The ‘Share Your Story’ podcast are interviews with small business owners. They begin by sharing their personal back story and their business growth journey, often sharing challenges along the way. Then we explore details of their current business offering and the tangible benefits they deliver to their clients. The purpose of the Podcast is to inspire start-ups and other business owners.
Kate Strong - World Champion Triathlete, Plant-Based Adventurer, Coach & Consultant, Strong Voice Podcast
Kate Strong leads by example when it comes to peak performance whether that’s climbing Mont Blanc, developing a sustainable business with a global reach or breaking 3 cycling world records. She is a widely sought after coach, enabling individuals and teams to redefine what’s possible and introduce flow into their daily way of being.
Kate has lived and travelled all over the globe, earning a double Masters in Engineering while living in France & Italy, She’s set up micro businesses in indigenous communities in Central America & Asia as well as founding a hospitality business in Australia. It was during her time in Australia that she discovered triathlon. Within 14 months of taking up the sport, she was crowned age-group World Champion and later went on to break 3 cycling world records.
She has faced her fair share of difficulties along the way, from being trapped in a toxic relationship to working herself out of the million-dollar debt her ex left her. However, she is not defined by these challenges and she uses these darker days to fuel her to always striving to be the best version of herself.
In 2023, Kate is planning to cycle 3,000 miles around the coast of UK, planting 3,000 trees along the way and raising awareness of the importance to protect our global health.
Website: http://www.katestrong.global Tour de Wales: https://katestrong.global/tour-de-wales Challenge 3000: https://katestrong.global/challenge3000 Podcast: http://www.katestrong.global/podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/katestrong01 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katestrong01 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/katestrongTV Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KateStrong01
Ina Bakalova - Business Development Consultant and Content Accelerator Creator
Ina Bakalova is an Online Marketing Expert focused on organic content strategies and social media. Through her signature program, the Content Accelerator, Ina helps online business owners and educational creators to create and market a profitable consulting offer, and ultimately sign clients.
After experimenting with different business ventures in her early twenties, Ina officially started her career as a property investor. She created the Content Accelerator after freelancing as a copywriter and social media manager for other property entrepreneurs. She saw that many of them were struggling to communicate their uniqueness online, at the same time that she experienced success in her own consulting practice. This led her to merge the two, and help other consultants, mentors and educational creators to monetise!
Having emigrated from Bulgaria to the UK when she was five, Ina has witnessed the incredible opportunities that entrepreneurship opens up. This experience fuels her desire to help her students monetise their unique skills through online consulting.
Website: https://inabakalova.comContent Accelerator: https://www.cocoonsocial.com/freetrainingLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ina-bakalovaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/inabakalovaTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@inabakalovaYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCykp1-0zuyVl5Th39rgsWqQ
Andrew Miller - Business Enjoyment, Multiple Author and International Speaker
A qualified insolvency practitioner, Andrew spent 16 years in the Restructuring department of the global accountancy firm, KPMG, as well as being seconded to Barclays Bank's insolvency unit.
Taking on leadership roles highlighted to Andrew a passion and flair for working with individuals and the issues that affect them at a personal level. Through working with company owners who were in the process of losing everything, he became acutely aware of the emotional connection that exists between a business and its owner, something that is not always recognised or appreciated.
Andrew believes that 'you', 'your environment' and the interaction between the two should be looked at as a whole, rather than in isolation. Andrew works with business owners and their team to get all three areas right – which then allows you to truly enjoy what you do on a day to day basis.
Andrew has worked for himself for over 10 years in which time he has written eight books, won numerous awards and was also invited to be a policy advisor to the government around business failure.
He has been with his wife for over 26 years and loves what he does.
Website: www.businessenjoyment.comTEDx Talk: https://andrewmiller.groovepages.com/tedx/mtjmLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewrmillerFacebook:Personal: https://www.facebook.com/andrew.miller.359Business: https://www.facebook.com/BusinessEnjoymentYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpXIUc8iRjfJ_z4UlIEfpQABusiness Enjoyment Podcast – The Tingle Zone: www.bit.ly/tinglezoneAmazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/~/e/B07VNYN6J9
Hope Won't Pay the WagesHow to deal with the personal impact of a struggling business(Winner - Business Game Changer Magazine Editor's Choice: Top Three Books of 2020)
Successful StartupsGet going. Stay going.
The Successful Business Owner's Guide to Reducing StressHow to avoid these 13 common pitfalls
Multiply Your Success (with Phil Grundell)245 Proven Ways to Take You to the Next Level
MLM RevisitedHow to Fall Back in Love with Your Network Marketing Business
More Than Just MoneyAn Introduction to the Business Enjoyment Model
Transforming Your Life III (Various Authors and Sai Blackbyrn)20 Incredible Stories Showing the Strenght of the Human Spirit(International Bestseller in 11 Countries)
At The Sharp End (Various Authors and David Norrington)Advice and Tips from Small Businesses
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/~/e/B07VNYN6J9
Vicki Moore - Professional Coach, Entrepreneur, Expat-Explorer and Author
Vicki Moore spent most of her career as a corporate manager, leading diverse teams in both the US and Europe. For more than 15 years , she helped teams efficiently implement strategic changes, improve performance and achieve big goals. After founding and running a successful business in Los Angeles for ten years, Vicki pursued her dream of living in Europe. Now, she combines her skills in strategy, management and coaching to help others turn bold ideas into actions and pursue their dreams with confidence and courage.
After reinventing her life multiple times, Vicki constantly found herself explaining that everyone can pursue their dreams and bold goals, once they recognise the influences that block success. This led her to write Life Beyond Should in 2021. The book is a practical guide for overcoming expectations in order to embrace what makes each of us unique and confidently turn ideas into reality.
Website: https://moore2life.netLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vickimoore09Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moore2life.coach
Book: lifebeyondshould.comAvailable on Amazon (kindle for only $0.99 until end of August)Vicki will be glad to send a signed copy of the book to any listeners who request one.----
I have a confession, I was a rule follower. In my early life and career, I always did what I “should.” It worked for a while... I went to the “right” college, got a “good” job, got married, bought a house and climbed the corporate ladder, just as I was expected to. I had a nice life, but there was one small problem... I was miserable.
Nothing I was doing was aligned with what I truly wanted or valued. I was living the life everyone else expected me to and playing it safe. Whenever I described the life I dreamed of, everyone told me it was impossible. I didn’t believe them, and I finally found the courage to prove it.
I quit my job, gave away everything that didn't fit in my car (including the house), and drove coast-to-coast across the U.S. to start over again in California. It was the best decision I ever made. Since then, I have followed my instincts and pursued my dreams, even while people told me at every step that I wouldn't succeed.
Here is what I would have missed... if I had believed people who said it wasn’t possible:
Living for 17 years at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world
Starting and running a successful business for more than 10 years
Doubling sales revenues during a recession
Living and working in Europe, and traveling to over 34 countries
In my corporate career, I managed training and development. My job was to help people recognize their individual talents and use them to succeed. I gained experience in using a variety of methods to support teams in achieving results and maximizing their success.
Now I utilize that expertise along with coaching to help people take big leaps, move past limitations and significantly change their lives. I believe in taking bold actions, living great adventures and learning along the way.
I am committed to helping people dare to lead the life they want, because I know it is possible.
Traci Neal - Writer, Speaker and Poet
Traci Neal lives in the United States as a performing poet and professional writer. She is featured in The New York Times, Storyberries, Sheen Magazine, and InspireMore to name a few. She is the third place 2022 poetry winner in the United Kingdom Thalassemia Society for their Global Arts and Poetry Competition, the 2022 poetry winner of Empowering Justice Foundation Poetry Contest, the third-place 2022 State Winner of the SCCDA Poetry and Art Contest, and the 2021 second-place winner of the virtual poetry slam "Taking It Global" in Toronto, Canada.
To the Editor (New York Times) - April 17, 2021:Imagine a young, Black, Southern teenage girl in middle school with thick glasses. This girl wants to do so well in school. She wishes she were popular. She desires to have more friends and be liked. She loves to read. She loves poetry. This girl was me.
I have one philosophy. In my teenage years and now in adulthood, I have believed that rejection motivates reach. Poetry would become my outlet in life. In high school, college and adulthood, rejection would follow me constantly. Still, it became my motivation to reach out to the hurting, helpless and those hungry for hope.
Rejection pushes poetry out of me. Poetry propels me to release my pain. Rejection motivates me to never give up. I think we all have felt rejection at some point in our lives. Let rejection be your motivation to reach.
Traci NealColumbia, S.C.
Website: https://www.tracinealspeakerpoet.comThank you: https://www.tracinealspeakerpoet.com/thank-you-blogs-articles
Sam Mitchell - Podcaster, TEDx Speaker, Blogger, International Speaker
Envision yourself as a person who has a bright future, but then get diagnosed with autism at a young age, and you develop a lack of conversational skills when one of the requirements in society is discussing with someone.
Now, I do not converse with any male or female easily because I have the tendency to talk about what I only want to, and it leads people the wrong way. I have never been able to figure out the reason, but at the end of the day, I brush the dust off, and I reclaim my territory.
My voice is an attribute even though society may not agree. I have myself and others who would disagree with most of the human population. Each day before I go to bed I make sure that I lit my torch to know that I am here as well, so why are you not letting me in while giving me a chance at my redemption?
When I am conversing with someone, the person who saves me from fainting is me. The reason is no one knows how I talk to someone one hundred percent as I go off-topic too much along with coming across as selfish by not sharing thoughts with others. While I like to converse with my family and peers, it is damp and causes too much anxiety and depression to where I have to tiptoe on my feet.
There have been people who I feel more comfortable speaking to than others, but it will never be full-fledged comfortable. This will always be an almost mature and comfortable mood. However, I would not wish to change my conversing skills. If I had one wishing star come down, it would certainly not be that. I have so much to say that fire would eventually come out of my breath. I always wonder if others care about my thoughts, which has led me to not care about people who have not listened to my thoughts. Furthermore, I know I am a relevant human being and that is the only opinion that matters to me.
You can debate whether this could be me being a jerk or not? I am only just feeding you accurate information. The decision and the rest are up to you. My enemies have made me stronger so if you choose to not like me and throw me off the cliff, then go ahead, but my friend, you are wasting your time because you cannot start drama or make me feel bad about myself. I have been through too much to not have my life puzzled together. You once did push me, but I have officially resurrected and no matter what, I will keep coming back. Instead of saying stop drop and roll, we should say listen, open your ears, and include.
I am no longer a hidden gem. I am the gem for others who need my voice and others who just want a direction. Additionally, I’ve been shot in the head too many times while conversing, and I am now bulletproof to the negativity during a conversation. Each person has been manipulated into the negatives and their fifty-percent right when it comes to skills we do not understand or topics that we consider trivial. However, put us in our element, and it will become a different ball game.
We can converse with you like anyone else when it comes to our knowledge that we just want to share with the planet. It is time for everybody to become more open-minded when it comes to autistic people conversing. Instead of looking at autistic people blabbing as a foreign language, it is now time for us to see the rise of the Sun while others give us the undivided attention that we so desperately need for the world to hear us. Now let’s envision an autistic person who lacks conversational skills again.
The one thing I hope you took from this is that you know society puts pressure on people on the spectrum as they must converse with the human species and I do not think society will fully understand. They could always be a problem in the future, but let me ask this: Why can’t you become part of the solution?
Website: https://autismrocksandrolls.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/autismrocksandrollspodFacebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/229025325159144Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamMitc95075321TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@sammitchell1
Love this podcast!!
Very powerful and great podcast! Thank you
I always get at least a couple of great ideas
This is a really great podcast to add to any suite of regular podcast listening. I am a fan of podcasts that open up about people who I know. This podcast brings fascinating insights of people I don’t know and with it brings really useful ideas.
In each podcast I find people who, in some way, I can relate to and therefore the ideas have more relevance.
Michael is a great host because he is a great listener and also maintains a good high energy that keeps the podcast entertaining.
Try a couple, I am sure you will get something useful out of it and an enjoyable hour.
Loved being a guest!
Michael is a wonderful host and i loved being a guest on his show which I highly recommend