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Podcasts by DiannAbroad, international solo nomad, author, travel blogger, and photographer include writing tips, travel tips, and her views of life, from savvy and thoughtful to quirky and humorous. Copyright 2020 DiannAbroad All rights reserved.
 
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From her new home in Portugal and her last podcast for 2021, Diann Schindler focuses on mind improving meditation; moving from Madeira Island to Monte Estoril; and after 6 years as a solo nomad, her need to find a permanent home - where she can return after traveling. Deepak Chopra's 21 Days of Abundance meditation podcasts. Me on the northeast coa…
 
A successful career in asset management requires going beyond your technical skill base to develop business acumen and street-savvy that will take you to the next level. Enter Dr. Monique Beedles is an internationally recognized thought leader in asset management and best-selling author of several books including Asset Management for Directors. She…
 
Mentoring has been a critical part of many successful people’s career story. Sometimes it’s done formally and for an exchange of money, but often it is about a more seasoned leader meeting regularly with a less seasoned human and imparting ideas, knowledge, and even empowerment. I am chatting today to James Sewell, the founder of MentorConnex, a se…
 
I have to admit, I am a sucker for buying merchandise or ‘merch’ as we colloquially say in the land Down Under. Whether it be signed books by authors at their book launch or tea towels from a boutique vineyard on a regional holiday I am handing over that plastic card with joy! Last year, according to Intelligence Insider, the pandemic fueled rapid …
 
Ashley Peverett is the Co-founder & CEO of the Building Communities Initiative (BCI). A self-proclaimed entrepreneur, he grew up in a family business so had a good start. While working, Ashley studied business part-time and completed an MBA from the University of New England. He climbed the corporate ladder across several organizations to eventuall…
 
Financial literacy is a term that excites some, but many people are hard-pressed to get excited about it, despite its importance in how we all view, manage and maximize our money, from our first pocket money as a kid to making retirement savings last these days for up to 30 years after we no longer earn a wage. My guest Julia Newbould is Managing E…
 
Water management and the policies behind it is something we all need to get our heads around, whether you live in a big city, small town, a coastal region or a remote community. I am deeply passionate about the water sector having worked closely within the NSW state government during the recent drought of 2018-2020, leading communications in areas …
 
Buying property is expensive especially in Australia's biggest cities and regional areas now surging too (thanks Covid), with purchasers paying stamp duty, conveyancing, and legal fees, not to mention the huge deposit required. So, would you really want to pay more for something you could do yourself? Well, recently I did. For the first time ever, …
 
A disaster brings out the best and at times, the worst in everyday ordinary people. Rarely is it something less polarizing. Thinking of devastating bush fires, major floods, or terrorist attacks and the raw, media images of what disaster looks like -- and the days that follow -- are pretty confronting for many people, let alone those experiencing t…
 
The costs associated with turnover and lower productivity seen in burnout result in a loss of $322 billion annually according to the World Economic Forum stats from January 2021. There is a wave of burnout with many of us trying to stay afloat in a pandemic and find a way to recharge when many of the tools we use such as socializing, group exercise…
 
Daisy Turnbull is the Director of Wellbeing at an independent girls’ school in Sydney (in fact my own alma mater), where she has also been a teacher for eight years. She has taught across school systems including some time at a behavioral school, working with students from diverse backgrounds. Before going into teaching Daisy worked in interactive …
 
The rise of organic food has been steady over the past 20 years and is very much part of many consumer's food buying decision process. Paddock to plate is an in-demand thing too. One of Australia’s best-known organic meat success stories is Cleaver’s Organic meats. Starting from a humble suburban butcher’s store in Sydney, Cleaver’s products are no…
 
Freelance writing is a pipe dream for many burnt-out staff reporters, hobby writers, and anyone who wants to achieve work-life balance on their own terms. Alexandra Cain or Ali as most of her clients and peers call her has spent 20 years building and sustaining a successful freelance business writing career. Ali wanted to be a business journalist e…
 
In current times, with all the challenges of a global pandemic and what that means for us as we navigate work, family, isolation, sickness and sanity (and in lockdown for some of us), the notion of kindness must be an anecdote for some of that which we struggle with. I am speaking today to Hugh Mackay, a highly regarded social psychologist and rese…
 
Around 20 years ago, I did a whole Masters thesis on Philanthropic models that took me to leaders in this arena across the USA and Europe. While most of us take an impulsive approach to giving, a little bit of research into where your dollars will do the most good can make your donation hundreds or even thousands of times more effective! The Life Y…
 
Diann reports on her first 2 weeks as a resident of Portugal. Starting with Madeira Island, she discusses the village of Machico and how it got its name in 1419, the filming of the 1956 "Moby Dick" movie off the shores of northeastern Madeira Island, and the challenging adjustments to living in a new culture. Madeira Island Machico Church - listen …
 
Courage means different things to different people. I have known Sonia McDonald for close to seven years. Her personal story has much to do with courage in the face of some pretty hard times and she has been able to rise above it all to forge her own successful path. Sonia is a global leadership executive coach and advisor, thought leader, dynamic …
 
Holly Ransom is a globally renowned content curator, powerful speaker, and master questioner with the belief that if you walk past it, you tell the world it’s okay. Named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review, she has delivered a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama, was Sir Richard Branson’s nominee for Wired …
 
Microbusinesses are my passion and in no small part because I run a couple myself. Microbusinesses represent around 25% of all businesses in Australia – a pretty hefty chunk of our business landscape when you think about it. Today’s guest is a truly inspiring microbusiness leader with a swag of awards. Tina Tower opened her first business at the ag…
 
I do not know about you, but I find it hard to be consistently productive. It seems like it’s a secret weapon for some and a natural gift for others. Dermot Crowley is the Director and founder of Adapt Productivity, a Sydney-based training company founded almost two decades ago. He is one of Australia’s foremost thought leaders on productivity. He …
 
Body image is a topic rife with expectations, taboo, nuance and even debate. Nikki Parkinson is here today to discuss just that! Her career path of journalism, fashion writing and design makes her an ideal expert for this topic. That is because at the core of everything that former journalist Nikki Parkinson has done in her "second life" as a blogg…
 
Emma Heuston is a lawyer, author, and entrepreneur. A passionate advocate of work/life balance and the freedom to work from home, Emma is the Founder and Director of The Remote Expert, a virtual law firm delivering legal services and legal information to online business owners across Australia. In 2011, Emma was on the traditional lawyer-style corp…
 
Dr. Simon Longstaff is the Executive Director of The Ethics Centre and one of Australia’s leading philosophers and ethics commentators, regularly appearing on national radio, broadcast and newspapers to comment on politics, business and culture, including on ABC Radio National, Q&A and The Sydney Morning Herald. Simon has been instrumental in advis…
 
Tim Burrowes has done a lot to shape and up-end the modern media landscape. In the decade since its launch, the company he founded (and remains editor-at-large for) Mumbrella earned its stripes as a respected authority on the Australian media and marketing landscape, with Tim becoming a recognized commentator on media issues. In 2017, Mumbrella was…
 
To discuss The Politics of Equality I am interviewing Mark Nielsen. He is the Global Chief Executive Officer of Talent International and a pioneering leader with over 25 years of experience. Over the course of his career, Mark has held C-level roles across start-ups, turnarounds, and multinational corporations. This experience spans organizations i…
 
Connection is key for relationships to succeed, in business, in love, in friendships. For bankable sales success, it is critical to know how to master connections. Enter the role of today’s guest, Rachel Bourke, a Master Sales Trainer. One that understands sales is a service and that confidence comes from clarity. With over 25 years of experience a…
 
I have been watching Amanda Rose’s star rise for a number of years and she is definitely an ambitious woman who gets lots of stuff done fast. Amanda wears a number of impressive hats including being the Founder of Small Business Women Australia, Publisher of Business Woman Media and Founding Director of Western Sydney Women, Western Sydney Executiv…
 
Age is just a number, right? Much of the modern world revolves around our age – are we too young or too old for a certain outfit or job or can we defy our age with new skincare products and exercise and diet regimes? I met today’s guest, Dr. Catherine Rickwood, on the speaking circuit some years ago. She is a thought leader and subject matter exper…
 
Energy has become one of the biggest political, moral, economic, and social issues our time – on par with its cousin climate change. Sally Torgoman is an Australian lawyer and commercial advisor specializing in renewable energy transactions and development projects. Sally is a qualified electrical engineer and lawyer and she was admitted to the NSW…
 
Ashleigh Streeter-Jones is a speaker, facilitator, writer, and activist. She was named the youngest ever ACT Woman of the Year (2018) and as a listee on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. She has led youth campaigning for World Vision, assisted Plan International Australia’s Youth Activist series, and in 2019, organized and co-hosted the Canberra Women’s…
 
Manufacturing has changed the world with its focus on faster, cheaper mass production of items we all use every day – from smartphones to coffee cups, cars to modular homes. Ishan Galapathy has a wealth of knowledge in the field of Operational Excellence (OpEx), working across six countries for nearly two decades, for multi-nationals such as Kellog…
 
Ruth McGowan OAM is an authority on political campaigning and gender equality. She is the author of Get Elected , the Australian campaign guide to winning political office at local, state, or federal level. Starting her career as an agricultural scientist, Ruth worked for two decades across the public sector managing various STEM projects before st…
 
Today’s guest is Sibon Schouten, CEO and Founder of Markd Global, a purpose-driven brand and marketing collective based in Sydney, Australia. Sibon believes purposeful leaders create purposeful companies that are more likely to pursue the triple bottom line - People, Planet, Profit, something she believes is critical to building trust and creating …
 
Life-changing innovators and true entrepreneurs are rare in my experience. Today’s guest is an exception. Meet Kristy Chong, the CEO, and Founder of Modibodi and Modibodi RED, a revolutionary women’s high-tech apparel brand that empowers women of all ages, shapes, and sizes to live a better life. There is even a men’s underwear line now too. With a…
 
Alice Almeida is the Founder of Almeida Insights, a full-service research agency, and the Regional Head of Data, Research, and Insights for TotallyAwesome, APAC's leading Kids Digital platform which prides itself on providing safe environments for kids to be entertained. She is also on the Maxme advisory board. Alice's career has spanned over 20 ye…
 
My guest is Stephen Page, an award-winning family lawyer from Brisbane. Admitted in 1987, Stephen has been an accredited family law specialist since 1996. He has presented at conferences around the world about family law. Stephen is a Fellow of both the International Academy of Family Lawyers and the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction At…
 
The Politics of Business Growth is what we are examining today, with an entrepreneur who has experienced that in spades. At the age of 25 with only $50 to his name, Justin Herald set about changing the course of his life. Justin created Attitude Inc, a clothing brand that became an international licensing success that turned over in excess of $20 m…
 
My guest today is one of my favourite make-up artists around. She is my first go-to for my own professional shoots and she has worked with many famous faces and household name brands. Hayley Dutton is a Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist with a decade of experience in Corporate, Advertising and Fashion across all forms of media. Hayley has led large te…
 
Today I am in conversation with Michael Buckland, the new CEO of the McKell Institute, Australia’s leading think tank in areas of housing affordability, taxation, wage theft, wage growth, superannuation, childcare, and more. The McKell Institute works with all major political parties to pursue pragmatistic progressive solutions to our most pressing…
 
With me today is Samantha Dybac, Founder and managing director of The PR Hub Host Influence Unlocked podcast, Samantha Dybac is the founder and Managing Director of The PR Hub, a public relations and strategic communications agency for entrepreneurs, business leaders, and high growth disruptive brands. As the host of the Influence Unlocked podcast,…
 
Dr. Phyllis Kuehnl Walters, aka Dr. K Walters, s is a retired clinical/forensic psychologist from Ohio. She was in private practice for over forty years and taught psychology classes at Sinclair Community College and The University of Dayton. She is married and enjoys being a wife, mother, Yaya, great grandmother, and friend to many! She and her hu…
 
Office politics is definitely a thing. TV shows have been made around it and even in a more flexible or work from home more world. I have decided to dedicate this episode to The Politics of Offices. My guest on this topic is Brendan Rogers who I met around 3 years ago when we both crossed paths as NEDs on an independent school board. He has experie…
 
Boards are not like our work settings and take a special skill set. If you have ever pondered what makes a successful board career, you are in the right podcast. Julie Garland McLellan built a board career from one not-for-profit to a portfolio including chairing an ASX listed company. A frequent conference speaker, Julie has featured widely in med…
 
Tracey Gillies is a specialized Holistic Health Coach, Energy Healer, Soul Realignment Practitioner, and Negative entity removal expert. Her profile captured my eye over the summer and I emailed her to find out more about what she does and how. Tracey says she had developed these very specialized skills during her own life struggles when she was se…
 
With a 40-year career in marketing, communications, and NFP work, Kim has just notched up seven years as the Director & CEO, Australian Museum (AM) – one of my favorite public spaces in Australia. Kim is responsible for strategic planning and management of the nation’s first museum, including a collection of over 21.9 million natural science and cu…
 
Meet Kylie Green. A marketer, entrepreneur, supporter of women in business, networking champion, charity worker, and mother of one. She has a 30-year long career in a range of entrepreneurial, marketing, and senior management roles. At 29 years of age, founded Kaleidoscope Marketing and sold it in 2005 to The Photon Group of Companies where she hel…
 
Writers' block is real, and it came at me with a vengeance, cloaked in what I thought was celebratory excitement at the point I released my thriller novel manuscript to beta readers. When I mustered the courage to face the truth, paralysis was poised to take control. I had to change my thoughts, my emotions, my mind. Listen to my strategies to addr…
 
Darryl Bollinger and his wife, June, live in western North Carolina. He has a master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University and spent twenty-eight years working in the health care industry. He has always loved reading. As a child growing up in middle-class surroundings, books offered an escape and a chance to experience the …
 
I'm back to podcasting again after a 6-week hiatus and I'm writing goals for 2021. First, in order to look forward, I needed to look back to 2020...briefly, at least. This podcast does that: I look back and then talk about my 2021 goals with an eye to encouraging you to write your goals for 2021. I mentioned two previous podcasts for your listening…
 
With my current thriller manuscript ("Claim Denied") in the hands of beta readers, I had time to think about writing another book: a sequel, a thriller set in a small town with fascinating, quirky characters. When I looked back at a community on the Eastern Shore of Virginia I visited a few times in early 2000, I came upon a startling, sweet surpri…
 
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