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This Connected Life with Mel Kettle is the show where connected leaders share their experience, values and strategies that have helped them become more connected so they achieve success in life and business.

This connected life Mel Kettle

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This Connected Life with Mel Kettle is the show where connected leaders share their experience, values and strategies that have helped them become more connected so they achieve success in life and business.

    Facilitation with Leanne Hughes

    Facilitation with Leanne Hughes

    Leanne Hughes is an international facilitator, speaker and coach who loves creating unpredictable workshop experiences, that predictably work. 
    She combines her experience in marketing with her education in human resources and psychology, to help leaders create engaging everyday experiences – that are so contagious they scale across teams, functions and regions.
    Leanne has facilitated leadership, onboarding and team-development workshops across Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea and Singapore and believes in a strengths-centred approach to learning and development. She has over 13 years’ experience across a range of industries including mining, government and tourism sectors.
    She’s the host of the First Time Facilitator podcast and popular Facebook group The Flipchart.
    You can connect with Leanne via her website and on LinkedIn.
    Listen to this episode via the link above, on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or via the podcast app on your smartphone.
     
    What Leanne Hughes and I talked about
    Bias and judgement when you meet someone
    Brené Brown
    True connection – how you turn up
    Having a QLC – Quarter Life Crisis
    Working for Wicked Campers
    Pat Flynn and his DeLorean
    Creating engagement over Zoom
    Books
    It’s the Manager by Jim Clifton and Jim Harter
    Pivot by Jenny Blake
    Million Dollar Consulting by Alan Weiss.

     

    • 48 min
    Tech Girls are Superheroes with Dr Jenine Beekheyzen OAM

    Tech Girls are Superheroes with Dr Jenine Beekheyzen OAM

    Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen OAM, is the Founder and CEO of the Tech Girls Movement Foundation and the CEO of Adroit Research. She is a futurist with international recognition for her advocacy and leadership, her research, and her university teaching through which she has impacted tens of thousands of students over the past 18 years. 
    Jenine’s vision is to empower others to embrace technology, and to use it to their advantage. She is committed to creating a workforce capable of building the technology of the future and she doing this by mobilising a tribe of next generation leaders who are committed to solving real world problems with technology.
    In the past six years at the helm of the Tech Girls Movement Foundation, she has engaged over 8,000 schoolgirls in STEM entrepreneurship across more than 1,000 schools, matched with 1,000+ mentors who have volunteered 7,500+ hours of their time. She has also distributed 80,000+ free Tech Girls Are Superhero books to Australian schools.
    You can connect with Jenine on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and through her websites Tech Girls Movement Foundation and Adroit Research.
    Listen to this episode via the link above, on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or via the podcast app on your smartphone.
    What Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen and I talked about:
    STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
    Community – helping each other 
    working to our strengths 
    being one of few women studying IT 
    Giving girls choices in life 
    Tech Girls Movement Foundation 
    Encouraging all girls to find their superpower / strengths – 
    Being awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) 
    Jenine’s latest book – 5 Things you can do to engage girls in STEM 
    (A) Autonomy (E) Ethos (I) Involvement (O) Otherness (U) Usness 
    Experiment vs Pilot Program 
    digital literacy 
    homeless women over 55 years of age
    Books – The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle.
    You can connect with me on  LinkedIn  or  Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #thisconnectedlife and tagging me @melkettle. I’m always happy to hear from listeners, and if you have a guest you would like to nominate or would like to nominate yourself, you can apply here. 
    Also, if you enjoyed this podcast, I would love you to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or via the podcast app on your smartphone. If you REALLY loved it, please leave me a rating and review on iTunes. 

    • 43 min
    Connecting in court with John Cahill

    Connecting in court with John Cahill

    John Cahill is a barrister from Brisbane. He works primarily in the areas of criminal law, family law and regulatory law. 
     
    Prior to going to the Bar, he worked as a solicitor for the Aboriginal Legal Service in Sydney, for the state government in child protection and in corporate regulation at the federal government level. 
     
    In his spare time, he’s a writer, primarily of poorly thought out Facebook updates and Instagram posts but every so often the odd column and web series. He lives in Brisbane and has one child, a 50 kg Labrador called Fred.
     
    You can connect with John on LinkedIn. 
     
    Listen to this episode via the link above, on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or via the podcast app on your smartphone.
     
    What John Cahill and I talked about:
    Criminal, Family and Administrative / Regulatory Law 
    Meeting on ABC Brisbane with Kelly Higgins-Devine 
    lawyers are trained to doubt everything 
    lawyers are paid to worry and to think the worst 
    looking for inconsistencies in your opponent’s case 
    a jury is like a small theatre – people can smell blood when things are not going right 
    An interesting start to law – via the Conservatorium of Music
    How journalism and law are similar 
    adrenalin keeps you going when you’re terrified
    anxiety means you have a greater level of care 
    Mentors and imposter syndrome 
    Tik Tok videos during Covid.
    You can connect with me on LinkedIn or Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #thisconnectedlife and tagging me @melkettle. I’m always happy to hear from listeners, and if you have a guest you would like to nominate or would like to nominate yourself, you can apply here.
     
    Also, if you enjoyed this podcast, I would love you to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or via the podcast app on your smartphone. If you REALLY loved it, please leave me a rating and review on iTunes. 
     

    • 36 min
    Talking tech with Dr Catherine Ball

    Talking tech with Dr Catherine Ball

    Associate Professor Catherine Ball is a scientific futurist, speaker, advisor, author, founder, executive producer, executive director, company director and charity patron working across global projects where emerging technologies meet humanitarian, education and environmental needs. 
    Catherine also likes to create businesses and champion movements, collaborate with peers, and advise game-changers.
    A sought-after voice across the start-up, futurist and tech world, Catherine works globally across a wide range of projects from creating documentaries and world leading conferences and events, to advising on the use of novel approaches (e.g. drones) across environmental and humanitarian projects. 
    Catherine is a proponent of community engagement with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), likes to demystify emerging tech and has recently been named as the official 2020 Patron of the Tech Girls Movement Foundation. 
    Catherine lives in Queensland with her husband and two sons.
    You can connect with Catherine through her website, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. 
    Listen to this episode via the link above, on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or via the podcast app on your smartphone. 
     
    What Dr Catherine Ball and I talked about:
    Zoom throat – too many zoom calls and meetings 
    Self-care 
    Our mutual love of and obsession with Suncoast Fresh fruit and vegetable boxes 
    Australian Survivor’s Tarzan and his lime farm on the Sunshine Coast 
    Your network is your net worth
    Connection is everything 
    Dr Genevieve Bell at the Australian National University 
    2020 for World of Drones and Robotics Conference in Brisbane 
    Science communication, science engagement and science empowerment 
    TED Talk – Talk Nerdy to Me by Melissa Marshall
    Feeding our bodies and our brains
    Currently writing 5 books 
    We choose how we consume 
    Girl Geek Academy and Sarah Moran 
    2020 Patron for Tech Girls Movement Foundation, founded by Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen.
     
    You can connect with me on LinkedIn or Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #thisconnectedlife and tagging me @melkettle. I’m always happy to hear from listeners, and if you have a guest you would like to nominate or would like to nominate yourself, you can apply here. 
    Also, if you enjoyed this podcast, I would love you to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or via the podcast app on your smartphone. If you REALLY loved it, please leave me a rating and review on iTunes. 

    • 42 min
    Loneliness at work

    Loneliness at work

    One of the biggest challenges we face in society today is loneliness. 
    Even before we were locked down due to coronavirus, loneliness was at epidemic levels, with 1 in 2 Australians saying they are lonely at least once a week.
    Feeling disconnected and lonely has the same health risks as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, obesity and high blood pressure. Loneliness also leads to depression and anxiety, which are now the leading cause of long-term sickness absence at work as well as a major cause of presenteeism in the workplace. 
    Dr Vivek Murthy, (19th Surgeon General of the United States, from 2014-2017) in his new book Together, describes loneliness as “running like a dark thread through many of the more obvious health issues such as anxiety, depression, violence and addiction”. 
    Loneliness isn’t only a problem in our community. It’s also a growing issue in the workplace, at all levels. 
    Loneliness at work is something I’ve previously experienced, and I know it’s not only me who has – or is – going through this. 
     
    In this episode I talk about:
    New research from Cigna that shows a clear connection between work and loneliness
    How many CEOs feel lonely in their job and how it hinders their performance
    The correlation between work exhaustion and feeling lonely 
    The impact of loneliness on our cognitive performance, executive function, health and general wellbeing 
    Why leaders need to pay attention to loneliness in the workplace 
    Suggestions to reduce loneliness at work.  
    Loneliness is one of the most horrible feelings we can have. What can you do today to reach out to someone who might be feeling lonely? Or, if you’re lonely, what can you do to connect with someone in your world? 
    Finally, if you or someone you know needs help, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit Beyond Blue’s website. For crisis assistance, call 000.

    • 14 min
    Eating together at work with Sharon Natoli

    Eating together at work with Sharon Natoli

    Sharon believes that by eating together, organisations can prepare for the shift to a more human-centred future by aligning values, people and culture in a way that brings joy and connection while increasing retention, engagement and stimulating revenue growth. 

    • 35 min

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Crisp, clear and actionable

Mel respects your time and communicates what matters quickly and effectively.

Annette Jones Biz ,

The Ultimate Connection By The Master Connector

My new most favourite podcast. Mel Kettle is the Master connector. I've watched Mel for years connect over Social Media, authentically and ethically. She is the perfect person to help CEO's, teams and businesses connect and communicate effectively to grow organisations and businesses.

Mel will help with your branding, messaging and positioning to attract and keep your members, customers or clients.

Lea Hughes ,

Mel lives and breathes CONNECTION

So excited that Mel has released her very own podcast. She truly values the human connection and I can’t wait to see how she does it by listening in to this pod.

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