Pauline Crawford speaks with Mike Sedam about Magical Conversations.

Conversations can use diversity and inclusion to move things forward. Conversations can be had in a way that everyone feels engaged and empowered, regardless of their role in the organization.

These types of conversations can be beneficial to companies, teams, and relationships.

Pauline's website is:

Her book can be found on Amazon:

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Donna Spina speaks with Mike Sedam about how business owners can stand out by focusing on what makes them special and what their customers need.

Communicating and educating clientele is an important part of marketing for businesses. It can also help with internal issues that may be plaguing large organizations.

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You can email Donna for more information at:

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Gary Salyer talks with Mike Sedam about personal and business relationships.

People that feel welcomed, worthy, cherished, and empowered will have more powerful relationships.

Gary uses a number of stories to help people understand what he has found beneficial to building relationships.

Gary is the author of the book Safe to Love Again. It is available on Amazon here:

Gary can also be reached at


Cynthia Zhai talks to Mike Sedam about how to use your voice to have influence.

Our voice is such an important part of our communication. The same words can have different meanings based on our tone, inflection, and how we use our voice.

By working on our voice, we can also change our mindset and our confidence.

In other words, we can work on our voice first, and other benefits will follow.

Cynthia talks to us about gravitas and techniques to build authority and confidence in our voice.

We discuss ways to present more effectively and also how to have one-on-one conversations.

Cynthia's book, Influence Through Voice, can be found on Amazon:

Cynthia also has some free resources available including:



Video Course:



 Mike Sedam speaks with Christian Harris a slip specialist from the UK. Christian's experience is not only in slips and falls, but also entrepreneurship and poker. This discussion goes way deeper than merely a talk about how slippery floors can lead to falls. This talk goes into the importance of story, how to change perceptions, and the need to engage with people at all level so fan organization to institute lasting change.

Christian is the managing director at Slip Safety Services,

There is also a free slip safety scorecard at:

To connect with Mike or to have him speak at your organization, please visit


Mike Sedam interviews Daren Martin about his book, A Company of Owners. The book is available here.

Mike and Daren talk about workplace experience, employee engagement, and how we can get there.

This is a positive, proactive, strength-focused conversation about improving our workplaces regardless of the industry we are in.

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Many times people need information about how work is actually getting done. Inspectors, assessors, leaders, and peers may all want to see how a person or group of people get their work done. This can lead to valuable learning and improvement.

In order to ensure, our "backstage passes" are never revoked so that we get an unfiltered and open view of what is actually happening, we need two things: 1. trust and 2. accurate storytelling.

If we want to observe others and get accurate information, we need to make sure we uphold the trust placed upon us and we need to make sure we tell the story of what we observe with a high level of accuracy.

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Roger Nierenberg is a Maestro who uses the art of music and orchestras to teach leadership lessons.

The conversation he has with Mike Sedam covers many aspects of leadership and system-thinking using music and orchestras to explain concepts and show examples.

This is a fascinating conversation about how music can be used to accelerate the leadership learning process.

To learn more about The Music Paradigm and Roger's work, please visit

I was extremely fortunate to present at a safety conference for a large oil refinery company. It was focused on Behavior Based Safety (BBS). My past experience with BBS (A long time ago) made me think it was focused on people as the problems and if we could fix what people were doing wrong, we could prevent incidents. It also used Heinrich's Triangle and said if we could prevent the little things, the big things wouldn't happen. This really tarnished my view of BBS. I am happy to say, my view of BBS is brighter now. Listen to see why.

Mike Sedam talks with Tracy Mehr-Muska about resilience based on her book, Weathering the Storm. Available from Amazon:

They discuss the seven P's of resilience, Tracy's use of stories from people in her own life, and how we can improve our capacity to be resilient.

Tracy has used her education, experience, and examples to drive home a positive message of resilience that can help people in every facet of life.

Visit Tracy at:

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Mike Sedam talks with Dr. Joelle Speed and Chief Dreaming Officer Amy Perkins.

They talk about business, life, and people.

Their story includes creating a network and collaborating because everyone can succeed.

They also talk about how people can live the dreams they have for their lives.

Their focus is on people and how strong we are together.

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In this episode, Mike Sedam talks with Sean Romero about how to deal with uncertainty using the OODA loop.

Learn about the importance of Observing, Orienting, Deciding, and Acting to get through uncertainty.

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Instagram: @faithfully_led

Facebook: faithfullyled.sean

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Mike Sedam talks with Jeannette Peacock of Learn2LearnNow.

Jeanette talks about building the capacity to succeed through skills. Specifically, she helps children learn the skills they need to succeed in the future. Skillbuilding not only helps build capacity, but also shows us the importance of feedback to the process.

Jeanette is using the same processes from her business in a non-profit to help children that would not normally have access to such training.

In this episode you'll hear about capacity-building, how seeing ourselves in a new role can help us transform, and the importance of feedback loops.

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Mike Sedam interviews Ayn Cates Sullivans about how archetypes and stories help us understand the world around us.

This is an interesting discussion that helps us understand ourselves, our use of prototypes, and how stories have impacted behavior and decision-making for thousands of years.

This helps us understand systems-thinking and our own individual place in the world, in society, and in our organizations.

More about Ayn can be found at:

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Mike Sedam talks with Dr. Glenn Livingston about self-transformation.

Glenn has based his work on dealing with his own food addiction and helping others. He provides lessons on self-transformation to overcome addiction to food. He explains the role of different parts of the brain in our decision-making. These lessons not only pertain to our health, but can also be used in other areas where we want to make significant changes in our lives.

The role of groups and how we can crowdsource learning is also discussed as an important way to speed up our transformation.

A digital copy of Glenn's book and additional information can be found at

To contact Mike about speaking or consulting (resilience, decisionmaking, behavior, safety, or risk) please visit

Change your filter, look at your world, and transform. Mike Sedam interviews Ani Anderson. Ani is a thought leader, speaker, and coach on the leading edge in personal development. She is also the author of Find Your Soul's Agenda: The One Word That Will Make Your Whole Life a Success. More about Ani and her book can be found at

Ani talks to us about developing ourselves and fulfilling our highest potential. She discusses the benefits of the healing paradigm and personal development paradigm. In other words, she helps people look ahead so they make fulfilling decisions, and also helps them find their own inner resistance. We also talk about what to do when "negatives" show up. The perspective people use in their lives is important. It is a focus on a realistic approach to life.

You can also find her book on Amazon at:

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Mike Sedam talks with Todd Vande Hei about transformation, leadership, millennials, and stories.

Todd is a successful CEO and entrepreneur in the health and fitness industry. As the CEO of Stark,, he leads a successful team of coaches and medical professionals that provide best-in-class health and fitness services to clients. 

We discuss how the stories we tell ourselves can impact our success.

Todd also gives us tips on leading millennials and providing an environment where his team can not only succeed, but can also thrive with purpose.

The importance of having a team of professionals that have the capacity to collaborate is also discussed.

This episode is valuable for leaders, business owners, entrepreneurs, and anyone who is trying to transform their life.

For more about Stark, visit

Todd Vande Hei can be contacted through Stark, or on social media.





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Mike Sedam talks about work that gives people purpose. The journey toward excellence also has defeats and mistakes. Those defeats are opportunities. They are learning opportunities and can lead to a greater purpose and contribute to our goal of seeking excellence. This is a valuable chat about the need people have for struggle and purpose. 

Erik Clark talks with Mike Sedam about his self-transformational journey from an engineer working on submarines, to a business consultant, to an entrepreneur.

This discussion is packed with valuable about self-transformation and how we can get out of our comfort zones and become something different while learning something new.

Erik also talks about the lessons he has learned during his journey which has resulted in the importance of engaging people in conversations, looking at people as part of the solution, and building trust and relationships.

Erik can be reached at:

Erik and his wife have also created a live event for people to build relationships and learn new things. More information about the event can be found at: 

Mike Sedam talks with Joan MacArthur Blair and Jeanie Cockell about their book, Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry: A Leadership Journey through Hope, Despair, and Forgiveness. Available on Amazon:

Many times, resilience is looked at as an individual trait and sometimes people think you are either a resilient person or you are not.

Joan and Jeanie have taken the power of Appreciative Inquiry and wrapped it around resilience. This allows them to explain how people and groups can become more resilient.

Looking at Hope, Despair, and Forgiveness we can understand how

Mike Sedam talks to Lynda Sunshine West about her journey from the corporate world, through 49 jobs, and to her calling.

She talks about how learning something new can be a major driver of behavior. She discovered that she had value to offer others through the help of a coach.

She previously believed negative things about herself and it held her back.

Lynda has taken these lessons to transform her career and her life to "follow her dream and passion to help other people."

She taught herself to recognize and breakthrough hear fears.

During her journey, she has learned to use a network of mentors to help herself grow and then to use those relationships to help others grow.

For more about Lynda, visit or read her book: The Year of Fears available on Amazon:


Mike Sedam interviews Joshua Spodek about leadership.

Joshua is the author of Leadership Step by Step: Become the Person Others Follow. It is available on Amazon here: Joshua has a new book called Initiative that will be released in May.

Joshua discusses relationships and leadership. He does a great job of explaining the need for practice to build leadership capacity and that leadership skill cannot come just from books, but also requires skill-building that comes with practice. Joshua's book and courses provide exercise leaders can use to improve their capacity to lead. 

Find out more about Joshua at

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In this episode, Mike Sedam talks with Glenn Garnes about one of the biggest issues people face today: isolation.

Even though we may have the technology to connect, people can still feel isolated. Communication is the key to countering isolation.

Glenn also talks about how people can live their best life by becoming self-aware and taking action to reach their goals.

Glenn has provided a free resource for Crucial Talks listeners at:

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Chris Milburn talks with Mike Sedam about storytelling.

Counter-terrorism and culture is discussed through the lens of storytelling to show the value and power of stories to human behavior and decision-making.

There are many lessons in this episode for leaders, business owners, and others. Chris discusses his studies in counter-terrorism from the Naval Postgraduate School and how his analysis of terrorist groups proved how storytelling has been used.

The hero's journey is also discussed as a way for people to perceive difficult times they may encounter.

Follow Chris on Twitter at: @chrismilburnnps



Sam Anthony Lucania talks to Mike Sedam about his journey from addiction and the importance of self-awareness, taking responsibility, and mentorship to self-transformation.

Sam is open about his past addictions, time in jail, and his new goal and drive in life to help others in need.

Sam also discusses his book Hands Like You're Praying, available on Amazon:

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