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Coffee with Claire S1 E6 with Guest Melissa Walker

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EPISODE 6, MAKING EACH OTHER LOOK BRILLIANT: LEAVING YOUR EGO AT THE DOOR
melissa-walkerIn improv, there is no room for ego. Improv is a team effort. If a team member is struggling, the team members need to figure out what they need, and offer it to them, before they ask. Isn’t that an ideal way to co-exist?Consequently, ego has to be left at the front door. No egomaniacs on stage; they ruin the flow for everyone. Improv performers have to understand that if they want all of the attention, stand-up might be a better route.

Of course, in improv, it’s not “real”, meaning, yes we are creating something, but we don’t have to live with it. In “real” life, we have this thing called “pride” that sometimes doesn’t want to ask for help when we desperately need it. Or we don’t know where to find it and try to keep our pride intact.

The challenge for you this week is to find someone or some organization that needs your help, and volunteer to help them before they ask. Read a book to a child, make sandwiches for the homeless, help out your elderly neighbor. These little gifts of time can make a huge difference in someone else’s life.

Today’s guest, Melissa Walker, is a certified career coach and the Founder and CEO of NextCareer, a company focused on transitioning the skills and competencies of the military into corporate careers.

Melissa has a Masters in Health Care Management and studied Organizational Behavior at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a talented professional who has enjoyed a number of leadership roles with the ICF Veteran Outreach and Programs Committee, mentoring at the University of North Texas, working with Woman Inspiring Success of the Enterprise (WISE) and DallasHR Workforce Readiness Committee. She also helps individuals find the right path to new careers through her work as a career coach and community volunteer.

With over 20 years of recruitment and hiring experience and an understanding that goes beyond HR, Melissa possesses an ability to see past where the person may be today – to where they can be tomorrow.

About Claire Billingsley

claire“Coffee with Claire TV” is the new owner’s manual for women who want to realize the dream of conceiving, building and running a business. The show is intended to be an interactive experience for the viewer. You (the viewer) can choose just to watch or you can participate through the learning exercises online or by doing your homework assignment at the end of each show.

Each week, Claire will engage viewers by introducing a concept, interviewing a relevant guest and offering up educational and coaching options to reinforce the topic at hand. Along the way she will be following the fun (because that’s just who Claire really is!). And then there ishomework, too, for those who just need to learn more!

Want to jump ahead and see those lessons? Check out Claire’s coaching site and see what’s in store for the coming weeks.

With Claire’s improvisational comedy background, teaching, mentoring and servant leader mindset, watching her show will be both enlightening as well as entertaining.

“Coffee With Claire TV” is the brainchild of Claire Billingsley and Jayne Rios. Claire and Jayne met at a professional woman’s networking group a few years back and hit it off instantaneously. They worked on a joint book project that spoke about following your heart instead of your head in your business (“Spirit Fed Entrepreneur,” an Amazon Best Seller). Concurrently with this project, Jayne also developed the Women’s Global Alliance Network, an international empowerment forum for women.

When Claire received the call about the opportunity that Jayne and her business partner, Shea Vaughn (health and wellness expert and Vince Vaughn’s mom) were putting together, she instantly wanted in. Produced for the new Women’s Broadcast Television Network, a one-of-a-kind all-women-based broadcast platform, using cable and internet distribution, the show fills the bill for women-based content on those platforms.

Join Claire every Friday at 9 am Central Time on the WBTN channel, and keep informed of upcoming events here. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook as well as here on Coffee with Claire to stay up on all the fun things she always has up her sleeve!

About The Author

Claire Billingsley Coffee with Claire is about celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit, giving back to the community, and having fun! Claire has 25 + years experience in the business world and 15+ years in improvisational comedy. Her unique approach to coaching and speaking has gained her international opportunities. She is always looking to meet new people, so call or email any time!

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