Dancing in the Discomfort Zone with Anne Bonney

Dancing in the Discomfort Zone with Anne Bonney

Let's face it, life is uncomfortable. Whether it's interacting with other humans (or trying to), going after our goals and improving our lives, or understanding other people's perspectives, preferences and proclivities, being able to face the discomforts in life with courage, compassion, confidence and resilience will make life a lot more enjoyable! So join me as we DANCE IN THE DISCOMFORT ZONE! We'll explore new ideas, learn how to build our confidence, courage and resilience, and laugh a little too, because life is serious enough. We need a little cha cha, and a little ha ha every once in a while! Welcome to the Discomfort Zone with Anne Bonney!


October 2, 2023 34 mins

Lisa Demmi (https://lisademmi.com/) Speaker, author, artist, philanthropist, hurricane auntie and dog lover knows belonging.  She's been without it, knows that pain, and knows how to help create an inclusive environment.  In this episode we talk about why it's important, and her opinions on the impact a culture of EXclusion has on the people.  

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Hurricanes are a part of living in FL.  Michigan has snow, Kansas has tornados, California has earthquakes, DC has politicians....it's just the facts!  Here in Florida, for 8 weeks a year, it might get windy.  I've lived here for a little over a year, and have experienced 2 major hurricanes.  SPOILER ALERT: everything worked out beautifully for me in the end, but I was sure dancing in the discomfort zone during the evacua...

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Becoming a professional artist takes talent, courage and tenacity!  Jacqueline Bruce (https://jacquelinebruce.com/) has all 3 and more!  In this episode she shares her journey, her losses and the power of believing in yourself to move forward!  She also talks about her physiological evolution, and how she embraced the new developments that her instrument displayed!  A great message to us all to let go of the old identity as our new...

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Becoming a gold medalist in the Olympics is a feat in and of itself, but doing it after doctors tell you you'll never ski again is a whole nother ballgame!  How do you know when it's right to go with your intuition and continue to push towards your dream?  Nikki Stone (https://www.nikkistone.com/) tells us about her journey doing just that!  She's danced in MANY discomfort zones, and has fabulous insights to share, e...

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Andy grew up like Huck Finn with a motor on the intercoastal waterways of Savannah, Georgia. He spent eight months a year at sea serving in the US Navy out of Japan launching jets off the flight deck of an aircraft carrier.
As a bestselling author and speaker he openly shares his story of fighting a six year battle to save his son’s life and the powerful lessons he has learned along the way.

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Every time I teach an Emotional Intelligence workhop, someone asks "Ok, but how do I get my boss/co-worker/staff/spouse to be more self-aware?".  So I welcomed Dr Erika Michalski (www.stratauth.com) back to the show to share her educated opinions and perspectives on how to help others realize that their actions and words are NOT having the desired impact!  We go through some amazing strategies to help others in a way that...

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Sam Demma https://www.samdemma.com) , best-selling author of Empty YourBackpack (https://www.amazon.com/Empty-Your-Backpack-Beliefs-Consistent/dp/1778272509) and one of the youngest keynote speakers in the education and association space joins us today to share his metaphor of the backpack that we all carry that's full of the weight of everyone elses opinions and words!  He shares strategies on how to empty that backpack of th...

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A friend once said "Grief is love with nowhere to go."  It's a winding road with no end and no logic, especially when dealing with the death of your child after a long battle with mental health challenges and addiction.  Barbara Legere, (http://barbaralegere.com) courageously tells her story, and provides guidence on talking to people who are grieving.  Her book "Talk To Me, I'm Grieving" JUST came out...

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Having difficult conversations is one of the most challenging things in all human interaction.  We just want to get along.  Our feelings are hurt.  We just don't want to create conflict, or have to deal with the resistance of others.   But whether it's conflict in our romantic relationships, corrective conversations with people who work with us, or conflict in the office, we have to have these tough conversations in order...

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Whitney Brewer (Www.whitneybrewer.com) is on a quest to empower women through her artform.  In this insightful and enlightening episode, we talk about shame, blame and guilt and how she helps people become more confident, more empowered, and step into discomfort and overcome.  Through her photography and her emotional brand consulting, she has changed lives, and she tells us how.

In this episode we talk about

  • How she cr...
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In this enlightening discomfort zone dance, Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union and a renowned LinkedIn expert, shares valuable insights on leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to revolutionize your LinkedIn strategy. Covering six key areas, Joe discusses the immense potential of AI tools in optimizing LinkedIn for professional success.

Part one delves into the power of AI-driven content creation and reveals how AI can generate comp...

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First time cruising: check
Keynote at 10:30pm: check
New format speech: check

I was dancing in the discomfort zone big time y'all, so I thought I'd share the adventure!  Yes, even your host gets uncomfortable sometimes, and it all centered around unknowns and unexpected wrinkles that required quick changes of the plan.  (and I love a good plan....so changes too it often have me reaching for the Tums!)

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Creativity takes risk, and sometime in your past, you may have taken that risk and been judged or rejected, and many of us learn, it's not safe to put our ideas out there, and we stifle our creativity, and believe we are not!  Well you are, and Dr Caroline Brookfield (www.carolinebrookfield.com) is here to help you reclaim your creativity!  In this episode we talk about

  • Learning how to increase your tolerance for ...
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When I heard about Josh Stinton's (https://joshstinton.com/) Marathon across the Sky, I knew I needed to invite him to the studio to come chat, and boy he did not disappoint.  Meet someone who is dancing in the discomfort zone a lot, having a ton of fun, meeting amazing, madly intelligent people, and raising tons of money for great causes.  In this episode we talk about

  • Hide and Seek World Championships (https://w...
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What I thought was going to be an academic conversation about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion turned into a fabulously insightful connection with an amazing human to talk about so much more!

Di Ciruolo (https://diciruolo.com/)  is an author, speaker and justice advocate. Her first book Ally Up, discussed her experiences supporting tech People departments through growing their equity awareness; building programs both in the...

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Bryan Martin and I have been friends since I was a blonde animal trainer at the New England Aquarium in Boston.  He is a lifelong dancer (just recreationally) and who knew he would use that past-time to help him get through one of the most terrible experiences of his life, the tragic loss of his life partner.  In this fun and inspiring episode, we talk about 

  • How he used dancing to pull himself up when all he wanted was to be do...
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One of my favorite Emotional Intelligence exercises to help me deal with tough situations!  Enjoy!

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3 people reached out and said "Networking makes me uncomfortable, do an episode on that!" so my wish is your command, and this week I welcome Gina Glover (https://www.ginaconnects.com/), Speaker and Career and Networking coach to share some fabulous insights about networking and how to make it a bit less uncomfortable.  

We talk about

  • How to build confidence so you can make it more easily from the car to the n...
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Self-awareness is the cornerstone of Emotional Intelligence and in this week's episode, I dive into self-awareness with speaker, podcaster and emotional intelligence aficionado Courtney Stanley (www.courtney-stanley.com)  We go all in on what it is, why it matters and how we can improve it!

We talk about

  • How self-awarness helps build stronger teams, a more positive and productive work culture, and ultimately drives...
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My whole goal in this podcast is to talk about things that make us uncomfortable, but that we'll be stronger for talking about.  I hope this episode can help debunk some myths, and maybe get someone who desparately needs it, some help!  This week I welcome Josh Shea, Pornography Addiction Expert, Author, Certified Betrayal Trauma Coach, TEDx Talk Speaker (www.PAddictRecovery.com) to talk about porn addiction and the intensely ...

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