Episode Links


Show Notes

How would reading this book actually get me results? [0:36]
What is the difference between implication based learning and application based learning? [6:17]
If an embodied understanding requires that you don't think about it, how do you learn about it in the first place? [10:37]
Can you explain how the equation Strategy = Data + Insight plays out? [13:03]
Does data need to come before the insight or can insight come before the data? [17:19]
What is the difference between exponential insight and linear thinking? [19:46]
Is there any way to get an exponential insight? [23:56]
Can you explain how this understanding of the mind is the equivalent of what the discovery of germs was for the body? [28:20]
Can you expand on your Calibrate, Connect and Educate approach to coaching? [33:25]
What is the transformation economy? [38:00]
How does the employee experience impact the customer experience? [41:15]
Who should read this book? [43:20]
Where can we go to find out more about you? [44:12]


In Episode #18 I talk to Amir Karkouti. Amir is a coach, an author, a speaker and an owner of a chain of restaurants in San Diego. Amir runs a popular Facebook group called What the F**k are the Three Principles. He has spent over ten years as an adviser, mentor, and coach to Fortune 500 CEO's, military men/women, and people who want to get more out of themselves and their lives. His books include Lessons from my Coach and Do Nothing and Do Nothing... To Get Everything

In this episode we explore what it actually means to be a coach, the power we have to ignore insecure thinking and how to just start writing.

Episode Links

Wealth Warrior by Steve Chandler


More than Allegory by Bernardo Kastrup


Luminous Life by Jacob Isreal Liiberman


Show Notes
Can you give us a bit of background to how you became a coach and an author? [00:41]
Was there a day when you realised that coaching could become a profession for you? [02:50]
How did you snap out of having money on your mind when thinking about coaching as a profession? [04:03]
Do the insecure money thoughts ever go away? [05:56]
How did you begin realising that you can ignore the insecure thoughts and you will get fresh thinking? [06:38]
When you came across the 3 principles, what resonated with you? [13:20?
In your opinion, how is life supposed to unfold? [17:40]
How do you approach our human tendency to attach meaning to everything? [20:43]
How do you see the role of humour and light heartedness in the coaching conversation? [29:15]
What is the biggest thing you have learned that has made the biggest difference in your life? [32:36]
How did you get into writing? [36:40]
Is there any belief you have that you wouldn't question? [41:35]
Do you have a favourite book? [43:45]
How can someone find you? [45:43]


In Episode #17 I talk to funny man Jason Goldberg. Jason is an award-winning entrepreneur, a coach and a speaker. Jason mixes humour and light heartedness into the work does. In his Tedx Talk he speaks about manufacturing fascination.

In this episode we take a look at the prisoner and self-leader mindset. We look at the fascination state, how to shift from heavy and low feeling states and how the problem solving mindset can interfere with our personal growth.

Episode Links

FREE Copy of Prison Break for The Happy Mindset Listeners


The Jason Goldberg website


How To Manufacture Fascination and Engineer Enthusiasm


Reinventing Yourself by Steve Chandler


Loving What Is: How Four Questions Can Change your Life by Byron Katie


Slowing Down to the Speed of Life by Richard Carlson and Joseph Bailey


Show Notes

When did you start seeing that you were a prisoner to your life? [0:47]
Do you think that the problem solving mindset in the IT world transfers into personal growth? [5:50]
Do you think that admitting to yourself that you don't get it helps? [07:58]
Do you think that questions help to create a state of fascination? [12:18]
Does it help to assume that this problem doesn't actually exist and if this were true how would I show up then? [14:50]
Do you think you need another person in order to climb the ladder of consciousness? [18:13]
How did you manage to see the power of choice when you were having that bad day you talked about in Prison Break? [23:18]
What's that the day you started to see the difference between reaction and response? [26:40]
What was the biggest lesson you learned from Back to the Future? [35:02]
Can you explain how the robot works? [37:36]
What book has had the biggest impact on you? [42:03]
What does 'slowing down' mean to you? [42:48]
How can people get in contact with you? [45:01]


In Episode #16 I speak with Shirley Liu. Shirley is the Vice President of Marketing & Digital at L'Oréal. A multi-cultural and modern day global citizen, Shirley holds British and Taiwanese dual citizenships, grew up in Thailand, is UK- and US- educated and a Parisienne at heart. In addition to her corporate role, Shirley devotes significant time as a motivational speaker, empowering Millennial professionals to contemplate the alignment of their passion, career and personal calling early in life.

In this episode we explore how Shirley saw through the trappings of success and decided to go on her own path towards inner beauty. Shirley talks about how she uses her core values to anchor her when she is challenged by her environment. She also talks about the importance of self-love, self-compassion and self-esteem and how you set up an environment that you can thrive in.


Episode Links

East of Eden by John Steinbeck


Shirley on LinkedIn



 Show Notes

What was your dream growing up as a girl in Thailand? [02:23]

When did your process of introspection start? [14:08]

I often struggle with being honest with myself about where I currently am, is that something other people seem to struggle with?[19:12]

Was there a specific day or time when you started to realise that your internal state was separate from the external circumstance? [23:57]

When did you start realising that you were the one that was determining a lot of the people that were in your environment? [29:28]

Does it come back gaining clarity on your core values and priorities before we can trust our intuition? [40:12]

Did you ever fear public speaking? [48:27]

What is the biggest issue that Millenials are facing today? [53:35]

On your journey was there any book that stands out in your mind? [01:00:02]

So were they the practical steps you took when you were feeling lost and looking at the bigger life questions that are often unanswerable? [01:06:20]

How can people reach out to you? [01:22:45]


In Episode #15 I speak with Cathy Garner. Cathy is an Artist Coach. Cathy is a relationship coach and portrait artist. She invented Vision PortraitsTM, coaching people to express their dreams, visions and purpose for their personal, professional and love lives, and etching their words into the lines and shadows of their faces. Cathy speaks about the power of portraits to transform the relationships we have with ourselves and others. She teaches that love is both an art and a science and that everyone who finds their vision and discovers the skills to bring it to life, can enjoy thriving relationships.

In this episode we talk about her journey to becoming an artist coach. She talks about how for so long she was held back by the idea that her art would only ever be a pastime, what she did when she noticed as a Strategic Leader that the words she spoke didn't fully align with her and how her travels and adventures helped her to discover realisations that have set her on her own path.

Episode Links

An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth by M.K. Gandhi


The Artist Coach


To Receive your FREE Vision and Purpose Workbook you can Contact Cathy:






Show Notes

What is an Artist Coach? [00:58]

How do you decide where to put the words and are their parts of the face that go with certain words? [03:02]

What sort of realisations did you have in your 'wilderness' period that helped to steer you back on your own path? [10:50]

When you knew that your words felt out of sync when you were doing the Strategic Leadership how did you start moving more towards your heart? [24:50]

Why did you decide that you needed to draw everyday and did you have any expectations? [26:45]

What vital parts of a healthy friendship do we tend to overlook? [29:53]

What are love languages? [32:05]

Does a healthy relationship depend on your own love of life and your own understanding of who you are first? [37:00]

How did you get to the understanding that there is a treasure underneath every conflict? [44:32]

What are you up to these days Cathy? [50:00]

What has been the reaction of the dementia patients to their portraits? [51:27]

Throughout your journey, has there been any book that stood out in your mind? [54:22]

What did you learn when you gave some desires up? [57:05]


In Episode #14 the tables are turned with an interview I gave to Peter and Mira Griffiths of the Mind Takeaway. In this episode I talk about the learning process and my own learning journey so far.

Throughout this episode we talk about accelerated learning, gaining clarity around why to learn a new skill and we share some insights we have had along our journey's so far.

Episode Links

The Mind Takeaway Facebook Group


Show Notes

Can you tell us a little more about you and what you do Denis? [1:51]

Can you explain how you would approach helping to accelerate someone's learning in terms of a language? [8:21]

Are there people who can't learn languages? [18:21]

How do you see mentors as playing a role in peoples learning? [26:15]

Can you tell us how and where we can find you? [44:21]

How would you say you have changed over the last 6 months? [55:20]

Would you like to add anything before we close? [1:00:55]


In Episode #13 I speak with Soness Stevens. Soness is a TED Global & 3-time TEDx speaker. She is the founder of Your Speaking Journey where she is a coach to over 115 TED & TEDx speakers. She is a published academic in 3 peer reviewed journals, a communications researcher and practitioner. She is the author of Japan’s first multi-media textbooks used in the university system and she practices zazen meditation in her local temple. She also has a Communications TV show on NHK TV and FOX TV and she is the official English voice of Hello Kitty.

In this episode we talk about autonomous learning, her journey to Japan to learn Japanese to get into Harvard Business School, her life as a speaker coach and how she has managed to pursue multiple disciplines by being herself and not trying to fit in.


Episode Links

Have you Ever Felt Heard? Tedx WasedaU


The War of Art by Steven Pressfield


 Your Speaking Journey



Show Notes

How did you figure out the balance between being an introvert and an extrovert? [02:54]

How did the philosophy of connecting with one person help you as you started your journey as a speaker? [04:35]

Does knowing Japanese help to learn Chinese or is it completely different? [16:34]

How do you balance giving honest feedback with being genuinely supportive? [18:00]

How did you arrive at autonomous teaching and what did your autonomous learning journey look like? [25:10]

How did you go about pursuing multiple disciplines? [37:20]

Was the decision between staying in Japan and going to Harvard Business School difficult to make? [39:52]

How did you manage to gain clarity around the fact that it was you showing up that made things happen rather than you fitting into the circumstance? [47:00]

What is your favourite book? [54:35]


In Episode #12 I speak with Michael Neill. Michael is an internationally renowned transformative coach and the best-selling author of six books including  Creating the Impossible, The Inside-Out Revolution and The Space Within. ​He has spent over 25 years as a coach, adviser, friend, mentor, and creative spark plug to celebrities, CEOs, royalty, and people who want to get more out of themselves and their lives. His books have been translated into 18 languages, and his public talks, retreats, seminars​, and online programs​ have touched and transformed lives at the United Nations and​ in over 60 countries and on six continents around the world. His TEDx talk, ‘Why Aren’t We Awesomer?’, has been viewed by over 200,000 people. Michael’s weekly radio show, Living from the Inside Out, has been a listener favorite on Hay House Radio for over a decade.​ His weekly blog and podcast, Caffeine for the Soul, is now in its 18th year and going strong.

In this episode we talk about the creative process and how enjoying the process is much more fun than getting caught up on the end goal. We talk about the state of flow, analogies and stories from Creating the Impossible and setting goals that we think we have a 20% chance of achieving. 


Episode Links

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin


Creating the Impossible



Show Notes

Can you give us a brief introduction into where you are today and why now was a good time to write Creating the Impossible? [00:50]

What did you struggle with in the creative process of creating the book? [04:13]

So did you see that the pressure was getting in the way of creating rather than helping with you get things done? [06:03]

Did you find your approach allowed things to flow more and bring a playfullness to your writing? [09:02]

Did you enjoy the process of writing more when you weren't focused on the end goal? [09:55]

What's the logic behind setting a goal that you think you have a 20% chance of achieving? [11:46]

Do you find that when people are willing to entertain the idea of setting impossible goals that they start to make good progress? [13:18]

You mentioned in the book that when you commit then providence will move with you, can you talk about how this has shown up in your life? [17:00]

Can you talk a bit about how the creative process is seperate from the feelings we experience? [24:00]

Can you expand on the saying that it is easier to create what you want than you think you can have? [31:55]

You mentioned in the book that if it occurs to you to do something then do something but if nothing occurs to you do nothing, can you expand a little more on that? [34:25]

Can you talk about the small commitment that was highlighted in the book a sailing to Bombay story? [41:52]

What's your favourite book and why? [49:20]

Do you like reading different books together at the same time? [50:35]


In Episode #11 I speak with Lisa Hughes of Arena Coaching. Lisa is an Executive Coach, a Facilitator and a Mindfulness teacher. Lisa has done work with startups as well as in more established companies such as The Irish Times and Facebook. In this episode we talk about Lisa's transition from the corporate world into the coaching world. We talk about travel, corporate life and the problem with rewarding 'busyness'. Throughout the episode she alludes to the window of space and time that can be accessed when we take the time to stop and pause. 

Episode Links

 The Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer


Arena Coaching


Show Notes

Can you give us a brief introduction to yourself and how you got to where you are today? [00:28]

When did you start seeing the power of choice for yourself? [05:36]

Why do you think there is a tendency for people to overlook the power of the pause? [07:43]

Do you think there is a depth missing to what we are reading? [10:56]

What are your thoughts on travel and experiencing different cultures? [14:12]

Does it get easier to take the torns out over time? [22:07]

How important is intention? [23:43]

How do you find the balance between having a sense of being an autonomous person yet at the same time feeling connected and empathetic towards other people as part of a community? [29:12]

What sort of common issues are you seeing in companies that are getting in the way of a sense of connection, community and innovation? [31:30]

How can somebody contact you? [37:00]



In Episode #10 I speak with Jamie Smart, a Sunday Times Best Selling author, international speaker and creator of the Clarity brand. Jamie has been interviewed on Sky News and Dave Asprey's Bulletproof podcast. Jamie helps his clients to get out of their own way and to live a life more in alignment with who they really are. He has written numerous books including The Little Book of Clarity and Results.

In this conversation we talk about the principles behind Clarity, branding, personal growth, building a community and stepping out and doing your own thing.


Episode Links

The Missing Link by Sydney Banks


Jamie Smart.com


The Little Book of Clarity by Jamie Smart


Results by Jamie Smart


Results Mindset Podcast


The Profitable Coaches Podcast



Show Notes

Can you give us a brief introduction into how you came to an understanding of state of Mind and creating the Clarity brand? [00:36]

How do you find the balance between using the techniques to get your message out there while staying true to the value of the brand? [09:25]

How did you gradually understand the principles behind these social tools? [13:56]

If the message is more important than the medium and everyone has a message within them, how gain I gain more clairty around that message so I know what I want to get out there in the first place? [19:54]

 Were you always an action taker? [22:43] 

 In hindsight, how did the community you have today naturally form? [27:35]

At any stage did you feel alone when you made the decision to do more of your own thing? [29:26]

How important is personal growth for the growth of a business? [31:00]

Was it easy to let go of the Salad brand and move onto the Clarity brand? [32:15]

Did you find that your time spent in NLP helped you to articulate the principles behind Clarity better? [33:20]

Would you have one piece of advise for someone who wants to move more in alignment with their own purpose and direction in life? [34:44]

What's your favourite book and why? [36:24]




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