July 3, 2019
Over the years I've totally geeked out on both disability rights and civil rights. There's nothing better than a leader building a movement, defying the odds, and beating Goliath.
A big reason for me wanting to learn about this subject, is to inform my disability activism today.
"We have to understand the past to shape our future"
I've been blessed to learn directly from people who won legislative protection and independent living for so many otherwise excluded people.
In a particular book I learned about 2 key people - Phil Friend and Bert Massie.
I contacted both, sharing my vision, my questions and asking for guidance. Both kindly replied to me. Phil was on an early episode of my podcast, and has taken a few phone calls from me over the years. Bert was unfortunately too unwell to talk, and later passed away.
Last week Berts posthumous book was launched. So I invited Phil back on my show, to share his favourite parts in the book, and of Berts life.
I finally got to hear some of what Bert would have told me on our phone call. Luckily for you, his words are awaiting your attention too. Whether you're disabled or not, his life was remarkable, and one worth learning from. As well as celebrating.
As Phil points out, Bert was funny as well as impactful. So don't presume the books all politics and activism. There's most definitely something for everyone...
June 21, 2019
Networking has been around forever. Early homo sapiens understood that together survival was more likely. Literally.
A tribe could more easily defend itself from predators. A tribe could hunt more effectively. A tribe generally was better than going solo.
Today we don't struggle so much with predators or going hunting. Aside from a pub fight or going to the supermarket. But in our new world of technology and the knowledge economy, networking is more vital than ever.
Unfortunately some people have tarnished the reputation of such events. They think turning up, giving out loads of business cards, and pitching their product/service is appropriate.
Let's be clear. This is not effective. For the business owner and for the customer and for the overall problem being solved.
Soon after I started blogging, I met Ann Hawkins. Just like me she was using blogging, social media and tribes to change the world.
I was asked to speak at her Cambridge event for local small business owners. It was my first taste of what in person networking should look like.
Everyone wanted to help each other. No agenda. No caveats. No conditions. Yet everbodys business benefited. Amazing!
Since then Ann has used these win:win networking moments, online and offline. In this interview we hear the journey to this amazing world, and what Drive! the network is doing now.
May 26, 2019
My podcast started with disabled influencers, progressed into business and marketing from World Changers, and in the latest episode we venture into a different theme.
In the end I want to share the many amazing people and experiences I have. So you can take away from it whatever is relevant at the time for you.
Having attended Mindvalley University, I've been encouraged to grow in many personal and professional ways. One being in the theme of intuition and energy.
I also had the pleasure of meeting many cool people through Mindvalley too. One being Depika Mistry. She even came all the way from London to meet Kasia and I at home, after the Barcelona event.
In our chat you'll hear more on when we connected, how Depika found her amazing talent, what she's using it for now, and her plans for the future.
Plus we look at how natural elements are so important for mental and physical wellbeing. Throwing in some of the increasing body of scientific evidence for intuition.
This topic has pushed me hard to consider things I used to totally dismiss. Plus I'm still tussling with some of it now. So I'd love to know your thoughts and experiences on it too.
Hope you enjoy it. One things for sure, Depika is helping so many people. Moreover she is an awesome woman to hang out and put the world to rights with.
May 4, 2019
I realised recently I've been blogging for 10 years in August. Using such a relatively new tool has been hard from a business model perspective.
Authors, radio producers, tv presenters, magazine editors all know how to get paid for their craft. Blogging has had to work all this out.
Whilst I quickly found out I could be a paid consultant and speaker, I dreamed of another way to fund my blog digitally. To empower my community is priority. Paying my bills is a must.
Gradually the notion of coaching came to bloggers. After all, if you're sharing interesting ideas in your writing or videos, why not go deeper to help others.
1:1 and even group coaching can only scale so far. Finally information products were born. You just need to package your intellectual property, aka your unique experiences, into paid for content. Online learning is now a booming industry!
If I'm honest, I'm still working all this out. On Disability Horizons we support a group of people less willing/able to pay for such products. Meaning we're looking into other ways of funding it.
However I ran my first ever paid for course for World Changers this year, and the feedback was phenomenal
I've now got the infopreneur bug!
On my journey I came across Bailey Richert. She's a coach and expert for infopreneurs just like me. Kindly Bailey agreed to be on my podcast and share all of her amazing wisdom and insights.
I hope you enjoy this episode...
March 25, 2019
I've had a few mentors in my life. Some teachers. Some line managers. Some absolute idols of mine.
Along the way I learned that we don't have to meet someone to learn from their experience. I've ended up with mentors from blogs, books and film too.
One of my role models is an American guy called Seth Godin. Hes the godfather of digital marketing. I read his blogs every day!
Often marketing is seen as a dirty way to sell useless stuff to people. But Seth (and I) see it otherwise.
In a world of social stagnation and sometimes decline, we need everybody to be a World Changer. To step up. To speak out. To take action.
Otherwise our education system, our business culture, our social interactions and much more will implode. We need innovation and social change like never before.
This podcast was an absolute privilege to record. I know you will take away so much value from this conversation. Its a short guidebook to using marketing for good.
We discuss being a prolific writer, teaching to change culture, and at the end we hit on what real impact looks like.
February 28, 2019
We all feel stuck from time to time. My latest podcast guest was stuck in a body, a job and a life he didn't want. The thing that changed everything was a shift in mindset. Jason realised he was in a prison that could be broken out of.
As you'll hear, I first met Jason when he spoke in Tallinn last summer. Before helping me down a step in a bar What really struck me about him was his use of humour and hip hop to deliver his powerful message.
I hope you get even half as much from Jasons work as I did. Plus as a special offer to my followers, you can pick up his book Prison Break for free here http://www.GetPrisonBreak.com/martyn.
I hope you enjoy the show!