A Podcast to Reach Your Dreams

By: Ashleigh Meister

Do you have dreams? Do you dream about getting a degree and finally graduating? Do you dream of what it would feel like to pay off all of your debt and be able to spend your earned money how you want? Do you dream of buying your dream house? What about owning your own business? All of your dreams are possible if you do the work to make them happen.

Rachel Hollis is a mother, a wife, and a self-made business woman who has dreams just like you and she is working towards her goals every day. She has figured out how to reach many of her goals by researching and not taking no for an answer. She created this podcast to share the tools that she used for her own success. Her podcast is called “Rise Podcast”.

In this podcast series, she interviews several successful business people, narrates chapters from her own book, and easily motivates you to actually make steps towards your dreams and goals. Rachel’s audience is mostly made up of females in the “Rise Podcast”. She speaks primarily to women because she was in the same place as her audience at one point in time.

There is a lot of marketing in this podcast. Like mentioned before, Rachel narrates chapters from her book. This is a form of marketing for her book. She also asks you to screen shot the podcast episode you are listening to and post on social media by tagging her in your Instagram stories or post via @msrachelhollis. I think this is very smart and a great way to market herself without saying, “Hey, go follow me!”. She knows how to drive traffic to her other outlets.

Rachel’s podcast may be focused on women but that does not mean that men cannot take notes. She has several interviews with very successful men. While this podcast’s main focus is women; Rachel and her husband have an additional podcast for married couples. This is something that she also markets in her “Rise Podcast”.

 

 

 

“Nobody, not a voice of authority, not your Mama, not the foremost expert in your arena; gets to tell you how big your dreams can be. They can talk all they want, but you get to decide if you’re willing to listen.” -Rachel Hollis

Listening is Key

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Listening is a huge part of life. Listening is a crucial part when it comes to communication. Having the ability to listen effectively can change not only your life but also the lives of others around you. A quote that really stuck out to me was, “No one is as deaf as a man who will not listen.” (Jewish Proverb) This quote makes a lot of sense to me. Even people who cannot physically listen, because they are deaf, can still listen in other ways. For example, someone’s body language can tell you a lot about the kind of mood they are in. People who don’t listen cannot effectively communicate because it turns in to one-way communication. This kind of person generally only cares about what they have to say. They will say what they want to say and then just tune out what others are saying. I believe that listening is about hearing, I think it is about understanding and getting the meaning out of what is being said.

When communicating with others if you listen well you can get out lot out of what they are saying. If the speaker knows that you are listening it generally makes them feel better and more comfortable to speak to you. While having a conversation you can listen and figure out what kind of mood the person is in by paying attention to the tone of their voice, how they are talking, and body language. If you know this information you could attempt to make the person feel better. Sometimes all it takes to make someone feel better is to have someone their to hear what they have to say. I know that when I’m feeling down about something it is great to have someone there who will listen to what I have to say and how I feel. Listening to someone could make a difference in their life because many people don’t have someone, they can talk to that will listen to what they have to say.
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If think that you are struggling with listening there are ways to make yourself better. A good thing to start off doing is maintain eye contact. Maintaining eye contact makes yourself focus on what the speaker is saying and also shows them that you are paying attention. Keep anything distracting away such as cellphones. Ask questions. Asking questions causes you to be engaged in the conversation. These are just a few useful tips to become a better listener.

In conclusion, listening is very important in our lives and in others. Without the ability to listen effectively, life can be pretty difficult. If you can listen effectively it can help you understand more and make others around you feel better and want to speak to you more.

By: Gabriel Wilson, Business Major, IUPUC

Not so underground street racing

Street racing. It’s been deemed dangerous, unlawful, and irresponsible by nature. For most of you, the only time you may have heard about street racing will probably have been for one of two reasons. The first being that when the news covers a tragic accident usually involving teens or younger people. A few years ago, on Christmas Eve this was the case in Indianapolis when a young man was street racing against a Corvette after a night of thunderstorms and he lost control and went into the oncoming lane killing three. Also in 2016, there was a street racing accident in LA County, California where the driver of a mustang lost control and killed two spectators. This was covered on the news even here locally as the other person in that racing had been on the show Street Outlaws. Which brings up the second place you may have heard of street racing. In the summer of 2013 Discovery channel’s hit tv series “Street Outlaws” debuted. The show was spotlighting the life for Oklahoma city’s 405’s (zip code) street racing activates which has been going on since the late ’70s. The first season of the show displayed the members of the show street racing each other to get to the top of their famous top 10 list. It didn’t take long before the illegal aspects of the show were no longer filmed and the races were moved to a closed permitted road for filming. Some say this show has fueled other to participate in illegal activities that often end with innocent bystanders getting hurt or worse. But I’m going to cover a different aspect of street racing. YouTube channel “Street Race Life” has been doing a podcast to discuss their street race doings and other material dealing with their local racing.

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The Street Race Life podcast is exactly what you can imagine from the title. It’s mainly about street racing but not the type you hear on the news and it’s almost what the tv show “Street Outlaws” tried to show. For instance, the first podcast talks about a “Cash Days” style race that was held in upstate New York. The father and son duo talks about their trip and how they did while providing info about the race and its outcome. They also talk about their trip to New Orleans to street race on a road called “Da Pad” which has been given heavy spotlight since the tv show “Street Outlaws New Orleans” due to the fact that is where the show is filmed. The second episode of the podcast takes more of a serious tone as they ask for prayers for a local street racer whose daughter passed away from an illness and they follow up by discussing a controversial New Year’s Day race that took place in Philadelphia where there was a clip that got out on the internet about a race between two high powered vehicles and one of them lost control on the end of the road and was mere inches away from hitting oncoming traffic. They talk about how that race could have ended badly and what was done wrong. Street racing to this caliber has to be a highly organized event. There need to be spotters that are letting the flagger know when traffic is clear and it is safe to race. They also point out examples of people who do it properly and how one accident can have a legal effect on every street racer across the country. The rest of the episodes generally carry the same theme discussing racing but mostly street racing and the events that unfolded.

The primary audience for this podcast would be for those who drag race and also those who street race. It allows them to stay in the know with the ins and outs that don’t get broadcasted across social media. This audience is very much intrigued in the information that the podcasts are relaying be that they may be talking about an upcoming race or they may be reviewing a weekend of racing and discussing any controversy that may be come up.

Street Race Life has branded itself. They have clothes, stickers, and they also sell tire prep (Skinnies Skrecret Sause). I believe this podcast series is another way for them to reach out and attract fans that they don’t already have who will in return buy some merchandise. The tire prep that they sell also is one of their racing sponsors. At the beginning of each podcast, there is a short commercial displaying the product and it mentions a few times on the show and a logo is even on the duos laptop so their sales game is strong!

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As for a secondary audience, I believe that is just anyone who is interested in racing. Some of their content is about a race that they will hold and it’s a unique race. They also talk about the changes that they are making to their cars during the winter and it seems that a lot of people are drawn in because of the talk of always chasing horsepower. It also doesn’t help that they appear in many other racing searches such as 1320 Video and the Mexico Racing League.

In conclusion, while the podcast is mainly about street racing it does offer their listeners other content that does not involve illegal activities but I would say that is also what brings in the majority of their followers. An important thing to note is that real street racing is insanely organized. Safety is always the number one goal and even more so for innocent bystanders. These races do not happen on busy city roads or other areas where people are likely to get hurt but they happen in areas such as country roads and industrial complexes. While many will not understand street racing it brings racers together and allows racers to settle their issues with their cars and not other means. Street racing is bigger than you would think. And that is why you very seldom hear any bad news about legit street racing.

Net Neutrality

Net neutrality is the constitution of the internet in America. The Obama administration passed legislation in 2015. Sadly, Net neutrality died a horrible and sudden death at the hands of Ajit Pai at the end of 2017. This appeal was one of the biggest controversies of 2017 amongst the American people.

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Without net neutrality, internet service providers can control content and service across the board. These providers can slow down internet service, charge extra fees, and even block content for other internet services. The bottom line for this appeal is monetary gain for a platform that was once free and accessible to anyone. Without open internet, information cannot be shared as easily among the North American population, which can cause people to be ignorant of political and social policies. Without net neutrality, how would we, the people, keep up with Donald Trump’s twitter account? We would have to pay extra or not see it at all if the providers decided to restrict access to Twitter.
Twenty-two state attorney’s general are asking to reinstate net neutrality rules. AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast are for the death of net neutrality, but other companies oppose the appeal. These other companies are Facebook, Amazon, and even Pornhub. When your porn preference involves themselves in politics, the stakes are obviously high.

So far, internet providers have not made the major changes that most Americans fear. These companies still have that power in their hands without regulations. Right now, it is a huge waiting game. Once another Democratic candidate is elected for the Oval office, net neutrality will more than likely be instated, once more. Until then, the American population can thrive on hopes and prayers that internet service providers keep the internet playground fair to all.

By
Kaylee Gaddie
IUPUC Psychology Major

 

To Speak or Not to Speak, that is the Question

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Right now, a future physician is bouncing home to home because his family cannot pay rent on time. Right now, the future president of the United States is eating a piece of bread for dinner because her family cannot provide enough food for the children. Right now, a college student is shaking in his seat in speech class because he is terrified of public speaking. What do these individuals have in common? Communication of knowledge.

In December of 2018, billionaire Warren Buffett said, “Learning to speak and write clearly will increase your worth by 50%. If you can’t communicate, it’s like winking at a girl in the dark — nothing happens. You can have all the brainpower in the world, but you have to be able to transmit it.”

Think of your own communication skills. Have you ever held back information because you were afraid of someone’s reaction? Have you ever analyzed how different the result would be if you spoke of your knowledge in that subject? This is a major problem today because we are so focused on what other individuals think. We are simply afraid of being wrong.

The homeless child, the hungry child, and the scared college student are obstructed from their full potential of communication because of environmental and internal issues.

Healthcare is a great example of both clear and unclear communication. Let’s say a physician orders a nurse to administer one milligram of Dilaudid to a patient who just came out of surgery. The physician takes the time to speak clearly with the nurse, allowing her to repeat the order back to him for assurance. This example of great communication ensures the safety of the patient, nurse, and physician. Now, suppose the same physician orders one milligram of Dilaudid to the same patient who came out of surgery. This time, the physician calls the nurse instead of speaking to her in person. He gave her the order and then hung up the phone without letting her respond. The problem here is that the nurse thought the physician said four milligrams. She did not attempt to call him back to verify the dose and decided to administer it to the patient. This is a potentially dangerous dose because the medication can (and will) suppress the patient’s respiratory rate. The patient is unsafe because of a life-threatening situation, and the nurse and physician are unsafe because they may face license suspension. We see that two completely different outcomes can occur depending on if good or bad communication was utilized.

“Invest in yourself.” These three words, spoken by Buffett, impacts us all. Why? Because we are worth it. We are given obstacles in life to overcome and we cannot do that unless we have faith. Faith is not just believing in a higher power. It is believing in our full potentials and having the willpower to explore them. When we do this, we will gain the courage to speak-up and possibly change the world.

By: Marissa Whitis, Business Major, IUPUC

Mind Your Tongue

The tongue has the power of life and death and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21

You may be thinking, great… another Bible reader, stuffing scripture down my throat.

Before you think that, I have a challenge for you… Really look at what that is saying. Whether you believe in the Bible or not, give what these words are saying a little credit. Look at your own life and read those words carefully… “The tongue (our words) have the power of life and death.” Maybe you think that’s dramatic but it’s not. Think about the last time you were angry at someone. Did you say things you regret? Things you can NEVER take back? How did those words affect the recipient? Do you think they have forgotten what you’ve said or do you think those words pop back in their head throughout their days? Makes you wonder, huh? I hope I can help you think before you speak whether it be in a positive light or a negative darkness.

“”Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me.” This is a lie. What we say matters. The unkind things we communicate can soil the best of relationships; even with the deepest of regrets… What lingers is a stain of hurt that may fade but will never truly go away. The wounding words we say are like feathers released in a harsh wind, once said; we will never get them back”

Jason Versey, A Walk with Prudence

When was the last time someone said something that hurt you? How did you feel? Words are something we can never take back. When something hurtful is said, the others reaction is to fight back, change the way they see you or even change the way they see themselves. It is SO important to realize the damage just a few simple words said out of anger can do. The impact our words have on people’s behaviors towards us and life in general needs to be taken into consideration. Words can bring people to depression, loneliness, anger, fear… you name it. They have a lasting impression on the people around you. This is NO joke.

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“Silly words cause trills because they’re ludicrous and funny

Happy words paint endless smiles and swallow troubles whole

Thoughtful words are thus because they make the day feel sunny

But hurtful words are such that pierce the heart and weight the soul”

Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyways

Since I was so depressing in the last paragraph, let’s talk about the positive impact words can have. Look at the second part of that poem, “Happy words paint endless smiles and swallow troubles whole.” We build relationships by creating happy and interesting conversations with our words. People are attracted to optimistic and happy individuals because they make life fun. Without kind, loving, respectful, happy words relationships would be a hard thing to create. Think of the last time you told someone “I love you.” Ahh yes, all smiles over here. To know you are loved makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. What about a parent telling their child “I am proud of you.” Woah. Those words are empowering. The confidence builds and they are ready to conquer the world. We can build people up or tear them down with our choice of words. My advice? Be on the lookout for someone that is down on themselves. Give them a compliment and build them up. It can be something as simple as: “You are so smart!” “I love your heart.” “I really like the way you did your hair!” or even, “You are SO good at your job!” Those compliments can really brighten someone’s day and change their view of themselves in a heartbeat.

The few examples I covered can’t even begin to scratch the surface of how impactful our words are in both negative and positive ways. I urge you to think before you speak next time, no matter what situation you’re in. Mind your tongue and think about the recipient and consider their feelings. Take a look at what that Proverbs verse has to say. It holds a lot of wisdom when it comes to how we carry ourselves and speak within this life.

By: Leigha Faivor, Business/Accounting Major, IUPUC

Horrific Job Interviews

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Have you ever been involved in a horrific job interview? We have all been there waiting for the moment we are going to be answering those tough questions. Sometimes it goes smooth, but other times not so much.  Here are a few interviews that were horrific, but I must admit are quite hilarious!

Bathroom Explosion: A lady gets to her interview early. While waiting in the reception area, she decides to go the restroom to make sure her makeup is good. She places her things on the counter facing the mirror as she politely acknowledges another lady making her way into the bathroom. She goes back to doing her makeup while the other lady enters the stall. The next thing the lady hears is the sound of a gaseous explosion! The woman frantically tries to collect her things and leave the bathroom so this other poor woman can explode in peace. Before the lady could collect all her things and leave she was hit with the foul smell. Meanwhile, the lady goes to her interview only to find out the lady interviewing her is miss blowout herself. They are both embarrassed (for obvious reasons) and can’t make light of it because the lady’s colleague is there with her, providing support for the interview. The colleague then had to take over the interview process because the interviewer just couldn’t handle the embarrassment. The lady had no idea the answers she provided because she was embarrassed for the other lady. A pretty crappy interview to say the least. 😊 In this case I’m not sure what either one could have done to prevent this from happening. This is one of those scenarios of wrong place at the wrong time.

Who Lies Before Me: A manager was reviewing resumes for an open position and hiring process. He noticed that one applicant listed she was fluent in sign language. Although the position didn’t require the use of sign language, the manager found this interesting because he had taken sign language courses himself. He set the interview up with the potential candidate. As he entered the conference room he started to use sign language to communicate to the interviewee thinking it would be fun. However, the lady had no clue what he was saying and had to admit she did not know how to sign language, but her roommate did. Her dishonesty led the manager to have a negative impression of her and the interview only lasted five minutes. This is just another example of why you should always tell the truth.

What’s the President’s Name?: During an interview, an applicant kept getting her details mixed up at her own expense. She stated the president of the company’s name wrong numerous times. After the interview, the interviewer sent an email detailing they were going to go in a different direction and explained the name mix – up as unfortunate. She responded back to the email in confusion and cited the president’s name wrong again. Always make sure you have your facts right especially when you are going to go out of your way to provide the information.

A Little Too Honest: While a man is being interviewed he is asked ‘why he would want to work for the company.’ He responded by stating ‘he really didn’t, but figured that the job would do for the time being.’ The interviewer appreciated his honesty, but realized this wasn’t the man for the job. Obviously, people use jobs as stepping stones to get to better opportunities, but to say this in an interview is more than likely not going to land you the job. Instead this man should have stated one or two things he liked about the company, and how he could add value to it.

These are just a sample of the many horrific job interviews I’ve read about recently. However, each story (except the gaseous blowout; that was just hilarious) provides a valuable lesson we should all learn from. You should always be honest, but you don’t have to volunteer everything that is on your mind. Tact can go a long way! And always make sure you have your facts right before you start volunteering information.

 

By Ryan Clark, Business Major – IUPUC

Internships? How do I Get One? Are They Even Important?

 

Internships are what sets you apart from every other college student who decided to “just” do well in school and not have a job. Those people never came to the conclusion that maybe, just maybe they needed some work experience to be considered for a job. As defined by the Dictionary-

In-tern-ship-noun-the position of a student or trainee who works in an organization, sometimes without pay, in order to gain work experience or satisfy requirements for a qualification.

There are a variety of internships; the ones that pay money and the ones that you do for free. In other words, just do it for the FREE experience. College students can barely afford a Polar Pop always scraping up spare change, let alone doing free labor. College is hard,  and the real world is even harder.

There are a variety of ways a student can get an internship. The major ways that helped me land the job are as follows.

  • Know what you want to do as a career.
  • Make sure your resume correlates to the desired field.
    • If your resume doesn’t have anything to do with the desired career field, some volunteer work is needed.
  • Develop important relations in high places.
  • Develop a strong work ethic  
  • Apply everywhere, not just places you want.
  • Get help from the school. Sometimes they offer intern help.
  • Search up the companies you are wanting to apply to and figure out the algorithms to their selection process.
  • Research the company you are applying for.
  • Research the role you are applying for.
  • PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! Interviewing whether it is with someone or in the mirror.

Internships determine a lot when starting a career field. Many jobs look for “experience” and apparently bagging groceries doesn’t cut it. Go figure? Jobs base the hiring process through the amount of experience and qualifications you have. Remember, dress for the job that you want, never the job that you have.Presentation is key you only have one chance to impress the boss once you get the interview.Polish that resume to look and be the part.

Check out the video below to get some tips on polishing a resume.

 

ByTeresa Idett Cardozo Garcia, Business Marketing Major-IUPUC

Navigating the medical maze

Tips on how to reduce your chances of being a victim of medical malpractice

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Going to the doctor can be scary. Most people have a fear of doctors. We’ve all heard the stories about patients having the wrong leg amputated, incorrect medication doses being given to patients and numerous other horror stories that resulted in harm to patients or even death of a patient. These examples and many others are results of miscommunication with in the medical field and ultimately A

According to an article on statnews.com written by Melissa Bailey in February 2016. Hospitals and physicians’ offices could have avoided nearly 2000 patient deaths and $1.7 billion in medical malpractice cost if only communication had been better. Here are some tips on how to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of medical malpractice.

  1. Check your Doctors credentials

As a patient or potential patient, you have a right to check your doctor out. When possible before you see your doctor or select a new doctor you can verify their licensing, board certifications, medical school attended, where they did their residency, actions against them like medical malpractice and other disciplinary actions. Federation of state medical boards website you can look up doctors by entering their first and last name and location of practice at docinfo.org.

 

  1. Prepare list of questions to ask your doctor

When we go to the doctor we usually don’t feel well. Sometimes we feel nervous, feel rushed or receive so much information we often forget what we wanted to ask the doctor. By preparing a list of questions before the appointment and bring it along we can review the questions and address your concerns.

 

  1. Bring your medications to your doctor’s appointment

If you are on several medications this is very helpful. Often medications change, dosages change, and frequency taken changes. If can become very hard to remember all the changes, but if you bring the medication, in its original bottle, you will have all this information with you. Enabling you to correctly communicate this important information.

 

  1. Know why you are taking a medication

Many medications can be used to treat several medical issues. It is important to know why you are taking a specific medication. If you see more than a family doctor the other doctor will need to know why you take a medication before they can prescribe additional medications. Some medications will counteract each other.

 

  1. Follow up on medical test completed

Often our doctor visit includes orders for tests such as blood test, x-rays, MRI’s ect. Physicians will usually have these results within a few days. Keep track of what test you completed and when you completed them. If you have not received results from your doctor’s office in about 3-5 days call your doctors office and ask for results. DO NOT ASSUME NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS.

 

  1. Make a list and put it in your wallet or billfold

We can’t always remember everything, or we may not be able to answer the questions. Be prepared! Make a list of any medications you’re on including the name, dosage and frequency taken. Make a list of any drug allergies you have, be sure to include any egg and nut allergies.  Make a list of all surgeries you have had including the year of surgery. This list will usually fit on a 3” X5” index card. Place this card in your wallet or billfold with your driver’s license or ID card. In the event of an accident, responders will usually check for your drivers license or ID card and will see the list.

 

  1. Know what you are signing

Doctors offices and hospitals usually give you a stack of forms to be filled out and signed before you even see the doctor. Read them, know what they are before you sign them. If you do not understand them ask for an explanation. You have patient rights and they include knowing what you are signing at any time when you are a patient.

 

  1. Ask!! Ask!! Ask!! Ask!!

Take control of your healthcare. Ask questions. Ask what the diagnosis is, what medication is for, what are they treatment options and any other questions you can think of.  Ask the doctor or nursing staff to write down or print out information. Then go home and research, look up the diagnosis and treatment options and make notes. If you have more questions call the doctors office and ask. Asking questions increases communication.

There are many things we, as patients, can do to reduce our chances of becoming victims of medical malpractice. One of the most important things we can do is communicate with your doctor. By asking questions and taking an active role in our personal healthcare we are reinforcing strong communication and improving the quality of care we receive. Use these tips to help you start improving communication with your doctor and aid in reducing your chances of becoming a victim of medical malpractice.

 

Is This Graphic Really Fantastic?

By Kaylee Burriss

Well, no, not always. Choosing the wrong graphics can distract from your message. When adding graphics to your writing and presentations it is important to make sure that the graphics are enhancing your message. There are also several different kinds of graphics that can be used and it is important to choose the one that best fits your message. The most used graphics are images and graphs.

CameraImages are easier to use in all forms of writing, while graphs are most useful when displaying lots of numbers about a specific topic. When selecting an image for a paper or presentation it is important that the image is not distracting and that the reader will still be more interested in the content that you are sharing than the image. Images with too many details, a lot of bright colors, or extra information that is irrelevant to your topic can all lead to your readers being distracted. The best images will be simple while still fitting in with the content in your writing or presentation.

When using graphs it is important to use a format that shows your data in a relevant way.  It is important that the type of graph you use makes sense for your data. For instance, using a pie chart for data that is not measured in a percentage does not make sense. In the first image above, Smartphone Ownership, it is easy to see how much smartphone sales have increased over time just based on the sizes of the bars. By adding the percentage values on top of these bars, anyone who wants more specific information, such as how much sales increased from 2012 to 2013 it is easy to find this information.

The second image above, Time Spent on Mobile Devices, is confusing. This graph compares the average usage of smartphones in the first quarter of 2013 and 2014, then switches to using the fourth quarter for 2015 and 2016. It would be easy to assume that based on this graph Americans were using their mobile phone twice as much in 2016 than they were in 2013, but since the entire year is not being represented in either case there is no way to know if this is really true.

Regardless of what kind of graphic you are using it is important to remember that you need the graph or image to enhance what you’re saying; not distract from the message you are attempting to convey to your readers or listeners.

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