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The longest-running podcast on the medium of Colored Pencil. Bringing you Inspiration and innovation in the ever-changing world of colored pencil since 2015. We discuss tips, techniques, shortcuts, and all the nitty-gritty of this medium that we love so much. We interview the very best artists working in colored pencil today. Raw-cut, early-release, and ad-free video interview versions are available to Members Circle, part of the Monthly Sharpener community.
 
What makes this show different from the other Christian/Gospel shows, we aren't afraid to discuss real-world topics. With a fun, witty, and upbeat style. A place for the up and coming Gospel artist. Playing what's new and the best gospel music around. Catch the Straight Talk with Riccardo Montgomery Podcast weekly on Spotify, Google Play Music, iTunes, iHeart Radio, and Castbox. Special thanks to the Podcast sponsors please support the friends that support us, go to their websites. Only for ...
 
Speaker, author, and artist, Izolda Trakhtenberg, brings you interviews with peak performing innovators in the creative, social impact, and vegan spaces so that you can learn how to supercharge your ingenuity to build the purposeful work and life you deserve. She also brings a NASA Master Trainer’s skill set and strategies as she explores innovations of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Discover the methods to start and grow your creative practice so you can sharpen your ingenuity and innovati ...
 
Learn from stylist, educator, Paul Mitchell Focus salon owner and entrepreneur Sonny D as he shares insights into the business of the beauty industry. Every stylist needs to be part artist part entrepreneur and this is where you can come sharpen your skills. Here we will hack topics like finance, growing a business, being an owner, and much more.
 
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We're back with a fresh new season and more inspiration, innovation, and everything you want to know about this medium that we love so much! For all the links, references, and resources head over to www.sharpenedartist.com/podcast Want to get the video podcast early? For early release, rough-cut, and ad-free video versions of the show join the Memb…
 
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 - The North Dakota Department of Commerce is inviting communities to apply for the “Artists on Main Street” program, which offers technical assistance and funding for local art projects. Each year a different community is selected. The first of the 5 planned grants went to Bowman last year. Special contributor Brandi Malarke…
 
Die By The Sword, Book 1 in the Cassie Belmont Tarot Reader Mysteries series has been released! I'm thrilled to announce the release of Die By The Sword. But writing and releasing a book is not a solo affair. Many people take part. Listen in as I go over the writing, editing, and publishing process. Cover model: Miranda Roldán Cover Designer: Magda…
 
Monday, August 8, 2022 - We begin with comments from the public about former Main Street host Doug Hamilton, who passed away last Friday. Then Carrie Wintersteen, the executive director of Theatre B shares a heart-felt essay about Doug, an exceptional actor and an exceptional person. ~~~ We also talk about Doug with Bill Thomas, Prairie Public dire…
 
Is branded entertainment the last, best hope of the artist? Zachary Slingsby is a writer, short film creator, and founder of Human Factor Media, an award-winning branded storytelling company that has worked with leading brands and publishers to create videos people actually want to watch. Zack graduated from Fordham University, received his MFA fro…
 
This week on Straight Talk with Riccardo Montgomery, What makes this show different from the other Christian/Gospel shows, we aren't afraid to discuss real-world topics with a fun, witty, and upbeat style. A place for the up-and-coming Gospel artists to discuss their music and break down the great music you hear. Catch the Straight Talk with Riccar…
 
Friday, August 5, 2022 - Ashley remembers our co-worker, Doug Hamilton, who passed away this day. ~~~ D.J. Vanas is a member of the Ottawa Tribe of Michigan and a former US Air Force officer. He’s also the author of “The Warrior Within: Own Your Power to Serve Fight, Protect, and Heal.” ~~~ Speaking of the warrior tradition, one of the three North …
 
Thursday, August 4, 2022 - Laurel Reuter is the former director of the North Dakota Museum of Art. She visits with Bill Thomas about her career. ~~~ Tom Isern has this week’s Plains Folk essay, “A Boys Lament.” ~~~ Sue Balcom is here for Main Street Eats to discuss ways to use dill seed and dill weed.…
 
Wednesday, August 3, 2022 - Intern Nick Rommel explores the State Bank of North Dakota’s role in supporting the state’s small banks and the communities they serve. ~~~ Prairie Pulse host John Harris visits with Donald Johnson, associate professor of history at NDSU, the author of “Occupied America: British Military Rule and the Experience of Revolu…
 
Tuesday, August 2, 2022 - Tim Giago, the Lakota journalist, author, publisher, veteran, entrepreneur and activist passed away last week. He was 88. He left quite a legacy, an inspiration for Indigenous journalists. Alicia Hegland-Thorpe shares a remembrance. ~~~ We also share a profile of Lydia Sage Chase of the MHA Nation, and a 2021 inductee into…
 
Can a Multi-faceted Entrepreneur Really Succeed? Conventional wisdom has said that if you are to succeed as either a creative and/or an entrepreneur that you have drill down to the one thing and do that one thing exclusively. But recently, more people have broken out of the mold and embraced being multi-faceted. Like a gorgeous gem, you have many f…
 
Monday, August 1, 2022 - For a woman traveling without her husband in the late nineteenth century, there was only one reason to take the train all the way to North or South Dakota. These new states on the frontier offered a tempting freedom: divorce. We visit with April White, author of “The Divorce Colony: How Women Revolutionized Marriage and Fou…
 
Mogul Productions is Innovating How We Make, Fund, and Distribute Movies in the NFT, Web3 Space Jake Fraser is the Head of Business Development at Mogul Productions, a DecentralizedFinance and NFT marketplace platform for the film and entertainment industry. Jake has over 10 years of experience across a variety of industries such as sport, entertai…
 
Friday, July 29, 2022 - Lots to talk about on this month’s Journalists Roundtable. Along with news director Dave Thompson, we’re joined by special guests Dave Kolpack of the Associated Press; reporter Charles Crain of the Minot Daily News; and Hope Sisk of KFYR TV. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Nope.” It should be fun to hear about this “new kind of bloc…
 
Thursday, July 28, 2022 - Judy Pickett is a Nexstar Media Woman of the Year for 2021, a cancer survivor, a teacher, and founded the Pink Ribbon Running Club. Judy started the club in 1998 with a goal to run 100 races benefiting breast cancer research. To date, she has run over 158, with over 2.5 million fellow runners, including 305,000 breast canc…
 
It's counterintuitive to succeed through failing, but it works. If you want to learn more about how you can do it, I have a few intuitive coaching slots left in August. Book a Discovery Call Answering a Question? We’d love to hear from you! Leave Us A Voicemail (and yours might get picked to be in an episode) This episode is brought to you by Brain…
 
Wednesday, July 27, 2022 - Fictional spy Jason Bourne is back with new threats on his life. We visit with author Brian Freeman about The Bourne Sacrifice. ~~~ NDSU history professor has this week’s Plains Folk essay, “Just the Place for Me.” ~~~ We share an excerpt from this Sunday’s Prairie Public Presents, which features writer Jill Kandel, autho…
 
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 - Ashley pays a visit to the edible forest, which features 21 species of trees with 70 cultivars. It’s part of the Northern Plains Botanic Gardens in Fargo. ~~~ Plants do a lot for us, from providing food to purifying air. On July 27th, we’re encouraged to show them a little love for National Take Your Houseplants Out for a W…
 
A Lakota language and culture revitalization project is underway at a recording studio in Bismarck. Songs recorded more than a century ago are now being used to teach language and culture to Standing Rock Tribal members by re-recording them in a new and contemporary setting. Alicia Hegland-Thorpe has the story.…
 
What We Need to Unlearn to Innovate with Experience Designer Jaci Badzin Jaci is an Experience Designer and Business Futurist, She’s created global brand experiences for NIKE , Google Events, and YouTube. As the co-founder of TechTable Summit, Jaci has brought together the most forward-thinking minds in hospitality, tech and investment to reimagine…
 
What makes this show different from the other Christian/Gospel shows, we aren't afraid to discuss real-world topics with a fun, witty, and upbeat style. A place for the up-and-coming Gospel artists to discuss their music and break down the great music you hear. Catch the Straight Talk with Riccardo Montgomery Podcast weekly on Spotify, Google Play …
 
Friday, July 22, 2022 - A Lakota language and culture revitalization project is underway at a recording studio in Bismarck. Songs recorded more than a century ago are now being used to teach language and culture to Standing Rock Tribal members by re-recording them in a new and contemporary setting. Alicia Hegland-Thorpe has the story. ~~~ Native Am…
 
Thursday, July 21, 2022 - Scotty Schlepp is kind of a renaissance man in Ashley, North Dakota. He renovated the loft of his barn into a playhouse and has been putting on shows since 2009. This year’s play is "Sagebrush Sidekicks," a story about a bunch of simple cowboys applying to be a sidekick for a mysterious western "legend." Scotty joins us to…
 
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - VA Medical Centers and clinics help identify innovative therapies, practices and policies. In this excerpt from the Conversations on Health Care podcast, we hear from Dr. Ryan Vega, who leads Innovation Ecosystem within the Veterans Health Administration. ~~~ Tom Isern bemoans this year’s poor Juneberry crop in this week’…
 
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - Jackie Stebbins of Bismarck is the author of Unwillable: A Journey to Reclaim My Brain. It’s the story of her battle with autoimmune encephalitis, a rare brain illness. ~~~ Capitol Shakespeare is presenting the Merry Wives of Windsor, and they’re setting it in the 1950s! Here to tell us about it is artistic director Erin We…
 
We're back with a fresh new season and more inspiration, innovation, and everything you want to know about this medium that we love so much! For all the links, references, and resources head over to www.sharpenedartist.com/podcast Want to get the video podcast early? For early release, rough-cut, and ad-free video versions of the show join the Memb…
 
And what can we do about it? Connect with me. Book a Discovery Call Answering a Question? I’d love to hear from you! Leave Me A Voicemail (and yours might get picked to be in an episode) This episode is brought to you by Brain.fm. I love and use brain.fm! It combines music and neuroscience to help me focus, meditate, and even sleep! Because you lis…
 
Monday, July 18, 2022 - “Reflections of a Psychiatrist” is a collection of essays from long-time North Dakota practitioner Zelko Leon. It’s a rich exploration of everything from the importance of relationships to the impact of emotional states on life and health. He visits with guest interviewer Carol Kapaun Ratchenski. ~~~ TellTale: Dakota Folklif…
 
How to Have a Successful Business Without Getting Stuck in a Traditionally Capitalist Paradigm Laura Hartley is an activist, writer, and founder of an online school for changemakers—empowering forward-thinking business leaders on how to live their most meaningful lives while simultaneously creating their deepest impact. She teaches ways to grow a b…
 
This week on Straight Talk with Riccardo Montgomery, We are The Gospel Music Showcase that happened at the Detox Lounge in Omaha NE. We are also talking to Carnel Davis Jr. who’s in Atlanta GA for the Stellars performing he discusses the challenges independent Gospel Artist faces. Get his new song Lilly in the Valley on July 22nd. What makes this s…
 
What do you need to say and how do you need to say it so you and your words are valued and valuable? Connect with me. Book a Discovery Call Answering a Question? I’d love to hear from you! Leave Me A Voicemail (and yours might get picked to be in an episode) This episode is brought to you by Brain.fm. I love and use brain.fm! It combines music and …
 
If you want to get thoughtful, articulate answers to your questions, you have to ask better questions. Learn the secrets to great question-asking so you get the answers you need in meetings, interviews, conversations, and presentations. Connect with me. Book a Discovery Call Answering a Question? I’d love to hear from you! Leave Me A Voicemail (and…
 
Why is it important to be a good speaker? If you want to interact and communicate successfully, you need some basic skills. Connect with me. Book a Discovery Call Answering a Question? I’d love to hear from you! Leave Me A Voicemail (and yours might get picked to be in an episode) This episode is brought to you by Brain.fm. I love and use brain.fm!…
 
Sales Industry Leader, Jillian Murphy, on How Creatives and Entrepreneurs Can Sell Without Feeling or Being Sales-y This episode is full of incredible techniques on how to shape your message and marketing so sales becomes something that's easy, breezy, and full of truth. This is a slightly different episode for this show, but I think this guest bri…
 
Gospel Music Showcase This week on Straight Talk with Riccardo Montgomery, We are at Divine Truth Christian Store discussing The Gospel Music Showcase. What makes this show different from the other Christian/Gospel shows, we aren't afraid to discuss real-world topics with a fun, witty, and upbeat style. A place for the up-and-coming Gospel artists …
 
How to Improve Doctor-Patient Interactions Through Better Communication People going to the doctor often worry or have at least some anxiety around it. A doctor can ease their fears with just a few small tweaks to their communication style. Connect with me. Book a Discovery Call Answering a Question? I’d love to hear from you! Leave Me A Voicemail …
 
This simple technique will help you hear and listen better. It will also improve your ability to focus, if you apply it correctly. Connect with me. Book a Discovery Call Answering a Question? I’d love to hear from you! Leave Me A Voicemail (and yours might get picked to be in an episode) This episode is brought to you by Brain.fm. I love and use br…
 
Recognize the signs of anxiety around communication so you can speak and interact with confidence. In this episode, get useful and effective techniques on how to deal with your anxiety around speaking up and having your say. Connect with me. Book a Discovery Call Answering a Question? I’d love to hear from you! Leave Me A Voicemail (and yours might…
 
How to interact successfully with the people in your life regardless of your relationship with them You communicate differently with a boss than you do with a spouse. What are the best ways to listen, speak, and still interact successfully with the various people in your life? Connect with me. Book a Discovery Call Answering a Question? I’d love to…
 
Have you ever thought about starting a non-profit so you can do the good work you want to do? Christian LeFer, founder and CEO of InstantNonprofit is here to talk about the why's, the wherefore's and the how's of starting a non profit. Christian LeFer empowers others to "be the change they want to see" at his company InstantNonprofit. He believes y…
 
The Politics of Faith This week on Straight Talk with Riccardo Montgomery, We are at Divine Truth Christian Store discussing Politics and Jesus. Joining me on this show will be the Pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church Cedric L. Perkins. We Break down how we as Christians leave politics out of our teachings of Jesus and discuss the great musical history…
 
How to Use TikTok if you're an entrepreneur or a creative and you're just starting out Have you been avoiding TikTok because it's for young people, or you don't know how to use it even though it has over a billion active users? Then today's episode is for you. I've broken and detailed how I'm doing it. I just joined. I've done a bunch of research, …
 
What to do when there's no communication common ground Sometimes, despite your best efforts, communication fails. For example, the person you're trying to communicate with devolves into screaming within the first sentence. When this happens, when they threaten to turn violent, you have to realize, normal techniques of communication won't work. In t…
 
A fun, light-hearted and unexpected technique will make you a person people want to talk to. Every time I use this technique I surprise and delight people. It works. It'll people want to talk with you far longer than before because you'll be taking about something unusual that they already love. Connect with me. Book a Discovery Call Answering a Qu…
 
What are the causes of the fear of using your voice?How can you handle those fears? Join me as I explore the topic and give you ideas and techniques on how to release your fears of speaking up. And remember if you'd like to work with me to boost your confidence in communicating or creativity, book a complimentary discovery call below. Connect with …
 
Bill Small Says Small Business Owners Need Mindfulness Too Bill Small is the owner of Artist Mind. For over 20 years, he’s been helping people become the best versions of themselves. Bill draws on his experience as a musician, entrepreneur, business coach, and co-host of The Subtle Art of Yelling. In 2016 Bill created Artist Mind Inc. to make coach…
 
This week on Straight Talk with Riccardo Montgomery, We are back at Divine Truth Christian Store discussing workouts and Jesus’s love for you. Joining me on this show is Brad Boutwell with F3 Omaha a worship Men’s group that works out your body and spirit. Also, joining Straight Talk will be Pastor Keith West and Pastor Lance Burch with Reality Chu…
 
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