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Rayson Choo has been dubbed The Celebrity Whisperer. He’s been fortunate enough to pick the brains of some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world, such as Gary Vaynerchuck and Grant Cardone. Today it’s my turn to pick HIS brain and find out what makes Rayson tick.

Rayson hosts a successful podcast called The Raygacy Show, where he tries to find out simple and effective steps that millennials like himself can take to experience success in the swiftest and most effective way possible. He is proud to say that the people who have listened to the podcast have experienced personal transformation because they have gotten the tips they needed to move forward.

What’s your big why for starting your business and podcast?

In 2014 I was simultaneously fired from my job and I broke up with my then-girlfriend. During that tough time, I chanced upon Joel Brown’s podcast called Addicted 2 Success. This inspired me to have…

Today I had the pleasure to talk with Sandra ten Hoope, a successful corporate lawyer, toxic relationship recovery expert and author, who is using her experience of surviving not one, but three abusive relationships, to help other professional women re-write their stories.

In her book called Do Not Try HIM At Home, Sandra recalls her near-death experience at the hands of her then-partner, (The Abuser), who unleashed a brutal and sustained attack lasting six hours. In this honest and compelling account, Sandra reveals the extent of living her double life. Sandra spent years hiding the truth of what was happening to her colleagues, friends and family, like many professional women in toxic relationships. …

As busy business owners, it can be all too easy to get lost in the to-do lists and endless client demands. Especially when working from home, or using your personal devices the lines between work and downtime can start to blur. That can easily become a spiral down the burnout hole.

Between the demands of work, possible anxiety about stepping away from your business, this can be a tricky balance to strike. That’s why I asked 30 busy entrepreneurs and business owners their best tips to keep burnout at bay and your business on fire!

Being business leaders, we often put too much weight on our own ability to control things. When something goes south, it can be easy to look back and dwell on how we could have “controlled” that too. But this can actually do more harm than good, as it can cause us to take on too much…

This week I had the distinct pleasure to talk to The Burnout Alchemist and Pyrography Artist, Natalia Palikova from Bulgaria. She uses her own experiences and passion to support women with burnout to claim back their power and control over their life.

In the last 3 years, Natalia has fully shifted from her corporate career after dealing with a fair share of burnout and stress. First, she finally embraced her passion for beauty through the art of pyrography. Now, she is tapping into her experience with burnout and recovery to provide personalised support for other women going through the same.

Can you tell us a little of your origins story?

I am a pretty regular middle-aged woman, who has found a pretty irregular way to walk my path of the heart. I have spent most of my working life in corporate surroundings. I had what many would call a dream life: decent…

I had the pleasure to sit down with Melitta Campbell, a Business and Communication Coach, best-selling author of ‘A Shy Girl’s Guide to Networking’, public speaker and host of the Driven Female Entrepreneurs podcast.

Photo by Marta Villacampa

Melitta is passionate about using her 25 years of experience in marketing, communication, leadership and entrepreneurship, to help more women build a profitable business that enables them to engage in work they love, create a balanced lifestyle and feel proud of the difference they are making.

What inspired your business?

At first, my business filled a need. I loved my corporate job, but once I had my first daughter, I realised that I wanted more flexibility to be the Mum I wanted to be, whilst still doing the work I loved.

I started working as a corporate communication consultant. It gave me full control…

I really like Harry Potter. So much so that I even wrote an essay on the series for my Children’s Literature Class at uni — I got a good mark for it, too! I always joke that Harry and Ron even attended my graduation in Glasgow, and I have proof!

So being the enthusiastic reader of the books that I was, I introduced some other people to the franchise — including my father. Not a great recommendation as it turned out because, by the time he’d finished reading the first two books, he decided that he really didn’t like them…

They say variety is the spice of life, and that is certainly true when it comes to people. We come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colours, cultures, references and challenges. This means that we all bring fascinating perspectives to the table. It seems a no-brainer then, to make sure your business embraces diversity and inclusivity, not just to serve the community at large, but also to bring in the innovation and creativity that comes from considering different life experiences.

Yet, this topic fills many people with a fear of making mistakes, and overwhelm at all the different aspects and subtleties that come with this topic. So, this month I have asked a number of experienced entrepreneurs to share their insights and practical tips to help you on your way to make your business more diverse and inclusive.

I often link my learning when it comes to issues of diversity to the time of my sister-in-law’s arrival in our family. It took me months to get out of the habit of just calling her name across the room when trying…

As a Life Strategist and Business Accelerator, Jenn Drakes believes that we are all born with a gift. We need only embrace that gift, accelerate its use, transcend our current circumstances and responsibly share our gift to achieve our own sustainable states of happiness.

Jenn explains that her fulfilment in life is not gained from being a mother, or from partnering with others. It is not gained from having material things, from having a job or getting promotions. Her fulfilment in life is gained from her natural gifts of speaking and writing and doing so in a way that improves how people feel about themselves and empowers their sense of self-worth to achieve more than they imagined.

Jenn encourages people to innovate and become fundamentally self-aware. She uses her natural gifts to evoke change. She tries to create an understanding that life is all…

Katie Carey is a mum, nanny and a multi-passionate, heart-centred disabled entrepreneur from Northamptonshire, United Kingdom. She chooses to focus on thriving, despite the chronic pain and disabilities she lives with. She is an international best-selling author, globally ranked podcaster and she decided to combine her coaching skills and love of books and story-telling by launching her own publishing house.

Qualified with a BSc Open degree combining Social Psychology, Science of the Mind, Challenging Ideas in Mental Health and Counselling & Psychotherapy, she also trained as a Reiki Master, Mindfulness Coach, Holistic Therapist and more recently an EFT Practitioner. It was this tool that shifted her own patterns of trauma. Katie also trained in Mediumship and Psychic Development which has fascinated her since she experienced spiritual connection in childhood.

She realises now that her superpower is connecting people with what and who they need to support their healing, personal growth and overall evolution. She founded and led an “alternative” mental…

What a joy it is to continue sitting down with inspirational business owners who share their stories with passion radiating off their face. That certainly describes multi-passionate entrepreneur, mindset coach, thought leader, and marathon runner, Jess McKnight.

Jess is a multi-passionate entrepreneur, a mindset coach for female entrepreneurs, a thought leader, and a marathon runner. She genuinely believes that your mind is the most powerful tool you have to help you accomplish all of your dreams. If there is one thing she knows, it is that you can do anything you decide you can do, but it always starts with deciding that you can — and knowing that is a choice that only you can make.

Jess has a passion for helping female entrepreneurs overcome the blocks in their minds that are holding them back, so they…

Mags Thomson (she/her)

Founder and CEO House of Hives, Story & Impact Coach.

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