Ep 19 with Stephen Simpson

Claire Taylor

Claire Taylor

Welcome to the Story Mill podcast series – Thriving Beyond Stress & Burnout.  In this episode, Claire Taylor talks with Mind Coach and Medical Dr – Stephen Simpson.

Stephen worked for several years as a Medical Dr in war torn Angola and although there were tough days, he awoke every morning looking forward to his work.  His capacity to deal with challenging situations was incredible.

Then, Stephen sustained a shoulder injury that initially seemed superficial.  However, in time it became clear that the pain and inflammation weren’t going away and were impacting severely on Stephen’s ability to carry out his work.

A scan in the UK revealed extensive damage to his neck vertebrae and it became clear that Stephen wouldn’t be able to continue working as he had previously.

Constant pain, having to leave a job he loved, combined with a cluster of other personal issues began to take their toll on Stephen.  The impact of horrific scenes he’d witnessed working on Angola loomed just beneath the surface of his awareness.  This was a low point in his life and he felt stressed, burnt out and exhausted.

Stephen had reached a low point in his life and felt stressed, burnt out and exhausted.

Travelling to Brazil on holiday Stephen came across a book by sheer chance.  Inspired by what he read, he took action upon his return to the UK and signed up for training in NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) with Paul McKenna.  That small step ignited a spark in Stephen that led to him changing direction in his career and his life.

Since then, Stephen has become a Mind Coach and trained in a variety of psychological modalities.  He helps people to reignite their confidence and improve their health, wealth and happiness.  He also achieves amazing results helping people overcome PTSD using a technique called Havening.

To hear Stephen’s story, listen to our conversation below.

You can follow Stephen’s work on his website www.DrStephenSimpson.com and on YouTube

Meanwhile, you can find out more about business storytelling on www.thestorymill.co.uk

Enjoy!

Claire

Co-founder – The Story Mill

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EP 18 Vanessa Mayneris

Claire Taylor

Claire Taylor

Welcome to the Story Mill podcast series – Thriving Beyond Stress & Burnout.  In this episode, Claire Taylor talks with Vanessa Mayneris who is a Business Consultant, expert in innovation and is currently training in Sophrology.

Vanessa’s story is intriguing because although she has worked in busy corporate roles she hasn’t experienced a great deal of stress and certainly not burnout.  She shares why she believes she was able to navigate her corporate career relatively unaffected.    vanessaphoto

Vanessa noticed that some people around her did experience stress and burnout in the corporate environment and she saw common factors in those cases.

One such case is her friend Julie who suffered emotional and physicial effects from burnout that had a significant impact on her career and her life.

Julie recovered over time with the help of Sophrology, a structured method to improve health and wellbeing.

Listen to our conversaion below and find out more about Vanessa’s story and about Sophrology.

You can follow Vanessa’s work on here on her website.

Meanwhile, you can find out more about business storytelling on www.thestorymill.co.uk

Enjoy!

Claire

Co-founder – The Story Mill

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Ep 1 with Angela Steel

Thriving Beyond Stress and Burnout – Claire Taylor with Angela Steel

Claire Taylor

Claire Taylor

Welcome to the Story Mill podcast series – Thriving Beyond Stress & Burnout. In this episode Claire Taylor talks with Angela Steel, founder of Super Wellness, a company that specializes in nutrition-centered wellbeing.

Angela Steel - Super Wellness

Angela Steel – Super Wellness

Angela shares the inspiring story of how she made the shift from a dissatisfying career in corporate marketing to building a thriving nutrition business. Angela also shares simple lifestyle tips you can begin today to boost your energy and performance. For more information on nutrition centered wellbeing go to www.superwellness.co.uk

To listen to more podcast stories and learn more about business storytelling go to www.thestorymill.co.uk

Enjoy!

Claire
Co-founder – The Story Mill

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As I sat with Leanne in a café on The Strand in London, we began to talk about telling stories in business. “Huh storytelling,” she said. “We tried that in our business and it was awful!”  Leanne is a Brand Director for a large healthcare company.

“Awful?” I questioned. “So tell me more?”

“Well Senior Leadership told us all that we should be telling stories not just making slides (fair point we thought) and so people started telling stories – but they didn’t work – it made the audience squirm.”

“Ouch!”  Now I was really curious to discover more about this foray into storytelling.

Leanne continued, “Well for example we were working on a medicine for a particular disease and so one guy told a story about his Dad who was suffering with this condition. It was so personal for him that he became emotional.  It’s understandable when his Dad is ill that he’d feel emotional about it. Who wouldn’t?  But at the end of the story – there was an awkward silence and I noticed that other folk seemed to be shuffling as uncomfortably as me.” Read more

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Meerkat Manor is what my mother-in-law’s neighbours call her house in Derbyshire, UK. She has fallen-in-love with Aleksandr Orlov. He’s the Russian billionaire Meerkat fronting-up a novel marketing campaign for online insurance company www.comparethemarket.com. So enamored is she by Aleksandr – she’s invited his entire collection of family and friends to live with her and it is a vast entourage.

Joking apart she’s tapped into the zeitgeist. The meerkat campaign has achieved unprecedented success. That’s not only in the insurance industry but in brand advertising. The marketing initiative began with a novel sister website – www.comparethemeerkat.com featuring Aleksandr and companions. Then they appeared on TV advertising. The campaign brings a sparkle to normally dull insurance advertising. The company’s sales and market share have trumped the industry average and their industry ranking and company value have magnified too.

Aleksandr has a twitter account with almost 67,000 followers and his facebook following is approx 850,000.

But what has made the meerkat campaign so successful? Read more

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