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Choice Conversations is a personal development podcast, dedicated to helping you improve your life, one *choice* at a time! I cover the following topics: * Holistic health, including physical, emotional, and spiritual health. * Improving relationships, be they between parents and children, romantic partners, or friends and family. * Being successful with money and in business. * Having a purposeful, fulfilling life. * Finding peace and happiness. If you like the podcast and want to contribute, please become a patron. Anything you can give would be appreciated: https://www.patreon.com/ChoiceConversations If you’re temporarily short on cash, there are other ways to help out. One way is to go on itunes and subscribe, rate and review. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/choice-conversations/id315666764?mt=2&ls=1 Sharing on social media is another. This will help the show to grow, which helps me do what I want to do -> help as many people as possible. Thank you for your time and good will. Make the choice to be great!
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Mar 3, 2017

Steve Crandall joins me to discuss Leader Effectiveness Training, as developed by Thomas Gordon. LET is a method of communication and conflict resolution that enables anyone who has been placed in a leadership position to get better results and to do it in a manner that is pleasant for both the leader and their followers. It is based on the same principals as Gordon’s Parent Effectiveness Training, which of course has been mentioned numerous times on the show.


To find out more from Steve go to his website:
http://www.crandallpartners.com/ 

Or send Steve an email:
steve@crandallpartners.com 

Gordon Training International’s site a tremendous resource for LET:
http://www.gordontraining.com/ 

Gordon's essay What Every Leader Should Know:
http://www.gordontraining.com/wp-content/uploads/What%20Every%20Leader%20Should%20Know%202012.pdf 

 

Enjoy great bonus content on Patreon

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Dec 9, 2016
Fast Effective Leadership, The One Minute Manager Book Review

Looking to improve your leadership skills? Are you a manager who wants to get results, while at the same time building strong relationships with your subordinates? In this book review of The One Minute Manager from Spencer Johnson and Ken Blanchard, I will show you how!

In this episode I cover the following:

  • ensuring your employees know what is expected of them
  • effective use of praise
  • how to take the sting out of reprimands, while still correcting the undesired behavior
  • running effective meetings
  • getting workers to "buy in"
  • how to reduce the time required to manage people, while increasing production
  • getting new hires up and running quickly and efficiently

The methods discussed in this podcast are great for any time you are in a leadership position, be it at work, at home, hobbies and clubs, where ever. You won't want to miss this show!

 

Buy the book here:
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Oct 14, 2016
Improve Your Love Life with Warren Farrell

You can improve your love life by changing the way you talk to your partner. Acclaimed author Warren Farrell joins me to discuss this topic! We go over how the human species evolved a certain reaction to criticism which was useful during more primitive times, but is no longer serving us in modern times as we try to have fulfilling marriages. The focus is primarily on communication with a life partner, but we dip into parenting, education, and communication with friends, co-workers, or anyone!

This interview is a replay of one I originally recorded with Warren back in September of 2013. I felt that between all of the new listeners the show has been getting and the high quality of the show it was worth posting it again. This way those who missed it the first time will get a chance to benefit from Warren's wisdom. Plus, you get to see how far I've come in improving the audio quality in my studio. :)


Find more from Warren here:
http://www.warrenfarrell.com/


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Aug 12, 2016
The Art of Stress Free Relationships with Philip Frey

In this show, I talk with Philip Frey of the Valiant Growth podcast about his recent series The Art of Stress Free Relationships. We do a nice overview of the series, and then dive deep into several related topics, including the following:

  • How to categorize relationships
  • The difficulties voluntaryists in particular have with relationships
  • Fostering loving relationships
  • Relationships among the Freedomain Radio community, including a look at Stefan Molyneux's book Real Time Relationships
  • Contrasting Philip's view on relationships with Harry Browne's, as presented in his book How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World
  • Physical attraction verses virtues
  • Obsety as a red flag for emotional wounding
  • Ayn Rand's personal life
  • Positive thinking and affirmations
  • Placebos

The Art of Stress Free Relationships series:
http://www.valiantgrowth.com/e37/
http://www.valiantgrowth.com/e38/
http://www.valiantgrowth.com/e39/
http://www.valiantgrowth.com/e40/

Find more from Philip here:
http://www.valiantgrowth.com/
https://www.facebook.com/valiantgrowth
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1716223768646188/

More on positive thinking and affirmations:
http://choiceconversations.com/positive-thinking-with-antony-sammeroff

 

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Oct 4, 2015
Talking Politics Using Non-Violent Communication with Walter Hendricks

Walter Hendricks had me back on his show on UCY.TV, Solvinur Event. Again the discussion centered on Non-Violent Communication, with this dive going deeper than the last. Points discussed included:

  • Using NVC to talk about politics
  • How domination systems are rooted in the family
  • The nature of voluntarysm
  • NVC and the trivium
  • Is NVC mind control?

All of this and more!


Check out the Solvinur Event:
ucy.tv/se

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Sep 21, 2015
NVC, the Trivium, and Mind Control with Walter Hendricks

I was recently invited to call into the show Solvinur Event on UCY.TV. The host of the show, Walter Hendricks, was skeptical that Non-violent Communication (NVC) was a form of mind conotrol known as Neuro-linguistic programming. I provided an introduction to NVC, talked about its relationship to the trivium, and answered a number of NVC-related questions.

There were four different people on the show, each going in varying directions, so it was difficult to address each concern raised as thoroughly and succinctly as I would have liked. Having said that, I still found value in the conversation.

Check out the Solvinur Event:
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Aug 6, 2014
Having Relationships with People Stuck in the Matrix

In today’s show I have a round table discussion with Antony Sammeroff and Rock Barcellos on having relationships with people who are still plugged in to the matrix.  What is it like after having taken the red pill?

 

What do we mean when we say we’ve taken the red pill?  We’re talking about going against cultural norms, going through a philosophical awakening.  This covers a variety of topics which I’ve discussed in previous episodes:                                  

 

·         Voluntarism

·         Atheism

·         Philosophy in relationships (defoo, etc)

·         Authenticity in relationships (openly expressing emotions, etc)

·         IFS therapy

What are some effective strategies for dealing with these blue pill-ers?  How do we deal with the fact that we typically look crazy to those still plugged in, even though they are the ones who can't see past the illusion?

 

Next, we delve into the differences between needs based judgment and morality based judgment.  From there, we discuss if morality even exists, or is it just something people made up?  What about our thoughts on Stefan Molyneux and "the against me" argument?

 

 

 

Find more from Antony here: 

 

https://www.youtube.com/TheProgressiveParent

 

https://www.youtube.com/EnrichYourLife1

 

http://enrichyourlife.co/

 

enrichyourlife@outlook.com

 

 

 

Find more from Rock here: 

 

http://rocksilesbarcellos.daportfolio.com/gallery/847313 , https://www.facebook.com/rocksilesbarcellos?hc_location=timeline , http://rockbarcellos.tumblr.com/

 

 

 

 

 

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Apr 30, 2014
Authentic Relationships with Antony Sammeroff

Antony Sammeroff joins me for a discussion about authentic relationships.  What are the benefits of authentic relationships and, what are the qualities needed to have them?  I found this conversation to not only be both fun and intellectually stimulating, but also inspiring.  Not only is Antony knowledgeable and well-spoken, but he has a presence about him where you can’t help but want to better yourself after listening to him.  I hope you have a similar experience to mine with this interview.

 

Find more from Antony here: 

 

https://www.youtube.com/EnrichYourLife1

 

https://www.youtube.com/TheProgressiveParent

 

http://enrichyourlife.co/

 

enrichyourlife@outlook.com

 

 

 

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Mar 3, 2014
Better Marriages with Greg and Priscilla Hunt

Greg and Priscilla Hunt from BetterMarriages.org  join me to discuss marriage enrichment.  Marriage enrichment is not like marriage counseling.  Marriage counseling is triage for when a couple is in serious trouble.  Marriage enrichment, on the other hand, is support for couples who are looking to improve their relationship and strengthen their connection, whether they’ve been married for 40 days or 40 years.  It includes skills for healthy communication, creatively handling conflicts, increasing intimacy, and more.  It includes a community of like-minded couples who learn from each other, modeling more effective behavior, who provide encouragement and support. 

 

Find more from Greg and Priscilla here:  http://www.bettermarriages.org

 

 

 

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Related podcasts: 

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/couples-communication-with-dr-warren-farrell  

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/communication-with-pete-gerlach

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-trivium-and-non-violent-communication-with-darrell-becker

 

 

 

 

 

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Help the Podcast!  I would greatly appreciate it if you went to itunes, wrote a quick review and rated the show.  This is a great way to increase downloads and to help the show grow.  The more downloads, the more easily I can book high profile guests:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/choice-conversations/id315666764

 

 

 

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Nov 19, 2013
Judgment and Responsibility with Darrell Becker and Wes Bertrand

In this conversation Darrell Becker and Wes Bertrand joined me to tackle the topics of judgment and responsibility.  I found that these two things, judgment and responsibility (or denial of responsibility as is often the case) often go together.  We discuss how these topics handled using Non-violent communication (NVC), and go over many examples, including events in the news, sexism, the Free Domaain Radio podcast, and more!

 

Find more from Darrell here:

http://voluntaryvisions.blogspot.com/

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-trivium-and-non-violent-communication-with-darrell-becker

 

Find more from Wes here:

http://completeliberty.com/

http://happinesscounseling.com/

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-virgin-diet-and-n-1-experiments-with-wes-bertrand

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/complete-liberty-with-wes-bertrand

 

Choice Conversations is now on Facebook.  Stop in, say hi, discuss the shows, and more!  If you like Choice Conversations then "like" me on facebook, get notifications, and then share the page with your friends:  https://www.facebook.com/ChoiceConversationsPodcast

 

Help the Podcast!  I would greatly appreciate it if you went to itunes, wrote a quick review and rated the show.  This is a great way to increase downloads and to help the show grow.  The more downloads, the more easily I can book high profile guests:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/choice-conversations/id315666764

                

 

Bumper music:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHjpOzsQ9YI

Sep 12, 2013
Couples Communication with Dr. Warren Farrell

 

Acclaimed author Warren Farrell joins me to discuss couples communication.  We talk about how the human species evolved a certain reaction to criticism which was useful during more primitive times, but is no longer serving us in modern times as we try to have fulfilling marriages.  The focus is primarily on communication with a life partner, but we dip into parenting, education, and communication with friends, co-workers, or anyone!

 

 

 

http://www.warrenfarrell.com/

 

 

 

Meet Warren in person!  Scroll to the bottom to find his latest appearances, including the one discussed on the show in Big Sur:  http://www.warrenfarrell.com/sample-page/

 

 

 

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Aug 30, 2013
The Trivium and NonViolent Communication with Darrell Becker

 

Darrell Becker from Tragedy and Hope joined Steve Patterson and me to discuss merging the Trivium with Non-Violent Communication.  This was a fun and fascinating journey into melding two seemingly very different things, a strategy for learning and a strategy for connecting with yourself and others, and finding that the sum of the parts creates something greater.

 

Darrell is the first person I’ve interviewed where he was the one to initiate contact.  He’s been a long time listener, and it was a new and pleasurable experience to have a fan of the show on as a guest. 

 

Find more from Darrell below:

 

Darrell’s blog:  http://voluntaryvisions.blogspot.com/

 

Darrell on Tragedy and Hope, Merging the Trivium with NVC: https://www.tragedyandhope.com/history-merging-the-trivium-method-with-nvc/

 

 

 

Darrell on Unplugged Mom: http://www.unpluggedmom.com/umradio-podcast/8654/

 

 

 

 

 

Below you’ll find more information on the topics we discussed:

 

Previous podcasts on the Trivium:

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/episode-115-the-trivium-education-with-jan-irvin

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/episode-116-gene-odening-on-the-trivium

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/rhetoric-with-gene-odening 

 

Non-Violent Communication:  http://www.cnvc.org/

 

 

 

Parent Effectiveness Training:  http://www.gordontraining.com/parent-programs/parent-effectiveness-training-p-e-t/

 

Previous podcasts on Parent Effectiveness Training: http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-basics-of-p-e-t

 

 

 

Pete Gerlach’s site on Inner Family Systems Therapy:  http://sfhelp.org/gwc/guide1.htm

 

Previous podcasts with Pete Gerlach:

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/breaking-the-cycle-with-peter-gerlach

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/five-personal-marital-and-family-hazards-with-pete-gerlach

 

 

 

42 Fallacies: http://aphilosopher.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/42-fallacies.pdf

 

Rhetorical Triangle: http://www.mrgunnar.net/ap.cfm?subpage=347030

 

The Continuum Concept: In Search Of Happiness Lost by Jean Liedloff:  http://www.amazon.com/Continuum-Concept-Happiness-Classics-Development/dp/0201050714/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1377811154&sr=1-1&keywords=jean+liedloff

 

 

 

 

 

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Jun 28, 2013
Leader Effectiveness Training with Steve Crandall

 

Steve Crandall joins me to discuss Leader Effectiveness Training, as developed by Thomas Gordon.  LET is a method of communication and conflict resolution that enables anyone who has been placed in a leadership position to get better results and to do it in a manner that is pleasant for both the leader and their followers.  It is based on the same principals as Gordon’s Parent Effectiveness Training, which of course has been mentioned numerous times on the show.

 

 

 

To find out more from Steve go to his website:

 

http://www.crandallpartners.com/

 

 

 

Or send Steve an email:

 

steve@crandallpartners.com

 

 

 

Gordon Training International’s site a tremendous resource for LET:

 

http://www.gordontraining.com/

 

 

 

Gordon's essay What Every Leader Should Know:

 

http://www.gordontraining.com/wp-content/uploads/What%20Every%20Leader%20Should%20Know%202012.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

Bumper music:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB9LXpO6yWo

Feb 13, 2013
Communication with Pete Gerlach
Pete Gerlach joined us once again, this time to talk about the skill of communication.  We discuss reasons people communicate, skills needed to communicate effectively, and a few of the more than 30 communication blocks that he details on his website.
Here is a link to his "Lesson 2" study guide on effective communication:
Here are links to his youtube playlists on communication:
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