muscle with Tricia Brouk
What does it look like to write your own story? Big Talk Academy founder Tricia Brouk helps her clients become the go-to experts in their fields through tapping into the power of their authentic stories and building industry-leading voices.Storytelling lies firmly within Tricia’s zone of genius. She’s not only a respected speaker mentor, she’s also a dancer, actress, producer, choreographer, and award-winning filmmaker. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, Tricia knew by the age of seven that she was going to move to Manhattan and become a ballerina—a dream that she achieved at 20 years old, after years of visioning and moving into action. In this conversation, we talk about the power of vision boards, the act of deciding to step into what’s possible, and how Tricia continues to flex her visioning muscle.Ready to play bigger? Listen now to discover:What it means to shift out loud—how Tricia’s shifts brought her to some truly big stagesWhy you need to stop worrying about the “how” and just stay in the flowHow to create a connection with and give energy to your visionTricia Brouk helps high-performing professionals transform into industry thought leaders through the power of authentic storytelling. She is the founder of Big Talk Academy and was the executive producer of Speakers Who Dare and TEDx Lincoln Square. She is the producer and host of The Big Talk, an award-winning podcast and YouTube channel. Her book, The Influential Voice: Saying What You Mean for Lasting Legacy, was a #1 new release on Amazon.Timestamps:02:53  Meet Tricia Brouk05:30  Visioning muscle07:03  The “out loud” piece & Tricia’s big stages10:57  “How” & risk tolerance12:55  Vision boards14:01  New York theater story17:04  Opening the door & playing big19:08  Connect with your vision22:02  Sitting with fear & moving story24:43  What’s next?Links:Tricia Brouk @tricia_broukThe Big Talk Academy your tactical leadership toolkit: more information at  library: @tracylspearsInstagram: @tracylspearsIf you love the podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review — this will help others discover how to play a bigger game and step into their fullest potential!Watch these episodes on Youtube: Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, and ring the bell for notifications so you never miss an episode!