Finding Your Voice as a Young Professional

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Today’s topic is about finding your voice. I think our generation is more inclined to want their voice to be “heard” than other generations.  We want to make an impact, whether that be on a local level or national scale. There are many ways to do that – and in a future episode, we will […]

Career Questions for the New Year

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Hey everybody, welcome back to the show. I’ve got a great episode, but first want to just tell you a little bit about this past year. I know it’s been a while since I had an episode released.  I appreciate your patience. I have been a little busy. I’m currently sitting here with my two-month […]

Programming for Success with Chris Bass

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“To Raise the Bar, we have to show that we are essential to our communities. Recreation Professionals have to tell our stories, and show that we make an impact. Parks and Recreation is key to the community because we save lives.” Chris Bass Tweet From developing program ideas, evaluating success, and managing teams, there’s so […]

6 Mistakes I’ve Made in My Parks & Recreation Career

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Mistakes I Made in My Parks & Recreation Career Oftentimes, we only hear the highlights of other people’s stories.  We hear how accomplished they are, how quickly they got there, and all their future aspirations.  Today, I wanted to share the mistakes that I’ve made throughout my career (thus far).  Looking back, there were a […]

NRPA Open Space Radio Interview

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This episode was posted on NRPA’s Website, head over there for more info!   “In this episode, we sit down with Becky Dunlap, a passionate park and recreation professional and advocate, to learn how she ended up in a career in the field she loves so much without even realizing it. Becky is a Certified […]

The Role of Power in Workplace Culture

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Being too good at your job can backfire.   Imagine that you’re a Recreation Supervisor and you’ve just hired a smart-as-a-whip marketing intern (let’s call her Amy) who suddenly ends up exceeding all expectations.  Next thing you know, she’s made friends with all the campers, created a new community event, and established a rockin’ presence on […]

Navigating Parks and Recreation as a Student with Deona Micheli

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What do you do once you figure out that you want a job in Parks and Recreation?   This is the question that Deona and I started with in this conversation.  Deona reached out to me as a current student in the parks and recreation field. I definitely see her as an up-and-coming leader in our […]

Future Trends in Recreation Centers with Craig Bouck

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Today I have got a great interview for you!  I am talking to Craig Bouck from BRS Associates about future trends in recreation centers, including aquatics, operations, planning, and design. BRS is a planning and design firm that focuses primarily on community and recreation design.  They work around the country to provide bring a lot […]

Trust Me Now, Judge Me Later with Pat O’Toole

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Hello everyone and welcome back! Today I am talking to Pat O’toole, who is a Principal with GreenPlay. I had the pleasure of speaking with him while we were traveling in Arizona for a recent project.  He’s got a wealth of experience so I encourage you to go to GreenPlay LLC to check out his […]

Staying Relevant in Parks and Recreation with Chris Nunes

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Staying Relevant in Parks and Recreation is no easy task.  Technology is moving at a rapid pace.  Trends seem to change daily.  What, then, does it mean for agencies to stay relevant? How do we decide when to compete, collaborate, or step back?  In this episode, I talk to Chris Nunes from the Woodlands Township to […]