Ep 55: How Smart Leaders Prepare for an Unknown Future with Calvin Stovall

The healthcare industry, much like the world around us, is full of uncertainty. How comfortable are you with the potential for change? Today we talk with keynote speaker Calvin Stovall about actions and principles you can apply to your life to help you continue to grow and perform at a high level.

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The CRNA industry is built on routine and consistency. Without standards and practices that we all have to meet, how much confidence would patients when they entered a hospital? So naturally we aren’t always the first to step out of our comfort zone and embrace change.

The best way for each of us to continue to grow professionally and personally while preparing ourselves for an unknown future is to try new things. Whether the changes are small or significant, it’s the process of learning and adapting that makes us stronger.

To help us understand the best ways to do this, we sat down with Calvin Stovall of ICONIC Presentations. He was the keynote speaker at a recent event and created excitement from the audience like we rarely see at our industry events so we wanted to learn more about his philosophy and strategy. On this episode of Beyond the Mask Podcast, Stovall talks about the importance of stepping out of our comfort zone, meeting new people, and why it’s important to constantly be learning.

All of these things help you prepare yourself for whatever the future might bring in your career and in your personal life. By keeping your mind active and challenging yourself, you’ll be in a much better position to adapt and succeed.

Today’s conversation shifts away from what we’re used to tackling on this show, but we’re taking a lesson from Calvin and stepping out of our comfort zone. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did.

Check out the audio player at the top of the page and use the timestamps to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

[1:50] – Our guest today is Calvin Stovall.

[4:36] – What can a person do to prepare for uncertainty?

[5:43] – Widen your circle to become a better person.

[7:01] – What keeps people from stepping out of their comfort zone and meeting new people?

[8:51] – We aren’t taught how to fail. How does someone move forward after failing?

[11:16] – Putting this podcast together was stepping out for us and a big learning experience.

[12:07] – What Sharon would tell her children when things weren’t going well.  

[12:59] – You should never stop learning. It’s a big part of being successful.

[15:31] – What do you tell people that are scared to step out of their comfort zone?

[17:58] – Do you know how much the average attention span has changed since 1980?

[20:52] – What Sharon does every year to challenge herself.

[22:27] – Calvin has a mastermind group that meets every quarter.

[24:41] – How can take that entrepreneurial spirit and apply it to the CRNA industry?

[26:29] – The book ‘Think and Grow Rich’ talks about mastermind groups.

[28:20] – Why Calvin’s favorite word is passion.

[31:12] – What final message would Calvin like to leave for listeners?

[32:34] – How to get in touch with Calvin.


“The best (way) that you can become a whole person is by putting people in your circle that might have a different perspective than you have and it may help you think and see things a little bit differently. “

-Calvin Stovall, CEO for ICONIC Presentations

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