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Ep 21 with Hege Rebecca Lindstrom

Claire Taylor

Claire Taylor

Welcome to the Story Mill podcast series – Thriving Beyond Stress & Burnout.  In this episode, Claire Taylor talks with Coach and Personal Trainer Hege Rebecca Lindstrom.

Hege worked in a busy sales environment and threw herself completely into her job.  Secretly, she harboured a passion to do something different.  Personal training and helping people with their health and fitness appealed to Hege, but, she dismissedhege-rebecca-1 it as something she couldn’t realistically do.  After all, how could she leave such a well-paid proper job?

As time went on, Hege became disillusioned with the sales job.  People around her seemed to be behaving badly and management didn’t intervene when Hege drew attention to it.  So she pushed on.

Things came to a head when Hege had a series of travel vaccinations and reacted badly to one of them.  It was the start of chronic fatigue – a diagnosis she didn’t receive until a year later.

Hege experienced some recovery over time especially when she was expecting her first child.  But, her progress was limited, until she came across an understanding called The 3 Principles that changed everything for her.

To hear Hege’s story, listen to our conversation below and find out how she recovered from chronic fatigue and how she has realised her passion to become a Coach and Personal Trainer.

You can follow Hege’s work on her website www.hegerebecca.no

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

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Claire

Co-founder – The Story Mill

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Ep 20 with Brad Burton

Claire Taylor

Claire Taylor

Welcome to the Story Mill podcast series – Thriving Beyond Stress & Burnout.  In this episode, Claire Taylor talks with Entrepreneur and Motivational Business Speaker – Brad Burton.

Brad was born in Salford, Manchester and was brought up by his mum Brenda after his father left the family home when he was very young.

During his school life Brad was the class clown and, in his own words, achieved nothing, getting Es, Fs and Us in his GCSEs. Brad had one main interest at this time – computer games.

After school Brad joined a YTS (Youth Training Scheme) working on a computer support desk for a company in Salford and then he secured what was, at that time, his dream job working in a computer games shop in The Arndale Centre in Manchester.

Later he was offered an opportunity to work with Jason Dutton, then editor of Computing Magazine in Macclesfield. In spite of the fact that Brad wasn’t a good writer he got the job and built his reputation as a games writer and reviewer and even took part in a television series.

Brad mixed with the wrong crowd, upset some unsavoury people and this culminated in someone attempting to shoot him in 1995.  Terrified, Brad fled to Somerset where he got a job and went on to meet a local girl whom he later married.

In our conversation, Brad shares how he walked away from his job, to set up his own business, despite having a baby on the way.  In building his business Brad went down the business networking route.  To his horror he found himself being ejected from the very first networking event he attended.Brad-logo-orange-300x200

Why?  Because he offered similar services to another networker.

That day changed everything for Brad. He had been running for 11 years and decided that he’d had enough and was going to plant his feet.

The action he took changed Brad’s life and that of many other small business owners too.  Brad created 4Networking – a huge UK wide networking group disrupting the model that existed at the time. Aimed at small business owners. Brad describes it as the New Labour of networking.  Since it’s inception just over ten years ago 4Networking has transformed business networking in the UK.other3

Building a massive business network eventually took a toll on Brad’s health and his personal life and let to burnout.

The photo on the left of Brad with his friend and colleague Terry captures a pivotal conversation that inspired Brad to hang in there despite the immense pressure he was under.

After plenty of soul searching Brad began to re-evaluate what was most important to him and re-prioritise things in his life.

Brad has since written four books – available on Amazon, the lastest is called Now What.  Brad_Burton_CrowdShot-300x200

Brad’s current mission is disrupting the world of personal development and being the UK’s No1 Motivational Business speaker.  You can find out more about Brad’s mission and story in our podcast conversation below!

To follow Brad’s work check-out  www.nowwhat.biz.

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

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Claire

Co-founder – The Story Mill

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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 17 with Lindsey Reed

Claire Taylor

Claire Taylor

Welcome to the Story Mill podcast series – Thriving Beyond Stress & Burnout.  In this episode, Claire Taylor talks with Coach and Facilitator – Lindsey Reed.

Lindsey began her career in financial services, and although she was doing well, her work wasn’t entirely fulfilling. When her job changed, as part of her professional development, Lindsey found herself in an operational management role she hated.

When she found herself with thoughts of driving her car into a ditch and injuring herself, just enough so she didn’t have to go to work, Lindsey realised it was time to ask for help.  LindseyReed

Her employers we incredibly supportive and offered her coaching and counselling.

The coaching Lindsey received changed her outlook on life and the direction of her work.

Listen below to our conversation to hear Lindsey’s amazing story.  She also shares her wisdom on confidence and living a productive, stress free and fulfilling life.

You can follow Lindsey’s work on www.glows-coaching.co.uk

Lindsey has recently published her book Got It – The Answer To A Confident Productive & Stressfree Life.

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

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Claire

Co-founder – The Story Mill

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Ep 16 with Leanne Spencer

Claire Taylor

Claire Taylor

Welcome to the Story Mill podcast series – Thriving Beyond Stress & Burnout.  In this episode, Claire Taylor talks with Burnout Coach – Leanne Spencer.

Leanne had a high powered corporate career in The City of London, striving to beat aggressive sales targets month after month.  She found herself in a never-ending game that became increasingly hard to win and even harder to lose.

The drive to continuously perform and achieve took its toll on Leanne’s health and every aspect of her life.  In our podcast Leanne shares her story honestly and poignantly.

LeannephotoFinally, the day came when Leanne decided to walk away and create a new life – one that’s more authentically her.

Leanne now helps people in corporate businesses or entrepreneurs to get beyond burnout and live in alignment with their personal values.

Listen below to hear Leanne’s story and her wonderful tips on how you can recognise and curb burnout before it happens in your own life and build your resilience.

You can follow Leanne’s work on www.bodyshotperformance.com

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

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Claire

Co-founder – The Story Mill

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Ep 15 with David Horne

Claire Taylor

Claire Taylor

Welcome to the Story Mill podcast series – Thriving Beyond Stress & Burnout.  In this episode, Claire Taylor talks with David Horne – founder of Add Then Multiply.

David had a flourishing career in the corporate world of mergers and acquisitions and seemed as if nothing could thwart his high flying course.

However, things changed and became difficult and then impossible, so David decided to change direction.  With a spring in his step he set out on his new path ready to conquer the world.    UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_22 copy

But, things didn’t go to plan despite his best efforts.

David gradually sunk into a place he describes ‘a dark year’ in which he spiraled into burnout and experienced an excruciating loss.  David shares his experience with wonderful honesty.

Fortunately, David’s life turned around and has led to the work he now does helping entrepreneurs.  Listen below to hear David’s story.

You can follow David’s work on www.addthenmultiply.com

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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You’re Much More Than A Brand – People Connect With Your Essence

I was chatting recently with Lindsey Reed, founder of Glows Coaching, when out of the blue she asked if we’d make a film that tells her story and captures a sense of who she is and how she helps people.

Most of the films we make are corporate story based films that capture the essence of larger businesses – however, there’s something magical about making films for professionals like Lindsey too.

You can watch the video we created of Lindsey here.

Below you can discover more about how capturing your essence on video could be the best way to get yourself into the world.

You can contact us on claire@thestorymill.co.uk to talk about your video.

Here’s why sharing the real you is so important.

While it often looks like people want to hire you for skills, qualifications and experience the real reason people choose to work with you is that the chemistry works.

During the early naughties, the idea of branding yourself became popular.  But it’s always jarred with me.

Why?

Branding is a way of applying human characteristics to inanimate objects so that humans can connect with them.

In contrast, branding yourself means packaging yourself into a product that offers a consistent service and creating stock messages to share with people you meet.  Of course, you need to tell people whether you can help them with their marketing, their accounts or their plumbing.

But you’re not biscuits on a conveyor belt.

You’re already human with a unique way of being.

The more messages, catch-phrases and cliches you add to yourself – the more diluted your essence becomes.

You’re so much more than a brand.  People engage you because they enjoy how they feel when they’re with you.  They trust you.  They hire you for tons of intangible reasons that are as hard to describe as the taste of chocolate.

When people hire you it’s because they have connected with you.

Your essence is different from you as a brand.

Fancy buzz words and clichés don’t do you justice – they under sell the aspects of you that people truly value.

Coming back to my conversation with Lindsey – we created the film above which hopefully you’ve had a chance to watch.

You’ll hear no cheesy cliches because this is Lindsey simply being who she is – sharing her own stories and talking about how she helps people.  Her passion and her unique essence shine through the screen.

Films are a brilliant way to capture your story and your essence.  People get a sense for what it might be like to work with you.

Our approach to making these ‘story and essence’ films is aeons away from traditional promotional videos.

Here’s what Lindsey said about her experience.

“What a great experience. Thank you, Claire and David, for creating a great video for my website which captures the essence of who I am. You ensured that I felt welcomed and relaxed, that the environment was right and blended into what I was wearing, the ambience of lighting and your intuitive questions. The whole process from start to finish was smooth and you are both a joy to work with. I am thrilled with the results. Big thank you.” Lindsey Reed, Glows Coaching.

Working with Lindsey reminded us of how much we’ve enjoyed creating films with people running smaller businesses as well as our corporate clients.

So, we’d love to make more of these engaging videos.

If you’re a business leader, consultant or solopreneur and like what we created for Lindsey – you can get in touch with us on 01295 724568 or on claire@thestorymill.co.uk about creating a film that captures your story and your essence.

Ep 14 with Tania Elfersy

Claire Taylor

Claire Taylor

Welcome to the Story Mill podcast series – Thriving Beyond Stress & Burnout.  In this episode, Claire Taylor talks with Tania Elfersy – Author, Publisher and Founder of The Wiser Woman Project.

Tania worked in a busy corporate role playing at the top of her game and travelling the world.  She was already at the point of burnout when she became pregnant with her first child.  Her workload got even bigger as she pregnancy continued.

She struggled to have a meaningful conversation with her employers about her needs as a heavily pregnant woman and her aspirations to balance her career with child rearing after her maternity break.

Tania took an extended maternity break, never returned to the corporate world and three children later, she decided to collate stories from other women about their experiences of balancing motherhood, relationships and career.

Together with a co-author, they conducted research and within nine months they had collated several stories from women about their experiences of motherhood.  They discovered that women find it hard to talk about motherhood.

The result of their research was an award-winning book, Purple Leaves, Red Cherries.Tania Elfersy profile a1

Then, as Tania moved into her 40’s, she found herself in a new dilemma with a collection of baffling physical symptoms.  Tania realised that she had reached perimenopause (a period of change of up to 10 years that precedes menopause) and at first she thought her fluctuating hormones were at the root of her symptoms.

However, as her research continued she discovered something else that changed everything.  Tania’s intriguing discovery has led to the work she now does with The Wiser Woman project.

Listen to our conversation below to hear Tania’s story and more about her work with women in their forties.

You can follow Tania’s work on www.thewiserwoman.com

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

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Claire

Co-founder – The Story Mill

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Ep 13 with Karen Miller Williams

Claire Taylor

Claire Taylor

Welcome to the Story Mill podcast series – Thriving Beyond Stress & Burnout.  In this episode, Claire Taylor talks with Karen Miller Williams – Three Principles Nurse & founder of New Perspectives Services.

Karen worked in a hospital intensive care unit.  Despite the busyness of the ICU, Karen didn’t consider that she was stressed.  The back stabbing, snapping, griping, complaining and lack of helpfulness that sometimes happened between the nurses was just how things were.  However, they all found it unpleasant.

The nurses invited a psychologist who was helping their patients to also work with the nursing team.  Through this work, Karen discovered a paradigm called 3 Principles that shed light on the human operating system. FullSizeRender

She realised that most of us have a misunderstanding about where our experience comes from.  Our experience is created from the inside-out rather than outside-in.

Seeing the inside-out nature of the human experience changed everything for Karen and the other nurses in the unit.

The new understanding had a profoundly positive impact on how they related to each other and to their patients.  Stress levels plummeted and the ICU became a more supportive and warmer place to work.

Karen has continued to delve deeper into the inside-out nature of the human experience and has for many years taught this simple but powerful understanding to her clients.

Listen to Karen’s inspiring story in our podcast conversation below and you’ll feel her serene energy.  Karen also talks about the 3 Principles understanding that changed everything for her.

You can follow Karen’s work on www.threeprinciplesnurse.com

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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