Season 2, Ep. 11 | 3 Kinds of Feedback Everybody Needs

podcast Apr 20, 2021

Over and over we hear that one of the difficult leadership conversations that leader’s would love to avoid is feedback. It’s certainly a complicated one and yet so important to the success of our teams and the people we work with every day. In today’s episode, Annie & Heidi, talk about three types of feedback everybody needs to hear and how to offer it.

You don’t want to miss:

  • Crafting the words and forms of appreciation and recognition that connect to the receiver
  • Start your “receiving-feedback habit” to stop discounting positive feedback
  • The self-leadership you can use to prepare yourself to either give or receive feedback
  • Pacing feedback with questions and conversation to get the most out of the information
  • Building relational equity so the feedback becomes a useful gift to the receiver
  • Leveraging the power of ALL three kinds of feedback in our conversations: 

Appreciation: Recognition and affirmation for contributions


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Season 2, Ep. 10 | Confidence in Your Calling

podcast Apr 13, 2021

What is it that holds you back from taking that next step? Maybe the message you tell yourself. Maybe the unknown shakes confidence. Maybe seeing others makes  you wonder if you have what it takes. In today’s episode, Annie Perdue-Olson is joined by Sharon Gill to talk about the confidence we need to fulfill our leadership calling and serve others well.

You don’t want to miss:

  • Smart people can do great things with this one essential ingredient -- confidence! 
  • Our responsibility is to invest in confidence so that we can fulfill God’s calling
  • Confidence is belief in yourself and your abilities -- if you don’t believe, neither will others
  • How growing in confidence is a simple fix to problems on your team
  • A lack of confidence opens the door for others to take advantage of you 
  • The “scripts” that hold you back from grabbing hold of the confidence you need
  • Putting the words and images in our mind that focus us on truth
  • The power of...
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Season 2, Ep. 9 | You Are What You Think

podcast Apr 06, 2021

 What do you tell yourself when you look in the mirror? How do you recover when you make a mistake? Are you at peace or war? Your inner dialogue matters and it’s the most important conversation you have every day. In today’s episode, Annie & Heidi, talk about how to stop the negative self-talk by noticing, naming, and reprogramming the messages in your mind. 

You don’t want to miss:

  • How to recognize the signs of an inner bully.
  • The damage negative self-talk does (hint: it’s more devastating than you think)
  • Why it’s so important for leaders to be aware of their inner dialogue for the sake of themselves and others.
  • The three step process to stop the negative self-talk and where to start today.
  • Why the “should’s” are a clue to the damage self-talk causes and what kind of should does the most harm to our emotional wellbeing. 

PLUS, best practices to reprogram your mind with truth so that you can win the battle for...

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Season 2, Ep. 8 | Becoming a Conversational Leader

podcast Mar 30, 2021

 Great conversational skills matter for every leader. Trust is built, however, by the experience you create in the middle of the conversation. In today’s episode, Annie Perdue-Olson is joined by Mary Verstraete of the Center for Coaching Excellence to talk about what it means to be a conversational leader, why it’s important and how we can do it. 

You don’t want to miss:

  • Moving beyond skills to developing your leadership presence 
  • The power of attitude in all of our conversations to demonstrate respect and care
  • How to enter into the emotional world or situation of the person you are talking to
  • Ways to acknowledge the deep human desire to be seen and heard
  • How to prepare yourself to show up fully to the conversation

PLUS, why it’s important to face the bias that may be limiting your leadership presence in the conversations that matter to you. 

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Season 2, Ep. 7 | That's a Great Question

podcast Mar 23, 2021

People often come asking for advice to solve problems. What they really need is a guide to help them find their own answers. We can become facilitators of great questions that help draw out the solutions from within. In today’s episode, your hosts, Annie Perdue-Olson and Heidi Zwart, talk about having conversations that matter by getting better at asking questions.

You don’t want to miss:

  • Turning curiosity into questions you can ask instead of making assumptions 
  • Asking bigger questions that get to what is under the surface
  • How summarizing and paraphrasing can help create meaningful insight
  • Using summarizing or paraphrasing to clarify what is being said and generate insight (bottom lining what you have heard)
  • Experimenting with open-ended questions and questions to avoid

PLUS, how to pace your conversations to help others find their answers 


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Season 2, Ep. 6 | The Art of the Ask

podcast Mar 16, 2021

 Churches and nonprofits run on volunteers. But serving goes beyond filling holes with bodies and it requires having the right conversations to find the right fit. How do you do this and why does it matter? In today’s episode, we talk to Christa Foss, the Hospitality & Connections Director, at a growing Twin Cities church about how to have “I see you conversations” that build a strong and committed volunteer culture others want to join. 

You don’t want to miss:

  • How to provide opportunities to know how people are wired and gifted through both formal and informal conversations.
  • Why it’s important to have the right people in the right roles and how to discover that.
  • How to appreciate your volunteers in big and small ways and why it matters.
  • Why a strong volunteer culture builds a bench of volunteers and why they’re your strongest advocates.
  • Why giving permission for a volunteer to “hit the pause button” might be the best...
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Season 2, Ep. 5 | The Do's & Don'ts of Zoom

podcast Mar 09, 2021

Like it or not, remote work and life is here to stay for awhile. While our future relationship with Zoom may look different than it does today, this technological platform has allowed us to stay connected to our work and one another. In today’s episode, Annie & Heidi, look at the do’s and don’ts of using remote technology to build relationships and have conversations that matter. 

You don’t want to miss:

  • How Annie and Heidi each have a unique perspective and experience with remote technology - and what they bring to the table.
  • Our best practices for building relationships, even with people you’ve never met
  • When keeping the same meeting etiquette works on line and when to adjust it
  • How to interact effectively for better engagement 
  • How to level the playing field for meetings, training, and presentations to give everyone an equal voice. 

PLUS, the top thing to avoid if at all possible (hint: it’s the most difficult...

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Season 2, Ep. 4 | How to Encourage Others

podcast Mar 02, 2021

Who needs a little encouragement when things get hard? Every one of us needs a good boost of encouragement now and then. Let’s shift mindsets and engage the conversations to bring Godly encouragement into the world! In this episode, we talk to Andrea Coli, Teaching Pastor at CrossWinds Church and Executive Director of Lead Bold! about the space and place every woman in ministry needs to be encouraged, equipped and challenged to do the work that God has called us to do. 

You don’t want to miss:

  • What gets in the way of having the encouraging conversations we need
  • Why encouraging conversations are essential for meaningful connection with others
  • Getting out of our own “head space” that keeps us trapped in isolation
  • Identifying where you can be vulnerable and stretching yourself to go there
  • Attending to yourself and figuring out the encouragement you want and need
  • Cheering others on through intentional encouraging conversations 
  • Practical ways to...
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Season 2, Ep. 3 | Embracing the Leader You Are

podcast Feb 23, 2021

As female leaders in ministry, we can sometimes negate relational or intuitive leadership strengths over strategic ones. Yet when we lead authentically with empathy and a soul care lens, we build strong relationships with our team and confidence in who God made us to be. In this episode, we talk to Tami Stordahl, a 26 year ministry veteran, about leading from these strengths while caring for yourself in the midst of the daily demands of leadership. 

You don’t want to miss:

  • How to trust your leadership if you don’t have strategic strengths.
  • Why leaning into mentorship is crucial for your leadership development - and how gender may play a lesser role than we think.
  • How to have a team conversation that includes space for intuition and strategic paths for effective decision making.
  • How to lead from empathy while taking care of yourself at the same time - and the lens through which this is most effective.
  • The keys to building confidence in your own leadership as you...
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Season 2, Ep. 2 | Before You Say a Word Pt 2

podcast Feb 16, 2021

Last week launched Season 2: Conversations that Matter with a 2-part episode talking about the difficult conversations that matter. We started the conversation with the preparation steps you need to take to lead yourself before you say a word! When we can do that, then we can dive into designing the conversation you know you need to have, but don’t know where to start.

You don’t want to miss:

  • Clarifying your purpose and what you want out of the conversation
  • Getting your expectations on track
  • Managing the “what-if” scenarios that play in your head
  • Leveraging empathy -- hint: it’s only possible if you lead yourself well first!
  • Designing the conversation with the other person in mind

PLUS, the hardest part of that tough conversation . . . how to get heard, but what if they don’t hear you, ignore you or get angry?

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