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Medipreneurs is a conference for pharmacists and healthcare entrepreneurs. https://www.medipreneurs.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Paul is a pharmacist and co-founder of Medipreneurs.
Dan Krinsky is a Co-Founder of PGX101, linkedin.com/in/dan-krinsky-a8537a
Lisa Larter is a business coach and the 2018 and 2019 Medipreneurs keynote speaker. https://lisalarter.com, linkedin.com/in/lisalarter
Sue and Michelle are role models for pharmacist entrepreneurship. The 2020 Medipreneurs Conference in Cincinnati, OH has been postponed due to the corona virus. It was scheduled April 17-19, and a new date is yet to be determined.
Sue Paul, RPh
Sue Paul is a pharmacist, entrepreneur, and small business owner with over 20 years of experience in the industry. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati, she worked in several practice settings, including community practice, nursing home consulting, and hospital.
Sue founded SyneRxgy Consulting LLC, a concierge pharmacy service, and manages chronic disease states. Her practice sites include a physician’s office, employer worksites, and in-home patient visits. Sue adjusts medications, educates patients, implements and analyzes pharmacogenomic and nutrigenomic patient testing, and reviews and compiles current medication lists for patients. She enjoys empowering patients to take control of their health.
In 2018, Sue co-founded PGx101 with another pharmacist, Dan Krinsky. PGx101 offers pharmacists 20 hours of ACPE approved continuing education and a certificate in Pharmacogenomics (PGx). Since 2016, Sue has been using PGx in her clinic and with home patients to implement patient-centered medication modification in conjunction with their providers.
Sue is one of three Co-Founders of Medipreneurs LLC, along with Michelle Fritsch, PharmD, and Anna Garrett, PharmD. Medipreneurs is an international conference and community for pharmacy entrepreneurs. Current planning is underway for their 3rd annual conference.
Sue is active in local, state and national professional organizations. For example she is a Board Member of the Ohio Pharmacists Foundation. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four adult children, reading, walking with friends, and brainstorming with others about action plans to get from where they are to where they want to be.
Michelle Fritsch, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCACP
Michelle Fritsch is a Purdue Pharm D. graduate with post-doctoral training in Madison, Wisconsin. She is board certified in geriatric pharmacy and ambulatory care pharmacy. Starting in 1992, Michelle has been a professor teaching pharmacists, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and physical therapists.
She has a passion for healthy aging and education. She is a specialist in medication use in people over 60. She founded two companies: Retirement Wellness Strategies and Meds MASH, LLC, and works with a broad definition of health – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social.
Michelle is a frequent speaker, lately on topics of safe medication use, falls prevention, medical cannabis, addiction, opioid use, coordination of healthcare, retirement readiness, and the role of medication in healthy aging.
As healthcare is changing, she is also supporting entrepreneurial healthcare providers as a co- founder of Medipreneurs.
Medipreneurs started around the time Sue started her business. She was in a business mentoring group with Anna Garrett, Pharm D. They supported one another and felt the desire to create a community for pharmacists to launch a business. When Michelle joined Anna and Sue, the three came up with a conference that could support a community of pharmacists [and eventually healthcare entrepreneurs] on their respective entrepreneurial journeys. The name of the conference is Medipreneurs.
Pivots and detours are not new to the Medipreneurs conference. The first ever conference was in 2018. It was delayed from Fall 2017 to April 2018.
The “Medipreneurs Detour” is in place over a period of time instead of the Medipreneurs Conference weekend. There are “Detour Stops” where people can come to get information about Medipreneurs and where is it headed. Examples include:
For me, Medipreneurs was like a mastermind every hour of every day. Whether we were waiting for a scheduled program to start or chatting at the end of one, having a meal, or just bumping into one another, the Medipreneurs Conference was a place to share ideas, ask for thoughts, and get clarity.
Lisa Larter, a Professional Business Coach, was the keynote speaker at Medipreneurs 2018 and 2019. At Medipreneurs 2018, she helped me see value in services I was providing. Then, she coached me to ask if there was a budget to pay me and how to negotiate a fair price. Mission accomplished! I now earn money in place of volunteering.
The Medipreneurs Conference empowers pharmacists and healthcare entrepreneurs to see their value and so they can feel justified billing for services. Examples include smoking cessation programs, medication review services, CBD consulting, women’s health and wellness practices, business coaching, and more.
Pharmacists don’t recognize their value. We are skilled at paying attention to detail and producing precise results. Entrepreneurial life can seem counter intuitive.
Sue, Anna, and Michelle started Medipreneurs to invite other pharmacists to think outside the box and form the next wave of what pharmacy and healthcare could look like.
Michelle talked about the energy in the first conference in 2018. I drew a parallel to the opening ceremony at the Olympics. Instead of representing countries, different disciplines of pharmacy practice and business were represented.
Medipreneurs helped me funnel my ideas down to the one thing that I could move forward with.
Medipreneurs attendees can bring what they know from other industries to the conference and share with others. For example, I can share what I know about rate guides from the voiceover industry. By bringing helpful information from other industries into pharmacy, pharmacists can model best practices and apply them to their businesses, for example, developing rates for services. Pharmacists need to set rates for services and share them with other entrepreneurs so everyone can establish fee-for-service expectations. We need to stop giving everything away!
We discussed idea theft. I was afraid that if I shared my idea, it would get stolen. Michelle mentioned that she heard that concern from others too. There is plenty of work to go around. We can’t reach everyone. It’s ok for someone to take an idea and apply it to a different part of the country.
I asked, "What’s the best thing that has happened since you started Medipreneurs?” Sue said she likes to see someone pick an idea, move forward with it, and become successful. Similarly, Michelle says she enjoys meeting all the people who participate in the conference and watching them find the path to what they want to pursue.
I asked, “What’s one of the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome [with Medipreneurs]?” Sue said, “Being seen.” Branding, marketing, advertising, and getting the word out is outside of her comfort zone. For Michelle, it has been the “leap of faith” and “the unknowns.” Michelle wonders, “Where is it going now? What direction is it going in now? Are we taking it in the right direction? Are we reaching the right people?”
I asked Michelle and Sue respectively about their own businesses outside of Medipreneurs. Michelle left Academia. She has a specialty is geriatrics, meaning people over the age of 60. She likes being on the young end of that and focusing on preventative medicine. Her first business is Meds MASH: Mature Adults Safe at Home. Her intention was to focus on 60-80 year-olds and delay the time until they would need assistance. In practice, her Meds MASH patients are the parents of those 60-80 year-olds, individuals in their 80’s-100’s! Her second business is Retirement Wellness Strategies, which specializes in retirement-aged men who are defined by their jobs. They struggle with retirement. That’s a very niche practice area!
Sue works with a progressive physician’s office and has expanded her services into new areas. In April 2019, her practice expanded to treating individuals with substance use disorder with MAT (medication assisted treatment). Next, she wants to run a Hepatitis C clinic and introduce PREP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) for HIV prevention. Sue also created PGX101, a course to educate pharmacists and primary care providers about the benefits of pharmacogenomics.
Sue has blossomed as an entrepreneur, and she made a great analogy between seeds and business. Medipreneurs plants seeds, so entrepreneurs can start, grow, and operate their own businesses. The conference helps nourish and water those seeds, giving the right environment for growth. It can take a while to germinate a seed and see what kind of plant the seed produces. Medipreneurs is the right place for entrepreneurs to get ideas and be among the right people to encourage growth. Really a beautiful analogy. Sue and Michelle want to see entrepreneurs blossom.
Medipreneurs advocates and educates. They advocate for healthcare entrepreneurs and changes in healthcare. They educate by sharing messages that will be important for entrepreneurs in the various stages of their entrepreneurial journeys.
To learn more about Medipreneurs, visit www.medipreneurs.com.
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Libsyn is my podcast host/distributor. libsyn.com
Dave Jackson taught me how to podcast. www.schoolofpodcasting.com
Keith Norton is a voice actor. https://wingmanvoice.com or linkedin.com/in/wingmanvoice
Jen Olaya is a voice actor. jenolaya.com or linkedin.com/in/jenolaya
Who’s Line is it Anyway? https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0163507/
VOcation is a voiceover conference in NYC https://www.vocationconference.com
Sean Pratt is my audiobook narration coach. https://www.seanprattpresents.com
Level One Class at Glass City Improv (Toledo, OH) https://glasscityimprov.com.
Erin Kanary was my primary improv teacher. https://glasscityimprov.com/about-us
Jeremy Natter also taught my improve class. https://glasscityimprov.com/classes/level-1
The Attic is a bar in Toledo, OH. http://www.theatticonadams.com
To learn more about Mark and Level 2 Audio, visit www.level2audio.com.
Nancy Wolfson was my first voiceover coach. https://braintracksaudio.com
David Rosenthal is the CEO of the Global Voice Acting Academy (GVAA). He is my medical narration coach, and he is producing my demo. https://globalvoiceacademy.com, https://www.davidrosenthalonline.com
My ACX Profile https://www.acx.com/narrator?p=A10FSORRTANJ4Z
Westgate Toastmasters https://3159.toastmastersclubs.org/
Matthew Dicks http://www.matthewdicks.com
Storyworthy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Storyworthy-Engage-Persuade-through-Storytelling/dp/1608685489/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=storyworthy&qid=1584537503&sr=8-1
I’m celebrating some big wins! March 2020 has been a great month for me. I’m celebrating 10 episodes of this podcast. Level One Improv Class is done. I recorded my medical narration demo. My audiobook demos on ACX are halfway done, and I’m plugging along on my Toastmasters journey. Things are going well, and I’m excited about what lies ahead.
Since I started this podcast in December 2019, I have had hundreds of downloads and, according to my podcast stats, my listeners are in 22 states and 10 countries. Thank you for listening!
I also want to thank Dave Jackson for teaching me how to Podcast and my classmates at the School of Podcasting for their support and advice.
When I first realized I needed to take an improv class, I was on a lunch break from the VOcation Conference in New York City. It was a beautiful September afternoon in 2019. I was chowing on some BBQ and hanging out on a bench in Riverside Park with dozens of other voice actors.
Keith Norton and Jen Olaya, in particular, recommended I take an improv class. They told me it would help me become a better voice actor. My brain didn’t make the connection between improv and voiceover at first. I didn’t have my “aha" moment until this month (March 2020).
Everything I knew about Improv, I learned about 20 years ago from a TV show called Whose Line is it Anyway.
Throughout the VOcation NYC conference, other presenters and students mentioned improv. When I got back to Ohio and continued audiobook narration lessons at the end of September, my teacher, Sean Pratt, also suggested I get improv training. I found an Improv Class at Glass City Improv in Toledo, OH. I signed up for Level One Improv Class. That’s the “beginner” class.
Improv Class started Monday, January 25, and was taught by Erin Kanary and Jeremy Natter. Classes were 2 and a half hours long every Monday for 8 weeks. Our last class was Monday, March 9. We were supposed to have a show on Friday the 13th of March, but it was cancelled due Ohio’s new social-distancing requirements.
Improv class taught me to say, “Yes, and…” After all, that’s the mantra of improv! “Yes, and…”
In the process of learning, I had a ton of fun. I didn’t know what to expect, but I must say that each class was like a grown-up birthday party full of games. It was so fun, and I laughed so much, that my face hurt from laughing and smiling after every class. The class had great chemistry. Not only did we have fun in class, but we also bonded after class over drinks and conversation at a local bar called “The Attic.” It was great. We had a blast.
Apart from becoming a better improvisor in class, over the 8-week class, my narration skills, timing, and delivery all improved. I became more spontaneous, and I felt like I could make different choices with the material I was narrating. I think improv class helped me make the most out of my medical narration demo on March 11, too. Mission accomplished! Improv helped me become a better narrator. I had my “aha” moment after 8 weeks of improv class.
One of my improv classmates and I have special voices for our pets. Spoiler alert! I just watched Frozen II, and the character Christoff talks for his reindeer “Sven” too!
My theory is that more improv classes can help. There are at least three levels of improv classes at Glass City Improv. So, I plan to sign up for Level Two next time it is offered. I already miss laughing and playing games!
Favorite warm-ups: 10-second story, Zip-Zap-Zop, Da-Do-Da-Do, and object work exercises.
Favorite games: “Gone in 60 seconds,” “Google Translate,” “New Choice,” “Advice Panel,” and “Freeze.”
I had a blast in Level One Improv Class, and it has made me a better narrator.
Do you love a story with a happy ending? [Yes!] Then, you will like my medical narration demo story!
In October 2017, I visited Level 2 Audio, the nearest recording studio to my home. The owner, Mark, kindly offered to meet with me for about an hour to show me his studio and talk with me about my idea to narrate pharmacy continuing education journals into audiobook format.
Refer to Episode Two of this podcast. Mark is the one who got me started on my Voiceover Journey two and a half years ago. After we met, he gave me the name of a coach (Nancy Wolfson) and some information to consider. The rest is history.
Without Mark’s knowledge, I spent almost two and a half years figuring out what to do with my original idea and ultimately learning the business of voiceover and training to be a voice actor who specializes in medical narration and e-learning. Mark and I had not spoken since October 2017.
Between fall 2017 and March 2020, I worked with David Rosenthal, among other coaches. The first time David and I ever spoke, I didn’t know how much work I needed to become proficient at medical narration. After reading scripts with him in a private lesson, he knew what I needed to do. For starters, I needed to take a 3-part group medical narration class. During the group class, I improved dramatically. After a year of various voiceover training classes, including private coaching with David, I was finally ready to record my demo! Everything I did over the past two and a half years helped - from improv class, to audiobook narration class to support and input from my accountability buddies.
This is all going to seem very serendipitous, but in a round-about way, Mark kicked off my voiceover career, and I am very pleased to say that he recorded my medical narration demo in his studio on March 11, 2020. The demo is in post-production through David Rosenthal right now, and I hope to have it by the end of the March 2020.
As a surprise bonus, Mark offered to include my demo on the “samples” page of Level 2 Audio’s website, which features professional voice talents the studio recommends. I am flattered, and I’m looking forward to sharing the demo with Level 2 Audio soon.
Something in my life came full-circle on March 11, and it felt good!!
As I have been working my way through audiobook narration classes with Sean Pratt, I have been recording and uploading my demos to ACX.com, which is a matchmaking site that connects authors and narrators who want to record audiobooks to sell on Audible, which is Amazon’s audiobook seller. My goal is six demos on the site, and I have 3 now. Half way there!
The last milestone I want to share is that I joined a Toastmasters Club in January 2020. After 3 months of being a guest, I finally joined. I love my club! Toastmasters is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. My club is called Westgate Toastmasters Club 3159, and we meet in Toledo, OH.
Why would I want to join, and why is this a mile stone? I wanted to join to become a more confident speaker, communicator, and leader. It’s a milestone because I’m at the beginning of a journey to gaining even more skills that will help me in my voiceover career and in life. A journey begins with a single step!
October 18, 2019, was my first meeting. The Table Topics Master was Joe, and the theme was “celebrating grandparents.”
I didn’t know anything about Toastmasters meetings, and I got called to the front of the room to share a 1-2 minute story about my grandparents. I told a story about the small town where I was raised and the Grandma who wrote me many letters when I left for college, got married, and started a family. I saved her letters, and when she was on her deathbed, I read the letters to her. She had Alzheimer’s Disease. Her memory had faded, but on her last day, I sensed she knew who I was and enjoyed hearing me read those letters to her.
Little did I know that the “table topics” part of the meeting was a contest, and I won The Best Table Topics ribbon for my story. That meant more to me than I can say.
I need to give credit where credit is due though. I had just read the book Storyworthy by Matthew Dicks the week before my first Toastmasters meeting. I used what he taught me about storytelling to win the ribbon. (The secret is out!)
I was so excited about winning the ribbon at Toastmasters that I Tweeted about it. I’m not a big Twitter user, but I saw an opportunity to thank the author for the lessons I learned and give Mike, who invited me in the first place, a shout out. I’m glad I put the message out there. The author of Storyworthy - Matthew Dicks - congratulated me in return!
At each Toastmasters meeting, I learn even more lessons about storytelling and speech craft by hearing members speak. I’m excited to be a new member, learn, and grow.
Dr. Asha Pai Bohannon has more than 23 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She is a Holistic Doctor of Pharmacy and the owner of PAI Wellness Group, LLC in Raleigh, North Carolina. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Asha is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT). She is also certified in Medication Therapy Management (MTM) and Immunization.
In her practice at PAI Wellness Group, Dr. Asha uses a unique, 7 Steps to H.A.R.M.O.N.Y.™ process and a 360-degree holistic, individualized approach to helping her patients manage their health and wellness, using as few medications as possible. Dr. Asha is especially focused on and adept at helping men and women manage pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes.
Recently, Dr. Asha published a book entitled To Medicate or Not? That Is the Question: How to Improve Your Blood Test Results, in which she describes her 7 Steps to H.A.R.M.O.N.Y.™ and the many factors that come into play in order to achieve a healthier life.
Her newest passion comes in the form of a collaboration with her husband Eric: helping other Pharmacists find their passion and purpose and create the opportunity that is right for them. With their Biz Rx™ service, they want to be “The prescription for YOUR business!”
I invited Asha to be on my podcast because she advocates for patient health and wellness as well as pharmacist entrepreneurship in her practice at PAI Wellness Group. We met at the 2018 Medipreneurs Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. I’m glad we met, and it’s been a pleasure to watch her develop her business over the past two years.
You can find the book To Medicate or Not? That Is the Question: The Ultimate Guide to Improving Blood Test Results at bit.ly/ToMedicateOrNot
Another book in the works. It is unrelated to the first book.
Q: How did this all get started?
A: Asha’s personal health journey.
2 services are offered by PAI Wellness Group
Q: When did you realize you had a passion for coaching?
A: For years! It took time to create a business and offer services.
Q: Has your clientele grown?
A: Yes! For Biz Rx™, Eric and Asha met their first clients at Medipreneurs 2019. Pharmacists are looking to leave traditional practice. Asha and Eric can help. Free 30-minute consults are available.
Q: Do you only coach pharmacists to create wellness practices?
A: No. Lots of niches have come through: women’s health, migraine, travel, and more. Services can be created based on the client’s needs. Clients create private practices.
Q: What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen so far in your business?
A: In her wellness practice, some people will not spend money on their own healthcare. In Biz Rx™, some Pharmacists undervalue themselves.
Q: What do you love most about your business?
A: Flexibility: working around family’s schedule. Asha wears a lot of hats. She has a flexible schedule and can work with clients on their time. She also enjoys working with her husband. Making an impact on the profession of pharmacy is very rewarding too!
Q: How did you overcome the fear and the little voice in your head that you can’t do this, Asha?
A: It’s a growing process. It took her some time to get over her own imposter syndrome. Now, she gets to help others get over it! “Just do it. Pick yourself up. Dust yourself off. Keep moving forward.” Asha is also inspired by her kids; she doesn’t want them to see her fail.
Q: What’s something people don’t realize about being a pharmacist mom and an entrepreneur?
A: It’s difficult to be in a traditional pharmacist role. She missed a lot of her kids’s stuff because she was tied to her work schedule. She was stressed and couldn’t be present. As a pharmacist Mom entrepreneur, she enjoys the flexibility of being present for her job, her family, and her other commitments.
Q: Agree or disagree, starting a business is like having another child?
A: Agree. The first 2-3 years during launch, yes! Her business sets her soul on fire. She wants to jump out of bed in the morning and work!
Q: What did it feel like when you got that first client?
A: AMAZING! But, nerve-wracking. She wants to deliver the results clients need. Extra time and energy goes into making sure everything is just right so that she gives a good quality experience. (That goes for both sides of Asha’s business!)
Q: What is the best thing that has happened to you since you started?
A: Being able to help people and make an impact in their lives. Also, helping people find options they haven’t considered yet.
1. Organizing from the Inside Out, Second Edition: The Foolproof System For Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life (Paperback – August 12, 2004) by Julie Morgenstern (Author)
2. Time Management from the Inside Out, Second Edition: The Foolproof System for Taking Control of Your Schedule -- and Your Life (Paperback – August 12, 2004) by Julie Morgenstern (Author) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0805075909/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_yDPsEbEKC5C2J
3. Never Check E-Mail In the Morning: And Other Unexpected Strategies for Making Your Work Life Work (Paperback – September 27, 2005) by Julie Morgenstern (Author) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0743250885/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_LFPsEbWN9ZGNG
4. SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life: A Four-Step Guide to Getting Unstuck (Paperback – March 3, 2009) by Julie Morgenstern (Author)
5. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard (Hardcover – February 16, 2010) by Chip Heath and Dan Heath https://www.amazon.com/dp/0385528752/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_czuyEbZVC13WD
6. Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work (Hardcover – March 26, 2013) by Chip Heath and Dan Heath https://www.amazon.com/dp/0307956393/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_ssuyEbNN4QF9Z
7. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't
by Jim Collins (Oct 16, 2001) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0066620996/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_eDuyEb9WRKSAM
To learn more about “The 4 “D’s,” visit https://www.juliemorgenstern.com/tips-tools-blog/2016/9/12/streamline-your-workload-with-the-4-ds
To learn more about “SHED,” visit https://www.juliemorgenstern.com/tips-tools-blog/2020/3/4/5-keys-to-decluttering
What do books have to do with making a career change from pharmacist to voice actor? Plenty!
The year was 2005. I was a young Mom. 27 years old. My life was a circus. My husband worked full-time, and I worked part-time. We had a newborn, and our 2-year-old son had just been diagnosed with autism. Our house had toys, books, and kid stuff all over the place, and there were never enough hours in the day to get everything done. Every day, I wondered when things would get better. I felt so disorganized.
2 years later, in 2007, I saw a professional organizer and author named Julie Morgenstern on TV. Everything she said made sense. I bought and read her first two books: Organizing from the Inside Out and Time Management from the Inside Out.
Julie Morgenstern is my Yoda. In her first book, she said, “Self-awareness is the most powerful tool in getting and staying organized.” Julie also said, “Only you can pinpoint what’s holding you back.” She was right! I was the only person who could pinpoint what was holding me back from getting and staying organized.
Her books are filled with great advice that get to the root cause of why we do the things we do and how to use that information to get organized. After all, why should I get rid of anything without understanding how it got there in the first place? I’m not just talking about stuff. I’m talking about commitments and habits too.
Because of Julie, I studied myself to figure out what makes me tick. I needed to find out where my time goes, and how long it takes me to do things. If you have never done this, I highly recommend it. It could help you make a career pivot some day! What would you do if you had an extra 2 hours in your day? 10-14 hours in your week? Would you be able to start a side-hustle? Could you learn a new skill? You bet! I did!
What I did: I bought spiral-bound, wide-ruled notebooks. I wrote down what I did every day and how long it took me to do it. Some examples: making beds, doing dishes, folding laundry, making dinner, going to the gym, getting cleaned up, going through mail, reading and responding to e-mails, and working on projects. What I learned was a game changer! I grouped similar activities to help make my days run smoother. For example, errands. If I needed to run errands, I would do them as batches instead of going out once or twice/day. I also started a “projects binder” for projects that are so big they need broken down into bite-sized chunks, like planning a vacation and home improvement projects.
What I have learned from reading books and listening to audiobooks has helped me grow so I can make the best use of my time and spend as much time as possible on my business. I love to read and learn!
Julie’s books - all of them - helped me define goals and decide how to spend my time doing the activities that would help me accomplish my goals.
Julie taught me the 4 D’s and how to SHED.
The four D’s are delete, delay, delegate, and diminish.
When I have more on my list than I have time, I will delete non-essential tasks. Examples: meetings, workouts, projects, and conference notes that don’t fit into my big-picture goals.
My husband and I have a budget meeting the night before he gets paid. Our goal is meeting every two weeks. If one of us is sick, out of town, or there is a holiday, we delay the meeting.
When possible, I delegate tasks. Examples: my kids put their laundry away, and my husband drops our books off at the library.
Think of this as doing things “quick and dirty.” Example: a one-sentence e-mail instead of staring at the computer for 15 minutes, writing, and rewriting a message. Write the sentence. Send the e-mail. Save you time. The goal is to communicate. Finding 15 more minutes of time to work on my business is my payoff.
• Separate the treasures (What really matters?)
• Heave the rest (Eliminate excess)
• Embrace your true identity (Who do you really want to be?)
• Drive yourself forward (Make a change!)
I have figured out what is important to me and worked to get rid of the thoughts, habits, and stuff that are holding me back so I can do what I want to do with my life.
By looking at what I wanted and what held me back, I was able to make a career change. It took me years.
Other books that have influenced me are Chip Heath and Dan Heath’s books Switch and Decisive. Switch got me into a mindset to change even though change is hard. Decisive helped me become a better decision-maker.
Good to Great taught me to find what I can do well and do that one thing to the best of my ability. When I made my career change, I had the idea to offer other services under my brand. When I narrowed it down to just voiceover, I made progress. From Good to Great, I also love the phrase, “Get the right people on the bus.” It means that to drive my business forward, I need to have the right people helping me before I can go anywhere. I need the right coaches, the right pool of accountability buddies, and so on.
Nate and I met through our volunteer work at the Wood County Opiate Task Force in Bowling Green, OH. At the time, he worked at MidWest Recovery Center (Toledo, OH). Now, he is the CEO of the Recovery Institute of Ohio (Sandusky, OH).
Recovery Institute of Ohio
1019 Pierce St.
Sandusky, OH 44870
LinkedIn Company Profile https://www.linkedin.com/company/recovery-institute-of-ohio/about/
Vivitrol is available at Recovery Institute of Ohio.
We Recover Together Support Group
BELLEVUE RECOVERY AND SUPPORT SERVICES
1400 W. Main St. Bldg 1, Suite D Bellevue, OH 44811
Text: 4HOPE to 741741
MidWest Recovery Center
7540 New West Rd,
Toledo, OH 43617
Wood County, Ohio Support Groups
Wood County Crisis Line
Wood County Crisis Line: 419-502-HOPE (4673)
Recovery Helpline: Call 211
Reentry Coalition: (567) 246-0761
Resources for Family and Supports
Celebrate Recovery/Cedar Creek Church: (419)-661-8661
NAMI: (419) 352-0626
Mental Health First Aid Training:
• Adults: (419) 352-0626
• Youth: (419) 354-9010
Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board: (419) 352-8475
For more information, visit https://www.wcadamh.org, and search for the “Opiate Resource Guide.”
Have uncomfortable conversations about drugs and alcohol with your children.
What is stigma? Stigma is a mark of disgrace. Drug addicts are thought of in a negative way. There is a profound stigma associated with drug addicts.
Everyone, especially pharmacists, should be informed about addiction. Get educated. Be a resource to your community.
Addiction is a disease that does not discriminate. It affects a wide range of socioeconomic classes, races, and age groups. If you need help, reach out to Nate Kehlmeier or someone in the Substance Use Disorder Treatment field. Visit https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline or SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889. This is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
I heard Nate tell his story at an opioid crisis awareness event in Wood County at
101 E. Indiana Ave.
Perrysburg, OH 43551
I helped create several Faith Community Discussions about Opioid Addiction in Wood County, OH in 2018 and 2019. The purpose of the discussions was to educate and empower clergy and faith community leaders to help with the opioid crisis in Wood County Communities. We supplied Narcan to the attendees, and one Narcan save has been reported from one of our attendees.
Episode 06 Show Notes: The type of voiceover work I do
I specialize in medical narration, e-learning, audiobooks, explainer videos, and podcasting. I am “confident, calm, and trustworthy, like a big sister you actually want to listen to.” How did I know which genres of voiceover to start with? In a nutshell, Instincts and research. I found what I feel comfortable with and enjoy. Those genres also happen to pay well.
I started out wanting to narrate pharmacist continuing education journals. No one has been interested in that so far. Rather than give up, I learned how to do something similar: audiobooks and e-learning. Narrating both feels comfortable. Medical narration and explainer videos feel right too. I am comfortable and conversational with content written in the medical space.
I’m a pharmacist. I earned my confident tone counseling patients and collaborating with other healthcare professionals. As a bonus, I’m also a wife, mother, and American consumer. I know how to speak with a range of emotions because I have lived 41 years and experienced a lot of life.
I can tell someone how to feel about what I’m talking about when reading a script. It’s very similar to counseling a patient on using something that is new to them.
Would I consider work in different genres? Yes! For example, if Amazon.com needs me to do voiceover work for their emerging Pharmacy Business, I am interested!
I love to learn, and even though I have a long attention span, I like the challenge of switching gears often. When I finish a project, I am ready to start a new one.
I mentioned earlier that the type of voiceover I enjoy and feel comfortable with happens to pay well. I did NOT know the rates when I started training. I got LUCKY. The pay for medical narration, in particular, is very good. Not everyone can do it, either. Do voice actors without medical training do medical narration though? Yes! All the time. There is definitely competition.
There are rate guides in the voiceover industry. The one I am most familiar with is the Global Voice Acting Academy Rate Guide. To learn more, visit GlobalVoiceAcademy.com.
Each genre is listed. It reminds me a lot of the Salary Survey published in Ohio Pharmacist, the Journal of the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA), which shares the hourly wage Pharmacists earn in various practice settings in Ohio. Data from rural vs. various metro areas is reported too.
How does the OPA Salary Survey relate to the voiceover rate guide? Just like a pharmacist can practice at a large retail chain, a small hospital, a nursing home, or another setting, the voiceover rate guide is divided into a number of different categories. Some examples on the GVAA Rate Guide are TV broadcast, web use, on-hold phone messaging, e-learning, medical narration, explainer videos, animation, and video games. To learn more about the OPA Salary Survey, visit https://www.ohiopharmacists.org and search for the 2019 OPA Salary Survey.
On-hold phone messaging pays different from audiobooks. Medical narration pays different from animation. Rates are not guaranteed. Every voice actor must negotiate their rate for each project. What I will accept depends on the client’s needs and budget, editing required, my availability, etc. Satisfying clients is important to me, but I have small windows of time that I can work because of childcare issues and life circumstances. Short projects that pay well fit into my life best.
There are some matchmaking sites for the voiceover industry. Meaning, there are sites that connect clients with voice actors. Some are free, some are called Pay to Play Sites. You pay a fee, and the site lets you audition for work. Direct marketing on LinkedIn is an option too. 2020 will be a big year for me to learn about finding projects.
I’m excited about my brand, the type of work I am pursuing, and my comfort level with it!
Thank you for listening and reading the show notes.
Episode 05 Show Notes: Interview with Harold Kinker, Retired Ohio Pharmacist
Harold Kinker, Retired Ohio Pharmacist
University of Toledo College of Pharmacy Class of 1970 (BS Pharmacy Degree)
When I joined the staff of Walgreens store 5323 in Toledo, OH in 2002, Harold was the pharmacy manager. Harold was a mentor and became a friend. Almost 20 years after meeting, we are still friends and even go out to lunch with a group of current and former Toledo-area Walgreens pharmacists several times a year.
In 2002, I worked full-time on the midnight shift “7-on/7-off” for about 12 months: I worked one week, then had the following week off. My hours were 10 PM to 8 AM Monday through Sunday. I worked 70 hours and got paid for 80. Counting vacation time, I was only required to work 25 weeks per year. My partner on the off-weeks asked me to cover vacation for him twice. I worked 21 days in a row on midnights each time while pregnant. I was 24 years old.
When I became a Mom, I needed to step down to part-time. Harold helped me find a way to make it happen. Thanks Harold!
Harold was great with pharmacy and store staff, and our patients liked him.
Harold served on a Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) from 2004-2012. He had paid deployments, similar to National Guard duty. Highlights included helping with Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, surviving gas mask training in an Alabama “Cobra Tank," and nuclear emergency training in Nevada. To learn more about DMAT, visit https://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/responders/ndms/ndms-teams/Pages/dmat.aspx
Harold is a Volunteer Trail Patrol Walker for the Toledo-area Metroparks. 50 hours/year is the minimum commitment. He volunteers more than 200 hours/year. Harold walks with other volunteers 2-3 times/week, about 2 hours at a time. Toledo has one of the best Metroparks systems in the country! To learn more about the Toledo-area Metroparks, visit https://metroparkstoledo.com
Harold volunteers with the Veterans History Project. The Veterans History Project creates videos of Veterans and their stories. Multiple copies are made of each video. Three copies go to the Veteran; another goes to the University of Toledo; and one goes to the Library of Congress. Interested WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Afghanistan Veterans can call George or Harold.
George Pugh 419-877-0600
Harold Kinker 419-868-1950
To learn more about the Veterans History Project, visit https://www.loc.gov/vets/
Harold loves retirement and enjoys vacation cruises with his wife and friends.
TPV Episode 04 Show notes: Mistakes I have made
I have made mistakes along my journey from pharmacist to voice actor. It’s ok to share your mistakes.
Why would I create a podcast episode to talk about mistakes I have made? I want you to know that I’m human. I make mistakes, but I try to fail forward. I learn from my mistakes, and I don’t give up. Whenever possible, I like to learn from the mistakes of others. It saves me the hassle of making the same mistake.
7 of my mistakes
1. My first logo. My graphic designer, Margo, created a great first logo. It wasn’t right for me, but her second attempt is the logo on my website today. Margo did a great job. Her website is https://www.designbymep.com. She also created my podcast artwork. (I love both!) Thanks Margo!
2. Hoarding ideas and not sharing them. I feared idea theft. No one has stolen my ideas that I know of. I may hurt some feelings by keeping my idea to myself. I definitely missed out on input from others. When I share my ideas, I get input from others. People love to solve problems, and I appreciate the help.
3. Working with people outside of the voiceover industry to do branding and marketing. Professionals in the voiceover industry have the right eyes, ears, and knowledge base to help voice actors. I need to make the right connections and listen to them.
4. Wanting to narrate pharmacist continuing education journals was not a mistake; assuming my idea would work was a mistake. Narrating journals may not be “a thing” because they weren’t meant to be read out loud. Maybe a summary could be an alternative? Ellipses, abbreviations, and other elements make it difficult to read straight through. Complicated sentence structure needs to be simplified. Even some of the more conversational journals create barriers to using the journal as a script. Delivery is important.
5. Assuming everyone will like my voice and that my vocal age, energy, and accent will be right for the job (narrating continuing pharmacy education journals).
6. NaPodPoMo. I thought I could create my podcast and publish daily episodes in the same month. The first episode of my podcast came out in December. Oops.
7. Staying in situations that aren’t right for me. I worked for a company for 9 years. I waited until my breaking point to leave. I should have left sooner.
In summary, I’m human, and I have made mistakes. Will I make more? You bet! Am I going to give up because of them? No! Will I learn from my mistakes and the mistakes of others? Of course!
I’m enjoying my transition from pharmacist to voice actor, and I’m taking the good with the bad. If you’re making a transition too, give yourself some grace. Making a big change can be hard. You will make mistakes. Use your failures to do better in the future. Don’t give up. And, if possible, learn from the mistakes of others.
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Episode 03 Show Notes
I interviewed my Uncle Tom Titkemeier in November 2019, in Toledo, OH. This is THE FIRST PODCAST I ever recorded. The show notes include insights from the interview, Uncle Tom’s contact info, and organizations and websites mentioned.
There were street sweepers, dump trucks, and other heavy machines collecting leaves in the street right outside the window where we recorded this episode. I can’t hear the machines on the recording, but now you know the behind-the-scenes story! Thank you for listening, and enjoy!
Tom Titkemeier, Registered Pharmacist
1977 University of Toledo BS Pharmacy Graduate
Q: Why did you become a pharmacist?
A: Started in science classes before choosing pharmacy as a major. Needed a degree that would lead to a job. His older brother was in the pharmacy program 2 years ahead of him and set a good example.
Q: Why did you pick UT?
A: Wanted to get away from home, live on campus, and have “the college experience.” Didn’t want to go to nearby BGSU (Bowling Green State University). To learn more about the University of Toledo (UT) visit https://www.utoledo.edu. To learn more about BGSU, visit https://www.bgsu.edu.
Q: When you first graduated [pharmacy school], where did you work?
A: After interning at St. Vincent’s Medical Center (St. V’s) during pharmacy school, no job was available upon graduation. He worked at Toledo Hospital briefly instead. To learn more about Toledo Hospital, visit https://www.promedica.org/toledo-hospital/pages/default.aspx. When a job opened up at St. V’s, he went back to St. V’s for 40+ years. To learn more about St. V’s, visit https://www.mercy.com/locations/hospitals/toledo/mercy-health-st-vincent-medical-center.
Uncle Tom inspired me to become a pharmacist. I tell my Pharmacy Campers (11 graders) about him each summer at UT’s Pharmacy Summer Camp. Uncle Tom worked in the Surgery Pharmacy at St. V’s for decades. He was a team player and worked well with others. He knew how to do his job well, and I admired him. I went to work with him one day when I was in the 8th grade, ~13 years old, around 1991. I “shadowed him” at his job for a school assignment. I got to wear surgical scrubs, which looked and felt like pajamas! I watched my uncle make surgical solutions and deliver them to operating rooms. The operating room staff let me watch surgeries, and I witnessed them function as a team. I like math and science, and I love to help people. Pharmacy was a natural choice after seeing Uncle Tom at work. My students love this story. To learn more about the camp, visit https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/camp/
Because Uncle Tom and I went to the same pharmacy school, we had some of the same professors. We worked as pharmacists in the same city knew many of the same people.
Uncle Tom retired after 40 years with the same hospital, at the age of 64. It was a personal choice. “You don’t know how much time you have.” Uncle Tom and his wife (my Aunt Janet) decided to retire and focus on mission work and do things that they didn’t have time to do while working. Aunt Janet retired 1 year after Uncle Tom retired. Health insurance was a consideration. He was able-bodied and at the top of his game professionally.
“Pharmacists never retire. They just die.” Uncle Tom used to tease me about this when I was in college. He did retire, however, which spoiled the myth he joked with me about for 20 years!
Q: What are you doing with your license now that you retired? Are you giving up being a pharmacist?
A: He is still licensed as a pharmacist. So is Aunt Janet. They volunteer as pharmacists and also spread the word of God to other parts of the world on Mission Trips with Christian Medical and Dental Association. To learn more about Christian Medical and Dental Association, visit https://cmda.org. He has been to Central America, The Gambia in Africa, and Beirut. Language barriers are a challenge.
Q: When will you give up your license?
A: No date in mind. Keeping up is more of a challenge in retirement, but not difficult.
Mentoring young people is important. You never know when time spent with a young person will have an impact. Be a positive influence.
Being able to focus and listen is important to being a pharmacist.
Q: What words of advice would you give to a young person considering a career in pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences?
A: Have perseverance. Competition is a big barrier to getting into pharmacy school. Persevere, focus, and stay on the path.
In Episode 02, I talked about coaches and how they have helped me. Without help, I would not be where I am today. This episode is not a how-to lesson on getting started in voiceover. I’m just sharing my story.
My first motorcycle was a Honda Shadow VLX. Now, I drive a BMW C400X scooter.
I took the Basic Rider Course through the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Some call it the “Motorcycle Ohio Program.” motorcycle.ohio.gov
I like structured programming that is organized into bite-sized chunks, experienced teachers, hands-on training, and peer support. Facebook Groups and accountability buddies are helpful.
For anyone making a career transition or learning a new skill, keep an eye on what is working and what is not. Have clear goals, and recognize when something isn’t a good fit. The right coach can really help, and it’s ok to revisit missed opportunities at a later time.
My first business coach was Sandra Wharton at the Women’s Economic Opportunity Center at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center in Ft. Wayne, IN. I found her on the Small Business Administration’s website in June 2017.
I starting working with Marty and Jack from the Northwest Ohio Chapter of SCORE in April 2018. SCORE stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives. To learn more about the Northwest Ohio Chapter of SCORE, visit northwestohio.score.org.
I trained with a voiceover coach named Nancy Wolfson January-November 2018. To learn more about Nancy, visit braintracksaudio.com.
Jonah Rosenthal at the Global Voice Acting Academy (GVAA) helped me set up my Blue Yeti USB microphone. His Audacity webinar helped me learn how to record, edit, and produce MP3 files. David Rosenthal taught the group medical and technical narration class I took through GVAA. To learn more about GVAA, visit globalvoiceacademy.com.
To learn about Hillary Huber, visit hillaryhuber.com.
To learn more about Jeffrey Kafer, visit audiobookmentor.com.
Sean Pratt is my non-fiction audiobook narration coach. To learn more about Sean Pratt, visit seanprattpresents.com and check out his YouTube video, “So…You want to be an audiobook narrator?” https://youtu.be/NPzPi-_0Xi8
I met Dr. Erin L. Albert at the Medipreneurs Conference in April 2019. To learn more about Dr. Erin L. Albert, visit about.me/erinalbert.
Dave Jackson is my Podcasting Coach. To learn more about Dave Jackson and the School of Podcasting, visit schoolofpodcasting.com.
Joe Brookhouse got me started with Studio One. To learn more about Joe, visit voicework.me.
Don Baarns is my audio engineering coach. His webinars are titled, “Studio One Jumpstart,” “Studio One Advanced,” and “RX Jumpstart.” He runs Facebook Groups for Studio One and RX. To learn more about Don, visit redbaarnsaudio.com.
As, I transition from pharmacist to voice actor, I like to find people I trust and listen to them. I’m human, though, and I do make mistakes.
Beware the illusory truth effect (“validity effect,” “truth effect,” or the “reiteration effect”). People believe false information to be correct after repeated exposure. I like evidence-based decisions. When learning something new, find experts. Do research. Don’t make major purchases or decisions without thinking them through. It’s not a race. I’m 2.5 years into my journey, and I’m still not where I want to be.
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Join Ohio pharmacist Kim Newlove on her journey to become a voice actor. Episodes include a mix of solo podcasts about Kim’s personal transformation and interviews with a variety of people who use their voices to advocate, educate, or entertain. This podcast is intended for anyone who enjoys a good story and likes rooting for an underdog. Will Kim succeed in the voiceover industry? Subscribe, and find out!