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Mindy Gibbins-Klein: In Conversation

This week, I'm in conversation with Mindy Gibbins-Klein. She is the multi-award winning founder of REAL Thought Leaders, The Book Midwife® and Panoma Press. She has presented to and coached over 50,000 leaders and entrepreneurs in 18 countries. Mindy and I talk about her journey to the UK, starting her own business during the recession and failing. She decided to stay in the UK and commenced a successful corporate career before, following a series of redundancies, to start her own business...


Dayne Shuda - In Conversation

This week I'm in conversation with Dayne Shuda. Dayne is the owner and founder of Ghost Blog Writers. Dayne always wanted to be in business for himself and when he left university, started his own business. It wasn't working and he realised he had to let the business go. He took a job in a footwear catalogue company. His manager liked Dayne's entrepreneurial spirit and his role suited him well. His knowledge and experience grew. He then started a side hustle - writing blogs for one company...


In Conversation at the Lead Gen Summit

This week I am in conversation with 9 business owners (plus hearing from 3 speakers)! As Small Business Saturday is coming up, this seemed the ideal time to share the mini-interviews I did at Richard Woods' Lead Gen Summit in October. Each business owner shares what they have found (or are still finding) challenging about starting up and running a business. We start with Allanna Farquhar who is just setting up a new business venture and end with Richard Dwyer with an established business of...


In Conversation with Tony Robinson OBE

This week I am in conversation with Tony Robinson OBE. Tony is a champion of Micro Businesses and, along with his business partner, co-founded the #MicroBizMatters movement along with Tina Boden. Tony talks about his life generally but also his show The Micro Myths and Magic Show. He is a strong advocate for all micro business owners and feels he is doing exactly what he wants to be doing. He has been working for himself for 32 years. An author (Freedom from Bosses Forever) and really, an...


In Conversation with Elaine Gosden

This week, I am in conversation with Elaine Gosden of Blue Gnu Consulting. This is a particularly special conversation because, as well as talking about her work - Elaine shares her story of losing her partner when he was involved in a helicopter crash in a war zone 15 years ago. We talk about many things but her honesty about her reactions, the ups and downs, the people who supported her through this and how she wants Marc to be remembered are heartwarming. There were some problems with...


In Conversation with Moira Martin

I was really interested in speaking to Moira because, in her role as Director at Kelly's Storage Charity Events, they take a very different approach to supporting charities. Moira shares how they are able to give 100% of the revenue from an event to the named charity, the unexpected side benefit of increased company morale (it was already high but now is even better!) and some of the challenges she has encountered along the way. To date, they have raised over half a million pounds! In our...


In Conversation with Elroy 'Spoonface' Powell

I spoke with Elroy 'Spoonface' Powell over the summer. Spoon has enjoyed international fame with the dance music project, Black Legend. The group’s reworking of the Barry White classic "You See the Trouble with Me" reached the top of the UK charts, selling more than a million copies worldwide. We spoke about how it felt to go from a chart toppping career to trying to find his own path and where he is now. The burn out along the way and how he now takes care of himself - martial arts plays...


In Conversation with Jennifer Hamley

Is there anything more inspirational than seeing a woman in her element, full of confidence and having the time of her life? I’m in conversation with Jennifer Hamley. She celebrate women with handbags & accessories that are celebrated as totems of fun & confidence. Jen's journey on the surface is one of success but she talks about how, just this past summer, she was ready to shut the business down. She actually made the decision to close it but in doing so, this led her to a shift in...


In Conversation With Richard Maybury

Richard is known as ‘Mr Productivity’ by many of his clients. He is the owner of Attitude Solutions, a specialist training business focused on enabling people to measurably improve the way they manage their critical results and competing priorities within high volume, high velocity workloads. Richard talks about his journey from Chartered Insurer to Mr. Productivity and how focusing on: Training. Motivation. Overseas. took him to Kenya and a change from the normal trajectory of a...


In Conversation with Claire Leigh

Claire Leigh started her boutique business just over 4 years ago with a small credit card loan holding ‘gift parties’ in people’s houses. She now has an award winning shop in St.John’s Village, Woking turning over in excess of £200,000. Claire shares her story of how she went from gift parties to having the shop in St. Johns Village, Woking. Claire has a number of events in the lead up to Christmas - starting on 1st November with an evening to solve your styling dilemmas for the upcoming...


Reflections, International Podcast Day & Drive to Digital 2018

This week is a little different as I reflect on the themes that have come out of my conversations so far, a look at some of the conversation around International Podcast Day and key takeaways from the Drive to Digital 2018. For more information on International Podcast Day and to find replays of specials, visit


In Conversation with Geraldine Joaquim

Geraldine spent 20+ years working for a large corporation as an international marketing consulting - travellling all over the world. As a 'side hustle', she also ran her own tour operator specialising in South African diving and safaris. As a mother with a young family, various animals and a husband - she was looking to the next 20 years to see what she wanted to do. We talk about how that led her to hypnotherapy and wanting to keep people well rather than focus on fixing them when they...


In Conversation with James Sinclair

James set up his first business while he was still in school - he had to hire a driver (his grandfather) to take him to events as he couldn't drive himself! From his early magic shows, James has built one of the largest entertainment businesses in the UK. We speak about James' journey, his support for other entrepreneurs and he gives some amazing advice for business owners. Show Notes: James and I spoke about: videos Show...


In Conversation with Rhiannon Ford

Divorce is not something that we speak about very often unless it is impacting us or someone close to us. It made a change to talk about it with Rhiannon and really gain an insight into her business, how it evolves, the challenges she sees people facing as they deal with a relationship that may no longer be working. We spoke about the importance of support, self-care and also some of the realities of leaving your partner. Rhiannon was practicing family law when she had to take a break due...


In Conversation with James Thompson

I met with James Thompson - Managing Director of the award winning Spokes of Bagshot, IoD (Institute of Directors) Director of the Year 2017 in Spokes on a sweltering July day. I was delighted to discover that James is super easy to speak to, interesting and inspirational plus - a real bonus here - the shop is air conditioned! What more could anyone ask for?! James and I speak about how he has always loved cycling, his desire to make a change in his life, meet the business partner that led...


In Conversation With Daniel Priestley

Daniel Priestley is a key person of influence and also dedicated to making a dent in the world. Australian but now based in London, Daniel is a best selling author and co-founder of Dent Global. Dent run accelerators to guide entrepreneurs through the pain of the entrepreneurial journey. We talk about lizard brains, how families and tribes behave within businesses, Daniel’s journey, and how he maintains his well-being. Show Notes During our conversation we talk about: Show Links


In Conversation with Alison Edgar

Alison is one of those people who you just can't help wanting to listen to! Her enthusiasm is infectious When talking to the Entrepreneur's Godmother, you might expect there to be some talk of wands and tiaras but would you expect Golf and The Godfather to come up as well? I didn't! Alongside golf and the godfather, we talk about how Alison became the Entrepreneur's Godmother, her knowledge of sales, her best-selling book and selling from your heart with passion. Our conversation...


In Conversation with Suzie Volkes-Smith

Speaking to Suzie is pure joy - her enthusiasm and belief about what she does can't be contained. Suzie shares who she helps and why as well as her own story from being a shy quiet child to an adult who was using partying as way to feel bolder. She realised this wasn't what she wanted her life to be and as she made changes discovered how strongly she wants to help people change their lives and to live their life their way rather than be constrained by their bodies. The strength of her...


In Conversation with Linda Huckle

In this episode, Linda and I spoke about networking, the challenges, Linked In and how people use it, could use it, don't use it and so much more. We also talk about networking which isn't surprising given Linda's second role as Regional Director at The Athena Network! A lovely chat in which Linda explains how she became Linked In Linda, how she tries to balance her well being and personal life and her tips to other business owners and startups. Also - in this episode, the first appearance...


In Conversation with Richard Woods

I speak to Richard Woods just before one of his Lead Gen Academy evenings in Farnborough. Richard talks about his experiences on The Apprentice, how health problems impacted him and much much more! At the time of speaking, he was still knee deep in his new boiler business as well as about to launch WP Aid! There is no stopping this man!