Fri, 28 July 2017
Fun Fun. Fun is what we all want. And on todays show we discuss fun and how you can bring fun into your life, even when you think that there is no chance. You might be working in a factory. You might be working in a stuff office environment, when the last thing that the boss wants is you to have fun, when business needs to be dealt with. All of us want to have fun. But what does this mean, exactly? For some people, for example, fun is about getting wasted by taking drugs, drinking alcohol, or maybe just staying up very late at night. Fun is making the task you are doing as enjoyable as possible by being playful, creative and foolish. What we mean is fun is learning how to enjoy wherever you are and whatever you are doing, no matter how stupid it seems to be. This is a hard one for many people, but it is a key to having fun. The idea is to make anything fun, no matter how weird or dumb it is, if you look at it right. You don’t have to go anywhere, get drunk, or do anything like that to have fun. That is the key here. You can be humorous, upbeat, positive and happy no matter what other people choose around you. They can all be depressed and sad, and you can have a different attitude. This creates fun in anyone, in any situation. You can see the humor. You can see that people are strange, but not freak out or space out like most people do in this situation. Now, if someone or something is definitely making you very unhappy, then try to change the situation, go home, go away, do something else to change it as best you can. But for anything you do in life, you can certainly have fun and enjoy the process. And why, my friends I ask you would you not to do just that?
As the Beachboys said "And she had fun, fun, fun till her Daddy took the T-Bird Away!!
Wed, 26 July 2017
Podcasts are hot business at the moment. In fact podcasts have never been more popular and my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who not only is in the same game as me, but he has his fingers on the pulse of what is hot, what is good, and what in podcasting should be left as an idea and not actually brought out to the worlds ears.
He is the Head of Content at Spreaker, is former EVP/CTO at PodcastOne.com and former Content and Business Manager for Podcasts/TV at Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Zune.
He currently hosts the SpreakerLiveShow.com podcast Wednesdays at 3pm PST and co-hosts NewMediaShow.com/live Saturdays at 9am PST/Noon ES.
Which is of course very impressive, but even more so especially to someone like me is the fact that he is a veteran in the field, starting his WebTalk World Radio Show in 1999, recognized as the first nationally syndicated radio program in the world to begin podcasting on Sept 15th, 2004. and has been working in the podcasting field since.
Now this is pre-google, pre-iTunes, and pre the world that we now take for granted.
He is a lover of the format of podcasting.
Is a master at his game.
And is focused on raising the standards of content creators across the world.
And if that isn't something to make you licks your lips and salivate what about this fact!
He is also a Guinness World Record Holder for creating the worlds largest glass of Florida Orange juice.
So what was it that really excited him about stepping behind the microphone and getting his words out to a world, that perhaps was not ready to consume content in such a way?
And is podcasting something that he sees as a great business model, or just a passing fad, waiting to join the Rubik cube, cabbage patch dolls, and the pet pebbles in the craze hall of fame?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Rob Greenlee
During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Rob Greenlee such as:
Rob shares the steps that he took to create his podcasting career, which led from a love of marketing to putting his words into the worlds ears.
Rob shares why so many podcasts struggle with gaining an audience that will reach out to them and gives tips how to build an engaged audience.
Why it is so important to start a business from the basis of giving value before you ever start to look to getting any back
Mon, 24 July 2017
Fear, fear and more more fear is what we discuss with my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview.
He iss a man that i am proud to call a friend. Im not sure he would say the same about me, but I guess we will discover this through the show. He is the head honcho at Natural Born Coaches, where he supports, nurtures and sometimes gives a kick to coaches across the world who need a little help in building their businesses. And what I love about this guest, as you will see in the show it looks like he has really found his thing in life and looks like it was always on the cards. But as he says "After a decade of success in my past life (real estate,) I went through business closure and challenges that would have caused most to give up. How did I get back on track? With the help of coaches! After years of being a lone wolf, and being proud of “going it alone,” I experienced the power of coaching first-hand, and it really made a difference. So when I was ready to go back into business, I knew that I wanted to be a coach. I wanted to help others like I’d been helped. I dove in and became a coach, and discovered what every new coach learns when he gets into this business … it’s not easy! Jumping into the coaching business (for small business owners), he created the programs that he would use with his clients, established systems, printed business cards, launched his website, a blog, the social media, and waited for clients to start beating down his door. They didn’t! So he started prospecting harder every day. By reaching out to people in his target market, he got consultations and some clients (but too many that I was working with at discounted rates, or even worse, for free!). It was a frustrating situation. So when I finally got it rolling, I knew that I didn’t want other coaches to go through the same growing pains that I did." And now with his podcast rolling into the 500 plus episodes, and people now beating down his door for coaching advice, does he look back and think "Man, I made it truly hard for myself!" And what was the key that finally opened the door to get the whole things going? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots once more, with the one and only Mr Marc Mawhinney. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Marc Mawhinney such as: Why Marc feels that it is great to start building communities as soon as you possibly can, as its easy to do, very cheap, and builds connections like wildfire. Why there is a right way and wrong way to reach out to people, and the big two mistakes that Marc believes that everyone keeps on making. Keep Moving Forward is such a powerful mantra for life, for entrepreneurs and for anyone wanting a new future. There is nothing that will stop you 100% in your tracks...just keep moving forward. and lastly…. Why Marc feels that so many coaches need to get over their own personal fears and issues before they start marketing their own services to the world. You can't hide behind a glossy website if you haven't got your own act together.
Sun, 23 July 2017
Job Search time is hard. You know what you want to do, but nobody gives you the chance to do it. Which makes todays guest entrepreneur so inspiring. As in stead of keeping on the job search odyssey she went and built it herself. My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has a background in a background in engineering, marketing and management. Which has lead to her creating a business around…. ill let you think about if for a little while……lead generation, personal branding, communications, public speaking, social media marketing, and digital marketing. Yeah you didn’t see that coming did you? And I guess neither did our guest today, but it is true to say that at her core she has creativity flooding through her veins As she says ” I was always an artist and writer at heart, but thought that when starting the job search marketing was the best way to make a living doing something that required creativity. After a few years working in an insurance company, I realized that the corporate environment wasn’t for me, and thats when I made tough decision to leave the comfort zone of my corporate job, forget about another job search and start my own business.” But her adventure had a rough start. There were many unknowns, including her ultimate job search mission. Which is the amazing part of what Join Up Dots has become for so many people across the world. It is where belief grows into action, and action grows into whatever you want for yourself. You cant see the real dream right at the very beginning, you just have to find out the vague direction that you want to go in, and then start walking. So how did our guest manage to meander her way through the obstacles and create something amazing for her, her clients and of course the world? And when she looks back does she have those “Man, what was I thinking…I could do it so much quicker now” thoughts? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Cloris Kylie Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Cloris Kylie such as: How life is built around moments and situations that are terrible and out of control, but you just cant get to where you want to be without them. Why you should be very aware of who you are working for, so that you can build products that are needed before creating them….make sure you fill the need before anything.. Why Cloris believes firmly that we should spend more time looking back on the progress of what we have achieved than beating ourselves up about what we need to do in the future. How she believes that in the early days she had a small mindset that needed to be shook up so that she could truly start to be the person that she was born to be. And lastly…. How without two horrible Managers (who are named on the show) she wouldn’t be in the position that she is today….thank you Managers, but you were still bad people!!!
A Job Search when you want to be inspired, happy and motivated can be hard, so why not stop the job search and build the dream yourself?
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Fri, 21 July 2017
Faith, a faith a faith, you've got to have faith. Words supplied by the late and great George Michael, who told us all back in the eighties that no matter what we do in our lives we have to have faith. And that is what we talk about in today's episode of Join Up Dots Faith and most importantly having business faith. Let's get something straight right from the very beginning but when you start growing your business, so many people will tell you that its luck that you need. Yeah, you were so lucky that you found yourself in that position Oh, wow, how lucky was it that you went to that conference and met that business partner! Well let's get this clear when growing your business it's not about LUCK, It's about FAITH. How much do you have? Let me give you some examples of what I mean: * When we get on a plane we have the FAITH it is going to fly! * When we go to bed we have FAITH that in the morning there will be light! * When we leave our house we have the FAITH that it will be there when we return. 90% of our daily activities are solely based on our faith and belief. If we had no faith, we wouldn't even be able to get out of bed in the morning. Faith fuels our very being; yet when it come to getting clients and building our business it seems that there is a faith shortage. If we hold a workshop and one person shows, then we tell ourselves we have the wrong niche. If the first 10 people we speak to say no to our service, we convince ourselves that we hate marketing. Where is the faith? A good friend shared this wonderful analogy with me this weekend about business building... If am handed 10,000 oyster shells and told 10 have a million dollar pearl... I begin to open them. Phew. Oysters are hard to open. 1, 2, 3, 4...Ah. Sill no pearl. Shoot. 5, 6. I cut my hand. This is really hard. 7, 8, 9, 10. Still no pearl. So frustrating. This is a stupid idea. There are no pearls in any of these. I hate oysters. I don't even want a million dollars. And before you know it, there is no faith. Faith is tested when things get hard, when we are afraid, and when our perfectly laid plans aren't so perfect. True faith is continued belief in the face of adversity. True faith is when you have every single reason in the world to have NO faith, especially in business. So, here is how you hold on and keep faith the center of your business development: 1) Be clear about what you want. Faith wavers when it is uncertain what to claim. Claim what you want. 2) Stop being realistic. 3) Stop looking for the results. Not your job. They will come. Your job is faith, action, repeat. 4) Know that our faith will be constantly tested. You pass the test when you continue to believe.
Wed, 19 July 2017
Heath and business is what takes up my guests todays life. He is a man who classes himself as Part CEO, part personal development wonk and part biohacker info geek. Built from his background of businessman, television producer, filmmaker and author he would also class himself as 100% self-confessed serial entrepreneur,, He began his life journey in Colorado (via Wisconsin), where he studied marketing at the University of Colorado. He then graduated from Chadwick University with a BA in environmental studies, then went on to attend graduate school at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied intellectual property law. But it would seem to me that his life, at least where he was always heading started for earnest in 1999 when he started the health food business Steviva. Answering the need of food companies to manufacture products lower in sugar (and to adhere to new health based FDA disclosure guidelines), Steviva offers a wide range of industrial-size, high-quality clean-label sweetening systems for food manufacturers, plus smaller, pack-size sweetening options for health-conscious consumers. Through Steviva, our guests goal is to eliminate metabolic disease, one meal at a time. As he says "I founded Steviva Ingredients as a result of my passion for health, business, community service and environmental advocacy. My company was inspired by and follows the world renowned engineer, statistician, professor, author, lecturer, and management consultant Professor W. Edwards Deming's principles of constant improvement in product and customer service. My company ensures the highest possible standards for quality control and food safety. This drives everything we do." And isn't that how all success is made? Constant improvement over a period of time, leading to something amazing, rewarding and valuable to ourselves and the world. You start small, and work hard until the world starts to take notice. So was the entrepreneurial vibe born in him or constructed piece by piece by everyday of his working life? And living in a country that is known for its ample portions, sauces, relishes and other additions has it been easier to build his company, or more difficult because of the environment of food loving? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only, Mr Thom King. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Thom King such as: How he came to the realisation that he loves the moments of pain in his life, as this is the area of greatest growth. Thom shares an amazing story of how he came to find recognition from his father, something that he was so grateful for especially after his father passed away. Why he feels that so many people have a ceiling attached to their mindset which they could just blast through, as long as they look around and see what others are doing. and lastly…. Thom shares his childhood dreams of being in the entertainment industry, although he never truly felt it was possible. A mindset ceiling that he never truly managed to breakthrough.
Mon, 17 July 2017
Being the boss and an entrepreneur, when you are a lady is sometimes hard, especially when you have children and stuff.
However my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the CEO and Founder of Boss Mom, entrepreneur Dan Malstaff. She is a mother, author, business strategist, podcaster, blind spot reducer, and movement maker. She is the author of Boss Mom: The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Business & Nurturing Your Family Like a Pro, and with over 9,000 students in various courses and over 10 years of experience in content creation, community building, and business strategy, she grew the Boss Mom brand into a six figure business in less than a year. But was this always a success that was on the cards, or did she go through the same struggles, guilt and burnout that most new entrepreneurs find themselves in as there fledgling business grows and they become boss. Well certainly the life of a thriving entrepreneur certainly didn't seem on the cards as she pursued her education both in Dijon in France and the Indiana University where she studied Broadcast Journalism. Instead upon completing her studies, she entering employment with the Lowdendal Group, and Quantum Of Health, but it wasn't until she quit her job and got pregnant that the first dots of what has become today's mission really raised themselves. How do you build a business, whilst supporting a new baby? How do you build a business, whilst being a wife, lover, friend, best friend, and all the other hats that ladies wear nowadays? With the "Why cant we have our cake and eat it" ideology, Boss Mom was created to do two things. First, to help dramatically shift the mindset of ladies across the world in how they see themselves, and your role as a mother, entrepreneur, wife, daughter, friend and more. An epic shift that will allow them to see how they can be amazing in each of these roles without sacrificing the others. And second, to guide them through a new way of thinking about how they integrate their family life with their entrepreneurial life. Giving a plan that can be implemented that will make her clients world feel a little easier. So would she say that she was a reluctant entrepreneur or one that was always waiting to go out and blaze big across the world? And what would be the biggest learning she has gained from growing a business from scratch? Well lets find out as bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Dana Malstaff Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Dana Malstaff such as: How how she created a business that she loves and wakes up every morning, due to the people that she has hired or work with., Why Dana believes that accepting the rough times in one life on the way to becoming the boss, is a great way of finding the things that you truly love. You need the crap to really heighten your focus on the gold. Why you should never do things in your life that mean you are losing money. Delegate as much as you can, so you can earn the big stuff. and lastly…. Why its a great idea to get drunk in a pub, with a recorder and ask the big questions in life. You will be astonished to see how much truth comes out when you listen back to it all.
Check her out at Boss Mom. com where female entrepreneurs thrive
Sun, 16 July 2017
Career advice is everywhere. But never will you find better than from todays career expert Rikki Hansen.
She is an expert in helping people from across the globe transition in their careers and find work that is amazing everyday.
Todays guest is a lady who can call herself a true lady of the globe. Coming originally from Denmark, she grew up in the Scandinavian countryside clambering around the hills and fjords happily, until moving to Paris for three years to live in the capital of romance and culture. But now she calls the UK home and has been living in London since 1996. Yep, we have adopted her as one our own. And she has appeared to flourish whilst living in London, as her career went from strength to strength, as she worked hard on a career in Human Resources for companies such as Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and Shell. But it is ok to have a career that is on the ascendency , well actually it’s a great thing, but when you have a career that is going well, but you want to do your own thing, then it can feel quite differently. And our guest knew that her path was going to change She had always wanted to start her own career change consultancy, so in 2005 did just that, and quit her well paid job to go it alone. She walked away from the consistent monthly salary, and started flexing her hustle muscle on a daily basis. And now as she says on her business site “I have a knack for quickly connecting with people and drawing them out thereby helping them understand how they can translate their unique personality, skills and interests into a career or business on their terms. Combining my experience of career coaching over 500 clients, 8 years+ of owning my own business and a background in HR, I can offer you the practical know-how, motivation and confidence to actually make your career change or business idea happen!” So lets find out how this Scandinavian lady came to leave the glorious Danish countryside, to live in the English Capital? And does she see a need for more and more assistance to be offered to wannabe entrepreneurs nowadays, than compared to when she started back in 2005? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Rikke Hansen. Show Highlights During the episode we discussed such weighty topics such as: Why she believes that so many people spend more time looking around them for answers than within themselves. How she feels that she isn’t different, nut more aware of who she should be….and that is a game changer. How you need to create a crack in your life to allow the passion in. Otherwise it wont stand a chance of finding you. Why Steve Jobs words are so true, and the world has become even more ziggy-zaggy than ever before. And lastly….. “Live your life like everything around you is rigged” is a great way to achieve what you want in life.
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Fri, 14 July 2017
The 5 Stages of Happiness “One has to spend so many years in learning how to be happy.” – George Eliot Happiness is very intriguing, the reason why many philosophers who have gone before us have endeavored to explain it. Or why researchers like Jennifer Aaker has studied how we can calibrate what we think make us happy in five life- stages. Discovery during childhood and adolescence, pursuit in our mid-twenties, balance in our late twenties and early thirties, meaning in our late thirties and forties, and savoring from our fifties on. They say that our sense of happiness dynamically changes throughout life and to ever think at any stage that our progress is finished is a folly. Happiness is never static. Our contentment tells us how happy we are. And with changing wants and needs and varying levels of mental maturity, our happiness lies absolutely on us. Happiness is subjective. What made you happy before does not guarantee your happiness in the future. One must adapt and learn. And so in todays episode of Join Up Dots we talk about the five stages of happiness and how no matter what we think....happiness is a choice we make and it starts within in. So here are the five stages that we have gone through when we are at our happiest. 1: Try to remove all comparison from your life It is a killer in our search for happiness, that we spend so much time looking at what other people are doing on social media. And more often than not it's not true and they are only showing us the good stuff that they want us to to see. So don't worry about what other people are doing in their lives and just focus on your own stuff and believe me you will be so much more happy. 2: Free from your heart from hatred A happy heart is a loving heart, and the world will want us to fill it with hatred and anger, Someone cuts you up in your car, and then blames you with a rude finger gesture. Someone makes some cheeky comment that they thought was a joke, but you didn't like. Well to be happy in our lives we have to look at forgiving these things and just accepting everything for what it was. A moment of turmoil in your life and not worth dragging around for a second more of what its worth,....and thats nothing. 3: Live Simply Happiness and living happy can come together so much more quickly if we just look at removing ourselves from lives stresses. Do we need the car that has the monthly repayments or the cable tv that we hardly ever watch? Do we need to go out for meals twice a week, and then have a huge credit card bill each month to pay off? Probably not, and happiness can come together quite quickly when we decide to focus on the things that make us happy, dont cost a lot and are simple. It could be sitting in the garden with some friends, instead of going out in the evening to the pub. It could be just going to the movies, but not spending a fortune on cokes, popcorn and food as well. You will be amazed at how much you are spending that doesn't truly make you happy. Its just something that you are doing each month, day or week. Live simply and let happiness come to you. 4: Give More There is a truth in life that giving a present makes us happier than receiving. It's the giving that makes all the difference. So when was the last time that you did something for someone else, just to make them happy? Probably quite awhile ago, as we are so wrapped up in our own lives doing what we need to do first and foremost. So lets start looking for happy in our lives 5: Expect Less If you can operate in a world, where you accept what life is bringing you, instead of setting such high goals that disappointment is always lurking then the happier you will be. This is the truth, and it doesnt matter who you are, or what you have achieved in life...happiness is never connected with an outcome. We think it is, but that is wrong. So do your best, enjoy yourself and realise that whatever happens, it is exactly what you was supposed to be getting.
Wed, 12 July 2017
Compound Effect is so amazingly powerful, and ,my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who uses it daily. He overcame adversity, lost nearly 100 pounds, ran a marathon, dramatically changed his diet and created an approach to help others live a better life, every day. He calls it the Do a Day method and through his book flying off the shelves of Amazon and other good book stores, and his thriving online business he now shows us the steps to doing this. Changing our lives by small, doable steps, leading to overcoming the impossible, instead of tackling huge challenges head on which just wear us out. Now this wasn't a process that was obvious to our guest right from the start, although it is true that although ingrained in the corporate world, he has certainly had a foot in the entrepreneurial motivational camp right from the start Leaving Bowdoin College with an AB in Economics, Chinese and Philosophy, he started work as a Senior Associate Consultant at Liberty Mutual, before going back to school to get an MBA in Business. From then on he tackled many different positions for a multitude of companies leading to holding the Executive Vice President Head of Claims for Hiscox Insurance down in Atlanta. And you can see the ambition clearly as he climbed quickly the corporate ladder. all the time balancing the work ethic with keeping his personal and physical side on an even keel. He has faced challenges in life, such as obesity, depression, work stress, the responsibilities of parenthood, the potential of losing his wife to illness, and more. And he struggled, like anyone else. But as we see on Join Up Dots every-time, through that struggle, he learned the secret to not just overcoming any individual challenge, but creating a life of achievement, happiness and harmony. Do a Day will free you of the burden and judgement of yesterday‘s choices, while relieving you of the pressure of what tomorrow may bring. By teaching you how to identify your true motivation and how to use that to focus on what you have to do today, Do a Day will help you change your life. So is he now 100% entrepreneurial of does he see a combined approach to his workload going forward? And what has been the biggest learning from living the life that he has had so far? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Bryan Falchuk. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Bryan Falchuk such as: How he has managed to juggle so many things in his life, to get his business running, even whilst working a fulltime job. Why Bryan never gives answers to someones problems, as he is a great believer that the individual has to work out the answers himself. We discuss why it is so hard for anyone to kick start their lives, as they really have to dig down and understand their own personal self value first. and lastly…. Bryan shares an amusing story about a veggie burger that emphasises that no matter how a life seems from the outside, people still have to deal with the little annoyances.