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  • I met Emma Baylin recently at a TEDx event where she spoke passionately about the positive impact that singing can have on us all. Through her company Shared Harmonies (a CIC), she and her colleagues work in the community and the corporate world, using singing to help us shed limiting beliefs and create a shared sense of connection.

    Check out Emma's website for Shared Harmonies.

    Watch her amazing YouTube clip entitled 'Our Song'

    We also feature a guest podcast - Storytelling with Puck by Stefano Capacchione.

    Andrew Thorp is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant in the field of verbal communication and storytelling in the business world.

    Track: Travel With Us — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/o-rpKzt4KSY​ Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/travel-us

    Podcast artwork by Peter Thorp
    Microphone image: Photo by Claus Grünstäudl on Unsplash
    Banner image in main feed: Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

  • There are umpteen books about how to give a great TED talk but in this episode we put the spotlight on one specific talk, a wonderful presentation from 2013 by Professor Sugata Mitra entitled: Build a School in the Cloud. It's a favourite of our host Andrew Thorp and this is his take on what enabled the professor to wow his audience that day.

    We also feature a guest podcast - Storytelling with Puck by Stefano Capacchione.

    Andrew Thorp is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant in the field of verbal communication and storytelling in the business world.

    Track: Travel With Us — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/o-rpKzt4KSY​ Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/travel-us

    Podcast artwork by Peter Thorp
    Microphone image: Photo by Claus Grünstäudl on Unsplash
    Banner image in main feed: Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

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  • If you visit the gym once a month and expect results you might be disappointed. A brisk walk every day for a sustained period is far more likely to yield benefits and it's much the same with communication. In this episode we focus on the importance of 'little and often' and the way small, frequent conversations can foster strong, productive relationships.

    We also feature a guest podcast - Power to Speak by Jackie Goddard.

    Show is hosted by Andrew Thorp, AKA 'The Multi-Story Man'.
    Andrew is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant in the field of verbal communication and storytelling in the business world.

    Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

    Track: Travel With Us — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/o-rpKzt4KSY​ Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/travel-us

    Podcast artwork by Peter Thorp
    Microphone image: Photo by Claus Grünstäudl on Unsplash
    Banner image in main feed: Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

  • If you want to do justice to your company or organisation, tell great stories - small ones! That's the theme of this episode of Leaning Forward, an exploration of what a small story looks like, how to find them within your own organisation and how to tell them well.

    We also feature a guest podcast - Power to Speak by Jackie Goddard.

    Show is hosted by Andrew Thorp, AKA 'The Multi-Story Man'.
    Andrew is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant in the field of verbal communication and storytelling in the business world.

    Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

    Track: Travel With Us — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/o-rpKzt4KSY​ Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/travel-us

    Podcast artwork by Peter Thorp
    Microphone image: Photo by Claus Grünstäudl on Unsplash
    Banner image in main feed: Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

  • What does it actually mean to 'tell a better story'? In this episode we answer this very question with an exercise - the transformation of a bare framework of a story into something more gripping, and human. It's like the difference between a house and a home, an idea popularised by Dionne Warwick and Luther Vandross in a hit song from the 1960s.

    We also feature a guest podcast - Storytelling with Puck by Stefano Capacchione.

    Show is hosted by Andrew Thorp, AKA 'The Multi-Story Man'.
    Andrew is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant in the field of verbal communication and storytelling in the business world.

    Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

    Track: Travel With Us — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/o-rpKzt4KSY​ Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/travel-us

    Podcast artwork by Peter Thorp
    Microphone image: Photo by Claus Grünstäudl on Unsplash
    Banner image in main feed: Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

  • As a physician in the USA, Steve Shama relied on his technical knowledge to diagnose and treat skin conditions. But he also saw his patients as people, developing a deep appreciation for the importance of empathy and human connection. After 30 years in private practice, he left medicine to develop a new career as a professional speaker and communication skills coach. In this episode, he shares some of the techniques and principles that he uses with audiences and private clients.

    Check out the services provided by Steve Shama HERE.

    We also feature a guest podcast - Power to Speak by Jackie Goddard.

    Show is hosted by Andrew Thorp, AKA 'The Multi-Story Man'.
    Andrew is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant in the field of verbal communication and storytelling in the business world.

    Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

    Track: Travel With Us — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/o-rpKzt4KSY​ Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/travel-us

    Podcast artwork by Peter Thorp
    Microphone image: Photo by Claus Grünstäudl on Unsplash
    Banner image in main feed: Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplashaum on Unsplash

  • People often work hard to secure a job interview but poor preparation or a lack of confidence can impair their performance when the big moment comes.

    In this episode of Leaning Forward we’re joined by Chris Delaney, an expert in career and life coaching and a man with an interesting journey of his own. Nuggets include the power of saying "yes", the way he's learned to use his voice and an unusual way to improve your spelling!

    Chris has written 3 books on the subject of career/interviews; check them out here.

    We also feature a guest podcast - Storytelling with Puck by Stefano Capacchione.

    Show is hosted by Andrew Thorp, AKA 'The Multi-Story Man'.
    Andrew is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant in the field of verbal communication and storytelling in the business world.

    Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

    Track: Travel With Us — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/o-rpKzt4KSY​ Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/travel-us

    Podcast artwork by Peter Thorp
    Microphone image: Photo by Claus Grünstäudl on Unsplash
    Banner image in main feed: Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

  • A lot of our content on Leaning Forward is about communicating a better story on the outside, but this episode looks within - the story of a great company culture. Our guest is Jim Liptrot, Managing Director of Howorth Air Technology based in Bolton, Lancs. He's played a huge role in creating a culture based around Purpose, People and Behaviours.

    Their work truly saves lives, ensuring ultra safe air quality in operating theatres and research labs. But Jim seems equally proud of the lives they change within the company, from apprentices to senior managers.

    We also feature a guest podcast - Power to Speak by Jackie Goddard.

    Show is hosted by Andrew Thorp, AKA 'The Multi-Story Man'.
    Andrew is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant in the field of verbal communication and storytelling in the business world.

    Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

    Track: Travel With Us — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/o-rpKzt4KSY​ Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/travel-us

    Podcast artwork by Peter Thorp
    Microphone image: Photo by Claus Grünstäudl on Unsplash
    Banner image in main feed: Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

  • If you've got something to say but lack the confidence to craft and deliver that message, this interview with Jackie Goddard is a must-listen.

    Drawing on her background as an actor, she helps business owners and professionals find their unique voice and encourages them to connect with their audience in an authentic way. Referencing everything from football commentary to TED Talks, Jackie provides some juicy nuggets - and do check out her YouTube channel, Power to Speak.

    Check out Jackie's LinkedIn profile HERE

    The featured guest podcast host Stefano Cappacchione

    Show is hosted by Andrew Thorp, AKA 'The Multi-Story Man'.
    Andrew is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant in the field of verbal communication and storytelling in the business world.

    Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

    Track: Travel With Us — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/o-rpKzt4KSY​ Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/travel-us

    Podcast artwork by Peter Thorp
    Microphone image: Photo by Claus Grünstäudl on Unsplash
    Banner image in main feed: Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

  • This is the first book review from Leaning Forward and it's very much aimed at people who want to sell but aren't comfortable with traditional, by-the-numbers sales techniques. Dan Pink is the highlighted author and we examine of one of his popular books on the topic of 'non-sales selling'.

    To Sell is Human - a bestselling book by Dan Pink
    The Pinkcast
    Pink's TED talk on motivation

    The featured guest podcast host Stefano Cappacchione

    Show is hosted by Andrew Thorp, AKA 'The Multi-Story Man'.
    Andrew is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant in the field of verbal communication and storytelling in the business world.

    Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

    Track: Travel With Us — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/o-rpKzt4KSY​ Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/travel-us

    Podcast artwork by Peter Thorp
    Microphone image: Photo by Claus Grünstäudl on Unsplash
    Banner image in main feed: Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

  • Boston-based Amy Avergun helps trainers design what she calls 'sticky' workshops. In this interview we explore how neuro-science can guide us when we're planning classes that actually produce results. Amy talks about the importance of purpose (the 'pilot light' within us), storytelling as an educational tool and the benefits of being a 'learnatic'!

    Show is hosted by Andrew Thorp, AKA 'The Multi-Story Man'.
    Andrew is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant in the field of verbal communication and storytelling in the business world.

    Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

    Track: Travel With Us — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/o-rpKzt4KSY​ Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/travel-us

    Podcast artwork by Peter Thorp
    Microphone image: Photo by Claus Grünstäudl on Unsplash
    Banner image in main feed: Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

  • This is an unusual episode, an introduction to a new concept called the IN-Crowd. It's a growing community of people around the globe who want to find their unique voice and build IN-fluence and pulling power.

    Join us for our inaugural event on 28th Sept 2021 at 2pm (UK time) for a 90-minute virtual session. Click HERE for more details and to register.

    Other links referenced in this episode:
    Andrew's co-creator and fellow host on the IN-Crowd, Paula Eddy
    Talks by Jamie Oliver and Li Na (performances described as 'perfectly flawed')
    TEDx talk by Catherine Sandland

    Show is hosted by Andrew Thorp, AKA 'The Multi-Story Man'.
    Andrew is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant in the field of verbal communication and storytelling in the business world.

    Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

    Track: Travel With Us — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/o-rpKzt4KSY​ Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/travel-us

    Podcast artwork by Peter Thorp
    Microphone image: Photo by Claus Grünstäudl on Unsplash
    Banner image in main feed: Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

  • We've seen the 'Chief of Staff' role portrayed in the White House (West Wing, Designated Survivor) but this time we're in the real world - an interview with Andrew's nephew, Chris Thorp. A life-long obsession with cars led Chris into the automotive industry, first as a journalist and latterly as Chief of Staff to the executive board of Jaguar Land Rover.

    In this episode he shares some fascinating insights about leadership, communication and a tricky encounter with a pop superstar. It's the first of a two-parter, the second episode to be aired in the coming weeks.

    Show is hosted by Andrew Thorp, AKA 'The Multi-Story Man'.
    Andrew is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant in the field of verbal communication and storytelling in the business world.

    Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

    Track: Travel With Us — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/o-rpKzt4KSY​ Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/travel-us

    Podcast artwork by Peter Thorp
    Microphone image: Photo by Claus Grünstäudl on Unsplash
    Banner image in main feed: Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

  • Data is often presented in such a way that it gives PowerPoint a bad reputation! But it doesn't have to be this way. In this episode we look at how to bring numbers to life, drawing inspiration from books and talks where data is presented in novel and engaging ways.

    Some references used:
    Nancy Duarte's book 'Data Story'
    Hans Rosling's book 'Factfulness'
    'Freakonomics' by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
    'A Short History of Nearly Everything' by Bill Bryson
    TED talk by David Epstein
    TED talk by Ionica Smeets

    Featured guest podcast:
    Storytelling with Puck

    Show is hosted by Andrew Thorp, AKA 'The Multi-Story Man'.
    Andrew is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant in the field of verbal communication and storytelling in the business world.

    Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

    Track: Travel With Us — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/o-rpKzt4KSY​ Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/travel-us

    Podcast artwork by Peter Thorp
    Microphone image: Photo by Claus Grünstäudl on Unsplash
    Banner image in main feed: Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

  • Peter Beckenham exudes positive energy and no doubt employed that trait when he successfully sold ideas (and insurance products) without appearing to sell anything!

    In this interview, Peter shares his fascinating personal story as well as some tips and techniques around conversational selling. A strong advocate of the storytelling approach, he talks about having "no competition" when you tell a good story about yourself and whatever you're there to promote.

    Peter explains how his father doubted his son's career choice, and later had a change of heart - just one of several nuggets in this two-way exchange.

    Check our Peter's website and LinkedIn profile.

    Show is hosted by Andrew Thorp, AKA 'The Multi-Story Man'.
    Andrew is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant in the field of verbal communication and storytelling in the business world.

    Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

    Track: Travel With Us — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/o-rpKzt4KSY​ Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/travel-us

    Podcast artwork by Peter Thorp
    Microphone image: Photo by Claus Grünstäudl on Unsplash
    Banner image in main feed: Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

  • It's always possible to butcher a perfectly good story - but in the hands of a master like Stephen Fry, it's a joy to listen to.

    In this episode we put one particular anecdote of his under the microscope, revealing some of the ways great raconteurs entertain, educate and enthral their audience. Listen out for the three HUM's - Humour, Humility and Humanity.

    It's best if you watch the live (performed) version of his story first (links are below), but you'll be able to understand the story even if you listen to this episode first. There are two links, in case you can't access the BBC one.

    Watch Stephen Fry's Harry Potter story (about 3 mins):
    The BBC recording from the Hay Festival
    A different version on YouTube

    Show is hosted by Andrew Thorp, AKA 'The Multi-Story Man'.
    Andrew is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant in the field of verbal communication and storytelling in the business world.

    Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

    Track: Travel With Us — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/o-rpKzt4KSY​ Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/travel-us

    Podcast artwork by Peter Thorp
    Microphone image: Photo by Claus Grünstäudl on Unsplash
    Banner image in main feed: Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

  • Think of a presentation as if you were serving up a meal - it has a structure (perhaps a starter, main and dessert), you might use a favourite recipe, carefully plate up the food and serve it with style. But the success of your meal depends largely on the ingredients you use and the way you combine them.

    In this episode, Andrew applies this principle to communication and explores how you might use home-grown (organic) words, phrases and stories to make your message more compelling.

    Show is hosted by Andrew Thorp, AKA 'The Multi-Story Man'.
    Andrew is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant in the field of verbal communication and storytelling in the business world.

    Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

    Track: Travel With Us — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/o-rpKzt4KSY​ Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/travel-us

    Podcast artwork by Peter Thorp
    Microphone image: Photo by Claus Grünstäudl on Unsplash
    Banner image in main feed: Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

  • Two people are preparing for their first face-to-face networking event post-lockdown. They ask themselves very different questions:

    Person A:
    What's the best route to the venue?
    What are the parking arrangements?
    Looking at the delegate list, who might be a good contact for me?
    Can I leave early to get to my next meeting?
    Is there wi-fi?

    Person B:
    Is this the right type of event for me?
    Am I approaching these events with the right attitude?
    Is F2F networking the best strategy for promoting my business?

    Perhaps it's an oversimplification but it looks like Person A might be a left-brained thinker and Person B a right-brainer. One values detail, the other looks at the big picture.

    In this episode Andrew explores the differences between the two hemispheres of the brain and the implications this can have for the way we communicate and build relationships.

    Andrew sees himself as a right-brained thinker in a left-brained world, a scenario described by psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist whose work is referenced in this episode.

    Check out the Hidden Brain podcast for an extended interview with McGilchrist.

    Show is hosted by Andrew Thorp, AKA 'The Multi-Story Man'.
    Andrew is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant in the field of verbal communication and storytelling in the business world.

    Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

    Track: Travel With Us — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/o-rpKzt4KSY​ Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/travel-us

    Podcast artwork by Peter Thorp
    Microphone image: Photo by Claus Grünstäudl on Unsplash
    Banner image in main feed: Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

  • Suppose you’re going to be interviewed for a podcast or panel. A great opportunity, yes?

    But will the things you say really stand out in a world where information is plentiful, but insight and inspiration are in short supply?

    Today we take a look at what it takes to really NAIL that interview, to say things that DO get people to turn up the volume and hang on your every word.

    Interview with the food writer who lost her sense of smell
    Interview with Simon Sinek

    Show is hosted by Andrew Thorp, AKA 'The Multi-Story Man'.
    Andrew is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant in the field of verbal communication and storytelling in the business world.

    Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

    Track: Travel With Us — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/o-rpKzt4KSY​ Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/travel-us

    Podcast artwork by Peter Thorp
    Microphone image: Photo by Claus Grünstäudl on Unsplash
    Banner image in main feed: Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

  • "Often what's stopping us from succeeding isn't the value of our ideas—it's our inability to communicate that value meaningfully."

    So says Gary Corrin, a marketing and branding consultant based in the UK. In this revealing interview with Andrew, he talks about his work and the way he helps clients to build their brand story and create a deep emotional connection with their customers.

    Highlights incude:

    an unusual experiment on e-baythe psychology behind serving people in a restaurantdifferent ways to explain what you did on a stag partyfinding your professional mojo through beer

    Show is hosted by Andrew Thorp, AKA 'The Multi-Story Man'.
    Andrew is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant in the field of verbal communication and storytelling in the business world.

    Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

    Track: Travel With Us — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/o-rpKzt4KSY​ Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/travel-us

    Podcast artwork by Peter Thorp
    Microphone image: Photo by Claus Grünstäudl on Unsplash
    Banner image in main feed: Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash