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Powerful Stories with Tory Archbold. One of Australia’s top female entrepreneurs and CEOs, Tory Archbold knows that just as our stories have the power to shape us, so we have the power to shape our stories. Having attained global recognition through her businesses Torstar and Powerful Steps, now Tory is stepping back to connect with the powerful stories of extraordinary women—their highs and lows, near misses and great wins. From entrepreneurs to CEOs to influencers and beyond, women open up to Tory about the powerful steps they’ve taken, and the sacrifices they’ve made, to achieve their business goals. These compelling stories aren’t just great listening. They invite listeners to step up and take hold of their own power. Find out more at www.powerful-steps.com

Powerful Stories with Tory Archbold Tory Archbold

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Powerful Stories with Tory Archbold. One of Australia’s top female entrepreneurs and CEOs, Tory Archbold knows that just as our stories have the power to shape us, so we have the power to shape our stories. Having attained global recognition through her businesses Torstar and Powerful Steps, now Tory is stepping back to connect with the powerful stories of extraordinary women—their highs and lows, near misses and great wins. From entrepreneurs to CEOs to influencers and beyond, women open up to Tory about the powerful steps they’ve taken, and the sacrifices they’ve made, to achieve their business goals. These compelling stories aren’t just great listening. They invite listeners to step up and take hold of their own power. Find out more at www.powerful-steps.com

    Secret nudges from the universe with Tory Archbold

    Secret nudges from the universe with Tory Archbold

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    • 12 min
    Monday motivation with Tory Archbold

    Monday motivation with Tory Archbold

    Some people are clearly motivated by self-mastery — that motivation to develop and grow and I am one of them

    As humans none of us are perfect.

    I beleive that if we can take some powerful steps towards increasing our energy and vibration each and every day so that we feel empowered and ready to embrace opportunity we will release judgement and embrace being present  - meaning we can walk towards our highest and greatest potential.

    To do this you must step outside of your comfort zone. Today I share the 3 powerful steps I take every Monday to set myself up for success - they shift your energy and if you rinse and repeat them you will notice a difference in your life almost immediately.

    Enjoy with love,

    TORY xox 
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    • 13 min
    Lessons from my near death experience with Tory Archbold

    Lessons from my near death experience with Tory Archbold

    In 2013, while at the heady height of her successful career running global PR firm Torstar, Tory Archbold was living a very different story behind the scenes. Here, she shares how a sudden medical emergency landed her in a hospital bed fighting for her life, and the ‘aha’ moments she encountered that serve as her compass today for living a bold, beautiful life.

    In 2013, if I had to sum up my life in one word, it would be ‘hectic’. I like to call it ‘success and survival’. I was running a global PR business with a team of 22 staff. I had a responsibility to ensure each client Torstar partnered with got the results their brand deserved, and this meant dedicating my time to making sure everyone was clear on deliverables, no matter what time zone they were on.My diary was jammed day-in and day-out, including on weekends, as I was a single mum and my life outside of work was dedicated to raising my child. I had absolutely no ‘me’ time at all.

    All of this took a sudden and completely unexpected turn when in February 2013 I found myself in a hospital recovery room, fighting for my life.The day had started out normally enough, with emails to answer and the usual work deliverables to meet. But soon, I started to feel very ‘off’. My body slowed down to a pace of a snail. Completing a small task took hours. I was pushing my body to meet everyone else’s expectations except for my own, and it had started to give in.I felt my body was dying before it happened. I was at home when I felt an excruciating pain which everyone said was food poisoning – but I knew better than that as running a PR agency you eat a lot of canapes while hosting events and I know what an off canape tastes like! That was when my appendix burst. I was rushed to hospital, and it became critical, as the blood had started poisoning my body, so my doctors made the decision to rush me into emergency surgery.

    As I was being wheeled into the operating theatre at 2am, I was asked who my next of kin was. My world, which hours ago had been thriving, suddenly felt like it had turned on its head. I had organised nothing in preparation for a situation like this. I was the sole carer and financial provider for my daughter, and had a business that I ran with overheads. I remember the surgeon asking if I wanted more children, and I felt physically and emotionally sick. I felt truly terrified at that moment. When they place you in the operating theatre, it’s literally your live-or-die moment before you black out so they can operate. You have little time to think about your last dying wish would be.Gratefully, I was truly lucky that my surgery was successful.

    After a week I was discharged from hospital, and given a 6 month recovery period.  The fact was my body did not come back to life for another 3 – 4 years and when it did it brought with it a renewed mindset. My near-death experience was a precious catalyst for me, as it forced me to confront absolutely everything in my life and come face-to-face with some big truths. My perspective received a valuable shake-up, and these days, I carry the lessons it gave me as core to everything I do in business and in life.

    Scroll on for the three most soul-stirring lessons I took from my near-death experience:

    1)     Always place your needs in front of everyone else’sAs women, we are taught by society to be kind, to be selfless, and to always attend to everybody else’s needs before our own. It can feel very scary to risk being labelled ‘selfish’ if we dare to put ourselves first, but doing so is what helps us to reclaim our power. Just like when a plane goes down and they say to place the oxygen mask on yourself first, because they know if you don’t you are not able help others, if you don’t attend to your own needs in everyday life, you will be unable to be of service to others.After my recovery, I realised how very important it was that I take care of myself so that I could be there for my dau

    • 13 min
    Steering a multi-million-dollar business through Covid with Annemiek Ballesty

    Steering a multi-million-dollar business through Covid with Annemiek Ballesty

    Today I am thrilled to be sitting down with one of my oldest and dearest clients, Annemiek Ballesty, who is talking to us live from Hong Kong. When we first met, Annemiek was working on the launch of Fossil Group in Australia from a tiny unit on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Fast forward to 2022, and she is now Senior Vice President, Head of APAC Commercial at Fossil Group.

     

    This incredible powerhouse is both a survivor and a leader. She is truly one of the best in the industry at forming powerful partnerships, and in this episode of the Powerful Stories podcast, she talks us through just how she does this. 

     

    I love the way Annemiek values taking the time to build genuine trust in her partnerships, and in fact, her way of working is so aligned with my own philosophy that everything is an energy exchange. I have always worked driven by the belief that when you form a partnership, your success is my success. Annemiek’s story highlights the power of always striving to make sure there’s something in it for both parties when entering a strong partnership.

     

    In this podcast episode, she also shares how she has navigated Fossil Group’s expansion into the Chinese market, managing teams through skilled communication, and striving for that all-elusive work-life balance.

     

    On a personal level, Annemiek’s fascinating journey has seen her become much more comfortable with herself in her thirties; a journey that I’m sure many of our wonderful community can also relate to. She shows us that it’s ok to accept your weaknesses and turn your attention to nurturing your own individual strengths – and that from there, truly wonderful things can happen!

     

     

     

    Topics Discussed

     

    [0:55]: We discuss Annemiek’s early career working on the Australian arm of Fossil Group, transitioning it from a family business into a global company. 

     

    [2:10] Annemiek is a testament to staying power: she has remained with Fossil Group for 20 years, progressing through different roles to land where she is today.

     

    [2:50] Annemiek talks us through where Fossil Group was when she first started working on the brand, to its rapid rise to where it is today as global fashion company worth a couple of billion dollars.

     

    [4:21] We discuss how to form a strong business partnership, and the importance of making it a win-win situation for both parties. 

     

    [5:54] Annemiek talks about how one of the secrets of a powerful business partnership is making sure you are the right size for your partner, and shares how this played out when she launched Emporio Armani in China.

     

    [8:40] She shares her view on building a bricks-and-mortar presence vs online when building out a global brand. 

     

    [9:53] Annemiek works hard to ensure that Fossil Group’s bricks-and-mortar footprint delivers an incredible experiential experience for the customer; and discusses the rise of live streaming into the store experience.  

     

    [11:51] Annemiek describes the process of building a multimillion-dollar brand based on a 360-degree lens on the customer journey.

     

    [13:50] She has successfully navigated a male-dominated industry; and witnessed the shifting balance of power between women and men over the last couple of decades. Today, she actively pushes for embracing diversity in the workplace.   

     

    [15:49] Annemiek opens up about becoming a lot more comfortable in herself in her thirties; discusses the importance of embracing your own unique style and focusing less on your weaknesses and instead fostering your strengths. 

     

    [16:26] Her own biggest strengths are being an avid lifelong learner; growing people and cultivating great teams; and knowing her numbers, which Annemiek argues is more important than ever today, when marketing has become all about analytics.

     

    [19:39] Annemiek manages and streamlines her global team through skilled communication. She also shares which communications channels she favours across her different te

    • 26 min
    Starting a business at 43 with Melissa Trafford-Jones

    Starting a business at 43 with Melissa Trafford-Jones

    I have known today’s Powerful Stories podcast guest since I was a teenager, so I am particularly excited to share her wonderful story with the Powerful Steps podcast community. Melissa Trafford-Jones (or the Sustainable Queen of Diamonds, as she is now known!) launched her incredible sustainable diamond business, Deltora Diamonds, in 2021. She has since blown me and everyone else away with its astonishing growth in a very short time. 

     

    A mother of four boys, Melissa bravely launched her business – and in doing so, forged a brand-new market in Australia – in her forties. I believe that we shouldn’t tick boxes, we should make new ones – and Mel is a shining example of someone who stepped outside the box others wanted to place her in, and forged her own incredible path in life and business. 

     

    A couple of years ago, Melissa was blessed in many ways, yet despite this, she wasn’t wholly satisfied in her life. She knew that the time had come when she needed to make a change. She felt so stuck, to the point that she wasn’t sleeping at night, but Melissa had to overcome a lot of fear before she was ready to take the leap. And leap she did!

     

    In this podcast episode, Melissa Trafford-Jones talks about how happy she is that she finally managed to dig deep and found the inner courage to go out on her own, on her own terms.  

    In less than a year since launching her brand in April 2021, this inspirational entrepreneur has been featured in the AFR, Sydney Morning Herald and more, and business couldn’t be going better.  

     

    Melissa has boldly created a new category with her lab diamonds that are sustainable, ethical and affordable – and through trust, connection and loyalty, she has shown people that there is in fact another way to buy diamonds. 

     

    She is so passionate about what she does, and truly loves that her work involves making people happy at the most exciting times in their lives. I’m so happy and excited for Melissa, who is a true heart-led warrior in business and in life, driving a new category while doing it all from the heart.

     

     

    Topics Discussed

     

    [1:51] Melissa’s first career aspiration was in fact to become a popstar – and after changing tack and applying to study architecture just like her father, she eventually struck out beyond the boxes others wanted to place her in. 

     

    [3:08] Melissa talks us through her varied career journey, sharing that stints in advertising, marketing, and management have all been important building blocks that today gift her with a valuable, well-rounded knowledge base in her current business.

     

    [4:11] Mentors have been an important part of Melissa’s career journey, and she credits her success partly with surrounding herself with people who inspire her.

     

    [5:09] Melissa started her business, Deltora Diamonds, last year at the age of 43. Despite feeling the pull to go out on her own so strongly that she couldn’t sleep at night, it took a lot of strength to make the leap in her 40s (and launching into a new market, no less!). 

     

     

     

    [5:44] She reveals that finding the inner courage to launch in a very new market came about largely through making herself more knowledgeable than everyone else; and surrounding herself with the right people.  

     

    [7:06] Melissa shares the story of how selling a $7000 emerald necklace to her first online customer made her realise the power of what she had created.

     

    [8:05] We discuss the incredible growth trajectory that has seen the Deltora Diamonds business almost double month-on-month, and open studios across three cities since April 2021. 

     

    [8:36] Melissa discusses the exciting process of building a brand-new category with lab diamonds, and the importance of educating consumers to build trust.

     

    [11:14] Melissa shares some insights into the current trends in the diamond market, including recommendations around popular investment pieces to celebrate milestones, and the rise o

    • 19 min
    Marianne Williamson talks about The Art of Happiness with Tory Archbold

    Marianne Williamson talks about The Art of Happiness with Tory Archbold

    Marianne Williamson is one of the greatest spiritual leaders in modern history and a woman who is not afraid to own her power to shine a light for others. She is the author of 14 books, four of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers and is Oprah’s much loved ‘spiritual advisor and friend’.

    Her most famously quoted words are from the best-selling book A Return to Love.  “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.”

    It was through the power of connection and synchronicity that I was introduced to Marianne, and we spoke about transformation being something we all want yet sometimes cannot reach. I believe a happy heart is a magnet for miracles and we explored this concept together and each agreed happiness comes from being aligned with love and purpose. Topics explored where Marianne shared her wisdom:


    What she learnt in her 40s, 50s, 60s and now 70s.
    How do you keep your heart open so that miracles find you?
    How can life lessons empower us to propel forward?
    How do we find freedom in our heart, remove the energy blocks or suffering we feel to rise up and shine a light for others?
    Marianne shares her thoughts on legacy and the one powerful message she wishes to give to the world.

    Marianne Williamson has created a powerful voice for women to stand up, show up, but most importantly to understand the power that they have within themselves to make a difference. I am truly honoured to share her wisdom and life lessons with you today.

    You can join Marianne in her online course Ageing Miraculously September 9 – 10 2022 via www.marianne.com. Stay tuned for future coaching courses on this link too!

    Much love,

    TORY xox
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

PrDixx ,

Tori

Tori is always a bright light who inspires and uplifts you. I love hearing her pearls of wisdom and her deep dive interviews!
Thanks Tori for sharing your strengths.

PodcastFan89 ,

Tips I have actually started using

I’m a new listener, but already the tips that I have picked up on mindset in running a business Ive put to use already and seeing results! Great work!

kahoop ,

Love

I love listening to this great podcast.I love the guests… just listened to Mel Brown ..they are so inspirational and uplifting … thanks Tory for a podcast that pushes me forward!

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