The Houston Midtown Chapter of The Society for Financial Awareness Presents MONEY MATTERS with Christopher Hensley (Self Development)

Our words can move other people from a fear-based mindset in which they see obstacles as insurmountable, to a positive mindset where they see that change is possible, get unstuck, and take action. What makes the difference is what we choose to broadcast. Using scientifically proven communication strategies to ripple out positive change to others, we increase their happiness and success at work, as well as our own, instantly making us more effective leaders.

New research from the fields of positive psychology and neuroscience shows that small shifts to the way we communicate can create big ripple effects on business outcomes, including 31% higher productivity, 25% greater performance ratings, 37% higher sales, and 23% lower levels of stress.

Today we were joined by Michelle Gielan, Author of the new book Broadcasting Happiness.

Michelle Gielan, national CBS News anchor turned positive psychology researcher, is the bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness. Michelle is the Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research and is partnered with Arianna Huffington to study how transformative stories fuel success. She is an Executive Producer of “The Happiness Advantage” Special on PBS and a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course. Michelle holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her research and advice have received attention from The New York Times, Washington Post, FORBES, CNN, FOX, and Harvard Business Review.

To learn more about Michelle visit:

Broadcasting Happiness

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Peter Bregman, author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller 18 Minutes, offers strategies to replace energy-wasting, counter-productive habits that commonly derail us with truly effective ones.

The things we want most—peace of mind, fulfilling relationships, to do well at work—are surprisingly straightforward to realize. But too often our best efforts to attain them are built on destructive habits that sabotage us. In Four Seconds, Peter Bregman shows us how to replace negative patterns with energy boosting and productive behaviors. To thrive in our fast-paced world all it takes is to pause for as few as four seconds—the length of a deep breath—allowing us to make intentional and tactical choices that lead to better outcomes. Four Seconds reveals:

  • Why listening—not arguing—is the best strategy for changing someone’s mind
  • Why setting goals can actually harm performance
  • How to use strategic disengagement to recover focus and willpower
  • How taking responsibility for someone else’s failure can actually help your team

Practical and insightful, Four Seconds provides simple solutions to create the results you want without the stress.


We were joined today by author of the new book Four Seconds, Peter Bregman. 

Peter Bregman is the CEO of Bregman Partners, Inc., a firm which advises, coaches, and develops leaders at all levels to take powerful and ambitious actions to achieve the things that are most important to them and their organizations.  


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Jia Jiang came to the United States with the dream of becoming the next Bill Gates. But despite early success in the corporate world, his first attempt to pursue his entrepreneurial dream ended in rejection. He was crushed. Jiang realized that, like so many others, his fear of rejection was a bigger obstacle than any single rejection would ever be, and he needed to find a way to overcome his fear.

And with that goal in mind, Jiang's "100 days of rejection" experiment was born.

We were joined today by author of the new book Rejection Proof , Jia Jiang. 


Jia Jiang is the founder of the popular blog and video series 100 Days of Rejection. His story has been covered by dozens of news outlets, including Bloomberg Businessweek, Yahoo News, The Huffington Post, Forbes,, MYV, Gawker, the Daily Mail, Fox News, and CBS's The Jeff Probst Show. A native of Beijing, China, Jiang came to the UNited States as a teenager to pursue his dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Jiang holds an MBA from Duke University and a bachelor's in computer science form Brigham Young University. 


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In Jane Austen's "Persuasion," Captain Wentworth writes to his love interest, "I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach." When it comes to actual persuasion, however, not all learning leaders know exactly what that reach is, let alone what's within it.


We were joined today by Author Juliet Huck.

I wrote The Equation of Persuasion™ to empower you to reach your highest potential as a communicator, both personally and professionally. Based on my decades of experience as a coach, a strategist and a designer of my clients’ messages to their decision-making audiences, I observed a missing link in the field of communications. I developed a methodology identifying those elements that must be kept in balance for them to land a decision they are seeking. Once I saw the wildly successful results of this unique approach, I knew I had to share these proven techniques with you. 


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For many of us who speak for a living our business and careers depend on making powerful presentations. For others you might have to occasionally make a presentation in front of a group of co-workers or clients. How do you go from a good speaker to a great speaker?


We kicked off the show today with Houston Business Journal's Money and Law reporter Suzanne Edwards for our 2nd installment of a local Houston economy update. We discussed the recent changes in the oil market and what that means for West Houston and the Energy Corridor. We talked about major energy companies cutting jobs and what resources our available to help transition into related industries or find work. We also discussed how the changes in the oil market have changed the local credit market.

We were then joined by executive speech coach, Patricia Fripp. Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE is an award-winning keynote speaker, business presentation expert, sales presentation skills trainer, and in-demand speech coach to executives and celebrity speakers. Meetings & Conventions magazine named her "One of the 10 most electrifying speakers in North America." She delivers high-energy, high-content, and dramatically memorable presentations. Kiplinger's Personal Finance identified Patricia Fripp Speaking School as one of the best ways you can invest in your career 


In addition to being an award-winning professional keynote speaker, executive speech coach, sales presentation trainer, and author... Patricia Fripp is also the adoring sister of guitarist Robert Fripp of King Crimson.


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When life hands you lemons what do you do? Well complaining certainly doesn't help anything, and nobody really listens anyway. Truth is, most successful people have failed their way to the top. For every successful person that you see, what you don't see is the trail of bankruptcies, failed partnerships, and pricey mistakes that made them who they are today. So does that mean every entrepreneur has to go through the same horrors, heartaches and pain? Is there any way to avoid this?

Well one way is to learn from the experiences of others. . .

MJ Gottlieb's How To Ruin A Business Without Really Trying takes a new and exciting approach to help entrepreneurs by telling them what “not” to do. The book uses fifty-five painstaking, yet hysterical tales throughout MJ Gottlieb’s 21-year journey as an entrepreneur to highlight some of the most prevalent and destructive mistakes entrepreneurs make when running a business today.

Truth-be-told, entrepreneurs simply do NOT like to be told what to do. Learning from the mistakes of others however, takes the ego out of the equation so entrepreneurs can learn objectively, while still allowing them to enjoy the freedom of their own experience.


We were joined today by author, MJ Gottilieb.  We discussed his new book:

 How To Ruin A Business Without Really Trying


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How do some startups go from zero to billions in mere months? How did Alexander the Great, YouTube tycoon Michelle Phan, and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon climb to the top in less time than it takes most of us to get a promotion? What do high-growth businesses, world-class heart surgeons, and underdog marketers do in common to beat the norm?

One way or another, they do it like computer hackers. They employ what psychologists call "lateral thinking: to rethink convention and break "rules" that aren't rules.

These are not shortcuts, which produce often dubious short-term gains, but ethical "smartcuts" that eliminate unnecessary effort and yield sustainable momentum. In Smartcuts, Snow shatters common wisdom about success, revealing how conventions like "paying dues" prevent progress, why kids shouldn't learn times tables, and how, paradoxically, it's easier to build a huge business than a small one.

From SpaceX to The Cuban Revolution, from Ferrari to Skrillex, Smartcuts is a narrative adventure that busts old myths about success and shows how innovators and icons do the incredible by working smarter—and how perhaps the rest of us can, too.

We were joined today by author and journalist, Shane Snow.  We discussed his new book Smartcuts.


To find out more about Shane visit his website at:

For the book click here:

Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators and Icons Accelerate Success


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Molly Fletcher has learned a lot over the past two decades while negotiating $500 million worth of deals on behalf of hundreds of the nation's premiere athletes, coaches and television commentators. She reveals the strategies, tips, and insights that have made her wildly successful first as a sports agent and now as a corporate consultant and keynote speaker.

On todays show we were joined by Author, Molly Fletcher. We discussed her new book A Winner's Guide to Negotiating - How Conversation Gets Deals Done .  

Nicknamed “the female Jerry Maguire” by CNN, Molly Fletcher spent nearly two decades as a female sports agent recruiting the top athletes, coaches and media personalities in the game. In 2010, she started her own company, MWF Enterprises, which serves clients through a variety of services, including: keynote speaking, team building programs and online learning.

To read more about his book click here:

A Winner's Guide to Negotiating- How Conversation Gets Deals Done

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Money Matters Episode 68- Emote: Using Emotions to Make Your Message Memorable W/ Vikas Jhingran

Many people fear public speaking more than death. Most wish they could do it bettter, or at least avoid the sweating, stuttering jitters that plague them before any presentation or speech.

Vikas Jhingran has been there. He was so poor at speaking in public that his supervisor wouldnt let him make presentations to clients-even though he had done all the work

Surprisingly, few professional speakers and presenters understand speeches or presentations at a fundamental level. Their overly prescriptive approach actually ends up confusing the speech and the tools that are used to deliver it, instead of connecting with the essential part of speaking- that which engages listeners with the message and the emotions that go with it.

On todays show we were joined by Author, Vikas Gopal Jhingran. We discussed his new book Emote: Using Emotion to Make Your Message Memorable.  

Vikas Gopal Jhingran is an MIT-trained engineer and researcher who used to suffer from poor speaking skills, due in part to being both an introvert and an immigrant. He studied public speaking to impove in this area and eventually won the Toastmasters 2007 World Championship of Public Speaking, the first East Indian and only the 2nd Asian to do so in the 80-year history of the competition. He lives with his wife and two sons in Houston, Texas.    

To read more about his book click here:

Emote: Using Emotions to Make Your Message Memorable 

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We are in the midst of a momentous event in the evolution of human consciousness, but they won't be talking about it in the news tonight. - Eckhart Tolle, self-help guru

Open up your mind, in pours the trash. - Meat Puppets, "desert punk" band

On todays show we were joined by Emmy award winning correspondent for ABC News and co-anchor for Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America, Dan Harris. We discussed his new book 10% Happier.  

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had both propelled him through the ranks of a hyper-competitive business and also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out.

We all have a voice in our head. It’s what has us losing our temper unnecessarily, checking our email compulsively, eating when we’re not hungry, and fixating on the past and the future at the expense of the present. Most of us would assume we’re stuck with this voice – that there’s nothing we can do to rein it in – but Harris stumbled upon an effective way to do just that. It’s a far cry from the miracle cures peddled by the self-help swamis he met; instead, it’s something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation. After learning about research that suggests meditation can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain, Harris took a deep dive into the underreported world of CEOs, scientists, and even marines who are now using it for increased calm, focus, and happiness.

To read more about his book click here:

10% Happier

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