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Stories of achievement and creativity from the outdoors to help you gear up mentally and/or physically for your next big leap - for those of us who aspire to something more, and struggle daily with balancing ambition with happiness. More than the specific gear or activity, the discussions involve pushing ourselves to be better. To do so, we have to tackle fear, our monkey brain. We have to set ourselves up for success and to make ideas happen. But most of all, we have to be able to adjust when life takes us on a different path than our dreams. Listen, learn, and lets gear up for what’s next:
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Aug 15, 2019

Jacquie Whitt joins us today. She had no intention she’d one day partner with a team of native Peruvians and become the owner of an international adventure travel business. Her partners share equity in Adios Adventure Travel. They collaborate on everything, including how to organize itineraries, where to set up service projects and how to support the communities where their groups travel. They take individuals on trips of a lifetime that go deeper than the tourist experience and learn about the people and the cultures of the places they visit.

 

We talk about: 

  • Traveling more deeply and meaningfully

  • International partnerships and building trust with others

  • Discovered something fascinating about the Incan civilization - how they carved huge megalithic stones. 

 

So, with that, let’s listen in and gear up for what’s next. 

 

Where to find Jacquie

 

 

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About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life.

 

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps.

 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem-solving.

 

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Aug 8, 2019

Terri Watts quit her job as an occupational therapist in Athens Georgia to race the IMBA National Enduro Series for pro women. This girl from Georgia seemingly came out of nowhere to win the 2017 USA Cycling Enduro National Championship. Now, she is semi-retired from racing and back working part time as an occupational therapist and part of the time as a PMBIA Level 1 mountain bike guide and coach with Ninja Mountain Bike Performance. 

 

We talk about taking a sabbatical - how to do it and how it changes life afterwards; the difference in racing when you have no track record compared to when you’ve become a champion and expectations are greater. But most of all, we talked about how much more successful you can be when you relax in times of uncertainty and stress. She was specifically talking about biking, but it’s an appropriate life lesson as well. 

 

So, with that, let’s listen in and gear up for what’s next. 

 

Where to find Terri

 

 

 

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About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life.

 

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps.

 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem-solving.

 

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Aug 1, 2019

In 2006, Eric Larsen completed a 62-day expedition to the North Pole pulling a 250-pound sled for 550 miles. Men's Journal named him one of the 25 Most Adventurous Men of the Past 25 Years. Polar adventurer, expedition guide, dog musher and educator, Eric Larsen has spent a lot of time traveling to some of the most remote and wild places left on earth. He is one of only a few Americans to have skied to both the North and South Poles. In November 2009, he returned to Antarctica for the first leg of his world record Save the Poles expedition. This time he completed a 750-mile ski traverse to the geographic South arriving on January 2, 2010. Two short months later he was dropped off at northern Ellesmere Island for a winter-style North Pole Journey. The international team reached the North Pole 51 days then on Earth Day - April 22, 2010. He completed the Save the Poles expedition by reaching the summit of Mt. Everest on October 15, 2010, becoming the first person in history to reach the world's three 'poles' within 365 days. 

 

He travels to wild and specifically cold places to cast a spotlight on climate change and the melting Arctic. 

 

Today, we have a bigger conversation about adventure. We also talk about how the Arctic has changed over the past two decades. Eric is one of the few people who have seen this firsthand. Lastly, how do you juggle all this while being a dad? 

 

With that, let’s listen in and gear up for what’s next.  

 

Where to find Eric

 

 

 

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About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life.

 

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps.

 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem-solving.

 

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Jul 25, 2019

Charlotte Massey, Georgia Grace, and Bianca Gonzalez are redesigning pants so they work for womens’ bodies. It sounds silly that no one has addressed this issue before. Why not? Charlotte Massey joins today, and she’s going to walk us through a little fashion history, something we don’t often discuss here at the Gear Show. We’ll discover how three women in college have come together to solve a problem and take an essential step in making the outdoors more inclusive by making it easier for women to “go to the bathroom.” 

 

It’s easy enough to come up with an idea. Charlotte will tell us how they made this idea happen. It’s something women have been waiting for - their Kickstarter campaign raised over 50 thousand dollars when their goal was 15 thousand. 

 

Today, you’re going to see the outcome of when a dad never doubts your ability to do whatever it is you want to do. 

 

and with that, let’s listen in and gear up for what’s next. 

 

 

Where to Find Charlotte

 

 

 

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About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life.

 

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps.

 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem-solving.

 

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Jul 18, 2019

Jeannine Anders followed “The Call” to Colorado 15 years ago where she settled in the Vail Valley. Many of us have heard a similar call - one to the mountains, right? She held a career in sales while pursuing her passion for cycling. She’s competed in over 20 ultra-endurance mountain bike races including multiple 100-mile, 12- and 25-hour solo races as well as a multi-day stage race through the Swiss Alps. She eventually joined the board for the non-profit, Sacred Cycle, while managing their race team and helping to spread their mission which is to empower survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault through therapy and mountain biking, creating a sacred cycle of recovery, personal development, and community impact.

 

Biking has had an extremely positive influence on Jeannine’s life and we talk about how it defined her - how mountain biking helps all of us in various ways and now, how it is being put to work to help survivors of sexual abuse and assault. 


Also discussed:

  • Secret tips for kicking ass at races despite the butterflies

  • Giving up racing - to live life and missing it

  • Finding your self worth when it’s not tied to competition

 

 

Where to Find Jeannine

 

Other links mentioned:

The Keepers Netflix

Donate to Sacred Cycle

Apply to Sacred Cycle

 

 

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About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life.

 

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps.

 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem-solving.

 

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Jul 11, 2019

Today, Brian Harder, a self-proclaimed non-compliant patient will walk us through ACL recovery one year post- event. We’ll talk about the choices he made - like the graft choice and what he would do if he had it to do over again. 

Brian is a frequent guest, a good friend of mine. He is an orthopedic physician assistant and a ski mountaineer based in Anchorage. he is also a former Exum Mountain Guide based out of Jackson. 

 

Brian’s ultimate goal is to get back out playing as soon as possible. For reference, he is in his late 50s and sometimes our brains are more eager than our bodies but that’s my own observation. wink wink wink. This approach may or may not have caused some of the complications he’s experiencing. We discuss that. We also cover a topic that is important to me and that is how to properly inform ourselves to make the best health care decisions for us. Not just related to ACL injury. We can all relate to that in one way or another, I’m sure. 

 

 

With that, let’s listen in and gear up for what’s next. 

 

Resources Mentioned

 

Where to Find Brian

 

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About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life.

 

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps.

 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem-solving.

 

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Jul 4, 2019

When you become the best in the entire world at something, what do you do next? How do you not let that be the high point in life, instead, keep raising the bar? I had a wonderful talk with Shannon Barke-Happe today about that, about professional racing, and life afterwards. Shannon was on the US.. Ski Team for 12 years. During that time, she brought home a silver and a bronze medal. She also won the Overall World Cup title in 2003, had seven World Cup victories, 26 World Cup podiums and her list of wins goes on from there. She is a mom, founder of Team Empower Hour and the author of a children’s book Mommy Why Is Your Hair Pink

 

We talked about having conviction in your goals and how that got her to the podium and medal wins. Great insights we can all take home with us as we pursue our own goals. A big lesson in today’s show - sometimes you have to know when to fold them. The hard truth in walking away from dreams and resetting the course. 

 

We’ll learn what it’s like to be a professional racer standing at the starting gate, and how she applied this to her business Team Empower Hour where she and her team bring these principles to the corporate environment through keynote speeches and custom experiences and workshops. 

 

The message in her book Mommy Why is Your Hair Pink isn’t just for kids - that pursuing your dreams and knowing that everything you need to success is deep within yourself. 

 

With that, let’s listen in and gear up for what’s next. 

 

 

Where to Find Shannon

  • Team Empower Hour

 

BEFORE YOU LEAVE - If you are enjoying the shows, I hope you’ll subscribe, rate, review and share with your friends!

 

About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life.

 

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps.

 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem-solving.

 

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Mar 1, 2019

"Blogging is like going to the word gym. I practice writing in the same I would go to a gym to get stronger muscles. Writing is a muscle and I try to stay fit for it. "

Is it possible to strive to be a writer and make a living at it? Shelley knew she wanted to be a writer at a young age but how could she make a living doing it? Today is all about making dreams happen.  

Shelley quit her job, moved to France for a short period and wrote a book. By the way, she had never written a book of fiction before and had no idea how to do it. She’s going to tell us how she got the idea eventually and how she made it happen.  

Shelley's fiction, creative non-fiction, columns, and travel writing have appeared in a range of Canadian and international publications. She won the Fall 2015 Tethered by Letters fiction contest, the 2016 Frank McCourt Prize for Creative Nonfiction, the Winter 2016/2017 Nonfiction prize from Causeway Lit, and the 2017 Fiction prize from Freefall Magazine. The Quintland Sisters, her debut novel, will be published in Canada and the United States in March of 2019. You can order or pre-order depending on when you listen to this, at shelleywood.ca 

Born and raised in Vancouver, Shelley divides her time between a full-time home in Kelowna, Canada, and a full-time job in New York, NY, where she is the Editorial Director at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and Managing Editor at the cardiology news website, TCTMD.  

With that, let’s listen in and gear up for what’s next. 

Where to Find Shelley

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About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life. 

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps. 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem-solving.

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Feb 21, 2019

It's hard enough being a kid trying to fit in. Imagine being a brown kid with one leg growing up an affluent and very white Connecticut town. Vasu Sojitra was diagnosed with septicemia at the age of nine months which resulted in the amputation of one of his legs.

He spent much of his youth finding his way in the world. In fact, His TedX Bozeman Talk is titled “What is Your Normal?”

 Now, Vasu is the Adaptive Sports Director for Eagle Mount Bozeman, Coordinator for Earthtone Outsideᴹᵀ, the first adaptive Athlete for The North Face. 

 Vasu shared with me how he managed and what got him through those years. He shared with us how he started skiing, what skiing did for him and how he figured out how to engineer equipment to get him out in the backcountry. And now, now that skiing and the outdoors has restored his self-confidence and belief he can do anything, he’s advocating for all marginalized identities. He talks to us about how we can all be better, more empathetic and inclusive. All of us, no matter how we identify, can be ignorant of how our words, actions (and lack of both) affect others. 

For example, there is one word Vasu said people with disabilities absolutely hate. And you’ll have to listen in to find out what it is. 

With that, let’s listen in and gear up for what’s next.

Where to Find Vasu

Resources mentioned:

BEFORE YOU LEAVE - If you are enjoying the shows, I hope you’ll subscribe, rate, review and share with your friends! 

About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life.

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps. 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem-solving. 

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Feb 14, 2019

The long-term influence of seemingly small interactions. 

 

Adrienne Lindholm took a life-altering trip at the age of 11 - a cross-country camping trip that expanded this Western Pennsylvania girl’s awareness of what is possible in this life. Now, she lives in Alaska with her husband and two kids is an author and land conservationist. 

 

She has worked for the National Park Service as a backcountry ranger, park planner, compliance officer, and natural resource manager. She now oversees the Wilderness Stewardship Program for the national parks in Alaska.

 

Twenty years ago, she published several instructional books about backpacking as well as a memoir of her 2,100-mile hike of the Appalachian Trail. More recently, her stories and essays have appeared in a variety of journals and magazines. She recently released her new book It Happened Like This; A Life in Alaska, a beautifully written memoir. I highly recommend but after you listen to our conversation, I know you’ll want to read it too. 

 

In today’s episode, Adrienne and I talk about writing as therapy, her evolving relationship with the wilderness over the decades, and how we tie our self worth to our performance in the outdoors. 

 

You’re going to enjoy this one. 

 

With that, let’s listen in and gear up for what’s next. 

 

Where to Find Adrienne:

 

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About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life.

 

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps.

 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem-solving.

 

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Feb 7, 2019

Erik Murdock is the Policy Director for the Access Fund whose mission is to protect climbing access and conserve the environment. He represents climbers’ interests and values in Washington, DC while monitoring activities on Capitol Hill to identifying possible threats (and opportunities) to climbing access and conservation. 

 

What draws someone to this type of work, I wondered? You’ll learn more about his journey to where he is now but let me start by saying, you never know the impact a decision or an event can have on the rest of your life. In Erik’s case, it was a cross country road bike trip at the age of 16 (and, he’ll add, a parenting decision on behalf of his mom who actually let him do the trip) that set his life on a huge trajectory. 

 

His various experiences combined the physical sciences with the human dimension to understand how to manage lands and advocate for our interests - those of us who live to play in the wilderness. 

 

I learned a lot talking to Erik and know you will as well, from what types of policies are currently being reviewed by our congress, to the impact of government shutdowns on our environment and how we can stay informed and get involved. 

 

it’s great to have people like Erik advocating for our interests and I was pleasantly surprised by how optimistic he is with the current state of affairs. 

 

With that, let’s listen in and gear up for what’s next. 

 

 

Where to Find Erik:

 

File an Access report, subscribe to the monthly policy digest, and get involved:

 

BEFORE YOU LEAVE - If you are enjoying the shows, I hope you’ll subscribe, rate, review and share with your friends!

 

About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life.

 

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps.

 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem-solving.

 

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Jan 31, 2019

Bob Legasa is the owner of Freeride Media. He's a TV Host-producer in the snowsports industry, a snowsport event coordinator and a custom home builder and last fall,  he was mauled by a grizzly bear on a hunting trip in the Gallatin Mountains in Montana. Fortunately, he survived to tell us about it and by the way, so did the sow grizzly who was protecting her cub. 

 

I was glad Bob was wiling to come on the show and share what happened to him. Most of us might not be out hunting but we’re certainly out playing in the wilderness and there are a lot of lessons to be learned - its one of those things - odds are it’s not going to happen to me, kind of thing but what if it does? Maybe you’ll have heard this and have a bit more bear aware knowledge. 

 

We’ll talk about what exactly happened, the lessons learned, about bear and their habitat, bear spray, over guns and more. 

 

Where to Find Bob:

 

Resources mentioned:

 

BEFORE YOU LEAVE - If you are enjoying the shows, I hope you’ll subscribe, rate, review and share with your friends!

 

About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life.

 

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps.

 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem-solving.

 

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Jan 24, 2019

Laurenne Ross races the World Cup alpine circuit and is ranked one of the top-ten best speed skiers in the world. She’s been to four World Championships and raced in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea. She has two World Cup podiums and many top-ten results. 

 

But man, racing is hard. In 2017, after a top ten year, she injured her knee - seriously enough that she almost missed the Olympics.  She rushed recovery to compete in 2018 but it just didn’t feel right. Laurenne took time off from ski racing last year and has just returned this season. I

 

Needless to say, it’s a roller coaster ride and Laurenne gives some straight talk on what it’s like to be in the world cup circuit. 

 

To balance the intensity Laurenne also has a love for art. Today we talk about staying focused. Being really really good at one thing, being present, the downside of goal setting and we wrap it up with some inspirational talk on favorite ski destinations in the world. 

 

With that, let’s listen in and gear up for what’s next. 

 

Resources mentioned:

 

BEFORE YOU LEAVE - If you are enjoying the shows, I hope you’ll subscribe, rate, review and share with your friends!

 

About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life.

 

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps.

 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem-solving.

 

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Jan 17, 2019

I first learned about Winter Wildlands Alliance when I attended the backcountry film festival this past fall. Turns out, that’s how today’s guest, Hilary Eisen also learned of the organization about five years prior to that. She is the policy director for Winter Wildlands Alliance, which is dedicated to preserving winter wildlands and quality human-powered snowsports experiences on public lands. Hilary is an avid backcountry skier and climber with a passion for wild landscapes. She works on National Forest winter travel management and other policy issues that affect backcountry skiers. Previously, she worked on public lands conservation in Wyoming and Montana for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and Wilderness Society. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana and a B.A. degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College. 

 

We talk today about circuitous life paths and serendipity and how to save the playground we all enjoy. I’m always fascinated to hear how people land where they do and today we spend a fair amount of time exploring Hilary’s path. There are a few reasons for this. I have begun to discover a pattern with the guests on this podcast. They say yes to adventure, they end up taking many routes in life that might seem undirected at the time but end up being totally with purpose in hindsight as a combination of diverse experiences come together to create the perfect job/lifestyle <—- our definition of success.

 

Anyway, if you love playing in the outdoors in the winter in a non-motorized way, we can thank people like Hilary for looking out for our interests while we’re at work. Because that’s HER work. She reads through plans and proposals and legislation and translates for the layman so we can understand how it impacts us. She then recommends and or takes action on what she learns.

 

You’ll learn about the Winter Wildlands’ smart approach to outdoor advocacy.  - collaborating with numerous groups to create a power in numbers. “Things work better when you work together and don’t rely on your little bubble.” - Hilary Eisen 

 

Of course, you might be wondering if her job sucks more with the current administration. And of course, I asked her.

 

 

Resources mentioned:

 

BEFORE YOU LEAVE - If you are enjoying the shows, I hope you’ll subscribe, rate, review and share with your friends!

 

About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life.

 

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps.

 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem-solving.

 

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Jan 10, 2019

Imagine a world where adventure and outdoor recreation is accessible and affordable for everyone with a disability. That’s the vision behind the Live it Love Foundation, led by executive director Jeff Scott who is joining us today. Jeff had an accident in late 2010 that left him a quadriplegic.

Thanks to Jeff and the programs offered through the Live it Love it foundation, they are working hard to empower through adventure and outdoor recreation for people with disabilities. Allow them to reconnect with sports and outdoor communities after a disabling injury or illness.

Life with a disability has many layers of challenges. Jeff has no feeling below his collarbone, no triceps, no grip strength. He shares with us his accident and how he adapted to his new life, not only physically, but also mentally. If you can believe it, gratitude played a big role.

Almost two years after his accident, Jeff began to sit ski. But skiing inbounds and on groomers just doesn’t have the same feel. That’s when he and his team developed the lunchbox - a trailer designed to be pulled behind a snow cat, to give four sit-skiiers access to the back country.  

 

It’s truly a sight to see: Lunch Box Video

 

Where to find Jeff:

 

BEFORE YOU LEAVE - If you are enjoying the shows, I hope you’ll subscribe, rate, review and share with your friends!

 

About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life.

 

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps.

 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem-solving.

 

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Jan 3, 2019

An Olympic ski racer on the art of being deliberate in choices and living without regret.

Oh, do I have a fun conversation to start off your new year today. Kaylin Richardson is a ten-year U.S. Ski Team veteran, 2-time Olympian (Torino 06' and Vancouver 10'), and four-time National Alpine Champion. After retiring from the World Cup in 2010, Kaylin fell even deeper in love with the sport when she discovered backcountry skiing. As a reincarnated big-mountain skier, in addition to winning the Freeskiing World Tour's North American Championship in 2012, Kaylin has been featured in seven Warren Miller films, including this year's Face of Winter. Kaylin has also expanded her expertise as a writer, speaker, commentator, and television personality on VH1, NBC Sports, and as the Olympic Special Correspondent for The Weather Channel. 

She is an all-around badass at skiing and at life. She was a blast to talk to and I specifically saved this as a perfect thing to listen to as we all set new goals and new benchmarks for the new year.  

Once we establish our mutual joy in skiing, we talked a lot about her racing career and the difference it takes to race in the top tier - what the mental edge really looks like. And it’s interesting because she did race in the top tier but, as an example, she didn’t medal in the Olympics. Did she fall short of her potential or was she meant to go on and do other things? Kaylin’s ability to be deliberate in her choices, and not dwell on regrets has led her into a variety of endeavors before she landed herself in the Warren Miller ski films and as she said, she had no idea life could get better after her US Ski team career.  

My takeaways on this one - be kinder to yourself as you set goals, and have faith the most exciting stuff is yet to come.  

Where to find Kaylin:

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About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life. 

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps. 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem-solving. 

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Dec 14, 2018

Are you setting yourself up for success and preparing for worst-case scenarios? We like to think the stuff we read about in the news won't happen to us. BUT! Not to sound like an alarmist or anything - one bad turn of events and the game has changed.

Today, we re-run episode 4 of The Gear Show and talk to Jeff Thompson, director of the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center, ski patroller, and recreational backcountry skier. He shares with us what he carries in his backpack - a cumulative knowledge base of shit shows that have perfected this perfect balance of not too much and not too little in the backpack.

We will see you after the New Year, on January 3rd with brand new episodes!

Where to Find Jeff: 

Website

BEFORE YOU LEAVE - If you are enjoying the shows, I hope you’ll subscribe, rate, review and share with your friends!

About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life.

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps.

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem-solving.

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Nov 29, 2018

A former professional ski racer and Olympian realized her destructive self talk was practically ruining her life. If we stop clinging to things that are not permanent, learn to take control of our thoughts and adapt to change, it’s pretty amazing how much happier we can be.

 

Libby Ludlow retired from the U.S. Ski team 10 years ago. She was in the 2006 Olympics, is the 2004 U.S. giant slalom champion, raced around the world with 45 top-30 World Cup results, three of which were finishes within the top 10. Libby was a member of the 2007 and 2003 World Championships teams. At the 2007 Alpine World Championships in Sweden, she finished ninth in super G and was ranked 10th in the world in the discipline heading into the 2007 season. 

 

As a professional racer, Libby was hard on herself. Harder than perhaps she should be. 

After earning her degree at Dartmouth in philosophy modified with Eastern religion, she learned about the impermanence of things and that understanding was key to unlocking potential and opportunity. This eventually led to her co-founding ZGirls, a non-profit organization that empowers teenagers to change their own self talk and boost their self confidence.

 

She eventually carries these principles forward to her own child and we talk about how she worked very hard to maintain her identity as she transitioned to motherhood. We had some real talk about becoming a mom - not the kinds of unicorns and rainbows you see on Instagram - If you are considering having children (or have young babies) and you love the outdoor active lifestyle, you’ll want to hear this. Too often, you don’t get the real picture and we think it’s important you do. 

 

Today, she is a full-time paralegal for Backcountry.com and is also a mom, and soon to be author of a children’s book called A-B-SKIS. 

 

Like so many guests on this show, she had a roundabout way of getting to where she is today and each one of those experiences has informed who she is today in a fascinating way. Hope you love this conversation as much as I do and with that, let’s listen in and gear up for what’s next. 

 

Where to find Libby:

 

BEFORE YOU LEAVE - If you are enjoying the shows, I hope you’ll subscribe, rate, review and share with your friends!

 

About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life.

 

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps.

 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem-solving.

 

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Nov 22, 2018

Kim Vinet is a skier, an earth scientist and a public speaker. As we enter the crazy holidays here in the U.S., I hope this episode will serve as a reminder to value what matters.

 

Kim lives in Revelstoke, BC with her husband and two dogs. She is a sponsored athlete and competitive freerider on the Freeride World Tour Qualifying series (formerly the Freeskiing World Tour). This love of skiing and the outdoors has driven her on an exploration of the hypocrisy of loving the outdoors, possibly to death and it has driven her into a lifelong career in sustainability. She hold a B.Sc. Hons. degree in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Western Ontario. Following graduation, her specialization in Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy led her to Calgary, AB to apply her skills to petroleum exploration. (We’ll talk about this)

 

Never feeling especially comfortable with the environmental impact of petroleum production, she turned to regulatory compliance work and project management. This experience created a solid foundation for understanding energy markets and government policy.

 

Kim, like many guests on this podcast, rejected social conventions and the traditional way of making a living when she left her high paying job (and it’s resulting lifestyle) to lead a more conscious existence in Revelstoke

 

So, we have a lot to explore and tease out of that story - things like:

  • How to follow your heart and take that big leap.
  • Overcoming uncertainty along the way.
  • How to cut your carbon footprint and as we enter the holiday season, to be more conscious about the things we buy.
  • The joy in living a simpler life with fewer things.

 

She had quite the circuitous path to get to where she is now and for those of us who are in the middle of our own crazy, seemingly directionless path, maybe you’ll find some inspiration in the fact that it somehow all comes together and works out in the end.

 

Enough of that - let’s listen in and gear up for what’s next. 

 

Where to find Kim:

 

BEFORE YOU LEAVE - If you are enjoying the shows, I hope you’ll subscribe, rate, review and share with your friends!

 

About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life.

 

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps.

 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem-solving.

 

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Nov 15, 2018

“Letting go of the tendency we have to want things to be different, allowing things to be as they are and allowing yourself to be as you are…” Jon Kabat Zinn on the mindfulness.

 

Janet Curry is the founder of Stillpoint Counseling and Mindfulness Training in Durango Colorado. She is a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and licensed professional counselor. She has not one, but two masters degrees.: One in Mental Health Counseling from Seattle University and the second in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University. Janet is one of the first 130 (MBSR) teachers around the world who has been certified by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness (CFM) in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. In 2017, she was one of 30 Certified MBSR teachers around the globe to complete the CFM’s year-long inaugural ‘Train the Trainer’ program. The CFM is where MBSR began, and is the oldest, largest, continually running MBSR clinic and teacher training organization in the world.  Also - she is a fully trained EMDR provider and has completed the Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies with the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute.  Trauma treatment is an area of personal passion and expertise.

 

In other words, Janet knows her stuff! And I’m so excited to have her on the show. We cover so much in this conversation.

  • How does a meditation practice help us with our day to day anxieties?
  • Why is it so powerful? Discuss the science)
  • We take it further and look at it through trauma and depression.
  • For those wondering what a practice looks like, she does a brief guided practice.
  • Other ways to practice mindfulness if meditation just isn’t for you. 

 

I started a meditation practice almost two years ago. It’s helped me so much. I found a pattern where I waste my time thinking about the future and then look back on my life and think "Hey, have I been properly enjoying my life?" Every day I think and plan to the future - you know? What if I were able to actually enjoy this ordinary Tuesday for once and not start the day with a list of things longer than I can actually accomplish? and when I asked you guys what questions you had about meditation and mindfulness, the number one question I got was where to start so that’s where I started with Janet.  

With that, let’s listen in and gear up for what’s next.  

Where to find Janet:

 

Resources and Links:

BEFORE YOU LEAVE - If you are enjoying the shows, I hope you’ll subscribe, rate, review and share with your friends! 

About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life. 

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps. 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative pproblem-solving. 

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Nov 8, 2018

I wanted to have Janette on the show because she has come up in conversation about three previous episodes, all by guests mentioning Janette as a huge influence on them. For example, that's Ash Bocast of Roam Events in the teaser quote at the top of the episode. Before even talking to her, it was clear she subscribes to the idea of women supporting each other and lifting each other up. Although we look at this through the lens of the mountain bike industry, it’s a great metaphor for life in general. 

Janette is the marketing manager for Yeti Cycles, a high-end boutique mt bike brand. She has served as a mentor in the industry and is what a self-proclaimed semi-nerd, kind of in the vein of our recent show with Brendan Leonard of Semi-Rad, we will only slightly nerd out on bikes. Last year, we did a whole episode exploring if a better bike will make you a better rider and you better bet your ass it will. Janette is going to tell us how bike geometry and technology has evolved to make us better riders. I’d equate it to the advent of shape skis. 

We talk about: 

  • The culture and positioning at Yeti Cycles.
  • Janette's own career path - and how she, like so many other Gear Show guests, has made choices based on fulfillment and happiness rather than money. 
  • Bike geometry and technology - the evolution in the past decade.
  • Bikes and how to choose the one for you. 

So let’s listen in and gear up for what’s next. 

 

Where to find Janette:

BEFORE YOU LEAVE - If you are enjoying the shows, I hope you’ll subscribe, rate, review and share with your friends! 

About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life. 

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps. 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative pproblem-solving.  

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Nov 1, 2018

Rene is an awesome and inspirational woman. She is a running coach, a race director for a fantastic race series in Western Canada. She is now on the communications team for the Gore-Tex Trans Alpine Race, a race she has been chronicling via Instagram for as long as I’ve known her. It has, in turn, intrigued me because of my love for Europe. Trail running, the Alps, eating, drinking… what more is there? The Gore-Tex Trans Alpine Race, an eight day stage race from Germany to Italy, passing through Austria and Switzerland along the way. 

 

Rene has competed in the race 7 times, and is now on their communication team.

 

We talk about:

  • Running in the Alps
  • Stage races
  • The dynamic of running with a partner
  • How to train for TAR
  • Even a novice runner could do it…. (and that’s where I get into some trouble.

 

With that, let’s listen in and gear up for what’s next!

 

LINKS and RESOURCES

 

Where to find Rene:

 

BEFORE YOU LEAVE - If you are enjoying the shows, I hope you’ll subscribe, rate, review and share with your friends!

 

About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life.

 

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps.

 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem solving.

 

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Oct 25, 2018

A huge reason I do this podcast is that I get to speak to people who are living their version of success; defining how we want to do life.  

Brendan Leonard embodies this perfectly. His message is a reminder to each and every one of us pushing ourselves each day to be better and to do better, that there is joy in every day. That morning trail run before a day sitting in front of the computer. An afternoon dog walk, a glass of wine with a good friend that you kinda sorta didn’t want to go do because you wanted to get that “project done” so you could, what, make it big? And sacrifice enjoyment along the way. 

Brendan is a writer of adventure and travel, and the human experiences that lies within. He is a contributing editor at Adventure Journal and a columnist at Outside. His stories have appeared in Backpacker, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Men’s Journal, Sierra, Adventure Cyclist, and other publications. He is a public speaker, and an author of books like Sixty Meters to Anywhere and the New American Road Trip Mix Tape. 

Like many of us, our rock bottom informs who we are now and rock bottoms have varying degrees of lows. For Brendan, it was alcohol and jail. He made a choice at his rock bottom. he stopped drinking, found journalism, and the mountains and the rest is history

Today we discuss: 

  • Starting from rock bottom and pushing through adversity
  • The not so glamorous side of creativity
  • The rewards in putting your work out there and a lot more. 

If you have been enjoying this podcast,  I hope you’ll subscribe, share and review wherever you listen to your podcasts. Don’t forget to visit gearshow dot com to learn more about us. Until then, don’t play it too small, but don’t worry about playing so big.

Resources mentioned and where to find Brendan. 

About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life.

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps.

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem-solving.

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Oct 18, 2018

Kikkan Randall is an Olympic champion cross-country skier. She has won 17 U.S. National titles, taken home 17 U.S. Championships, made 16 podiums in the Stage World Cup, made five trips to the Winter Olympic Games and had the highest finish by an individual U.S. woman at the World Championships (2nd in the Sprint FS at Liberec, CZE in 2009). She was the first American female cross-country skier to take a top ten finish in World Cup competition, to win a World Cup race and to win a World Cup discipline title.[2] She won the silver medal in the individual sprint at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec, becoming the first American woman to win a medal in cross country skiing at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, and in 2013 teamed up with Jessica Diggins to win the first ever American FIS Nordic World Ski Championships gold medal in the team sprint. She and Diggins won the United States' first ever cross-country skiing gold medal at the Winter Olympics in women's team sprint at Pyeongchang in 2018.

 

If you have not seen that race, I encourage you to go check it out before you listen. It is off the hook dramatic and awesome! Kikkan has had quite a year. Shortly after winning Olympic Gold, at the peak of her career, she learned she will have to wage a new battle: breast cancer.

 

We cover a lot in this conversation. I was curious to know how she handles big performance days. What is it like the morning before an Olympic Gold medal win, ya know? I get butterflies just heading out to our local trail race. She walks us through her training program at a high level. We talk about her battle with breast cancer, her pledge to stay active, focused and positive through it. Lastly, I asked Kikkan about her community engagement. So many athletes inspired her as a kid. She pays it forward now.

 

With that, let’s listen in and gear up for what’s next!

 

Resources mentioned and where to find Kikkan. 

 

About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life.

 

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps.

 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem solving.

 

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

Oct 11, 2018

“I took risks because progression requires risk and because risk is the price of admission to the only game I ever cared about: improvement.” - Amanda Batty

Amanda is a former professional mountain bike racer, Bike giver-away-er, firestarter, former pastry chef, current industry troublemaker and forever interested in good business. 

Today we’re going to talk about ego and what fills that ego. For some it’s mountain bike racing, and for Amanda, it was. for a while, until it wasn’t. And then, she decided she wanted to be the "bike Oprah" and she tweeted about that, and became integral to a huge bike giveaway. We discussed how one can use giving to fill a hole, perhaps the hole created by leaving racing. 

We also might talk about getting kids on bikes and active at a young age, baking with rage and emotional eating. Lots and lots of fun stuff. 

Resources mentioned: 

NICA 

Little Bellas

Hong Quan - Karmic Bikes

rage-baking.com

Where to find Amanda

www.amandabatty.com

IG: @abattycakes

Twitter: @theamandabatty 

About Lisa Gerber:

Lisa advises CEOs and senior level management on how to use the power of storytelling and effective communication to influence action and bring ideas to life.

 

She guides companies through the digital maze of constantly changing tools to build discovery, loyalty, and ultimately help them achieve their own big leaps.

 

When she is not in her office, she might be out skiing or trail running. This is where she does her best creative problem solving.

 

To learn more about booking Lisa for consulting, speaking or workshops, visit www.bigleapcreative.com.

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