Welcome to 2014! What is your intention?

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Two years ago I prepared for the new year by thinking about the value of New Years resolutions. My conclusion was that with so many people abandoning their resolutions by about this time of year — just one or two weeks in — there isn’t all that much.

That said, I didn’t want to entirely give up on the idea of being intentional at the start of the year.

My answer was to instead find just one word that I wanted to reflect throughout all aspects of life, work and play. Because I was about to set out on a sabbatical, the word I chose was “discovery.”

Then I realized I wanted a way to keep this word close to me so it would become an integral part of my daily awareness. After working though different creative concepts, I finally settled on the idea of hand stamping it onto a brass ring that I could wear on my wrist day and night.

My first couple weeks with the word were so powerful that I started making them for other friends as well. Since then I have made hundreds for friends and strangers alike, and I am so moved by the stories that unfold each time both when someone chooses their word and many months later as they retell the ways it has impacted their life.

IntentionbraceletsmultiI’ve kept up the habit of focusing on one word at any given time and found that with myself and others, at a certain point you realize you have manifested the word and are ready for anther. I’m looking forward to setting my next intention soon.

What is your one word intention? Comment here or post to our popexpert Facebook page and tell us why you chose the word, and we will gift you a custom one word intention bracelet.

Here’s to a great 2014!

~ Ingrid
www.popexpert.com/ingrid
Founder & CEO

Company: it’s our first birthday!

popexpert homepageThey say time flies when you’re having fun!  It is hard to believe that one year ago we took the leap to start building popexpert, and I am just overwhelmed with the way our vision and message has resonated.

Thousands of talented experts have joined us across a number of categories – from meditation and music to parenting and language and everything in between! It’s been incredibly inspiring to see how much they are impacting the lives of their students and clients. People from all over the world now have access to, and are meeting over popexpert’s live video with some truly amazing experts.

When we started popexpert a year ago we placed two big bets:

1) That expertise delivered over live video would be a big thing

2) That there is a coming wave of interest in broader access to personal development

These have both unfolded even faster than we had anticipated which is a good thing.  But, there is something else that was really important to us.  We wanted to build a company that is anchored in quality and fueled by a passion for making it as easy as booking a meeting in your calendar to meet with an incredible expert that can help you learn and grow.

Today we rolled out a new homepage that makes it even easier to find an incredible expert to meet over a live face-to-face video session by offering curated content and videos from some of our favorite experts.

Check it out when you get a chance and feel free to read more about it here.

Thank you for the incredible support, lots more to come in the year ahead…

Ingrid
Founder/CEO, popexpert

Press: interview with Good Startups

Starting a company is no easy task but there are some great resources out there designed to provide support and guidance throughout the entrepreneurial journey. One of which is Good Startups, an awesome site founded by Brendan Murphy, who is also one of our Startup and Relationship Experts.

Brendan posted an interview with our founder/CEO, Ingrid Sanders, about her experience building popexpert and the importance of aligning your business with your passions.

Check it out here: http://goodstartups.me/2013/10/22/popexpert-founders-words-of-wisdom-understand-your-core-passions/

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Expert insights: Julie DeVito on confidence, leadership & goal realization

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Name: Julie DeVito

Expertise: My expertise is in psychological health, personal transformation and goal realization.  My clients are people who are not currently content with their results in life, career, or relationships and who believe in their own potential for more–more purpose, more passion, and more productivity.

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in political science, a Master’s degree in psychology, and I am currently completing a Doctorate in psychology.  I am a Certified Professional Coach and a Certified Life Coach who blends a practical, result-driven mindset with an open communication style that allows me to establish a strong relationship with my clients.  This is the basis for helping someone to do what they haven’t done on their own.

What inspires you to teach/coach people?  I am inspired by the potential of people.  Helping others to reach self-defined goals and to fulfill their dreams is rewarding to me.  My passion is to inspire and help people to overcome personal challenges and to experience the freedom and happiness that comes through fully accepting themselves and expressing their talents in the world.

Who was one of your most influential mentors and what’s one of the most important lessons you learned from them?  One of my most influential mentors is Jack Canfield.  He is a life coach, author and internationally known motivational speaker.  The most important lesson I have learned from Jack is to take 100% responsibility for my life and the results I am getting.  If I am not happy with my life, my relationship, or my situation, then I must do something to change it.  Where I am is the result of decisions I have made and behaviors in which I have engaged.  Don’t blame others, circumstances or luck.  Take 100% responsibility for your life!

What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out in your field?  The advice I give to someone starting out in the field of coaching is to first hire a coach and go through the process of self awareness and personal transformation.  Your coaching will be more authentic and more powerful when you have been on the other side and have come to a place of clarity and consistency in your life.

If you could pick one person to spend an hour learning from (they could be anywhere in the world) who would you pick?  I would choose to spend an hour learning from Michael Neill.  He is a world renowned transformative coach, teacher and best-selling author.  I have read his books and have learned from him; however I have not yet met him.  He inspires me because he has touched millions of lives and helps people to transform themselves “from the inside out.”  You can check him out at:  supercoach.com

What are the benefits of meeting clients over live video?  The benefits of meeting clients over live video are that you can coach them from anywhere in the world and they can be coached right in their own home.  It affords people the privacy and comfort of sitting in a familiar and safe space.  Clients often have less anxiety and are able to relax and be open more quickly with me when they are sitting in their living room.  I like video coaching because I can still see my client’s face and pay attention to non-verbal communication, and likewise, they can receive my non-verbals.  This is powerful.  We are still able to share a space together.

Expert Insights: Design Thinking With Marc O’Brien

One of the awesome aspects of building popexpert is the interaction our team has with experts on the site. We feel lucky to have the opportunity to work closely with so many talented and wonderful people who are teaching/coaching on popexpert and want to share some of the stuff we’ve learned about them. So we’re going to post weekly interviews with some seriously inspiring and interesting experts – check out our first one with Marc O’Brien below!

Name: Marc O’Brien

Expertise: Creative facilitation, thinking wrong, design strategy, and building confidence within hell-bent individuals.

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What inspires you to teach/coach people? I believe that everyone is creative if they dig deep within themselves and find that spark, that energy that allows them to see the world in a wider context, with more of a “growth mindset,” and to use this to express themselves.

I get excited when I see people’s eyes light up when they step back and see something they created themselves, in very little time and with very few resources. They realize that they do in fact have that creative spark in them, they just need a little push.

Who was one of your most influential mentors and what’s one of the most important lessons you learned from them? I’ve known and worked closely with John Bielenberg, founder of Project M, for the last 5 years. He’s a huge proponent of “thinking wrong” in the creative process, encouraging people to break out of their biases and orthadoxes to generate a lot of unique solutions to a problem.

He taught me that the world around us was invented and, because of this, that we can invent new things—to not accept the status-quo, or how things have been from the past. He taught me to challenge existing systems, or better yet, invent new systems that will make the old system obsolete and will create a more positive future.

Working with and learning from him has opened my eyes on how I see and accept the world around me. Thinking wrong has not only changed my professional/creative life, but my personal life as well.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out in your field? Just start. Don’t worry about the end goal. It’s ok if you don’t have all the details figured out. Have a vision and take those small steps towards that end goal… knowing that most likely, your path getting there will not be a straight one—and that’s ok. Stay focused, pay attention to what you learn while on that path, and consider how everything connects.

If you could pick one person to spend an hour learning from (they could be anywhere in the world) who would you pick? Elon Musk. Not because I want to learn how to make millions (I don’t care about that.) I would love to chat with him about how he views the world around him, the types of questions he asks himself, and learn ways I can incorporate his creative problem solving to my own.

What are the benefits of meeting clients over live video? Your reach is beyond your physical boundaries. You have the ability to talk to, interact, and collaborate with more people outside of your city limits.

Plus, you can show up in your underwear at your desk and the people on the other end of that video feed won’t even know 😉

Press: WIRED magazine on meditation in the workplace

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The popexpert team was featured in the most recent print issue of Wired magazine in an article focused on how meditation is being used as a way to increase productivity, reduced stress and improve team connections in the workplace.  Also featured is Kenneth Folk, one of our top teachers on popexpert.  The photo was taken on the roof of our SF office during a team meditation session with Kenneth. Check out the article here: http://www.wired.com/business/2013/06/meditation-mindfulness-silicon-valley/