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Lead Your Day
with Merilyn

  • Started in January 2020.
  • Top 10 in 9 countries.
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EP222 | Falling In Love With Sales - with Ryann Dowdy

 

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My guest today is Ryann Dowdy - a sales and business coach who helps high-achieving women leave their 9-5 and build a 6-figure business by teaching them how to master sales conversations and their mindset.

Ryann is passionate about helping women take back control of their lives and their finances by building a profitable business. She is on a mission to help hundreds of women leave their 9-5 and create financial freedom and a life they love! 

Before starting her own business, Ryann spent 15 years in the corporate world building multi-million dollar sales organizations for start-ups in the digital marketing and advertising space. From sales rep and individual contributor to Director of Sales - Ryann has mentored, managed, and trained thousands of sales reps.

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EP221 | Wealth Management Made Simple - with Echo Huang

 

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Echo Huang left China aged 20, with nothing other than $800 and the hope of achieving the ‘American Dream’. Her courage and dedication fuelled her journey through the financial and planning business world and over the next twenty years she gained experience of working in companies of all sizes before deciding to venture out on her own. Today, as founder of Echo Wealth Management, she helps entrepreneurs take the complexity out of their finances, giving them the confidence to follow their dreams and achieve their goals.

TO CONTACT ECHO
website: echohuang.com
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EP220 | Music For Children's Mental Health - with former rockstar Fiona McDonald

 

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Holy Moly - have you ever heard a punk rock version of Roll Roll Roll Your Boat on Ukulele? Well you are about to in this episode. 

I'm chatting with Fiona McDonald - TV presenter, award winning rock musician, and mum who has recently started a brand new business teaching online Ukulele for kids.

After over 30 years in the music business (New Zealand bands Headless Chickens & Strawpeople), Fiona takes children from rookie to Rockstar with her online beginners' ukulele course.

She strongly believes that music is a joy, a birthright and a wonderful tool for children's mental health.  

She was female vocalist of the year in New Zealand three times, and her bands won NZ Album of the Year and platinum and gold records.

You'll LOVE this episode. 

TO CONTACT FIONA
Website: Ukulele-school.com
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EP219 | Rattling Corporate Leadership Cages - with Belinda Thomas

 

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Belinda Thomas is a rock star facilitator and coach with a unique and powerful brand who is shaking up the boringly-beige corporate leadership training industry. 

She's a self-confessed flow junky who lives in The Zone but does it with oodles of fun. Her drive doesn't stop at business  - she's also an avid sportswoman who has represented New Zealand. 

Belinda’s background is in psychology, neuro-leadership and Emotional Intelligence and she fuses this with a truck load of life experience, brain-friendly methodology and her signature 'no BS' approach. 

TO CONTACT BELINDA
belindathomasinc.com  | LinkedIn

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EP218 | Helping Ordinary People Remember Their Extraordinary Life Purpose - with Pramilda

 

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I met the lovely Pramilda years ago when I was coming out of a difficult phase of my life and exploring the 'what next'. She helped me navigate and shine a light on my life at that stage. 

Pramilda is a well travelled guide of the inner landscapes of the human mind. After her own call to adventure with illness, and heroic journey of searching and finding, she feels called to accompany others on their extraordinary homecoming and remembering who they are, and what they are here to do.

We chat about:

  • How her business started out of illness
  • When she knew what her personal wow was
  • What frustrates her about the industry she is in
  • Conscious awakening and remembering
  • Taking Radical Responsibility - what does this mean

TO CONTACT PRAMILDA
Website - pramilda.com

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EP217 | Inside-Out Success From The Buddha In A Benz – with Stacy Bahrenfuss

 

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I've always thought of myself as more of a late bloomer, but my guest on the show today is the opposite. Stacy Bahrenfuss shot to early business success at 19 with her own real estate company with no formal training at all. She's the founder and CEO of Catalyst Group and now works with female changemakers in her Limitless With Stacy programs. We chat about:

  • Her earliest influencers
  • What it was like being so young in business
  • Her journey of discovering what she was a natural in
  • Being present - what does this inner-state really mean
  • How she got the name Buddha In A Benz
  • Stacy's Inside Out Success Method
  • What our Truth Teachers can tell us

TO CONTACT STACY
thetruthteachers.com

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EP216 | A Short Story About Imposter Syndrome

 

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Another short story:

"It was summer in England. You know those rare days that are pure and utter magic. I’d driven down from London to the country and was in a great mood.

We met in the ‘cottage’ - a cute thatched roof building that housed the company meeting room... a few squishy sofas around a coffee table. My new friends and owners of an international luxury company spilled their branding challenges and frustrations.

‘’But at the heart of it, I know I’m struggling with imposter syndrome. I ran a huge team when I worked in corporate, but here in my own business I feel incapable’. 

Wow! I was floored. 

This magnificent woman sitting in front of me shared her deepest challenge.  She’d been a key player in well known global brands, and yet a few years into her own brand she heard that voice of ‘who do...

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EP215 | Becoming your own therapist – a candid chat with Cherie Burton

 

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My guest today is Cherie Burton - a pioneering spiritual psychologist with a powerful story.  Mother of six, author, international speaker she is passionately driven to guide women influencers to heal, express and create, using the “new feminine leadership paradigm.” 

She earned her degrees in psychology and sociology, and was crowned Mrs. Utah 2004. But much of her work was inspired by the tragic suicide of her twin sister and what led was an obsessive quest to break family patterns and crack the code on depression. 

We chat about:

  • The link between strong women, high achievers and trauma
  • What embodiment really means
  • What actually is divine feminine and the new feminine leadership paradigm
  • How your clothes affect how you feel
  • Building a business with 6 kids!
  • And much more.

TO CONTACT CHERIE
Website: cherieburton.com
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EP214 | A short story about anxiety

 

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A short story about anxiety

"I was staying with my friend who lives on the magnificent Sunshine Coast in Australia. We’d had a great day, walking along the coastline for hours and hours. Chatting, being inspired, stopping to take photos. 

The next morning, my friend, Di, asked me, ‘how did you sleep’.

I said, ‘I slept well, but this morning I'm feeling a little anxious’.

Di stopped, put down the cup she was holding, took a breath, smiled and said, ‘Gosh Merilyn, don’t we all feel that?’. 

If I was the type of person to say ‘boom’, this is one of those moments...

Boom. Nailed it.
Major ah-ha moment.

She was right. 
We all feel anxious.
All of us. 

We all feel fear.
We all feel down.

And that’s okay. 

The absence of anxiety isn’t my goal anymore.

It’s being aware of it.
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EP213 | Thinking Out Loud About Lead Your Day

 

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Oh wow Merilyn.  
You have a decision to make.
Do I change the name of my podcast, and indeed my main course?

Lead Your Day. 
Lead Your World.

They are pretty aspirational titles. 
But how much cringe factor is attached to them?

To be honest (isn’t that a funny phrase we use)... they are a hangover from my preacher church days. An implore to ‘stand up and be leaders’. 
Which is a noble thing.

I really believe in leadership. 
Inspiring leadership.

Not narcissistic leadership.  
Not patriarchy leadership. 

I DO believe in leadership.
In the power of it.

Especially for women.
Especially for women leaders.

We need a bunch more of them.
Or rather, we need a bunch more of leaders who have the masculine and feminine in balance. 
Conscious leaders. 
Awake leaders. 

But do those titles, Lead Your Day / Lead Your World...

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