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Wellness and Floatation expert Vivian McKinnon set up Hydro-ease, Northern Irelands only dedicated floatation centre, in September 2015. She established the business in response to her own traumatic experiences after a chance introduction to floatation in her native Scotland and a passion for helping people move away from pain and towards a life of fulfilment.

The idea to open a healing centre came about during her first float in Edinburgh in 2004 where Vivian knew instantly this ‘strange and a bit different therapy’ could help other people; especially those living from addictions, physical and mental pain. In that moment, Vivian’s life purpose became clear. She now dedicates herself to helping people heal from the pain of their past.

Qualified and experienced in Havening techniques, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Timeline Therapy, Clinical Hypnosis, SPECTRUM Coaching, Laughter Yoga and auricular acupuncture. Vivian is also the Northern Ireland Coordinator for SMART Recovery UK, a trainer for the Health Care Trust and a Multi Award-winning International Public Speaker.

Her experience as a unique and dynamic change-work specialist spans over almost 3 decades. It is her belief ‘there is magic within us all to heal and change’. Vivian is an effective and experienced, inspirational and creative therapeutic practitioner with an interest in the latest approaches in neuroscience and epigenetics. 

Through the process of post-traumatic growth, Vivian is thriving and living out her mission of ‘healing the world, one float at a time.

Ciara Heneghan is the CEO of Ciara Heneghan Consulting, founder of Time to Thrive and The Rise of the Genix.

Ciara works with creative entrepreneurs who have a big vision inside them but are uncertain and lacking in the confidence to take that vision from their heads into reality.

Working on the genius inside each client, Ciara gets you learning and understanding who you are at the core and the power and potential you really hold and how to unleash that power to create the powerful and successful life you have always wanted.

Ciara has worked with many clients over the span of 20 years in a variety of settings from one to one, group workshops, speaking at transformational seminars, hosting seminars and online coaching/mentoring. Ciara is qualified as an NLP coach, life coach, and ho’ponopono practitioner 

Working with creative entrepreneurs who want to take action and are ready to make quantum leaps regardless is where Ciara’s passion lies.

Una established Anu Change to help and support individuals and businesses to clarify and realise their personal and business ambitions. Specialising in Leadership Development Una is qualified as an administrator to deliver ECR & ECR360 (Emotional Capital Report), working with organisations helping them to retain and manage talent and leadership development. Una’s focus is on helping leaders and potential leaders gain clarity and lead with confidence while deepening their understanding of themselves and how they impact their teams and the wider organization (DISC Profiling).  

Anu Change provides a range of management services to business clients, including Training, Business Mentoring, and Business Coaching. Una is an approved Business Mentor, Coach, and Certified Trainer for a range of public support agencies including the Department of Employment, Skillnet Ireland, and Local Enterprise Offices (LEO’s Louth, Meath, Cavan and Dublin City). Una is a member of the Board of Directors of Credit Union, Member on Independent Evaluation Committee for Louth Leader Partnership, Member of Institute of Bankers, Member of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, and Member of British Psychology Society. She is also a facilitator for LIFT Ireland Programme (Leading Ireland’s Future Together).

All Ken’s life he has been interested in people, their perceptions, how they act and react to any given situation or stimuli. He understands how opinions, habits, behaviors are all linked to beliefs, morals, and values – the very identity of that person. 

However, up until 2017, Ken spent most of his career at management level in the Construction Industry where he gained extensive knowledge in all areas of business management. But as his passion is people and more so helping people, he changed careers and became a qualified Hypnotherapist and ran a Mental Health Clinic in his home town. He lives to help individuals to realise their full potential.

‘Construction had been in my blood since I was employable at 16 – I loved every moment of it, hands-on as a tradesman, foreman, factory manager, contracts manager, and finally director of construction. I loved being in an industry that produced real bricks and mortar measurable results. Measurable results are important for me and within my Coaching, I continue to use methods to measure progress,’ say’s Ken

Ken has now also evolved into a Business Coach, and with his past professional experience, he has a unique set of skills that involves the application of Emotional Intelligence. He provides measurable Coaching methods to allow Business owners to take their business to a new level.

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Holidays in the UK could return by July, says the minister | World news

Holidays in the UK could return in early July, the secretary of culture announced, saying the government had ambitious plans to revive the tourism …

Holidays in the UK could return by July, says the minister | World news

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Beer Gardens Could open in July…

Coronavirus: Beer gardens could open in weeks

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-beer-gardens-could-open-in-weeks-jht7vn98z

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#PositiveNews Ireland – Major energy boost as seven offshore wind farms are fast tracked…

Major energy boost as seven offshore wind farms fast-tracked

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/major-energy-boost-as-seven-offshore-wind-farms-fast-tracked-0phbtd9xd

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews Ireland – Drop in case numbers show lockdown eased ‘at right time’

Daily cases show lockdown eased ‘at right time’

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/daily-cases-show-lockdown-eased-at-right-time-fpk8x687j

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#TheVoiceofSocialMedia – Facebook takes another large step in to the E-commerce space…

Facebook opens its own Shop window

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/facebook-opens-its-own-shop-window-h2qwqlwwt

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#TechNews – Google ups the game with wearable tech…

Google puts ‘on’ switch in hoodies

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/google-puts-on-switch-in-hoodies-x8h0tknqw

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British Biz News – Wealthiest lost Billions Due to #Coronavirus

Rich List 2020: Britain’s wealthiest lose billions to coronavirus

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/rich-list-2020-coronavirus-deals-54bn-blow-to-britains-wealthiest-sunday-times-l29kc0z86

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Entrepreneur Advice & Life Advice from Robert Kiyosaki #RichDadPoorDad

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Mike Armstrong on the Fire in the Belly Podcast – #MikeArmstrong #MikeArmstrongNews #MikeArmstrongPodcasts

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UK bank holidays – GOV.UK

Find out when bank holidays are in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – including past and future bank holidays
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15 Top Business Startup Tips #Startups #MikeArmstrong

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When starting a business the strategy is to do some analysis on the Market Place and some market research (Google is a great place to do this).

1. Check what your competitors are doing and what markets they are aiming at and see if there’s a gap in the market.

2. Then once you see there is, think about what you story and message is and to what audience you are aiming it at.

3. Work on the branding so that it’s telling the right message to the right audience including the name very important.

4. Check the name is Free on Companies House / Registration, Google and all major social platforms.

5. Work on a content portfolio so that you can share the message and synergy messages as well as product and service info and other content, in many ways and to attract many different people in your target segment or segments, regularly with different messages without switching them off.

6. Set up all the things / assets a new business needs – well Optimised Website with Blog, Off-site Blog and a marketing / lead generation add on), Google and Bing Listings, Facebook Pages (for Company and target niches), Facebook Groups for Company and target niches).

LinkedIn Company Pages and Groups a format for profiles for all staff, Twitter Account or Accounts, Instagram, Directory Listings, Geographical and Niche Directories, Podcast, YouTube Channel, Tick Tock, Pinterest etc.!

7. Regularly post good content and squeeze good advertising messages in between with good offers and good call to actions, build up audiences and get them to visit part of your website, your online store, YouTube channel etc.

8. Add an email capture Form to your website for building a database to email too.

9.Go Networking

10. Add some landing pages and look at FB advertising and adwords etc.

11. Consider Selling on Amazon or Ebay,

12. Attend Events, Expos, maybe host some!

13. Consider trying Telesales and/or Field Sales / Solution sales etc.

14. Do some Organic SEO and link building strategies for your website and blog (podcast and YouTube channels etc.)

15. Do some Content Marketing in other sites and blogs and some PR etc.

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#YourNetworkIsYouNetworth

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Welsh Dragon’s Den Feature in the Mike Armstrong Podcast

Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Mike Armstrong’s Podcast – Welsh Dragons Den Feature – offering Business Growth Support to Startups https://anchor.fm/mike-armstrong9/episodes/Mike-Armstrongs-Podcast—Welsh-Dragons-Den-Feature—offering-Business-Growth-Support-to-Startups-edetfd

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Welsh Dragon’s Den Feature in the Mike Armstrong Podcast

Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Mike Armstrong’s Podcast – Welsh Dragons Den Feature – offering Business Growth Support to Startups https://anchor.fm/mike-armstrong9/episodes/Mike-Armstrongs-Podcast—Welsh-Dragons-Den-Feature—offering-Business-Growth-Support-to-Startups-edetfd

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Welsh Dragon’s Den Feature in the Mike Armstrong Podcast

Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Mike Armstrong’s Podcast – Welsh Dragons Den Feature – offering Business Growth Support to Startups https://anchor.fm/mike-armstrong9/episodes/Mike-Armstrongs-Podcast—Welsh-Dragons-Den-Feature—offering-Business-Growth-Support-to-Startups-edetfd

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Welsh Dragon’s Den Feature in the Mike Armstrong Podcast

Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Mike Armstrong’s Podcast – Welsh Dragons Den Feature – offering Business Growth Support to Startups https://anchor.fm/mike-armstrong9/episodes/Mike-Armstrongs-Podcast—Welsh-Dragons-Den-Feature—offering-Business-Growth-Support-to-Startups-edetfd

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Just finished reading this fabulous book which is meant to help me on my own journey.

Thanks Breeda for signing and sending me your book. Your a star 🌟. Great read for people starting out on their journey.

a great read 🙌

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Just finished reading this fabulous book which is meant to help me on my own journey.

Thanks Breeda for signing and sending me your book. Your a star 🌟. Great read for people starting out on their journey.

a great read 🙌

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Just finished reading this fabulous book which is meant to help me on my own journey.

Thanks Breeda for signing and sending me your book. Your a star 🌟. Great read for people starting out on their journey.

a great read 🙌

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7 tips for those looking to start a podcast…

1. Choose a Topic You’re Passionate About

Before you hit record, it’s a good idea to give serious thought to why you’re starting this podcast in the first place. And don’t take this step lightly! Starting a podcast takes a lot of hard work (maybe more than you think). Not everybody is cut out for it. But we’ll assume that you are.

A good starting point is to figure out which topic you can talk about naturally and endlessly. Your true passion. We all have one. What’s yours? A good measure is to do a test show with no notes or preparation whatsoever. Can you fill 30 to 60 minutes just talking about your topic off the top of your head and make it interesting? Good! You found your topic.

Now, search iTunes for other podcasts in your niche. Did you choose a crowded niche with many existing podcasts? Try to think of ways to differentiate your show from theirs. For example, you can choose a sub-niche with a more targeted audience.

2. Brand Your Podcast

Now that you’ve chosen your topic, it’s time to start crafting your podcast. Just like creating products or services, your podcast is its own brand. Branding your podcast starts with choosing a good name.

Pick something that is both memorable and speaks to your topic/audience. It’s my opinion that direct, descriptive names work better than abstract or overly creative names. Before you can hook your audience with your killer smile and groundbreaking content, you’ll need them to tune in. That’s why your podcast name needs to jump out and grab them. Remember that much of your audience will be discovering your podcast via iTunes or Google search. So it’s a good idea to include a keyword or two within your show’s name.

Next, you’ll need a logo. For a podcast, it’s important to come up with an attention grabbing logo and a show image for your iTunes listing. Again, it’s about crafting your brand to stand out in iTunes podcast search results.

3. Format and Structure

Will this be an audio or video podcast? It’s my belief that video podcasts have an easier time gaining traction with an audience simply because they are more personal. Aside from offering valuable content, you’re selling your personality, and video is the most effective and authentic way to do that. It’s a good idea to offer an audio-only version of the podcast for those who prefer to listen and don’t want to download bulky video files.

Now we need to structure the show. Let’s start with your schedule. Once a week? Once a month? Whatever schedule you choose, be sure to keep it consistent. A quick way to lose audience members is to release a show four weeks in a row, then go on hiatus for several months. People appreciate a regular schedule, and even a regular day of the week.

Finally, you need to choose your show length. Break it down into segments and allot a certain amount of time to each segment. I believe 30 to 50 minutes is a good length for an episode as it’s long enough to pack in quality, in-depth conversation, and short enough to fit within the typical work commute. Some prefer quick episodes of under 20 minutes each. Again, consistency is key. You don’t want to set your audience’s expectation for 45 minute episodes, then do a 15 minute episode.

4. Plan Your Content

Now it’s time to map out the most important aspect of your podcast, the content. Podcasts are no exception to the adage “content is king.” Your topics, conversation flow, personality, and overall engagement are what will ultimately determine the success of your podcast.

It’s a good idea to keep a running list of show topics. As soon as an idea strikes, note it down and plan it for an upcoming show. One way my co-host Dave and I come up with topics is to simply recognise when we stumble upon a great topic for a show. We’ll be having a spontaneous chat, talking shop about freelancing and web design, when suddenly it’s apparent we’ve hit on something interesting and relevant for the show. Write it down.

Some podcasts break each episode into segments. If your niche is somehow tied to current events, it may be a good idea to cover news topics as part of your show. Perhaps a guest interview is a main component in your format. Plan for each of these segments and keep in mind the timing and flow of each.

Finally, it’s beneficial to think about some kind of script for your show. This will be different for everyone. My preference is to have a few sentences written out beforehand to use as the introduction to the show; something to get it off to a strong start and introduce the topic and guest properly. The rest of the show’s topics are planned using short bullet lists indicating which points I want to hit on.

The idea is to make sure I’m covering what I want to cover, while keeping the delivery natural and somewhat improvised. Again, it’s up to you to find the right balance.

5. Record, Broadcast, and Edit Your Podcast

Now on to some of the technical aspects for creating a video podcast. Surprisingly, there are quite a few tools needed to piece together a working podcast. Here are the ones we use:

Blue Yeti USB Condensor Microphone— I strongly recommend investing in a quality microphone. It will drastically improve the audio quality of your show. The Yeti USB mic is reasonably priced and it delivers great sound.

Skype — All of our shows start with a Skype video chat. Now that Skype 5 includes the ability to have video conference calls, it’s a perfect choice for having a three-way conversation. Plus, the sheer popularity of Skype makes it easy on our guests who are already comfortable using the platform for online conversation.

ScreenFlow — This is a great app for recording and editing screencasts. It’s easy to use and packs in powerful editing features.

Blip.tv — With the finished recording edited and exported, it’s time to put it up on the web and submit it to the iTunes podcast directory. Luckily, Blip.tv makes all of this very easy. Plus it’s got great reporting tools to check the popularity and reach of your podcast.

BoinxTV — BoinxTV serves as our virtual control room, allowing us to produce a live web broadcast for our show. It has features to allow for quick switching between cameras and screens and other visual effects like captions and transitions.

Justin.tv or UStream — Both are viable options for when you want to broadcast live on the web. We feed our output from BoinxTV into one of these services to fire up the live show. We then embed the video and chat room right on our website for the audience to participate live.

CamTwist — This little utility allows us to route the video feed between BoinxTV and Justin.tv or UStream.

Audio Hijack Pro — This fun little app is used to route the audio from Skype into BoinxTV. Be sure to check out the psychedelic sound effects you can apply in the process!

Skype Call Recorder — This plugin for Skype adds functionality to let you record a Skype call. This can be useful if you’re only interested in making a recorded podcast (not broadcasting live). Plus, it comes packaged with handy utilities for splitting a conversation into individual movie files, and stripping an MP3 audio file from your movie file.

6. Grow Your Audience

With your podcast created and released to the world, now comes the hard part: promoting your podcast and growing your audience.

I’m a believer that if you focus your efforts on creating the most interesting and engaging content possible, you will naturally attract an audience and grow a community around your work. But there are a few things you can do to help move things forward:

  • Have a solid website. Something professional, clean and simple. The focus is your podcast, so let the design of your site support that. I recommend going with a quality, premium WordPress theme to get up and running quickly.

  • Build community around your podcast. Encourage your audience to participate in your live chat (if you have one). Ask for feedback, conduct surveys and polls, keep a close eye on your podcast’s analytics (via blip.tv). Know which topics garner the most interest from your audience and let your audience help shape the direction of your podcast.

  • Sharing is great. Ratings are better. As with any web content, social media integration is a must for your podcast to help your audience spread the word faster. If your podcast is largely distributed via iTunes, you’ll want to encourage subscribers to rate and review your podcast to help boost its standing within the iTunes directory. This is one of the best ways for your audience to help you get discovered.

7. Monetise Your Podcast

Just like starting a blog, starting a podcast should be about quality, authentic content first and monetization second. You can’t have the latter without the former. That said, there are several methods to monetize your podcast which are worth considering:

  • Try to sell advertising placements on your show. Just like advertising on a blog, this requires a significant audience in order to bring in real revenue. It also runs the risk of turning off your audience who may not want to hear plugs in between quality content.

  • A more viable approach, and one that may be more lucrative, is to simply build your personal brand using your podcast as the medium. Hosting a podcast — particularly a video podcast — is a great way share your personality and let your ideas shine. Today’s wisdom dictates that promoting your personal brand can translate into building a prosperous business. Just watch any video by Gary Vaynerchuk and I think you’ll agree.

Have Fun!

I hope you find this guide helpful as you plan your video podcast. No matter what niche you’re in — live or recorded, video or audio — the key is to have fun with it and let your passion for the topic shine through. Now press record and start podcasting!

This was taken from an article on Mashable called 7 tips to starting a successful podcast.

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The Third #MikeArmstrong Podcast – The first of our regular Mike’s Likes Features, about Business Networking, is live and can be listened to via the following link.

https://anchor.fm/mike-armstrong9/episodes/Regular-feature-Mikes-Likes-about-Business-Networking-ed1jor

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As I love helping people if your business is struggling right now or changing and adapting and you have something to share to my blog audiences and connected social media following of 50,000 to 100,000 businesses, please email me your info. or please get in touch.

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Online Masterclass with Jairek Robbins – Son of Tony Robbins

Create your desired destiny.

The time is now to get involved in the future you desire and deserve.

Join 3 world leaders in the personal and professional development world, learn from these guys and choose to act on their information. It will change your life.

WHEN: APR 23, 2020 08:00 PM DUBLIN
TOPIC: CREATE YOUR DESIRED DESTINY

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Jairek Robbins is a Best-Selling author. FastCompany calls him inspiring and says he’ll make your life less ordinary. Forbes says Jairek will teach you how to succeed. Deepak Chopra will advise you to go to Jairek to help create meaning and fulfilment in your life. Brian Tracy applauds Jairek’s ability to teach people how to develop meaning and purpose in life, and then to make a difference in the lives of others. Looking for ways to level up in life and business? Jairek is your guy.

The Outstanding Pat Slattery is one of the worlds most engaging speakers in the area of personal and professional development. Pat is the ‘How to guy’ His ability to share his vast amount of knowledge will leave you wanting to go out into the world and take action on your goals.

Donna Kennedy is a 6 times best selling author, her understanding of environmental programming and how people are affected by the thoughts they pick on their journey is simply amazing. When it comes to mindset, Donna is your go to person.

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Global Online Masterclass with Brian Tracy & Pat Slattery

Join Brian Tracy & Pat Slattery for this complimentary seminar.

Register via the link below.

When: Apr 22, 2020 07:00 PM Dublin

Topic: Brian Tracy & Pat Slattery

Register in advance for this webinar:

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

During this current situation most people are struggling with planning and figuring out what they can do during these times.

In this seminar Brian & Pat will share tips and strategies that you can use immediately that will allow you to flourish through this experience .

Great things have grown from situations like this.

Maybe this is your time to create something worthwhile.

“The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.” – Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations.

Brian’s goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined.

Brian Tracy has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 5,000,000 people in 5,000 talks and seminars throughout the US, Canada and 70 other countries worldwide. As a Keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 250,000 people each year.

He has studied, researched, written and spoken for 30 years in the fields of economics, history, business, philosophy and psychology. He is the top selling author of over 70 books that have been translated into dozens of languages.

He has written and produced more than 300 audio and video learning programs, including the worldwide, best-selling Psychology of Achievement, which has been translated into more than 28 languages.

Pat Slattery is no ordinary speaker, leaving school at 14yrs old coming from very humble beginnings,

Pat has grown multiple companies over 30yrs, He has presented over 2500 seminars and workshops, has mentored tens of thousands of individuals that have achieved huge outcomes in life and business.

Pat is without doubt one of the most engaging speakers in the world today

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