Jayne Albiston specialises in Networking and Business development using LinkedIn. She is all about inspiring solutions to achieve business growth and produce real change.
Jayne is a firm believer in quotes. This quote by John Assaraf has inspired her to find others who can compliment the work she does and free her up to follow her passions. “Find people who love to play at what you have to work at.” – John Assaraf
After a back injury, Jayne spent her time building connections that lead to her starting the New Zealand branch of Business Over Breakfast Clubs (BoBClubs). “I’m always inspired by people and connecting people and being able to inspire solutions to move people forward. It was a real fit for me.”
Jayne gains a lot of joy from helping others succeed. “Inspiring either people or businesses to get from A to B. To be a step or many steps ahead of when I came in to help guide or influence them or bring about some kind of change.”
Tysen Webb has 22 years experience in radio and interviewed entrepreneurs, actors and musicians. Tysen is also a professional voice actor who has worked on commercials for Sprite, AT&T and Lucas Films to name a few.
Tysen first visualised himself as a Radio DJ when he was 14 years old. An although he wasn’t successful in gaining a job straight away, he didn’t give up. “I relentlessly kept on knocking on doors.”
Tysen was inspired to follow his dreams at a young age. Now with 22 years experience in the industry, he resonates with a quote from Steve Jobs “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
Diane Levy is a family therapist who has a humorous, practical and common sense approach to raising children. She has has written 3 best-selling books, and writes for several magazines, Kiwi Families, Littlies, The NZ Woman’s Weekly (previously) and The Parenting Place.
Diane is very proud of her family. She and her husband recently looked helped with their daughter’s toddler and newborn twins. “They’re very thoughtfully given us grandchildren. Grand-parenting is everything it’s cracked up to be.”
Diane’s success has a lot to do with her creating her own luck by hard work. She is also “…endlessly curious and always looking for new ideas and better ways of being able to explain them and share them.”
A great parenting tip from Diane is “One of our great skills as a parent is to show empathy and to match their intensity. Very often that takes the emotion out of it for them.”
Diane loves her job – “One of my delights is that clients often walk out saying “It’s all really common sense” -that tells me that I’ve just made things simple and accessible.”
Grant Snider’s comics and illustrations appear in newspapers, books, magazines and across the internet. He first caught my eye with his piece “Toddlers Behave with a Mystical Duality” comic strip that was shared by many of my friends on Facebook.
Grant is passionate about dentistry, cartooning and parenthood. “Just having a passion for various things, drives me. I want to learn more about those things. I want to become a more balanced person because of that.”
I love Grant’s perspective on parenthood, “There’s lots of editing as well, editing parenting techniques.”
Nicole Spanguolo is passionate about technology, podcasting and community. She works on The Wood Whisperer, Nerd Parents, Ladies of Leet, The Final Score and Recommentals.
Nicole has challenged herself to face her fears. This began with her public speaking, she had a fear of it, so she chose a job where she needed to speak publicly on a regular basis. Her inspiration is a quote from Robert Allen from the One Minute Millionaire, “Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.
Nicole’s passion for gaming was founded in her one-on-one time with her Dad. Even now, it’s obvious she has a passion for gaming: “If you’re a gamer, you’re a gamer for life. Most people like games…I don’t think I’ve met anyone who doesn’t like games.”
A quick update on my running. Last Friday I ran 16.5 km or 10.5 miles, so I have officially booked to run the full Auckland Marathon in November Has anyone else run a half or full marathon? I’d love to hear from you
I’d like to say a big thank you to for writing a Stitcher Review, we have, atmosphere131 and abonbjones and in iTunes mjtay – thank you so much, it means a lot to me
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I’m amazed by the wonderful people that are becoming available to be interviewed. In July we have a Wonderful Woman who is passionate about tech and online communities; a Cartoonist who’s work was shared so much on Facebook I just had to get in touch; a friendly family therapist and author; a Superb Man who’s had experience in radio for 22 years; and someone who hosts a nation-wide networking club and because of it’s success she is expanding overseas.
Just to let you know I’m changing it up with releasing the episodes on Thursday this month (Wednesday in USA), so I can spend better quality time with the kids over the weekend.
You wouldn’t believe it, but by the middle of July I’ll have the interviews done for at least until the end of September. I am finding and being introduced to amazing parents who will inspire you and I feel completely blessed. Thank you so much for listening and your feedback means a lot to me. If there is any way I can help you as a listener, please let me know.
We’ve got school holidays next week, so I’m looking forward to a slower pace around home and hanging out with the kids…although I have a feeling it will be filled with play-dates with the girls friends. Just as well they have lovely friends
So, please subscribe and review and have a wonderful July too.
Zita Cameron has over 20 years experience in Sales and Business Development. She has worked with large corporate brands such as Southern Cross Healthcare, Blue Star, Boise Office Products and Chub New Zealand. She has also been recognised with various national awards in Sales. Her current business Infuzed Business Group is about “supporting you in your business so you can get into the next level of growth.”
Zita’s dad was a big influence in her life. She remembers at age 3-4 travelling around to different business meetings with her father “…just watching him at work and I think that’s what’s made me so strong at what I do today.” It also gave her a great perception and vision for her life. “To see success and to see business when you’re young you see it as achievable and you see it as doable. It embeds that in you at a very young age and you think that anything’s possible.”
Quote: “Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.” W Clement Stone
Zita has 5 children and knows the value of support and of being present for her children. “I want either me or my husband to be present. We don’t want to be business parents and the kids are forgotten. It’s very important for me to have that.”
Zita was recently described in an article as a Networking Queen. She put’s it down to her passion for people and business “It’s mainly because I came from a large family. I love meeting people. I love meeting people.”
Rye Taylor is a voice over expert. He provides American English Voiceovers with clients all over the world via his state of the art studio. Rye continues to challenge himself with new projects. “I’m in a phase of growing right now.”
He loves to challenge his boys and shared a story relating to this. “My favourite thing as a parent is to show them a sense of adventure and that they can do things they thought they never ever thought they could do.”
Rye is encouraged by David Livingston’s quote “You’re a mortal until God’s will in your life is done.” Rye shared an incredible story from his time in Africa where this quote really helped him.
Rye relies on many to make sure he gets the job done. His first support is his wife, but also appreciates his new Virtual Assistant. “It’s amazing how a virtual assistant can help your own productivity and your own content creation.”
Rye and his wife have been through the heartbreaking journey of the adoption process. “It was so hard to give that little one back.” Thankfully for them they had a positive result. They found support during this tough time. “Rally around each other and trust God for their results.”
Melissa Wiley is the author of more than a dozen books for kids and teens including The Prairie Thief, Inch and Roly Make a Wish, Fox and Crew Are Not Friends and The Martha and Charlotte Little House books. Melissa is a delight and shares about her enthusiasm for children and writing.
Both Melissa and her husband share responsibility for looking after their 6 children. “I get the whole day with the kids and I really love that and then a good long writing shift. Really, the way that we’ve made it work is carefully splitting up the duties and really making time for and respecting each other’s work time.”
Melissa’s unexpected success was: Hanna’s Christmas “As a Mom who reads books out loud to her children over and over and over, every book that I write, especially picture books, are going to be read out loud. You want it to be engaging, and have beautiful language, and be a pleasure both for the child and the parent who are going to be reading that book together.”
Persistence – handling the rejection and moving right on.
“Don’t cling to the problem, look for the towootion. Find things to be excited about. to find what you’re enthusiastic about and share those enthusiasms with people, because it leads to more discoveries, and such riches in your life.”
If you enjoyed the Melissa Wiley interview get in touch with her via the button on the left or the contact details below
Sean Malarkey is a co-founder of Inspired Marketing which in 2013 was named by Forbes one of the top 100 company in America. He is passionate about marketing and shares many tips throughout the interview through his life story. Simply by making changes and testing a promotional letter he was able to increase the response by three times.
“I love marketing because it gives you…a way to creatively exercise ideas; the results don’t lie – they validate your intelligence.”
“It doesn’t matter how many breaths you took, but how many took your breathe away.”
“Be where the puck is going to be not where it is right now.” Wayne Gretzky.
Follow a lot of people, it’s almost like a virtual handshake.
Manage Flitter makes it easy to follow people who are following people similar to you.
Final inspiring words: “Just to do it….Usually the early results will be exciting and encouraging and will propel you past the point of trying to be perfect. That energy and excitement from the early success will really drive your big success in the future.”
If you enjoyed the Sean Malarkey interview get in touch with him via the button on the left or the contact details below
Andrew and I had a fabulous time away and we’re back rearing to go. I even went for a run today the first day of training for a Marathon. I haven’t committed yet, but I’ll see how my training goes in the next few months whether it’s likely or not. My first day I’ve run 2.5 kilometres or 1.5 miles in 20 minutes, so I’m pretty happy with that.
I’m finally starting to follow my husband’s advice and the advice of my fellow podcasters and not edit as much. What I’m going to do is tell you in the intro if there are a few bumps in the audio. This way I can spend my time finding and interviewing great guests rather than behind the scenes. I’m super nervous about it all as I’m such a control freak, so, I would love to hear your feedback. Email me at: [email protected]
Review thank you to:
Tokyo Frank “Great job…Work Life balance is really important and I’m glad you’re takling this…THank You
Craig @Modernpreneur.com “Finding balance in one’s life is hard enough, but adding kids into the mix is both a blessing and a challenge at times. Sarah keeps the topics approachable and I could never tire listening to her voice. It’s the perfect way to reset parental priorities and to find some inspiration once a week.
Twitter I want to thank @karmakrowd for their kind tweet. @PatrickTSouth for his kind words and @BillionSuccess Thanks Herby for sharing about the Jaime Tardy and Ben Sardella Interviews, I really appreciate it
We’ve been using Feedburner for statistics and we’ll soon be moving to Sound Cloud. But what I can tell you, since I last looked, early May is we’ve been averaging 4-500 downloads per episode and sometimes double that. In USA iTunes we’re on line 11 in What’s Hot in Kid’s and Family and 29 or 30 for Education. This is the 7th month of The Parentalist and in NZ we’re still on the homepage of What’s Hot in Business, Education and Kid’s and Family. So thank you to everyone for spreading the word, whether it’s on Facebook, Google+, Twitter or by taking the time to write a review. I really appreciate it and it validates what I do. So thank you so much
Our guests this month are awesome to say the least. First we have a twitter expert who likes to look at the big picture; An Author of Children’s chapter books; ready-to-read; and picture books, she is a delight; A Voice-over artist who had me terrified and heartbroken all in half an hour!; Finally for all the solo Dad’s out there, you will be really encouraged by the story of this wonder woman who is pushing the limits in business and how business is done. Once again we are blessed with amazing guests who are going to inspire you and help you with the work-life-family balance.
Liz Weiss and Janice Bissex are registered dieticians and are considered two of USA’s top experts on family nutrition. They’re on a mission to help busy families eat better.
Liz has two boys and Janice has two girls, so they’re the perfect balance for providing advice to Moms of all ages. They are not only on a mission to help de-stress your dinner time, but also love to help their colleagues do well.
Janice’s favourite quote is The Serenity Prayer: To accept the things I cannot change the courage to change the things that I can and the courage to know the difference. I love her philosophy of making diner time:
“Your job is to prepare the meal with a bunch of healthy foods. Their job is to decide how much to eat and what they’ll eat….and you have to allow them to do that.”
Liz recommends the Recipe Reviewer Chart “It keeps it positive. It’s a time for communication and fun at the dinner table. And the bonus if you can actually get your child to try new foods and they actually like those new foods. That’s just an amazing accomplishment”
“Don’t give up.…Be patient. Keep putting all those healthy foods out on the table. Set up those good eating habits early and build upon them. Have fun. Take pressure off yourself and have a good time.”
If you enjoyed the Meal Makeover Moms interview get in touch with them via the button on the left or the contact details below
Ryan Doughty took a big leap in 2009 and bought a 50 acre outdoor adventure park which now provides life changing programs and activities that build self-worth, character, success and happiness.
“We invested a lot of love, energy, time, effort, passion and money into this park. It started with a team of 3 people that saw 500 kids the first year as of today we have 40 staff and today we see about 12000 students a year. It’s absolutely fantastic that we get to make that kind of impact.”
Ryan faced a life event which transformed his life. Now he believes in “Finding your passion, finding your joy and then living into it.”
Louise Pagonis has had over 20 years experience with TVNZ as a researcher, newsreader and presenter on Fair Go, Eye Witness News, and One Network News. She has also had successful brand exposure with the Atomic coffee brand, which introduced New Zealand to freshly brewed coffee.
Louise is a media coach but she also enjoys encouraging her two boys. “I’m pleased to see themselves achieving….but also taking the knocks like everybody does and picking themselves up again.”
Louise likes to live by some basic principles:
If you don’t succeed try and try again.
If you haven’t got anything nice to say to someone don’t say it.
Treat other people the way you would want to be treated.
Keep an eye on traditional media as well as social media.
Where would you like to appear?
Imagining the headline.
Louise is available to help with media coaching including: video interviews to go on your website; consulting on what journalists will pick up as a story; and preparation for interviews via Skype or at official studios.
If you enjoyed the Louise Pagonis interview get in touch with her via the button on the left or the contact details below
Chris Cerrone was happy and successful in corporate America, now in 90 days he has built a successful podcasting empire from 0 to 91,000 downloads per month. He recently created a buzz with the challenge to create 30 videos in 30 days. “If anything it was a super fun challenge, that got people out of their comfort zone…to do something they wouldn’t normally do because we’re overthinking it.”
Chris’ Dad inspired him in his own business and gave him a summer job in the family business growing up. Chris’ favourite quote is also from his Dad “People fire themselves.” It’s a sobering reminder that we choose our own path in life.
Chris has always known he would do a radio type show, even if it was a hobby. “Honestly, when I was in the first grade. I’ve always visioned myself some type of radio, some type of radio, where I get to talk and people get to listen, and there are fans.”
Chris remains humble and would rather be known for helping out people in his community than being famous. “I want to be in peoples lives for something positive and good…those little ground level things – I would rather be known for that, than one day my podcast became huge and I wrote a book.”
Allison Slater Tate is most famous piece The Mom Stays in the Picture has had over 6 million page views and has been translated into three languages. She has experience in television, film and musical theatre.
Allison believes that you know when you’ve made an impact on your readers when they say “That’s exactly how I felt.”
Allison has a key quality that has helped her with her success: “I have always had confidence in my ability to learn or to get better or to do things. I figure if other people can do it, there is no reason why I can’t do that too.”
Allison also believes that being a stay-at-home Mom or Dad it qualifies you to excel in future work. “You learn how to negotiate, you learn how to be more resourceful. If anything we should have way more confidence going back into the workforce dealing what we deal with every day.”
Wow I can’t believe it! May signifies The Parentalist has been going for 6 months now, that’s awesome. We’ve got May all lined up and June and July are looking great too. I genuinely feel inspired and motivated to be a better person and a better parent after talking with these amazing people and I know you feel the same.
Andrew and I will be almost near the end of our holiday when this airs, so I’m recording this late on the 16th of April. So, please forgive me if I miss you in the Review Thanks. I’ll add you to next month.
A big thank you to:
Robert Barnard; JOCoach15; gobluequeen; CFO Thought Leader; TheOverwhelmedBrain; Marty from The Grow Maine Show
So our May Line Up. We have the exclusively with a famous writer who’s work went viral I mean 6 Million views viral and I say exclusive, because The Parentalist is the very first podcast interview they have had – awesome huh! Next we have an entrepreneur who I’m going to interview early May, hot off the completion of their venture. We have a Television presenter with 20 years experience in Media. We have a truly inspiring story of a severe injury that turned into a complete lifestyle change that is impacting thousands. We end the month with two lovely and top nutritionists from USA and are up to date and all over social media.
As I said, it’s the middle of April, when I’m recording this, but May is look-ing good. When I’m back, I’ll be re-energised to go to the next level.
Coach Jason Oates interviews fellow coaches to help newbie coaches out with tips and techniques. “I really enjoy helping people and seeing them succeed.”
Jason’s philosophy can be summed up in Zig Ziglar’s quote “If you want to get want you want in life, you need to help enough other people get what they want in life.”
In his own words: “I truly feel that if I can someway help someone else get down that podcast pathway quicker; if I can help them with a construction question; if I can add a smile to someone’s face…that’s why I love coaching. I get to add smiles on the kids faces when they succeed at something when they weren’t succeeding at, and that really makes my day.”
Ben Carvosso is a successful chiropractor, coach and entrepreneur. His enthusiasm and passion for life is clear. He is what I would call a serial entrepreneur. Ben had so much certainty before his shattered foot that he views his experience as gift. When he was in his uncertainty, a change in direction presented itself in the form of a Radiology Clinic. “That was the catalyst that pulled me out of the mess that I was in.”
What I love about Ben is his enthusiasm. Ben starts his day having decided that it’s going to be a great day, based on Zig Ziggler’s Morning Mantra “Today’s a great day to go get ‘em.” Ben left today’s interview with this “I’m so excited I’m going to do a video.” He certainly uses his energy to be productive and make a difference in this world.
Natalie Cutler-Welsh has recently featured on Breakfast, GoodMorning and NewsTalkZB about her latest book “If Only They Told Me” she co-authored with Jackie. She shares an inspirational story about the Canterbury Earthquake.
Natalie went through an extremely challenging 30 hours in the Cantebury Earthquake, but managed to keep a positive attitude. ”I feel actually grateful that it could be so much worse.”
The Go-to Girl is Natalie’s second podcast and it’s “about small businesses able to find information, support and inspiration from other people who have been through it or at a different stages of their business journey.”
Natalie has a passion for connecting people “It’s what I love to do and it’s what I do all the time without thinking about it.”
Natalie shared some wonderful parting advice: “Be present, keep appreciating and look after your relationship.”
This month my tech genius hubby, Andrew and I celebrate 10 years of marriage. Yay! Even better, we’re heading over to the States for a 2 week 2nd honeymoon while my parents look after our girls. I’ve got April’s interviews sorted, but I may be a bit slow in replying, so thanks in advance for understanding.
Rey Brown from I Like Family and I have started up a Closed Facebook Community for people who have family related podcasts. If you have a family related podcast and would like to join email me at [email protected] for more info.
We’re starting up The Parentalist Pro Tips. I know you have some business or parenting gems that other parents would really benefit from. Tweet them to #TPProTips or get in touch via our website www.theparentalist.com.
A big thank you to all of you wonderful people who have subscribed and reviewed The Parentalist, it honestly means the world to me.
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It’s TC, Everybody, John Dennis, Bryan Knowlton, djkHNi, Kpfca, ao2332, Goodology, The Digestion Doc, Dean Patino
This month we’ve got a ; an actor who started out shy; a Networking Queen; and a passionate entrepreneur with an inspiring story and a coach who wants to help other children’s coaches out. I know you’re gonna love April, because I sure do!
Tom O’Neil is a CV expert, motivational speaker and successful author and writer in business journals. Tom believes in giving it a go and keep trying as well as small changes can make a big difference in your life. “I’ve had so many good things happen because I’ve given it a go and not taken no for an answer.”
Tom’s persistence in respectfully pursuing one goal led him to be published in the worlds best selling career annual journal.
Tom found his place in motivational speaking “I met my tribe. A bunch of people who were on fire with their ideas and genuinely wanted to help other people.” In this Tom O’Neil interview you will experience his passion and feel motivated too.
Tom shared how do to well in an interview:
Market yourself. Make sure you know what achievements and qualities you have that meets their need.
Tailoring their needs to their employer. Be the solution to their problem.
Be genuine to who you are. Enjoy the interview as much as possible. Be a authentic person with honesty and integrity in the process that way when you do get the role it will be an enjoyable experience for all in the long term.
Ben Sardella is a founding sales rep in the SaaS movement. He has over 12 years experience in SaaS sales and his company Datanyze has recently been featured in Venture Beat. Ben believes there have been several keys to the success of Daytanyze. Co-founder Ilya Semin is described as a genius and takes care of the product and engineering side, where as Ben takes care of the business side, it’s a great partnership. Ben also believes the relationships built up to 7 years beforehand have helped contribute to Datanyze’s success. However, having customers refer future customers, without being asked is always encouraging and is truly validating for Datanyze.
Ben has fond memories of his childhood, with his foster Dad cooking warm meals on a snowy day and using his Dad’s baking to start his entrepreneurial endeavours. He sold one cookie for $1 and his Dad kept making them.
Ben recommends the Four Hour Chef as a great family activity. He believes it is important to make dinner at home and to share dinner together.
Ben reminds us “It’s great to learn some of the basics.” He suggests:
- Invest some time in processes (books by Steve Blank) - Define your perfect prospect. - Focus 100% on your perfect prospect.
For expanding the business via sales, Ben recommends we hire two sales people or teams at the same time. This way if it is not successful, you will know if “it’s because of the actual process or the company’s just not good at selling the product.”
Claire O’Brien has done her Masters in Pilates and has connected herself with Rael Isocowitz’s BASI Pilates and is launching the first BASI Pilates course in New Zealand. All this while having a young baby – inspiring!
Claire encourages other Mums out there to follow their passion and just do it! She has had help with the support of her parents and her partner “We do a tag-team, so when he wants to do something, I’ll not work, and when I want to work he’ll look after our son.”
Claire has always wanted to be self employed, she shares a conversation with her Mum. “I told her I was going to be self employed when I was about 8. So it’s a dream come true the Pilates Workshop”
Amy Fortney Parks has over 30 years experience in Child Psychology. She believes listening to the heart and connecting with people is key. Amy is passionate about children, so much so, she has become an expert in: children; education; and parenthood – the trifecta in child psychology.
It would be easy to analyse her children, but Amy has learnt a few phrases that have helped her. “That’s a tough one, but I know you’ll figure it out.,” or simply, “Wow!”
Amy’s success in her business life has a lot to do with her child-like enthusiasm, her love for talking, and being able to laugh a lot.
Amy encourages other psychologists to become and expert in what they’re passionate about. “Not only is it important for your community that you’re an expert, so people can rely on you in that, but you also put in the energy into what your entrusted in and passionate about.” Secondly, she believes connecting with others is important, not only for professional development and learning off each other, but also for building friendships. Finally, there is a wealth of resource out there. Although it is vital to stay in touch with what is changing in the psychology world, she limits her reading time/professional development to 30 minutes a day. That works out to be a book a week, pretty impressive.
If you liked our Amy Fortney Parks Interview, please say thanks to Amy using the button on the left or by contacting her below
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A big thank you To Rye Taylor who has made my superb intro. If you would like yours done email here: [email protected] :)
Welcome to March!
This week it’s my birthday, Yay for me! If you would like to share the love and write me a review on iTunes I would love you for it.
I’d like to share with you the Charities I’m Passionate about Kids Can and A21 Campaign.
Kids Can helps reduce poverty in New Zealand by providing breakfast, foot ware and jerseys in low decile schools. Sorry it looks like the website is down at the moment
A21 Campaign who’s desire is to abolish slavery in the 21st Century. They successfully prosecute Human Trafficers in Greece, which is notorious for it, and they educate people about human trafficking and how to protect yourself from it in many countries throughout the world.
I don’t know about you but I love competitions and I’ve got a cool one for you.
You may not know but my husband and I have self published 3 children’s book. My Little Geek 2011 and Nerdy Numbers and Sci-fi Shapes we released last month. Andrew the techie he is has set up a Pi Day give away. So we’re going away 3.14 books. He took it literally so if you head over to www.mylittlegeek.com you’ll see a 1 minute video of him cutting up .14 of one of our books, it’s awesome! Enter here
A big thank you to you Mums and Dads out there who subscribe to The Parentalist, it’s because of you that I do this. I especially would like to thank:
Steve from Fit Pro Inferno
Thank for subscribing and reviewing I really appreciate it
This week we have a Child Psychologist with 4 teenagers, a new mum launching her dream, a Dad with 12 years Software as a Service experience, and an international speaker and author.
I loved talking with these experts and I know you’re going to get a whole lot out of them. Have a great week and a fabulous March.
Andy Bray is a marriage expert who left his successful job as a design and marketer to invest in marriages with his wife Nikki throughout New Zealand. Despite facing great personal tragedies and challenges he brings enthusiasm and positivity to the table.
Andy speaks highly of his wife “We’ve had a rough up and down journey with my health and also loosing our daughter. Nikki has been a tower of strength…Marrying her was my greatest success.”
Andy has strategic advise for planning your year to make sure your connections are purposeful and memorable with your family.
Andy believes that spending time one-on-one with each child is the best investment in family life. It gives opportunities to pass on values as well as re-connect with that child who might be going through a tough time.
Jason Westland is a successful entrepreneur with “12000 paying users and over a million users in our community” of ProjectManager.com. Jason believes genuinely caring about people, being able to see the big picture and being focused on his customers are the qualities that have led to his success.
Jason had a desire of being a manager at age 10, even though he wasn’t sure what it meant. His talent came to light at age 15 when he soon started a window cleaning company which was earning more than his teacher was at school. Now Jason would like to be remembered as “Having created something that was a New Zealand success story.” He has mentioned Rod Drury and Sir Peter Jackson who are the trail blazers for New Zealand success.
Jason’s support people include his wife, his mother, a number of advisors who are knowledgable in areas he is not and a number of successful business people who have “been there and done that.”
Erik Hemingway has sailed 17,000 miles and saw 25 countries with his family of 8. One of the six children was born on the 3 1/2 year adventure. He acknowledges his wife’s bravery and believes there is “No question that she’s my support during this trip and every single day.”
Communication was an integral key to the success of this adventure. “You’re going to have disagreements. There’s never a point when it’s straight and smooth sailing (pardon the pun). We wanted to give them tools.”
Erik provides advice for those wanting to take a trip of their own.
Trim away excess bills and overheads
Simplify things in your house
Set Reachable Goals
Make a list and check them off when you achieve them.
Do a lot of Research
There are a lot of travel options out there.
What excites you
Finally Erik would love you to…
“Get inspired go take a trip and then we can interview you on the podcast later.”
Joshua Becker is a rationalist minimalist who has been writing at www.becomingminimalist.com for 5 1/2 years. The website sees over 100,000 people to the site and over 1 million page views each month. As a like-minded parent he believes “True success is that we live the life we hope our kids will live and we trust them to do it. Equip them for it, then allow them to go the freedom to go live their lives.”
Joshua has a solid support system in his wife of 15 years, his parents, grandparents, several friends and also his neighbours. He remembers fun times with both sets of grandparents especially the tradition of playing cards at their house after the Christmas Eve service.
I have personally found Joshua’s new book Clutterfree With Kids a great help and encouragement. Especially with the amount of artwork my two girls (6 and 3 1/2) bring home and create at home. Find it on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0991438604/ref=pe_174270_112238010_nrn_image
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Happy February! My big girl is now 6! She had a Ninja Party. But true to form, she made a last minute change of clothes from her ninja out fit to her dress. So I like to call her my Ninja princess. It was really cool, her friends dressed up and we had some helium balloons with ninja eyes on them the kids could hit and kick, which the boys especially loved.
A big Thank You to you, yes you for subscribing to The Parentalist! I had a look in iTunes today for the first time in about a month, and there we are! In New Zealand we’re in the What’s Hot section for “Business” “Education” and Kid’s and Family. And for USA if you click on Kids and family and do a few scrolls you can spot our logo there too. So thank you so much for helping us be noticed, I really appreciate it.
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You may have noticed we had a last minute switch last week. I learnt so much from Christina Lattimer last week. She featured The Parentalist in her online magazine eMile so feel free to check it out. Her grandson was having a birthday the last weekend too. This week I’ve been on jury service, so that’s why it’s the night before tomorrow’s release – eek! Running it a bit close! or Just in time! as I like to say! So tomorrow we have a superb man whose book has launched as the #1 parenting book in America and was great to talk to. The amazing adventurer I’ve been looking forward to releasing will be following that. Next we have a Entrepreneur who’s staff live in NZ but he actually lives with his family in France, so we learn how that works. Finally we end the month with a Superb Man who Andrew and I met last year when we decided to invest in our marriage and thought straight away we needed to have on our show. So I know you’ll be inspired from these amazing Dads this month.
So just a quick update, I’ve decided I’ll keep The Parenalist as an audio podcast and leave off the video and YouTube and also Warm Fuzzies. Although they are sweet and fun, unfortunately I’m not finding the time to do everything really well. So with focusing on The Parentalist, I can make sure the content is always good and I can stay fresh.
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Have a great week and I know you’ll be inspired as much as I have by our awesome guests this month – super excited!!!
Christina Lattimer has over 100,000 twitter followers and is becoming known as a social media expert within her business People Discovery. She recognises her sisters and her long time friends as being a support which has helped her reach her success of 3 very well balanced children who are happy, well adjusted, fun to be around.
Christina’s inspiring story is when one daughter was doing something that didn’t match the vision she had for her family. Her super-power of vision came into play. “Look you’re much better than that and these are the sorts of things you can have in your life.” I didn’t tell her off. I didn’t make her feel bad about herself. I gave her a vision and encouraged her vision to be better than that…My daughter’s behaviour changed within the week.”
Christina had fantastic recommendations when it comes to social media: You’ve got to think about the people who you’re engaging with.
What do other people want to read what do they want to see?
What do your audience want from you?
What do they need from you?
What will be helpful for them?
Make it a routine You need a routine there so that you’re regularly on there. *Bonus edited out*
You need to be responsive,
You need to reply to people and
You need to be there.
Opportunity to connect with people
Opportunities have presented themselves and I’ve taken them. I’ve met some really brilliant people from all around the world. Twitter is actually a big gateway to meet the people that you need to meet.
Christina’s advice for her children:
“The only job you’ve got in this life is to be happy and it’s up to you to choose happiness.”
Pete Williams has been described as Australia’s Richard Branson. He is a newbie when it comes to parenting, but has found a win-win that works with his son. “I think it’s being relaxed and being really chilled out and not being too stressed I think has been really helpful as well.”
Pete would rather ask for advice and “almost hack the process than try to do it yourself.” He believes his superpower is being able to see through all the noise to the core of what is happening in a situation. To sum up Pete he has a healthy Naivety, a willingness to Give-it-a-go and a willingness to Learn. He aspires to help other people by letting them stand on his shoulders whether people consider his shoulders to be big or small, he has a willingness to help.
Pete encourages us to sift through the noise of the digital world of Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Podcasts, Magazines and first ask ‘Does this support my core business?’ “Only do stuff in a context of supporting your core business. Don’t try and start that as another profit centre, because then you end up having 15 plates in the air and you forget about your child and that’s not a good thing.”
Ken Denmead is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Geek Dad has provided Ken with many opportunities including interviewing Adam Savage of the Myth Busters and Morgan Freeman. Although he believes one of his best qualities is having a sense of humour, he takes parenting very seriously. Ken and his wife have spoken to their children as if they were “speaking to any other person.” He believes this has helped with the communication of his two teenage boys and how they relate to people.
My favourite Ken Denmead quote:
“Every time somebody tells us that one of our boys have been exceedingly polite or they’re very mature it’s very heart warming. I’ve gained an new checkmark in the parenting column. I upped a level. Achievement unlocked.”
Be warned: during the interview Ken also shares a “dirty secret” (rated G).
Rey Brown is a self confessed introvert but he hasn’t let it stop him. He is passionate about family and loves the quote by Mother Theresa “If you want to promote world peace, go home and love your family.” Married for 3 1/2 years, Rey, like most of it has gone through the normal challenges. Rey and his wife have a list of people they have talked to candidly about marriage. Rey acknowledges most people wouldn’t feel comfortable talking openly like this, so he has set up a daily podcast “I Like Family.”
Rey believes that his success is made up of steps taken every day. He has a board of advisors he can go to when he needs help. Rey has identified people who he wants to be like in areas such as finance and parenting and talks to them when he needs help or guidance. Rey acknowledges he is 60-70% of where he would like himself to be and would love to have your feedback, which is truly admirable.
Rey also loves doing random acts of kindness such as paying for people’s groceries and personally handing warm coats to homeless people. It “makes me feel good and makes me feel like I can conquer the world.” Rey is making a difference one person at a time.
Rey believes that going biking with his family not only reduces the carbon footprint, but also provides exercise and most of all family time.
Jenny Williams established Geek Mom with Natania Barron, Corrina Lawson and Kathy Ceceri. She enjoys the freedom that working from home gives her. Jenny home schools her children, which has given her the freedom to take a 40 day trip around the country with her children visiting museums, national battlefields and a tour of NASA. Jenny believes spending time with children by talking with them, and sharing with your and their interests She believes this is essential so your children will remember you taking an interest in them and spending time with them in a positive way.
Jenny encourages bloggers not to be discouraged when they first start. “It takes a while to get to a critical mass before the blog can take a life of it’s own.” Consistent quality content is recommended, as people go through your catalogue once they find you. Finally, connecting your blog via social media and making comments on other similar blogs can help build your audience.
First we have a lovely lady who not only home schools her children, but is the chief editor of a hot blog and a core contributor to another; I talk to a superb man who is as passionate about family as I am; We find out how to incorporate your passion with your children from a New York Times best selling author; I have the privilege of speaking to a superb man termed as The Richard Branson of Australia, and just before we the children head back to school in NZ, we hear from a superb man who will inspire you to take your next holiday to the next level.
We took our first baby steps in this and went camping after Christmas. It was kind of cheating though, because this family camp in Totara Springs Matamata actually provided all the activities and prepared the food. So it’s my kind of camping, that’s for sure
So if you’re in NZ I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer holidays with the kiddies. Hope The Parentalist gives you a breather. And if you can, please subscribe to The Parentalist and write a review in iTunes or Stitcher. You know I’ll love you for it!
Rael founded the Body Arts and Science Institute. Celebrating 25 years of BASI Pilates earlier this year. He loves the community of open minded and creative teachers over 30 different countries. Rael’s son and his wife are a great support to him and he also credits Kathy Stanford Grant. She gave Rael pivotal advice which changed his perspective of Pilates. One of Rael’s favourite quote is from Helen Keller, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight with no vision.”
Rael believes humility is the most important quality a person can have. In Pilates he believes it’s good for people to recognise their system is only one path, and that other techniques are also good. “There are many paths…to see ourselves as humble teachers, and first of all humble students.” Rael has collaborated with Polestar Pilates to create Pilates Interactive, and hopes more will join. He is currently writing a second edition of his book Pilates
“Great spending time together as a family make sure you spend individual time with your children.”
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Jaime Tardy is a successful podcaster, interviewing millionaires every week, she is also excited about the legacy she has created for her children. She sees one of her greatest successes as “Showing my kids that it’s possible.” In business Jaime encourages people to take action. “Just like having a child”, Jaime reminds us, “You’ll never know until you start moving forward.” This is summed up in a quote by Will Rogers “Even if you’re on the right track you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
I love how Jaime is not prepared to let people off the hook for not following their passion. “I see so many people with not necessarily excuses, but valid reasons on why they’re not doing what they’re want to do. I don’t think that’s a good enough reason.” I guess this is because her bliss is to “help people to do what they love and make money doing it.”
Jaime and her family choose to allocate their birthday money to Charity Water. Her son’s last birthday raised $3-400, which meant he gave 5 people water for life. It gave him so much joy. I love this Tardy family initiative!
Jaime provides some great advice for newbie podcasters:
The goal is to get in New & Noteworthy.
Get as many downloads, reviews, subscribers in a short period of time.
Try and make sure you have something that separates you from every one else.
EY 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year, Rod Drury is passionate about his business, prioritises family time and values philanthropy. He remembers holidaying with his grandparents and enjoys taking his children on similar holidays around the South Island. Xero’s goal is to make small businesses more productive. Rod’s team have worked alongside accountants and book keepers to build long term relationships. Each accountant has several hundred client, therefore these relationships have been “fundamental to our success so far.” Rod’s business Xero has a “real sense of urgency and speed”, which he reflects in the quote: “It’s not the big who eat the small, but the fast who beat the slow.” Jason Jennings. They keep this in mind when executing their strategy and considering their 3 main incumbent competitors.
Rod enjoys working on the Kids Capital Strategy and is working on Mountain Bike Tracks in the Hawkes Bay area. He has really enjoyed working in low decile education. He describes putting iPads in low decile schools as “magic.” Seeing how quickly the children work it out and that they are able to take the iPads home and share them with their parents, “That’s tears streaming down the face kind of stuff.” Rod envisages that philanthropy will be a great part of our future.
Rod has some great advice for people wanting to launch on the stock market.
Tim Reid is a has a successful podcast “Small Business Big Marketing” and is a key-note speaker. He has recently been asked to speak in Dubai, Veitnam and throughout Australia. Timbo recognises that their are no shortage of Marketing Guys nor Speakers, but believes people can stand out by developing their personality and a style that’s different from others. He found with small businesses really enjoyable, as they’re “attentive, thankful, and action what I talked about.”
“People can copy what we do, but not who we are.”
Tim’s greatest success is his family. He describes his children as “beautiful human beings who are making a difference in this world.” It was working with children at a not-for-profit organisation REACH that inspired him to make the change from the corporate world to being self-employed. There he witnessed the importance of children having a “connection with their Dad.”
Tim encourages us to “Have a go!”
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Australia’s #1 marketing podcast – Small Business Big Marketing
We’ve got a great line-up for December 2013. You’ll learn how to stand out in the marketing industry; how to launch your business on the stock market; how to build a successful podcast; and how to do well in the fitness industry.
From my family to yours Merry Christmas & have a safe holiday (my precious).
Vaughan Rowsell has raised 11 million dollars of investment in 3 years. He believes in “Surrounding yourself with positive people who understand you and love you for who you are.” Vaughan’s mum provided an inspiring role model which he now passes on to his children. He makes them a priority “I cherish every moment with my two daughters I am truely blessed with.” Vaughan also challenges himself each year with a new substantial goal, this year it’s running 1000 kilometres (621 miles). His cycle of the whole of New Zealand was to support The Agency for Spinal Concerns. http://www.tasc.org.nz.
Vaughan’s philosophy is clear in his statement “I created my own future.” His super-power is his tenacity which is closely matched with his quality of having a sense of humour he gained from his mother. The only barrier Vaughan believes we have is ourselves.
Impossible does not mean improbable. Impossible, means you will never do it. Improbable means it’s going to be quite hard, but it’s totally achievable.
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Mike Phirman’s greatest success is landing his wife and being able to do music for a living. He was inspired early on by his dad, who, even though was a doctor, encouraged Mike to think creatively. Jay Leno, Stephen Colbert, Weird Al and a nameless guy were big influences on his comedy career. He’s excited about the songs he’s currently working on for kids . Mike has some great advice for parents, whether it be phonics, sleeping patterns, fun games and even silly things to say with your kids. Books he recommends include My Little Geek, The Sleep Easy Solution, and The Happiest Baby on the Block.
Mike shares the parenting with his wife who also works. He’s converted his garage as a studio, and if he showed the “13 year old Mike Phirman this room he’d be like “Dude! You’ve got everything in here!” Mike gets his mixing an engineering know-how from Pensado’s Place where extremely talented and experienced “People are being very generous.”
“Suck up the good and don’t get bogged down by the impossible because it won’t always be impossible. Great way to keep you centred.”
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Kristen Rutherford is a head creative writer and producer who is re-designing her life to fit in with her goals. Writing has come together for her, although she has a Poetry Degree, she made the most of an opportunity that presented itself. Since then she has made herself an asset wherever she works, through her positive attitude, willingness to help others out and ability to let go and move on quickly.
It is no surprise that her greatest joy and success is her delightful daughter. Kristen has taken to writing something everyday that has happened as a part of the book Mom’s One Line a Day. She also has carried on the admirable tradition of baking she gleaned from her mother. Kristen is passionate about St Jude’s. She is also excited about Click In Moms a photography community of friendly and helpful Moms and Dads.
Kristen believes that “Luck is opportunity and having the skill set and being prepared for an opportunity when it comes.” She describes the television industry as “fluid” and can “change all the time.” Kristen encourages junior writers not to be precious about their work, not to take things personally and to be flexible. She attributes her success in the industry with, not only these aspects, but the willingness to do jobs others may prefer not to do. This includes helping others when it may not be in the job description.
Dave Moskovitz is an Angel Investor, first making it big with The Web Limited he co-founded with his wife Kate in 1995. As part of the proceeds of the business sale Dave and his wife Kate established Think Tank Charitable Trust, where they invest in high risk, not as popular charities. Dave shared the parenting with Kate during the early years, which included helping out at playcentre. Dave is very proud of his children, which he sums up with the Yiddish word Naches, taking special joy in the achievement of others. His own achievement was initiated by working with his dad while he worked in the weekends. Throughout this interview he generously shares golden nuggets of advice for the novice and experienced. He is excited about the Start-Up Weekend and Lightning Lab which he helps people connect and has seen companies form and successfully invested in. If there was a book Dave would recommend it would by the Lean Start up by Eric Reis.
Advice for presenting an idea to an investor:
“I have a blog http://dave.moskovitz.co.nz”
“There are a number of things you can do and there are a number of things to make you attractive to Angel Investors.”
“Have a great team.”
“Have an idea you can explain it so someone can understand within 10 seconds.”
“If you are in New Zealand, you must plan to take it overseas.”
“You should have an exit strategy.”
“You are not only developing a product but a business.”
“Traction, being able to demonstrate that people want what you’ve got.”
“You’re not raising your own salary, so that you can live in the lifestyles that you’ve become accustom to. You’re raising the money to make whatever it is that you’re growing grow a whole lot more quickly. And that’s the stuff that interests investors.”
Annah Stretton is a women who is passionate about her children, business and paying if forward. Not only paying-it-forward to those around her but also to the vulnerable. Annah started off in the small provincial town of Morrinsville (population 3 thousand). The first year she started her clothing line she turned over 1 Million dollars and 50% of that was profit. Now with 25 years of experience she’s written 3 books Rag Trade to Mag Trade, Wise Heart, and Rock the Boat.
Annah describes herself as a lone ranger, but it is her self belief that has been her super-power on her journey. “I absolutely believe I can do anything I can set my mind to…What happens in my head actually generates the outcome, not only for me but for those around me.” The passion behind her self-belief is her must be her super-power juice. She still loves what she does, even after 25 years. She loves the people she works with, the product she works with and the environment she works in. “I love it! I love it! I love it!”
You can follow Annah and learn more about her many projects using the links below:
Annah’s 10 Days of Donating Annah is donating $30,000 over 10 days of Christmas this year. Check out her Facebook Page for more details.
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Hi I’m Sarah Spear from Auckland New Zealand. I have a techie husband and two girls Caitlin 5 1/2 and Sophie who’s 3. Andrew and I have been married for 9 1/2 years and in business for 9 of those years. Our latest projects are the books Nerdy Numbers and Sci-Fi Shapes due out later this year. I love meeting new people and I love encouraging parents. So The Parentalist is my dream.
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March 3, 2014
A Parenting Podcast for Business People
Each week we interview inspiring parents who are are making an impact on the world, in business and in their local communities. After each episode I honestly come away energised, encouraged and ready to be a better me and as I like-minded parent I know you will feel the same.
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