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  • Episode 31, Are You Able to Look at Things a Little Differently?
    Ayesha Aman Picture Red Shirt Small Size“Just because someone else does something doesn’t mean you have to do the same thing.”

    Did you ever have a parent or someone say that to you? Did it cause you to think through how to solve a challenge differently than you would have typically done?  This thought process, whether we realize it or not, helps guide us through thinking differently. Just because it’s always been done that way, does that mean it is the most efficient or effective way of doing it?  Can we improve the process by looking at it in a different way?

    My guest today, Dr. Ayesha Aman, knows what it takes to approach the usual with alternative thinking.  Trained as a medical doctor, Dr. Aman is a board-certified internal medicine physician and a Fellow of Integrative Medicine.  She has a passion for prevention developed from her work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Vanderbilt University’s Department of Preventive Medicine.Dr. Aman is the founder of the RESTORE Center for Integrative Medicine which combines the best of western medicine with evidence-based complementary therapies to heal and prevent disease.

  • Episode 30, Have You Overcome Adversity?
    Todd Drake from LinkedInThe Scottish philosopher, Thomas Carlyle said, “Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes jewels with.”  Everyone has some kind of adversity in their life at some point. Some things are extremely visible to others; sometimes it’s not so easily seem by a bystander. However, no matter what way it shows up still can derail you. It’s a choice to face it and figure out a way to work it out. Sometimes we can figure it out on our own; sometimes we need some help.

    My guest today, Todd Drake, overcame adversity from an early age.  His story is inspiring.  Todd has taken their small family business and turned it into a multi-million international wholesale and retail jewelry and manufacturing enterprise. He is a competitive athlete, too, and enjoys a great game of baseball when he can pry himself away from his business.

  • Episode 29, What Problem Have You Solved Lately?
    Confetti n meNecessity is the mother of invention” is an English-language proverb. It means, roughly, that the primary driving force for most new inventions is a need. Many of us think this way naturally; it is easy for us to think of many different ways to solve a situation.  Thank goodness we have entrepreneurs who think like this – they see a need and start figuring out how to solve the problem. Some are true-blue inventors; others are more situational and are great at problem solving between people.

    Which one are you? What problem have you solved lately?

    My guest today, Sharon Caswell, is just such a thinker.  From leading software development programs that have solved problems related to logistics to credit card payment processing, she recently took on wearable technology for horses.  As a life-long horse lover and trained as a software engineer. Sharon holds the reins at PonyUp Technologies.  Tune in to hear her story of developing a healthcare monitoring systems for equine patients.

  • Episode 28, So, What’s Your Story?
    steve stoler portrait.imageWho are you and what do you stand for? In 1778, Alexander Hamilton said, “Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” Do you know what you really stand for? Or do you let your friends on Facebook sway you on your beliefs?

    In business, we have mission statements, value statements, and core values. How about in your family? In your personal life? Do you know what you stand for?

    My guest today is Steve Stoler. As a veteran Emmy-Award-winning television news reporter, whose career has spanned more than three decades at six television stations in four states, Steve knows stories.

    Steve covered almost every type of news story imaginable, from major disasters to high-profile murder trials and dramatic hostage situations. Throughout his career, Steve became an eyewitness to history. He has interviewed presidents and governors, toddler rescues from wells and military standoffs. He is currently the Director of Media Relations for the City of Plano, Texas, and is a highly sought-after speaker and author.

  • Episode 27, What Do You Know About Your Intuition?
    Christina_2One of the things we rarely discuss but use every day is our intuition. Our intuition, that “sixth sense,”  is that built-in mechanism which many of us try to override with logic. This part of our psyche is often overlooked, but it is where the most creative thought processes occur.  It’s not just there to protect us, but our “gut feeling” can also inspire us.

    My guest today is Christina Carlin.  Christina is a spiritual navigator™ and clairvoyant coach. Her work as an intuitive healer draws upon a range of modalities from guided meditation to clairvoyant readings to channel radical transformation and abundance into the lives of her clients. Of Aztec decent, Carlin carries out a sacred tradition of spiritual guidance and intuitive practices passed down by multiple family generations. From removing emotional blocks to eliminating fear, her imaginative and collaborative approach to well being brings clarity, compassion, and divine navigation to the pursuit of happiness and success.

  • Episode 26, How Well do You Communicate Your Whole Image?
    LauraLewis800by800While we think of communication as being either spoken, digital or written, there is a lot we can convey and communication with our image and our presence.  How you look and the feelings you project are just as much a set of messages as those that are on your website, in your social media or in the things you write and speak. Albert Einstein said: “The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.  I pick friendly.”

    Today’s guest is Laura Lewis.  Laura is a speaker, national radio and TV personality, producer, expert guest, spokesperson for national brands, author and founder and CEO of Odyssey Star (formerly Laura Lewis Media). Laura’s company specializes in branding, publishing and promotion.  A pioneer in the realm of live simulcasting and web streaming, her Net Talk Live was the world’s first live triple cast and has a catalogue of over 200 episodes.

  • Episode 25, It’s All About Face-to-Face Communication
    Bio photo with PaulWhile we live in a world of digital communication systems , methods, and devices, when it all comes down to it, to expand your world, personal interaction is where these encounters should all end up.  Texting, posting and even phone calls usually are nothing more than precursors to having a one-on-one meeting with someone.  It is there you will either make a connection or know to call it off. When you can feel the grip of a handshake, hear inflection in a voice and look into someone’s eyes, you begin the process of getting to know someone better.

    As the saying goes, people do business with people they know, like and trust.

    Today’s guest is Paul E. Maynard, also known as The Relentless Networker.  With years of experience as a trade show professional, public speaker and writer, he knows, and has proven, that meeting up in person is how you make the best, and ultimate, connection with a prospect, client or friend.

    Trade show and events professional (inventor of the NDCC’s Big D BBQ Battle). Networking guru (The Relentless Networker). Business consultant. Writer. Chamber of commerce executive. Children’s book author. Animal advocate (@harrydiscovers). These are a few of the titles Paul has earned during his career.

  • Episode 24, Are You an Effective Digital Communicator?
    Cindy5Today’s major channels of communication are largely digital–mobile devices, website, text messages, streaming video.  While the best and most effective communication is still face to face, it really is up to us all to find the best way to reach out and engage others no matter the platform, medium or message.  Since “Coffee with Claire” basically lives on the internet and mobile devices, I thought it would be fun to invite a digitally-savvy professional in to tell us about some of the trends as well as educate us on how to create fun and excitement as we communicate with one another.

    Cindy Baccus is an author, board member, a leadership coach, and, most recently, the owner of Outtathebox Marketing.  With a background that includes education, child care, publishing and retail, she instructs business owners how to best utilize social media and digital marketing.

  • Episode 23, Are You a Natural Communicator?
    Earl toon pic from LIWhat constitutes a “good communicator?” Well, really, it’s taking the responsibility of making sure the person you are talking to understands you, right? It’s listening, watching and concentrating; being in the moment, and shifting quickly when you see the non-verbal cues that someone is not understanding what you are saying. Or maybe they understand the words but they have interpreted to mean something different—perhaps by incongruent body language that is sending mixed signals to the listener’s subconscious.

    We have so many different ways of communicating. And we develop our own personal style of communication.  Some people are great at telling their stories through music.

    Sir Earl Toon, my guest on this episode, achieved notoriety with the very popular band, Kool & The Gang, at the height of their worldwide fame.  He penned classic tunes like “Celebration”, “Ladies Night” and many others. It was a desire to stretch creatively that brought Sir Earl to create YMO Enterprises (Yours, Mine, Ours).

  • Episode 22, Playing Higher Percentage Chances to Improve Your Brand
    Susan Hamilton, OffBeat Business MediaIn life, there are rules that we follow. Sometimes we follow them, sometimes we don’t. I have to admit I sometimes go over the speed limit, but I blame my car. What we do really boils down to choice, isn’t it? I also chose to create stress and risk by speeding. It’s a choice. Is it the best choice? Maybe yes, maybe no. Maybe I had a deadline I had to make for an article, and I had to get it done before I left. Maybe I got on Facebook and forgot about the time. Choices, choices, choices!

    In improv, it’s easier to make the higher percentage choice. Those are the choices that have the higher percentage of a bigger payoff.   Even by making the higher percentage choices there is still a risk that the scene is missing something else and falls somewhat flat. We never know until the Director calls the scene. However, making the higher percentage choice is a way to somewhat hedge your bet.

    Maybe its ok with you that the rules are broken…especially if it makes you look better. But for how long? For the quick laugh? Could this same scenario present itself at work? At that point, your co-worker is going to mistrust you and not particularly like performing or working with you . Plus, you made their job harder than it already is.

    My guest today, Susan Hamilton of Offbeat Business, knows the value of taking risks.  She has started, sold and restarted several successful businesses and advises others on how to make their business work better by taking risks to build their brand and reputation.

    Have you taken any calculated risks lately to improve your business, brand or reputation?

  • Episode 21, Where does trust come from?
    jayne-riosWhere does trust come from? Hint: It never comes from the good times and easy projects.

    We trust people because they showed up for tough assignments, because they told the truth even when it was hard to hear and they kept a promise even though they could have easily broken it. You get a chance every day to create trust with those around you.

    Our guest on this episode, Jayne Rios, has demonstrated that success is built on trust.  Her passion is to empower and equip women by helping them realize their untapped potential for creating unlimited income on the internet and teaching them to become thought leaders in their occupations.  Jayne is a nationally recognized Speaker, Author, Visionary and co-Founder of the WBTVN).

  • Episode 20, Listen, Watch and Concentrate
    David Rose

    In improv, even when we are not on stage under the lights,we are listening off stage, so we can hop in and add to the scene at a moment’s notice…and not take it way off course. This is one of the hardest things we have to teach new improvisers. They get so excited about “writing the scene in advance in their heads” that they forget they are creating this with a group. Instead of listening to what is being said, they hop up on stage and try to cram their idea into the scene, whether it fits or not. This type of “non-listening” creates undue burden on their stage mates, as they now have to justify what the new person brought in even if it didn’t have anything to do with where they were as a group starting to go.

    Listening and hearing are not the same thing. In the workplace, as on stage, we have to listen to hear, speak and act.

    Our guest today, David Rose, is an accomplished sales trainer, business speaker, university adviser, board member and the CEO of C-Level Global, where he utilizes his proprietary RENAISSANCE methodology which helps save and grow businesses. He coined the phrase CPR saves lives but CRP (consistent – repeatable- processes) saves and grows businesses. And a big part of what he does is listening to hear.

  • Episode 19, Finding Fun and Relevance in Your Workplace
    brian-presenting-1080There’s a song from the 80’s called “Wham Rap” – yes, Wham did actually do a rap song! The line that sticks with me from that song is “do you enjoy what you do, if not, just stop, don’t stay there and rot! Yet, so many of us do that every day. We are stuck in a place that does not support our values, our culture, our work ethic, or our creativity. But we go in every day, like zombies, put in our 8 hours, and then leave. Like another 80’s band, Loverboy said, “Everybody’s working for the weekend.”

    There are huge benefits to being happy in the work place. People are much more creative, more productive, better decision makers, and make better co-workers! They also have less absentee, late and sick days that people who aren’t having fun.  Another benefit to a happy and productive workplace is that happy people are more loyal- they stick around.

    Our guest today, Brian Dobbs, knows about redefining our perception of reality.  Brian is the founder and owner of Relavate, a personal and professional coaching consultancy.  Brian’s business is all about attaching purpose to what we do and doing it with energy.

  • Episode 18, Sharing Success by "Circling Up!"

    Sometimes in business, we get so busy we forget to share our goals. Sometimes we hoard information  because if I know something you don’t know, it might make me more powerful. While there are times when, as a leader, it is inappropriate to share all information, there are many more times when it is appropriate to share information. And as a leader, you know information is power. A football coach doesn’t keep all the plays to himself, and wait to see if the quarterback guesses what play he is thinking…. ridiculous example, I know, but how many times in business do we think “I wish you would have just told me that from the very beginning”…because we end up wasting time and no one likes that feeling.

    Some successful companies, sports teams, and even families use a “huddle up” technique to get on the same page. Some companies have a daily five-minute stand-up production meeting, where everyone understands the priorities of the day and can see how they are helping to create something bigger than themselves.

    Our guest today, Von Daniel, is familiar with these techniques as the leader of Comedy Sportz Dallas, a leading improvisational troupe in North Texas.  Before a show begins, we always warm up. This allows us to get out of our heads, shake off our day , and get into a playful state, where our creativity intuitively flows.

    Von is CEO of ComedySportz Dallas. He has extensive experience managing in the DFW area, having successfully hired, trained, implemented processes and led business teams of varying skill levels. Von has extensive experience as a performer as a part of improvisational comedy in Dallas going back to 2001.

  • Episode 17, Getting the "Thing" Out of the Way So We can get to "Why."
    Sandra-Lewis-Life-At-The-TableMany times in life we get caught up in “the thing” of a conversation rather than the “why” of the moment.  An object may set up a conversation or interaction, but the ensuing discussion and connection is far more important.  In improv, we rely on objects to set a scene, but then once they are identified and clarified, the focus shifts to the relationships between the people around the object.

    Our guest today, Sandra Lewis, has used “the thing” of food and cooking to get to the “why” of life at the mealtime table for most of her career.  Trained as a chef, Sandra uses her skills to move people to interact and use their interpersonal skills.  Her company, Life at the Table, utilizes the setting of mealtime and interacting over food to improve and enhance communications for professionals and companies worldwide.

  • Episode 16, Taking on the Challenge of High-Risk Creative Work
    Michelle BardwellDo you know the difference between improv , stand up and sketch comedy?   Improv is much different from stand-up comedy since nothing is scripted. Stand-up comedians get the chance to rehearse their performance before they go on stage. And it’s not sketch comedy, like you see on “Saturday Night Live,” which is tightly scripted.

    True improv is totally made-up-on-the-spot entertainment, based on suggestions the director gets from the crowd.

    Performers do share a common vision, like any good team or organization does. The mission is to make people laugh.

    This could be called “high-risk creative work.” Not only do the performers have to keep their egos in check to be openly collaborative, performers must also remember they are there for the audience, to please them consistently. They are on stage, writing the script “one line at a time” in front of a live audience, where there is no opportunity for rewrites. They follow rules that are learned “stone cold” through  extensive, regular rehearsal so they are like muscle memory in their minds.

    Since they don’t know what the suggestion is going to be until they hear it, it is imperative that the improv performers all trust each other and have each others’ backs.

    As in business, improv performers have two concurrent things on their minds:

    • Actively listening to enable collaboration.
    • Paying attention to the exchange and adaptation to the constant change of the direction of the scene so we can create together.

    So, in this next series of Coffee with Claire, we are going to be exploring how some improv skills can actually help us in our lives – both personally and professionally. And, remembering that we ALL need to PLAY and laugh everyday.

    As you know, each week we invite people who are entrepreneurs, people who give back to the community, and people who like to have fun. This week, please meet Michelle Bardwell.  Trained as a dancer, choreographer and teacher, Michelle made the “high-risk creative work” leap into the world of health and wellness in the 1990s and has grown significantly in the field since then. Michelle is a natural medicine practitioner, the owner of Flower Road, an alternative health institute, and the developer of The 13 Botanical Formulas.  These formulas are a system of premium grade essential oils designed to specifically address physical and emotional issues.  Currently she is working on a book to help us Muggles learn how to use her revolutionary system.

  • Episode 15, Leveraging the Digital World to Design Your Future
    paola-picture-bw3We talk a lot about communication on Coffee with Claire. I guess you’ve figured out I really like to talk! But, things are changing. We have more opportunities to reach out to others like never before, with social media and many specialized devices and methods.

    So how has a digitized world changed us?

    My guest today, Paola Saibene, is an experienced CTO (chief technical officer) and digital business transformational pioneer in the technology business sector. She is also the Co-Founder of Neutrino Peach Labs, and the President & CEO of Y-SAI (a Texas-based company).

  • Episode 14, Unlocking the Secret of a Bold Life
    peti-1Do you have a secret dream of trying something you’ve always wanted to do, but didn’t have the courage to go after it and give it a try? Why not? Fear of failure? Is letting a dream pass you by a success?

    Others tell you all the reasons it will fail. Since when do they get to dictate how you pursue your passions? How dare they! In fact, I think there are a lot more reasons TO follow your dream and to live a bold life, than just watch by the sidelines.

    Michael Peticolas, my guest today, is living proof you can be bold, follow your dreams and succeed.  Michael is a fifth-generation Texas trial lawyer who chose to become a a brewer, cellarman, distributor, and brewery representative for his own craft beer.

  • Episode 13, Taking Care of Yourself So You Can Care for Others
    shea-bootheAs women, we have a tendency to take care of everyone else, and then at the end of the day, almost feel guilty if we put our feet up and relax for a moment. But, you know what? If you aren’t taking care of yourself, you are going to burn yourself out and not be good for anyone.

    Today, my guest, Shea Boothe-Wood, and I are talking about the four easy steps you can take to take care of YOU!

    Shea has been in the  in the skincare industry for over 25 years, beginning with such skincare giants as Estee’ Lauder, Christian Dior and Aveda Corporation. Shea’s entrepreneurial spirit went into high gear when  in 1994 she became one of the founding members of world-renown SkinCeuticals , a clinical skincare company specializing in anti-aging cosmeceuticals. Shea held ownership in the company until its sale to L’Oréal in 2005.

  • Episode 12, Servant Leadership: Showing up rather than telling
    johnson_billyHave you heard of the term Servant Leadership? It’s something that I embodied long before I had a definition. Simply put, a servant leader prioritizes the needs of customers, employees and communities first.

    So, as a boss, it’s about people before paperwork.

    It’s really about showing what good looks like, then getting out of the way so those you lead can get busy with their directives. It’s showing rather than telling, and building trust so that all opinions can be shared in a safe environment.

    My guest today is Billy Johnson, Director of the Professional Leadership Program at the University of North Texas College of Business. Billy is an experienced executive recruiter and judge of talent.

  • Episode 11, Making Plans for Next Year by Being SMART
    shelby-milesHow good are you at setting goals for yourself…and then sticking to them? Sometimes we have the best of intentions, but the goals we make might be a bit overwhelming unless we take the time to break them into smaller steps. The SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, results-driven and time-focused) approach is one way to help make sure a goal meets all of the criteria.

    Today my guest is Shelby Carino, the Texas Psychic Medium.  Shelby is a medium, energy healer NLP Practitioner and author of five books.

  • Episode 10, Do You Have a Mission Statement and are You a Strong Leader?
    Do you have a personal or professional Mission Statement? Do you have core value statements? Are your actions congruent with what you state are important to your organization? Or do you let things slide because it’s just easier to ignore?

    lon-rickerIn today’s episode we will discuss creating a mission statement and being a strong leader with our guest, Lon Ricker. Lon is the chief development officer of the American Fallen Soldier’s project. Before he worked for AFS (and several other non-profit organizations) Lon was a successful corporate executive, well trained in corporate culture and leadership.

    The American Fallen Soldiers Project was formed to help provide comfort and healing to the grieving families of our fallen military. The organization makes available, at no cost to the family, an original portrait of their fallen loved one that fully captures their appearance and personality.

  • Episode 9, Finding Balance and Being Authentic With Yourself
    edward-lewellen-professional-headshotWe all have moments of self-doubt and feelings of “not being enough”…and then we have moments of elation and “we can rule the world!” attitudes. What happens between those two states is what we call balance.

    It’s breaking through the fog and understanding how we show up that brings us to a truer way of representing ourselves – more authentically and with a clearer understanding of what outcome we would like to see as a result of the conversation.

    Today’s guest, Ed Lewellen, is a transformational speaker, coach, author and leader. Dr. Lewellen holds an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity, Certified Master Executive Coach, Master NLP Practitioner, Master Life Coach and has an MBA in Management. He has been invited to speak to psychology and international departments of universities on Neuropathological Remodeling and Mind Management.

  • Special Episode (#8): Yes, and...
    yes-and-photoIn this special episode of “Coffee With Claire,” Claire speaks to a group of business leaders to help them lighten up their workstyle.  This was not a sitcom or stand-up, but rather a completely unscripted idea of how to make people interact with one another.

    Learn to live in improv and give your ego permission to take time off.

    Don’t be scared…and wait for the laughs!

  • Episode 7, Breaking Free from the Past: Feeling the moment
    monttein-alonsoOne of our biggest challenges is breaking free from the past.  Like chains that would hold us in physical bondage, memories and feelings from the past many times keep us from moving forward to what we really should be focusing on: our future and potential.

    My guest today is Mary Monttein Alonso.  Monttein is a certified professional Shadow Coach and Shadow work Facilitator.  She uses an experiential somatic process to help her clients break free from the heavy chains of the past.  She also uses physical supplements, including Liquid BioCell Life Blend to help heal on a cellular level.  Her approach uses a set of comprehensive natural healing options for the soul, heart, mind and body.

  • Episode 6, Making Each Other Look Brilliant: Leaving your ego at the door
    melissa-walkerIn improv, there is no room for ego. Improv is a team effort. If a team member is struggling, the team members need to figure out what they need, and offer it to them, before they ask. Isn’t that an ideal way to co-exist?

    Consequently, ego has to be left at the front door. No egomaniacs on stage; they ruin the flow for everyone. Improv performers have to understand that if they want all of the attention, stand-up might be a better route.

    Of course, in improv, it’s not “real”, meaning, yes we are creating something, but we don’t have to live with it. In “real” life, we have this thing called “pride” that sometimes doesn’t want to ask for help when we desperately need it. Or we don’t know where to find it and try to keep our pride intact.

    The challenge for you this week is to find someone or some organization that needs your help, and volunteer to help them before they ask. Read a book to a child, make sandwiches for the homeless, help out your elderly neighbor. These little gifts of time can make a huge difference in someone else’s life.

    Today’s guest, Melissa Walker, is a certified career coach and the Founder and CEO of NextCareer, a company focused on transitioning the skills and competencies of the military into corporate careers.

    Melissa has a Masters in Health Care Management and studied Organizational Behavior at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a talented professional who has enjoyed a number of leadership roles with the ICF Veteran Outreach and Programs Committee, mentoring at the University of North Texas, working with Woman Inspiring Success of the Enterprise (WISE) and DallasHR Workforce Readiness Committee. She also helps individuals find the right path to new careers through her work as a career coach and community volunteer.

    With over 20 years of recruitment and hiring experience and an understanding that goes beyond HR, Melissa possesses an ability to see past where the person may be today – to where they can be tomorrow.

  • Episode 5, Being Comfortable in Your Own Skin: Work on finding the good in you
    wendi-mcgowan-ellisThere’s so much pressure on all of us to look a certain way. We see examples of it every day in magazines, movies, and even on TV. It’s funny how we have lost sight of how part of being an individual is not just having a different personality, but also looking different too. Why is someone else’s definition of what you should look like holding so much power over you? We are all created to be different for a reason. The world would be incredibly boring if we were all exactly the same.

    This stems from some pre-conceived judgment thing that I don’t buy into and I hope you don’t either. Judgement holds you back from following your dreams – especially if your harshest critic is yourself. Be your own best friend. That little voice inside our heads can be  a good thing, until it turns on us. So stop it. Right now. Take care of you by giving yourself positive feedback.  Lift yourself!

    The challenge for you this week is to REALLY be aware of your self-talk and be very aware of what you are saying. Work on finding the good in you. And if you do slip up don’t beat yourself up for slipping. Put that thought in a big a balloon, and send the negativity out to float away…..visualizing it vanishing into the ethers.

    Our guest today is Wendi McGowan-Ellis, founder and chief designer at Wendistry. Wendistry is a line of individually hand-painted handbags that are “making arms artistic.” Believing that you’ll never influence the world by trying to be like it, Wendi knows that you need to define your style through ensembles and accessories that make a statement, but are easy to wear.

    Wendi has an Economics degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She left a 20-year corporate consulting career to design painted handbags that have walked the runway at New York’s Fashion Week. Wendi  shares her secrets to “adorn differently” through clothes and accessories that reflect confidence and strength.  She is your personal concierge of uncommon outfits.

  • Episode 4, We Live in Improv: Living life on the spot
    von-daniel-newWhen I tell people I do improv, they are amazed. And I am amazed that they are amazed. Because here’s a secret, folks, —we all live in improv! No one hands us a script in the morning and says “this is what you are going to exactly say, do , stand, etc. all day long.” After some of the days I have had, if they were written by a scriptwriter, they would have been SO fired!

    Seriously, think about it. We are all in this together, basically making it up as we go, based on “suggestions” that we receive from others: from our bosses to our families to our coaches. We live in the moments and work through them together.

    Improv itself is a high-risk, creative activity; we get suggestions from the audience, we make up the scene or game on the spot, and then the bonus is that through our creativity we make you laugh. Maybe it’s the idea of being on stage in front of people, or maybe it’s a fear of looking like a fool in front of a bunch of people that make people react to what I do in the way they do, but we’re really all the same inside.

    Improv to me is spontaneity – something many times we take for granted. It’s the freedom to explore something or create something that’s never been created before – even if it’s just in our minds. My challenge to you this week is this: do something spontaneous this week – go to a museum, catch a movie at the last minute, call a friend you haven’t’ spoken with in a long time.

    Our guest for this episode is Von Daniel. Von is CEO of ComedySportz Dallas. He has extensive experience managing in the DFW area, having successfully hired, trained, implemented processes and led business teams of varying skill levels. Von has extensive experience as a performer as a part of improvisational comedy in Dallas going back to 2001. He has performed with multiple improv ensembles, both short- and long-form, for over 10 years and taught improv to various age and talent groups (from age 8 to adult students). Von’s strategic leadership helped improve performance quality of improv shows and increase the audience base of the programs. With 14 years of experience performing professional standup as well as community theatre,

    Von also has immense professional skills in marketing, website, financials, and curriculum development. He has deep relationships with other improvisers in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex, including those organizations listed as competitors. In all these endeavors, Mr. Daniel has been embraced and accepted as a one of the improv elite in the Dallas improv community.

  • Episode 3, The Spirit-Fed Entrepreneuer: "The power of ‘should.’"
    shelby-milesIn the “Spirit Fed Entrepreneur” several authors speak about how they were able to make the transformation from working in their heads to working through their hearts. This is a pretty big shift to make, as we all have those little voices either in our heads, or voices from friends and family members telling us what we “should” do. And that word “should” is a huge trigger – when someone tells you “you should” be doing something” they are making you wrong. And that is judgement, folks. No one but YOU gets to judge you (if you are a law abiding citizen). So, if someone tells you that ‘you should” be doing something, and it’s something that doesn’t’ resonate inside your body. Don’t do it. Even if it’s not a popular decision. Good leaders make unpopular decisions all the time, because they know it is the right thing to do.

    This week, my challenge to you is to listen for the word “should.” If it is spoken to you, in what context? If you are speaking it, in what context?

    Our guest this week is Shelby Miles. Shelby is a natural born teacher and authentic life coach. Why the words ‘authentic life coach?’ Simply put, Shelby has been through her own dark night’s of the soul and been coached through them; therefore living what she coaches.

    As a natural-born psychic medium, energy healer, shaman, teacher, ordained minister and NLP pracitioner, Shelby organizes the energies that the unconscious mind runs making the outcomes you want in life more streamlined.

    Author of five books thus far, they tell her story of her awakenings and the processes that have opened the door to her being able to speak what she lives.

  • Episode 2, Give and Take: "Not being a stage hog!"
    tracy-eubanksWe all like to have some give and take in our conversations. If  one person is talking the whole time, when are they going to learn about the other person? It’s better to slow the conversation down, and listen waaaay more than you talk, and when you do talk, remind people of what you heard them say. They will think you were reading their minds, because they don’t even remember that they just said what you repeated…because they don’t understand the “give and take” factor. Give the other person a chance to talk too – you might just learn something new!

    Our guest today is Tracy Eubanks, a great practitioner of “give and take.”  Tracy is the CEO of Metrocrest Services and the former president of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce. He previously ran Mapsco, Inc., the map company that began in Dallas in 1952 and is also a former board member and chairman for the Texas Retailers Association. Talk about a guy who has spent his career listening.

  • Episode 1, New Beginnings: "Yes, and..."
    Starting something new can be exhilarating or scary, depending upon how you look at the situation. Faced with the choice of saying yes or no to an opportunity that presents itself to you, you basically have three choices: to say “yes, and….;” to say “no, but….;” or to do nothing.

    jayne-riosOur guest today, Jayne Rios, knows all about making choices and saying “yes, and…” Jayne is a nationally recognized speaker, author, visionary co-founder of the Women’s Broadcast Television Network (WBTVN) and CEO of the Women’s Global Leadership Alliance.  With 30 years’ experience in television, video and internet marketing, Jayne’s passion is to empower and equip women by helping them realize their untapped potential.

About the Show

A few words about Claire Billingsley

How it all came to be…

Claire Billingsley’s journey to WBTVN has taken many paths, with a number of twists and turns. Claire has been a second grade teacher, aerobics instructor, disc jockey, executive with a major franchise company, radio talk show host, life coach, improvisational comedy performer, professional speaker, laughter yoga leader, and best-selling author. She uses her curiosity for learning and her insatiable quest for helping people to connect ideas and individuals together to enhance their dreams and aspirations.

Through every position she held in the corporate world, it has always been “people before paperwork.”

Claire’s passion for connecting people has led her to “Coffee with Claire”, where she combines all of the things that she loves: education, business, giving back to the community, and most importantly, HAVING FUN! Her mantra is ‘Follow the Fun’, and once you see her style of communication and interaction with her guests, you will understand how she incorporates her mantra into everything she does.

Tune in every Friday morning at 9 am CT to WBTVN, and see what everyone is talking about….there’s never a dull moment on “Coffee with Claire”!

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A few words about Coffee with Claire TV

Let us introduce ourselves

“Coffee with Claire TV” is the new owner’s manual for women who want to realize the dream of conceiving, building and running a business. The show is an interactive experience for you, the viewer, who can choose just to watch or participate. Check out (and watch) the archive of shows on Claire’s YouTube channel.

Each week, Claire will engage viewers by:

  • Introducing a concept
  • Interviewing a relevant guest
  • Offering up educational and coaching options to reinforce the topic at hand.

Along the way she will be following the fun (because that’s just who Claire really is!). And then there is homework for those who just need to learn more!

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With Claire’s improvisational comedy background, teaching, mentoring and servant leader mindset, watching her show will be both enlightening as well as entertaining.

“Coffee With Claire TV” is the brainchild of Claire Billingsley and Jayne Rios.

Join Claire every Friday at 9 am Central Time on the WBTVN, and stay informed of upcoming events and activities here.

Follow Claire on Twitter and Facebook as well as here on Coffee with Claire to stay up on all the fun things she always has up her sleeve!

Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities

Sponsorship Options

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Access our Show

You can find us on ROKU, DirectTVsling, Comcast, AppleTV and many other streaming services.  Search for WBTVN and watch us live or view our archives.

Keep Informed on Upcoming Shows & Guests

Talk with Claire

Our show is about Love, Life and Laughter.  If you would like to be a guest on Coffee with Claire, complete the form below and we will contact you.

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Show Day and Time

Mark your calendars and watch Coffee with Claire every:

Friday at 9:00am

WBTVN Channel

Archived shows available!