EP 38 | Fixing Your Unhealthiest Relationship with Charity Barton

Written by on July 11, 2023

I may be cheering you on as you think and play bigger, but my guest for this episode could give me a few professional tips! Charity Barton is the University of Tulsa Cheer coach, a Director at TU’s Collins College of Business, and an entrepreneur who believes in the power of storytelling. Not only is Charity a gifted and charismatic speaker, she is a TEDx alumna. Her Talk, “How to Fix Your Unhealthiest Relationship”, focuses on the effects of media consumption on mental health and self-perception and how to develop a healthier lifestyle through media literacy — a timely and necessary topic!

While Charity has experienced many shifts in her life, she has also consciously created breathing room that allows her to consider her best next steps. During our conversation, Charity and I dig into the ways in which taking gap years has helped to shape her path forward and allowed her to shift out loud on her own terms. We also discuss Charity’s experiences along the road to TEDx Tulsa and how she is redefining her relationship with mass media for the better.

Listen now to discover:

  • How Charity’s ‘why’ changed in terms of seeking her degree, and how this shift affected her decision
  • Charity’s TEDx process and how she prepared for this prestigious stage
  • Powerful tips for interacting with media in a healthier way

Guest bio: Charity Barton is a former University of Tulsa cheerleader and alumna with a B.A. in Communications. She is a Director at TU’s Collins College of Business and the TU Cheer coach. She has a Master’s in Mass Communications, and recently gave her first TEDx Talk, titled “How to Fix Your Unhealthiest Relationship.”


01:57  Intro

02:51  Meet Charity Barton

04:34  Gap year lessons

06:50  Influences behind her shifts

10:36  Spain & France

15:10  TEDx Tulsa

20:27  Unhealthiest relationship

23:54  Changing the input

26:51  Storytelling shift

33:33  Good/bad storytelling

38:40  Education & leadership

41:18  What’s next?


Charity Barton



Instagram: @iamchar.ity

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