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Health Coach Conversations is a podcast hosted by Cathy Sykora, founder of The Health Coach Group, whose mission is to bring awareness, professionalism, and growth to the health coaching industry. That’s what this podcast will be all about. I’ll be sharing with you what I myself have to teach, and we’ll have wellness, coaching, and business experts in for short interviews to learn what’s new and better! My purpose for this podcast is to give you the clarity, confidence, knowledge, and motiva ...
 
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Business leaders are increasingly focusing on the need to forge relationships with machines. Simultaneously, they also need to consider how to recraft relationships with humans. Joining us to tell us more is Tony Judd, Managing Director UK and Ireland for Verizon Business. In particular, Tony describes the kind of relationships leaders need to work…
 
In the Writers’ Room this week, Valerie and Leslie find out whodunit and how in the Core Event of The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie. The 1942 Cozy Mystery features a classic "summation gathering" scene when Miss Jane Marple reveals how she discovered the killer’s identity. We're focusing on scenes this season because scenes are the basic b…
 
How would it feel to have an organized and productive end to 2020 so you can set yourself up for a successful start in 2021? Listen in as Ashlie shares her exciting new planner that incorporates both digital and paper strategies to keep your goals within reach by taking action every day! In this episode, Cathy and Ashlie discuss: The importance of …
 
In the Writers’ Room this week, Valerie and Leslie look at internal conflict and character revelation in a Turning Point scene of Sue Monk Kidd’s 2002 Worldview Story, The Secret Life of Bees. See how quiet moments can lead to scenes with big impact. We're focusing on scenes this season because scenes are the basic building blocks of story. To be a…
 
Most people tend to focus on how diet and exercise can help with weight loss. However, more research supports diet and physical activity can have a significant positive effect on brain function and brain health. Nicola Gates shares what years of research have taught her about our brains, her favorite brain foods, and what we can do now to have a he…
 
In the Writers’ Room this week, Valerie and Leslie unpack the many points of conflict from different perspectives in the Core Event of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. The 2015 Psychological Thriller culminates in an extended Hero at the Mercy of the Villain scene that features a “Tug of War” where life hangs in the balance. Learn about unre…
 
When it comes to orchestrating their cybersecurity, businesses cannot afford to take shortcuts. Rather, it's crucial that companies get their protection and defences right, or suffer consequences such as financial loss and reputational damage. In light of this, we're being joined by Professor Avishai Wool, CTO and Co-Founder of AlgoSec, to discuss …
 
In the Writers’ Room this week, we listen closely to the “I Have a Voice” scene in the 2010 film The King’s Speech. The Oscar-winning story was directed by Tom Hooper from a screenplay by David Seidler. The scene in the spotlight today delivers the middle build climax of this Performance Story by “poking the bear.” But that’s not all it does. Don’t…
 
As a health coach, you understand the power of mindset and setting healthy habits but your clients might need some extra motivation. Jennifer Cohen talks with Cathy about how we all get in our own way sometimes when striving to meet our goals and how we can change our outcomes simply by trying again and realizing no doesn’t have to be the final ans…
 
We slide into the Revolution Scene in the Writers’ Room this week as we analyze the 1911 novella Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. We look at the difference between cautionary and tragic tales and discuss what The Hunger Games and The Accidental Tourist have in common with Ethan Frome. This season we're analyzing scenes from novels, short stories and f…
 
The uptake of cloud computing has increased significantly amid the pandemic. However, while cloud has dealt businesses a lifeline in enabling businesses to work remotely, companies need to consider the security implications that it comes with. Joining us to share his thoughts and advice is TJ (Tsion) Gonen, Head of Cloud Product Line at Check Point…
 
If you’re creating a website for your health coaching business, it’s easy to get lost in all of the options to make it look great and as user-friendly as possible. Learn the different software and tools enjoyed most by The Health Coach Group and how they can work for you! In this episode, Cathy and Amanda discuss: Helpful sites such as Nifty Projec…
 
Building an email list is one thing, but sending consistent emails with content your clients want is a whole separate ball game. Francis Nayan joins Ashlie to discuss the power of your story, why email marketing is just as important to your business as social media, and how to boost your email engagement with the right copy! In this episode, Ashlie…
 
Since the start of the pandemic, keywords such as uncertainty and continuity have been dominating the business lexicon. As a result, most businesses have unsurprisingly been focusing more on survival than the new opportunities the crisis has presented. However, one opportunity not to be missed is to build an artificial intelligence-powered enterpri…
 
This week we face the Hero at the Mercy of the Villain in the Writers’ Room as we analyze the core event of the 2005 novel Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling. But that’s not all! In addition to analyzing this excellent example of a “chase scene” in an Action Story, we discuss set pieces, emotional connections, and how to hide a …
 
The failure rate of bots has long been unremittingly high. However, Pegasystems is challenging the statistics by unveiling its new solution, which is the industry's first self-healing robotic process automation (RPA) capability. The offering, called X-ray Vision, is able to detect and fix broken bots with no human intervention, making for a very ex…
 
In this week's Ask the Expert, we're delighted to welcome back Amanda Finch, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Information Security. As some of you may remember, Amanda last joined us to discuss the cybersecurity skills shortage and why cybersecurity education needs improving. This time, Amanda is joining us to walk us through the findings of the C…
 
It’s time for the Big Showdown in the Writers’ Room this week as we analyze the 1953 short story “3:10 to Yuma” by Elmore Leonard. This season we analyze a scene from a novel, short story or film because scenes are the basic building blocks of story. To be able to write a story that works, you must be able to write a scene that works. Click here fo…
 
One of the most powerful ways you can help your clients is by being honest about your own experiences. Natalie Jill talks with Cathy about what it means to be authentic, why your story matters, and different ways you can share your passion and valuable knowledge with clients! In this episode, Cathy and Natalie discuss: How COVID has affected Natali…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted plans and trajectories since it surfaced some months ago. The impact of the outbreak on business and entrepreneurship is widely varied. While some businesses and individuals thrived, others sadly failed. However, as we set our sights on a post-COVID era, innovation and entrepreneurship will have to find their fee…
 
It’s the Big Choice plus perspective in the Writers’ Room this week as we analyze the 1961 short story “ I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen. Each week this season, we'll analyze a scene from a novel, short story or film because scenes are the basic building blocks of stories. To write a story that works, you must be able to write a scene that wo…
 
Whether you’re a business owner starting fresh or a new entrepreneur just getting started, building your email list is a challenge well worth your effort. Ashlie Pappas talks with Cathy about why she decided to rebuild her list from scratch, her experience with advertising, and why having some clients opt out can be just as beneficial as having cli…
 
It’s the victim at the mercy of the monster this time as Valerie and Leslie analyze the 1843 Horror story “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe. This season we're analyze a scene from novels, short stories and films because scenes are the basic building blocks of story. To be able to write a story that works, you must be able to write a scene th…
 
After years of offering support to thousands of health and wellness coaches, the Health Coach Group knows what works and what doesn’t in a health coaching program. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been in the health and wellness industry for years, learn how the Health Coach Group can help create the successful online coaching business bo…
 
What makes a great lovers meet scene? Find out when Valerie and Leslie analyze the turkey curry buffet scene in Bridget Jones’s Diary, the 1996 Love Story by Helen Fielding. This season we analyze scenes from novels, short stories and films because scenes are the basic building blocks of story. To be able to write a story that works, you must be ab…
 
There is such a thing as “good stress” but more people are struggling with overwhelming stress due to increased anxiety from COVID19. Valerie Moselle explains how you have the power to regulate your nervous system, the importance of becoming more aware of your emotions—both good and bad—and how to improve your overall well-being with just your brea…
 
In this podcast, Dr. Galina Datskovsky, CEO at Vaporstream, talks to us about secure messaging platforms and why they have grown in importance amid the coronavirus pandemic. First, she explains the features a secure messaging platform must have to uphold privacy. Also, we look at privacy and security shortfalls associated with open-source solutions…
 
In this episode, Story Grid editors Valerie Francis and Leslie Watts introduce the new Story Grid Writers’ Room. Each week this season, we analyze a scene or short story to get to the bottom of how to write scenes because to write a story that works, you must be able to write scenes that work. Click here for the full show notes.…
 
Chances are you’re familiar with diets and nutrition, but have you paid attention to the relationship you have with food? Geneen Roth shares how curiosity and kindness can positively change how you feel about food and how to cultivate the self-love you truly need to be healthier and happier! In this episode, Cathy and Geneen discuss: What made Gene…
 
We're all familiar with the fear that robots may one day take over our jobs. However, it doesn't necessarily need to be on a one-in, one-out basis. Rather, the future of work needs to innovate and accommodate for the career-changing landscape. Joining us to share her ideas and research is Professor Giselle Rampersad, Professor in Innovation at the …
 
It’s 30 minutes of deep insight as Valerie Francis and Leslie Watts bring you a bite-size episode on analyzing a scene, with an example from Marriage Story. Here on the Roundtable we're dedicated to helping you become a better writer, following the Story Grid method developed by Shawn Coyne. In these episodes we bring you some shorter solo articles…
 
Losing weight and being healthy may sound like the same thing but that’s not always true. Dr. Joel Fuhrman joins Cathy to explain the life-changing impact of a nutritarian diet, why building our immunity should be our priority, and why it’s important to take control of our health now to avoid disease and doctor bills later in life! In this episode,…
 
Lockdown may be loosening, but the UK is not out of the woods yet. As July draws to a close, the next few weeks are crucial to keeping a second wave at bay. However, as scientific knowledge grows in residual immunity to COVID-19, it also becomes more plausible to explore ways that individuals who tick the right boxes can go back to 'normal'. One wa…
 
Gaze into the pensieve to learn the secrets of point of view and narrative device in the 2005 novel by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The Roundtablers also discuss the 2009 film of the same name, directed by David Yates from the screenplay by Steve Kloves. Each week one of the Roundtable team—Valerie Francis, Kim Kessler, or …
 
When most people want better health, they think about how to increase their exercise or adjust their diet. However, we often overlook the role brain function plays in improving quality of life. Austin Perlmutter explains why we need to be aware of the modern challenges our brains face, simple ways to boost our brains, and how to reframe our thinkin…
 
Uberisation is becoming an increasingly attractive business model for companies today. Not only does it directly benefit organisations, but it also is advantageous to IT contractors themselves. Joining us to delve further into the matter is Neil How, CEO and Co-Founder at ten80 Group. In this podcast, Neil introduces uberisation, before exploring t…
 
Uncover the secret to integrating framing stories with The Imitation Game. The 2014 film was directed by Morten Tyldum from the Oscar-winning screenplay by Graham Moore. It’s based on the 1983 biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. Each week one of the Roundtable team—Valerie Francis, Kim Kessler, or Leslie Watts—aims to get to the bot…
 
Being a coach is so much more than just giving people strategies to improve performance. Martin Rooney joins Cathy to share why coaches always need to keep learning, the value of filling negative space with positivity, and how health coaches can show up in powerful ways for their clients! In this episode, Cathy and Martin discuss: Martin’s inspirat…
 
Industries everywhere are embracing artificial intelligence (AI) to unlock new opportunities and address current challenges. The financial industry is no exception to the rule, but of course, comes with its own unique considerations. Joining us to delve further into the matter is Spencer Tuttle, VP EMEA at ThoughtSpot. In particular, Spencer shares…
 
Core events, mini-plots, and nested stories are on the menu this week as the Roundtablers analyze the 1991 film Fried Green Tomatoes, directed by Jon Avnet from a screenplay by Fannie Flagg and Carol Sobieski, based on Flagg’s 1987 novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Each week one of the Roundtable team—Valerie Francis, Kim Kessle…
 
If you’re coaching women, you might have a client struggling with the effects of perimenopause or menopause. Maria Clap provides incredibly helpful information about how hormones impact our brain and body, why it’s important to really understand what estrogen is and does, and how health coaches can support clients experiencing hormone changes! In t…
 
Innovation is high on the business agenda. Not only can it drive productivity and help businesses solve existing problems, but innovative thinking can also strengthen a company's competitive edge. However, despite innovation being a no-brainer, businesses musn't go in gung-ho; rather, they need to consider the investment that comes alongside it. Jo…
 
Gain a new perspective on history and point of view as the Roundtablers analyze E. L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel Ragtime. The 1981 film based on the novel was directed by Miloš Forman from a screenplay by Michael Weller and Bo Goldman. Each week one of the Roundtable team—Valerie Francis, Kim Kessler, or Leslie Watts—aims to get to the bottom of a speci…
 
Menopause is a fact of life for most women, but some also experience perimenopause with a wide range of symptoms. Dr. Anna Garrett visits with Cathy to explain what perimenopause is, how hormone therapy replacement works, and what to consider if you’re interested in hormone replacement therapy! In this episode, Cathy and Anna discuss the following:…
 
Security orchestration, automation, and response, better known as SOAR, has quickly developed in the last five years. In particular, SOAR solutions help businesses speed up incident response by automating data gathering and security automation and providing case management and analytics. Joining us to tell us more about the current state of SOAR is…
 
Make your way from coast to coast and from beginning to end as Valerie takes us through the three-act structure of Noah Baumbach’s 2019 film, Marriage Story. Each week one of the Roundtable team—Valerie Francis, Kim Kessler, or Leslie Watts—aims to get to the bottom of a specific story principle by analyzing a film, novel, or short story. The rest …
 
Happiness looks and feels different for everyone, and while we may not always agree on the method of achieving it, we all want the same result: to be happy. Cathy talks with Gretchen Rubin about ways you can create your own happier, healthier, more productive and creative life, and how to find habits that work for you, even if they don’t work for e…
 
Legacy systems are a well-known headache for organisations. This is reinforced in a recent report by Advanced which delved further into the challenges of legacy systems modernisation. Among its key findings, the 2020 Mainframe Modernization Business Barometer revealed that a staggering 74% of organisations have started a legacy system modernisation…
 
Warm up and get your dancing shoes on for the Core Event of Center Stage. This 2000 Performance genre film was directed by Nicholas Hytner from a screenplay by Carol Heikkinen. Each week one of the Roundtable team—Valerie Francis, Kim Kessler, or Leslie Watts—aims to get to the bottom of a specific story principle by analyzing a film, novel, or sho…
 
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