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This podcast is for anyone wanting more control of their life, having too much stress, not feeling in control, not having the time, energy or resources to do what they want. It will help you get you more time, energy and resources, allow you to do what you want, reduce your stress.



The podcast is a series of how to's, observations, and information that provides tangible doable solutions to your lack of time, your out of control schedule and your scrambling to find the energy to cope with your day to day life.



Unlike standard "life coaching" and self help stuff,this podcast will actually give you tangible action items you can do that will give you what you want - time energy and resources, and reduce stress.



Based on the http://www.AlchemyFor.Life concept. Articles at http://www.Alchemyfor.life/balancecoaching/



If you'd like to be part of the call in podcast, send an email to podcasts@alchemyfor.life, with your full name and a short description of your question regarding balance.



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Alchemy For Life Author Mark Bradford

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 18 Ratings

This podcast is for anyone wanting more control of their life, having too much stress, not feeling in control, not having the time, energy or resources to do what they want. It will help you get you more time, energy and resources, allow you to do what you want, reduce your stress.



The podcast is a series of how to's, observations, and information that provides tangible doable solutions to your lack of time, your out of control schedule and your scrambling to find the energy to cope with your day to day life.



Unlike standard "life coaching" and self help stuff,this podcast will actually give you tangible action items you can do that will give you what you want - time energy and resources, and reduce stress.



Based on the http://www.AlchemyFor.Life concept. Articles at http://www.Alchemyfor.life/balancecoaching/



If you'd like to be part of the call in podcast, send an email to podcasts@alchemyfor.life, with your full name and a short description of your question regarding balance.



Subscribe for regular episodes.

    Stood up – Switching Gears and the Element No One Talks About.

    Stood up – Switching Gears and the Element No One Talks About.

    Have you ever been stood up?







    The origin of the term has many folksy definitions. I encourage you to look it up as many are sort of saucy, But we recognize this meaning someone did not show up as planned for a meeting, and usually includes them not reaching out or responding to queries.







    We’ve all had this happen, right?















    Switching Gears and the Element No One Talks About.







    If someone stood you up, that means their location in time didn’t match yours. But what is life made of? That’s right—Time, Energy, and Resources. When you go to a meeting you are not just occupying the same physical and temporal location, you are also bringing energy. You may have a lot of prep work, and research. You may have to become extroverted when you are introverted (a monumental task for some). And you may have to prepare emotionally, especially if what you do for a living is taxing (therapy, etc) or you are meeting with a difficult client, or you have an emotional meeting with friend or family.







    That’s all energy.







    And we can’t just flip a switch.







    Check out multitasking and the glue that holds it together. That applies to energy too.







    So when was the last time you were stood up, and how did you react?

    • 10 min
    Meat Puppets handing you mailing list data

    Meat Puppets handing you mailing list data

    The right and the wrong way to approach a networking event







    Most of my episodes are about experimental psychology, how to deal with and manage time, energy and resources, or a unique concept I’d like you to consider.







    Sometimes the episode is a purely business-related show. This is one of them.







    The excruciatingly hilariously wrong way to handle a networking event.







    The wrong way to approach a networking event









    * Go to networking event







    * Collect as many cards as you can from people you regard as meat puppets handing you mailing list data







    * Wait two weeks







    * Send a three paragraph boilerplate text message to them at 2pm on a Sunday with a sales pitch about wha you can do for them







    * Sit back and wait for all that cash to roll in









    The right way to approach a networking event









    * Go to networking event







    * Meet other people, engage with them to learn about them







    * Listen to what they do, why they do it, ask questions because you want to learn more







    * Use this information moving forward to decide who they would be a good connection for, and who would be a good connection for them







    * Suggest a one-on-one to learn more if you think it is prudent







    * Arrange a one-on-one with them, give a deeper dive to their business, and if appropriate, their hopes, dreams, aspirations and their human experience.







    * Hire them, or get hired by them if applicable







    * Continue to consider who they would be a good connection for from now on

    • 10 min
    If I were you…

    If I were you…

    Advice







    Who doesn’t like giving advice? Who doesn’t like receiving it? Wait, put your hands down, that was rhetorical.







    In all seriousness sometimes we need to ask for advice (we can’t all be in a bubble) and we are lucky that someone values our wisdom enough to ask us for our advice. I certainly am honored when that happens and it makes me feel validated (see The Status Game II). But advice is a tricky thing.







    Teleporting vs. empathizing vs. your way







    If someone asks for advice you have three ways to answer:









    * You can teleport into their life, AS YOU and then just react. All of your history, experiences and personality comes with you but you are stuck there for the rest of your life.







    * You can just answer the issue as if you’ve been given a test (then move on with no ramifications)







    * You can empathize with the person, understanding what it must be like to be them, having to deal with issues that may be foreign to you, having their flaws and strengths that are different than yours









    Which way do you think is best?







    Which way announces itself with four special words?

    • 9 min
    Conf Calls, Promises and Who is Actually Talking

    Conf Calls, Promises and Who is Actually Talking

    The olden days of voice only







    In the olden days when people wanted to collaborate they would jump on a conference call vs. jumping on a video call. It was extremely common to have a number of calls during any given week, and the larger the business the more conference calls there were.







    How many is too many?







    There is an upper limit to how many meetings you can constructively have, and it’s not equal to the free space on your calendar.







    That’s because a few things are in play:









    * You need time to do the things







    * It’s not just about the time, it’s about the energy (i.e. you’re not just promising time)









    Conf calls and multitasking







    What do you do when you are on a video call? Are you more likely to multitask if you’re on a audio call than video? If you want to know my thoughts on multitasking then check out the episode called multitasking. You might be surprised.







    My experience







    🤣 Does my experience in the corporate world of calendars and conference calls mirror your own experiences? Let me know!

    • 13 min
    The Challenge of Perspective

    The Challenge of Perspective

    Sometimes you get the chance to see something from two perspectives.







    Sometimes both perspectives come from the same person.







    Sometimes that person is you.







    The fun part







    Here’s a quick 10-minute episode on how and why this happens, and how you can use it not only on yourself but to understand others (and maybe help them understand you!)

    • 10 min
    Protecting Your Energy

    Protecting Your Energy

    Remember the How Do You Have Time For This? episode? If not, check it out. I talked about how more than once I’ve been asked “How do you have time for that” when I chat about books, speaking, podcasts, projects, etc. And my answer to them is always “That’s the wrong question.” The question should be, “How do you have energy for that.”







    Energy over time







    You will find fairly often that you actually have the time for it, but all the time in the world will not be enough if you simply don’t have the energy. Think being drained from work and staring at the TV instead of doing that cool thing.







    Work







    Almost without exception, work (and you) is measured in an amount of work in a given amount of time. Even if you are salary, even if you work on long term projects, and even if you are a pure salesperson, you are measured that way.







    If you disagree, tell me what would happen if your current output of work happened in twice the amount of time. Would you still be paid the same? Would you even have a job? Time is money ain’t just a catchy phrase.







    Your formula







    If someone gives you a certain amount of time to do a thing, the first thing your brain does is assess the amount of energy it takes to do that. And that’s how you assess if you have been given enough time.







    Then you react. Does it stress you? Or does it make you feel comfortable?















    Let’s explore this.

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

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Mark Bradford

It is an incredible experience to listen and dive into the thinking and pondering of Mark. If you get a chance, check out his books as well.

Eddie Rice-Author ,

Great interviewing style

Mark's interviews are well-balanced and come from a place of love and passion for the guest's story. Each episode is easy to listen to with a great back and forth between the host and guest.

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Quick listen

Mark, Had your Podcast sent to me by a friend. It was a great listen and very insightful. Keep up the good work!

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