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Life is change - change is constant - growth is optional

Stories of Success Podcast

Release Date: 09/19/2019

The story of a professional speaker in times of Covid19. show art The story of a professional speaker in times of Covid19.

Stories of Success Podcast

For the last but not least episode of season 3 of my podcast, I welcome Lisa Ryan who is the Chief Appreciation Strategist at Grategy. As a Certified Speaking Professional, a Certified Virtual Speaker and the best-selling author of ten books including “The Upside of Down Times: Discovering the Power of Gratitude”, she shares a lot of information on how to become a professional speaker and what gratitude means in day to day life.

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Chris is a tech entrepreneur that believes technology can be used for good and can dramatically impact the world in a positive way. He is lucky enough that his personal vision matches up with his company's vision at The Happiness Index.

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This week’s podcast is with Lizzy Hodcroft. She is an inspiration to talk to, on how to overcome mental health issues and becoming successful, selling a business and now launching a new business called Myndr.

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This week’s podcast is with a fellow German coach Stephanie Schaffner. After a corporate career in sales and business development, she changed direction to become a trainer for stress management and a coach for burnout prevention.

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On this episode I welcome Marek Zmysłowski. Marek is a Polish-born entrepreneur and executive, focused on online businesses in Frontier and Emerging Markets. 

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This was a great recording with an industry friend around various topics. Not only did we discuss media, but we more-though spoke about what it means to have a burn-out and to live with anxiety, not only during the Covid19 crisis.

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I enjoyed meeting Gian Power ACA on my podcast who set up his first business aged 13 and later worked at Deutsche Bank and PwC and witnessed first-hand some of the wellbeing & inclusion issues that need to be tackled in the corporate world.

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This is a solo episode. First time I record on my iPad, and I hope the quality is ok. 

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In this week’s podcast I welcome Al Gerrie who is the Founder and CEO of ZigZag Global, a software solution to help e-commerce retailers manage returns domestically and globally. We recorded this at the peak internet time during the first week of national office closures due to the Corona virus, and unfortunately the connection dropped a few time. 

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My podcast this week is with a former colleague and friend Luis Esteban. Not often do I ask colleagues to be on the podcast, but after meeting Luis Esteban last year, we just hit it off and have so many things in common. Luis is now CEO of Initiative Spain, and I moved on too. His Twitter handle is @lesteban

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In this week’s episode I welcome Karin Volo. She is known as a chief joy bringer and CEO and is the founder of Evoloshen. Based in Stockholm Sweden she helps companies transforming cultures and delivering high performance. 
 
Karin has been recognised as a global leader and employee engagement expert on the Engagement 101 list and recently named in the Top 30 HR Influencers and the 15 Most Influential Women in HR lists. 
 
She talks about her three words: Inspiration, Joy and Evolution - she recommends the listener to find out their three words too. Her definition of success is a ‘personal question’ - moments of joy, creating amazing memories. We discuss happiness and success, which is also addressed in my book Principles of Success, based on the conversations I had on this podcast.
 
Her life changed unexpectedly when she got tapped on the shoulders when trying to leave the US and was subsequently put into jail. She writes about her story in the book 1352 days, describing her experience how life changed from having a fantastic time in business and life, to being arrested without hadn't done anything wrong; having 2 small children at the time which couldn’t visit her. This flipped her life upside down. One thing she learned  was to play a mental movie to herself over and over again to be freed; the visualisation and mental work helped her to stay sane, but also it became true. 
 
Her life changed from there, and she wrote a book called Engage which lead to the work she is doing now. Karin focuses on bringing joy to the workplace. She says, trust is the basis of a good work culture, and she has a strong desire for people to learn trust and the positive impact it has on the workplace; it leads us to discuss the 4 days work week, and how happiness is key to the workplace. We are discussing mindfulness and positive psychology.
 
She is also a Certified C-IQ™ Coach and that’s where I first heard about conversational intelligence, and again this is something we speak about it in depth. Since the recording I incorporate aspects of that into my executive and productivity coaching too. 
 
For Karin it is important that we all understand the power we have inside ourselves, and her mantra is “Life is change - change is constant - growth is optional” 
 
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This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners), an executive and productivity coach and growth consultant. Volker also wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter. He just launched his new book Principles for Success, based on the interviews in this podcast.
If you are interested in being coached by Volker Ballueder or you are interested in discussing mindfulness trainings or consulting work, please reach out to him via email (mailto:volker@ballueder.com).