Wed, 5 October 2016
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady with a fascinating story of personal acceptance, and battling other peoples personal perceptions of her.
She is a Manchester born, award winning playwright, director, who is driven to get her words onto the page to provoke thought, view point, and change.
Her plays capture the unspoken complexities of human relationships – the things we say, the things we hide, the secrets that shape us – in a way that few contemporary dramatists manage. Immensely subtle and beautifully observed, her work gives voice to unforgettable characters and leaves us mysteriously changed.
Now growing up as mixed-race teenager in Moss Side, Manchester in the seventies was quite an experience.
If you dont know the reputation of Moss Side, then it would be fair to say that it is known as a tough, working class environment, with back in the seventies, very few opportunities to grow into a person different from your peers.
But our guest had other ideas, and was determined to break free and do as we say something different.
But the fascinating moment, or should we call it a Big dot moment seems to me to be the realisation that it was good to be different.
It was ok to say “I am what I am” and I am happy to be different.
As she says “Because my dad came from the hills in Jamaica – a proper country guy. It makes me really proud that my dad came here as an immigrant, my mum came from Ireland as an immigrant, and in one generation they made a playwright, and next they made an actress. So I feel historically wonderful!
So was this reinvention of themselves, the inspiration for her to create a bigger and bolder version of herself?
As in 1999, when before our guest hadn’t written a play before, she took the North West Playwrights’ course and won the 2001 Alfred Fagon Award for her The Well, followed by an attachment at the National Theatre Studio in 2002.
Or was, the big dot moment when in rehearsal for a play she stood up to her director and said “‘You ask the secondary white actors what they think — you tell the main character, black actors what to think. bu never me” receiving the response “You are barred and if you try to come back in the police will remove you.’ ?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Linda Brogan.
Mon, 3 October 2016
My guest today on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a Yanran Carpenter, a coach, business lady and host of the newly released podast the Yanran Career lab.
She is now based in the US, after starting her life and then running away from her home in China to find her true purpose.
And it seems that her true purpose is now coming together with her flourishing business, where she helps students and working professionals who want to pursue a career they are passionate about and live a regret free life going from strength to strength.
But it has taken a few years to get this going, as she says “Growing up in China, I spent most of my childhood in school and buried myself in mountains and mountains of books. At that time no one thought anything different. Parents and teachers were all telling you this is the only way to get ahead in your life—get good grades, go to good school and get a good job. After junior high, things changed. There was a voice in my head telling me to be different. I found myself in love with personal development books and started to rethink everything: Why do I go to school 8 hrs a day? Why do I study something I probably never going to use? Why are painting and knitting known as wasting my time?
The voice in my head got louder by the day. Finally, I decided to leave the home and country I familiar with, come to America to find the purpose in my life. Things are very different here. Children go to school for only 5 hr a day with little to no homework. They can do pretty much anything without getting told as wasting your time. Everyone here is saying follow your heart and go get what you want in life.”
So how do you transition to a life you want, when the voices are getting louder and louder, but you haven’t decided where you should focus your life?
How do you make the next step the right step?
Well you don’t.
You just have to do something, and then something else, until it becomes clear to you.
And from studying textiles and design in University, to working for Clark’s shoes as a Retail Manager, to becoming a Freelance Designer, our guest certainly tried something else before Yanran Career coaching burst into life.
So when she was about to leave China, and move to the US, did her family tell her she was making a huge mistake, or “Go for it Yanran, we believe in you!”?
And now she is doing what she is doing, does it become easier to attract clients because she has a backstory, or is it harder because of it?
Well lets find out as w bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Yanran Carpenter.
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To listen to more from Yanran Carpenter go to:
Podcast: Yanran Career Lab
Description: Yanran Career Lab - The place to discover the career and personal stories from every day people just like you and get inspired to find your passion, follow your dreams and accelerate your personal growth.
Sun, 2 October 2016
Every weekend we go back in time and dip into the Join Up Dots vaults to find a show that could well be hidden from your ears.
And why do we do this?
Well, you success junkies desperate for the golden ticket have been asking "With so many episodes of Join Up Dots out there now, which ones should we listen to first?
And its a difficult question to answer as everyone of them has motivation and inspiration flooding out of every pore.
So we have simply decided to grab an entrepreneur at random, and share with you not only their journey, but also ours.
We think we are getting better at this podcasting lark, but what do you think?
Drop us a line at email@example.com and let us know.
Thanks as always for listening to the show, and enjoy todays entrepreneurial business chat.
Fri, 30 September 2016
Entrepreneur podcasts dont come better than this.
Todays show is a solo show when your friendly neighbourhood UK podcaster shares his feeling of happiness and poses the question.
When was the last time that you felt truly inspired, and happy when you are at work?
It's a big question and one that so many of us do not stop to consider, as we are so focused on the future, the in trays and that ever increasing email inboxes.
But we really should as its the only way to operate.
Happiness is our divine right to grasp at every opportunity.
Wed, 28 September 2016
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has one of the greatest "About Pages" that I have ever read. It was like a movie in the making, where after working in an office for eighteen terrible months, her whole life came crashing down after finding herself in a room with three of the most terrible managers that you would ever find. As she says "I worked at the office for 18 dreadful months before I was very unprofessionally relieved of my duties on August 8, 2011. Three managers (I’ll call them Randi, Candi, and Mandi – they were all old enough to be my mother) sat me down in a room and, instead of just firing me (which I did, in fact, deserve for my poor choices), personally attacked me with verbal venom. “You’re a sack of trash,” said Randi, who was president of the company. “You’ve been stealing from me for months.” “You make me sick." Unbelievable comments that were only made to strip away the self-esteem, and leave her in a pool of self despair. But looking back, these horrible managers were the start of something amazing in her life. A changing of her mindset to rebuild, restart and find her true path and that was found in the world of proofreading, which within just a few months changed her life in a way she could never have hoped to experience. Alongside her partner Ben, together they went from a $4,000-a-month average income to a $100,000 a month business in just over a year. In the last 15 months their online businesses have grossed over a million dollars and have helped over a thousand people live better lives. As she says "We no longer believe earning money has to be a lifelong struggle or endless exchange of our time for money. Instead, we believe following our “genius” — our own unique know-how — plus a lot of passion and hard work (read: action taking!!!) can and does bring a greater reward. Now we’re paying it forward by coaching other people in obtaining the necessary skills and resources to turn their own “genius” into a valuable product that enhances not only their own lives, but others’ lives, too." So does she look back on Randi, Candi and Mandi and ever think......"I would love to get them in a bar and buy them a drink to thank them for their poor management? And if she can now have a life that can be taken anywhere, is there ever a desire to set down deep roots and call a place a real home? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Caitlin Pyle
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Mon, 26 September 2016
Persuasion, Negotiation And Turning A Legal Career Into A Multi-Million-Dollar Business With Dave Frees:
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man whose careers have taken him across the globe and exposed him to leaders, master communicators, persuaders, influences, and negotiators in hundreds of nations and across many different cultures. Starting his career back in 1985, as an attorney assigned to large litigation matters such as aviation litigation and tobacco litigation it was obvious that this was a young man full of ambition, Moving through a few quick career steps, it seems obvious to an outsider than upon creating the company Success technologies he had found the thing that he was waiting to do. He now uses his experience to teach leadership, sales and marketing, persuasion, influence, interrogation, and negotiation to audiences ranging from computer hackers turned “good guys” to entrepreneurs, the military and to civilians. Appearing on NPR, MindTV, PBS, Fox News, and on over 120 radio and television programs it is with little surprise that he has also been flourishing within hes own freelance keynote speaking business. He has authored several books related to persuasion, influence and business, and co-authored Einstein’s Business with M. Scott Peck, Steven Covey, and many other folk, whilst still being a practising lawyer. So how does he manage to do all these things whilst still keeping his hair, his sanity and managing to spend anytime with his family? And what is the area, if it was all taken away from him that he would now like to step into, bringing his talents to a whole new audience? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Dave Frees
Sun, 25 September 2016
Every weekend we go back in time and dip into the Join Up Dots vaults to find a show that could well be hidden from your ears. And why do we do this? Well, you success junkies desperate for the golden ticket have been asking "With so many episodes of Join Up Dots out there now, which ones should we listen to first? And its a difficult question to answer as everyone of them has motivation and inspiration flooding out of every pore. So we have simply decided to grab an entrepreneur at random, and share with you not only their journey, but also ours. We think we are getting better at this podcasting lark, but what do you think? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. Thanks as always for listening to the show, and enjoy todays entrepreneurial business chat.
In todays show we bring you Leslie Sann, a life coach who has most certainly been through the The Life Coach School of hardknocks, and can how point the way to a future of happiness and fulfilment.
So if you want a career in life coaching and great career advice then this is the show for you.
Fri, 23 September 2016
Terri Levine is my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview.
She is a business mentoring expert, startup coach and the Chief Heartrepreneur™ at Heartrepreneur™
She is also the host of the Heartpreneur Radio Show on iTunes.
She is also a best-selling author of over 17 books, keynote speaker, radio host, and appears regularly in the media as a business coaching and consulting expert, and has been named one of the top ten coaching gurus in the world. And if that is not, she also seems to have the biggest smile the world has ever seen. Honestly, it is like happiness has found a place to live. But what has lead her to this point in her career? Was it like so many of us who search for instant success, but in fact wander through several years of ups and downs before finding our thing, or did she hit the ground running? I guess we will find out during today's shows. But one thing for sure is she is on a mission to change the way that business, solopreneurs, and entrepreneurs operate when dealing with their customers. A few years back she got fed up with how businesses were treating prospects, customers, employees, and vendors and decided to create the term Heartrepreneur™ making thought leaders operate from within their hearts instead of their wallets. So is this something that she now sees as her legacy work, or is the ambition still to achieve something bigger, bolder and brighter before she departs? And what does she feel are the biggest obstacles to overcome when working from your heart for most people? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Terri Levine (startup expert, startuppodcast ,freedom, Lifestyle, Business, Steve Jobs, How To)
To hear more from Terri Levine go to:
Podcast: Heartpreneur Radio
Description: Each week we discuss coaching, mentoring, and training techniques and tips to be more heart to heart with prospects, customers, employees and vendors.
Wed, 21 September 2016
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is lady who has done something truly amazing in her life. And this is something that we can all do in our owns live too. She set out to re-write her story and create a different ending to the one that she was living, and achieved it. As she says "I was a shy security guard, working 60 hours a week earning £1,000 a month before I was made redundant after coming back from my second maternity. Lacking the strength to pull through, I slipped into a slight depression, lost 50% of my hair, and had a massive breakout on my face, all because I thought I was going to lose it all. I had no spark, no enthusiasm, and no zest for life. The thought of experiencing anything miraculous, not to talk about making money in my own business, never crossed my mind. I actually thought, “This was the end of rope, I’m too old to start making any impression.” Then one morning while having a hot shower, listening to Beyoncé, I heard a big bang on my door, and I ran out naked with this look on my face, WTF..... So what happened to make this soapy, naked lady, turn into a super successful woman coaching all around the world on personal branding and marketing, bringing in a minimum of £20K a month? How did she go about making the different choices in her life that lead to the success she craved, when she had no idea how to go about it? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Joyce Oladipo
Mon, 19 September 2016
Jaime-Lee Fraser is my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview.
She is a business strategy insider, the Co-Founder & Director of an award winning Financial Advice Firm, Master NLP Practitioner and a Business Growth Expert. She is on a mission to help the world create their own freedom, and financial independence after almost seeing her own future snatched away from her in the most terrible of ways. Starting her career as a Customer Sales Representative for United Airlines, she was very much on the corporate path, working for the man to build his dream. Whether she had desires at that point to build her own dream, who knows, as she then moved into another position in Financial Services , before working for Comminsure as their National Technical Manager? All pretty standard stuff. But one thing is for sure, her focused changed almost overnight to one of "Lets make my time on this planet the way that I want it to be!" And who can blame her, as back in 2002, our guest was enjoying a night out in the tropical paradise that is Bali. The Sari Club in the popular beach resort of Kuta had been full of holidaymakers, enjoying the evening, the conversation, the music and the drinks, before a bomb detonated. She was trapped by the explosion, facing death and trapped in flames. As she says "While it was the worst and best day of my life as I miraculously survived, I knew I had more to give in this life." And now she is very much her own woman, and has transformed herself into a financial entrepreneur, business & performance strategist joining forces with visionary leaders and emerging entrepreneurs, to guide them to create their most powerful, happy and successful life possible. She speaks passionately about what she thinks we should achieve, as she says "The reality, money is a significant element to creating freedom. But I also believe it's living with more meaning to be who you really want to be. It's a process of growth, improvement and a deeper force to become the most powerful, happy and successful you possible. So how did this lady transform herself from survivor to business leader in such a short period of time? And does she feel that although not wanting a bomb to go off next to all her clients, the world more than often needs a shock for it to realise "Time is limited....let's get going?" Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start join up dots, with the one and only Jaime-Lee Fraser