12 episodes

If you're interested in an authentic discussion with talented, passionate people about how to turn things into something extraordinary, and not just another type of normal, then listen on and join in.

A Life More Extraordinary A Life More Extraordinary

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

If you're interested in an authentic discussion with talented, passionate people about how to turn things into something extraordinary, and not just another type of normal, then listen on and join in.

    A Life More Extraordinary - Episode 12 with guest, Grant Morgan

    A Life More Extraordinary - Episode 12 with guest, Grant Morgan

    In this episode of A Life More Extraordinary, Sarah and Olly are joined by the hilarious, insightful and inspiring Grant Morgan.

    The youngest of five children, Grant left school at 16 with few qualifications and pursued a career in hospital radio and free-lance satirical journalism. He formed www.louiskennedy.com in 1991, has delivered over £250M in social good in the past 30 years.

    Grant has written a sitcom (pilot in planning) and is midway through a book, a surreal look at celebrity culture. He married Emma in 1993, and has four beautiful children Jack, Joshua, Sam & Charlotte. Grant hasn’t seen Jack since August 26 2019 when he went on a new journey.
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    In this discussion with Sarah and Olly, Grant talks about the loss of his son Jack and how his son achieved so much and inspired so many whilst also taking on some of life's hardest challenges with grace, courage and a smile on his face. 

    • 42 min
    A Life More Extraordinary - Episode 11 with guests, Jon Ford & Jez Belas from Life on Time

    A Life More Extraordinary - Episode 11 with guests, Jon Ford & Jez Belas from Life on Time

    Jon Ford & Jez Belas from Life on Time join Sarah to discuss how teachers/parents and children/students coped with the challenges of a new way of life in 2020 and 2021.

    Parenting and teaching in the pandemic brought in a raft of challenges that most parents had never even considered they would have to be prepared for. From home schooling to helping children cope with anxiety about a deadly global virus, from missed birthday parties to rights of passage gone forever - it was a tough time for parents and children. 

    Passionate about young people’s wellbeing, Jon and Jez are part of the team working on LifeonTime - a student and teacher wellbeing resource for schools and colleges.

    Jon is a performance and wellbeing coach and the founder of Life on Time and Become Inspired coaching. A qualified sport and exercise scientist, trained in psychotherapy and hypnotherapy, he has a passion for empowering people with the skills so they can achieve their potential and live healthy, fulfilled and meaningful lives.

    Jez is a qualified sport and exercise scientist and strength and conditioning coach. He is also the current head of wellbeing at Leighton Park school and a Parkour Fitness specialist.

    • 33 min
    A Life More Extraordinary - Episode 10 with guest, Rachel Vecht

    A Life More Extraordinary - Episode 10 with guest, Rachel Vecht

    In this episode we're joined by the inspiring and hilarious Rachel Vecht - one of our panelists from our show entitled "The Kids are alright aren't they?"

    Rachel founded ‘Educating Matters’ 20 years ago and works with Diversity & Inclusion, L&D, HR teams, Employee Benefits and internal networks to engage and support employees.
    Educating Matters provide guidance on inclusion, changing cultures and bespoke training (through varied formats such as seminars, webinars, workshops, 1:1 coaching, resources & videos).
    Rachel’s practical support draws on her experiences as a school teacher but also the real, every day experience of being a mother to 4 children (aged between 20 and 11) and the challenges of merging work and family. She aims to equip parents and carers with the skills necessary to maximise the quality of precious time they spend with their children at home and get the very best out of them.

    • 25 min
    A Life More Extraordinary - Episode 9 with guests, Luba Kassova and Richard Addy

    A Life More Extraordinary - Episode 9 with guests, Luba Kassova and Richard Addy

    In this special live, face to face episode, our own Sarah and Olly speak with the inspiring Luba Kassova and Richard Addy. 

    Business partners, life partners and incredible individuals, Luba and Richard share some amazing stories about how they've evolved their own thinking and feeling over the past year.

    From the missing perspectives of women in Covid-19 news reporting to unearthing staggering insight about how the Bulgarian government have failed to protect the elderly, Luba brings a challenging and motivating view to the past 12 months. 

    She also shares her experience as the wife of a black man and in her own words shares that she "felt like I was living on mute" when uncovering the overwhelming inequality and injustice that impacts people like her husband.

    Richard - an expert in strategy, storytelling and insight - shares his own thoughts on living as a black man. “I’ve spent most of my life living as a black man making sure I didn’t rock the boat and as Chair of Mind's Race Equality Advisory Board and as a board advisor I have realised my responsibility to  use my voice as a black man."

    We hope you enjoy an insight into these two amazing people's lives and views.

    • 30 min
    A Life More Extraordinary - Episode 6 with guest, Annette Joseph - Entrepreneur, Advocate for D&I and Tech for Good

    A Life More Extraordinary - Episode 6 with guest, Annette Joseph - Entrepreneur, Advocate for D&I and Tech for Good

    In this week's show Sarah and Cat speak with the inspiring Annette Joseph.

    Diverse & Equal Founder, Annette Joseph, is an award winning Agile Coach/Delivery Manager who has worked in and around Tech for over 20 years. As Chair of Co-op’s network for BAME colleagues, Annette was instrumental in affecting lasting change in the organisation. 

    Annette’s #icantbreathe article in response to the murder of George Floyd has been viewed over 22k times. In response, a BlackTech GoFundMe was created to fund research and training to measure the impact of tech on Black people and Black communities in the north of England.

    • 30 min
    A Life More Extraordinary - Episode 8 with guest, Paul McCaffrey - award winning comedian

    A Life More Extraordinary - Episode 8 with guest, Paul McCaffrey - award winning comedian

    In this week's episode Sarah and Olly catch up with Paul McCaffrey. When COVID hit and the country got locked down, Paul's whole life was thrown upside down. 

    His source of income and purpose had been taken away as comedy clubs and venues all over were shut down with no sign of re opening for a long time. 

     But on his journey to turn things around he learned a lot about himself and what made him so good at what he does. He got creative and collaborative with others and found ways to bring his skills to others, and in doing so, bring a lot of joy to a lot of people at a time when they needed it most. 

    It's a really interesting chat and we hope you enjoy!

    • 22 min

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Olly Matt ,

Really interesting and an inspiring guest

I’d heard about Lauren Griffiths and her LinkedIn Viral move but hadn’t heard much more about it til listening to this show.

Really interesting stories from Lauren and enjoyed the style of the discussion - really easy going.

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