87: How to lead with emotional courage - with Peter Bregman

If You’re Willing to Feel Everything, You Can Do Anything! This week’s guest is bestselling author and one of Inc. Magazine Top 100 Leadership Speakers, Peter Bregman. Peter unlocks the secrets of highly successful leaders in his most recent book, Leading with Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, and Inspire Action on Your Most Important Work, which describes an overlooked and essential skill of leading at the highest levels: Emotional Courage. After...


76: What recruiters REALLY care about - with Zena Everett, Author of Mind Flip

In this episode, I speak with Zena Everett, author of Mind Flip. Zena talks about becoming an author and shares some of the wisdom she’s gleaned from her years in recruitment, her Masters in Organisational Psychology and more recently, her coaching, which she boils down to helping people in their careers. Sounds simple, but we know it isn’t. Recruiting Recruiters In her early career as a recruiter of recruiters, Zena began to wonder exactly what it was which made the difference to career...


69: How to become a brilliant speaker - BBC TV and radio presenter Jeremy Nicholas

In this episode of 'Grow Your Own Career' podcast,  I interview the BBC TV and radio presenter Jeremy Nicholas. Jeremy teaches media training techniques to clients that he’s acquired from thirty years on TV and radio, and is also an accomplished host of business events working for clients such as IBM, Carling, Ericsson, Boots and Samsung. I met Jeremy at the Professional Speakers Association (PSA), which I joined last year. Fourteen years ago when I lived in London I joined Toastmaters,...


68: What I learned from writing and publishing "Taking Charge of your Career"

So this month it's me in the spotlight! 2016 was a tumultuous and extraordinary year. But for me and my co-author Camilla, a huge chunk of it was taken up with writing "Taking Charge of Your Career", a major update to our 2011 book "If not now, when? How to take charge of your career". First time round the book was published by A & C Black. This time round we were in the hands of Bloomsbury (who bought A&C Black a few years ago). We are incredibly proud of the end result. It was hard...


Who is your Jedi Nit? The power of meeting someone who has done what you want to do

The founders of Infusionsoft recently interviewed Pamela Slim, champion of small businesses growth and the author of ‘Body of Work’. In the interview she talked about her “Jedi Knights”. These are the people she admired and sought to learn from as she built her career. This got me thinking about how important it is to seek out and learn from people who are at the top of their game in the field you’re in (or want to get into). When my son was 5 years old, his class was asked to draw...


64: The things mentally strong people don't do when job seeking - with bestselling author Amy Morin

Amy Morin is the a bestselling Author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do and in our interview we discuss how relevant her book is to people job searching or changing careers. A trained psychotherapist, Amy originally wrote an article on "the 13 things mentally strong people don't do" as a letter to herself. She had been through a series of losses.  At 23 years old her mother died suddenly, and then 3 years later she lost her husband.  In the process of dealing with her loss and...


62: How we'll work, live and learn in the future - David Price, author of 'Open'

David Price is a learning futurist who explores how digital technologies are impacting the ways we live and learn in the 21st century.  David has a portfolio career and is involved in lecturing, training and speaking. He works with companies to help them create a learning culture that will appeal to a younger generation who want to work for purpose driven organisations and continually develop themselves. We discuss how there is a government led obsession with standardised testing in education...


61: How to get more energy & have brilliant brainpower - Rebecca Hirst, from Glorious Wellness

Do you want high energy to work on your business or do well in your job? I know I do! So with a strong personal interest I interviewed Rebecca Hirst who recently gave up her highflying corporate career to set up a consultancy to ensure people are operating with peak energy. After many years in advertising, working on clients such as McDonalds, P&G and United Airlines Rebecca moved 'client side' to a role at Kimberly Clark, working on Kleenex. Following on from this was a role as...


60: Double your win rate for proposals and tenders - Scott Keyser, bid winning expert

I admit it: completing tenders, especially when procurement are involved, is not my favourite activity! If you're growing a business then it's likely you'll have to get involved in "tendering" for business at some point. There's definitely an art to it, and understanding the process could make or break your business in the early stages. For the last big tender we had I employed a bid specialist to help, as I knew that without some outside input and accountability our tender would be done last...


MDE 51: Helping people be proactive in their career, Jane Barrett co-founder of The Career Farm

I have been asked a few times now to be interviewed for my own show! So I decided to turn the tables on myself and ask my husband to ask me the kind of questions I ask guests. I wasn't allowed to see the questions beforehand so it was off the cuff and slightly nerve racking. Even after 16 years of doing my own thing I am still learning and that is probably why I still enjoy what I do. I get to meet great people from all around the world who are bright and ambitious and I work with them to take...