0026: Life Coach, NLP Practitioner, Psychic Medium, Writer, Inspirational Speaker & 'Business Owner Biography' - with Deb Hawken


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This is going to be an unusual podcast, longer than normal and unusual because we’re talking about the route to happiness amongst other things of course. Hearing about Deb’s journey from the depths of despair to helping others , if they wish to, explore their own journey towards happiness. 

In Deb’s own words:

I am my work, and helping you is my dream; standing beside you is my dream; believing in you and supporting you, that is my dream; seeing you happy, that's my dream of dreams. That and more foreign travel, more cats and dogs (don't tell my husband), chocolate, days out, dancing, plays and shows, writing, and much more.  I have so many reasons to feel inspired and enthusiastic about my life.  That's what I want to offer you.  Plus the inner strength to stand your ground when you need to, and the mind space to be able to create and define your own life.  And peace, always inner peace and smiles….lots of smiles. 








Who am I, Where am I, What is this Place?: And when can I start screaming? 
by Deb Hawken




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0025: Author of Chick-Lit | Thrillers | Sci-fi | Childrens books & 'Business Owner Biography' - with Carmen Capuano


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Carmen Capuano was born in 1966, in Govan, Glasgow and is of Italian and Spanish descent. She left her native Scotland at the age of eighteen to seek her fortune in London. A full and varied career saw her tread the boards as a musical theatre performer, before undertaking such diverse jobs as a primary school teacher and veterinary assistant in Birmingham. She now lives in the small Worcestershire town of Bromsgrove. Interested in writing from an early age, it was only when she had her own children that she found her enthusiasm for story telling had not waned in any way and was still as alive and enticing as ever. "For me, writing is as essential to the soul as breathing is to the body."

The author lives in a big Californian mansion overlooking the sea, where she rides one of her seven horses on the sand every day, and her butler brings her Pina Coladas to sip… is that what you expected to hear? Ok, so back to reality then.

The author lives in Bromsgrove, a small town in the English Midlands. Originally from Glasgow, she came to England in the expectation of a better climate and less hills. Now 45 and with three young children in tow, she is forced to keep a sense of humour about life.






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0024: Senior IT Project Manager, Change Coach & 'Business Owner Biography' - with Rachel Jones


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During her 19 year career as an employee in large multinational corporations she not only survived but thrived during inevitable periods of change. First hand experience of working through acquisitions, mergers and separations, coupled with change she instigated to take her career into new roles and business sectors, which has enabled her to grow a unique skillset that she can draw upon to help clients with their own change journeys – either business or personal. 

People development, coaching and mentoring are passions of hers.

Outside of work, you will mostly find her writing, working towards her 3rd Dan Blackbelt in Tang Soo Do or volunteering. In 2016 she climbed to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar raising £10600 for the Steve Prescott Foundation. She is also an active member of Rotary International.





If you have any questions for Rachel, please complete the form below and an email will be sent directly to her email address.  Rachel has agreed to receive questions from listeners on anything she has discussed during her podcast interview.

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0023: International Business Speaker, Author & 'Business owner Biography' - with Phil Jones


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As the author of five separate best-selling books and the youngest ever winner of coveted ‘Sales Trainer of The Year’ award, Phil M Jones is currently one of the most in demand speakers on the planet. 

Phil’s famous for his powerful “Magic Words” and his highly engaging, dry British approach to what is often a subject that is littered with hype and power-hungry “gurus.” 

By teaching “Exactly what to say” and the power of using what he calls his “Magic Words” in order to increase influence and persuasion, he inspires audiences and they walk away with a new perception of sales, armed with proven skills and an insatiable hunger to put their new learnings into action.







Exactly What to Say - Phil M Jones

If you have any questions for Phil, please complete the form below and an email will be sent directly to his email address.  Phil has agreed to receive questions from listeners on anything she has discussed during his podcast interview.

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0022: Transformational Skills Coach, Public Speaker & 'Business owner Biography' - with Preet Dev


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Preet is serving the community by supporting individuals or teams find their truest inner-self by self-enquiry, in order to enable them to reach their highest potential. She will coach you to make sense of real life's odd situations and take significance out of them so that you can learn lessons from the situations and grow stronger. Her natural feminine leadership qualities are highly influential for individuals to meet their best potential.

“Her mission is to nurture and sustain every individual who connects with her by any means. She demonstrates true love and integrity in action by providing spiritual insights on life, having done her inner work. She cares for the spiritual development of humans and the environment.”




If you have any questions for Preet, please complete the form below and an email will be sent directly to her email address.  Preet has agreed to receive questions from listeners on anything she has discussed during her podcast interview.

Reference was made to Angad Paul in the podcast, you may be interested in reading what happened to him.


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0021: Digital Marketer, Author, Body Double & 'Business owner Biography' - with Adam Houlahan


Adam Houlahan is an International Keynote Speaker specialising in Social Media for business, and CEO of the highly successful boutique agency, Web Traffic That Works. He lives in Australia’s famous tourist destination the Gold Coast Queensland, and is considered to be one of Australia’s leading experts in harnessing the power of Linkedin for business. Over 12,200 people globally have sought his skill and insights to leverage the power of LinkedIn for their businesses.

Adam is also an Australian Brand Ambassador for Microsoft. He consults on Social Media to private clients in Australia, New Zealand, North America, The Middle East and Singapore. His work as CEO and owner of 6 successful companies has given him the hands-on experience to understand business from the inside.

Adam believes real and meaningful change comes through the world’s entrepreneurs. His purpose is to provide their businesses with powerful tools to grow and accelerate their global footprint. And that together we can make a huge impact!





If you have any questions for Adam, please complete the form below and an email will be sent directly to his email address.  Adam has agreed to receive questions from listeners on anything he has discussed during his podcast interview.

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0020: Young Entrepreneur, Environmentalist & 'Business owner Biography' - with Hamilton Perkins


Hamilton is the founder and President of Hamilton Perkins Collection, an e-commerce retailer, offering designer travel bags at an affordable price, while holding the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

Hamilton Perkins Collection has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, The Washington Post, and Money Magazine.  Hamilton Perkins Collection has hosted trunk shows at Bloomingdale’s and was the winner of the 2016 Virginia Velocity Tour business pitch competition hosted by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.   

Prior to starting Hamilton Perkins Collection, Hamilton was an Investment Advisor at Merrill Lynch and, earlier, worked as an Analyst at Bank of America.  

He has also served in a leadership capacity with various non-profit organizations and has been recognized for his volunteer work and service hours assisting low-income populations.

Hamilton is also a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post.  He is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in Business Administration and he earned his M.B.A. from William and Mary.


Use coupon code 'stayingaliveuk' at checkout to receive 10% discount on your earth bag.  Thank you Hamilton!






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0019: LinkedIn Trainer, Coach, Connector & 'Business owner Biography' - with Lindsey McMillion Stemann


Lindsey McMillion Stemann, Principal of McMillion Consulting, is a connector to the core.  As a business consultant, speaker, writer, and trainer, she believes in the power of influence and the importance of generating intentional connections. From individual professionals, boutique firms, up to Fortune 500 companies, her specialty is teaching + leading executives, sales teams, and recruiting teams on ways to leverage LinkedIn as a business tool. She focuses on helping them build bigger pipelines to generate more revenue for their companies, while ensuring the reputations they have offline in their business communities is mirrored online, specifically through LinkedIn.

I have worked with Lindsey on a number of projects and I’m delighted to be welcoming her to the share your story podcast.






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BONUS: Phil Gerbyshak interviews Michael de Groot about Storytelling


Sometimes you interview someone, and their story just clicks. Talking with Michael de Groot about sharing your story to sell more was one of those times. In this all too brief conversation with Michael.

About Michael de Groot, as told by Michael de Groot:

It took me a while to discover what I truly enjoy. And when I realised that I have always been interested in computers and more laterally the internet plus assisting people, I can truly say I am now experiencing my dream job. Working for myself of course is the first priority, assisting others to grow is the second priority, everything else just follows.

Staying Alive UK is about just 1 key objective delivered across 2 disciplines. My key objective is coaching businesses and business professionals to become better storytellers.

My business tool of choice is of course LinkedIn and it is the best place to share your personal and/or business story. So this is one half of my business and a major part of my coaching.

The other half is assisting businesses and specifically creative agencies to enhance their storytelling techniques through Whiteboard Animation. An almost childlike medium allowing stories to come alive through hand drawing illustrations and unfolding stories frame by frame. Time to ‘Share Your Story’. 

Connect more with Michael de Groot

Website/Blog: http://stayingaliveuk.com

Webinars: http://linkedinlectures.com

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/stayingaliveuk

Twitter: http://twitter.com/stayingaliveuk

Facebook: http://facebook.com/stayingaliveuk

Mixcloud: http://mixcloud.com/stayingaliveuk

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stayingaliveuk

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/maedegroot

Udemy: https://www.udemy.com/user/michaeldegroot

Medium: https://medium.com/@stayingaliveuk

Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/stayingaliveuk

Phil Gerbyshak is the Chief Digital Officer of Vengreso and is a co-founder. He’s an award-winning speaker, an author and a technology geek who has been using digital to build business for nearly 20 years when he hand coded his first website dedicated to his favorite decade, the 80s. 

Since the early days of the Internet, Phil has built websites, communities and bank accounts using the latest tools integrated into the classic needs of sales and marketing. A teacher at heart, Phil has delivered programs for audiences of 5 to 500, for the Fortune 50 to the smallest businesses and he’s been featured in articles in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Financial Times, Daily Globe and Mail, Inc.com and Entrepreneur.com to name just a few places. 

When Phil isn’t teaching digital sales transformation, creating content, or reading the latest business book, you can find him playing pinball, walking on Florida’s beaches or enjoying one of 50 craft breweries in the Tampa Bay area.

If you have any questions for Phil, please complete the form below and an email will be sent directly to his email address. 

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0018: Infographic Creative, Innovator & 'Business owner Biography' - with Brian Wallace


Brian Wallace is the President of NowSourcing, one of the world's top infographic design agencies based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH. Brian also runs a local event called #thinkbig to make the Louisville / Cincinnati corridor a more competitive regionand has been named a 2017 Google Small Business Advisor.

Founded in 2005, NowSourcing has strong roots in the human and technical nuances of the web.

He and his team provide research, design, and promotion of infographics as well as what's next in the world of infographics - video infographics, kinetic typography, and interactive infographics.  Brian is a frequent speaker, lecturer, and mentor, coming from a technology management background and understands the pressure points of society at large to keep people clicking and coming back for more.




If you have any questions for Brian, please complete the form below and an email will be sent directly to his email address.  Brian has agreed to receive questions from listeners on anything he has discussed during his podcast interview.

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Here are some links to some of the content that was discussed on the podcast.

1. The Psychology of Color


2. This Startup Wants to Replace Your Office With 3D Holograms


3. What's the Difference Between Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality?


0017: MedTech Consultant, Innovator & 'Business owner Biography' - with Bob Roopra


Bob is the founder of Roopra Medtech Consulting. He provides Proof of concept and commercialisation guidance for medical technologies, emerging in the diagnostic healthcare space. His aim is to help new and existing organisations develop sustainable business plans with clear value propositions for their brand and products. 

But more importantly Bob calls himself an innovator who ensures a focus on the desired outcome and direction with a fearless approach for doing things differently, if needed. His motivations are delivering sustainable long term business and client outcomes, by challenging them to consider their needs for today and the future when developing their strategies.


If you have any questions for Bob, please complete the form below and an email will be sent directly to his email address.  Bob has agreed to receive questions from listeners on anything he has discussed during his podcast interview.

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0016: Social Selling CEO & 'Business owner Biography' - with Jamie Shanks


Jamie is one of the world’s leading Social Selling experts. He has personally built Social Selling solutions in nearly every industry, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations. Before starting his first sales agency, Jamie was the Director of Sales at two SaaS software companies – Captive Channel Corp. and Firmex Inc., building their businesses from infancy to profitability. Jamie is also the author of the book Social Selling Mastery and has delivered keynotes in dozens of cities across 6 continents, for brands such as Thomson Reuters, Oracle, Direct Energy, Lenovo and Intel.

Jamie’s mission is to train 1 million Sales Professionals worldwide and he’s well on his way to achieving this.





If you have any questions for Jamie, please complete the form below and an email will be sent directly to his email address.  Jamie has agreed to receive questions from listeners on anything he has discussed during his podcast interview.

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0015: Meaning of Life Coach, Consultant & 'Business owner Biography' - with Rob Ball


Rob Is a coach and consultant, mainly in people related aspects of business, such as change leadership, teamwork and leadership. Rob’s career was mainly in senior HR roles, notably in MG Rover Group and GKN. Since 2009 he has been running his own businesses Naturally Concerned (for Alison) Ltd in the UK and Coaching by the Balls LLC, based in Oklahoma, USA.

He is also an author and speaker, especially on the theme of purpose and meaning in life.







If you have any questions for Rob, please complete the form below and an email will be sent directly to his email address.  Rob has agreed to receive questions from listeners on anything he has discussed during his podcast interview.

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0014: Digital Marketer, Sales Trainer, Podcast Host & 'Business owner Biography' - with Phil Gerbyshak


Phil delivers training programs to integrate social selling and technology to grow businesses. 

He is the chief digital officer for Vengreso, where he works with sales teams to help them lead more confidently and communicate more effectively across digital platforms and generations. 

Phil enables sales people to augment existing sales processes with LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook social selling micro-tactics and teaches them how to use technology in more effective ways. 

He also provides coaching and consulting to grow your business online and offline. 

My favourite quote by Phil is ‘make the right friends first do business last’.





+1 414.640.7445 | phil@vengreso.com

0013: Emotional Intelligence Coach, Trainer & 'Business owner Biography' - with Scott Watson


An international consultant, executive coach and leadership speaker with extensive knowledge and experience in developing emotionally intelligent leaders and managers, clients enjoy Scott’s collaborative, results-focused and incisive collaboration.

Scott’s extensive, in-depth research in to leadership, entrepreneurship and business optimisation has successfully identified the methods, beliefs, habits and standards leaders and entrepreneurs must understand and emulate to achieve the level of personal effectiveness and business success they want and need.  And clients, and their organisations benefit greatly from this extremely effective yet little known support.

Appointed by business leaders and human resources directors globally to optimise the effectiveness of leaders, managers and teams, clients include General Electric, Radisson BLU Hotels & Resorts, AXA, DHL Express, TNT Post, Ministry of Defence (UK) and many other organisations.





If you have any questions for Scott, please complete the form below and an email will be sent directly to his email address.  Scott has agreed to receive questions from listeners on anything he has discussed during his podcast interview.

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0012: Strategist, Communicator, Blogger, Engager and interim Business Owner - with Rebecca Bell


Rebecca is driven by the challenge of making positive change happen in technology and digital business via effective communications, marketing and stakeholder engagement.

With more than 20 years' experience across a range of marketing, strategic planning, communications, sales acceleration and enablement disciplines, she excels in building teams and strategies that accelerate business success and create advocacy.

Her focus is on getting things right in 3 areas: 

1. The right comms or marketing strategy

2. Communications, content and messaging which delivers impact

3. Creating strong engagement with your audiences



0011: Social Seller and LinkedIn Trainer & 'Business owner Biography' - with Kate Nankivell


After many years of experience in corporate key account management and business development Kate started her social media business Force of Nature. 

Force of Nature reflects her passion for understanding the needs and goals of business and business people and enabling growth through the use of LinkedIn and social selling. 

Kate is a LinkedIn trainer and consultant, social selling specialist and a connector. With her strategic understanding of business development and social selling, her clients see immediate value – using the power of LinkedIn to get RESULTS for their businesses or careers.

Kate's project 'The Shape of Kate' is her current and very public journey of personal transformation.  A great metaphor for running your business too and well worth following.

Kate Nankivell of Force of Nature

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katenankivell/

Web: www.forceofnature.co.nz

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forceofnaturenz/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LinkedInKate

The Shape of Kate

Web: http://www.theshapeofkate.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theshapeofkate/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theshapeofkate/ 

communicator, ads, advertising, business, coaching, entrepreneur, linkedin, marketing, microenterprise, presenting, recruitment, small, social, speaker, startup, training

0010: Online Entrepreneurship & 'Business owner Biography' - with Karen Yankovich


Karen has worked in corporate America, owned small businesses, and been an entrepreneur and a solo-preneur. She built her multiple 6-figure business by learning how to blend high-touch relationship based marketing with practical business online savvy. She is known as the ‘LinkedIn Queen’, and is an expert in online marketing.

Karen’s mission is to empower entrepreneurs to build highly profitable businesses doing what they love, all while making an impact.

  • As an entrepreneur she helps business owners develop and maintain a cohesive, authentic and professional brand presence online to increase their profits.
  • Karen has found her sweet spot combining her business experience and talents and she loves helping her clients find theirs.






And here is the link of the Ted Talk we mentioned in the podcast.

Casey Brown: Know your worth, and then ask for it.

0009: A LinkedIn Training Professional & 'Business owner Biography' - with Tamas Banki


Tamas Banki is DrLinkedin, the No.1 Linkedin Consultant in Hungary and Romania.

Tamas has helped over 3800 professionals, students, marketing, HR, sales & business people, companies, schools & non profits, in many different sectors and industries to use Linkedin more efficiently.

He is the one of the most connected member on Linkedin in Hungary, Tamas has over 13,000+ connections.

Tamas owns the largest and most viral business group in Hungary, on Linkedin has over 6,900 members.

He also owns the largest and most active English only Passive House group on Linkedin with over 5,000 professional members.

He is the co-host of Linkedin Budapest Meetup and Linkedin Romania Meetup.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tamasbanki/

Twitter: TamasBanki

Website: drlinkedin.com/blog

0008: An online ads industry professional - 'business owner biography' - with AJ Wilcox


AJ loves the concept of being present when customers are at the bottom of the funnel, and who are ready to make a purchase.

He has been an online marketer since 2007 and he’s managed hundreds of Google AdWords campaigns. He’s always been fascinated by the lead quality from intent-based targeting. 

He was introduced to advertising on LinkedIn in 2014. He figured that it likely wasn’t a good platform because he hadn’t heard of it before then. As he continued to dive deeper into LinkedIn, he began to see the value that he felt the industry had not picked up on. He then founded B2Linked in an effort to spread the success he was experiencing through LinkedIn advertising to other companies.

He’s extremely active in the online marketing community. He’s a LinkedIn Certified Ads Partner, he manages the official LinkedIn Ads group forum, and he’s a board member of SLC | SEM among other things. He’s an exotic car nut and a triathlete. I lives in Utah with his wife and 4 kids.

Website: http://b2linked.com/about/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wilcoxaj

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/B2Linked/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wilcoxaj/

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