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Marc Griffiths and “Get Out Your Box” - 241

Marc Griffiths and “Get Out Your Box” - 241

April 11, 2019

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Marc Griffiths is an award-winning ventriloquist, an engaging motivational speaker, and the author of the books "Get Happy: Make Your Dreams Come True Now!" and Dream Stealer. He has addressed more than 1,000,000 people in 5,000 talks worldwide. He works with children and adults.

You will love his message of "Get Out Your Box!"

As a Keynote speaker he has researched, written and spoken for 25 years, speaking to all types of audiences on the subjects of Happiness, Personal and Professional Development. Self-Esteem, Goals and Dream achievement.

He and his puppets have now brought hope and happiness to over a million children—including four of his own!

Originally from the UK, Marc speaks internationally but now lives in the USA with his wife and four children.

It was a lot of fun talking with Marc. 

Thanks for listening!


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Length - 59:28

Todd Whitaker talks about his book Dealing With Difficult Parents - 240

Todd Whitaker talks about his book Dealing With Difficult Parents - 240

April 6, 2019

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Todd Whitaker talks with me about teaching teachers and school-based administrators how to work with and talk with parents. His book "Dealing With Difficult Parents" (Routledge, 2016) written with Douglas J. Fiore is an awesome tool that every educator should take time to read and put into practice. Our discussion focuses on practical techniques that you will find helpful.

Todd is a professor of educational leadership at the University of Missouri and professor emeritus at Indiana State University. He has spent his life pursuing his love of education by researching and studying effective teachers and principals.

Prior to moving into higher education, he was a math teacher and basketball coach in Missouri. Todd then served as a principal at the middle school, junior high, and high school levels. He was also a middle school coordinator in charge of staffing, curriculum, and technology for the opening of new middle schools.

One of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd has written over 50 books including the national bestseller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. Other titles include 75 Ways to Be a Better Teacher Tomorrow, Ten-Minute Inservice, Your First Year, What Great Principals Do Differently, Motivating & Inspiring Teachers, 5o Ways to Improve Student Behavior, Classroom Management From the Ground Up and Dealing With Difficult Parents.

Todd is married to Beth, also a former teacher and principal, who is currently a faculty member of educational leadership at the University of Missouri and professor emeritus at Indiana State University. They are the parents of three children; Katherine, Madeline, and Harrison.

Thanks for listening.

Please share.


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Email: t-whitaker@indstate.edu




Length - 59:38

Scott Phillips talks about his film: Do It Differently - 239

Scott Phillips talks about his film: Do It Differently - 239

March 29, 2019



 Do It Differently “...tells the deeply personal stories of four fathers raising autistic children. The dads describe their ongoing journeys, from ‘the moment everything changed’ to present day. They see opportunity where others see disability and they'll help educators do the same. Their autistic kids are doing amazing things, and subsequently knocking down barriers and opening eyes.” You can watch Do It Differently for free on Amazon Prime and YouTube.

Scott Phillips is a video production superstar with The University of Oregon Athletic Department and Marquam Auction Agency.

He holds a degree in Cinema Studies with departmental honors from the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!).

He worked in TV news for 10 years in Portland, both as an on-air personality and a photographer/editor. He produces music videos, and videos for NCAA Division 1 sporting events all across the country. Scott is a filmmaker and has created award-winning documentaries and two feature films. He has written a number of feature film scripts as well.

Do It Differently is a powerful film. You will want to watch it more than once and share with your friend and colleagues.

Remember that you can watch it for free on Amazon Prime and YouTube.

Contact Scott and Watch Do It Differently:


Do It Differently





Length - 53:01 

Rick Snyder and Decisive Intuition - 238

Rick Snyder and Decisive Intuition - 238

March 22, 2019



Rick Snyder has written a book - Decisive Intuition: Use Your Gut Instincts to Make Smart Business Decisions (2019). If you make decisions in your world you are going to want to read Rick's book. He teaches you, in a very reader-friendly manner, how to listen to the internal voice that is telling you what you should do. Awesome book that you are going to want to read.  

Rick Snyder is the founder and CEO of Invisible Edge, an international consulting firm that builds high-performance environments in major, mid-size and emerging businesses.

He leads the Invisible Edge coaches in training companies and teams to build intuitive skills and translate them into business plans and company cultures that result in more effective communication, engagement, profitability, and innovative success.

His breakthrough strategies have been implemented by executives and businesses in Europe, Canada, Asia, Africa, and America. Rick holds an MA in Psychology and has previously worked in the healthcare, tourism and travel, and training spaces.

He has launched four businesses and travels extensively between California and Europe for work and leisure, and to help people access their intuitive skills for decision-making on a global scale.

Check out my first conversation on Episode 185.

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Email: hello@invisible-edgellc.com
US Phone: +1 (424) 272 5872
UK Phone: +44 (0)7746 872930

Length - 49:27

Why Do You Teach? - 237

Why Do You Teach? - 237

March 19, 2019


Why do you teach?

I recently watched an episode of the television show - Schooled (which I like by the way.) On this episode the question of teaching and why is a major part of the storyline. No spoilers...find it. It's a feel-good moment in the show. It got me thinking about why.

So here are three of the reasons why I taught and why I made my whole career about working with kids:

1. How many professionals have the possibility of making the positive impact that you can as an educator?

2. You get to work with so many different kids, different personalities, different needs, and different wants.

3. There is never a dull moment!

So take time to open your journal and write your three reasons why you teach.

Do that today and use your answers to keep you going and to keep you focused on those reasons when the times get rough.

You make a difference!


Length - 30:18