January 10, 2022
My first guest of 2022 is the wonderful Jill Nalder.
Jill is a singer and actress who has played Madame Thénardier in Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre and was in the original 1994 cast of Sam Mendes production of Oliver at the London Palladium. She is also a founder member of the WestEnders, a musical theatre group that tour the world performing songs from West End and Broadway musicals.
Early in 2021 you will have seen Jill in Russell T Davies award-winning TV series, It's A Sin. Spookily, playing her own mother!
Russell (a childhood friend) used Jill's experiences living in a flat with gay friends in 80's London as inspiration for the show.
Jill's activism, on behalf of those suffering from HIV and AIDS, plus the care, dedication and support she gave to her friends led to the creation of the hashtag, Be more Jill which trended online after each episode.
So have a listen to this sneak peek and watch our full fascinating conversation using the exclusive link below.
This is a fascinating conversation with an inspirational human being.
Jill and theWestEnders have produced a charity single, One Voice, in aid of the Sussex Beacon. You can buy it here - https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Voice/dp/B098CY4T2P
And If you'd like to find out more about The Sussex Beacon and the specialist care and support it provides for people living with HIV here - https://www.sussexbeacon.org.uk
December 13, 2021
My podcast guest this week is the amazing, Gerry Clarke.
Gerry is an International communications consultant and has produced over 350 films!
He's an entrepreneur, educator and co-founder of the World Happiness project and Global Happy Cafe.
A qualified botanist, Gerry has climbed Kilimanjaro, crossed North America on a Greyhound bus and designed a mobile unit to help the King of Swaziland communicate with his people.
Gerry's mission now is to create a global television series or stream about happiness and wellbeing.
I could have talked to Gerry for a week about his amazing career, life and loves, but had to be satisfied with just 50 minutes! There will be a sequel! Enjoy...
Find out more about The World Happiness Project here: https://www.world-happiness-project.com/
Connect with Gerry here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gerry-clarke-b974a513/?originalSubdomain=uk
December 5, 2021
My guest is local businessman and Southbourne legend, Gordon Fong.
Apologies in advance for the sound quality and background noise. WE recorded huddled in a corner of the downstairs bar having been evacuated after a power cut from our original venue and following Gordons presentation at the You Are The Media Christmas extravaganza. We chatted whilst everyone else was enjoying the ‘after show’ festivities. Hopefully it won't distract too much from my fabulous conversation with Gordon.
We discussed, amongst other things, finding your tribe and the importance of community in business and at home. Gordon also talked about the confidence the YATM community has given him to step from the back of the room to the front and how international speaker and author, Mark Schaffer, inspired him to be Gordon Fong!
November 29, 2021
We are all in the persuasion business.
Or so says my guest for this episode, Andrew Thorp. He's a Ted Talk speaker and trainer in the applied story telling arena. ‘Applied story telling?’ I hear you ask. Yes. That means it’s storytelling applied to business not storytelling for entertaining your kids or mates down the pub. Storytelling for businesspeople who need to be heard, get their message across, and be liked. Andrew shows them how to use stories to be persuasive. He likens it to a soft form of sales training. Fascinating. He also calls himself The Multi Story man due to his endless library of stories (not parked cars). There are many similarities between what Andrew, and I do and so this felt like more of a conversation than an interview, but we did manage to touch on his golfing career, excruciating experience as a quiz show contestant and misunderstanding with a dragon!
Connect with Andrew on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewthorp62/
Or check out the Leaning Forward podcast: https://leaningforward.buzzsprout.com/
November 15, 2021
Johnny is the host of Speaking Influence, the podcast about the psychology and application of influence and persuasion in life and business. Speaking Influence sits within the podcast global top 10 and so for me this was a fabulous opportunity to find out the some of the secrets of podcast success from a master. Johnny is not just a very successful podcast host, he's also a persuasive presentations coach, a professional speaker on topics like podcasting for thought leadership and ethical persuasion, and an online coach and course creator. Our conversation covered an array of topics. From monetising your podcast, using your influence and rhetoric for good (or evil?), the joys of being 1st class cabin crew and of course, stoic philosophy :)) A fascinating mix. Enjoy...
Contact Johnny at https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnaball/?originalSubdomain=es
Or check out his website, https://presentinfluence.com
November 1, 2021
Janine Coombes is a marketing and advertising specialist with the self-titled job description of Chief Offer Creation Genius. She works with service-based businesses to turn their lukewarm offers into sizzling hot must-haves. Janine is known on social media for her colourful, humorous and unashamedly positive videos and posts. She tells me how some misogynistic feedback to a colleague led to her dressing up in twin set and pearls for her first tongue in cheek video. However, despite the fun and frivolity, there are many words of wisdom from Janine as we discuss ‘wants’ vs ‘needs’, finding your brand voice and clarity in what you are selling. Enjoy!
If you'd like to connect with Janine go to https://janinecoombes.co.uk or connect with her on Linkedin.
If you would like to hear her talk LIVE, either virtually or in-person then check out Atomicon 2021, where she'll be one of the speakers on 9 November.
October 18, 2021
Jon Burkhart is an award-winning keynote speaker and regular at South By Southwest Interactive, as well as a performer, educator, marketer and fire cracking firebrand!
He is co-author of the marketing book Newsjacking: The Urgent Genius of Real-time Advertising and founder of marketing consultancy TBC Global Ltd. He inspires his audiences with interactive games and firecracker questions helping them create content that is constantly curious.
In my first in-person podcast recording Jon and I discuss Newsjacking, Deathjacking, phubbing, imposter syndrome and Tinder! There is never a dull moment. Enjoy!
Connect with Jon here https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonburkhart/
Listen to Andrew Thorp and the Leaning Forward podcast here https://leaningforward.buzzsprout.com
October 4, 2021
Lois is the founder of Bee Loud Words and delivers workshops for kids on how to live well, be healthy and happy. She describes herself as a bouncy Tigger! You'll find out why when you listen, but maybe that should be 'bounce back Tigger! Lois has been on quite a journey in her life. As a child, she bounced from vicarage to vicarage with her family before becoming an Engish teacher eventually head of the department. She married a headmaster and had two sons. However, at the age of 49 and for the sake of her mental health she knew things had to change, she divorced and started the business. Her aim is to pass on to as many young people as possible the life hacks she's learnt along the way, to improve their resilience, mental health and playfulness. I also learn how being a Vicars daughter is great for business networking (who knew?) and how we all have transferrable skills we can bring from one career to the next, no matter how different those careers may be. Plus, I learn how you can make literature come to life by using a cracking German accent! Enjoy!
You can check out Lois's website at https://beeloudwords.co.uk
or connect with her on Linkedin. https://www.linkedin.com/in/loisatbeeloud/
September 20, 2021
And breathe... Tracey Howes is a functional breathwork instructor. That is, she teaches people how to breathe! See, you thought you knew how to do that but it turns out there is SO much more to it. More, even than I thought I knew, and breathing exercises are fundamental to what I do in my work. In our absolutely fascinating conversation, Tracey explains the life-enhancing benefits of breathwork, her love of freediving and how when she had just launched a social media training business she was compelled to follow her heart and start her breathwork business. She is an eternal water baby and serial entrepreneur. Enjoy!
Arrange a call with Tracey - https://bluemindsocial.as.me/DiscoveryCall
Or connect with her on social media -
https://oxygenadvantage.com/instructor/tracey-howes/ https://www.instagram.com/traceymayhowes/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/traceyhowes/
September 6, 2021
In this episode I talk to the founder of You Are The Media, author of The Content Revolution and all-around marketing legend, Mark Masters.
With You Are the media, Mark has built a valuable b2b networking and learning community. In lockdown the community transferred online and is now connecting with people from all over the world. Inviting exciting and inspirational speakers to join in the fun and share their wisdom.
Now as we emerge, ever the showman, Mark is pioneering a hybrid version of the event enabling both an in-person and on-screen audience to be educated and entertained!
In our conversation, Mark tells me why you should build your space before you need it, why it pays to give stuff away for free (except cupcakes!) and what made him do stand-up comedy.