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Making Magic With Words

Storytelling with Puck podcast, stories to make you feel.

“Everyone has their story. Everyone. And that includes me”. That was the key takeaway from one of the wonderful participants in the #StorytellingWithPuck week for 2021. They weren’t alone with these feelings. From the 140+ stories that people shared across the week, not one was boring. Each story made us feel. Many of the participants this year asked us to find a way of continuing the Storytelling with Puck feeling. We couldn’t deny that request so here, for you, and for us, is the Storytelling with Puck Podcast.

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S02E15: Jennifer Nunez

Late Bloomer.

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Some people know exactly what they want to do at a very young age. Everything is planned out and no stone gets left unturned in making sure that they get there. Jennifer Nunez was not one of those people. Life after school was about taking things as they come. By doing that, Jennifer learned a lot about life and business that is easily missed when we follow a pre-determined path. Still, a marketing degree came calling, a marketing community was to be developed and a move to a completely new continent was on the horizon. Listen to episode 15 of Series 2 of the Storytelling with Puck podcast to find out more.

Want to be part of Jennifer’s amazing marketing community or hire her to make your business go further? Click on the links below:

Gem Services - Website.

Jennifer's LinkedIn.

S02E14: Harshita Khandelwal

Finding common ground.

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Isn't it brilliant that we're all so unique? You'll hear Puck Creations talk about the benefits of standing out all the time and we explain that the best way to do it is by defining who you are. You are unique, you are the magic ingredient. Yet, being unique doesn't mean that we need to be alone or lonely. We still have a lot in common with those around us. We can still connect. We can still share the feelings that matter most to us. Harshita Khandelwal writes in a way that helps us to connect on a deeper level and we get to share in her brilliance in episode 14 of Series 2 of the Storytelling with Puck Podcast.

Want to find out more about Harshita? Of course you do. Find her using the link below:

Harshita's LinkedIn.

S02E13: Claudia Miller


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It seemed like all the hard work was paying off. Bill and Melinda Gates had offered a scholarship, her grades had met all expectations and she was ready to make herself known to the world. Sadly, for Claudia Miller, the world hit her first and she learned that she had to be ready for any challenge that lay ahead. In episode 13 of Series 2 of the Storytelling with Puck Podcast, we talk about how Claudia got to where she is today, what she does to help others to get the career they deserve as well as how Claudia balances life and work. There are too many other areas to cover in this introduction so you’ll just have to listen.

If you’re looking for a new career path or if you’re just interested in finding out more about Claudia, you can find her details below:

Claudia's website.

Listen to Claudia's podcast.

S02E12: Mark Kingston Jones

Sleeping with Hyenas.

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When was the last time you slept in a tent, hoping that a hyena would visit? No, us neither but this week's guest, Mark Kingston Jones has a story about that. We also talk about whether animals should be in captivity, how he had a slightly unusual "real animals in the wild" experience and how Team Building with Bite is a little different. Ready to listen? Go on, be an animal.

Get on Mark’s wild side and find him using the links below:

Mark's LinkedIn.

Team Building with Bite on Facebook.

S02E11: Jackie Goddard

My Dad, the Stuntman.

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What a life. The excitement, the adventure, the near misses, the big hits, the rollercoasters, the injuries, the twists, the turns, the intrigue, the adrenalin rush, the power, the celebrity meetings, the clamour, the list goes on! To top it all off, her Dad was a stunt man too and that’s where this episode of the Storytelling with Puck Podcast starts. Get ready to listen to this marvellous lady, Jackie Goddard in episode 11. It’ll be worth it.

Once you’re done, make sure you pop over to Power to Speak, Jackie’s very own podcast where she interviews amazing creatives from all over the world. You can find the link to this and the other ways to discover Jackie below:

Jackie's website.

Power to Speak Podcast.

Power to Speak podcast on YouTube.

Jackie's LinkedIn.

S02E10: Dean F. Oliver

Every day is history.

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If every day is history, how does anyone choose which history to exhibit in the Canadian Museum of History? There's a lot to it but there is a process. So much goes into those displays that we get to indulge in or occasionally even pass by but when you have a mission that really matters to you, it's all worthwhile. Listen to Dean F. Oliver as he tells us what it takes to put on an exhibit about Afghanistan during the Afghan war, how he describes the importance of stories in explaining history, why fairies matter and so much more.

You can talk to Dean right now, in the present. Find his details below:

Dean's LinkedIn.

Dean's professional email address.

S02E09: Gill McKay

Brain child - The girl with blue lips.

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Imagine. That's how this episode starts but some of the incredible subject areas and stories that Gill McKay touches on in this episode can sometimes be hard to imagine. Blue lips, blue fingernails, being different, being unique, working with the mind, working on our minds, future thinking, future planning and that's before we even mention neuroscience. Curious? It's time to start listening to Gill.

Would you like to pick Gill's brains too? Find her on LinkedIn:

Gill's LinkedIn.

S02E08: Janine Coombes

A wig won't cover it.

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Janine Coombes, our guest for this episode has often worn a wig. Her initial story involves wigs. It also involves her own hair, as you will hear but for certain situations, you can't just cover over the cracks. With marketing and branding, what happens when you base your whole business at the offer level? What happens when you're not clear about what you do?

Where can you find all of Janine's juicy offers? Find the details below:

Janine's LinkedIn.

Janine's Website.

S02E07: Rory Berry

You have to stop to keep going.

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Stop completely. Take a beat as our magnificent guest, Rory Berry says. It doesn't have to be long, maybe just 20 seconds. Maybe you can get back to it or maybe you can take a bit more time to play. Whatever you do, taking those breaks, investing in stories and allowing yourself to have fun again will have serious benefits to your work and life. Listen to Rory in episode 7 of Series 2 of the Storytelling with Puck Podcast to find out more.

Roar into Rory’s world by clicking on the links below:

Roaring Berry - Rory's Website.

Rory's LinkedIn.

Rory's Instagram.

Rory's Facebook.

Email Rory - [email protected]

S02E06: JoeySordyl

Curiosity killed the chat.

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Divide, conquer, escape, reflect, be empathetic, be understanding, come up with solutions, agree, disagree, do it all with kindness. Episode 6 of Series 2 of the Storytelling with Puck podcast tells a story of power, chaos and everything in between. A model, an actor, a talent manager and a curious creature, what happens when "too much" curiosity stops the conversation? Joey Sordyl explores his internal conflicts, the division in the wider world and his ideas for a better one.

To find out more about Joey, his views and his work in the world of music management, click on the links below:

Joey's Instagram.

S02E05: Shelley Wilson

Werewolves and Turkeys.

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When you're howling at the moon, are you thinking about the Christmas Turkey? Probably not but Shelley Wilson works in the world of fantasy fiction when she's not supporting authors of both fiction and non-fiction to produce something great. Let's forget about fiction and non-fiction for a second and concentrate on the important bit: the story!

Let's get back to reality. Get in touch with Shelley by clicking on the links below:

Shelley's LinkTree with all of the places you can find her.

S02E04: Marijana Ajster

Dancing in lines.

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If it is forced, they will quickly lose interest, if they care, they will sing, they will dance, they will write, they will compose forever! Marijana teaches her children to dance in a way that separates her from many of the teachers who taught her as a child. Listen to her story, her music and her dancing flow in episode 4 of Series 2 of the Storytelling with Puck Podcast.

Compose yourself and get in touch with the multi-talented Marijana Ajster by clicking on the links below:

S02E03: Florentina Martin

Training in a Train.

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Where does creativity come from? How do we come up with ideas? What background do we need to get into a creative role? Is there a stock answer to any of those questions? Florentina Martin comes at all of this from a different angle to many. It’s clear that getting stuck on a packed train was at least part of Florentina’s inspiration for her original story and her father was a big influence for the rest. When you’re ready, press play and listen to creativity flow as Florentina shares her magical tales.

Want to discover more about Florentina. Find her details below:

Florentina’s LinkedIn.

Parallel Lines – Florentina’s Website.

Florentina’s Instagram.

S02E02: Catherine Williams

Are you sitting comfortably?

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Then we'll begin. Catherine Williams works with the finer details of your self-publishing world, through the Biz Book Foundry and Chapter One Book Production, your book can go from an idea to a fully formed masterpiece. It's the fictional stories and the masterful descriptions from some of Catherine's favourite books that inspire her work. We get to look a little closer at her story and the stories she loves in episode 2 of Series 2 of the Storytelling with Puck Podcast. Listen today.

Want support with your next book? Make sure you find Catherine using the links below:

Catherine's LinkedIn.

The Biz Book Foundry Website.

Chapter One Book Production Website.

S02E01: Shona Hirons

From Broken to Bionic.

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How many near death experiences have you had? That's probably not a question you get asked often but it's worth posing because it's unlikely to be as many as Shona Hirons. Listen to the 1st episode of the new series to find out what happened at Shona's birth, on a family holiday, on a motorbike and more. See how she dealt with everything and how the people around her dealt with both physical and mental health challenges too. Shona has learned a lot from all of these experiences and is now supports others to keep on top of their wellbeing.

Shona's new book will be released soon so keep an eye out for it and connect with Shona. Her details are below:

Streamline for Success Facebook Group.

Mindset in motion website.

Shona's LinkedIn.

Shona's Instagram.

Please be aware that this episode touches on the topics of mental health and suicide. Before you listen, make sure you are in the right state of mind. If you need support, please get in touch with the Samaritans, MIND UK or somebody you trust.

Samaritans Website. Call 116 123 for free if you are in the UK.


S01E20: Farewell, not goodbye

We'll start with a story.

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One final story for Series 1. This one is the story of stories. From childhood memories to dreams, to worlds that are not as they seem, this episode highlights the power of connecting through stories. We're saying farewell but we'll be back soon with Series 2.

S01E19: Nicola Richardson

You don't want flannel.

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Open, honest, ready to assess problems and find solutions, that’s what it’s all about for this week’s guest, Nicola Richardson because in her words: “you don’t want flannel”. Her business and leadership lessons have come throughout her life but they all started in her childhood working in a café.

Need leadership support? Looking to make changes to your team? Find Nicola using the links below:

Nicola's website: The People Mentor.

Nicola's LinkedIn.

The People Mentor's podcast.

S01E18: Trisha Lewis


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You know that feeling? The one where you're doing something, over and over again but it just doesn't feel quite right. Everyone else is doing it so why not follow them? Yet, you're suffocating, trapped, unable to be you. Well, you might be feeling squashed and this episode's guest, Trisha Lewis knows all about that.

There's a lot more to uncover in Trisha's wonderfully entertaining and informative book:

Buy The Mystery of the Unsquashed Self.

Want to connect with Trisha? Check out the links below:

Trisha's website.

Trisha's LinkedIn.

Trisha's Instagram.

Trisha's Facebook.

Still want more podcasts? Listen to Trisha's amazing Make it Real podcast. We'll start with a familiar voice:

Make it real with Stefano Capacchione from Puck Creations.

S01E17: Garima Nabh

Science to stories.

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A life of theorising, a life of learning, a life of understanding. Is this science or stories? Well, maybe they're more similar than we think. Yet, when we hear about somebody studying micro-biology and bio-medical science at university, we might not expect that to precede a career in writing. Absorb yourself in the wonder of Garima Nabh's story.

Want to find out more about Garima? Of course you do. Click on the links below:

Garima's LinkedIn.

Garima's Facebook.

New Age Mag.

Garima's blog.

S01E16: Ria Moolgie

One small gesture.

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What can one small gesture do to change a moment, to change a life? No matter the intention, a small gesture can make a huge difference. That can be positive and it can also be negative, often, we won't know until it's happened. Ria Moolgie brings us into the world of 3 young children and one small gesture that almost changed everything.

If you'd like a photo restored, a collage created or just a chat with this marvellous human, get in touch with Ria using the links below:

Email Ria.

Ria's Website.

Ria's Facebook page.

Ria's LinkedIn profile.

S01E15: Rosalyn Palmer

A Madonna moment.

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It may not have been because of Madonna but it was at that moment when everything changed for Rosalyn Palmer. A rollercoaster life, full of tragedy, lessons learned and joy, Rosalyn can really speak through experience. If we had 10 hours for this one, it wouldn't be enough but we're grateful to Rosalyn Palmer for giving up an hour of her time to delve into some of the most pivotal moments in her life.

An expert in marketing and PR but now working as a therapist, Rosalyn has a lot to offer and you can connect using the information below:

Rosalyn's website.

Monkey Business - Rosalyn's podcast.

S01E14: SJ Woods

Forest Music.

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"You cannot come in here. you cannot do what you wish to do. You cannot be who you wish to be. You are not worthy." Words to keep you down. Sound familiar? Let the sound of SJ Woods' drum keep you going as she brings you into a world of music, stories, therapy, nature and reflection. It'll be worth it.

Now's the time to get the support you deserve from SJ Woods and you can find her details below:

SJ's LinkedIn.

Empowering women to move on - SJ's website.

S01E13: Nick Diakanastasis

Dreaming in stories.

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Nick doesn't follow the traditional paths and neither do his dreams. Fantasy swoops in to remind him of the realities of life. Nick's linguistic prowess, acting acclaim and public speaking excellence are only a part of who he is. We find out a little more in episode 13 of the Storytelling with Puck podcast.

Technique is everything, learn how to speak well with Nick by clicking on the links below:

Nick's LinkedIn.

Nick's website.

Nick's YouTube.

S01E12: Carol Miltersteiner

Burnout, acts 1-3.

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One more coffee, one more sleepless night, one more great line from the spectacular Carol Miltersteiner.

A drama broken down into 3 acts, a story told, a world discovered. Carol compels you to listen, we were compelled to ask for more and now is the time to be compelled by episode 12 of the Storytelling with Puck podcast.

To discover more about Carol to buy her book or to connect with her, click through using the links below:

Carol’s website.

Carol’s LinkedIn.

Carol’s Instagram (English).

Burnout Awareness Week.

Buy “My Morning Pages” by Carol.

Throughout this podcast, we have talked about burnout and other mental health challenges. If you are struggling in any way, please seek support from your GP or a reputable charity. Below are some links to help you do that:


Support for people living in the Netherlands.

S01E11: Viv Parry

The Bar.

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Karen met her daughter in the bar to have a proper catch up but this meeting ended up taking a different turn. This story is just the start of our challenging but important conversation with the multi-talented Viv Parry. Find out about mentoring, storytelling in business and the world of a business owner, dedicated mother and all-round, wonderful person.

For mentoring, executive level support and more, get in touch with Viv using the links below:

Be amazing! Visit Viv's website

Find Viv on LinkedIn.

Be Amazing at Home podcast.

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Still deciding if you want to spend your time listening to all of these incredible stories? Get a taste of what it's all about by listening to the 2 minute, 22 second trailer.

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