Wed, 16 September 2015
My guest today on Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an amazing lady who I first connected with back on episode 66, and I’m proud to say that she has become a great friend too.
Back on episode 66, we talked openly about the journey she had been on to get to the point where everyday she lives at a ten plus.
Yes she was once asked to rate her life happiness and fulfillment between one and ten, and she honestly replied “a ten”plus, which is just one of the reasons she genuinely feels that all of us should be living to our full potential so that we can go off the scale and also live like her
But like all people that achieve great success, its been a long journey starting back when she was 18 years old when she saw the the late great Jim Rhon speak live.
She has been a co-host of the global variety talk show, “Samira’s Show, which airs to over 150 million people in Asia, Europe, Canada, United States, and Iran, she has had her own “Getting Your Life to a Ten +” web series with the Hallmark channel, she is an author, coach, motivational speaker, and a great person to be around.
But quite simply it seems that she has the confidence to be able to tackle most things, and push out of the comfort zone that holds so many of us back
She has the confidence to accept the opportunities first and then work out how to make it happen
So how do you get your talents to the point that people feel that you can do anything?
And how do you stop being dragged away from what you want should truly be doing in life, by accepting these challenges?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Kim Somers Egelsee
Mon, 14 September 2015
My guest today Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Mr Greg Schwem, a man who has combined two sought after talents and created something rather unusual.
He knows how many business conferences are dry, flat affairs, with keynotes presentations by grey men, in grey suits, spouting grey material.
Leaving the audience wondering when the next breakout session will be, or what happened to that cute girl they saw earlier that morning.
Instead he brings a comedic approach honed by working the stand-up routines in Chicago, with an eye for detail for the written word developed through his study at Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism.
Two distinctly different specialisms, which complement each other perfectly.
But as we see time and time again where someone ends up, displaying what seem like god given talents, is quite often the last place that they envisioned at the beginning of their career.
Leaving University, he settled in Florida, becoming an award-winning reporter for NBC-owned WPTV in West Palm Beach, until when he began inserting material about business and technology into his act, audience members approached him and said, “You really should come down to my office and tell those jokes.”
And that was that. With a lot of hard work. A lot of persistence. And a desire to be the best that he can be he was on his way.
So how did this young journalist take such a detour in his career?
And why did he feel the need to take an already difficult art of public speaking, and make it doubly tough by trying to make business folk laugh at 9:00am in the morning?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Greg Schwem
Sat, 12 September 2015
In today's bonus episode of Join Up Dots, your host David Ralph shares something deeply personal that he should have got dealt with years ago, but was scared to do it.
Finally making an appointment at the hospital for an issue that has caused him distress and discomfort for far longer than it should have, he realised that he was trapped within the comfort zone.
That zone where dreams die.
And experiences are never gained.
He was scared to confront something that was out of the normal experiences that he dealt with everyday.
Preferring to ignore it until it become something that he couldn't ignore it anymore.
But why do we do this?
Why do we all crave the life of our dreams, where excitement wakes us up everyday with a cheery eagerness, but instead prefer to be greeted by the cold hand of boredom and frustration instead.
Its quite simply that as human beings we like nothing more than routine.
We don't like to be scared, or feel apprehension and discomfort.
But actually being brave and attempting new things, feeling frightened and full of adrenaline, is what keeps us young and feeling good about ourselves.
It doesn't have to be big like tying a bungee chord to your office window and leaping out, but just speaking up when normally you might have stayed quiet.
It might be going into a bookshop and choosing a totally random book to what you would normally reach out for.
Just stuff that is different.
We impose a lot of restrictions on ourselves that keep us small.
Stopping us believing in the impossible.
And by stepping out of our comfort zone in small ways, we actually build up our confidence to tackle the big things.
And in big thing land is where our dreams start becoming real.
Fri, 11 September 2015
Todays guest joining us on Join Up Dots, is a man who is tackling an issue that is in so many ways bigger than one man can tackle.
But that is not stopping him.
In fact the enormity seems to spur him on to greater and greater achievements.
From his home in Senegal Africa, he has founded R.I.S.E an organisation to help counter the unemployment issue that is affecting so many young adults and their families in his country.
He is trying to inspire and encourage a new generation of Young Africans to believe that they can become entrepreneurial and create their own incomes.
He is trying to change mind-sets, so the unemployed can start thinking of ways of creating their own economy and changing their own lives.
What makes this program so fascinating is how our guest brings together education, fitness, Language studies, inspiration and communication to give his students the greatest chance to achieve.
He builds a foundation of achievement before certifying the students as graduating his course and setting them off to go for their dreams..
So what was it that got the fires burning to start establishing these centres across Africa?
And how did he overcome those initial fears that stop so many great ideas from even finding their first faltering steps.
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to sqtrt joining up dots with the one and only Mr Badou Kane
Wed, 9 September 2015
My guest today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Leslie Sann, a lady who has joined me in bed every night for the last few weeks.
No, not in the way that you are thinking, and probably not they way she is hopes its not either.
But she presented me with a copy of her new book “LIFE HAPPENS What Are YOU Going to Do About It?” and I have been reading a chapter a night, and it’s a great little book of stories, insights and exercises to take your life to where it wants to be.
And the main thing that the book rams home time and time again, is that life should be easy.
We should enjoy everyday and find better ways of doing stuff when life seems to hard for us to deal with.
She is the founder of Living by Design, an educational coaching organization, where for more than 25 years she has been helping people live a joyful life by showing them how to live by design rather than by default.
Make the right thing happens by conscious thought, and not just get pushed around by what life throws at you.
So did she get to a point in her own life when she thought “Enough is enough, its time to make life what I want it to be”
And does she see that most people can build the dream life, or is there a select special group of forward thinkers that get the dream?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Leslie Sann.
Mon, 7 September 2015
My guest today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is, Nina Kaufman a lady who is on one hand a career focused business lady with a huge interest in law and on the other someone quite different..
Yes, she is the founding is a founding partner of Paltrowitz & Kaufman, and also a founder of Wise Counsel Press, which offers legal advice for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Seems pretty standard doesn’t it, and if you are like me you already have an image of who we are going to talk to today.
But then how about if we tell you that she was also a stand up comedian, and loves nothing more than bringing humour into her work as a business lawyer?
Yeah, now you are interested aren’t you!
Receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College (cum laude), her Master’s degree from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and her law degree from Boston University, she layered education on to the passions she had since a young girl to use the law to help change lives.
She saw the film “To Kill A Mocking Bird” and quite simply the passion for helping change occur became something that she couldn’t deny.
But it seems to me that a key part to what has made he who she is today occurred in her first role straight out of law school
As she says in her own words “I was working with a firm that had a revolving door of attorneys and support staff. Employee morale was low. The partners were often verbally abusive; they yelled a lot. My first experience was one where I realized I was going to have to fend for myself and that I couldn’t really rely on all the old assumptions that I had gone through much of law school with. It’s one of the reasons I became much more entrepreneurial in the way that I handled my practice and the clients I chose and what I’ve done with my J.D. since then.”
Another black dot actually became the keystone to future successes.
So why was she driven to go into stand up comedy when her life was built around serious issues and high level business stress?
And is she now where wants to be, or is their even more dots to join up on the way to to her final destination?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Nina Kaufman.
Fri, 4 September 2015
My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Tex Allen, a fascinating man, who has taken something so simple, and so common to us all and created something astonishing.
Our guest, wears a red nose everyday, one of the comic relief ones that most of us have had tucked away in a draw at home.
But he is not a clown, but a man using this item to break barriers, connect across the world, and open up conversations that would have otherwise remained closed.
This all started when he started getting annoyed by bumping into people in a local mall that had their noses glued to their phones and tablets.
Frustrated by the disconnection in the world, where even the cashiers who rang up his transactions seemed to have forgotten how to have an authentic, human interaction he too action.
And so on a whim, he decided to put on a clown nose he’d recently been gifted at a friend’s wedding before going into a Starbucks for a post-shopping coffee break.
He needed something to cheer him up and decided that since no one pays attention to each other anyway, he might as well do something fun.
And that has now lead him to creating a movement which is global, fun, and all about getting us connected again.
So did it have to be a nose, or could anything have done the trick?
And does he ever feel embarrassed by wearing this everyday, or does it actually make him feel truly authentic?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Tex Allen
Wed, 2 September 2015
My guest today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who can call himself a global mindset coach, with clients across the world who seek him out to help them go to the next level.
From entrepreneurs, world champions, professional sports athletes, multi-millionaire business owners, TV and film producers, TV and stage actors, trauma survivors and even Royal Family have all benefited from his skills.
But what fascinates me, is coming from Liverpool he would have found himself surrounded with friends and families who are just looking to get by.
He would have been on a path like so many of us that is almost expected.
Study hard, leave school, get a job, start a family….you get the drift.
But our guest didn’t do that, instead he left everything behind and traveled to Sydney Australia, where he discovered Neuro Linguistic Programming in a sales and marketing environment.
Breaking multiple sales records whilst helping clients successfully structure and invest in real-estate and at the top of the business in Australia, he was head-hunted to New Zealand.
There he began to share his skills with CEO’s and again being in high demand was prospected to many companies, helping them develop their sales teams and set up internal departments.
At the age of only 26 he opened a company developing a project to build a 100 Million dollar resort in the Fiji Islands. After marketing the company over in Dubai along side multi billion dollar developments the global real-estate industry began to slow down and he had a decision to make.
After so much success would he batten down the hatches and go into survival mode?
Or would he do the unexpected and get bigger, opening his arms wide and screaming “Come on world its me, just watch what I can do!”
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Andy Murphy
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Mon, 31 August 2015
Devin Thorpe is a man who has a path similar to so many people in the world and certainly many of the guests of Join Up Dots.
He was on a path, that had been created out of study, education and hard work, leading him to perform as he says "The best job he’d ever had—as the Chief Financial Officer of the multinational food and beverage company MonaVie" until they let him go.
And upon those words "Sorry we don't require your services anymore" his life it seems became what truly it should have been at the beginning.
He and his wife ended up living in China for a year where he wrote "Your Mark On The World" and embarked on the career he’d always wanted yet hadn’t dared dream.
And that is what truly fascinates me.
Why does a man work tirelessly in his education, and his employment, but not allow this effort to take him to the land of his dreams.
The places where his heart, brain, enthusiasms, all come together and he wakes up excited every morning.
And now he is an author, advisor and Forbes contributor, and is a devoted full time to championing social good, writing about, advocating for and advising those who do good.
He travels extensively, sharing inspiring messages as a keynote speaker, and trainer.
So have the dots joined up naturally for him, or does he feel that he is now just starting the journey that is truly his?
And what would he say to his younger self if he could go back in time, do what he did, or change direction even earlier.
Well we are going to find out later, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Devin Thorpe
Fri, 28 August 2015
It’s an absolute delight to have on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, two ladies who literally bound around the world like some excited Labradors.
And believe me that might not sound like a compliment, but it certainly is.
As the two of them have had some huge setbacks in life, but haven’t allowed them to lose their spirit for life, and their desire to create adventure in their relationship.
After originally meeting in 2010 at a course in Sydney, called ‘The Quest for Truth’ it became evident that the quest for truth, was going to be linked with their love of travel.
A few years back, after leaving Australia, they entered into a business opportunity in Dubai, which of course they thought would be a good move, but turned out to be anything but.
Or so hey would have thought at the time, but as we see literally everyday on Join Up Dots, the darkest times in our lives become the moments where we find our true paths.
Left with literally nothing, they had to reassess what they wanted to do, and how they wanted to do it….with the caveat of making it as cheap as possible.
With a mere $300 in their pockets they decided to start travelling through house-sitting as a way to save money on the rent they could no longer afford.
They figured if they could save themselves rent and utility bills for six months or so, they could get back on our feet… and then go and do something they really wanted to do, which of course would involve travel.
But actually they had found it already, and now are the creators of the international housesitting community, where they share their knowledge and experience with anyone who has that desire for the nomadic lifestyle….which I think most of us have at one time or another.
So do they look back at Dubai, and go “Do you know that was truly the making of us…we wouldn’t change a thing!”
And do they believe that within all of us is a business that can be built purely on our passions, leading to a life that we love?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots with the one and only, Nat & Jodie