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The Unstoppable Teen Podcast with Kevin Mincher
29 minutes | 4 years ago
#45: 3 essential elements of teen health
Health is one of those things that many teenagers take for granted. We tend not to fully appreciate it while we’ve got it. But as soon as you’re unwell, you realise that health is a vital element of your life. In case you’re not convinced that teen health is something we need to talk more about, here are some statistics we’ve found from the research we’ve conducted in high schools this year... Less than 3% of young people who completed our surveys are consuming the recommended daily portions of fruits and vegetables. Less than 20% of students are hydrating enough, and around the same number are getting sufficient sleep. Shocking statistics like this will inevitably lead to problems. Is it any wonder that we’re seeing rapidly increasing rates of preventable illnesses and diseases in teenagers? If you have poor lifestyle habits and regularly fail to give yourself what you need to be healthy, it’s just a matter of time before something bad happens. Thankfully, there are lots of things you can do to improve your health and wellbeing. That’s what this episode of The Unstoppable Teen Podcast is all about ☺ Research shows that the average young person in Britain today spends less time outdoors than an average prison inmate. You will learn: Health is more than just the absence of disease. (2:41) Young people now have poorer levels of health than during World War II when food was rationed. (4:23) The first essential element of teen health is your physical health. Kevin divides this into four sections that you can take action to improve. (8:01) How many portions of fruits and vegetables we need to consume every day in order to be healthy (clue: it’s more than five!). (8:41) How a teenager’s mouth is different to an adult’s mouth and how that can cause problems with healthy eating. (10:45) What we need to do hydrate ourselves properly. (11:34) Regular exercise is essential for good teen health. (12:10) Your posture doesn’t just impact your physical wellbeing. It affects your mental and emotional health too. (13:40) Inappropriate use of technology is preventing many young people from getting the rest they need to be healthy. (14:57) The second essential element of teen health is mental health. (16:08) Mental health, just like physical health, doesn’t happen on its own. You need to train the mind for good mental health. (18:08) The third essential element of teen health is your emotional health. (20:36) Mental health, emotional heath and physical health are interlinked. Improving one of these elements can have a positive impact on the other two. (22:29) There’s a difference is between being fit and being healthy. It’s important to focus on the latter instead of only thinking about the former. (26:04) Click here to view this content on the Unstoppable Teen website >> “Health is about having the energy you need to live well and achieve your greatest goals.” Kevin Mincher – Teen Life Coach Get expert help with your health Nobody at Unstoppable Teen is a qualified health professional, so please make sure you get expert advice from your doctor a or a qualified practitioner before making any changes to your health routines. You can get FREE help if you’re struggling with mental and emotional issues from Mind, the Samaritans, and Childline. You may also like these episodes: #35: 5 solutions for teen stress #12: Q&A – I’m embarrassed about my body #1: 5 things you need to be GREAT at (if you want a great life) Spread the healthy word! Good health is the foundation to creating the life of your dreams. Please share this episode with anyone think might be interested in teen health (or needs to take more of an interest because their health isn’t as good as it could be!). Please share your teen health tips in the comments section below. If you have questions or thoughts for a future episode, contact us anytime via our social media channels or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for listening!
48 minutes | 4 years ago
#44: Communication skills and careers advice from Solopreneur Hour host Michael O'Neal
We all know how important it is for young people to develop high quality communication skills and receive up-to-date careers advice in order to succeed in the modern jobs market. If you don’t get that guidance in school, you have to get it elsewhere. That’s where this episode of The Unstoppable Teen Podcast comes in… You’re about to listen in to a conversation between Kevin Mincher and Michael O’Neal. Michael is the inspirational host of the Solopreneur Hour Podcast. He’s an expert in communication, social media, and how to start your own successful business. Michael is the first to admit he was a bit of a bad lad in high school, but he discovered his passions and ended up creating a great life for himself. He understands what it’s like to be a struggling teen, and he gives some brilliant insights on how to discover the right career for you. In fact, this entire episode is packed with fantastic wisdom and advice for teenagers, parents and educators about what it takes to have a fantastic life. “Building relationships, more than anything in the world, will help your business life, it will help your love life, it will help your recreational life, it will help all of it.” Michael O’Neal – Host of The Solopreneur Hour Podcast You will learn: Even though you might speak the same language as someone else, your accent and range of vocabulary can get in the way of good communication. (2:40) Not everyone has to become an entrepreneur. You can do well and build a fab career life for yourself by specialising in a trade. (5:01) Why it’s important to gain lots of work experience. (6:24) What Michael was like when he was a teenager… It wasn’t all good! (9:06) How Michael got his life on track and became successful today. (15:22) Tips on how to break the ice when meeting new people. (17:39) What the FORM Method is, and how you can use it to have a good conversation with anyone. (20:56) Why you should attend conferences and meet new people. (25:16) Why it’s important to, “Get your face out of your phone.” (26:50) Some tips for successful building your social media following. (30:17) The difference between an entrepreneur and a solopreneur. (32:50) Advice for people who might want to become a solopreneur. (35:38) How to recognise when you’ve found the right thing to do with your life. (41:22) What Michael believes it takes to be unstoppable. (43:49) Click here to view this content on the Unstoppable Teen website >> “People like people that are like themselves, and they work with people they like.” Michael O’Neal – Host of The Solopreneur Hour Podcast Learn more from Michael O’Neal You can keep up with Michael O’Neal via his social media channels. He’s on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Instagram as @solohour. Michael has a free online course called Conferencetopia, you can use to improve your communication and networking skills. Check I out here >> Michael also has a new coaching program called The Art of the Interview, that students and teachers could use to create an inspirational podcast for your school. Find out more via this link. You may also like these episodes: #38: STEM, learning languages and innovating (Interview with MIT director Dr Luis Perez-Breva #34: Teenage pregnancy, body confidence and career success (Interview with fashion blogger Natascha Cox) #30: Secrets of teen success (Interview with best-selling author and Business Speaker of the Year Richard Gerver) Please help us help more teenagers Students, parents, and teachers can benefit from the fantastic communication skills and careers advice in this episode. So if you know someone who struggles when connecting with others (especially in a work environment), or who’s unsure of what to do for a career, pass this episode on to them! What did you like about this episode? Please share your communication and careers advice in the comments section below. Let us know what topics you’d like us to cover in future episodes. We’re here to help you, so contact us anytime via our social media channels or email email@example.com. Thanks for listening!
26 minutes | 4 years ago
#43: Top 10 employability skills for young people
Would you like to get a part-time job, internship, voluntary position, or even achieve your dream career? If so, do you know what employers are looking for during the interview process? It turns out that school grades and qualifications aren’t enough. There are other employability skills and character traits that employers look for when recruiting young people. Your grades and qualifications might get you to the interview stage of the recruitment process, but do you know what they are looking for next? That’s what this episode of The Unstoppable Teen Podcast is all about ☺ You see, here’s the thing… If you know don’t know what employers are looking for when they’re recruiting young people, it’s very difficult to show them you’ve got it. Ready to discover the top ten employability skills that researchers have discovered almost everyone need to do almost any job? “There’s an unhealthy obsession with academics in school, and a worrying lack of the other employability skills that young people need to have successful careers in the modern economy.” Kevin Mincher – Education Innovator You will learn: Why Kevin increasingly concerned about students’ lack of understanding about what it really takes to get a good job. (1:37) The role of good grades in getting a good job or career, and why grades alone aren’t enough. (3:30) What Kaplan and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills discovered in their research on the skills that almost everyone needs to do almost any job. (4:53) Why Kevin thinks the current curriculum taught in school has become unbalanced, and the shocking percentage of business leaders that believe school leavers are not ready for the world of work. (6:13) The first employability skill that employers are looking for: accountability. (9:10) Why emotional intelligence is the second employability skill that employers are looking for. (10:15) The third employability skill: having a positive mental attitude! (11:05) That effective communication is the fourth employability skill that young people need to develop. (12:34) Why the fifth skill that employers are looking for is high-quality problem-solving skills. (13:51) The sixth skill: resilience. (14:46) That strong self-confidence is the seventh skill employers are looking for. Just be careful not to cross the line from confidence to arrogance! (16:45) All about skill number eight is: high levels of curiosity. (18:23) That the ninth employability skill is adaptability, and why it’s so important to be flexible. (19:24) Why the tenth and final skill you need is commerciality, and what that actually means. (20:10) Some ways you can develop the employability skills discussed throughout this episode. (22:56) Click here to view this content on the Unstoppable Teen website >> “Modern employability skills need to become a more valued part of the national curriculum that is taught in all schools to all students. Until that happens, you need to master these skills in your own time at home.” Kevin Mincher – Teen Life Coach You may also like these episodes: #42: Live your passion (Interview with Adventurer and Mischief Maker Anna McNuff) #40: Developing teens’ financial literacy (Interview with Best-Selling Author Sharon Lechter) #3: How to start a successful career? Insights from millionaire entrepreneur and best-selling author Daniel Priestley Get ahead of the crowd! If you practice all of these employability skills until you’ve mastered them, we think you’ll have an advantage over the competition and you’ll be well on the way to creating your dream career ☺ Please share this episode with any teenagers (or adults!) you know who may be planning to interview for a position in the future. We’d also love to hear your careers advice for young people, so please share your thoughts in the comments section below. Let us know if you have questions or ideas for a future episode. You can contact us anytime via our social media channels or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for listening!
58 minutes | 4 years ago
#42: Live your passion (Interview with Adventurer and Mischief Maker Anna McNuff)
This episode of The Unstoppable Teen Podcast is all about how to live your passion – or how to find it, if you haven’t discovered it yet. All too often, I hear young people say “I’m bored.” As you’ll hear me explain, this boredom can lead to all kinds of negative behaviours such as disengagement in school, bullying, and even crime. If you’re familiar with that feeling of boredom and lack of motivation, be sure to listen in, because our guest today can help you overcome those feelings and get more excitement into your life. Ready to hear all about our special guest? She’s none other than the brilliant Anna McNuff, who has been voted one of the 50 Most Influential Travellers in the world and one of the top modern female adventurers of our time. During Anna’s adventures (which involve bikes and running shoes more than planes or trains), she raises money for charity and gives talks to schools. Her enthusiasm, sense of humour and sheer love for life are infectious – I’m confident you’ll catch them as you listen to our conversation. In this interview, Anna talks about how she failed to reach her childhood ambitions (to become and Olympic athlete like her mum and dad), but ended up achieving something far more fulfilling. It’s inspirational stuff, so tune in if you want to feel uplifted ☺ “People need to be doing things that they are so passionate about, they can’t think of doing anything else.” Anna McNuff – Adventurer & Mischief Maker You will learn: All about Ann’s latest adventure in The Andes Mountains. (3:37) What Anna was during her teen years. She describes her struggles in school and motivation issues. (7:49) How your level of motivation to do something is linked to how passionate you are about that thing. (9:39) Anna’s advice to those who don’t feel they fit in with the crowd or that they have a passion that doesn’t conform to the norms. (11:43) What parents and educators can do to help young people who haven’t found their passion yet. (13:12) Inspirational books that Anna recommends. (15:29) What it takes to become an Olympian, and how some people just aren’t prepared to make the sacrifices that are necessary. (19:00) That you have to choose your pain, because every goal requires a significant amount of effort. (22:22) How letting go of one goal can lead to opportunities for you to pursue even greater ambitions. (23:28) How Anna discovered that travel and adventure are her “thing”, and why it’s important to read regularly. (26:38) Which event made Anna realise that she needed more adventure in her life, and what her big “aha!” moment was. (28:00) How Anna decided to take her bike and cycle 11,000 miles around America. (31:13) What Anna did to prepare between the time she made her decision and the time she actually quit her job to cycle around America. (33:27) Some of the highlights and challenges of Anna’s trip to America. (39:03) What Anna did to turn adventure into her full-time profession. (41:58) All about Anna’s adventure in New Zealand where she ran 2000 miles! (43:58) Examples of mini-adventures Anna has done in between big trips. (45:18) What inspired Anna to cycle the length of the Andes. (49:55) The biggest things Anna has gained from all of her adventures and travels around the world. (51:56) What Anna believes it takes to be unstoppable. (54:28) “If you’re bored, you haven’t found the thing that excites you, or you haven’t found the right people to hang out with.” Anna McNuff – Adventurer & Mischief Maker Stay in touch with Anna McNuff You can follow Anna’s adventures and learn more from her via these channels: www.annamcnuff.comInstagramTwitterFacebook You may also like these episodes: #36: Transforming teen struggles into super success (Interview with England goalkeeper Tom Heaton) #17: From teen hell to all is well #1: 5 things teenagers need to be GREAT at (if you want a great life) Extend the adventure! If you know a teenager who’s a little bit apathetic, disengaged with life, still searching for their passion, or in a bit of a rut, this conversation may be the thing to spark their imagination and take their life to the next level. So please feel free to share it with anyone who you think might be interested! Let us know what problems you’re facing and what questions you’d us to answer in future episodes. We are here to help you, so contact us anytime via our social media channels or email email@example.com. Thanks for listening!
24 minutes | 4 years ago
#41: What to do in the last 24 hours before important tests and exams
I’ve been on tour recently, helping students all over the country prepare for their final high school tests and exams. After an event in the northwest of England, a student asked for some extra help: “Kev, nobody’s ever told me what to do the day before an exam. Have you got any tips that will help me perform at my best?” I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: many schools are failing to show students how to perform at their best under pressure. They seem to think it’s sufficient to teach the curriculum and say a few encouraging words. But that’s not good enough. So as we head into exam season, I want to change that by offering some extra help. It turns out that top achievers in sport, entertainment and business have certain routines they do before important performances that enable them to perform at their best. The same routines can be used by students to succeed in school. In this episode of The Unstoppable Teen Podcast, you’ll hear tips on what to do (and what and to avoid!) in the 24 hours before tests and exams in order to boost your chances of getting the grades you want. “You don’t have to be perfect in order to pass tests and exams. Mistakes are inevitable. Just keep doing your best.” Kevin Mincher – Student Performance Coach You will learn: How the British government has made significant changes to the way students get their grades. (1:16) Why Kevin believes holistic learning can help more students succeed, and what that actually means. (4:10) How to have a positive mindset before a test or exam. (4:50) How Pareto’s 80/20 Rule applies to studying for tests and exams. (5:42) Why it can be a bad idea to try to learn anything new in the last 24 hours before an exam. (7:57) What top performers do to ensure they have the energy they need to perform at their best in tests and exams. (8:45) What you might want to eat and drink on the day of an exam so you have better concentration. (10:15) A simple strategy for getting to sleep the night before a big test. (12:25) How to use music to get yourself in a positive emotional state before any test or exam. (17:05) Why it’s extra important to avoid negative people during exam season. (17:44) The kind of people you should surround yourself with in the last 24 hours leading up to a test or exam. (19:42) Click here to view this content on the Unstoppable Teen website >> “The difference between success and failure lies in your daily routines.” Kevin Mincher – Student Performance Coach FREE webinar for teachers Kevin created a new FREE webinar for teachers. He’ll be sharing 8 proven strategies for improving student progress and achievement. If you’re a teacher and you’d like to know more, simply go to unstoppableteen.com/progress to register today! How to perform at your best in tests and exams Invite Kevin to deliver his Exam SOS seminar in your school. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Invite Kevin to deliver his Exam SOS seminar in your school. Simply email email@example.com for more information.
52 minutes | 4 years ago
#40: Developing teens’ financial literacy (Interview with best-selling author Sharon Lechter)
I’m excited about today’s episode for two reasons! Firstly, because this is the first time we’ve ever done a session on financial literacy. Secondly, because of the calibre of our guest! Sharon Lechter is the go-to person if you want your financial future to be better than your financial past. I first came across her in my late teens or early 20s, when I read the world-renowned Rich Dad Poor Dad (which she co-authored). I recently met her at an event in London, and I’m delighted she agreed to share her wealth insights on The Unstoppable Teen Podcast. Sharon left school and became an accountant, then set up a publishing business. Next, she started writing and co-writing books, and eventually became CEO of the Rich Dad Poor Dad organization. More recently, she has focused on empowering young people to take control of their money. She currently serves on the National Board of Directors at Childhelp in the United States. In this episode, Sharon shares some valuable skills for mastering your finances. While money isn’t everything, taking control of your finances gives you freedom of choice. So if you’d like to have more money in the future than you had in the past, this episode for you. “It’s important to understand the difference between you working hard for money, and your money working hard for you.” Sharon Lechter – Entrepreneur & Best-Selling Author You will learn: Where Sharon was born and raised, and how her parents impacted her decision to become an entrepreneur. (5:58) How Sharon played a big role was in modernizing children’s books. (7:55) Some of the key things that Sharon believes enable people to lead happy and successful lives. (9:55) Why Sharon passionately believes it’s important for financial literacy to be taught in schools, along with her formula for success. (11:40) Some of the most common misconceptions that young people believe when it comes to money. (16:23) Why Sharon created her financial literacy game, Thrive Time for Teens. She also talks about two books by Napoleon Hill: Think and Grow Rich, and Outwitting the Devil. (20:38) What “assets” are and why they are important if you want to be rich. Sharon also discusses entrepreneurship as a way to create and maintain wealth. (24:12) What “liabilities” are, and how they make you a slave to money. We also learn the difference between good debt and bad debt. (27:06) The important difference between money that comes from work and money that comes from assets. (30:49) What is financial freedom? (32:15) Why it’s hugely beneficial to start building your wealth earlier rather than later in life. (34:33) Sharon’s thoughts on student debt, and what changes she would make if she were in charge of the government. (35:37) Sharon’s advice on going to university. (38:08) Sharon’s recommendations for listeners who want to increase their financial literacy and success. (41:11) Some things parents can do to help teenagers succeed. (42:33) What suggestions Sharon has for teachers and educators who want to teach financial literacy in school. (44:28) What Sharon believes it takes to be truly unstoppable. (46:30) Click here to view this content on the Unstoppable Teen website >> “True success is how you feel about yourself when you look in the mirror.” Sharon Lechter – Entrepreneur & Best-Selling Author Here’s the success formula that Sharon discusses in this episode: P + T x A x A + F = S Passion + Talent x Associations x Action + Faith In Yourself = Success Learn more from Sharon Lechter Website: sharonlechter.comEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgSocial: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn You may also like these episodes: #10: How to have a rich life #3: How to start a successful career? Insights from millionaire entrepreneur and best-selling author Daniel Priestly #1: 5 things teenagers need to be GREAT at (If you want a great life) Pay it forward! We’re on a mission to help 1,000,000 young people experience a better quality of life, and financial freedom is a big part of that. In the modern world, it’s important not only to get a good education, but also learn the skills to take control of your finances. If you know any teens that are struggling with cash, or a family that isn’t doing as well with money, or a teacher who’s passionate about financial literacy, please forward this episode to them! Let us know what problems you’re facing and what questions you’d like answering in future episodes. We are here to help you, so contact us anytime via our social media channels or email email@example.com. Please share your financial literacy advice in the comments section below. Thanks for listening!
17 minutes | 4 years ago
#39: How to study better
Right now, in the UK, USA, Canada, and other countries around the world, students right are studying for major tests and exams. While the exact tests may vary from place to place, the pressure for students to succeed is commonplace. Here’s a big problem with that: many young people feel that they don’t know how to prepare effectively for a test or exam. If you aren’t confident in your study skills, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, schools tend to focus on what to learn rather than giving students necessary insights into how to learn effectively. As I’m recording this, I’m getting ready work with students at the University of Warwick tomorrow. I’ll be sharing proven study strategies with students who are still in high school but have ambitions of going to university. In this episode of The Unstoppable Teen Podcast, I’m excited to share with you an easy-to-use technique that enabled me to dramatically improve my grades in eight subjects in my last six months of high school. This method made a huge difference for me, and it could work for you too ☺ “Focusing on what to learn isn’t enough. Students must also understand how they learn in order to optimise their progress.” Kevin Mincher – Student Performance Coach You will learn: How to structure your study sessions in order to boost your memory (2:36) How long before a test or exam you should (ideally!) start studying, and why many people many create unnecessary stress. (3:30) How to use Kevin’s “twenty-minute rule” and the Pomodoro Technique to advance your achievement levels. (4:48) How many things the human brain can take in at any given point in time, and how this relates to how you should study. (5:44) That the human brain has natural biorhythms that impact our ability to focus, and how to structure your study time in order to take advantage of this. (6:32) Why it’s a good idea to study in two-hour to three-hour blocks. (8:38) What happened to Kevin’s high school grades (and emotions) when he implemented the “Law of Small Chunks”. (9:46) That your emotions have a huge impact on how much you can learn and remember. (10:21) Some things not to do during your breaks between study sessions. (11:17) How making a study agreement with your friends can help you stay focused. (11:39) Two ways you can find out more of the tips that Kevin will be sharing with the students at the University of Warwick. (12:12) Click here to view this content on the Unstoppable Teen website >> “The brain learns best when you give it the curriculum in bite sized pieces; a little bit and often.” Kevin Mincher – Student Performance Coach Extra help For more study tips and effective learning strategies, download our free guide, The 21 Effective Study Skills. If you have a question for me about anything – whether it’s improving grades, managing emotions, improving health, or preparing for a future career – get in touch! The best way to do it privately is by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I may not reply quickly if I’m particularly busy, but I do respond to everyone. If you have a question for me about anything – whether it’s improving grades, managing emotions, improving health, or preparing for a future career – get in touch! The best way to do it privately is by email: email@example.com. I may not reply quickly if I’m particularly busy, but I do respond to everyone.
76 minutes | 4 years ago
#38: STEM, learning languages and innovating (Interview with MIT director Dr Luis Perez-Breva)
Do you like science, technology, engineering or Mathematics? Would you like to get better at learning languages? Do you want to know why schools are putting more emphasis on these subjects? Are you considering a future career or even starting your own business in one of these areas? If so, you’re going to love this episode of The Unstoppable Teen Podcast because it’s packed with great advice from a world leader in these fields. Here’s something you may not know about me; I left school at 16 years of age and never went to university. My guest in this episode, Dr Luis Perez-Breva, took the opposite path; he has an impressive four degrees (that’s not a typing error!) and now teaches at the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In addition to his impressive education, Luis is a successful entrepreneur, he speaks multiple languages, and he’s an expert in innovation (he even wrote a book on the subject!). Luis consults and collaborates in countries around the world, which allows him to give us a truly international perspective into what it takes to achieve our goals. If you have any hopes of one being an entrepreneur, listen in for some incredible insight and information! If you’re interested in a STEM subject or languages, this episode also has some amazing offerings for you; Luis will share some of his personal experiences in these subjects, and talks about future career opportunities in these fields. “The knowledge you need lies ahead, not just behind you.” Dr Luis Perez-Breva – Entrepreneur & Innovation Expert You will learn: Where Luis was born what it was like to live in a country that had only recently become a democracy. (5:37) How Luis got his start in learning about computers and coding. (7:38) Luis’ thoughts on the relation between physical activities (specifically sports) and academic performance and success. (9:27) How Luis decided what to study in college and pursue as his career. (12:44) Why continuous learning and education is so important. (15:29) What Luis does when he teaches at MIT to help his students learn. (18:15) Luis’ thoughts on making “the perfect decision,” and why the concept is bogus. (20:33) Luis’ ideas on learning languages. (27:27) How Luis is raising his children to be bilingual. (32:18) Some of Luis’ experience with business start-ups and entrepreneurship. (37:58) Luis’ thoughts on the idea of specializing in one career. He explains that you don’t need to limit yourself to a specific domain. (41:55) Where Luis thinks artificial intelligence might be going over the next decade or more. (44:00) What is “new literacy” and how does this apply to young people? (47:14) What Luis means when he says that STEM subjects are tools to solve social problems. (54:23) One big mistake that entrepreneurs make when they start their own businesses and what you can do to avoid it. (56:45) That successful life stories take some work to create, and why starting something new isn’t necessarily the easiest path if your motivation is to be rich. (61:27) The core message that Luis really wants people to get when they read his book, Innovating. (64:01) What the difference between “innovation” and “innovating” is, and why it’s important to differentiate between the two. (65:57) What Luis believes it takes to be unstoppable. (71:09) Click here to view this content on the Unstoppable Teen website >> “The obsession with making a perfect decision is profoundly upsetting.” Dr Luis Perez-Breva – Entrepreneur & Innovation Expert You may also like these episodes: #30: Secrets of teen success (Interview with best-selling author and Business Speaker of the Year Richard Gerver) #10: How to have a rich life #3: How to start a successful career? Insights from millionaire entrepreneur and best-selling author Daniel Priestly Please help us help more teenagers Please share this episode with people who have a passion for STEM subjects, languages, innovation, and entrepreneurship; It may just help them take the next step toward their goals. Let us know what challenges you’re currently facing and what questions you’d like answering in future episodes? We are here to help you, so contact us anytime via our social media channels or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for listening!
30 minutes | 4 years ago
#37: 3 steps to achieve better grades
Right now, high school students around the world are preparing for their final tests and exams, and that pressure is weighing heavily on many young minds. Last week, I visited my old school to share success strategies with students. Afterward, I had a conversation with a student called Charlotte (not her real name!). In just about every way, Charlotte is a good student: she has good attendance, takes good notes in class, asks lots of questions, studies hard, and has positive relationships with her teachers. Even so, Charlotte is incredibly nervous about the tests and exams she’s about to complete. She’s anxious and worries about what will happen if she doesn’t get the results she wants. I gave her various tips and ideas on how to perform at her best under pressure, but since other young people across the country (and world) are facing the same challenges, I’ve decided to share some of these ideas with you in this episode of The Unstoppable Teen Podcast. I’ve funnelled much of my advice into three simple steps for achieving better grades... “Your goals become easier to reach when you take time each week to learn strategies that are proven to work.” Kevin Mincher – Teen Success Coach You will learn: Why it’s easier to learn today than ever before. (2:26) What many schools are failing to give their students and these three steps can help to plug the gaps. (6:02) Step 1: How you need to use the emotion of desire if you want to improve your grades. (6:38) Whose responsibility it is to help students have a greater desire to learn. (8:58) Questions that parents and teachers need to ask themselves if they want to help their children excel in school. (12:29) Step 2: Why belief is an important ingredient in the recipe for better grades, and how you can boost your self-belief. (15:03) Four simple words that parents and teachers can use to help young people believe in themselves. (17:03) Step 3: How to embrace the power of proven strategies to accelerate your progress and achievement. (19:26) Some of the very specific learning strategies that student can use to improve their ability to learn and succeed in school. (21:02) That Kevin has a FREE gift for listeners of this episode: a downloadable study guide with over 20 effective study skills. (24:13) “Sleep has a massive impact on your stress levels. Teenagers need 8-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night for their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Make sure you get it!” Kevin Mincher – Teen Success Coach You may also like these episodes: #35: 5 solutions for teen stress #31: How to improve high school grades by being more resilient #16: Why do students fail? Pay it forward! We’re on a mission to help 1,000,000 young people experience a better quality of life. To experience a better quality of life, you need a better quality education, which is where this podcast episode can help! If you know a student who wants to achieve better grades, please share this episode with him or her because it might just give them the steps they need to succeed. Let us know what problems you’re facing and what questions you’d like answering in future episodes. We are here to help you, so contact us anytime via our social media channels or email email@example.com. As always, please share your thoughts or advice on how to improve grades and exam scores in the comments section below. Thanks for listening!
56 minutes | 4 years ago
#36: Transforming teen struggles into super success (Interview with England goalkeeper Tom Heaton)
I’m thrilled to bring you a brilliant guest in this episode of The Unstoppable Teen Podcast. If you follow sports, you probably already know of Tom Heaton, the Premier League goalkeeper and captain of the Burnley Football Club who also plays for the England national team. I first met Tom during his teenage years, and I still remember feeling struck by his personal presence, professional standards, and phenomenal manners. He’s managed to maintain all of those qualities across the years despite some pretty dramatic setbacks and personal success, which he talks about during this conversation. It’s rare to have such an open and forthright conversation with a superstar, and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did! Even more importantly, though, I hope you’ll learn from the conversation. Tom has some amazing insight into what it takes to live your dreams, and the kind of attitude you need to overcome the inevitable challenges you’ll encounter along the way. His words of wisdom aren’t only for those who want to be professional sports players. They’re for people who want to be good at anything. One final note: Tom was in a hotel room in Germany when we had this conversation, and the internet cut out a few times. Please be patient with the occasional sound quality issues; I promise the content is well worth it! “The flame that burns inside of you has to burn bright because it will dampen at times, and you’ve got to keep that fire ignited.” Tom Heaton – England Goalkeeper & Captain of Burnley Football Club You will learn: Where Tom grew up and what his childhood was like. He also talks about his passion for football and how it has endured over the years. (4:08) How Tom got his first big break in pro soccer when he was 11 years old. (7:17) The words of wisdom that Tom’s dad shared with him when he got this big break. (9:35) To what extent money and fame are motivators for Tom (hint: they mattered much less than you might think). (12:15) Why it’s important to find your passion in life. (13:52) The importance of getting outside guidance from mentors and coaches. (15:19) That there isn’t a “one size fits all” path to success. Tom shares the story of one of his friends who got started much later in life. (16:41) One of the major setbacks that Tom experienced in his career, and how it turned out to be a good thing. (19:07) A second major setback in Tom’s career, this time when he was 19 years old, and the lesson he learned from the experience. (21:45) The strengths you need to develop if you want to reach the top in the world of professional sports. (25:12) Tom’s third major setback and how he turned it around. (28:33) What happened when Manchester United wanted to extend Tom’s contract when he was 24 years old. (31:33) How things can go wrong when employment contracts aren’t dealt with properly, and what happened to Tom after a contractual disaster. (36:01) How Tom responded to relegation and what he did to get to the Premier League. (39:11) Tom talks about being a captain, helping others, and identifies the vital qualities of a good leader. (40:30) What makes a great team. (44:43) Tom’s thoughts on why some people make it to the England national football team and why others don’t. (49:43) What Tom believes it takes to be unstoppable. (51:30) Click here to view this content on the Unstoppable Teen website >> “When you suffer setbacks you can either sulk and chuck the towel in, or you can man-up and do something about it.” Tom Heaton – England Goalkeeper & Captain of Burnley Football Club Stay in touch with Tom Heaton by following him on Twitter @TomHeatonGK You may also like these episodes: #25: Dealing with adversity (Interview with football legend Stuart Pearce) #6: 3 performance hacks from Beyoncé #4: What Olympic gold medal winners can teach us about success Please help us inspire more teens, parents and teachers It’s so important to believe in your own dreams, no matter how many struggles you encounter. Tom Heaton is a perfect example of this. We hope his life story will inspire you to keep believing in yourself. Please share this interview with anyone you know who might be struggling to overcome setbacks right now. This conversation with Tom may be exactly what’s needed to remind a teen (or parent, or educator) how vital it is to keep that fire inside burning strong. It can offer a burst of belief to push forward and keep going when times seem tough. Let us know what problems you’re facing and what questions you’d like answering in future episodes. We are here to help you, so contact us anytime via our social media channels or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for listening!
26 minutes | 4 years ago
#35: 5 solutions for teen stress
Here’s a surprising fact: in a recent British study, teenagers said that their second-biggest concern was ‘exam stress’. Isn’t it incredible that among all the issues that young people face today, stress is their second-biggest worry? Today’s teens shouldn’t feel this way. Our youth is supposed to be the time in our lives when we experience lots of fun. It’s a time when we should be carefree and enjoying ourselves before entering the adult phase of life which brings more responsibilities (such as paying bills and raising children). Yet, somehow, we’ve created a society that’s causing our young people to feel stressed and constantly under pressure, especially in the context of school and grades. It’s unacceptable and we need to do something to fix it. To make things worse, too much of the wrong kinds of stress can actually inhibit the brain’s performance. It restricts the parts of the brain that deal with memory and recall, which is particularly harmful when you have tests coming up. In this episode of The Unstoppable Teen Podcast, I’ll give you five solutions that teenagers can use to turn down the stress levels and experience more happiness. “Only 59% of teenagers told us they feel in control of their emotions. We have do better at teaching emotional intelligence skills to young people so they become more capable in this important area of their lives.” Kevin Mincher – Teen Success Coach You will learn: The trap that young people need to avoid if they want to reduce their stress levels. It has something to do with ‘external factors’. (3:51) Solution #1 – How deep breathing can help to reduce teen stress. You’ll hear some of the reasons we breathe poorly these days, as well as some techniques to improve your breathing. (5:01) Solution #2 – How getting the recommended amount of sleep can reduce teen stress. (8:15) What blue light (from screens) does to the brain and how it makes it more difficult to sleep. (10:42) Some of the mind-blowing findings of research on what getting an extra hour of sleep can do for you. (11:52) Solution #3 – How your hydration habits have a big impact on your stress levels. (12:27) Solution #4 – Why it’s important to eat the right foods and give yourself the nutrients you need if you want to reduce your stress levels. (14:46) That it’s important to consult your doctor or a health professional before making changes to your diet. (17:28) Solution #5 – How to reduce teen stress by avoiding procrastination. (18:57) A simple routine that a lot of successful people use to eliminate procrastination and take action on things they want to achieve. (20:07) Click here to view this content on the Unstoppable Teen website >> “Sleep has a massive impact on your stress levels. Teenagers need 8-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night for their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Make sure you get it!” Kevin Mincher – Teen Success Coach You may also like these episodes: #33: How to do better in school (It’s probably not what you think!) #29: How to boost teen motivation #11: How to experience more happiness (Interview with best-selling author Andy Cope) Keep calm and carry on making a difference Remember, exam stress is the second-biggest concern amongst teens today. Please share this episode and its five tips with any students, parents, or educators you know so we can start making a difference today! Let us know what issues you’re currently facing and what questions you’d like answering in future episodes. We are here to help, get in touch via our social media channels or email email@example.com. We’d love to hear your opinions on how to deal with teen stress. Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. Especially if you’re a teenager, please chime in and let us know which of the five tips are most useful for you – or feel free to offer more tips and advice of your own ☺ Thanks for listening!
41 minutes | 4 years ago
#34: Teenage pregnancy, body confidence and career success (Interview with fashion blogger Natascha Cox)
This episode of The Unstoppable Teen Podcast features an inspirational conversation with Natascha Cox, who you may recognise as a fashion columnist and blogger. In addition to her expertise in beauty, lifestyle and travel, Natascha is absolutely passionate about body confidence. Natascha reveals the tough times she went through in her own youth, and has a unique insight into what it takes to transform your life when you’re young. She talks expertly about pursuing your true passion as a career, and explores what it takes to create a fantastic future even when you feel stuck. Whether you’re a teenager, parent, or educator, I hope you’ll take something valuable away from this conversation in which Natascha also shares insights for improving body image and self-confidence. “Accept who you are and be happy with who you are.” Natascha Cox – Blogger & Body Activist You will learn: Natascha’s expertise, achievements, and how she got into promoting body confidence through blogging. (2:38) What Natascha’s childhood was like, how she got into trouble in her teen years, and words of wisdom for young people who are struggling today. (6:11) How Natascha turned things around from the challenges of her youth, and how you can do it too. (10:03) Natascha’s thoughts on education and choosing what to study. (13:56) Why Natascha got involved in fashion, and how asking people for things can lead to opportunities. (17:11) Some fashion tips and advice, including the importance of choosing things that work for you, and wearing them with confidence. (19:37) What Natascha does in her voluntary work for Girls Out Loud. (21:01) Some of the common problems that Natascha sees young people need to deal with these days. (24:23) Errors we make in our own thinking that create body image issues. (25:50) What Natascha loves about travel, and why she thinks it’s important to explaore the world. (27:54) Top places Natascha recommends that young people should put on their bucket list to visit someday. (31:36) Natascha’s tips for young people who want to get into the fashion industry (33:29) The main thing Natascha would change about the fashion industry if she could (34:42) What Natascha believes it takes to be unstoppable in this modern, fast-paced world (36:35) Click here to view this content on the Unstoppable Teen website >> “It’s not going to be immediate, it will take you time, but it doesn’t mean that you’re going to fail just because it’s taking longer.” Natascha Cox – Blogger & Body Activist You may also like these episodes: #20: Secrets of teen self-esteem (Interview with Roy Sheppard)#17: From teen hell to all is well (Interview with Errol Lawson)#2: Q&A – How to have more self-confidence Please help us make a difference Please share this episode with anyone who might be struggling body image issues, could benefit from improving their self-confidence, or might appreciate a bit of encouragement regarding their future. We’re here to help you, so please let us know what your biggest issues are right now and send us your questions so we can answer them in future episodes. You can contact us anytime via our social media channels or email firstname.lastname@example.org. What was your most valuable learning from this conversation? What advice would you give teenagers struggling with low confidence or body image issues? Are you inspired to travel, change your style, or turn your passion into your career? Let us know in the comments section below. Thanks for listening!
24 minutes | 4 years ago
#33: How to do better in school (It’s probably not what you think!)
Doing better in school is a big topic for teens, but it isn’t always as easy as it sounds. As I’ll describe in this episode of The Unstoppable Teen Podcast, sometimes hitting a nail with a hammer isn’t the best way to get the nail in the wall. In other words, spending lots of extra hours studying might be the obvious solution if you’ve fallen behind in a class, but that doesn’t mean it’s the most effective way to improve your grades. Of course, poor school results can be a problem when it comes to jobs and careers today because education is a key to success. But it’s important to remember that real education extends far beyond the classroom and involves a commitment to lifelong learning too. The world is constantly changing and evolving – we need to be aware of that so we can keep ourselves informed and ahead of the competition. There’s a strong correlation between this mindset and the surprising piece of grade-boosting research I explore in this episode. It turns out that improving your grades often has less to do with extra time studying the national curriculum, and more to do with understanding a bigger picture. Instead of going on here, though, I’ll tell you all about how you can use this fascinating research to improve your grades in this episode… Click on the player above to listen now! “Sometimes, the most obvious thing isn’t necessarily the right thing to do.” Kevin Mincher – Teen Success Coach You will learn: How alternative routes can often be more effective than the obvious solution to a problem. (1:54) Why spending more time studying can actually make your grades worse. (3:48) The surprising research Kevin recently found that challenged his thinking on how to help students improve their school grades in school. (5:42) The challenge that Kevin issues to teachers, parents and teenagers that’s designed to help students do better in school (without spending more time studying!). (9:24) How broadening your understanding about what’s currently happening in the jobs market will help you achieve higher grades. (10:51) Why it’s important to get regular advice from experts who are making predictions about what jobs and careers are likely to exist in the future. (12:41) Important employment trends that are changing in the modern economy that every student needs to know. (13:22) Why you need to discover your personal strengths and passions. Plus, extra tips about how you can discover these things if you don’t already know. (16:06) The three steps you can take if you want to do better in school. (19:27) Click here to view this content on the Unstoppable Teen website >> “Educate yourself about the opportunities that will exist in the future that will enable you generate an income from your personal strengths.”Kevin Mincher – Teen Success Coach Would you like Kevin to share his grade-boosting strategies in your school? Kevin has delivered over 1000 performance-coaching seminars in 250+ schools, colleges and universities. To make a booking please call (UK) 0845 834 0848. You may also like these episodes: #31: How to improve high school grades by being more resilient #16: Why do students fail? #7: How to learn more effectively and achieve higher grades with world memory expert Michael Tipper Please help us help more teenagers Please share this episode with anyone you know who wants to do better in school (or perhaps they want their family or students to do better in school!). The surprising research explored in this episode just might be the key to making a lasting difference. Let us know what problems you’re facing and what questions you’d like answering in future episodes. We are here to help you, so contact us anytime via our social media channels or email email@example.com. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below. This is doubly true if you’re a high school student, in which case we’d be thrilled to hear two things: how much career advice you’ve had in the last 6 months, and what can schools do better in order to help their students? Thanks for listening!
40 minutes | 4 years ago
#32: From teenage trauma to a brighter future (Interview with Lisa Cherry)
It’s our hope that everyone has a happy childhood. Unfortunately, bad things sometimes happen to teenagers. Eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addiction, bullying and other traumatic experiences are more common that you might think. In fact, trauma is experienced by approximately 20% of people each year. So what can you do to fix things if you or someone you care about experiences trauma in the teen years? That’s what this episode of The Unstoppable Teen Podcast is all about. Thankfully, there are solutions to teenage trauma. To help us with this tricky subject, we’ve got trauma expert, Lisa Cherry, on the show. In case you haven’t already heard of Lisa Cherry, let me introduce her briefly: she’s a talented and insightful speaker, trainer, and author specializing in helping young people, parents, and teachers deal with trauma. Her own life story is incredibly touching, so much so that you can hear the emotion in my voice as she relates it in our conversation. Instead of trying to summarize it for you, I’ll let you listen to Lisa’s own powerful and moving words. Suffice it to say that she experienced unbelievable issues of her own when she was a teenager, which is why she’s dedicated her career to helping young people. Click on the player above to listen now! “The most powerful therapeutic intervention we have available is our relationships.” Lisa Cherry – Author & Speaker on Teenage Trauma You will learn: Some of the basics about trauma, resilience, and recovery. (2:34) How trauma can overload our fight, flight, or freeze mechanism and lead to problems. (4:31) The meaning of the word “trauma,” and some examples of what could be examples of traumatic experiences for teenagers. (5:38) Signs you should look out for in others to figure out whether they are going through a traumatic situation. (8:13) Two factors that are making life hard for young people these days. (10:08) How these factors can lead to difficulties with emotions and relationships. (12:31) How and why Lisa got into this area of work in the first place. She shares her personal story, exposing the traumas of her youth. (13:15) What realizations Lisa had that helped her turn her life around. (18:31) The duties that adults have toward young people, and some of the challenges that teenagers face in school. (20:50) What Lisa means by self-regulating, and how you can do it. (26:20) Why resilience is important and how you can become more resilient. (28:40) What Lisa believes it takes to be unstoppable. (35:29) Click here to view this content on the Unstoppable Teen website >> “Adults have a duty to help children and young people alter the narrative about how they feel about themselves.” Lisa Cherry – Author & Speaker on Teenage Trauma Get in touch with Lisa https://www.lisacherry.co.uk/ https://twitter.com/_LisaCherry Extra help for teachers As Lisa mentioned in our conversation, she’s created a video series just for teachers. This online training is designed to help teachers deal with trauma in the classroom. If you’re interested, you can check it out here: Dealing with Trauma in the Classroom. If you have questions or thoughts for a future episode, contact us anytime via our social media channels or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know a teen who could benefit from Richard’s advice, send him or her the link to this podcast! Finally, we’d love to hear your thoughts about this episode in the comments section below. Thanks for listening!
21 minutes | 4 years ago
#31: How to improve high school grades by being more resilient
I was recently visiting a school and delivering my Get The Grades You Want seminar to a group of 16-year old students when a member of the audience told me how their studies had become difficult and they felt like quitting. Have you ever felt like that? If so, this episode of The Unstoppable Teen Podcast is for you :-) It worries me when students tell me they feel like quitting because school is supposed to be an enjoyable experience. Indeed, we tend to learn more when we’re having fun. However, it’s supposed to be challenging too. We have to remember that one of the main purposes of school is to prepare us for careers, which means we need to use our time in school to master the skills we’ll need in our future workplace. One of these essential employability attributes is resilience. It just so happens that resilient teens don’t just stand out in job interviews, but research also shows that resilient students tend to achieve better grades in high school too. That’s why we’re focusing on resilience in this episode. I’ll provide valuable tips on how to avoid quitting and be more resilient when the going gets tough at school. Click on the player above to listen now! “Research shows that it’s not always the most naturally gifted students that get the best grades, it’s the ones that are most resilient and keep working who usually to rise to the top.” Kevin Mincher – Teen Success Coach You will learn: Why it’s important to take on difficult challenges if you want to experience more joy and happiness. (03:36) What “fool’s hope” is and why you need to avoid it. (04:04) How flat-lining and performance dips are normal parts of the learning process you must go through if you want to achieve your goals. (06:22) How hard work and persistent practice lead to spikes in progress. (08:33) Why quitting sends you right back to the beginning and make your life harder than carrying on through the tough times. (09:50) What to do to strengthen your resilience when you feel confused and stuck – It has something to do with the character, Dory, from Finding Nemo! (10:54) Why you need to engage in activities that are outside of your talent range, and how doing so helps you grow. (13:53) Why you should stop focusing on results and immerse yourself in the process improving your performance instead. (16:23) Click here to view this content on the Unstoppable Teen website >> “Taking on challenges that are outside your comfort zone helps you build your resilience muscle.” Kevin Mincher – Teen Success Coach Would you like Kevin to share his effective study strategies in your school? Find out more about this inspirational seminar by clicking here >> http://unstoppableschools.com/student-seminars/get-the-grades-you-want/ Alternatively you can subscribe to this show at UnstoppableTeen.com/subscribe You may also like these episodes: #30: Secrets of teen success (Interview with best-selling author and Business Speaker of the Year Richard Gerver) #27: What can I do to improve my grades? #15: How to get good grades Just keep swimming! Remember, the harder you work for something, the more you’re likely to enjoy and appreciate the success when you reach your goal. So, when you encounter difficulties and you feel like quitting, remind yourself to “just keep swimming.” You can practice this positive self-talk technique in just about any area of your life. It can help you build your resilience muscle and compel you to overcome things in your life that seem difficult. If you have questions or thoughts for a future episode, contact us anytime via our social media channels or email email@example.com. If you know a teen who would like to improve their high school grades or could benefit from more resilience, please send them this podcast! Finally, we’d love to hear your advice about what teenagers can do to be more resilient and succeed in school, so please share your ideas in the comments section below. Thanks for listening!
53 minutes | 4 years ago
#30: Secrets of teen success (Interview with best-selling author and Business Speaker of the Year Richard Gerver)
Here’s a tip for achieving success and becoming the best you can be: find people who have achieved extraordinary things, and ask them how they did it. After all, you learn all sorts of other skills from experts and teachers, so why not apply this same strategy to how to achieve success? That’s exactly what Kevin does for you in this inspirational interview with Richard Gerver. Richard’s past achievements include being the headteacher who lead the transformation of a struggling school in a tough part of England. He was then appointed as a government advisor on education, before becoming a top leader in the business world. He is a bestselling author, has presented TED talks, consulted with massive companies like Google, and even became Business Speaker of the Year. To say he’s good at helping people succeed would be an understatement! In this episode of The Unstoppable Teen Podcast, Richard offers not only the advice that he’s gathered through his own experiences, but also some that he’s gleaned from conversations he’s had with high achievers like Sam Smith, Jay-Z, Sir Richard Branson, and more. Click on the player above to listen now! “What I would urge all young people to be is active. Don’t allow the world to pass you by. Don’t wish that you’d connected with, or tried to connect with, people who might have been able to help you. Go out there and do it!” Richard Gerver – Best-Selling Author & Leadership Expert You will learn: ⦁ What Richard was like during his teenage years. I might not be what you’d expect! (5:56) ⦁ Some of the things that Richard did to move his life in a more positive direction (8:22) ⦁ Why it’s important to expand your horizons, not limit yourself to your community and the people who happen to be around you (10:48) ⦁ Some of the super successful people Richard has interviewed and what he learned from them. In his answer, Richard refers to Jay Z and Sam Smith, both of whom shared the same mentor: Nick Raphael (13:01) ⦁ How you can go about finding yourself a supportive mentor (15:50) ⦁ The importance of being active rather than passive, and what the “rocking chair test” is (17:47) ⦁ Some of the most important attributes that young people need to develop to set themselves up for a fantastic future (22:42) ⦁ Barriers that can get in the way of being a good collaborator, and how to overcome them (25:51) ⦁ The difference between standards for success in school versus in life (28:52) ⦁ How the perspective of seeing yourself as a habitual problem solver can help you overcome challenges (31:40) ⦁ That no experience is a bad one if you process it the right way (33:52) ⦁ Why Richard recommends that young people watch the film Dead Poets Society (36:46) ⦁ Which books Richard thinks teachers should read (The Element and Winners), and an author who students should read (Andy Cope) ⦁ The thing Richard suggests young people should do first after listening to this episode, and his suggestion for parents (42:54) ⦁ What Richard recommends for teachers (45:23) ⦁ How to get in touch with Richard: at his website richardgerver.com or @richardgerver on Twitter (48:30) ⦁ What Richard believes it takes for someone to become unstoppable (49:04) Click here to view this content on the Unstoppable Teen website >> “I would suggest that one of the most vital skills young people need is to understand the positive nature of what failure can represent in terms of your own development.” Richard Gerver – Best-Selling Author & Leadership Expert Stay in touch with Richard and read his books! http://www.richardgerver.com/ https://twitter.com/richardgerver You may also like these episodes: #29: How to boost teen motivation #20: Secrets of teen self-esteem (Interview with Roy Sheppard) #11: How to experience more happiness (Interview with best-selling author Andy Cope) Get outside your comfort zone After listening to this episode we want to encourage you to do one thing that is outside of your comfort zone. This doesn’t need to be big; it can be as simple as trying a new type of food you’ve never had before, or striking up a conversation with someone you tend to be shy with. Don’t just do this one. Practice doing it every day, finding at least one chance to push yourself at least a little bit outside your comfort zone. You’ll find that it becomes a habit, and it will help you expand your horizons. As you do this, remember that it’s okay to fail. Pushing yourself outside your comfort zone won’t always go smoothly, and that’s a good thing! Failure is the chance to learn something new, and to develop the self-confidence that comes from knowing with absolute assurance that you’re able to overcome challenges. If you have questions or thoughts for a future episode, contact us anytime via our social media channels or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know a teen who could benefit from Richard’s advice, send him or her the link to this podcast! Finally, we’d love to hear your thoughts about this episode in the comments section below. Thanks for listening!
22 minutes | 4 years ago
#29: How to boost teen motivation
I created Unstoppable Teen in 1997 with the mission of helping a million young people experience a better quality of life. That includes having better grades, self-confidence, relationships, health, and career prospects. Achieving each of those things starts with teen motivation. Take a look at this Facebook message I received from Andrew recently: “I’ve got a bit of a problem, Kev. I’m lacking motivation. I’ve got some tests and exams that are coming soon, but I just can’t find the motivation to do the work. Can you give me some help -- some advice to get me back on track?” His question was wonderfully insightful in identifying the root cause of many teenagers’ problems. In this day and age, with the whole world at our fingertips online, it’s not a lack of resources that holds most students back. Instead, it’s a lack of sufficient motivation. To achieve something, you need to really want it. And as Andrew clearly expressed, sometimes it can be a struggle to maintain this drive. In this episode of The Unstoppable Teen Podcast, you’ll learn about what you can do to boost your motivation. I offer hints, tips, and easy-to-use strategies to light that fire inside. Click on the player above to listen now! “Being comfortable is the death of motivation. Many young people are so comfortable in their lives -- It’s no wonder they don’t have any sense of urgency or motivation to make their lives better.” Kevin Mincher – Teen Success Coach You will learn: How common it is for students to lack motivation (3:08) That it takes a sense of motivation to get the results that you want (4:03) What the two forms of motivation are, and why having an easy, comfortable life without much pain can actually be a problem (5:25) The importance of having clear goals, and why not having them can lead to apathy (7:36) Two things you need to be able to identify if you want to have motivation (8:27) How the typical comfortable life of a teenager in a developed country can lead to a lack of motivation (8:59) That if you want more motivation, you need to create discomfort for yourself (or for your kids or students, if you’re a parent or teacher) (11:51) Some powerful questions you can ask yourself (or your kids or students) if you want to unleash motivation (12:24) Zig Ziglar’s views on motivation and what you can do to make it a daily habit (16:38) Where you can find more help on this important subject (18:27) Another thing you can do if you want to get more motivation at school (19:15) Click here to view this content on the Unstoppable Teen website >> “On one hand lots of teens have no pain to avoid, on the other hand they have no inspirational pleasure to move towards either. So they end up in an emotional void, a no man’s land, a grey area of apathy where they can’t be bothered.” Kevin Mincher – Teen Success Coach You may also like these episodes: #23: 7 steps to make this your best year ever (Part 1 of 2) #13: The 10 quickest ways to solve teen problems and improve results #6: 3 performance hacks from Beyoncé Make motivation a daily habit Ask yourself these two questions every day: What will it ultimately cost me if I fail? What do I ultimately stand to gain when I succeed? Do you have your own tips and tricks for staying motivated? Do you find avoiding pain or pursuing pleasure to be a stronger source of motivation for you? Please feel free to share these thoughts in the comments section below! If you have questions that you’d like Kevin to answer in a future episode, please contact us anytime via our social media channels or email email@example.com. If you know a teen who it struggling with their motivation, send him or her this podcast ☺ Thanks for listening!
46 minutes | 4 years ago
#28: Tips for improving teenage behaviour (Interview with behaviour expert and best-selling author Sue Cowley)
A few years ago, the Sutton Trust (in conjunction with Durham University) conducted research to discover what’s actually proven to improve students’ progress and achievement in school. They looked at all the strategies teachers use to help students succeed. Nobody could have predicted what was discovered… Researchers found that the second-most effective way of improving grades was to help students improve their metacognition and self-regulation skills. What does this mean in plain English? Well, students who have an awareness of their own thinking and can control their own behaviour tend to achieve more than their classmates who can’t do these things. In this episode of The Unstoppable Teen Podcast we’ll focus on helping in this critical area of self-regulation. Here to help you make sense of all this is world-renowned behaviour management expert and bestselling author, Sue Cowley. Sue is an experienced teacher, author of over 20 books, and presenter who travels the globe to help teachers and students succeed. Click on the player above to listen now! “Young people need to understand that regulating your own behaviour is part of being able to work within society as a whole, as well as just within school.” Sue Cowley – Behaviour Expert & Bestselling Author You will learn: Why we like to help parents, teachers, and students all in one podcast (3:31) Why teen behaviour is such an important topic when it comes to schools (6:05) How to view teenage rebellion (7:11) Common examples of bad behaviour – It’s surprising how many teenagers don’t realise these have such a negative impact on their grades (8:45) Why self-regulation can be more difficult for some people than others (10:20) Where Sue grew up, what she was like as a child, how she has changed over time, and what she wishes she had heard from her teachers (11:33) How Sue found her inner confidence, and what she would recommend for teenagers (12:56) How to get over it when you have a major setback, or when something you have your heart set on doesn’t work out (15:09) The top behaviours that enable successful students to optimize their learning and progress (17:06) What we can do to help more young people realize that school is about them and their opportunity to prepare for their future (19:34) How to convince students that it’s important to learn the curriculum, even when it doesn’t seem immediately relevant to them (20:39) Ideas for changing the culture from trying to get away with the minimum of effort to a sense of enthusiasm for learning (23:46) Strategies for being more supportive of your peers (24:34) The way Sue’s perspective on paths through life differs from those of many other professionals (30:11) Some tips that parents can use to help their children master their own behavior (31:50) Practical things that teachers can do in the classroom (34:08) Ways a teenager can progress in self-management, even when peers may not be on the same page (36:54) The one thing Sue thinks it takes to be unstoppable (40:48) Click here to view this content on the Unstoppable Teen website >> “Other people are exactly the same wherever you go. They might have different habits, and they’ll be culturally different, but essentially they are the same as you. They’re just people under that skin.” Sue Cowley – Behaviour Expert & Bestselling Author You may also like these episodes: #27: What can I do to improve my grades? #25: Dealing with adversity (Interview with football legend Stuart Pearce) #18: Teen guide to better friends and relationships Take a step toward better teen behaviour Think of at least one thing that Sue shared in this episode that you can use, whether you’re a parent, teenager, or teacher. We’d love to hear what tip you’ll take from the show, as well as your own advice and insights on how to help teenagers can get better at self-regulating. Please feel free to share these thoughts in the comments section below! If you have questions or thoughts for a future episode, please contact us anytime via our social media channels or email firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you know anyone who would benefit from hearing Sue’s tips on improving teen behaviour, please pass this episode along. Thanks for listening!
28 minutes | 4 years ago
#27: What can I do to improve my grades?
No matter which side of the pond you’re on, your grades are incredibly important. They can determine whether you graduate, or where you’re accepted to college. All this pressure leads to a lot of stress and anxiety surrounding your grades, tests, and exams. This is very clear in the types of questions we’ve recently received from parents and students alike, with questions such as this one, from Nick (a parent): “My son has got some really important final tests and exams coming up in high school this year, and I want to know what I can do as a parent to help him get the best grades possible.” From Michaela, a student, we have a question that boils down to, “what tips and strategies can I use to improve my grades?” With so many parents, students, and even teachers wondering some variation of this question, we’ve decided to use this episode of The Unstoppable Teen Podcast to begin offering an answer. Click on the player above to listen now! “Engagement -- passion for learning -- your enthusiasm in the classroom -- is a really accurate indicator of how well you’re actually likely to do in your final scores. And one of the things that has a massive impact on how much you value learning and education are the relationships you have in your life.” Kevin Mincher – Teen Success Coach You will learn: The four types of responses that students typically have when they see their practice test results (2:34) Why you shouldn’t try to predict or second-guess what Kevin is going to suggest for how to improve your grades (5:03) How to get involved in Unstoppable Teen’s research on the 21 things that are proven to lead to better grades for students in high school (5:59) Where to take the free survey that will measure how you’re doing in the 21 areas mentioned (8:13) Three questions that the survey asks about your relationships as they relate to your education, and how most people answer these questions (8:48) The importance of education in any growth process, and where the problem is coming from (hint: it’s generally not parents or teachers) (10:44) The type of people you need to surround yourself with if you want to do well in school (12:42) The first thing you need to do to ensure you do well in school or on tests (13:30) How, as a parent, you can foster a home environment that shows that you value education (15:16) Some great questions that you, as a parent, can ask your son or daughter (16:34) Another way you can help your son or daughter, this time by influencing his or her peer group to see learning as cool (17:47) A fun method of turning learning into a fun evening (19:12) How sharing stats and celebrity stories can help teachers inspire students to learn and do well on their exams (20:57) The single most important thing you need to do if you want to get better grades or exam results (22:47) Two simple things you can do if you want more tips and techniques now (23:52) What you need to do to get Kevin to come deliver his seminar at your school (24:38) Click here to view this content on the Unstoppable Teen website >> “You need to say to your classmates, ‘I believe in you. You can do it.’ And when you become that kind of positive person, you’ll then give permission to other people for them to behave in the same way.” Kevin Mincher – Teen Success Coach Extra help with grades In the Unstoppable Teen app, you can make an optional purchase called “Get the Grades.” Here, Kevin shares seven strategies that students can use to get better grades -- the same strategies he shares in his “Get the Grades You Want” seminar. You may also like these episodes: #16: Why do students fail? #15: How to get good grades #7: How to learn more effectively and achieve higher grades with world memory expert Michael Tipper Please help us help more teenagers Please share this with anyone you know who’s stressed out about grades or exam scores -- whether their own or their teenagers! With these tips, they may be able to move past the stress and take confident steps toward a bright future. Let us know what problems you’re facing and what questions you’d like answering in future episodes. We are here to help you, so contact us anytime via our social media channels or email email@example.com. As always, please share your thoughts or advice on how to improve grades and exam scores in the comments section below. Thanks for listening!
29 minutes | 4 years ago
#26: Q&A: I’m getting bullied, what should I do?
Bullying is a huge problem that many of us face during our teen years. Indeed, according to recent research, bullying currently ranks as teenagers’ greatest concern (above school stress, body image issues, family problems, drug and alcohol concerns, etc.). So we weren’t surprised when Christopher (aged 16) sent us the following question via Facebook this week… “I’m getting bullied and I have low self-esteem. The thought of going to school every morning makes it even worse. How can I overcome this problem?” Christopher isn’t alone. More than a quarter of teenagers say they’ve been bullied in the last twelve months. That’s unacceptable. And that’s why we’ve dedicated this episode of The Unstoppable Teen Podcast to sharing strategies that you can use to overcome bullying and prevent it happening in the future. Click on the player above to listen now! “We’ve got to be proactive in equipping teenagers with the mindset, strength of emotion and physical skills that are required to deal with bullying because it’s highly likely they will experience it at some point in their life.” Kevin Mincher – Teen Success Coach You will learn: The first thing you MUST do if you ever get bullied (2:27) Kevin’s definition of bullying and why it’s essential for all teenagers to equip themselves with strategies to deal with bullying (3:44) Why bullies do the horrible things they do (5:04) Why bullying doesn’t work and why bullies always lose in the end (8:05) A positive alternative to bullying (9:20) How many teenagers fall into the trap of becoming a bully or supporting bullies when they do bad things (11:57) Two steps for dealing with bullying if it ever happens to you (14:37) Three things you’ve got to strengthen if you want to recover from being bullied and prevent it from ever happening again (15:17) Two books you should read if you want to develop a positive mindset and increase your mental toughness (18:24) One thing parents and teachers need to do to equip young people with the skills they required to deal with bullying (19:55) Two emotions teenagers can enhance if they want to move beyond bullying (21:47) Something everyone can do to discover their strengths and re-build their self-esteem after getting bullied (23:26) Click here to view this content on the Unstoppable Teen website >> “A message for all bullies: You can’t make your life better by making other people’s lives worse. The only way you can make your life better is by improving yourself.” Kevin Mincher – Teen Success Coach Extra help for parents In his new Unstoppable Parent webinar, Kevin Mincher shares simple strategies that parents can use to help their teens deal with bullying. It’s FREE for everyone and you can sign up by clicking here! Read these brilliant books if you want to develop a positive mindset Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl (http://amzn.to/2iWTSpK) The Success Principles by Jack Canfield (http://amzn.to/2iWTSpK) The Success Principles For Teens by Jack Canfield (http://amzn.to/2jLAmBb) If you like this episode please share it with your friends and subscribe on: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/unstoppable-teen-podcast-kevin/id1137672882 Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/unstoppableteen Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/unstoppable-teen/the-unstoppable-teen-podcast-with-kevin-mincher Alternatively you can subscribe at UnstoppableTeen.com/subscribe You may also like these episodes: #25: Dealing with adversity (Interview with football legend Stuart Pearce) #19: How to deal with bullying and have an amazing life (Interview with Kelly Lovell) #18: Teen guide to better friends and relationships Please help us help more teenagers Please share this with anyone you know who was bullied in the past, is getting bullied now, or might get bullied in the future. It might just be the thing they need to move beyond the problems they face. Let us know what problems you’re facing and what questions you’d like answering in future episodes. We are here to help you so contact us anytime via our social media channels or email firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, Please share your advice for dealing with bullying in the comments section below. Thanks for listening!
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