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Access to Inspiration podcast shares conversations with 'ordinary people' who may be unalike you. Their stories and experiences help you to transcend your day to day challenges, and reflect on what you are capable of achieving. Host Sue Stockdale talks to a variety of guests from around the world ranging from an astronaut to a farmer. https://www.accesstoinspiration.org

Access to Inspiration Sue Stockdale

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Access to Inspiration podcast shares conversations with 'ordinary people' who may be unalike you. Their stories and experiences help you to transcend your day to day challenges, and reflect on what you are capable of achieving. Host Sue Stockdale talks to a variety of guests from around the world ranging from an astronaut to a farmer. https://www.accesstoinspiration.org

    48. Palwasha Siddiqi: A refugee's road to success and beyond

    48. Palwasha Siddiqi: A refugee's road to success and beyond

    Sue Stockdale talks to Palwasha Siddiqi, whose early childhood experiences have shaped her interest in coaching and helping others to maximise their potential.

    Palwasha was born and raised between Afghanistan and Pakistan. When she was seven her family fled the civil war in Afghanistan and became refugees in Pakistan where they lived for over a decade. They moved back to Afghanistan in 2003 after the American invasion, and it was then that she was introduced to a non-profit organization that helped her secure a full-time scholarship to attend university in the United States.

    After obtaining her bachelor's and MBA degrees Palwasha went on to join American Express in New York. Seven years later she transferred to London where she currently works as a Senior Marketing Manager leading their B2B digital marketing communications. Her latest adventure involves building her own coaching practice focused on empowering individuals and leaders to realize their full potential.

    Connect with Palwasha Siddiqi on LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/palwashasiddiqi

    Key Quotes

    'We lived there during, during the civil war and some point during the war our house got hit by a rocket so everything went up into flames. We pretty much lost everything'

    'I remember a rocket flying and someone saying to just dive down on the ground to stay safe. We would stay there for five, ten minutes, and then we would get up. Some of us would get up. Some of us would not.'

    'I think resilience is a superpower that we all have that we can nurture.'

    'I was told from a young age, all of these things that I couldn't do just because I was a woman. So my passion and my purpose was learning and getting educated.'

    'All of a sudden I had so much freedom and abundance of a kind of just life that I had never experienced before.' 

    Read the transcription for this podcast at www.accesstoinspiration.org and connect with us on social media: 

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    • 26 min
    47. Tanmay Vora: Inspiration through illustration

    47. Tanmay Vora: Inspiration through illustration

    Sue Stockdale talks to Tanmay Vora about how he developed his skill in creating visual notes, through his curiosity and interest in learning. He illustrates and shares great ideas in the form of sketchnotes that combine the topics of leadership, learning and change.

    Tanmay Vora is a senior business leader with two decades of diverse global experience, author of three international books and illustrator of best-selling books. As Founder of QAspire Consulting, he helps individuals, teams and organizations deliver high-performance through process consulting, visual facilitation, leadership development, strategic capability building and coaching interventions.

    He is passionate about leveraging visual thinking for learning, innovation and change. He illustrates and shares great ideas worth sharing in form of sketchnotes and offers graphical recording services to events, authors and organizations worldwide. He also teaches the magic of visual thinking through interactive workshops.

    Contact Tanmay at his website www.qaspire.com

    Twitter www.twitter.com/tnvora

    Facebook www.facebook.com/tnvora

    Instagram www.instagram.com/tnvora

    LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/tnvora

    Key quotes in this podcast:

    [05.56] "I sat down with a piece of paper and a pen, and I said, what do I already have as an inventory of skills? I wrote down the skills on a piece of paper and circled them around. And then almost magically. I saw those two circles coming together and forming a small intersection. The two words that I wrote was technology and writing. And I say that, what if I bring these two circles together and see where it intersects?"

    [07:31] "How do you climb a mountain?  I would say that don't try to climb it straight in a linear fashion, but try to sort of crisscross your way on the top of the mountain".

    [10.51] "I think that lot of people equate learning with outcomes and they say that if I learn this, what am I going to get in return?"

    [12.40] "Inspiration is like a seed that grows inside of you, but not without soil and not without the sunlight. The analogy that I often use is that if inspiration is the seed, then we need sunlight".

    [14.28] "So I feel that being prepared, being consistent and showing up in your pursuit every single day, irrespective of whether you're inspired or not, I think gets the inspiration going."

    [17.48] "I try to sort of circumvent the risk of judgment, by saying that if this is going to help a lot of people, I can't go wrong'.

    [20.03] 'Wisdom happens when we take a step back and start reflecting on what we've done".

    [24.21] "My pursuit is to take people back into that stage of their life when they were fearless in making the mark on a piece of paper. This is I think the core of why I do what I do."

    Read the transcription for this podcast at www.accesstoinspiration.org and connect with us on social media: 

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    • 27 min
    46. Nic Marks: Measuring happiness

    46. Nic Marks: Measuring happiness

    Sue Stockdale talks to Nic Marks, statistician and founder & CEO, Friday Pulse about the work he has done on measuring happiness, why it’s important to businesses, governments and countries, as well as individuals and how COVID impacted happiness.

    Described by one client as a “statistician with a soul”, Nic has been working in the field of happiness and wellbeing for over 25 years. In 2010 Nic gave a TED talk on his previous work in public policy, which has now been watched over 2.3million times. Named as one of the Top Ten Original Thinkers by the Institute of Director’s Director Magazine, Nic’s work was hailed as one of Forbes Magazine’s Seven Most Powerful Ideas in 2011.

    * Free tool to reflect on individual happiness https://fridayone.com 

    * The weekly people check-up for companies https://fridaypulse.com 

    * Find out more about Nic Marks at https://nicmarks.org

    * Connect with Nic on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/marksnic/

    Key quotes in this podcast:

    [01.40] Our happiness is very driven by all sorts of social connectedness and relationships and the quality of them.

    [02.33] We tend to measure what's easy to count, not whats most important.

    [07.00] If we want to create a future which is good for citizens in the future, then we have to look at how we create that.

    [10.52] When we feel good, we do good work, but it's very close to our mood.

    [11.55] I think of happiness like having different wavelengths. There's very long ones, over years and decades and we have good periods of our life, and then there's very, very rapid ones, five moods in the morning.

    [12.23] We talk about five big drivers to happiness at work. They are Connect, Be Fair, Empower, Challenge, Inspire.

    [16.20] We definitely find that some organizations worry about opening a Pandora's box of emotions. And the thing is they're there already, if they're not in the light, they're festering and are causing problems.

    [16.47] We're not trying to shame team leaders. We're basically trying to help them have better conversations with their teams.

    Read the transcription for this podcast at www.accesstoinspiration.org and connect with us on social media: 

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    • 27 min
    45. Hong Hoang: The Vietnamese changemaker

    45. Hong Hoang: The Vietnamese changemaker

    Sue Stockdale talks to Hong Hoang, Founder and Executive Director of CHANGE, a dynamic Vietnamese NGO with the mission to address the country’s most critical environmental issues.  She talks about the challenges faced in mobilising young people, and engaging a wider community across Vietnam to tackle climate change, pollution and wildlife trafficking.

    Under Hong’s leadership, CHANGE has been coordinating nearly 200 campaigns since its establishment in 2013 to raise awareness, build capacity, engage the community and different sectors in action campaigns to protect wildlife, reduce human impacts on the environment, and provide support to the affected communities.

    To find out more about Hong Hoang:

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/changevn
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/hong-hoang-7b44bb3/

    Read the transcription for this episode on www.accesstoinspiration.org and connect with us on social media: 

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    • 28 min
    44. Josh Wasserman: The role of observation in design

    44. Josh Wasserman: The role of observation in design

    Sue Stockdale talks to Josh Wasserman a design thinker and insights expert, about the role that observation plays in the design process, how design can more inclusive and what inspires him to be creative.  Josh recently designed a new pregnancy test prototype for RNIB, which received worldwide media attention, and is thought to be the world’s first pregnancy test which is accessible to those with sight loss. This enables privacy in a process which had previously required the help of a fully sighted individual.

    Josh specialises in helping businesses and brands identify and unlock opportunities, building viable product and service experiences that are human-centred, using immersive research, strategic thinking, concept ideation, validation, and development - and always links the solutions to the insight. He brings creativity, imagination and instinct through more than 12 years of industry experience.  Josh believes that good design inspires change, improves lives, and is always relevant.

    To find out more about Josh Wasserman, check out his website www.Innovvate.co

    You can see a video describing the prototype and the transcription for this episode at our website www.accesstoinspiration.org

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    • 23 min
    43. Dr Leanne Armitage: Increasing diversity in the medical profession

    43. Dr Leanne Armitage: Increasing diversity in the medical profession

    Sue Stockdale talks to Dr. Leanne Armitage about how a childhood experience, where she witnessed street violence, inspired her to become a doctor. With no medics in her family or social network, Leanne used her initiative to take the necessary steps towards achieving this goal and is now a qualified junior doctor.

    During her second year of medical school Leanne became very frustrated by the lack of diversity, with very few students come from low-socio economic backgrounds and certain ethnic minorities. This inspired her to cofound a charity - The Armitage Foundation – which offers medical outreach programmes to students from under-represented backgrounds. As a result of the work Leanne has been doing through The Armitage Foundation, she was awarded the UK 2018 Queen's Young Leaders Award by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

    Connect with Dr Leanne Armitage:
    Website. https://www.leannearmitage.com/
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-leanne-armitage-mbbs-bsc-hons-73632260/
    Twitter https://twitter.com/LeannaAmali
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/armitage_leanne/

    and her charity the Armitage Foundation
    Website https://armitagefoundation.com/
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ArmitageFoundation
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/armitage-foundation/
    Twitter https://twitter.com/TheArmitage_FDN

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    • 26 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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