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844: Liz Brunner – Own Your Own Business, Own Who You Are

I’ve often said that sometimes we self-employed folks feel like rock stars, and other times…not quite so much! Let’s learn to harness the power of owning who we are, to create not only more authenticity, but more consistency in our emotions. Today’s conversation with guest Liz Brunner begins with the story of Liz’s unexpected career transformation from TV journalist to executive communications coach, and how she was able to translate her previous skill sets and experiences into a new career path. As Liz’s grandmother used to say, “no knowledge is every wasted.” From there, we discuss how recent generations are more accepting (and desirous) of a more varied career path than in the past — gone are the days of working for one company for your whole career! – and how self-awareness is a key part of this societal transition. Related to self-awareness is self-confidence. Liz talks about how to manage swings in self-confidence and shares confidence-maintaining tips and tools from her book. Finally, we discuss how finding and leveraging your voice – literally and figuratively! – can help you get your message heard.

Liz Brunner is the CEO and founder of Brunner Communications, a keynote speaker, podcast host, and best-selling author of Dare to Own You: Taking Your Authenticity and Dreams Into Your Next Chapter, and recommended on Forbes. An Emmy award-winning journalist, Liz Brunner’s television career spanned 28 years and featured many memorable highlights. Along with co-anchoring the #1 rated 6pm newscast at ABC-TV, WCVB NewsCenter 5 in Boston, she conducted exclusive one-on-one interviews with prominent figures ranging from professional athletes to global political leaders including President Barack Obama as well as cultural icons such as Oprah Winfrey. In 2013, leveraging her media and communications experience and expertise, Liz founded Brunner Communications, and in February 2020, Liz launched her award-winning podcast, Live Your Best Life with Liz Brunner, where she shares stories of re-creation and reinvention.

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Liz Brunner, thank you so much for being here!

Remember, you might be in business FOR yourself but you are not in business BY yourself.

Be your best self. Be proud and keep changing the world.

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Host Jeffrey Shaw is a Small Business Consultant, Brand Management Consultant, Business Coach for Entrepreneurs, Keynote Speaker, TEDx Speaker and author of LINGO and The Self Employed Life (May 2021). Supporting self-employed business owners with business and personal development strategies they need to create sustainable success.


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