43 minutes | May 24, 2023
"There's always a way to show up kind," with Rani Puranik EVP and Global CFO of Worldwide Oil Field Machine
This week’s guest is Rani Puranik, EVP and Global CFO of Worldwide Oilfield Machine (WOM). She is also the founder of a leadership coaching company and the author of a book that launched just the day before this episode dropped! At WOM, work is done around sustainability though environmentally responsible energy production and a focus on the people. We talk about sustainability and the broader definition making decisions for long-term in business. Rani grew up in US and moved to India for singing at the age of 17. It wasn’t her first time in India though. There, she started own business, which teaches leadership through the power of dance. Eventually, she returned to the US and to WOM where she ended up creating an HR department when seeing the need in the business which was a focus on the human element of the business. The self-described people person, which is evidenced from the start in our conversation recently published a book. “Seven Letters to My Daughters” was written as a gift to her daughters. Learn about Rani’s path from the US to India and back plus her focus on the arts, people and business. Also, get insights into the book you’ll end up wanting to read for sure. Note from Rabiah (Host): This chat surprised me because I didn’t know much about Rani other than what I read online and I knew right when I saw her on the Squadcast split screen that it was going to be a fantastic chat. I love that she used a spreadsheet to write her book! During editing, I was reminded of the positivity she brought to me on a particularly rough work day. Oddly enough, I had a similar day when I was editing and wish again that I’d shown up better though I wish others would too! Enjoy the listen and check out her book. I’m going to! Thank you for being here. +++++ Find Rani Website: https://www.ranipuranik.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ranipuranik Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ranipuranik LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rani-puranik/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4g_tBTbqhrMDhyqs0Tn4OA?app=desktop Seven Letters to my Daughter (book): https://amzn.to/3OE76ua +++++ Mentioned in this episode: Steve Martin +++++ More than Work Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @morethanworkpod Please review and follow anywhere you get podcasts. Thank you for listening. Have feedback? Email morethanworkpod(at)gmail.com!
58 minutes | May 10, 2023
"The day of the passive ally has gone," with Founder and CEO North America of Brand Advance Group
This week’s guest is Christopher Kenna, founder and CEO North America at Brand Advance Group. In this open and honest chat we get into Chris’s life growing up in Northern England in care homes, his time in the Army, working as a TV presenter and then founding his own company. Listen for details. The story is best told by him! In discussing the important work of Brand Advance Group which seeks to expand representation in advertising and companies’ reach to underrepresented communities, Chris is generous in talking about the reality of being a person of colour and an LGBTQ+ person both inside and outside corporate spaces. We also talk about inclusion of people with different abilities in this dynamic chat. In this episode we dig into: Representation of everyone in advertising DEI for brands and companies What it means to really be inclusive. Hint: it isn’t just hiring someone Pink, green, etc. “-washing” by brands Allyship and advocacy Taking care of yourself and others Creating opportunities where people can be successful from any background Chris’ own experiences and getting to where he is today Note from Rabiah (Host): Firstly, it has been a while. For quite a few reasons, I couldn’t get an episode edited or out for a while. I think I’ve sorted all of that. Thank you for being here whether you have been waiting a while or it is your first time. I mention it in the episode but need to say more about the experience of meeting Chris for the first time. We both spoke at an event for a company that is actually under the same Groupe as where I work. I’d say it was by chance but I don’t think that much happens just by chance. I was added as a speaker last minute. Though I perform comedy a few times a week, I don’t give talks about me, about Multiple Sclerosis or about ableism but with a day to prepare, I did. It was clunky but ok. Then, I witnessed Chris talk about his life, his work and the world we are all living in. I was taken aback and had to have him on the podcast. I wanted more people to hear him. I wanted you to hear him, whoever you are. I’d love to hear what you think if you want to share. +++++ Find Chris LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chriskenna/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chris.kenna/ Brand Advanced Group: https://www.wearebrandadvance.com/ +++++ More than Work Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @morethanworkpod Please review and follow anywhere you get podcasts. Thank you for listening. Have feedback? Email morethanworkpod(at)gmail.com!
41 minutes | Feb 28, 2023
"We all are the experts of our own lives" with transformational coach and stand up comedian Maz Alexander
This week’s guest is Maz Alexander, social worker, mental wellbeing coach, comedian and passionate entrepreneur. Maz started out working as a social worker in adult social care. A thread you’ll hear in here story, and one to keep in mind as you listen, is that she listened to the advice of others when it made sense to and listened to herself as well when she decided on what work to pursue. Before her time in social work, Maz got a degree in performance arts and gave acting a go. Coming out of that, she was always passionate about drama therapy and using performing arts to help people in recovery which has served her in social work and serves her in what she does today. In 2018, she qualified in Transformational Coaching and she is a coach today while she also works part time in social work. We chat the difference between what a coach and a therapist can give you. Oh, and the time she had to refer a client not to a therapist but to a priest! For those considering therapy or coaching, you may also be interested in what Maz says about how to choose the right provider for you. It starts with a consultation. Outside of work, Maz is a stand up comic and a podcaster. In fact, there is a link below the the episode of her podcast “Kintsugi Queens” that the host of this podcast was a guest on! As a stand up comedian, Maz jokes about her life (which she says is a joke in itself). We cover all of this and more in this episode. Note from Rabiah (Host): On the comedy circuit, I get to meet a lot of wonderful characters. There are gigs I look forward to because of who I’ll get to hang out with as we wait to take the stage. Maz is one of the people I always look forward to connecting with and I’m so glad we got to learn about each other more as we guested on each other’s respective podcasts. Enjoy the listen! +++++ Find Maz LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maz-alexander-318851a9/ Google “Maz transformational coaching” Website: https://maztransformationalcoaching.com/coaching/ +++++ Mentioned in this episode: Whoopi Goldberg Myron Golden Rabiah on Kintsugi Queens podcast: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5zC7NK36kBF9ABKrz6QFBk?si=70f7105f99cf42ad +++++ More than Work Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @morethanworkpod Please review and follow anywhere you get podcasts. Thank you for listening. Have feedback? Email morethanworkpod(at)gmail.com!
61 minutes | Feb 8, 2023
“I like making people laugh,” Rich Wilson, comedian and podcaster
This week’s guest is Rich Wilson, stand up comedian and host of the podcast Insane in the Men Brain. Rich did everything before he became a stand up comic having wanted to be a chef and then a mechanic. Eventually, he was a barman at Up the Creek and after some encouragement, took the stage. After about 20 years, he hasn’t stopped yet. The story is more entertaining with told by Rich so listen for more! In fact, the entire episode is funnier and more poignant than I can make it in this write up. We chat about: Rich’s career in comedy Comedic influences Louis CK Insane in the Men Brain and mental health Learning from doing the podcast Saying yes Music, television and TK Maxx Aging And more… Note from Rabiah (Host): I laughed while editing this episode…a lot. It was so cool to sit down with Rich, virtually, and have this chat. I have a bad track record when it comes to the people I put up on a pedestal sometimes but since a lot of times, Rich is already on a stage, the pedestal isn’t too far a reach and he is really great. I’m excited that listeners will get to know him and also, a few interactions with his wife, fellow comedian Kate McGann added to the levity. I think sometimes things got more serious than expected but if you’ve listened before, you know that’s part of it. And do let us know what you said “yes” to after listening! +++++ Find Rich Instagram: https://instagram.com/iamrichwilson Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamrichwilson Website: https://www.richwilsoncomedian.com/ +++++ Mentioned in this episode: Kate McGann: https://www.instagram.com/katemcgannarang/ Eddie Murphy: https://www.facebook.com/EddieMurphy Richard Pryor: https://www.richardpryor.com/ Louis CK: https://www.instagram.com/louisckx/ The Artist’s Way: https://www.theartistswaybook.com/ Insane in the Men Brain: https://play.acast.com/s/insaneinthemenbrain Islington Radio: https://islingtonradio.co.uk/ Shazam: https://www.shazam.com/ Philip Simon: https://www.philipsimon.co.uk Vix Leyton: https://www.vixleyton.co.uk/ +++++ More than Work Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @morethanworkpod Please review and follow anywhere you get podcasts. Thank you for listening. Have feedback? Email morethanworkpod(at)gmail.com!
64 minutes | Jan 25, 2023
"Have a voice and express it and be heard" with actor and doctor Stefania Licari
This week’s guest is Stefania Licari, actor, comedian, producer and medical doctor. She attended drama school, became a doctor working in anaesthetics and intensive care, and went to clowning school in Paris. We get into all of this and how empathy towards her colleagues, patients and the audience really tie it all together. During the pandemic, Stefania has a unique experience both working in medicine and as an actor doing online performances. She got through it with a mindset shift that she shares which would be useful for anyone at any time, even outside lockdowns. We start with her reflections on her first Edinburgh Fringe in 2022. She is currently revamping her one-woman show, Medica, and taking it to the Vault Festival in London. We chat about: Empathy and impact on patients Empathy as it occurs in acting Her love of the audience Pursuing both a medical career and a theatre one Having the right people around at the right time Performing as an actor and a comic The impact of Philippe Gaulier Note from Rabiah (Host): You’ll hear that I almost saw Stefania’s show at Edinburgh. It was a wonderful and stressful time when I was at Fringe for a week. I loved the flying I did and helping a friend and loved seeing shows. I also performed more than I expected to and missed shows I wanted to see. I still have one person I have meant to write to since August to apologise! Stefania and I became online friends via Twitter and Instagram and I have been thrilled to see how her show has progressed. I’ll be there to see the updated version in February and can’t wait. One of the best parts of being involved in entertainment is being able to celebrate the talents of others while also being assured enough in yourself to do so. I am so happy Stefania is teaching me that. +++++ Find Stefania Website: https://www.stefanialicari.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/licaristefania/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/stefanialicari Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/licaristefania/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe7fzGcBE_oSyuwdW2ncRPA +++++ Mentioned in this episode: Philippe Gaulier: https://www.ecolephilippegaulier.com/ Chris Head: https://www.chrishead.com/ Kristine Landon-Smith: https://kristinelandonsmith.com/ +++++ More than Work Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @morethanworkpod Please review and follow anywhere you get podcasts. Thank you for listening. Have feedback? Email morethanworkpod(at)gmail.com!
40 minutes | Jan 11, 2023
“The rewards come in different shapes and sizes,” with Americana band True Strays
This week’s guests are James Cameron and Joe James from True Strays. True Strays is an Americana band. I spoke with the guys in December of 2022. So, when they talk about “next year”, they mean this year, 2023. They are going on tour so check them out in the UK! If you’re not in the UK, then listen to them online. The childhood friends were recording their debut album when the pandemic hit in 2020 and had to figure out how to move forward. They launched a Kickstarter campaign and found success there and that they already had some great fans in their corner. Both of the guys work full-time jobs outside of the band and then focus on the band during nights and weekends! One is a roofer and one is a primary school teacher. You’ll need to listen to find out who does what. Topics we get into: Pursuing creativity after the day job ends Musical influences and Americana Songwriting and lyric subject-matter Live performance The importance of collaborating versus working alone Entertaining and bringing people together through music Note from Rabiah (Host): You’ll hear at the end how I met True Strays. This was a fun chat because they guys were super giving and thoughtful with their answers but also because it took me back to my days at Piratepods, my first podcast, where friends and I spoke to musicians. I have tickets to see the band later in the year and can’t wait. Enjoy the chat and check out their music! +++++ Find True Strays Website: trustrays.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/truestrays/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/true_strays/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/truestrays YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiTnmZC4kocsdBRH-6YQqzg +++++ Mentioned in this episode: Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra: https://teapadorchestra.co.uk/ Ann Liu Cannon: https://www.instagram.com/annliucannon Spiritual Bar: https://www.spiritualrecords.co.uk/ +++++ More than Work Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @morethanworkpod Please review and follow anywhere you get podcasts. Thank you for listening. Have feedback? Email morethanworkpod(at)gmail.com!
38 minutes | Dec 21, 2022
Maybe it's time that I do something,” with songwriter, designer and Smile Songs creator
This week’s guest is Sharon Glassman, designer, songwriter and founder of Smile Songs. The Colorado-based Smile Songs incorporates all of Sharon’s talents into a line of musical cards and gifts. In addition to containing original music by Sharon, Smile Songs products are unique because they use QR codes to deliver the sound which is better for the environment than traditional musical cards that utilize plastic parts for example. Though QR codes are common place after 2020, she started using them in 2013 and we chat about that. In college, Sharon majored in journalism school. She then got accepted into law school and made a deal with her dad that she would defer for a year and attend. She ended up taking an entirely different path! Prior to founding Smile Songs, Sharon had a hybrid career. She was a voice over artist. She was also a writer for the ads department at MTV Networks where she applied her love of music to the ads she and the team worked on and created. After working at MTV, she performing and telling stories on stage, touring the country. Meanwhile, she was acquiring skills, teaching herself digital illustration, print production and music production. Musically, Sharon has had another path having previously joined community orchestra. Then, through a misunderstood Craigslist ad she became the fiddler of a country rock band. Now she is in an all-woman bluegrass project called Five Foot Betty. Topics we cover: History of QR Codes The story of Smile Songs and the ideation process that went into creating the products and business Incorporating creativity into a career Writing and telling stories on stage Songwriting Trusting your gut and making hard decisions Note from Rabiah (Host): After getting off of the recording call with Sharon, I was so excited I would get to listen back to our conversation. It was such a joy to hear about the path she took to get to where she is today and it already sounds like we’ll need to speak again because she has so much in the works. We share a passion for sharing stories and it was a true pleasure to get to hear hers and to share it with you, the listener. +++++ Find Sharon Website: https://smilesongs.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smile_songs/ +++++ Mentioned in this episode: Spalding Gray: https://www.spaldinggray.com/ Eric Bagosian: http://100monologues.com/ Tales of Whatever: https://www.facebook.com/talesofwhatever/ +++++ More than Work Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @morethanworkpod Please review and follow anywhere you get podcasts. Thank you for listening. Have feedback? Email morethanworkpod(at)gmail.com!
48 minutes | Dec 7, 2022
"Take massive imperfect action every day," with non-profit founder and multipreneur Tamara Doerksen
This week’s guest is Tamara Doerksen, multi-preneur, published author, yoga and meditation and mindfulness teacher, and a career transition and entrepreneur coach. She’s also the founder of the non-profit organization, Lonny’s Smile. I chatted with Tamara from her home in Toronto, Canada. She started her career at a global consulting company where she spent 25 years. Around 2010, an initiative of the company around community contribution and responsibility, along with some personal circumstances with ailing parents, set Tamara off on her path to founding her own non-profit. You’ll hear the entire story around Lonny’s Smile which helps kids with congenital heart defects including the absolute synergy that led to choosing Camp OKI, the benefactor of the non-profit. Through her work with Great Big Sea’s Murray Foster, Tamara ended up working in film production and then collaborating with Darren Portelli at Crazy D’s Prebiotic Sparkling Sodas. In talking through Tamara’s career transitions, we delve into having faith in oneself, transferable skills and our abilities to pursue various occupations within our careers. Tamara uses yoga and meditation to ground herself and give her space. And, she is certified to teach both! Some just practiced these things during the pandemic, others like Tamara got certified! Main topics: Having multiple facets to your career Processing grief over time Non-profit work and founding a non-profit Yoga and mindfulness practices Saying “yes” and pursuing what you love Note from Rabiah (Host): I have had a chance to speak with quite a few people and sometimes I have a different connection with them. In this case, Tamara and I both lost a sibling though at very different times in our lives under different circumstances. (TW: we talk about the death of a sibling.) Her honouring her brother through a non-profit organization is something I really wanted to chat with her about and then we had a lot more to talk about too! Enjoy! +++++ Find Tamara Tamara’s Website: https://www.tamaradoerksen.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/tdoerksen Insight Timer: https://insighttimer.com/tamaradoerksen Lonny’s Smile Website: https://lonnyssmile.org/ Lonny’s Smile Twitter: https://twitter.com/lonnyssmile Lonny’s Smile Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lonnyssmile Lonny’s Smile Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lonnys.smile/ +++++ Mentioned in this episode: Murray Foster: http://www.murrayfoster.ca/about/ Darren Portelli: https://twitter.com/darrenportelli City of Toronto: https://www.toronto.ca/ Salvation Army Canada: https://salvationarmy.ca/ Paul Newman - Hole in the Wall Gang:
43 minutes | Nov 23, 2022
“Anyone can have a great relationship if they want to,” with Diana Indries, Founder of Better Topics Card Game for Couples
This week’s guest is Diana Indries, the founder of Better Topics Card Games.Better Topics born out of Diana’s interest in relationships and learning to communicate within those. Relationships are very important to her. So important In fact, that she recently moved from England back home to Romania. Diana believes the keys to a great relationship are communication and fun. She also believes that anyone can have a great relationship if they want to! Diana and her husband started working on Better Topics well ahead of 2020 but really saw the need once people were locked in with each other and didn’t know where to start communicating. Prior to working full time on this company, she was working in the NHS. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, she quit her job to pursue Better Topics. In the past, Diana and her husband played other card games for couples and realised that none of them did much to increase communication. A lot of them were not even games but just questions that could only be answered once. They sought to remedy that and ask questions that can be repeated over time as their answer would change. In founding her own business, Diana discovered her creativity. And, it is on her days off that her creativity is the most inspired. Hear her story, what her company is about and her advice on relationships. Topics covered: The importance of setting aside specific time to spend together as a couple How better communication can lead to behaviour changes that allow people to provide what each other need Having fun in a relationship Leaving a 9-to-5 and starting your own business in an area you’re passionate about; that’s relationships and games in Diana’s case Discovering creativity in yourself +++++ Find Diana Better Topics website: https://www.bettertopics.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BetterTopicsOfficial Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bettertopics/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BetterTopicsOf YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@BetterTopicsCardGameforCouples Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dianaindries/better-topics-the-dating-game +++++ More than Work Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @morethanworkpod Please review and follow anywhere you get podcasts. Thank you for listening. Have feedback? Email morethanworkpod(at)gmail.com!
41 minutes | Nov 9, 2022
"You never want someone to leave your restaurant hungry." with Chef Dennis
This week’s guest is Chef Dennis, the founder of the food blog, Ask Chef Dennis. Incidentally, he is also a chef! Dennis was always a fan of food. He gained early inspiration was Graham Kerr, an Australian television chef who showed him how great you could make people feel by cooking for them. Professionally, he started out as a prep cook, carefully observing the chefs with the aspiration of moving into that role. After a chef at the restaurant he was working in was injured during a busy weekend, Dennis got his big break. Later, following a bout with carpal tunnel, Dennis moved into business dining for a time and then on to a school where he revamped the dining program and also stared educating students on cooking. His blogging stared as an output of what he was teaching at the school and eventually grew to have a worldwide following! Some key points we hit: Dennis’ path of trying to do a lot of things and finding out what he wanted to do Introducing change to an organization How people can get satisfaction from cooking for themselves In addition to cooking personally, Dennis enjoys reading and music. He also became a travel blogger almost by accident and enjoys trying the cuisine in all different places and telling people about it. Note from Rabiah (Host): It was so funny when Chef Dennis mentioned Graham Kerr because I too watched his show but not to the same end. He was wild! And it was a lot of fun to watch his cooking show. I am not someone who ever watched the Food Network but I have been entertained by some chefs. What I like about Chef Dennis is that he always ends up going back to what he loves, which is food, no matter how is is lead to it. +++++ Find Chef Dennis Website: https://www.askchefdennis.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AskChefDennis/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/askchefdennis/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/askchefdennis/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/askchefdennis/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/askchefdennis +++++ More than Work Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @morethanworkpod Please review and follow anywhere you get podcasts. Thank you for listening. Have feedback? Email morethanworkpod(at)gmail.com!
32 minutes | Oct 26, 2022
“It all prepared me to get outta my comfort zone,” with Patrick Alcoke, entrepreneur and co-founder of Find Your Steady
This week’s guest is Patrick Alcoke, marketing entrepreneur and co-founder of Find Your Steady. We chatted via SquadCast from his living room in Maryland and mine in London, UK. Patrick’s career started out with him pursuing music after college. He moved to California and was touring the country in a band. Eventually though, he put that dream aside to pursue a different career path. We discuss his relationship with music today which is a lot different than it was from ages 15 - 27. Patrick co-founded Find Your Steady, a mindful candle company, with his friend Brian. The two played in a band together at Virginia Tech. During the pandemic, while keeping their own respective mental health in check with their routines, they ended up combining Patrick’s meditation with Brian’s candle-making to produce their line of candle gifts complete with a web app of de-stressing tools and a journal. Key points we hit: How Patrick manages stress of parenting, entrepreneur and person Why he set out to help people manage their stress Prioritising his company’s mission above other distractions Patrick’s mindfulness and health practices The pursuit of what you are passionate about and what that means for your passion Note from Rabiah (Host): I have met with a few of my former classmates and colleagues and every time the chats are so rewarding. I find it a privilege to get to see what people have been up to years after we first met or even had contact in some cases and that’s how it was with Patrick. “Drink water” is something we say a few times during the chat and that has struck me. I have even formed a new, healthy habit since we chatted. It’s drinking more water! I left the podcast light and didn’t do a spoken intro because when I tried it was a rant. I want to state very clearly here that I stand with my Jewish friends and and the Jewish people. Kanye West’s disgusting anti-semitism is only the tip of the iceberg of what hate is expressed and if my putting this in writing offends someone then I hope they get help, get knowledge and change. Adidas finally cut his contract but that won’t stop what is happening to people all over. I may do an intro next week but this week, it was important to put it in writing. +++++ Find Patrick Find Your Steady site: https://findyoursteady.com/ +++++ Mentioned in this episode: Johann Hari, https://stolenfocusbook.com/ +++++ More than Work Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @morethanworkpod Please review and follow anywhere you get podcasts. Thank you for listening. Have feedback? Email morethanworkpod(at)gmail.com!
41 minutes | Oct 12, 2022
“This is what I'm supposed to be doing” with Sacred Walker, CEO of Kuumba Health and Mental Health & Mind-Body-Soul Health Enthusiast
This week’s guest is Sacred Walker, founder at Kuumba Health International Coaching Institute based out of New York. She is also a mental health and mind, body, and soul health enthusiast. At Kuumba, Sacred and her team work with ambitious leaders focusing on their mental, emotional and mind-body health often focusing on addressing issues in their past so that they are empowered to move forward from a place of strength. We chat about: Framing experiences as moving from “pain to superpower” and what this means for Sacred Her approach of LOVE Medicine Coaching. Find out what the acronym of LOVE means Meeting someone where they are in terms of readiness to seek professional help Note from Rabiah (Host): Sacred and I had two wonderful conversations. In the first, I was on her podcast which you can checkout online. The result of the second is this episode of More Than Work. We ended up meeting in person later on as well and she was as genuine and kind then as she was in our remote conversations. I felt empowered after our encounters and think you will feel empowered too after listening! +++++ Find Sacred Website: https://sacredwalker.net/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asksacred Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asksacred Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sacredwalker +++++ Mentioned in this episode: Octavia Butler: https://www.octaviabutler.com/ +++++ More than Work Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @morethanworkpod Please review and follow anywhere you get podcasts. Thank you for listening. Have feedback? Email morethanworkpod(at)gmail.com!
27 minutes | Sep 28, 2022
“Money is simply an echo of value,” with speaker and co-author of The Go-Giver Bob Burg
This week’s guest is Bob Burg, author and speaker. You may know him from the book series he co-wrote with John David Mann, The Go-Giver. The Go-Giver is a business parable that illustrates shifting your focus from getting to giving. In it, there are five laws of stratospheric success that are presented through characters. The laws are value, compensation, influence, authenticity and receptivity. In this brief episode, we chat about the book and all five values including which value is hardest for people to fulfil. The chat provided great insight for those who have read The Go-Giver and those who haven’t yet. Bob also shares what took him from his work in sales to becoming an author. His first book was Endless Referrals. When he isn’t speaking and writing, Bob fosters animals, working to bring about awareness on the treatment of animals and works with Furry Friends. Note from Rabiah (Host): When Bob agreed to sit down and chat with me, I was truly chuffed! The Go-Giver is a book I read after it was recommended to me a few times, once by someone who said I seemed to be living the values. That was a high compliment. In this chat, Bob redefined charitable giving for me and changed how I’ll talk about giving in the future. The perspective we came to on receptivity was enlightening as well. It is a short episode with a lot of ah-ha moments packed in so enjoy! +++++ Find Bob Bob’s website: https://burg.com/ The Go-Giver Community: https://thegogivercommunity.com/ The Go-Giver Book: https://amzn.to/3SlB1pK +++++ Mentioned in this episode: John David Mann: https://johndavidmann.com/ Randy Gage: https://www.randygage.com/ Sharon Lechter: https://sharonlechter.com/ Ken Honda: https://kenhonda.com/ Furry Friends: https://furryfriendsadoption.org/ +++++ More than Work Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @morethanworkpod Please review and follow anywhere you get podcasts. Thank you for listening. Have feedback? Email morethanworkpod(at)gmail.com!
49 minutes | Sep 14, 2022
"Better than sitting on your ass and just moaning about it," with Digital Mobilisation Strategist Paul de Gregorio
This week’s guest is Paul de Gregorio, Digital Mobilisation Strategist and Founder at Rally. Paul works with organisations to help them come up come up with ways to bring together all of the public-facing elements to drive actions such as fundraising or advocacy. He started out in political fundraising with the Labour Party and has worked with political and social organisations since. The areas he’s chosen to focus on are borne out of Paul’s own background being the son of Italian immigrants and being aware of how is family was treated but also the impact of witnessing activism in his teens and living through specific events in the 1980s in England and seeing people fighting against injustice. Paul’s story of discovering he could have a career in what he doest today is one to hear. He started out in the mail room of an agency that focused on charity and political organisations and progressed through positions from there until he was Client Services Director. Paul founded Rally when he saw the same things happen over and over and truly believed in the approach of digital mobilisation which wasn’t a total fit within agencies. In founding his own agency, he can empower organisations with that focus. Through the Rally network, he can bring together others in various areas of expertise to work with him and each other when they are needed. We chat extensively about causes Paul supports and the impact each individual can have. Listen up for all of that plus what Paul does to disconnect and the invaluable advice he gives. Note from Rabiah (Host): Paul de Gregorio is a legend. I’m using the term in the way I’ve heard it used since living in the UK. He’s someone who is constantly speaking up and working to positively impact others and embodies More Than Work. I was chuffed when he agreed to spend some time chatting with me and in listening back while editing became re-energized. +++++ Find Paul Paul’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/pauldegregorio Paul’s Newsletter https://tinyletter.com/pauldegregorio Paul’s Rant: https://medium.com/@pauldegregorio/some-new-rules-f8380d5b6ccf Rally’s Website: https://www.wearerally.co.uk/ Rally’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/LifeAtRally +++++ Mentioned in this episode: Stonewall: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/ Mermaids: https://mermaidsuk.org.uk/ AOC: https://ocasio-cortez.house.gov/ VEEP https://twitter.com/veephbo +++++ More than Work Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @morethanworkpod Please review and follow anywhere you get podcasts. Thank you for listening. Have feedback? Email morethanworkpod(at)gmail.com!
37 minutes | Sep 7, 2022
"Have a game plan and work really hard," with Mitlin Financial Founder Larry Sprung
This week’s guest is Larry Sprung, founder and wealth advisor. Larry is the founder of Mitlin Financial and the story of the naming of the firm is a sweet one. His reasons for going into wealth management are a reflection of the values shared in his family and the result of his upbringing. It is his way of serving others through the work he does. Larry also created the Mitlin Money Mindset podcast. After publishing a blog but wanting to say more in a different way, the podcast was started as an opportunity to share content in a different way. Guests talk about getting into the success mindset and more. Until recently, Larry served on the national board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. His involvement with the organization began after facing the loss of his wife’s brother. He started out by doing a golf fundraiser and now along with is wife, partners with romance authors for a book fundraiser every May. Through all of the efforts, they have raised over $1.7 million dollars for AFPA. Peconic Hockey Foundation is another place Larry gives his time and effort. They are bringing hockey and awareness of the sport on the East end of Lang Island with the ultimate goal of building a facility so more families have access to the sport. Note from Rabiah (Host): Listening back during editing, I remembered that was having a major hay fever bout during this episode! Don’t worry, I cut out the coughing fit! This episode coincidentally is being posted during Suicide Prevention Week. The work that the guest Larry and his wife have taken up for this cause is extraordinary. They turned tragedy into action and if you’ve been listening to the podcast for a while you’ll know that this is something I hold dear after my own losses around other circumstances and with regard to my own mental health. I’ve made a modest donation to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund to thank Larry for sharing his story and encourage you to do the same! TW: mention of suicide +++++ Find Larry Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lawrencesprung Mitlin Financial Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mitlinfinancial Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/larry_sprung MitlinFinancial Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mitlinfinancial/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lawrencesprung/ Mitlin Financial LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mitlinfinancial/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lawrence_Sprung Mitlin Financial Twitter: https://twitter.com/MitlinFinancial Podcast: mitlinmoneymindset.com Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/MitlinMoney +++++ Mentioned in this episode: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: https://afsp.org/ Keith Milano Memorial Fund:
46 minutes | Aug 30, 2022
“Age is a number,” with Colour Alchemist Founder Martina Carello
This week’s guest is Martina Carello, founder of the Colour Alchemist Canada. In her business, she has sought to help others avoid mistakes that impede fashion business growth and success. Martina is also developing two clothing lines of her own including one that focuses on Gen X women and focuses not only on their bodies but also the stories the women have to tell. Martina’s love of clothes started early on and she was given her first sewing machine when she was eight. Though she started out in a liberal arts program when she first went to college, she ended up going to fashion college after reckoning with the passing of her grandmother who had been designer. She earned her degree in Fashion Design Marketing and even worked professionally during school. We talk about her purpose and also about the way times have changed. Our chat takes place on the eve of Martina’s 50th birthday which makes it a reflective and reverent time to talk about life and career. Note from Rabiah (Host): It was fun talking to Martina, especially in the moments about nostalgia. We grew up at a similar time where our kind of play led to scraped knees and learning lessons about how to interact with friends IRL. She is making an impact while working in an area she loves. She shares an important lesson on how we can make am impact anywhere if that’s what we want to do. +++++ Find Martina Colour Alchemist: https://www.colouralchemist.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/colouralchemistcanada/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/MartinaCarello LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martinacarello/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/colouralchemistcanada/ Myka Soula: https://www.mykasoula.com/ +++++ More than Work Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @morethanworkpod Please review and follow anywhere you get podcasts. Thank you for listening. Have feedback? Email morethanworkpod(at)gmail.com!
44 minutes | Aug 10, 2022
“Starting is probably the hardest thing to do’” with Life Balance Coach Sara Deacon
This week’s guest is Sara Deacon, Life Balance Coach for Better Adulting, and podcaster. Sara was working in postpartum care but once the pandemic hit, she began coaching full time when things went virtual. Her work became focused on young adults and teenagers. She works with them on decisions, understanding how to live in their core values and how to cope with different situations. After her eldest son started learning karate, Sara decided to take on that challenge too and now she teaches martial arts part time. We chat about the lessons learned in practicing martial arts and starting such an activity as an adult. Martial Arts & Crafts podcast where she talks about creativity and discipline, and freedom and structure. Throughout, we also chat about the importance of positive self-talk which is something Sara is passionate about. Note from Rabiah (Host): I change things up for this week and am going to stop recording an intro to the podcast unless I feel like it’ll add to the episodes. This should save listeners 2-5 minutes and me quite a bit of editing time so I can keep bringing you More Than Work. This episode with Sara is an easy listen and made me think more about what words I choose to talk about myself, in a perfect week for that to happen. I’m off to Edinburgh for Edinburgh Fringe tomorrow! Enjoy the show. +++++ Find Sara Website: saradeacon.com Podcast: https://pod.link/1535514321 Facebook (Coaching): https://www.facebook.com/saradeaconcoach Instagram (Coaching): https://www.instagram.com/saradeaconcoach Twitter (Coaching): https://www.twitter.com/saradeaconcoach Facebook (Podcast): https://facebook.com/mymartialartsncrafts Instagram (Podcast): https://instagram.com/mymartialartsncrafts +++++ More than Work Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @morethanworkpod Please review and follow anywhere you get podcasts. Thank you for listening. Have feedback? Email morethanworkpod(at)gmail.com!
55 minutes | Aug 3, 2022
“We're having a human experience,” with multimedia artist Aunia Kahn
This week’s guest is Aunia Kahn, multimedia artist and creative entrepreneur. She founded both Rise Visible (formerly Light Owl Design) and Create for Healing which we discuss. Rise Visible is a full-service branding, design and marketing agency. She started her career in web and graphic design just by chance when she was a musician and wanted to design her own album cover. The story is a good one so listen for that in the first 5 minutes of the episode. We talk about the benefits and challenges of having your own business. Aunia is also open about living with a chronic illness and what that entails. She has has EDS, a disorder of the body’s connective tissue and explains this more as well as PoTS. Reality of living with a chronic illness and the ups and downs. Create for Healing is an educational platform that combines healing with fun and creativity. Aunia, a renowned artist, used healing and art in her own life and this platform is her gift to others, providing affordable art and programs to help people with their own healing and creativity. Listen for all this and how Aunia has become her own advocate and has taken a really realistic and grounded approach to everything! Note from Rabiah (Host): Those who live with a chronic illness have an understanding of others in the same position, even when the illnesses are different. I had not heard of EDS before meeting with Aunia but we understood some common issues we have as she lives with EDS and I live with Multiple Sclerosis. As the reader, you are facing your own challenges too. This chat felt like a talk with a friend who had done a lot of work and was meeting me at the level where I feel like I’m gotten to and that is a compliment. I hope you feel the same as you listen or it helps get you there! +++++ Find Aunia Website: https://auniakahn.com/ Rise Visible: https://risevisible.com/ Create for Healing: https://createforhealing.com/ +++++ Mentioned in this episode: Jencey Keaton Episode: https://www.rabiahsaid.com/podcast/s5e8-jencey-keeton +++++ More than Work Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @morethanworkpod Please review and follow anywhere you get podcasts. Thank you for listening. Have feedback? Email morethanworkpod(at)gmail.com!
48 minutes | Jul 27, 2022
"Tepid regards..." with Joey Held, writer and podcaster
This week’s guest is Joey Held, writer and podcaster. Joey resides in Austin, TX but just before we chatted had attended the LA Times Festival of books in support of his book “Kind, But Kind of Weird: Short Stories on Life's Relationships”. He even had an encounter with a star of the New Girl who people have said the book reminds them of! During lockdown, Joey started a newsletter called Crisp Bounce Pass that looks at the intersection of basketball and pop culture. It’s still going. We chat about that, his very first book and also his work at a creative agency. Oh, and he is also in a band. His podcast, Good People, Cool Things is what you’ll want to tune into after hearing this interview. Come along now and learn about Joey. He might turn your frown upside down! Note from Rabiah (Host): This episode was recorded a couple of months ago and ironically I mention the weather is never warm in London. This week we had the biggest heat wave in years! It was a lot of fun talking about communication styles and learning about Joey and his work. I have a feeling that after listening he’s the kind of person you’ll want as a colleague and a friend. See what you think! PS: there could have been many titles but this statement from Joey makes me laugh over and over again! +++++ Find Joey Website: joeyheld.com Crisp Bounce Pass: https://crispbouncepass.com/ The Burning Years: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4otyX8oeBPD3UENd0VyY9r Twitter: https://twitter.com/josephcurrency +++++ Mentioned in this episode: LA Times Festival of Books: https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/ Max Greenfield: https://twitter.com/iamgreenfield Wattpad - https://www.wattpad.com/ David Shabani: http://www.ifeelgoodrightnow.com/ KLOVE Austin: https://listen.klove.com/ Nate Bargatze: https://natebargatze.com/ +++++ More than Work Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @morethanworkpod Please review and follow anywhere you get podcasts. Thank you for listening. Have feedback? Email morethanworkpod(at)gmail.com!
38 minutes | Jul 13, 2022
Feed Drop - Creativity Found Podcast with Rabiah as the guest
For the first time on More Than Work, the podcast is doing a feed drop! This means that another podcast is dropping into this feed. Welcome Creativity Found podcast! The host and creator of Creativity found interviewed the host of More Than Work, Rabiah Coon, and that episode is featured here this week. We get into a few things I don’t get to dive into much like why I started comedy, where my creativity stems from and why I started this podcast! Note from Rabiah (Host): I have enjoyed meeting and getting to know Claire over the past year or more. She has a special podcast that gives a lot of inspiration and it was an honor to be her guest. I am glad to share this episode with you and will be back with a regular interview next week! +++++ Find Claire and Rabiah Creativity Found: creativityfound.co.uk Rabiah Coon: https://www.rabiahsaid.com +++++ Mentioned in this episode: New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine +++++ More than Work Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @morethanworkpod Please review and follow anywhere you get podcasts. Thank you for listening. Have feedback? Email morethanworkpod(at)gmail.com!