Mentorship & Engaging in the Political Life of Your City | Interview with Zach Yentzer

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Show Notes:

This episode was so much fun to record. This show was actually recorded LIVE and was originally aired on Zach Yentzer's radio show, the Creative City show on KVOI The Voice.

It was my first time on live radio, and Zach was super gracious to let me takeover his own show for the opportunity to interview him.

Zach and I have been friends for a couple of years. We met when we were both nearing the final stages of writing our first books. I can't tell you how nice it was to have a face-to-face friend who understood the whirlwind of work and emotions book writing brings on.

As you'll hear in this interview, Zach is the epitome of a person with foresight.

He is committed to building a better future, and he does this in two major ways. 1.) Teaching others how to invest in mentorship and inter-generational relationships and 2.) Staying actively involved in his community (Tucson, Arizona) and helping to shape the conversations and outcomes by participating in community organizations and meetings.

There are so many good takeaways in this episode. Listen in and get motivated to take action in your own community!

In this episode:

  • 2:15 - The official intro to Zach’s Creative City show.

  • 4:40 - How being taught that “adults hold the keys to your future” helped form Zach’s initial desire to bridge generations.

  • 6:36 - Zach shares his experiences working to connect generations going “up the stream” being a young person talking with older generations about the importance of connectivity.

  • 10:00 - Zach’s advice to people in older generations that are interested in mentoring.

  • 10:45 - Zach’s advice to younger people who desire a mentor but aren’t sure how to find one or make the commitment to the relationship.

  • 12:25 - The difference between mentorship, coaching, consultant and advisor relationships.

  • 16:10 - How Zach became the president of his neighborhood association (Menlo Park) and what he’s learning through the position.

  • 23:54 - Discussion on gentrification and learning the best ways to engage in conversations that reach the best possible resolutions.

  • 27:55 - Zach’s tips for engaging in open, helpful conversations even related to tough political topics.

  • 31:15 - What does a creative city look like?

  • 33:10 - How you can get involved in your city to help it become more creative.

  • 35:00 - Call in conversation with Matthew.

  • 37:10 - Highlighting the Tenwest Festival that takes place in Tucson every year to bring together arts, science, technology and so much more.

  • 41:45 - How Zach hopes to see Tucson continue to grow and embrace it’s creative potential.

  • How you can find Zach Yentzer online:

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