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By Richmond Stace
Conversations with people who are Positive Encouragers. They share, give and serve. In so doing they encourage and inspire to make a difference in the world.

These chats are recorded raw and unplugged. No editing and no ads -- we just press play and go.

It's like you are there with us in the room.

The aim is to inspire and encourage you.
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Sarah Mottram ~ physiotherapist & movement coach


Being Mark Miller
If you loved our first chat, this one will blow you away! Mark is back on the Encourager's pod. The basis of our chat today is his new paper looking at wellbeing through the predictive processing lens.  But we get into some really juicy stuff. How do we get stuck? What is going on there?  This could be with pain, depression or some higher belief. What are the effects of this and importantly, how we reckon we can help people get unstuck.  Today was much more of a chat rather than an interview, and we set it up like that, so plenty of back and forth.  I love Mark's energy. He is a huge sharer, having realised that this way of being results in wellness and great results: together over tribal.  You will love this if you are interested in wellness, pain, depression, anxiety, mental health, coaching, being with people, a manager, a leader, the list goes on. Mark's work informs my approach to helping people understand and overcome their pain.  Mark now has his own podcast: The Contemplative Scientist Podcast -- what a cool name! And so perfect! You can read his work and listen to other talks here. And you can read the wellness paper entitled: 'The Predictive Dynamics of Happiness and Well-Being' here.
March 09, 2022
Persistent pain in the performing arts
This is a recording of an online talk -- essentially me, on my own, talking to my computer :) Persistent pain is a problem in the performing arts. Many performers are affected, meaning that clinicians need to understand pain in order to be helpful and guide them onwards and successfully.  It starts by knowing thyself as a clinician. So you may want to grab a pen and paper (old school), as there are some important reflections upon your own starting position.  Then I go into a modern way we can think about pain -- predictive processing and enactivism. It is a very brief introduction, so resources will be made available to deepen your knowledge. Finally, I get into some practicalities through the Pain Coaching lens -- what is the Pain Coach approach to caring for and helping people achieve their picture of success.  More on my social media: Twitter and Instagram and my website
February 06, 2022
Glenn Hinds - motivational interviewing
There was so much that had me gripped in this conversation with Glenn.  I recommend a pen, paper, maybe a coffee and a readiness to pause and listen again.  This is for you is you want to be a better helper as a therapist, clinician, parent, teacher, friend, whatever! The bulk of the chat focuses on the spirit of motivational interviewing (MI). Glenn describes what MI is at the end. It seems to work -- you can let me know! Glenn Hinds is an accredited counsellor and independent training consultant trained in person centred and psychodynamic counselling, motivational interviewing and emotional intelligence (EQ). You can read more about Glenn on his website, listen to his superb podcast co-hosted with Sebastian, and on social media, Twitter. 
December 07, 2021
Alan Wick - business coach
It was great to catch up with Alan and hear his rock n roll story that led to the creation of a business -- he saw the need and took action.  We follow Alan's journey from his early rebel years through to the person-focused business coach that he is now, having had a transformational experience -- he calls it 'a stroke of luck'.  Alan guides, helps and encourages people who want to be successful transforming their purpose-led ideas into businesses that make a difference -- entrepreneurs. I know because I was fortunate enough to work with Alan. There are some golden tips to look out for in our conversation. Listen in, and let me know what you think. You can read more about Alan's work on his website: 
November 23, 2021
Stuart Robertson ~ physio & yoga teacher
Stuart kicks off Season 3 by sharing his stories of becoming a physio, being curious, and exploring different ways of helping people. I met Stuart some years ago on a retreat he was running in Somerset. It was the most stunning location, perfect for the work we did on ourselves and others.  He followed traditional training as a mature student, having already trained and worked as a PE teacher. Then onto a Masters, working for Sussex Cricket Club and beyond into complementary therapies. Now he loves helping older people be active with yoga and movement. Stuart entertains with stories throughout. Much to learn from his approach.  He is walking the SW Coastal Path for Motor Neurone Disease Association inspired by his friend Barry. You can read about his adventure and donate here.  **There is the odd swear word
October 26, 2021
Alex Staniforth - adventurer & mental health charity co-founder
A hill walk on a family holiday became two attempts to climb Everest just a few years later for Alex. The second attempt could have been fatal -- it was for some.  What did Alex take from this and all his training? He tells me in this fascinating episode. Then, in 2020 he ran 452 miles, not only climbing the 3 Peaks (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike & Snowdon), but also running between them. It took 9 days and 12 hours.  Last year Alex co-founded the charity Mind Over Mountains: 'We offer immediate and accessible support by bringing together the healing power of nature, the practice of mindfulness and time to talk with experienced coaches and counsellors in an unpressured, unhurried setting'. That setting is nature, where Alex has found his strength and inspiration.  Alex has achieved all this and much more aged 26. He is a motivational speaker and a published author, whilst continuing to be an ultra-athlete and build the charity. He is busy! But mindful that he needs to self-care. You can follow Alex on Twitter, Instagram and on his website plus the Mind Over Mountains website.
October 12, 2021
Barrie Thomson - Mr Fables from Feasts & Fables
Barrie and JoJo Thomson sold their house and headed off in their van. They have reached Ben Nevis, where Barrie was sitting for our chat -- there were a few wifi lapses, but not bad considering :). This is a great story packed with purpose, adventure, uncertainty, authenticity and of course encouragement. We delve into their value-led business, choosing to sell up, quality leadership and the importance of having someone that sees the light in us and then supports our development.  Barrie talks about the Encouragement Manifesto and the Ripple Effect in particular. I love this idea and how it plays out in life. We get into that. Need a part 2 to hear JoJo's side of the story. PS/ Another one stemming from the Do Lectures.... :) You can follow Barrie and JoJo's adventures on Twitter, Instagram and the website, where you will find the Encouragement Manifesto.
October 06, 2021
Dan Kieran -- Do Sch-peel-zoyg
I recently heard Dan's Do Lecture and was struck by his storytelling, humour and the concept of sch-peel-zoyg.  That was in 2015, so it was great to catch up with Dan and see how his thinking has unfolded over the past 6 years. So, we get into sch-peel-zoyg, the feeling, what it is and how it can be used. And much more in this very open and candid chat, from Dan's car (he was parked!). Dan is a writer and the co-founder and CEO of, the award-winning crowdfunding publishing platform that brings authors and readers together. He was described as "a true disruptor" by Richard Branson.  You can follow Dan on Twitter & Medium ** please note that there is some swearing in this episode
September 29, 2021
Andy Williams - exclusion to inclusion
Andy Williams was excluded when he was at school. But he became an educator. Then focused on wellbeing and relationships in the school. Andy understood that the punishment/reward system did not work -- there is something better. Now he specialises in helping schools develop a way that embraces and accepts the individual, understanding the self, community, engagement and opportunity. This is with a backing of the spirt of motivational interviewing, Zen Buddhism, neuroscience and the best of education.  Andy is doing superb and much needed work. Grab a coffee, listen in and enjoy. I hope there will be a part 2. You'll know what I mean. Contact Andy on: -- he has no website (love that!)
September 28, 2021
September 28, 2021
September 28, 2021
Caroline Williams - Move!
Why is movement so important? We explore the answers to this question and how people can be encouraged to move from a young age, when many beliefs and habits are born. Science writer, journalist and mover Caroline Williams talks about her new book, Move: The New Science of Body over Mind. Plus becoming a science writer, writing habits and meeting some cool people along the way -- including Eric Kandel! Great for anyone who loves to move (understand why it feels so good), who is thinking about moving more, who encourages others to move (physios, yoga teachers, Pilates instructors, school teachers and more). Enjoy and please share. You can read more about Caroline here, follow on Twitter and Instagram. 
September 22, 2021
Sabrina Coninx - a passionate pain philosopher
Recently Sabrina published a terrific paper (see below*) describing an enactive approach to acute and chronic pain. Her co-author is Peter Stilwell (see his episode here). This is a must read if you are interested in pain.  In this chat we get into Sabrina's thinking on enactivism and pain as a philosopher. Sabrina has been spending time with clinicians and people who experience pain so that she can gain their perspectives.  It was fascinating to hear Sabrina, who is making a great contribution to our understanding of pain through her work. To follow Sabrina's work you can visit her website here and on Twitter. * Pain and the field of affordances: an enactive approach to acute and chronic pain - read here. 
September 15, 2021
Dr Alastair Santhouse ~ Head First
A very human psychiatrist who has a new book: Head First: A Psychiatrist's Stories of Mind and Body. He has been working as a Consultant Psychiatrist, for the last 17 years working at both Guy’s Hospital and The Maudsley Hospital, London. He treats a range of mental health problems, including those that present to a general hospital, such as the mental health consequences of physical disease and persistent physical symptoms and more typical mental health presentations, such as depression, anxiety disorders, OCD and adjustment disorders. We talk about writing, the new book, clinic letter writing (how this respects the person/patient and the receiving clinician), the art and science of medicine, the challenge of psychiatry, medical training, medically unexplained symptoms, communication, the person first approach and more. As ever, we squeeze a lot into an hour! Enjoy, please share and let me know what you think. Here are the links: website, Twitter, the book
August 25, 2021
Dr Peter Stilwell - pain punk
Peter is doing fine work in helping us think about pain in different and progressive ways. He tells me about his journey so far, and has a bright outlook for the future of pain.  Peter has noticed a significant shift in the student's interests towards people, communication skills and the biopsychosocial model over techniques and practices. Great! He also sees some issues around the BPS model that we discuss. We uncovered part of Peter's philosophy that emerges from being a skateboarder: punk rock, swimming against the tide, thinking differently. He looks at pain through the enactive lens, describing this and the other E's: embodied, embedded, emotive and extended. Plus some ecology.  Fascinating chat. It appears that we might be two pain geeks. Or perhaps people first geeks? Anyway, enjoy and let me know what you think. You can read Peter's work here and follow him on Twitter.
July 13, 2021
Dr Glenn Wallis ~ on coaching, business & people
Glenn is one of the few people in the world with a Doctorate in coaching, so it was fascinating to dig into his story, thinking and approach.  Glenn started his journey as a PE teacher, which he loved. Wanting to progress, he saw an opportunity in leadership coaching and took the plunge. Having delivered programmes, Glenn wanted to formalise his work. He studied coaching and mentoring at the highest level, resulting in a doctorate. Now Glenn largely spends his time on his business, which delivers AI coaching programmes. This is an exciting and pioneering project as Glenn seeks to make high quality coaching scalable using technology. He also remains active as a coach, working with individuals 1:1. I love Glenn's approach, which is certainly person-first. He is an encourager, completely authentic and clearly wants to help people succeed. This is a fascinating conversation for all types of coach or if you are interested in a career in coaching. And who doesn't do some coaching at some point in their lives?  You can connect with Glenn on LinkedIn and visit the Exigence website here. Glenn's own website is here.
July 03, 2021
Richard Askwith ~ author of the fell running classic ‘Feet in the Clouds’
Richard generously shares his journey as a journalist, writer and runner. Turns out that running was rather transformative for Richard, influencing his writing and career. May well have started with an appearance in Chariots of Fire... (read here). We met when Richard was co-host of a running/writing retreat in 2019 with Adharanand Finn. It was a terrific weekend with the group remaining in touch. I was really excited to ask Richard to join me on the podcast. What is it about running that makes it such an important part of our lives? Different running philosophies ~ results v the process... and longevity  A southerner who tries and tries to do the Bob Graham Round (BGR) and the succeeds - what is this ultra running challenge all about? On writing -- maybe start by calling yourself a writer and other useful insights into the art  Emil Zátopek - heading off to the Czech Republic to write a book and learning the language You can find Richard's books on his website and he is on Twitter. But don't expect too many tweets :) 
June 30, 2021
Jen Hamer ~ on overcoming anorexia and pain
Jen shares her remarkable journey having battled with anorexia for 16 years. She describes her lived experience from being diagnosed aged 12 through to the present day, now studying for her PhD In Australia, with a specialist interest in eating disorders and Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (REDS).  This is a real insight into how an eating disorder can emerge and take hold of someone's life. In 2015, it was critical but something changed whilst she was an in-patient, essentially saving her.  On her path of recovery, we met because Jen was suffering with recurring and persistent pain. It was great to hear that she continues to use some of the skills and tools that we practiced together, and how they can just be useful for living well. Jen has made enormous progress but is not there yet. However, she has the self-awareness and skills that she uses when noticing certain feelings, to get back on track, together with incredible support from her loving family. Moving to Australia just before lockdown was an example. Jen talks openly about her life and experiences with the hope that she can inspire others -- I am sure she will. Before recording, I asked if anything was off limits. No, she said. Jen epitomises the name of this podcast, together with a huge dose of courage and determination. Just listen to how she conquered the waves! In her own words: "It is now my mission to to help others believe that they too  can recover and there is a life out there for them away from their eating disorder not matter how faint that glimmer of hope may be, it is always possible."  You can see Jen's photos and read her words on Instagram at jens_littleworld and on her website. She is an ambassador for InsideOut Institute for Eating Disorders.
June 23, 2021
Mark Miller ~ philosopher of cognition
In this fascinating conversation, we talked about the lived experiences of persistent pain, addiction, depression and anxiety, through the lens of predictive processing. We get into horror films and why we seem to love them, having uncomfortable experiences like ultrarunning and the concept of being frozen with a certain stuck belief that is holding us back in different ways. And so much more! I will need to listen to this again :) Mark's purpose is to make the science real. In other words, be useful for individuals and society to encourage thriving and flourishing. He so clearly explains the model and how it may be working and applicable. We also see his openness to possibilities and a willingness to learn.  I loved listening and hope you do too. This is great for clinicians, therapists, teachers, coaches, scientists, philosophers, and psychologists. Or anyone who is interested in being human. Mark Miller is a philosopher of cognition. His research explores what recent advances in neuroscience can tell us about happiness and well-being, and what it means to live well in our increasingly technologically-mediated world. He is an assistant professor at Hokkaido University’s Center for Human Nature, Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience. Website: Twitter: @PredictiveLife CHAIN: Art and Affect in the Predictive Mind Conference (I will be talk about horror) Papers mentioned: Embodying addiction: A predictive processing account Ourselves: Active Inference, Depersonalization, and Meditation How mood tunes prediction: a neurophenomenological account of mood and its disturbance in major depression
June 16, 2021
Andrew Brownhill ~ the modern rugby coach
Andrew is Player Pathway Coach at Gloucester Rugby Club and U16 Age Grade Coach/Talent ID for Scotland rugby. He also coaches at an independent school in Malvern. I first heard Andrew talk about coaching when he appeared as a guest on a webinar with Prof Steve Rollnick, co-founder of motivational interviewing. I was struck by what he said.  Andrew describes his approach and philosophy. He is all about helping the individual develop as a person and a player. Communication and building relationships using empathy and listening are at the heart of what he does. This is brilliant for all coaches! You can connect with Andrew on Twitter and on LinkedIn.
June 09, 2021
Chris Jenkins ~ Head Physio Russian Men's Rugby
Great to have Chris on the pod to catch up and delve into his career and thinking as a physio in the world of rugby. His underlying philosophy is to be helpful and useful. In this chat we get into the importance of pain education, communication, and building relationships in the sporting world. We explore tendinopathy as an example of a common persisting problem. Having worked in the team environment for many years, Chris shares his experiences, thoughts and knowledge. So great for aspiring physios and other clinicians who want to work in sport. Chris is a great example of someone who has followed his passion, carving out his career. This is something that we can do as physiotherapists and a message I like to share with undergraduates and newly qualified physios.  I hope you enjoy the episode. Please do like and share. You will find Chris on Twitter, Instagram and his website
June 01, 2021
Sarah Mottram ~ physiotherapist & movement coach
Sarah believes that movement provides individuals with possibilities, be it independence, interacting with family, gardening and social activities, work, interests, exercise or amateur and elite sport. Increasing and maintaining physical activity is a key factor for a healthy life. She has recently finished her PhD: The Health of Movement - Recognising Movement Choices in Individuals for Long-Term Health. We chat about this, Sarah's work and how she has evolved as a physiotherapist over the past 25 years.  We also discuss coaching, the whole person approach and the different perspectives of patients and clinicians.  You can connect with Sarah on LinkedIn and read about her work on her website and on the Comera Movement site.
May 25, 2021
Sandy Hilton PT - pain, sex, & pelvic PT for women & men
** warning, sexual content :)  Terrific to catch up with Sandy in Chicago. Sandy is a superb physical therapist who primarily works with men and women suffering pelvic pain.  We get into all sorts of stuff around this, including intimacy, aka sex.  What else? The person-first approach, the importance of listening, creating a safe environment, being 'pain-informed' (have we just created a new thing?), menopause, lifting the taboos, recognising period pain as a possible source of sensitisation and addressing it early, covid, online PT and more. Enjoy and spread!! You can find out more about Sandy and Sarah here, and follow on Twitter. 
May 18, 2021
Dan Abrahams - sport psychologist: people, players and performers
Dan helps people of all ages and at all levels to perform, in particular in football and golf.  Here we explore the different ways players coped with lockdown and how Dan helped them.  Dan then gets into the role of sport psychology in professional football -- I reckon much of this can equally be applied to life, amateur sport and school sport. He talks about the 3 Ps approach: people, players and performers.  Dan feels strongly that sport psychology should be an integrated part of the professional club, and explains why with his traffic light system: performance, wellbeing & mental health.  This was a fascinating conversation that begs for a part 2. Lots to take away, think about and apply.  Great for coaches, psychologists, people interested in achieving their own peak performance in life, footballers and more. I hope you enjoy. You can read more about Dan and his work on his website. On social media: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Plus, The Sport Psych Podcast on Apple and Spotify, which is well worth a listen. You can listen to us chatting about pain here. 
May 18, 2021
Professor Andy Lane - sport psychologist
Andy Lane is a Professor of Sport Psychology and works with athletes trying to achieve goals. He is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), Health Professional Council registered and a British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist. -- Great for runners, coaches, teachers and anyone who encourages others to be active. In a typically relaxed conversation, Andy talks about training and running in lockdown before getting into a range of different strategies and techniques that we can all use to get the most out of our activities.  The tools that peak performers use are equally applicable to amateur athletes and exercisers. We should be encouraging the use of these tools and practices, and most definitely teaching kids in school how to apply them to deal with stress and anxiety.  1k, 10k, marathon, ultramarathon, whatever your thing, thinking about how you train, deal with injury and look after yourself will make the difference when it comes to the longevity of your running career.  Listen in and let us know what you think -- thanks as ever.  You can connect with Andy on Twitter where he posts articles and jokes. He is usually on the UKRunChat hour (Sun & Weds at 8pm #ukrunchat). His website is Winning Lane.
May 11, 2021
Dai Rees - transformational coach, teacher, mentor
Dai puts the individual's wellbeing at the heart of his coaching, teaching and mentoring.  What does this look like? Dai tells me how he puts this into practice, giving some great examples and sharing stories that illustrate his learnings and approach. This includes the three C's of wellbeing that Dai co-created. Dai has a clear purpose that comes across as we talk. He is serious about education and wants to play his part in shaping a system that is suited to the generation Z. This generation only knows the digital world. We cannot simply use the same educational methods that have been employed before. Certainly the shout and shame style of teaching and coaching has had its day -- was it ever a good idea?  With regards coaching, Dai focuses on the individual on and off the field. He gets to know them, which is the key: build trust, communicate and give them a forum where they feel safe to express themselves.  Dai started as a teacher and has seen his own transformation over the years. In that time he has travelled the world, played and coached international rugby, was the Chief Rugby Operations Officer for Hong Kong RFU and was recently head of rugby at an independent school.  This is a great chat for teachers, coaches and people interested in peak performance and leadership.  You can connect with Dai on LinkedIn.
May 04, 2021
Jackie Walumbe -- Advanced Practitioner Pain Physiotherapist & Clinical Research Fellow
I have known Jackie since the early 2000's when we were both at Kings College London, reading the Pain Science and Society MSc with Prof Mick Thacker. Jackie has continued down an academic path as a Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, currently engaged with her PhD on the self-management of pain.  What do we mean by self-management? That depends which lens you look through.  We get into that. The rest of the time Jackie works in a multi-disciplinary pain team for in-patients. The team works with patients who are in hospital for a particular clinical reason, but also suffer chronic pain.  Jackie describes how the team works: the creative nature, the space, the support, the autonomy, the supervision and more. At the heart is an ability to listen deeply and communicate with patients and other healthcare professionals. Much can be learned from this superb service. It also demonstrates the versatility of physiotherapy, which is a profession that offers so many opportunities and can significantly contribute to other's lives in a positive way.  You can follow Jackie on Twitter here, read her writings on Google Scholar here, and link on LinkedIn here. 
April 27, 2021
Miles with Michelle ~ running coach
Michelle loves running. So much so that she created a business as a running coach for humans and humans with their dogs -- a canicross trainer.  Michelle's passion is clear as she tells me about how she encourages and guides people to achieve their running goals. Fun is at the heart of it. Her approach is truly holistic. She focuses on the person and their needs, helping them understand the things that they can do to be successful, eg/ lifestyle choices around diet, sleep and recovery. You can read more about Michelle on her website, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook. Also check out DogFit and UKRunChat -- join the conversation by using #ukrunchat Plus, We Are Run Things on Twitter and the website.
April 20, 2021
Katie Ledger -- a trusted guide
Katie Ledger is a Senior Practitioner at Complete, coaching executives, guiding teams and hosting international conferences. For 12 years Katie worked as a journalist and TV news presenter for the BBC, ITN, Channel 5 News and TVB in Hong Kong, followed by 9 years of running her own communications business.  Katie now uses her skills in the business sector to help leaders shift from ‘turning up’ to ‘showing up’. She enables individuals to both increase their capabilities and capacity using practical tools to deliver desired results. Katie coaches senior leaders in multiple markets and geographies. For the last 14 years, she has worked extensively with leaders and innovators in media and technology sectors in companies such as Xerox, Microsoft and Google helping them to unlock their potential and deliver results despite the pressure. Katie is a qualified professional level coach, trained by Integral Coaching Canada in their Integral Coaching method. Ken Wilber has described this to be ‘the most complete and comprehensive coaching program available’. Katie is also a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). You can read more about Katie on LinkedIn and the Complete website.
April 14, 2021
Simon Austin -- Sports journalist and founder of Training Ground Guru
Simon created the Training Ground Guru in 2017 for people interested in the latest developments in analytics, coaching, conditioning, leadership and youth development, with news and innovations from practitioners, entrepreneurs and academics.  Why? 'We believe the backroom staff are football's unsung heroes and this platform will give those coaches, sports scientists, medics, analysts and physios the spotlight they deserve.'  He has been a sports journalist for almost 20 years, writing for publications including the New York Times, Daily Telegraph, Sun and Daily Mail. From 2000 to 2013, he worked for the BBC, latterly as features editor of the BBC Sport website. Prior to this, Simon spent a year at a local paper where he developed his nose for a story together with other skills that have served him well through his career.  Now he has his dream job, continuing to develop the Training Ground Guru website, podcast and events. Simon interviewed me about Pain Coaching in football. You can read the article here.  You can see more here: Training Ground Guru website, articles, events & podcast.  Follow on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook
April 13, 2021
Dani Mugridge ~ Director of Sport & Coach
Dani (or Miss Mugridge if you are one of her pupils...) epitomises both the modern director of sport and the positive coach, being an overt advocate for Girl's sport. She runs the department at LEH, a girls' school in Hampton, and is the Assistant Coach of Surrey Storm netball team.  Life is full for Dani, so I was lucky to grab her for an hour during her break. It's been a busy time for all teachers over the past year or so as they have tried to help kids remain active at home and now guiding them back to school sports.  Her passion, purpose and energy shine through as Dani talks about her career, being a Director of Sport and coaching in elite sport. We talk about Covid, encouraging participation in sports at school, women in sport, TV coverage, being an assistant coach, offering opportunities to kids, coaching style, Spurs and more. You can follow Surrey Storm on Twitter, the Netball superleague, and Dani on Twitter and LinkedIn.
April 06, 2021
Celine Ivari -- Wholy Me Founder
Celine started the Wholy Me business in lockdown last year, the idea coming from caring for her mum who was suffering pain from rheumatoid arthritis. Wholy Me is all about natural solutions for health and wellness with a focus on the person and importance of self care to live your best life. Celine tells me about the products, the scrutiny and transparency that are driven by her values, and her desire to keep building a community around these values.  Chronic pain is one of the largest global health burdens, affecting perhaps 20% of people, including children. Traditional medical approaches have not provided any sustainable ways forward, mainly because the treatments are passive or based on a quick fix. To overcome pain needs a proactive approach with the creation of new habits that are in line with long term improvements and wellness. We talk about this, habit formation, the need for recovery and recharge time to make a difference.  Just taking a fe moments each day for yourself can start to create a difference as you build on this day by day.  You can find information on the Wholy Me products on the website (use the code paincoach10 to get your discount), and follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram I am pleased to be an Ambassador for Wholy Me, using the products as part of my wellness routine and for recovery from ultrarunning. 
March 30, 2021
Evie Martin -- founder of Online Physios
Evie Martin is a physiotherapist from Ireland, based in Norway where she lives and has her practice.  During lockdown, Evie brought people (physios) together under the banner of Physios Online that she created with her wife Christine. It was just what was needed at a time when many therapists were unsure about their next steps, particularly those with practices.  In this chat, Evie tells me about the idea of Physios Online coming to her before Covid but how it was parked for several reasons that she shares. With Covid and a boost in confidence from a conversation with a colleague, Evie took the plunge. Just shows what connections and encouragement can do! Since then, the project has taken off with many physios on board and sharing messages about what we do to help people. We talk about the ups and downs, the challenges, measuring success, effective altruism, what is to come with Physios Online and more.  If you are doing online sessions or thinking about it, you might like to listen. You can find out more on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the website. Evie also talks about GiveWell and Giving What We Can, being a fan of the Effective Altruism movement.
March 24, 2021
Kevin Nicholson ~ Football consultant & coach
A really energising and positive conversation with Kevin Nicholson, who has spent most of his life in the world of football, initially as a player and now as a consultant and coach. Currently he works for Double Pass, helping clubs and players optimise their talent.  Kevin steamed through the UEFA coaching badges to the top (Pro Licence), which he talks about. He is the youngest-ever English UEFA Pro Licence & FA Elite Coaching Award graduate, plus over 15 years of professional experience. Kevin talks about the importance of both qualifications and experiences -- you need both. He is obviously passionate about what he does and has clear purpose in helping others achieve success as a modern coach and consultant. Kevin's openness, thirst for learning and connecting with others come across as some of his many strengths.  As ever with these Positive Encourager chats, we get into the nuts and bolts, with plenty of examples to illustrate.  Kevin uses the person-first approach, whether he is working with players to develop their talent or coaches at different clubs. He has travelled the world plying his trade. He talks about the importance of adaptability, empathy and being present, noting that these strengths and skills are applicable in all forms of leadership.  In my mind, Kevin encapsulates all the qualities of the positive modern coach.  And as you would expect, we cover a lot more in this fantastic chat! Great for coaches, leaders, people in HR, learning and development as well as those who just love footy!   You can find Kevin on LinkedIn and Twitter
March 23, 2021
Dr Cath Spencer-Smith -- Sports Doc and Ninja
Dr Cath, superb sports doctor and private practice mentor, joined me on the pod tonight. Cath's purpose is to help people achieve success, whether you are seeing her as a sports physician or to help develop your practice, which in turn helps patients and so on. With Cath's approach, everyone is a winner! What did we chat about? Italian greyhounds (Cath has two, soon to be three), online practices here to stay, being a sound engineer, dingy and cheap bars, taking the whole person approach to sports medicine, movement, exercise and cancer, pricing in private practice, psychiatry in North Wales, using normal language with patients, the importance of connections, coaching, running a practice, mentoring and more. You can find Cath the Sports Doc here and Private Practice Ninja here. On social media, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.
March 16, 2021
Dr Stan Steindl ~ Gifts of Compassion
8pm in the UK, 6am in Brisbane; great effort!  Coffee in hand, Stan describes how his early influences and experiences shaped his approach to helping people. Stan discovered listening at a young age. Viktor Frankl and Carl Rogers resonated -- he was given the books whilst at school. It was a natural path into psychology for Stan, and onwards into motivational interviewing (MI) and then compassion focussed therapy (CFT).  Stan tells his story and talks about the important people on that journey. Listening to this, you'll come to know Stan's purpose: to be helpful.  And this is perhaps the reason for his terrific book, The Gifts of Compassion. In there, Stan clearly defines compassion before offering simple, practical ways that we can cultivate our compassionate self and deal with the self-critic and shame. Highly recommended reading.  Stan's book: The Gifts of Compassion Stan on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Psychology Consultants.
March 10, 2021
Prof Mick Thacker ~ Pain Man
Of course, there is so much more to Mick than pain, despite his mammoth on-going contribution to the field.  Grab a drink, make yourself comfy. This one is a bit longer. In this very personal conversation with someone I consider both a mentor and friend of almost 20 years, we hear about Mick's working class origins and the people who have shaped him. Listening to this, you will start to understand why he does what he does and how he goes about it. Mick follows three principles: to work with the best people, to be prepared to 'look stupid' in front of those people and to always do his best. Mick illustrates these principles with fascinating and heartfelt personal stories. Most poignant are Mick's recollections of his time with Louis Gifford, especially working on his books before his passing. Whilst Mick considers the legacy question I subtly put to him, he is also playing a promised role in shepherding Louis' work.  We do get into a bit of the pain stuff and predictive processing. It is likely we will have a part 2, 3, 4 etc. I loved this chat. Mick has taught me a huge amount over the years, both in terms of pain, but also ways to think and to always bring the humanness to what we do. I overtly blame him for my last 20 years and on-going obsession with understanding pain, society, people and how they fit together :)  You can follow Mick on Twitter here and watch the TEDx Kingston talk here. He has a pre-print out that you can access on his Twitter feed.
March 10, 2021
Roger Kerry ~ Music man
Roger Kerry. Man of music, man of enquiry.  Officially he is Associate Professor in the Division of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Nottingham. But as ever, there is so much more to learn about the person. Roger talks about writing music (this is a music podcast...), telling stories, being curious, 90's libraries (you know, microfiche, hunting for journals by hand...), the flexibility and adaptability of current physio students, philosophy, running and more. Loved listening to him!  When we are allowed out, perhaps we will record one on the hills of the Peak District.  Roger on Twitter, read his recent articles here, check out his music here, Lawrence County, and read the Cause Health book: Rethinking Causality, Complexity and Evidence for the Unique Patient, which you can download for free.
March 02, 2021
Tom Jesson ~ Not back pain
Terrific to have Tom from Texas on the podcast. He is actually English and started out as a history graduate.  Recently, Tom published an e-book on sciatica for clinicians, following on from his popular Sciatica Newsletter. We explore Tom's journey so far. What comes across is his desire to share his knowledge in a practical way. This seems to stem back to being an English teacher in South Korea and a desire to help the younger students when he was training to be a physio. Now he is trying to find a balance pursuing a purpose, doing something useful and earning an income.  He lives in the US with his wife, where he is focusing on his writing and future projects. Tom talks about his successful habits that resulted in Book 1. He is candid about his struggle with Book 2.  This was a very human conversation. Honest and vulnerable. Perfect for the Positive Encouragers Podcast.  You can read Tom's excellent work on his website and follow him on Twitter.
February 23, 2021
Hannah Leach ~ cancer specialist physiotherapist
Hannah has impressively carved out her career as a physiotherapist in cancer care. Listen to her talk about working in a hospice and creating her own business, Stronger Than, to provide safe and accessible support for people with cancer across the UK. One of the big pluses of online sessions, especially with the Covid-19 pandemic. This is invaluable work, drawing on all the core physiotherapy skills, plus those that Hannah has developed and continues to work upon. In particular, she talks about the importance of communication and the power of conversation.  Hannah's work is a terrific example of how you can turn your passion into a purpose, contributing to, and making a difference to people's lives. This will undoubtedly encourage many others.  You can find Hannah on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and her website. She also wrote a blog for Understand Pain.
February 16, 2021
Damian Hall ~ record breaking GB ultrarunner
Damian Hall has set records and fastest known times (FKTs) on 260-mile Pennine Way (supported), the Paddy Buckley Round (supported), Paddy Buckley Round in Winter (solo, unsupported), the South West Coast Path (supported) , the South Wales Traverse (supported), and the Cape Wrath Trail (self-supported, mixed gender with Beth Pascall). That's some set of successes. In this chat, Damian talks about his passion for running, the planet, how he looks after himself, breaking the Pennine Way record, diet, training, the importance of support, his coaching, being a parent and more.  If you are a runner, there's so much to gain from listening from Damian. He is rather humble, and probably doesn't realise how much he has positively encouraged people to get out there and take on their own challenges.  You can find out more about Damian on his website, his writing as a journalist and coaching. He is also on Instagram and Twitter. 
February 10, 2021
Steve Rollnick ~ co-founder of motivational interviewing
I could listen to Professor Stephen Rollnick's insights and stories all day. Co-founder of motivational interviewing (MI), Steve has focused on how it can make a positive impact in different fields: healthcare, the prison service, education, sports coaching and we even touch on pain. Currently, Steve is bringing MI to parenting.  In essence, MI is a way to help people make changes to improve their lives. Often people are told what to do, having problems that need fixing. Further, the person can be deemed the actual problem itself. We know that this approach does not work well, resulting in resistance and 'kickback' in many cases.  Instead, we can use MI, which is a style, an art and an approach that focuses on the person and their potential. Through skilled conversation, they themselves address their ambivalence. In fact, MI is a way that we can communicate with anyone if we want to empathise, relate, bond, encourage, be curious and to care. MI opens the door. In this chat, Steve openly talks about his beginnings as a trainee nurse in a very harsh and dangerous environment in South Africa, before escaping to Europe and embarking on a career in psychology and MI. His passion is clear. I am not sure he realises how many people he has influenced, encouraged and inspired. Many for sure.  Within the conversation we explore the essence of MI, healing, empathy, being present, listening, self-awareness and more.  To discover more, visit Steve's website where you will discover his books, including the recent 'Coaching Athletes to be their Best', recent webinar series, training and contact details. Steve is also on Twitter.  ** Photo taken at an MI training event in the days when we could hug!
February 09, 2021
Ian Morgan ultrarunner ~ Roll with it
Loved this conversation with ultrarunner Ian Morgan, who is currently in Chile. He says that he doesn't have a philosophy, but I disagree. Listen to Ian you'll discover how he taps into his strengths and resources to achieve success, learning as he goes and appreciating life itself. From businessman to runner, from heart attack to ultrarunner, Ian has found a way. So much to be gained from listening to him. Ian offers so many practical tips in this chat. Here are some of the highlights: Looking after yourself as a runner: eg/ sleep, diet, being sensible, meditation, breathing Recovery from illness and injury (Ian was hospitalised in Brazil with Covid in November) Managing social media (112K followers on Instagram) How to get into ultrarunning Keeping going (like in life) Realising what matters Having fun You can see what Ian is doing, enjoy his amazing photos and read his posts on Instagram @ian.morgan and facebook and YouTube Hope you enjoy listening as much as I did. If so, please comment and share to friends. 
February 03, 2021
Prof Greg Whyte OBE ~ Whyte man for the job
Loved listening to Greg talking about his early involvement in sport, encouraged and inspired by his parents, and how this has shaped the way he encourages and motivates people. We cover a lot of ground, with stories and practical tips that we can all use, including:  * Greg the two time Olympian in Modern Pentathlon and now ultra-athlete * training celebs including David Walliams, James Cracknell, Olly Murs, Claudia Winkleman, Gary Barlow, Tess Daly, Dan Walker, Zoe Ball and many more, to achieve success with some serious sporting challenges * inner motivation and success * facing tough moments and keeping going * looking after your immune system during the Covid pandemic * the inequalities in sport between girls and boys, and women's and men's sports coverage * planning your days to optimise health You can find Greg on The Whyte Answer, where you can ask him questions and watch his incredibly inspiring film 'Extraordinary People'.  Social media: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook  Greg has written many books including Achieve the Impossible, which I am just about to buy myself!
January 20, 2021
Jo Wimble-Groves and Caroline Kings from We Are Girls in Sport
Jo and Caroline take time out from the We Are Girls in Sport Wellness month (free tickets here) to talk about their passion and purpose: encouraging girls to take part in sports and activities to improve their lives. In part 1, they describe their coming together and the evolving project -- their 'why'. The second part, Jo and Caroline talk about the Wellness month and share practical tips. You can see more on their work on the We Are Girls in Sport website, read the blog and their individual LinkedIn pages: Caroline and Jo  On social media: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook
January 19, 2021
Cody Royle ~ The Tough Stuff
I met Cody at HR Disrupt evening in Edinburgh 2019 where we both spoke. We went for a meal afterwards, found a lot of mutual ground and kept in touch, chatting, exchanging tweets etc.  Cody then kindly invited me on his podcast, Where Others Won't with Prof Stephen Rollnick of Motivational Interviewing fame. WOW is  an award-nominated podcast that brings together thinkers and practitioners from sports, business, and academia to detail the leadership and culture secrets of the world's best teams. He has had some awesome guests! Cody is the head coach of Canada’s national men’s AFL program -- he is an Aussie in Toronto. For the past 10 years Cody has been writing about how leadership, culture, and organisational dynamics contribute to competitive advantage.  In this chat we explore Cody's passion for coaching, his approach, his vulnerability, the importance of asking for help when he needed support facing one of his greatest challenges, Arsenal and more. What comes over is a thinking, caring, dedicated individual who most definitely encourages others to be their best.
January 12, 2021
Mike Pegg ~ The Positive Encourager
A conversation packed with practical tips and tools that you can use to be an encourager, to follow a positive path and help others. Perfect if you work with and care for people. Mike inspired the name for this podcast and truly embodies Positive Encouragement -- giving, sharing and serving others.  He talks about his journey, the principles he follows and gives examples to help you understand. Vital listening for coaches, therapists, teachers, parents, leaders, managers, pioneers, entrepreneurs and others. Mike has always given freely. In this spirit, his latest book is freely available on his website The Positive Encourager. He calls himself a militant hippy. Check it out, share and let me know your thoughts. 
January 06, 2021
Jeff Weigh ~ The Way of Weigh
This was a special conversation.  I have known Jeff, facilitator, connector, coach and more, for a few years and was so pleased that he agreed to be a guest.  Jeff is undoubtedly a Positive Encourager, which comes across in his purpose that he describes.  In our chat, Jeff tells of his journey: how he learned the value of vulnerability, the importance of connections to people, why failure is a teacher, finding his voice and why listening is a vital skill. Plus so much more captured in this hour. Jeff's book comes out in January 2021. If you are somehow stuck in life and with your career, Jeff's book will undoubtedly help you to move on.  For more, see his website: Ignite Performance and podcast. On social media: Twitter and Instagram.
December 08, 2020
Adharanand Finn: Writer, Journalist and Runner
Adharanand's book, Rise of the Ultra Runners, encouraged me in my running and exploring the world of endurance. I initially listened as an audiobook whilst I ran, being introduced to the sport's characters and races. I was excited and enthused. Adharanand is a terrific writer. Whilst his books are essentially about running, there is a richness from his own experiences, history and the social context that he brings alive in the pages. His back catalogue of races is also might impressive: UTMB, Ring o' Fire and more.  We met in 2019 when I went on Adharanand's running and writing retreat in Devon, co-hosted by author Richard Askwith (Feet in the Clouds -- the classic on fell running). It was a superb weekend of, well, running and writing....and conversation and food. It was in The Rise of the Ultra Runners that I first came across the notion of the pain cave (Zach Miller loves it!). This is of great interest because of my work with people who suffer chronic pain. What happens in the pain cave? What can we do? How can we face the challenges in a positive way, learn and move on?  In this entertaining, anecdotal conversation, Adharanand chats about the challenges, keeping going, and of course the pain cave. 
December 07, 2020
Rhys Jenkins ultrarunner ~ The pain cave and keeping going
I was very excited to talk to Rhys having been in Wales when he completed a mammoth run this year.  Ultrarunner Rhys Jenkins recently broke the Wales Coast Path (Chester to Chepstow) record, completing the 870 mile journey in 20 days, 10 hours and 36 minutes, beating the previous record by 2 hours 19 minutes. In 2010, Rhys ran with his brother and two friends from Boston to Austin in the USA. This was his introduction to ultrarunning. He tells me about this journey and Badwater 135, arguably the toughest footrace on the planet. Four times he ran the course independently before running the official race on the fifth occasion. He loves that one! Rhys describes the highs and lows and how he deals with the notorious pain cave.  There are many analogies with ultrarunning and life, in particular dealing with the ups and downs. This is not only a conversation for runners. Hearing about how Rhys tackles challenges will give you ideas about how you can face your own in your life, taking the positive approach. He also accidentally announces his next trip...... Rhys is most definitely a Positive Encourager. 
December 07, 2020