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The broadCAST™ is a monthly weigh in by members of The CAST™ of Epic Engage™

Independent experts in their own right, members of The CAST™  have an opportunity to share their earned insights right here, for you, each month.  That being said, starting this month, we are taking a slightly new path of sorts… with a new view… with the CAST™ members having free rein to offer tips and ideas from their respective tool kits or answer the question we put out.  We figure that it provides a cool balance of structure, flexibility and value for all.

With that in mind, we wholeheartedly encourage you to connect with these experts on their respective expertise and how it might be of service to you.  They each bring great value in service to their work. 

May 2017

With the above in heart and mind, the question to The CAST™ for May is:

What is one tip, idea or thought you have for the broadCAST™ community that might make personal or professional life just that much better?


I’d like to touch on a subject that was briefly talked about a few months ago in a little more detail this month: Self Talk.  The long and short of what I’d like to offer this month is asking you to take just ONE WEEK of your life to try something different. For just ONE WEEK, deliberately and intentionally CHOOSE to focus on all the best outcomes possible for the ‘situations’ you face every day. It is our nature to automatically assume the worst when confronted with situations that don’t match our expectations. We tend to focus on all the things that could go wrong, rather than even consider the slightest possibility of success.

One funny (and true!) example comes from my daughter who was bummed out because she was so worried about what boys might think about her (her appearance, her smile, her weight, her hair, etc…). I asked her to do what I am asking you to do; for just one week, whatever you normally say to yourself (self talk) about a situation, deliberately and intentionally focus on the opposite. 3 days after I asked her to try this, she came home all smiles and giggles. When I asked her what had her so giggly, she replied, “I almost got 3 marriage proposals today!” She went on to explain that she waited on three ‘hot guys’ that afternoon at her restaurant and rather than focus on all of her (self-perceived) faults, she instead followed my advice and assumed that she was so radiant and kind that all three of the young men were contemplating how to ask for her hand…  talk about a change of pace! The end result was fantastic. She was happy, they were happy, she offered better service, they offered better tips, she remained in a good mood all day, and I am left assuming that those three young men walked away bummed that they missed out on a dynamic young lady.  😉

Truth be told, we truly are in total control of what we focus on and how we react/respond to events around us. So once again, I encourage you to take the next week and deliberately and intentionally focus on all the wonderful, amazing, and fantastic results that you will achieve!

Ray Hollister is all about strength, excellence and potential. In fact, he has a very special connection raywith students – he’s helped thousands achieve average scores of over 90% for 20 years! His love of learning… and his ability to teach anybody the same easy strategies he used to study far less than everyone else while maintaining outrageously high test scores… quickly earned him a lot of ‘friends’ seeking his advice. Ray has personally conducted numerous studies to develop an intense, focused, and  results oriented program for college students. With the success of that program, Ray set his sights on helping younger students in Junior High, High School, and those just entering University. The end result is a program that will help any student – especially YOU – learn more, study less, and earn consistently high grades.


Krista Walsh is about productivity and creating cash flow.  Krista is an award winning entrepreneur, author and speaker. From dental assistant drop out, to family business builder, to emerging leader for Atlantic Canada (twice), Krista will share her journey from failure to success and explore how to increase your cash flow and productivity.  In 2005 Krista established “KC COLLECT,” a credit, collection and resource company. It would be the first and only female-owned collection agency in Atlantic Canada.  Krista’s informative presentations engage and challenge audiences to effectively manage and build their businesses, professional relationships, and enhance their profiles.  Andrew Oland- President, Moosehead Breweries says “Krista is a smart, dedicated and passionate woman. She is an engaging and practical presenter who adds tremendous value to any audience.”  Her breakout sessions will assist you in navigating the practical tools you can implement immediately to increase sales and productivity, enhance and build relationships, and strengthen and increase cash flow.  Krista’s determination and vision has been recognized by her peers and she has twice received the Atlantic Canadian Emerging Award as one of Canada’s leading young entrepreneurs.


Here are 10 Reasons to Get Fit.  Spring is here and many of us are still committed to healthy New Year’s Resolutions or getting fit for summer. Everyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of exercise, and I love feeling strong. I have been extra dedicated to my own fitness routine over the last couple months and am really starting to feel the benefits.

For me, the benefits of feeling fit go far beyond aesthetics. Feeling fit makes me happier, more motivated and confident as well. In today’s world there is definitely a focus on fitness, but much of the media buzz seems to be centered on looking good, and less about the real impact that fitness can have on your life. So, if you’re like me, and aesthetic reasons aren’t doing it for you, you might be on board with the following motivators for developing a solid fitness habit.

  1. Working out is a huge stress reliever – If I have a tough day at work, a run is my go to and it is the one thing I can ALWAYS rely on to help. Regular exercise will also help you cope with the bad days or bad weeks with a little more resilience.
  2. Exercise releases endorphins – Whether it’s stress, sadness, or disappointment, exercise will give you an all-natural high and help you turn that frown upside down.
  3. Greater physical strength builds confidence and empowerment – Working out takes determination and dedication and is an investment in you. When you make that commitment to yourself, it feels good, damn good. So stand tall and speak your truth.
  4. Building muscle helps protect your joints and keeps your bones safer – Lifting weights increases bone density and stabilizer muscles that protect joints. Be sure to lift with proper form and seek an expert’s help when getting started
  5. Doing cardiovascular exercise keeps your heart healthy – We’ve heard this many times! Talk to your doctor if heart health is a concern.
  6. It sets a good example for those around you – A friend of mine inspired me to get into running eight years ago, and I’ve gone on to inspire others as well. Let’s plant the seeds of health all around us and motivate each other.
  7. It will motivate you to improve other areas of your life as well – “The way we do one thing, is the way we do everything”, a wise person once said. When we invest in ourselves from one angle, we are more likely to make other positive changes as well.
  8. It will add years to your life, and life to your years – A recent study showed that running 2.5 hours per week will increase average life expectancy by 5-6 years
  9. Fit people garner greater respect – Now this may sound a little shallow, and we shouldn’t judge people for their appearance, but we do respect when people make the personal commitment to take care of themselves and invest in their health. I look up to my fit friends!
  10. You will bounce back faster from illness and injury – A strong healthy body will recover faster from injury or surgery.

I hope you enjoyed these ten solid reasons for devoting a little more time to exercise and fitness. Now that the days are longer, brighter and warmer, what better time is there to get moving?  For me, this article is part of a new series on health and fitness for EPIC Engage™. Look for motivating articles from me in the coming months!  Thanks.

Liz Burt is about real and healthy results.  She is a master motivator. She is also a marathoner and marketing specialist living in Calgary, AB. She holds a three-year diploma in Business Management and Marketing, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, and will begin her MA at the University of Alberta this spring. In addition to being wild about learning and running, Liz is also an avid traveller and has backpacked through twenty countries in the last few years. In her professional life she loves working with small businesses to develop simple and effective marketing and communications plans that achieve real results. She is creative, a bit of a health nut and loves to share her healthy passions in her blog. Liz is a goal setter and risk taker. She loves coffee, cooking, and great conversations. She gets huge joy in helping people and small businesses achieve their goals and are always ready to lend an ear and share advice.



What if life is supposed to be hard? What if trying to avoid all adversity, only creates more problems? What if the best things in life are on the other side of discomfort, and sometimes, even pain?  Embrace challenge. Face adversity and walk bravely through it. On the other side is where greatness awaits.

Mark Black, CSP is all about wellness and resilience.  He is a Heart blackand Double-Lung Transplant Recipient, 4-time marathoner, resilience expert, speaker, and coach. Mark helps people “Thrive in Challenging Times”. A Certified Speaking Professional, Mark has inspired more than 100,000 people in more than 350 presentations. At 23 Mark faced an unimaginable challenge. His doctor informed him that his heart was failing. Without a rare and dangerous heart and double-lung transplant he would not see his 25th birthday. Three years later, after receiving his second chance at life, Mark ran his first marathon. Mark spends his free time with his beautiful wife and two kids.


Here’s a tip I’ve used to spur tremendous growth in my business and personal life: Do the thing that scares you.  Look deeply towards the task you most avoid… and give it your full attention this month.  Try it out.  Whereas in most cases it’s helpful to start with simpler or more enjoyable tasks, this approach asks you to cultivate your ability to transcend fear and avoidant behaviour.   Have a conversation or face a situation that you’ve been shying away from.  Target your “To Do” list from the perspective of what you would normally pass by.  There is often a great opportunity to stretch and grow with this practice.  Cultivate your capacity to go towards the things you avoid yet instinctively know will be for your greatest benefit, and soon there will be nothing holding you back.

Sheena Grobb Singer/Songwriter and Speaker… is humbly amazing. “It is without a doubt a masterpiece of songwriting and soundscape. Really incredible, soulful music. She will definitely get a huge audience in time, trust me.” Alex Wharton, Abbey Road Studios. A songbird from the age of two, songwriter at ten, with 3 albums under her belt, a nomination for the Western Canadian Music Awards, Sheenaand over 500 tour dates across Canada, the US, and the UK, Sheena Grobb (one of Canada’s best kept secrets) is spilling over. With the release of her newest album, The Breakless Heart, mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, and a life changing music video created by Lindsey Nelko (past choreographer with So You Think You Can Dance), Sheena is embarking on her most meaningful project yet – The Living Compassion Project™ – inviting others to “unlock their lives” through sharing their stories… as she begins to share hers.


Joel Sweeney is all about effective communications. He has been speaking, training, coaching and Joel-Sweeney-291x300writing about it for over 20 years. He is the author of The Wedding MC Handbook and Little Helpings of Food for Thought. His third book, The Speaker’s Tool Box – Perfecting the Craft of Speaking, was released in the 2015. He is the owner of Professionally Speaking (established in 1995). Joel helps entrepreneurs and business professional become effective, engaging and confident speakers.


My submission for the May broadCAST™ is a reflection upon roles/identities and how we are defined (each and every moment) by the same.

This weekend, a provincial GSA (Gender & Sexuality Alliance) Conference #GSANL2017  is being held at Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts. That means high school students coming together to celebrate diversity and acceptance, while acknowledging minorities that continue to be marginalized throughout the world.

A huge congratulations to the organizers for their progressive thinking and fight for equality. And to the attendees, your strength and willingness to stand up is so valuable. We cannot complacently accept the traditional stereotypes and narrow mindsets that still exist in many ‘nooks and crannies’ of this province and country… as well as blatantly on the international scene. The students I work with on a daily basis from the LGBTQ+ community are a great source of strength and hope for me.

In this spirit, I felt I would share the pic to the side: A 1970’s insert intended for parents from LEGO. It was forward-thinking for its time and encouraged parents to let kids be themselves. I hope LEGO continues to use the same insert… still lots of work to be done.

Trent Langdon is all about building legacy through character education and development. He is a junior high school counselor for 650+ adolescents and is dedicated to serving his students, their families, and communities.  Trent works on behalf of his colleagues to build identity, protect professional roles, and to give teachers ‘a voice’; currently completing his 2nd term as a member of the Provincial Executive Council of the Newfoundland & Labrador Teachers Association (NLTA) and now as the incoming NLTA Vice-President for the 2017-2019 term of office. Trent is also a Canadian Certified Counselor with the Canadian Counseling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and serves as a member of the CCPA Ethics Committee (Complaints Division).  And last but certainly not least, Trent is a proud contributor to the Epic Engage team.


My big TIP for this month is to not forget to enjoy life. After a busy week of Easter Break, all our new sessions for after school starting and having our kiln not work for 5 days, I was in a bit of a whirlwind these past few weeks of utter rush… and in the mindset of “not enough time”. It was go go until I can’t go anymore; mind rushing at all hours of the day and night.

I decided I couldn’t keep up this pace and needed a break. I went out for supper last night with my husband, I can’t remember the last time that happened. It was relaxing and I was attentive (I think haha). I really enjoyed our time together and the distraction from the daily race, which I realized, I was the only one running in.  I had to slow down to see all the sights along the way.

Since I slowed down, I went to visit a friend, I was attentive enough to also see when another friend really needed my help and reached out to a few people. And do you know what? It felt amazing. It’s human nature to connect. We aren’t machines.  This got me wondering why I don’t do this more often.  You know life is short and we are here to live a little.

My advice is take those breaks you need and try not to wait until you REALLY NEED them. Be sure to take some time for you to really enjoy the things that make you happy and truly matter the most in life.

JM2Jamie McCabe is all about creativity and connection. She is on a mission to bring people together through art and exploring their creative side at Clay Café Avalon. Jamie became an entrepreneur and opened the paint-your-own pottery studio in 2008 and has seen many memories painted there since then. She works with children and schools where she provides after school art programs. She believes we should color outside the lines more and embrace our inner artist. At Clay Café, it’s not about painting the perfect piece, it’s about painting the perfect memory.


blg-singBarry Lewis Green is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about voicing, exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness.  His book Human Being Being Being Human speaks to that.  and that is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.


Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. — Steve Jobs


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