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Be inspired by people who may be unalike you. Host Sue Stockdale interviews a range of interesting people from around the world, enabling you to think bigger, transcend day to day challenges and see new possibilities.

Access to Inspiration Sue Stockdale

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Be inspired by people who may be unalike you. Host Sue Stockdale interviews a range of interesting people from around the world, enabling you to think bigger, transcend day to day challenges and see new possibilities.

    71. Sue Stockdale: Exploring Potential

    71. Sue Stockdale: Exploring Potential

    Eveline Van Den Heuvel takes over the host’s role to interview Sue Stockdale. She discovers how Sue inspires people to step into the unknown and explore more of their own potential. Sue, who usually hosts this podcast series is a motivational speaker and executive coach, working with leaders in some of the world’s top companies.

    Sue Stockdale is the first UK woman to ski to the magnetic North Pole, and author of EXPLORE: A Life of Adventure which describes how from challenging beginnings, she embarked on a lifetime of adventure, exploring some of the world’s most extreme environments including the North Pole, Antarctica, and Greenland.

    Today’s podcast host is Eveline Van Den Heuvel, an innovative concept developer taking seemingly disparate ideas and pieces of information and weaving them together in a unique, often highly transformative way for her clients. She is co-founder of Inward Creations, an agency that creates innovative concepts in the space of wellbeing, as well as being a facilitator and writer. Find out more about Eveline at www.inwardcreations.com

    Find out more about Sue Stockdale:

    Website: https://suestockdale.com
    Book: https://suestockdale.com/explore/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/suestockdale/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/suestockdale

    This series is kindly supported by Squadcast –the remote recording platform which empowers podcasters by capturing high-quality audio and video conversations. Find out more at squadcast.fm

    Also thanks to Maureen Gibbins for her support of this Access to Inspiration podcast episode.

    Key Quotes:

    “I see life as an experiment.”

    “If we approach the unknown with curiosity, rather than judgment, that can bring a new sense of perspective.”

    “If I can show up and be a beacon and an inspiration to those that I'm engaging with on a daily basis in a very small way, that's just like a ripple effect.”

    “The skill of noticing and the skill of adapting are two things that enable any of us to survive.”

    “What's the opposite of conscious leadership - unconscious leadership.”

    “The value of coaching is it gives a chance for the individual that's being coached to take time out to observe themselves.”

    “Until we're comfortable enough to be an outsider, to be the lone voice, to be the one who's the disruptor or the challenger, we will stay with something that isn't serving us.”

    “By looking at another person's experience to draw insight - that brings a new observation to you.”

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    Sound Editor: Matias de Ezcurra (he/him)
    Producer: Sue Stockdale (she/her)

    • 33 min
    70. Sophie Dow: No mind should be left behind

    70. Sophie Dow: No mind should be left behind

    Sue Stockdale talks to Sophie Dow, a former freelance correspondent, writer, and founder of the Salvesen Mindroom Centre about what happened when she went on a search to discover a diagnosis for her daughter Annie, who had learning difficulties, and how it led to her to starting up a charity.

    Salvesen Mindroom Centre is a leading Scottish charity helping and supporting children and young people and their families who are neuro divergent, previously referred to as having learning difficulties. The charity has 22 employees and have helped thousands of children and families since its’ inception.

    Sophie’s book 'When life doesn’t follow the script', about life with her daughter Annie, the setting up of Salveson Mindroom centre and neurodiversity was published in her native Sweden in 2018 and has received five-star reviews.

    Find out more about Salveson Mindroom at https://www.mindroom.org
    It Takes All Kinds of Minds 2023 conference information https://itakom.org
    Sophie Dow website https://www.sophie-dow.com

    This series is kindly supported by Squadcast –the remote recording platform which empowers podcasters by capturing high-quality audio and video conversations. Find out more at squadcast.fm

    Key Quotes

    ‘We didn't have any guidance or directions or anything. So thanks to being a journalist, I just set about doing research.’

    ‘There were 2,700 delegates, professors and teachers and head teachers and speech therapists at the conference. Anyone needed to support and help a child that's struggling.’

    ‘I realised this is a public health issue that hasn't been addressed. It's still a public health issue today in 2022.’

    ‘Every single person that's born has the right to a dignified life.’

    ‘ I don't have some £70,000, but I have a vision.’

    ‘We are all only human beings.’

    ’25 genes out of the 22,000 or so that we all need in order to have a good chance at life were missing. And those 25 genes are the cause of Annie's mental handicap.’

    ‘The big challenge of the 21st century is to try and understand more about how the brain and the mind works.’

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    Sound Editor: Matias de Ezcurra (he/him)
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    • 33 min
    69. Sanzar Kakar: Trading is key to the Afghan spirit

    69. Sanzar Kakar: Trading is key to the Afghan spirit

    Sue Stockdale talks to Sanzar Kakar about his life as an entrepreneur in Afghanistan, how he measures success, and how the company pivoted to support the recent humanitarian crisis in the country.

    Sanzar Kakar is the Chairman of Afghanistan Holding Group, a 13-year-old private firm with 350 Afghan team members that has served over 700 international organizations. Ventures include Moore Afghanistan (accounting and consulting), Afghanet (internet service), Mezan (school), F45 Training (fitness), BusinessDNA (media), Hesab (payments), and BBR (transport).

    Mr. Kakar graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Engineering and from Warwick Business School with a Master’s in Business Administration. At the University of Pennsylvania, Sanzar served as the Manager of the Wharton Graduate Association. Following his undergraduate degree, he worked for Merrill Lynch as a Technology Analyst on a trading desk for bonds and equities, creating a link for automatic reporting to the New York Stock Exchange.

    Mr. Kakar started in Afghanistan as an Investment Associate for Acap Partners, setting up a $20 million venture capital facility and sourcing over 300 new deals for consideration. He joined as an Executive Advisor to the Attorney General's Office of Afghanistan on a U.S. Department of State program to reorganize the institution and set up a national paper and computer criminal case management system spanning seven-justice institutions. Later, Sanzar served as the Economic Advisor for the Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility, setting up operational and fiduciary requirements for the seven-year £30 million grant facility in Kabul, followed by a promotion to Deputy Interim Team Leader. Mr. Kakar speaks English, Pashtu, and Dari.

    Find out more about Afghanistan Holding Group at the website. https://ahg.com.af

    This series is kindly supported by Squadcast –the remote recording platform which empowers podcasters by capturing high-quality audio and video conversations. Find out more at squadcast.fm

    Key Quotes:

    ‘I like to start new ventures and new opportunities.’

    ‘I think Afghans in general have an incredible entrepreneurial spirit.'

    ‘It is the greatest humanitarian crisis probably of our lives and anything we can do to try to address it and help people in their time of greatest need, it's an obligation upon us.’

    ‘I’m very much from the technology background, and technology is a lot about scale. You can accomplish a lot of things through technology by making a bigger difference and bigger impact.'

    ‘I’ll be able to look back and say, I tried my best and I was able to help the most number of people. And that would be a great measure of success for us.’

    ‘What I learned more and more about myself is that the value of helping others.’

    ‘I’m a very visual person often making charts and diagrams and try to imagine things differently, imagine things, better’.

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    • 26 min
    68. Caitríona Jennings: The Mindset of the Long Distance Runner

    68. Caitríona Jennings: The Mindset of the Long Distance Runner

    Sue Stockdale talks to Caitríona Jennings, an Olympic athlete and current Irish 50km and 100km record holder, about the preparation, training and mindset required to perform at the highest level of athletics. Caitríona has been able to balance her professional life and sports career simultaneously and describes how she is able to do so.

    Having studied Law and Accounting in University, Caitríona joined the international accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2001 and was promoted to the position of Tax Director before joining Goshawk Aviation as Head of Tax in 2016.  Currently living in Hong Kong, Caitríona took on a new role as VP Risk in CDB Aviation in 2019 when she relocated here with her husband.  Caitríona is a member of the board of directors of the Irish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and leads the Aviation working group.  Caitríona is also a founding member of Propel, an industry networking group for aircraft leasing professionals based in Hong Kong.

    Caitríona’s achievements in her professional career were recognised in 2016 when she was selected as a finalist for the Consulting and Advisory Professional of the Year Award, in the Irish Early Career Awards Ceremony.

    This series is kindly supported by Squadcast –the remote recording platform which empowers podcasters by capturing high-quality audio and video conversations. Find out more at squadcast.fm

    Find out more about Caitriona Jennings:

    Website https://www.caitrionajennings.com
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/caitriona.jennings
    Twitter https://twitter.com/cjennings1x
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jenningscaitriona/
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/caitriona-jennings-56385352/

    Key Quotes:

     “Typically I do try to run early in the morning if I can because I find that once I have my exercise done, I'm more relaxed for the day.”

    “I’m humbled to think that I currently hold the Irish record in both 50K and 100K distances.”

    “Running. It's a very easy sport to do.”

    “I think running has instilled a really strong sense of discipline into me, my timekeeping and how I structure my day.” 

    “The most important learning that I got from running was how to be resilient.”

    “There's always a positive to everything and I try to just constantly focus on that positive.”

    “I’m going to be running for as long as I spend a day in work in the office.”

    “I have those moments of doubt all the time, the little voice in my head, but I just constantly try and reinforce positivity.” 

    “What I've learned in the past, If you try and burn someone off too fast, you're actually only destroying your own race.”

    “The amount of research that's been done and evidence is overwhelming to show the connection between gut health and mental health.” 

    “I am motivated to reduce the records for both the 50 K and the 100 K.”

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    • 25 min
    67. Maxim Ivanov: A multi-skilled circus artist

    67. Maxim Ivanov: A multi-skilled circus artist

    Sue Stockdale talks to Maxim Ivanov, a multi-skilled circus artist (Handstand balancer, aerialist, juggler) about his career in circus performance. Maxim describes what he enjoys about performing and why he loves trying out new things.

    Maxim is originally from Kazan, Russia, and was living in Ukraine until recently. Along with his wife Olga, he performs on different stages in Europe, and on cruise ships around the world. Maxim loves to create unusual and surrealistic UpsideDown photos and videos. He can fly higher his head and taught himself to play piano.  Recently Maxim taught his five-year-old daughter to climb on his shoulders without using hands and legs and she appeared as part of their stage performance in a festive show.

    Find out more about Maxim Ivanov:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maxivanovhandstand/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maxim.ivanov.5817
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maximi/
    YouTube: https://youtu.be/-Ez0GhNxmfM

    This series is supported by Squadcast –the remote recording platform which empowers podcasters by capturing high-quality audio and video conversations. Find out more at https://squadcast.fm

    Key Quotes:

    ‘At circus school the first year is trying everything, and then the second year we choose what we want to do - which skills which discipline. And then the third and fourth year, we create our act.’

    ‘In circus school I chose the hand balancing. I really love it, the position - static. But now I really like flying with my wife doing dual straps.’

    ‘We need a lot of audience appreciation.’

    ‘Perfect is like when I can play with good lighting, good sound, and good staging. This is my perfect ideal stage.’

    ‘It's hard to find the perfect place but you need to adjust and to be flexible, to be adaptive, to places to people.’

    ‘That feeling when you're on stage, it's indescribable.’

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    Sound Editor: Matias de Ezcurra (he/him)
    Series Producer: Sue Stockdale (she/her)

    • 21 min
    66. Vicki Tough: Working at height

    66. Vicki Tough: Working at height

    Sue Stockdale talks to Vicki Tough, an arborist, tree climbing Instructor and Rope Access Level 3, Work at Height professional about the highs and lows of her job, and finds out about the Big Canopy Campout: an annual tree top event that connects tree climbing and forest enthusiasts around the world.

    Vicki grew up in the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland which set the scene for a fascination with the natural world. After pursuing a Zoology Degree at the University of Glasgow, Vicki’s first experience of a rainforest in Ecuador became the catalyst for her career as a Work at Height Professional, Arborist and Tree Climbing Instructor. She founded Sylvana Alta to combine these professions and promote scientific exploration in forest canopies worldwide, believing that the greater understanding of its value will better protect it for the future. Vicki has organised, participated in, and led research expeditions for over 18 years assisting and contributing to scientific studies in South America, Indonesia, Europe and Australia.

    An IRATA level 3 supervisor Vicki has over 12 years of industrial rope access experience; working on large scale construction projects throughout the UK and Europe and contributing to the less than 1% of females in this role. Working in these contrasting environments has enabled an appreciation and understanding of technical rigging solutions and the importance of teamwork in often challenging conditions.

    In 2017 Vicki and several other climbing professionals set up Big Canopy Campout C.I.C and the event has grown to encompass participants from 36 different countries raising money to support grassroot organisations in their fight to protect their local forested areas.

    This series is kindly supported by Squadcast –the remote recording platform which empowers podcasters by capturing high-quality audio and video conversations. Find out more at squadcast.fm

    Find out more about Vicki Tough
    Website www.sylvanaalta.com
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SylvanaAlta
    Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/sylvanaalta/
    LInkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/vicki-tough-1a00803b/

    Big Canopy Campout www.bigcanopycampout.com
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CanopyCamp
    Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/canopycamp/

    Key Quotes:

    ‘The whole scope of the Olympics was so huge. Not only the buildings, but also just the grandeur of the event and it bringing the whole world together.’

    ‘Everything takes 10 times longer and you really need to prepare before you set out.’

    ‘I would wear overalls that looked like they were designed for my father.’

    ‘It was just this drive to explore and to ask questions. I was always such a curious child.’

    ‘When I show researchers how to climb they're just so enthusiastic, trying to get up this tree so that they can see the thing that they want to research that they're not bothered by the height.’

    ‘Tree climbing and rope access, comes with stereotypes. It comes with a lot of people thinking, you gotta be fast, you've gotta be strong. you’ve gotta have muscles. A lot of people are a little bit surprised when I rock up - eight and a half stone, and five foot six.’

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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Nantwich Mike ,

Definitely worth a listen

Found this by chance and found it a really good listen. A random group of subjects but all with fascinating lives and something useful to say ..... even the glass lady who took a while to convince me, but then did!
Many thanks for this so far and please keep further episodes coming.

AMMaddison ,

Motivational

Really enjoying listening to a very interesting and motivating group of people answer some thought provoking questions. Inspirational and encouraging, thank you.

TwoBricks ,

Accessible and inspiring.

Interesting to hear people who have exceeded normal expectations in spite of adversity rather than because of good fortune . Makes me reflect on how I might improve even a small part of the world around me. Thanks for finding the people we would all like to talk to.

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