Michael Schaffer is the Host and Creator of Reasonable Risk Podcast, and the founder of Reason Real Estate. Michael brings two decades of business and negotiation experience to his roles.
As the host of Reasonable Risk podcast, Michael uses his experience to educate and entertain his listeners while engaging with guests on the premise that thorough evaluation of risks and rewards is the key to better decision making.
In founding Reason Real Estate, Michael designed a company which separates itself from the industry’s traditional MO, by making a clear commitment to putting clients first, and bringing a level of professionalism and client empowerment through strategy.
Prior to entering the residential real estate arena as an investor and then as a broker, Michael was a small-time professional poker player and coach, and cut his teeth in negotiations as a literary agent with top Los Angeles talent agency International Creative Management.
Michael holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Southern California, and a BS in Finance from Indiana University. When he isn’t working or podcasting, you’ll probably find him out on his motorcycle, playing bass for his band O’Shag, or playing with his two pug-mix pups. Michael and his family live in the Denver, Colorado metro area.
In this episode of Chasing the Mind, Dr. Angela and Dr. Stephanie talk to Laura Heffernan, romance novelist and author of the new book Sweet Reality. They discuss the guilty pleasure of reality television, the process of writing a novel, and the pros and cons of writing steamy love scenes. Laura shares her love of cupcakes, comedy, and pole fitness.
Also, Dr. Angela and Dr. Stephanie introduce some new segments to the show, including more conversations about different topics in psychology in Psych Corner and a new feature where Dr. Angela and Dr. Stephanie will diagnose a character from a movie! Listeners make your suggestions by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us @chasingthemind #DiagnoseThisMovie.
And don’t forget the next episode is a Talk Balk session, so send us your questions!
Today Dr. Angela and Dr. Stephanie talk to Jessica Hagemann, a professional ghostwriter, who helps people tell their stories. From a young man who recovered from a stroke and then wrote a book on communication, to a mom of seven who wasn’t sure her life was interesting enough to fill a book, Jessica helps each one of these people give voice to their individual journeys. Jessica reflects on her first experience writing the memoir of her grandfather Jack, who was a retired arson investigator in Kansas, and the surprising things that even Jessica’s mother didn’t know until she read the book. Dr. Angela and Dr. Stephanie reflect on the way that Cider Spoon Stories captures the universality of the human experience one story at a time.
Cider Spoon Stories also gives back to the community by donating their time to a yearly storytelling project, this years compilation is Whispers: Healing & Triumph after Sexual Assault. A part of the proceeds go to a local rape crisis center and the remainder goes to support the next community storytelling project. Please see the link below:
For more information or to sign up for local or online workshops, please visit http://www.ciderspoonstories.com
Laura Heffernan is bringing geeky realness to a bookshelf near you. When not watching total strangers get married, drag racing queens, or cooking competitions, Laura enjoys board games, travel, board games, baking, and board games. She lives in the northeast with her husband and two furry little beasts.
Laura loves connecting with readers. Find her on her website, www.lauraheffernan.com, Facebook, www.facebook.com/lauraheffernanbooks, or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LH_writes, where she spends far too much time tweeting about reality TV and Canadian chocolate.
Dr. Kate Lund is a licensed clinical psychologist and performance coach with more than fifteen years of experience. She has specialized training in medical psychology from Shriner’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is also an adjunct professor in Psychology at Bastyr University in Seattle.
Dr. Lund uses a strengths-based approach in working with students, athletes and teams to improve their mental game in school, sports, and life while helping them to reach their full potential. Dr. Lund has written a children’s book, Putter and the Red Car, and her current book, Bounce-Help Your Child Build Resilience and Thrive in School, Sports and Life is for parents, educators, coaches, community leaders, and anyone who has an active interest in helping children to become resilient and realize their potential.
Join Dr. Angela and Dr. Stephanie for a look into what helps kids be more resilient, on the playing field and in life.
Stephanie Wellen Levine spent her childhood in suburban New Jersey, where she discovered her lifelong passions for writing and getting to know all kinds of people. After high school, Stephanie attended Brown University, followed by a Ph.D. through Harvard’s American studies program. She transformed her dissertation into a popular book: Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey among Hasidic Girls. This book won Moment Magazine’s Emerging Writer Award for Nonfiction and was chosen for the national Hadassah Book Club.
Stephanie has spoken about her writing through TV and radio shows like Anderson Cooper 360° and The Leonard Lopate Show; many schools including Harvard University, Brown University, and Wesleyan University; and many other interesting places. She always welcomes a chance to discuss her work with a new audience.
Currently, Stephanie teaches at Tufts University, writes regular columns for two online magazines, The Wisdom Daily and Hevria, and works on her new book about her lifelong quest for insight into what might happen to our amazing selves and consciousnesses after we die.