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Proudly ADHD at work and in business

Proudly ADHD at work and in business

By Cathy Rashidian, Certified Coach
Welcome to Proudly ADHD at Work and in Business with host Certified Executive Coach, Cathy Rashidian! If you’re a professional or entrepreneur and suspect you have Adult ADHD or have been recently diagnosed, this is the podcast for you.

Each week, I bring you the latest in ADHD science, expert interviews, success stories, practical strategies, and much more. My goal is to help you understand how to work with your ADHD brain instead of struggling against it, so you can tame that inner fire and unlock your potential for a more fulfilling career and personal life.
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#67: Conscious Choice - The formula to making winning choices
In this episode, I introduce the 3rd discipline of Self-Mastery "Conscious Choice" another key concept that we really need to pay attention to in order to get out of autopilot and into the driver's seat.  I hope you are able to put some of the insights into practice and see a shift in your approach when it comes to decision-making. 
15:06
April 29, 2021
#65: How to give yourself grace and freedom after ADHD diagnosis | Guest Brian Fanzo
In this episode, I wanted to introduce you to Brian Fanzo, who shares his journey of a late in life diagnosis.  I was so inspired by his passion for life, family, and most importantly self-compassion as he moves through ADHD in adulthood.  Key points: Journey of ADHD diagnosis as an adult and his perspective and later how he is supporting his child’s diagnosis of ADHD. Brian shares how he sees his ADHD as a superpower and feels loud and proud of his brain wiring. Reflection on how he managed his corporate days while not realizing he had ADHD He leaned into his strengths and successfully transitioned into Entrepreneurship He explains why his zen place is playing Poker Brian’s share his unique way of how he approaches productivity while managing multiple business initiatives and so much more, be sure to listen to the entire episode.  About Brian: Brian Fanzo is a digital futurist keynote speaker who translates the trends of tomorrow to inspire change today. His customized and personalized programs showcase real-world stories and examples of forward-thinking people and businesses. He teaches companies of all sizes how to leverage technology in real time in order to engage their customers at the right time. Brian has a gift for bringing people together online and offline. He has worked in 76 countries, highlighting his passion for change, collaboration, and technology. At age 14, Brian won a speed typing contest and his love for computers and technology was born. After years of playing The Oregon Trail, creating in Adobe Pagemaker, and using Napster, Brian earned a Computer Science degree. Prior to speaking, he worked for nine years at the Department of Defense where he managed a global team who deployed collaboration and cybersecurity solutions across all branches of the military – which required him to maintain the highest civilian security clearance. He then pursued his dream job as a technology evangelist for a booming cloud-computing startup, helping companies embrace the rate of change and new ways to innovate. Brian is currently the Founder of iSocialFanz, which has helped launch digital and influencer strategies with the world’s most iconic brands like Dell, EMC, Adobe, IBM, UFC, Applebee’s, and SAP. Brian has been recognized as a Top 20 Digital Transformation Influencer; a Top 50 Most-Mentioned User by CMOs on Twitter, and a Top 25 Social Business Leader of the Future by The Economist. His followers on social media and podcast downloads rank in the hundreds of thousands, resulting in Brian being an influencer for 19 of the Fortune 100 companies. More about Brian at https://www.isocialfanz.com/adhd-superpowered https://brianfanzo.com/forced-to-work-from-home-with-adhd-now-what/ https://www.isocialfanz.com/post/what-adhd-can-teach-you-about-entrepreneur-productivity
54:20
April 22, 2021
#64: Acceptance - the crossroads of ADHD diagnosis
In this episode, I am introducing the second principle of self-mastery "acceptance"  I am excited to do a deep dive into this concept and over the next few episodes, I will share other concepts that really provide a framework on tapping into your full potential while using your ADHD as your best asset.
18:49
April 15, 2021
#63: Awareness - separating facts from interpretations
In this episode, I am talking about the power of awareness and the depth and layers of it when it comes to awareness of ourselves, our environment, people, and situations.  I am excited to do a deep dive into this concept and over the next few episodes, I will share other concepts that really provide a framework on tapping into your full potential while using your ADHD as your best asset.
14:40
April 09, 2021
#62: Creating new work because we don't like mundane tasks?!
In this episode, I talk about the vicious circle that I see when it comes to avoiding tasks that we just do not feel the urge to complete however we end up creating new ones because we love to put out fires. I recall the days where I used to proactively look for new problems and fires to put and now I realize I was doing that because I was bored and needed stimulations. However, what I didn't realize at that time was I was not honoring my capacity to how much was already on my plate.   In this episode, I share my view and a few tips to not become the Fire Marshal of every fire.  To learn more about Focusemate To learn more about my upcoming mastermind for professionals go here 
16:33
April 02, 2021
#61: It's OK to not do it all, Amber's Story | Guest Amber Duffney
From time to time I like to showcase and interview professionals who are managing and thriving with ADHD. Each of us has our own special ways of managing and learning to live with a unique brain wiring. It was my pleasure to have Amber Duffney on my show where she shares her story and how she manages her business, her family while making an impact in young women's lives. Amber Duffney is a Certified Professional Coach, having graduated from iPEC in 2018. She works with tween girls to give them tools and skills to be able to empower themselves so that they become strong, confident women who know their worth. She also works with girl Mamas to help them unlearn disempowering messaging from their youth so they can become better role models for their girls. Find out more information about Amber at https://www.facebook.com/AmberDuffneyCoaching/ and her program at Facebook page - Girl Mama Collective group - bit.ly/girlmamacollective Quantum Thinkers’ Mastermind Application 
25:20
March 25, 2021
#60: Two powerful methods to access your best state of mind | Guest Dr. Phil Parker
In this episode, I talk with Dr. Phil Parker, mind-body connection expert, about the automated programs that we have developed over time in our brain and their impact on our day-to-day life, and ways that we can reprogram our thoughts to really take control of our brain. key highlights Importance of Managing our State of mind and how to shift to useful states to optimally manage the way we respond to situations. The power of language and its effects on our neurology and how to reframe our language How labels that we put on ourselves have a direct impact on our state and how we choose to pay attention to them About Dr. Phil  Dr. Phil Parker is a lecturer, therapist, and innovator in the field of personal development. He has been lecturing on neuro-physiological training, how the brain can be used to affect physiology, since the late 1980s. He designed Lightning Process® seminars, which is now available in 16 different countries. He is known for his engaging lecturing style and ability to make complex concepts simple to understand. He is principal of the Phil Parker Training Institute and lectures at London Metropolitan University where he researches and designs programs, and trains students. He first trained as an Osteopath and then post-graduate as a brief solution therapist, coach, Ericksonian Hypnotherapist, and Master Trainer in NLP, and completed his PhD in the Psychology of Health researching into a new approach for addictions. He coaches performers at the highest level, including Premiership footballers, European Tour golfers, Olympic medalists and was the performance psychologist for Ed Stafford’s successful Guinness World Record attempt to walk the Amazon. He has authored a number of papers and four books on coaching and health, which have been translated into a range of languages. Learn more about Dr. Phil at https://www.philparker.org/ **************************************** Access my complimentary online mini-lesson,  to learn a new perspective of what impacts your focus and immediate actions you can take to move through your tasks with ease.
28:15
March 18, 2021
#59: Find your community, find your voice | Guest Brooke Schnittman
In this episode, my friend and colleague Brooke Schnittman talk about the importance of community, especially for those of us who may have never felt like we belonged because we are a little different.  There is something absolutely magical when I found my ADHD community, for the first time in my life I truly feel like I can be myself and I know that I have a kick-ass community that has my back and gets me. We hope you enjoy this episode and also we wanted to share with you a little about our community and how you can join us.  To find out more about the program that Brooke mentioned visit ***3C Activation Group Coaching***  
30:26
March 11, 2021
#58: Emotional Dysregulation and ADHD | Guest Jeff Copper
Prior to my diagnosis of ADHD, I always wondered why my emotions were always so intense. Once I learned that Adults with ADHD have emotional regulation challenges my whole approach to understanding and managing my emotions has been life-changing. In this episode, I invited back ADHD/Attention Coach Jeff Copper, to share his views on Emotional Dysregulation and also share my perspective on this topic.  Midway through this talk we also share our point of view on Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria which is different than what is out there I hope you enjoy this episode and this is another episode that you might want to share with your loved ones who are trying to understand why you have such big emotions. This episode is brought to you by Adult ADHD Group 3C Activation - to apply for this group coaching go to https://calendly.com/coachingwithbrooke/3-c-activation-1-1-application?month=2021-03 Want to know more about 3C Activation? Click here >> https://www.coachingwithbrooke.com/3cactivation  About Jeff Copper: Email: jeff@digcoaching.com | Website: www.digcoaching.com Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG, is an attention coach and expert on attention issues. He is the founder of DIG Coaching Practice and founder/host of Attention Talk Radio and Attention Talk Video. He coaches individuals with ADD/ADHD symptoms who are seeking personal and business results by helping them realize their potential. As someone who has had to learn to manage attention and deal with his own challenges, Jeff helps his clients understand themselves and how their minds work. To this end, Jeff developed his anatomy of attention construct to help them regain control of their attention and move past barriers. Using his anatomy of attention construct, they can achieve what they are capable of faster, with less stress, and create productive environments they need to succeed.
41:33
March 04, 2021
#57 Managing ADHD with routine, there is an app for that!? Introducing Brili for adults
We all can agree that there is no shortage of productivity, task management, personal routine apps! But did you know about this one app that is designed with the ADHD brain wiring in mind and makes routines come to life in a new way. I am delighted to introduce to Brili, and in fact it has been around for a few years, the team has evolved the app to do so much more and share their exciting news on the episode. In this episode I talk to Susanne and Sanam, the co-CEOs of the app and they share their personal story and why this app is so different from all the other ones out there. Susanne and Sanam are the co-CEOs of Brili, a volunteer-based tandem from Munich and Berlin, Germany. Brili offers app solutions to individuals facing neurodiversity challenges like ADHD and ADD to manage their daily routines and habits. Their kids version has been out since 2015. The new adult version will launch March 1st. In 2018, Susanne found the Brili app and decided to try it with her own son. It was a game changer for the whole family, so when the founder communicated that he’d likely end services, she made a bold decision to take over the company as a family. Sanam was on a personal journey to create personal impact alongside her corporate working world. So when her in-law told her the Brili story, it felt like a sign of fate to help keep Brili alive. As parents and family members of individuals ADHD, Susanne and Sanam appreciate and understand the importance of routines in daily life with their personal experience. Brili’s vision is to embrace the uniqueness of every individual and help form a society without stigma. You can download Brili here: App Store: https://apps.apple.com/de/app/brili-routines-habit-tracker/id1516036620?l=en Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.briliadult&hl=en_SG Learn more about Brili here: https://adult.brili.com/
26:32
February 25, 2021
#56: How to leverage your ADHD and step into your power | David Giwerc
My guest David Giwerc, Master Certified ADHD Coach, Entrepreneur, Founder/President of the ADD Coach Academy, shared a very powerful statement during this episode, “when you identify your strengths, you're identifying a natural, innate talent and a way of creating excellence consistently in your life. But that's not enough because, without the sustaining mechanism, Or the source that activates that strength, those strengths will die. And this is especially true in ADHD because ADHD is a deficit of interest. It's, it's the challenge of boredom, but interest isn't even enough.” You are in for a treat, consider this episode as a training session, during this episode, David shared extremely helpful insights on: Identifying the importance of focusing on strengths, especially character strengths Why we look at the different categories of strengths What does executive function in the brain have to do with strengths? During the last 20 minutes of the episode he goes deeper into the following: An effective way to start your day to get the most out of it Understanding the importance of how you process information and how it impacts learning Definition of Executive Function and it works with ADHD How to manage big emotions I was trained and coached by David himself for a big portion of my ADD Coach training program at ADDCA, so it was my absolute honor to have my mentor/coach be on my show. I am forever grateful for the impact that he has made in my life and the lives of many who have taken his courses and teachings at the ADD Coach Academy. If you are curious about finding out your character strengths go to: VIA Character Strengths Access my complimentary online mini-lesson, to learn a new perspective of what impact your focus and immediate actions you can take to move through your tasks with ease About David: David Giwerc is a Master Certified ADHD Coach, MCAC, with the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC) and a Master Certified Coach, MCC, with the International Coach Federation (ICF). He is also the Founder and President of the ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA), the first and largest comprehensive ADHD coach training program fully accredited by the ICF and PAAC, the governing bodies of the Life Coaching and ADHD Coaching Professions. David has served on many boards over the years. As past president of the ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorder Association), he was instrumental in the formation of U.S. Senate resolution 390 that declared September 7, 2004, to be National ADHD Awareness Day; this event has been instituted every year since its inception. As a veteran ADDA board member, he was involved in the development of their “Guiding Principles for Coaching Individuals with ADHD.”
45:24
February 18, 2021
#55: Work with your strengths and hire your weaknesses | Guest Dr. Greg Reid
Today, we’re discussing: -How he went from dyslexic student with terrible grades in English to successful author, publishing multiple NYT best-selling books each year -The powerful quote shared over 37,000,000 times that’s guaranteed to give you a boost of motivation -The distinction between counsel & opinion, and why you MUST understand the difference -A surprising tool to help you connect with top thought leaders and get the expert guidance you assumed was out of reach ...plus his simple, 3-letter secret to success and a sneak peak at what’s next for Dr. Reid. Don’t miss the valuable insights and inspiration in this week’s episode! About Dr. Greg Reid: For over 25 years, Greg has inspired millions of people to take personal responsibility to step into the potential of their greatness and, as such, his life of contribution has been recognized by government leaders, a foreign Princess as well as luminaries in education, business, and industry. Mr. Reid has been published in over 100 books including 32 best-sellers in 45 languages. Titles such as - Stickability: The Power of Perseverance; The Millionaire Mentor and Three Feet from Gold: Turn Your Obstacles into Opportunities have inspired countless readers to understand that the most valuable lessons we learn, are also the easiest ones to apply. Greg Reid is known best for being the Founder of - Secret Knock A Forbes and Inc. magazine top-rated event focused on partnership, networking, and business development. He is the producer of the Oscar qualified film, Wish Man, based on the creator of the Make A Wish Foundation, streaming on Netflix now. For his work in mentoring youth in his hometown of San Diego, Mr. Reid was honored by the White House where a former President commended Greg for his work for positively working with youth through a local mentorship program. And if that is not enough, recently Greg was honored with the star of the infamous Las Vegas Walk of Stars. Follow Greg Instagram  What's new from Coach Cathy? Check-out my new Group Coaching program, created by Coaching with Brooke, Coached a Facilitated by me! ***3C Activation Group Coaching***
12:28
February 11, 2021
#54: How ADHD affects relationships | Guest Melissa Orlov
We all know that when it comes to Relationships/Marriage it is a bumpy ride, now let’s make it even bumpier when one or both partners have ADHD. My guest Melissa Orlov, a relationship consultant, talks about the impacts of ADHD on Marriage. She covered some key topics such as: ADHD entrepreneurs working with non-ADHD partner, pressures that it creates, and some possible solutions How both partners can create opportunities that are win-win for both Common themes of ADHD traits that might be misunderstood by a none-ADHD partner The high achiever professional who has figured out success at work but has challenges in marriage and how to manage ADHD between Work Life and Family Life. Towards the end of this talk, Melissa addresses how an ADHD partner perceives criticism and how to manage big emotions If you have ADHD and you want your partner to get some insights into your brain, this is the episode you want to share! About Melissa Orlov: Founder of ADHDmarriage.com, Melissa Orlov is a marriage consultant, a top expert in how ADHD affects relationships, and an award-winning author: The ADHD Effect on Marriage and The Couple's Guide to Thriving with ADHD. Her very popular couples seminar (by phone) has helped many struggling couples turn their relationships around. She blogs for adhdmarriage.com and Psychology Today and has been interviewed by The New York Times, CNN, Today, US News and World Report, and CBS, among many others. Access my complimentary online mini-lesson,  to learn a new perspective of what impacts your focus and immediate actions you can take to move through your tasks with ease.  
36:18
February 04, 2021
#53: ADHD, and not doing it alone! | Guest Brooke Schnittman
One thing I've learned about working with my ADHD clients, especially business owners and professionals is that they have the need/urge to do everything themselves and are very reluctant to ask for support.  Even though they are truly gifted in so many ways and highly capable of taking on a lot, it does eventually catch up to them and that's one of the reasons they end up in my coaching practice. Deligation or Asking for support is not an automatic default mode since most of their lives they have been working so hard to prove to others that they are capable.  In this episode, my guest and colleague Coach Brooke Schnittman and I will talk about the strategic ways of seeking collaboration and asking for support so that you can continue to focus on your strengths while building a solid network to avoid burnout.     Stay to the end of this episode, we have a special announcement to share with you.  About Brooke Schnittman  Coaching with Brooke has partnered with thousands of individuals since 2006 who are struggling with the daily chaos of their ADHD in their personal, professional, and or academic lives. Coaching With Brooke provides individuals with ADHD and executive functioning challenges the tools and accountability to lead an empowered life. It’s the goal of Coaching with Brooke to empower the lives of 10,000 individuals with ADHD over the next 5 years through coaching services, public speaking engagements, and yearly ADHDEdCamp events. ***3C Activation Group Coaching***
24:31
January 28, 2021
#52: Understanding Inattentive ADHD | Guest Barbara Luther
There are three representations of ADHD Combined Presentation: if enough symptoms of both criteria inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity were present for the past 6 months Predominantly Inattentive Presentation: if enough symptoms of inattention, but not hyperactivity-impulsivity, were present for the past six months Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation: if enough symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity, but not inattention, were present for the past six months.  (ref - CDC.gov) In this episode, I dig deep in understanding how those with Inattentive ADHD manage life and work. When I read the article Living with Inattentive ADHD by Barbara Luther I had to bring her on my show to further discuss this topic. I encourage you to listen to the full episode as she covers some very key areas such as goal setting, task management, overall living with Inattentive ADHD - the challenges and strengths, and much more.  About Barbara Luther, MCAC, MCC, is the Director of Training for the ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA). Over the past 20 years, Barbara has trained, observed, mentored, and assessed thousands of coaches. Barbara specializes in coaching adults impacted by ADHD to rewrite their “what’s not working” stories into appreciative and empowering stories about their unique brain wiring and strength She was the founding president of the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC), an organization devoted to establishing and maintaining global standards of excellence for ADHD coaches. Access my complimentary online mini-lesson,  to learn a new perspective of what impacts your focus and immediate actions you can take to move through your tasks with ease.
29:54
January 21, 2021
#51: The science behind ADHD Memory Challenges | Guest Jeff Copper
On today’s episode, we’re joined by special guest, ADHD, and Attention coach, also the host of Attention Talk Radio, Jeff Copper. We’re discussing memory, and specifically working memory: the ability to hold thoughts in your mind, organize them, and sequence them, without forgetting them. This topic is hugely important for people with ADHD, but it’s not always talked about. We’ll explore: Why focus and attention issues are only surface symptoms, and the real issue is with working memory How working memory works differently in neurotypical and neurodivergent people What role procrastination plays in how we work, and why it might just be a good thing Why high-tech solutions and apps can be counterproductive for people with ADHD The different types of cues and reminders we use, and why they’re so critical for us How impulsive interrupting relates to working memory (and what to do about it!) How activating your working memory is like booting up a computer...and what happens when the power goes out Why the pandemic and our new, more isolated work environments have made working so much harder for ADHD-ers ...and much more. I’m so excited about this particular episode, and I personally find it liberating because Jeff shares important insights that can help us tear off the misleading labels, understand the neuroscience, and finally do something about it. I invite you to listen and discover the role working memory plays in your life! Did you know I have launched a Mini-Lesson on the 6 influencers that could impact your Productivity? Access this complimentary lesson, no strings attached! only 20 minutes of your time to learn a new perspective of what impacts your focus and immediate actions you can take to move through your tasks with ease. About Jeff Copper: Email: jeff@digcoaching.com | Website: www.digcoaching.com Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG, is an attention coach and expert on attention issues. He is the founder of DIG Coaching Practice and founder/host of Attention Talk Radio and Attention Talk Video. He coaches individuals with ADD/ADHD symptoms who are seeking personal and business results by helping them realize their potential. As someone who has had to learn to manage attention and deal with his own challenges, Jeff helps his clients understand themselves and how their minds work. To this end, Jeff developed his anatomy of attention construct to help them regain control of their attention and move past barriers. Using his anatomy of attention construct, they can achieve what they are capable of faster, with less stress, and create productive environments they need to succeed.
38:11
January 14, 2021
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01:05
January 08, 2021
#50: ADHD - Mastering focus in SoloPreneurship
My transition from corporate life to becoming a solopreneur has been one of the most interesting, fulfilling, challenging, and rewarding thing I have taken on.⁠ ⁠ In this episode, ⁠I share the difference between a mindset of a scattered solopreneur v.s. Focused solopreneur,  with you.  By no means, am I perfect in the way I run my business but over the years, one thing that I made sure of is to walk the talk and also to share with you what I am learning along the way. ⁠⁠ So if you are a business owner, take the time and reflect on your vision, your skills, mindset, make sure you have the right support system in place to launch your business to the next level. ⁠ ⁠ You started this because you are passionate about a cause, don't let your brain limit you, grow your mindset. You are more than capable! ⁠ I would love to hear from you: Can you do me a favor?  Pls take a few minutes and rate this show or even better it would mean so much to me if you wrote a quick review, I thank you in advance.  Is there a topic you want to learn more about?  Or do you have a question about a challenge you are facing with your ADHD?  Leave me a voice mail  https://www.speakpipe.com/Coachcathy  super easy todo, Record, Listen, and push Send.  I will respond in my upcoming episodes. ⁠
37:14
December 29, 2020
#49: ADHD - Wellbeing - Cause & Effect
In this episode, I am addressing wellbeing and recent news about my health.  I am going to share with you how I am approaching this news and also will be sharing some tools and prompts.  If you are dealing with any health issues currently I welcome you to download the worksheet that I mention in this episode.  Sometimes it helps when we have the right questions to get us curious about what we are really feeling and thinking when it comes to illness.  I hope you find the worksheet beneficial.   I  thank you in advance for listening to this episode and I hope you find a few nuggets that you can apply to your wellbeing.  Access to the worksheet 
25:58
December 21, 2020
#48: ADHD - How an Athletic Mindset can help with Focus | Guest Dr. Sarah Cheyette
Contrary to what is known about ADHD, individuals with ADHD CAN actually focus! When we are interested and have a clear understanding of the tasks and know that it aligns with our goals we can become focused, even hyper-focused, and do a bang-up job.  However, when we find a task boring, challenging to break into chunks, and ultimately the end results too far in the future for us to gain immediate gratification we have a harder time to focus.  In this episode, I spoke with Dr. Sarah Cheyette about focus and ADHD, she shared her view on how tapping into our Athletic Mind Set can help with gaining and sustaining focus.  This is a super simple process to follow! Often it is the simple solutions that produce the most results.  About: Sarah Cheyette, M.D., is a pediatric neurologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and Autism. She has a private practice in Palo Alto, CA where she counsels and treats kids, teens, young adults, and adults. She also writes about ADHD on Psychology Today and has authored two books on the subject: Winning with ADHD and ADHD & The Focused Mind, with the goal of helping young people with ADHD learn to become independent, strong, and successful. She brings a powerful professional perspective on the benefits and limitations of ADHD medication, and the many behavioral adaptations people with ADHD must embrace to thrive with their condition. She is a popular author and speaker on many topics including ADHD, Autism, the brain, teens, adults with ADHD and Autism, physician updates, neurology, focus issues, and recommendations. Download her free copy of Move From Unfocused to Focused Thinking additional resources and ways to connect with Dr. Cheyette: download Non-Medication Strategies to Manage https://sarahcheyette.com/non-medication-strategies-to-manage-adhd/ Visit: https://sarahcheyette.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-cheyette-9242bb6 Don't forget to leave me a review here, I love to hear from you -> https://proudlyadhd.readysetchoose.com/reviews/new/
32:34
December 14, 2020
#47: ADHD Coaching vs. Therapy | Guest Diann Wingert
Adult ADHD diagnosis may feel like a life sentence to some of us but what if we consider it an explanation of our very unique brain neurology. For some, this new piece of information can be a hard pill to swallow and may cause intense emotions, such as grief or the opposite, a sense of relief.   ADHD Coaching and Therapy are two of the many ways we can manage Adult ADHD.  In this episode, I speak with my guest Diann Wingert - mindset and productivity coach also a former licensed psychotherapist,  about how therapy can be beneficial and also we cover where coaching can open up new possibilities.  We cover this topic at a high-level and I encourage you to continue to do your research in gaining a deeper understanding of how Therapy or ADHD Coaching can help you.  If you have any questions, please reach out to either of us.  About Diann Wingert: Diann Wingert is a mindset and productivity coach for female entrepreneurs who identify with the traits of ADHD, officially diagnosed or not. During her 20-year career as a licensed psychotherapist, Diann saw many brilliant and ambitious women struggle with unidentified ADHD, including Diann herself.  Since her own mid-life diagnosis, she now mentors women who are “driven but distracted” to overcome procrastination, perfectionism, and people-pleasing so they can craft a life and business they love. Diann’s website is www.diannwingertcoaching.com and her podcast,   The Driven Woman Podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and all popular podcatchers. Connect with her on Social Media Links, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook Group Diann's 6 Steps to ADHD Mastery: https://www.diannwingertcoaching.com/6-steps +++++++++++++++++++++++ I would love to hear from you: Would you do me a favor?  Please take a few minutes, rate this show, or even better it would mean so much to me if you wrote a quick review, I thank you in advance. The more reviews and ratings this show gets the more you help me in spreading the message of Adult ADHD and helping others increase their knowledge on how to manage it.  Having an ADHD brain does not have to be a struggle. Is there a topic you want to learn more about?  Or do you have a question about a challenge you are facing with your ADHD?  Leave me a voice mail  https://www.speakpipe.com/Coachcathy  super easy todo, Record, Listen and push Send.  I will respond in an upcoming episode.
41:13
December 12, 2020
#46: ADHD - Paying attention to your Mindset Matters | Guest Jeff Copper
In the past few years, as I've been going through coach training and coaching professionals and entrepreneurs, I have seen a theme around the importance of paying attention to mindset as it relates to their ADHD and how they were managing it before and after hitting their tipping point. Often these adults come to me to learn how to manage their day more effectively, be more productive, and learn new tips and tricks on managing ADHD. As we start the coaching process they start to see that managing their ADHD has a lot to do with their mindset and perspective on how they respond and react to challenging situations. In this episode, I interviewed Jeff Copper - ADHD coach, who has a few insights on why it is so important to pay attention to our mindset first before we dig into the tactical things. He talks about the struggle that some will have around their ADHD diagnosis such as, who they are and who they were supposed to be. In this conversation, Jeff said, “Let's open up our mind and change our mindset and not define it to be a specific way.” this is such a powerful statement as it relates to the diagnosis of ADHD, we can choose to focus on the possibilities of the unique brain wiring instead of creating tension and stress on focusing on the things we have a hard time with. I invite you to listen to this episode with an open mind and listen for opportunities where you can experience a shift in mindset as Jeff explains his approach to managing ADHD. Did You Know - related to this topic, I use a tool with my clients to actually measure their level of perspective and how they see the world and react to circumstances. This measurable self-awareness tool is a game-changer for many of my clients, it empowers them to shift to an optimal mindset and a new perspective on how they react and respond to stress and overwhelm.   ~ Currently, this assessment is on a special rate - find out more.    In 2018, Forbes Coaches Council recognized it as one of the “11 assessments every executive should take.” About Jeff Copper:  Email: jeff@digcoaching.com | Website: www.digcoaching.com Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG, is an attention coach and expert on attention issues. He is founder of DIG Coaching Practice and founder/host of Attention Talk Radio and Attention Talk Video. He coaches individuals with ADD/ADHD symptoms who are seeking personal and business results by helping them realize their potential. As someone who has had to learn to manage attention and deal with his own challenges, Jeff helps his clients understand themselves and how their minds work. To this end, Jeff developed his anatomy of attention construct to help them regain control of their attention and move past barriers. Using his anatomy of attention construct, they can achieve what they are capable of faster, with less stress, and create productive environments they need to succeed. Jeff received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, an MBA from University of Tampa, professional designations from International Coaches Federation (ICF), Professional Association for ADHD Coaches, and certification programs at ADD Coach Academy and Coaches Training Institute. Jeff is a member of Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO), Professional Association for ADHD Coaches (PAAC), ADD Resources, and International Coach Federation (ICF).
35:57
December 02, 2020
#45: ADHD -Benefits of Yoga - mind, body connection | Guest Esther Nagle
One of the most effective ways for ADHDers to manage their intense emotions is to pause and pay attention before reacting. Easier said than done, and this is a skill that does not come naturally. So how can we sharpen this skill? Yoga is one way to do this. Paying attention to our breath and creating movement in the body to get the energy flowing so that it's not bottled up in one place in our body. In this episode, my guest Esther Nagle, Yoga Teacher, shares her own struggles with ADHD, Addiction, and how Yoga transformed her life and managing her ADHD. She shares a few tips on how to get started, why it is so beneficial to slow down and pay attention to your breath, and how to manage overwhelm with breathwork.  I hope you will be as inspired as I was by listening to her story and make small changes to get your body moving and manage your emotions by paying attention to your breath. About Esther Nagle: Esther Nagle is a sober, tattooed, single mother, rock chick Yoga teacher with ADHD. Sober for 6 years, and diagnosed with ADHD just last year at 46, Esther has had a ‘colorful’ life, spontaneous and adventurous even in sobriety. Esther has written a book about her recovery and the Yoga that guided her there and now focuses her teaching and writing on helping women with ADHD calm the emotional storms and find inner peace. Using, you’ve guessed it, the same tools that helped her to achieve sobriety! Esther loves her ADHD, even when it makes life challenging, and loves to share how Yoga helps her to manage the worst of her symptoms, and bring out the best that ADHD has to offer! The 5 Minute Breath - Coming Soon https://stillwildmind.com/5-minute-breath Chaos to Calm - one to one sessions at https://stillwildmind.com/chaos-to-calm-emotional-regulation-adhd/ I would love to hear from you: Would you do me a favor?  Please take a few minutes, rate this show, or even better it would mean so much to me if you wrote a quick review, I thank you in advance. The more reviews and ratings this show gets the more you help me in spreading the message of Adult ADHD and helping others increase their knowledge on how to manage it.  Having an ADHD brain does not have to be a struggle. Is there a topic you want to learn more about?  Or do you have a question about a challenge you are facing with your ADHD?  Leave me a voice mail  https://www.speakpipe.com/Coachcathy  super easy todo, Record, Listen and push Send.  I will respond in an upcoming episode.
32:33
November 27, 2020
#44: ADHD - Challenges with starting tasks and completion | Guest Rick Green
In May of 2020, I did an IG TV interview with Rick Green - Founder of totallyadd.com on the topic of why ADDers have challenges starting tasks and even following through.   Rick shared so many practical insights and approaches that I wanted to capture and share the audio file here.   These are some of our talking points : Why it is important to get clear when starting How overwhelm can get in the way of starting a task BoringTasks that have a lot of emotion behind them how to work with your strengths to get through a task how self-esteem plays a big role in task initiation and follow-through the power of visualization can make a difference in your approach Perfectionism is another hurdle to overcome when it comes to task initiation and follow-through why it's beneficial to get have a support system around you to hold keep you on track (towards the 20 min mark, this piece of his approach really was beneficial for me) About Rick Green: Rick Green, M.C., OOnt, BSc, is an award-winning comedy writer, producer, and director with over 700 episodes of radio and television to his credit. After he received a diagnosis of ADHD he began a 20-year exploration of this disorder. In 2009 he and his wife, Ava, created the ground-breaking program, ADD & Loving It?!, the TotallyADD.com website, a PBS sequel, ADD & Mastering It!, a dozen full-length programs on ADHD featuring top experts, and over 100 short videos that cover every aspect of ADHD. I would love to hear from you: Would you do me a favor?  Please take a few minutes, rate this show, or even better it would mean so much to me if you wrote a quick review, I thank you in advance. The more reviews and ratings this show gets the more you help me in spreading the message of Adult ADHD and helping others increase their knowledge on how to manage it.  Having an ADHD brain does not have to be a struggle. Is there a topic you want to learn more about?  Or do you have a question about a challenge you are facing with your ADHD?  Leave me a voice mail  https://www.speakpipe.com/Coachcathy  super easy todo, Record, Listen and push Send.  I will respond in an upcoming episode.
32:37
November 17, 2020
#43: ADHD and Medication | Guest Dr. Sarah Cheyette
It's one thing to digest and go through the emotions of a late in life diagnosis of Adult ADHD but then comes the big question of "should I take meds or not?".   I have heard so many different viewpoints of ADHD medication from - it's a big pharma conspiracy, it takes away your creativity, they don't work, I am scared to try them, to they have been the best thing for me and this list goes on.  So I decided to bring on an expert in this field and have a candid conversation about ADHD and medication.  In the episode, Dr. Sarah Cheyette paints a very clear picture of this topic.  From when you could consider meds and ADHD to why it may not work for some and works well for others.   I could have talked to her for hours on this topic as she is a wealth of knowledge.  So if you are considering and have questions about Medication and ADHD treatment this episode is a must listen to. About:  Sarah Cheyette, M.D., is a pediatric neurologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and Autism. She has a private practice in Palo Alto, CA where she counsels and treats kids, teens, young adults, and adults. She also writes about ADHD on Psychology Today and has authored two books on the subject: Winning with ADHD and ADHD & The Focused Mind, with the goal of helping young people with ADHD learn to become independent, strong, and successful. She brings a powerful professional perspective on the benefits and limitations of ADHD medication, and the many behavioral adaptations people with ADHD must embrace to thrive with their condition. She is a popular author and speaker on many topics including ADHD, Autism, the brain, teens, adults with ADHD and Autism, physician updates, neurology, focus issues, and recommendations. Download her free copy of Move From Unfocused to Focused Thinking additional resources and ways to connect with Dr. Cheyette:  download Non-Medication Strategies to Manage https://sarahcheyette.com/non-medication-strategies-to-manage-adhd/ Visit: https://sarahcheyette.com https://www.facebook.com/SarahCheyetteMD https://twitter.com/SarahCheyetteMD https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-cheyette-9242bb6 I would love to hear from you: Would you do me a favor?  Please take a few minutes, rate this show, or even better it would mean so much to me if you wrote a quick review, I thank you in advance. The more reviews and ratings this show gets the more you help me in spreading the message of Adult ADHD and helping others increase their knowledge on how to manage it.  Having an ADHD brain does not have to be a struggle.  Is there a topic you want to learn more about?  Or do you have a question about a challenge you are facing with your ADHD?  Leave me a voice mail  https://www.speakpipe.com/Coachcathy  super easy todo, Record, Listen and push Send.  I will respond in my upcoming episodes.
49:41
November 12, 2020
#42: ADHD - Managing your fast brain during the pandemic | Guest Peter Shankman
Back in June of 2020, I interviewed Peter Shankman, host of the "Faster than Normal" Podcast and he shared some great insights on how he is managing his fast brain during the pandemic.   I like to apologize in advance for the sound quality which is why I was hesitating to even publish this episode but I really think what Peter shared was important for all of us to listen to and especially now which is almost the end of 2020.  About Peter Shankman: The New York Times has called Peter Shankman "a rockstar who knows everything about social media and then some." He is a 5x best-selling author, entrepreneur and corporate keynote speaker, focusing on customer service and the new and emerging customer and neurotypical economy. With three startup launches and exits under his belt, Peter is recognized worldwide for radically new ways of thinking about the customer experience, social media, PR, marketing, advertising, and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and the new Neurodiverse Economy)   In addition to his passion for helping people and companies find success, some of Peter's highlights also include: • Founder of HARO - Help A Reporter Out, which became the standard for thousands of journalists looking for sources prior to being acquired three years after launch • The ShankMinds Breakthrough Network, an elite, online mastermind of thought leaders, business experts, and change-makers • Faster than Normal - The Internet's #1 podcast on ADHD, focusing on the superpowers and gifts of having a "faster than normal brain,” which has helped thousands of people all around the world realize that having a neurodiverse brain is actually a gift, not a curse. Peter is a worldwide influencer and/or spokesperson for several global brands including Sylvania Lighting, National Car Rental, Manscaped.com, Thule, and many others.  Finally, Peter is a father, a 2x Ironman triathlete, a class B licensed skydiver, and has a pretty serious Peloton addiction. When he’s not traveling around the world speaking to companies big and small, he's based in NYC with his six-year-old daughter and 19-year-old cat, both of whom consistently refuse him access to the couch. I would love to hear from you: Can you do me a favor?  Pls take a few minutes and rate this show or even better it would mean so much to me if you wrote a quick review, I thank you in advance. Is there a topic you want to learn more about?  Or do you have a question about a challenge you are facing with your ADHD?  Leave me a voice mail  https://www.speakpipe.com/Coachcathy  super easy todo, Record, Listen, and push Send.  I will respond in my upcoming episodes. Did you know my show was recently listed in feedspot.com as Top 25 ADHD Podcasts? I am super excited to be part of this list, head over there to see other amazing ADHD shows.
13:48
November 03, 2020
Episode #41: ADHD - Procrastination (it's not always a bad thing!)
Procrastination is a common theme among ADHDers, it's never-ending and it comes in so many different flavors.  I think it's a major cause of so much stress and anxiety for us.   In this episode, I wanted to share a few stats and ways of how we can approach procrastination.  I hope you get one or two insights and a shift in the way you view your procrastination. Reference to the ted talk I mentioned - The surprising habits of original thinkers | Adam Grant I would love to hear from you: Can you do me a favor?  Pls take a few minutes and rate this show or even better it would mean so much to me if you wrote a quick review, I thank you in advance.  Is there a topic you want to learn more about?  Or do you have a question about a challenge you are facing with your ADHD?  Leave me a voice mail  https://www.speakpipe.com/Coachcathy  super easy todo, Record, Listen, and push Send.  I will respond in my upcoming episodes. Did you know my show was recently listed in the feedspot.com as Top 25 ADHD Podcasts? I am super excited to be part of this list, head over there to see other amazing ADHD shows.
35:41
October 28, 2020
#40: ADHD - Make Decisions without analysis paralysis
Decision making can be one of the hardest tasks for adults with ADHD.  In this episode, I mention Dr. Brown's of the Impaired Executive Functions and how I relate it to decision making.  There are many factors that go into why we struggle with decision making, I am sharing a few with you here and also tips on how to address it.   As always these are my observations from my coach training program and research.    Here is the link to the detailed version of Dr. Brown's model - https://www.brownadhdclinic.com/the-brown-model-of-add-adhd I would love to hear from you: To see if coaching is right for you, book a discovery call with me.  Did you know most of the time your subconscious (your autopilot) is driving your actions and behaviors without you knowing, find out more  Be sure to subscribe to this show to stay current with my weekly episode Leave me a voice mail about this topic or other questions related to Managing Adult ADHD https://www.speakpipe.com/Coachcathy  super easy todo, Record, Listen, and push Send. I will respond in my upcoming episodes. P.S. Can you do me a favor?  Pls rate this show or even better it would mean so much to me if you wrote a quick review P.S.S. I am so excited!!!!   Did you know my show was recently listed in the feedspot.com as Top 25 ADHD Podcasts? I am super excited to be part of this list, head over there to see other amazing ADHD shows.
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October 19, 2020
#39: Managing adult ADHD | Sarah's experience with Coaching
There are a few ways to manage ADHD, and not all of us will use the same methods and systems.  In this episode, I wanted to share with you Sarah's story on how she is able to manage her ADHD with coaching.   Full disclaimer that Sarah is a client of mine and this episode has not been edited in any way. I wanted to ensure that you hear firsthand her experience, and also get a glimpse into what it is like to be in my coaching program.   Each of us has our own unique set of challenges when it comes to ADHD and each of my clients have their own unique discoveries.  The important part of this message is to get professional support and make your mental health your number priority.  Once you learn the science of your brain wiring life can become so much easier and your brain can become your best asset.  I would love to hear from you: To see if coaching is right for you, book a discovery call with me.  Did you know most of the time your subconscious (your autopilot) is driving your actions and behaviors without you knowing, find out more  Be sure to subscribe to this show to stay current with my weekly episode Leave me a voice mail about this topic or other questions related to Managing Adult ADHD https://www.speakpipe.com/Coachcathy  super easy todo, Record, Listen, and push Send. I will respond in my upcoming episodes.   P.S. Can you do me a favor?  Pls rate this show or even better it would mean so much to me if you wrote a quick review  P.S.S. I am so excited!!!!   Did you know my show was recently listed in the feedspot.com as Top 25 ADHD Podcasts? I am super excited to be part of this list, head over there to see other amazing ADHD shows.
37:32
October 13, 2020
#38: ADHD and Radical Self Acceptance | Guest Diann Wingert
In this episode, I was so inspired by Diann's story on radical self-acceptance.  I thoroughly enjoyed her real talk style, wisdom, and her story to Radical Self Acceptance.  One of the common themes that I come across working with professionals and entrepreneurs are around self-acceptance.   Even though most of them have been able to achieve amazing things in their life, there is this undercurrent running in their minds around how they truly view themselves and if are unresolved issues during stressful times the inner critic becomes loud with voices of "not good enough", "I should be doing it better", "I am not pushing hard enough".  I am sure you can relate.    I enjoy listening to Diann's podcast so much that I invited her to my show so that she can give us some of her insights on self-acceptance.  I am sure you will relate in some way to her story and hope that you gain a few insights through her wisdom.      Diann mentioned the book Radical Acceptance Audio Book by Tara Brach: https://amzn.to/34bzlXY Be sure to subscribe as I will be having Diann back on the show for another insightful conversation. About Diann Wingert:  Diann Wingert is a mindset and productivity coach for female entrepreneurs who identify with the traits of ADHD, officially diagnosed or not. During her 20-year career as a licensed psychotherapist, Diann saw many brilliant and ambitious women struggle with unidentified ADHD, including Diann herself.  Since her own mid-life diagnosis, she now mentors women who are “driven but distracted” to overcome procrastination, perfectionism, and people-pleasing so they can craft a life and business they love.  Diann’s website is www.diannwingertcoaching.com and her podcast,   The Driven Woman Podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and all popular podcatchers. Connect with her on Social Media Links, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook Group Diann's 6 Steps to ADHD Mastery: https://www.diannwingertcoaching.com/6-steps I would love to hear from you: Leave me a voice mail about this topic or other questions related to Managing Adult ADHD https://www.speakpipe.com/Coachcathy  super easy todo, Record, Listen, and push Send. I will respond in my upcoming episodes.  Did you know most of the time your subconscious (your autopilot) is driving your actions and behaviors without you knowing, find out more  Be sure to subscribe to this show to stay current with my weekly episodes. P.S. Can you do me a favor?  Pls rate this show or even better it would mean so much to me if you wrote a quick review as to how you find did show beneficial. P.S.S. I am so excited!!!!   Did you know my show was recently listed in the feedspot.com as Top 25 ADHD Podcasts? I am super excited to be part of this list, head over there to see other amazing ADHD shows.
26:56
October 08, 2020
#37: ADHD and what it means to be different & thrive with Joy | Guest Marc Cordon
In this episode, I talk with Marc Cordon, MPH - Positive Psychology Coach, who shares his story about how he was always different than the rest, from his ethnicity all the way to his brain wiring. He shares how he went from musician to higher education and then into multicultural work. Marc shares from the heart and positive psychology changed his view on social justice and to do it from a place of Joy. When you listen to this episode, remember this is a person who was diagnosed with many conditions such as Identity struggle, Mood disorder, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Depression but Marc did not let these labels get in the way of searching and tapping into his highest purpose. He shares how he figured out what brings him joy. He is super clear of his values and that is one of the key steps in finding your purpose and happiness. At about 19:00 min mark, he shares a few tips on how he manages his business to stay focused and grounded. Towards the end of the talk, he goes into what toxic positivity means and how our emotions have a purpose be it anger or joy, and why it is important to pay attention to all of our emotions. I could have talked to Marc for hours, it was my pleasure to listen to his story and I am delighted to hear how he is able to manage his brain while following his purpose. As Marc mentioned he is running a program right now on Joy Revolution, head over to get the details  About Marc: Marc Cordon, MPH, is a positive psychology coach, co-founder of The Joy Revolution™, and author of the book Beyond Resilient: The Coach’s Guide to Ecstatic Growth. He specializes in transitions, leadership, performance, and well-being, helping people break through to the next level to find greater enjoyment and purpose in their lives. With a focus on misfit entrepreneurs and leaders who march to the beat of their own drum, Marc’s coaching empowers people to claim their own joy as they make a difference for others. He has appeared on national television and radio shows and has delivered two TEDx talks on positive psychology and social justice. Marc served as the Associate Director of Health Promotion and of Multicultural Programs & Services at Emory University where he developed programs and curriculum on social justice, positive psychology, and community engagement. He has received a BS in Neuroscience and Behavioural Biology and a Masters in Public Health in Policy & Management, as well as coaching accolades from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and the WholeBeing Institute. Let's keep the conversation going, Leave me a voice mail with any questions either on this topic or other topics related to Managing Adult ADHD https://www.speakpipe.com/Coachcathy  super easy todo, Record, Listen, and push Send.   Did you know your subconscious (your autopilot) is driving your actions and behaviors without you knowing, find out more  Be sure to subscribe to this show to stay current with my weekly episodes. Can you do me a favor?  Pls rate this show or even better it would mean so much to me if you wrote a quick review as to how you find did show beneficial. Did you know my show was recently listed in the feedspot.com as Top 25 ADHD Podcasts? I am super excited to be part of this list, head over there to see other amazing ADHD shows.
39:59
September 28, 2020
#36: ADHD - Master your State, not your goals
When it comes to goal setting and achieving, I no longer pay attention to it and it has been life-changing. ⁠ ⁠ For me, it is about truly mastering the state of mind that I am to reach my ultimate vision for life, family, health, community, and business. ⁠ ⁠ You might say, well Cathy, it starts with goal setting!?⁠ ⁠ Yes and NO!!!! ⁠ ⁠ What if you do have a goal, but underneath of the goal lays a whole bunch of fear, doubt, guilt, and catching up to the "Joneses". Which most often some crap will interfere with achieving your goal. ⁠ ⁠ The way I have learned to see it is that so long as you have not addressed all the underlying crap that is behind that goal, achieving it will be a struggle. You will be that hamster on a wheel, just going and going and not getting anywhere or you just simply give up. ⁠ ⁠ But what if there was a much easier way to get to your destination? ⁠ ⁠ Once I learned this concept Mastering my State, I no longer focus on goal setting, to-do lists, or worrying about being productive. ⁠ ⁠ In this podcast episode, I will share with you what the process is. ⁠ ⁠ Let's keep the conversation going, Leave me a voice mail with any questions either on this topic or other topics related to Managing Adult ADHD https://www.speakpipe.com/Coachcathy  super easy todo, Record, Listen, and push Send. Did you know your subconscious (your autopilot) is driving your actions and behaviors without you knowing, find out more  Be sure to subscribe to this show to stay current with my weekly episodes.  Can you do me a favor?  Pls rate this show or even better it would mean so much to me if you wrote a quick review as to how you find did show beneficial.  Did you know my show was recently listed in the feedspot.com as Top 25 ADHD Podcasts, super excited to be part of this list, head over there to see other amazing ADHD shows.  
16:51
September 22, 2020
#35: Six perspectives of late In life diagnosis of ADHD
There are the 6 perspectives of late in life diagnosis of ADHD for professionals/entrepreneurs ⠀⁠⠀ My ADHD is:⁠⠀ 1. holding me back from living my life Victim ⁠⠀ 2. best under stress, I don't want to change Resist⁠⠀ ⁠3. it is what it is! I am doing the best I can Rationalize ⁠⠀ 4. putting my needs first for once and take care of me! Self - Compassion ⁠⠀⠀ 5. finding out how I can make the most of my brain Opportunity⁠⠀ 6. I am the creator of my own destiny, I choose to take charge of my brain Creator⁠⠀ I am sure you can relate to each of these lenses/perspectives but ... ⁠⠀ which one has the most energy for you and is leading your emotions/behavior? ⁠⠀⠀ Well, there is a way to measure this and once I learned about my actual perspective and how it was impacting me it was a game-changer on how I manage my ADHD. ⁠⠀ You’ve taken personality tests… but now it’s time for an attitudinal assessment. ⁠⠀You’re probably familiar with personality tests like Myers Briggs, DiSC, and Enneagram. ⁠⠀ ⁠These valuable tools can help you understand your strengths, embrace your weaknesses, and discover how you can work to your full potential. In that way, they typically support a “work with what you have” approach to adapting your behavior and pursuing personal excellence. ⁠⠀⠀ I have been using an effective tool to truly measure how an individual currently perceives and approaches work and life (it shows which number is their primary perspective) then we start the work to move to the next level. Just one level of shit can make a huge change in their life. As part of my coaching process, I use an assessment that has been a critical part of creating Transformation for my clients who are able to move past their diagnosis and harness the assets of their ADHD brain. ⁠⠀ If you want to know more about the Energy Leadership Index Assessment go to readysetchoose.com or book a call with me to learn more. ⁠⠀
16:57
September 15, 2020
#34: ADHD - Managing the inner critic "the Gremlin" in times of transition
If you ever caught yourself in that place of "should I stay or should I go" when it comes to your professional career or changing business ventures this episode is for you.  The inner critic or as I like to refer to it "the Gremlin" shows its ugly head to really keep up stuck when we are ready to make a move.  As I continue my work with high performing professional and successful entrepreneurs there is one major theme that continues to show up. Unaddressed negative self-talk.   Regardless of how kick-ass you have been and how far you have come, if you have not done the deep work to really tame the inner critic, it will show it's ugly head at times when you about to make a big leap into your next kick-ass adventure.  In this episode, I share with you some of the ways you can tame the beast and to really evaluate why it was even there in the first place. Recently I have seen a peak in my listeners, I want to welcome you to my show and also to let you know how much I appreciate that you take the time to list to my stream of thoughts.   I invite you to DM me on Instagram ProudlyADHD_coachCathy with your questions.  I will respond to you either directly or through an episode such as this one.   In fact, this episode was inspired by a question sent by one of my listeners. 
26:15
September 11, 2020
#33 ADHD - How to stay on track when new shiny things come your way
How do you manage to stay on track when the shinny new ideas/projects come knocking on your door? I used to get in the trap of getting derailed often when I was in corporate life and sometimes it worked out and other time I was left with regret. I used to jump ship often until I learned about my brain and why I was doing this often. I wanted to share my views and learning with you on this as I now see this in my clients that I coach and when they really dig deep and understand how to manage “jumping ship” or “oooh shiny new thing” it becomes a game-changer for their professional role or business. Please know that I am not saying we should avoid shiny new things, there is a more strategic way to go about it, and also once you understand why your brain is craving it you can make a solid decision to either jump or step in with caution or avoid it altogether. Cause you are the master of your brain after all and you should be calling the shot not your brain or other people’s shiny new ideas/projects.
10:06
September 01, 2020
#32: ADHD & Social Skills - How to read the room, increase your social radar | Guest Caroline Maguire
In this episode, Caroline Maguire, Author of “Why will no one play with me”? talks to us about how to read the room, how to really understand what's going on in social settings. Those of us with ADHD brain, that fast brain that can think of bazillion thoughts in seconds can get in trouble in social settings and feel awkward, or out of place or even worse it can cause us to lose a job or a business deal.  We might come across as rude because we tend to interrupt too much. Or we can make people feel uncomfortable because we share too much and not to mention if we are in a middle of a story we can exhaust the listener because we have the urge to tell them all the little details of the story and not to mention we may even digress a few times because we thought of other related things to add to the story. So you get the picture! and I am sure you can relate. So how the heck do you “work a room”, “Manage a conversation?” and “win friends and influence people?” with an ADHD brain. Well, this episode will address a lot of these topics.  Be sure to listen to the section where Caroline talks about friendships and the stages of friendship at the 24:00 minute mark and further goes into how to be an effective listener “be a social spy”. Get your pen and paper ready to take notes, the entire episode is full of insight and strategies About Caroline Maguire, ACCG, PCC, M.Ed. Caroline founded and facilitates a comprehensive SEL training methodology (#ConnectionMatters) for adults, parents, clinicians and academic professionals on how to develop critical social, emotional and communication skills, in themselves and in others. Caroline’s book Why Will No One Play With Me?  is a playbook that includes foolproof scripts on how to communicate – with anyone, in any situation – and how to ensure the message registers with the recipient – no small task! Through her private practice, publications, lectures and workshops, her mission is to vanquish the devastating effects of feeling different and misunderstood. Caroline has been a resource for many journalists as well as leading ADHD organizations and can be seen in publications such as U.S. News & World Report, Huffington Post, ADDitude, Attention Magazine and WebMD. Please join her on Facebook, Instagram, Linked In, Twitter, Medium, Pinterest and download her free video “How to Tell a Tighter Story" Be sure to leave a review of this podcast, your feedback means so much to me.  
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August 27, 2020
Episode #31: Managing your ADHD while running a Business | Guest: JP Holecka
In this episode, I talk to JP Holecka, CEO & founder of a Digital Agency in Vancouver Canada. He shares his story of late in life diagnosed with ADHD while running a successful Digital Agency. Prior to his ADHD diagnosis, he felt so alone and “deficient”, after his diagnosis he felt a huge relief that he is not alone and there are ways to manage his brain. For a while, he took no action about his ADHD diagnosis until he reached a tipping point in his business. He chose to take control of his brain and decided to take action. He reached out to me for coaching and today he shares his transformation. JP talks about how he tackled his Dyslexia diagnosis in his 20s and saw the benefits of choosing to manage it and decided to choose to learn tools and strategies to manage his ADHD. He shares his experience before and after coaching and the change of his perception around his approach to task, leadership, goals, and focuses on how to make the most of his strengths. JP is now thriving with his ADHD and is a more inspiring leader to his team. As you listen to this episode it is important to note that the tools and strategies that JP talks about are his very unique way of managing ADHD. We got there by working together and helping him see his true strengths and how he can use them to make the most of his day. Through ADHD Coaching, you can come up with your own unique solutions to manage your brain, understand how to use your strengths to achieve your goals, and remove the negative self-talk that holds you back from getting the results you have been striving towards. More about JP Holecka, Founder and CEO of POWERSHiFTER JP heads the vision and strategic direction of POWERSHiFTER.  For over 30 years, he has been solving design, communications, and digital product challenges for clients such as Energizer, Deloitte, Mattel, TELUS, FitBit, and Western Union.
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August 11, 2020
#30: ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment | Guest: Dr. Rannie Tao
In this episode, I speak with my family physician Dr. R. Tao. W discuss ADHD diagnosis/assessment, especially in adults. I felt it was important that I bring her on my show to give a perspective from a Physician who has gone above and beyond to understand ADHD and be able to recognize the signs in her patients and empower them to manage their mental health. we covered the following areas: Stressors and symptoms How anxiety or other mood disorders go hand in hand with ADHD and it is important to assess for ADHD Dr. Tao mentions the ASRS - adult ADHD self-report scale. The ASRS touches on symptoms of hyperactivity and symptoms of impulsivity in inattention. “It's one of the easiest scales we can administer in the office setting. It doesn't take too much time. And I do often find if somebody does have ADHD, when they go over that scale, they say to me, Oh, this is exactly me.” Women and ADHD and how often they are not diagnosed till adulthood. ADHD treatments - she goes deep into her strategy on medication approach and also talks about the non-medication route, nutrition, coaching, counseling, and much more. Risks of untreated ADHD, especially in children who were not diagnosed and later on will struggle in adulthood. She gives great examples here at @15:00min mark. be sure to listen to the end as she has an inspiring message for those who are late in life diagnosed with ADHD. About Dr. Rannie Tao: Rannie received her Medical Degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada after completing an undergraduate degree specializing in Pharmacology. She then completed her Family Medicine Residency in Vancouver, with a special interest in mental health, chronic pain, and geriatric medicine. Rannie enjoys being a family doctor because she is able to journey alongside her patients and families, learning with them, while providing a continuity of care. Rannie views herself as a patient’s sidekick, providing education and guidance so that they become engaged and informed in caring for their own health over time. Remember to connect with my on Instagram @proudlyadhd_coachcathy  or connect with me on Linkedin @cathyrashidian  If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a review, I love to hear how this show is helping you better understand ADHD 
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August 04, 2020
#29: ADHD and dynamics of meaningful friendships | Co-host: Sherri Cannon
This episode is one honest back and forth between ADHD Coach and my good friend Sherri Cannon, and me. We each have some aha’s and do some existential pandemic pondering. Sherri talks about the hairballs of unresolved stuff in our past that can block growth and stop us from becoming better versions of ourselves. Then we talk about the times we want to let go and vent to a friend, but instead, tell ourselves how together or busy our friend is – who are we to complain? Self-compassion and curiosity (which Cathy has been making friends with recently ) are essential. These keep us from endless ruminating and all those mental self-beatings. At 22 mins, you might relate to our experience about the challenges for ADDers in making friends AND the goodness of discovering that lots of different types of friendships feed us. Stay around (@33mins) for the close as we dive into a whole new topic on cognitive hangovers and talk about what kind of help our uniquely wired brains most need from us. We felt that this was an important conversation to be shared publicly, as we often see this topic come up in our work with ADHD brains. So we hope that this conversation sparks a new insight for you and also know that you are not alone making sense of your complex brain wiring, we see you, we feel your struggle and are here to support you.  Connect with Sherri Cannon: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sherricannon/   Connect with Cathy Rashidian: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cathyrashidian/
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July 29, 2020
#28: Shift in perspective with ADHD Coaching | audio clip of a coaching call
What is ADHD coaching? how does it work? how can someone with ADHD benefit from coaching? These are some of the questions I had when I was diagnosed and I now see it come up often in the ADHD community online. In this episode, I share a snippet of an actual ADHD coaching session that I facilitated. Pls note that this person has ADHD , is not a client of mine, they agreed to be on the show/recording and wanted to experience ADHD coaching. The session starts with her wanting to address her lack of motivation - as the session progressed we talked about her values, then in the middle of the call you hear a shift in her energy as we got deeper into her values. She has a shift in perspective when she realizes the root of lack of motivation is that she has been avoiding what truly makes her happy which are tied to her values. As you listen to this coaching session, do you relate to what she is going through (I know I did)? This is just a short snippet of how coaching can really bring out the best in you and help you realize what is the root cause of what is holding you back. ADHD or not, we all have our stories/reasons/excuses until you take the time and dissect what is really holding you back, you will continue to get in your own way of success and even management of your ADHD. I am so honoured to be part of these shift in perspective with my clients and in this call it was my pleasure to help and witness this young lady experience a shift in mindset.  I want thank my guest for sharing her story with us, she was such a star and so open to seeing new possibilities. My coaching is a partnership where I design a plan based on the your agenda – coaching takes what’s inside and translates it into outer goals that you accomplish step-by-step. I hope this snippet gives you more insight into the endless possibilities of how ADHD Coaching can benefit you. p.s. When you feel unmotivated, direction less, chances are you are not fully living by your values. Grab my free values assessment workbook and find your true north. https://www.readysetchoose.com/adhd-free-tools
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July 22, 2020
#27: Your ADHD can be asset by learning more about it | Guest: Dr. Ned Hallowell
It was an absolute pleasure to talk to Dr. Ned Hallowell in this special mini-episode.  When I got my diagnosis of ADHD, the first book that I picked up on ADHD was Driven to Distraction (audiobook) by Dr. Hallowell. This book provided so much insight and clarity into my ADHD and for the first time, I didn’t feel alone in my head. Since then I have been listening to his podcast and continuing to follow his work on ADHD. I am super excited to share this episode with you and truly grateful that he accepted my invitation to come to my show.  We talked about how to adjust to new working conditions Ie. working from home. He talked about the importance of creating meaningful connections. The value of working with a coach to manage your ADHD, to disclose or not about your ADHD in the workplace, and finally his point of view on what steps to take if you have been diagnosed late in life with ADHD. About: Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D., is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist, a thought leader, a NY Times bestselling author (including the 1994 Driven to Distraction that sparked a revolution in our understanding of ADHD), a world-renowned keynote speaker and a leading authority in the field of ADHD. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School and was a Harvard Medical School faculty member for 21 years.  He is the Founder of The Hallowell Centers in Boston MetroWest, New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle and the host of the popular Distraction podcast. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube, and sign up for his free monthly e-newsletter by texting drhallowell to 22828. I would love it if you left me a comment about how my podcast has been helping you with managing your ADHD. Connect with me on Linkedin - Cathy Rashidian Follow me on Instagram for tips and insights @proudlyadhd_coachcathy
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July 13, 2020
#26: Neurodiverse brains can be gamechangers in organizations | Guest: Rick Fiery
In this episode, I talk with Rick Fiery who is the co-founder of InventiveLabs which is located in Amesbury, Massachusetts. InventiveLabs is a research lab and business incubator that helps people with learning differences find their passions and take a gap year, explore careers or create a new business in an all-accepting environment. We talk about the following points Why companies need to start thinking differently about talent recruitment and the benefits of modifying the hiring process so that it is more inclusive, especially when it comes to neurodiversity. He shares success stories on how they were able to gain a competitive edge by embracing a neurodiverse talent pool in his startups.  He shares his approach in tapping and creating an omni-brain team to make the most of his team which was pivotal to the success of the startups he ran. He talks about how Inventivelabs helps those who want to take the entrepreneurship route and how to work best with their ADHD brain and helping them define their strengths and weaknesses and aim it in the right place. How to pick the right career environment that suits your needs and brain function how organizations may potentially be excluding the Gamechangers from their businesses. There is so much depth in this conversation with Rick, I encourage you to listen to the entire episode to get the full picture of the benefits of neurodiversity in the workplace. Rick Fiery's TEDx talk - Capturing necessary brilliance: Learning differences unleashed! | Rick Fiery | TEDxAmoskeagMillyard More about Rick Fiery: He is the co-founder of InventiveLabs.org which is located in Amesbury, Massachusetts. InventiveLabs is a research lab and business incubator that helps people with learning differences find their passions and take a gap year, explore careers, or create a new business in an all-accepting environment. Rick has a passion for helping young adults with learning differences find alternative paths to success and believes with the right environment and supports, people with learning differences can achieve substantial success. Prior to InventiveLabs, Rick was the CEO of several startup companies that he created and grew before selling them to strategic buyers. One of his software companies grew to where it had subsidiaries in 6 countries and products sold in over 60 countries. He also ran the finance department for a large multinational software company generating over $330 million before departing to do another startup. Rick has a Bachelors and Masters in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Don't forget to rate this show Follow me on Instagram @produlyadhd_CoachCathy 
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June 30, 2020
#25: Workarounds to manage ADHD in the workplace. Do they work?
In this episode my co-host Sherri Cannon and I talk about some of the common challenges professionals with ADHD can face in the workplace. they often want to know if they can be themselves – you know --bring their best work,  make their best contribution inside an organization. When they look for answers, they usually focus on masking, laboring in private, working in unorthodox yet highly effective ways for them, but they often do it out of sight for fear (from valid life experience) that they'll be viewed as…weird They focus on these lifelong “workarounds” much more than they do on proactively making their environment work for them. In the long run, this will turn to lead to overwhelm, burn-out, or even resigning without much notice. We address questions such as: Can you really accept your ADHD and be able to work to your best potential? We know the importance of being authentic but how do you do it in a way that comes from a place of strengths? You can connect with Sherri Cannon and learn more about her, visit: https://www.beyondthebellcurve.life/ Please don't forget to leave us a comment and also rate the show, I am always looking for ways to improve each episode.  Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @proudlyadhd_coachcathy  hmfFJrWokixLAm40VMlC
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June 25, 2020
#24: How to stay calm in times of big emotions | Guest: Dr. Jody Carrington
Get ready for a jam-packed episode full of light bulb moments with, its funny, loud, and extremely informative. Get your note pad ready cause you want to take notes on - Emotional regulation, Trauma, you are wired for hard times! I talked with my special guest Dr. Jody, she is a dynamic speaker, with so much passion and loads of powerful messages. She talks about emotional regulation, “how to stay calm in times of big emotion”. How to manage our emotions we when are losing our mind. Due to our unique wiring, we tend to lose our minds much quicker and have a hard time managing our emotions.  She gives a few tips on how to manage our emotions (name it to tame it) and also how to teach it to our children. We also talked about trauma and the impact on the neurodiverse brain. She talks about the 10 experiences that could cause trauma before the age of 18 and how it can affect you in adulthood. This portion of the episode is a must listen to. Be sure to listen to the end as she has a very important message for adults with ADHD. You will want to listen to this episode a few times, it is that informative and engaging. How to stay calm in times of big emotion About Dr. Jody Carrington: Over the past 15 years, Dr. Jody Carrington has assessed, treated, educated, and empowered some of our most vulnerable and precious souls on the planet. She is a child psychologist by trade, but Jody rarely treats kids. The answer lies, she believes, in the people who hold them. Especially when kids have experienced trauma, that’s when they need big people the most. Some of her favorites include educators, parents, first responders, and foster parents. Jody has shifted the way they think and feel about the holy work that they do. Before Jody started her own practice and speaking across the country, she worked at the Alberta Children’s Hospital on the inpatient and day treatment units where she held families with some of the difficult stories. They taught her the most important lesson: we are wired to do hard things. We can handle those hard things so much easier when we remember this: we are wired for connection. This all started when Jody received her Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Alberta. She completed a year-long internship with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during that time and worked alongside families struggling with chronic illness at the Ronald McDonald House. She received her Master’s degree in Psychology at the University of Regina and completed her Ph.D. there as well, before completing her residency in Nova Scotia. Her first book, Kids These Days: A Game Plan for (Re)Connecting with those we Teach, Lead & Love, came out in 2019 and sold 20,000 copies in just three months. It is now on Amazon’s Best Sellers List. Mentioned References: Dan Seigel - Dr. Dan Siegel's Hand Model of the Brain - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-m2YcdMdFw Dr. Vincent Felitti - https://acestoohigh.com/2012/10/03/the-adverse-childhood-experiences-study-the-largest-most-important-public-health-study-you-never-heard-of-began-in-an-obesity-clinic/ Uxp5YHEdzzrrSAfVAzIL
32:49
June 15, 2020
#23: Neurodiversity Career Platform | Guest: Alex Corner
In this episode I talk to the founder of Alex Corner, Founder of Amforus.com, “The World's First Platform Connecting Talented Candidates with Dyslexia, ADHD, or Autism With Inclusive Companies That Assess Skills, Experience and Not Education, or Interview Techniques.” Alex shares his personal story of his late in life diagnosis of ADHD and saw the opportunity to create a career platform for job seekers who are neurodiverse and match up with the organizations who are ready to work with their unique skill set. some of the points of this conversation: you can have an even more successful career once you really understand your brain wiring better and how to seek out careers that you are best suited for. What organizations need to do in order to tap into the neurodiverse talent pool, taking a truly inclusive approach during the interview process. Take the time to really understand the candidate and their strengths. about Alex Corner: Alex Corner is a financial services and technology sales, business development executive, entrepreneur, and investor. He started his career on Wall Street and was responsible for managing multiple global businesses using his creative innovative idea to launch some of the most successful revenue-producing platforms. After a 20 year Wall Street career across the UK, Hong Kong, and settling in the USA, Alex transitioned from front office trading into technology, selling digital transformation solutions to multi-cloud environments, event-driven, and streaming data. (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, DaaS) migrating companies to modern architecture. During the decision for a career change, he was diagnosed with adult dyslexia and ADHD, which had prevented him from completing college, and ruled out specific jobs. Fortunately, he was able to rely on experience and network. Reflecting on the experience, he studied hiring techniques, criteria, and behavioral neurodiverse analysis. Watching his son demonstrate creativity, test results ignored and witnessed people who had tremendous coding skills rejected due to poor interview techniques. This got Alex working on solving a problem, how were people without a track record, or exceptional grades, a global network going to secure a job they love without the grades or degree companies required, although they had tremendous talent. – This is why Amforus.com was created.
30:49
June 08, 2020
#22: How to embrace Neurodiversity in the workplace | Guest: Margaux Joffe
In this episode, my guest Margaux Joffe is sharing the journey of her ADHD diagnosis in her late twenties.   More importantly what she shares is how she went about creating awareness/acceptance of ADHD in her workplace and created a resource group within her organization for those with Neurodiverse Brain wiring.   Her story is beyond inspirational and a great example that once we embrace our unique brain wiring we can not only be a success but also create change to end the stigma of Neurodiversity.  About Margaux Joffe: She is an award-winning producer and accessibility professional using the power of media to positively impact society.  After her diagnosis of ADHD in her late twenties, she started to share what she had learned and founded kaleidoscopesociety.com a community to empower women with ADHD to not only better understand their diverse brain but also to lean on each other as a collective. Margaux is on a mission to end ADHD stigma and empower all minds.  In 2017, she expanded her impact to the workplace where she lead the creation of the first Neurodiversity Employee Resource Group at Yahoo and Verizon Media. In two years she scaled the group to a global network of support for employees in over 35 offices around the world.   www.margauxjoffe.com
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May 22, 2020
#21: Character traits of ADHD in the workplace | Co-host - Sherri Cannon
**This is an audio recording of a recent Linked-in Video Post** This content is intended for HR and Team Leaders  When we work with business function leaders to build ADHD literacy, they often want to know how to actually recognize signs of real ADHD versus societal ADHD…so that they can respond with timely, effective strategies or questions.  In this clip, my colleague Sherri Cannon, PCC, and I will share a few facts that can help you better understand ADHD in the workplace.    Did you know  ⇨ Around 8% of the world population has ADHD and has had it since childhood – diagnosed or not.   ⇨ In fact, as we get better at diagnosing kids, more and more adults realize they’ve lived life with a brain they didn’t understand and couldn’t explain to others.   We all can agree that when it comes to inclusion of the mind each person is unique and therefore has a unique set of needs in order to feel engaged and valued in the organization.   Without strategic attention to the neurodiversity of their talent, an organization can easily become home to groupthink, petty internal politics and a sleep-inducing culture of apathy.   Neuroscience breakthroughs of just the past 20 years now enable us to separate fact from fiction and to wisely, compassionately optimize the unique workplace contributions of individuals with ADHD.  #adhd #diversityandinclusion  Connect with Sherri Cannon: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sherricannon/  Connect with Cathy Rashidian: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cathyrashidian/
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May 15, 2020
#20: Finding your passion does not always equal happiness!
In this episode, I talk about why following your passion or that idea that is so inspiring may not always lead to long term happiness or fulfillment.  If You are at a crossroads to start a new career or business venture, you may be inspired by some ideas and things you have always wanted to do.  I would say take your next few steps carefully.  I often hear "but I thought this new career was the one"  or "the new business I started was going to be a success but, I am struggling" .   One simple step that most of us don't pay attention to is giving enough time and attention to understanding our strengths and what we are really good at.  I go deeper into this concept in this episode. 
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April 07, 2020
#19: Personal Reflection in times of uncertainty
In this episode, I share my personal reflection on what we are facing around the world and how I am showing up in the midst of uncertainty. 
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March 20, 2020
#18: Is your Brain wiring holding you back at work? | Guest: Sherri Cannon
In this episode, I speak with Executive Coach, and Faculty member of ADD Coach Acadamy, Sherri Cannon.  She shares how she moved from up the corporate ladder from sales to becoming a leadership development Coach/Facilitator in Silicon Valley. Like my previous guests, Sherri was also diagnosed with Adult ADHD late in life. During this episode we talk about: how ADHD can hold you back from reaching your ultimate potential and impact your work/business Understanding what your style of learning is and how you can tap into your strengths so you can succeed at work the importance of actively understanding your brain so that you make it work for you instead of you being reactive to it, especially in times of stress, change and transition How to address the imposter syndrome when it comes to ADHD and how working with the right coach you can remove limiting thoughts that have held you back About Sherri Cannon This is how I became an ADHD coach. In career #1, I was a consumer products sales rep/manager (that’s a classy way of saying I sold soap and fabric softener to grocery stores and loved it). In the second, I traveled the public seminar circuit leading communication and leadership skills workshops around North America. When I developed a love for change management work with business teams, it took me to Silicon Valley, home of fast companies, geeks and a higher than average percentage of neuro-diverse folks. As an Executive Coach and Group Facilitator, I found my people and my calling. About that time, I also got my own ADHD diagnosis. In 2015, I added ADHD coaching to my practice. I’ve found my happy place here — coaching leaders, individual contributors, entrepreneurs, retirees, and career seekers to live more fulfilling lives by understanding and partnering effectively with their unique brain wiring. As you can see from my own path, going toward what calls and interests me has opened new cool doors. As I went through my own ADDCA training, I hoped I’d one day teach others and help them experience the richness and reassurance of this ADHD community.  When ADDCA invited me to join the faculty in 2018, it was the perfect intersection of my love of teaching with my desire to share this wealth with other learners. In 2019, I proudly joined the PAAC Board of Directors as Volunteer Chair and I look forward to starting my PAAC accreditation process in 2020. You can connect with Sherri Cannon  https://www.beyondthebellcurve.life Resources that we talked about: Additude Magazine - inside the ADHD mind https://www.additudemag.com/ Adult ADHD Self-Report Scales (ASRS) - https://www.hcp.med.harvard.edu/ncs/asrs.php [Self-Test] Do I Have ADHD? Symptom Test for Adults https://www.additudemag.com/adhd-symptoms-test-adults/ Follow Coach Cathy on Instagram at ProudlyADHD_coachcathy or connect with me on Linkedin at Cathy Rashidian
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March 10, 2020
#17: "Feel the fear and do it anyway!" | Guest: Tracy Otsuka
This is one jam-packed episode with the one and only, Tracy Otsuka host & producer of "ADHD for Smart Ass Women" podcast.  She shares with me her journey from being a Lawyer to a successful business owner, Realtor, proud mama of two and much more.  Most of her life she accomplished so much without even knowing she had ADHD until she was diagnosed late in life.  She shares tips on focusing on your strength,  self-care, power of intuition and much more.  She is one driven woman ready to change the stigma around ADHD and support Smart Women who are ready to tap into their strengths and beyond.  about Tracy Otsuka: "I’m committed to changing the conversation around ADHD. When I was diagnosed eight months after my son, my entire life suddenly made perfect sense but all I heard about was everything that my ADHD brain SHOULD be struggling with when in fact I would come to learn that my ADHD is responsible for some of my greatest superpowers. Join me."  you can listen to here podcast on https://www.tracyotsuka.com/podcast-page-two find out more about Tracy on https://www.tracyotsuka.com/blog
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February 28, 2020
#16: Learn to do "Mindful-Tasking" instead of Multitasking
In this episode, I share a recent personal experience on how multitasking caused me a major personal/professional embracement.  It was a great reminder for me to be so mindful of my tasks throughout the day, and ensure I am only doing one task at a time from beginning to the end so that I avoid making errors that not only will cause a personal disappointment but also high jack my brain into a state of stress and anxiety.
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February 20, 2020
#15: Heal your Gut, Optimize your Brain | Guest: Jodie Campbell
In this episode, I talk with Jodie Campbell, Nutrition + Digestive Health Coach about the importance of understanding how your Gut can have a direct impact on the brain.     Did you know that your gut is considered your second brain? We go deep into this conversation, Jodie believes that it all starts with the Gut.   It is one thing to pay attention to our brain but have you considered all the factors that influence it?  I invite you to this very informative talk with Coach Jodie.   About Coach Jodie Campbell Years ago, healing my own digestive system had a massive ripple effect on my whole body. No more migraines, lactose intolerance, IBS, mood swings, poor complexion, sugar cravings, low immunity, PMS, or lack of energy. Of course, it wasn’t an overnight transformation. It started with multiple doctors visits, fear-based media and marketing that manipulated my food choices, and fad diets with a nauseating amount of conflicting advice. What I needed more than anything at the time was someone to shoot it to me straight, someone to actually help! And so instead of looking for her, I became her. I’ve been a Certified Holistic Health Coach for 7 years, with formal training from the Institute of Integrated Nutrition and Nutrition Advisory training for the Sanoviv Medical Institute. Current student at the School for Applied Functional Medicine. Through my ongoing training and deep experiences with hundreds of clients,  I’ve seen firsthand that most people have a compromised digestive tract. With no idea that this is the root source of their frustrating symptoms being experienced throughout their body.   reach out to her on https://jodiecampbell.ca/fixyourguts   follow her on Instagram at @JODIEDCAMPBELL  Follow me on Instagram at ProudlyADHD_coachcathy  or book a discovery call with me to better understand your brain at www.readysetchoose.com
47:03
February 14, 2020
#14: How to transition to your dream career | Guest: Betty Kempa
Most adults with ADHD have experienced the impact of their brain at work.  Some have lost jobs, impulsively resigned or never really landed the best fitting career.  In this episode, I talk with Certified Career Coach, Betty Kempa where she shares her five-steps approach in transitioning to your dream job.  Her insight and systematic approach really resonated with me.  Especially for those of us with ADHD, we tend to act on impulse when we are losing interest in our current career and end up making choices that do not pay off in the long run.   Imagine taking a step back and really digging deep to not only understand your ADHD brain wiring but also how you can be more resourceful in finding your next amazing career.   Betty and I will share a few insights into this topic with you.   About Coach Betty: "I’ve had the pleasure of coaching corporate clients hailing from Google and Sephora to budding entrepreneurs, health-industry professionals, and private-investment firms (to name a few).  My coaching style? Authentic. Strategic. Empathetic. Well-researched. Determined. Your personal champion."    You can book a discovery call with her at http://bettykempa.com/about/ I hope you have enjoyed this episode, don't forget to rate and share.   You can always follow me on Linkedin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/cathyrashidian/    Follow me on Instagram at @proudlyadhd_coachcathy where I share ADHD tips for professionals  To better understand your ADHD book a discovery call with me 
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February 06, 2020
#13: ADHD Coaches Panel sharing best tips and strategies
In this episode I took a different approach and hosted an ADHD Coaches Panel where we discussed: The reoccurring ADHD challenge that they see in their clients The one ADHD issue that they are working through now One useful tip that you can implement right away to manage your ADHD  In talking to both Brooke and Kristen you can hear their dedication, passion and most of all they speak from their heart.  They experience ADHD first hand and also continue to not only work on themselves but dedicate their time to helping others with the same issues.  If you enjoyed this episode and want to hear from Brooke and Kristen and other coaches pls leave a comment or email me directly at cathyrashidian@gmail.com  More info on my guests Kristen Carder is passionate about helping adults with ADHD reach their full potential. She recently transitioned out of the 6-figure company that she built so that she could coach adults with ADHD full time.     www.ihaveadhd.com  Also you can listen to her Podcast  "I Have ADHD" anywhere you find your podcasts. Subscribe to Coaching With Brooke's website to get your free ebook "13 Ways To Be More Productive" How to Focus By Focusing Your Time," and to sign up for her newsletters giving you weekly tips and updates on ADHD. Contact Brooke at Brooke@coachingwithbrooke.com or on her website https://www.coachingwithbrooke.com/ for a complimentary 30-minute consultation. You can also always reach me for free 60 minutes discovery call at https://calendly.com/cathyrashidian
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January 31, 2020
#12: The 4 Stages to move past your ADHD Diagnosis
In this episode, I talk about the 4 stages that we go through once we realize we have ADHD.  These 4 stages are there for a reason to help us ease into our next phase of transformation.  Be it moving past a diagnosis, changing jobs, end a relationship, or starting a new business.   Stage one - Being a victim to the change Stage two - Healing the wounds  Stage three - Making a game plan  Stage four - Playing the game Book a complimentary session with me at readysetchoose.com to explore how to move past these stages, mention this episode in your application. 
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January 21, 2020
#11: How to break the pattern of recurring overwhelm so you can move forward
In this episode, I share my personal insight on how I broke through a recurring overwhelm that takes over when actually things are going smooth in my life and out of nowhere I feel stuck and not able to move forward.    I share how my mentor/coach David Giwerc, Founder of ADD Coach Acadamy helped me figure out my pattern and how to break it.   This has been by far the most profound lesson on how my ADHD brain can high jack me.  Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @proudlyadhd_coachcathy for tools, tips on how to manage your brain to work for you instead of you working for it.   
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January 07, 2020
#10: ADHD & Self Awareness of your own capabilities | Guest: @ADHDCoach_
In this special episode my guest @ADHDCoach_ Talks about his journey with ADHD, he was an Elite Athlete for many years and now coaches elite athletes of the future. He taps into his creative side with modeling and acting.   In this episode, he talks about his challenges, how he has overcome them by trusting his intuition, towards the end of the talk he shares his message to all of us on how to lean into our ADHD brain, speak up for yourself and don't let anyone limit you.  You can follow him on Instagram @adhdcoach_ Coach Cathy on Instagram @proudlyadhd_coachcathy readysetchoose.com 
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December 18, 2019
#9: Feeling Frustrated, Anxious, Stressed, and Tired?
I have been wanting to record this episode for many months and today I was so inspired to finally share this with you.  You may want to relisten to this episode a few times as I share a lot in it.  Discover the hidden patterns keeping you from achieving a great business or your highest potential at work Learn how to shift from feelings of frustration, Anxious, Stress and be in a place of Joy, Creativity, and Compassion so that you can have days of ease and flow.  Recognize how to tap into your unlimited potential allowing you to accomplish whatever you set your mind to To access the assessment mentioned at the end of this podcast go to readysetchoose.com 
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December 05, 2019
#8: How to overcome Boredom at work and in business
Most of us with an ADHD Brain have a very hard time dealing with Boredom, especially at work and running a business.  Boredom can slow us down in doing bigger things or on the flip side it can lead to making impulsive decisions that impact the future of our career. Ie. Impulsive resignation cause you got bored from you current job.  Or starting a new business, cause the current one is Boring.  In this episode I talk about why it happens and how you can tackle boredom so that you can always be in a place of interest and motivation and see the fun and joy in your day to day life at work and in business. P.s. Sorry for the background noise on this episode. I really had the urge to record this podcast and I wasn't in my normal recording space.  Talk about being impulsive and wanting to get my thoughts out. :-) P.S.S. I refer to aligning to your values you can download a free worksheet at readysetchoose.com  
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November 29, 2019
#7: How to remove the 4 blocks that hold you back from being your best self
It is not a secret that what holds us back from being our best self is the internal conversation that we have with ourselves. One way to gain Self-confidence is to become fully aware of your thoughts and their impact on your life. Here is a breakdown in 4 categories and how to coach yourself out of these blocks.  I go into details in this episode, here is a summary: Can you relate to these thoughts? I am not good enough to ask for that promotion. Others are more qualified than me! My brain won't keep up with me if I ask for more challenging, creative projects. I want to be like the rest of my colleagues. They don't have the same challenges as I do. They can focus, sit still, and do their work. I can't possibly do that! Everyone is expecting me to be a strong leader and always solve their problems. After all, I am the Business owner and should have all the answers. 4 Energy blocks that hold you back from being your optimal self Limiting Beliefs - something that you accept about life, yourself, and your world or the people in it that limits you in some way. Ask yourself where this thought came from and how is it serving you to get to your truth. What is the cost to continue to have this belief? Interpretations - an opinion or judgment that you create about an event, situation, person, or experience and believe to be true. To overcome this block, ask yourself, what is another way that I can look at this situation? What would someone else say about this? Assumptions - because something has happened in the past, it will happen again Just because it happened in the past, what facts do you have that it will happen again? Gremlins - Your inner critic that tells you, in one way or another, that you're not good enough What is the thought, emotion that I am feeling now, and what action am I taking? How is this thought, emotion, and action, helping me towards my goals and being my best self?  What is a positive Thought and Emotion that I can have to move me closer to my goals? Don't forget to comment and subscribe follow me on Instagram @proudlyadhd_coachcathy 
36:30
November 21, 2019
#6: The Power of the Pause - how to manage your emotion in tough situations
When we let go of the outcome and focus on the present we can manage our emotions in difficult times.  In this episode, I talk about how I learned the art of the Pause and why I was not doing it effectively before. 
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November 14, 2019
#5: Successfully Juggling multiple businesses with an ADHD Brain | Guest: Francesca Anastasi
In this episode, I had a candid conversation with Francesca about her late in life diagnosis of ADHD and her key to staying focused while managing multiple businesses and projects.  Since she is one busy lady I connected with her via zoom, so pls excuse any background sound that you hear. If I aimed for perfection for every episode I probably would not be doing these weekly.  So in advance, I thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  There are some golden nuggets that she shares on time management and staying focused.  Francesca Anastasi (aka Sabeya) is a business growth strategist, a savvy consultant, and a mentor. From homeless to CEO, Francesca shares the tools,  principles, and systems she applied as the founder and CEO of Confidance Institute Inc. which made the company successful against the odds,  generating multiple six-figure income in under three years   The creator, producer, and host of the Succeed Against the Odds show, she is dedicated to working with and inspiring, entrepreneurs of all ages, which has led to several nominations and awards.  Francesca offers business, personal development, and advancement training programs.  She is also the creator of the one-of-a-kind  Magnificent You women's conference.  She is also the visionary and founder of the annual, global charity event Shimmy Mob for which she received the 'Telling Our Story' Award.  https://www.francescaanastasi.com/  Instagram: @francesca_sabeya_anastasi  To help me improve my content, pls rate and comment on this episode, follow me on Instagram @proudlyadhd_coachcathy 
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November 06, 2019
#4: How to become at ease with Managing your day as a Professional or Entrepreneur
Managing time is a major thing for those of us with ADHD. The struggle is real but it doesn't have to be a struggle.  During this podcast, I share tips, stories and few simple ways on how to think about time, feel about time and actions that come out of a new perspective with time.  Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @proudlyadhd_coachcathy  or follow me on Linkedin at Cathy Rashidian 
22:41
October 31, 2019
#3: My late in life diagnosis set me free
In this episode, I share my thoughts and emotions around my late in life diagnosis.  I have come to be friends with my ADHD brain since my diagnosis and I fully believe each of us has a new beginning, accepting and moving forward is key to thriving with your ADHD Brain.  In times of transition, it is critical to get realigned with our values, when you live by your values you live with purpose and can ease into life transitions.  Grab the values assessment worksheet from my website www.readysetchoose.com  Don't forget to follow me on Instagram at @proudlyadhd_coachCathy Keep on shining! Coach Cathy 
19:34
October 24, 2019
#2: Nutrition and ADHD, it's a lifestyle!
In this episode, I have a special guest. Pier B, Homeopath, and Wellness Coach (pierab.com).  We cover holistic nutrition to optimize our brain to function at our best. She is a wealth of knowledge and a firm believer that the body, mind, and spirit need to be treated together. This episode is a must listen to.  
34:47
October 17, 2019
#1: 6 influencers that impact your ADHD
As you move through your day, your life, and making decisions, there are so many factors that affect how you show up and especially your ADHD brain is impacted.  During this podcast I review the 6 influencers that you might want to pay attention to and adjust to gain momentum, make better decisions, have a positive day and essentially be at your best self.  Paying attention to these influencers is simple, by making a tiny adjustment to each you could gain so much momentum and focus on your strengths instead of the problems of ADHD.    This is a replay of a recent webinar. my future episodes will not be this long.
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October 08, 2019