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EP81 | Can the real influencers please stand up

Over the last few years a new job title as emerged… ‘Influencer’ 

Born out of Instagram. 

The hashtag #influencer has over 20.6 million posts. 

20.6 million! 

We see it in people’s bios, ‘I’m an influencer’. 

But seriously, saying that is like saying, ‘I have influence, and you don’t’ 

Bollocks.  

In actual fact, even the most introverterted person… 

The term ‘influencer’ is a compliment that is given by others TO you, not a job title, status, position or something for your Instagram Bio!  Its not a self ascribed term. 

It actually makes my skin crawl when I see someone stating ‘influencer’ and it makes me pity them even more when they have only 134 followers and every picture is of them wearing some kind of designer label they hope will notice and make them their brand ambassador! 

I know what you mean though. An Instagram Influencer is...

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EP80 | A lesson about resilience

What fuels the success of leaders? Resilience 

What if all the things that happened TO you were happing FOR you. 

Those 'failures' and 'set backs' and 'delays' and 'traumas' and 'disappointments'... what if these were the making of you?  

What if (and this sounds harsh, but hear me out) they were there to help you get to where you really want to go? 

To teach you? To shape you? To evolve and transform you into the person you really want to be? 

If you see your past as wisdom then you've passed the test of resilience. 

But if you are still seeing much failure and set back, can you think of what they are trying to tell you?

What would turn what you are going through right now into wisdom 

And here’s an exercise I’d love you to do. Go sit somewhere quiet, and ask yourself this question. 

It’s 5 years from now. You are looking back at 2020 and all the great things that came out of if, both for you personally and your business and...

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EP79 | Once Upon A Time

Once upon a time, when I finished university, the world was in recession. It was a bummer, as I'd spent 6 loooong years studying for an Architecture degree.

But there were no jobs.

The recession at the time (early 1990's) meant that most of my graduating class had to delay their dreams. 

Instead, I pivoted in a new direction. 

I went into photography, which led to a move to training & development, which led to me moving to the UK for an international company... which let me to consulting (specifically change management and business strategy)... which ultimately led me to start my own brand.

Massive personal change (i.e trauma, although we don't like to call it that) led to a wake up call. And that wake up call stirred in me to start my own business. 

In a recession!

I also remember clearly the crash in 2008. 

I remember clearly the emotional overwhelm and stress that many went through. I remember clearly my husband being one of the first wave of people to...

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EP78 | Ghosts, Queens & Mi5 - with author & historian Mel Backe-Hansen

Today’s episode is a welcome break from all the news. I’m chatting with Melanie Backe-Hansen, who is a House Historian. Her stories are fascinating, as she’s unearthed the histories of hundreds of homes - from Queen Elizabeth I, to MI5 early origins, to ghostly stories of previous owners visiting the current owners. A delightful and fascinating episode.  

Her new book, A House through Time, co-authored with historian and presenter David Olusoga, is out soon.  

www.house-historian.co.uk

Twitter - @househistorian
Instagram - @melbackehansen


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EP77 | What our community is doing right now

During this global pandemic, every day feels like a month! In this episode I'm sharing what my online community are doing to help. I hope it inspires you to not draw back, but to lead your day... and your world. 

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EP76 | Military coup to coronavirus - interview with Raquel Medrano

Wow! The stories in this episode will both inspire you and make you think differently to the inconvenience of coronavirus lockdown. A very frank and honest chat with Raquel Medrano. Argentinian living in Australia, she is a business disrupter, strategic business mentor and fire starter with a huge heart for people. This is one of the most captivating interviews I’ve ever done. 
 
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EP75 | Guard your emotional health

A short motivational episode to remind us all to look after our emotional health. Every. Single. Day. 

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EP74 | The problem with online communication - with Davina Stanley

Davina Stanley is author of the book 'The So What Strategy' and creator of the Clarity First Program. We talk frankly about the problems that corporates and entrepreneurs face in communications, working from home offices and pivoting from offline meetings to online during the Coronavirus lockdown. Davina story is fascinating - from kindergarten teacher to McKinsey communication specialist, she's been helping smart people all over the world to clarify and communicate complex ideas for the past 20+ years.

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EP73 | Winter is here!

At the time I recorded this episode it was either Autumn or Spring all around the world. And then suddenly, in the space of about 10 days we were plunged into an economic 'Winter' through the impact of the coronavirus. That recession (just like Winter in the natural seasons) was always going to happen, it just came a little prematurely, hey? This episode explores the metaphorical seasons of life and business, and how we can flow through them and enjoy them for what they are. If you are in a bit of resistance to the season you are in right now... you definitely need to listen to this one.

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EP72 | Getting VisionMakers Patient

VisionMakers all over the world are having to work from home, socially distance and thats okay, as long as they still feel they are building something and getting results. But it can delay things too, which mean their biggest flaw is impatience! This episode chats about that and what you can do to work on your patience if you are a VisionMaker.

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