A Special Podcast Series

Episode 8

Let's Try a Little Tenderness

With Barbara Patterson + Melissa Palazzo-Hart

What if we showed up in tenderness and love in all areas of our lives—be it ourselves, family, partners, friends, or even our clients?

Today, Barb and Melissa discuss how coming from the heart expands our experiences, despite preconceived notions that love is taboo in certain situations.

What difference would it make in your life if tenderness was front-and-center?


  • Barb shares her experience of sinking deeper into tenderness with herself and others during her recent mastermind retreat. [00:01:30]
  • Barb reflects on her life growing up with a single mom and six siblings, recognizing that she got a lot of her independence and ability to strive from learning to do things on her own as a young girl. [00:03:05]
  • Barb talks about how her quest for ‘doing’ was causing her to be less impactful in her life and work while also recognizing that she can still get caught up in the self-tough-love. [00:03:56]
  • Melissa reflects on her upbringing (similar to Barb’s) and shares that she made an early decision to never rely on anyone but herself—and shares how much that has cost her in her life. [00:06:36]
  • Melissa discusses a conversation she had with her husband about finances, a topic that creates great anxiety for Melissa. She acknowledges how the sight of a deer shifted the energy of that conversation because it made her settle into her heart. (Hint. Hint.) [00:08:30]
  • Melissa reminds, “It’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all” when acknowledging the wonderful and magical places coming from your heart can create—in personal AND in business. [00:10:35]
  • Barb shares how powerful and transformative sitting in the feeling of love with another can be by telling a story about what she witnessed in an alcohol rehabilitation center in New York. [00:14:00]



Meet Your Hosts

Barbara Patterson is the owner of a global coaching and consulting company bringing the insights of performance and fulfillment to clients around the world. She helps organizations, leaders, entrepreneurs and coaches access more clarity, creativity, have greater impact and higher levels of performance in work and life. Barb is the Founder of Beyond Limits in Business, a global platform and community designed to point people to the source of human potential.

You can follow Barb on Linkedin ,Twitter and Instagram. You can also subscribe to her weekly blog on her website at

Melissa Palazzo-Hart has 25 years’ experience leading marketing, strategy, finance, operations, and talent for some of the most prestigious agencies and brands including Disney, Activision and Omnicom. Throughout her career, she has built campaigns for some of the biggest names in entertainment and media which have been awarded Emmy Awards, Cannes Lion Awards, Effies, Telly Awards, Game Marketing Awards, Broadcast Design Association Gold Awards, and Clio Awards. Melissa is building a movement of paradigm shifters to unlock the potential of their minds to affect change in our world through seeing and living beyond perceived limits. She guides leaders and organizations at the highest levels how to make a meaningful impact through the power of heart work, instead of hard work.

You can follow Melissa on Linkedin and Instagram. You can also subscribe to her weekly blog on her website at


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