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Authors, Creators & Visionaries

Elizabeth Lyons

5X bestselling author and founder of Finn-Phyllis Press Elizabeth Lyons interviews authors, creators and visionaries to uncover the backstories behind regular people doing extraordinary things. Through insider tips and strategies, listeners will also gain the necessary motivation, encouragement, and insights to write, publish, and launch an impactful book.

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048: The Power of Pivoting with Monica Ortega
If change scares you, this episode is for you! Monica Ortega grew up afraid of a lot, but she didn't realize HOW afraid she was until she started traveling. When she realized she wasn't alone in those fears, she thought, "There's a space [in the market] for that."In this engaging interview, we discussed:How You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero helped her changed direction and start hosting her show100 episodes in and 6 years later, what's the scariest thing she's done while traveling?Her rule about trying new things (there's a lesson for all of us here).Which of her pivots has been the most challengingMonica's top 2 tips for making connections when traveling or moving The pros of indie publishing when it came to her book, The Power of PivotingHow to identify a "through-line" in a business that seems discombobulated (boy, did this one resonate with me!)ABOUT MONICAMonica Ortega is a professional on-camera host, author, speaker, and actress. She created the travel show Monica Goes back in 2014 to inspire others to break out of their comfort zones and go on adventures. As someone who's afraid of everything, she'll put herself through almost anything to show that if an average everyday person like her can do these things, anyone can. Monica emcees at some of the biggest music festivals in the nation, has been seen in over 20 commercials, and is the co-host on the podcast Stumblin' Forward. She recently published her first book The Power of Pivoting - How to Embrace Change and Create a Life You Love”. Her goal is to inspire others to face their fears, break out of their comfort zones, and learn to lean into the pivot.LINKSBOOK (The Power of Pivoting):www.monicagoes.comwww.youtube.com/monicagoesshowwww.instagram.com/monicagoesshow or @powerofpivotingwww.facebook.com/monicagoesshow or @powerofpivotingwww.twitter.com/monicagoesshowwww.linkedin.com/monicajortegaSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 11 2021
39 mins
047: Unshakeable Confidence with American Idol's Justin Guarini
Justin Guarini became a household name in 2002 as the runner-up in Season 1 of American Idol. From there, he's starred in multiple Broadway shows and, in 2015, began appearing in Diet Dr. Pepper commercials as "Lil' Sweet." But the road to success has not always been an easy one. Through the ups, down, and complete direction reversals that the public is often not made aware of, Justin ended up in unexpected territory, fascinated with the ins and outs of what allows entertainers, influencers, and entrepreneurs to be confident in moments when they're feeling anything but. It's been a journey that led to the creation of his Core Confidence program and his newly released book, Unshakeable Confidence.In this incredible conversation, Justin and I discussed confidence -- that "thing" that every creative person lacks at one point or another, no matter how much success he or she attains!A few interview highlights:[4:30] Confidence is not necessarily something you’re born with. You don’t “have it” or not. The formula that stands the test of time when it comes to consistent confidence.[7:28] The non-negotiable component that Justin tags onto the end of the philosophy “Be. Do. Have.” [9:59] Are 1500 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets in the hotels of Bel Air really that great? [10:23] How confident Justin felt just after the Season 1 finale of American Idol and the news he got from Tina Fey that changed everything[18:25] The most profound realization Justin had after the mountain on which everything he thought he wanted sat came tumbling down [19:20] The true meaning of Followers and Likes“Anyone who’s ever made anything — whether that’s impact or a material thing of significance — has failed massive amounts of times.”[36:45] The belief that changes everything when people don’t show up to your events[48:10] The 4 key necessary skills when it comes to building a consistent state of confidenceConnect with JustinCoreConfidenceCoaching.com(For a limited time, he's giving away the eBook version of Unshakeable Confidence: Be, Do, Have, and Give More than You Ever Imagine for free!)Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 20 2021
1 hr 6 mins
046: Cory Goodrich, Author of Folksong: A Ballad of Death, Discovery, and DNA045: Interview with Business Strategist Mike Young
Did ANYTHING good happen to you in 2020?It's the question that seemingly everyone is asking right now, and I had the unique opportunity to chat with business strategist Mike Young about our unexpected (but greatly appreciated) lessons learned this year. Among these lessons:What you say to yourself matters - how you describe or qualify your “failures” or missteps is crucial. When starting a new offer, you’ll always have an imposter-syndrome feeling because you don’t know how it’s all going to play out. The solution: DO NOT over-promise on your offer. It’s difficult to OVER-communicate with people you are close to.You have to know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there (plus my newest secret weapon in this area)The value of monitoring your energy as you determine what you DO like at any given point in time. Continue to explore your passion in order to most deeply understand it. You never know where the chips are going to fall. If you get the foundation right and take the focus off of yourself, magic begins to happen. The pivotal question to ask yourself each morning: Who can I help today?Resources:Mike Young's websiteMike’s book, Made Over: How to Create a Powerful Brand that Will Transform Your Business and Save Your LifeMike’s FacebookMike’s InstagramAuthors, Creators, and Visionaries Podcast with Frank LopesFrank Lopes' book, The 7-Minute Setup: How to Achieve Your Business and Personal Goals Faster and Easier***YOUR STORY IS TOO IMPORTANT NOT TO SHARE!Despite what you may think, you don't need to wait for the perfect story or the right launch day. You don't need a steady stream of confidence. And you sure as hell don't need validation from the right people. What you need is help from someone who's felt what you're feeling and done what you dream of doing. Someone who's made her fair share of mistakes and is ready to pass those along so that you can avoid them! I've published 5 bestselling books of my own (plus a few dozen for private clients), and I help people just like you write, publish, and launch books with clarity and purpose.✅ even if you’re busy as hell✅ even if you have no idea where to start✅ even if you're not sure what to include and what to leave out✅ even if you're concerned that someone will get upset with you✅ even if you don’t like writing (and/or think you aren’t good at it!)CLICK HERE to download the 6 CRITICAL STEPS to write, publish, and launch a profitable book.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 21 2020
1 hr 1 min
044: Frank Lopes, Author of The 7-Minute Setup
The 7-Minute Setup by Frank Lopes has truly changed the way that I organize and prioritize my life--professionally and personally. In this episode of Authors, Creators, and Visionaries, we dive into:The (until now) missing piece when it comes to a time management system that evolves with youThe level of true power and influence you can have over your own life, no matter what else is going on in your world or the world at largeThe long-term effect of peeling back your 7-year goals in order to be completely clear on what you'll do tomorrowHow detailing your goals can go from feeling overwhelming to feeling unbelievably exciting and fulfillingWhat most experts aren't including when it comes to priorities that deserve space on your to-do list-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CONNECT WITH FRANKW E B S I T E https://www.getmorefrank.comF A C E B O O Khttps://www.facebook.com/TheFrankJLopesI N S T A G R A Mhttps://www.instagram.com/thefrankjlopes/-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------YOUR STORY IS TOO IMPORTANT NOT TO SHARE! Despite what you may think, you don't need to wait for the perfect story or the right launch day. You don't need a steady stream of confidence. And you sure as hell don't need validation from the right people. What you need is help from someone who's felt what you're feeling and done what you dream of doing. Someone who's made her fair share of mistakes and is ready to pass those along so that you can avoid them! I've published 5 bestselling books of my own (plus a few dozen for private clients), and I help people just like you write, publish, and launch books with clarity and purpose.✅ even if you’re busy as hell✅ even if you have no idea where to start✅ even if you're not sure what to include and what to leave out✅ even if you're concerned that someone will get upset with you✅ even if you don’t like writing (and/or think you aren’t good at it!)CLICK HERE to download the 6 CRITICAL STEPS to write, publish, and launch a profitable book.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 14 2020
54 mins
043: So You Want to Create an Audiobook
In episode 43, Drew Linsalata and I talk about audiobooks. People often ask, "What about an audiobook? Should I create one? HOW do I create one?" But we've learned that there are a few more important questions to ask first. In this episode, we discuss: What's more important than actually creating the audiobook?Should you narrate your own book or hire that out?What are indicators that you are not the best narrator for your audiobook? Common mistakes in the area of mic selection and other equipment usedHow audiobooks are far different from podcasts or YouTube contentThe actual profit margin on audiobooks (it's not what you've likely been told)How to use audio content most beneficially (even without creating a full-length audiobook)The newest trend in audiobook creation -- supplemental (bonus) content-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CONNECT WITH DREWWebsitehttps://www.helix-interactive.com-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Are YOU ready to stop overthinking and start writing? If so (and even if "maybe"), my new on-demand (and free!) 49-minute masterclass will:✅ Counter common writing and publishing myths with the truth you've been hoping to hear✅ Provide proven solutions to common book writing roadblocks✅ GET YOU WRITING via my unique 8-box exercise (because sometimes, the best way to get you unstuck is by asking indirect questions). Sign up here to watch the masterclass right now (or whenever it's most convenient for you!) >>Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 7 2020
50 mins
042: Eileen Robertson Hamra, author of Time to Fly
Eileen Robertson Hamra is the author of the newly released Time to Fly: Life and Love After Loss, which immediately captivated me. Her honest vulnerability about the journey through a tragedy the likes of which I am blessed to not be able to imagine kept me riveted. Even though I've not experienced this degree of loss, I was able to incorporate her lessons of strength into my journey, and for that, I know I will be a better person. This is the magic of stories. We discussed:Her why, and how it morphed over the course of writing the bookThe realization that took the pressure off of "imposter syndrome" and needing to write the "perfect" bookHow to write without pressuring yourself to be a spokesperson or grief counselorWhat to look for in an independent publishing houseThe most surprising aspect of the writing process (hint: " whole book?!?!")The most freeing realization when writing that removes doubt and fear of others' reactionsHer biggest fear when it came to releasing the bookHer suggestion for those still in the writing phase to keep pushing through moments of doubtWhat she hopes for this book to allow in her professional life going forward CONNECT WITH EILEEN:Time to Fly: Life and Love After Loss:https://amzn.to/3lpyz0tWebsite:https://www.eileenrobertsonhamra.com/Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/eileenrobertsonhamra/Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/eileenrhamra/Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 28 2020
39 mins
041: Coming Back Down the Mountain After A Book Launch040: Telling Your Story Without Making Others Angry039: Humanizing Your Story038: The Best Type of Book for Self-Publishing037: Interview with Drew Linsalata, author of The Anxious Truth
Drew Linsalata sold 1100 books in 40 days --- with no launch team or heavy marketing. But it's critical for authors to understand HOW he did that, because it certainly wasn't as simple as posting once to social media and watching the sales flood in!This fascinating conversation with "the accidental bestseller" reveals:(7:51 ) Whether or not people want to hear about what you want to write about.(9:25) How your experience can organically morph into a career helping others based on your experience(10:20) How to start a podcast more simply than you ever imagined - debunks almost everything you’ve heard about how you “should” build a podcast(14:55) How NOT to panic about growing an audience(19:15) How Drew created an on-brand, intentional Facebook group unlike any other he’s seen (30:55) What held Drew back from getting the book written, and how one podcast episode shifted his mindset completelyTo connect further with Drew:WEBSITE:www.theanxioustruth.comPODCAST:The Anxious Truth podcastBOOKS:An Anxiety Story - How I Recovered from Anxiety, Panic, And AgoraphobiaThe Anxious Truth: A Step-By-Step Guide To Understanding and Overcoming Panic, Anxiety, and Agoraphobia***WRITE THE DAMN BOOK ALREADY FACEBOOK GROUP:https://www.facebook.com/groups/writethedamnbookalreadyELIZABETH'S ON-DEMAND BOOK WRITING MASTERCLASS -- IDENTIFY 8 COMPELLING CHAPTER TOPICS IN JUST 49 MINUTES!https://www.publishaprofitablebook.com/33daymasterclassSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 9 2020
57 mins
036: A Black and White Conversation (Part 3 of 4)035: A Black and White Discussion (Part 2)034 (Part 1): A Black and White Conversation with Markiss Stone
Jun 5 2020
19 mins
033: Sarah Thompson032: Lance Essihos
Lance has lived a pretty eventful life, but one thing it’s never been was easy. Throughout his journey, he has had to overcome some incredible challenges and adversities, which led him to rise from rock bottom on more than one occasion.From almost playing professional hockey to traveling the world running some of the top bars in Australia, he has never lived a dull moment. Although he has a ton of life experience through travel and living in different countries, he also has had to face some very difficult times. He battled with drugs and alcohol all through his twenties and had to overcome the loss of his younger brother to suicide as well as his father to cancer--both within a span of eighteen months.After hitting rock bottom for the second time in his life, he made a promise to himself that he would create a new life that was going to have meaning, value, and fulfillment. He made it his mission to show that even though once can be faced with adversity at the worst possible moments in life, there is hope, and there is always a light at the end of the dark tunnel.Since making the shift away from being a bar manager two years ago, he has gone on to hone his skill as an internet marketer, which allowed him to excel in the area of social media and realize his true purpose: building connections with human beings. With those skills, he has been able carve out a new path and dive into the podcast world. He has since created the top 200 podcast, “University of Adversity,“ which has allowed him to interview incredibly unique and inspiring human beings with incredible stories of overcoming adversity. He dives into their story and extracts the gold-filled practical lessons listeners can apply in their lives. The show showcases and highlights bravery, courage, and the undeniable resilience one must have in order to overcome life’s obstacles.Because of the fulfillment podcasting brought him, he decided to take his podcast reality one step further, and co-found IGNiTE: Podcasting with Purpose, which allows successful professionals and busy entrepreneurs the chance to bring their dream of podcasting to life without having to sacrifice the time it takes to create and learn all that is required as well as make sure all valuable content is created and distributed on all social media platforms.He continues to follow his passion of connecting with people and striving to be an inspirational influence while living a life of purpose and impact.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 1 2019
48 mins
031: M. Shannon Hernandez
This week, I welcomed M. Shannon Hernandez, a sought after expert in the world of content marketing and strategy, to Authors, Creators & Entrepreneurs to discuss: The notion that selling is serving (let that sink in)The reason people aren't profitable is that they don't have a grasp on their message There is a way to GET a grasp on that message (which Shannon speaks to)A new way to think of selling: enrolling people into an idea (and then delivering on it!)How Shannon's Joy First, Then Money philosophy allows her to choose joy every single day (and bake a shit-ton of money while doing it)Shannon Hernandez is not your average entrepreneur. After a 15-year public teaching career, she jumped feet first into her journey as a business owner, and within just a few years, she had built a multi-six figure business.A sought after expert in the world of content marketing and strategy, Shannon is known globally as the creator of the Content Personality™ Wheel. Shannon is a voice and role model for Thought Leaders around the world, teaching them how to market their innovative ideas in a way that honors who they are and what they believe.In 2016 Shannon founded The Confident Expert Program, where she champions and rallies entrepreneurs, teaching them how to market their businesses from a place of intuition, integrity, and JOY–and make a shit-ton of money in the process.Shannon has been featured on CBS, ABC, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, FOX, Identity Magazine, and NBC. When she is not speaking and teaching globally, you will find her practicing yoga, snuggling her cat, traveling the world, whipping up new recipes in her kitchen, and hanging with the love of her life.To learn more about M. Shannon Hernandez and discover how she can help you market yourself as a Thought Leader in a way that feels good and honors who you are and what you believe, visit www.mshannonhernandez.comSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 3 2019
54 mins
030: Daniel Bruce Levin (Part 2)
“No one has EVER told the story you are about to tell.And no one will ever again tell that story.”-Daniel Bruce Levin In the second half of this incredible conversation with Daniel Bruce Levin, author of The Mosaic, we dive deeper into the 4 connections we all have in this life (Self, Source, Purpose, Others) as well as Danny's 4 steps to create greater connection with oneself:1. DO UNTO YOURSELF: Because we are so inherently unkind to ourselves, it's necessary to flip the adage around 2. EMBRACE VULNERABILITY: The fact is, when my wall’s not up, I experience you and can give back to you. As Danny says, "The lie has become so easy to believe that we call it the truth. And the truth has become so easy to believe that we call it a lie.” When we listen to people’s stories, the picture we begin to see is completely different to the person we first saw. 3. LIVE PURPOSEFULLY: Do what you came here to do! Once we allow ourselves to become vulnerable, things start to come into us and go out from us. The outside world will always reflect what’s going on in the inside world. As soon as we can put into our GPS what our destination is, the road to where we’re going is clear. If you have no idea why you’re here or where you’re going, every road will take you there.[HOLY YES MOMENT] When you ask someone what they were came here to do and they answer, "I don’t know," the simple translation of those three words is, “I’m scared of what would happen if I actually knew what I’m here to do because I don’t feel good enough to do it.” Danny lets you in on the simply question that helps you authentically answer the question, “What did you come here to do?” 4. BUILD YOUR MOSAIC: Purposefully place the pieces that will take you in the direction you want to go.If you want to tell your story, but believe your topic has already been covered, this podcast is just for you! If you struggle to feel connection in this increasingly disconnected world, this episode is for you! The purpose of The Mosaic is to help people see what they’ve never seen before and experience "unzip the sky moments," moments when we become open to the idea that, as we unzip the sky above and see through to the other side, that new perspective changes the whole story.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 19 2019
1 hr 3 mins
029: Daniel Bruce Levin
“A great story doesn’t directly say anything, but it hints at everything”-Daniel Bruce LevinThis podcast could easily be titled The 97% Agreement: The Significance of Connection because Danny and I agreed to disagree 3% of the time.We live in the most connected time the world has ever known, and we feel more alone than we ever have, which is why it was such an honor to interview Daniel Bruce Levin, author of The Mosaic. The conversation got so deep and raw, in fact, that we decided to split it into two podcasts.Daniel has accomplished and experienced a magnificent amount. A connectivity expert and business leader, he works with governmental organizations, corporations and businesses to improve how people treat themselves and each other. Sharing a message of unification, he is a popular speaker for groups whose focus is on problem-solving, innovation and conflict resolution.His thoughts around the concept of the book people think they are writing versus the book they are actually writing are fascinating. In short, “When we marry who we write about to who we are, we end the moment in time for our experience" and the result clarifies "how to marry the book that you needed to read with the concepts that you’ve lived since that point in time."He also answers the question about why, of all the people who could have written this book, he was the least likely person to have actually done it.The Mosaic, which is endorsed by Sonia Choquette, Arielle Ford, Caroline Myss (among others) has been touted as the new coming of The Alchemist (though Daniel hadn't read The Alchemist before penning The Mosaic), and, in his words, "Writing the book was erasing most of what I wrote because I was finding myself in the process."We talk about how and when being an over-thinker is actually a good thing as well as how we are all punching ourselves in the face (metaphorically speaking) every single day. (Hint: you think you need protection from others; the person you need protection from is yourself.)Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 11 2019
44 mins

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