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!
January 25, 2019
It’s not every day that I get to meet someone working in the House of Lords. It’s also not every day that I get to meet a famous sports person with countless Paralympic medals. And it’s really not every day that I get to meet someone who embodies both of these massive achievements.
One day last year, I found myself interviewing one of my heroes. The awesome Tanni Grey-Thompson.
Starting her athletic career with 100m wheelchair racing back in 1984, Tanni travelled to Seoul for her first international race in 1988, winning a bronze medal. She then went on to win 16 Paralympic medals – 11 golds, four silvers and a bronze. Added to that, she’s won many World Championship medals – six gold, five silver and two bronze.
Through her fantastic achievements, she’s become a role model and ambassador for many disabled people, globally.
In our interview, Tanni reveals how a career in athletics resulted in a new career in politics and, ultimately, making a difference for disabled people across the world.
Now influencing the laws made in the UK, the stakes are high for Tanni. In an ever-changing world of innovation and global community, Tanni is working tirelessly with her allies to protect those who may be left behind. I love Tanni’s passion for truth and change.
Thank you to Tanni for taking the time out for this interview. Not only did she spare time to record this, she’s also revealed her top five tips for political activism, which was aired in our exclusive DHorizons Tribe on Facebook. I can tell you now, her advice was also very insightful.
January 7, 2019
I knew I needed to get out. There wasn't anything dangerous going down, but I felt a pull to go and see the world. However people don't just quit their jobs. Not away from the movies anyway. So I needed a plan!
Its funny how a strong feeling and a vision can lead to serendipitous moments. Not long after I broadened my horizons, I met AJ and Melissa Leon.
I've shared a few times the impact this beautiful couple had on my life. They empowered me to create martynsibley.com
, to blog, to educate, to share my vision of inclusion, and to go explore the world.
In this podcast episode I get to sit with AJ, pass on his powerful story to you guys, ask questions I'd never got the chance to ask, and generally enjoy this amazing guys wisdom.
We discuss how you should be the protagonist of your life's story (adventure is good). You'll also learn about balancing this with helping others and earning a stable income. An all important triangle.
It's all gold dust. I hope you take something extremely helpful away for yourself from this interview
Thank you to AJ for giving up his time, and to both him and Melissa for being such powerful role models on my journey.
December 7, 2018
After 18 episodes of interviewing the cream of the crop in disabled talent, I'm tweaking the shows format. There'll still be disabled guests, but not every time.
You see, I want to promote inclusion. Whilst highlighting disabled influencers is a part of the mission, bringing inspirational people with world changing messages across different causes is more vital.
Ajit is a great guy, who empowers thousands of people to live the best life they want to live. His journey from an overcrowded house in India, to running a large education company (Mindvalley) is so insightful.
In this episode you'll hear how I met Ajit, his story, his insightful wisdom, all about his brand new book 'Live Big' and so much more!
May 16, 2018
In one of the first episodes of the Martyn Sibley show I interviewed Phil Friend. Along with his friend and business partner Simon Minty, they paved the way for inclusion of disabled consumers and employees.
We have a lot to thank them for!
So it was really nice to sit down and talk with the other member of the dynamic duo. Since revolutionising a whole set of industries, Simon has also branched out into other pursuits.
You will probably have heard him on the BBC Ouch podcast. He and Phil have their own podcast too. Plus Simon loves a bit of comedy. It was a really interesting and enjoyable interview to make.
May 15, 2018
They say a picture paints a thousand words. Whilst on a public transport journey and unable to communicate the situation to fellow travellers. Hannah Ensor was struggling for energy and strength. If only she had a card that could explain what was going on, everything would have been easier.
So Hannah went home and drew one of the first stickman crips. Using that exact same notion of how a picture tells a thousand words. The Stickmen were the perfect tool to educate people should a similar circumstance arrive again.
Over time Hannah saw the need for other cards in her daily life. Then other disabled people explained the kind of messages they always have to explain to people. So Hannah drew stickmen for others too.
Now you can go on the website and buy a whole range of cards. It may not yet cover every single disability or societal barrier. But it certainly is getting close.
May 14, 2018
A big reason for my more balanced view on this topic, came from meeting Samanta Bullock. Through a very difficult event that put her in a wheelchair, Sam never gave up on her dreams. Both as a tennis champion and a fashion model.
It would have been understandable for her to give up on both of these dreams. Furthermore they clearly don't lend themselves to wheelchair users to thrive in. Forget the accessibility barriers, particularly the fashion world is known for ignoring disability.
Sam is one of those people that lights up a room with her smile. She's proud of her wheelchair tennis accomplishments, and is now banging the drum for inclusive fashion. To follow her on social media makes you wonder where she finds the time for everything.
Most of all, her photos and general message are what the world needs. That disabled or not, beauty is everywhere. Even more strongly than that slightly cliche comment, is that beauty comes from diversity...
May 14, 2018
Someone who found their creative self much earlier, and has enjoyed a great career from it, is Blaine Harrison. As lead singer of the Mystery Jets he's created many albums and toured all over the world.
It's always too easy to home in on my guests disability and how they overcame their particular barriers. Naturally having spina bifida Blaine has had to navigate specific challenges through his touring adventures. But I'm starting to see that by only focusing on people's impairments, we can shy away from the many other interesting parts of their story.
Not only have I seen this interview from a newer perspective, I have to admit it's the first time I really fought against being starstruck. You see, when I was at university I listened to the Mystery Jets many times. They saw me through my home sick days, and my getting ready to go and party nights.
They stand for real nostalgic sentiment in my life. So to interview the lead singer was a very cool moment for me!
I hope you enjoy hearing this interview. Beyond his creativity, Blaine has been doing lots for inclusive music and accessible concert venues. His work with Attitude is Everything, who you will remember Suzanne from a previous episode, is very progressive.