My Favorite Mistake — 227: Coach Bobbi Kahler Didn’t Blame the Turkey Lunch for Putting Her Audience to Sleep

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In this captivating episode, #227 of the 'My Favorite Mistake' podcast, host Mark Graban is joined by the transformational speaker and coach, Bobbi Kahler.

From a flourishing career in personal development spanning over two decades to catalyzing growth in more than 3000 individuals, Bobbi stands as a beacon of self-improvement and human thriving. Through her popular podcast, The Unyielded Show: Thriving No Matter What, Bobbi explores the core elements that breed a winner's mindset and a rewarding life. In this insightful conversation, she reveals the profundity of her learnings gathered from a mishap during the initial phase of her speaking career.

She is the author of Travels of the Heart: Developing Your Inner Leader, and she was a contributing author to the Amazon and NY Times best-selling book, Masters of Success.

Delving deeper into the episode, we unfold a valuable lesson, a testament to the idea that our ways of confronting errors can greatly shape our path to success. On a day of staff training at a credit union, Bobbi was given the opportunity to conduct two 90-minute sessions. The two experiences stood in stark contrast. The first was well received with audience engagement validating Bobbi's skills as a facilitator. However, it was the second one, with less participation and ending early, that became a tipping point in redefining Bobbi's approach to public speaking.

Why did she label this as her mistake instead of blaming the audience or the circumstances? And how did she adjust when facing similar situations in the future?

Questions and Topics:

  • Didn’t have a backup plan?
  • Did you run into the same situation again?
  • What are some of the common roadblocks that keep people from moving forward – how do we get unstuck?
  • How to get past the fear of mistakes?
  • PQ – “Positive Intelligence”
  • What’s the worst that could happen? An exaggerated sense of that?
  • Why do we need to “help shine a light on the value of mistakes?” And how can we do that?
  • Why do you believe that there is always a way forward?
  • Pfeffer / Sutton – “knowing-doing gap” book

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