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24 minutes | Mar 1, 2022
#131 How true crime podcasts can get us to recognise bias
Welcome to the 131st episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast.This month’s theme is all about recognition. In particular, recognising things we may take for granted and things outside our sphere of reference. So, in today’s episode, I’m going to be talking about how true crime podcasts can help us to see bias.In today’s showWhy I decided to connect bias and true crime podcasts. [01:15]What unconscious bias is [02:35]Some of the podcasts that I listened to that brought this to the forefront for me. [05:03]Different types of biases. [06:45]The role that bias had to play in some of the scams. [12:47] Quotes from The Body Keeps the ScoreUnconscious bias refers to a bias, is something that we're unaware of, and it happens outside of our control.Past experiences influence our thinking.We see the world as we are not as it is.We may also ignore the faults of people we like, and notice the faults of more of people from groups we unconsciously don't like.When people are more tired, and under time pressure, the more vulnerable they are. ResourcesThinking Fast and SlowLeaders Guide to Unconscious BiasACAS: Dealing with Unconscious Bias Work with meJoin my mailing list where you will receive a copy of my e-Book The Mentally Healthy Leading Manager: https://bit.ly/MHLMEBK21Have a look at my online work-life balance course on Thinkific. You can access it here: http://bit.ly/DMMHPONCOne hour focused Sessions £150 1-2-1Power Hour Sessions for OrganisationsComplete the form to discuss your training needs: https://forms.gle/hgnYtmTu33Zeem489Check out my FAQs here: https://diverseminds.co.uk/solutions/coaching/You can learn more about the coaching I do to support your wellbeing here. Subscribe to the podcast If you enjoyed this episode, then consider subscribing on Apple podcast, Spotify or wherever you access your podcasts from.If you enjoyed it, why not leave a review? You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Remember to tune in next week, where I’ll bring you more insights on mental health and inclusion.
42 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
#130 Trauma Recovery through Yoga with Ava Riby-Williams
Welcome to the 130th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast.This month’s focus is all about giving and sharing, and today we are going to be talking about trauma recovery through somatic movement for ourselves and others.And to join me to do this is the wonderful, Ava Riby-Williams.About my guest Ava Riby-WilliamsAva is a queer artist, community facilitator, activist, yoga teacher and student, of Ghanaian and Indian descent, living in London. Her work focuses on using creativity to connect, and guiding groups into deeper contemplation about issues concerning their liberation and wellbeing - on personal and collective levels.As a guide, Ava is clear that the point of her work is to encourage students to become their own inner teachers: she does this with young people and adults. Ava is driven by the importance of making healing practises accessible to isolated and marginalised communities as a tool to unwind trauma; she has been facilitating and creating training in this field since 2017.She is passionate about creating safe, accessible spaces for self-exploration, expression and acceptance, and is deeply curious about how we can do this across lines of oppression.With over 10 years of Yoga, creative practice, facilitation and performance experience, her teaching is often woven with song, poetry and play as a way to deepen our capacity to Love and experience life. In today’s show onAbout Ava Riby-Williams and what she does. [02:35]What it's like for her being a yoga teacher of color. [05:53]Why she decided to become a yoga teacher. [09:29]What the term somatic movement means to her. [12:50]Her top 3 tips for looking after her mental health. [35:53] Quotes onThe word somatic basically means just of the body.Everyone deserves to be nourished and resourced. Everyone is worthy of that, no matter how hard or long a person is working.It is helpful to give people a space to connect in a way that isn't necessarily just about the themes of work, but does facilitate their connection and openness with one another.I used movement as a way to discharge, express, celebrate what it is that I'm feeling.I do a lot of work around helping people to get out of their heads, and helping people to get out of the framework of "doing it right". Connect with my guest and learn more aboutAva on InstagramAva's website Work with meHave a look at my online work-life balance course on Thinkific. You can access it here: http://bit.ly/DMMHPONCOne hour focused Sessions £150 1-2-1Power Hour Sessions for OrganisationsComplete the form to discuss your training needs: https://forms.gle/hgnYtmTu33Zeem489Check out my FAQs here: https://diverseminds.co.uk/solutions/coaching/You can learn more about the coaching I do to support your wellbeing here. Subscribe to the podcast If you enjoyed this episode, then consider subscribing on Apple podcast, Spotify or wherever you access your podcasts from.If you enjoyed it, why not leave a review? You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Remember to tune in next week, where I’ll bring you more insights on mental health and inclusion.
30 minutes | Feb 15, 2022
#129 Formulating empowering beliefs with Shazney Spence
Welcome to the 121st episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast.This month’s focus is all about sharing your story, and to join me in talking about this and empowering beliefs is Shazney Spence.About my guest Shazney SpenceShazney Spence is a personal coach and the Managing Director of EQuanimity Lifestyle & Success Coaching Ltd, she is a Public speaker, Reiki Master and Soul Coach. She personally develops and empowers people to live their best lives, coaching them on a 1-2-1 and group basis. In addition, Shazney provides non-clinical mental health consultative support services to corporate organisations. She is also a Diverse Minds Associate. Shazney supports her clients to attain a state of mental, emotional stability and balance through focused coaching, energy work and meditation. Through many years of coaching experience, Shazney is highly skilled at managing individual relationships with the purpose of enhancing their professional learning, effectiveness, and fulfilment. Shazney seeks to understand individuals’ goals and desires, helping the individual to meet them in an honest, unbiased, and purposeful manner. As the founder of The Super Soul Sanctuary, it is her mission to guide her clients to a space of clarity and calm replacing overwhelm with awareness and aligned intentional action. Shazney has worked with a worldwide range of clients from varied business cultures. Previously, during her 10-year career at Accenture, she was key in leading initiatives around Human Capital and driving change in the way mental health is viewed culturally within the organisation. As Mental Health Lead for Accenture’s UK division, Shazney was pivotal in engaging employees and leaders, leading conversations around mental health & wellbeing, facilitating monthly calls for those affected by mental health conditions.In today’s showAbout Shazney Spence and what she does. [02:35]How she got into her line of work and empowers people to do it. [03:57]What the term "empowering belief" means to her. [07:12]How workplaces can get more of their staff to think more about empowering beliefs. [21:28]Her top 3 tips for looking after her mental health. [25:58]QuotesI truly believe that we have disempowered we have disempowering beliefs, as well as empowering beliefs.I have a coach and I have had a coach for many years,I really invest in my own personal development, as well as my own spiritual and mental and emotional development.I practice breath-work and meditation.I think what the past few years has reinforced in people is that there is this need to take care of their emotions, the mind-body connection, to really think about what's important.Connect with my guest and learn more aboutShazney's websiteShazney on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook
21 minutes | Feb 8, 2022
#128 Reciprocity in a mentoring relationship
Welcome to the 128th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast.This month’s theme is all about giving and sharing. So, in today’s episode, I’m going to be talking about reciprocity in mentoring relationships, particularly reciprocal mentoring relationships.In today’s showAbout mentoring and how it's gained popularity over the years. [00:47]The difference between mentoring, coaching and sponsorships. [01:14]What mentoring, coaching and sponsorships have in common. [03:44]The specific benefits of reciprocal mentoring. [05:49]Some mentoring techniques to consider for your programme [15:56]QuotesMentoring could take place in a formal or informal way, inside of the workplace outside of the workplace.A mentor could be anyone in a position with experience desired by a mentee who can offer advice and support.Coaching is about asking those powerful questions to enable coachees to discover the answers themselves.A sponsor is a senior staff member invested in their protegees career success.Mentoring doesn't just have to be a conversation. ResourcesPodcast Episode #97: The art of listening to support someone Work with meJoin my mailing list where you will receive a copy of my e-Book The Mentally Healthy Leading Manager: https://bit.ly/MHLMEBK21Have a look at my online work-life balance course on Thinkific. You can access it here: http://bit.ly/DMMHPONC
37 minutes | Feb 1, 2022
#127 Sharing Your Story with Shari Foos
Welcome to the 127th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast.This month’s focus is all about giving and sharing. Giving is one of the five ways to well-being developed by the New Economics Foundation in 2009.To join me in talking about this in more detail is Shari Foos.About my guest Shari FoosShari is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles, and a Master of Science in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University. As a sought-after expert on the subjects of relationships and meaningful connection,Shari’s writing and commentary have appeared in a range of online and print publications, including Real Simple, Huffington Post, Thrive, Shondaland, Women’s Health, and Bustle.Shari has developed The Narrative Method is an award-winning approach to building meaningful human connections by helping individuals reframe how they see themselves and others through the process of sharing stories.TNM programs and products are designed to peel away participants' negative or false beliefs imposed by cultural and social influences to help them rebuild their understanding of themselves and the world. In today’s show onAbout Shari Foos and how she developed the narrative method. [03:50]What sharing her story means to her. [06:22]All about her DIY human cards and how you can use them. [10:29]What workplaces can do to introduce a narrative method style approach into their organisations. [25:11]Her top 3 tips for looking after her mental health. [30:49]Quotes onEvery group struggles with the projections of others positive or negative,I just get so much energy from having real conversations with people.When you connect with the beat of your heart, you are connecting from your dominant part to all the other parts inside of yourself.Everyone you come into contact with is a relationship,Brilliant ideas can come from everywhere, when they're invited.Connect with my guest and learn more aboutShari's websiteShari on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin
21 minutes | Jan 25, 2022
#126 Book Review: The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk
Welcome to the 126th episode of the award-winning DM podcast. This month’s theme is mind-body connection and how our physical health supports our mental health and how our mental health supports our physical health. So, on today’s episode, I’m going to be talking about the book The Body Keeps The Score by Dr Bessel Van Der Kolk.
27 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
#125 Doing Less, Being More with Karen Liebenguth
Welcome to the 125th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. This month the focus is on the connection of physical and mental health. Today, we are talking about doing less and being more with Karen Liebenguth. Karen is someone I have referenced and talked about in previous episodes of the podcast on nature and mental health. So, I’m really pleased that she could join us today in person.
21 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
#124 How to start conversations about Mental Health at work
Welcome to the 124th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast.This month’s theme is mind-body connection, how our physical health supports our mental health and how our mental health supports our physical health. So, in today’s episode, I talk about how to have wellbeing conversations where physical health may help to open up the conversations about mental health.In today’s show onWhy I decided to make an episode on this topic. [00:53]Some statistics about stress in the workplace. [03:39]How stress can manifest itself in our bodies. [04:40]Some emotional symptoms of stress. [06:24]How to have conversations with someone showing stress-related symptoms. [11:32]Quotes onStress is a very physical sensation.Unfortunately, stress is really seen as an integral part of day to day life. But the ongoing physical impacts are very significant indeed.Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension, resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.Stress can be super helpful to enable us to perform or to meet deadlines and motivate us to do our best.Chronic stress can contribute significantly to physical problems such as heart disease, hypertension, high blood pressure, and bone density issues, Resources connected toPodcast Episode #97: The art of listening to support someonePodcast Episode #4: Do you wear stress as a badge of honour?Podcast Episode #62: Mindfulness and Managing StressPodcast Episode #114: Identifying and Combatting BurnoutBlog post: How to Handle Stressful ThoughtsBlog post: How to address your stress
26 minutes | Dec 28, 2021
#122 Round-up of 2021: My Year of Gratitude
On today’s episode, I’m going to be giving you a round-up for 2021 and the reflections from the year. In today’s showWhy I'm not a fan of setting new years resolutions and what I prefer doing instead. [01:07]How 2020 was much harder for me than 2021. [01:42]Why I like to do a round-up at the end of the year. [03:38]What I've learned in the year 2021. [04:40]A tribute to Sandra Brown. [20:29]QuotesThe end of the Gregorian calendar is often a time for the West for reflection for many people.I don't know about you, but I found 2021 Much harder than 2020.This is my fourth full year of business, which has been great. But it's been a really tough year for me personally.I think being grateful for those tiny things, and taking it a day at a time from someone pre-pandemic, who was a super planner has been a really big achievement for me.I do feel incredibly lucky to be alive for so many reasons.
23 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
#121 Weaving Heritage into Fashion with Parasto Qalandri
Welcome to the 121st episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast.This month, the podcast has focussed on access and accessibility. Thinking about how certain groups have access to certain careers and others don’t.In today's episode, I am so excited and delighted to be speaking to an award-winning burgeoning fashion designer Parastro Qalandri. About my guest Parastro QalandriShamsher is one of the founding Directors at Communities Inc and has worked with a range of diverse communities experiencing discrimination for 30 years. She is passionate about tackling inequalities, empowering people and creating opportunities for people to make better choices.Shamsher developed the Stand by Me project to tackle bystander apathy in responding to hate crimes and incidents which are unfortunately increasing across the UK. Stand by Me goes some way to tackling the barriers people have to help others when they experience hate and hostility (they don’t know what to do and are concerned about their own safety).It has also been adapted to tackle prejudice and discrimination in the workplace with a focus on those that witness this rather than those that experience it. This approach has gained much attention and has grown from a pilot project in Nottingham in 2018 to a national rollout across England, Scotland, and Wales, supported by Google.org.Through this project, Communities Inc are offering a free one-day training program at no cost to participants.In today’s showAbout Shamsher Chohan and Communities Inc. [02:16]Her thoughts on how South Asian women are looked at in the workplace. [03:21]What do the terms "active bystander and upstander" mean to her. [07:21]How we can all build stronger communities by calling out inequalities faced by the most disadvantaged groups. [11:07]Her top 3 tips for looking after her mental health. [26:42]QuotesEvery time I watch the news, my brain is engaging in work mode.It's important to do the right thing, even if it means going against the social norms and being ostracised.Everyone is entitled to respect and dignity, including those we disagree with.When people do complain and raise issues, take them seriously and take action so that everybody else in the organisation sees that it's worth raising these issues.If somebody intervenes, within 10 seconds of an incident starts, then 50% of the time, they can de-escalate or stop that situation.Connect with my guest and learn more aboutEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgCommunities Inc websiteCommunities Inc on Youtube, Facebook, and TwitterShamsher on LinkedIn
21 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
# 120 Having Conversations about Workplace Adjustments
Welcome to the 120th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. This month is Disability History Month 2021 and in today's episode, I talk about how to support staff who may need reasonable or workplace adjustments to help them thrive at work.In today’s showWhy I decided to make make an episode on this topic. [00:46]The definition of disability according to the Equality Act 2010. [02:28]Some examples of conditions that are considered a disability. [02:42]What workplaces can do to support staff with a disability. [10:55]How workplace adjustments can enable and empower people to do their job. [13:51]
22 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
Universal Design and why it's so important
Welcome to the 119th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. This month is Disability History Month 2021!In today's episode, I am going to talk about universal design and why it’s so important.
39 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
#118 Turning grief into fuel with Dipti Tait
Welcome to the 118th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast.This month’s focus is on managing adversity, and grief is a huge part of it. With the CV-19 Pandemic, grief has been at the forefront perhaps more than in the last 70+ years.It is usually incredibly challenging to cope with the grief and the bereavement of a loved one, a friend or someone you knew. Suffering a loss during shielding or lockdown restrictions may have prevented you from being able to spend final precious moments with them before they passed away or being able to say goodbye in person, perform religious ceremonies or attend a funeral.Grief also spreads beyond bereavement and into any kind of change and in fact even joyous moments. It is essentially a part of everyday life, but do we acknowledge this. To join me in talking about this more is grief expert Dipti Tait.Listen to the episodeIf you enjoyed this episode, then consider subscribing on Apple podcast, Spotify or wherever you access your podcasts from.About my guest Dipti TaitDipti Tait is the author of Good Grief and Planet Grief, she is a Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist, Sleep Expert and Mental/Emotional Health Lecturer. She has over 15 years of experience as a therapist and runs a very busy online hypnotherapy practice and sees around 100 clients a month.She has founded her own Hypnosis system called Free Flow Transformation Therapy™ and uses this powerful system with all her clients. You will find Dipti sitting on the Breakfast TV Sofa as well as a regular guest on BBC Radio. She is a Relaxation Ambassador and is known for her powerful demonstrations in Free-Flow Trance / Deep Hypnotic Relaxation.Dipti has helped thousands of people with all aspects of grief and mental and emotional health, specialising in helping people with sleep disorders as well as supporting people to cope with all aspects of loss, cancer and terminal illness.Dipti is truly passionate about the human mind and helps people successfully navigate emotional overwhelm. Dipti teaches her clients how to manage their minds well, so they can manage their lives better.There’s no easy way to manage grief, and there is no one “right” way but you can do things to avoid making your suffering worse.In today’s show onAbout Dipti Tait and how she became a hypnotherapist and a grief expert. [03:06]Her process and thoughts around turning grief into fuel. [15:06]How we can all have conversations about grief and loss. [26:00]What businesses could be doing to acknowledge grief in the workplace. [28:07]Her top 3 tips for looking after her mental health. [32:43] Quotes onI became a grief expert purely because I went through grief.Hypnotherapy is teaching people to reconnect and revisit with their imagination in a positive way rather than a negative way.We can't force anybody else to like grief or be comfortable with it.I think books, podcasts and YouTube videos are really useful because people can get the help they need without having to go to a therapist and talk things through if that's not what they really want to do.So I basically practice what I teach. Connect with my guest and learn more aboutVisit her websiteDipti on Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and TwitterDownload her app
29 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
#117 Talking about Toxic Masculinity with Kevin Brazant
Welcome to the 117th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. This month’s theme is all about challenging adversity and adverse circumstances.Friday the 19th of November was International Men’s Day. It celebrates worldwide the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities.So this month, we highlight positive role models and raise awareness of men’s well-being. One of the six pillars of International Men’s Day is to improve gender relations and promote gender equality not only for men but for women too. In this light, our theme for 2021 is “Better relations between men and women.”A key part of creating better relations between genders is recognising and discussing Toxic Masculinity. Coined in 1980s men’s movements, “toxic masculinity” spread to therapeutic and social policy settings in the early 21st century, coined by Shepherd Bliss an academic and leader in the mythopoetic men’s movement.To join me to talk about this in further detail is Kevin Brazant Founder and CEO of Daddy CPR limited.Connect with my guest and learn more aboutKevin J Brazant on TwitterDaddy CPR on Twitter and LinkedInDaddy CPR's NewsletterLounge Akademics Work with meHave a look at my online work-life balance course on Thinkific. You can access it here: http://bit.ly/DMMHPONC
30 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
#116 Tackling Bystander Apathy with Shamsher Chohan
Welcome to the 116th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast, and this week is national anti-bullying week and this year's theme is one kind word. In today's episode, we talk about what we can do to tackle bystander apathy. To join me to talk about this is Shamsher Chohan.
27 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
#115 Managing Adversity and Stress as a Parent with Christine Brown Quinn
Welcome to the 115th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. The focus this month is stress awareness and how stress can impact us in various ways. In today’s episode, we talk about managing adversity, especially if you are a parent. To join me in doing this is Christine Brown-Quinn, the founder and owner of The Female Capitalist®, an international career consultancy based in the UK designed to share with professional women globally, practical, hands-on business strategies for career progression and work-life balance.
14 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
#114 Identifying and Combating Burnout
12 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
# 113 Ensuring a Black History Month 365 Approach
Welcome to the 113th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. In today’s episode, I talk about ensuring a Black History Month 365 approach, as we draw towards the end of Black History Month and towards the season of winter.In today’s show onWhat Black History Month 365 is all about. [00:54]Why you should care about Black History Month 365 approach. [01:17]Some ways I've seen some organisations wrongly approach Black History Month events. [02:00]What organisations can do to have a better Black History Month 365 approach. [03:05]Some ideas for organisations celebrating Black History Month for the first time. [09:06]Quotes onBlack History 365 is about conscious shift to truly understand black contributions, excellence and legacies in society today.if you want to change the usual way of doing things and set yourself ahead of the pack, you don't want to appear tokenistic.Black History Month is vital, and one month, much like South Asian History Month, is not enough to recognise the ongoing inequalities, inequity, history and truths.There's old fashioned language and there's hate speech.Tokenism isn't helpful. And although it may be done with the right intention, the impact can be harmful. Resources onBlack History Cymru/WalesCelebrating Black History 365Black History Haringey 365Royal Central School of Speech and DramaEpisode #9: How to organise meaningful Black History Month Events at workWork with meIf you enjoyed the content why not subscribe to my bi-monthly newsletter. You can access it here: http://bit.ly/MHLMEBKLNKMy coaching solutions can be accessed here: https://diverseminds.co.uk/solutions/coaching/
33 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
#112 Cultural Money Stories and Mindsets with Talia Loderick
About my guest Talia LoderickTalia Loderick is a Money Coach, based in Cardiff. She calls her money coaching practice TLC because when she realised the acronym for Tender Loving Care also stands for Talia Loderick Coaching she almost swooned with joy. Because who doesn’t need a dose of TLC from time to time? Rhetorical question – we all do. Talia offers one-to-one coaching helping women understand their emotions and beliefs around money so they can improve their behaviour with money, feel better and be better with money. Talia also delivers financial education workshops to 11-19-year-olds, helping young people build lifelong money-management skills.In today’s show on Cultural Money Stories and MindsetsAbout Talia, and her coaching practice. [02:20]How she became a money coach. [07:30]What the term “good with money” means to her. [11:23]The specific money mindsets and challenges Global Majority women face [15.20]How there is finally a space for Black women to talk about money [21.12]What workplaces can do to encourage more money conversations amongst their employees [23:59]Her top 3 tips for looking after her mental health. [29:15]Quotes on Cultural Money Stories and MindsetsUnless you know what drives your behaviour, it’s really hard to change your behaviour.Many of women from, global majority /diaspora backgrounds, are taught explicitly and also by modelled behaviour, to support others first, to care for others first, to nurture everyone around us.In order to look after others well, we need to look after ourselves.It’s really hard to motivate yourself from a place of negativity.Financial wellbeing to me, means having enough for my day to day needs.Connect with my guest and learn more aboutEmail: email@example.comTalia’s websiteTalia on Instagram and LinkedIn
39 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
#111 Black women in Menopause with Nina Kuypers
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