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The research for the book Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous started with a podcast which continues today as a free resource & supplemental content for students of The School of Bravery.

 

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Two Cautionary Tales: All About Testimonials & Why Entrepreneurs with Trauma NEED Evidence-Based Protocols

Please learn from my mistakes, so you don't make the same ones. In this post, you'll hear two cautionary tales from my mistakes. Both underline the benefit that an entrepreneurial trauma survivor gains from creating evidence-based business protocols. This especially applies to testimonials, referrals, and recommendations.

Understandbly, trauma affects our decision-making skills as business owners. We have more to gain than our trauma-free colleagues from establishing business protocols that are s…

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What's your business coaching philosophy? How did you get started doing this work?

Why would your background as a musician make you a better trauma-informed business coach for your clients?

Great question! In brief, the application of my philosophy is salutogenic, whole-person, and strengths-based. In greater detail, I'll start with some musical background, entrepreneurial beginnings, and a foundational philosophy from a Japanese teacher...

From childhood, I learned to play the cello with wonderful teachers. Almost immediately after college, I used my business degree as a pr…

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I Kissed Capitalism Goodbye: a Case Study on Commerce & Deconstructing Joshua Harris' Course Launch

"When we know better, we do better." ~ Maya Angelou

If you are Joshua Harris, and all you read is this paragraph, that's understandable. Of course, you may read the full post, but if you leave this page knowing one thing it would be this: You are like so many business owners with religious trauma—you are brave and you are imperfect—you are human. I see so much of my own story in yours. I hope you’ll continue to de-center yourself, listen intently, and learn to apologize sincerely. Please cons…

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Why I No Longer Do "Sales Calls"

This one time I was on a really intense sales call...

Somehow my ADHD procrastination that day had pulled me through a random webinar sales funnel and I was suddenly talking on the phone (gasp!) with a guy named Chad. He was pitching me the latest "life-changing" 12-week coaching "experience" that I was about to miss out on it! Oh no! ;-)

Throughout the sales call, Chad managed to do the following:

  1. blatantly ignore my lack of consent
  2. gaslit me and my experiences
  3. negged me strategically ri…

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There Will Be No Mountain for Mark Driscoll

I have religious trauma.

You might already know this. I'm not that shy about it. If not, welcome. Pull up a chair and consider this your trigger warning if you need it before reading on... because buckle up y'all.

By the time I was 25, I had been a member of at *least* 16 spiritual communities, churches, faith groups, or home churches. I didn't know it then, but this high number is not abnormal for those adults with adverse religious childhood experiences.

I double-downed on Evangelicalis…

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How is the Evangelical View of Leisure Harmful to Nature & Women?

I can't remember the last time I've learned so much applicable material to almost every corner of life than I am right now in this semester's Ecofeminism class for my graduate education. (Master of Business Administration and graduate minor in Gender & Women's Studies)

For those unfamiliar with ecofeminism, it's a pretty vast theory of study and political action and like Evangelicalism, it spans seemingly thousands of opinions, differing applications. A good rule of thumb is that any ecofeminis…

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Can ecofeminist theories influence the global economy? 

Hi! I'm in grad school at the moment, pursuing an Master of Business Administration and a graduate minor in Gender & Women's Studies, focusing on the topics of coercive control, psychological marketing practices, and the power of (cult) influence. Below is an assignment I recently turned in (for an A+!) and I thought y'all might appreciate peeking into what I've been up to in the land of academia!

By comparing and contrasting the GDP, ECI rankings, product differentiation in exports, and an…

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Improvisation & How to Quiet Your "Loop of Doom"

Ever been caught in a "Loop of Doom" constantly spinning through what-if scenarios...

...but then something wacky or random happens and the looping immediately stops? YEP, me too.

This month in The School of Bravery we're focusing on that exact bravery ingredient: Improvisation. The strong skill of improvisation can help soothe Loops of Doom and possibly quiet them altogether! 

The stronger our improvisation skills are, the more confident we can feel while doing something brave. Your improvis…

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Positive & Negative Effects on the Global Music Industry from COVID-19

Emily Ann Peterson here! I took our COVID-19 lockdown as my opportunity to take a break from a part-time music career to pursue a Master of Business Administration and a graduate minor in Gender & Women's Studies. I'm focusing my studies on the topics of coercive control, psychological marketing practices, and the power of (cult) influence. But sometimes my music industry credentials still sneak into things—once a songwriter, always a songwriter!

I thought y'all might appreciate peeking into …

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What Do International Trading Partners Think About "Buying American"?

Emily Ann here! I'm in grad school at the moment, pursuing an Master of Business Administration and a graduate minor in Gender & Women's Studies, focusing on the topics of coercive control, psychological marketing practices, and the power of (cult) influence. Below is an assignment I recently turned in (for an A+!) and I thought y'all might appreciate peeking into what I've been up to lately. Also, please pardon the formality of my academic writing style, I'm usually much more "casual" with my…

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2020: The Highs & Lows (aka Your Invitation to a Better 2021)

I don't know about you, but 2020 can go take a long walk off a short pier.

The backstory... 2020 started with my attempts to distract myself from feeling dangerously raw and vulnerable. The previous year felt like a rollercoaster and I was losing trust in the world, life, people...

My mom's emergency brain surgery, glioblastoma brain cancer diagnosis, watching her learn to walk, eat, do radiation, chemo... Travel from TN to CO to TN to WY to CO to WY to TN to almost immediately leaping into 45…

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Hope & Defiant Expectation During COVID-19 - How to Find It

The most underrated and overused word last month was "unprecedented." This month in The School of Bravery we're focusing on the bravery ingredient of DEFIANT EXPECTATION.

Take a listen to Emily Ann Peterson share some updates on the latest news and announcements from our community and give you some insights, new perspectives, and resources for finding your defiant expectation during quarantine and this season of bravery that is COVID-19.

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How to Have a Vision of Possibility for 2020 (Plus New Co-host, Danielle Hope Diamond!)

We have such an exciting episode for you today! To coincide with last month's bravery ingredient of Vision of Possibility, I wanted to introduce you to someone very special: Danielle Hope Diamond

Danielle reached out to me to potentially become a guest expert of The School of Bravery and get interviewed on the podcast. However, after getting to know her very briefly, it became clear that she should be much more than just a one-time guest on our little podcast.

Danielle is our new podcast co-ho…

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When Things Don't Go As Planned...

Over the last 5 years, I've received two major health diagnoses that have drastically changed how I work & live.

  1. I can't exert the same physical effort without having my right hand go totally wonky on me. (Thanks Essential Tremor.)
  2. I also can't depend 100% on my physical energy, at least not while my hypothyroidism isn't getting the lab tests we'd all like.

Throw in more than a few depressive days and enough naps for 4 newborn babies, and you've got a very interesting work-life balance.…

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ps048: Is Imagination Insanity? How to Think Beyond Your Reality

On today's mini-episode we're talking all about constraints, limitations, and how to have an imagination based on *hope* for your future. There are three main points I want to make, to help us get out of the "woe is me" mindset. So listen below to hear those thoughts and my answer to whether I think imagination is insanity or not.

I also give y'all a little update on how my book concert tour is going! Texas has been wonderful! Lots of chips & salsa, new friends, old friends, and amazing times s…

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ps047: The Upside of Taking Risks

This week I'm preparing to leave my temporary home base of Atlanta to venture out into over 45 days of book readings, live performances, and workshops throughout the US. (All the dates and details are here: http://emilyannpeterson.com/calendar)

Since this month's theme in the School of Bravery and here on the podcast is Risk & Rejection, I thought I'd take a couple minutes before packing up my suitcase to talk about the upside of risk and the benefits it offers. Here are the 4 main topics I unf…

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ps046: How to Nurse Your Wounds of Rejection

In today's peep show episode, we discuss my 6 go-to steps for recovering from rejection. This is so important for any creative or visionary. Those of us who have big ideas, often encounter rejection of those big ideas.

Understanding how to present those big ideas to the world is crucial, yes. (Speaking of, have you RSVP'd for the next masterclass yet? http://emilyannpeterson.com/workshops)

ut understanding how to handle and recover from rejection is ALSO crucial. If you're putting yourself out…

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ps045: Regaining Your Power & Enforcing Boundaries

The past 2 weeks were filled with unexpected changes in my personal life. These changes greatly affected my work life. So in light of this month's top of "power of choice" in the realm of self-promotion, today we're chatting about how to regain your power by enforcing boundaries and drawing new lines in the sand. This is a crucial skill for anyone with personal life and a career - we all need the ability to balance crisis between the two realms.

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ps044: Doing Self-Promotion Differently

Last week I announced we were planning on a workshop all about how to not be a victim in life, but I got so many random questions about self-promotion that I decided to turn this month's theme of "Power of Choice" into how to use your power of choice to make better decisions in a self-promotion environment.

So in honor of this month's FREE masterclass (register here: http://emilyannpeterson.com/workshops) today we're talking all about how to do self-promotion differently and what that decision …

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ps043: How to Know If You're Bullshitting Yourself

This week aligned pretty perfectly. No surprise there. I had previously scheduled to talk about this subject so the fact that I woke up struggling with this really could not have been more perfect.

It is imperative that we call BS when we see it. In ourselves, in others, in our surroundings - if we see folks faking authenticity or trying to be a square peg in a round hole, we need to call it out.

So that's what we're talking about today.

PS - if any of this resonates with you, send me an emai…

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