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Clowning Around Podcast

Author: Emma Stroud

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The Podcast to make you laugh and think. Join Emma Stroud and her clown Barbara interviewing experts from all walks of life. They will share their stories, wisdom and wit. This is personal development that will make you laugh and think.
105 Episodes
Join Em Stroud and her Clown Barbara as they talk all things Conversations.  How do we have great conversations?  How can we have effective challenging conversations? What can Barabra learn from a coach about coaches and conversations?  What makes a good conversation flow and how can we ensure we are having the best conversations possible and so much more.. Ruth’s Social Media: About Ruth Kudzi: Ruth Kudzi is a MCC accredited and award-winning coach, coach trainer, business mentor, speaker and best-selling author. She is the CEO of two successful companies: A coaching and mentoring business helping entrepreneurs build and develop their businesses and a coach training school which helps people to train as certified coaches and develop their coaching skills. She combines her background in sales and school leadership and education with over 25 years of study of Psychology and Neuroscience including MA in Psychology & Education, BA in Psychology & Management, PGCERT in Coaching (Psychology), PGCE in Business Education and numerous coaching qualifications including diplomas in Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, NLP, Performance Coaching and Business Coaching. She is a DISC L3 accredited trainer, a Spiral Energy Coach and is working towards her NLP Master Practitioner.              Her coaching business is well regarded and successful and she has been featured in The Guardian, Vogue, Psychologies, Good Housekeeping, ITV, Women & Home Times Radio, spoken at NatWest, UCL, Allbright and General Assembly.    She is passionate about evidence-based approaches to coaching and personal development and helping people integrate their learning so they can live purposeful lives and run successful businesses.
Join Em and her Clown Barbara as they chat all things Truth with Helen.  How do you share your truth?  What courage does it take to explore and discuss your truth?  What holds us back from sharing our stories? How does Barbara share her truths and much much more.. including trips to Romania and a surprise mention of George Harrison. Helen’s Social Media: Instagram: LinkedIn: Twitter: Book link: About Helen Garlick: Helen Garlick is a family lawyer and mediator turned author of a fabulous (!) memoir called No Place to Lie about family secrets and suicide. But it’s by no means grim. There are laugh out loud moments in the book which will make you laugh and maybe cry in equal measure. Helen is walking around London doing sections of the London Capital Ring on Sundays ending on January 9th 2022 in aid of Zero Suicide Alliance. Would be great to support, plus their free life-saving training on their website. She is also host of their ground-breaking programme Life Matters Helen’s have a YouTube channel called Hello! It’s Bedtter to Talk
Clowning Around – Being A Child at Work with Nick Mayhew Join Em and her clown Barbara as they chat all things being a child at work with Nick.  What does is mean to really allow your inner child to come out and play at work?  What benefits can you notice on you, your team and your clients if you allow more creativity, wonder and joy to come out at work.  How does Barbara play at work?  How did Nick’s journey inform him and his leadership and how he connects to his inner child? And much much more… Connect with Nick: LinkedIn: Website:  
Join Em Stroud and her clown Barbara as we talk all things Winging it with Mandy.  What does winging it even mean?  How can she possibly be winging it at anytime considering she was a pilot and now is a public speaker.  Mandy and I share stories of feeling so out of our depth – at The UN, in gas chambers and just in life – if you want to laugh and think then this really is the episode for you.  Mandy’s Social Media: Facebook: Instagram: LinkedIn: Twitter: About Mandy Hickson: Mandy Hickson has over 30 years experience within aviation. In the RAF, she flew the Tornado GR4 on the front line, where she operated in many hostile environments. Mandy is now a highly demanded keynote speaker where she talks with humour and great passion to inspire those around her. Author of best-selling book ‘An Officer, not a Gentleman’ her inspirational journey as a pioneering female fighter pilot.
Join Em and Barabra talking all things Women, Small Business and Climate.  WE chat all things to do with these topics and we giggle a lot.  How does Barbara think the world is going from her perspective as a small business owner.  How can we as business owner, and people affect climate change and so much more.. Maggie’s Social Media: LinkedIn: and Twitter: About Maggie Berry: Maggie leads Heart of the City, an organisation that works with SMEs to help them to develop responsible business programmes which can range from climate action programmes, supporting their local community to reducing their environmental impact or promoting diversity and wellbeing in the workplace. Heart of the City is an independent charity which is housed by and supported by the City of London Corporation and since its inception twenty years ago, it has been at the forefront of helping small businesses to build successful responsible business programmes. Maggie was previously Executive Director for Europe for WEConnect International, a global organisation championing supplier diversity in procurement and helping majority owned women businesses to connect into the corporate supply chain. For over eight years, Maggie had lead responsibility for the organisation in Europe and her role involved developing corporate and public sector support as well as growing and supporting a network of c1,800 women-owned businesses across Europe. Prior to this, Maggie ran an online job board, recruitment and networking forum for women working in the technology profession in the UK. Maggie remains informally involved with championing women in the technology profession and is a Freeman at the Information Technologists' Company in the City of London. In June 2019, Maggie was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of her services to women in business and technology. Maggie  wants to help more women to succeed and achieve in their careers – whether that’s in the corporate world or as an entrepreneur. I am privileged to have connected with so many amazing women across my career and I am inspired every day by the small business owners I meet.
Join Em on the 100th episode of Clowning Around.  Yes that I right the 100th episode!  In this episode Em talks about how can we celebrate our success and what we have been doing well!  It’s a short solo episode that will make you laugh and think. Em book Lessons From A Clown is available here:
Join Em and Barabra talking all things Success with Alexandra Watson.  What is success?  How can you create your own version of success?  Is Barbara successful?  What can success look like for you if you allow yourself kindness and much much more Alexandra’s Social Media: LinkedIn: About Alexandra Watson: For the past 25 years Alexandra has been helping women create happier and more fulfilling lives through her life changing techniques and tools. Having coached celebrities, world leaders, top musicians and performers including Olympic athletes, Alexandra ensures a more meaningful, satisfying and more successful life than the one you have now. She has appeared as an expert on TV shows like The X Factor, has been featured in all the top newspapers and is a regular contributor on the BBC. She is also Editor-in-Chief of one of the fastest growing digital magazines for women SHINE UK Magazine. SHINE 360 – how to grow your business programme for female business owners…
Join Em Stroud on a solo episode of Clowning Around. Em chats through how can we really experience all of life?  Em chats through her thoughts on how we can experience more joy, more wonder, more anything – if only we allow ourselves.. and so much more
Join Em this week in a special edition.  Em has written a book Lessons From a Clown and this week she is being interviewed by her book person Patti M Hall.  In this weeks episode we talk everything about how Em found her writers voice, what that even means, how was the process of working with a book person and so much more.  Listen in if you are curious to know what goes on behind the scenes of writing a book and if you are curious to discover how you can over come the most challenging beliefs you have about yourself. Book can be found here: Patti’s Social Media: Facebook: Instagram: LinkedIn: Twitter: About Patti Hall: Patti M Hall is a writer, collaborator, and book coach. Patti’s book building specialties are memoir and message-drive non-fiction. She has shepherded two dozen book projects to publication with both traditional publishers and self-directed circulation tools. She has extensive experience with authors and titles focusing on personal transformation. Patti is the author of a memoir, Loving Large released in 2020.
Join Em Stroud on a solo episode of Clowning Around. Em chats through the idea of moving away from things that no longer serve us and being conscious and clear about what we want to move away from.  What patterns of thoughts and behaviours do you hold onto that no longer serve you and how can you be just happier in your life?  Join Em as she ponders all these things for you. Link to book:
Join Em Stoud and Barbara as they Clown Around all things Money and our psychology of it.  How do we relate to money?  What makes us move into places of shame around money?  How can we shift our relationship with money.  What is the difference between men and women and how they relate to money?  How does Barbara give Brian a pay rise?  And much much more.. Mary’s Social Media: Instagram: @marythefenwick LinkedIn: Twitter: @mjfenwick About Mary Fewnwick: Mary is a journalist and executive coach, with a background in professional networking and corporate public affairs. For the last eight years she’s been the agony aunt for Psychologies magazine, dealing with problems from coercive control to “should I get a cat?”. Her coaching clients are people who want to put their ego to one side, and learn from the latest leadership research.
Join Em Stoud and Barbara as they Clown Around all things Travel.  How can we travel well in these times?  How can we be more conscious as travellers?  Will Barbara get a passport and where is the place that made Carolyn’s heart sing?  We chat these things and so much more.. Carolyn’s Social Media Handles: Facebook: Instagram: LinkedIn: Twitter: About Carolyn Pearson: Carolyn is the epitome of living her dream, (currently frustrated) travel junkie turned travel safety entrepreneur.  Having led tech teams for cool companies such as ITV, BBC, KLM and Easyjet, she fled corporate life to launch Maiden Voyage.  Her company provides travel safety training to employers and employees with an emphasis on travel for all manner of diversity groups, including women, LGBTQ+, Disabled travellers and for those travelling to ethnically different regions. Always one to push out of her comfort zone, Carolyn is currently taking adult cycling lessons.
Join Em Stroud on a solo episode of Clowning Around. Em chats through the idea of creating more space for you.  We all lead very busy lives, moving from one thing to another -never allowing ourselves to create some space for ourselves to catch up with where we are.  In this week’s episode Em chats about how she has created space in her life and for her clients and how that is helping her.  If you are thinking you need more you time then this is the episode for you
Join Em Stroud and her clown Barbra as they Clown Around all things Working Wild with Sara and Jeannette.  What does Working Wild mean?  How can we live and work in a far more wild and free way? What does Barbara think of Working Wild? How can we all look at balance and choice as we all shift and change is this ever changing Covid world.  How can we all be braver and much much more.. Follow Jeannette and Sara: Website: Instagram: @betteroffedits @saraturnbull44 @Jeannette_pearce_mbe LinkedIn: Jeannette (Pritchard) Pearce mbe  - Sara Turnbull About Jeannette and Sara: Jeannette Pearce & Sara Turnbull are successful social and serial entrepreneurs and as sustainable business leaders and authors of Better Off Working Wild are widely recognised for their award winning work in: Creating sustainable, successful places and organisations Driving inclusive, resilient caring work culture Growing high impact social purpose Together they are work activists and wild advocates. Their work is valued for their ability to cut through to the core of complex problems, inspire change and be human, frank and provocative in a kind and caring way. As sustainable business leaders they have mentored and supported around 1,200 entrepreneurs and small businesses, established training and community events that have reached over 50,000 people and led and managed organisations that have generated in excess of £10m turnover. So If you’re looking for practical, actionable steps and tools to change your perspective, Better Off Working Wild is the ultimate resource. Jam -packed with exercises, thought-analysis ,and soul-searching strategies, this book could be the start of your new journey.
Join Em Stroud and her Clown Barbra as they chat all things self care in leaders.  What is self care and what does that really mean if you are in a leadership role?  If you are not a leader in business how can you lead yourself so that self care becomes your normal?  Why does self care matter and what does it look like for you?  We chat all things time, creating space and then taking action.  How does Barbara feel about self care and who does she know that really likes Jonathon.  Plus much much more… Follow Jonathan: LinkedIn: Jonathan Richards Twitter: @JONATHANR01 About Jonathan Richards: Jonathan is the CEO of Breathe, a highly successful, fast growth HR software company that helps leaders of  small business free themselves from the ever-increasing burden of employee admin, allowing them to focus on what they do best – growing their businesses. He believes that businesses have an obligation to put their people first, which it turn creates happy, healthy, and productive workplaces. When a business does this, they will create an environment where people feel safe to be more adventurous and experience the thrill that comes from stepping outside of their comfort zones. Outside of work, Jonathan has a love of the great outdoors.  He is a kayak coach and a keen walker, often stepping outside of his own comfort zone by taking part in many mini adventures
Join Em Stroud on a solo episode of Clowning Around. Em chats through the idea of courage to change what is going on in her life, how that could help you and how comfort zones are there and need to be challenged.  This is Em being super open and brave and sharing where she is right now.  Are you ready to shift, to change?  Then this might be the episode you need to listen to right now.
Join Em Stroud and her Clown Barabra as they chat all things The Possibilist with Gita.  What is a Possibilist?  How can we move from optimism or realism into the way of being the Possibilist.  How will being the Possibilist make your life better?  How is Barbara already a Possibilist and what else does she discover is possible while chatting to Gita?  How can embracing this way of being truly change how you are feeling in your life?  And much much more.. Gitanjali’s Social Media: Facebook: Instagram:  LinkedIn: Twitter: About Gita: Gita Trevorrow-Seymour is a professional Possibilist, neuroscience nerd, executive coach, a recovering perfectionist and a catalyst. She’s on a mission to liberate that 3 lbs of flesh inside your head from overthinking, so you can not just start seeing the possibilities but act on them with confidence and courage. As a leader, in her 15 year banking career she ran a multi million pound P and L, weathered the Global Financial Crisis and led highly engaged teams. As the Founder of leadership development company High Definition You, she's spent almost a decade working with executive leaders & teams on their resilience, emotional intelligence and high performance.
Join Em Stroud and her Clown Barabra as they chat all things good data with Sam Gilbert.  How can data be a force for good?  What can we do as individuals to look after our data?  How did Sam get interested in data?  What does Barabra think of data and knitting?  How can we change the narrative around our own data and tales of Eastenders and much much more Sam’s Social Media: Facebook: LinkedIn: Twitter: About Sam Gilbert: Almost everything we do generates data. Digital technology is now so pervasive that it's very hard to escape its influence, and with that growth comes fear. But whatever the news has told you about data and technology, think again. Data expert and tech insider Sam Gilbert shows that, actually, this data revolution could be the best thing that ever happened to us. His book Good Data examines the incredible new ways this information explosion is already helping us – whether that's combating inequality, creating jobs, advancing the frontiers of knowledge or protecting us from coronavirus – and explains why the best is yet to come. Data touches everything, from our biggest hates (online advertising) to our greatest loves (our pets). Sam explores how, if we can embrace the revolution (even the ads), we could all live vastly improved lives.
Join Em Stroud and her clown Barbara as they chat all things Conscious Luck with Dr Gay Hendricks.  How can you create more luck in your life?  What can we all do in order to be happier, healthier individuals with the life that we want to create?  What can Barbara make for Gay that will help him in his life?  How do we ensure that we allow more into our lives and so much much more.. Social Media Handles: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: About Gay Hendricks: Gay Hendricks has been a leader in the fields of relationship transformation and bodymind transformation for more than 45 years. After earning his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1974, Gay served as Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Colorado for 21 years. He has written more than 40 books, including bestsellers such as Five Wishes, The Big Leap, Conscious Loving and Conscious Loving Ever After, (the last two co-authored with his co-author and mate for more than 35 years, Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks). He is also a mystery novelist, with a series of five books featuring the Tibetan-Buddhist private detective, Tenzing Norbu, as well as a new mystery series featuring a Victorian-era London detective, Sir Errol Hyde. His latest book, Conscious Luck, reveals eight ways to change your fortunes through the power of intention. Gay has appeared on more than 500 radio and television shows, including Oprah, CNN, CNBC, 48 HOURS and others. His new book, The Genius Zone, was published in June, 2021.  
In this short Solo Episode – Em shares some stories of what it is like to be reaching 100 episodes of a podcast. Follow Em: Emma Stroud Websites:                               Instagram: emmastroudldn                   Clowningaroundpodcast          Facebook: emmastroudldn Twitter: emmastroudldn LinkedIn: emma-stroud
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