Lessons from a TV Show

Recently I had the opportunity to be interviewed on a Charter Communications Cable TV show Remade in California, along with my friend and business partner, Mitch Taylor. The whole experience was very educational and I want to share some of our real life lessons with you.

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Be open to new people, new ideas, and new opportunities. I had self-published my first book when a few months later my husband met a local publisher who I “just had to meet.” She ended up publishing a 2nd edition for me, as well as my next two book projects. She also introduced me to a friend of hers in LA who owns a company called TVGuestperts. Although I was a little hesitant at first, I pursued this connection and ended up being listed as Personality and Communication Expert. This opened up other opportunities for connections with magazine publishers, radio programs, and, most recently, a TV show.

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Lessons from Glynn Washington at Podcast Movement 2016

Podcast Movement…a 3 year old conference for podcasters that drew 1600 people to Chicago a couple weeks ago. I am so glad I was able to be there. I went in fully prepared to learn things that I didn’t know I didn’t know. Even though we’ve been doing this for the laIMG_20160707_115628343st 68 weeks, Mitch and I both admit to doing a lot of “making stuff up as we go along.” Right away I realized that not only was I going to learn a lot about what we need to do to create a better podcast, but there were so many principles that translate into other areas of life and business.

Glynn Washington, host of Snap Judgment, was the opening keynote and he talked about the power of storytelling. “The best stories come from simple events.” We don’t have to wait to do something extraordinary to have a story to share. We just have to look for the extraordinary in the ordinary.

My favorite example that he shared was a powerful story told by Josh Healey. He could have said, “It was really hot so I took my nephew to the water park.” But he didn’t. Watch him tell this story. Take the journey with him. Go places emotionally you wouldn’t expect to go.

Want to hear another amazing Snap Judgment story told by Sonya Renee? It’s about hair.
“Story has the power to change.” How can remembering this help us in life and in business? Whether I am recording a podcast, MCing a wedding, leading a workshop, giving a seminar, or trying to teach my kids something important, being able to tell a compelling story can have a HUGE impact on what the audience hears…and whether or not any change takes place in their lives.

 

What stories do you have to share? Whose lives might you change with your story?

The Truth About Personality Tests

Are they accurate? Do factors like age, occupation and what activities you have been doing earlier in the day affect your results? Are they actually helpful or are they just for fun?

First, let me start by reminding everyone that when I am talking about “personality tests” I wiredthatwayam NOT referring to the “What animal would you be?” or “Which type of a friend are you?” quizzes that I see all over Facebook. I am talking about honest-to-goodness, well-researched, genuine assessment tools like DISC, Myers-Briggs, or, my personal favorite, Wired That Way.

The next thing to really think about is that no matter how well a test or assessment tool is designed, the results will only be as accurate as the responses that are given. Here are my tips for giving the best responses that will give you the best results:

1. Take your time. Read the instructions! The assessment tool I recommend has definitions in the back that will help people understand better the traits being identified. If you take the test before realizing that is there, it could affect quite a few of your answers…which in turn could affect the outcome of the test.

2. Differentiate between natural behavior patterns and learned traits. Answer each question based on your NATURAL behavior and NOT the way you would respond based on years of working in a certain field or taking on a certain role. There is nothing wrong with possessing learned skills, but they are not good indicators of your natural personality type.

3. Have someone else take the test for you. Unlike cheating on a test in school, having someone you live with or work with can often give you the most honest answers. While it is tempting to answer the way we WANT to be seen, those who know us well and have seen us at our best, and at our worst, may be able to give the most accurate answers.

I do believe that personality tests can be a great tool for self-assessment and personal growth. Just don’t get too hung up on specific scores. Focus on understanding patterns, motivations, and natural strengths and weakness. Strive to be the best “you” that you can be and practice learning the positive traits of the other personalities while remembering that doing that won’t change who you are.