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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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S03E15: Lucy Griffin-Stiff

Half Time.

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We talk about learning a lot. At Puck Creations, we love to absorb the latest information. We’re constantly updating our methods and making sure we’re providing the best possible service. What we haven’t thought as much about is what we need to unlearn.

Lucy Griffin-Stiff shares a story by the wonderful Portia Nelson to get things going. Her insights into the traps we often fall into over and over again can’t be explained here so you’ll just have to listen. We talk about multitasking, habits, meditation, stories (of course), timeline therapy and so much more.

We know you’ll want to find out more about Lucy. From here, that’s easy. Just click on the links below:

Lucy’s website

Lucy’s book - Hardback


Rewrite your story with Lucy’s course

Lucy’s LinkedIn

S03E14: Lenise Collimore

Travel that teaches.

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A teacher teaches. Lenise Collimore is known to be a great teacher. Great teachers also learn. Travel teaches too and it taught Lenise a lot about life. Her understanding of the English language and her ability to teach it to others gave her the opportunity to travel across many countries. Japan, Turkey, the Netherlands, to name a few.

In each place, she spent time understanding the world around her and listening to the stories of others. Her writing is inspired and we’re sure you’ll be itching to get pen to paper once you’ve listened to this episode. Maybe you’ll write something that you’ll only allow people to see once you die? What an interesting thought.

Listen to see why that thought was floating through the air and to get a sense of the humour, thoughtfulness and adventure that make this episode’s guest so special.

Don’t forget to check out Lenise’s Instagram. The link’s below:

Eindhoven in Motion

S03E13: Hansa Pankhania

Best of 3 worlds.

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An Englishwoman, a Kenyan and an Indian all record a podcast.

Sounds like the start of a bad joke. It isn’t, it’s just a reflection of the incredible life our guest for Season 3, Episode 13 of the Storytelling with Puck podcast has had. Hansa Pankhania takes the good bits from each of the countries that have had the biggest effect on her life and uses them to help others.

India is the birthplace of her parents. Kenya is where she spent her childhood. The UK has been her home since she was in her late teens.

For Hansa, the importance of embracing the diversity and unity of these 3 cultures shines through. Her background taught her the power of kindness, acceptance and forgiveness. An academic with a zest for everyday life, Hansa advocates for better wellbeing and balance.

My words don’t do her work justice, so listen to Hansa tell her story, her way.

BONUS: Hansa treats us to a short guided meditation about half way through the episode

So, what are you waiting for? Start listening now.

While you’re listening, you’re probably going to want to connect with Hansa. We’ve made it easy. Just click on the links below:

Aum Consultancy website

Hansa’s LinkedIn

S03E12: Lydia Brown

Strength in weaknesses.

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What’s your biggest weakness? What do you struggle with? Are there things you don’t consider to be weaknesses but others do? Maybe you see weaknesses where others don’t? Lydia Brown has cerebral palsy. She lived without a home for many years. Her challenges are bigger than many of us ever have to face. Yet, she uses a lot of the things that some might call weakness to provide her with the strength to move forward.

Her hardest days are used as inspiration for wonderful poetry, her cerebral palsy has offered her resilience and her life lived without regular shelter has helped her to see the both the good and the bad of humanity. She chooses to focus on the good.

We were inspired by our conversation with Lydia. We think you will be too. Make sure you listen today.

If you’d like to get in touch with Lydia, you can find her using the links below:

Lydia’s website (buy Strength in Weaknesses here)

Lydia’s Facebook

Lydia’s Instagram

Lydia’s LinkedIn

S03E11: Susan Payton

When I ordered my husband.

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What’s the best thing you’ve ever ordered? Online, in a shop, via a brochure, from the universe? Have you ever ordered a husband? If you were to order a husband or a partner for life, what specifics would you ask for? Susan Payton made a very specific order on April 27th 2006 and you can find out all about it by listening to Episode 11 of Series 3 of the Storytelling with Puck podcast. You can also discover how many stories we all have within us, how to create a bank of stories to share when the time is right and how Susan uses stories to create more business and deeper connections.

Would you like to build deeper connections? Why not start by building a connection with the wonderful Susan Payton. Find out how below:

Buy The Business of Stories by Susan Payton

Susan’s LinkedIn

Susan’s Facebook group

S03E10: Scott Frothingham

When opportunity knocks.

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Are you ready to be ahead of the crowd when opportunity comes knocking? One man was and our guest on Episode 10 of Series 3 of the Storytelling with Puck podcast is going to tell you all about him. He’ll also tell you about succinct copy, owning a radio station, how to come up with new ideas and more.

If you’re still wondering why you should listen. It’s all about the stories. Scott has lots to tell. Who was the top salesperson? What does learning on the job really look like? Is there a job you wouldn’t want to be hands on with?

To find out more about Scott and to connect, click the links below:

Scott’s Website

Scott’s LinkedIn

Scott’s Blog

Scott’s Books

S03E09: Gillian Jones

Lessons from the past.

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Sometimes, we go through things and we have no idea why. We can’t work out what’s happening in our lives or how to fix it. Sometimes, we feel like we need to fix things that we don’t. When we look back at a life that once was, we often look with fresh eyes. We see what we could never have seen before. Only our knowledge today can inform our past. Gillian Jones, our guest on Series 3, Episode 9 of the Storytelling with Puck Podcast is an exceptional writer with so many stories to share. Her own history, her love of history and her empathy with people in the present are just a few of the factors that make her Story Hotel a place worth visiting.

To get directions to her hotel and find out more about Gill, click on the links below:

Sign up to Gill’s newsletter to see why story matters

Visit Gill’s story hotel website

Gill’s Twitter

Gill’s Instagram

S03E08: Charles Waters

Exploring Life.

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Charles Waters is an explorer. He’s travelled through many countries across many continents but that isn’t the only way he explores. For him, every new day is a chance to discover something new. From boarding school to university, to working in a wine shop, to travelling, to landscaping and to writing powerful copy, Charles is always discovering something new.

In his most recent exploration, Charles found himself guesting on Episode 8, Series 3 of the Storytelling with Puck Podcast. What a guest he was! Explore just how wonderful his stories are by listening today.

Charles’ appetite for exploration is just one of the aspects that make him a wonderful writer and you can find out more about him by clicking on the links below:

Charles’ LinkedIn

Charles’ website

Charles on Writer.me

Charles’ Twitter

Charles’ Facebook

S03E07: Steve Phillip

The Jordan Legacy.

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Please be aware that this episode talks about suicide and mental health challenges. If now isn't the right time to listen, please don’t press play. These stories are important and we need to tell them to raise awareness but your health and your current state of mind is more important than anything else.

Steve shares the story of his son, Jordan. It’s not just about that painful moment in time but about everything that came before and the changing world that has developed since. We talk about the challenges, the lack of health parity and the need for better care. We also focus on hope. There is hope and with The Jordan Legacy, there’s a real opportunity to take action. #BatonOfHope is a hashtag that you will see more and more over the next year. Keep an eye on it and support it where you can as we need all of our efforts to make sure it has the impact it deserves.

To find out more about The Jordan Legacy and to get support with your mental health, please visit The Jordan Legacy Website.

If you’d like to keep up to date, follow the #BatonOfHope hashtag on LinkedIn, follow Steve Phillip and follow the Jordan Legacy using the links below:

Steve’s LinkedIn

The Jordan Legacy on LinkedIn

S03E06: Sheron Mingo Y

Conflicting Beats.

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With words, with music, with poetry, with story, we create a rhythm, we let the beat guide us. Ta tam, ta tam, ta tam. Sheron’s poetry takes us into her flow, yet the occasional thump!



Interrupts that beat. Her stories, her poetry, her insights will keep you enthralled.

There are many places to go to connect with Sheron and to buy her wonderful books. Check them out below:

Sheron’s website

Sheron’s Mementos

Buy Sheron’s books on Amazon

Sheron’s Facebook page

Sheron’s Twitter

Sheron’s LinkedIn

S03E05: Mark Robinson

Speak. Inspire. Empower.

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Do you like speaking in front of groups?

What stops you? Lack of confidence? Fear? Something else?

Have you heard of TEDx? Would you speak at one of those? Maybe you have already?

Is your heart beating faster as I ask these questions?

It’s OK if presenting isn’t your thing. It really isn’t for everyone but one thing is for sure, everyone can present.

Mark Robinson, our guest for Episode 5 of Series 3 of the Storytelling with Puck Podcast has a lot to say on the subject and he’s definitely worth listening to. Get ready for 3 Cs, 3Es and more than 3 stories.

Get ready to present and make the most of Mark Robinson’s expertise by clicking the links below:

Mark Robinson Training website

Mark’s LinkedIn

Buy Mark's book

Website in Dutch! Spreek je Nederlands?

S03E04: Timothy Mason

Smile for the camera.

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Where does inspiration come from? It comes from stories, of course. Here’s a prime example. Our guest for Series 3, Episode 4 of the Storytelling with Puck Podcast is a powerful storyteller. His medium is the camera. His films highlight the challenges of businesses, their successes, their stops along the way. With every story he tells, he inspires somebody, somewhere to take action. Tim was inspired, in his own right, by a story. Find out more about that by listening today.

Let Tim make you smile by finding him using the links below:

Tim's LinkedIn

Creative Business Videos' Website

Creative film workshops' website

S03E03: Eleanor Goold


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It’s not about dogs, it’s not about McFly, it’s not even about Teddy or Tizzy. It’s about you. You’re probably wondering how it’s about you. Maybe you’re even wondering what exactly IT is. Well, that’s the power of words. The power of magic. The power of alchemy. Once you listen to the compelling copywriter that is Eleanor Goold, you’ll understand everything. Luckily for you, there’s an opportunity to listen right now.

To find out more about Eleanor’s alchemy, click on the links below:

Eleanor's LinkedIn

Kreativ Copywriting Website

The Copywriter Facebook Group

Eleanor's Twitter

Eleanor's Instagram

S03E02: Bina Briggs


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From one land to another, from one story to another, from one life to another. Bina Briggs has gone though things that many of us couldn't imagine. A refugee from Uganda with a tough home life, Bina never had things easy. Still, she currently runs a successful HR company called Plain Talking HR and enjoys her life in Sunny Luton, in the UK. What got her here, you may ask? Well, if you've got the ears to listen, Bina's got the legs, the strength and the tenacity to take you on this journey with her.

You need to buy Bina's book. Really, you need to buy Bina's book. You may also want to get in touch with her in other ways. We'll leave the links below. Seriously though, buy Bina's book. It's called the Red Thread.

Here’s where to buy it.

Plain Talking HR on Facebook.

Plain Talking HR on Twitter.

Bina Briggs on LinkedIn.

Bina talking about her book on YouTube.

S03E01: Jennifer Elia

It starts with a hen.

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Hens, homesteads, a little LinkedIn, a lot of marketing, where are we going with this? Jennifer Elia says that content is anything that educates your audience and stories are an amazing way of making that happen. Still, if you’re wondering what hens have to do with Jennifer’s business, this is the best place to find out. Start listening to Episode 1 of Series 3 of the Storytelling with Puck podcast right away.

Are you looking to get found on LinkedIn? Check out Jennifer's links below to see how you can make that happen.

Scale My Business – Jennifer’s website.

Jennifer's LinkedIn.

Jennifer's YouTube.

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: Joey Sordyl

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.

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