Episode 181: Connection. A Key Ingredient For Coming Out – Alan Cohen

181_ShowImage_AlanCohen_061417Connections. It’s all about connections. Or is it about connecting the dots, or creating connections? The answer is yes, yes, and yes. Without connections, we don’t have compassion. Without connections we can’t understand our differences. And, without connections, you don’t get tickets to see Hamilton on Broadway, but that’s a different topic for a different podcast.

Truth is, how we connect to one another has huge impact on how people perceive us and our story as we come out of the closet…regardless of the closet we’re stepping through. The more we connect, the more understanding, sharing, compassion, and hopefully love will wash over all of us in our quest for acceptance.

Connection guru, fellow coach, and friend, Alan Cohen, joins me in The Coming Out Lounge today to explore the captivating world of connecting, one person and story at a time.

Show Highlights

  • We need to make room for people to make connections – Alan tells us how
  • This guest never felt he belonged because he was holding on to a secret…
  • The journey to and through connection is all about awareness!
  • There’s a lot more to Pride Month than celebrating
  • If you don’t enable it first, you’ll never connect with others!

Connect with Alan Cohen

For over three decades, Alan Cohen has helped C-Suite executives and other business leaders become their best future selves. First as a marketing expert, later a human resources consultant, and most recently as a transformative executive coach; Alan is the trusted advisor to those seeking to dream bigger and achieve more.

Prior to launching Alan Samuel Cohen Executive Coaching, Alan held several leadership positions at The Broadway League, MWW Public Relations, Scholastic Inc., Serino Coyne and Rogers and Cowan.

As a transformative executive coach, select clients include MetLife, OnDeck, Edelman Public Relations, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and The Child Defense Fund. In addition to individual coaching, he inspires already successful people through his books, motivational speeches, and workshops.

Alan is an accredited member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and one of only 2,500 Professional Certified Coaches in the world. He was a trainer for The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), and is certified in the Energy Leadership Assessment Tool and Myers-Briggs, and co-founded The Positivity Project, an initiative to create global optimism in the workplace. Publications include: Those Difficult Talks for PR Pros: How Best to Say What Needs to be Said to Clients, Colleagues and Employees and, coming later this year; The Connection Challenge: How Executives Create Power and Possibility in the Age of Distraction (Indie Books International).

He holds a BA in English and Theatre from Connecticut College, and an MBA from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business.  He also trained at the Applied Institute of Neuroscience, and Landmark Education. Alan lives in New York City.

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