John Cowan

Parent Educator

John Cowan is a key presenter at the Parenting Place in Auckland. He was a former scientist and has over 18 years experience working with young people and their families and regularly features on NZ Radio, NZ TV and Magazines.

Children are so different at different ages. From toddlers to school to their journey to adults. I love John’s perspective on this, “Realising that I had to make friends with my kids at every stage.”

A gems John shared are so encouraging for parents:
“Give kids roots and wings.”
“Settle for less and settle for mess.”
“Have holidays at a beach rather than overseas this year.”
I love it!!!

John doesn’t like to be labeled as an expert, but as an educator. He uses his skills as a scientist and gathers other people’s research in an easily understandable way. “My journey as a parent, a few insights and ideas can all the difference in turning a difficult situation into a manageable one.”

I love how John describes his wife as the “Greatest treasure of my life.”

Grant recommends:
Charity: The Ride to Conquer Cancer
Internet: Wikipedia
Book: How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

John’s top tips on parenting
Be Firm
Be Fair
Be Friendly

“If you raise one or a crop of kids to maturity and they’re good functioning whole healthy happy people you have done you’re life’s greatest work.”

If you enjoyed the John Cowan interview get in touch with him via the button on the left or the contact details below :)



Twitter: @ParentingPlace

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Sarah Spear
September 18, 2014

Regina Drury

Multiples Mom

Regina Drury is a Financial Analyst with the 2nd largest Senior Care Orgnaisation in the United States.  She produces videos for small business and she is a widowed single mom of 7 year old triplet girls.

Regina is real about the process of grief and identifies that she has relied on not only her family and friends, but her community groups as well.  “It’s just been within the past year I’ve just come out of it a little bit.  The support of everyone around me is pretty much what keeps me going.”

I love how Regina recognises one of her strengths as adaptability.  “There’s probably not a whole lot that can come at me right now that I can’t just adapt to and move on.”

Regina recommends:
Charity: David Cornfield Melanoma Fund
YouTube: Dear 16-year-old Me (get the tissues out!)
Internet: Drop Box
Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Book: The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

 Regina’s top tips on Multiple children.

  1. Establish a routine.
  2. Charting how much they eat, sleep, medicine intake, for the doctor.
  3. Find a support network.  Local or Facebook group.
  4. It’s a tough one – teach them to go to sleep by themselves as early as possible. (advice from Mom of sextuplets).

“Just love your kids.…They don’t care if everything’s perfect, they don’t care if you’re perfect, they’re going to love you anyway….Spend time with your spouse as much as possible, because you never know what’s going to happen.”

If you enjoyed the Regina Drury interview get in touch with her via the button on the left or the contact details below :)




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Sarah Spear
September 3, 2014

Leanne Graham

SaaS Sales Expert

Leanne Graham is the CEO of GeoOp and has been in the tech industry for 27 years.  Recently she pioneered Xero’s Global Sales Strategy, seeing NZ customer base from 3000 to 60,000 and 125,000 International users.

Leanne spends most Saturday nights looking after her granddaughters.  It amazes her how much they grow and learn within a week.  “That inquisitiveness of little people is just delightful.”

Leanne has had many great successes in her business career, recently as Head of Sales at, and now as the CEO of  “I love the cutting edge, I love the challenge of getting a business off the ground….That’s my forte and my passion.  Once things are really moving and growing forward then it’s time for me to do my next challenge.”

Leanne’s advices for solo Mums and Dads:

  1. Work out what you want to do.
  2. Open up your networks – stretch yourself.
  3. Self education through reading, learning, and networking.

“It’s about making a decision and making a start.  Don’t be afraid it’s not the right thing.  Generally, it will be the right thing, even if you make a change later.”

Leanne recommends:
Charity: Cure Kids
Book: Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, M.D.

Leanne’s top tips on taking Software as a Service Company global:

  1. Understand your customer.
  2. Understand the user experience
  3. Understand how you need to market it through different channels.

“Just set your goals…Keep believing in yourself and remember that family is absolutely everything…Together you’ll find a way to get to where you want to be, whether that’s financial freedom or the lifestyle you’re looking for.”

If you enjoyed the Leanne Graham interview get in touch with her via the button on the left or the contact details below :)

Twitter: @leanneLTG

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Sarah Spear
September 2, 2014

September Preview

I’m pleased we’re officially in Spring here in New Zealand.  We’ve just had about 6 weeks of bad colds, so I’m pleased to say good bye to that!

I would like to say hello and thank you though to the wonderful KMJordan from USA  I really appreciate your review thank you :)

It’s our 1st birthday coming up and I would love to get your advice on the direction of The Parentalist.  I have some great ideas, but want to see if they match up with what you’re thinking.   Please take the survey and be a part of The Parentalist’s future:

We’ve got a great line-up this Spring, We have a Tech CEO with 27 years experience in the industry, a Mom and business lady who was made a widow with triplet girls, a NZ parenting expert, and a Mum who wants to help you get back into shape after baby.

I’ve asked a few of my friends in podcasting if they can introduce me in the intro, so you’ll hear some of my friends and past guests in my intros.

I’m running my first marathon this Sunday.  You’ll probably hear me talk about my progression in the next two months of interviews, but this Sunday is the day.  It’s The North Shore Marathon, which is meant to be one of the most beautiful, so plenty of sights to keep me distracted from my sore knees ;)  I’m nervous, excited, and I’ve decided I’m going to enjoy the running journey.

Have a  great September

<3 Sarah

Sarah Spear
September 3, 2014

Yvonne Godfrey

Young Adults Expert

Yvonne Godfrey is passionate about helping Young Adults on their journey to independence into their adult world.  She’s appeared on the World’s strictest parents and has self published a book, Parenting Yadults.

Yvonne’s favourite quote is one about embracing the hardship, knowing that you can find gems as you do.  Jim Rohn  “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom.”

Yvonne and I discuss marriage and she has some interesting insights.  “The basis of unhappiness and conflict is unrealised expectations….Most times what we have to is re-define the expectation….When you re-establish and redefine the expectations life can be wonderful because then you can exceed your expectations.  “Oh wow, it’s going to be hard work, but the rewards are going to be greater…. When you get that mentality life can be very rewarding.”

Yvonne and her Husband Simon are riding 500km in 5 days to raise money for two new orphanages for boys and girls to be rescued from sex slavery in Thailand. You can support them here: Thailand Ride.   “We feel responsible to live life optimally while we can.”

Yvonne is wise in whom she invests her time with.  “I really love adding value to the people who add value to me.”

Yvonne shares some great parenting advice she used on her time on The World’s Strictest Parents.  “Don’t threaten what you’re not willing to follow through.”

Yvonne recommends:
Internet: Facebook Parenting Yadults Facebook
Book: 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
Book: Parenting Yadults: How to Set Up Your Young Adult for Independence and Success in Life. by Yvonne Godfrey

Yvonne’s top tips on encouraging Young Adults:

  1. Asses their hope for the future, their vision and their dreams.
  2. Routine plus Rhythm equals Momentum.
  3. Stop any disfunction, so they can move forward

“Routine plus Rhythm equals Momentum.”

If you enjoyed the Yvonne Godfrey interview get in touch with her via the button on the left or the contact details below :)

Twitter: @yvonnegodfrey


Sarah Spear
August 14, 2014

Julia Grace

Singer Songwriter

Julia Grace is a New Zealand singer, speaker and storyteller who faces the challenges of life with a go-getter attitude and a sense of humour.

Julia has wonderful ways of describing what she does.  “Writing a song is a way of taking my story and kind of adding a beautiful artistic element to it.  So people can take that away and reopen the present over and over again every time they listen to the song.”

Julia is well balanced in her approach to motherhood.  She discovered in a parenting class this quote “You’re welcome member of the family, not the centre of the universe.”  She has used this in her life and also in her advice for me :)

Julia Grace recommends:

Writing Music: Recorded Music New Zealand
Microphones: Sennheiser; Apogee
Charity: Tear Fund
Book: Jodi Picoult

“Find a novel that makes you feel like a care-free human being that deserves to waste some time.”

Julia’s top tips on pursuing song writing:

  1. Take every small opportunity to be creative.
  2. Don’t wait until the kids grow up.
  3. Don’t become just a parent.

“The little moments of beauty or comfort, the cuddles or the tears, and make them part of your life’s journey, and then creatively and generously share that with the world.”

If you enjoyed the Julia Grace interview get in touch with her via the button on the left or the contact details below :


Sarah Spear
August 21, 2014

Kara Subritzky


Kara Subritzky saw a problem that faced her child and in true entrepreneurial fashion she created a product that fixed it.

“Having a little bit of sewing background, I just made it up as I went along to be honest.  Developing the mitten Sleeve and I put it on my boy and without sounding corny, it changed my life.”  Kara made such a difference in her son’s life, it’s not surprising that Kara would like to be remembered for being a great Mum.

Kara keeps it real with her advice about business.  “It is difficult and it can be stressful and you’re working long hours.”  She often refers to the quote by Pierre Wildman “If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.”

Kara’s recommends:
Charity: Hospice
Internet: Facebook – Forums

Kara’s top tips on manufacturing:

  1. Do it!  The first step is the most difficult
  2. Have a point of difference.
  3. Do your homework.
  4. Be realistic in how much you spend.

Kara is based in Auckland and will be at The Baby Show.

“It should be more a full time hobby rather than a job.”

If you enjoyed the Kara Subritzky interview get in touch with her via the button on the left or the contact details below :)

Email: [email protected]


Sarah Spear
August 5, 2014

Derek and Carrie Olsen

Money Conversations

Derek and Carrie Olsen are a dynamic duo who are passionate about finances and marriage.   They generously share their budget, discuss money and conduct workshops to help to build conversations about money.

Even though Derek and Carrie are new parents, the have great advice.  Carrie often reminds herself.  “I’m a good Mom.”  With so many different perspectives on parenting and often they are conflicting, so Carrie changes her focus.  “Focus on I’m a good Mom to my daughter.”

Derek believes their greatest success is following their passion.  “If you never make that choice, then it might never happen.”

“I just love helping other married couples come together when it comes to money.” Derek

Derek and Carrie recommend:
Internet: Zaarly (Home service experts)
Charity: Affordable Christmas Kansas
Charity: Affordable Christmas St Louis
Charity: Red Cross
Internet: The One You Feed
Book: 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller
Book: The Wonder Weeks by Hetty van de Rijt Ph.D and Frans Plooij Ph.D

Carrie’s tips for Webinars:

  1. Have interaction.
  2. Mould your message to fit the audience.

Webinar platforms:
Adobe Connect
GoTo Meeting

Derek and Carrie’s top tips on having Conversations about Money:

  1. Talk about it.
  2. Put yourself in your partner’s shoes.
  3. Do a monthly budget together, each and every month.

“You’re a good parent.  You’re a good Mom.  You’re a good Dad.” Carrie

If you enjoyed the Derek and Carrie Olsen interview get in touch with them via the button on the left or the contact details below :)


Twitter: @carrielucille @derekcolsen

Sarah Spear
July 31, 2014

August Preview

August Preview

It’s August!  My youngest Sophie, turns 4 this Saturday.  She’s having a Pirate party and is very excited about it.  I took her to have her hair cut today, and the hairdresser asked her what she wanted.  She didn’t know.  The truth is she’ll be happy no matter what she receives, she’s just that kind of kid.

I want to say a BIG thank you to:

Bently Davis, Hector Avellaneda, Defeat the Drama, TW @ IREL podcast, Carmichs, Denny Krahe, Eddie Yoon,  Andy Z, Take Action Radio and Taylor White for your reviews whether it was on iTunes and Stitcher.  I feel so encouraged by them.

“Sarah is one of the most genuine hosts I have ever had the privilege of listening to on a podcast. She invites wonderful guests and then engages with them on a level found in very few podcasts. I find myself inspired by the stories and using some of the ideas presented with my family AND business. Keep up the amazing work.”
Take Action Radio Rye Taylor

This month we’ve got a couple who have discovered the art of communicating about money; A Mummy Entrepreneur who stopped her child from making himself bleed; a New Zealand singer songwriter; and an exert on Parenting Young Adults.

I’ll be posting quotes from these amazing people in Twitter and Facebook, so make sure you share and tag your friends who would be encouraged by these stories.

I’m doing quite well in my training.  I ran 30km a couple of Fridays ago, and this week I ran 14km on Monday and today Wednesday.  I’m hoping to do 30k again on Friday, but my eldest Caitlin has her audition for her school’s Talent Quest, you know with her Pumpkin Soup song at 10.20am, so I’ll need to get up around 4:30 to be out the door at 5am to get back and get ready.  Sounds like a challenge doesn’t it?  I’ll see how my knees feel on the day.

Have a wonderful August Mums and Dads.  See ya!



Sarah Spear
August 6, 2014

Jayne Albiston

Business Development Specialist

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.”

Jayne recommends:
Communication questionnaire: IMA Questionnaire
Charity: Dress for Success
Book: Parenting Yadults by Yvonne Godfrey

Jayne ’s top tips for LinkedIn:

  1. Be there.
  2. Build a Network.
  3. Move it offline.

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” Abraham Lincoln

“Rise to the challenge – Innovate.
Rise to the challenge – Believe.
Seize the day”  Jayne Albiston

If you enjoyed the Jayne Albiston interview get in touch with her via the button on the left or the contact details below :)

Twitter: @jaynealbiston

Sarah Spear
July 31, 2014

Tysen Webb

Radio DJ

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.”

Tysen recommends:
Book: Dr Spock’s Baby and Child Care, by Benjamin Spock M.D.

Tysen’s top tips on hosting a great show

  1. Know your target audience.
  2. Be clear on what you are doing.
  3. Over deliver on value.

“Focus on your family.  Focus on your kids.  They are the only relationships in life that matter.”

If you enjoyed the Tysen Webb interview get in touch with him via the button on the left or the contact details below :)

Twitter: @tysenwebb

Sarah Spear
September 2, 2014

Diane Levy

Family Therapist

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.”

Diane recommends:
Book: Of Course I Love You…Now Go to Your Room! by Diane Levy
Book: Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives by Dr Laura Schlessinger

Diane’s top tips on dealing with children who over-react:

  1. Keep ourselves calm.
  2. This is not a teachable moment when they’re upset.
  3. Empathising and match the intensity.
  4. Would a cuddle help?
  5. Supporting them and cuddling them until they move off.

“If our children turn out ok it’s because of wonderful parenting, if they don’t turn out okay it’s because of circumstances beyond of our control and other influences.”

If you enjoyed the Diane Levy interview get in touch with her via Google or by commenting below :)


Diane’s Books

Of Course I Love You…Now Go to Your Room! by Diane Levy
Parenting Tips: Toilet Training: How to Potty Train Your Child by Diane Levy
Parenting Tips: Bullying: How to Help Your Child With Bullying by Diane Levy
Time Out for Tots Teens and Everyone in Between by Diane Levy
They Look So Lovely When They’re Asleep: Advice and Anecdotes for Practicing Parents by Diane Levy

Sarah Spear
July 17, 2014

Grant Snider


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.”

Grant recommends:
Charity: The Peace Cycle
Internet: Tumblr
Book: Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
Book: A User’s Guide to Neglectful Parenting by Guy Delisle

Grant’s top tips on being a great at comics:

  1. Find a regular routine and a regular schedule.
  2. Share your work with other people.
  3. Keep doing it.

“Be in the moment and appreciate the small moments.  Just because, these little quirks and little traits and behaviours they have are definitely going to change even in the next month or week.”

If you enjoyed the Grant Snider interview get in touch with him via the button on the left or the contact details below :)

Twitter: @grantdraws

Sarah Spear
July 10, 2014

Nicole Spagnuolo

Tech Queen

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.

When Nicole has faced a need in her own life, she has built or joined communities that will support her. You can see this in: Ladies of Leet; Nerdtacular; and The Final Score.

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.”

Nicole joined her husband’s business The Wood Whisperer a few years ago, and they have seen significant growth, based on some strategies she has implemented.  They also have organised a charity, Woodworkers Fighting Cancer.

I love Nicole’s passion in life to help others succeed “I get a lot out of helping other people succeed.”

Nicole recommends:
Red Foundry
Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Zen Captions
Frog Pants Scott Johnson

Nicole’s top tips on Building a Community:
Study and use the step by step tools from people who are sharing what’s new: Internet Business Mastery, Smart Passive Income,   Foolish Adventure

If you enjoyed the Nicole Spagnuolo interview get in touch with her via the button on the left or the contact details below :)

About Me:
Twitter: @nicolespag
Instagram: @nicolespag

Sarah Spear
June 30, 2014

July 2014 Preview

Hi Wonderful Mums and Fantastic Dads,

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 :)

If you’re listening and you enjoy listening to The Parentalist, please subscribe and and make an honest review.  It would be awesome to share the quality content that our guests so generously share.

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.


- Sarah




Sarah Spear
July 1, 2014

Zita Cameron

Million Dollar Sales Club

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.”

Zita recommends:
Kids Can
Loving our Kids on Purpose by Danny Silk

Help our Stay-at-Home Mums and Dads to get back to work

  1. The world is more embracing of working parents.
  2. Make sure you are certain about what you want to do and you are overwhelmingly passionate about.
  3. Get support for your business/work.

“Have vision and clarity first before you go off and change the world.”

If you enjoyed the Zita Cameron interview get in touch with her via the button on the left or the contact details below :)

Cell: +64 (0)21 948 211
Twitter: @zitacameron


Sarah Spear
June 20, 2014

Rye Taylor

Voice Over Expert

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.”

Rye recommends:
Internet – Word Press
Book – Talk Like Ted by Carmine Gallo

Rye’s top tips on improving your audio:

  1. An external microphone.  ATR2100, Shure SM7B
  2. Pop filter – blocks anything that blows wind out of your mouth (p’s s’s)
  3. Mic placement – the distance should be: thumb on chin, pinky on mic.


Final words:
Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.

If you enjoyed the Rye Taylor interview get in touch with him via the button on the left or the contact details below :)


Twitter: @ryetaylor


Sarah Spear
June 11, 2014

Melissa Wiley

Children's Book Author

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.”

Childhood influencers:
Anne of Green Gables
Emily of New Moon
The Little House
Little Women

Books Melissa has written:

“I’m moved by bringing love and laughter in people’s lives.  Having them come away from something that you wrote feeling moved.”

Melissa Recommends:
Charity – Plan International
Internet Resource – Coursera and Future Learn
Internet – Journey North
Book – The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Book – Oz: Road to Oz by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young
Book – We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Book – 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Writer or Illustrator – The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Melissa’s top tips on turning your chapter book into a series:

  1. Have inventive story lines.
  2. Connect and learn from other writers. The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
  3. Persistence – handling the rejection and moving right on.

Final words:
“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 :)

Twitter: @melissawiley
Instagram: @bonnyglen

Sarah Spear
June 9, 2014

Sean Malarkey

Twitter Expert

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.”

Quote inspiration:
“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.

Sean recommends:
Charity – Pencils of Promise
Internet – 99 Designs
Internet – Fiverr
Book – Leading an Inspired Life by Jim Rhone

Sean’s top tips on Twitter:

  1. Be part of the conversation.
  2. Interact and engage with influences.
  3. Follow a lot of people, it’s almost like a virtual handshake.
  4. 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 :)

Twitter:  @SeanMalarkey

Sarah Spear
June 6, 2014

June Preview

Welcome June!

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 “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.

All the very best






Sarah Spear
June 5, 2014

Meal Makeover Moms

Top USA Nutritionists

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”

Janice and Liz recommend:
Recipe Reviewer Chart
No Whine with Dinner
Seriously I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Top Tips for Healthier Meals

  1. Thing about Fruit and Vegetables first.
  2. Stock the pantry with healthy ingredients.
  3. Create a shopping list from a meal plan.

“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 :)


Sarah Spear
May 31, 2014

Ryan Doughty

Adventure Park Lifechanger

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.”

Ryan recommends:
Soul Pancake
I Can See Clearly Now by Dr Wayne W. Dyer
Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
The Complete Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch
When I’m Feeling Sad by Trace Moroney

Ryan’s top tips on following you passion:

  1. Stop and write down what brings you joy in your life.
  2. What makes me excited and nervous?
  3. Take small steps.

Have vision and clarity first before you go off and change the world.

If you enjoyed the Ryan Doughty interview get in touch with him via the button on the left or the contact details below :)



The Summit is open to:
Birthdays, 8 year olds 20,30, 40 50 year olds
Girls Weekends away, Mums Weekends,
Youth Camps Church Camps
Hens days Bucks days
Sporting teams
Personal development

Sarah Spear
May 24, 2014

Louise Pagonis

TV Presenter

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.

Louise recommends:
Secrets For Mothers Who Struggle by Jane Francis

The Community Fruit Pickers charity:

Louise’s top tips on branding awareness:

  1. Keep an eye on traditional media as well as social media.
  2. Where would you like to appear?
  3. 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 :)


Sarah Spear
May 15, 2014

Chris Cerrone

Podcasting Success

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.”

Chris recommends:
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

If you enjoyed the Chris Cerrone interview get in touch with him via the button on the left or the contact details below :)

You Tube:
Twitter: @bluegeno

Sarah Spear
May 9, 2014

Allison Slater Tate

Famous Writer

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.”

Allison recommends:
Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
Glitter and Glue:  A Memoir by Kelly Gorrigan

Allison’s top tips on meaningful blogging:

  1. Always notice details.
  2. Honesty and openness are highly valued in blogging.
  3. You have to write.

If you enjoyed the Allison Slater Tate interview get in touch with her via the button on the left or the contact details below :)

Twitter: @AllisonState

Sarah Spear
April 16, 2014

May Preview

May Preview

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.

Have a great May and be in touch [email protected] I’d love to hear from you!


- Sarah

Sarah Spear
April 16, 2014

Jason Oates

Coaching Pro-tips

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.”

Jason recommends:
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Jason’s top tips on Coaching Kids:

  1. Have a practice plan.
  2. Have specific drills or skills (do them several times).
  3. Keep gaining knowledge (books, podcasts, fellow coaches).

If you enjoyed the Jason Oates interview get in touch with him via the button on the left or the contact details below :)

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @jasonhoates


Sarah Spear
April 16, 2014

Ben Carvosso

Serial Entrepreneur

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.

Ben recommends:
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

Ben’s top tips on rebranding:

  1. Get excited.
  2. Get clear.
  3. Make the decision to do it.

If you enjoyed the Ben Carvosso interview get in touch with him via the button on the left or the contact details below :)


Sarah Spear
April 17, 2014

Natalie Cutler-Welsh

Networking Queen

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.”

Charity: Dress for Success

Natalie recommends:
Pic Monkey
If Only They Told Me by Jacqueline Lockington and Natalie Cutler-Welsh

If you enjoyed the Natalie Cutler-Welsh interview get in touch with her via the button on the left or the contact details below :)

Twitter: @IOTTM

Twitter: @GotoGirlNZ

Sarah Spear
April 4, 2014

Jeff Lewis

Actor and Comedian

Jeff Lewis is a successful comedian and actor, well known for his work in The Guild as Hermon “Vork” Holden.  He has recently put together his own comedy sketches in

Jeff has made a huge transformation since he moved to Los Angeles at age 25 from a shy guy to a confident person.  He build up this confidence by getting on stage and doing improv.

“It’s taught me that even if I’m scared about something, just say yes and do it.”

Jeff encourages people if they want to begin as an actor, not to start as an extra, rather get on the stage and find a job that has flexibility, so you can go to auditions and classes.

I love that Jeff recommends “If someone tells you you’re funny.  You owe it to yourself and to the world to find out if it’s true.”

Jeff recommends:
Baby Signing 1,2,3 by Nancy Cadjen

If you enjoyed the Jeff Lewis interview get in touch with him via the button on the left or the contact details below :)

You Tube:

Sarah Spear
April 4, 2014

April Preview

Amazing Moms and Dads

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

A big thank you to all of you wonderful people who have subscribed and reviewed The Parentalist, it honestly means the world to me.

Thank you to:
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!


<3 Sarah


Sarah Spear
April 3, 2014

Tom O’Neil

Career Expert

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:

  1. Market yourself.  Make sure you know what achievements and qualities you have that meets their need.
  2. Tailoring their needs to their employer.  Be the solution to their problem.
  3. 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.

Tom Recommends:
Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
Raising Boys by Dr James Dobson
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

If you enjoyed the Tom O’Neil interview get in touch with him via the button on the left or the contact details below :)

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (+64 9) 235 8484

Latest Herald Column Article by Tom O’Neil:

Sarah Spear
March 19, 2014

Ben Sardella

SaaS Founding Expert

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.”

Ben Recommends:
To Sell is Human by Daniel Pink
Predictable Revenue by Aaron Ross.

If you enjoyed the Ben Sardella interview get in touch with him via the button on the left or the contact details below :)

Twitter: @bensardella


Sarah Spear
March 17, 2014

Claire O’Brien

Leading BASI in NZ

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”

You can enrol for BASI Pilates and more at: or call (09) 838 4883

Claire recommends:

Oh Baby: Birth, Babies & Motherhood Uncensored by Kathy Fray 

If you enjoyed the Claire O’Brien interview get in touch with her via the button on the left or the contact details below :)

Twitter: @thepilatesworks
Address: The Pilates Workshop 183 Te Atatu Rd, Te Atatu South
Call: (09) 838 4883

Sarah Spear
March 10, 2014

Amy Fortney Parks

Child Psychology Expert

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 :)

Pinterest: Wise Family
Podcast: (coming soon)

Sarah Spear
March 10, 2014

Interview Preview March 2014

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 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:

L. Jose
Steve from Fit Pro Inferno
Chris Cerrone
Esther Kiss
Alex Designs

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.

See Ya!

Sarah Spear
March 7, 2014

Andy Bray

Marriage and Family Expert

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.

Andy recommends:
Putting First Things First by Andy and Nikki Bray

I recommend another of Andy’s Books:
Treasures in the Darkness by Andy and Nikki Bray

Family Life Conferences
Weekend to Remember
Day Events 

If you enjoyed the Andy Bray interview, contact him below:

Email: [email protected]

USA Website:

Sarah Spear
March 10, 2014

Jason Westland

Teenage Entrepreneur now has clients like NASA

Jason Westland is a successful entrepreneur with “12000 paying users and over a million users in our community” of  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.”

Jason Recommends:
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle 

If you enjoyed the Jason Westland interview, click on the link on the left or get in touch with him below:

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @ProjectTips

Sarah Spear
March 25, 2014

Erik Hemingway

Family Adventure Expert

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.”

Erik recommends:

Live on the Margin by Nick O’Kelly and Patrick Schulte
One Year Off: Leaving It All Behind for a Round-the-World Journey with Our Children by David Elliot Cohen

If you enjoyed the Erik Hemingway interview, click on the link on the left or get in touch with him below:

Website: www.Podcast
Twitter: @fampodcast

Sarah Spear
March 10, 2014

Joshua Becker

Expert and Author of Minimalism

Joshua Becker is a rationalist minimalist who has been writing at 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:

If you enjoyed the Joshua Becker interview, click on the link on the left or get in touch with him below:

Twitter: @joshua_becker

Photo Credit: Christie Darago Photography

Sarah Spear
March 10, 2014

February Preview 2014

Inspiring Parents in Feb 2014

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.

I also really appreciate these people for writing 5 star reviews:
From the USA we have
JDB from maine
Justin at House Flipping HQ
Labon B. Jones “ Great guests and great questions for those guests.  Keep up the great content.  very interesting topic and one that all parents would do well to give a listen.

Thanks so much to all of you :)

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.

If you haven’t found us on twitter we’re the_parentalist and on facebook The Parentalist.  Just look for our logo and you’ll be right.

Have a great week and I know you’ll be inspired as much as I have by our awesome guests this month – super excited!!!

See ya!

Sarah Spear
February 6, 2014

Christina Lattimer

Social Media Expert

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.”

Christina Supports
Tyneside Mind
Chris Cancer Community

Christina recommends:
Excuse Me Your Life Is Waiting: The Astonishing Power of Feelings by Lynn Grab horn

If you enjoyed the Christina Lattimer interview, click on the link on the left, or get in touch with her below:

Twitter: @pdiscoveryuk
Online Magazine:
LinkedIn: Chistina Lattimer
“I’m quite visible on social media”

Christina’s article on The Parentalist in her magazine:

Sarah Spear
March 10, 2014

Pete Williams

The Richard Branson of Australia

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.”

Pete recommends:
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff 

If you enjoyed the Pete Williams interview, click on the link on the left or contact him below:

Twitter: @preneur
Pete would love to hear if you enjoyed this what you’re plans are for the first time in 2014)

Sarah Spear
March 10, 2014

Ken Denmead

New York Times Bestselling Author

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).

Ken recommends:

Minimalist Parenting by Asha Dornfest and Christine Koh

Twitter: @geekdads
Twitter: @geekmomblog
Podcast bi-weekly iTunes:

Sarah Spear
January 17, 2014

Rey Brown

Loves Family

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.

Rey recommends:

The Power of Who: You already know everyone you need to know by Bob Beaudine
Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success by Rory Vaden
Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Steps every Father Should know

If you enjoyed the Rey Brown interview, click on the link on the left, or get in touch with him below:

Twitter: @reylikesfamily
Email: [email protected]
Podcast: I Like Family Show

Sarah Spear
March 10, 2014

Jenny Williams

Editor of Geek Mom Blog

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.

Books Jenny recommends:
Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Fmailies  by Natania Barron, Corrina Lawson, Kathy Ceceri and Jenny Williams
Geek Dad Ken Denmead
50 Dangerous Things (you should let your children do) by Gever Tully and Julie Spiegler

If you enjoyed the Jenny Williams interview, click on the link on the left or get in touch below:

[email protected]


Photo credit: Ed Williams

Sarah Spear
March 10, 2014

January 2014 Preview

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!

<3 Sarah

Photo is of my rascals today :)

Sarah Spear
January 2, 2014

Rael Isacowitz

Pilates' Teacher of Teachers

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.”

If you enjoyed the Rael Isacowitz interview click on the link on the left or contact him below:

Twitter: @BASIPilates


Sarah Spear
March 10, 2014

Jaime Tardy

Podcasting Queen

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.

  1. Get as many downloads, reviews, subscribers in a short period of time.
  2. Try and make sure you have something that separates you from every one else.
  3. Be interviewed on other podcasts.

For business, Jaime recommends The $100 Start up by Chris Guillebeau

Jaime has her new book out: The Eventual Millionaire

If you enjoyed the Jaime Tardy interview, click on the link on the left or contact her below:

Twitter:  @eventualmillion

Sarah Spear
April 9, 2014

Rod Drury

Entrepreneur of the Year

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.

  1. Have independent directors.
  2. Make your product beautiful.
  3. Have a really good pitch document.

Rod encourages parents to turn the television off and read on a Kindle instead.  He really enjoys Elvis Cole novels by Robert Crais

If you enjoyed the Rod Drury interview, click on the link on the left or get in touch with him below:

Twitter @roddrury

Photo Credit:
Rod Drury, founder of Xero, photographed outside the Auckland Museum. 17 June 2013 New Zealand Listener Picture by David White.

Sarah Spear
March 10, 2014

Tim Reid

International Business Advisor

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!”

If you enjoyed the Tim Reid interview, click on the link on the left or get in touch with him below:

Australia’s #1 marketing podcast – Small Business Big Marketing
Twitter: @timboreid

Sarah Spear
March 10, 2014

Vaughan Rowsell

Innovator of the Year

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.

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.

If you liked our Vaughan Rowsell interview please say thanks to Vaughn using the button on the left, or by contacting him below:

Twitter: @Rowsell


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Andrew Spear
March 10, 2014

Mike Phirman

Musician and Comedian

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.”

If you enjoyed the Mike Phirman interview click on the link on the left or contact Mike below:

Twitter @phirm
Website :


Sarah Spear
March 10, 2014

Kristen Rutherford

Web & TV Producer

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.

Kristen loves the Kokeshi books by Annelore Parot brought out by Chronicle Books.

Kristen Rutherford encourages us with “everything changes….it keeps you humble when things are good, but it also keeps you sane when things are bad.”

If you enjoyed the Kristen Rutherford interview, click on the link on the left or get in touch with her below:

Twitter: @kristensays

Sarah Spear
March 10, 2014

Dave Moskovitz

Angel Investor

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
“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.”

Advice on how to become an Angel Investor:

“You need to be an eligible person rules in your own jurisdiction according to the laws.”
“Join An Angel club, group of investors get together and look at the local entre & Comp.  Local investors.  ”
Wellington AngelHQ
Auckland Ice Angels
Flying Kiwi
“Find a local Angel club and help find out what ‘s going on in your area.”
“Go to a meet-up with tech people ”
“Go to a Start-Up Weekend
North America  Angel lists.  100s of coming up each week.

If you enjoyed the Dave Moskovitz interview click on the link on the left or get in touch with him below:

Twitter – davemosk
Linked in .

“Always keen to meet people with interesting ideas and who can contribute to the system as well.”

Tom Lehrer “Life is like a sewer.  What you get out of it depends on what you put into it.”

“Get out there and be generous and watch things develop around you.  You’ve got to build the world you want to live in.”


Sarah Spear
March 10, 2014

Annah Stretton Interview

Fashion Icon

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.

If you liked our Annah Stretton Interview please say thanks to Annah using the button on the left or by contacting him below :)

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Photo Credit: Amanda Bransgrove

Andrew Spear
March 10, 2014

November Preview

Our episodes are coming out every Friday if you’re in Australia and New Zealand or Thursday for the rest of you awesome countries.

Line up for November:

  • Successful fashion designer
  • Angel Investor
  • Head creative writer and producer
  • Comedian
  • Entrepreneur

I know you’re going to enjoy November.

Shout Out Time:

Thank you to my friends who let me practice interviewing them.

  • Kristy Clifton,
  • Rachel Turner,
  • Nicola Batlejeri,
  • Alex Corlette,
  • Tracey Clark.

Thanks so much girls :)

It’s my dream for you will be encouraged.

See ya soon!

- Sarah

Sarah Spear
October 31, 2013

The Parentalist Explained

The Parentalist knows you’re a great parent and great at what you do.  You’d like to listen to like-minded parents who can take you to the next level.  You’ll hear specific advice from these experts, their qualities and their superpower.  We start with their greatest joy as a parent and a favourite childhood memory.  We like to keep it positive and inspiring.  After each interview 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.

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.

I’m a great mum and great at what I do, but I’m also very imperfect.  I have pronounced my guest’s names wrong, I have provided wrong details in the introduction, I have waved my hubby not to come into the house while I’m recording and I get nervous and check my paper for the questions.  Despite my imperfections, my guests demonstrate grace, generosity of heart and knowledge.  It reinforces why I am interviewing them in the first place – these are people you want to know.

The Parentalist will be on audio, video, the show notes, and a blog about warm memories on The Parentalist . com and when we get confident, The Parentalist magazine on Newsstand.  We will also have a mini Warm Fuzzies version of each interview where you’ll just hear their joy as a parent and their favourite childhood memory.  Head over to to sign up for updates, so you don’t miss out on any episodes and to get in touch, I’d love to hear from you :)

If you want to share the love and write a review on iTunes.  Once a month I’ll give a shout out to thoughtful reviews and tweets on our preview episode.  This will help more like-minded parents be encouraged too.

Have a great week.  Have a great weekend, because you know what?  You’re pretty great!  See-ya!

- Sarah

Sarah Spear
March 3, 2014

A Parenting Podcast for Business People

parentalistPodcastLogoMediumEach 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.
You love your business and you love your family.  The Parentalist is the perfect blend of business and parenting, interviewing parents who are experts in their field and are wonderful Moms and Dads.  Our guests share 3 steps to help us go to the next level in business and family.  Prepare to be inspired.  Let's go!