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How to Choose an Executive Coach

CEO Shane Perry Shares His Executive Coach Journey

Guest Post by Shane Perry

They say experience is the best teacher, but everyone has their blind spots, especially when your name's attached with the acronym CEO.

Despite year's of technical knowledge, working in various roles and functions. 

These blind spots and pitfalls are the primary reason why many renowned and prominent leaders seek out a mentor or executive coach. But how do you find the right executive coach for you?

I'm Shane Perry, the CEO and Financial Specialist at Max Funding.


I chose Dr. Harper as an executive coach because she has a reputation for smashing limiting beliefs. There were sessions where I could feel the blocks release.

Shane Perry

And I wanted share my approach to finding the best mentor or executive coach. Here are my top 3:

I realized coaches are a dime a dozen, they can get accreditation for $100 on Udemy!

I believe the best executive coach has credentials, but more importantly they have raving fans who excitedly share their growth experiences


A great coach can guide you, a phenomenal mentor has invaluable insights they're willing to share with you – that's priceless!

Talking to an executive coach's former clients is the easiest way to learn about their authentic offering

I realized there are a lot of ‘coach-in-a-box' service offerings. I wanted to work with someone who is a thought leader, was strategic, and magic in their approach

Is All News ‘Fake News’?

Is All News 'Fake News'?

Could Donald Trump be right about ‘fake news', “The media is the biggest problem we have as far as I'm concerned, the single biggest problem, the fake news. We won this election, and we won it by a landslide”?

Fake news refers to articles, images, and/or videos that contain information that is factually incorrect or disguised as ‘real news.' 

Separating 'Fact' from 'Fake'

According to Duke Reporters' Lab, there are over 135 fact-checking projects active in 51 countries. 

Yet, online resource AllSides states, “Unbiased news does not exist” and has crafted a media bias rating so people can “easily identify different perspectives so you can get the full picture and think for yourself.”



Source: “Balanced News via Media Bias Ratings for an Unbiased News Perspective.” AllSides, 28 May 2019, www.allsides.com/

Built In Biases

Psychology Today defines bias as “a tendency, inclination, or prejudice toward or against something or someone.”

Our brain is cognitively designed to process information by selecting from over 188 accuracy reducing short-cuts, and no one is exempt from their brain's programming. With so much bias, is all content ‘fake news'?

Cognitive bias codex en

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Source: The Problem with Cognitive Bias in Journalism | Paul Bradshaw

So What's the ‘Truth'?

Only you, as the consumer of media and information, can answer that.

Years ago, I interviewed New York Times bestselling author Arielle Ford, who said, “Perfection equals pure-fiction.” I often quote her when speaking with leaders and team members who endeavor to be ‘perfect' to gain professional success and notoriety but often fail. My question to them is, “Whose version of perfection are you striving towards?”


Similarly, it's my perception, yours may be different 😊, that ‘truth' is in the eye of the beholder, comprised of conscious and unconscious life experiences; childhood, love, joy, education, family, friends, health, abundance, professional and personal data.

I resonate with this clip from What the Bleep! Down the Rabbit Hole, it's a quantum mechanics' perspective on how people create reality.

There are millions of permutations of this data that form our, and other's, unique perspective of our world/truth.

Read, watch, listen, learn and decide what's aligned with your beliefs and values. Challenge yourself and evolve your perspectives as inspired. Because what's true is ever changing. Even what many consider a solved debate, “Is the earth flat?” is still a lingering question with over  140,000,000 search results, many from reputable media and science agencies, debating that the earth is indeed flat.

Aim to be curious, explore, and consider what you believe today, may change tomorrow, and that's OK.


“Balanced News via Media Bias Ratings for an Unbiased News Perspective.” AllSides, 28 May 2019, www.allsides.com/.

“Bias.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, www.psychologytoday.com/au/basics/bias.

“A Big Year for Fact-Checking, but Not for New U.S. Fact-Checkers.” Duke Reporters' Lab, 13 Dec. 2017, reporterslab.org/big-year-fact-checking-not-new-u-s-fact-checkers/.

Dastagir, Alia E. “Anyone Can Fall for ‘Fake News,' Conspiracy Theories: The Psychology of Misinformation.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 14 Jan. 2021, www.usatoday.com/story/life/health-wellness/2021/01/14/capitol-violence-fake-news-psychology-conspiracy-theories/6636395002/.

“File:Cognitive Bias Codex En.svg.” File:Cognitive Bias Codex En.svg – Wikimedia Commons, commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cognitive_bias_codex_en.svg.

Kahneman, Daniel, et al. Judgment under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases. Cambridge University Press, 2018.


Creative Professionals: Evolve or Die

Creative Professionals: Evolve or Die

Before YouTube, WordPress, Apple/Google Podcasts, Amazon, and the expanding range of content platforms, a career in the media was often restricted to professionals who honed their craft over decades.

There was a time when photographers got paid up to $10,000 a day, building simple websites cost $5000 instead of $50, authors were revered, and actors and journalists had jobs.

Ah, the good ole days. Or were they?

The Good

In the past, creatives who dreamed of becoming writers or musicians had few opportunities as traditional publishers, and recording labels could only sign so many authors/artists a year.

In 2002, Allen & Unwin Publisher Elizabeth Weiss received over 2000 unsolicited manuscripts, and less than 2% got published. 

The good news is, it's now possible to make more money as an independent creator, achieve global reach, and be in the driver's seat.

In 2020 merchant bank Raine Group estimated a 32% increase in indie/DIY artists' profits, compared to 10% in the recorded-music industry.  Most of these singers and musicians also earn more than signed artists.


Medium, 21 June 2019, hiphopunrapped.medium.com/why-we-need-to-leave-record-labels-behind-in-2019.


The same is true for authors. Self-publishers can earn over $7 per book vs. $1 from traditional publishers.

Professional journalists, photographers, authors, and performers, may feel their careers are diminished, but they can also take advantage of the media evolution. 

The Opportunity

Everyone with:

  • A smartphone is a presenter, actor, photographer, or videographer.
  • A Canva login is a graphic designer.

    A digital platform account is a publisher.

    A microphone is a broadcaster or singer.

    A keyboard is a writer.

If you've ever had the dream or desire to share your talents with the world, the available technology and training can fast-track your passions.

Go forth and courageously, and consciously create!

If you're not in the arena also getting your ass kicked, I'm not interested in your feedback.

Brené Brown


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Goldberg, Justine Tal “200 Million Americans Want to Publish Books, But Can They?” Publishing Perspectives, 24 Jan. 2012, publishingperspectives.com/2011/05/200-million-americans-want-to-publish-books/.

Harris, Elizabeth A. “Surprise Ending for Publishers: In 2020, Business Was Good.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 29 Dec. 2020, www.nytimes.com/2020/12/29/books/book-publishing-2020.html.

Ingham, Tim. “A New Report Says Independent Artists Could Generate More Than $2 Billion in 2020.” Rolling Stone, Rolling Stone, 1 July 2020, www.rollingstone.com/pro/features/raine-group-independent-artists-2-billion-in-2020-967138/.

Leigh Shine. “Calculating the Odds of Getting A Traditional Publisher.” Medium, 23 Dec. 2016, medium.com/publishizer/calculating-the-odds-of-getting-a-traditional-publisher.

Leight, Elias. “Independent Artists Are Making More Music Than Ever.” Rolling Stone, Rolling Stone, 1 July 2020, www.rollingstone.com/pro/features/independent-artists-making-more-music-tunecore-cd-baby-982708/.

Team, AskALLi. “Facts and Figures about Self Publishing: The Impact and Influence of Indie Authors.” Self, 23 June 2020, selfpublishingadvice.org/facts-and-figures-about-self-publishing-the-impact-and-influence-of-indie-authors/.

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WFH Wellness & Video Conference Personal Branding

TIPS: Working from Home (WFH) Wellness, Connection & Personal Branding Over Video Conference

Working from home used to be so much fun – when you had the choice…not because you have to.

I don't know about you, but everything feels very surreal. Like nothing I've experienced in my lifetime. The energy around COVID-19 feels understandably fearful and greedy, and if we don't manage ourselves, it will be destructive personally and globally.

It's time for ultimate self-care to ensure mind, body, and spirit health so that we can support ourselves and those around you.

Following are two simple, practical videos to get us back to basics. In all the uncertainty, we seem to forgotten our foundations.

And check out the end of this post (or click the following links) for my Reality Alchemist Podcast Episode #6 – From Chaos to Calm – Thriving in Uncertain Times and MINDFULNESS AUDIO – ‘I AM' & Coming Home: Energy Expression & Consolidation. 

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Wellness Practices So Obvious, Yet We're Not Doing Them

It's time for ultimate self-care. Yet, all I hear from clients is that they feel tired, sore, achy, overwhelmed, and for some reason have forgotten their wellness routines.

This video offers five reminders – be kind to yourself.


One of the tips in the above video is to stretch often. Here are two of my favorite videos to do that to. Otherwise, I just get on my yoga mat and do what my body tells me to do 🐌. And I realized that:

"My life is as limber as my body is. Invest time in S-T-R-E-T-C-H-ing"

Connecting Over Video Conference

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The number of times I've run and/or attended video conference sessions that have started late because of the technology. Now that we're WFH, we don't have the corporate tech power behind us, such as it was, which makes it even more challenging to truly connect.

We can't see people's faces and can hardly hear them at times. They're often multi-tasking, on their computers and doing other work.

Personally, I've done keynotes with hundreds in remote audiences, ran training sessions to teams all over the worlds and quite honestly, I don't feel a separation because I'm not in their location.

Believe it or not, social media, has caused a disconnection, and what we're experiencing now has taken it to a whole other level. We're not sure how long this situation will go on for,  and I feel like its really important we amplify relationships.

In this video I give you three tips to:

    1. Support your personal brand; you have one, it's either intentional or unintentional, you choose. And hopefully during this time your ‘brand' is infused with kindness, support and encouragement.
    2. Give your home tech a fighting chance, including managing noise, and
    3. Avoid embarrassing desktop notifications, you may not want to share onscreen 😉. Here are the Mac and PC resources I mentioned in the video to turn off notifications. And this app works on both operating systems.

Podcast & Mindfulness Practice

🎧 From Chaos to Calm – Thriving in Uncertain Times

How do we stay calm in the chaos of life & COVID-19? This episode offers tips & practices to help you chill-ax no matter what the situation. Click here to listen.

🧘 MINDFULNESS AUDIO – ‘I AM' & Coming Home Energy Expression & Consolidation

State who you really are with this I AM process partnered with the opportunity to bring your energy back into wholeness. Click cover to access.

🏘️ And for a bit of fun…

If you haven't seen this parody on video conferencing and emails in ‘real life' by Tripp and Tyler, it's worth a watch as it made me literally laugh out loud as it's so accurate.

🏘️ Have WFH suggestions?

Please include them in my video's comments on YouTube so I can add them to this Post and share your value.

#5 – How to Deal with Negative, Toxic & Annoying People

Don't Let Other's Negative Behavior Drain Your Positivity & Energy

Unless you live on an island there will always be people who are negative, toxic or annoying. From parents who treat you like you're still 5 years old to judgemental giants and drama Kings and Queens. They chew up a lot of time, thought and energy.

In this episode, we'll explore common behaviors, their motivation for being nasty instead of nice, and practices to understand why they're annoying. Once you know, they'll never bother you again.

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Letting Go of the Negative Energy Charge from Relationships

This simple audio practice allows you to discover the negative charge you experience from negative, toxic, and annoying people's behavior and how to release it out of your life. After your first experience, use it as a housekeeping exercise to maintain clear, calm, and pristine energy.

Click on the cover art to access or visit your media player to enjoy the Zen.

#4 – When’s the Last Time You Were EXCITED?

It’s time to revive ourselves, let's get excited again!

RESOURCES Mentioned in Podcast

Bridesmaids Food Poisoning Scene – still makes me laugh. Relevant, better out, than in 😉

Access your Inner Guru – check out this blog post on the Quantum Q&A process to access profound answers to your questions.


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