Thu, 8 January 2015
Todays guest is a lady who is a master at book publishing, and helping the world with their own book publishing.
She is a lady who is was born in New York and now lives and works from her present home in the United Kingdom and as far as i can see never stops smiling.
She is the founder & CEO of The Book Midwife® and Panoma Press, a cooperative publishing house for business and personal development authors.
Which means that if you want to be an author, and get to the top of the charts then this lady is the place to go.
Or perhaps you are in the process of writing a book and are struggling to get words onto the page.
You are walking around, not shaving, wearing your dressing gown for days on end, blaming writers block for your distress.
Well she can blow these issues out of the water, as for a start she feels there are no reasons for writers block, she feels its just bad planning.
Its what we do before we get truly creative which is the key to everything.
And that is what the Book Midwife is about.
Along with her team, she can help you give birth to the finished article, and help it get into the hands of the people who need it most by utilising promotion, media appearances and a myriad of other trusted routes to success.
With a client base of over 500 published clients its not a surprise that she has now been an international speaker for more than 15 years and has presented to over 10,000 business executives and entrepreneurs in over 10 countries.
But did she always want to be in the publishing business, or like many of us did she stumble into it by accident?
And what does she feel is the hardest part to anyone, who wants to do as she has and start their own successful business?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots with the one and only Mindy Gibbins-Klein
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Thu, 8 January 2015
My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the co-founder of Sales Elite and is a sales professional with over 12 years of sales and leadership experience within the technology industry.
Most recently he has 9 years’ experience at Oracle America, Inc. building a successful Sales and Business Development organization of over 100 sales professionals.
He is a certified sales professional and also President of the American Association of Inside Sales Professionals Austin Chapter.
Which all sounds very grand, and I suppose less than unusual.
But it seems to me that it was the big decisions in his earlier life which were unusual and formed so much of what he does today and where he does it.
From the decision to move away from home in Belfast as a child and attend school in Scotland, to deciding to work in Japan where her met his now wife, he took on experiences and challenges bold and exciting.
But it wasn’t until attending a leadership development program at George Mason University and participating in his first triathlon that the spark to light his entrepreneurial journey truly began.
And the rest is history.
So why did this boy from Northern Ireland take such big steps as a child?
And has his journey been one, that when reflected upon was perfect and planned to perfection, or one made up of seemingly unconnected dots?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Gary Smyth
Wed, 7 January 2015
Starting her career in the Corporate world, our guest started her working life as far away from being the kick ass slayer of weight issues that you could possibly hope to be.
Working at first for Citibank, she moved through a series of banking positions at a rate of knots.
Many of them not lasting more than a few months in total.
A lady trying to find herself, whilst earning a living.
Not understanding the true passions that she had for helping others.
But all the while building the hustle muscle to explode from the gates when the opportunity appeared to her.
And that opportunity looks as if it appeared when she started working for the New York Institute for Integrative Nutrition that the dots began to join up and the path began to show itself to her.
But perhaps it didn't and she was always interested in what caused weight issues and how to resolve them.
I suppose we will find out during the conversation, but what is true is as she says in her own words "My goal is to empower women around the issue of weight management and body image, so they can start living their lives like the badasses they really are.
Your weight dramas are scared of me - I slay them all day. "
So was she a lady that has struggled with weight in the past, or was she someone surrounded by people that she realised that she could help?
And what was it about the corporate world that for an outsiders point of view didn't really fit her?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only, Isabel Foxen Duke
Tue, 6 January 2015
Todays guest is a lady who believes that there is nothing better in life than a good laugh.
And although many of us do this, when a close relative falls over, or some other unexpected rib tickler occurs not many of us ever think of bringing this merriment into our business lives.
You don't go to work to enjoy yourself, appears to be the mantra that so many people live their lives by after all.
But when you consider the health benefits that chuckling can bring to you, such as a huge boost to the immune System by releasing endorphins, protecting the heart by improving the function of blood vessels, and helping to bring about better sleep then its simply not something to laugh about.
We should all be doing it more, and certainly making sure we do it whilst at work too.
And so our guest over the last fifteen years has taken this approach into the corporate world where, she coaches individuals and teams to reconnect, communicate, and be more productive...through humor, laughter, and improvisation.
She wants us to find the childlike side of our characters and bring it once more to the fore.
Be the person we were before life became serious and paying the bills became our number one focus.
And with the honour of being crowned the American Laughing Champion of 2013, where she fought her way to the top prize by demonstrating such high class cackling as best maniacal laugh, best multiplex laugh and the best laughing fit, there is no doubt she has the credentials to educate, and inspire whilst entertaining too.
So when did she find that there was a need to bring this kind of thinking into the corporate arena?
And what the hell is the best multiplex laugh?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, the one and only Julie Ostrow .
Mon, 5 January 2015
Todays guest is a man who likes nothing more than having a laugh in both his personal and business life.
Throw into the mix his love of inspiring people, communicating at a high level, and leaving a lasting impression on everyone that he meets and you get the flavour of what he is all about.
Starting his career in the form of corporate entertainment, he would wow the crowds across America and on the huge cruise ships, with humorous commentary and magic tricks.
He knew that he could be funny and entertain, but could he combine the fun with the message?
Could he strengthen his proposition by tackling the issues that business struggle with, all the time still keeping to his authentic self.
Well he has done just that by starting "Laugh-O-Nomics"....yep that's a proper word, and now speaks on a range of subjects, but loves nothing more to discuss happiness at work.
As he says "Happy people have, on average, 31% higher productivity; their sales are 37% higher; their creativity is three times higher.” and companies are missing a trick.
They haven't quite grasped the fact that people having a good time, keeping moral at a high level, and working hard is the best thing that every company can have on their premises.
The days of setting huge targets and cracking the whip to ensure that it all gets done should hopefully now be a thing of the past?
So does he find that the hardest people to bring round to his hugely valuable message are the middle managers of the world?
And when did he realise that all his talents had come together to take him into the motivational speaking world and flourish whilst he is there?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Brad Montgomery.
Sun, 4 January 2015
Todays guest is a lady who likes nothing better than helping us all on our way to a better life than we presently have.
As she says “I was a freelance writer, for a small Sydney magazine, before I realised a dream to help others create the lifestyle that they truly deserved. I use the word ‘deserved’ with intention.
It was one of my first, big spiritual realisations: We are not all living our highest potential, we deserve so much more than we’ve been taught to expect.”
That’s a fascinating insight not just to this ladies outlook, but also life itself.
Why are we taught from such a small age to be realistic, be practical and leave the dreaming to, well the dreamers.
Shouldn’t we be encouraging people to go for the mad stuff, the big stuff, the stuff that real dreams are made off?
Challenging them to grow to the highest potential possible?
Well since 2006 our guests life has been one intertwined with the all of this and more, and with such personal values such as laugh regularly, think differently, be persistent, be abundant (and give generously) and live what you love, she has clients flocking to her business looking for a similar mind-set to propel them to success.
So where did her positive outlook really kick in and allow her to speed forward to success?
And does she find it easier to change peoples mind-sets than most people might consider possible, bear in mind a whole life’s programming?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, with the one and only Monique Williams.
Sat, 3 January 2015
Todays guest is a lady who from her base in South London, is bringing lightness and a purpose to clients, friends and colleagues everywhere.
She is a positive person, who thrives on the simple things in life, and likes nothing more than getting her running shoes on and pounding the streets of London and beyond, whilst inspiring ladies to do the same too.
She is a coach, mentor, runner, blogger and best of all...no I shouldn't say this but an avid listener of Join Up Dots with David Ralph.
Now if this sounds like a lady who has had everything go swimmingly in her life then think again, as 14 years ago, her mum killed herself, and in our guests own words.....
"To say my world shattered into a million tiny pieces would be an understatement. After her death, I shut down - deciding to stay small - I couldn’t bear the thought of living the life I wanted to live, for fear of my world blowing apart again.
And so I lived like this for many years, working in unfulfilling corporate jobs and feeling like I wanted to crawl under my desk every day and cry.
It was through a mixture of years of therapy and coaching that I began to emerge from my sleepwalking-through-life lumber and start to recognise that life had so much to offer, so much possibility and joy, and it was down to ME to find it inside myself to live the life I wanted."
And that is the key message to the shows we deliver
It is down to me, you, and all of us to encourage each other to find the lives we want, and get the dream that we deserve.
But more than anything it is down to wanting something so bad that we wont stop until we get it.
So does she look back at her life as one of two halves now?
And where does shed the ability to tackle clients issues head-on, when she has dealt with so much herself in her life?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Liz Goodchild
Fri, 2 January 2015
Are you someone that likes a laugh in life but sometimes feels that there is a time and a place for it?
You will suppress it and keep the stoney face that your bosses or environment seem to want as the normal way of being.
Well todays guest is an expert in Gelotology the study of laughter and its effects on the body, and travels the world presenting in a humorous but informative manner that audiences have been raving about for years.
He teaches us to find the funny in situations even if those situations aren't outwardly the humorous types that we should be laughing at.
And I guess that will make the world a lot nicer to live in I imagine.
Starting his career way back in 1963 designing shows for tv characters such as Captain Kangaroo, he seems a man that from the start has managed to mix work and play, enjoying himself in most situations that he found himself in.
And now with over 20 books written on the subject of laughter such as "The Healing Power of Humor, The Courage to Laugh, and Change Your Life!" does he still feel that their is a lot to be done to get his message out there?
And does he feel that the world is losing the ability to laugh quite in the same way as we would have done in years gone by?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with Mr Laughter himself, Mr Allen Klein.
Thu, 1 January 2015
Todays guest is a man who is driven to spread the premise of accountability across the world.
He believes that we are all looking around for someone else to take control, or someone else to show us the way to the life that we want.
Its actually ourselves that are setting our own schedules, and finding the excuses why we don't do something.
Its us who look around for someone to blame when things go wrong.
Its us that tell us how tired we are, or need a night off.
No one else.
And in his pursuit to get this message out to the widest audience he has authored 10 books, is the creator of The Accountability Academy®, and has been a contributing author to countless publications throughout his career.
But what makes his message so powerful is that the principles that he preaches are as valid to an individual as a huge organisation.
He can help turn round failing businesses, poor performing teams, or simply find the spark to make us all start saying "No Excuses" anymore.
So where did he start getting going in his career, or did he always have the belief that it was excuses that hold us back?
And does he believe that the path he is treading is aligned to his authentic self, or has he become successful by finding something that he is great at, even if it wasn't part of the master plan?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Sam Silverstein.
Wed, 31 December 2014
Most of the time on Join Up Dots I write the intros to the show, by researching many different resources to get a flavour of what the guest is all about.
And then every once in a while a guest comes along who basically writes their own intro, and this is what happened today
I checked her "about page" and saw the following, and thought wow how can I top that.....so in her own words
"In the past twelve years I have had to deal with more than a healthy helping of “are you kidding me?” moments.
In 2002, I hit rock bottom. It was so bad I lovingly refer to it as a year of “shock and awfulness.” That year my father died, my mother was in the hospital, semi-comatose from grief, and my husband of 22 years lost every penny of our money BEFORE running off to Arizona with his girlfriend, who just happened to be a former stripper.
That was just the beginning.
I spent the next decade struggling with loss and challenges on every front, from finances and family to health and career.
While there were many bounces up and down over the years, I have finally bounced back and it was well worth the effort. I’m now happily remarried, employed and have published my second book. I even have children on three continents and a granddaughter far too far away!!"
Now that is a movie in the making if I ever saw one.
So what is it about todays guest that has managed to find the strength and desire to pull herself back in such a spectacular way?
And why is her book called "My Pineapples Went To Houston"?? I can't wait for the reason behind that.
So let's not wait any longer, and start joining up dots with the one and only Lee Gaitan