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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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I met Zoë on social media and when I heard her story and all that she had been though, I knew I had to share it!  Some people seem to experience a catalogue of events and trauma in their lives and sadly Zoë is no exception, but she is super resilient and always bounces backShe is the owner of online business, Kiddiwhizz and founder of Independent Mother organisation describes herself as more than just a proud Single Mother. Having overcome a life of adversities including homelessness, domestic abuse and 20 years of mental illness she has fought against the odds to gain an education and reach personal goals set as a coping strategy.With a career history starting at a young age, she heading straight for city life once she finished her University degree. Now, 6 years after designing the world’s first handheld portable toilet for kids aptly named, the Whizzer, she utilised her time in lockdown to bring the innovative invention to life. She’s hoping Kiddiwhizz will be the start of a bright new future for her and her son.Zoë’s children’s book, “The seed that grew with love” based on the story behind their Single Mother and son bond will be available soon Some key points from our interview:·        How she recognised that her mental health was a burden that was ignored in the abusive household that she grew up·        How she was made homeless at just fifteen and moved to a hostel where she was exposed to drug addiction, crime, violence and abuse·        How she put her energy and focus into her education and she still remembers the kindness of a few teachers that made sure she had money to get to exams and food to eat·        How her dream of graduation from University and one day working in the city of London was realised, when she got a job at The London Stock Exchange·        How she recognised that her mental health was impacted on the long hours she worked and took a break and went travelling to reset·        How she decided to get some help to face her past traumas and spent a year in a psychiatric day hospital·        How becoming a mum gave her a reason to live and experience unconditional love·        How nobody would recognise that she still struggles with debilitating illness of bipolar at times, because she has become a master of disguise in order to survive.              *                           *                               *                          *                           *                               *"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/Watch the Podcast via YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/c/MadeleineBlackUnbroken 
I was really looking forward to interviewing Darren as he has such an infectious personality and great attitude in life, as you will hear in our interview Darren Harris is an author, speaker and coach on mindset mastery. He works with forward thinking organisations that want inspiration, courage and determination to tackle life’s biggest challenges.Black, blind and a badass footballer – Darren is the most capped England blind footballer, he uses real-life examples to bring different perspectives to his clients in business, education and sport. His motto “The eyes are useless when the Mind is Blind” transformed his thinking of what blindness means, and began his mission to "Unblind the mind." Darren is a regional president of the Professional Speaking Association, graduate of The Coaching Academy, Amazon #1 best-selling author, and recipient of an honorary doctorate for outstanding public service. Some key points from our interview:·        How he denied what was going on for a while whilst his sight was failing·        How sports, especially football, gave him focus and direction·        How he realised that he wasn’t going to live the limited life he thought he would because of his blindness·        How he’s learnt to thrive and experience life in many different ways·        How he realised that whatever he had lost, he could survive without it You can get more info about Darren here:https://www.linkedin.com/in/darrenharrisgb/?originalSubdomain=ukhttps://twitter.com/darrenharrisgbhttps://www.instagram.com/darrenharrisgb/https://www.facebook.com/DarrenHarrisGB/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfkCCz3n3uvpZgqyuMpDbCA                                    *                                *                                  *                                    *"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/MadeleineBlackUnbroken 
 As a Mum of three girls, I wasn’t sure how I was going to be during this interview as I knew Mark and his wife had to make a heart-breaking decision regarding their first baby  At their baby Laurie’s twenty week scan they discovered that she had two rare and fatal conditions which meant that she wouldn’t survive full term and were faced with the difficult decision of continuing with the pregnancy Mark is an online piano coach, best-selling author and helping use music to improve mental health for twenty-five years He has spent more than twenty yearsworking as a musical director, pianist, arranger and teacher, and has built a really diverse group of musicians as a client base. From artists such as Faye Tozer of Steps to black metal bands Winterfylleth (a band Mark ended up joining!) and Drudkh.  He has given Lenny Henry piano lessons, and written versions of songs by metal stars Sonata Arctica for symphony orchestra and choir. Mark’s extensive work as a musical director has included everything from choirs for the BBC, Magic Radio, and his own Sing United, to music theatre shows such as West Side Story and The Sound of Music.  He has conducted the Royal Northern Sinfonia and written string parts for Japanese post rock legends Mono. He has previous clients around the world including France, Canada, Finland and Holland, and has even co-written and toured a comedy musical with the BBC’s Alfie Joey. Some key points from our interview:·        How he discovered that everything could change in a moment·        How he really struggles with the word “Termination”·        How he discovered that no men speak about losing a baby in this way·        How it took his wife, Angela, and himself nine months to find a support specifically for TFMR (termination for medical reasons)·        How he had to apply all the well being tips he gives to his music clients to himself, when he started experiencing panic attacks·        How he now uses his lived experience to help other men to speak out about mental health ·        How it has reinforced that music is a therapy  You can get more info about Mark here:      https://markdeeksmusic.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.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          
I loved my interview with Shari as so much of what she said resonated with me!   We are both survivors and therapists and understand what it’s like to sit in both chairs in the counsellor’s room.  And we also understand that healing after trauma is not always easy but is so worth it. Shari Botwin, LCSW has been counselling survivors in recovery from trauma and abuse for over 24 years in her South Jersey practice.  Her second book, "Thriving After Trauma: Stories of Living and Healing," is a compilation of patient stories and some about her recovery after surviving childhood sexual abuse.  Shari Botwin just launched the podcast, Warrior Women Speak, with Judge Rosemarie Aquilina Some key points from our interview:·        How she recognises that food became her comfort from a young age·        How she understands that she numbed out from the abuse, that always took place at night, as form of protection·        How the memories of her childhood abuse were triggered when she starting working with people that also had eating disorders and she decided to start therapy·        How becoming a mother, she learnt that she was capable of giving love even though she had never received it·        How she recognises that healing after abuse is a long, painful and messy journey but a very worthwhile one ·        How going public by writing about her story in the newspaper not only helped her but so many other people too  You can find out more about Shari here  www.sharibotwin.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/MadeleineBlackUnbroken
Trigger warning: We discuss rape and suicide which some listeners may find distrurbing.Mike says that his identity is not in his professional title, wealth, successes, failures, tragedies, relationships, but in Jesus Christ alone. He owes his life to Him. He’s had an accomplished career with a few accolades. He’s been an audiologist for 34 years and have seen well over 70,000 patients. He’s worked in Navy and private hospitals to include NICUs; Associate Professor at IPFW University; Private Practice Owner, and currently administers compensation and pension exams to Veterans.He is married to a wonderful woman Kate and has three grown up children. He feels that the tragedies in his life became the springboard to make a difference locally, nationally, and internationally. And believes that regardless of differences as individuals, we all have a universal need to be loved, respected, and wanted. He chooses to make a concerted effort to make this world better one person at a time and found the best way, was to get over himself and his struggles is to help others. Some key points from our interview:·        How he struggled with the guilt that he should have protected his wife.·        How he had to find a way to not listen to other people’s judgments and gossip.·        How he protected his children from the truth that their mother had been raped.·        How he encouraged his children to tell their mother that they forgave her when she was in a coma just before she died.·        How he recognised that his faith has played such a big part in his own recovery.·        How he recognises that it’s important not to isolate yourself and to surround yourself with good people for support.·        How he recognises that good can come from the very darkest of times.                                           *                                     *                                             *                               "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
Really enjoyed my interview with my guest this week as he is a lover of sharing stories too and recognises the power that comes from that. Gian Power is an ex- Deutsche Bank and PwC employee and is the founder & CEO of TLC Lions – using the power of storytelling to transform workplaces globally.  In 2019, Gian was the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards and was recently featured in Forbes, Business Inside and on the Empower Ethnic Minority Executives List. Alongside work, Gian sits on the board of The UK’s largest mental health conference, This Can Happen and is an ambassador for Missing People Charity. In 2015, an unexpected family tragedy changed Gian’s life forever.  When returning back to work, Gian saw the power of being able to share his emotions and being his full self at work and decoded to leave PwC to set up TLC Lions.  Lions coming from his and his father’s middle name.  Gian brought together 25 ordinary people with extraordinary stories globally to share real life stories and life-changing experiences at large organisations around the topics of Mental Health, Inclusion and Talent Development. Gian is one of TLC Lions’ key storytellers and shares his experience of managing his mental health whilst coping with a family tragedy and the high demands of the corporate world.  Through his story he highlights the importance of empathetic leadership, managing one’s own mental health and building resilience.  In his talks Gian often shares his practical tips for self-care and some of the coping mechanisms that allowed him to find strength in tough times. Some key points from our interview:·        How after his father was murdered overseas it changed his outlook on life forever·        How at 23 years old he found himself leading a missing persons investigation which is also why he supports the charity “Missing People” ·        How he learnt the importance of self-care at 24 when he had to press restart and reinvent himself·        How he became passionate about bringing self-care and emotion back into the workplace after a colleague ended his life by suicide·        How is passionate about changing culture within organisations using the power of storytelling *                                     *                                             *                               "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.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  
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
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