The weekly POWER to Live More podcast from Jo Dodds is designed to give you inspiration, ideas, tips, tools and apps to help you to use your POWER (Productivity, Organisation, Wellbeing, Energy and Resilience) to Live More (to do more of the things you want to do).
Tony Miltenberger: Forging Unbreakable Relationships and Faith
Tony Miltenberger transitioned from a 14-year stint in the Army Reserve to becoming the Lead Pastor at Centerville, Ohio’s Restoration Church. (Note: he has since moved on from the Lead Pastor role.)
He is also the co-author of Unbreakable: Forging a Marriage of Content and Delight, a book on marital struggles experienced by servicemen after their deployment. Tony also happens to be one of the lucky handfuls of people who get to marry their childhood sweethearts. Now, Tony balances being a husband, father, pastor, and coach for children’s sports.
Tony joins me today to discuss how his career shifted from being a military man to a ‘man of the cloth’.
He shares the story of how, early on, he became part of a youth ministry group to help him break free from his troubled circumstances. He explains why he decided to join the Army, how he reached the decision to leave the Army and join his church’s clergy, and how the different skills he has learned from both professions have played a key role in his ongoing success.
He also explains how his penchant for discussing work culture and relationship-building ballooned into a full-blown podcast, why he turns to prayer and meditation in times of great distress, and the steps he takes in ensuring that despite his work, he’ll still have time for family.
“I do what I do to try to give people the same thing that the church gave me: A vision that’s bigger than whatever circumstances are in my life right now.”- Tony Miltenberger
This Week on The Power to Live More Podcast:
* Tony’s life as a pastor in a small community in Ohio. * The relaxed atmosphere that he maintains in his neighborhood church; “the mission over the method.” * How being a part of a youth ministry group helped Tony get through difficult times in his life that started when his parents divorced. * His journey with the Army and how it reflected his desire to escape his life. * The one thing that ministry training doesn’t do very well, based on his experience — and how his military experience supplemented this. * Why he schedules most of his fitness and creative activities in the morning. * Why he focused on setting up a digital church culture for his community. * The challenges of working in a “big mega-church” and how that inspired him to create a culture of true leadership in the current community where he serves. * His views on being a manager and why he thinks he’s terrible at it. * His experience with working with a younger team and how that helped determine which digital tools and apps they use for communication and operations. * The process he followed in co-authoring the book he published in 2014. * How certain aspects of his military life strongly appealed to his type-A side. * How he struggled to find meaning in his quiet, married life after he came home from his military service. * How he went from a regular participant of the Army’s various seminars and retreats to being offered to conduct them. * Why the church felt like a natural fit for him after he got out of military service. * The additional efforts he made in making sure that he plays a more active role in his children’s lives. * The benefits of setting a culture where you’re in charge of your own schedule. * The concept of the “Yes weekend” and how it works in building a stronger relationship between parents and children. * How he handles a bad day through meditation, prayer, and scripture. * The importance of being healthy, and why becoming unhealthy (e.g.
Gina Balarin: Marketing Stories and Managing Time
Gina Balarin owns and runs Verballistics, a boutique firm that enables her to use her expertise in marketing and writing to help corporations find and tell their consumers’ stories.
She is an accomplished writer and speaker, having authored and published The Secret Army: Leadership, Marketing and the Power of People. She has shared her experiences and insights with audiences in Europe via TEDx, TV appearances, and keynote speaking opportunities.
Gina joins me today to discuss marketing and communication — why it is a human need and how it has reshaped marketing over the decades. She shares her thoughts on time management, specifically from the perspective of a busy entrepreneur who runs her own business.
She also provides her insights into the value of human connections and how they can give you the power and energy to succeed not just in life, but also in making the most out of less-than-ideal situations.
“Marketing used to be about bamboozling people; now, it’s about connecting with people emotionally.” – Gina Balarin
This Week on The Power to Live More Podcast:
* What Verballistics is — and why it has such a strange yet catchy name.
* Why storytelling is a human need.
* How marketing has changed in modern times, in a major way.
* Making the most out of what you know to maximise your marketing impact.
* Why Gina is so attracted to the storytelling aspect of marketing — and why she chose this career path.
* How she prioritises tasks and manages her time effectively.
* Why it’s important to identify the things that give you energy.
* The risk that comes with spending too much time working.
* Why time is the biggest challenge, especially for business owners.
* Her favourite tools for efficient time management.
* The art of reframing your mindset and turning bad experiences into good ones.
* What she uses to become a better planner.
* Work avoidance behaviour and discipline: How the latter overcomes the former.
* Her general outlook on outsourcing work.
* The concept of a “mutual mentor.”
* The biggest challenge in getting help from other people.
* The unexpected significance of accepting compliments.
* Her love for Zumba and dancing in general.
* Why social media is such a useful communication tool in the modern age.
* Why it’s important to keep our sense of imagination — and to ask for help every once in a while.
* How she defines a perfect day.
* TED Talks
* Action for Happiness Calendar
* TED Radio Hour podcast
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Bev Hepting: How to Get Things Done
Bev Hepting offers online and offline coaching to business women, helping them overcome the fear of public speaking. She is the owner of Discover Your Voice, a company dedicated to help women discover their authentic voice, which plays a significant role in building their confidence and making it easier for them to stand up and speak.
On today’s episode, Bev talks about the daily routine she does to be productive as a business owner and how she balances work and family despite working from home. She also shares how she deals with the ‘bad’ days when things don’t go as they should and how she celebrates the good times when she is living more fully, which according to Bev, is happening more frequently because of her conscious effort and intentionality.
If I could go back and give myself a bit of advice it would be to create some relationships with the people you want to learn from and talk to them and really get to know them. – Bev Hepting
This Week on the POWER to Live More Podcast:
* How Bev gets things organised as she begins her day
* Some of her most helpful and essential tools
* Discovering which business style fits the best
* The importance of accountability
* Tools and applications she uses to do things more easily and accomplish her tasks
* Activities to stay healthy and help herself be productive
* Why prioritising relaxing the mind is as important as the physical body
* Personal growth and development techniques
* Web Text Tool
Connect with Bev Hepting:
* Bev Hepting Website
* Discover Your Voice on Facebook
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Cathy Brown: Cooking, Walking, Zombies and Morris Dancing
Cooking, Walking, Zombies and Morris Dancing with Cathy Brown, former Exec Director of Engage for Success
Listen to the Show Below and Here’s What We Recommended:
* Fitbit – for exercise encouragement and an element of, maybe not competition, but interest at least in others to keep it going
* Couch to 5K – to get you running in a gradual, incremental way (and don’t forget the zombies!)
* Google Calendar – for managing a complicated household and work schedule
* Todoist – for managing task lists and keeping up with everything you’ve got to do
* Gallup’s StrengthsFinder – for identifying your strengths to enable you to do more of what you’re good at
* Meditation with John Kabat-Zinn – for meditation and mindfulness
* ‘Better than Before – Mastering the Habits of our Every Day Live‘ – Gretchen Rubin
* ‘The Happiness Project‘ – Gretchen Rubin
* ‘The Road to Character‘ – David Brooks
Routines and Rituals
* Cooking to relax
* Walking with her partner to relax and debrief on the day as well as to get some exercise outdoors
* Listening to podcasts
* Reading to learn, explore and satisfy curiosity
* Listening to live music and perhaps playing and dancing too!
* Not being late
* 3 Rs of routines, rules and rituals – and not forgetting Cathy’s extra R of being a Rebel!
* Cathy and her partner seeing their complicated family eating arrangements of two vegetarians, one gluten free and one who doesn’t eat any vegetables whatsoever, as an opportunity rather than an obstruction
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Tweet: Google Calendar is absolutely my saving thing. The discipline there is making sure you put everything in ht...
Steve Jones: How Viral Movements Effect Business Growth
Steve Jones is a specialist business coach who focuses on helping clients understand the power of creating viral movements.
He has a varied professional background, which includes lecturing, training and helping to develop businesses and charities, all interests which led him to complete an MA in Leadership and Development and continue on to a doctoral programme in the same area.
In his downtime, Steve likes to keep active and has recently completed an Ironman Triathlon.
Steve joins me today to discuss the power of positivity and how his motivation to have a beneficial effect on the world around him led him to provide business coaching with a difference.
He dives into the details of how viral movements develop and grow via ‘organic chaos’ and his role in guiding the process. He also discusses his methods for organising and prioritising his workload and shares the resources which help him.
“It’s our job as movement leaders to see the chaos, see the growth, see the organic thing happening but also bring in a touch of order”
This Week on the Power to Live More Podcast:
What it means to ‘stir up movement’ in your organisation How the process of organic chaos leads to long term successWhy his coaching process helps leaders set up healthy personal habits as well as nurturing business goalsThe importance of self-knowledge and personal reflection Steve’s tips for productivity Why automation is the key to kickstarting movements and why home-based coaches need themWhy he subscribes to the’ Big Hairy Audacious Goal’ theoryHow creating a vacuum in your knowledge can push you to learn and developWhy it’s essential to be gracious to yourself when you don’t succeed
* Birth of the Chaordic Age book
* Extinction Rebellion
* Seven Habits of Highly Effective People book
* Zapier App
* Slow: Live Life Simply book
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Amanda Alexander on Show #4: Meditation, Crossfit, British Military Fitness and Fitter Food
Meditation, Crossfit, British Military Fitness and Fitter Food from Amanda Alexander of AmandaAlexander.com
Listen Below and Here’s What We Recommended:
* Headspace – for meditation
* Dragon Naturally Speaking – for dictating to the phone and answering emails whilst doing other things
* Evernote – can use it for dictating notes and for storing recipes using the web clipper
* Freeagent – software for bookkeeping
* Buffer – for social media scheduling, an alternative to Hootsuite
* Working Families – Charity
* Forward Ladies – a membership organisation unleashing potential in professional women.
* Psyllium husks – an ingredient in life changing bread
* Dying to Be Me by Anita Moorjani – Amanda says, “it’s about a near death experience and if you read the book you’ll find out more, is that the thing that we need to do in our life, the one thing we need to do, is to be ourselves”.
* The Fear Cure by Dr. Lissa Rankin this book comes from a medical perspective, and she’s talking about the link between fear and cancer.
* The Paleo Primer – a book with very tasty, very healthy recipes
* “my morning routine is I wake up and the very first thing I do is I meditate”
* “The yoga bridge”– to retain flexibility
* “The 5 Tibetans”– from the blog further.net by Brian Clark, the key to lifelong youthfulness and health. 5 exercises to do in under ten minutes, yoga/tai chi based”
* “Eat the frog first”
* “What is the one thing that if I do it today, it’s going to make the biggest difference to my business?”
* “I love the way, for me, fitness and community and friends and living, they are one and the same thing. They absolutely lift me. Being in a group of people, testing myself, pushing myself, I love doing that.”
* British Military Fitness – “involves mud and beasting sessions, lots of really really pushing yourself”
* Crossfit – ORE in Telford
* Tough Guy Nettle Warrior “involved electrocution, running through fire, climbing up things, jumping into pools, running through nettles”
I was a guest on Jo’s show and I really enjoyed the experience. Good questions and an open, responsive conversation, which is really important when you listen back.
Jo is a Fab Host
I had the pleasure of being invited on as a guest onto Jo's Podcast, she was a consumate professional and thoroughly engaging host. It was a real pleasure, I've since gone onto listen to a number of episodes and Jo had a really great way of drawing some absolute gold from her guests. Great show!!
Great to listen to and be interviewed for!
I have enjoyed listening to Jo’s podcasts interviewing many fascinating people.
I now feel honoured to also be one of her interviewees - it was a great experience and a fab final product!