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#44: The Messy Middle

#44: The Messy Middle

January 22, 2020

One of the things you might not know about me is that I love public speaking. That’s not to say it doesn’t scare the pants off me sometimes, because I get just as nervous as anyone when I’m on stage, but I just love sharing the lessons I’ve learned and helping others to live their best life. Last year I was lucky enough to be invited to be the keynote speaker at the What’s On 4 Kids Business Huddle Conference, where I spoke about a concept that I call ‘The Messy Middle’. 

The Messy Middle is that space between those exciting ideas we have as business owners or creators and actually seeing them come to life. It’s where fear sits, it’s where doubt sits, it’s where failure sits. But there IS a way through the messy middle and that’s what I shared in this talk. I thought it would be fun to share with you in today’s episode too. 

Now, this was a live talk so you’ll hear some laughter and clapping and the sound is a bit different to what you might be use to on the show, but I hope you still enjoy it. Oh and do listen out for a story I tell about my close encounter with a major soccer team.


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#43: Anger management with Tanya Heasley

#43: Anger management with Tanya Heasley

January 15, 2020

From a difficult childhood to an award-winning anger management coaching business, Tanya Heasley is a perfect example of how you can transform a negative personal experience into your purpose and passion, and I’m delighted to have her on the show today.

Tanya combines anger management, counselling, coaching and positive psychology (and yes she has trained in ALL of these areas and more) to help young people, parents and teachers to deal with their own challenging emotions and behaviours.

In our interview you’ll hear the steps Tanya takes to overcome the negative beliefs which can hold us all back - including her fabulous superhero post, which I love - how she changed the structure of her business so that a percentage of her profits could help young people who couldn’t otherwise access her services and how one particular internal dialogue can be so destructive for us all.

You’ll also hear how Tanya stays productive and focused even though structure and discipline don’t come naturally to her, who inspires her in her business plus key tips we can all use to help us manage our anger better.

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#42: Resolution Revolution!

#42: Resolution Revolution!

January 8, 2020

Welcome back to The Ideal Life Club Podcast and welcome to not only a shiny new year but a brand new decade!

Now, one thing you’ve probably already heard a lot about over the past week or two is New Year’s resolutions. I’ve already lost count of all the conversations I’ve overheard or had with clients and friends resolving to lose weight, get healthy, find a new job or finally feel successful in their businesses.

Well I’m calling TIME on all that. In fact, I want to start a resolution revolution! No more New Years resolutions. Ok, I know this is going to make me sound all baa humbug like a New Year Mrs Scrooge but I’m serious because for 92% of people resolutions just don’t work.

Of course there’s nothing wrong with wanting to make change in our lives and businesses, most of us have some sort of fresh start in mind this time of year and I’m all for that, but today I'm chatting about some key reasons why resolutions DON’T work and some very specific steps we can take to make lasting change instead.

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#41: PR power with Caroline Macdonald

#41: PR power with Caroline Macdonald

December 18, 2019

Today on the final episode of The Ideal Life Club podcast for 2019, I’m joined by a business powerhouse… from a baptism of fire at the age of 24, turning around a loss-making wine bar to profit in the heart of London, to founding and running guerrilla comms agency Oggadoon PR, Caroline Macdonald’s entrepreneurial journey is a lesson in learning the fundamentals of business and applying those principles, alongside your values, goals and a whole heap of self-belief, to create a unique, successful and inspiring enterprise of your own.

In our interview, Caroline shares the importance of creating something that allowed for a balance between her work and life, refusing to compromise on her own values, her belief that while we don’t have to be alpha-females to be successful, we do have an Achilles heel as women in business and what that is, why PR isn’t just a nice-to-have and some must-have tips for all small businesses who want to promote themselves in the media including what journalists are really looking for.

I couldn't have wished for a better episode to round off 2019! Enjoy listening and see you in the New Year x


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#40: 3 ‘take-now’ steps to lay the foundations for success in 2020

#40: 3 ‘take-now’ steps to lay the foundations for success in 2020

December 11, 2019

So assuming you’re listening to this episode when it goes live, we have 12 days until Christmas. And while I don’t have a partridge in a pear tree for you today, I do have a gift of sorts. And I really do love this time of year actually, especially the promise of a new year coming up and planning ahead for all the fun things I want to do in my business. 

But there is a natural tendency, I think, for us to start going into hibernation mode in December. Now don’t get me wrong, I do love the feeling of hunkering down, sitting in front of a fire, relaxing and daydreaming about what's going to be exciting in the upcoming year and all those goals and plans. But I also want to just offer to you that that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s too late for you to do anything productive over the next few weeks.

You still have a great opportunity to lay the foundations for your future success. So today I’m sharing 3 steps you can take now, before 2020 begins, to kick that off.

#39: Becoming a classical success with Joanna Forest

#39: Becoming a classical success with Joanna Forest

December 4, 2019

Today I’m really excited because my guest on the show is award-winning, record-breaking, best-selling double classical #1 selling soprano and all-round beautiful human Joanna Forest.

Joanna shot to fame in 2017 when she became the 1st independent artist to go straight to #1 in the official classical album chart with her DEBUT album. She is a phenomenally successful as a classical crossover artist with fans of all ages and also an ambassador and volunteer for Cancer Charity CoppaFeel following her own diagnosis at the very young age of 21. Joanna is passionate about bringing music back into schools and believes it is a vital part of children’s education, inspiring creativity and imagination which are key skills. In fact, we met over a workshop that she ran at my children’s school so I know first hand how powerful this can be!

In our interview, Joanna shares SO much wisdom from how to deal with rejection and be more confident, to celebrating even your smallest successes and shares her top tips for turning YOUR passion into a business.

Now I just want to apologise for some of the sound in this interview - we had a bit of interference on the line, but hopefully, it won’t stop you enjoying our conversation.

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#38: How to ace your first radio interview like a pro

#38: How to ace your first radio interview like a pro

November 27, 2019

When I was thinking about what to talk about on today’s podcast, I had a look through my most read content over on my website and I got a bit of a shock when I saw what one of the most popular posts was about - can you guess? Not how to overcome mindset issues, become more confident or smash your goals, all topics you might expect, but a post I wrote with my top tips for how to ace your first radio interview. 

Now clearly appearing on the radio is great for raising your profile and can do wonders for your business, but nevertheless, I was a bit surprised that this post got so much attention. 

But then I remembered how I felt when I first appeared on the radio. Back then I was a full-time writer and blogger and the face of the Noom healthy living mobile app and I was interviewed about the app on a popular local radio show. I was so excited to get the call inviting me to appear on the programme but once that excitement died down, the nerves started kicking in for sure. Appearing on the radio can be a daunting experience - after all, you’re entering the homes of thousands of people LIVE – a real privilege and a fantastic opportunity to get the message out about your product, your service, your client or your blog, but also the potential to turn a lot of potential clients, customers or readers off.

So I thought it would be fun and hopefully useful to share my tips for how to prepare for your first radio interview in today’s show. And even if you’ve done a few radio appearances, there will probably be a few tips in here that you can use too.


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#37: Showing up EVERY DAY with actress Lisa Tyrrell

#37: Showing up EVERY DAY with actress Lisa Tyrrell

November 20, 2019

Today I’m delighted to welcome actress Lisa Tyrrell to the show. Lisa has appeared in Four Kids and It (with Michael Caine), Urban Traffik and TV series Ripper Street plus the highly acclaimed play “AFearAndLoathingActorInDublin” at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to name but a few.

As you’ll hear in our interview, despite her acting credentials Lisa has had to deal with some major mindset challenges and took an interesting path to overcome them, leading her to travel abroad and change her whole life. Lisa shares her thoughts on mindfulness, on taking personal responsibility for your craft, showing up every day to do the work, why you shouldn’t always believe your thoughts and a sneak peek into another major change she’s making soon.

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#36: Moving from pain to progress

#36: Moving from pain to progress

November 13, 2019

In this shorter than usual episode, I'm chatting about pain. We tend to think of it like that 'ouch' when we tread on a toy in the middle of the night but as entrepreneurs trying to start or grow our businesses, it can be so much deeper than that. I'm also sharing 5 quick tips for moving from pain to progress. 

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#35: Overcoming Challenges with Kirsten Rees

#35: Overcoming Challenges with Kirsten Rees

November 6, 2019

Today I’m delighted to welcome Kirsten Rees to the show not only because she helps business owners and other authors like me to make sense of the craziness in our heads and get it into a book we can share with the world, but also because her own business journey is one that I find very inspiring and I think you’re going to love it too.

Kirsten is now a coach for authors, a book editor and the founder of “Make Me A Success” but her work life didn’t start there. In fact, as you’ll hear in our interview, Kirsten took a while to find her passion and when she did, she still had a lot of things to figure out as she built her business. PLUS she had a series of incredible challenges in her personal life that she had to cope with at the same time. 

In our interview you’ll hear about the mindset struggles Kirsten had to overcome, the medical diagnosis that changed her life, the habits that help keep her balanced and successful and why she had to create her own support community that she can call on when times get tough.

And if you feel like you have a book inside you that’s just waiting to come out, you won’t want to miss Kirsten’s great tips for getting started - they are golden.

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