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The Unconventionalists is a weekly show covering the stories behind the people who went against the curve, took the road less traveled and stayed true to being themselves in the face of adversity. Listeners often say that each episode feels like eavesdropping on an intimate conversation between two old friends as host Mark Leruste uses his warm, compelling style to tease out the truth and create moments of radical honesty.

Previous guests include Noah Kagan, Danielle LaPorte, Paul Jarvis, Chris Guillebeau, Sarah Knight, James Wilks and the Founders of The Minimalists.

The Unconventionalists with Mark Leruste Mark Leruste

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 52 Ratings

The Unconventionalists is a weekly show covering the stories behind the people who went against the curve, took the road less traveled and stayed true to being themselves in the face of adversity. Listeners often say that each episode feels like eavesdropping on an intimate conversation between two old friends as host Mark Leruste uses his warm, compelling style to tease out the truth and create moments of radical honesty.

Previous guests include Noah Kagan, Danielle LaPorte, Paul Jarvis, Chris Guillebeau, Sarah Knight, James Wilks and the Founders of The Minimalists.

    #158 How my TEDx talk reached one million views

    #158 How my TEDx talk reached one million views

    On the 22nd April 2017, Mark Leruste stepped on the stage at the TEDxCardiff sold out event to deliver his talk, "What they don't tell you about entrepreneurship." Today Mark's talk has hit one million views, but the road to get there was filled with ups and downs, trials and tribulations. 

    This special episode of The Unconventionalists podcast is the definitive account of how Mark went from being down and depressed in 2009 with a dream to one day inspire others, to delivering the most watched TEDxCardiff talk of all time.



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    • 49 min
    #157 How to navigate the emotional journey of writing a book with Emily Gindlesparger

    #157 How to navigate the emotional journey of writing a book with Emily Gindlesparger

    Emily Gindlesparger is the Head of Book Coaching at Scribe Media who over the last 12 months has been supporting me on and off with my emotional struggle of writing my book via a group coaching programme. 

    As a ghost-writer, book coach and currently writing her memoire, Emily is uniquely positioned to unpack the emotional yo-yo journey of writing a book and what to do about it.

    "So often when I see authors grapple with the question of, 'I don’t know what book to write?' the real thing that is going on is, 'I have many books that I can write and I’m afraid of all of them, and I’m especially afraid of making the decision as to which one to pursue now'. Because it shuts down all the possibility of the others. - Emily Gindlesparger

    This is one of my favourite conversations to date as we go deep into the relationship to shame, trauma and overcoming self doubt.

    Whether you're looking to write your book or not you will get a TON of value out of my powerful conversation with Emily.

    I can't wait to hear what you got out of it over on social media @markleruste or over on www.theunconventionalists.com !



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    Follow Emily on social media @emilygindle



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    • 1 hr 5 min
    #156 How to build a bulletproof mindset with Jodie Cook

    #156 How to build a bulletproof mindset with Jodie Cook

    If you're tired of binge-watching Netflix and not hitting your goals you're going to love today's powerful conversation with Jodie Cook.

    Jodie founded a digital agency in 2011 that was acquired in 2021 and was featured in Forbes's Europe 30 under 30 list of social entrepreneurs. 

    When Jodie isn't busy training, she writes books and articles about entrepreneurship including "How To Raise Entrepreneurial Kids", "Instagram Rules" and "Stop Acting Like You're Going To Live Forever" and is an international powerlifter for Great Britain.

    And as you've probably guessed it, she doesn't have a Netflix subscription either...



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    Learn more at jodiecook.com and follow Jodie on social media @jodie.cook_



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    • 49 min
    #155 Building courageous men with Alex Holmes

    #155 Building courageous men with Alex Holmes

    Suicide is the leading cause of death in men under 45 in the UK. Despite being digitally 'connect' in more ways than we have ever been before, many of us are feeling more emotionally disconnected - not only from those around us, but also from our own sense of self. 

    That's why I'm so grateful to share this powerful conversation with Alex Holmes, an award-winning podcaster, mental health coach, writer and author of his brand new book "Time To Talk: How Men Think About Love, Belonging and Connection".

    Alex is on a mission to tackle the mental-health and loneliness epidemic we are currently living through. 



    Shownotes:


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    Learn more at alexholmes.co and follow Alex on social media @byalexholmes.



    Time To Talk: How Men Think About Love, Belonging and Connection is out now, published by Welbeck Publishing. It’s available to buy from all good bookshops and online retailers.



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    • 1 hr 1 min
    #154 What the business leader learnt from the stripper with Paulina Tenner

    #154 What the business leader learnt from the stripper with Paulina Tenner

    Paulina is an entrepreneur, angel investor, TEDx speaker and a founder of GrantTree whose new book “Laid Bare: what the business leader learnt from the stripper” describing leadership lessons she learnt as a burlesque dancer" is making waves.

    Since 2010 her team has grown organically from 2 to 50 and raised over £200M for more than 600 technology startups and scaleups (while also moonlighting as a burlesque dancer) and operate an open culture company which pioneered a self set salary scheme in the UK.



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    Learn more at paulinatenner.com and follow Paulina on social media @paulinatenner.



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    • 57 min
    #153 How to grow your business with a podcast and have more impact with Lynsay Gould

    #153 How to grow your business with a podcast and have more impact with Lynsay Gould

    If you're ready to grow your business with a podcast and have more impact, you're going to love today's conversation with Lynsay Gould, a podcasting & business coach and creator of the Podcasting for Business Awards.



    Shownotes:

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    Learn more at lynsayanne.com and follow Lynsay on social media @lynsayannegould



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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Frenchie_soph ,

Merci Beaucoup

Thank you Mark for showing up to this podcast, thank you for your guests. I find myself dipping in and out of the episodes and always coming back. Just listened to the one with Lynsay Gould about podcasting for business and it was exactly what I needed to hear. (Would love to know more about the French side of your story???) thanks 🙏

Fergus M ,

A fantastic podcast.

Really enjoyed the latest episode with Chris Ducker . Fergus

RuneLondon ,

Mark’s humble ability to ask really good questions makes this great

Mark Leruste - have an amazing ability to let his ego rest on the table, despite he himself is an established Enterpreneur and coach and all round nice guy, he get in, asks good questions and does his background, thus makes it compelling binge worthy podcast advice - plus he does the effort to pick up and connect with people who are less famous but much more interesting.

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