Ep. 52: Annie Meehan on How To Make Happy, Healthy, And Hopeful Cultures

In this episode, David sits down with Annie Meehan, Speaker, Author, and Consultant, to discuss how to be the exception, and how leaders can make happy, healthy, and hopeful cultures.

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Annie’s Bio:
With an enthusiastic delivery guaranteed to inspire, enlighten and energize, Annie Meehan mesmerizes audiences with a clear message that spurs listeners to break counterproductive patterns. As a widely embraced international speaker, she has helped legions transform themselves from a life of ‘muddling along’ to one of sustained focus that showcases success after success. As an expert on living an Exceptional life, Meehan will be the catalyst to motivate your audience members to obliterate any and all roadblocks that stand in their way. Countless testimonials reveal the “wow” factor that Meehan creates at every presentation, which in turn catapults participants to adopt the practical tools she champions for more impactful lives both personally and professionally.

With a client roster that boasts corporations, associations, and non-profit organizations, Meehan provides actionable strategies to strategically manage change, recognize the enormous power of words in person-to-person exchanges, and eliminate long-held excuses that keep people from attaining their goals. Her passion and charismatic essence engage people in new and exciting ways, which ignites people to seize a more enriching and fulfilled path forward.

Prior to becoming a professional motivational speaker, Meehan worked for a financial investment company for nine years, where she (not sure I understand what compiling multiple promotions means) compiled multiple promotions. After leaving the corporate arena, she ventured into the entrepreneurial realm where she owned and operated two fitness franchise locations and built a successful direct sales team of 250+ people. It was then Meehan began touting the message of health and wellness. Meehan is a National Speakers Association (NSA) board member and also a past president of the NSA’s Minnesota chapter.

She is the author of five motivational books, including her award-winning “Be The Exception.” Her latest book, “Pineapple Principle,” offers a sweet journey to empowerment.

Meehan has three adult children, and she lives in a Minneapolis suburb with her husband and two dogs. She loves volunteering in the community, traveling with family, and walking (or being walked) with Peanut and Leo.

Annie’s Links:
Website: https://www.anniemeehan.com/
“Be The Exception” by Annie Meehan: https://amzn.to/3FLyxem
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annielmeehan/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anniemeehan/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meehan.annie/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/annienoexcuses
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnW5sW2r7QI&ab_channel=AnnieMeehan

Key Quotes:
1. “Every leader should have a coach.”
2. “Don’t do more, be more.”
3. “Look back for proof to keep looking forward with hope.”
4. “Whatever you look for you will find.”
5. “One of the sweetest things that you can give another human is to really listen to them.”
6. “Being grateful gives you a good life, but being generous gives you a great life.”
7. “I’m blessed to be a blessing.”

Links Mentioned In The Episode:
“Be The Exception” by Annie Meehan: https://amzn.to/3FLyxem
“The Pineapple Principle” by Annie Meehan: https://amzn.to/3vbZ1AX
Blue Bell Creameries: https://www.bluebell.com/

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Show Transcript

David Horsager: Welcome to the trusted leader show it’s David Horsager I have a dear friend, with me today welcome Annie Meehan.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Well, so happy to be here thanks David for having me.

David Horsager: It is a treat to have you and Annie has written five books, she has her CSP she is just a what this is this the one thing I remember about you, especially you said I love the middle seat on an airplane.

David Horsager: Right I love to be around people I love to connect with people so i’m thinking, the pandemic has been not so good for you, but but anyway.

David Horsager: She she’s owned fitness franchises she’s built a very successful direct sales team over time and and a host of other things, but she’s a real human being, that brings a lot of positivity in the midst of.

David Horsager: Some pain in your life so we’re going to get to it and we’re going to see you’re influencing you know leaders around the world, but i’m just.

David Horsager: Grateful you’re here here, maybe have one or two things there’s so much of you, but just, you know as far as to you as a person, but but um you know what’s something you might want to add that nobody knows or few people know about endymion.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Well, a couple people know but I i’m a Midwest girl who was originally born in California, but I live here longer getting ready to move to Florida, but.

Annie Meehan – CSP: I love influencing leaders I love when you said that I was like yeah that that is my joy, so I love to laugh I love to look for the silver lining and help other people find it that’s probably one of my favorite things and the middle seat David yes option to make two friends.

David Horsager: yeah that’s right.

David Horsager: And you make friends wherever you go i’m going to jump right in here and use.

David Horsager: A headset it was Okay, and I was very moved by your story and we’re going to get to some takeaways from your books and.

David Horsager: And some of the things you’re thinking about these days as far as culture and, as you know, we’re big on that our whole of you know, driving high trust culture is is is what we’re about in organizations, but.

David Horsager: I think, to start personally it just is something to hear your story, you were given a big award this year in our industry, and you can put some more letters behind your name and i’ll never forget, you saying you know growing up, you were known because of other letters ADHD dyslexia and.

Annie Meehan – CSP: add a.

David Horsager: ged you’re right.

David Horsager: Because you didn’t graduate right off, so you know you’ve moved at sometimes by the time you’re 18 years old, tell us what overcoming some of those things, and I know there’s more to it, but what how did that shape you as a leader today.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Absolutely it’s probably one of my driving forces that the first 20 years of my life will really sad really hard.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And I can look at them and feel sorry for myself or I can look at them and ask myself that question what’s the silver lining.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Well, moving that much taught me about change taught me about adapting taught me about resilience, how to make new friends, how to get lost and find my way and.

Annie Meehan – CSP: That the sadness of the first 20 years of my life we didn’t move because i’m a military we move kinds of mental illness and being raised the middle child of a single mom with seven kids.

Annie Meehan – CSP: I there was so much pain and part of what drives me is that I know other people hurt in this world, they hurt professionally and they hurt personally.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And they don’t always have the skills and so learning from the pain of the first 20 years of my life, makes me really always work daily on.

Annie Meehan – CSP: How can I be better, what can I do better to heal on an ongoing basis and not there it’s a lifelong journey for me.

Annie Meehan – CSP: To keep working on being a better version of myself of seeking on what is good in the midst of the hard stuff that i’ve gone through and that I watch other organizations and individuals go through.

David Horsager: we’re helping people these days you’ve done be the extension.

David Horsager: be the exception you’ve talked about the pineapple principle and some of these other great books, we might come back around to the first one, I said but let’s go to what you’re working on right now.

David Horsager: i’m big on what are you learning now right a lot So what do you learn in the past, what are you learning now and H3 has become a big theme for you tell us about it.

Annie Meehan – CSP: yeah so H3 cultures came over the last year I realized, you know what what people really need right now is health hope and happiness.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And I identified with what it feels like to be unhealthy I identify with what it feels like to be hopeless and what it feels like to be completely unhappy, and so I started to go back and look at how can I show.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Organizations how to bring hope hope and happiness and when people are struggling with stress anxiety fear all the changes and the challenges.

Annie Meehan – CSP: As leaders or individuals, how do we bring that in and so H3 cultures, I thought that’s what we really need right now, so I started working on that keynote.

Annie Meehan – CSP: It is a book in the process, I don’t think it’ll come up until next year.

Annie Meehan – CSP: But showing people some tips and tools individually, but more collectively as a company, you know what can you implement in the workplace meditation I love delta airlines added a couple of.

Annie Meehan – CSP: meditation to their podcasts that you can listen to on the flight they know people are having anxiety so that’s something I meditation.

Annie Meehan – CSP: yoga a water contest, to be a little healthier, how do we deal with anxiety in instead of shaming people recognize that their well being matters.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And so that’s what I talked to companies about what are you doing to recognize, not just to just say get back to work, but how are we supporting our teams in dealing with anxiety and fear and struggle and stress that is very real.

David Horsager: let’s take those one, at a time they’re so important, and I think you know, like I said I know you and I have lots of places I could go and would like to go and you there’s so much that you could offer today but.

David Horsager: let’s do something well and I think we should talk about this a little bit, as you know, for me, i’m going to add some epiphanies in my life and decades ago, or so I lost 52 pounds in five months and i’ve kept.

David Horsager: You know 90% of it off and and it’s been a big deal for me as far as being able to fly well lead will be healthy, in fact, before we even talked about the three h’s and i’m sure they’ll fit under this.

David Horsager: A lot of what i’ve noticed with leaders that I interview that I walk next to whether it’s presidents of countries or companies, the greatest ones.

David Horsager: They actually have something about leading themselves well not perfectly, certainly, but they’re leading themselves well you’re influencing a lot of others, what are you doing to lead yourself well and maybe even as a routine as a is there are some things you’re doing.

Annie Meehan – CSP: For sure.

Annie Meehan – CSP: In fact, yesterday I was at a meeting and I said Happy New Year and then people are like what Nice was think September 1 is my new year again.

Annie Meehan – CSP: So yesterday morning I pretended to be a jogger I pretended again today it’s going so far, but definitely having a morning routine right like for to maintain my own health, it is some sort of movement every morning.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Usually it’s my dogs telling me to take them for a walk, it is time for quiet, it is a start, the day with a glass of water, before I decide to have caffeine, or whatever else i’m going to do.

Annie Meehan – CSP: it’s those routines and rituals that I put into place regarding going to bed early waking up early, so I can take care of myself So yes, absolutely leaving myself well first before we have other people.

Annie Meehan – CSP: lead us so health matters, I always think about David when we think about health usually, the first thing people go to is physical health.

Annie Meehan – CSP: I think there’s actually seven areas of health, that I like to help people on so we talked about physical, emotional mental relational spiritual financial and career health.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Because, as a gym owner for 12 years working with thousands of clients.

Annie Meehan – CSP: What I recognized if any of those areas were out of out of sorts, they were stressing people it did affect their physical health, so I tried to dig into what’s really bothering you what’s keeping you up at night, and then, what can we do around that area of your life to help you get healthy.

David Horsager: What can a company do lets you know this is that, as far as an H3 culture that first one being held, what are some things I suppose under each of these I missed some, by the way, physical, emotional relational spiritual career was in the middle there.

David Horsager: Financial yep.

Annie Meehan – CSP: physical, emotional mental.

Annie Meehan – CSP: yep so relational career and.

David Horsager: Great yeah.

David Horsager: physical, emotional.

David Horsager: Mental financial relational spiritual and career, maybe out of order but.

David Horsager: There we go there’s no so so let’s talk about that.

David Horsager: And maybe we can do something for each of them, but let’s just talk about one or two what what have you seen companies that are that are caring about health.

David Horsager: and healthy cultures their people what are they doing that’s different what did they add whatever they thought you know there’s a lot of people are kind of doing the same thing, but what are what are some standouts for this area of being an H three culture as far as hell.

Annie Meehan – CSP: yeah I think helping people communicate, I think one of the ways to stay healthy.

Annie Meehan – CSP: is to create people used to hang out at the watercooler right now, everybody brings their own water they do their own thing they’ve got their headphones in so creating a place to talk I love the idea of companies actually creating a space.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Taking an office and turning it into a meditation room.

Annie Meehan – CSP: really being intentional offering yoga during before work during lunch or after work, some of those really intentional simple things.

Annie Meehan – CSP: To allow people space, because people are stressed out and busy now if people are doing it at home working virtually one thing we do is create contests.

Annie Meehan – CSP: To and incentives to support people in making healthy choices, you know, whatever that is hey guys share your favorite recipe hey let’s let’s challenge each other to drink 64 ounces of water, a day.

Annie Meehan – CSP: different ways let’s talk, what are you doing to deal with stress let’s have a Bulletin board we’re we’re sharing ideas.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Because I think what it does, is it opens up the conversation, which I always believe in communication, but second of all acknowledges without shame.

Annie Meehan – CSP: That stress is real people are stressed out right now, and when we can talk about it, we don’t feel as alone, and we feel supported by the company.

David Horsager: Absolutely, are there are there actually like with contests are there, you know HR or shame issues we should be aware of with how we do them.

David Horsager: What does that look like what’s a good contest give us an example of a couple contests that aren’t like whoever can do the most push ups tomorrow or.

David Horsager: Whatever lose.

David Horsager: Whoever loses the most weight, I mean that’s kind of that’s a problem, so what are you going to do what or gains the most I mean that’s, the problem is, we prejudge even what healthy might look like for someone so.

David Horsager: What what’s a contest that would work that would.

Annie Meehan – CSP: avoid those weight numbers.

Annie Meehan – CSP: So, want to do it it’s percentage right.

Annie Meehan – CSP: But water and what I had like when i’m working with companies that are like hey any you know i’ve never done a five K.

Annie Meehan – CSP: i’m like you know what I consider everybody that signs up so already winning like just get in sign up and then, and especially because companies if they can afford it.

Annie Meehan – CSP: To incentivize people just to say yes right just to say yes i’m going to do a five K and now get a walking partner and now during lunch let’s an add an.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Extra 10 minutes to your lunch to do this, or part of it, one of the big things that i’ve been working with companies on which seems so simple to me, but so significant as silence.

Annie Meehan – CSP: One tool is, can you be silent and it seems like how hard can that be, but one more silent we’re on our phone right we’re picking up our phone we’re not but can you really be silent, with no computer no music no phone.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Just for five minutes a day three days a week, and people say any.

Annie Meehan – CSP: One minute feels like forever i’m so overstimulated.

Annie Meehan – CSP: So I think there’s way to incentivize and keep it simple so i’m always about making a baby steps so they can win right, can you do one minute of silence, what does that look like what did it feel like can we pass out journals right down when you’re stressed, no.

David Horsager: I love it well it’s interesting because I feel like when you take these healthy areas, they all flow together, I mean physical effects of emotional emotional effects of relational.

David Horsager: And there’s a lot of flow of health that that it connects with each connects with the other isn’t that true.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Absolutely and hiring speakers to come in and teach on organization recipes those calming those tools that your staff, if you can take away one stress from them, they were going to show up better.

Annie Meehan – CSP: right if they’re stressed out about parenting and teaching at home and trying to come to work, how can we help support you asking the right questions right like where do you need support, is it financial is it organization is it parenting helping the companies have.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Their individuals which actually supports the company.

David Horsager: i’m going to jump over from what you just said before we hit the next ages and just ask you a question that i’m curious about these days, a lot.

David Horsager: And that is, in my experience lately, like the best leaders, whether it’s in boardrooms or leadership teams.

David Horsager: they’re able to ask great questions and you just said something about asking great questions so i’m going to jump off the rails but, basically, what do you think are some questions leaders should be asking.

David Horsager: To get at these core issues like increasing health or dealing with the right things, what are what are some of the questions they’re missing I.

Annie Meehan – CSP: think a lot of it has to do with our approach and asking those questions too so being really intentional and asking how are you doing.

Annie Meehan – CSP: But then always following it up with what can we do better.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And I think a leader has to have exactly i’m going to go back to you, David is that trust, because if you don’t trust your leader.

Annie Meehan – CSP: A lot of employees that I get to work with will say I don’t feel safe i’m afraid to tell them hey i’m so stressed out and thinking about quitting because what if they say, well, you can go.

Annie Meehan – CSP: You know, and so, being a trusted advisor and having that trust, as you talk about and say you.

Annie Meehan – CSP: know what how are you guys doing, how can we support you are at home or at work.

Annie Meehan – CSP: My husband works for prime therapeutic and.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And I don’t know if i’m allowed to say names on here or not, but they’ve been awesome you know they have been like hey we know everyone’s working from home here’s a little bit of extra money to increase your wi fi.

Annie Meehan – CSP: here’s a little extra money to get you a new chair, because you’re sitting in it more hours at home.

Annie Meehan – CSP: You know, we appreciate you they’ve been doing these recognition awards which my husband doesn’t care about, but I do.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And he’s gotten two of them and i’m like people are saying hey you’ve really worked hard on this project, it doesn’t always have to cost money, I think when leaders recognize how can we.

Annie Meehan – CSP: recognize someone, how can we appreciate someone and ask those questions, but be safe, know so that people will be vulnerable with you, I think a lot of people feel afraid to be honest, on how stressed or overwhelmed they are for fear it’ll jeopardize their job and.

David Horsager: What about the leader, like, I have the weight and opportunity to walk next to some of the top leaders of countries or companies they’re totally overwhelmed and stressed to.

David Horsager: Everybody every speaker they have comes entertainer that has come to you need to do this better you need to give them more you need to.

David Horsager: recognize more you need to help them with this you got to give this help option you got to give us your.

David Horsager: they’re responsible to the border their necks on the line, as far as quarterly earnings or everything else.

David Horsager: What about them that sit somewhat alone at the top any recommendation for them that many are just telling you need to do more in this time, you need to be more empathetic more caring more and more and more and they’re.

David Horsager: exhausted yeah.

Annie Meehan – CSP: they’re burnt out yeah a couple things.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Number one every leader should have a coach I think it’s the loneliest position to be at the top right, you need a coach you need someone to consult with that you can pour all this out to and ask for ideas.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Other thing is I don’t usually go I think leaders need to be available and seen and acknowledge people when they pass them I know they have a lot on their plate, but just be connected.

Annie Meehan – CSP: I don’t necessarily think, especially in the larger companies, it is.

Annie Meehan – CSP: The leaders job to implement all that appreciation and encouragement I think it’s about looking for volunteer teams and I think it’s about working with the HR department to say hey, how can we create this environment.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And if the company can afford it hiring a person specifically to appreciation preventative care.

Annie Meehan – CSP: connection and support for the staff, so I think the leaders are overwhelmed so i’m not adding more effect somebody just said to me last week we hate motivational speaker to give us more to do, I said well i’m always like don’t do more, be more.

Annie Meehan – CSP: that’s more important to me to be more than do more, nobody else needs more on their to do list.

David Horsager: that’s a good connection with that second ah hope, how can we increase hope in the workplace, that H3 culture that as hope.

Annie Meehan – CSP: yeah i’m always I go back to communication, but when I think of the opposite of hope, I think about fear and anxiety and fear and anxiety comes with.

Annie Meehan – CSP: The unknown right and so people have felt like of last year and a half we don’t know we don’t know when this is ending we don’t know what’s coming next.

Annie Meehan – CSP: So, to me, I think Okay, how can you decrease the anxiety inside a workplace clear communication, you know what we are making some changes but here’s what we think is going to happen in the next couple weeks.

Annie Meehan – CSP: here’s what our plan is I also love to help people when they’re dealing with hope or fear lack of hope.

Annie Meehan – CSP: look back at what was successful what how have we gotten through hard things and give themselves that list of proof, what has worked.

Annie Meehan – CSP: When we have gone through when when I talked to other speakers, they talked about 911 they talked about 2008 and they say this is what I did, and this is how I kept going.

Annie Meehan – CSP: I always like to look back for proof to keep looking forward with whole, so I think, looking back will give you hope and looking at what did were.

Annie Meehan – CSP: I think clear communication ham getting nervous what’s going on, are people getting laid off for people getting hired do I have to come back to the office.

Annie Meehan – CSP: my daughter works for pied Piper jaffray and she was saying to me, the other day, where I work for nine years, but she she doesn’t want people to know that she got her job on our own, so you know, everybody, but.

Annie Meehan – CSP: What one thing that that they were saying is this is our plan and every three months they tell them, you know, right now, you have to come in one day a week.

Annie Meehan – CSP: we’re thinking in three months, it might be two days a week, and so I think that clear communication of this is how we see it moving forward.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And in their company, they are paying for people to park in a safe lot below them, they are bringing in meals, a couple days a week, because unfortunately restaurants have both downtown minneapolis so clear communication support and.

Annie Meehan – CSP: just looking back to look forward.

David Horsager: I love it a lot of good ideas there, I still see the skeptical leader saying okay money solves a lot of sense we don’t have it Okay, you can.

David Horsager: You can pay for more of this, you can get a yoga teacher, you can get this you can get that but, in the midst of that there are things we can do so, I think we got to get off of what we can’t do and start thinking.

David Horsager: What can I do to give hope right and maybe some could bring in a meal once in a while over but also.

David Horsager: There are things right in what you said, like I love the idea we talked about 90 day plans here, like every 90 days being clear about the plan clarity covers you know, a multitude of anxiety so.

David Horsager: love it Okay, we got that last stage happiness, what are we going to do to increase the happiness factor, a half later tonight i’m a speaker sometimes.

David Horsager: The happiness part of the H3 culture.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And i’m going to go back to a set just for one second is that.

Annie Meehan – CSP: I think a lot of companies can’t afford to bring in all these people, and so I understand, then.

Annie Meehan – CSP: I also think there’s a lot of people inside companies with gifts.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And I i’m not a yoga person, but I know a lot of people are, and if you said to someone hey Does anyone here teach yoga I bet you somebody in every Office could teach it could share meditation could do whatever so use your resources with them you don’t always have to spend money i’m.

David Horsager: Good, by the way, that adds another thing before you get to happiness in that is when people are using their gifts they get more engaged anyway, they love to serve we love to do that Jen Jen generally, so I think we could just think about it differently great.

David Horsager: great idea.

Annie Meehan – CSP: I love that like a medical men who like loves to do yoga all the sudden they’re like hey now I can use this thing that I really love and i’m also good at this, but they get to share another gift somebody that’s great at cooking whatever so happiness.

Annie Meehan – CSP: happiness, I was talking to someone yesterday interviewing and they were talking about that they’re a realist, and I was like oh i’m an optimist, without a doubt, and I think of people as Winnie the Pooh characters.

Annie Meehan – CSP: the ears of the world are the pessimists.

Annie Meehan – CSP: The Winnie the Pooh was of the world, might be the realist and the takers are the optimist, but i’m gonna take her all the way and how, how do you find happiness, how you discover happiness, how do you stay happy.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Well, I believe that we, whatever we look, for we will find right whatever we look, for we will find.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And so what I do what I like to help people create his own list i’m not going to tell you what makes you happy what i’m going to invite you to think about is what does make you happy, what are the things that bring you joy in life.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And I love that happiness can come from watching a butterfly happiness can come from lighting a candle happiness can come from focusing on our blessings or for serving another person I love when I work for Piper we did a lot of.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Volunteering together we painted houses for habitat we serve meals, we brought gifts at Christmas and I love that I always think we get out of yourself.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And you start serving another person and when people are overwhelmed like me I can’t even keep my head above water okay i’m not asking you to do at this moment.

Annie Meehan – CSP: But can think about what you could do, and maybe it’s just inviting another child over and helping your that your child in their do homework.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Maybe it is you know, having someone which I don’t know there’s so many roles, but baking know I love to bake and then share it with other people happiness.

David Horsager: work well with me, I like to eat.

Annie Meehan – CSP: So see there you go.

David Horsager: By the way, i’m a professional ice cream tester.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Oh, my gosh that’s.

David Horsager: that’s self self self.

David Horsager: proclaimed self proclaimed, I can tell the best ice creams.

Annie Meehan – CSP: From the best ice cream.

David Horsager: Well okay.

David Horsager: If you’re ready.

Annie Meehan – CSP: i’m ready.

David Horsager: homemade vanilla.

David Horsager: On the farm.

David Horsager: Okay, with an s people are gonna kind of shirk at this.


Annie Meehan – CSP: wearing David raw eggs.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Okay.

David Horsager: Okay, and by the way you don’t get someone from rags right off the farm almost never.

David Horsager: raw milk right out of the account from the farm next to us.

David Horsager: This is growing up.

David Horsager: cutting our own ice and fresh vanilla.

David Horsager: And it’s probably from Mexico, but it is.

David Horsager: amazing now this this homemade ice cream is unlike anything taste it’s just unbelievable you know the toppings make it exciting, which is what you want.

like that.

David Horsager: Okay, so you can color it any way you want, but that base of that amazing homemade ice cream definitely anything else, as you know, almost every.

David Horsager: ice cream, you know company has a what they call homemade vanilla nothing tastes like that, except for one now i’m going to get to my favorite, and this is not really should be sponsored probably because i’ve tasted a lot and there’s a lot of great ice creams out there, but there is one.

David Horsager: that’s only sold in 17 states.

David Horsager: Okay, and it comes the closest to this homemade vanilla.

David Horsager: This brand of ice cream has is the only type of ice cream in America that has banana split that all of the ingredients are the real thing so they’re not flavors made a chemical lab they are that is pineapple and chocolate and Okay, so this brand of ice cream.

David Horsager: Out of Texas.

David Horsager: Right i’m texting brand Texas.

David Horsager: Okay blue bell ice cream.

David Horsager: Blue bell bell ding ding ding not not.

David Horsager: Other blues like there’s a lot of ice creams, that I won’t name that have blue in the name of them blue bell ice cream that as far as ice cream goes they win the more mass produced taste test if you’re not going to make it homemade.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Illinois one of the states that louie bellson.

David Horsager: i’m not sure exactly, but when we go south.

David Horsager: Because you don’t have in Minnesota will look where is the blue bell so where’s out there’s a place we’re going all the way there.

David Horsager: there’s a picture of my son with me on a on a one of my last speaking events, he went with me to Missouri and I had to drive from St Louis for two and a half hours south.

David Horsager: We found a place, but of course that place we usually try to find a place where they scoop it, but sometimes that’s down in Florida, and some of the places but up up in the wizard they only had an buckets so we got it on the way back the airport, we had to eat that.

David Horsager: down on the way back to their view you could just see my you know at the time he’s 10 years old, this is a right before the pandemic and he just sitting there happily eating.

Annie Meehan – CSP: ice cream.

Annie Meehan – CSP: ice cream when is your mom having us all up to burn baylor outside of ferndale.

Annie Meehan – CSP: yeah this homemade ice cream.

David Horsager: We got to do it it’s very specific recipe there’s lots of homemade vanilla but i’m telling you.

David Horsager: This is the winner and it’s it’s it’s the thing so.

Annie Meehan – CSP: That me distracted by the ice cream I am and I.

David Horsager: know people probably aren’t even still listening anymore, but let’s get back.

David Horsager: To some.

Annie Meehan – CSP: sorry about that didn’t.

Annie Meehan – CSP: happen, no happiness.

Annie Meehan – CSP: yeah make a list look for.

David Horsager: ice cream that’s that’s right on the top of the happiness list.

Annie Meehan – CSP: But happy you’re reminding me to I used to have two girlfriends growing up, and we would go to lake Harriet.

Annie Meehan – CSP: You ever get a half gallon of ice cream in three schools.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And we would solve all the world’s problems even our half gallon of ice cream setting because it was cheaper to buy the half gallon than an ice cream Cone so we.

David Horsager: There you go.

David Horsager: yeah so happiness, how do we bring that into our culture’s and companies.

Annie Meehan – CSP: yeah I think I mean, I think we create a space to be happy we talked about it, we ask what makes you happy and honestly I always think about that, when we’re thinking about appreciating people ask.

Annie Meehan – CSP: know how do you want to be appreciated I love the five love languages books.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Because if you keep loving someone with gifts they don’t care about gifts, then they don’t feel loved but if they want a word of encouragement or appreciation or.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Recognition, then, then you love them that way, or maybe they just want you to sit and listen to him, I think people can feel.

Annie Meehan – CSP: I mean honestly David I always go back to I think one of the sweetest things that you can give another human is to really listen to them.

Annie Meehan – CSP: To spend that time to not be in a rush, and I think in the workplace, there are so many people wearing headphones we don’t know each other.

Annie Meehan – CSP: we’re not talking and listening, I think that brings happiness, because you feel connected you feel part of something bigger than yourself, you feel part of that community and.

Annie Meehan – CSP: You feel like you’re making a difference in the world like for me when I get hired sometimes HR directors will say don’t get people so excited they want to quit me and i’m like Okay, but if they’re miserable here and they leave they should have left anyway.

Annie Meehan – CSP: find somebody that wants to be here you don’t want someone miserable every day because it affects the whole culture right.

Annie Meehan – CSP: that’s what was going to say is like tigger I bring that joy in people like, why are you smiling, why are you happy i’m like because I choose to be doesn’t mean life isn’t hard for me, are the current challenges.

Annie Meehan – CSP: or adversity, I think about how can I be happy today, how can I look for the sunshine, in the midst of a rainy day or a struggle or a stress and I also think, words are really powerful.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And I think that when we use negative words or speak out of fear alive.

Annie Meehan – CSP: That can make people feel anxious and unhappy, and when we start speaking about yeah it’s a challenging day but you know what I think is going to happen, you know what i’m looking forward to, I think it can bring happiness to relieve anxiety.

David Horsager: Great Well that is exciting i’m excited about that work H3 culture work that you’re doing there’s.

David Horsager: there’s a whole lot more to that I want to jump over to and we’re not going to get into it, but people can find.

David Horsager: The be the exception book pineapple principle and and these other books we’re going to give you exactly where to find all of that, but I do want to step on one thing more step on because you have seven steps right to.

David Horsager: To be the exception and i’ll walk through them, because you talk about them, you can talk to them for a long time, be honest be open be healthy be flexible, be gentle with your story which I think is powerful Be courageous be authentic.

David Horsager: One thing I think would be a takeaway for those here today is, you made a comment on.

David Horsager: One time when I heard you speak, which was you know be grateful, have a gratitude journal that’s great, and we know that’s good, but you said on the back, page of that gratitude journal you write something else that might even do more good tell us about it.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Well, I think that being grateful gives you a good life but being generous gives you a great life.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And I know when I look back over my life, and in fact my speaker mastermind would tease me why, who is helping people, why do you.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And they say oh that must be because all the people that helped me me and one Luis Griffith who, so why said, you know no it’s because of the people that didn’t help me.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And what I recognize is a power in helping another person, no matter how hard life is no matter what you struggle is when I get a serve another person, it is such a privilege to be at a place in my life.

Annie Meehan – CSP: We just buried my father in law last weekend and the last week and and the presents what what’s your father in law’s.

Annie Meehan – CSP: fate statement and there was discussion around it, but I went home and I told my husband right away my faith statement, as I am blessed to be a blessing.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And that’s what I think about that’s what keeps me grounded and happy is that.

Annie Meehan – CSP: I have been blessed more than I ever dreamed of as a young person so every day that I get to be above ground and serve another well that’s when I go from a good life to a great life.

Annie Meehan – CSP: that’s when I started living fully enjoy it and, like oh my gosh I hope a person i’m blessed enough to be overflowing and blessing others so that’s my joy.

David Horsager: i’m blessed to be a blessing.

David Horsager: I don’t think we can get much better than that we could talk a lot longer but i’m blessed to be a blessing and a whole lot more about the H3 culture.

David Horsager: from someone who is an exception thanks for sharing today i’ve got one more question for you Andy but before I do where can everybody find out about you, your books and the work you’re doing.

Annie Meehan – CSP: yeah I try to make it easy as possible, so it’s just me me, and if you Google me that will bring you to my website, which will bring in my books and my online course.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And all the good work that I get to do in the world and, as I say to you i’m blessed to be a blessing, I also had the privilege of speaking at the gold star.

Annie Meehan – CSP: weekend where all these families had last one in the military so many young and so much heartbreak and what I was saying to them you just reminded me is that I said yes and every day.

Annie Meehan – CSP: There is beauty, if we look for but there’s also suffering, but if we serve.

Annie Meehan – CSP: It takes that beauty and that suffering and makes it have meaning to serve another person I think that’s that generosity piece day, but I just think.

Annie Meehan – CSP: view every day I get up I look for beauty, I know there might be a struggle and suffering, but who can I serve and and like you say every day that we get a speak.

Annie Meehan – CSP: We get a touch another person’s life, you get to walk alongside a leader.

Annie Meehan – CSP: You are serving and you’re making it more than about yourself you’re taking the tools and the wisdom and research, you have.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And you’re touching another life blessing and impact and I that’s why I have so much respect for you and the work you’re doing because it matters it’s about getting out of ourselves.

David Horsager: here’s the assignment for tomorrow.

David Horsager: Okay, looking out for you, for everybody listening.

David Horsager: Okay, look for beauty.

David Horsager: And look for a place to serve.

David Horsager: love it.

David Horsager: Well it’s the trusted leader show me tell me about one leader you trust and why.

Annie Meehan – CSP: I was thinking about that question and growing up as adversely as I did, trust is really hard for me.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And it was a hard question I was like who do I trust you I trust in one that’s an interesting question.

Annie Meehan – CSP: I trust God my faith is the most important thing in the world, I prayed for a miracle yesterday not exactly sure if it worked out, but i’m always trusting that his wills better than mine.

Annie Meehan – CSP: You know I really trust, as I thought about this is, I trust my husband.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And I know that is a privilege that not every person can say that they trust their spouse, but my husband Greg always has my best interest in mind.

Annie Meehan – CSP: always looks out, for me it looks out for our children and he leads our family he leads, you know it’s my business, but he does want my contracts, he deals with all the money, and I trust that he’s always gonna.

Annie Meehan – CSP: Make sure that i’m taking care of him that you know my clients value me and and I don’t know I just thought.

Annie Meehan – CSP: And i’ve never really thought of it in that term it’s emotional, for me, so I think I really trust my husband like he always is like you’ve got this amazing please don’t stop the world needs, you and I, I love that I trust him.

Annie Meehan – CSP: He honors and respects me he’s in my greatest encourager I think that’s the Leader that I trust the most he leads our family leads our kids.

Annie Meehan – CSP: yeah and he leaves my business in some ways, though i’m the boss so.

David Horsager: don’t forget it.

David Horsager: Well, we know Greg and love Greg what an example.

David Horsager: Lots more to say enemy hand thanks for all your great work in the world, thanks for being a friend until next time that’s the trusted leader show stay trusted.

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