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™  are asked to answer a question of simple but possibly profound nature. 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.  With that in mind, this month and due to extreme scheduling, we hear from 6 of our wonderful 8… and the question for the month is:

Given your own special expertise, what is one thing you most want your audience to remember in leading their lives at work and/or in life?


Smile. It really IS that simple! There is magic in a smile. There are countless studies that show and prove the concept of ‘fake it til you make it’ works. But in this case, it isn’t fake, and the result is immediate. To borrow from Tony Robbins; if you were to stand with your feet spread apart, staring at the ceiling with a HUGE stupid grin on your face, it becomes nearly impossible for you to ‘get’ depressed. Imagine that – simply changing your physical state can have an impact on your emotional state. This same principal applies – and works – when you deliberately smile. There is more to the process, but it is NOT necessary to understand why it works, in order for it to work. So I strongly and cheerfully encourage you to SMILE! The life you change could very well be your own.  Cheers!

rayRay Hollister is all about strength, excellence and potential. In fact, he has a very special connection with 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.


DING….is that an email from a customer or a FB message from a friend or customer? DING…did staff just text me with a question? DING, there it goes again. DING….what if it’s my daughter, she’s out right now driving. DING…it must be important.  In a world of technology, designed to keep us connected to everyone and everything… I can’t help but feel DISCONNECTED at times to the ones that matter the most. Am I being present when my kids, husband or friends are talking to me? DING.  One of my happy places is at my children’s events. The phone gets turned off. No one can call or text me. I am living in the moment. How can we live more in the moment? By giving the gift of presence. My best conversations are held when my phone isn’t around or turned off. This quiet disconnected time is also very important for work to keep you focused, on task and it opens up room for conversations with people you may not have come across before and can create great opportunities for growth both personally and professionally.   At Clay Cafe, I encourage people to embrace the moments by putting down your phone and picking up a paint brush; creating moments with a friend or child that will last a lifetime. In 15 years when you look up at that hand painted piece, it takes you back to a moment in time and you relive that moment againJM2 when you spent 2 hrs with someone special painting it. Remember how you both laughed and marveled in the beauty of what was hand made. These are the connections we need to be making now, not to the internet. Connect to what really matters during work and family life. When we allow these moments to happen, it reminds us how much we all need human connections and conversations in our day to day life. Take time today to focus on what is truly important to you. One of my favorite quotes is by Tony Robbins. “Life is made up of moments, you can either choose to create them or hope they show up every once in awhile.” Turn that phone off and create those moments.

Jamie 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.


For me, here it is.  “What we do is of little significance, but it is very important that we do it.”  Many people believe that their contribution at work or life in general is not important in the grand scheme of things. It DOES make a difference. We don’t always know what impact our contribution had on work, community, family, friends and even total strangers. We can’t allow ourselves to become complacent.  My signature keynote is titled “Make Your Voice Heard”.  I believe we can make our voice heard in a variety of ways. The most important way to make our voice heard is to make our contribution and make sure it is done to the best of our ability. That contribution could require a significant effort or could be Joel-Sweeney-291x300as simple as being a good listener. Whatever it is, make the contribution.  Oral communications is my area of expertise and I have seen how effective it can be when done properly. It can deliver clarity on what needs to be done and how to do it.  Each of us has something to contribute. Good oral communication skills allow us to share our expertise and insights with others. Don’t forget to share your knowledge. Speak up and make your voice heard.  All the Best … Joel 

Joel Sweeney is all about effective communications. He has been speaking, training, coaching and writing 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.


Here you go:  “Life is Supposed to be Hard”.  Have you had a hard day? A tough week? Take heart. You are not experiencing anything to be concerned about. It’s normal. That may come as little consolation, but it should.  Life is supposed to be hard. If your life is always smooth and easy, you are probably playing it too safe.  If you can learn to accept the fact that your life is supposed to be difficult, and stop resisting adversity, your life will be much better. Ironically, by straining to make our lives easier, we make them even harder. So rather than striving for easy, learn to thrive amidst adversity. 

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.


I would say the one thing I would want my audience to remember in leading their lives at work and/or in life…  Is that it takes courage to follow your heart with a high integrity… because the path of the heart is strewn with potential road blocks, and misperceptions, and hidden fears.  Always. But it is courage that will lead you through all that threatens your vision.  To fear… is to not yet understand.  Courage is learning to make friends with that which you at one time you only feared.  Courage is the beginning of every real transformation.

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.


This week has been a lesson and a reminder… for me.  The teacher has been the virtue of Simplicitymuriel4Last night I conducted one of my AFTER SCHOOL sessions on Facebook Live… all about simplicity.  It seems to be a recurring theme for me this past month in particular.  Stick to the knittin’.  Be true to yourself.  And on October 29, I wrote of meeting this incredible woman in a session that I did for a wonderful elder community and staff.  Throughout my now 35+ years in leadership, training and development… I have been consistently reminded of the power of Simplicity.  It breeds Grace and Excellence.  Being in the moment caused that magical moment with Muriel.  It served in my years with Dale Carnegie  Training® and with The Virtues Project™… and as a business educator.  Be in the freakin’ moment.  Roll with it.  Flow over drive; ride the wave.  These are the notions that are reminding me.  Excellence in our work and play… manifested in both how well we do and how well we experience our lives… is born of Simplicity practiced.

Barry 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. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC blgEngage™ 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.


We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. — George Bernard Shaw


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