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Unbroken – The Podcast with Madeleine Black, features amazing individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.

Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.

She really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.

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Allister Frost has worked in IT all of his life and started his first business at 17 years old.  He is currently working with a few start-ups and mentoring their founders.He has worked for many corporates both as a contractor and employee, most recently at Microsoft. He is proud to have worked with a talented team designing m-pesa, which is a successful micro finance platform used by millions (mainly in Africa) and considers this to be one of his greatest contributions so farOn the show we discuss being misdiagnosed with bipolar and schizophrenia and was detained in a mental health facility and the impact that had on him.It was something I knew little about, but he says cases of misdiagnosis are common. Often leading to life changing conditions such as PTSD for those trapped, forcibly drugged, threatened, assaulted by those responsible for their care and their inactions, often due to the many complex pressures of the job imposed by those at the highest levels Some key points from our interview:·        How he realises that he had a choice in how he reacted to what happened to him and chose to stay positive·        How he was arrested under the mental health act by the Police who considered he was a risk to himself due to misinformation ·        How the more he spoke up about being misdiagnosed they thought that his paranoia feelings were actually part of his condition, and he was delusional·        How he’s passionate about sharing his story to help others despite being warned not to do so Connect with Allister on LinkedIn www.qbain.com And you can read more about the campaigns about misdiagnosis here www.NHSLives.comwww.StatutoryInquiry.com*                                     *                                             *                               "Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features  individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.She really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/Watch the Podcast via YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/c/MadeleineBlackUnbrokenFollow on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/unbrokenthepodcastwithmb 
Loved speaking to my guest this week and I defy you not to be motivated by his positive energy! Tre Lowe is a London based musician, mentor, and entrepreneur  Producer-songwriter of the award-winning band Architechs. Notable for their chart-topping song: Body Groove. A regular music contributor on ITN news. A landlord and property investor, with 20 years of experience. Additionally, Tre has a successful coaching & consulting company called Alpha Clique, specialising in success & performance coaching for entrepreneurs and business owners.  Tre is a passionate wellness advocate, as a lifelong sufferer, he campaigns for tinnitus awareness, reaching an audience of millions. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast News, ITV, ITN News, BBC Radio, BBC 5 Live, The Sun newspaper, and numerous others Some key points from our interview:·        How he believes that his parents’ ability to stay unbroken has helped him·        How he has had a catalogue of events through his life but learnt to stay strong·        How he has turned his own pain into something better·        How he’s grateful for the pain he’s been through otherwise he wouldn’t be so obsessed with mindset and personal development·        How he’s so proud of the legacy that his brother has left with their hit song “Body Groove”  *                                     *                                             *                                 *"Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features  individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/ 
Sheila’s life changed on November 11, 2012, when Bob, her husband passed away.  She started her healing journey, which included writing a letter a day to Bob, and nurturing Sydney, their daughter who was 15 when he died.  Sheila’s healing took 6 years and during this time she thought about her empowerment journey and how she could help others.  Drawing on her leadership experience, she explored coaching and started her business, Live Out Loud Coaching in 2018. Sheila is committed to helping people recognize their power, especially in their careers.  She is putting finishing touches on a guided journal entitled My Badass Journal, which contains 52 prompts and a Badass Manifesto to help people live an empowered life.  In her free time, she can be found at the theatre, writing, doing open mic, and traveling.  Some key points from our interview:·        How she and her husband loved life and she adored him.·        How after he passed away, she decided to write him a letter once a day over six years.·        How writing was a way to hold onto him and share her life with him.·        How the writing organically healed her and led her to a place of peace.·        How her passion is helping others to get through things and find yourself in the process. You can get more info about Sheila here: www.liveoutloudcoaching.com *                                     *                                             *                                 *"Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features  individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/    
I was so excited to speak to my guest today as I’ve admired her for years, especially after watching her during the Larry Nassar case where she allowed his victims to share their truth in her court room over seven days. She is such a fierce difference maker and I know you will love her too! Judge Rosemarie Aquilina earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1984 after earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Michigan State University in 1979.  She is a retired Michigan Army National Guard JAG Officer.  She is a civilian judge, serving 4 years as Chief Judge and Sobriety Court Judge in the 55th District Court and now 13 years as a 30th Circuit Court.  Judge Aquilina is a Law Professor and a motivational speaker.  She is the author of Feel No Evil, Triple Cross Killer and All Rise; and her memoir Just Watch Me was released December 2020 in partnership with Audible Reese Witherspoon.  Judge Aquilina, is the mother of five children, has three grandchildren, and resides in East Lansing, Michigan.  Some key points from our interview:·        How she grew up feeling kidnapped when her parents removed her from her grandparents home as she believed that they were her parents.·        How she believes that children should be given explanations, a voice and allow them to ask questions.·        How she believes that it’s very important to explain things to people very clearly, whether they are the victim or the defendants.·        How she is passionate about treating people with dignity within her courtroom.·        How she believes that giving witness the space to share their story opens the doors for others to do the same to . You can find out more about here:https://www.amazon.com/Rosemarie-Aquilina http://www.rosemarieaquilina.com  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/warrior-women-speak-because-your-voice-matters/id1561565210 https://www.instagram.com/authoraquilina/?hl=en http://twitter.com/AquiRosemarie                              *                                     *                                             *                                 *"Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features  individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.Hosted by Madeleine Black who really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/
**TRIGGER WARNING**Before you listen to this powerful episode, I feel I should mention that descriptions of a child being killed in a road traffic accident are mentioned, which some listeners may find upsettingI heard about my guest today when I was in a Facebook group about climbing the Munros (a mountain over 3000 feet high) in Scotland and saw her “team” leaving flags at the summit to remember her daughter, and was so moved by what they were doing and her story Danielle Falconer is 27 and lives in Fife, Scotland. She is currently a primary school teacher at Lumphinnans Primary School and describes it as a wonderful jobShe says she is a Mamma to 3 beautiful babies. Her gorgeous girl Robyn Skye Knox – who will be forever 3 - and her beautiful twin boys - Robin Junior Skye Knox and River Skye Knox – who were on born 4th December 2020.Her daughter Robyn was tragically killed in an accident and Danielle along with her team want to keep her name alive and raise funds for other families that are going through tough times to offer both emotional and practical support Some key points from our interview:·        How she found it so surreal to accept that her daughter had been killed in an accident·        How just three days after Robyn’s death, she decided they wanted to help other families·        How she wants to make changes to the memory boxes that parents are given when they leave hospital without their child to include a grief guide·        How helping others keeps Robyn’s name alive and is a living legacy to her·        How she recognised that it’s so important to sit with and allow whatever feelings come up and not fight them You can get more information about Danielle and the Remembering Robyn pages here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063074418088  https://www.gofundme.com/f/kcsr5d-remembering-robyn?utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer https://www.instagram.com/robynskyeknox/?fbclid=IwAR0DkeEVjmX1fPYqaUqsx2WDIveIWbBSSj74kq2j-KP8REJopsX7256hwm0 *                                     *                                             *                                 *"Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features  individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/ 
I loved my interview with Amy, so young and so wise with such a wonderful energy!Born and adopted from Da Nang, Vietnam at six months old. Her birth name is Dang Thi Minh Hanh; a very symbolic and meaningful name. In Vietnamese “Minh” means “bright” and “Hạnh” means “good morale, good soul”. Combining those two doesn’t just make a powerful name, but a powerful person, and that power has unintentionally made Amy Minh Hạnh Corey not only “one to watch” but “One to make a difference” and known by her fans as “The one who understands the Misunderstood”.At only twenty-three years of age, Amy Minh Hanh Corey has started a creative empire just by being honest with her life, her mental health, and overcoming her past struggles with being adopted, bullying, depression, attempted suicide, self harm, eating disorders and so much more.  She passionately infuses this honesty in her music, speaking, writing, brand, ambassadorships, and other entrepreneurial projects. Amy’s name and message has gained recognition in multiple industries, by public figures and big names such as Dolly Parton, Gary Vee, Dr. Oz, Scott Conant, Kevin Guest (CEO OF USANA), Andy Wilman (Executive producer of The Grand Tour), Madame Tôn Nữ Thị Ninh (HCMC Peace and Development President, Former Ambassador to Vietnam of the EU) along with hit songwriters and other public figures throughout the world. Amy is an Ambassador for Holt International’s Child Sponsorship program as well as the fourth Goodwill Ambassador for HCMC Peace and Development Foundation in Vietnam. Her compassion and understanding to those who feel misunderstood is what sets Amy in her own league and has given her the drive to expand her voice in multiple industries and around the world to better the world.I loved my interview with Amy, so young and so wise with such a wonderful energy! Some key points from our interview:·        How when she was just eight years old, she faced many traumas which impacted on her mental health·        How her unhealthy coping strategies became a normal way of life for her – eating disorders, self-harm, suicide attempts etc·        How she had to become her own hero and music was big part of that and helped her to heal·        How she’s now passionate on creating healthy coping strategies for herself·        How she’s also sharing and speaking out about her struggles in order to help others too  You can get more info about Amy here: www.amycorey.com *                                     *                                             *                                 *"Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features  individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/ 
After hitting rock bottom, Craig Stanland was forced to make a choice: Give up or rebuild. He thought he had “it all” until he lost sight of what’s truly important and made the worst decision of his life, losing everything along the way, including his own self-worth. Through the painful, terrifying process of starting over, Craig ultimately discovered that when you have nothing, anything is possible. Today, Craig is an author, speaker, and Reinvention Architect. He specializes in working with people whose lives have fallen apart, helping them reinvent themselves by showing them how to rebuild their self-worth and create the extraordinary lives they've always wanted I loved my interview with Craig as he was so honest and authentic with me about how his journey of losing everything actually was a gateway into discovering himself  Some key points from our interview:·        How one of his favourite books he read whilst he was in prison was “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand·        How prison taught him that no matter who you are or how bad things look that you can rebuild your life·        How he believes that our greatest adversities do not have to be the end and actually can be our greatest beginning.·        How he’s passionate about helping his clients create a life of purpose, passion and meaning through coaching  You can get more info about Craig here:Website:- Show www.craigstanland.comTEDx: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrkG9VQzqIoBlank Canvas https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blank-Canvas-Reinvented-after-Prison/dp/1544519478 *                                     *                                             *                                 *"Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features  individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.She really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/ 
Rayson Choo is dubbed as "The Celebrity Whisperer".  On his podcast show, called The Raygacy Show, he loved to pick the brains of the best entrepreneurs in the world such as Gary Vee, Grant Cardone, Steve Sims etc. to find out from them what are some of the simple and effective steps that millennials can take to experience success in the swiftest and most effective way possible. His mission is to inspire people around the world, creating more impact, legacy and joy with his unique experience and knowledge that he has on Personal Mastery, Personal Branding and Professional Networking. He is a well-respected authority in the realm of Personal Branding and Professional Networking and has been featured numerous times in media both locally and internationally  He lives by the belief that if we all knew how much we’ve missed out on by being uneducated, disconnected and broke, we’d be working a lot harder towards our goals. The person you will be in a year from now is based on the content you study, who you are mentored by and the people you surround yourself with today Some key points from our interview:·         How he talks about growing up with a mother who had mental health issues.·         How his mother’s schizophrenia influenced him to train as a psychiatric nurse.·         How he still works as a nurse alongside running his successful podcast show and feels he has his feet in two contrasting worlds.·         How he’s passionate about personal development and improvement to be the best version of himself.·         How he believes that who you surround yourself with is very important.  You can connect with Rayson here:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raysonc/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hireraysonchoo/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raygacy/The Tribe of Raygacy: https://t.me/theraygacyshowfamily  *                                     *                                             *                                 *"Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features  individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.She really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/  
I became aware of Andrea and her story after watching a video made by The Forgiveness Project where she talks about her journey of being sexually abused at aged seven by a family member and how she forgave him Andrea Martinez is an award-winning actress who is originally of Venezuelan descent.  She has featured in several independent film projects from short films to series and feature films. She has also done adverts for brands such as LEGO, Lifestyles Condoms USA and Batiste dry shampoo to name a few. Her latest feature is in the series ‘Trust’ which is currently on Amazon Prime. As well as an actress Andrea is also 1/3 host of a radio show called ‘Latin Heat’ which is live every Tuesday 12-2pm on Flex FM Some key points from our interview:·        How she feels she was too young and naive to name what was going on and kept silent for many years·        How she was so relieved that when she told her mother that she believed and supported her·        How it took many years of self-work to heal herself .·        How a conversation with one of my former guests Geoff Thompson (episode 30) changed things for her and saw that the abuse opened a door to her creativity.·         How acting is a form of self-expression for her which continues to heal her.·        How forgiveness was always for her, and it set her free. You can find Andrea on Instagram here:www.instagram.com/iamandreamartinez                         *                                     *                                             *                                 *"Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features  individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.She really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/   
Azim Khamisa is an inspiration and I first heard about him throughThe Forgiveness Project and his wonderful TED talk with Ples Felix, thegrandfather of the man who shot his son.He has been hailed by dignitaries such as the Dalai Lama, former President BillClinton, and Al Gore; Azim carries his inspirational message of forgiveness,peace, leadership and hope into the world.Following the murder of his son in 1995, Azim Khamisa founded the TariqKhamisa Foundation (TKF.org), which started a subsequent forgivenessmovement that has reached millions.Every time I hear him speak I am moved, especially when he talks about therebeing two victims at both ends of the gun and had that realisation just a fewhours after his son had been shot.He has received over 80 local, national and international awards:- In 1997 he received the National Crime Victims Special CommunityService Award presented by President Clinton and Attorney General JanetReno. - In 2002, he received Search for Common Ground’s prestigious awardalongside Desmond Tutu and Ted Koppel- In 2004, he participated in the Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the DalaiLama which was hosted by Pope John Paul at his summer palace inCastelgandolfo, Italy  - In 2006 he was given the "Spirit of Crazy HorseAward  from the Reclaiming Youth Network alongside Mohammad Ali.- In addition, Azim has been the recipient of the California Peace Prize in 2003and the Pepsi Freedom Heroes Award in 2006. He has received several otherPeacemaker of the Year awards.With a strong passion to share his message with the youth and to inspirenonviolent leaders become proactive as peacebuilders, Azim, in addition, hasgiven over 1,000 presentations to over a million students worldwide. He is apublished author of five books.Some key points from our interview:How he believes that the universe doesn’t give us any more pain than you can handle.How he reached out in forgiveness to Tony Hicks grandfather, Ples Felixto begin the process of healing and together they established the TariqKhamisa Foundation. How being a Sufi Muslim has supported him during his grief process andguided him for the future.How when he first met Tony in prison he says he was able to climb intohis eyes and touch his humanity and realised that the spark in him wasno different from himself.How he supported Tony in prison and advocated for his parole hearing.How he started the Tariq Khamisa Foundation to “Kids killing kids”through education, mentorship and community service programsYou can find out more about Azim here:https://www.azimkhamisa.comhttps://www.ted.com/talks/azim_khamisa_and_ples_felix_what_comes_after_tragedy_forgiveness*                                     *                                             *                               You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/Watch the Podcast via YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/c/MadeleineBlackUnbroken
Today’s episode is a wee bit different as I’m interviewing a fellow podcaster, Andrew Gold, who is also a collector of stories!  We met over on Instagram and have been a guest on his show too. I also love his podcast show “On The Edge” he has a great interviewing style and his guests are always fascinating. In this episode we discuss some of the thought provoking people he’s interviewed, whether he should give some of his interviewees the air time and does he have a favourite guest?  He is a multi-lingual TV presenter, podcaster and documentary maker with a keen interest in extreme beliefs and touching controversial ground.  He’s made and presented short documentaries on UFOs and the porn industry for HBO, and his hour-long BBC 3 documentary exposing an abusive exorcist in the impoverished suburbs of Buenos Aires won festival awards and placed in the channel’s Best of the Year list.  He took English at Leeds Uni and later did his NCTJ journalism qualification, before starting his career at the much-maligned The Sun. He hated it, and went back to work in France, before stints in Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and Berlin, where he now lives with his Argentine partner of six years, Julieta. Some key points from our interview:·        How he struggled with OCD tendencies as a teenager but believes it helps him in a positive way now with his work·        How he loves quirky and controversial people but also people that can share their wisdom who are thriving after adversity·        How he learnt a lot from watching his favourite podcasters in the field, especially Louis Theroux·        How he’s passionate about sharing stories that are thought provoking  You can get more info about Andrew here:  https://www.andrewgoldpodcast.comhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l78hW8qVIWI                                 *                                     *                                             *                                 *"Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features  individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.She really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/  
I first heard Simon speak when I was attending a PSA (Professional Speaking Association) conference when he was taking part in the annual “Speaker Factor” 5 minute talk competition. I was so impressed with his talk and performance especially when you consider that his content was about his fear of public speaking! After years of suffering with crippling communication anxiety, Simon Day was left with two choices: spend his whole life hiding in the shadows and risk losing everything or find his voice.  Through a painful yet empowering journey of discovery, Simon has transformed from terrified teenager to UK award-winning speaker and communications coach. He now employs his communication skills as a middle leader in secondary education and works under his self-built brand, Simon Speaks, to coach others seeking to lose their fear, find their voice and speak with greater power. Some key points from our interview ·        How he was so terrified of public speaking that he left a job·        How he realised that everything was in jeopardy if he didn’t face his fear of speaking·        How the traumatic birth of his son impacted him and realised he needed to speak to a counsellor, which was one of the first times he opened up personally·        How he had to find ways to break through his social anxiety as he wanted to be a role model for his family·        How he recognises that now he’s found the words to tell his own story, he wants to help others to find their voice too·        How even though he may feel scared at times it doesn’t stop him anymore You can get more information about Simon here: https://www.simonspeaks.co.uk*                                     *                                             *                               "Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features  individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.She really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/Watch the Podcast via YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/c/MadeleineBlackUnbrokenFollow on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/unbrokenthepodcastwithmb
I met Jo on a podcasting panel when I was just starting out and I heard a weebit about her personal story and knew I had to share it!I found her interview so moving and honest as she shares the recovery andhealing she went through after her former partner experienced a brainhaemorrhage just eight months ahead of their wedding.She is a professional property investor, podcaster, public speaker andperformance coach. Moving into the world of property in 2015 opened up herworld to possibility in life, which enabled her to leave her job in the publicsector. She is now passionate about unlocking this possibility in others throughher teaching, podcasting and coaching.Jo's  academic background is performance, which has been integral to herproperty success as how we show up and perform all we are is in everythingwe do as entrepreneurs. Her mission is to help people, at any stage of theirpersonal, property or business journey, perform all they are at their best togrow themselves and their businesses. Some key points from our interviewHow her partner’s brain haemorrhage changed the course of both oftheir lives foreverHow the trauma of the experience woke them both upHow Jo had a massive mind shift and decided to get into propertyinvestment for financial securityHow she recognises that it’s important to anchor herself for both hermental and physical healthHow she’s passionate about coaching other women transition to livetheir best lifeFind Jo on social media here:https://www.instagram.com/jolightfoot_official/https://www.facebook.com/jolightfootofficial/www.linkedin.com/in/jolightfootofficial                                            *                                     *                                             *                               "Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features  individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.She really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/Watch the Podcast via YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/c/MadeleineBlackUnbrokenFollow on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/unbrokenthepodcastwithmb
It’s not often I interview two people at the same time for the show, but I was introduced to Pat and Kerry and had to share their story of friendship and love through the good and the worst of times.Pat is a former head teacher who has dedicated herself to raising awareness and understanding of mental health since the loss of her son, Dom, to suicide at seventeen.  She is a keynote speaker and trainer in mental health first aid and represents carers on suicide prevention advisory groups.  Pat is also passionate about spending time with those she loves and appreciating the precious moments that every day offers if you look for them .Kerry fisher is an internationally bestselling author of eight novels, selling more than a million books worldwide.  She describes her books as ‘witty contemporary fiction for women who’ve lived long enough not to expect the fairytale’Together they have co-written a heartbreakingly, but beautiful book called “Take My Hand” about both of their sons’ struggle with life threatening illnesses. Some key points from our interview:·        How Pat describes the factors in Dom’s life of everything building up inside of him, a bit like the game Buckaroo·        How Pat looks back and realises that she didn’t understand the scale of Dom’s issues as he was so good at covering it all up·        How Pat has learnt how important it is to ask someone if they are feeling suicidal·        How Kerry has learnt that unless you’ve been though something similar that it’s not your place to have a view of how someone is handling it·        How Kerry was so stressed but found a way to get through it all·        How important it is for both of them to notice nature and take time to step away·        How together they wrote the book they felt would have helped them to navigate their own trauma Twitter: https://twitter.com/KerryandPatFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/KerryandPat*                                     *                                             *                               "Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features  individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.She really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/Watch the Podcast via YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/c/MadeleineBlackUnbrokenFollow on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/unbrokenthepodcastwithmb
In one moment, Ella’s life changed, and she felt like every plan, hope and dream for the rest of her life had collapsed around her. However, it didn’t!  Ella is a prime example of Unbroken as she hasn’t let the accident she had when she was running which led to her right leg being amputated above the knee, stop her.  In fact, I would say she is thriving and has found an inner strength that she maybe didn’t know she already had. She is a journalist, author and trustee of the Limbless Association. In 2016, she lost her right leg below the knee following a freak running accident – tripping over while out for a jog. Since then, she has been on a mission to improve knowledge and awareness of amputation, trauma and disability, through her writing, charity campaigns and speaking events. She is passionate about emphasising the importance of finding positivity through adversity, resilience and the healing power of writing. There is hope after trauma. There is light through the dark. It can – and it will – get better.  Some key points from our interview:·      How after 4 operations the decision was made to amputate her leg at aged just 25·      How she had to find a way to stop avoiding the facts and feeling numb·      How she has used humour to help her get through the dark days·      How she used writing down her worries to help her process her concerns and come to terms·      How she’s passionate about bringing disability into the mainstream, to show people that we are all capable of amazing things *                                     *                                             *                               "Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features  individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.She really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/Watch the Podcast via YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/c/MadeleineBlackUnbrokenFollow on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/unbrokenthepodcastwithmb
Michelle was riding the crest of a wave, winning multiple business awards and accolades for her business. Taking some time to celebrate, she found herself smack bang in the middle of the Michelle was riding the crest of a wave, winning multiple business awards and accolades for her business. Taking some time to celebrate, she found herself smack bang in the middle of the biggest natural disaster in our living history.  It changed her trajectory. She believed she had witnessed what was at the core of humanity.And it was magnificent.  She saw the power of true motivation and the limitless possibility of collaboration. Michelle’s new trajectory took her on a journey to find her true purpose. The steppingstones included becoming PRO for the Hikkaduwa Village Fund, which raised £100,000 in just 6 months. Then supporting orphanages or creating sustainable incomes in 3rd world countries.And most recently this path has led her to create a suite of analysis tools that help people to uncover their own magnificence and their true core values, helping them to become fulfilled.This journey is yet complete…Some key points from our interview:•How she experienced the humanity of others when she found herself caught up in the tsunami in Sri Lanka, 2004•How she witnessed her body taking over after realising what was taking place•How everyone being in the same situation created a foundation of something that was quite incredible, as there was no hierarchy•How she felt that the mini culture of all the diverse nationalities surviving and working together was magical •How she feels this traumatic experience has recalibrated her and learnt what’s really important in her life•How she feels it’s so important to make sure she’s in line with her true subconscious core values You can get more information about Michelle here: https://www.mmp.uk.comWatch her TEDx Talk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/michelle_mills_porter_michelle_mills_porter_human_magnificence_beyond_the_tsunami*                                     *                                             *                               "Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features  individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.She really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/Watch the Podcast via YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/c/MadeleineBlackUnbrokenFollow on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/unbrokenthepodcastwithmb
For those of you that have been listening to the show from the very start will know that I launched my podcast on the 11/11 at 11:11 all because I love the number 44 (11+11+11+11 = 44) And how amazing that my guest today is not only episode 44 but she was born on the 11/11 at 11:11!! I “met” Gordana Biernat over on Twitter and I was immediately drawn to her empowering tweets like a magnet, because she just says it how it is.  I call her a teacher of life as she guides and inspires people to be the best version of ourselves through personal development and spiritual inquiryShe is a mentor, thinker, writer, speaker and wisdom keeper. She is one of Oprah Winfrey’s SuperSoul 100 teachers – a group of 100 awakened leaders who are using their voices and talent to elevate humanity. I love her book "#KnowTheTruth - Why Knowing Who You Are Changes Everything”. It is a collection of her most profound wisdom and reminds us of who we are and why we are here So much of what she said resonated with me so personally and I truly could have spoken to her for hours!! Some key points from our interview:·      How at just six years old she knew that she was emotionally more intelligent than her father and had to learn to navigate through that·      How many years later she realised that her father had mental health issues·      How at just eight years old she felt like she was a housewife at home·      How she felt so alone growing up·      How at 11 years old she realised that she came from the stars which changed her and her reality·      How she understands that it takes awareness to change our negative blueprints but it’s very possible·      How for years she felt she had no voice but she found the courage to speak her truth·      How she knows that our challenges in life show us who we truly really are, and we can stand in our light “Who I truly am, can never be broken” – Gordana Biernat You get can more information about Gordana here: www.mypowertalk.com                                                                             *          *           *         *                   "Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features  individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.She really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/Watch the Podcast via YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/c/MadeleineBlackUnbrokenFollow on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/unbrokenthepodcastwithmb 
I saw a post about Adam on Facebook, and it was a list of where he used to be to where he is now and I was intrigued to how he got from those low points to where he’s at now!  Adam Smith has been on an incredible journey from being declared dead in 2010 by the Police, to being the founder and co-director of a multi winning and global initiative of The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP) He set up in December 2013, to revolutionise the disposal of avoidable food waste into landfill, the pioneering movement's manifesto is to: Feed bellies, not bins. A professional chef for over ten years, Adam has held a wealth of head chef positions, internationally. Whilst in Australia, Adam witnessed the scale of food waste, agriculturally and within the catering industry. Upon his return to the UK, he was inspired to set up TRJFP. Adam and TRJFP have received numerous plaudits and awards from organisations ranging from NESTA to The Observer. In 2014, Adam was voted one of the forty most influential men in the world by AskMen. The Telegraph voted Adam as one of the 50th most influential people in UK Food & Drink – Food & Drink Power List 2017 Adam was a featured speaker on the TedX broadcast from Warwick University on February 28th 2015 Some key points from our interview:·        How he grew up in a domestic abusive home·        How at ten years old he was sectioned in a mental health home·        How he recovered from substance abuse·        How he now recognises the impact of trauma had on his life·        How he has turned his life of homelessness, prison, suicide attempt, self-harm etc around·        How he is now passionate about food waste and feeding the world·        How his practice of gratitude and kindness is important to him"Feed bellies, not bins" - Adam Smith  You can find out more about The Real Junk Food Project here: https://trjfp.com/about/*                                     *                                             *                               "Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features  individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.She really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/Watch the Podcast via YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/c/MadeleineBlackUnbrokenFollow on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/unbrokenthepodcastwithmb 
I met Martin over on LinkedIn and heard his story of curing his cancer using nutrition, meditation and making lifestyles changes and wanted to hear more! He is a Holistic Coach with a focus on the wellbeing of men and is passionate about helping men to open up and practice self love. Ditching the corporate blazer to becoming a trailblazer for the wellness, the growth and the empathetic human.  A resilient, charismatic successful strategic leader, having overcome mental challenges including personal trauma and healed from cancer.  He has over 30 years leadership experience, including, board director, business advisor and leader in alternative thinking  Some key points from our interview:·        How he and his family used humour to help in the tough times ·        How he recognises that he should have asked for professional help when he was struggling·        How he realises how hard it was for him as a man to speak from his heart ·        How he managed to break out of his negative mindset·        How he believes his change in nutrition and epigenetics has kept him cancer free ·        How he’s happy to help men to be more comfortable with who they are “You’re actually stronger than you think you are” – Martin Gillespie  Connect with Martin here:linkedin.com/in/gillespiemartin *                                     *                                             *                               "Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features  individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.She really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/Watch the Podcast via YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/c/MadeleineBlackUnbrokenFollow on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/unbrokenthepodcastwithmb 
Can you imagine meeting the man who planted the bomb that killed your father in a terrorist attack and then making friends with him and go on to share many platforms with him?  That is exactly what my extraordinary guest did!  She is such a force for making positive change, peace and hope and I’m honoured to call her my friend Jo Berry is an inspiring speaker who works to resolve conflict around the world. Sixteen years after her father was killed by an IRA bomb, Jo first met with the man responsible, Pat Magee. This initial three-hour meeting led to them speaking on over three hundred occasions, on a shared platform around the world. Their unusual relationship has been told in the BBC documentary "Facing the Enemy", was featured in the film "Beyond Right and Wrong", and inspired "The Bomb", a play by Kevin Dyer. The founder of the charity ‘Building Bridges for Peace’, Jo advocates that unbounded empathy is the biggest weapon we have to end conflict. With political, religious and racial divides deepening as global and local events unfold, her words offer a message of hope and encourage us all to see the humanity in others.Some key points from our interview:·         How she made the decision to bring something positive when her father was killed·         How she decided very early on after the bomb attack, that she will not make an enemy but wanted to understand the man who killed her father·         How she transformed her pain as she didn’t want to be affected by it for the rest of her life·         How she recognised that unbounded empathy and compassion for all is necessary to understand each other·         How she’s determined to break down the deep structures in society by making friends with her enemy “If I had lived your life, would I have made the same choices?” – Jo Berry You can get more information about Jo here: https://jo-berry.com/ *                                     *                                             *                               "Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features  individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.She really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/Watch the Podcast via YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/c/MadeleineBlackUnbrokenFollow on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/unbrokenthepodcastwithmb 
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