Unveiling Resilience: Navigating Health and Public Speaking Journeys With Gin Villanueva - Speak in Flow

In this episode of The Speak in Flow Podcast, we dive into the world of health, resilience, and effective communication with our incredible guest, Gin Villanueva. Gin is a certified personal trainer and health education coach known for her work with Kaiser and the American Heart Association. Join us as we explore her journey of resilience, successful techniques for managing life and health, and the importance of presence in public speaking.

1. Personal Journey of Resilience:

Gin opens up about her personal journey, marked by resilience, particularly in the face of a family health crisis. Through this experience, she discovered the strength within herself and gained invaluable insights into health and wellness.

2. Successful Techniques for Life and Health Management:

Drawing from her expertise as a health education coach, Gin shares practical and effective techniques for managing both life and health. From nutrition to exercise, she emphasizes the importance of creating meaningful and sustainable habits.

3. Importance of Presence in Public Speaking:

As someone who engages with diverse audiences regularly, Gin highlights the significance of presence in public speaking. She discusses how being fully present allows speakers to connect authentically with their audience and convey their message effectively.

4. The Power of Effective Communication and Trusting Your Voice:

Gin delves into the transformative power of effective communication and trusting one’s voice. She shares insights on how embracing authenticity and vulnerability can deepen connections with others, both in professional and personal settings.

Conclusion:

Join us in this inspiring conversation with Gin Villanueva as we explore the intersection of health, resilience, and effective communication. Learn valuable lessons and practical tips to empower yourself on your own journey towards holistic well-being and impactful communication.

Guest Bio:

Gin Villanueva is a certified personal trainer and health education coach for Kaiser and the American Heart Association. She focuses on helping people create meaningful, sustainable, and enriching healthy habits.

Website: ginspirefitness.com

Social media: @ginspirefitness

Fun Facts About Gin:

– Gin holds black belts in two different styles of karate, showcasing her dedication and discipline. – She shares her home with a beloved cat named Halfstache and a cherished dog named Jax, who hold special places in her heart. – A passionate sports fan, Gin’s loyalty lies with teams from the San Francisco Bay Area, particularly the Giants, 49ers, Warriors, and Sharks.

About Melinda:

Melinda Lee is a Presentation Skills Expert, Speaking Coach and nationally renowned Motivational Speaker. She holds an M.A. in Organizational Psychology, is an Insights Practitioner, and is a Certified Professional in Talent Development as well as Certified in Conflict Resolution. For over a decade, Melinda has researched and studied the state of “flow” and used it as a proven technique to help corporate leaders and business owners amplify their voices, access flow, and present their mission in a more powerful way to achieve results.

She has been the TEDx Berkeley Speaker Coach and worked with hundreds of executives and teams from Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Caltrans, Bay Area Rapid Transit System, and more. Currently, she lives in San Francisco, California, and is breaking the ancestral lineage of silence.

Website: https://speakinflow.com/

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mpowerall

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Transcript
Melinda Lee:

Hello, dear listeners, welcome to another

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Speak In Flow Podcast. I'm so glad you're here. Today I had

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the pleasure and honour of introducing Gin VillaNueva. We

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have had an amazing, wonderful time working together. So I'd

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love for you to meet her. Gin. Welcome.

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Gin VillaNueva.: Hello. Hi, everybody.

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Hi. So as I mentioned, we had the chance to

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work together. And so I'd like for Jen to share her experience

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about what was like when we were working together and what were

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some of her results are. And but before we do that, Jim, can you

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tell us what you have done or what you do?

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Gin VillaNueva.: Sure. So I'm a certified personal trainer, and

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a health education coach, for Kaiser and the American Heart

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Association. And so I do a lot of work one to one. If, you

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know, very generally, if people say, hey, I want to be

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healthier, I really help them discover what that means for

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them and actually put that into action. And so, so currently,

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I'm doing more of a consultation, doing virtual one

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on one coaching, you know, phone coaching, or on Zoom. But I love

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it, it's something that has been very important for me, ever

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since I was a kid. And I just, every time I learned about ways

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to be healthier, I love turning it around and sharing it with

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other people. So it's been very different from my, my corporate

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job about my gosh, 10 years ago now 10 years ago, I quit my job

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and became a personal trainer, because I wanted my life to

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really be in service of

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other people. And you so do that you so do that

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you guide people in their health journey. And you are a

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relatable, honest, like caring person. And we know that health

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journey is so difficult and so challenging. And so you do that,

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and you model the way so beautifully, because we know

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that as we go on the health journey, like there's obstacles

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that come in the way and so how do we still like commit to our

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health journey, even when there's other things coming at

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us, and then be able to commit and stay committed? Absolutely.

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Gin VillaNueva.: And I think that's, that's kind of where I,

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where I actually want to kind of tell you, and if you don't mind

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me just jumping in and where or what happened to me. So, you

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know, in 2018, my, my, my sister had a stroke. And that really

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changed the trajectory of my life. Three weeks after that, my

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dad had a stroke, and he passed away two months after. So during

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that time, or right before that, I was doing personal training, I

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was teaching group exercise classes. And then I had to pick

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a pug and all of that to focus on my family. And when that

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happened, I took my eye off of my own health. And so I was

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gaining weight, I was more stressed out, I really wasn't

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like living my truth the way I wanted to. And, you know, I'm, I

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really started this when I was older, I became a trainer when I

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was 40 years old and made a huge shift then. And so, you know,

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flash forward to being older and you know, my, my body doesn't

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quite rebound the way it did. It was it was very much a struggle.

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And so, I deal with coaching for American Heart Association,

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coach, a women's group, they're called better you can bring

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offers a lot of resources experts, absolutely.

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Gin VillaNueva.: it was something that I plan I, you

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And

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know, I was I was still able to do in fact, my, my sister and my

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mom became participants in the program, which was really nice.

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So we were all able to do that together. But I felt that even

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though I was still able to coach, I wasn't doing that, to

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the extent that I wanted to or that and that I had in the past.

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And so, American Heart Association asked me to be part

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of a fundraiser called Women of impact. And at the time, I was

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just starting to get back into training again. And, but I

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wasn't feeling very confident, you know, I you know, I was just

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starting to move my own body again. And, and I was I felt

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like I was starting at the beginning. And, and when they

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asked me to do this program, which required a lot of

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community outreach, really putting myself out there. I I

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really was at a loss of or I felt like that was going to be a

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really big challenge for me. And and then I joined a I'm part of

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this networking group, where we have guest speakers every month

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both WT OC and in the newer one of the speakers and it really

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like made such a tremendous difference. You know, just that

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some are the exercises that, that you bought us to really

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reminded me of my, my roots, like, you know, in particular,

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like with my dad and my family and how important they are to

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me, and what kind of legacy do I want to leave to help represent

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them. And so public speaking was something that I, I was that I

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like to do. But I know that I needed to have more finesse.

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And, you know, teaching classes was pretty easy. But I do know

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that there's times where I can get easily frazzled. So this

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situation, all the conditions were ideal, that no problem, but

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you can't always count on that when you're like, in front of a

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big crowd of maybe a lot of strangers. And so that's where I

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knew that I was going to need those skills. And so that's,

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that's when I, you know, we started working together, I had

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to find my voice and my purpose and my mission, you know, like,

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really, kind of my mission statement of, of what I, you

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know, how I wanted to carry my life, you know, board. And so,

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you're such a big part of it, not only, you know, like, like

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teaching a class, and this can just like campaign that I lead,

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but then just continue to help me hone in my skill with, with

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teaching classes. In fact, I've been getting asked to teach more

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classes, which is great. And I really, you know, I think public

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speaking can really get in the way of the message that he wants

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to give people. And I think you've provided me like really

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tremendous skill in, in making sure that message is reached,

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and really, you know, connecting with people communicating and

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yeah, it's, I could go on and on, obviously,

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I love that pause there that pause that you just

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did, right. That's what it's about. Right? Again, I know,

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because you're such a go getter, high achiever, Jin. And so many

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of us that are leaders and people that I work with are high

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achievers, they're go getters. And then when we're like that,

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we want everything to go so well, right when it comes to

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public speaking. And then so we end up either either over giving

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or over speaking. And I remember you saying, Linda, I spoke. And

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I didn't, I just knew that it was enough. That you didn't

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second guessed, just like what you just did. Just now you took

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a pause. And you're like, said a couple of sentences. And then

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you're like, that's it? Yeah. You know, there's no need to

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over give, right? Yeah, yeah, yeah. I, and

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Gin VillaNueva.: I think that idea of like being president,

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but like, the pause, like the pause was, like, my number one

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lesson rarely go on and on, especially when you don't know

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what to do next. Yeah, and, and so one of the other things that

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I noticed was just really being present with myself, this to

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know when to pause, to know to check in and even when I lose

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the thread, instead of getting flustered or stressed out. I

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just thought, and then I pause. And, and it's okay. So I do that

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all the time. In my classes. There's times where sometimes

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technology is getting in the way or there's, you know, I have a

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dog here and my in the background, like maybe he's

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getting fuzzy, or, you know, there's there's a lot of things

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that can happen, but I don't lose my cool.

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Yeah. Yeah. I love that. Oh, my gosh, I'm so happy.

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I'm so happy. I mean, that in its nutshell, is just that you

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just owning your space and knowing, like you said, when to

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when to pause, when to not and I almost want to translate it also

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is connected to you as a work in health. Like, when do we pause

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for ourselves? There's so much that's going on and so many

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other things that are around us, like when is it to take a pause

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and take care of yourself?

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Gin VillaNueva.: Yeah, the pile. And I mean, self care is it's

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not like an extra thing that you do. It's essential. Yeah. And

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when I'm speaking, I mean, that is like there's there's a lot of

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parallels to that. Yeah. And, and even the i It's funny

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because now it was one of the things I wanted to mention was

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just the fact that you know, sometimes I might like lose the

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thread or go off on a tangent and get a little lost, but I

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could because I'm president I noticed it right away. And and

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then I take a step back, and I'm okay with that. So I give myself

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grace and allow other people to give themselves Grace too. So

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it's not an you know, it's not like hey, I'm gonna let you off

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the hook and let them fly. I'm gonna stand for for you in your

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your highest, you know. I don't like I don't know what the word

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is, but like in your highest like I just told you the highest

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regard And, and so I coach into that, although knowing that real

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life gets in the way. Yeah, and how do we navigate through that?

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So what do you do? What are some tools that you could do?

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Exactly, yeah, that's a parallel right there

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completely, like holding ourselves at the highest grace.

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Even if we get off on the tangent, even if they we go off

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track a little bit, like that's just life. It's just messy. And

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so sometimes I think public speaking people perceive it as I

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have to be perfect, I have to. And the thing is, the more we

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let go as a need to be perfect, the actual, the irony is, we end

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up relaxing into it. And we allow ourselves to fold

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ourselves with this compassion, safety, to to mess it up to go

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off to air, and then we do less of it, which then ends up

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feeling everybody feels good, and you feel good, I feel good,

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the audience feels good. And I'll open ourselves to this

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messiness. But I'd be okay with it. It's up here, ironing. But

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then you know, what, the moment, we know, the moment because

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we're present, we're here, we take the steps that we need to

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in the moment.

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Gin VillaNueva.: If I remember, when I had, so, I ended up

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winning women and back, which was really, really amazing. I

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was so proud, my team was wonderful. They, you know, we

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raised a lot of money for a great cause, and really went out

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there in the community. I mean, I think that we, I was the one

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who like, really, like, we had all these classes, and that were

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very impactful. And I saw, I had to say, a speech, you know, they

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told us all to prepare, prepare something, I couldn't tell at

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this time if it really told me because I want or if they told

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everybody else or what, but but when i i prepared and I use the

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format that you gave us. So I felt like I had like the at

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least the the outline, like a small outline in mind. So it was

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enough to have something to hold on to. But when I actually

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spoke, it wasn't from reading a script, I was able to be very

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organic. Tell the story. It was a great way to honour my dad, I,

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you know, my mom and my sister, my boyfriend, were there

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watching, there was a bunch of people I didn't know. And that

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didn't faze me. And after I, you know, I got to the point where I

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said, Okay, that's enough. You know, thank you very much, you

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know, get off the podium. And afterwards, I had so many people

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approached me and said, Oh, my God, that was such a, you know,

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that was a great tribute that you had your dad and you know,

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that it was there was just like, they really, really touched

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them. There were heart, you know, stroke survivors heart

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attack survivor there. And they relay. That message really

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resonated. And so that was so gratifying to have like that

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culmination. programme. And you know, that was that was two

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years ago. And now it continues. So

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how beautiful. I remember when you won that. And

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I remember when you Yeah, were you able to see that speech. And

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because you just had a framework, and you just went

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more from your heart, you're able to connect with audience in

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different in a way that is more deep in a way that resonates

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with them. And that's why you got came back. And they came

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back to tell you how they felt you how they felt that message?

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Gin VillaNueva.: Yeah, yeah, absolutely. It was so much in

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contrast of a different time where I had to face something.

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Yeah. And there was a lot of people. Yeah, the I was on a

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mic, but the mic was like, it was echoey. And it really threw

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me off. I couldn't hear my own voice. And I kept on trying to

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talk through it. But the more I did, the more I kept on

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thinking, I don't understand what I'm saying. I don't even

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know like what, you know, what's going on, I was so frazzled. And

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that was, it was like the complete opposite of that

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experience, you know, like that, that experience was that, oh,

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I'll never do that again. Right. Like, that's the worst case

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scenario. And then here, you know, I had a completely

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different experience. And so I know now that if I started off,

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like, like, off the way I did that time, I know, I could

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handle it better. Yeah, I know, I could, you know, like, just

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thinking like, Hey, let me pause. Let me let me you know,

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get like, you know, just just get all my bearings and then

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continue instead of just trying to power through things.

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Yeah. Yeah. Awesome. So glad. The journey

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continues. You're able to take that with you. Take the pause,

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you know how to get the bearings like we're work with where

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you're at, I think when you're in that, in something like that,

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and you can't think we don't know what to do, but to power

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through the whole thing. So, so now you have more like presence,

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when you're you're not as afraid, or you just have more

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presence in the in the room. So you know what to do, you can do

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the problem solving if you need. So yeah, and problem solving

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Gin VillaNueva.: is actually a big thing of what I do with,

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with the my participants in the programmes I coach. So I need to

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be able to take material and then communicate it to them in a

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way where it allows, right, and not only land, but hey, this is

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something that I could, that resonates with me, and then I

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could put into action. Yeah. And, and, and because I am not

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just focusing on what I'm saying, I'm actually like

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reading the room and can be, you know, it's still via zoom, but I

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can still see if people are understanding or not, and, and

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trying to get that interaction, and really, you know, meeting

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them at the moment, though, people are asking questions, or

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they're putting their situation and I'm coaching them through

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that. I can do that on the fly, because I already feel settled

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with me now I could like look outside.

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Exactly. Yes. Oh, thank you, Gin. If people wanted

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to get a hold of you, or meet with you, or learn more about

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better you can you share more about that, and we could put it

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in the show notes.

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Gin VillaNueva.: I'm sure. So for American Heart Association

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better, the better you programme, it's, it's part of

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their go read initiative. The class is approximately 12 to 14

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weeks long. They and so every week, we talk about a different

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aspects of heart health, with an emphasis on stress management,

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and you know, we still talk about nutrition and getting more

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active, but we've, we've expanded the breadth of, of

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health, right? And so, you know, we we've included, like there's

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this path to communication, though, whether it's lifting or

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how to convey or how to, you know, speak your truth to other

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people where it lands for them. You know, that could cause a

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great deal of stress if you're not, when you're not practising

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that. And so giving them some tools around that can help

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alleviate a lot of stress and make people happier. That

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programme is in in San Francisco, they have a few other

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ones, but it's sponsored by UCSF and I, you know, I could send a

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link. I don't I think if you just look up better you the

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letter you at the end, then people can find it. And yeah.

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Awesome. I think that's it. Awesome. Gin, thank

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you so much. Thank you, and I'm wishing you the best. And I

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can't wait to sponsor also your colon awareness. Yes. Yes.

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Gin VillaNueva.: Yes. The other one is calling Cancer Coalition.

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So that's a 5k. That's starting July 14. So people want to run

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like Merced in San Francisco. It's a it's a small Well, it's,

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it's small right now, we would love to expand it. But it's such

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a great family oriented community setting we have such

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a, you know, it's a great group of people that are that we're

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we're helping and they're called Operation access and, and, you

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know, the people that have been planning and coordinating this,

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this event, and you know, they're, they're dear friends of

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mine. And, you know, we've, we're getting a lot done this

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year.

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Great. Thank you. Thanks, Melinda. Thank you so

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much.

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Gin VillaNueva.: And I just have to thank you, Melinda, you've

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been so amazing. I really you've made such a big difference in my

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life. And so anytime that somebody had mentioned, you

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know, whether, you know, public speaking being a fear or

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something that they're, they're dreading for work, I immediately

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think of you and I'm like here, you need to talk to her. She

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will set you straight. You'll feel so much happier. So good.

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Thank

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you. Thank you so much, Gin. Thanks. Lots of love.

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Thank you. And thanks for being here. Until next time, take

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care. Bye