The Cocktail Party Effect with Leslie Irish Evans show

The Cocktail Party Effect with Leslie Irish Evans

Summary: The Cocktail Party Effect with Leslie Irish Evans is a lifestyle podcast for intellectual seekers who like new ideas, clever tips, and good stories. Each program features an interview with a guest (authors, coaches, chefs & more) and includes a recipe for a well-crafted cocktail. As for the show’s name; it’s a real thing. Here’s the Wikipedia definition: The cocktail party effect is the phenomenon of being able to focus one’s auditory attention on a particular stimulus while filtering out a range of other stimuli, much the same way that a partygoer can focus on a single conversation in a noisy room. This effect is what allows most people to “tune into” a single voice and “tune out” all others.

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 Fighting Ebola with Karin Huster | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:46

What makes a person decide to dive right into the thick of one of the most serious and challenging health crises in our modern times? Join me for a conversation with registered nurse and global health expert Karin Huster

 Travel Writing with Sue Frause | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:10

Join me for a chat with travel writer Sue Frause, where we discuss favorite places, what lies ahead, and the proper way to make a martini.

 Eating Well with Melissa Joulwan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:45

Eating healthy and eating well, are they the same thing? What’s the deal with the paleo diet? How on earth do you pronounce Becherovka and what the hell is it? Join me for a chat with Melissa Joulwan, author of Well-Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat. It’s my second-favorite cookbook of all time!

 An Uncluttered Life with Betsy and Warren Talbot a | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:49

How do you define "clutter"? Is it the papers piled on your desk? The dirty dishes in your sink? Or can we go even further and talk about things that are taking up too much space in your emotions or your mind? Also, as long as we're asking questions, do all Spaniards drink sangria? What's up with those pale white Englishmen wearing Speedos? We're asking the important questions on this episode, folks. Warren and Betsy Talbot teach busy people how to remove what’s not working in their lives so they can get back to their Plan A. Through their popular weekly podcast, An Uncluttered Life, and their books and courses, they share the practical, road-tested strategies that cure the overwhelm of modern living. Download their popular Stop To-Do List now at

 Talking Sporty with Jen Mueller | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:17

"Did you catch that game last night?" Sports talk isn't wasted chatter; it can actually help build business relationships. Join me for a fun chat with broadcast journalist Jen Mueller. We talk sports, drink special DIY bottled cocktails, and I GET TO TRY ON HER SUPER BOWL RING!!! (Yes, it was awesome.)

 Adulting” with Kelly Williams Brown | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:59

What does it mean to be an adult? Sure, there's the whole "turning 18" thing, but what about all of those certain skills that adults seem to be able to do? Finessing social situations, decorating their homes, choosing the right wine ... how do they know how to do it? And what do Barack Obama, mint juleps, and JJ Abrams have to do with any of this? Join me for a chat with Kelly Williams Brown, the author of Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps.

 Spiritual Awakenings with Colin Campbell | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:59

Usually on our show, the cocktail is the opening act for the main event. On this episode, the cocktails are the star! Join me for a rollicking good time with Colin Campbell, owner and founder of Cadée Distillery. We'll chat about distilled spirits, share some recipes, and I'll try not to slur my words as we sample his wares. Sláinte!

 Finally Loving Yourself" with The FlyLady | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:46

Got a messy house? Can't keep track of your schedule? Maybe it's not just about what goes where. Maybe it's about loving, respecting, and blessing yourself. Join me for a memorable chat with Marla Cilley, aka The FlyLady. For over 17 years, FlyLady has mentored women in how to find peace while juggling the demands of family and housework. Through her free daily emails and web site (, she offers de-cluttering and organization advice and tips to over 600,000 subscribers in 92 countries.

 “Gimme Shelter” with “Disaster” Dave Nichols | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:46

Disasters, both natural and man-made, often strike when you're not expecting them. We can both prepare for them, and help others who are currently dealing with the problem. Join me for an informative talk with "Disaster Dave" Nichols about the extraordinary work ShelterBoxUSA does around the world and how we can prepare for disaster at home.

 Creating the Life You Want” with Diane Easley | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:19

Are you a weirdo? Do you feel out-of-sync with the life you're currently living? You're not alone. Join me for a chat with author and "Chief Individualist" Diane Easley as she offers her tips on how to live the life you want ... and be ok with it. One size does not fit all! Keywords: individuality, weirdos, creating the life you want, Be You School, Boothby Cocktail, silencing ourselves, finding your tribe, Champagne Friday, Create the life you want,

 "Evolutionary Psychiatry" with Dr. Emily Deans | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:26

What sort of everyday options do we have to improve our mental health? Emily Deans, MD, searches for evolutionary solutions to 21st century mental health problems. She is a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice, and a teacher at Harvard Medical School. You can read her blog at Psychology Today.

 Discussing Mental Health" with Heather Irish | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:26

One in four adults experiences mental illness in a given year. Most of these conditions are treatable. The stigma surrounding mental illness is lessening, but more needs to be done. Heather Irish is the founder and CEO of MINDS: Shining Light on Mental Health, a non-profit organization that educated school students about mental illnesses and suicide prevention. MINDS curricula includes a high school, middle school, and 5th grade program. Founded in 1998, every year MINDS reaches over 25,000 students with their message of hope, help and recovery from mental illness.

 The Introvert Entrepreneur” with Beth Buelow | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:55

Introverts are shy, right? Extroverts are loud? Not necessarily. Discover how what you thought you knew about introverts and extroverts is probably wrong, and how introverts can make terrific business owners! Beth L. Buelow, ACC, is the founder of The Introvert Entrepreneur and author of The Introvert Entrepreneur: Amplify Your Strengths and Create Success on Your Own Terms. She serves as a guide to introvert entrepreneurs who want to amplify their strengths and build sustainable, energetically aligned businesses. Beth is a professional coach, podcaster, and speaker, is based in the Pacific Northwest and serves introverts worldwide.

 Decluttering Your Life with Lauren Rosenfeld | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:17

Do you have a cluttered mind? A cluttered house? They're not mutually exclusive concepts. Join me and my guest Lauren Rosenfeld as we discuss her book, virgin mojitos, and how to create Breathing Room in your life.

 Open All Night (and Day) with John Dulworth | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:14

What does it mean to be "open-hearted"? How do we stay "open" to experiences and all that life has to offer, especially when what's being offered sucks? Join me and professional Life Coach John Dulworth as we discuss our experiences with this challenging practice (and spend a great deal of time fussing over the particulars of a Perfect Manhattan cocktail!). Learn more about John Dulworth at his website:


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