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Conversations with the Inspiring Natalie Phillips

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalie Phillips.

Natalie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up as an island girl in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. I am a wife of one – a Strength and Conditioning coach at Colorado State University and a mother of two – a son, age 15 and a daughter, age 12.

I started my journey working towards my Doctorate degree in Audiology and have a practice in Fort Collins, Colorado with a physician at Advanced Otolaryngology and Audiology. For the past 24 years, I continue to work as an Audiologist and see patients to evaluate and treat hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus, and sound sensitivity. I have enjoyed speaking at conventions, teaching courses, being involved in our organizations at the state and national level, as well as traveled to serve in hearing missions in India, Peru, Guyana, Mexico, and even within the United States. As a practice, we continue to look for ways to improve and engage with our patients and colleagues and host a weekly Facebook Live show, called All Things AuD.

After about 15 years of working in my medical and health industry and field, I knew it wasn’t enough for me. In addition to building my practice, I became a Global Ambassador for a women’s entrepreneurial group and instead of being torn down by other women, I entered into a world of incredible collaborative and supportive women who encouraged me to act on my ideas, passions, and experience, which further led me to grow my own business and to be confident that I am NOT “just” one thing, but can be many things and work with others to create a bigger impact.

Connect4Excellence was soon born and I am able to help people like me who may have an idea but do not know how to take action, connect to their vision, connect to others on a bigger scale through social media, connect at events, and also connect their mindset to give back to others and make philanthropy a part of their business model. I especially enjoy using technology and social media to reach and engage with people we would never have been able to years ago to learn and move forward in this world together. I also host a weekly Facebook Live show called Just Connect, that allows me to network and chat with consumers, entrepreneurs, and business owners to connect audiences to learn from each other.

My podcast, Connecting A Better World, was an idea to be able to learn about people doing good in this world and to be able to broadcast it to introduce people and spark interest in something they can do or to get involved with what my guest may be doing. I am also currently co-authoring a book that will be released this year that talks about the importance of taking action to obtain successful results and transformation through accountability and commitment.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely has NOT been a smooth road. Unfortunately, one of the biggest struggles along the way was and is fighting the imposter syndrome. I equate it to our understanding and belief in vampires. Are they real or fictional? Do they come and attack us in the night? How do we fight against the internal and external vampires that are sucking the life and energy out of us?

Internal vampires and the imposter syndrome are things that we feed ourselves… I am not good enough. I am not smart enough. I am not beautiful enough. I am not HER. I did not get my degree in this. Therefore, I am not an expert. External vampires are the people and environments we keep ourselves in that do not align with our core values and beliefs, but we do so anyway for many reasons. For the belief that things and people will change. For the obligation. For staying in our comfort zone.

I have been through it all. The BEST advice is to know your core values and beliefs. Once you are cognizant of these, decisions become easier because if it does not align with your values and beliefs, you need to walk away. Then, be VERY smart about the people you have around you. Some may look like they have your best interest at heart, but they are near you for your energy, or your ideas, or your audience. The GOOD relationships are the ones that once again align with your core values and beliefs, incorporate a give and take mentality, and that are based on honesty and accountability.

what should we know about Connect4Excellence? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I enjoy connecting with people and connecting people to people. I love hearing stories and the journey of entrepreneurship and business. I am able to help start-ups and entrepreneurs or companies that may be “stuck” to see their vision and culture in order to share it with others. I use social media, video, and technology as a way to connect through my live shows, my podcast, and it also fuels my ability to help businesses connect to their audience.

My story of being an Audiologist first allows me to understand and identify communication breakdowns in order to connect individuals to each other and now with Connect4Excellence to connect businesses to a brand. I also enjoy weaving philanthropy and giving back into a business and am able to visualize and create customized options to implement within a business plan.

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
Apps: Over – I can sit anywhere and make graphics for my posts for my businesses – while I am waiting for kids, at basketball games, etc.

Books: Start with Why – Simon Sinek, Three Feet From Gold – Sharon Lechter and Greg Reid, Trust Works – Ken Blanchard, The Confidence Code – Katty Kay & Claire Shipman, Emotional Intelligence 2.0 – Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves.

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Sonja Wilkinson
Mark McCarthy
Brittany Pulver

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