Sat, 21 March 2015
Todays guest joining us ready to be interviewed on the motivation packed Join Up Dots is a remarkable lady who has been introduced to the show by the brilliant Cathy O'Dowd who appeared on the show way back on episode 88.
Now this episode is going to get us all thinking about what is possible in life.
The kind of lifestyle we could possess if we only stop thinking of what could happen, and instead decided what will happen
And what we are capable of achieving in business, as the first thing that appeared when I checked her website out were these great words " Life is a journey to find out what you are capable of, yet it is one that people often shy away from"
She is an explorer and lover of the big challenges in life.
But life didn't start in such a grand fashion, as like most of us she started her career as far away from freedom as was possible in a corporate gig, and worked for British Gas.
Although it is true to say that even within an environment like this, she was out to prove a few things and became one the youngest employees ever to reach a Senior Management Role within the organisation.
But it was when made the decision to spend 3 moths in Kenya on her first expedition that her life truly changed forever
It was then she could start to see the first footsteps on the path that she has traveled ever since, and developed her belief that she was capable of more than she imagined possible..
In 2013, she celebrated twenty five years since she made her that first expedition to Kenya,
And since then she became an inspiration to many as the first British woman to ski to the Magnetic North Pole, which led onto expeditions to Antarctica, the Geographical North Pole and skiing with an international team across the Greenland Ice Cap.
These expeditions taught her the realities of leadership, managing change and maintaining motivation, which she now helps business leaders put into practice today through corporate coaching and keynote presentations.
So why did she decide to do that first three months in Kenya, and did she have to quit her job to do it, or did she have lovely bosses that allowed such a huge amount of annual leave?
And as we find time and time again on Join Up Dots, is it the true hardships that we learn from most, or do they just point us to the direction we should be moving?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only inspiration and entrepreneur Sue Stockdale.
Fri, 20 March 2015
Today's guest has been involved in the online world since before Google was even thought off....yes, hard to believe, but way back in 1994 she was operating as an Internet Sales Advisor.
Teaching early pioneers how to make money from eBooks, products and webinars.
As an early adopter of online marketing, she is considered to be one of the nation's most passionate speakers in the subject, being at the forefront of its explosion to where we are today.
She is known for cutting through the fluff and helping people leave their sob stories behind, so they can stop focusing on the past and start looking towards the future.
She speaks and teaches about what she believes are the core elements of a successful life: accountability, integrity, honesty, and living with passion and hope.
Now don't for a minute think that this is a story that goes only one way....upwards.
No, this is a story that in classic Join Up Dots style has the light and the dark, the good times and the bad, made from choices in her life that were somewhat erratic to say the best.
In her teens and early twenties she made decisions that took her from a comfortable middle-class upbringing to a life of homelessness and being unemployable.
But she rose above seemingly insurmountable odds to become an award winning business owner, bestselling author, Internet sales and marketing trainer, and award winning keynote speaker.
So why did a middle-class girl decide that she had to take the kind of decisions that some might be classed as risky, when most would take the comfortable route?
And how did she delve into the Internet and be so ahead of the curve and everything that has engulfed us since?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, with the one and only Kathleen Gage.
Thu, 19 March 2015
Today's guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview is a lady who believes totally in the mission that she started back in, well actually it seems like something that has been in her since a small girl.
She is driven by the belief that everyone has something significant to contribute and when people (male or female) come together and support one another; “We are truly Better Together.”
She has total freedom of choice to go about creating the career success that she wants in her life, by being committed to helping individuals discover their talent and connect to the right circle of people to live out their purpose.
And that really is a key point to building success in ones life.
Surround yourself with the right people who can complement your own strengths, and make your best even better.
Setting her career out on firm foundations she left Loyola Marymount University wth a BA in Business/Political Science and started working for Accountants Overload as an account executive.
She then moved onto Robert Half International and did ten years, before becoming an Area Manager and Trainer for New Century Mortgage.
And what is most impressive is due to her outlook, and positive disposition she appears to have built on the connections that she gained at these companies, and instead of simply walking away from them, built upon them.
The no experience wasted theory, working hand in hand with no personal relationship should be wasted either.
Now she has many plates spinning at one time, with commentator, author, public speaker, and President of several global networks, as well as being a mother and wife of her beloved husband Eric all on her schedule.
So how has she done all this and still look like she is in her early twenties?
And does she see networking, and building connections as the major piece of the puzzle that people miss out on for fear of not having anything to offer?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only entrepreneur Michelle Patterson.
Wed, 18 March 2015
Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a lady who I got introduced to by the wonderful Neen James that you would have heard back on episode 258 of Join Up Dots
She said David..."you have to get this hot chick on your show...she is amazing!"
Well I'm not going to turn down an introduction like that, and I can see why she feels that she is so amazing when you read in her own words.
"Who am I? I am busy, just like you. I want to live long and live STRONG, and I don’t want to obsess about it. I don’t want to rely on the expiring resource that is willpower, I want a lifestyle that works. I want my red wine, my dark chocolate, and I still want to bounce a quarter off my abs.
I don't want to "look good for my age," I want to get BETTER every day, every year. I want to track my progress and help you with yours. I am not a fitness professional, nor a health practitioner. I am a full-time business owner, a part-time triathlete, a woman with a family and a lot of responsibility, just like you. I do not have all of the answers, AND I WILL NEVER BE FINISHED, and that is the fun."
But this isn't a story about a lady who loves springing around, and balancing upside down on her head on surfboards (yep, im sure we will discuss this image later), but one of a hardworking business lady who has constantly upskilled herself and developed since starting her working life like me as a corporate trainer.
Funnily enough our lives also intertwined as she also worked as a consultant for a UK-based firm supporting the Royal Bank of Scotland/Natwest's customer growth objectives, to whom I worked for both companies in my past too.
She is the co-founder of The Trivista Group, where she supports multi-national organizations in building value through new business model development, innovative customer and supplier initiatives, and other advancements, whilst also spending as much time as she can in the outdoors training for Marathons and Ironman competitions
As well as being the host of the wellness based podcast and platform On Air With Ella you can see that she is right and she is super busy.
So does she have a way of finding more time in the day than anyone else?
And does she see her current path as exactly where she should be, or is it still part of the longer journey of life?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Elizabeth Lucas-Averett
Tue, 17 March 2015
Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a beautiful lady who wants the world to realise that we need to break the good girl rules, and to become authentic to ourselves.
In short stop playing the roles that people expect you to play, and instead be who you are and what you were put on this world to be.
Back in 1982, she entered and the Miss USA competition by doing just that.
At the end of the competition she was asked by the host Bob Barker "“So what do you do in Cabot, Arkansas, on a Saturday night?”
And instead of getting the answer "I spend time looking after injured animals, and teaching the homeless algebra" she answered with "“In the summer, we cruise up and down Main Street. Then we go to the Tastee Freeze, sit on the back of my friend’s pickup truck, he plays the banjo, and the guys drink a little beer and dip a little Skoal. It’s a real good time.”
And guess what arise 1982's Miss USA
She is the author of several books, including “The Enlightened Mom: A mother’s guide for bringing peace, love and light to your family’s life,” WINNER ~ 2011 Best Spiritual Book of the Year at both New York and San Francisco Book Festivals, and has the mission is to help you let go of society’s rules that tell you how to ACHIEVE love, happiness and success, and, instead, honor and love the way you were created.
So does she remember planning her answer to Mr Bob Barker before hand, or was it something that she just had on the tip of her tongue and blurted it out?
And obviously with the glamour that comes with winning a prestigious competition such as Miss USA, did she enjoy the trappings and the aforementioned glamour, or was it simply living a dreamlife that she was pleased to leave behind.
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Terri Britt.
Mon, 16 March 2015
Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a man with huge faith in his religion and also himself.
He is an a family man, with pure hustle muscle running through him, and a desire to take on many different roles in his life.
Growing up in Texas, he has, since being a small boy, been a paper boy, a grocery bagger, delivery driver, cable TV disconnect-er to name just a few of the roles he has undertaken, but through all of them you can see a thread that connects them all.
At his core it seems to me that he has an interest in people and serving others.
It is that ability to connect with people, of all demographics that has lead to him to the life that he is living today.
And that is where I get a bit stuck, as I cant quite see where he is today.
He is an author of both fiction and non-fiction, he is a podcaster, he is a pastor, and he is an entrepreneur.
Well lets just say that he is very busy man, with a drive to never have anyone say at his funeral “He had such potential…”
So the key questions that I feel are only right to ask him are:
What would he describe himself if he was met by a pretty lady in a bar (its ok his wife Mindi, won't hear this bit!)
And does he see the rocket power that we need to go for the life of dreams, as enthusiasm, talent or just an idea?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Carey Green.
Sun, 15 March 2015
I love doing this job, as you get to speak to people like todays guests.
And for so many people who are out there looking for the straight road to success this is a guest who has firmly been on the winding curve, some might say the squiggly route to success for decades.
Starting her career way back in 1980 our guest was firmly on the path linked to Health and Safety in the workplace, or school.
She trained and presented courses on a wide range of safety issues and it seemed this was her thing for several years.
But it was when she stepped into the world of sales and marketing that she really started to find a path where the light of success began turning in her direction.
And it seems obvious now you see what she is doing in her life, and loving what she was doing too.
As she says "My heart and passion is marketing and sales".
She is an entrepreneur, trainer and author of PayDay2Profits which is a guide for converting contacts to cash from corporations to individuals,.
Managing your network for maximum impact on your bank balance
But dig deeper and you can see that the only reason that she has become so successful is as much to do with the things that she no longer does, than the things that she loves.
She needed to go through the curves, to find the foundations that made her ready to go up a gear.
So how much of what she does now in her life can she see connecting to her younger self?
And does she feel that she was only going to be a success in one field, or does confidence breed a belief that success can be transferred wherever you want to go?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only Mary Vidarte.
Sat, 14 March 2015
Todays guest is an English author, who believes totally that "Small Habit Changes Lead To Massive Results Over Time."
But he didn't start his career by putting pen to paper, and delivering book after book to the shelves of Amazon and other popular book shops.
No instead he spent many years studying Chinese martial arts, was a professional firefighter, entrepreneur, and a UK based Certified Personal Trainer and Sports & Exercise Nutrition Coach, gaining this nutritional qualifications from the esteemed Precision Nutrition.
But you might think that means that he is a self development nut, looking for the ultimate version of himself.
But no think again.
Because as we see time and time again, that when someone focuses in on improving themselves it will more often that not lead to them looking to share their knowledge with the world.
And he is no different, as he has found a passion and a commitment for educating people on the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.
He gets huge amounts of joy and satisfaction from educating people on the benefits of living a healthy, vibrant, meaningful, and playful life.
So did he always want to be the finest physical specimen that he could make himself?
And what is the biggest mistake that people make in trying to get their own momentum going.
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Stephen Reed
Fri, 13 March 2015
Well it's not often that you read on a persons LinkedIn profile such bit of essential business building information such as "I'm interested in muscle cars, classic rock (Pink Floyd, The Eagles), vinyl records, the ocean, sunshine, Apple products and concerts. I’m known as ♫ The LinkedIn Rockstar ♫, but I don’t work for LinkedIn."
And that, as we see time and time again on Join Up Dots is the profile of someone that is having fun, being authentic and rocking it bigtime.
Starting his career as an IT professional in Phoenix Arizona is seems to me that he was either a man on a mission or someone who got bored with roles quite easily.
As he moved every few years from one position to another, seemingly looking for his thing, but of course gaining experience as he went.
But it was when he moved into the career of Event planning and Networking that it all came together.
He had found his thing, and now with his own radio show, a passion for Key Note speaking and motivational presentations and of course sharing LinkedIn best practices he is loving everyday.
He is being true to himself, playing to his strengths and earning a living whilst doing it!
So what was it about LinkedIn that really got him excited enough to build a whole business around it?
And why does he feel that we all seem to go through the same search at the beginnings of our careers?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Mike O'Neil, the LinkedIn Rockstar.
Thu, 12 March 2015
Todays guest on Join Up Dots is an amazing lady with such a huge heart, and the drive to tackle the kind of challenges that would make me quite simply climb back into bed.
Shortly she is going to start rowing herself around the British Isles on the Great British Viking Quest, which is a 3000 mile, single-handed circumnavigation of Great Britain in a purpose built ocean rowing boat, retracing the oar strokes of Viking seafarers, warriors, and conquerors.
The expedition brings ocean literacy, environmental, and STEM (Science, Technology, engineering, and Maths) education alive for students worldwide in the 21st century.
Funds raised will provide education to disadvantaged young people worldwide, helping every child 'go for gold' and to be successful in whatever they do in life.
As she says "I'm passionate about the world, scuba diving, human beings, and the experiences that life brings us. I love my job, and I feel very privileged to do what I am doing.
So how has a lady that spent two years walking peoples dogs around the English Countryside, ended up following in the watery path of the United Kingdoms Norwegian invaders?
And does she feel that is just the start to more and more increasingly challenges that she can see on the horizon?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the inspirational Sarah Weldon