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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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.
We know you're a great parent and are great at what you do, that's the business of parenting.  The Parentalist interviews people who are experts in their field.  Our guests share 3 steps to help us go to the next level in business and family.  Prepare to be inspired.  Let's go!