The pessimist sees the glass as half empty. The optimist sees the glass as half full.
Patricia Raskin, host of the “Patricia Raskin Positive Living” radio show on WPRO 630 AM, can’t sit still without filling that glass to the top, while bringing a tray of other filled glasses for guests.
Raskin, an East Greenwich resident, is launching a new radio show on AM 790 WPRV, called “Positive Business with Patricia Raskin,” which airs on Jan. 7. The West Hartford, Conn. native puts such a positive spin on things, it can get dizzying.
She has interviewed more than 2,000 guests over a quarter century, in addition to writing nearly 700 newspaper columns and producing and hosting more than 500 television shows and documentaries.
Raskin plans to bring the same uplifting living advice she has given for 25 years over the airwaves to local businesses and budding entrepreneurs, something she feels is especially needed during these very bleak times.
The tables are turned. Here is a RICentral interview with a famous local interviewer.
RICENTRAL: What life experience(s) turned you into such a positive force? Did your parents give you a copy of Norman Vincent Peale’s book or some other?
RASKIN: Growing up, I had constructive criticism with high expectations, being raised in a high achieving family. Being sensitive and intuitive by nature, I saw the importance of positive role models in my life which helped me to be a pioneer and trailblazer.
Starting in 1982, with a public affairs cable show in Rockport, Mass., to help people solve problems in their daily lives, and continuing with my drive, passion and mission to make the world a better place, 25 years later, I am here as an independent media broadcaster. I always say that this career chose me; I did not choose it.
I have a master’s degree in guidance and counseling and was a teacher/counselor for years. This was, in many ways, good grounding and provided a natural evolution to national talk show host helping others find real solutions to real problems for individuals and families. Now, it is time to take this message to the business world.
RIC: Why this show now at this time?
RASKIN: With the increased challenges and obstacles the public is faced with today, my new business radio show will give voice to real problem-solving techniques through the airwaves and on the Internet.
I am a positive messenger/media broadcaster in what is considered by many, the worst of times in America. Now, more than ever, we need to hear the positive – what does work and what is working. We need to learn from each other and be inspired by others’ success.
RIC: How will it differ from your other shows in the past?
RASKIN: This new business radio show has a similar message (to her three previous shows on air), but with a business focus. Audiences will learn how to turn obstacles into opportunities and problems into solutions in business. We will cover topics including teamwork, effective selling skills, negotiation, creative problem-solving, dress for success, business management, management skills, employee/employer relationships, the business of health care, debt solutions, etc.
RIC: What guests do you hope to line up?
RASKIN: Already scheduled as featured monthly guest segments are Aram Garabedian, President of Bliss Properties and co-managing partner of Warwick Mall, Margaret Batting, image consultant, personal brand strategist, and founder of Elevé, Russell Raskin, bankruptcy attorney in Providence who will discuss debt solution, Rebecca and Eric Eunis, founders of Eunis & Associates CPA, Inc., who will discuss ‘Keeping your bottom line,’ Jami Ouellette, President and Brand Manager of Im-aj Communications & Design, Inc, based in RI, who will talk about positive positioning and marketing (now’s not the time to be quiet in your business), and Paula Marshall, Paula Marshall, CEO of Bama Companies and author of the new book, ‘Finding the Soul of Big Business.’
I’ll continue to recruit new guests every month, inviting some positive media celebrities who help shape our opinions, and we’ll be announcing a ‘Positive Business Award,’ too.
RIC: How will you select guests?
RASKIN: If there is a skill, an attitude, an example, a resource, that is positive in nature, and is proving to make a difference in business, then I’ll be looking to have them on my show.
RIC: Can you give me a Who’s Who of who you have interviewed in the past? A top ten?
RASKIN: Of the thousands of guests I’ve interviewed, I’d have to give these guests as a quick Top 10: Joan Lunden, Dr. Memhet Oz, the actress Jane Seymour, Mark Victor Hansen, Jack Canfield, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. John Gray, James Van Praagh, Gail Sheehy and Dean McDermott.
Other notables: Richard Bach, Marci Shimoff, Debbie Ford, Arielle Ford, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Lisa Nichols, Dr. Jerry Jampolsky, Dr. John Bradshaw, Dr. Bernie Siegel, Ernest Borgnine, Elliot Gould, Patty Duke, Doris Roberts.
RIC: Who is the most interesting or important or memorable guest you have ever interviewed? Why?
RASKIN: Jane Seymour, who is a true Renaissance woman. She is an award-winning actor, painter, author, jewelry designer and entrepreneur. She is always reinventing herself and has overcome many odds in her life. She has great faith and spirituality. I have interviewed her five times and do so whenever she has a new book or movie.
RIC: Who was the most difficult or challenging? Why?
RASKIN: All my guests are challenging because they have so much information to get across, and there is so little time that I try very much to ask the right questions that will elicit that ‘Aha’ moment for a listener.
The most challenging is when the guest does not appear at the last minute! For those times, I have backup information at the ready. That comes from years of experience.
RIC: Does a Rhode Island audience differ from a regional or national audience? If so, how?
RASKIN: Times are very tough for people all over the world. Rhode Island is no exception. But it does have its uniqueness. This show offers up those issues to turn those obstacles into opportunities and challenges into solutions.
With the new business show, I’ll be looking for more local success stories and inspiring people right here in our own backyard to help us continue to grow and prosper.
I want to inspire my audience. I have done that with my WPRO audience and they are quite faithful coming back week after week to hear more. If I can provide this, surrounding the business topic, then I will be successful.
RIC: What do you think of other popular talk show hosts in RI? Dan York? Buddy Cianci? Arlene Violet? Matt Allen? Helen Glover?
RASKIN: I am different in that I look for the hope in the situation. My guests are fascinating in that they have amazing stories of courage, dedication, spirit and results.
I think that Buddy Cianci is such an example of overcoming personal defeat and rising again to do what he does. Many of us will never face such challenges, so Buddy is, in a very real way, a testimony of how to stay positive about yourself, what you can contribute, and move forward.
While many talk shows strive to be somewhat controversial so their phones will ring and callers will call in, my experience is listeners will be just as moved by a positive message and practical lessons that will uplift and inspire them.
Patricia Raskin is launching “Positive Business” on WPRV AM790 on Jan 7, 2011.