Fri, 30 October 2015
Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a woman who loves nothing more than ensuring high performing teams in organisations across the world.
She believes that all teams should be well oiled engines, lubricated by honest and meaningful communication between its members.
This is the mission of her San Francisco based company Double Forte, which over the last few years has positioned itself as one of the key companies to turn to in the event of a company needing to find ways to up its game.
What is interesting with this lady is although she has created this company, and so is in effect an employee, at her core she is quite obviously an entrepreneur with hustle muscle running through her big time.
Starting her working life back in 1988 as the Account Executive to the Account Supervisor for The Weber Group, she moved through quite a few positions quickly, as her ambitions forced her to find her true calling.
And it seems now that she has found it, and with her acclaimed book "Millennials & Management: The Essential Guide to Making it Work at Work", where she shares what's she's learned from leading big, medium and small teams and companies over the last 20 years selling well, her history seems to be connecting nicely.
Or said in another way it appears that she is well and truly joining up her dots.
So when she joined the work force back in 1988, did she have a plan to lead her to where she is today, or has it occurred organically over the years?
And are there common themes that she finds time and time again with non-producing teams?
Well lets find out as we start joining up dots with the lady that says "I'm a straight talker who doesn't hold too many punches, although I try to be pleasant about it." the one and only Lee Caraher
Wed, 28 October 2015
Today's guest is a lady who has been on a bit of a journey in her professional life, to find the thing that she loves doing.
Now known as a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent writer to the Harvard Business Review, TIME, Entrepreneur, and the World Economic Forum blog, it seems from the outside that she had a master plan from an early age.
A step by step blueprint to success and the life that she is living today.
But then you read in her words this interesting section detailing the life before it all came together and you can see that this is far from the truth.
As she say "I grew up in a very small town in North Carolina – pre-Internet era – and felt incredibly frustrated with the lack of opportunities and like-minded people. I left home early to head to college, so I could get a jump-start on doing the things I cared about, like getting a masters degree in theology and becoming a political reporter, presidential campaign spokesperson, nonprofit executive director, and documentary film-maker.
In 2006, I launched my marketing strategy consulting business, and eventually started writing, speaking professionally, and teaching for business schools. I’m passionate about helping others take control of their professional lives and make an impact on the world, and have written two books – Reinventing You and the Stand Out – to help make that a reality."
And the key word being "eventually"
She took action, worked hard, undoubtedly hustled until eventually it all come together and she became being who she is today.
So looking back to her younger days, would she still leave home early or would she take a different road to where she is today?
And what would be the biggest learning that he has gained over the last few years?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up the dots with the one and only Dorie Clark.
Mon, 26 October 2015
My guest today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Mr Ken Dunn, a man who seems to be able to juggle more things at once than a juggling octopus.
He is a husband, Father and serial entrepreneur with a history of taking start-ups to huge success in a very short time.
But like so many of our guests, his career didn't start where you would expect it to start.
He started as far away as is possible to where he is today, helping the world change the way people write, read and experience books, with his company Readers Legacy.
Instead, he started on the path to where he is, by working as a police officer in Halifax Nova Scotia, performing Patrol duties, undercover drug enforcement , surveillance ops, industrial fraud and theft investigations.
Whilst moving through the ranks, he was learning the kind of skills that you wouldn't think would help him shoot to such entrepreneurial success, but were in fact the stepping stones to building companies of his own that flourished.
Organisational skills, leadership skills, an eye for detail all were honed, and in 2001 he started KPLJ that competed in the mortgage business in Canada, and it's rapid financial success, coupled with a start in direct selling, forced his exit from Law Enforcement and he has never looked back.
So if he knew then what he knows know would he still start his career in the Police force?
And does he know what the true super talent that he has always possessed is, and could he have used only this and still made it to the top?
And did he take the handcuffs with him....and you know what those kind of things are used for?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start to joining up dots with the one and only Mr Ken Dunn.
Sat, 24 October 2015
On the 21st October 2015, it was a delight to be interviewed on the astonishingly successful OpenWorld Mag by its founder Danny Flood.
From my base just outside London, and Mr Floods base in a hostel in Malaysia we overcame technical barriers to create show 56 in the OpenWorld Mag podcast series
It was an inspiring conversation covering entrepreneurial activities, podcasting, overcoming self-limiting doubts and how to carve out the dream life.
This content has been authorised to share by Danny Flood, courtesy of OpenWorld Mag
Podcasting is really hot right now… it seems that everyone and their auntie is starting a podcast. But most people give up after 7 episodes. And of the ones who persist, far too many of them become “me too” also-rans… not able to become unique enough, drive enough downloads, or monetize their show.
Interview with David Ralph, Join Up Dots
Why is it most people fail at podcasting while a few standouts crush it and kill it – and how can we avoid the fatal mistakes so many smart, well-meaning podcasters are making?
I invited David Ralph, the host of Join Up Dots, a daily podcast with nearly 500 episodes, on to the show to discuss this and a whole lot more. Join Up Dots is a best of iTunes podcast, receiving 1 million downloads within the first 4 months! It’s fair to say that David is crushing it right now.
He’s also created a training program called “Podcaster’s Mastery” which helps people create successful podcasts with real tactics, build an audience, and establish connections.
David is a true master at making human connections, and a veteran speaker and presenter. He shared some deep and profound insights in this episode. We discuss topics such as how to create a brand that’s uniquely you, how to engage with your content, and create a successful business in general.
If you’re ever curious about doing podcasting, or want to learn about how it can boost your business, then you’ll want to listen to this interview! David lays it all out on the line and drops a ton of knowledge bombs.
David’s story of his former life in the UK
Fri, 23 October 2015
Today's guest joining us on Join Up Dots is one of those names that has turned up time and time again in the Join Up Dots history, so it's with delight that we finally get them on to the show.
He is a man who quite openly states "I'm good at many things, but I know what my sweet spot is, and so focus in on this as much as possible"
And that sweet spot?
Helping people discover their purpose and passion for life.
As he says "When I’m coaching people to put the “extra” in their ordinary life and turn it into the extraordinary life they want and are capable of living, I am where I should be. Actually most of my writing is on this topic because it is my passion!"
And that my listeners is the true mark of building success into your life.
Finding that one thing that you find fulfilling and enjoyable, and subsequently will find so much easier to do to become better and better until becoming the recognised expert in that thing.
But this isn't just another episode of a life coach that loves helping people as this guy is an entrepreneur juggling many plates at once.
And since 2003 he has also been the co-founder of CompanyBE a cloud based software which was designed and built in direct response to the challenge of running a small business more efficiently and effectively.
So with his talents listed as Author, Life Coach, Speaker, Podcaster, Personal Development, Runner, Dad, and Business Owner he is a man who is in demand.
So when did he realise his sweet spot, and grasp the fact that he could make a living out of doing what he loves?
And is he at the point now where he spends all his time only doing things he loves, outsourcing the things that he doesn't?
Well lets find out, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Bruce Van Horn
To hear more from Bruce Van Horn go to:
Life Is A Marathon: Life Coaching | Self-Esteem | Personal Development | Personal Branding | Positive Thinking
By Bruce Van Horn: Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, Thought Leader, Author, Blogger, and Runner
Description: The Life is a Marathon show gives you inspiration, motivation, and resources to empower you to thrive and win in the marathon we call “life!” Bruce Van Horn is a Transformational Life Coach, Mentor, Thought Leader, Best-Selling Author, Empowering and Motivational Speaker, Dad, and Marathon runner who loves you too much to let you live an ordinary life. His personal motto is "Life is a Marathon, so let's train for it!" He brings his respected insight, wisdom, perspective, thought leadership, and storytelling abilities to this podcast to share with you information, life training tips, entertaining and heart-warming stories with the goal of helping you to transform your life, change your ordinary life into Extraordinary, build your self-esteem, recognize your value to the world, and live as the fullest expression of who you were created to be. Your thinking defines who you are in every way. Your mindset, how you think about yourself, others, and the world around you, effects your self-esteem, self-image and self-worth and personal branding. It also controls the way you perceive the world and how you interact with others. You can change your life by changing your thoughts. Use this podcast as your personal mentoring program as you transform your life by the renewing of your mind. When you find peace within yourself, know your life's purpose, and have a clear vision of what you want in life, you will have the emotional endurance to go the distance in life!
Wed, 21 October 2015
Kavit Hara is todays guest on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an entrepreneur grounded in the age-old marketing principles, but using the latest technology advances to help small businesses thrive online.
I know that this sounds very impressive, but in a nutshell today's guest is a master at helping people finding their passions and creating thriving businesses based on those passions.
That's the dream really isn't it.
But the fascinating thing about this guy is although he now provides the fast-track to business success, he has been on an amazing journey to find those skills himself.
Over a decade ago, he was determined to become the worlds best tabla player.
Now if you don't know what this is, imagine an Indian musician kneeling before two, what I would call bongos, then that gives you an understanding of what he played.
And he played them very well, even performing with legends such Sir Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page, and Donovan to name just three.
But this is a very niche instrument to play, and as a tabla player, he went through the ups and downs of the typical struggling musicians life.
For years he faced struggles to find opportunities to perform, create a band, record, gig and tour.
And as he says "Not only was this an outer battle, it was an inner battle too. Struggling with self-confidence and a lack of marketing know-how, things never looked up."
And this is the key thing to everything. You can have the greatest product in the world, but if nobody finds out about it then you are dead in the water.
So how did he decide that there was a gap in his knowledge, that probably wasn't the most obvious gap for a table player to realise he needed to fill?
And is there a common problem that he now sees time and time again with wannabe entrepreneurs?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Kavit Hara
Mon, 19 October 2015
My guest today, on the very first episode of the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lovely lady who has gone out on a limb to do things her own way.
In fact when you read her linkedin page and see under her achievements and awards section a statement as bold and determined as this
"I live in Thailand! That is my "award" for having the guts to get away from the big city and live the life of my dreams. I am thankful for the people who have supported me to have the guts to run away and live on an island. I stand on the shoulders of people braver than myself. I am so grateful!"
And this one statement seems to say so much about a lady whose path started at the age of four and now has turned her vision for a wellness retreat into reality.
She believes that it was a desire with which she was born and in fact she was training for her whole life.
And that is something that is so powerful.
The ability to train over a long period of time to get your dream.
Or said in another way, she is the perfect candidate to demonstrate to all of us the power of the compound effect which we are so big on at Join Up Dots.
You do one thing, and then another, and then another, and then another until you find that you have developed the muscles, talents and skills to take adavnatge of the opprtunities that start forming around you.
Takes awhile, but the effort gets rewarded.
And so from her base in Thailand she is now living her dream, or perhaps the beginning of her dream everyday, and helping others to detox, relax and move their lives onto the next level.
So did she have the total vision right at the beginning, or was it just a feeling of what she wanted to do?
And does she see her success as just the beginning, or does she now fancy a life of relaxing and detoxing everyday?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Melanie Proctor.
Fri, 16 October 2015
Over a hundred years ago, a young man from the Midwest had a dream to become a partner of the greatest inventor on Earth, Thomas A. Edison. So strong was his desire to form this partnership, Barnes made up his mind that he would relentlessly pursue his goal of becoming a business associate of the famed inventor until he met success. There would be no retreat, and nothing was going to stop him from reaching his goal, the young man pledged to himself.
Barnes could not afford to purchase a train ticket for passenger fare, and he had no special technical skills. Furthermore, he had only meager clothes to wear. But, these obstacles could not stop this determined man from visiting Edison's famous laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey and pursuing his dream.
On a fateful day in 1905, and driven by a desire which transcended poverty and a lack of know-how, Barnes rolled into West Orange on a freight train. He then, poorly dressed and looking more like an outcast than a man of achievement, walked into the famous Edison Laboratory and told the great inventor that he had come to form a partnership with him. Nearby members of Edison's staff were amused by the boldness of the poor-looking man, and they laughed at him hysterically. But, Edison did not laugh. For, what he saw was a determined young man who was prepared to do whatever it would take to help bring new growth to his company.
Thomas Edison sharing a funny story with Edwin C. Barnes (center) and Nelson Durand (right).
Impressed with Barnes' ambition and internal drive, Edison decided to give the poor man a chance of realizing his dream — not as a partner, but rather as a floor sweeper. Barnes wisely accepted Edison's offer, not dejected in the slightest by the job his mentor had in mind for him. The new arrival understood that he was given a chance of a lifetime to show Edison what he could do for him. And, he knew that accepting the inventor's humbling offer would open the door for him to observe how the brilliant man thought. Barnes also understood that Thomas Edison was extending to him a tremendous opportunity to meet his friends and associates, some of the most influential and most powerful people in the world.
Starting with a broom in his hands, Edwin C. Barnes did the best work he possibly could for Edison, and he never once backed down from his goal of establishing a partnership with the world's leader of practical technology. Months went by, and, to the unobserved, nothing special seemed to happen. But, Barnes was learning what made Edison tick, and he was setting the stage to attract opportunities his way.
After working for Edison for nearly two years, Barnes “saw” a golden opportunity, and he seized it with full force. Following many years of preparation, the inventor was ready to commercialize the Edison Dictating Machine, a recorder specifically designed to capture the human voice. Edison's machine, later renamed the Ediphone, recorded “voice letters” on a wax cylinder, and its inventor thought very highly of it. However, when members of Edison's sales force looked over his new machine, most of them doubted that the invention would prove successful commercially, and they expressed little interest in trying to sell it.
Edwin C. Barnes listens intently as Thomas Edison explains the transophone, a new device from the master inventor that features a dictating machine that can be controlled electrically from a typewriter keyboard.
Barnes, in contrast, recognized that Edison's new machine could help thousands of executives across the country by allowing them to dictate at any time, day or night, for later playback. No longer would the executive need to have at his side a stenographer to record his thoughts, Edison's enthusiastic employee envisioned. Barnes also realized that the dictation machine could help business executives save time, accomplish more, and increase profits as a result.
After working out a marketing plan, Barnes approached Edison and urged him to let him sell his dictation machine. Edison, impressed with his employee's desire to sell the new machine and thoroughness of preparation for doing so, readily agreed to his proposition. And, within months Barnes had sold thousands of Edison dictating machines. He also gained a lucrative contract to market and distribute the recording device across America.
So successful was Barnes at selling Edison's dictating machine, he became a multimillionaire at a relatively young age. But, more importantly, Barnes became a man who helped thousands of people across the country benefit from Edison's device. And, it is probable that the true potential of Edison's machine would not have been realized had it not been for the uncanny insight that Barnes fostered during his working years at the famous laboratory complex in West Orange.
Edwin C. Barnes dressed not only to look successful, but to feel successful.
There were many factors, both tangible and intangible, that transcended Edwin C. Barnes from a young man with little money and a rather lame portfolio to one of the most capable and accomplished salespersons Thomas Edison ever knew. However, the remarkable success that Barnes enjoyed can be attributed largely to 12 key habits that he consistently exhibited with full force. They were:
Wed, 14 October 2015
Today's guest is a man who when you start researching him you can't get a firm steer on what the man is all about.
He has chosen many different paths in his life, and tried many different things that for whatever reason turned out to be the wrong ones.
At the moment as he says in his own words " I primarily write and consult with authors, entrepreneurs and CEO's about how to find clarity and confidence in their businesses, expand their marketing through thought leadership and scale their internal business systems."
Well that sounds very professional doesn't it.
But let's tell you that this guy first wanted to be a Lawyer and changed his mind, to become a freelance Spanish Interpreter, then an English teacher in Brazil, before playing semi-pro football.
And then he built a profitable business selling advertising to kitchen furniture manufactures.
And job done he had found his thing!
No, actually he was just fine tuning his talents, developing his skills and finding out what doesn't work in his life.
So what you can see is this guy at his core was and is an entrepreneur, a man who needs to be challenged by tackling bigger and bolder projects.
Its the uncertainty of life that stimulates him and makes him come alive.
So when did he decide that he wasn't going to be an employee sitting in a cubicle making calls for eight hours a day?
And does he see that his dots have well and truly lined up, or is he simply just getting started to what he now believes he can truly achieve?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Taylor Pearson.
Mon, 12 October 2015
My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a guy who is a serial entrepreneur, successful business strategist and a marketing expert who before laying the foundation of his various successful entrepreneurial ventures, served organizations ranked among the top 10 of Fortune 500 companies.
The founder and president of GMR Web Team - a leading Orange County digital marketing agency dedicated to helping businesses maximize revenue from the Internet - Ajay also owns and operates GMR Transcription, a seven-figure web-based business and award-winning transcription and translation company which he founded in 2004 to fill a void in affordable and accurate transcription and translation services for writers, students, professors and businesses.
In the short span of a decade, the company has expanded its reach to include government institutions and non-profit organizations and has become a trusted partner to more than 9,000 clients across the globe.
So the key question to ask is, why does he feel that the entrepreneurial bug first bit him, or was it always an integral part of his character?
And does he see a path that others can duplicate, or is it simply the case of making it up as you go along?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Ajay Prasad.
Fri, 9 October 2015
Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots show is a lady with a really eclectic career.
In fact it's more like a group of careers, which has lead her to where she is today.
She has worked as a radio and TV script-writer and a children's author for approaching 30 years.
Her CV includes penning 2 series of an original prime-time BBC 1 sitcom The Crouches, a 10-year stint as a core writer for Eastenders and various engagements as a film Dialogue Coach and even raising from a child the current Moneypenny in the latest James Bond series.
Yes, she is the mother of Hollywood actress Naomi Harris too.
If that is not a enough she is also an intuitive and certified healing practitioner.
Now the interesting thing for me, is how she confesses that since a small child she cold see that she was always looking for the thing that was uniquely her.
A thing that lit her up inside and made her feel that she was on a path that is hers and hers alone.
And this path, unexpectedly appeared when she visited a terminally ill young woman who rose out of a coma after she placed her hand on the woman's abdomen.
She had joined up her dots, and now with her writing, and focus on wellbeing she is connecting all the elements of the last thirty years.
So how did this lady born in Jamaica, find herself developing characters for such an English establishment as "Eastenders"?
And does she see a change in the attitudes of the world, are we getting more open minded as we look for a different way of healing and looking after ourselves?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Carmen Harris.
Wed, 7 October 2015
It's with great delight that I get to bring on to the Join Up Dots show a man from the UK, who in many ways had a background similar to myself.
A few years back he was working in London on a string of meaningless freelance jobs doing picture research, typesetting and a little design for various agencies.
He knew that he wasn't stimulating himself, so in 2006 he set up a website to start his own company in an attempt to do some of this boring work at home rather than in a boring office.
And to his delight it worked, and he worked for someone else for the last time in 2008.
By keeping blogging, creating content and doing web and graphic design work for his own clients, his business grew and grew, and then in 2012 he came to a big decision in his life.
His marriage failed in 2012, and being inspired by the words of Tim Ferriss and location independent entrepreneurs asked himself the question "Why am I living in London?"
So since September last year he has been mostly living in Thailand as well as travelling in Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines.
So does he look back at his life with totally new glasses, and think "Wow, once you start taking consistent action what a life you can create?"
And does he think that anyone can do this, or is their a huge super-talent that he has that no one else does?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Rob Cubbon
Mon, 5 October 2015
Today's episode is a combination of studio recordings and live presentation brought together as a very special episode of Join Up Dots.
On the evening of the 19th September 2015, your host David Ralph performed a live version of Join Up Dots to the National Speakers Association in Northern California.
Broadcasting from the UK to an airport in San Francisco via Skype, David brought his winning style and personality to the conference as he discussed Podcasting and the power of connecting a business by using a microphone.
But actually this episode is so much more than this presentation.
This episode of Join Up Dots is about taking imperfect action and working out what has worked afterwards.
This is about giving something a go, which could well be a home run and drive you forward to greater success, but could also go badly wrong.
You just don't know.
You see in life more often not we all look at the successes of others, and assume that they had everything worked out before they begain.
They were destined for huge success because they had the all the answers laid out in the perfect order in front of them.
But that is never the case, and all success is built on faith, belief and more than a few mistakes.
It's the mistakes that actually are the true power to success.
These are the moments when you stop for awhile and try to work out what went wrong, aiming to find the true path to the goal.
Do you always achieve your aim?
Of course not, at least not at first, but unless you are willing to take imperfect action and give it a go then you will never even find the first path (be it the wrong one!)
So today I urge everyone of you out there to look at something that you want to do, and move forward with confidence, safe in the knowledge that the worse that will happen is you need to start again and find the better way of operating.
And I am sure that we can all do that.....don't you?
Sun, 4 October 2015
In today's episode of Join Up Dots, David Ralph shares a little about what has been going on in the show over the last week, and also answers a great email from a listener in New Zealand.
It has been a strange week in the land of Join Up Dots with huge highs and lows.
The week started by hitting the highest of highs by almost getting a clean sweep on Itunes and becoming the number one show in three categories.
Yes, Business, Education, and Health was ours to look down on.
The big boys were trailing in our wake, which was a delight to behold and another step forward for the show.
But then he was hit by sickness and literally crawled from the microphone to his bed for a few days.
But did he look at this as a huge blow and disappointment or an another situation to find a positive?
Well you will find out during the show
So let's start with today's email.....which is a good one
I'm not sure what I am really writing here, but I just felt drawn to drop you a line to say first of all thank you so much for creating the show Join Up Dots.
I hadn't heard of it until recently, but now I feel like I have a lot to catch up on.
One of the things that I would like to know if you could spare the time, and I can only imagine how busy you are, is do you truly know what you are doing is right?
You seem to have so much going on, that it makes me wonder is it all right for you, or are you doing stuff because you think it should be done?
I don't know if that makes sense at all, so if it doesn't please ignore this email, but I have a feeling that I would like to start breeding miniature ponies as I have always loved them since a kid, but can't convince myself that their is a business there.
So should I just do stuff close to this passion, or dive right in.
Should I just do stuff to earn money so I can leave my job that I hate?
Any advice you can give would be gratefully received.
Palmerston North New Zealand
Fri, 2 October 2015
Today's guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast business interview is a man who quite simply it seems does things his way.
He built an amazing career for himself, and is living life to the full and experiencing in a few hours the kind of stuff that most of us wait until a vacation for.
Amazing inspiration at every turn
Born in Mendoza near the Andes in Argentina, it would seem obvious that his path would have gone the way it has in some ways, but then again we see time and time again on Join Up Dots that the obvious is not the normal.
He was born with asthma, and instead of his parents giving him medicine when he needed it and keeping him away from sport and exertion, they instead encouraged him at the age of four to go skiing.
On the mountain tops, where the air is thinner would seem a strange place to send an asthmatic child, but actually they laid the first dot in his life...the love of doing things differently.
And from that small boy, he has grown into a man who has built a career tackling the land above and below the water to bring the fragile but astonishing beauty of the world to all of us.
Mountain biking down volcanoes, diving the oceans of the world, he is inspiring a generation to take care of what we have all around us
As he said when asked about his desire to be a true adventurer "The notion of being an adventurer is great, the more adventurers we have in the world, the more nature will be respected. By getting closer to the environment – at 3000 metres watching the sunset, or being underwater with a clownfish, seeing the difference between corals that are alive and corals that are dying, we better understand the world around us. We, as humans, need to touch or see things for ourselves otherwise we can’t fully relate to them. If you don’t see something, you don’t feel it. I think that can be extended to everything. The more people that ride bikes around the world, the more people that climb mountains, the more people that get close to nature in any form, the more advocates we have for conservation.”
So is this a message that is getting through to the world, or are we all programmed by the "Well I can't do anything on my own" mentality?
And what would he choose if we only allowed him to keep doing one of his three main passions "Biking, mountain climbing or diving?"
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only exploreer and of course entrepreneur Manuel Bustelo