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Latest Episode6/22/2022

The Power of Being Yourself with Nav Singh (Nav the Poet)

Ep. 644
This week, Tayo welcomes TikToker, public speaker, and poet, Nav Singh, to the podcast to talk about his career, the world of poetry, and Sikhism. Nav opens up the episode by recalling his first time performing his poetry and just how life changing this moment was, as he fell in love with poetry and began to perform his own more often. While this experience helped teach him to have a 'thick skin', it wasn’t until he joined TikTok, that he learned how to deal with online hate and opinions. Nav doesn’t let this get to him though. He’s doing what he loves, and he’s grateful for that opportunity in the first place.He and Tayo go on to talk about the importance of following your flame - after all, Nav would find it more difficult to bear the brunt of online hatred if he wasn’t so passionate about what he has to say on TikTok. Now, he’s learned to handle online hate with grace. That’s not to say, however, that Nav doesn’t receive positive feedback; he does and overwhelmingly so. In fact, he closes out today’s episode by talking about the power of sharing with others. After all, one of the most beautiful things he gets to experience as a poet and TikToker is the unique moment where people share their vulnerable stories because he was willing to do the same with them.The Finer Details of This Episode:Joining the world of poetry The first time Nav performed his poetry Dealing with what other people think Sharing his Sikh faith on TikTok Following your flame Handling online hate The importance of critical thinkingLinks:Connect with Nav:Nav's TikTokRooted in Sikh PodcastConnect with Tayo Rockson and the As Told By Nomads Podcast:Tayo's WebsiteTayo on LinkedInTayo on TwitterTayo on YouTubeTayo on TikTokAs Told by Nomads PodcastUYD ManagementUYD Collective
6/22/2022

The Power of Being Yourself with Nav Singh (Nav the Poet)

Ep. 644
This week, Tayo welcomes TikToker, public speaker, and poet, Nav Singh, to the podcast to talk about his career, the world of poetry, and Sikhism. Nav opens up the episode by recalling his first time performing his poetry and just how life changing this moment was, as he fell in love with poetry and began to perform his own more often. While this experience helped teach him to have a 'thick skin', it wasn’t until he joined TikTok, that he learned how to deal with online hate and opinions. Nav doesn’t let this get to him though. He’s doing what he loves, and he’s grateful for that opportunity in the first place.He and Tayo go on to talk about the importance of following your flame - after all, Nav would find it more difficult to bear the brunt of online hatred if he wasn’t so passionate about what he has to say on TikTok. Now, he’s learned to handle online hate with grace. That’s not to say, however, that Nav doesn’t receive positive feedback; he does and overwhelmingly so. In fact, he closes out today’s episode by talking about the power of sharing with others. After all, one of the most beautiful things he gets to experience as a poet and TikToker is the unique moment where people share their vulnerable stories because he was willing to do the same with them.The Finer Details of This Episode:Joining the world of poetry The first time Nav performed his poetry Dealing with what other people think Sharing his Sikh faith on TikTok Following your flame Handling online hate The importance of critical thinkingLinks:Connect with Nav:Nav's TikTokRooted in Sikh PodcastConnect with Tayo Rockson and the As Told By Nomads Podcast:Tayo's WebsiteTayo on LinkedInTayo on TwitterTayo on YouTubeTayo on TikTokAs Told by Nomads PodcastUYD ManagementUYD Collective
6/15/2022

Creating a Platform for Change with Levert Blount

Ep. 643
Today, Tayo engages in a truly fascinating conversation with guest, Levert Blount, regarding Levert’s experience of losing everything to natural disaster and rebounding with his newly launched TikTok career which has already garnered him 600,000 followers. Levert opens up the episode by talking about growing up in a big family, how he learned to display love through food, and how it wasn’t until the hurricanes hit Southwest Louisiana in 2020 that his life changed forever. Having lost everything - his home, his job, and everything he knew to be normal - Levert started over living in a hotel and deciding to create a TikTok account that brings to light racial injustice and the hoax that is the American Dream, which has just taken off incredibly. Bearing the brunt of racism in his daily life, Levert took to TikTok to talk about internalizing white supremacy, racism, and bringing its systemic nature to light to enact genuine change. In a country that’s built upon, and continues to take advantage of cheap/free labor and discrimination, the change must start with us. Levert goes on to thank God for his joyous disposition, and explains that he always found joy in the little things, and that’s what’s sustained him on this unique journey. He closes out the episode by urging the audience to create change of their own by finding their own gifts. No one can do you quite like you, so do you and do it well - there’s a world out there that needs you, just as much as it needs men like Levert Blount.The Finer Details of This Episode:Growing up with a big family Showing love through food Losing everything to natural disaster Levert’s TikTok success Living between landfills Internalizing white supremacy and racism The American Dream Finding joy in the little things Enacting change Finding your giftLinks:Connect with Levert Blount:TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@levertthebassmanFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/levertbEmail - vertthebassman@gmail.comCashapp - $Levertbhttps://www.instagram.com/levertthebassman/Connect with Tayo Rockson and the As Told By Nomads Podcast:Tayo's WebsiteTayo on LinkedInTayo on TwitterTayo on YouTubeTayo on TikTokAs Told by Nomads PodcastUYD ManagementUYD Collective
6/8/2022

Failing Your Way to Success Through Improv with Erin Diehl

Ep. 642
On today’s episode of the As Told By Nomads podcast, Tayo chats with Erin Diehl, the founder and CEO of a professional development company, a recovering perfectionist, and a podcast host on her own show, Improve It!Together, they kick off the episode by talking about Erin's love for entertainment, how it blossomed at a young age, and how it wasn’t until COVID that she found her true calling: making people laugh online and over Zoom.She recalls sleepless nights working on improv sets with her team, and goes on to remember bygone days when she suffered from being a perfectionist.Since starting meditation and learning to let go, her love for her business has only grown.As a self proclaimed recovering perfectionist, Diehl has finally come to understand how and why failure is so vital to our personal progress.She notes how helpful improv was to this journey, and that since failure is inevitable, it’s best to embrace it much as she has done with her genius brainchild, Laugh Break. Corporate clients hire her and her team of improv studs to host a 30-60 minute Laugh Break during a meeting over Zoom, where her goal is to make our virtual realities a little bit more enjoyable.Both Tayo and Erin close out the episode with a final note on knowing your worth - after all, life gets really good when we start to appreciate how wonderful we are.The Finer Details of This Episode:Erin’s love for entertainment at a young ageCOVID’s effect on her live performancesSleepless nights working on improvLife as a recovering perfectionistMeditation and learning to let goWhy failure is vital for growthImprov practicesContributing to positive energyFeeling comfortable working from homeLaugh breaksKnowing your worthLinks:Connect with Erin Diehl on:Improve It! podcastImprove It! HomepageErin Diehl on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keepinitrealdiehl/Improve It! on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/learntoimproveit/Connect with Tayo Rockson and the As Told By Nomads Podcast:Tayo's WebsiteTayo on LinkedInTayo on TwitterTayo on YouTubeTayo on TikTokAs Told by Nomads PodcastUYD ManagementUYD Collective
6/1/2022

How to Bullyproof the World with Rob Fazio

Ep. 641
Today, Rob Fazio enjoys yet another warm welcome to the As Told By Nomads podcast. Specializing in global leadership and success as a Partner at Onpoint Advising, Rob talks to Tayo today about his upcoming book Bully Proof, a how to guide on influencing alphas and wielding strength in professional settings. The two open up the conversation by discussing Cancel Culture and its toxicity, and how, in a world in which views and opinions become more and more polarized each day, it’s beneficial to start honing these skills of influence and power. In response to the rise of polarization and bullying, Rob has created a variety of acronyms in his book that include tips about empathy and alignment, strength and plans, and obstacles and outcomes.Both Rob and Tayo concede that it isn’t an easy task to adopt a new behavior, especially one that feels unnatural, and that it can be hard to find strength in a situation you previously surrendered to. There is, however, great growth in discomfort, and to harness this growth, we need to do away with toxic positivity, values of convenience, objects of instant gratification, and reactionary thinking. We also need to embrace change and fight with our power from within. These two good friends close out today’s episode by referencing the value in critical thinking, and how we need to start interpreting the world around us through our own lenses, rather than adhering to the narrative that society tells us to believe. Once we make this happen, we will not only find more strength in ourselves, but we will open our heads and hearts to those of others, and maybe, just maybe, learn a thing or two.The Finer Details of This Episode:The toxicity of Cancel CultureValues of convenienceResponding to bulliesDEALSLearning new behaviorsDefining an alphaWhy there’s growth in discomfortThe choice between reaction and responseWOOP and HOWToxic positivityThe problem with instant gratificationThe value in critical thinkingLinks:Connect with Rob Fazio:Website: https://onpointadvising.com/Book link: https://onpointadvising.com/bullyproof/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robfazio/Connect with Tayo Rockson and the As Told By Nomads Podcast on:Tayo's WebsiteTayo on LinkedInTayo on TwitterTayo on YouTubeTayo on TikTokAs Told by Nomads PodcastUYD ManagementUYD Collective
5/25/2022

How to Develop Generational Wealth in the Black and Latinx Communities with Ryan Glover

Ep. 640
Tayo is honored to welcome Ryan Glover, founder of the Greenwood digital banking platform, to today’s podcast. A veteran in the entrepreneurship space, and a strong believer in charity, Ryan believes that his ability to problem solve combined with his passion for the Black community has granted him success across such diverse career pursuits. With a unique and rather varied resume, he’s used his experiences to found Greenwood, a digital banking platform for the Black community that seeks to mitigate the generational wealth gap. Taking obvious inspiration from the Black Wall Street in Tulsa, OK in the ‘20s, he wants to encourage wealth circulation through this banking platform.Ryan argues that the key to solving the generational wealth gap is a conglomeration of kind, intelligent individuals who are willing to create and engage with institutions that have Black excellence at heart. That’s why, he says, that he likes to surround himself with individuals smarter than him; after all, that’s arguably the only way to improve. He goes on to discuss the inherent value in learning from others. In fact, he owes a lot of Greenwood’s success and the platform’s extensive waitlist to the hard work of others. He closes out this episode by reminding the audience that in following his dreams and giving back to his community, there were just as many downs as ups– if not more. So try not to get discouraged when things don’t go according to plan - even the greats suffer from minor and major hiccups sometimes.The Finer Details of This Episode:The Greenwood banking platformWorking in the production industryWhy repetition is the secret to successThe history of Black Wall StreetHow to solve the generational wealth gapThe value in learning from othersGreenwood’s extensive waitlistTaking the downs with the upsLinks:Connect with Ryan Glover and Greenwood on:Greenwood Digital BankingGreenwood on FacebookGreenwood on InstagramGreenwood LinktreeRyan Glover on InstagramRyan Glover on LinkedInConnect with Tayo Rockson and the As Told By Nomads Podcast on:Tayo's WebsiteTayo on LinkedInTayo on TwitterTayo on YouTubeTayo on TikTokAs Told by Nomads PodcastUYD ManagementUYD Collective
5/18/2022

The Art of Creating Events, Entertaining, and Inspiring Audiences with Ronny Leber

Ep. 639
Today, Tayo is joined by announcer and public speaker, Ronny Leber, to discuss the importance of finding one's passion, the importance of intention, and how, when it comes to finding that passion in the first place, we all must ask ourselves the right questions. This is a particularly timely conversation given that, in the wake of COVID-19, more people are quitting their jobs and reevaluating their passions and goals than ever. Ronny notes that he first found his passion in events that brought people together, and, naturally, he entered the world of sports to become an announcer.He goes on to discuss public speaking tips that are rather applicable to all walks of life. When people lose their stage presence, for example, it’s because they might not believe themselves to be enough. Perhaps they spoke rather quietly and monotonously for fear of being judged otherwise, but Ronny argues that believing we are worthy is the first step toward public speaking confidence and confidence in general. He and his wife record themselves daily reading aloud to practice variation of voice and increase their confidence. Ronny draws this episode to a rather fitting conclusion to discuss three important principles: focus, purpose, and action. When we hone and zero in on these three notions, Ronny believes that everything will fall into place - and quite frankly, for him, it has.The Finer Details of This Episode:Finding your passionAsking yourself the right questionsCareer fatigue during COVIDVariation of voice during public speakingWhy we are enoughRecording his readingsFocus, purpose, and actionMichael Jackson’s incredible stage presenceLinks:Website: https://www.ronnyleber.com/en/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ronnyleber/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ronnyleberTwitter: https://twitter.com/ronnyleberTwitch: https://www.twitch.tv/ronnyleberConnect with Tayo Rockson and the As Told By Nomads Podcast on:Personal Website: https://tayorockson.comUYD Management: https://uydmanagement.com/UYD Collective: https://tayorockson.com/uyd-collectiveLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tayorocksonPodcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcastTwitter: https://twitter.com/TayoRockson
5/11/2022

The Importance of Indian and South Asian Representation with Shiv Reddy

Ep. 638
Today, Tayo is joined by Shiv Reddy, a phenomenal cultural commentator, photographer, and an advocate for visual and cultural representation. She’s been taking photos for the past decade, but most of her current projects are commissioned for South Asian weddings and family portraits. Photography first enthralled her because it allowed her to enter a space that wasn’t intended for her. Given that South Asian individuals are rarely portrayed in Western media, as a photographer, Reddy aims to make each of her clients feel like the main character.Shiv’s passion for representation transcends photography, though. She’s taken to social media to engage with others about diversity in pop culture, and has become rather popular herself in doing so. She goes on to discuss the difference between visual representation and cultural representation in media and why we should always try to achieve the latter. In the media, minority stereotypes and relevant discriminatory undertones are unfortunately still prevalent, so she hopes that her social media creates a safe space for individuals to have discussions, feel seen, and be heard. Online, she often talks about pop culture phenomena and the unique experience of feeling ashamed of your own culture for fear of judgment from those around you. Shiv and Tayo draw this episode to a close by discussing Shiv’s media future, in which she’s ‘taking it one day at a time’.The Finer Details of This Episode:How Shiv started her photography careerWhat it’s like entering a space not designed for youThe importance of making clients feel like the main characterBridgerton’s inclusivityThe journey from visual representation to cultural representationIndia’s wide range of diversityAssimilating to American cultureShiv’s future in pop cultureLinks:Shiv’s TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZTdbHGUYY/Shiv’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/shivalry_incConnect with Tayo Rockson and the As Told By Nomads Podcast on:Personal Website: https://tayorockson.comUYD Management: https://uydmanagement.com/UYD Collective: https://tayorockson.com/uyd-collectiveLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tayorocksonPodcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcastTwitter: https://twitter.com/TayoRockson