Life is better when you breathe! Welcome to The Breathing Edge, the podcast where we share tips, techniques, bio-hacks and interviews to help you achieve peak performance in all areas of your life.If you truly want to get the edge in life, you can find it right here at the breathing edge.
Practicing Mindfulness: The Importance Of Mental Fitness
Mindfulness is a growing trend in the health and wellbeing industry. Bringing your attention to experiences happening right in front of you is something that can be developed through meditation and breathing techniques as well as through other training like journalling. Its benefits are endless, especially for mental health. More and more people are waking up to the benefits and it’s a common practice for most high-performing, energised leaders. In this episode, we’re chatting to Marc Champagne, the founder of KYŌ (kee-oh), an app that acts like a digital journal to help people practise being mindful. KYŌ, meaning “today” in Japanese, is where Marc got the idea for the app. Users are prompted to answer questions from some of the world’s most inspiring figures and are encouraged to focus on today, on the present. Marc is also host of the KYŌ Conversations podcast.Here’s what to expect from this episode:The main driver behind the KYŌ app - Marc’s morning practices and doing something different to stand outMarc’s morning practice so he could start the day on his terms - reading positive material, asking himself motivational questionsHow Marc got into breath workMarc turns the interview around and asks what defines usOne of the most powerful practices for being mindful - being aware by paying attention to your breathingWhat Angie has learned from being aware of her breathingBy opening up your breathing, you open up your awareness to everythingQuestions Marc asks himself each day - What would make today great? What made me smile today? Why Marc receives a prompt to answer questions about his week each Friday at 4pmGathering questions from other interviews and people he’s metThe context of the prompt or the question is where the magic livesCreating new neural pathwaysAutopilot is like a chronic disease - Marc wants to encourage everyone to just slow down and thinkBringing direction to running commentaryIs your mind organised? Can you navigate it? If you can’t navigate, ideas can’t surfaceIf you’re mentally hoarding things, new opportunities can’t present themselves to youTaking your breathing out of automatic and into manual modeAltering your state - how breathing can take you to a blissful stateShane’s religion - his spiritual experience from breathing, being in nature and being in cold waterHow Angie learned to trust in the process of breathingMore of Marc’s powerful prompts: Who do I have to be right now? What do I have to let go of in this moment? One of Shane’s favourite statements - “It’s not in the words, it’s in the practice”Angie’s go-to prompt - What do I need to feel today and how can I create that?A trick to help you socialise with more peopleWhy Marc does what he does - conversations, connecting with people that are passionate about helping others, and helping others connect with themselvesThe mission behind the KYŌ app - to solve a problem Marc and his team members were havingKYŌ quickly shifted to a social responsibility- to share and help othersUseful links:Marc Champagne on LinkedInMarc Champagne on TwitterKYŌ WebsiteKYŌ TwitterKYŌ InstagramKYŌ FacebookBreathe Me LinksAngelina Saunders LinkedIn Shane Saunders LinkedIn Breathe Me Instagram Breathing Edge Facebook Group Breathe Me Facebook Breathe Me Website
Brett Jarman On Why Podcasts Should Be On Every Business Owner’s Agenda
The next in the Energised Leader Series is one of our favourite people, Brett Jarman. Why is he one of our favourite people? Because he’s pretty good at coming up with new ideas and making complex problems simpler and he produces and hosts this podcast you’re about to listen to. In this episode, Brett shares his podcast magic with us, talking about everything from how to start your own, to content strategy and leading a team that’s spread across the globe. He is the CEO and Founder of Experts On Air and Help Me Leverage, which helps experts build their reputation and personal brand as an authority in their field in order to drive sales and growth. As someone who has been self-employed since the age of 19, he’s got this whole business thing down. Brett shows his clients how to speak to their ideal customers, put systems in place that reduce demands on the founder, and how to use their intellectual property to their full advantage. This usually involves creating or leveraging podcasts as these are proven to be the platform that gives the most leverage.He is also the author of ‘Soul Operator - How to Be Your Own Boss and Build a Business With Purpose’, and of course, runs his own podcast, Authority Accelerator. Episode highlights: What Brett does - help experts build their reputation and personal brand as an authority in their fieldHow Brett has helped us up our game and explain what we actually doWhy he started producing podcasts and content marketing services for experts in their field - to help people focus on what they’re best at Helping people with their strategy - how Brett and his team made it easier for usBrett’s personality according to Roger James Hamilton’s Genius Test - Dynamo GeniusVery few podcasts get past the first few episodes because they don’t have a strategy in placeHow we’ve benefitted from starting a podcast - opportunities for new business and partnerships through interviewsWhat Brett is working on right now - building the network and employing producersHow Brett manages his energy around being highly creativeRoutines Brett has to keep him on track as a business owner and working from home - meditation, breathing, rising early and regular yoga sessionsBrett’s biggest leadership lesson - learning to step back and let the team get on with their tasks without his interferenceMaking the work more satisfying for your teamBrett’s ultimate goal by 2021 - one day off a week, one week off a month and one month off a yearTaking inspiration from Chuck BlakemanTrying a 4-day week for his team and why it hasn’t quite worked yetBrett’s strategies - thinks visually to fit everything into a structureThe importance of using a framework for things he does regularlyWhat gets Brett out of bed in the morning - to bring more ease into the world, making things simplerWhat people need to do if they’re looking to start a podcast - be clear on the function of the podcast and who your audience isThe narrower you go with your target audience, the more success your podcast will likely haveWays to contact Brett for all things podcastsUseful Links:Brett Jarman on LinkedInHelp Me Leverage WebsiteExperts On Air WebsiteBrett Jarman WebsiteBrett Jarman FacebookBrett Jarman TwitterBreathe Me LinksAngelina Saunders LinkedIn Shane Saunders LinkedIn Breathe Me Instagram Breathing Edge Facebook Group Breathe Me Facebook Breathe Me Website
Richard Triggs Interview - Challenging Perspectives
This is another great episode from our Energised Leader series but this time we’re looking at things from a recruitment point of view. Our guest, Richard Triggs, is the founder of headhunting and recruitment agency, Arete Executive. After completing an executive MBA, he began the difficult task of filling executive positions in a rapidly-changing industry. Richard has been working in recruitment for over 20 years and has run his own headhunting company for over 10 years. As well as filling roles throughout Australia, he coaches leaders on how to take the next steps in their executive career. He also shares his wisdom in his book, ‘Uncover the Hidden Job Market’ and at events around Australia. Episode highlights: How Richard got into recruitment - fell into recruitment in his mid 30s after doing an executive MBAThe major challenges Richard has faced over the years working in the recruitment industry - LinkedIn and a more competitive marketConstant reinvention - having to launch a lot more new services to keep up with demands and industry changesWhat Richard does to stay on top of things - keep busy and enjoy the workBeing a participant in Path of Love and living in a Buddhist MonasteryRichard’s spiritual journey since a teenager - meditating and learning to honour other people’s greatness, not his ownBelieving in reciprocity Why Richard recruits board members for not-for-profits for freeRichard’s philosophy - trying to be a detached witness How Richard helps people get the job and industry they want - encourages them to be intelligently optimistic Challenging the traditional paradigm of searching for jobsDifferent boards Richard sits on as an advisor and why he does itDetaching from the ‘meatsack’ and how it gives Richard freedomPodcasts that Richard likes to listen to Challenging the ‘male, pale and stale’ perceptive - believing in key achievements and transferable skillsEmpowering senior executives to take charge of their job searchRichard’s thoughts on reality and consciousnessWhy Richard loves being alive at this time - constantly changing technology and humanityUseful Links: Richard Triggs on LinkedInArete Executive WebsiteArete Executive on TwitterBreathe Me LinksAngelina Saunders LinkedIn Shane Saunders LinkedIn Breathe Me Instagram Breathing Edge Facebook Group Breathe Me Facebook Breathe Me Website
Ben Carvosso - Become The CEO Of Your Life
Do you want to understand where your energy comes from? Do you want to find that perfect work-life balance?Then give this episode from our Energised Leader Series a listen. In it Dr Ben Carvosso, tells us how the pursuit of work-life balance is a losing strategy. Instead, he coaches successful business owners, CEOs and their teams on how to find and achieve their life’s work.Ben has been studying human behaviours and physical health and wellbeing since the age of 17 and began his entrepreneurial journey at the age of 23 after studying to become a chiropractor. He went on to create one of Australia’s biggest allied healthcare practices, with the aim of getting to the root of every problem, not just treating the symptom.As Australia’s leading mindset coach for business, his mission is to “unleash the greatness, the true character within our current and future generations and as a result, leave a powerful legacy for future generations”.Episode highlights:How Ben became interested in human performance and health and wellbeingBecoming a chiropractor and buying his first chiropractic centreWhere Ben gets his energy from - creationWhat drains Ben and his clients the most - being busy with work but unfulfilledThe importance of having clarity around your purposeHow Ben helps people actually do what they really want to be doingWhy it’s okay to quit and let go of the things that aren’t really helping youWhat moves the needle the most for Ben - creativity and adventureTake care of yourself first - the best you is the best for everybodyBeing selfish without having regrets or feeling guiltyA bit about Ben’s book - ‘Life CEO’Bringing everything into alignment - money, health and relationshipsSomething everyone can do now for a better life - focus on joy with nervousness and excitementWhat Ben is working on now - nicheing his practice into healthcareHelping practitioners become profitable but stay healthy themselvesWhat gets Ben out of bed in the morning - really helping peopleUseful links:Dr Ben Carvosso on LinkedIn Dr Ben Carvosso WebsiteEnergy To Succeed Melbourne EventBreathe Me LinksAngelina Saunders LinkedIn Shane Saunders LinkedIn Breathe Me Instagram Breathing Edge Facebook Group Breathe Me Facebook Breathe Me Website
Jan and Michelle Terkelsen Interview - Finding Your Natural Level Of Self-Leadership
This is the third episode in our Energised Leader series and it’s jam packed full of great advice on how to become a better leader for your team.The ladies behind the knowledge are twins Jan and Michelle Terkelsen, founders of People Leaders. Over the past 20 years, they have gathered the skills to coach high-performing teams and create self-aware leaders.They believe everyone has the desire and capacity to lead themselves, but most don’t know where to start. They teach the fundamentals of people leadership and use tools like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and their own High-Performing Team Indicator to help lift everyone to his or her natural level of self-leadership.We chat about the challenges of managing the dynamics of a team, the importance of being self-aware and vulnerable as a leader, and understanding how and where to improve your own energy first to become an energised leader.Episode highlights:Why Jan and Michelle formed People LeadersWhat they specialise in - bridging the gaps from a team leader and team point of viewWhy there is a gap or misconception when it comes to leading a teamBeing Myers-Briggs practitionersIntroversion vs extroversionWhen leading people, you have to show yourselfUnderstanding your preferences as an energised leader - the importance of understanding where you get your energy fromDealing with the leader first, then the teamThe team leader has the single biggest impact on the culture of the teamThe common problems of leaders - negative feedback from the teamIncreasing your awareness as a people leader - that’s when change happens in a teamTop three things people can do to increase their awareness - reflect each day, be present, and ensure you have enough energyHow Jan and Michelle approach a toxic business structureJan and Michelle’s top tools when coaching people leaders - psychometric feedback tools including Myers-Briggs or LSIThe benefits of meditation twice a day for Jan and MichelleMoving into action means action will meet your indicatorThe key dimensions of the High-Performing Team Indicator -Direction, Relationships, Communication, Accountability, Process, Stakeholders, Renewal, GrowthWhat moves the needle the most for Jan and Michelle so they can be energised leadersWhy the High-Performing Team Indicator is one of their most popular downloadsWhy Jan and Michelle do what they doThe next step: digesting the High-Performing Team IndicatorUseful LinksJan Terkelsen on LinkedIn Michelle Terkelsen on LinkedInPeople Leaders WebsitePeople Leaders Instagram People Leaders FacebookPeople Leaders TwitterBreathe Me LinksAngelina Saunders LinkedIn Shane Saunders LinkedIn Breathe Me Instagram Breathing Edge Facebook Group Breathe Me Facebook Breathe Me Website
Adam Houlahan Interview - Becoming An Influencer: Be Authentic, Be Real, Be You
This is another great episode from our Energised Leader series, and this time we’re really focusing on being a person of influence in your respective industry.And who better to lets us in on a few social media secrets than the king of influencer marketing himself, Adam Houlahan.We’ve been working with Adam for a while now, both on personal energy and his speciality in being a person of influence.He is a Social Media Strategist and LinkedIn Specialist first and foremost and CEO of Web Traffic That Works. Working with entrepreneurs around the world, Adam helps business owners define who they are and why they matter, bringing value to any business.Having owned and run an incredible six companies, he’s learned a thing or two over the years about the difficulties of scaling a business and having the power of integrated social media presence, especially on LinkedIn.On top of that, Adam is the founder of The Influencer Program that teaches a successful social media formula for growing connections and monetising influencer status in any industry.He is also the author of Amazon best-sellers ‘The LinkedIn Playbook: Contacts to Customers’, ‘Social Media Secret Sauce: From 0 to 200,000 Followers in 1 Hour a Day’ and ‘INFLUENCER: The 9 Step Guide To Becoming Highly Influential In Any Industry’ (see links below).We love Adam’s approach to business and social media strategy and his ability to break it down into layman’s terms and simple steps to get the most from any business.Episode highlights:What’s the return on investment from social media? “You get to stay in business”How Adam got into social media strategy - working at MiessenceDealing with imposter syndrome and being authentic on social mediaA common problem with Adam’s clients: history of doing content before and thinking they need to fake it til they make itSocial serving vs social selling - people will always come to you when it’s the right time for them so be consistentThe hero’s journey - transitioning from working for someone else to working for himselfWhat keeps Adam moving forward - starting his day with an ice bath, breathing and getting out into sunlightCritical thinking is the hardest part of business and takes a huge toll on your energyFiguring out what type of influencer you are - finding your strengths and keeping the flow goingHow to handle negative feedback and not let it drain your energyAdam’s free course and community for anyone looking to become an influencer in any industryWhat gets Adam out of bed in the morning - a passion for meeting and helping peopleWhy Adam is an introvertUsing your personal energy to be successful in businessAdam Houlahan WebsiteAdam Houlahan on LinkedIn Adam on InstagramAdam on FacebookAdam on TwitterAdam on YouTubeThe LinkedIn Playbook: Contacts to CustomersSocial Media Secret Sauce: From 0 to 200,000 Followers in 1 Hour a DayINFLUENCER: The 9 Step Guide To Becoming Highly Influential In Any IndustryBreathe Me Angelina Saunders LinkedIn Shane Saunders LinkedIn Breathe Me Instagram Breathing Edge Facebook Group Breathe Me Facebook Breathe Me Website
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Great start guys, love it. Keen for more practical breathing techniques in future episodes.
Wonderful insights into the world of breath work and how to improve well being as well as performance. Keep up the great work!