Welcome to our podcast
with Brenda Brown & Karen Thrall

A lighthearted, real and honest series of conversations where we explore every aspect of human interaction, and provoke each other to do life well.

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Text Messaging
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In this episode, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about text message etiquette.  How long should a text be?  When can you use ALL CAPS?  Does sarcasm work over texting? These are some of the questions they explore. 

Brenda and Karen draw insights from “The 18 Unwritten Rules of Texting You Should Know

Crystal Ellefsen
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*SPECIAL INTERVIEW EDITION* ⁠

In this episode, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall engage in an inspiring conversation with Crystal Ellefsen.   If you’re interested in growing your audience and sharing your creativity with others, this is the podcast for you!  Build Your Author Platform is a roadmap for authentic author marketing on the internet in 8 video lessons. Part strategy, part pep talk.

These links are mentioned in the podcast.  After you’ve listened to Crystal’s insights, come back here to get these resources

DIRECT LINK TO COURSE: Build Your Author Platform

COUPON CODE: DOTHATWELL will give you 40% off Build Your Author Platform

Link to “5 Things” worksheet: https://consultingforauthors.com/5things/

Website: ConsultingForAuthors.com

Follow Crystal on Instagram @crystal.ellefsen

No Gaslighting
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In this week’s episode of Do That Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall discuss why they are saying No to Gaslighting. They explore what Gaslighting is, and its’ roots. How to identify if you are being gaslit, and some potential ways you can get out of it.  They also explore why gaslighting can be an easy thing for one to fall into, and how awareness is crucial in the fight against Gaslighting.

Main article referred to in episode: [article link]

Perceptions
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In this episode of Do That Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about how our perceptions can cloud our lens.  How you perceive your reality can alter your experience with the people and events around you; and the conversations and feedback you hear.  Most importantly, perceptions can cloud the view you have yourself.

Pet Peeves
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In this episode, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall have a light-hearted conversation about pet peeves, inspired by the  article, “50 Things You Do Every Day That Annoy Other People”.  Listen in as they talk about different things people do that can be annoying and share some of the things they are guilty of doing.

To read the entire list, please visit:  https://bestlifeonline.com/annoying-things-everyone-does/

Dr. Eric Bean
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*SPECIAL EDITION* (a/k/a/ Brenda’s on vacation)😁⁠

In this episode, Karen Thrall interviews sports psychologist, Dr. Eric Bean, on the importance of having a healthy competitive mindset.  Listen in as Eric talks about what competition really means and how it helps you thrive in your personal and professional life.⁠

📧 to register for our free webinar with Dr. Eric Bean, please email us at [email protected]

Slow Down
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In this episode, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about how everyone is prone to gossip in some measure, tools on how to pivot from gossip, and why it’s a good idea to avoid it all together. They also talk about the most common reasons for wanting to gossip; and share their personal confessions and experiences with gossip. 

Stop Gossip
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In this episode, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about how everyone is prone to gossip in some measure, tools on how to pivot from gossip, and why it’s a good idea to avoid it all together. They also talk about the most common reasons for wanting to gossip; and share their personal confessions and experiences with gossip. 

Forest Bathing

In this episode, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about Forest Bathing and why they think everyone should give it a try. If you find yourself feeling stressed with the hustle and bustle of city life or simply need to reconnect with yourself and your surroundings, then Forest Bathing is for you. They discuss best practices for Forest Bathing and offer some fun findings on the benefits.

Confrontation

In this episode, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall empower you to get comfortable with Confrontation. What happens when we approach confrontation without anger or excess emotion? Do you avoid confrontation? They’ll explore these questions as well as why learning to be effective at confrontation is beneficial and a very important skill to have to deepen relationships.

Accountability

In this episode, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about accountability.  There’s self-accountability and then there’s mutual accountability.  Listen in to hear what strengths (and weaknesses) are associated with mutual accountability.⁠

“O.E.” Questions

In this episode, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about the benefits of “open-ended questions” and the best ways to keep a conversation engaging and interactive.  Have you ever asked a question, got a yes/no answer and, then, silence?  How do you keep a person interested in talking with you?   Listen in to hear four key tips that will enhance your communications with others.

#questions, #conversations, #engaging, #talk, #connecting, #community, #social, #people, #askingquestions, #podcast, #dothatwellpodcast, #dothatwell

Complexity Bias

In this episode, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall explore the theory of ‘complexity bias’.  As the expression goes, why do we make mountains out of molehills?  Are you an over-thinker?  Do you feel sometimes it’s hard to make a decision?  How do you simplify your life?

To read the article, click this link.

#complexitybias, #complexity, #simplify, #simplicity, #overthink, #assumptions, #acceptance, #podcast, #dothatwellpodcast, #dothatwell

Being Competitive

In this episode, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about what it means to be competitive.  What does it look like, when is it healthy and when is it not healthy?  They talk about how to enjoy being competitive in a way that helps you excel without feelings of negativity towards others.

#competition, #competitive, #healthycompetition, #competitivenature, #podcast, #dothatwellpodcast, #dothatwell

Ancient Greek Love (part 2)

In this episode, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall conclude their conversation on Ancient Greek Love.  What does it mean to have a crush on someone?  What is self-love so important?  What is toxic love and how do you know you’re in an unhealthy relationship?  And find out why unconditional love is a choice but can be a difficult choice to make.  This episode is an extended version.

#love, #ancientgreeklove, #ludus, #philautia, #mania, #agape, #loveself, #loveothers, #toxic, #crushing, #flirting, #dothatwell, #dothatwellpodcast, #podcast

Ancient Greek Love (part 1)

In this episode, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about four of the eight different types of ancient Greek love that you find amongst friends, families and lovers.  Part 1:  Philia, Pragma, Storge and Eros. 

The article that inspired this conversation can be read here.

Family Dynamics (part 2)

In this episode, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall continue their conversation about the six most common family dynamics; as well as the strengths and weaknesses of these different family types.  In part 2, they talk about the final three:  childless family, stepfamily and grandparent family.    

The article that inspired this conversation can be read here.

Family Dynamics (part 1)

In this episode, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about the six most common family dynamics and the strengths and weaknesses of these different family types.  In part 1, they talk about the first three:  nuclear, single and extended.   How would you describe your upbringing?   

The article that inspired this conversation can be read here.

Love Languages

In this episode, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about the five love languages:  words of affirmation, receiving gifts, quality time, physical touch and acts of service.  What order would you place these in for yourself?  Brenda and Karen talk about the different ways you can love others through these five love languages.

When No One’s Watching

In this episode, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about who you are when no one’s watching; and share stories about others who have had a profound impact on their lives without the people even knowing it.  What if, when you’re being your natural self, you’re impacting the lives of strangers?  What if you’re making a difference without even trying to make a difference?   What if you can live a purpose-filled life by simply being your natural you?

Passing The Baton

In this episode of Do That Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall share the life-changing influence you can have on another person’s life when you pass to them the baton; the incredible impact there is when you choose to invest your talent and strengths for the sake of someone else’s growth and success.  And equally impacting is when you choose to pursue someone as a mentor for your personal growth and the long lasting relationships that form through mentorship.

Finish What You Start

In this episode of Do That Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about why we don’t always finish what we start; especially when it’s something we want to finish!  Listen in as they  describe different forms of procrastination and ways to overcome blocks you might be experiencing.

Food

In this episode of Do That Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about their favourite four letter F word… FOOD!  Listen in as Karen quizzes Brenda on some fun food facts, and how  eating together bonds us together.  Whether you’re a flexitarian, vegetarian or vegan, we look at all types of styles of cooking.  Let’s build community through food.

Less Stress

In this episode of Do That Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about the three different ways people show or express their stress:  I get quiet.  I get busy.  I get honest.  Which one are you? Listen to hear what each one means and also some practical ways to minimize the stress in your life.

Imposter Syndrome

In this week’s episode, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about Imposter Syndrome. What it is, their relation to it, and how you can combat the feelings that mark it, such as feeling like a fraud.

Disagreeing

In this episode of Do That Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about how to navigate uncomfortable disagreements’ why disagreeing is valuable; and tools that can help us disagree with each other without jeopardizing relationships.

Dance

In this episode of Do That Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about dance, their connection to it, and why they believe that everybody is a good dancer.

Tortoise and Hare

“Slow and steady wins the race” is one of the more popular interpretations of Aesop’s Fables Tortoise and The Hare. In today’s episode of Do That Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall use the tale of Tortoise and Hare as a catalyst to discuss the different energies we approach things with and how deepening our understanding of these energies helps create stronger relationships.

Rainbow of Friends

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In this episode of Do That Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about the various stages of friendship and how to thrive in each category.  What is the difference between being friendly and being a friend?  Are there different levels of friendship?  If so, how does it apply to your life?  Listen in as Brenda and Karen use colors to depict unique forms of friendship.

Filler Words

Ummm, like, so, do you use a lot of filler words? If so, this is the episode for you! In this Do That Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about filler words – how we can lessen our fillers, alternate options, and why being aware of the words you use can help strengthen bonds. Hint: it has to do with rapport!arge.

Life After 30

What do you want to be when you grow up? We all remember this question from our childhood, but what age did you have in your mind when you pictured yourself as a grown up? In this episode of Do That Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall explore why many of us think all of our life milestones need to be accomplished by the age of 30 and how this could not be any further from the truth!

Small Talk

Do you consider yourself a good conversationalist? Do you know how to engage in small talk? What’s the difference? In this episode of Do That Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall dig into these questions and more while exploring the topic of Small Talk. Listen along to discover if you already have the skills it takes to Do small talk Well.

Emotional Tank

In this episode of Do That Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about your Emotional Tank. How to identify when it’s low, and steps you can take to fill back up and recharge.

Allyship

Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall share some of the inspiring stories they’ve learned in honor of Black History Month.  Their conversation also extends a call to  Allyship and what they’re learning about the overarching need to bond together.

A resource Karen mentions at 24:20 in the podcast can be read here.
Thank you to author, Tyrone McKinley Freeman | @MckinleyTyrone

Saying No

In this episode of Do That Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall discuss the power of saying NO and the importance of practicing this skill to improve confidence. Do you feel comfortable saying no?

Reciprocity

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In this episode of Do That Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about the value of a mutual exchange.  Social Reciprocity is described as givers, takers and matchers.  How would you describe yourself? 

Reward Yourself

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In this episode of Do That Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about the importance of patting yourself on the back when you show progress with your goals.  Do you find time to reward yourself on a weekly basis?  If not, why not?

Positive Self Talk

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In this episode of Do That Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about strengthening your positive inner voice. Do you have an inner critic? They talk about how to take negative self talk and turn it into positive self talk.

Intentions

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In this episode of Do That Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall look at goals from a different angle.  What’s the difference between an intention and a goal?  They talk about how being intentional is a process, it is consistent and thrives within a ‘buddy system’.

Goals

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Our first episode of 2021!  And our first time offering both video and audio!

Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk New Years resolutions – why reaching goals can be difficult and how to find your motivation.

Our 2020 Library

Reflections

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In our final episode of 2020, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall take a short trip down memory lane and share a bit of their vision for 2021.

We did it!  A whole year under our belt!  What a learning curve, a growing experience, and a lot of fun!  Thank you for supporting our grassroots podcast.  We are beyond grateful!

Holiday Special | Part 4

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In the final episode of Do ‘Staying Connected’ Well, Brenda Brown gets Karen Thrall to play the holiday game. Afterwards they reflect on other ways to connect this unique holiday season.

 

Holiday Special | Part 3

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In episode three of Do ‘Staying Connected’ Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall continue to play the holiday game with friends. There’s also a surprise guest that is back by popular demand. Can you guess who they will be? 

Holiday Special | Part 2

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In episode two of Do ‘Staying Connected’ Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall phone four friends to play the holiday game. Listen to join in on the laughter and be serenaded by one of the guests.  Who will you be connecting with this holiday?

 

Holiday Special | Part 1

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In the first episode of Do ‘Staying Connected’ Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall take a different approach during the holiday season.  How do you stay connected when you feel miles apart from the ones you love?  Listen in to hear one of their ideas!

Boasting

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In Do ‘Boasting’ Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall discuss how to be bold and self-promote.  How do you convey the pride you have in your work and life, without sounding arrogant?

 

Do ‘Hungry For Change’ Well

In this 3-part series, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall discuss three important areas that will require change when you’re hungry for change.  

Part 1: lifestyle
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In Episode 1 of Do ‘Hungry For Change’ Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about the first step to seeing real change is accepting that a lifestyle change will be required.  What lifestyle change might you need to do?


Part 2: increasing your earnings
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In Episode 2 of Do ‘Hungry For Change’ Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about how to increase your earnings.  How you relate to money can affect how you view your worth.  Do you know how much you’re worth? (and not just what’s in your bank account)

Some of the inspiration was drawn from these two articles:  theladders.com and entrepreneur.com


Part 3:  relational strain
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In Episode 3 of Do ‘Hungry for Change’ Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about how change can really take its toll with either your colleagues, friends, family or intimate partners.  What do you do when you’re hungry for change and it causes a strain in some of your relationships?

ps.  Here’s the link to the book that Karen refers to by author, Dr Joseph Shrands.

Photo by:  Quino Al | Unsplash @quinoal

Do ‘Being A Leader’ Well

In this 4-part series, Do ‘Being A Leader’ Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall discuss how to excel in leadership.

Part 1: what type of leader are you?
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Curious to know what type of leader you see yourself as? Please listen to Part 1 for the archetypes.

Part 2: how to be inspiring
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There’s three ways you can inspire others with your leadership. Are you a storyteller? A teacher? A community builder?

Part 3: how to connect well with others
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Understanding potential weaknesses of each leadership type can help create buy-in and strengthen rapport.

Part 4: is it for you?
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Is leadership for you? What if it isn’t? Then what? And, what if it is? How do you transition into a leadership role?

Do ‘Workplace Friendships’ Well

In this 2-part series, Do ‘Workplace Friendships’ Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall discuss the different types of friendships in the workplace and its pros and cons.

Part 1: the different types of friendships
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The stats say that professionals who have friends in the workplace have higher levels of performance, engagement, and happiness.  Is it true? 

Part 2: pros and cons
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Is it ever ok to ‘burn bridges’, what does likability really mean, what do you do when you’re shy by nature, and what if you feel excluded?

Do ‘Speaking Your Mind’ Well

In this 3-part series, Do ‘Speaking Your Mind’ Well, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall talk about the importance of sharing your honest thoughts in a way that benefits you and those around you.

Part 1: honoring your voice
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How to honor your unique voice and allow space to find your true message.

Part 2: taking responsibility
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How to take  responsibility in how we communicate, how we honor our voice, how we handle our emotions, and how to coach others who want to do the same.

Part 3:  learning perspectives
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Being open to learning perspectives that vary from your own can foster healthy conversations (This also led them to talk about Black Lives Matter and prejudice)

Do ‘Tackling Your Dream’ Well

In this 4-part series, Brenda Brown and Karen Thrall discuss how to go after your aspirations and what holds you back.

Part 1: Time
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What are the practical solutions and why it’s important to find the Time to tackle your dreams.

Part 2: fear
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How Fear can come between you and your dreams and how to address it.

Part 3: forgiveness
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How the act of forgiving yourself and others is a powerful tool to allow you to let go and follow your passion.

Part 4:  Q&A
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Listen in as we recap the series and answer the questions that have been sent to us.

Do ‘Thriving’ Well

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Brenda Brown & Karen Thrall talk about four important principles you can take hold of in your pursuit to truly thrive in your life.

This episode is based on a chapter in Karen’s upcoming book of allegories entitled, ‘The Best Version Of You’.

photo by: Becca | Unsplash | @binkabonka

Do ‘Uncertainty’ Well

Brenda Brown & Karen Thrall talk about how to be your best during a time of uncertainty. For us, today, that would be the Covid-19. 

Karen wrote an article called “Not One Fear, But Three” addressing three fears. The podcast dives a little deeper into the article. [article link  

 

[Our 1st Podcast. Where it all began.]
Do ‘Socializing’ Well

Brenda Brown & Karen Thrall talk about social quirks, the best place to be at a party and bringing your happiness.

 

Karen is an executive coach. For over 20 years, she’s worked alongside leaders and teams throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

Karen Thrall

Business Coach | Human Catalyst, Karen Thrall Inc

Brenda leads and trains culture, sales and organizational development throughout the United States and internationally.

Brenda Brown

International Sales Manager, Herbivore Botanicals