Addressing the ELEPHANT in the Room

Addressing the Elephant in the Room with April Ballestero. Join us as we interview guests, shed light on difficult subjects, and learn to better address the elephants in the rooms of our lives.

Addressing the ELEPHANT in the Room

Richard Hall, Attorney & Richard is the founder of BottomLine Lawyers PC. He has a unique breadth of experience which has enabled him to meld technology, sophisticated legal analysis, “outside the box” strategies and a collaborative style to create innovative solutions with his clients. Many lawyers come to the law without any practical business experience, and few come with significant management experience. Through serendipity rather than design, he is an exception. His prior business experience afforded him a fast track to complex civil trials and the opportunity to work closely with business clients.

Richard performs pro bono services for several Northern California judicial districts, is a Past President of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, former Board member of the Downtown Business Association, and member of: Rotary Club of Auburn, Placer County Bar Association, Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy Forum, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) and American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). He has also served as California Director for a nationwide bar review and as a lecturer focused on Professional Responsibility. Before attending law, school Richard was an executive in the photographic and real estate industries, and he conducted performance and budget analysis for the US Government’s Amraam missile project. Richard has also served his country and is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • Questions to ask when you are faced with a decision. 
  • How "Service Above Self" motto aligned with mediating Richard's decision along with his relationships, passion projects, evidence needed to confirm choice and path.
  • How One person can make a difference.
  • Why Richard has adopted the term “FUD" and how humans are motivated by it.
  • Biases faced in decision making and who to enlist when faced with an unexpected challenge or opportunity.
  • Reason to talk to a coach

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Mark Levy is a differentiation expert. He differentiates corporations, brands, thought leaders, political campaigns, TV shows, live shows, products, services, books, and speeches. The ideas his clients and he have created have been discussed and used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide. 

Mark began his company in 2001, and is known for differentiating Simon Sinek. Simon’s endorsement: “Mark Levy is the man who helped me find my why. He inspires me.” Mark has also worked with and spoken to leaders, strategists, and teams in large organizations, including Adobe, Amazon, American Express, Bain, BASF, Google, Harrah’s, Harvard Business School, History Channel, Major League Baseball, McKinsey, Neighborly, Popeye’s, Proctor & Gamble, Stanford University, and UPS.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • What Mark does as a differentiation expert and how he works with his clients
  • What Mark means by his term, “Big, sexy idea”
  • The phenomenon that exists today around having diverse expertise, being good at multiple things, and feeling like a failure because of it
  • Why it works to your benefit to expand your education to more than one field
  • You do need to be known for one thing, but that’s simply for marketing, an attention-getter, or mnemonic device
  • The wellspring of excellence that comes from diverse training and expertise, and how you could possibly cut yourself off from it by focusing on “just one thing”
  • The opportunity within this elephant is to learn how to stop apologizing for your greatness, and become aware of what you can bring to the table


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Shellie Arnold is a multi-published author who has written articles, Bible study/devotional curriculum, and contributed to several non-fiction works. She has keynoted at women’s retreats and taught in the workshop, Sunday school class, and small group settings. Shellie regularly serves as faculty at conferences including the Florida Christian Writers Conference where she leads the popular Manuscript Critique Track, which allows writers to get feedback on their current work-in-progress.

Shellie has three published novels: The Spindle Chair, Sticks and Stones, and Abide With Me (nominated for a Selah in 2018), all of which depict the “perfect storms” in marriage—what happens when our weaknesses hit head-on, and we’re both left wondering if anything can be salvaged. Visit her at www.shelliearnold.com

What you will learn in this episode:

  • Shellie selected submission to be this episode’s elephant, and she shares how she was first introduced to the concept.
  • Common misconceptions about what it really means to be submissive.
  • Righteousness is Shellie’s one and only rule in marriage.
  • Shellie uses her writing to flesh out examples of “the perfect storm” to illustrate to couples how they can navigate similar situations in their own marriages
  • We can look to Jesus as the ultimate example of perfect submission because he did exactly what the Father told Him to do.
  • You can build spiritual intimacy in your marriage.
  • Shellie’s real passion is working with people in their marriages.
  • There is a proper way to view submission so that you don’t misunderstand the purpose or power of it.


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Wendy Papasan is a highly accomplished and growth-focused visionary co-founder of several companies affiliated with real estate. She runs the Papasan Properties Group, a full service real estate consulting firm that helps clients with their real estate needs in Austin and San Antonio, TX. In just over a decade, the Papasan Properties Group @ Keller Williams has helped more than 1700 families totaling more than $675 million in home sales. Last year, Papasan Properties ranked #21 for teams out of 120,000 Realtors in Texas by Real Trends.

In addition to her real estate business, Wendy is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board for Her Best Life, a million-dollar startup that helps women build big businesses and even bigger lives.

Wendy is married to Jay Papasan, international speaker and #1 best-selling real estate author and Vice President at Keller Williams Int'l. They are the proud parents of two teenagers and a dog named Taco.

Visit wendyis.fun for more information

What you will learn in this episode:

  • The eye-opening experience that happened to Wendy in 2019 and how it helped her realize what she really wanted
  • The revelations Wendy had to work through when a large group of people left her team
  • The importance of culture in any organization, and how the culture can suffer from one or two negative team members
  • The pressure Wendy felt to exemplify the book, the Millionaire Real Estate Agent, when she first started working as a real estate agent (her husband wrote the book)
  • Where Wendy finds herself today in her team development journey
  • The need for people to do more “thinking time” - putting space on their calendar to sit and think about their business

Resources:

Visit Wendyis.fun for more information

What you will learn in this episode:

  • George’s vulnerable experience with his marriage and how he created the marriage he wanted for himself
  • How George’s commitment to his marriage is similar to his commitment to weight loss
  • The shocking realization that led to George committing to making a change
  • George’s former understanding of health and how he worked through finding the solution that worked for him
  • How George’s positive perspective of his weight kept him from making the necessary changes until he had to face the reality of the situation
  • The beginning of George’s weightloss journey and his surprising early successes
  • How shame actually perpetuates the action you’re shameful of

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