Maximise Your Potential Podcast podcast

Maximise Your Potential Podcast

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Motivating, Inspirational & Educational interviews and information from all walks of life – giving everyday examples of where people are maximising their potential in their life, their career and their business! If you are seeking an interesting podcast to listen to, then download Maximise Potential. Great interviews, interesting content – and make sure you listen to our complimentary music track from Xerxes at the end of every episode.

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    Max#56: Alex Adamopoulos Emergn CEO discussing how to make learning more effective

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    Welcome to episode 56 of the Maximise Potential Podcast. I would hazard a guess that the majority of you tuning into this podcast do so because you have a passion for continuous learning and professional development that you can apply within your career and workplace. Yet, if you are like me, you are inundated with so many different avenues and formats of learning that it makes it incredibly difficult to choose what you believe will be the one that offers the most benefit to you or your team. And it was having a conversation about this very issue that led me to the interview we’re featuring today. I would like to introduce Alex Adamopolous who was someone who did take the time to question the effectiveness of traditional approaches to learning and came up with his own strategy to enable learning to be quicker, more memorable and ultimately more effective. Here is Alex to explain more…     Key messages from Alex: I went into this interview with the premise that it would be focussed solely on the techniques associated with learning, however it was clear from how the interview developed that Alex’s underlying passion were people – and how his approach is orientated to empower and develop individuals to enable them to make the most of their skills and opportunities. This will become even clearer when I replay just a few of the phrases that Alex mentioned in the interview: “Innovation is about people, not technology” “Transformation happens with people.” “Your people are your strategy” Without doubt, the 70 – 20 – 10 model that formed the basis of so much of what Alex spoke about is well-worth mentioning again; 70% of work-related training & knowledge is gained whilst on the job itself, 20% comes through mentoring, whilst just 10% is from the classroom. And finally, the quote that Alex left us with was “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Alex referred to a research report on employee engagement, which at the time he was unable to qualify. However, since recording the interview we can confirm that Alex’s figures were accurate and the report is titled ‘the state of the global workplace’ compiled by Gallop. On a final note, I would like to recommend that you visit Alex’s company’s website, which can be found at http://www.emergn.com/ where you will find and incredible array of further articles and resources on this subject. Alex, thank you so much again for appearing on the Maximise Potential Podcast. A couple of notes to finish on… I’m sure you remember my interview with Dave Sissens on episode 45 where he re-lived his experience of trekking to the North Pole – well, earlier this year Dave was at it again with an even more extreme challenge. I’m going to sit down with him soon to record the interview and I hope to have it live before Christmas! Listen to the interview: Click on the following link: http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/alex-adamopoulos/ European Podcast Awards: http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/maximise-potential-wins-european-podcast-of-the-year/ Rate & Review the Maximise Potential Podcast on iTunes: http://bit.ly/itunes-maxpotential Sponsors: Jenrick Recruitment - specialists in Engineering, Food and Drink, IT and Commercial recruitment services Xerxes Music
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    Max#55: Neil Laughton – how I maximise my potential

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    Welcome to episode 55 of the Maximise Potential Podcast. Over the last few years we have been fortunate to share the accounts of individuals who have created multi-million pound businesses, faced near-death experiences, have broken world records, made countless sacrifices to achieve their dreams and have found an inner strength to drawn upon at times of despair. Yet in testament to the wonderful array of interviews that we have shared on this podcast, the individual who you are about to listen to has somehow managed to tick each and every one of these boxes. Please allow me to introduce you all to Neil Laughton and allow him to share some of his inspirational stories with you on the Maximise Potential Podcast… Key messages from Neil: As with all of our interviews, I’m always left with a sense of awe at the level of accomplishment individuals, such as Neil, have been able to amass within their life. As always, I find myself jotting down one note after another when I’m playing back the interviews – and here are a few of my favourites from Neil’s interview: “Being not too proud to ask for help” was one in particular that sprung out at me, as did “Look for opportunities and opportunities will come your way.” Yet the one that stood out the most to me was Neil’s closing statement, which was to “never, ever give up.” If you visit the webpage for this episode you’ll find several other superb mantras of Neil’s for you to digest and consider within your own life. Neil Laughton, I know we recorded this some time ago now, but thank you once again for sharing your inspirational story with us on the Maximise Potential Podcast. Neil Laughton Quotes: Set some goals, make and plan and go for it! I always had a goal to aspire to Recognise when you need help - and don't be too proud to ask for help Something will always come up if you keep as long as you keep yourself in the game Don't play the victim You have to be aware that you are selling yourself - people have to want to buy from 'you' Look for opportunities and opportunities will come your way never, ever give up Connect with and Learn more about Neil Laughton: Neil's website: Neil Laughton Twitter: Follow Neil on Twitter Listen to the interview: Click on the following link: http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/neil-laughton/ European Podcast Awards: http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/maximise-potential-wins-european-podcast-of-the-year/ Rate & Review the Maximise Potential Podcast on iTunes: http://bit.ly/itunes-maxpotential Sponsors: Jenrick Recruitment - specialists in Engineering, Food and Drink, IT and Commercial recruitment services Xerxes Music
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    Max#54: Clara Mosha – from high blood pressure risk to champion body builder

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    After a bit of a break, we are pleased to be back with episode 54 of the Maximise Potential Podcast. In today's interview, I'm very proud to introduce a truly inspirational individual who embarked on a journey of self-discovery and, in her own words, a journey that enabled her to feel as if she had completely started her life over again. I'm not going to give away the details of Clara Mosha's story, but in my opinion it embodies so many of the personal and character traits, such as persistence, adaptability and a commitment to life-long learning, that we have witnessed with such regularity in the people who have shared their stories on this podcast. This episode is a little longer than most, so please get comfortable, grab a tea or coffee, and enjoy another episode of the Maximise Potential Podcast. Key messages from Clara: Every time I listen to this interview with Clara, I can't help but get caught up with her energy and enthusiasm. I think Clara's desire to learn and by doing so, take control of her situation, came through time and time again on this interview, as did the importance of goal-setting and 'just going for it.' There were so many inspirational quotes that I took from Clara's interview, that I've listed them on the shownotes for this episode, so please come and visit the website to read them. Also, I have added links to Clara's website, Facebook page and Twitter account on the shownotes, so please go and connect with her as I know she'll welcome your feedback on her story. Clara Mosha Quotes: Don't expect changes to happen overnight - it takes time I took control of the situation I faced, researched my options and imimplemented changes I didn't give up - I was persistent I regularly challenged myself, increasing the challenges each time Other people saw something in me that I didn't see - I'm glad I listened to what they said I possessed a constant desire to learn and improve I wanted to be as good as my coach, so I mirrored how they spoke and acted I didn't question it - I just did it - I didn't overthink it As things unfolded I just dealt with them I had a goal and I made that goal public I applied lessons from one part of my life to another The HOW is not important - that bit will come if you have a goal Courage, persistence, goal-setting and just going for it! Mental attitude is much more important that age in achieving what you want in life This journey and my achievements have shown me that it's all in my mind - I can achieve what I want in my life if I can see it in my mind Connect with and Learn more about Clara Mosha: Clara's website: Fitness Choices Bootcamp Website Facebook: Fitness Choices on Facebook Twitter: Follow Clara on Twitter Listen to the interview: Click on the following link: http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/clara-mosha/ Short url: http://bit.ly/1mhaA2r European Podcast Awards: http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/maximise-potential-wins-european-podcast-of-the-year/ Rate & Review the Maximise Potential Podcast on iTunes: http://bit.ly/itunes-maxpotential Sponsors: Jenrick Recruitment - specialists in Engineering, Food and Drink, IT and Commercial recruitment services Xerxes Music
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    Max#53: Katie Page ‘I was paralysed, but now I train Olympic athletes’

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    Welcome back to episode 53 of the Maximise Potential Podcast. Throughout the last couple of years, we’ve managed to share some incredible accounts of individuals battling adversity, however, in many ways our interview today takes this subject to an entirely new level. At the age of 19, Katie Page had her entire life, as she knew it at that time, taken away from her. Even worse was the fact that she was given no hope that her situation would ever change. However, Katie refused to accept that this was going to be her life’s path and was determined to create a different future for herself, one that has led her to an incredibily fulfilling life whilst also becoming one of the most respected individuals within her profession. Here is Katie to tell us her inspirational story… Key messages from Katie:   I think Katie’s story is a perfect example of how you never have to accept the views and perspectives of others, even in the most extreme of situations. Katie has shown us all that if you are passionate enough, persistent enough and have a clear vision of the outcome you are going to achieve, then anything is truly possible. As Katie said, even now the doctors still don’t know how she managed to regain the use of her arms, body and legs… …but as far as Katie’s concerned, her experience taught her that the relationship between mind and body is far stronger than we can ever imagine. Katie is now of the most respected Sports Psychologists in the country, working alongside Dame Kelly Holmes, Jessica Ennis-Hill and an abundance of other Olympic and World Champions. I would thoroughly recommend that you connect with Katie, which you can do if you Google her name plus ‘mind training for sport’ – or you can visit the webpage for this episode and click on the links I’ve added. In addition, on the webpage I’ve also added numerous quotes and statements that Katie mentioned throughout the interview, which are well-worth re-visiting. Katie, thank you again for your time and for sharing your story. Katie Page Quotes: It is essential to have a support team - they helped me to get through the darkest times I created my own outcome, that I wanted The mind doesn't know the difference between if you visualise something or you do it for real Creating boundaries for people isn't healthy I think that we can sometimes miss how much we actually have in our lives Life can be like a tight rope, you can slip so easily and it can be taken away It is so important to embrace life - we can live it, enjoy it and maximise upon it, or we can moan and be negative - and guess what, the outcomes will be very different People come into our life for a reason and we can learn from everyone we encounter Wherever the mind goes, the body will follow The mind and the body are completely connected Connect with and Learn more about Katie Page: Katie's website: Mind Training for Sport LinkedIn: connect with Katie on LinkedIn Twitter: Follow Katie on Twitter Listen to the interview: Click on the following link: http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/katie-page/ Short url: http://bit.ly/1ckU50d European Podcast Awards: http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/maximise-potential-wins-european-podcast-of-the-year/ Rate & Review the Maximise Potential Podcast on iTunes: http://bit.ly/itunes-maxpotential Sponsors: Jenrick Recruitment - specialists in Engineering, IT and Commercial recruitment services Xerxes Music
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    Max#52: ‘Giving your mind choices and flexibility’ by Vicky Ross (part 2 of 2)

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    Welcome back to episode 52 of the Maximise Potential Podcast and the 2nd installment of our interview with leading NLP Trainer, Vicky Ross. Part 1 of this series focussed on introducing John La Valle's concept of 'Good and Bad Brain Juice' and in part 2 Vicky shall now go on to explain how we can alter our brain juice in order to give us more choices in how we respond to particular situations or circumstances, with the ultimate goal of enabling us to achieve a more positive array of outcomes from those situations. Without any further delay, here is Vicky to complete her two part podcast series on Good and Bad Juice. Key messages from Vicky: I have to admit that there were several light-bulb moments for me when I was recording this podcast with Vicky, especially when Vicky explained that if we only give our brain one way of dealing situation, then that's how our bodies will respond. Yet, all we have to do is provide it with more options, or choices, and it will choose the path that is most likely to achieve the outcome we desire. I fully appreciate that these techniques take practice, however, just being aware of this concept is such a valuable starting point to give us all a greater sense of control over our thoughts and resulting behaviour. If you'd like to learn more from Vicky, she has very kindly left all our listeners with an exclusive download, which is based on a presentation that she regularly gives to corporations and other professional groups. If you come to the shownotes and click on the link which is titled 'Vicky Ross exclusive download' it will give you access to Vicky's CD, that is called 'Re-invent Yourself.' Listen to the interview (Part 2): Click on the following link: http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/choice-and-flexibility-vicky-ross/ Short url: http://bit.ly/13T6RiT Listen to the interview (Part 1): Click on the following link: http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/brain-juice-vicky-ross/ EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD from Vicky: "Re-invent Yourself" CD Download by Vicky Ross European Podcast Awards: http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/maximise-potential-wins-european-podcast-of-the-year/ Rate & Review the Maximise Potential Podcast on iTunes: http://bit.ly/itunes-maxpotential Interview Transcription: Transcript: Vicky Ross - Giving your mind choices and flexibility (Max#52) Sponsors: Jenrick Recruitment - specialists in Engineering, IT and Commercial recruitment services Xerxes Music
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    Max#51: ‘Good and Bad Brain Juice’ by Vicky Ross (part 1 of 2)

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    I wonder how many times you've asked yourself why you always get nervous before certain meetings and when you're asked to deliver a presentation, or why you shy away from networking events or even opening particular emails. In summary, why some situations fill you with nervous, tense feelings yet why other situations lift your mood, relax you and bring a smile to your face. According to John La Valle, President of the Society of NLP, these feelings are all simply caused by chemical changes in our body, something he refers to as 'Good and Bad Brain Juice.' To understand this in more detail we've invited Vicky Ross, one of the most experienced NLP Trainers in the UK, to join us on the Podcast. Vicky has kindly offered to record a two part series where she helps us to firstly understand how we create our 'Brain Juice' and then, in part 2, to help us understand how we can change our Brain Juice if it's not benefiting us in a particular situation... Key messages from Vicky: we have around 100,000 thoughts per day but only the smallest fraction of these become conscious thoughts that we act on once a thought becomes conscious, chemicals are released into our body the chemicals provide us with feelings that either feel positive or negative John La Valle refers to this as good brain juice or bad brain juice Listen to the interview (Part 1): Click on the following link: http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/brain-juice-vicky-ross/ Short url: http://bit.ly/13rBP1f Listen to PART 2 of the Vicky Ross interview series: Click on the following link: http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/choices-and-flexibility-vicky-ross/ Read Vicky's Article on the Jenrick Blog: "Why does it feel like I am speaking a different language" by Vicky Ross European Podcast Awards: http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/maximise-potential-wins-european-podcast-of-the-year/ Rate the Maximise Potential Podcast on i-Tunes: http://bit.ly/itunes-maxpotential Interview Transcription: Transcript: Vicky Ross - Good and Bad Brain Juice (Max#51) Sponsors: Jenrick Recruitment - specialists in Engineering, IT and Commercial recruitment services Xerxes Music
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    Max#50: Steve Wernick – how cancer changed my life

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    Sharing the stories of those who have faced adversity in their lives has been a key undertone since we launched this Podcast. In relation to this, one topic that continues to affect more people directly as well as indirectly is cancer. Macmillan Cancer Support states that a decade ago about a third of people, developed cancer at some point in their lives. The charity's latest research shows that figure has risen to more than 40%. In today's interview we meet Steve Wernick, who shares his story of facing and beating cancer, whilst going onto explain how living through this chapter of his life changed how he approached and prioritised his family, his career, his decision-making and himself.... Key messages from Steve: I took an incredible array of notes and messages from Steve's interview, and I've attempted to share some of them with you here: What Steve said about how most of us worry about things that have not happened and will probably not happen and as a result create completely avoidable stress by playing out scenarios in our mind time and time again. The biggest change for Steve was to stop procrastinating - how he described how easy it is to make plans and NOT follow them through, because there's always tomorrow - but, as Steve has realised, what if there isn't a tomorrow? Then the advice that Steve left us with at the end of his interview: Just get out and do things - and don't worry if they don't turn out the way you expected - finishing is not the most important bit - giving it a go is! And finally: Don't be afraid of failure - you're not going to succeed all the time - but if you don't try something in the first place, you'll never succeed. EPISODE 50 PDF INFOGRAPHIC: Click on the following link: Inspirational Maximise Potential Quotes (Infographic Download) Learn more about the Ultra 6 Challenge with Andy North: Click on the following link: http://www.ultra6.org/ Listen to the Maximise Potential interview with Andy North: Andy North - Endurance Athlete (Max #31) Listen to the interview: Click on the following link: http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/steve-wernick Short url: http://bit.ly/11XLOrS Music: Music is care of Moby: "Wait For Me" by Moby European Podcast Awards: http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/maximise-potential-wins-european-podcast-of-the-year/ Rate the Maximise Potential Podcast on iTunes: http://bit.ly/itunes-maxpotential Interview Transcription: Transcript: Steve Wernick - how cancer changed changed my life (Max#50) Sponsors: Jenrick Recruitment - specialists in Engineering, IT and Commercial recruitment services Xerxes Music
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    Max#49: Janine Roebuck – Opera Singer

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    Welcome back to episode 49 of the Maximise Potential Podcast. In today’s episode we are extremely fortunate to be sitting with one of Britain’s most respected and popular Opera Singers, Janine Roebuck. With a versatile mezzo-soprano voice, Janine has played leading roles in some of the world’s most famous opera houses enchanting audiences with her emotional performances, yet throughout the years Janine, like so many other people who appear on this Podcast, has faced a multitude of challenges as she has strived to follow her passion and maximise her potential. Here is Janine to share her story with us all on the Maximise Potential Podcast … Key messages from Janine: We have interviewed so many people now on the Podcast who have all overcome challenges of their own in order to enable them to realise their goals and in many cases, their dreams. Janine’s story epitomises this in a truly awe inspiring manner. Personally I’m stilling coming to terms with the magnitude of what Janine has overcome to realise her dreams, and how her career is now enabling her to make positive changes to how those with hearing or other disabilities view their own limitations. Janine has given us all so much to consider within our own lives, especially her observation that accepts that life is a challenge, and that we all have a choice to either embrace this fact and push through it, or just bow to it and live a ‘safe’ life. Janine also re-iterated the importance of sharing your life with others and reaching out to others. Putting back into the world as a way of giving thanks for what the world has given you. Finally, that incredibly powerful statement Janine made regarding “what to some people is a stumbling block, can equally be a stepping stone – it’s just purely down to your frame of mind.” Janine, from all of us at the Maximise Potential Podcast, thank you very much for joining us and sharing your story with our audience. Learn more about Janine: Click on the following link: Janine Roebuck Opera Singer bio and further information Listen to the interview: Click on the following link: http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/janine-roebuck-opera-singer Short url: http://bit.ly/16jLwwZ European Podcast Awards: http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/maximise-potential-wins-european-podcast-of-the-year/ Rate the Maximise Potential Podcast on i-Tunes: http://bit.ly/itunes-maxpotential Interview Transcription: Transcript: Janine Roebuck - Opera Singer (Max#49) Sponsors: Jenrick Recruitment - specialists in Engineering, IT and Commercial recruitment services Xerxes Music
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    Max#48: Tom Needs – Rackspace

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    Welcome back to episode 48 of the Maximise Potential Podcast. In this episode we’ve managed to catch up with a senior international manager responsible for over 700 customers, in excess of 200 staff, who are spread throughout 135 countries. Tom Needs has enjoyed a progressive and extremely rewarding career and in our interview today openly shares his experiences of being a manager, how he developed his management style, what has personally driven him to progress his career and the importance of finding a working culture that reflected his own personal values. It’s not too often that you have the opportunity to hear a senior executive discuss these issues in such depth, so please enjoy… Key messages from Tom: As I mentioned at the beginning of this interview, it’s a rare opportunity to hear a senior executive talk so openly, in such depth and with so much passion about their career, role and organisition. Instead of drawing on several points from Tom’s interview, I’ve chosen just one – purpose. This was a word that Tom referred back to several times throughout the interview, expressing how important it was for him to understand his own purpose and how that gave meaning to why he (at the most basic level) got up each day and gave his best. Out of interest, I wonder how many of us have given much thought about our own purpose, or the purpose of our role at work? It would be an interesting exercise to undertake and to even involve your team within. Tom Needs, it was a pleasure to have you on the podcast and thank you very much for sharing so much with us. Listen to the interview: Click on the following link: http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/tom-needs-rackspace/ LIVE EVENT - see Vanessa speak in person: WOMEN IN BUSINESS - Step Up & Be Heard Rate the Maximise Potential Podcast on iTunes: http://bit.ly/itunes-maxpotential Interview Transcription: Transcript: Tom Needs - Rackspace (Max#48) Sponsors: Jenrick Recruitment - specialists in Engineering, IT and Commercial recruitment services Xerxes Music
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    Max#47: Vanessa Vallely – The Queen of the City

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    Vanessa Vallely is considered by the Financial News as one of the most 100 Influential Women in Finance, by Brummels as one of the 30 Top Women in The City and was crowned as the Champion for Women at the 2011 Banking and Finance Awards. In addition to her flourishing corporate career, Vanessa is an entrepreneur, mentor and charity champion. Vanessa is known to some as the Queen of the City and to others as The City's most connected Womanâ yet to everyone she is known as someone with energy, flair and above all passion. Key messages from Vanessa: Personally, this is one interview that I've gone back to listened to about three times to give me the opportunity to absorb the volume of information that Vanessa shares with us. One of my favourite parts is right at the start when Vanessa says how she could see the Tallest City Buildings from her bedroom window and that one day she was going to work there. That is clearly a very powerful memory for her, even now all these years later. From a personality perspective Vanessa is another person who refers to the importance of passion, enthusiasm and determination - coupling this with the importance of keeping a mind that is constantly open and seeking out new ideas. Planning, asking questions, investing in yourself - the advice just kept coming and coming. Here are a few highlights: Just give me a chance - just give me an opportunity Impossible is nothing You can achieve anything you want if you truly put your mind to it Don't conform and don't be scared to be different Being innovative and creative around what you can and can't do A life without passion is a dull one indeed Hard work and determination - I definitely think that's the key Listen to the interview: Click on the following link: http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/vanessa-vallely/ Connect with Vanessa plus other relevant links: WEBSITE: We Are The City.com WEBSITE: Careers in the City WEBSITE: Learn about the Pearly Kings and Queens of London LIVE EVENT - see Vanessa speak in person: WOMEN IN BUSINESS - Step Up & Be Heard Rate the Maximise Potential Podcast on iTunes: http://bit.ly/itunes-maxpotential Interview Transcription: Transcript: Vanessa Vallely - The Queen of The City (Max#47) Sponsors: Jenrick Recruitment - specialists in Engineering, IT and Commercial recruitment services Xerxes Music

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