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Deborah Brown-Volkman Career & Executive Coach

“Wisdom Comes With Wrinkles” is a career-focused podcast hosted by 57-year-old Deborah Brown-Volkman, Career & Executive Coach who has 20+ years experience empowering clients to find new jobs, new careers, and new ways of overcoming workplace challenges. Deborah talks with guests who share their workplace experiences and lessons learned so they can pay it forward to the next generation.

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Episode #34: Being True To Yourself Is The Inner Revolution That Changes Everything. &Raquo; 27071420 1660257484013 6B1F77F482437 Scaled
Episode #34: Being true to yourself is the inner revolution that changes everything.

Alicia died at childbirth and was brought back to life. At the time, she thought the ordeal was over with you. Little did she know, it was about to change her entire life. Alicia has endured a multitu…

Alicia died at child…

Alicia died at childbirth and was brought back to life. At the time, she thought the ordeal was over with you. Little did she know, it was about to change her entire life. Alicia has endured a multitude of chronic illnesses since. Alicia and I talked about how she had to slow down and take care of herself. She knew if she did not, someone else would have to take care of her. This is not what she wanted. Alicia learned a vital question to ask her body, “What do you want to say to me?” The body is incapable of lying. Alicia went from a life of being on autopilot, to one of being her true aut…

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Episode #33: Your Customers Work Inside Your Company As Well. &Raquo; 27071420 1660257484013 6B1F77F482437 Scaled
Episode #33: Your customers work inside your company as well.

Sybil Stershic is a believer in employee engagement “The way your employees feel is the way your customers will feel. And if your employees don’t feel valued, neither will your customers.” She h…

Sybil Stershic is a …

Sybil Stershic is a believer in employee engagement “The way your employees feel is the way your customers will feel. And if your employees don’t feel valued, neither will your customers.” She has a point. During our conversation, Sybil spoke to me about the earlier years of her career when she watched her employer wait until the last moment to let co-workers know about new initiatives. It never made sense to her why the people who needed to know the most were told the least. She considers this neglect. This led Sybil to start Quality Service Marketing, an internal marketing company she …

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Episode #32: It Is Not Ok To Check In And Touch Base. &Raquo; 27071420 1660257484013 6B1F77F482437 Scaled
Episode #32: It is NOT OK to check in and touch base.

“I can’t do this job.” Adrian was a mom with 2 young children who needed flexibility at a time when there was no work from home. So, she started a business. She knew she was good at sales. 34 ye…

“I can’t do this…

“I can’t do this job.” Adrian was a mom with 2 young children who needed flexibility at a time when there was no work from home. So, she started a business. She knew she was good at sales. 34 years later, the rest is history. Adrian is a believer in building relationships. In the beginning of her career, she had people call her to “check-in.” She didn’t know what they meant. Thus, she didn’t know what to say. Those conversations were awkward. She said to herself: there has to be a better way to interact with people. Thus, a formula was born: The 3 I’s. The first I: Introduction…

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Episode #31: Move On. &Raquo; 27071420 1660257484013 6B1F77F482437 Scaled
Episode #31: Move on.

Andrea Pass is a PI for PR. (Private Investigator for Public Relations). She built her career around communications and is extremely passionate about her work and the work she does for her clients. Bu…

Andrea Pass is a PI …

Andrea Pass is a PI for PR. (Private Investigator for Public Relations). She built her career around communications and is extremely passionate about her work and the work she does for her clients. But, it was not always like this.   After working for a bully boss, Andrea found the courage to switch companies. But deep inside, she felt that she was meant to be her own boss. She listened to her gut a took a leap of faith to start her own company. Andrea took that leap at age 56. A testament that you are not too old to make a career pivot. Andrea talked to me about how it’s OK to move on. Bu…

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Episode #30: Be Independent. &Raquo; 27071420 1660257484013 6B1F77F482437 Scaled
Episode #30: Be independent.

At age 40, Lynnaire had an epiphany, “I am going to be unemployable in the years ahead. I need to do something about it now.” After years of toxic work environments, she’d had enough. “I’ve …

At age 40, Lynnaire …

At age 40, Lynnaire had an epiphany, “I am going to be unemployable in the years ahead. I need to do something about it now.” After years of toxic work environments, she’d had enough. “I’ve got to get out of here. I will do something on my own.” Fast forward 20 years later, Lynnaire has accomplished her goal. She has become: The #1 LinkedIn expert in her home country, New Zealand A top 20 LinkedIn expert worldwide The author of several books, including “Link∙Ability, 4 powerful strategies to maximise your LinkedIn success” AND “LinkedIn, Business Gold – Building Aware…

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