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Christa Brown on Baptistland: Exposing Abuse and Coverup in the Southern Baptist Convention, Part One

Christa Brown on Baptistland: Exposing Abuse and Coverup in the Southern Baptist Convention, Part One

Uncover the shocking reality of the Southern Baptist Convention's actions with clergy sexual abuse survivor, Christa Brown. From disturbing cover-ups to unexpected alliances, her story will make you question everything you thought you knew. Stay tuned for a powerful journey of resilience, advocacy, and the quest for justice. You won't want to miss the unexpected twists and turns in part two of this eye-opening conversation. In this episode, you will be able to: Discover the resilience and strength in clergy sexual abuse survivor stories, inspiring hope and empowerment. Uncover the lasting effects of spiritual abuse in adulthood and how to navigate healing and growth. Understand the role of the Southern Baptist Convention in abuse cover-ups, shedding light on the importance of accountability and transparency. Advocate for child abuse survivors and learn how collective action can bring about meaningful change and support. Explore the impact of living abroad on worldview, gaining a broader perspective on cultural influences and personal growth. My special guest is Christa Brown Christa Brown, a retired attorney and a strong advocate for child abuse survivors, brings a wealth of experience and insight to the conversation. With her new book, "Baptistland," she courageously shares her own journey of abuse, betrayal, and eventual transformation, shedding light on the pervasive issue of clergy sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist Convention. As one of the top ten religion newsmakers of 2022, Brown's unwavering commitment to uncovering the truth and demanding reforms within the denomination has made a significant impact. Her resilience and determination have not only inspired survivors but also sparked conversations about the crucial role of advocacy and collective action in addressing spiritual abuse. X (Twitter): @ChristaBrown777 Subscribe to In Solidarity on Substack! The key moments in this episode are: 00:00:02 - Trigger Warning: Discussion of Abuse 00:01:09 - Introduction to Christa Brown 00:03:36 - Living Abroad and Changing Worldview 00:07:07 - Family Dynamics and Abuse 00:16:43 - Delay in Reckoning with Abuse 00:17:54 - The Power of Sharing Stories 00:19:25 - Southern Baptist Convention's Amicus Brief 00:21:44 - Lack of Accountability 00:24:48 - Words vs. Actions 00:33:26 - Call to Action 00:34:57 - Importance of Checks and Balances 00:35:37 - Continuing the Call to Action 00:36:05 - Sitting in Darkness 00:37:09 - Preview of Next Week's Episode Join our Difference Maker community for an exclusive interview with Christa where she answers Lori's question about which of the 4 deaths were the hardest. Her answer will surprise you. Join here to watch the exclusive episode video: https://www.patreon.com/aworldofdifference https://www.linkedin.com/company/aworldofdifference/ https://www.twitter.com/@awodpod https://www.aworldofdifferencepodcast.com https://www.facebook.com/A-World-of-Difference-613933132591673/ https://www.youtube.com/@aworldofdifference
Beyond Borders: How a Third Culture Kid Learned to Love Across Differences with Michael Sullivan

Beyond Borders: How a Third Culture Kid Learned to Love Across Differences with Michael Sullivan

Are you ready for a living abroad story with an unexpected twist? What if I told you that a TCK, who has traversed the globe and faced earthquake disasters, is now crowd-funding a memoir that unveils his journey through polarized worlds? This is not your ordinary travelogue. Join me in uncovering the heart-wrenching and inspiring stories that have shaped Michael Sullivan's life. Stay tuned for a peek into a world where personal growth and societal impact collide in unexpected ways. Trust me, this is a narrative you don't want to miss. In this episode, you will be able to: Discover the transformative benefits of therapy for personal growth and self-awareness. Navigate the unique challenges and growth opportunities of being a Third Culture Kid. Unleash the power of personal storytelling through memoir writing for self-discovery and connection. Learn how to build bridges and foster understanding in a polarized world. Explore the profound impact of immigration on personal and societal levels. My special guest is Michael Sullivan As the host of the "Where Are You From? A TCK Podcast," Michael Sullivan brings a wealth of personal and professional experiences to the table. Growing up and living as an expat in different countries, from Thailand to the Philippines, and now residing in Turkey as an English language expert, Michael's journey as a Third Culture Kid (TCK) is both captivating and insightful. His forthcoming book, "Building Bridges: Can We Love and Relate in a Polarized World," dives into the impact of immigration and the challenges of cultural identity, offering a fresh and empathetic take on these pertinent issues. With his unique blend of memoir storytelling and global perspective, Michael is a compelling guest for anyone seeking personal growth, self-awareness, and a deeper understanding of the world's diverse cultures. We don't have to be completely comfortable with the way other people think, but we certainly can learn something from them. - Michael Sullivan The key moments in this episode are: 00:00:02 - Introduction to the Podcast and Guest 00:01:03 - Sponsorship and Personal Growth 00:02:40 - Welcoming Michael Sullivan 00:05:28 - Connection through Global Experiences 00:12:21 - Immigration and Understanding Perspectives 00:16:03 - Journey from Venezuela to New Mexico 00:17:12 - Unresolved Grief and Pain 00:18:07 - Bridging First and Third Worlds 00:20:51 - Overcoming Fear and Embracing Differences 00:31:53 - Hope for the Future 00:33:25 - The importance of understanding others 00:34:48 - The necessity of facing challenges 00:37:03 - The process of healing and growth 00:40:17 - Finding purpose in adversity 00:43:53 - Crowdfunding the book 00:48:02 - Building Bridges and Making a Difference 00:48:40 - Exclusive Interview with Michael Sullivan 00:49:15 - Join the Difference Maker Community 00:49:40 - Connect and Share in the Community 00:50:28 - Keep Making a Difference Follow us: https://www.patreon.com/aworldofdifference https://www.instagram.com/aworldof.difference/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/aworldofdifference https://twitter.com/awodpod https://www.youtube.com/@aworldofdifference www.tiktok.com/@aworldofdifference
Tia Levings on The Well-Trained Wife

Tia Levings on The Well-Trained Wife

Do you want to understand how survivors of religious trauma are finding the strength to reclaim their lives and make a difference? Join us as we explore a story of resilience, transformation, and healing in the face of religious abuse and domestic violence. We'll be sharing the solution so that you can achieve that result. Get ready to hear a shocking and moving story of how a survivor escaped when her life depended on it. Trauma took your past, but it does not have to have your present and your future, too. And you are the one in charge of that. - Tia Levings In this episode, you will be able to: Explore personal stories of escaping Christian patriarchy and find inspiration for your own journey to empowerment. Learn about the profound impact of religious trauma on mental health and discover strategies for healing and resilience. Uncover the complexities of domestic violence within religious contexts and gain insights into supporting survivors. Gain a deep understanding of deconstructing fundamentalism in modern politics and its implications on society. Discover effective strategies for healing and recovery from religious abuse, empowering yourself to move forward with strength and confidence. My special guest is Tia Levings Tia Levings is an insightful writer, podcaster, and speaker, with a focus on the realities of Christian fundamentalism, evangelical patriarchy, and religious trauma. Her expertise has been featured in notable publications such as Salon, the Huffington Post, and Newsweek. As a content strategist, Tia delves into the impact of religious trauma on mental health, domestic violence within religious contexts, and the deconstruction of fundamentalism in modern politics, shedding light on these critical issues. Her forthcoming memoir, "A Well Trained Wife," chronicles her personal journey of escaping Christian patriarchy, presenting a compelling and courageous narrative that promises to resonate with those seeking empowerment and healing from religious abuse. Tia's work is driven by her passion for advocating resilience and recovery from religious trauma. Tia is on Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok The key moments in this episode are: 00:00:02 - Introducing Tia Levings 00:01:17 - Trigger Warning and Self-Care 00:02:25 - Growing Up in Mainstream Fundamentalism 00:05:22 - Trauma and Dogmatism 00:07:42 - Effects of Fundamentalism on Women 00:14:08 - The Influence of High Control Religion 00:15:34 - The Pressure of Traditional Gender Roles 00:16:55 - Red Flags and High Control Religion 00:20:47 - The Manipulative Nature of Patriarchy 00:25:53 - Addressing Pushbacks and Myths 00:27:34 - The Incredulity of Religious Trauma 00:28:22 - Challenges in Seeking Justice 00:29:26 - Empowering Survivors 00:32:35 - Finding Solidarity and Community 00:38:27 - Building Healthy Relationships 00:41:09 - The Impact of Religious Trauma 00:43:18 - Coping with Discomfort and Denial 00:44:50 - Healing from Religious Trauma 00:46:31 - Advocating for Survivors 00:53:18 - Taking Action and Making a Difference 00:56:22 - Understanding Mental Illness and Abuse 00:57:11 - Seeking Justice for Mica 00:57:45 - Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence 00:58:30 - Making a Difference  Follow us: https://www.patreon.com/aworldofdifference https://www.instagram.com/aworldof.difference/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/aworldofdifference https://twitter.com/awodpod https://www.youtube.com/@aworldofdifference www.tiktok.com/@aworldofdifference
Lori Adams-Brown on Learning to Dance in the Rain

Lori Adams-Brown on Learning to Dance in the Rain

Hey there, difference makers and global leaders! Ever feel like you've been told to just "toughen up" when facing life's challenges? Maybe you've tried to push through the pain and suffering, only to find yourself feeling overwhelmed and exhausted? If that sounds familiar, you're not alone. Let's talk about building resilience and embracing vulnerability to navigate life's twists and turns in a healthier way. In this episode, you will be able to: Strengthen your leadership skills by building resilience in the face of challenges. Unlock your potential for success by cultivating a growth mindset. Discover the power of self-care in navigating life's obstacles and maintaining balance. Master strategies for overcoming jet lag to make the most of your travels. Embrace vulnerability and emotions to unlock personal growth and self-discovery. Resilience isn't necessarily about avoiding adversity, because let's just be real. Life has pain and suffering in it. And if we ignore that, that's not increasing our resilience. It's only burying that deep inside our bodies in a way that it will spill out later through some unresolved grief. - Lori Adams Brown Building Resilience as a Leader Effective leadership involves building resilience to navigate challenges and setbacks. Resilient leaders can inspire and motivate others through their own ability to bounce back from adversity. By embracing vulnerability and learning from difficult experiences, leaders can cultivate resilience that strengthens their decision-making and problem-solving skills. The resources mentioned in this episode are: Visit www.betterhelp.com/difference for 10% off your first month of therapy with BetterHelp. This offer is specifically for the listeners of the podcast and is a gift from the host to help you understand what it takes to move forward in a healthier way. Join the Patreon community Difference Makers at www.patreon.com/aworldofdifference to access exclusive episodes, interact with other listeners, and receive sneak peeks into upcoming events and giveaways. Different tiers are available, starting at $5 a month. Share your tips and tricks for building resilience, especially for those who travel and work through jet lag, speak at events and conferences, and maintain connections with family back home. Engage with the community and contribute to the conversation. Reach out to the host if you're in a location where she's traveling and would like to meet. Listeners are encouraged to connect with the host during her travels and share how the podcast has impacted them. Embrace challenges, cultivate resilience, and discover the strength and courage within yourself. Prioritize self-care and resilience-building, and model this behavior for others to give them permission to do the same. Let the host know how you're building resilience on social media or in our Difference Makers community. Resilience isn't just about weathering the storm. It's actually about learning to find joy, and find even joy memories in your own past that can help you walk through that resilience. - Lori Adams Brown The key moments in this episode are: 00:00:02 - Embracing Resilience in Life 00:02:00 - Resilience During Travel 00:03:07 - Prioritizing Self-Compassion 00:05:09 - Discovering Inner Resilience 00:08:15 - Cultivating Resilience 00:13:23 - Building Resilience During Travel 00:15:13 - Cultivating a Growth Mindset 00:19:43 - Building Resilient Communities 00:21:40 - Finding Joy and Resilience https://www.aworldofdifferencepodcast.com https://www.facebook.com/A-World-of-Difference-613933132591673/ https://www.youtube.com/@aworldofdifference https://www.twitter.com/@awodpod https://www.linkedin.com/company/aworldofdifference/
Jemar Tisby and Doug Strong on Awakening to Justice

Jemar Tisby and Doug Strong on Awakening to Justice

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the complexities of racial justice and faith intersections, and wondering how to truly make a difference, then you are not alone! The struggle to understand the historical context and apply it to modern-day challenges can be daunting. Many may be seeking guidance on how to effectively navigate these issues and create meaningful change. Jemar Tisby, the New York Times bestselling author of "The Color of Compromise," is a historian, author, and speaker. His work has been featured in reputable platforms such as CNN, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and the New York Times. Jemar's expertise in addressing the truth about the American church's complicity in racism makes him a significant voice in the intersection of faith and racial justice. As a PhD candidate in history at the University of Mississippi, his commitment to shedding light on historical lessons from abolitionist movements and advocating for social reform through interracial solidarity is evident in his work. Jemar's impact extends beyond academia as he is the founder and president of the Witness of Black Christian Collective and the co-host of the Pass the Mic podcast. His dedication to historical research and advocacy for justice makes him an influential figure in the conversation on racial equity and social change. Doug Strong, an esteemed author and professor with a wealth of knowledge in American religious history, specifically focusing on the 19th-century revivalism and social reform, is a vital voice in the discussion of faith and racial justice. With an MDIV and a PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary, Doug's expertise and dedication to understanding the historical abolitionist movements bring valuable insights to the current social and racial justice landscape. As a committed pastor and a professor at Seattle Pacific University, Doug's passion for intercultural learning and his extensive experience in leading students on international trips underscore his commitment to shaping a global perspective on faith and justice. His contributions to the Awakening to Justice: Faithful Voices from the Abolitionist Past project reflect his deep understanding of the impact of historical narratives on contemporary social reform. The theological, the Christian principle of loving your neighbor as yourself is still applicable in that situation. And what it forces us to do is to try to perceive the world from another person's perspective, which is what a world of difference podcast is all about. - Jemar Tisby In this episode, you will be able to: Explore the profound impact of faith on driving meaningful change in racial justice movements. Uncover valuable historical insights and powerful tactics used by abolitionist movements to inspire modern-day activism. Discover the pivotal role of interracial solidarity in advancing social reform and creating lasting change. Learn actionable strategies from historical abolitionists to empower and guide today's activists in their advocacy work. The resources mentioned in this episode are: Visit awakeningtojustice.com for free resources related to the book Awakening to Justice: Faithful Voices from the Abolitionist Past, including a discussion guide, sermon ideas, music suggestions, worship song ideas, and a 35-minute film documentary. Order a copy of "Awakening to Justice," at: https://www.ivpress.com/awakening-to-justice and get a discount just for A World of Difference podcast listeners with promo code: IVPPOD20 Subscribe to Jemar Tisby's substack at jemartisby.substack.com for more of his writing and insights on racial justice and faith. The justification follows the action. In the case of us race-based chattel slavery, slaveholders were going to get their money. They were going to find laborers. They were going to increase their bottom line by not paying them. And then they were going to come up with the rationale and the reasoning to justify it. - Jemar Tisby
Songwriting As Self-Expression: Shannan Copland's Journey From Self-Doubt To Embracing Her Voice

Songwriting As Self-Expression: Shannan Copland's Journey From Self-Doubt To Embracing Her Voice

Does this sound familiar? Have you ever felt the pressure of unrealistic expectations weighing you down, leaving you questioning your worth? It's a struggle many of us face, especially as women, and it can be incredibly disheartening. But what if there was a way to break free from the cycle and embrace your true self-worth? Let's dive into how embracing individuality and self-worth through empowering messages in music can transform your life. My special guest is Shannan Copland Shannan Copland, an indie pop artist based in Portland, Oregon, is recognized for her impactful and relatable music as a singer/songwriter. Born and raised in the SF Bay Area, California, she studied music from a young age, with a strong foundation in piano and vocal training. Collaborating with musicians and educators globally, including ones in Norway, Italy, and Portugal, has enriched her musical style with diverse cultural influences. With a love for piano and voice, she involved herself in every musical opportunity available and her passion for songwriting ignited during her teenage years. After high school, Shannan toured the United States with a group singing in schools and also performed in a theater. Her upcoming release "Enough" is poised to further empower women by promoting self-worth and authenticity. Shannan's music contains powerful messages that resonate with audiences, offering a source of strength and self-acceptance, particularly for women navigating their unique journeys. Shannan and her husband spent the first decade of their marriage mostly living abroad in Portugal and Italy where they started a non-profit organization together. Working with talented musicians, artists and individuals from around the globe combined with her experiences living abroad have influenced her perspectives on life and the world around her which also reflect in her songwriting. Now, as she releases her own music, Shannan hopes to encourage, inspire, and provoke deeper thought through her music for listeners. Her newest single “Enough” releases on April 12 and serves as the underlying anthem of much of her music. With its driving pop rock beat, “Enough” inspires listeners to be their authentic selves, reject image management, and not let other’s opinions or standards hold them back from achieving their aspirations. "You are enough. The world may think otherwise of you, but it doesn't matter. Their opinions do not change your worth. Stand in that worth." - Shannan Copland In this episode, you will be able to: Discover how Shannan Copland's indie pop music inspires self-acceptance and empowerment for women. Explore the profound impact of music on boosting self-worth and confidence for women. Uncover the creative songwriting process and inspirational sources behind empowering music for women. Understand the diverse cultural perspectives on modesty and beauty and their influence on harmful expectations for women. The resources mentioned in this episode are: Sign up for Shannan Copland's newsletter on her website, ShannanCopland.com, to get an early sneak peek and listen to her new song Enough before its official release on April 12. Follow Shannan Copland on Instagram and other social platforms at ShannonCoplandmusic to stay updated on her latest releases and news. Listen to Shannan Copland's new song Enough on Spotify or your preferred music streaming platform on April 12, and share it with your friends and family to spread the empowering message. Stay tuned for Shannan Copland's upcoming releases, including a fun summer song and an emotional track for Mother's Day, to continue experiencing her meaningful and thought-provoking music. "I want people to, after they hear this song, just to feel liberated and feel that they're worthy and that they can go out and face whatever challenges they have ahead in their own skin and be confident in that." - Shannan Copland
Elaine Lin Hering on Overcoming Barriers to Speaking Up

Elaine Lin Hering on Overcoming Barriers to Speaking Up

Unlearning silence isn't just about finding your voice; it's about recognizing the ways we've all been complicit in silencing others. And the surprising insights from a Harvard lecturer will have you rethinking the impact of silence in your world. Join the conversation to uncover the hidden ways we contribute to silence and discover how to foster inclusive communication. It's time to unlearn the silence that holds us back. Stay tuned for the unexpected wisdom that will leave you reevaluating your role in creating a more inclusive world. My special guest is Elaine Lin Hering. Elaine Lin Hering is a renowned facilitator, speaker, and writer with extensive experience in communication, collaboration, and conflict management. Drawing from her background as a former managing partner of Triad Consulting Group and a lecturer at Harvard Law School, Elaine's expertise spans across various industries and continents, working with corporate, government, and nonprofit clients. Her personal journey as an immigrant from Taiwan to the United States adds a unique perspective to her work, diving deep into the impact of cultural differences on communication and strategies for inclusive leadership. With her compelling insights and vulnerability, Elaine's book, Unlearning Silence: How to Speak Your Mind, Unleash Talent, and Live More Fully, resonates with individuals seeking to navigate the complexities of silence and voice in personal and professional growth. In what ways are the often very well-intentioned people around me, such as my manager, who in their heart of hearts wants to support me, actually silencing me? - Elaine Lin Hering In this episode, you will be able to: Embrace the power of inclusive communication and unlearn silence in professional environments. Enhance your communication and collaboration skills to foster a more inclusive work environment. Explore the impact of cultural differences on communication and how it influences team dynamics. Discover effective strategies for inclusive leadership and building stronger team dynamics. Understand the role of silence in personal and professional growth, and how it can positively impact your workplace interactions. Embrace the Power of Inclusive Communication Inclusive communication in professional environments is essential for fostering a sense of belonging and diversity. By embracing diverse voices and perspectives, teams can collaborate more effectively and achieve better results. Creating a space where everyone feels heard and valued cultivates a positive work culture and promotes innovation. The resources mentioned in this episode are: Join the Difference Maker Community at www.patreon.com/aworldofdifference to access exclusive episodes and support the show for as little as $5 a month. Follow Lori Adams-Brown on Twitter @loriadbr and on Instagram @loriadamsbrown to stay connected and share your suggestions for future guests on the show. Check out Elaine Lin Hering's book Unlearning How to Speak Your Mind, Unleash Talent, and Live More Fully to gain deeper insights into unlearning silence and fostering a more inclusive environment. Consider reaching out to Lori Adams-Brown to share your stories and experiences, as well as to suggest individuals who are making a difference and could be featured on the podcast. Explore the wisdom and advice shared by Elaine Lin Hering in the exclusive episode available in the Difference Maker Community, where she provides insights on self-care, resilience, and navigating challenging spaces. Being explicit doesn't mean that you have to be direct. Being explicit means, 'Oh, read the air. That's what is happening here. Can we name it?' - Elaine Lin Hering
The Equal Rights Amendment

The Equal Rights Amendment

Did you know that the Equal Rights Amendment, aimed at guaranteeing equal rights regardless of sex, has not yet been enshrined in the US Constitution? It's a surprising reality, especially when considering the global efforts for women's equality. In this episode, we'll uncover the resilience, setbacks, and ongoing advocacy surrounding the ERA in the United States, while also delving into the international bill of rights for women known as CEDAW. But here's the kicker - despite strides made through international efforts, disparities persist, underscoring the need for continued advocacy and support. Join us as we unravel the surprising history and explore what can be done to champion gender equality. This is a call to action for making a real difference in the fight for women's rights. Stay tuned for an eye-opening revelation that will spark your curiosity and inspire you to take action. In this episode, you will be able to: Discover the transformative benefits of therapy for personal growth and empowerment. Uncover the profound impact and historical significance of the Equal Rights Amendment. Explore the global efforts and impact of CEDAW in advancing women's equality worldwide. Learn about the pivotal role of grassroots campaigns in driving political movements for gender equality. Understand the vital importance of voting for advocates of gender equality in creating lasting change. It's time. It's 2024, and all these other countries around the world have signed the CEDAW agreement, and the United States still hasn't. And also, we don't have an ERA for our own constitution, so what can we do? - Lori Adams Brown Global efforts of CEDAW The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW) is an international treaty that aims to end discrimination against women in all forms. Global efforts under CEDAW highlight the importance of gender equality and the need for legislative measures to protect and promote women's rights. Supporting CEDAW initiatives can contribute to creating a more just and equal society for all individuals. The resources mentioned in this episode are: Visit www.betterhelp.com/difference to get 10% off your first month of therapy. Donate to Justice Revival at www.justicerevival.org/donate to contribute to initiatives aimed at advancing gender equality, including efforts to promote the ratification of the ERA and uphold the principles of CEDAW. Join the #Faith4ERA campaign at Justice Revival with any faith community to bring your experience and perspective around the movement for women's rights. Join the Difference Maker community at www.patreon.com/aworldofdifferences to access exclusive episodes, interact with exclusive posts, share your thoughts, and influence the direction of the podcast. Support organizations dedicated to the cause of gender equality, such as Justice Revival, by donating and standing in solidarity with women everywhere to ensure that the promise of equality becomes a reality for all. Human rights, women's rights, which are human rights, is so important. There's a lot of things we can get wrong, but that should just be a basic foundation. - Lori Adams Brown Impactful Equal Rights Amendment The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the US aims to constitutionally guarantee equal rights under the law for all genders. Despite facing hurdles and delays, the ERA remains critical in advancing gender equality and ensuring fair treatment for all individuals. Advocating for the ratification of the ERA is essential to promoting equal rights and opportunities for women and girls. Together, we can come together with our differences, male allies, women on behalf of our daughters and granddaughters and future generations, but also for us now. - Lori Adams Brown
Why Listening to Understand is a Cornerstone of Leadership and Diplomacy with Lori Adams-Brown

Why Listening to Understand is a Cornerstone of Leadership and Diplomacy with Lori Adams-Brown

If you're feeling like you're struggling to truly connect with others and make a significant impact as a leader, then you are not alone! The traditional approach of just speaking and not truly understanding others may not be yielding the results you desire. Instead of the impactful leadership and positive change you seek, you might be experiencing a lack of meaningful connections and a sense of frustration in your efforts to influence others. In this episode, you will be able to: Mastering the art of active listening to understand and connect with others on a deeper level. Enhancing leadership skills through powerful and effective communication strategies. Unveiling the impact of body language on successful and impactful global communication. Implementing proven strategies to propel global podcast growth and reach a wider audience. Harnessing the transformative power of empathy to drive positive social change on a global scale. Listening to understand is not just a kindness, but it's actually a superpower for you as a leader, as someone with influence.- Lori Adams-Brown Mastering the Art of Active Listening: Truly successful communication revolves around the power of active listening. This skill requires patience, humility, and a readiness to prioritize the narrative of others over personal agendas. When leveraged effectively, active listening can foster fruitful dialogues that enable empathy, mutual understanding, and growth. The resources mentioned in this episode are: Write down a call to action from this podcast and add it as your "plus one" for today. This could be a specific action or behavior that you want to implement based on what you've learned. Tell someone else about your call to action from this podcast. Sharing it with someone else increases the likelihood of following through. Message the host on social media and share what your call to action was from this podcast. This can help in being accountable and receiving feedback or encouragement. Invest in yourself as a leader and influencer by learning how to listen to understand better. This could involve seeking out resources, courses, or workshops on active listening and empathy. Keep making a difference wherever you are by actively practicing intentional, empathetic, and open-minded listening in your daily interactions. When we hear each other and truly listen to understand, with our differences, we make better decisions, we make greater impact on all the things we're trying to make better in the world. - Lori Adams-Brown Enhancing Leadership Through Communication: How one communicates as a leader significantly impacts their effectiveness. Central to this is the ability to listen with intent, as this enables better understanding of diverse perspectives and fosters empathetic collaborations. In honing this skill, leaders can transform their teams and communities, paving the way for progressive dialogue and change. The key moments in this episode are: 00:00:01 - Introduction to the Power of Listening 00:02:05 - The Skill of Listening to Understand 00:06:59 - The Impact of Listening to Understand 00:10:05 - The Importance of Body Language in Communication 00:13:15 - The Power of Listening to Understand 00:14:07 - Imagine the Impact of Listening to Understand 00:15:34 - Harnessing the Superpower of Listening to Understand 00:15:55 - Taking Action and Making a Difference 00:16:54 - Making the World a Better Place Imagine if our world leaders, our policymakers, and imagine our influencers embracing the superpower of listening to understand. - Lori Adams-Brown Impact of Body Language: Communication transcends the use of verbal language, with body language accounting for a significant part of how messages are exchanged. Nuanced gestures, postures, and facial expressions often speak louder than words, providing insights into one's emotions and intentions. This underscores the need for leaders to be mindful of their body language to ensure constructive, empathetic communication. Timestamped summary of this episode: 00:00:01 - Introduction to the Power of Listening Lori introduces the podcast episode and emphasizes the importance of listening to understand in shaping our world and making a positive impact. 00:02:05 - The Skill of Listening to Understand Lori delves into the skill of listening to understand and highlights the importance of paying attention in a world filled with distractions. She emphasizes the need to go beyond simply hearing words and to listen for facts, feelings, and values. 00:06:59 - The Impact of Listening to Understand Lori discusses how listening to understand can lead to empathizing, suspending judgment, and asking clarifying questions. She emphasizes the importance of deeper relationships and making better decisions through truly listening and understanding others. 00:10:05 - The Importance of Body Language in Communication Lori explores the significance of body language in communication, pointing out that it accounts for 55% of how we communicate. She highlights the complexities of navigating different cultures and the role of body language in diplomacy and effective leadership. 00:13:15 - The Power of Listening to Understand Lori discusses how effective listening can lead to empathy, collaboration, and growth in leadership, diplomacy, and social change. 00:14:07 - Imagine the Impact of Listening to Understand Lori emphasizes the transformative impact of listening to understand in global conflicts, social justice, climate change, and workplace environments. 00:15:34 - Harnessing the Superpower of Listening to Understand Lori encourages listeners to cultivate the superpower of listening to understand and highlights the importance of diverse perspectives in solving global problems. 00:15:55 - Taking Action and Making a Difference Lori motivates listeners to take action by writing down their call to action, sharing it with others, and investing in themselves as leaders and influencers. 00:16:54 - Making the World a Better Place Lori concludes by thanking global listeners for joining the journey of exploration and emphasizes the importance of listening with intention, empathy, and an open mind for making a difference in the world. 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