Connecting and chatting with inspiring people as we explore topics such as strengths, leadership, culture, personal growth, health, mindset and living an inspired life. Each episode includes insights, stories and practical tips. Of course also what is their definition of INSPIRED ENERGY! What's yours?
IE103 - Sam Cawthorn | Master Professional Speaker Trainer & Story-Shower
In this episode I speak with Sam Cawthorn, an incredible story-shower and renowned professional speaker whose mission it is to teach people how to master communication for influence.
Sam Cawthorn is the Founder of Speakers Institute Group of Companies and Speakers Tribe and author of 11 books including 4 International Best Sellers. He is both the former Young Australian of the Year and the Edupreneur of the Year.
In 2006 Sam’s life changed forever when he was involved in a major car accident which left him with an amputated right arm and a permanent disability in his right leg. Sam went on to become one of the world’s most in demand global professional speakers. His award winning group of training companies runs events globally, teaching people how to master communication for influence.
We speak about the impact that the last 24 months have had on professional speakers and live events, why we should adopt a bounce forward mindset, what the hero's journey is and how it's structured for maximum impact, and why exactly 'story-showing' trumps storytelling every time. This episode is jam-packed with tips and techniques on how to communicate for positive influence and is a must-listen to.
Key episode highlights include:
Yes we have these tough times, these crises, these problems, but it's not about going back to where we've been, it's about bouncing forward into what we can become.
We win people's attention as leaders by giving value. But value is not value unless it addresses the pain point or problem of your target listener.
In all reality, they don't care about your ideas, they don't care about your message, all they care about is their own pain point and problem. So if you address their pain point and problem, they will gift you their attention. And that's ultimately how we influence other people.
If I say to you, let me tell you something you versus me saying let me show you something, it lands totally different to the listener.
The longer you pause, the more intelligent you come across.
If you want to be a better leader, learn how to emotionally connect. How do you emotionally connect? Be a better story shower.
Make sure you check out Sam's website and the Speaker's Institute, and connect with him on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
#podcast #leadership #self-leadership #communication #storyshower #storytelling #health #mentalhealth #wellbeing #business #presenter #facilitator #trainer #speaker #entrepreneur
IE102 - Oscar Trimboli | Deep Listening Expert
In this episode I speak with Oscar Trimboli, who is on a quest to create 100 million Deep Listeners in the world. He is an author, host of the Apple Award-winning podcast—Deep Listening and a sought-after keynote speaker. Oscar is passionate about using the gift of listening to bring positive change in workplaces.
Oscar has experienced firsthand the transformational impact leaders and organisations can have when they listen beyond words. He consults to organisations including American Express, AstraZeneca, Cisco, Google, HSBC, Loreal, PwC and Stryker helping chairs, boards, executives and their teams listen to what’s unsaid by the customers and employees.
Oscar lives in Sydney with his wife Jennie, where he helps first-time runners and ocean swimmers conquer their fears and contributes to the cure for cancer as part of Can Too, a cancer research charity.
We speak about some incredible and hard-hitting facts that will make you want to adjust how you show up when other people are speaking, the differences between being a good listener and a deep listener (hint: it's more about what people aren't saying), and where we can and cannot multi-task and why this is the case.
This episode is jam-packed full of tips, but some key highlights include:
The number one thing to improve listening is to switch off all electronic notifications.
Technology's amazing, but if you become a slave to it you have no processing capability whatsoever. If you have a device near you, and it's turned on, you have the cognitive processing capacity of an eight year old.
The shorter your questions, the more effective they are. They're more neutral. And they invite a wider perspective of answer.
In some cultures, silence is just a sign of wisdom, respect and authority. It's something that's embraced, not pushed away.
It's not your job to make sense of what they say it's your job to help them make sense of what they're thinking
Oscar also leaves us with 3 tips to listen to what is unsaid:
1. Ask the question, "Tell me more?"
2. Ask the question, "And, what else?"
3. Simply allow silence.
You can connect with Oscar and the incredible work he does by heading to The Listening Quiz, and make sure to check out his podcast Deep Listening.
#podcast #leadership #communication #listening #business #selfleadership #team #teamdevelopment
IE101 - Murray Guest | Reflection on first 100 Episodes
Episode 101 is a reflection of the past hundred episodes of the Inspired Energy podcast, and this time it is Murray on the receiving end! Matt Cowdroy, who was our guest for Episode 6 back in 2018, has jumped back on to now chat with Murray about his key insights, lightbulb moments and favourite conversations that have graced this podcast over the last three years.
We delve into the overarching themes that have presented themselves across the episodes, like self leadership, the desire to serve others and the yearning to continually learn and develop. Murray shares his aha moments that have happened during specific episodes, how his conversation and listening techniques have developed over time, and also opens up about his dream podcast guests in three very different industries.
Some key highlights of this episode include:
When going into a planned conversation with someone, you definitely need a level of preparation but be mindful of not over-preparing to a point of losing the curiosity.
Create the space for the conversation so that you're not rushing through it, that way you give it the opportunity to develop into something or go in a direction that you may not have anticipated.
Look at your field or industry, and see how you can be unique in that.
It's super important for everyone to find the time and space to connect with their pack as we move forward.
What a way to end 2021 with wrapping up 101 episodes and really reflecting on what has been, before moving into the fresh new year.
Again we want to thank Matt for jumping on and facilitating this conversation - you can find out about the awesome work he does over at Think Productive and make sure to listen to his insightful episode back when the podcast began.
#podcast #inspired #inspiredenergy #coach #coaching #productivity #leadership #selfleadership #health #mentalhealth
IE100 - Angie and Shane Saunders | Breathwork Experts
In this episode I speak with breathwork experts Shane and Angie Saunders of Breathe Me. It is jam-packed full of insight and practical tips to help leaders and their teams become more energised.
Shane and Angie are award winning authors, professional coaches, professional speakers, and hosts of The Breathing Edge Podcast. Their common interest in the art (practice) and science (research) of mind-body psychology and the development of optimal self-regulation during performance under pressure led them to weave together an integrated collection of high-performance learning techniques for reducing stress, working in demanding environments. improving sleep, and stabilizing personal energy.
These techniques include the union of ancient wisdom of the breath with breathing science to lower reactivity, improve focus, and bring the mind and body into balance.
Shane served for 13 years in the Australian Defense Force where he trained military divers, tactical assault experts, and top military performers in mind-body self-regulation science while also assisting them to successfully complete the SAS selection course, which he also completed himself.
Angie is from a high-powered background in the entertainment industry in Hollywood where she worked both in front of the camera (singing, dancing, acting and stunts) and behind the scenes in production, coordinating films where personal high performance was central to her profession.
Shane and Angie joined forces in Australia, not only in marriage but in their professional work where together they built a business, Breathe Me, that helps people experience and implement multi-disciplinary techniques for improving health and performance.
We speak about the physiological effects that breathwork has on the body and mind, some practical techniques that you can implement right now that will help shift your internal state, as well as how something as simple as your breath can affect the energy you bring to meetings and conversations with people. Recently Angie and Shane have been working with the Graduate School of Breathing and Behavioural Science and we talk about this fascinating work too!
Key episode highlights include:
If your breathing is fragmented and out of rhythm, so will you be in your life.
It's not just about having a breathwork practice, it's also learning how to have your nervous system regulate itself in the face of changing environments.
Yes you require oxygen. The other part of the equation is that you also require co2 in order for that oxygen to be transported around the body. And if we have those gases out of balance, that affects the blood pH, which affects neurotransmitters that affects hormone release it affects micro tension in the body.
The way you breathe will entrain the way other people breathe, and will affect how they're feeling around you.
You can find out about Shane and Angie's work and The Energised Leader program over at Breathe Me, or connect with Shane and Angie on LinkedIn.
Also check out our previous chat on episode 13 of the Inspired Energy Podcast.
#health #wellbeing #mindset #leadership #teamwork #coaching #business #breathwork #breatheme #breathe #gratitude #pause #resilience
IE99 - Kelley Wacher | The magic is in you! Executive Coach, Behavioural Leadership with a Strengths influence
In this episode I chat with the effervescent Kelley Wacher, whose mission it is to show people a pathway to self awareness, strengths and leadership excellence through behavioural coaching.
Kelley's contribution is to have others find their purpose through managing expectations and limiting beliefs, understanding behaviour and interpersonal communication whilst focusing on strengths building not weakness fixing. This will define a future path and build new cultures, for individuals, teams and leaders.
We discuss engagement tips and how to utilise effective spaces for online meetings, how we can find common threads (and lessons) between parenting and organisational leadership, what empowerment really is, and how to make decisions for the majority of people within your business whilst cultivating compassion for the outliers.
Key episode highlights include:
You bring value by saving someone time, effort and emotion.
With trust comes empowerment and with empowerment comes accountability.
Empowerment is not about a leader giving someone power. It is about allowing them to let their own power out.
There is so much magic in the combination of strengths and talents and how they work together, not just what they mean standalone. Dive into how they interact together, which is actually what makes you unique.
You can connect further with Kelley on LinkedIn, her website Corporate Magic, or even be old fashioned and pick up the phone for a chat +61 405 523 507.
#strengths #cliftonstrengths #business #leadership #culture #coaching #coach #entrepreneur
IE98 - Tim Montague | Solar Expert & Clean Tech Podcaster
In this episode I speak with Tim Montague, an absolute powerhouse when it comes to the global transition to clean energy. His passion leans into both the sustainability and economical aspects of clean energy and this episode is a must-listen for anyone who cares for our future.
Tim Montague, M.S., is a solar PV expert, NABCEP PV Technical Sales certified solar professional and host of two podcasts: the Solar Podcast and the Clean Power Hour with co-host John Weaver. Tim is a business development executive for Continental Energy Solutions in Chicago, IL and has been involved with over 40 megawatts of solar projects in the Midwest including portfolios of community solar (3 MW DC), and many commercial, industrial, government, nonprofit and campus clients.
Continental has built the two largest rooftop solar projects in the Midwest (Magid Glove and IKEA Joliet) and portfolios of Target and Walmart stores. Tim is passionate for the energy transition and spreading the news and best practices, technology and thought leadership via his two podcasts which you can see at www.CESnrg.com/podcast where he covers topics like pollinator friendly solar, agrivoltaics, low-carbon solar panel manufacturing and much more.
We speak about the past and present barriers to implementing solar technology, the future of micro grids for both the highly developed and less developed worlds, the transition to electric vehicles and how the human race needs to really start thinking long term.
Key episode highlights include:
We need to decarbonize the economy globally. It is a net benefit to society.
Solar PV is the number one source of new power globally and it has become cost effective and competitive with all other technologies.
An all electric vehicle future it's going to happen whether we like it or not.
When it comes to the future of energy and sustainability, we are swimming in good knowledge and information.
The question we need to ask ourselves is do we choose to live a good life for the next 5000 or 10,000 years? Or do we choose to really face very challenging times?
We'll leave you with Tim's wonderful definition of Inspired Energy, which is energy that is good for people, profit and planet.
To connect further with Tim you can find him on LinkedIn and Twitter, and make sure to tune in to his podcast, Clean Power Hour.
Other resources/recommendations mentioned in this episode:
Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation (must-read book)
Redwood Materials (battery recycling)
Tesla (electric vehicles)
#podcast #solar #climate #energy #cleanenergy #photovoltaic #sunpower #gosolar #solarpower #solarenergy #solarpanels #climatechange #future #power
Sensible tips for living well
Murray & Bek both shared some helpful, practical tips for mental health and mental fitness. Easy to listen to. Easy to apply the ideas. Thank you both.
Fun, thoughtful and relevant
Murray facilities fantastic discussions with talented guests on a wide range of contemporary, relevant, and very interesting topics – in a very fun and thoughtful way.
Many a great episode to listen to and ponder over on a relaxing walk.
Valuable and accessible
Thanks Murray for creating a great resource for facilitators, coaches and people interested in growth! Please keep it coming!